Fathers Day 6/20/10 Pastor Alex sermon: Compelled to Follow Acts 16:36-47, Acts 16:6-11, 11-39, John 17:23, Roman 15:15, Ephesians 4:3, 4:29, 2:10, Jeremiah 29:11,II Timothy 4:11
**Learning to Balance the Real and the Ideal**
*The Ideal: Christians should always live together in Unity. John 17:23, Rom 15:5
They should live in Harmony Eph 4:13 They should live in Peace.
*The Real Deal: Even close friends sometimes separate their ways and split.
Paul and Barnabus had a fuss about taking John Mark with them to go visit all the churches. Paul ended up taking Silas and went his way and Barnabus took John Mark and went way.
1. There will always be consequences to what we say and do.
2. It is never right to trash each other. Eph 4:29
3. God can change the end of the story. II Timothy 4:11
We need to watch how we talk about people because it will come back to haunt us later. The one we trash talked about will be the very one we need to help us. Later on Paul had to eat his words cause he ended up having to ask for help from John Mark.
*The Ideal: God has a clear path for our life Jeremiah 29:11, Eph 2:10
*The Real Deal: Sometimes Godís path is not clear to us. We find it through a series of trials with doors being closed and opened for us. Paul was intent on planting churches in the area God said NO to his going.
1. We should make sure the door is really closed.
2. Thank God for the closed door Acts 16:8
3. Expect God to open another, a different door. Acts 16:10-11
Sometimes when we think we are ready for something, God knows we are not and keeps the door closed until the right time comes. For some time Paul wanted to go to Rome and he didnít get there. When he finally did get to go to Rome it was to be his last gospel crusade. It would be in Rome where he was executed and sent home to be with God and Jesus Christ.
*The Ideal: God uses who I am to reach who I know. This is like when we go home to see our relatives for Thanksgiving. We can minister to any unsaved cousins or neighbors.
*The Real Deal: God loves to challenge our stereotypes and prejudices when He chooses who we minister/testify to. Acts 16:11-39 Some of us who used to be homophobic or racists will be used by God to share the Gospel to people of different races, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
We need to be OPEN to minister to ANYBODY God wants us to!
Who are the Unlikely in your world??