The resurrection story- it is the story we're all looking for, even when we're not!

Revelation 3:20

I want to remind you today that you and I have the opportunity to make a choice that changes everything -in Jesus! The Bible says in Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone opens the door," (if anyone will admit their need and acknowledge their sin, if anyone will welcome a savior into their life), the Bible says "I will come in and have fellowship with them and they with me.

Guys, I'm telling you when we listen to the resurrection story, and when we let it matter most - all of life changes forever!

Wherever you are in your own journey, however hard things are, I'm telling you all you have to do is call out to Jesus and everything will begin to change! When you dial 911, you're going to get a response - the police or somebody is going to show up at your house! 

And when you call upon Jesus, when you dare to believe that this whole amazing story is actually true, when you choose not to be indifferent to the suffering of God and the passion of Christ! If we say yes and if we believe and allow Jesus to come and live in us, then He is going to do in us what He did on the third day! 

He is going to resurrect our dead lives-- redeem them, turn them around--and take us home! And that my friends, is the great "Good News" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The resurrection story- it is the story we're all looking for, even when we're not!  -Dr. Drew Shofner

If we're saved, we're sent!

The gospel isn't an invitation to happiness

Jesus said that if we found our life and our significance in His love, that we would be then so changed and altered in our heart that we would spend the rest of our lives helping other people find their place in the love of the Father! So if we are not doing the one, then we need to question the other, because this is a love so great and so powerful that it changes whatever it touches!

If we are truly saved, as the church of the living God, then we have to acknowledge that our purpose is not a country club for consumers. It is not a place for critics to rate. It is not where we get our needs met, that is not what the church is for!

The church is the body of Christ, it is to be in our world, what Christ's body was in His world! The body of Christ served the mind of Christ to do His will to touch the faces of those who are hurting and broken in His day and it's supposed to do the exact same thing in ours!

The flow of the love of God is this--Jesus said, "you come to me, and find in Me your life and the purpose you've been longing for. Everything else that you've tried and broken yourself on, when you come to Me instead of going to 'that', you will find rest! You will find life and you will find joy! But when you come and follow me for life, I'm going to send you out and I'm going to make you 'fishers of men' (Matthew 4:19). That's my purpose, that's my call, that's my love for the world expressed and lived in a way that actually works!" (paraphrased)

Here's the deal, I am so convinced that I (and we), do not believe in the power of the Gospel much anymore. I have been praying for the day when we would see 300 new believers come to Christ and follow Him in baptism every year. In a city of hundreds of thousands, how is that not possible?

There's only one way that's not possible and it's that I'm not doing my job!

I'm not believing my Lord. I'm not going where I should be going.

I'm not speaking how I should be speaking. I'm not letting Jesus make me what He wants to make me!

I want us, as a church, to wake up and opt of out consumerism.

I want us a church to recover our confidence in the Gospel (the good news of Jesus) to change lives and to believe that it's not just preachers who are given the privilege of answering brokenness, but every Christ follower is one who is sent!

If we have entered into the life of Christ, then we are sent out by Christ into the world.

The Gospel isn't an invitation to personal happiness--it's a call to wage and win an eternal war on your heart and your soul! If we're saved, we're sent! -Dr. Drew Shofner

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