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The Thirst for Water
Prop: (1) A bottle of water (2) an outline of the human body (3) a bottle of water to give to each child.
Hello everybody! It’s good to see you this week. Please pardon me while I set here and drink my water. Yum! This is good water! I sure wish you had some because it is sooooo good … and important too.
Did you know that you have to drink water if your want to live? If you do not drink enough water your body will go into a drought (we call it dehydration) and you will die.
Did you know you can live for weeks without food, but only days without water? Next to oxygen, water is the most important element that you can give your body.
Did you know that most of your body is made up of water? We think it is mostly skin or bone but its really water.
Look at this outline of the human body for a second. Did you know that when you were a baby in your mother’s womb that you were almost 93% water!? That would be this much of your body.
And now you are still at least 80% water. That is at least this much of your body.
You see your body is mostly water. That is why you get thirsty very easily because you body does not want to quit working and it must have water to work right.
Yep, your body lets you know when you are about to go into a drought (dehydration) by asking your for something to drink (thirst).
The same is true spiritually too. If we are ever going to be spiritually healthy we need to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus calls himself “the water of life.” Listen to what he says:
John 7:37-39 (portions): "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.”
People all over the world are spiritually thirsty. They are trying all sorts of things to make them happy but the only thing that will really satisfy them is a friendship with Jesus. Jesus says whenever we are friends with Him he will satisfy that thirst in the heart. I hope you will ask Jesus to be your friend and to quench your spiritual thirst.
Before you leave I want to give you something – a bottle of water. You can drink it after church whenever your parents say its okay. But when you do I want you to think about how important it is to your body and how important Jesus is to you inner self. Okay? Let’s pray.
This sermon is provided by Dr. Kenneth Pell
Potsdam (New York) Church of the Nazarene
Jimmy Long of InterVarsity outlined these nine elements to the Young Leader Network of Leadership Network.
A welcoming environment because people are looking for a place to belong.
A place of intimate community where people find God and each other.
Narrative evangelism that listens to their story and connects them with God’s story
An embodied apologetic that begins with preference, not proclamation
Self disclosing relationships that allow people to unpack the painful hurts of their lives.
Kingly worship centered on Christ that begins with the heart and experience, not rational proclamation.
Interactive learning because its how younger populations have been taught to learn.
Nurturing leadership focused on mentoring and raising new leaders.
A saving hope for the future that looks at life in the present from a future perspective. (NetFax 10/23/98)
Plan—Then Implement: Small Business Computing, 6/24, outlines the critical groundwork to tackle before you are ready to start speaking to your target market audience. Focus on the specifics of your business/ministry and your audience: Who are you? What are your objectives and strategic considerations? To whom are you communicating? Why should your audience want to hear from you at this time? How will you successfully address their needs and motivations? Simple questions but not easy ones to answer! But answer them you must to avoid falling into the trap of focusing on the “how,” not the “what” or “why,” of marketing. Persuading people to take action requires understanding the fundamentals of marketing and how it supports sales. Your goal is to market intentionally through your chosen advertising and sales medium. Internationality demands an honest appraisal of all the players. (Foster Letter 1/10/03)
NOW – there are a lot of different religions we could look at this morning BUT I have limited our discussion to just 4… Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity… AND – the reason is because they represent over 76% of the world’s population…
CHECKOUT – the chart in your outline….
World-Wide (% of population) United States (growth rate from
1990 - 2001)
Christianity – 2 billion 33% 159 million 5%
Islam - 1.3 billion 22% 1.1 million 109%
Hinduism – 900 million 15% .766 million 237%