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If theyíre "model citizen" is singing, then they will sing. If theyíre clapping, then theyíll clap.
Philippians 3:12 says, "not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that which Jesus Christ took hold of me."
Our goal in life should not be to see how much we can be like other people, but how much we can be like Christ, AMEN?
Itís ok to follow someones example, but your goal shouldnít be to be like them, but it should be to be like the God in them. I can lead by example, but at the same time be saying, Iím who I am because of Jesus Christ, and if YOU allow Him to change you, the same could be said for you.
Iíll coin this phrase tonight - "COPY CHRIST" - donít be a copy cat, be a copy-Christ
4. Constituents - the people who are the voice of the church
Some feel that their opinion should be so valued next to other people. A perfect example is the young lady that thought she was the final liason in between the churchs pastor and God. She told the pastor that she knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that she was supposed to ask for donations for green carpet downstairs. The pastor, amused at the young woman, looked at her, and said, "um...sister, this is a one-story church!!!"
We have to make sure that we donít become ambassadors and constituents of the church, but that we become ambassadors of Jesus Christ.
II Corinthians 5:20 says, "We are therefore Christís Ambassadors as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christís behalf - be reconciled to God."
We have to be the voice of Christ, and His children and constituents.
5. Complimentary Breakfast People - want it all people
These people want their cake, and to eat it too. They want their lives set before them the same way in the same fashion.
What these people fail to realize is that you get what you pay for. Iíll go a step further by adding a letter in that phrase...you get what you pray for.
We have to make sure that our sacrifices are meaningful, and that we arenít wanting something at a no-cost. We donít have to pay the price of our salvation, but we do have to pay the price of growing, and we do have to pay the price of seeing our friends and family members come to Jesus Christ.
6. Couch Potatoes - Lazy people in churches today
These are people who are not really caring about whatís going on - they are just coming to come to church and to say that this is their church home.
Theyíre lazy and bored Sunday after Sunday and Wednesday after Wednesday --
Donít ever NOT do something because you think that it doesnít make a difference, because it does.
Donít continue to sit on the couch thinking that someone else will do it, because if everyone had that attitude then nothing would ever get done.
These people on the couch are comfortable with where they are at. Theyíre on the couch observing and being the cheerleader that everyone wants to hear on the sideline. We have to make sure that we are NOT this person.
7. Crybaby - people who complain in churches
It takes more of a person to not complain about it, then it does for them too. I know this is a touchy subject, because I can feel the tension in the room right now.
We have to make sure that instead of crying
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