Five Steps to Becoming an Eye Catcher
Sermon shared by Gregg Barbour
Summary: Learn what it takes to be one that others want to emulate!
Audience: General teen
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Five steps to becoming an eye catcher
gregg barbour. DASH. 12/12/03
What is an eye catcher?
An Eye Catcher is someone who turns heads and makes a difference wherever they are and wherever they go.
This lesson could be a series of five devotions all bundled together evolving to create the characteristics of an Eye Catcher. The eye catcher is one who desires to make a difference in their school, at their job, at their home, at their church, with their friends…work or play, the eye catcher strives to make a difference, to be the difference, to stick out like a sore thumb.
Eye catchers spend time with Jesus- Acts 3:1-10; 4:8-13 (NIV, and the Message)
Those men recognized that Peter and John had been with Jesus. The message says “they couldn’t take their eyes of of them—Peter and John standing there so confident, so sure of themselves.” When we spend time in the presence of Jesus, people WILL notice. There will be a change in our attitudes, our ways of thinking, our character will change, and we’ll be different people. Jesus has the capacity to make us stronger, smarter, wiser, bolder, and more courageous. He also gives us the same power that He possessed when we call on His name.
Eye catchers don’t wear Masks-Matt. 22:27-28 (NIV, and the Message)
Ok, the guy said that all people wear masks…so who are you really? Who are you in front of your friends? Who are you in front of your classmates? Your co-workers? Your Parents??
Your parents know the real you…who you are around your parents says a lot about who you really are. Think about it. These are the people that you are most comfortable with, and you will act almost any way you can think of around them. Some of you are mean to your parents, you have temper tantrums, and scream and yell when you don’t get your way, some of you think you ARE your parents, some of you got in an argument today with your folks. It’s sad…that’s who we really are, that’s the real us?!?! Let’s face it…some of our parents think we’re the ANTI-CHRIST!
Some people have masks for different occasions. It’s valentine’s day, where’s my love mask? It’s Easter, where’s my “I love Jesus, he’s risen” mask? It’s almost Christmas, where’s my “happy birthday jesus, I gotta be joyful all month long” mask? It’s my birthday, where’s my “I’m so happy I’m getting all these presents” mask! Some of us don’t even like the presents we get! I failed a test…where’s my “I hate school and I wanna die” mask? Don’t be wishy washy guys, don’t have circumstantial faith. If you’ve got Jesus in your heart, let your face know!! Be HAPPY!
Matthew 23:27-28, “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You’re like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright ,but six feet down it’s all rotting bones and worm eaten flesh. People look at you and think you’re saints, but beneath the skin you’re total frauds.”
Eye catchers don’t wear masks. People notice they are different. They aren’t out to please who they are with, but they aim to please the one that created them. Integrity is who you are when nobody is looking. Eye catchers are men and women of integrity. They are the same person all the time. Don’t be a hypocrite, a beautiful grave on the outside, but dirty rotten flesh on the inside. Be an eye catcher, throw away your masks!
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