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Moving On Up

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Sermon shared by Dan Cormie

February 2005
Summary: Like the Jefferson’s of the 70”s sitcom fame it is time for some of us to move on up in the Kingdom of God.
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General adults
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Sermon:
February 2005
Dakota Community Church

Moving On Up!

Introduction:

Like the Jefferson’s of the 70”s sitcom fame it is time for some of us, especially some of the youth to move on up in the Kingdom of God.
At some point in time each of us must make the decision to stop coming to church to be fed and to instead come prepared to feed others.
You may feel that you cannot make a difference, that you are to insignificant, that no one would want what you have to offer.
In fact that is a lie from the pit of hell.

Illustration:
I awoke early, as I often did, just before sunrise, to walk by the ocean’s edge and greet the new day.
As I moved through the morning dawn, I focused on a faint, far away motion.
I saw a youth, bending and reaching and flailing arms, dancing on the beach, no doubt in celebration of the perfect day soon to begin.
As I approached, I realized that the youth was not dancing to the bay, but rather bending to sift through the debris left by the night’s tide, stopping now and then to pick up starfish and then standing, to heave it back into the sea.
I asked the youth the purpose of the effort. "The tide has washed the starfish onto the beach and they cannot return to the sea by themselves," the youth replied. "When the sun rises, they will die, unless I throw them back into the sea."
As the youth explained, I surveyed the vast expanse of beach, stretching in both directions beyond eyesight. Starfish littered the shore in numbers beyond calculation. The hopelessness of the youth’s plan became clear to me and I countered, "But there are more starfish on this beach than you can ever save before the sun is up. Surely you cannot expect to make a difference."
The youth paused briefly to consider my words, bent to pick up a starfish and threw it as far as possible. Turning to me he simply said,

"I made a difference to that ONE."

You have the power to make an eternal difference!
How?

1. Make the choice to grow up spiritually.

This is not something that happens with the passing of time!
Not Spiritually: I have met many very old baby Christians.
Not naturally: I have friends from hockey who still think the Jr. High drunken foolishness is cool stuff.

Hebrews 5: 8-14
Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Think about the stages of life.
(a.) Newborn
They are totally helpless, - They are cute, - They can say and do anything, - Every need is looked after (Instant Prayer answers).

(b.) Infant or childhood.
They start to learn the basics, - They feed themselves with help, - They potty train (Clean own messes), - Tie shoes and other basic necessities.

(c.) The teen years.
They gradually become responsible for themselves, - They get a job,
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