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Summary: I preached this sermon for our 30th Anniversary. 1. God WAS Here in the past 2. God Will be Here in the Future. 3. Most importantly, God is here today.

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Introduction

1. They say that dogs age 7 times faster than their owners...

a 10 year old dog is the same as a 70 year old man...

They don’t say anything like that for churches...

do churches age the same as people?...

a church 30 years old is like a 30 year old person?...

Or, is it like “dog years”...

a 30 year old church is like a 210 year old person?...

A famous comedian was asked what he would like people to say about him in 100 years...

and he answered, “I’d like them to say, ‘He looks pretty good for his age’”

2. As we look back over the past 30 years of ministry to the City of Belleview and the surrounding community...

As we look at the wonderful people who have served so faithfully down through the years...

As we look at the spiritual victory that has been won around this altar and that in the old church...

as we look at the lives that have been changed...

as we look at the marriages that have been saved...

as we look at the the prodigal children that have come home...

as we look at the bad habits that have been broken by the power of Christ...

As we look at the sacrifice of those Christians in the early days of our church...

We can only say, “To God be the Glory...Great Things He Has Done”!!...

We have to admit...

we look pretty good for our age...all glory to God!!

Read Text: Revelation 3:20

1. Our text doesn’t say it...

A. But the truth is certainly real as it relates to our church...

I was here. I stood at the door and knocked...

and there were those who answered the door...

and I came into their hearts...

Sometimes, someone might carve their name into a tree...

and put, “Johnny was here”...

Or “Cindy was here”...

Perhaps they scratched into wet cement...

or wrote it on the bathroom wall...

wherever they put it...

you can see the evidence that Johnny or Cindy or whoever it was, was there are some time in the past...

B. As we look at this congregation...

as we look at the people and the lives that have been impacted by this church...

I trust that we can see the Hand of God writing...”I was here”...

I knocked on the door of people’s hearts...

and they opened the door of their hearts and let me come it...

“I came...

I touched lives...

I forgave sin...

I healed families...

I was here”...

2. By the same token...I know our text doesn’t say it...but I am convinced that it is true nonetheless...

A. When we look to the future, we hear God saying,...

I will be here. I will stand at the door and knock...

and there will be those who will answer the door...

and let me come in”

As Belleview Church of the Nazarene continues to Worship God Almighty...

As we continue to impact the lives of people in this community for the next 30 years...

we realize that God will be here...

Always faithful...

Always knocking...

Always searching for that man, woman, boy or girl...

who will open the door to His knock.

3. But more important than God’s blessings in the past...

and more important than God’s provisions in the future...

A. God would have us read the text as it is written...

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.

If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,


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