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Summary: We have many people here that have these qualities...but cannot have TOO many! Thank God there are many more ’in the works’ and ’on the way!’ Link included to formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint Presentation.

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7 People Our Church Could Not Do Without

Philippians 1:3-7; 4:1,15

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A) Paul organized many churches and his interest in them never ceased!

* This was only natural! He had put much blood, sweat, and tears into them.

* Some of these churches pleased him, some of them disappointed him!

B) It seems that the church at Philippi was his favorite!

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* He felt that the church at Philippi represented the crowning work of his life, and of course, it brought him his greatest joy!

C) There are at least some people in every church like these Philippian Christians! And many in ours!

* They are a crown to their Pastor, they make his life worthwhile!

* They cause his heart to swell with joy!

D) The church could not get along without them!

* Who are they?

(1) THE CHURCH COULD NOT DO WITHOUT FAITHFUL PEOPLE!

* The Bible nowhere commends anyone for greatness or brilliance, but rather for faithfulness!

* Matt.25:21 "Well done thou good and faithful servant ......."

A) You know his name as a disease, but in 1927,

Lou Gehrig of the N.Y. Yankees was named outstanding baseball player of the year!

* During his lifetime he played in more consecutive games than any other man in the history of the sport! * He never missed a game! * They called him the "Iron Man of Baseball." You say you’re a team player…do you miss many of the games?

B) What made Lou Gehrig so great? * It was his faithfulness! [a better record than Cal Ripken, Jr.!]

* Every day he was out there on first base doing his best!

C) Now, if Christ picked out the most outstanding member of our church,

* Who would it be? * It would surely be the one who was most faithful!

* Jesus says in Rev.2:10, "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."

D) So my prayer is, "God, keep sending us faithful Christians!"

* We need people who are faithful in giving, attendance, Christian living, in serving, in witness!

* We couldn’t get along without faithful people, we have so many, and we can’t have too many of them!

(2) THE CHURCH COULD NOT DO WITHOUT WILLING PEOPLE!

* Oh, we have willing people, all right…some willing to work & others willing to let ’em!

Ezekiel 22:30

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

A) We have members who are willing to do the work of the world…

* But not the work of the Lord! * The job calls them and they go ...

* The club calls them, the lodge calls them, the outside organization calls them, and they are

ready and willing! * The Lord calls them, the church calls them, and they’re too busy!

B) A man said to me one time, "I don’t come to church on Sun. nights because,

* That’s the only time I have for my family." * Why?

* Because he gave all the other nights to his social life and pleasures!

* Now he felt that he could give God’s night to the family!

C) Christians ought to be willing to make some adjustments!

* The Lord and the church ought to have top priority in our lives!


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Roy Garthwaite

commented on Mar 19, 2011

Great challenge yet everyday practicality! Thank you!

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