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Summary: This sermon highlights the key characteristics and benefits of a life of faithful service to God. It challenges those in Leadership positions, (especially teachers) to take their roles seriously and to remain faithful as they continue to serve God.

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"A Call to Serve"

MARCH 22, 2009

CENTRAL ZION BAPTIST CHURCH

2 TIMOTHY 2:1-7

SALUTATION

CONGRATULATE WORKERS FOR JOB WELL DONE - FOR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THE TEACHING MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH – LETS CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THEM, AND PRAY THAT GOD WILL SEND MORE COMMITTED WORKERS INTO HIS SERVICE.

STUDENTS – ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONTINUE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE.

LET ME SAY RIGHT UP FONT, WE MAY DO A LOT OF THINGS IN CHURCH, BUT IF AS A CHURCH, WE FAIL TO INCORPORATE THE TEACHING OF THE WORD OF GOD, WE WILL BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN A GROUP OF FOLKS TO GET TOGETHER TWICE A WEEK TO SOCIALIZE, AND HAVE A GOOD TIME AND WHEN IT IS ALL SAID AND DONE, WE ARE STILL A PEOPLE MOST MISERABLE AND SPIRITUALLY WEAK BECAUSE OUR SPIRITS ARE LACKING THE WORD OF GOD WHICH IS ABLE TO MAKE US STRONG IN THE TIMES OF TESTING AND TRIBULATIONS. AND SO I AM COMMITTED TO THE TEACHING AND THE PREACHING OF THE WORD OF GOD AND WILL REMAIN COMMITTED TO THE WORD AND IF YOU ARE HERE TODAY AND YOU WANT A CHURCH WHERE THAT FOCUSES ON JUST EMOTIONS WITHOUT REGARD FOR THE WORD OF GOD, THIS IS NOT THE CURCH FOR YOU. WE ARE SEEKING TO BUILD A CHURCH THAT IS WELL ROUNDED IN THE WORD AND PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO USE THEIR GIFTS AND THE SPIRIT IS FREE TO MOVE, BUT NOTHING WILL EVER GET IN THE WAY WHEN IT COMES TO THE TEACHING AND THE PREACHING OF THE WORD. I AM REMINDED THAT – THE BIBLE SAYS: THY WORD HAVE I HID IN MY HEART THAT I MAY NOT SIN AGAINST THEE.. THE WORD IS A BARRIER AGAINST WILFUL AND SINFUL BEHAVIOR.

STUDY TO SHOW YOUR SELF APPROVED A WORKMAN WHO IS NOT ASHAMED BUT RIGHTLY DIVING THE WORD OF TRUTH – THE WORD IS A PROTECTION AGAINST MISLEADING OURSELVES AS WELL AS OTHERS ASTRAY – THE WORD OF GOD KEEPS US ON TRACK.

THINK ABOUT IT, WHEN JESUS WAS BEING EMPTED BY SATAN IN THE WIDERNES, THE FIRST TJING HE DID WAS NOT TO PRAY, NOT TO SING, NO, HE USED THE WORD OF GOD AGAINST THE ENEMY AND HE WAS ABLE TO OVERCOME AND RISE ABOVE THE TEMPTATION BECAUSE HE KNEW THE WORD OF GOD – THE WORD OF GOD IS A SHIELD AGAINST THE FIERY DARTS OF SATAN AND ABLE TO KEEP US FROM FALLING.

LOOK AT IT THIS WAY, IF JESUS WHO WAS THE WORD NEEDED THE WORD TO STAND AGAINST THE ENEMY, WHAT ABOUT US. I SAID ALL THAT I SAID BECAUSE IT IS THROUGH THE TEACHING MINISTRY THAT WE LEARN THE WORD OF GOD SO THAT WE CAN BECOME STRONG AND MATURE IN THE GRACE OF GOD.

MY CENTRAL FAMILY, I AM PROUD OF YOU BECAUSE IN THE LAST YEAR THERE HAS BEEN A RADICAL SHIFT IN YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE TEACHING OF THE WOD OF GOD. YOU HAVE BEEN DOING VERY WELL AND I THANK GOD FOR THAT BECAUSE THAT SAYS TO BE THAT WE ARE MATURING IN THE THINGS OF GOD. WHILE OUR WEDNESDAYS ARE FAST BECOMING LIKE SUNDAY MORNINGS, WE STILL HAVE A LITTLE MORE WORK TO DO IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL, BUT I AM VERY ENCOURAGED BY WHAT I SEE AND I PRAISE GOD FOR ALL OF YOU.

BUT I AM HEHE WITH THE TIME I HAVE LEFT TO TELL US HOW ARE WE TO SERVE FAITHFULLY. HOW ARE WE EMPOWERED TO SERVE FAITHFULLY, AND ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO THE TEACHING MINISTRY?

WELL THIS TEXT IS LOADED.


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