Summary: Deals with us being what we should be as a member of His church.
Tonight we will continue our look at the challenge I lay before you as members of FBC Runnelstown to “Be a Good Church Member.”
You can look around tonight and see how many are willing to take this challenge from the morning service and how many aren’t. It is sad when other priorities come BEFORE God on a regular basis.
“I would like to begin with a story about a boy. When Joey Barrow was a teenager, his schoolmates labeled him the class sissy. At eighteen, while the other guys were involved in more "masculine" activities, Joey was taking violin lessons. One day, they called him "sissy" one time too many. Joey smashed the boy who made fun of him smack on the head with (you guessed it) his violin. It didn’t help. The story simply brought another round of laughter from Joey’s classmates.
One boy did not laugh. Big, strapping Thurston McKinney decided it was time Joey got involved in something with a little more muscle. Thurston exercised regularly at a local gym and asked Joey to come along. As always, Joey had his violin with him. "If you want to work out with me," said Thurston, "you’ll have to rent a locker." Locker rental was fifty cents. The only money Joey had was what his mom had given him for that week’s violin lesson. So Joey borrowed some gym trunks and some old tennis shoes from Thurston, rented the locker with his violin money, and put the violin inside.
The first time Thurston invited Joey to spar with him, Joey clobbered him. Flattened him. The dazed response of Thurston McKinney, himself already a Detroit Golden Gloves Champion, was, "Boy, throw that violin away!" With the money his mother had intended to finance weekly violin lessons, Joey kept a permanent locker. In five years, Joey Barrow would turn twenty-three and be the heavyweight boxing champion of the world!
The anthologies of athletics say little about Thurston McKinney, but he took Joey Barrow under his wing. Joey dropped his last name, so his mother wouldn’t know the newspapers were talking about her son. The world knew for years before she did that sissy Joey Barrow had been transformed into the unbeatable "Brown Bomber," Joe Louis.
Another transformed man wrote 2 Peter. His name is Simon Peter His transformation did not produce a fighter, but just the opposite. Peter was transformed from a fighter into a servant of Jesus Christ. So dramatic was the change in Peter’s life that he wrote this letter to remind his readers Christian faith was never intended to remain unchanged or static. Christian faith always adds something. It is always growing.” Holman New Testament Commentary, Vol. 11, p. 106
This morning we looked at 3 of the 5 “B’s” I wanted to share with you. They were: (1) Be Something, (2) Be a Disciple, (3) Be Faithful. Tonight we will examine the final two.
I. BE-lieve Something
A. D. L. Moody, I believe, is the one who first said, “Unless we stand for something, we will fall for anything”.
1. I am proud to live in America
a) I am glad that the land I live in is a land that allows me to worship how I see fit.