Summary: This is not a warm fuzzy feel good sermon
BE A POSITIVE PERSON
Date: March 10,2002 AM Service
Place: Allendale Baptist
Text: Phil. 2:1-8
No matter where you go what you do or who you are around. No matter how hard you try you just cannot get away from negative talk & negative people. Negative, negative, negative, that’s all you hear.
A typical American family was driving home from church. Dad was fussing about the sermon being too long & sort of boring. The mother said she thought the organist played a little too loud during the 2nd hymn. The daughter, who is music major in college, said that the soloist sang about a half note off key during most of the song. Grandma said she couldn’t hear very well they were setting in a bad place. Little Johnny listened to all this and started to fuss about the woman with the big hat in front of him. He couldn’t see around her. Then he nudged his dad & said “BUT YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO ADMIT, IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD SHOW FOR THE FEW BUCKS WE GAVE.”
The big thing today is these positive speakers, or motivational speakers that try to fill you full of sausage & bologna of the secular world. I you will allow me to this morning I would like to show you how the bible teaches to be a positive person in a negative world…
I. THINK POSITIVE THOUGHTS.
A. Phil 4:8 “Whatsoever things are of good report, think on these things.”
B. Some people fail to discipline their thinking.
C. Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
D. Stay in God’s Word.
II. HEAR POSITIVE SOUNDS.
A. Stop listening to filth, smut & destruction on the airwaves.
B. Listen to good not bad.
C. Listen to the Lord & heed His word.
III. SEE POSITIVE SIGHTS.
A. Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author & finisher of our faith.”
B. Some look for the bad in people & circumstances seeing only faults &negatives.
C. We must look for the good & look through Jesus’ eyes.
IV. SPEAK POSITIVE WORDS.
A. Psalms 105:2 “Talk of all His wondrous works”
B. People talk most about evil & bad events.
C. We should talk positively seeking to glorify God exalting His goodness, grace & love.
V. PERFORM POSITIVE DEEDS
A. Col 3:23 “And whatsoever you do, do it heartily as unto the Lord & not unto men.”
B. The deeds of some are negative. They are selfish, dishonest & displeasing to God.
C. We must be truthful, ready to lift those who are down & witness for Christ.
VI. ATTEND POSITIVE PLACES.
A. Psalms 122:1 “I was glad when they said let us go into the house of the Lord.”
B. Christians hurt their influence when they go to the wrong places in search of entertainment.
C. Be a positive Christian. Attend church
The most positive thing you could ever do is accept Jesus Christ as your Lord & Savior.
You may have accepted Him but you have not been living for Him, you need to come today to recommit you life to Him.
You may not have a church home. We would love to have you join this “Growing Fellowship of Excitement”