Summary: This sermon will motivate christians to step out in faith and reach their communities.
Aloha I Ke Akua Christian Fellowship
Senior Pastor Paul A. Kaiwi, Jr., M.D.
Sunday Morning Service
September 3, 2006
Breaking Our Silence!!!
JOKE: Passengers aboard a luxurious cruise ship were having a great time until a baby girl fell overboard. Immediately there was an 80 year old man in the water who rescued the little girl. The crew pulled them both out of the shark-infested, rough waters. The captain was grateful as well as amazed that such an old white-haired man performed such a huge act of bravery. That night a large banquet was given in honor of the ship’s elderly hero. He was called forward to receive an award and was asked to say a few words. He said, "First of all, I’d like to know who pushed me overboard."
Introduction: Today’s message is sort of like the joke I just shared. We’re going to get pushed. But no worry, It’s a good kind of push, because we’re going to get pushed by God this morning.
Ecclesiastes 3:7b NIV ...a time to be silent and a time to speak.
This giant called the church is silent and sleeping. The church must awaken and no longer be silent. It is time for every person who calls themselves Christians to rise up, wake up, and break our silence. This entire world was created by our Father God, and He wants His children to have it. He wants every human being on this earth to have a personal relationship with Him. I guarantee that!! But, He cannot have these relationships if the church is silent.
Here’s a quick history on the United States and the Church.
●Christianity got taken out of our U.S. Government, and the church stood by in silence.
●The bible got taken out of our U.S. court rooms, and the church stood by in silence.
●Bible reading in public schools got banned, and the church stood by in silence.
●Prayer in public schools were stopped, and the church stood by in silence.
●Freedom of speech laws allow people to speak nasty and profane language in public, and the church stood by in silence.
●Abortion laws allow killing of innocent babies, and the church stood by in silence.
●The enemy is taking over our country, and the church stands by in silence.
The enemy wants Hana, Keanae, and Kaupo but this church is not going to stand by in silence. No way! We are going to make some noise and cause some shaking. Not by power, or by might but by His Holy Spirit. I know that we have some people in here who are called by God to preach the gospel, called by God to make some noise, called by God to cause some shaking. And just like me, you people cannot hold it in. It’s like fire shut up in your bones.
Jeremiah 20:9 NIV But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name," his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.
We must break out of our silence. We must break out of our comfort zones. We must break out of the four walls of this Helene Hall. We cannot remain silent any longer.
Luke 19:40 NIV "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
Acts 4:20 NIV “For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
Background for these next scriptures…
Acts 4:7-13, 17-20, 23-24, 29-33 NLT They brought in the two disciples and demanded, "By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?" 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Leaders and elders of our nation, 9 are we being questioned because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? 10 Let me clearly state to you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed in the name and power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, the man you crucified, but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ’The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ 12 There is SALVATION in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them." 13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men who had had no special training. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. 14 But since the man who had been healed was standing right there among them, the council had nothing to say.