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Summary: If the Spirit of God is being poured out on the end-time church, why is it not operating with more effectiveness? One key element is commitment to the local church. Are we committed to ministry?

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09/29/2002

Committed To Ministry

* What is God saying to the "end time church"

* As Joel prophesied, in the last days, the Spirit of God would poured out..."

* So why do we not see churches operating with greater effectiveness?

* I believe is in part due to our commitment to ministry

* The mindsets of many believers are this; that the work of the ministry is optional, occasional and/or based upon their convenience

* Churches are struggling to find committed members

* Members are struggling to understand the importance of being committed - it is not taught

* There is great benefit and reward to those who are committed to ministry

KEYS TO BEING COMMITTED TO MINISTRY:

Acts 4:32-37

32a Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul;

* Here is an important key to being committed to the ministry - agreement within the ministry

* It would appear they agreed on everything - NOT

* In fact we know that there were many disputes of doctrine, cultural preferences, ministry teams, etc

* However, we read that those who believed were of...

* Col 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

* When our focus is upon the furthering the Kingdom and not our own kingdom - we come into agreement

* You won’t agree on everything

* We must agree on our vision, mission & goals

32b neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.

* 2nd important key of being committed to ministry - they were committed to one another

* They broke down the wall of "self absorption"

* This is when you know that you are growing spiritually; when your concern for your own needs becomes eclipsed by your concern of others’

* They had all things in common - what is mine is thine

* We call ourselves covenant people - do we live up to that name?

* Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

* The third key is revealed here - it is not the great power (that is a benefit of commitment)

* They were committed to getting to work (rolling up their sleeves)

* They "gave witness"

* Our principle calling is to "give witness"

* It is the "cause", it is not a "vision"

* Vision is a strategy

* The Cause is the primary goal

* The leadership was committed to the cause

* **My commitment to this ministry**

34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need. 36 And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus, 37 having land, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.


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Doris Adamson

commented on Sep 17, 2017

We as humans struggle with commitment. My prayer is that God helps me with my commitment to Him and to the church with all there is in life to distract and discourage. Amen Praising Him Forever and Ever Amen....

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