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Summary: All followers of Jesus can be high impact people because of the purpose and power of God in their lives.

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Embarrassed Believer or Person of Impact?

Scripture Reading: Acts 6:1-15

Text: Acts 6:2-10; 7:54, 57-59

Sermon Idea: Are you an embarrassed believer or person of impact?

All followers of Jesus can be high impact people because of the purpose and power of God in their lives.

We can and should be high impact people to others. Take for instance a man named Vinnie Skutnick. On a cold, dreary, wintery morning, a flight attendant was going down for the count in the freezing waters of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. She was one of those on Air Florida=s ill-fated flight 90 that had crashed into the 14th Street Bridge.

Vinnie Skutnick was standing on the bridge watching as the flight attendant was struggling to stay alive. He took off his overcoat, heavy boots and dove into the Potomac. He swam to the flight attendant, found her, and lifted her head and shoulders out of the water. He whispered in her ear, AYou will live.@ And she did!

Asked why he risked his life to save the stranger, he replied, AI couldn=t save everybody, but I knew I could make a difference to one person.@ Vinnie Skutnick couldn=t be a high impact person to everyone but he could be a high impact person to that flight attendant (Unknown Source).

In life there are Ahigh impact people@ who impact multitudes of people. Most of us will never do that. However, we can be people of high impact if it is only to a few. As a matter of fact, God intends for us to be people who influence the outcome of another person=s life and be a person of high impact.

Is it possible? I know it is. We can learn some of the principles that can make us Ahigh impact people@ from Scripture=s brief account of the life and death of Stephen. Let=s read it together. (READ ACTS 6:1-15).

Stephen was a person of influence who joined with God to make him a high impact kind of person. We can embrace some of the things it will take to be a high impact person ourselves. First we must believe that it is possible.

I. BELIEVE IT IS POSSIBLE. (Acts 6:2-7)

Listen to this list of people. John Grisham, George Gallup, John Maxwell, Yvonne Peavey, James Dobson, William Booth, Milton Villarreal, Hal Linhardt, Michael Jordan, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, and Sandra Purnell. All of these people have one thing in common. You may ask what it is? They are male and female. They are young and old. Some are living and some have died. Some are well known and some are not. What is the one thing they have in common? They have been, or are people of influence.

Some, of the people you may recognize, others you don=t. Yvonne Peavey and Sandra Purnell were my third and sixth grade teachers. Milton Villarreal was a man who was a father to me when I had none. Hal Linhardt was a pastor of ours. All of these people had an influence on my life.

All of us in this room are people of influence. However, we are not using that influence to its maximum impact. Hugh Hewitt in his book, The Embarrassed Believer goes into great detail to demonstrate that we, as Christians, are not reaching our potential in influencing those around us.


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