Summary: In our society today many think that God does not have a plan. Some think God is dead, or distant, or uncaring, or not in control – but the reality check is He always has a plan and His plan is always in motion. The real thought for us today is, “Are we g
“God has a Plan”
Opening Illustration: God has a plan from Blue fish Tv.com
In our society today many think that God does not have a plan. Some think God is dead, or distant, or uncaring, or not in control – but the reality check is He always has a plan and His plan is always in motion. The real thought for us today is, “Are we going to jump aboard God’s plan for this church and for our lives?” Are we going to believe that God is in control of our church and the world or not?
11For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14I will be found by you,” declares the LORD…”
Hands on: When people enter the church have the ushers hand them a puzzle piece to hold on to. Later in the sermon reference the importance of the puzzle piece.
Thesis: God has a plan for Christian Hills. Each person who is part of the church is also part of the plan and a piece to the puzzle. Each person in this church has been given at least one gift that they need to be using for the Body of Christ at Christian Hills.
1 Corinthians 12
1Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 2You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
4There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.
7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
14Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are many parts, but one body.