Summary: This is the sermon I used to kick off our prayer campaign for our upcoming revival.
Sunday, January 12, 2003
Title: "Got Any Prayin’ People ’Round Here?"
Text: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
1. The sun was lowering and the air was like an oven when the stranger rode into town.
With every step his horse kicked up little puffs of dust from the dry, powdery street
No one had seen the likes of him before.
He was a stranger to these parts.
No one knew for sure what to make of him.
Leather creaked as he slid out of the saddle.
The ground shook as the big man’s boots hit the street.
He hitched his horse to the rail,
stepped up on the wooden sidewalk
and headed toward the saloon.
When his lengthening shadow spilled through the swinging doors a hush fell over the crowd.
The bartender stopped pouring.
The dealer stopped shuffling.
The bargirls stopped shmooching.
Even the piano fell silent.
and necks craned
as every eye tried to catch a glimpse of the stranger.
The stranger stopped and spoke for the first time, "Got any praying people around here?"
Those were the first words that Francis Asbury
(an itenerant Methodist preacher)
spoke when he rode into a new town.
"Got any praying people around here?"
2. That’s how the Methodist Church became the largest and most influential Christian denomination of the 19th and early 20th century.
They knew that revival came when Christians prayed.
(Note: I borrowed this introduction from one of Roger Griffith’s sermons here on sermoncentral.com, entitled: "Praying for Revival")
Today, we are going to kick off our prayer campaign for our revival.
Our Revival begins on February 5, only 3 1/2 weeks away.
The success of our revival depends on the answer to that question..."Got any prayin’ people ’round here?"
Read Text: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
1. When you put Christ First, you will be a person of Prayer
In our vision for 2003, we’ve been talking about putting Christ First.
You should remember that the "I" in Christ stands for intercession.
Paul says, "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone" 1 Tim 2:1 (NIV)
Paul says, "I urge you"...
"I’m begging you"...
"I implore you"...
Obviously this is very important information that Paul is communicating to Timothy.
In 1 Timothy 1:3, we learn that...
Paul had assigned Timothy to provide pastoral leadership to the Church at Ephesus....
while he went on to Macedonia....
Paul was hoping to come back soon....
but he realizes that he may be delayed...
and that’s why this letter was written.
In 1 Timothy 3:14-15, Paul says, "Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth"
So, how should people conduct themselves in God’s house?
We should be people of prayer.
Paul urges not only Timothy and the Church of Ephesus...
But he is urging you and me...
here in the Church of Belleview COTN...
to be people of prayer.