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Summary: This sermon addresses the body of christ in a thought provoking way! It ministers to our "hurting" congregations and let people know that we MUST reach out to our brethern and put away our masks of deception called "holier than thou"!

EVANGELIST CAROLYN MALAIKA FOSTER-BROOKS

THE MINISTRY OF S.A.R.A.H.

(serenity*atonement*restoration & healing)

Lyons, GA.

May 18, 2003

*sermon delivered at White Chapel MB Church

Lyons, Georgia

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your Divine message that was revealed to me in the midnight hour while others were yet slumbering and dreaming. This is truly God a time when your people need to know that there is hope for a brighter tomorrow. Lord, remove me, Your humble servant from the thoughts of Your children and allow them to receive You through me in this message of deliverance. Allow them, God, to receive the gospel truth as you have given it to me. Lord, I thank You for everything- right now allow the anointing of the Holy Spirit fall fresh upon me as I share this message with the world! In the name of Jesus Christ, I have prayed. Amen. And so it is!

INTRODUCTION:

I bring you greetings from the Ministry of S.A.R.A.H. and from my church home, Mount Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Lyons, Georgia.

It is indeed an honor and a challenge to be before you because I know Satan is on the war path right now....he is not happy that you have chosen to hear a message from the Lord! And while you are here with me, satan is going to do his best to aggrevate you, to make you feel bored and sleepy, make you look at your watches and make you want to be somewhere else!

But, in the sweet and holy name of Jesus, I rebuke satan because he is nothing but a liar and I rebuke every other lying spirit that might encompass you now. Do not be distracted, because God said in His word, "SET YOUR AFFECTIONS ON THINGS ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS ON EARTH." (COLLOSIANS 3:2)

To my brethern in the gospel, I say to you there is a special Word from God for you as you receive this message! (1PETER 1:2) GOD , THE FATHER CHOSE YOU LONG AGO, AND THE SPIRIT HAS MADE YOU HOLY. AS A RESULT, YOU HAVE OBEYED JESUS CHRIST AND ARE CLEANSED BY HIS BLOOD. MAY YOU HAVE MORE AND MORE OF GOD’S SPECIAL FAVOR AND WONDERFUL PEACE!

SCRIPTURE: (JAMES 5:16)

CONFESS YOUR FAULTS ONE TO ANOTHER, AND PRAY ONE FOR ANOTHER, THAT YE MAY BE HEALED. THE EFFECUAL FERVENT PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN AVAILETH MUCH.

TEXT:

My topic for today’s message will be , HOW CAN WE HEAL A DYSFUNCTIONAL CHURCH?

First of all, I am not talking to or about the building....no, I am speaking to the body of Christ, because we are the church!

And secondly, am I saying that there is something wrong with the church? We all know that there is, but in the family of God, often we don’t want to acknowledge our mistakes. No, we would rather hold to an illusion of instant sanctification when we become born again. Or think that just because we have been in church all of our lives, that we have it made!!

You know what ? If this wasn’t so true, it could be funny, but it’s not! In the church, we know we are all sinners ( myself included, because when I point a finger at someone else, I have 4 fingers pointed back at me! So who are we to judge other people???) we know that we were born in sin, but the thing is that nobody wants to admit to what his or her particular sin happens to be. Big sin. Little sin. It does not matter....sin is sin!

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