Summary: How to be ineffective for the Kingdom of God

I Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.”

Brought up with fireworks on the 4th of July.

Tennessee to buy them

Every now and then we would have one that

The fuse would light…

Smoke would come out…

Anticipation would raise…NOTHING!!!

It was a dud!

Nothing but a little bitty fire and a little bit of smoke and then zilch…

We would get so mad…but most of all we were disappointed!

A “dud” has all the makings of a bomb, but it doesn’t explode!

Looks like a bomb, smells like a bomb, smokes like a bomb, but nothing happens, no explosion, no results, so excitement.

Sometimes churches are the same way.

Looks like a church, has pews, has a pulpit, has a few bibles laying around, has a piano, stained glass windows, even has some people.

But unless the presence of God is there and lives are changed, it is just a building. . . a “DUD!”

“Crowds mean little if lives are unchanged.”

I don’t want to be a dud

1. Avoid spending as much time in God’s word as you can:

When you read God’s Word it takes root in your heart

It also builds your faith

You begin to take action, witnessing and believing

Romans 8:1-3 “Therefore now there is no condemnation to them that are in

Christ Jesus…

2. What ever you don’t pray:

They just might get answered

Great things might start happening

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you that whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.”

3. Don’t be a giver, be as selfish as you possibly can:

When you give others are blessed

Then you are blessed

Horde all you can, be a Scrooge!!

Never give of your time to volunteer

Nothing will ever get done

4. Avoid coming to church:

You might get spiritual

You won’t have any conviction about anything you do!

You will become weak

Hebrews 10:24 &25 “Let us not give up on meeting together….”

5. Keep a critical attitude

Find out all the bad

Make sure you don’t exercise forgiveness and love

6. Be a good gossip, talk about as many people as you can.

Make up details - make it juicy!!!!

Cast the first stone - Throw the first punch

7. Don’t witness to anybody, they just might get saved

It is embarrassing

What would you do if they actually got saved?

The church just might grow!!!

It might make a difference in the community.

I Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.”

Watch your speech, life, love, faith… and stay pure.

Devote yourself to the reading and studying of your Bible.

Do not neglect your gift. (Music, preach, decorate, kids…)

Get involved!!!

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