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Summary: The world needs men/women with a dream- to stand for the truth of God’s Word,the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the message of the Kingdom of God.

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I Have A Dream!

Opening Comments

Aug 28, 1963- steps of the Lincoln Memorial … Dr Martin Luther King, Jr … delivered a speech …

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” ... I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

Dr King believed in his dream/ultimate sacrifice.

World needs men/women w/dream- to stand for the-

truth of God’s Word,

Gospel of Jesus Christ,

message of the Kingdom of God.

Every born-again believer is that man/woman.

We have all been given a dream/mission to fulfill.

Introduction

Church On The Rock Internation (COTRI)- theme for 2005 … The Year of the Dreamer.

Motto: Dreams can come alive in 2005!

I believe God told us 2005 would be a new ERA …

Empowerment, Release, Advancement

God has called us into His Kingdom- as such we are-

1 Pet 2:9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; NASU

Proclaim- to publish, to celebrate.

Excellencies- valor/virtue of God.

You/I have been given the message- Kingdom of God.

2 Cor 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. NASU

If they do not see the excellencies of God in us, where will they see it?

If we cannot press through our barriers and limitations, what hope is there for them?

If we constantly struggle w/detours/delays, how can we encourage them?

Today we must live beyond our natural capabilities.

When Jesus Christ ascended to the Father He left us with the mission to complete the work He started.

Together we can do everything He did and more …

Jn 14:12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. NASU

Sam Walker, COTRI pastor- Lifting the Lid on Life’s Limitations.

We all struggle with limitations in our lives.

Look for a moment at the life of Paul …

2Cor 12:7

Here Paul was, walking w/God, he was beginning to understand the things of God.

Paul finds himself hindered, unable to press beyond.

2Cor 12:8

God brought Paul to a place of desperation- no longer able to overcome in his own strength/wisdom.

2Cor 12:9-10

Content- gladly, with great pleasure.

Paul takes pleasure in his short comings/limitations.

Last week I encouraged us to …

Recognize our limitations,

Refuse to let our limitations limit us,

Receive the grace of God,

Rejoice with thanksgiving in your heart.

If we are going to lift the lid off of our limitations-

1. Recognize our limitations

Faith is not pretending something is true when it is not true, it is not denying that we have limitations.

Faith is recognizing the power of God to take us beyond our limitations.


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