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Summary: So often we play things safe believing that if we 'stay put' and if we don't move... that all will be well, but that is FAR from the truth...

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Date Written: January 04, 2014

Date Preached: January 05, 2014

Where Preached: OPBC (AM)

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Series Title: Moving Ahead

Sermon Title: Moving Ahead – When You R Scared

Sermon Text: Acts 9:10-19 [ESV]

Introduction:

10Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. 14And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” 15But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 17So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; 19and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus.

Introduction:

Safe is a comfortable place… we have all heard the phrase ‘safe and sound’… in our house, ‘safe and sound’! Safe is a place where we ALL want to be!

But feeling safe can be an illusion… Feeling safe and being safe and taking it safe can lead us into a false sense of security! Playing it safe, leads to no movement… no movement leads to stagnation and stagnation leads to nothing good!

But moving forward can be a scary thing… Think about the early settlers, many were content to remain where they were but many were willing to take the risk and MOVE west… a decision that was fraught with danger and the unknown… but a decision that moved them to a better place!

Are there risks moving ahead in life? YES there are ALWAYS risks when we move out of our ‘safe zone’ into the unknown! But there is also great risk in staying where we are and NOT moving forward…

Billy Graham was a young preacher who had a vision from God to preach the gospel to the world… can you imagine what his legacy would have been IF he had played it safe… if he had stayed in N.C. and just preached at local rallies in his association?

BUT what we know is that he did NOT play it safe, but launched an all out campaign to preach youth revivals all across our country… and God opened door after door for Him to further the Kingdom!


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