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Summary: EVERY CHURCH MEMBER IS “IN THE GAME” EVERY CHURCH MEMBER CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUCCESS OF THE CHURCH MINISTRY TO CARRY OUT THE CAUSE OF CHRIST, AND SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE LORD AND DO HIS PART TO HELP WIN THE BATTLE AGAINST S

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SIDELINE CHRISTIANS

1/20/08

TEXT: JAMES 1:

VS. 22--25

INTRODUCTION: I WAS WATCHING A FOOTBALL GAME RECENTLY, AND I COULD NOT HELP BUT NOTICE THAT THOSE WHO WERE “IN” THE GAME (11 ACTIVE PLAYERS ON EACH SIDE), WERE CARRYING THE LOAD FOR THE TEAM.

THEY WERE IN THE TRENCHES, THE THICK OF THE BATTLE SO TO SPEAK.

OTHERS WERE ON THE SIDELINES; SOME STANDING, SOME WARMING UP, SOME SITTING ON THE BENCH, YET ALL EAGERLY ANTICIPATING A CHANCE TO “GET INTO THE GAME, BE A PART OF THE TEAM’S SUCCESS.

I THOUGHT TO MYSELF: “THIS IS THE WAY THAT THE FAMILY OF GOD SHOULD BE.”

EVERY CHURCH MEMBER IS “IN THE GAME”

EVERY CHURCH MEMBER CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUCCESS OF THE CHURCH MINISTRY TO CARRY OUT THE CAUSE OF CHRIST, AND SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE LORD AND DO HIS PART TO HELP WIN THE BATTLE AGAINST SATAN AND SIN.

I. SIDELINE CHRISTIANS: SHOULD BE EAGERLY AWAITING THE CHANCE TO SERVE. ROMANS 12:1

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.

(A) EVERYONE CANNOT PREACH, TEACH SING, BE A CHURCH LEADER. ETC. BUT EVERYONE CAN SERVE.

1. EVERYONE IS CAPABLE OF PRAYING. *

2. EVERYONE IS CAPABLE OF WITNESSING*

3. EVERYONE IS CAPABLE OF WORSHIPPING*

4. EVERYONE IS CAPABLE OF “PITCHING IN” TO HELP OUT WITH A NEEDED CAUSE.*

(B) GOD ONLY REQUIRES “YOUR” BEST NOT “THE” BEST

WE ARE NOT TO BE COMPARED TO OTHERS, NOR ARE WE IN COMPETITION WITH OTHERS. SERVICE TO GOD IS ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND GOD’S ONLY REQUIREMENT IS TO DO YOUR BEST FOR HIM.

(C) GOD NEVER PROMISED TO MAKE YOU A FAMOUS CHRISTIAN BUT HE DID PROMISE TO MAKE YOU A FURNISHED CHRISTIAN2 2Tim 3:16-17

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

1. GOD HAS FURNISHED THE WORD OF GOD AS A SPIRITUAL AMMUNITION ON THE BATTLEFIELD FOR THE LORD.

2. HIS WORD IS LIKE A TOOL CHEST, IT CONTAINS EVERYTHING NEEDED TO FURNISH US FOR HIS WORK

3. GOD HAS GIVEN EVERY CHILD OF GOD ACCESS TO HIS WORD, ACCESS TO HIS WILL, ACCESS TO HIS WISDOM AND ACCESS TO THE WORKING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

(D). GOD HAS FURNISHED US WITH ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING NEEDED TO DO HIS WILL AND ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION THAT HE HAS LEFT US TO CARRY OUT:

1. TO WITNESS OF HIS SAVING GRACE.

2. TO WIN SOULS FOR JESUS.

3. TO BE A LIGHTHOUSE FOR JESUS.

4. TO BE A HELP TO YOUR FELLOW CHRISTIAN.

YOU MAY BE ON THE SIDELINE, BUT GOD IS PREPARING YOU.*

(A) ON GOD’S TEAM, THERE ARE NO UNIMPORTANT PLAYERS.

Col 1:10

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God

1. SCRIPTURE DECLARES THAT GOD IS WILLING TO LEAVE THE 99 SHEEP AND SEARCH FOR THE ONE LOST.

2. HE CARES FOR YOUR SOUL, YOU ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO GOD AS ANYONE.1 Peter 5:7

Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you .

(B) HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOU TO GOD?


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