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Summary: A passionate, Biblical appeal for all to give God and on His behalf, our church and community nothing less than our Very Best. A call to revival.

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“THE VERY BEST”

Perth Bible Church Sunday August 16, 2009 AM

Rev. Todd G. Leupold

Setting: removed pulpit, wooden cross center stage

OPEN:

I believe that one of the most dangerous combinations of two words in the English language is . . . “Good Enough.” Confused? Think about it. How much is held back, left undone, put aside, and stopped short because someone (perhaps you, perhaps me) decided “Hey, it’s good enough.” In other words, “I/we could DO more, but why bother. I/we could BE more, but why bother. I/we already did enough and it’s good enough.”

How far does that attitude really get us, though? In 2001, the highly esteemed business teacher and consultant, Jim Collins, published a book that took the world by storm and became an instant classic and ’must read’ in every business school in America and many more around the world. The title: Good To Great. The Premise: The companies that achieve sustained success are the ones that refuse to settle for “good enough” and strive relentlessly for nothing less than “great.”

Similarly I believe that perhaps the single most dangerous word in the English language is . . . “average.” What’s wrong with that? Nothing at all if you are spiritually dead in your sins and without Christ in your life. But those who have been saved from their sins, spiritually enlivened, and are indwelt and empowered by the Holy Spirit of the Living God should NEVER be average or ordinary. Anyone who is actively living in the Spirit of Christ and guided by the Mighty Hand of the LORD God Most High must be extra-ordinary!

Yet, how often we fall down, fall behind, or plain fall by the wayside.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Do you not know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. (25) Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. (26) Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly, or box like one who beats the air. (27) Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

Dim lights, and keep such throughout rest of service

ILLUSTRATION: “The Death Crawl”

- clip from the movie Facing The Giants (scene 12) 7:15 mins.

as clip is playing move off to side and sit at piano. Preach from here following clip.

Life in this sin savaged world is a seemingly never-ending Death Crawl. Only, instead of carrying a classmate who is gripping onto our backs and doesn’t want you to shake him off, we carry other much more difficult burdens – Fear, Uncertainty, Bitterness, Unforgiveness, Sickness Distraction, Pride, Selfishness, Personal Agendas, Embarrassment, Anger, Unreconciled Relationships, etc.

We rebel, we slow down, we look for another route because we believe the burden is too great and something we should not have to carry.

We expect that, because of Christ, our path should be wide, easy and a matter of following the crowd. Even in spite of His words about the “Narrow Path.


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