Summary: This is a challenge for the church to move by faith into new territory for God, with God’s help.
Friends. Are you Ready? Are you ready to go somewhere you’ve never been before?
Friends, Church, I’m asking you a serious question this Sunday morning? Were
going on a trip, and were going to places that we’ve never been before, isn’t that exciting,
don’t you like adventure?
This journey is real, and I want you to be ready for the trip, I don’t want anyone to
be left behind. Listen to me this morning, God has a message for you this morning that’s
just for you.
If your a first time attendee, your just in time and I believe your here for a reason.
You see, this is our year of Breakthrough, and God is going to lead us to that
breakthrough. But you need to understand this, God is going to lead us down some new
roads, He’s going to take us where we’ve never been before as a church, and he wants to
take you in to places in your Christian journey to places you’ve never been.
Let me ask you something, “How are we going to achieve a breakthrough in the
life of our church, if we keep doing the same things that we’ve always done?”
How many here this morning lost 25 lb. this last week? Now I’m not saying you
need to lose any weight, look at me. But the reason you didn’t and I didn’t lose any
weight this last week, we didn’t change anything, right.
How many of you made the same amount of money last week on your job that you
normally make? Why is that?
If you want to make more money, you either ask for a raise, get another job, or
find a better job, whatever you do, something has to change, right?
The same is true in the church. Let me share a little history with you that you
don’t want to hear. Before 1997, this church had been in decline for seven strait years,
from an average of around 75 to an average of about 20 when Nola and I arrived two
years ago. Since then we have had some growth, but I don’t believe anything comparable
to what God has in store for us if were willing to follow him on a new road, to a new level
of Faith and Obedience. So my question that I started with still stands, Are You Ready?
Are you Willing to Go and Trust in God ?
This morning if you think that it’s a little scary thinking about going to a new
place, starting on a journey where you don’t know the territory or even where it’s going
to end, your not alone.
We serve a God who likes to take his people on trips!!!!!!
Remember Abraham? “Go to a place I will show you..” Now that was real definitive
wasn’t it? Abraham went, God Blessed Him, made an everlasting covenant with him and
made him the Father of many Nations. What a ride.
Remember Noah? My word friends, can you imagine. That was a trip. It had never
RAINED BEFORE AND GOD SAID BUILD AN ARK. You know what happened,
God took Noah and his family, because they were faithful, and obedient, He took them on
the First Forty Day Cruise Ship, a floating Zoo if you will. God has a great sense of
I could go on and on and tell you stories that you have heard, that you know
where God took men and women on great journeys, and these journeys are in two areas of
life, first it’s in the spiritual realm.
Friends, there is no way you are going to be able to accomplish God’s will for our
church in Clarksville, until You allow God to First Accomplish His will in your life.
You can’t carry our God’s will in your church unless your carrying our His will in your
life. YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO BREAK NEW GROUND WITH GOD.
WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT?
---You need to understand that we are not going to be able to do anything great
for God, until he does something Great in us.
And there are things that will keep that from happening.......
...areas of my life not turned over to God.....
...Living in the Past.....past failures......Satan defeating me because of my past....if it’s
confessed it’s gone.....
You see, I believe that this church is full of people who want to see a
Breakthrough, who ARE HUNGRY to see God do a mighty work in our church. AND
THAT’S GREAT, BUT HEAR ME TODAY.
AND THIS IS WHAT GOD IS TEACHING ME.
IT WON’T HAPPEN IN THE CHURCH UNTIL IT HAPPENS IN ME.
IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE CHURCH, UNTIL IT HAPPENS IN YOU,
WHERE YOU HAVE A BREAKTHROUGH IN YOUR CHRISTIAN LIFE.