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Summary: Used at the annual meeting of our association.. telling the Church in America, its time to RISE UP! and do the Work the Lord has for us.

Who Are We?

10/15/2004

Introduction… I would like to thank the First Baptist Church of -------for having us here this evening, and I thank the association as well, for allowing me to be a part of this service.

And I want to thank my daughter, Katy, for that beautiful song… She inspires me in the way that she sings, and it inspires me to know that even when we are unable to do certain things in this world in which we live... we know a man who can.

In the 144th psalm, I can just picture King David as he looked heavenward and asked God… What is man that you care for him?

Friends….. Who Are We?

Now, many of you do not know who I am….

I was saved by the grace of God in November 1992, and I surrendered to the ministry in February 1998.

I was with a heavy equipment company for almost 15 years, in which I had been a parts man, a mechanic, and when I left that business to preach I was in management…

The reason I am telling you this to give you the background for what I am about to do…

Many years ago now, an item was placed in one of the offices at this heavy equipment company in Tupelo Mississippi…. And I thought about that item when I started thinking about this message….

So I traveled through Tupelo some time back, and they let me have the item that I want you to see this evening…

Now, I would like to go ahead and ask for your forgiveness in advance, because I am about to do something I have never done before and I may not do it right…

I am not used to having technological items involved when I am preaching… but I have been hearing of the tremendous impact this type of presentation has been having on people, so I wanted to share with you this evening…. for the first time ever in my preaching career, a POWER POINT presentation…

(actually a large poster}

Read Gazelle vs. Lion…

{Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up.

It must outrun the fastest lion or be killed.

Every morning in Africa a lion wakes up.

It must outrun the slowest Gazelle or stave.

It doesn’t matter weather you are a Lion

or a Gazelle, when the sun comes up,

You better be running.}

Again I ask the question… WHO ARE WE?

I use the term WE quite a bit in the messages I bring… because by the time a preacher is ready to bring a message before the people, God has already dealt with the preacher first…

So, I am not asking who you are tonight… but who are WE!

Now, WE are a lot of things…

We are Americans, Fathers, Parents, Spouses, Pastors,

We are The Rocky Bayou Baptist Association

Teachers, Leaders, business people, workers…

We are Christians.. We are SINNERS…

We are souls… pulled from the very pits of Hell by our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus….

My friends, WE are the Church of America….

But the Church of America… many Christians… many Pastors… many Leaders…. Have accepted or at least capitulated to the ways of this immoral and corrupt society in which we now live…

Friends, WE…. The church in America as a whole…. WE… are living like the Gazelle… we are running away… we are running from evil… we are running in FEAR….. when we should be the LION!


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