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Summary: This is the 1st sermon in the series "At The House Of God".

Series: At The House Of God [#1]

WHY AM I HERE TODAY?

1 Samuel 1:1-20 (quickview) 

Chris (Congregational Reading):

What is our vision? It is our vision to:

1. Lead the lost to Jesus Christ!

2. Live lives in the world that lead the lost to Jesus Christ!

3. Intentionally make all church activities about the worship of Jesus Christ, growing stronger in Christ, and taking our faith beyond these walls.

IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!

Prayer: Chris

Baptism

“Pop Corn” Testimony Time: Chris

Introduction:

What a week (again)! I have seen prayer after prayer answered this week and I have seen people healed; but I have seen God do something that to me is even more miraculous than healing people’s bodies. This week when people have called me or come by, I have not heard anything about what “so and so” said or did to them. What I have heard is these beautiful words, “You won’t believe what God is doing”.

As we have been rebuilding, the wall has been rebuilt and the gates are up; but now is the time that we must really be focused on God more than ever. If we start thinking that we have done something we will let the enemy in and he will begin to tear things down again.

I believe now that God is beginning to use Bel Aire Baptist Church as a place of refuge in Hobbs. People need a place that they can come to and be able to be safe from the enemy and be restored. I believe that is God’s call on our Church right now.

In 1 Samuel 1 (quickview)  we find a time, (the time of the Judges) which is similar to year 2006.

It was a time when…

1. “…the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions” (1 Samuel 3:1 (quickview) ). There was a famine of the Word of God and not many people were experiencing the power of God in their lives. Let me ask you, “When is the last time God spoke to you through a vision or dream”? Oh no, the preacher is getting charismatic again. Turn with me to Acts 2 (quickview) .

Acts 2:17-18 (quickview) 

Maybe God hasn’t spoken to you through a dream or vision. When is the last time the Word has ministered to a need in your life? When is the last time a sermon or Sunday School lesson ministered to you?

It was a time when…

2. “…everyone did as he saw fit” (Judges 21:25 (quickview) ). When people don’t know what the truth is, they will make it up as they go. We live in a time when people make their own rules.

It was a time when…

3. There was a lack of respect for the house of God, the ministers of God, and the sacrifices.

1 Samuel 2:12-17 (quickview) 

When things are not done right at the house of God, and by the ministers, people will lose respect for it. Last Sunday was so powerful. The Spirit of God was moving in a mighty way. Why doesn’t that happen all of the time? Maybe we had such a powerful Sunday last week because we did it God’s way. Maybe we had such a powerful Sunday because we allowed God to use all of us.

Although things were not looking good in Israel, God used one woman to make a difference. One person can make a difference. One Church can make a difference in this community.

1 Samuel 1:1-9 (quickview) 

When you came here today what did you come expecting? How did you come to the House of God today? As we see Hannah coming with her family to the House of God, let’s see how…


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