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Sunday - June 22nd, 2005
"HELP & HOPE
by Pastor Tony Sutton

PEOPLE ARE HURTING AND NEED HELP AND HOPE. WHERE IS THE HELP, WHERE IS THE HOPE? IS IT AT CHURCH? CAN PEOPLE FIND HELP AND HOPE AT CHURCH? DO WE HAVE WHAT THE LOST ARE LOOKING FOR? DO WE HAVE WHAT THE NEEDY ARE SEARCHING FOR? DO WE HAVE THE HOPE THAT PEOPLE NEED? DOES OUR CHURCH OFFER WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS, OR ARE WE JUST TICKLING EARS? WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN PEOPLE GATHER AT NEW CENTER BAPTIST, WE HAVE WHAT THEY NEED. GOD HAS FREELY GIVEN US THE RESOURCES TO HELP THOSE IN NEED, IT BEHOOVES US TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ON HAND, THOSE ITEMS, READY TO BE DISTRIBUTED.

HELP

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
OFTEN PEOPLE COME TO THE CHURCH FOR HELP, OF ONE KIND OR ANOTHER. SOMETIMES THEY WILL APPROACH YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL, REGARDLESS OF THE WAY PEOPLE COME, THEY ALL ARE SEARCHING FOR HELP. THE KIND OF HELP WE DELIVER IS UP TO US. WE CAN GIVE THEM $20 AND SEND THEM ON THEIR WAY OR PET THEM AND FEEL SORRY FOR THEM THEN SEND THEM ON, OR WE CAN LOOK DEEPER. WE HAVE TO LOOK DEEPER THAN THE WORDS EXITING THE MOUTH AND LOOK INTO THE HEART FOR THE REAL NEED. PEOPLE ARE HURTING AND NEED HELP. YOU MAY SAY, WELL I'M NOT A COUNSELOR. YOU MAY NOT BE, HOWEVER IF YOU BELONG TO GOD, YOU HAVE THE ANSWERS. WE NEED TO LEARN THAT WE CAN GO TO GOD AND GET HELP. NOW PEOPLE CAN SAY WHAT THEY WANT ABOUT QUALIFICATIONS, AND I DO THINK WE NEED TO GET ALL THE EDUCATION WE CAN, BUT THERE IS NOTHING LIKE GOD SPEAKING TO US AND GIVING DIVINE DIRECTION. HIS WORD TELLS US TO ASK, TO SEEK, TO KNOCK, WHAT MORE DOES HE NEED TO SAY. GOD LOVES US AND WANTS TO HELP, JUST LET HIM.

HOPE

2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
DO WE HAVE HOPE? WE SHOULD SHOW PEOPLE, BY OUR ACTIONS, THE HOPE WE HAVE IN CHRIST JESUS. FOLKS SHOULD BE ABLE TO LOOK AT OUR LIVES AND SEE HOW THAT WE DEPEND ON JESUS FOR ALL THINGS. WE SHOULD NOT FALL APART AT EVERY THING THAT COMES OUR WAY, AND WONDER WHAT IN THE WORLD WILL WE DO. PEOPLE NEED TO SEE STABILITY, THEY NEED TO SEE YOU AND I TRUSTING GOD FOR EVERYTHING. THEY NEED TO SEE THE GOD IN OUR LIVES THAT WE SAY CAN BE IN THEIR LIVES.

QUESTION?

IF OUR LIVES WERE A STORE, WOULD WE HAVE THE PRODUCTS, IN STOCK, THAT A PERSON WOULD NEED TO PROSPER?
 

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