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What happens when you are obedient?

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Welcome
Intro -
As we look at what has happened this week, I wanted to recap what we started out as this year
If you will recall that this year we set out to be different if you will
We talked about the fact that things can not and will not be the same
you cannot stay where you are and go with God
We talked about how this church would begin to change the way we do things,
We cannot go with God as a church and stay where we are and continue business as normal
You cannot go with God as an individual and stay where you are and continue business as normal
Do you remember that we said we are going to be different this year
Do you remember that we said we would begin to focus on sharing the Gospel
If you will recall the State of the Church Address
the purpose of the church is to share the Gospel and in years past we have done a great job of preaching the Gospel but maybe not so good at sharing the Gospel in our everyday lives
We also talked about on March 10th a Company would come in and teach us our to teach and share the Gospel
We went out and we learned how to share the Gospel, granted this is one of many ways to share the Gospel
Remember the outcome of the hour sharing the Gospel
We are planning to grow that as we train more people in how to share the Gospel
We are going to enter into a 2 year contract with One Conversation that will challenge us to share the Gospel as a church
We also started to pray and fell that God would explode onto the scene in 2018
Remember we talked about the Church from Lenexa who sought us out and how I shared the background about that.
the back ground is while talking with them they are doing this sort of mission trip up in Canada, but what you may not know is that about 15-16 years ago, I was in Canada praying that God would move in that area, I firmly believe that part of the answer to our prayers is this church going up there and blessing other churches and helping them reach people for Christ in that area
They reached out to us because they wanted to help a church reach the community for Christ and help teach them how to do this
Church I believe God exploded onto the scene
We started out the year praying and expecting God to do God sized things here at MBF
So let me explain what happened
Genesis 12:1–4 NASB95
1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; 2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” 4 So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
Abraham is obedient to Gods call
Abraham is living life and it doesn't say but He must have had some sort of relationship with God when God calls Him
God calls him and asks him to leave his home and go to a place that he will find out later
Can you image Abraham at this point
We all know if had been Abraham how this would have gone, but Abraham is an example to us at this point
Abraham is simple obedient
Abraham is obedient when God calls Him
Church we are to be obedient when God calls us
Now we know the rest of the story of Abraham
Because He is obedient God makes him the father of a great nation!
All because he is obedient
Let me tell you something else
Matthew 4:18–22 NASB95
18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
Jesus is walking looking for people to walk with Him
He came upon 2 brothers at work, and calls them to follow Him
Most of us have been given the opportunity like this and we use the excuse that we need this job, we cant share Jesus at work, now is not the time
the brothers drop what they are doing, and are obedient
Jesus then comes to another set of brothers, and gives them the same call
Again the drop what they are doing and are obedient,
now what happens because these 4 men are obedient
they change the world, we are still talking about what they did
They were simply obedient
These 5 men were that just men, but they were obedient
They were not perfect by any mens
really they were a lot like you and I
So let me tell you what happened this weekend
The body of Christ at MBF was obedient
That doesn't mean everything was perfect, or it was just 5 people who did something
But the Body at MBF was obedient
You see when the church starts to pray and is obedient God moves
You see when the church at MBF started to pray and was obedient, we were able to bless the New Hope Food pantry with paint and cleaning, and because we did that so fast on Thursday they went canvassing shared Christ with some people and one person makes a profession of Faith
because we were obedient someone came to know Christ
Then on Friday they canvassed the area and because they were obedient, they were able to pray with a number of people and another person came to know Christ
Because they were obedient to go door to door in the cold windy weather someone comes to know Christ!
Then we get to Saturday, yesterday
because this body of Christ at MBF was obedient, and we understand it was not just us there, but Lenexa Baptist was obedient to reach out to use, and we were obedient to God calling us
1034 people came through the doors of the church yesterday
the eye clinic met with 110 people
168 families went to the shoe table
786 people went and got food from out food pantry
we ran out of food almost twice
5 pound bag of noodles are gone
Church because we were obedient we were able to pray with 388 people in this room
Church because we were obedient we were able to share the Gospel with 181 people
1 Person recommitted their life to Christ
8 people yesterday gave their lives to Christ
Church this is what happens when we go deeper into the Garden
This is what happens when we are obedient and go deeper
This what a roller coaster of a weekend
Had it been left to use, it would have failed miserably
But church this is what happens when you and I are obedient to the call of Christ
So what is God calling you to be obedient to?
Closing
I want to invite you not to the front to do anything for anyone else
I simple want to invite you to be obedient
God is simple asking for you to be obedient nothing more nothing less just our obedience
God will take care of the rest
Maybe God is calling you into a relationship through His son Jesus
Maybe God is calling you to join this church
Whatever God is calling you to, would you just be obedient?
Church let me leave you with this
Matthew 9:37–38 NASB95
37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 “Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
Will you be obedient
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