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Making a Difference

There is in every culture, ethnic group and even church a desire for significance.
Significance is marked by
++Virtues
++Values
Virtues speaks to
++What you do
++Activities
++Qualities of excellence
++Beyond the expectations
Values speaks to
++Who you Are
++Character
++Confidence
++Competence

Purpose is revealed in the place of significance.

Jeremiah 1:5 KJV 1900
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Vision opens our understanding to our purpose.

Habakkuk 2:3 KJV 1900
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, But at the end it shall speak, and not lie: Though it tarry, wait for it; Because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Naalehu Assembly of God
++Committed followers
++Powerful in prayer
++Purposeful in Life
++Effective in our witness

Making a Difference

Acts 1:8 KJV 1900
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
To make a difference
++Recognize potential power
Were does the power come from?
Potential power
++is always available
++Has an access point
++Only speaks to the possibilities
Exodus 18:20 KJV 1900
20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
An effective witness
++Knows God’s Word
++Walks in God’s Will
++Honors God’s Work

The Word of God is the foundation of Power.

Hebrews 4:12 KJV 1900
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Without faith His Word become potential power.

Hebrews 4:2 KJV 1900
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Faith becomes the key to the release of God’s power.

By Faith
++Noah was warned of God
++Abraham was called of God
++Sarah was strengthened by God
God uses faith to touch the natural world
It would be by faith that man would touch the divine
2 Peter 1:3 KJV 1900
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Acts 1:8 KJV 1900
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
To make a difference
Recognize potential power
++Be positioned to Receive
Luke 24:49 KJV 1900
49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
The promise of the father is
++Sent by the Son
++Released from the father
++For those in position to receive
Romans 12:1–2 KJV 1900
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Deuteronomy 28:9 KJV 1900
9 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.
Challenge of the Church
++Purity
++Position
++Power
Revelation 2:5 KJV 1900
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
The world system has strained the credibility of the church from its inception. Part of the struggle is understanding the role God has given us.
2nd Temple Judaism Response
++Sadducees (Acceptance)
Accept the culture
2nd Temple Judaism Response
Sadducees (Acceptance)
++Pharisees (Participate)
Engaged the culture
2nd Temple Judaism Response
Sadducees (Acceptance)
++Pharisees (Participate)
++Essenes (Withdraw)
Abandoned the culture
2nd Temple Judaism Response
Sadducees (Acceptance)
Pharisees (Participate)
Essenes (Withdraw)
++Zealots (Appose)
Fight the culture
The time has changed but our choices is the same.
We can
++Accept it
++Join it
++Withdraw from it
++Appose it

Neither of these activities brought lasting change.

1 Timothy 1:15 KJV 1900
15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
Jesus came
++Not to conform to the world
++Not to oppose a world
++To save the world
John 1:11–12 KJV 1900
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
To make a difference
Recognize potential power
Be positioned to Receive
++Respond to the relationship
1 John 3:2 KJV 1900
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Romans 8:17 KJV 1900
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV 1900
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
To make a difference
Recognize potential power
Be positioned to Receive
Respond to the relationship
++Keep on Reaching
Philippians 1:9–11 KJV 1900
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Love is connected
++To the knowledge of God
++To the judgement of God
Psalm 119:130 KJV 1900
130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; It giveth understanding unto the simple.
Every move of God begin with the word.
Romans 10:8–9 KJV 1900
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
To make a difference
Recognize potential power
Be positioned to Receive
Respond to the relationship
Keep on Reaching

Making a Difference

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