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INTRODUCTION
First of all, I am very humble by the fact that Darrell ask me to lead this morning devotional!
Second, it is confirmation; in the sense of the timing of the call, you see Sunday I made it public at my church that God has called me into the ministry, then on Monday Darrell ask me to speak.
Then he said: “I have been meaning to call but the timing hasn’t been right.”
WOW!! God is always on time!
Amen!!
I still do not know at this time, in which capacity; whether as pastor, co-pastor, or just keep on leading our youth.
What I do know is this, that I have surrender to whatever God has for me!
AMEN I’m going to trust in GOD providential sovereignty to guide me.“Where
He leads, I will follow!”
Before I begin with this morning devotion, let me tell you a little about myself and how I came to know about, what I call, the “Mens’ Breakfast Club”.
First, I am Jason Shirrell; older brother.
My name is Jerry Kevin Shirrell; I am Truck Driver by trade, 47 years old physically; nearly 4 years old spiritually, married to Alisa, with two adult children: Kristin and Blake.
Second, It was about 6 months ago, I felt lead to write a ,“Men’s Prayer List”.
It is a daily list of things that pertained to the spiritually, rather than the our physical needs.
Calling men to humble themself, confess their sins, and seek sanctification.
And out of that, they would lead their families Biblically, and then our church!
Men, For so long we have set back and gave our leadership over to the women; do not misunderstand me, thank God, they have step up!
We have become dormant and lazy.
But our role is to lead our families and then the church.
We will be held accountable for how we have lead both of them.
My prayer is that we would lead our Families and Church with a humble servants’ heart as our LORD JESUS did.
In Matthew 20:28 reads
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
I said that, to say this, that God providentially lead me to write, then lead me to see the results of my prayer played out in this group of men.
Third, Jason invited me to this, “Men’s Breakfast”, to try get 50 men to attend, and if I am correct in saying: to for- fill Darrell dream of having 50 in attendance.
I came to help reach that number and to be an encouragement.
Boy, I got more that!! Lord, what a blessing it has been; seeing the love that you have for each other, the sense of community.
The way you pray for each other, and lifted each other up! “Thank You”.
I hope and pray some day that the men in our church can experience this kind of brotherly love! “THANK YOU AGAIN”!!!
So how many pastor, music minister, youth minister, deacons, and Sunday School teacher we have here today?
How many of you have lost family member?
The Devotional; aka sermon, will broke down into two parts:
What is the greatest need in our Churches today?
In application: How we can make sure, that we do not mislead people?
PERSPECTIVE
I have seen so many people come to Christ over the years but bare no fruits.
WHY?
I will by no means be preaching down to you; like I have got it all figured out, but up.
The truth of the matter is: if my wife and both my children die right now; I know they would go to hell and I’m responsible.
The seeds I’ve sown in the early years of my marriage, I’m reaping now!!
I plead with the LORD each and every morning for their souls; only to see them reject the LORD.
DON’T get me wrong.
I will never stop praying for them, until I take my last breath!!!
PURPOSE
This is not a sermon to you, but a call to understand the new birth (regeneration) and out of understanding transform the way we pray and ask God to do a work in us, our family and then our churches!!
WHAT IS THE GREATEST NEED IN OUR CHURCH?
Men, what do you think are some of the greatest need in our Church’s today?
lost to be saved
absentee farther
drug addiction
pornography
lack of leadership
Though these are very serious problem and the church needs to very active in addressing them.
Most of the problems are just mere symptoms of the problem:SIN!!
The greatest need is for mankind (church) to be born-again, or better said: to be born from above or( REGENERATION); a work that only God can do!
The scripture text I am using this morning come out of the gospel of John.
The discourse between Jesus and Nicodemus.
I’m Beginning in John 2:23-3:5(NASB95)
23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing.
24 But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men,
25 and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.
John 3: 1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;
2 this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old?
He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”
5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
I have started in John 2:23 to a points to the first half of my message.
God knows our heart.
The most of us have grown up, or at lest attended churches that have for two decades or more, preached: “Come up to the alter and ask Jesus into your heart ”,and sometimes read them Lord’s prayer , “You are saved now”! “Come and join our church.”
Then After they fall away; and sometimes never to return, and if they do, we tell then, “You need to rededicate you life back to Lord”.
Men the reality is they are lost, you can not rededicate to something you have never had in the first place!
How do I Know this to be true.
Statistics say most high school kids go off to college and never return to church.
And they are no different in the divorce rate in the church verse the world.
We can go on and on with the statistics.
The bottom line is, if God lives in your hearth; You will be change.
The biggest reason the Bible speaks of it!!
Matthew 7:21–23 (NASB95)
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’
Then guys the most scariest word you will ever hear!!
23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
Then read in just a few verse before Matt.
7:13-14.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
14 “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
2. I have been on both side of the fence.
I was lost for 32 year, and I thank God for saving my soul on 04/13/2015 @ 5:47pm.
“AMEN !!”
The whole argument I’m going to make is: faith proceeds (or follows) the new birth, before one could come to salvation, he must be awaken from his deadness.
The era of easy believeiesm is leading a whole generation straight to hell.
This new birth is nothing new, it was prophesied way back in the old testament by the prophet Ezekiel, in verse 36:25–27 (NASB95)
25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.
26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27 “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.
The key word in that whole passage is I will (GOD).
God is the Author of salvation, from beginning to end.
GOD
Now do not take my word for it, let’s look at what Jesus says about it.
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