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The Next Step

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Taking the Next Step

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Aim – change they should make in their lives tonight
Establish relevance, why is this important
Build the theme (flesh out)
End on an up note = provides hope and encouragement
Because Jesus Christ has came and said people can be saved, healed, live with Joy
Give people Hope
Re state the theme and aim. Cast the net. Give them an opportunity to respond
Key Point of the Preaching:____________________________________________
I Introduction of Your Purpose: (Main Point of Sermon)
The Next Step
The trial is for a reason, season and it is our responsibility to take a step forward because God is already working it out in our favor.
Driving through Jeff this last week coming in on 50 heading west. There is this old stone building off of Jackson St that I always thought was a beautiful and neat building. The tornado had gotten it and right then God reminded me that things change and not always for the best. We will face struggles in this life and we will be caught in the valley sometimes. Then as I drove I saw the flood waters. I thought to my self what dispair people find them selves in sometimes.
Then I was thinking we will rebuild and those buildings will be even better and newer then they were before. God revealed that is us. Even though we might get tore up sometimes and it seems it could not get any worse it can be. BUT for those who love the Lord, God has a plan and He bought us with His son and He will build us up even better than we were before with new hardware and tools for life. IT is never over with God.
Go to scripture:
When we find our selves in the storm and the flood waters are coming up just remember God gave His son and he is not about to let you go. We just have to take a step froward because we can know God is working everything out. Not every time a leap is needed but a baby step is what God is looking for.
Reminds me of a story I heard about a lady that went Celebrate Recover (CR).
Story of this lady named Jennifer. She found her self in the pits hooked on drugs and with a man that was beating her. One day she was invited to CR. You know she didn’t make it inside that day but she made it to the parking lot for two weeks strait. Hey its ok to be in the parking lot just take that step. You know that next week she went inside and set in the back and ran out at the end of service. You know after a few weeks of that she set a goal to stay 10 mins after service and talk to one person. Its the steps people. Keep moving forward, God will do the rest. She is now a leader at CR, off drugs for 15 years and remarried.
- No matter where we find our selves we have to remember God is for us. He gave His son for you. He hasn’t let you go but He is building us. God choose you and is there every step of the way.
It is never too late for God to use you. All he ask is for us to take a step toward Him.
State problem and solution
Lets breakdown because it reveals some powerful points if we grasp we will not fear the valley but know if we keep moving forward God is working it out.
Go to Frist point
II Introduction of Key Scripture : (Why did you choose it)
- No matter where we find our selves we have to remember God is for us. He gave His son for you. He hasn’t let you go but He is building us. God choose you and is there every step of the way.
Aim (Action) - God is calling each of us to take the next step.
III Statement of Problem and Solution-Why is this sermon necessary
-Problem- People do not understand who they are in God and get stuck where they are at.
-Solution- The next step!
IV Introduction of Key Points: (No more than three Points)
Point #1- ____God is For You_________________________________–What point are you making?
What Scriptures are you using to support this point?
God is for you. Some people do not take the next step but fall backwards because they forget God is for them. We see clearly in scripture God has our back even went it seems life is crumbling around us.
Look at the life of David.
David is anointed and the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward
David was a great warrior and started to find favor with the people and Saul became jealous and tried to kill David for years. We see this in through chapter 25. Some scholars said this went on for around 8 years.
Now talk about a rollercoaster. Called by God then chased by Saul for years and then King. God was always with him and he was always putting God first.
Some of you hear need to trust God and know He is for you. God has a plan and He is for you even though right now it may not seem like it. We can stand on the word of God and know we have a future in Christ. WE are ANOINTED just like David. WE have the Holy Spirit and the power of God rushing out of us. He gave his son for you.
Take the step. David had opportunities to kill Saul but he choose to give his battle to God. David chose to take the step forward in the valley and believe God was for Him and He put his faith in Him.
Point #2- _______You are chosen by God for such a time as this_________–What point are you making?
What Scriptures are you using to support this point?:
God chose you. We are drafted into His family as Sons and Daughters. What would you do for your child? Well how much more would God do for us.
We must start acting like we know who we are and not let the world tell us who we are.
Sometimes though we let that child learn from failure/trails because we know it will build character and perseverance.
Hebrews 12:7 ESV
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
Heb 12:7

DISCIPLINE Learning that molds character and enforces correct behavior—from a Latin word meaning “instruction” or “training.” To discipline a person or a group means to put them in a state of good order so that they function in the way intended. Discipline, in spite of a popular misconception, is not inherently stern or harsh. Bible translators chose “disciple” as an appropriate term for one who learns by following.

That situation you find your self in it is designed for your benefit. Rejoice for we know the outcome because we are chosen by God and he is just teaching us.

More positive synonyms include “upbringing,” “training,” “instruction,” and “education.”

That situation you find your self in it is designed for your benefit. Rejoice for we know the outcome because we are chosen by God and he is just teaching us.
You were still bought with a price so you can hold you head high even in the valley because you know how it ends.
Point #3-___Nothing can seperate us for God & We are Conquerors______–What point are you making?
Application of scriptures using to support this point?
Call upon the lord. WE are conquerors in Him. You might find your self in a bad situation or at a cross road. Remember of the King of Kings, Lord of Lords is for you. He know the end He knew the beginning. He loves you and lives in you. You will overcome and not just overcome but conquer! Take a step of faith.
What does it mean that we are more than conquerors
We need to be like a bear or eagle and have no fear for we are conquerors and we can take that next step.
V Give one example from scripture or from your life to illustrate what you are trying to bring out in your sermon:
VI Conclusion (Bring your thoughts to a conclusion-what do you want their main take away to be?)-
Where ever you find your self today. God is calling us to take a step forward toward Him and in any situation we find our selves in.
We are:
God is for you always and you are anointed
You are Chosen
We are conquerors in Christ
Taking that step forward might be putting your faith and future in Him today. This could be that thing that has been on your heart to do for God. This could be putting your faith in God that your kids will come back to the Lord. This could be expecting God to show up in power and pore out His spirit to equip you to be a powerful witness for Him. Come Holy Spirit. This could be just showing up in the parking lot next week. God will take care of the outcome if we take that step of Faith
VII Call to Action (Exhort the hearers to respond to your sermon )
IS there anyone here that needs to give their live to God? God loves you, is for you and will never let you go through any trial alone when you call Him Lord. You will be anointed and a conqueror.
Who Here needs to take a step forward in that valley, in faith, giving, your family?
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