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   Today we're going to continue on t subject of t VISION OF T CHURCH. Part of that vision is COMMITMENT to t Tabernacle Family Church. A COMMITMENT is a pledge or promise to do something. To COMMIT to do something means to do or practice something & it will become a continuous habit. PSA 37:5_

   I don't have any doubt that God wants us committed to a church.  I'm not saying that we have to give our lives to this local church, But what I am saying is that we have to give our lives to t Lord Jesus Christ &  live for Him. We should commit to Him & to t things that He wants us to  do!

DEUT 11:22‑23   In this V He says to, "diligently walk & cleave to His  WAYS."  Then we'll be blessed. That sounds like commitment to me.

DEUT 19:9  (T word "ever" means "always")    Again that's commitment. There are many scriptures that say t same thing, we don't need to go over each of them.

   There are 5 areas that we ask t people of t Tabernacle Family Church  to be committed to; PRAYER, ATTENDANCE, INVOLVEMENT, FINANCES, &  WITNESSING.

   I. 1st of all PRAYER!

       A. I'm not just talking about your own prayer life.

            1. But make a commitment to pray for t church that t Lord has put in.

            2. T church needs your prayers. ‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑‑ (nothing is going to happen unless someone prays)

       B. Now what are t things that we need to pray for?

            1. GUIDANCE

                a. PSA 32:8  God said that He will INSTRUCT, TEACH,  & GUIDE, but we need someone to ask.

                b. (Pro 3:5‑6) Says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

            2. WISDOM

                a. JAM 1:5

            3. LEADERSHIP

                a. HEB 13:17‑18_

                b. You need to pray for all t leaders in t church.

                     i. From t Pastor to Nursery workers.  Everywhere

            4. Pray for t people of t Tabernacle Family Church.

                a. JAMES 5:16

   II. So t 1st area of commitment is prayer for t Church, t 2nd is  ATTENDANCE.

       A. HEB 10:25

            1. That doesn't just mean going to church once every few  months.

                a. To me that's forsaking the assembly.

                b. How did they do it in t Bible?

            2. ACTS 2:46

                a. They were coming to church daily. Every day coming together to get fed on t God's Word, every day coming together to worship God, Every day coming together to pray.

                b. Why do we have 3 services a weak?

                c. Is a person out of God's will if they don't go to church?

                     i. Most definitely yes.

   III. So far I am asking you & I know that t Lord is asking t same thing, for you to be committed to PRAYER, ATTENDANCE & INVOLVEMENT._

       A. EPH 4:11‑12

            1. T word "work" here means, "(to work); toil (as an effort)  by implication, an act: ‑deed, doing, labour, work".

                a. All of us need to be involved in some area. Every single one of us.

                b. What have you committed to do for t Lord?

                c. I have t hardest time w/ people who just want a free  ride. (never having to do anything.)

                     i. But 1/2 of t Christians in t Body of Christ are looking for just that, a FREE RIDE.

            2. JAMES 1:22‑25

                a. T Lord has given us all something to do & some of us He's given us many things to do.

                b. Just coming to church does not count as doing something.

                c. If a person doesn't keep going on w/ t Lord they're backsliding.

                d. I've heard people say, "I'm not going to church tonight, I'm going to stay home & watch T.V.

                     i. That's an offence to t Lord.


       A. 2CO 9:6‑7_

            1. It takes FINANCES to preach t Gospel.

            2. T reason why we give is not only is it for t Gospel sake, it also for our sake & your brothers sake.

       B. JOSH 7:1 "Accursed", means "Dedicated thing, devoted (thing)".

            1. Achan took one of t things that was to go to God.

            2. V. 2‑14, 20‑26_

                a. Thank God we're under Grace now, we're not going to stone anyone.

                b. But just because we're under Grace doesn't mean that we can disobey God.


       A. ACT 1:8

            1. Just by living a Godly life you will be a witness for t Lord Jesus Christ.

            2. But there's even more than that, you need to go out & witness, tell people about Jesus.

       B. MAT 28:19‑20

            1. (Mark 16:15‑18) says, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

            2. We've been given t great commission, to preach Gospel to every creature.

CONCLUSION: Sure I'm asking you to commit to these things, but what is really important is that t Lord is asking you to commit to PRAYING for t  CHURCH, ATTENDANCE w/ t CHURCH, INVOLVEMENT in t CHURCH , YOUR FINANCES  to t CHURCH, & WITNESSING for t LORD. 

                               JUNE 2, 1990

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