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The Tacklebox

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THE TACKLE-BOX

It’s an important tool for fisherman — Has everything you need to fish — Different fish call for different tackle - bait
IF YOU SHOW UP WITHOUT THE TACKLE-BOX you may not get much done. — No hook, line, or sinker. — No bait — You have to be prepared — IF SOMEONE TRIES TO TAKE YOU FISHING AND THEY DON’T HAVE ONE… THEY MAY NOT REALLY BE PREPARED TO FISH
We have been invited on the ultimate fishing trip But are you prepared to fish? — are you getting ready to fish?
IF YOU TOLD SOMEONE YOU WERE A CHRISTIAN would they be surprised? — If you invited someone to church would they hold your opinion highly? — Would they see enough signs in your life to go “I can take their advice”? — Jacked up teeth dentist? — Life coach with no Job? — Marriage counselor with 3 divorces?
THE NUMBER ONE REASON that people that don’t follow Jesus give for not following Jesus is OTHER CHRISTIANS. WHY IS THIS?
I BELIEVE A LOT OF US SAY ONE THING AND DO ANOTHER — Do as I say not as I do?? — THAT DOESN’T WORK

BASIC CHRISTIANITY

There are things that God has called every Christian to do — Entry level christianity — You can leave here today with a full tackle-box

27 Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. 28 So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.

29 Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them.

LEVI’S LIFE WAS COMPLETELY CHANGED — Jesus called him — He left everything — ONE WEEK LATER — He calls his friends who are still far from God to meet Jesus — THIS WAS HIS NUMBER 1 PRIORITY
SOMETHING HAD TO BE DIFFERENT ABOUT LEVI — His friends had to have seen a change in his life — That this was serious to him for them to actually show up — These people were SUPER far from God because we learn later that people were mad that Jesus was with them — LEVI MUST HAVE CHANGED — BEEN DOING WHAT BELIEVERS ARE CALLED TO DO — HE MUST HAVE TAKEN HIS NEW FAITH SERIOUSLY — HE MUST HAVE HAD A FULL TACKLE-BOX

FOLLOWING ACTIVELY

Reading you Bible — Praying —
John 15:5 NLT
5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
63% of Christians said they only read the bible once a weekONCE A WEEK??? — What if you only ate once a week? — Talked to your spouse — Checked on your kids? — TOOK A SHOWER!!!
GOD GUIDES YOU THOUGH HIS WORD AND PRAYER — EMILY Has story after story of answered prayer — Do you know what happens when you see God answer a prayer? FAITH IS BUILT
GOD'S WORD IS YOUR #1 TOOL AGAINST TEMPTATION — God will recall to your mind verse — HE cannot recall what you have’t read though
START SMALL — So many people give up — Start with 5 minutes and start in JOHN

MAKING CHURCH A PRIORITY

Hebrews 10:25 NLT
25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
There is nothing like the physical gathering of God’s people — We gather, we worship, we learn, and we are energized to go out — ARE YOU MAKING IT A PRIORITY?
CHURCH — Is where I learned about God— Met my best friends — met my wife — built lasting relationships — found my purpose — saw my family members saved and baptized —
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SKIPPED SOMETHING FOR CHURCH? — WHY WOULD SOMEONE ACCEPT YOUR INVITE TO CHURCH WHEN YOU ONLY COME ONCE A MONTH?
GALLUP POLL FROM DECEMBER 2020 — Republicans were less happy — democrats — male — female — Married — not married — under $40,000 over $100,000 — White — not white — THOSE WHO ATTENDED CHURCH WEEKLY???? UP 4% from 2019-2020 WHAT!?
THE LOCAL CHURCH IS THE GREATEST EVANGELISTIC TOOL ON THE PLANET — We get REACH LIKE NEVER BEFORE

BAPTIZED

Acts 2:41 NLT
41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,* baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20

WE NOT ONLY FOLLOW JESUS’ COMMAND BUT ALSO HIS EXAMPLE — JESUS LED THE WAY

13 Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to talk him out of it. “I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,” he said, “so why are you coming to me?”

15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.*” So John agreed to baptize him.

JESUS LED THE WAY IN WHAT A CHRISTIAN LIFE IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE AND BAPTISM IS A PART OF THAT — Baptism is not as complicated as some places make it
BAPTISM IS AFTER SALVATION BY IMMERSION — AS AN OUTWARD SIGN OF AN INWARD DECISION

[BAPTISM TWICE STORY]

Baptism is an amazing way to tell people about Jesus. — You would be amazed at the family members and friends who wouldn’t come normally but will come for baptism — JESUS KNOWS SOME OF YOU ARE INTROVERTS — This breaks you out of that shell
IF WE DON’T TAKE THIS NEXT STEP HOW CAN WE TAKE ANOTHER? — Some of us feel like we don’t feel close to God or feel directionless and whenever someone tells me this I always say “WHAT WAS THE LAST THING GOD ASKED YOU TO DO? — DO THAT — FOR SOME ITS BAPTISM
NEWPURPOSE.CHURCH/CONNECT

GIVING

Malachi 3:10 NLT
10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!
TITHE SENSITIVE SUBJECT — Tense up — THIS IS HOW WE SHOW WE TRUST GOD — Tithe isn’t for God it benefits us — Builds the church — Changes lives
1% Percent of christians who attend church regularly give the God commanded 10%. Only 37% of people who attend church regularly even give anything.
To contrast that, 75% of people who do not attend church regularly donate to charity.
GOD TRANSFORMS THE TITHE INTO CHANGED LIVES
If every adult here gave 10% of the average income for Murfreesboro, which is a decently low number, we could be in our own building by the end of the summer.
WE OVER ESTIMATE WHAT WE CAN DO WITH OUR MONEY WHEN WE HOARD IT — WE UNDERESTIMATE WHAT GOD COULD DO WITH 10%
WHEN WE GIVE GOD THE FIRST HE BLESSES THE REST

SERVING

10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another

SERVING is making a God’s gifts to you a great investment — GOD has given each of you gifts that are meant to be leveraged to build God’s kingdom
SERVING IS REAL COMMUNITY — SO MANY PEOPLE MISS OUT ON THIS
SPORTS TEAMS — Opportunity to accomplish something together
GREAT AT TALKING - WELCOME TEAM — GREAT AT SINGING - WORSHIP — GREAT AT LIFTING THINGS — SET UP AND TEAR DOWN
SERVING PAIRS OUR FAITH WITH OUR GIFTS —
MANY SAY “WHAT I DO DOESN’T MATTER — [DREW NUGYIN STORY]
GOD CAN MAKE YOUR ORDINARY SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY

IS YOUR BOX FULL?

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