Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sermon Recap: Get In Where You Fit In

By:  Min. Angela Lee Price
Often I recap other preachers' sermons, but today I get the opportunity to recap the message I preached Sunday, February 8th at New Century Fellowship Christian Church, Pastor Syvoskia Bray Pope and Bro. Larry Pope, Ministry Leaders.  It was entitled, Get In Where You Fit In, based on Acts 6:1-7.
In order to get in where you fit in, you need to assess your current situation - turn your “bad luck” Friday into Good Friday.
You know what a “bad luck” Friday is, don’t you?  It’s your current “Friday the 13th experience”. It's those situations, circumstances, people that keep you from being effective for the Lord. It’s those excuses you keep making for not serving in ministry.  You have to face them! Post it on Facebook if you need to! My current situation -- I'm broke, busted, and disgusted!  God won’t fix what you won’t face! Oh, but I’m not having a Friday the 13th experience, you say?  You better check your calendar and look again because Friday, the 13th is on the way!!
The apostles faced their current situation.  They turned their “bad luck” Friday into Good Friday in Acts 6. In the midst of all the good happening, people coming to the Lord, they recognized that they were not serving effectively, that they were out of position, that they were not doing what God had called them to do.  The text says they did something about it beginning at verse 3, Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word (vs 3-4), another translations says,  “They gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry for the Word of God in order for us to wait tables.”...
In order to get in where you fit in, 1) assess your current situation - turn your "bad luck" Friday into Good Friday;  2.  Assess your position in Christ - Forgiven; 3) Assess your resources - find your business and mind your business; take a spiritual gifts assessment,  and 4) Assess your opportunities to witness - get out.  It was when the apostles got in their right place in ministry that the “hard to reach,” the priest (v7), accepted the Word of God.  Then when Phillip "got out" as an evangelist, a whole city, the city of Samaria (Acts 8:14) and the Ethiopian Eunuch accepted the Word of God, and later, in Acts 21:20 thousands more came to the Lord.

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