I’ve given a lot of thought this week as to why it is some people are really going all out for God while others have difficulty. What is it causing some of us to radically pursue Jesus and to totally immerse ourselves in his church while others struggle with doing what they know the Lord would have them to do? My conclusion is…
Going All Out For God
by Delbert Young
Going All Out For God
Scriptures: Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 3:10, 11, Daniel 2:44, Daniel 2:35, Proverbs 29:18, Matthew 4:23, Acts 9:36, Acts 2:46, 1 John 2:12-14, Matthew 6:21, Revelation 21:9-11
(video – “The Church, the Hope of the World) How many of us truly believe that the church is the hope of the world? I want to talk to us today about the Life Gate vision for this next year and our GOING ALL OUT FOR GOD.
I’ve given a lot of thought this week as to why it is that some people really do go all out for God while others have difficulty. What is it that caused some of us to radically pursue Jesus and to totally immerse ourselves in his church while others struggle with doing what they know the Lord would have them to do? My conclusion is that it is the belief, or lack of it, that the church is indeed the hope of the world. I believe that the church, though not perfect and not made of perfect people, is the entity that drives back the forces of hell in every person, every family, every city, and every nation. Jesus said,
“I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. (Matthew 16:18)
The church built and led by Jesus Christ is the one unstoppable force in the earth. It is the redemptive tool – the salt and the light – of the world. This is why I’m Going All Out For God
(Ephesians 3:10, 11) “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We cannot be in God’s purpose for our lives outside of the church. This is why I am GOING ALL OUT FOR GOD. It is the reason every person that I know who is going all out for God is able to do it without exception.
I HAVE BOUGHT INTO THE BELIEF THAT THE Church and the church alone is the hope of the world. It is not a mental ascent. It’s not a good theory or a good doctrine. It’s my heart. It’s who and what I am. Today I am going to ask you to buy into that belief also if you have not already.
IT IS NOT TRUE THAT THINGS ARE GETTING WORSE AND WORSE.
(Daniel 2:44) “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will NEVER BE DESTROYED, nor will it be left to ANOTHER PEOPLE. IT WILL CRUSH all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.
Daniel said the Kingdom of God would be set up during the time of the fourth empire. That empire was the Roman Empire. That empire (Rome) would be crushed and from that time on the Kingdom of God would itself endure forever. There would never be another kingdom that ruled the world other than the kingdom of God.
I LOOK HISTORICALLY from the time Rome was crushed in 410 A.D. Not one empire has succeeded to rule this world. Napoleon, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and the Empire of Japan, etc. have all been crushed just as Daniel said.
How many remember General Manuel Noriega from Panama? He was called the “drug lord,” but his lordship and kingdom was crushed in 1989. Do you know where he is today? He is in prison in Miami, Florida, but on May 15 and 16, 1990, two Pastors – Brannon and Hernandes – visited Noriega. Here is what Noriega wrote to them in a letter after the visit. “I can tell you with great strength and inspiration that receiving our Lord Jesus Christ as Savior guided by you, was an emotional event.” Noriega bowed to Jesus. Later, a portable water baptismal pool was brought to the courthouse and Noriega was water baptized in the courthouse in Miami, Florida on October 24, 1992. “When the baptistery was filled, the Deputy Marshall brought General Manuel Antonio Noriega into the courtroom to be baptized. Surrounded by 12 guards, Noriega, wearing civilian clothes, took off his jacket and shoes, and got into the baptistery. Brannon preached on the meaning of baptism as Hernandes interpreted, followed by prayer and Scripture reading. Brannon then baptized Noriega in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
The Church IS the hope of the world. It is the vessel that will bring the gospel – Good News – to everyone, everywhere. No gate of hell can stop the church that Jesus builds.
In recent days Sadam Hussain’s evil empire has been crushed. Oussama Ben Ladden’s empire has been crushed and his judgment day is just ahead.
We are told that things are getting worse. That is not true! Because of the Church carrying the flame of the Good News, the kingdom of God is filling the whole earth. Not one dark corner will be left hidden.
Daniel 2:35 . . . the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
My point is that the church is the hope of the world. The church expressing the love, forgiveness, and mercy of God is the hope of the world. It fills a heart. Then it fills a family. Then it fills a region. It will fill the whole earth.
THAT IS WHAT LIFE GATE IS ABOUT. We are here to fill this region with the Good News and hope. We are here to push back the gates of hell.
How many of us truly believe that our lives have been dramatically changed because of God’s working through Life Gate Church? Would you give the Lord a shout and a hand clap?
I want to tell you that does not only include us in this room. Thousands of people are touched by our web site. We don’t know how many watch the television ministry. Every place I go people tell me how much they enjoy the radio spots. Jesus is doing something marvelous in our midst and he wants us to be aware of it. He wants us to GO ALL OUT FOR GOD.
EVERY YEAR ON THIS SUNDAY we attempt to project the vision for Life Gate Church. We call it “Vision Sunday.” God wants us to have a vision of victory.
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
People with vision accomplish great things. I believe that God wants us to accomplish some great things.
THE BOTTOM LINE OF THE VISION OF LIFE GATE is reaching people and making them devoted followers of Jesus Christ. That is the sum total of everything we do. We will relentlessly reach for souls using any means available be it media, drama, music, preaching, etc.
SEVERAL YEARS AGO WE SAW “FIVE G’S” that the church that Jesus builds must have to be GOING ALL OUT FOR GOD. These “Five G’s” are: (1) Good News; (2) Gifts; (3) Gathering; (4) Growing; and (5) Giving. The book of Revelation shows us that if any one of these “Five G’s” were not in the mix of a local church, that church could not fulfill all that a Biblical church is to fulfill.
What that means is that people GOING ALL OUT FOR GOD will have these “Five G’s” operating in their lives also. I want to talk a few minutes about the “Five G’s.”
(1) GOOD NEWS. As you know, the word gospel literally means GOOD NEWS.
Matthew 4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
The GOOD NEWS is of the kingdom. This is the message that the church is to take to everyone we know.
Mark 16:15 And then he told them, “You are to go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.
Life Gate is here to bring the GOOD NEWS of the kingdom to this region. GOING ALL OUT FOR GOD must include taking the GOOD NEWS to everyone we know. How many agree with that? How many believe we are actually doing it?
(2) GIFTS. Gifts are more than “spiritual gifts” (1Co 12). Gifts also include “grace gifts” (Rom 12:6) which include serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, mercy, love, devotion, etc.
Acts 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
Tabitha wasn’t a preacher or prophet, but she advanced the kingdom with the gifts she had.
GOING ALL OUT FOR GOD means that we release our gifts through the church. What is it you do through the church? Life Gate does this well.
How many agree that gifts must be a part of a church that Jesus builds? How many agree that Life Gate does encourage and help develop GIFTS?
(3) GATHERING. The Bible says there are two primary ways that Believers are to gather.
Acts 2:46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
There is a corporate gathering and a “house to house” gathering. We gather corporately every Sunday morning and almost every Wednesday. We also gather in life groups. GOING ALL OUT FOR GOD includes our gathering in these ways. Things happen in the corporate gatherings that cannot happen in the homes such as corporate praise and teaching. Things happen in the homes that cannot happen in the corporate such as developing relationships and having meals together.
How many agree that the church that Jesus builds will GATHER in these ways? How many believe that Life Gate tries to provide these GATHERINGS?
(4) GROWING. Every believer is called to mature. If a person doesn’t grow and mature in the natural, we determine that something is wrong physically or mentally. It’s that way in the spiritual as well.
(TLT) 1 John 2:12-14 I have written to you, children, because you have known the Father. I have written to you who are mature because you know Christ, the one who is from the beginning. I have written to you who are young because you are strong with God’s word living in your hearts, and you have won your battle with Satan.
We each have a current level of maturity. Life Gate attempts to provide a safe place for us to mature. GOING TO GO ALL OUT FOR GOD includes GROWING.
How many believe that a church that Jesus builds will help people GROW? How many believe that Life Gate encourages GROWING in the Lord?
(5) GIVING. We have some great Givers at Life Gate Church. What we have been able to accomplish over the years is greatly because of your faithful financial giving.
Giving greatly determines the success or failure of any ministry. Jesus needed people to give to his ministry. Paul also needed people to give.
New Testament giving is not a legalistic guilt trip. You will never be put on a guilt trip at Life Gate to give because New Testament giving is an issue of the heart.
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
In other words, giving is a picture of the heart. We give to what we believe. I give to the Lord through Life Gate Church because I believe that the church is the hope of the world. I don’t know of a church trying to do more to redeem this region than Life Gate. The ONLY reason Life Gate doesn’t do more is because we can’t afford to do more.
I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO GIVE JUST A TITHE. If every one of us were to give only a tithe, we could triple what we accomplish each year at Life Gate.
I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU for your giving no matter how much it has been. It has enabled us to reach souls. GOING ALL OUT FOR GOD includes our giving.
How many believe that a church that Jesus builds is a giving church?
WE LOOKED LAST WEEK AT LAST YEAR. I don’t think anyone could say we didn’t make progress. Without a vision, the people perish. Lack of vision will never happen at Life Gate.
The leadership met a few weeks ago and again last Thursday. We discussed and projected many things we believed God would have us do both long-term and short-term. I want to share some of those things. I don’t have time to share everything. Remember that the bottom line is REACHING PEOPLE with the Good News.
Foreign missions. We have been heavily involved in it in the past, but not the last few years. We do a lot in mission work for our region, but not for foreign missions. We also want to send some of our students on foreign mission work. We can reach people.
Begin a tape and CD ministry for people in our region who can’t afford to purchase tapes or CDs. If they do not have a tape player, we would provide one for them. The purpose would be to get kingdom principles into their lives. We can reach people that we would never reach by doing this.
Expand our web site. We are now getting about 1,000 page view hits a week. Most of those are going directly to the sermon page where people are downloading sermons for free. It obviously has become a resource for preachers and teachers. Also, people are downloading our music.
We want to add a skit and drama page where churches can download skits and dramas free also. We want to make it so they can plan an entire Sunday service from our web site. We are reaching a lot of people with the Good News through the web page.
We need to do more for our Senior citizens. We need some of you to help us do this. We can reach senior citizens by doing this.
We need to do more for the singles in our region. We need some of you to help us. This too can be a tremendous outreach to both the saved and to the lost.
We need to be more “visitor conscious.” For example, when visitors come in and we are standing, they can’t find a place to sit. If it is a family, they can hardly find seats together. We need to be more conscious about reaching our visitors.
We need a better way of acquiring visitor’s information. The solution is your helping us. If you bring someone or know someone that comes, take responsibility to get their names, addresses, and email addresses. Assure them that we will not annoy them. We will simply stay in touch. When they need a church, we will be the first one they think about. We can do a better job reaching people if you will help.
Finish the library. The library will be a place to acquire audio and videotapes, CDs, series, books, etc. We also want it to be a place to “check out” books and study helps. We want to have a better way to reach people with the Good News.
Maintenance team. We will have a team to help us with upkeep. This is already in the works. When people come to our facility it should look nice if we are going to reach them.
Renovate the student building – sheetrock, paint inside and out, carpet or new flooring, etc. This will reach students.
Beautify the Main Street side of our facility. I have an image that I want to show you of a possible front, but first I want to show you from where we have come through images (10 images of old and new).
On the Main Street entrance the awnings are falling apart and nasty looking. We don’t look like a church. We are missing reaching a lot of people because of the Main Street appearance. (4 images of old, new, vision).
THE VISION THAT JESUS HAS FOR HIS CHURCH is a church that hell itself cannot stop. It’s a church that is constantly going forward and doing what it needs to do to redeem souls from the kingdom of darkness. GOING ALL OUT FOR GOD means that we will do just that.
FATHER GOD HAS A VISION FOR THE CHURCH as well. It’s his eternal purpose. His vision is given to us in Revelation 21-22.
Revelation 21:9 . . . Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Revelation 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
The bride, the Lamb’s wife is the church. She is the great city, the holy Jerusalem. She is gorgeous. She is light, precious stones, a street of gold, walls of jasper, gates of pearls, a tree of life, a river of life, twelve foundations of the apostles, and she is beautiful on ever side. She has the GLORY OF GOD.
God’s vision for the church is one that comes out of heaven – the spiritual dimension – and brings God’s glory – God’s love, forgiveness, mercy, and kingdom – to a dark earth.
GOING ALL OUT FOR GOD is doing just that. I encourage you buy into the vision. Be a part of the eternal purpose of God and bring hope to this world. Realize that things are getting better and not worse. Take the “Good News” to people this year. Use your “Gifts.” Dedicate yourself to “Gather” this year. “Grow” as never before. “Give” this year as you have never given before. Commit to your GOING ALL OUT FOR GOD. We are reaching people and making them devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
How many believe that the Lord wants us to accomplish these things and will help us do them? Give the Lord a shout and a hand clap! Amen.
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