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Sunday, August 21, 2016

The World Changer Who Was out of This World

Notes: The World Changer Who Was out of This World
Hebrews 11
Greg Laurie
Harvest Worship Band
Sunday, August 21, 2016 — 10:00 a.m.

Themes of Harvest:
Worship, Learn and Love

Getting into God's word is so important to spiritual growth.


1 day of worship
52 weeks to learn
12 months to love

Honest to God- The Prayer Life of David will be this year's Bible theme.

As small groups we can learn to understand the Bible better.

The Olympics are going on now;
Usain Bolt is the reigning fastest man on the planet. He starts fast, stays fast and finishes fast.

Who determines how fast we run the race of life? We do!

God gives us the tools, but we set the pace.

World Changers effect their surroundings more than their surroundings effect  them.

World changers are thermostats not thermometers.

Enoch was a world changer.

1. Enoch walked with God.

Amos 3:3 NKJV
[3] Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

When we walk with God, He sets the pace, however He meets us where we are at.

"Walking with God" means to learn to pray, think, and live Biblically.

2. Enoch was well pleasing to God.

Hebrews 11:5 NKJV
[5] By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found, because God had taken him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony: that he pleased God.

3. Enoch was a witness for God.

Everyone has a testimony. Is yours good or bad?

A true follower has a valid testimony no matter how extreme or uneventful it may be.

People will observe you as a Christian and approach you and ask you why you are the way you are.

Give the glory to God!

Earn the right to share the Gospel with people based on how they see the way you live your life.

Jude 1:14-15 NKJV
[14] Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, [15] to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."

Enoch proclaimed the Gospel through his life.

1 Peter 3:15 NKJV
[15] But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

We are to be a witness, not a prosecutor or defendant.

The objective is not to win an argument but to win a soul.

You never know when the opportunity will come.

2 Timothy 2:24-26 NKJV
[24] And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, [25] in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, [26] and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

"Be kind to everyone!"

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NKJV
[19] For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; [20] and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; [21] to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; [22] to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. [23] Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

Evangelism and Giving, two subjects Pastor Greg talks about that makes the room quiet. Awkward moments for most.

God promises to bless us when we do it!

Malachi 3:10 NKJV
[10] Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this," Says the LORD of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.

Everything you have belongs to God. Get God's money out of our house and back into His house.

Tithing is where we start. Every New Testament giving is stated to go further than the Old Testament standard.

1 Corinthians 16:2 NKJV
[2] On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 NKJV
[6] But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. [7] So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

If you can't give cheerfully then ask God to change your heart.

Three conversions for a Christian: the mind, the heart and the wallet.

Let's double our efforts to do what the devil doesn't want us to do.

90% of Christians have never brought another Christian to faith.

There is great joy in bringing others to Christ.

4. Enoch went to be with God.

Genesis 5:24 NKJV
[24] And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Hebrews 11:5 NKJV
[5] By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found, because God had taken him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Enoch did not die.  Enoch and Elijah are the only ones who did not die, they were taken up to Heaven.

Seek to honor and please the Lord. Look for the opportunities to please God.

If you walk with the Lord on earth, you will walk with Him one day in Heaven.

Revelation 3:4 NKJV
[4] You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.

Could Christ come back in our generation? Absolutely. But no matter what, we should live as if it is. In the interim, walk with God.

Want a great way to live your life? Walk with God!

Sometimes we need a little help with our walk.

Galatians 6:1 NKJV
[1] Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

Just as the two Olympians did, we are to help each other up when we fall.

This is the walk you need to finish!

Have you started your walk with Jesus?

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