Sunday 10 November 2013

Craig ?, National Leader, Baptist Union, brought thanks for hosting a successful national conference yesterday.

Paul’s Mission

I choose you:

  • Paul was the Osama bin Laden of his day; Persecutor of Christians.
  • Yet God chose him.
  • Why?  Uniquely qualified and yet totally unsuitable. 
  • His success depended on God’s grace.

God does that:

  • He chose you.
  • What are you going to do with it?

Acts 1:8

  • But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses
    • in Jerusalem,
    • and in all Judea and Samaria,
    • and to the ends of the earth.
  • Manukau is our Jerusalem.
  • The ends of the Earth may be just over your backyard fence.  The nations of the world are here.  Go take a look at Hunters Plaza food court.

Revelation 7:9

  • After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count,
    • from every nation,
    • tribe,
    • people a
    • and language
  • standing before the throne and before the lamb.
  • (Take a look at Michael Jackson’s video “Black and White” for a glimpse of the diversity of heaven)

What’s the fine print?

  • Caution: being a witness for Christ may result in:
    • imprisonment
    • beatings
    • hunger
    • thirst
    • cold
    • naked
    • false accusations
  • Yet when we are weak, then we are strong.
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