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Hungry Why Wait

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Hungry why wait is a sermon on what the church offers to feed your starving soul.   

UND Merry Christmas: Everyone we do have a few announcements thismorning. Oure small groups should be starting back up in January,so the couples group will be next Sunday. It will still be here and thenthe men's group and a women's group are tentatively going to be at papertownand at the Buchets House, if we're, if we're allowed to so in your in your mind, put it on thecalendar and then just the location will let you know, there'sa workday coming up January nift. If you look around we've gotten a lot of stuffdone. There are a few additional things we want to to do so if you can be at the workdate onJanuary nift, that would be great hg trail life. Youth Group are startingback up January. Fourteenth put that on your calendar, bring your kids, it'snot only a blessing to the kids but to the leaders. So please plan on doingthat and our congregational business meeting, which is not a blessing toanyone, is January. Twenty. Fourth, after afterchurch are there any other announcements thismorning, I don't know why we want that all right, children up to second gradecan be dismissed at this time. A'll right how many of you really enjoyed twothousand and twenty all right, yeah. Well, the married guyraised his hand yeah. He is traded. Well all right! So someof us, you know, maybe not our favorite year, that we've ever had two thousandand twenty okay. How many of you grew spiritually in two thousand and twenty, oh good, a surprising number, how manyof you- and maybe we shouldn't, raise our hand for this one, but how many ofyou feel like you were just stagnant or move backwards in twenty two and againdon't raise your your hand for that one, but I have a warning for you. If you do everything that you did intwo thousand and twenty, if you do it all that same in two thousand andtwenty one, the same resultis going to happen. So if you're thinking man, Iwas kind of stagnant, I don't my warning is, if you do everything thesame you're going to get the same result in your spiritual life as far asif it was blat this year. So I wanted...

...to go through and tell you what maybeyou should be doing in your spiritual life is were about to start a new year,so this is ax chapter two we're going to be bouncing around to a couple ofdifferent places, but that is a good key verse for for us. So there are somepersonal things that I think you should be doing things that I can't do for you.So Ax Chapter Two tells us that they devoted themselves to the apostlesteaching and to fellowship into the breaking of bread and to prayer, sometimes ar everyone was filled with awe at themany wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers weretogether and had everything in common they sold property and possessions togive to anyone who had need every day they continued to meet together in thetemple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with gladand sincere hearts, Prais in God, and enjoying the favour of all the peopleand the Lord added to their number daily, those who were being saved. So Ihave a few things up there that I think are personal to you devoted themselvesto apostles teaching and I put in Parentheses, Bible reading now I knowsome of you have no idea what I do during the week, all right, but here'swhat we can all agree. I don't do. I don't go over every morning or everyevening to your house and open the Bible for you and read it out loud toyou. That's that's on you. You have to read the Bible for for yourself andmaybe one day it would be like convenient, but the second day you'd belike. Can we please send Pastor Andrew Home? We don't need that so personalthings that you have to do reading the Bible is first, if you're not reading the Bible, youwere just not going to grow as a Christian. I can promise that. So ifyou look back on two thousand and twenty and you go by, I was kind ofstagnant. How Much Bible reading did you do? If, if you need some encouragement, there's someone in here who's in thebook of revelation now. Are you excited Kirston? It's she has read through theBible in it's in well, not in its entirety, she's ten fifteen chapters away from fromfinishing it yeah and she posted it every single day, and Ihave this fantastic meme that I was going to send her the first time shemissed and we are December twenty seventh, I haven't gotten a cend it toher. Yet it is not a guarantee that if you readyour Bible, you're going to grow as a Christian, but it is a guarantee thatif you don't read your Bible, you're not going to grow as as a Christian, sothey not just read their Bible but devoted themselves to it and tofellowship look around at all these smiling faces. These are the peopleyou're supposed to fellowship with spend time with them church. It's notjust to spend time with them here to meet them in the lobby to go yeah. Thecoffee wasn't very good this morning. Agpe. Where is the coffee? When do weget coffee back?...

Go Out, spend time with each other goto a restaurant when we're allowed go bowling when we're allowed go iceskating when we're allowed go anywhere once we're allowed, but you have to spend time with each witheach other just to hear dwaine spending an hourwith Livi ten months ago, and it's something thathe remembers that time that you spend with other people is very important toyou to your spiritual life and to your kid spiritual life find places that youcan drag them and they realize oh Christianans are you know not always ina shirt and tie, and not always, I was going to say, boring we're, neverboring, but not always all focused on one person, who'stalking breaking bread and to prayer. Again, I don't go over to your houseand we all sit in a circle and hold hands and go. Let's pray, ah sure wepray here, and we read the Bible here and we fellowship here, but if this, if what just happened five minutes ago isthe only time you pray during the week, you are not going to grow as aChristian. You have to pray every day frequently over and over, andthere should be a set aside time for you to pray and it doesn't have to be aspecific time at five o'clock. I pray, but if it's before dinner or afterdinner, before you wake up or before you go, can't be before you wake up after you wake up before you go to bedyeah, some of you are like yeah. Before I wake up, I get a good eight hours ofprayer in have a set time and then, whenever youwake up whatever time it is pray or whenever you go to bed pray before yougo to bed, so it doesn't have to be a set time but get into a habit. Or elseyou can. You can miss things and the last one I wanted to say forpersonal. Those who are being saved. Evangelismis a personal thing for you now we are. We provide opportunities at the churchto do that. But evangelism is a personal thing. If I go over and tellyour neighbor about Jesus, they just go yeah, that's his job. If I go over andtell your grandparents about Jesus, they just think it's my job. It's muchmore valuable to hear it from you and you need to be doing evangelism. Youneed to be telling your friends and your neighbors and your co workers andyour family about Jesus all right. That gets us as a church off the hook foreverything. So let's talk about something completely different. Howmany of you went to a Christmas dinner and walked away hungry? Well, that's weird can. Can you imagineso my Christmas dinner with my parents. We had Turkey and bake macaroni andmore Turkey and meat, balls and tons of desserts, Heyi'm, Yuck Ham, all of this stuff, anand Levi had ham and more ham and...

Turkey, and more Turkey and meat ballsand more meat, balls and more ham, and I'm pretty sure he just kept sneakingfood because Lauren would say no, I think, you've had enough ham and thento be like dad. Can I have hampshure son and then Adam Wan say no Oyou'vehad enough ham and then he'd be like uncle Antram like have whatever youwant, will load it up Ho problem. If you walk away from Christmas dinnerhungry whose fault is it yours, exactly you ever go to a buffet,I mean not now, but maybe you know a year ago you went to a buffet and therewas all this food out and then you went home and w were hungry. WHOSE FAULT ISIT yours? If somebody puts food out and you don't eat it and you walk awayhungry, you can't complain. Now you can say that was the worst buffet. I'veever been to all that Christmas dinner. Why would you make sugar free cookiesthat just you have defeated the whole purpose of the cookie? That's different. You can complainabout the buffet, but you can't go away hungry. So, let's take a look at thechurch's responsibility I like to think of us as setting a table for you guys,and the idea of this came up because people would leave the church and go. Ijust don't feel like I'm being fed. I just don't feel like I'm being fed andmost of the time the problem was you're, not eating, like yeah you're not beingfed because you're not eating. So let me show you the buffet that the churchsets that, and you can say that's the worst buffet ever your your feeting mesugar, free cookies and then we've got a we've got to have a discussion. We'vegot to improve the menu, but you guys have to eat. So here is a key verse forus. We have to we have much to say about this, but it's hard to make itclear to you, because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though, by thistime you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementarytruths of God's word all over again, you need milk, not solid food. AnyoneLong. Anyone who lives on milk being still an infant is not acquainted withthe teaching about righteousness, but solid food is for the mature who, byconstant use, have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. AsChristians, we are looking to eat more and more and more and more and more I'll. Try Not to look at my parents,while I say this, but we had coffee all day on Christmas, thecoffee was flowing, it was fantastic, erof creamer, they don't even have milk, they havealmond milk and then, and not only that the almondmilk was the number one choice. There was something next to the almond milkthat mom said to me: Oh you won't like that. Can you imagine if the choice is almindmilk or the milk? You really won't like, and it's just and I was craving milk and then Iturned around and saw Turkey and bake macaroni and I went I'll take solidfood I'll. Take it black and I will...

...take solid food where are the cookies as Christians? If you come to churchand you're, just getting milk, you just there's nothing solid, going going onno solid food, then you're not going to be the teachers that you're supposed tobe you're just going to be infants if we can't run hg and trail life, becausethere's nobody there to teach hgan trail life who they should be solid.Food is for the mature who, by constant use, have trained themselves todistinguish good from evil, so little baby, Christians and by BabyChristians. I don't even mean new Christians versus Old Christians.That's not what it's saying! It's not saying you came to know Jesus a yearago, so you're on milk- and you came to know Jesus thirty years ago. Thereforeyou're qualified to be a teacher and you're eating solid food. No, it isabout your spiritual maturity. Are you reading the Bible? Are you praying allof all of these things? Anyone who lives on milk is notacquainted with the teaching about righteousness. The people who have justaccepted Jesus's savior but haven't dove dived, jumped in to their their Christianfaith. They are just babies, but solid food isthe mature for the mature who, by constant use, constant use over andover and over again, it's not well. I read my Bible back on Novemberfifteenth, I read two chapters so now, I'm good, no constant use they'vetrained themselves to distinguish good from evil. So first thing we put on thebuffet is the worship service. Here we are you're all here, so all of youchack, that's one Hebrews ten tells us, and I wanted toput the whole context here. Therefore, since we have confidence to enter themost holy placed by the blood of Jesus, so we're talking about Jesus and howimportant he is by a new and living way open for us through the curtain, thatis his body, and since we have a great priest over the House of God, weregiven a command. Let us draw near to God, with he sincere heart and withfull assurance that faith brings so because of who Jesus is. Let's drawnear to God, with a sincere heart having our hearts sprinkled to cleanseus from a guilty conscience in having our bodies washed with pure water nextcommand. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he whopromised it is faithful next command. Let us consider how we may spur oneanother on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, becausethere could be a temptation to go. Jesus is coming back, let's just let's just do churchelsewhere, we don't have to meet as a group and- and the writer of Hebrews issaying, draw near to God and hold unswervingly to the hope and considerhow you can spur one another on to love and good deeds. Don't give up meetingtogether a summit or in the habit of...

...doing but encourage one another andeven more, as you see, Jesus coming, if Jesus were coming to morrow. If youknew Jesus was coming to morrow, the writer of Hebrews would say all themore reasont to be in church, don't go home and make up a will, don't go homeand do all of this all. The more reason to be in church to meet with the saintsto see how you can spur them on to love and good deeds. Our worship service isone of the ways that we feed you spiritually. We, the music, is designedto bring you closer to Jesus. The prayer time is designed to bring youcloser to Jesus. The sermon is designed to give you as muchapplication as I can cafin to bring you closer to Jesus, but if this is allyou're consuming during the week you're going to go away hungry, our church isnot designed for this. To be the only thing because you you get some Bible,but you don't get as much Bible as you want as we want you to get, you getsome application, but you don't get as much as we want you to get. So when welooked at the table, the buffet we were going to set in front of you, we saidyes, worship service were commanded by God to do that, and we're going to dothat and we're going to make it as helpful to people as we can asworshipful to Jesus as we can, but if that's all you're doing you're not going to grow, spiritually,you're just not, and- and I don't take the responsibility for that and theelders- don't we're saying that's all you're doing it's not going to work. Weneed you to do some other things. What's next Sunday school all right,that's part of the buffet. We have dult Sunday school. We have teen Sundayschool. We have young kids, Sunday school, they devoted themselves to theapostles teaching. You know what we do in Sunday school. We open up this bookand we tell you what it means and we discuss it. It is the time in ourministry that we are most focused on the Bible, which sounds like a weirdthing. You think that would be the worship service, but the worshipservice has prayer. The worship service has giving the worship service hasmusic and all of those things are biblical, but Sunday school says we'renot doing anything but teaching you about the Bible and we teach it to youand your kids and maybe your grandkids at their age, appropriate level, whichmeans when we have cameron and we have summer, we don't go sit down. We gotforty five minutes for you right. We have to teach it on an ageappropriate level and the hope is sometimes whe. You use humor, I'mhoping that a brown said the word Magis on Christmas, but if not see that wasgeared towards your age group, but if not sometimes that transfers to otherage groups. I got a text message on Christmas Day from Katy wreck and itjust simply said Magas...

...was like well, I I geared it toward theten year olds, but Katie Kati got it. It's that's right. The oldest living copyISO we design Sunday school to be the time when we are teaching you directlyin the Bible. Your Bible should be open. The Teachers Bible should be open andthey're siying. This is what it means. This is how it applies to you andsomeone raises their hand and goes. Could it mean that and the teacher goesno, no, they say well, let's, let's talk about it and thereis discussionand it is a a usually an hour. It's right now, forty five minutes wherewe're devoted to the apostles teaching to the New Testament and to be the OldTestament all right. So if you're just doing the worship service, I would sayat Sunday school you're already waking up in the morning right. What is fortyfive minutes more sleep going to do for you, nothing come forty. Five minutesearlier come to Sunday, school and you've, taken the Turkey of the worship,service and you've added mashed, potatoes and gravy. You can make a fullmeal of that trust me. You can make a fold meal of that soworship, service, Sunday, school, but you're still going to go away hungry.We want to give you a buffet that you're going to remember for the restof your life right. If we just gave you, Turkey and Mashd potatoes you'd be likethat's a good meal, but you wouldn't tell your friends about it, so we haveanother thing that we want to do small groops, and so we have a small groupfor our adults with a small group for our men, Bost of which are adults, andwe have a small group for our women and they meet throughout the the week and what is their purpose Ephesians for no notice? It says, thenthey would no longer be infants, so that same analogy is being used tossedback and forth by the waves and blown here and there by every wind ofteaching. If you ever been listening to a sermonand just wanted to go, I have a question Cancan you justclarify. Can you repeat, I missed that small groups where you get to say Ididn't understand, I didn't get hold on that, went too fast, or is he reallyright? Is it really Magus? It can't be Kennet blown here and there by every wind ofteaching by the Cunnin, cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitfulscheming. Paul is telling us that people are trying to get you not tobelieve in Jesus and people are trying to get you not to live the life thatyou're supposed to live, and I can talk to you for thirty minutes each week andthat's not going to fix it. What the other part of our ministrythat we have is small groups where you can get and talk to each other and saythis is my struggle and someone goes that's mine too. Someone else goes,that's mine too. I thought it was just me...

...and we talk and we work through the every wind of teaching and the cunningand craftiness of people. Instead, we speak the truth in love and we willgrow. Small groups is where you really kind of in the in the ditches and and trying to grow withwith people speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respectto the mature body of him. Who is the head as a church? We are a body. Someof us are feet, some of us, your ears, ome on US heir hands. Some of us arebig mouths and what it's looking at here is notice.It doesn't say we will grow to become mature individuals. It says we willgrow to become a mature body, which means if you have mature hands andmature ears, but you've got an obnoxious, big mouth. The church isn't going to be right. Weall have to mature together the mature body of which Jesus is the head, so smallgroups, if you're, not in a small group, you're doing a disservice to us as achurch if you are not growing as a Christian you're doing a disservice tous, because weare trying to become a fullydeveloped, mature body and your a weak limb who's not working on themselves,so we would say, as a church grab a fork come on in and start eatingthe buffet because worship service, Sunday, schoolsmall groups, small groups is once a month. It's not even that heart, and wefeat you so I mean not just spiritually but physically as well.There's food and then from Jesus. The whole bodyjoined in hell together by every supporting ligament, grows and buildsitself up in love, as each part does its work hi. I got bad news for you and some of youhave already figured out what the fourth one is. I've got bad news foryou. You don't become a Christian to just sit in a pew chair, a puthuire.You become a Christian to work and small groups is developing you to be joined and held together by everysupporting elegament so that the whole church grows and continues to builditself up in love so that each of us can do work ministry. That's the fourth thing that we do for you: Worship, service, Sunday, school smallgroups, ministry. What are those ministries, Hg trail life, youth group,worship, team, sound crew back there, look at all those guys. There are sixof them back there, all with matching shirts, it's pretty cool. Do you hearthat? That's the sound of no children? Do youknow where they are? I don't but they're back there and theyre with somesort of adult. That's ministry...

...workday. Look at this carpet. It'sbeautiful somebody did this look there's a tree there. Somebody did thisministry, you need to find something for you to do and as a church, we have opportunitiesfor you to do things, and some of you might say well, I can't be here on aThursday night and I can't- and I can't- and I can't we have all sorts of opportunities sothink about two thousand and twenty one. We have an Easter AG, hunt in schedulein two thousand and twenty one we have summer camp scheduled in two thousandand twenty one. We have a carnival scheduled in two thousandand twenty one. We have polar blast in two thousand and twenty one and you canget on the calendar right now and see all four of those dates and you mightsay busy busy busy busy can't do it. Sorry should have gotten me five yearsago, but we're going to start preparing for all those things long before thosedates and we've seen this happen with withpeople anyone ever climb into a bounce house with a towel to dry it out, yeahministry. Is it a fun Ministry Isaac? Not Particularly, is it a smellyminister yeah, but that's ministry? You have to find things that you enjoydoing that you're good at and and go and do that so here in act,chapter six. I think it gives us sort of the first time where h the churchkind of explodes with growth in Act Chapter two and they realize we needmore people to help so act, chapter six, as in those days when the number ofdisciples was increasing, so the church is now thousands of people. Thehelenistic Jews among them complained against the HOBRAIC Jews because thewidows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of foot they were,they were being overlooked. That's a problem, so the twelve, the apostles, the mostholy right, the preachers! That's what I think right: The mouths: that's whatthey are. The mouths gathered all the disciples together so the whole churchtogether and said it wouldn't be right for us to neglect the Ministry of theword of God in order to wait on tables now, sometimes that seems like wouldn'tbe rignt for us, the sainted ones to go. Wait on tables. That's not what he'sSayg. Would it be right for me to dochildren's Church right now? What would happen? You'd all just stareat a screen for thirty minutes that would be silly and and the disciplesare, the apostles are saying we were trained by Jesus and told to tell youall of these things. We only have so many hours in the day. So if we go overhere and we wait on tables, then we're not doing the thing that Jesus told usto do and that's what we're gifted and qualified for what we should do is havesome people who are gifted and qualified to r wait on tables and havethem Weit on tables. There should be people who are gifted and qualified...

...to be in children's church to be in thenursery and notice the people that they pick choos seven men from among you whoaren't really good at talking who we don't particularly like to just go dealwith the table stuff. They choose seven men who are full of the Holy Spirit andwisdom. They said: If we're going to do this ministry, we want the bestpossible people we can have to do this ministry. We can't take it from thetwelve who are already doing a ministry, but if we're going to add seven morepeople, we want them to be qualified. We want them to be good, it wasn't theapostles gathered, all the disciples and said: Can we just get seven peoplewilling to do this? We'll take five? Just anybody come up and help they wanted a ministry that doesn't even seem super important to us. They said, let'sfind seven people full of the spirit and wisdom so that and give theresponsibility over to them, so the apostles can continue doing theirministry of the word. It pleased the whole group and they chose Stephen, aman full of faith and the Holy Spirit and six other people they presented tothem to the apostles who prayed and laid hands on them. You need to be involved in a ministryand never think of your ministry as a second class ministry or a thirdclass ministry. No, it's not that at at all, not all of us can do, can be involved in absolutelyeverything I don't run around on Thursday teaching in trail life andteaching an Ahg and teaching youth group. We have qualified people to do all ofthose things. We want to make sure that you're in aposition that you can do some ministry, because that's when you really growthere is excitement to ministry that you might not realize if you've neverbeen involved in it. There are people in here who, twentyyears from now we're going to walk, downstairs and go. I painted that walland that floor and that carpet and that ceiling and that there are people who can go. You knowwhat that was my ceiling tile that that I put in and you might go, it's just aceiling tile, but to that that's their their ministry. Look back at the soundgroup again wave your hands, everyone! Okay! What do you notice about them otherthan they're all boys they're, all young? Oh, do you know thenumber one reason people leave a church when they're at that age or that thatgaggle of girls over there plus Dillin, you know the number one actually now that we're looking at itDyllan may have made the wiser choice. The number one reason that age groupleaves the church. They don't have anything to do. They don't have a ministry, notchurches, boring pastorom. I hate the...

...music. I mean I've heard all that, but it's we don't have anything to do ifyou can get them locked into a ministry that they like to do and they're goodat their spiritual life comes alive as a church. We want to make sureeverybody has a ministry. So it's not just me running around doing everythingand then David runs around and does what I can' and Pete runs around anddoes what I can. What we can't. You know the three of us are the the paidpeople, no Pete realize heavily on Matt who doesn't get paid. David relies heavily on on Brandy, andI mean all of these people were facilitating you in in ministry and wedon't think of it as Ohman the more stuff I can get them todo. Fewer things I have to do. You know it's actually the opposite, the morestuff. I get you to do the more stuff that I tend to have to do, but you'regood at what you do and that's great and it's good for you for your spiritual life to be doingthings in the church and we try very hard not to make you busy for the sakeof business and the Deacon Board can attest to this because frequently Iwill call up and say we don't have to have a meeting today. We don't we cando it in an email, because I'm very much against wasting people's time tojust do something that doesn't matter. We want to make sure that everyministry hour you have is focused on something important and we considereverything that we do important if it's putting in ceiling tiles. I S if it'spainting, that's part of the buffet, so my challenge for two thousand andtwenty one. If you're, looking back on your two thousand and twenty spirituallife and you're going yeah yeah, I didn't like it, you know whatyou should notice. We didn't have church for two and a half months. Wedidn't have Sunday school for six months. We didnt have small group forfive months. You couldn't really do anying. Basically, nothing happened inministry from March to August or September. You should havefelt a this. Isn't right, there's somethingwrong. I need more and as elders, we sat down and talked, and we said wedidn't use these edact words, but we packed up the buffet and then said: Gogo, grow spiritually, but we're not we're not helping, and we promisedourselves that we never do that. There might be times where we have to. Youknow, cover up a dish and say: Well. We can't do Sunday school right now whenwe, when covid started kicking up again inNovember and December, we were looking at small groups going. How do we keepthis while also keeping people safe, so we eliminated food we brought it intoinside. We wanted to keep. We wanted to keep the buffet going andthat as a church, we should have seen...

...the two thousand and twenty was not.What we want life to be like was not good for your spiritual life. So Iguess what I would say to you for two thousand and twenty one is grab a fork:the Food's good eat. All you want will make more come up to the buffet and if, if youlook at it and you go, I attend church, I tend Sunday school, Ih, ten smallgroups and I tend, and I have a ministry and you go, I'm still notgrrowing. We can have a conversation come and talk to me. If you say I'm notgrowing and I come to church once a month, I would go yeah. I would thinkyou aren't. That doesn't surprise me grab Bafort come on in your spiritual life is up to you. Thereare personal things you you have to do and there are church things you have todo and I think we've created a good menu for you and I hope you'll you'llparticipate with us this year. Let's pray heavenly father, I thank you for ourchurch. I thank you for our leaders. I thank you for our people. Lord, thank you that we can always start fresh. Itseems like January. First is the time that everybody makes new yearsresolutions in January. Eighth is the time when we all break them. Lord help us realize that ther there'salways a time where we can add Sunday school, there's always a time where wecan add a small group, there's always time for us to get involved in aministry, there's always time to add prayer and Bible reading and evangelismand fellowship to our own personal life. There's we don't have to wait forspecific times of a calendar year. Lord help usto grow this year, help us to make our Christian faith a priority.Jesus name, we pray emen.

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