MONDAY SCHOOL for July 23, 2017, #3.8

MONDAY SCHOOL for July 23, 2017, #3.8
from What We Have In Common In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … fellowship …

QUOTE: We need to team up. Loneliness happens because people insist on doing everything all by themselves … so, we need to team up.

While I was at that church in Quincy, I thought about how I did everything as a pastor. And when I looked at the New Testament, I noticed that with the exception of Philip in the Ethiopian eunuch, there’s not a single example in the entire New Testament of any of the disciples doing anything alone. They always did what they did with at least one other person. They were always a part of a team.

And I’ve looked at how I did my pastoral ministry, and everything I did, I did all by myself. And I thought to myself, “I wonder if there are people in the church that God wants them to do this, too.” So I shared this in a sermon and I said, “You know, when I go to the hospital, I don’t have to go by myself.” With the exception of private counseling, everything I’m doing that I do as a pastor, I would love for one or more of you to go with me.

Actually, I had one lady in that church decide she wanted to go to the hospital. So I went with her on Monday, and she went by herself on Wednesday, and I went by myself on Thursday, and everybody got twice as many visits. It was quite strange. We’d go into the hospital room and the patient would talk to her and ignore me. I don’t quite understand that! But I think she was gifted. And she was able to use that gift. We need to team up.

By the time I got to the next church, I said to the people, “You know, we can do anything you want to do. But there’s a thing that I call the Rule of Three. If God wants us to do it, God will give us the people that are needed to be the leaders of it.” So if you have a great idea and nobody wants to do it with you, it just means it’s not God’s time yet. Whenever somebody has a great idea, the first question we’ll ask is, “Who wants to help with this?” If you go back to that church and you ask them about the four years I spent with them, four years where their church attendance went up 18% in the first months and eventually doubled after I left. They would tell you, “Oh, Dave’s the guy who wouldn’t let us do anything unless there were three people.” But it worked. When we have a goal or desire, the goal is on the wall, we need other people to help us reach it. I didn’t know if you’ve ever been in a physical fitness class. Anybody here ever done that? If I’m by myself, I stop at 10. If there’s somebody leading the class, she would get me to do 10 more, and then 20 after that. You ever

So if you have a great idea and nobody wants to do it with you, it just means it’s not God’s time yet. Whenever somebody has a great idea, the first question we’ll ask is, “Who wants to help with this?” If you go back to that church and you ask them about the four years I spent with them, four years where their church attendance went up 18% in the first months and eventually doubled after I left. They would tell you, “Oh, Dave’s the guy who wouldn’t let us do anything unless there were three people.” But it worked. When we have a goal or desire, the goal is on the wall, we need other people to help us reach it.

Have you ever been in a physical fitness class? Anybody here ever done that? If I’m by myself, I stop at 10. If there’s somebody leading the class, she would get me to do 10 more, and then 20 after that. You ever known that to be true? If you team up with someone, they’ll make you do more for your own benefit than you’re able to do by yourself.

We need to team up. We are not meant to be alone. We are better together. And if we do things together, you will learn more, and you will do more because the God meant for us to be together. And together is what church is all about.

THINKING IT THROUGH
What gets your attention? Why?
What is the human need or problem here?
What is that like?

SOW: What does it SAY?
What does it say that I should OBEY?
WHO needs to hear this?

What is the divine solution?
How can we visualize it?

How can we make it happen? What are the steps?

RESOURCES
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This post is based on the sermon series: The Normal Christian Church – Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Sermon #3. What We Have In Common In The Normal Christian Church Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to … fellowship …

 

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