The Power to change people's lives

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    Here are my notes, from Sunday morning’s message......

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    July 24, 2011 -THE POWER......TO CHANGE PEOPLE’S LIVES
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    GRAB YOUR BIBLES 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
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    Today my message is going to be about...Power:
    The power.....to really change people’s lives!
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    Satan hates this power: Because he wants people in bondage to sin;
    Therefore Satan will be trying to “gum-up-the-works”.......as much as he can!
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    LETS READ THE TEXT 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
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    In this passage were going to see.....the real danger of trusting.....”the wrong things:”
    (And where our faith aught to be placed!)
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    V.1A “And I, brethren,”
    -PAUL’S GENUINE CONCERN......ABOUT THE BRETHREN-
    (“The ministry” was more than just a job.....to Paul:)
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    He really cared about the people....he ministered to!
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    V.1B “when I came to you,”
    -THE MAIN POINT....BEING MADE IN THIS PASSAGE-
    (The way the LORD....led Paul to minister in a different way:)
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    By teaching him.....to care more for the Lord....than the people!
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    V.1C “came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom,”
    -HOW THIS EFFECTED.......THE WAY HE MINISTERED TO THEM-
    (He was backing away...from using fancy words:)
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    He wasn’t concerned...about impressing people...at all!
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    V.1D “declaring unto you the testimony of God.”
    -THE MAIN CONCERN PAUL HAD....ABOUT HIS MINISTRY-
    (That he would be....”God’s man”:)
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    Saying only...what the Lord...wanted him to say!
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    V.2A “For I determined”
    -A CONVICTION THAT THE LORD....HAD PLACED WITHIN PAUL-
    (That He took very seriously:)
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    Paul was determined...that He was going to do things God’s Way!
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    V.2B “not to know any thing among you,”
    -AN AREA......THAT PAUL NEEDED THE LORD’S HELP IN-
    (Unlearning...some of the things he had been taught:)
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    Because “man’s way” of doing things.....was not “God’s way”!
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    V.2C “save Jesus Christ,”
    -THE PERSON....THAT PAUL ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT-
    (The Lord Jesus Christ:)
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    Because He was the only person.....who had the power:
    To “really” change people’s lives!
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    V.2D “and him crucified.”
    -THE ONE EVENT.....THAT HIS MINISTRY CENTERED AROUND-
    (The Lord’s crucifixion:)
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    The event.....that really changed our lives!
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    V.3A “And I was with you”
    -THE DELIBERATE IMPRESSION.......THAT PAUL LEFT WITH PEOPLE-
    (Because he wanted people to remember Jesus:)
    And not him:
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    Paul didn’t let his personal pride:
    Get in the way of His ministry to others!
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    V.3B “in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.”
    -THREE WAYS TO BE USED BY GOD.....MORE EFFECTIVELY-
    (That will allow Him....to be “lifted up”:)
    Not yourself:
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    -ALLOWING YOUR PERSONAL WEAKNESSES....TO BE SEEN BY OTHERS-
    “weakness” Both physical and emotional:
    We don’t have to be perfect.....to be used by the Lord!
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    -ALLOWING YOUR PERSONAL NEEDS....TO BE SEEN BY OTHERS-
    “fear” Our fear of the LORD:
    And....our absolutely need for the Lord’s help!
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    -ALLOWING YOUR PERSONAL VULNERABILITIES....TO BE SEEN BY OTHERS-
    “much trembling” The fact that “even we” can fall away:
    If we don’t keep draw neigh to the Lord!
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    V.4A “And my speech and my preaching”
    -PAUL’S UNUSUAL.....STYLE OF PREACHING-
    (He really was...a “down to earth” kind of guy:)
    So that you wouldn’t know that he was...”The Great Apostle Paul”!
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    A lot of people were disappointed by his personal appearances.
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    V.4B “[was] not with enticing words of man’s wisdom,”
    -PAUL’S DELIBERATE INTENT....TO DISREGARD HIS EDUCATION-
    (By not using.... high sounding words:)
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    This is the “exact opposite”:
    Of what all the false prophets.....were doing!
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    V.4C “but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:”
    -THE REAL REASON BEHIND.....GOD HAVING PAUL DO THIS-
    (To get him out of the way..of the Holy Spirit.)
    So that people’s lives...could really be changed:
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    This is the whole point of “the ministry”:
    To allow the LORD to change people’s lives!
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    -THE SUPERNATURAL QUALITY.....OF BIBLE PREACHING-
    It is totally dependent upon the LORD:
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    Therefore.....the harder we work....at it developing a sermon:
    The less the Lord will be in it!
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    Don’t get me wrong: ....... Bible study is labor intensive:
    But developing sermons....should not be:
    Because they should be “from the LORD”!
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    V.5A “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,”
    -THE LORD’S BIG PLAN........FOR LEADING PAUL IN THIS DIRECTION-
    (To direct people to Himself:)
    And not to Paul:
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    God knew that Paul..... “would let people down”:
    Just like we all do!
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    V.5B “but in the power of God.”
    -A POWER.....THAT IS AS REAL.....AND AS TANGIBLE.....AS ELECTRICITY-
    (The power of God:)
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    God has the power....to deliver anybody....from anything!
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