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1. SHE WAS LIKE DORCAS IN HER FAITH -ACTS 9:36-43

a. EXPLANATION - ACTS 9:36 THERE WAS A CERTAIN DISCIPLE NAMED TABITHA, WHICH IS TRANSLATED DORCAS. SHE WAS A DISCIPLE

b. APPLICATION

i. ANN WAS A WOMAN WHO CAME TO FAITH:

(1) ALWAYS WENT TO CHURCH

(2) WATCHING A TELEVISION PREACHER, GAVE HER HEART TO JESUS CHIRST

ii. ANN WAS A WOMAN WHO PRACTICED FAITH:

(1) PRACTICED HER FAITH AT CHURCH - WENT TO PEACE FOR MANY YEARS. FAITHFULLY ATTENDED AND WAS AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO MANY

(2) PRACTICED HER FAITH AT HOME

(a) HUSBAND DIED

(i) 1974 - A WIDOW FOR 35 YEARS

(ii) WHEN CHILDREN WERE STILL AT HOME, SHE WENT TO WORK

(b) WHAT KIND OF WORK? A LOT LIKE DORCAS - SHE SEWED - MOZELLE’S DRESS SHOP

(3) PRACTICED HER FAITH IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD -

(a) EVERYONE CALLED HER “GRANNY”

(b) NEIGHBOR WHO CAME OVER IN TEARS

2. SHE WAS LIKE DORCAS IN HER LOVE -

a. EXPLANATION

i. IT WAS CONCRETE ACTION - 9:36 THIS WOMAN WAS FULL OF GOOD WORKS AND CHARITABLE DEEDS WHICH SHE DID

ii. IT WAS LOVING ACTION -

(1) V 37 - SHE GETS SICK AND DIES

(2) V 38 - THEY SEND FOR PETER

(3) V 39 - WHEN PETER ARRIVES, ALL THE WIDOWS STOOD BY HIM WEEPING, SHOWING THE TUNICS AND GARMENTS WHICH DORCAS HAD MADE WHILE SHE WAS WITH THEM.

b. APPLICATION

i. ANN TOOK CONCRETE ACTION AS WELL:

(1) SHE SEWED AND HELPED PEOPLE IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS, SOMETIMES PEOPLE WHO DIDN’T ALWAYS APPRECIATE IT

(2) SHE HELPED RAISE HER GRANDCHILDREN

(3) SHE GAVE AWAY MONEY TO DIFFERENT CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES

ii. SHE DID IT ALL IN LOVE - WHENEVER SHE WOULD SEND A CARD OR MONEY OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, SHE HAD A PHRASE SHE WOULD USE:

(1) “JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I.”

(2) IN SOME OF HER FINAL CORRESPONDENCE TO HER FAMILY SHE HAD WRITTEN, “JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I.”

3. SHE WILL BE LIKE DORCAS IN HER RESURRECTION-

a. EXPLANATION

i. PETER DOES SOMETHING SPECIAL IN HER LIFE - VV 40-41 PETER RAISES DORCAS FROM THE DEAD.

b. APPLICATION

i. ONE DAY, GOD WILL RAISE ANN UP AGAIN. WHILE SHE IS ALREADY IN HIS PRESENCE A DAY IS COMING WHEN SHE WILL BODILY COME OUT OF THIS GROUND. - NOW THIS I SAY, BRETHREN, THAT FLESH AND BLOOD CANNOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD; NOR DOES CORRUPTION INHERIT INCORRUPTION. 51 BEHOLD, I TELL YOU A MYSTERY: WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP, BUT WE SHALL ALL BE CHANGED— 52 IN A MOMENT, IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE, AT THE LAST TRUMPET. FOR THE TRUMPET WILL SOUND, AND THE DEAD WILL BE RAISED INCORRUPTIBLE, AND WE SHALL BE CHANGED. 53 FOR THIS CORRUPTIBLE MUST PUT ON INCORRUPTION, AND THIS MORTAL MUST PUT ON IMMORTALITY. 54 SO WHEN THIS CORRUPTIBLE HAS PUT ON INCORRUPTION, AND THIS MORTAL HAS PUT ON IMMORTALITY, THEN SHALL BE BROUGHT TO PASS THE SAYING THAT IS WRITTEN: “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.” “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING? O HADES, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?” THE STING OF DEATH IS SIN, AND THE STRENGTH OF SIN IS THE LAW. 57 BUT THANKS BE TO GOD, WHO GIVES US THE VICTORY THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

4. SHE IS LIKE DORCAS IN HER WITNESS

a. EXPLANATION

i. V 42 - AFTER THE RESURRECTION, IT BECAME KNOWN THROUGHOUT ALL JOPPA, AND MANY BELIEVED ON THE LORD.

b. APPLICATION -

i. THROUGH THE SELFLESS LOVING SERVICE OF ANN, SHE MADE HERSELF A PULPIT, AND SHE DIDN’T MIND PREACHING. SHE WILL GO ON PREACHING BECAUSE OF THE LIFE SHE LIVED AND THE LOVE SHE SHOWED.

ii. NOW, THROUGH HER LIFE AND EVEN AT HER DEATH, SHE STILL PREACHES

(1) IT’S NO ACCIDENT YOU’RE HERE.

(2) IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE LORD, ONE OF THE BEST WAYS YOU COULD HONOR HER WOULD BE TO RECEIVE THE LORD SHE KNEW.

(a) HEAVEN IS A FREE GIFT

(b) MAN IS A SINNER

(c) GOD IS LOVING, BUT JUST

(d) JESUS CHRIST PAID THE PENALTY

(e) THE GIFT IS RECEIVED BY FAITH

iii. PRAY THE SINNER’S PRAYER - RAISE HANDS

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