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Do We Remember Why

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“Let’s Remember Why

We Are Here”

Luke 4:18-19

February 17, 1999

·         There are few things about which Christians disagree more than about what is the ___________ ______________ of the church.

·         God’s Word has the answers we seek.  Regardless of how strongly we may feel otherwise, we are not here to:

1.       Give priority to a ______________.

2.       Offer ____________ and a spotlight to people.

3.       ______________ empty religion.

4.       ______________ failures.

5.       ______________ cookie-cutter Christians.

(Luke 4:18-19 NIV)  “”The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, {19} to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.””

1.     We Are Here to ___________ & _____________ the Poor.

 

·         “Poor” is a word that refers to both ____________ & ____________ conditions.

·         Interestingly enough, there is a ______________ between two conditions!

(Proverbs 17:5 NIV)  “He who mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.”

 

(Proverbs 19:17 TLB)  “When you help the poor you are lending to the Lord—and he pays wonderful interest on your loan!”

 

2.     We Are Here to Offer ___________ to the Enslaved.

·        In Luke and Acts, “freedom” always refers to ______________ of sins.

·        Jesus’ message was, “You don’t have to be a ____________ to things that will destroy you.

“You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”  Romans 6:18

3.  We Are Here to Help People _______ Things That Were Previously Kept From Them

        “He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!””  John 9:25 (NIV)

 

      Things We and Those In Our World Need to See:

q       Relationships can be _______________.

q       You can be set free from ________________ behavior patterns.

q       You (believers in Christ) are gifted and God wants you to _________ Him in what He is doing in the world.

q       That a creative God has built an enormous _____________ into your life.

q       You can be relieved of your burden of ___________.

4.     We Are Here to Help _________ _____ People Who Have Been Knocked Down

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today …”  Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

“A church is not made up of people who are better than the rest,but of people who, by God’s grace and power, want to be different than they now are!”

 

 

 

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