Message for September 6, 2015 from Pastor Shirley

The one thing that holds most people back is the fear of the unknown. Stepping into uncharted waters is a thought that most people would not take the risk to do– much less think about.

    In order for the church to make an impact on the world there will be risks. Are we willing to risk for the cause of the gospel or are we being paralyzed by fear? We are living in a time where there is no gray line. No more straddling the fence so to speak.

It is the love of God that should compel us all as Christians to be risk takers. Being a risk taker is not trying to be a hero and making a name for yourself. But it is a people willing to stand for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

     Here are some risk takers in the Bible:

   To Joab, who took up arms for the cause of God, and said, “May the Lord do what seems good to him!” (2 Samuel 10:12).

To Esther, who risked her life for the Jewish people in exile, and said, “If I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16).

    To Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who stood unflinching before the fiery furnace and said, “Even if God does not deliver us, be it known to you, O king, we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image” (Daniel 3:18).

    To Paul, who said, “I do not count my life of any value nor as precious to myself– if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).

As the apostle Paul said, “For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.

    Have you committed your life to Jesus Christ? If so, you are a candidate to be a risk taker. To take a stand for the one who gave His life so you could have life. He is able to keep you.

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