“To-Be List for 2013” Sermon 12/30/12 by Pastor Richard Daughtridge of Jacob’s Church near Gettysburg, Pennsyvania and Hagerstown, Maryland

Pastor Richard Daughtridge

Pastor Richard Daughtridge

“To-Be List for 2013”  Sermon 12/30/12  by Pastor Richard Daughtridge

A.    In 2013    That we would be lovers.

1 Cor 13: 1-10  Message Bible

1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

B.     In 2013  That we would be students of God’s word.

 Psalm 119:9   Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

Psalm 119:11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 119:16    I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

John 21:25    And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

 C.    In  2013    That we would be Witnesses.

  Acts 1:22  Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. (None of the usual Greek words for ordained are used here.  It is ginomai (GSN-1096) which has the sense of being or becoming.  Here it means to become a witness.

D.    In 2013    That we would be one.

Exodus 18:18     Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

1 Cor. 12:12    For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

(To be continued next week.)

“Communication  is the foundation of oneness.”

 1. Communicating with our service.

2. Communicating our concerns.

3. Communicating our vision.           

4. Communicating with our words.

5. Communicating with our giving.

6. Communicating with our prayers.  

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