From Elisha, we learn lessons about being completely committed to God, dedicated to following his plan, and being ready to follow him at the moment he calls us.
Jesus teaches us to apply what we have learned. It's not good enough just for us to "know" things; we must also serve those who have needs as though we were serving Jesus himself.
Sermon outline is below. We need to get on God's mission. Too often we substitute our own missions for God's. But it's time to stop playing around and playing church and get real--get real about God's mission.
1. 2 Peter 3:8-9 -- God desires that no one should perish, but that all would come to repentance.
4. So what are we to do? Make disciples and carry out the ministry of reconciliation.
James concludes his letter by discussing several values that ought to be present in a growing, healthy church: patience in suffering; prayer in sickness and trouble; praise in happiness; confession of sin; and restoration of those sinning. Which of these do you struggle with? Which are you doing well in?
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