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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday Words of Encouragement August 25, 2019

Our Sunday School lesson this morning was on Anointing. Last week he explained how we are Chosen and this week he noted that all believers receive Anointing for His purpose. 2 Timothy 2:21. It was a good prelude to the sermon which continued on Culture Shift.

Last week the message on Culture Shift had us looking outside. Now we are looking inside.
In the church there are certain things that don't shift: God's word and God's love. There are things that can change within the church to better reach people.

Pastor described a time in his past when he was bivocational, working for a secular company. He was pleasantly surprised that the environment in the marketplace job was very positive atmosphere. This should be truer in Church. The first impression in work or church is usually contact with the human element.

An inner culture should be written in Church: Kindness must be in our DNA. We are the Gatekeepers and need to show a sincerely warm welcome. There are broken people seeking help.
Fruits of the spirit include love, joy, peace, kindness, self-control.
God exhibits kindness for us “Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.” Psalm 63:3.
Paul tells us how you treat one another; who you will become: Colossians 3:1-2,5-12,17; Ephesians 4:29-32.
Galatians 6:10: Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Point: Every person most positively contribute to a culture of KINDNESS.

The Church needs a mindset that doesn’t say we failed, but that we have an opportunity.
Everyone wants to be noticed and have their needs met. Relationships should be sought and growing. We should talk to each other. When we see negative, we need to respond with “we don't do that here”.
Kindness does not mean weakness. Kindness is an internal skill so it can be learned.
Church members need to give a kind word, a helping and sharing attitude; celebrating the successes of others. A community is created when people are kind to those who need help.
Church should offer healing and kindness as well as God.

Colossians 3:16-17 tells us to be ready to represent Jesus. When kindness is in our DNA, the Church stands out. People experience emotional healing while finding Jesus.

I spent over an hour listening to songs to find one I wanted. I didn't find one exactly for the message but I think this worship song works. When we welcome the Spirit in then we hopefully reflect Him.
Verses for Today:
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone.

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