God wants to do a great work in you! You may or may not believe that, but it’s true. And, the word he wants to do IN you is not for your mere enjoyment alone – it’s so that you can impact the world AROUND you. In this first message in our new InsideOut series, we scratch the surface of what it means for God to want to pour his truth, grace, love, and power into our lives to prepare us to make a difference by serving others.
My speaking notes…
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On March 5, 1995, I was reading Jeremiah 1:5 and KNEW in that moment God had shaped me and prepared me for a life of preaching ministry. It didn’t seem to make any sense at the time, but I trusted the Spirit of God and have had a sense of deeply humbling gratitude ever since.
Jeremiah 1:5 MSG
Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations — that’s what I had in mind for you.
GOD CAN USE YOU TOO!!!
BIG TRUTH: Before you were ever born, God knew how he could use YOUR life in HIS big mission for the world — saving people into his family — and he is inviting you to join him in what he is already doing around you.
God is in the business of using ordinary people to do extraordinary things!
2 Timothy 1:6-14
5 I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. 6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
8 So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. 9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. 11 And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News.
12 That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.
13 Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. 14 Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.
What God wants to do IN you…
- To put people in your life.
- To pour his truth into your life.
- To give you a spiritual gift.
- To give you courage and boldness.
- To give you the ability to love him and others.
- To help you become holy like him.
- To show you his grace when you mess up.
What God wants to do THROUGH and AROUND you…
- To use you to bring others into his family.
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???