3 February 2016

ABOUND!

2 Corinthians 8:7 – NKJV   But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.”

We could say our weekend was one of “Abundance!” = Friday p.m. prayer service, Saturday afternoon – 2 sessions with Home Group leaders and church workers, Saturday night Youth, 
Sunday services – 9:30, 11:45 and 7:00 p.m. 
and Monday evening again with the leaders and workers.
A very full weekend. Yes, our invited speaker lost his voice – or almost.

ABOUND: (Scripture - NLT)
Ø  In Faith – 2 Thessalonians 1:3 – Your faith is flourishing”
Ø  In Speech – Ephesians 4:29 – Let everything you say be good and helpful”
Ø  In Knowledge – Philippians 1:9, 10 – Keep on growing in knowledge “
Ø  In Diligence – Romans 12:8  - Take the responsibility seriously”
Ø  In your Love – Philippians 1:9 – I pray that your love will overflow more and more”
Ø  In this Grace also = generosity – Excel also in this gracious act of giving”

This was a great beginning to the weekend – an introduction to the theme and it seemed to whet everyone’s appetite – “It was so short!” “I thought he would continue!” and they returned the next day – young leaders and older ones - with Bibles, notebooks, recording the sessions on their phones, hearts and minds open. “Now, if only we can put this into practice,” commented one of the leaders. Each following session took up one of the ‘abounding’ points. There weren’t enough days to cover them all.

Abound in Faith – ‘Saving Faith’, ‘Living Faith’, the ‘Gift of Faith’, and ‘Growing Faith’. “Our faith grows like a muscle”, concluded the speaker. “You have to exercise it!”
Abound in Knowledge, (Discernment) – “Why do we need spiritual discernment?” vs 10 – “That you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.”
Abound in Generosity – “I don’t have to give: it’s a privilege!” “We give because it’s a joy to give!”
Spiritual Fathers and Mothers – “To abound in these six areas, we need spiritual men and women who will teach others how to abound.” “These are the ‘marks’ of spiritual parents: Consistency, a Clean Conscience, no Comparisons nor Conceit, the Cost, the Connection, the Cautioning, the Conduct, the Care and the Contact. The speaker concluded asking two critical questions: “1. Who is parenting you in the faith?” and “2. Who are you parenting in the faith?” 

The pastor summed it up: “It’s been an excellent weekend! Your ministry has blessed our congregation. We hope you can come again!” and so many have declared the same – several times.  

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