Changing the World Series Part 3 – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Changing the World Sermon Series

Part III

The Intervention of God’s People

God wants His people to be agents of change.

No matter who you are, God wants to use you to change the world.

The references to this expectation are endless. Let’s look at a few.

               A. God’s People are Salt

  • Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

               B. God’s People are Shining Lights

  • Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
  • Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

               C. God’s People are Soldiers

  • 2 Timothy 2:3, 4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

               D. God’s People are Soulwinners

  • Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

To change the world, God’s people need:

I. The Process of Consecration

The Apostle Paul in our text, verse 2 was consecrated; set apart; separated to a specific work.

“…and Paul, as his manner was…” It was his life; not a hobby; not a weekend gig.

Being completely sold out to God is essential to be used of God to be an agent of the right kind of change.

  • Exodus 28:41 And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

ILLUSTRATION: Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

II. The Power of Conviction

If you’re not convinced, you won’t change anybody.

  • Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
  • Scriptural Convictions – “…faithful word…sound doctrine…”
  • Strong Convictions –  “…holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught…”
  • Superior Convictions – “…both to exhort and convince the gainsayers…”

III. The Prompting of Compassion

  • Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Duty alone will not be enough of a prompting.

You and I will need to feel something for the people we are trying to change.

Jesus set an example for us to follow.

  • Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
  • Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.