"PRAYER - A DIVINELY GIVEN OBLIGATION"
NOTE: In the Context of this passage Jesus was emphasizing the necessity of prayer being a CONSTANT ACTIVITY in the life of the believer. In the 17th chapter, Jesus was speaking about the days before HIS SECOND COMING and He indicated that it would be a time like in the days of Lot and Noah when things were not conducive to RIGHTEOUSNESS AND GODLINESS. Practically speaking, that is where we are right now. And so Jesus was teaching that to face DIFFICULT DAYS, the ONLY ALTERNATIVE FOR VICTORY IS PRAYER!
CHRIST'S MESSAGE WAS VERY CLEAR: IF YOU DON'T PRAY, YOU WILL FAINT!
Sermon preached 1/12/20 AM by Pastor Gary G. Dull
"20/20 VISION FOR THE YEAR 2020"
(A NEW YEAR’S THEME MESSAGE)
INTRO: Everyone likes to hear the eye doctor tell them that they have 20/20 vision. Having 20/20 vision means that you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance indicating that you have NORMAL VISUAL ACUITY. If you do not have 20/20 vision naturally, your optometrist will give you corrective lenses to adjust it accordingly so that you can see properly. We are now facing a BRAND NEW YEAR and would like to set as a CHURCH MOTTO for the year "HAVING 20/20 VISION FOR THE YEAR 20/20." That sounds inviting, but what does it mean? It means that around the church ministry our goal this year will be to SEE THE MATTERS OF GOD'S WORD WITH 20/20 SCRIPTURAL VISION AS WE GO THROUGHOUT THE YEAR 2020. Our key text for the year as well as this sermon is PROVERBS 29:18 that says, "WHERE THERE IS NO VISION, THE PEOPLE PERISH: BUT HE THAT KEEPETH THE LAW, HAPPY IS HE." Let's study this verse today to see how we can apply it to our personal and church life and ministry.
THE LITERAL HEBREW TRANSLATION: "WHERE HERE IS NO REVELATION THE PEOPLE CAST OFF RESTRAINT: BUT WHO KEEPS THE LAW HAPPY IS HE."
A BROAD APPLICATION: This verse has a three-fold application directed to EACH INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN, EACH LOCAL CHURCH, AND EACH NATION OF THE WORLD.
Sermon preached 1/5/20 AM by Pastor Gary G. Dull