January 22, 2017
Sermon Title: Enthusiasm! Share Your Encounter
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Scripture Reading: Malachi 3:10; Romans 1:16; John 4
Scripture Text: John 4:1-42
V-39 “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.”
Enthusiasm! Share Your Encounter
Don’t ever come to church without coming as though it were the first time, as though it could be the best time, and as though it might be the last time. Vance Havner
Enthusiasm has been defined as “energy that boils over and runs down the side of the pot.”
One of the exciting characteristics of the New Testament Church was that they really enjoyed what they were doing and did it with fervor. But just in case they needed reminding, Paul exhorts them here in Romans 9:11 to “never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor.”
This is what I call “Godly enthusiasm.” As a matter of fact, the word enthusiasm comes from two Greek words, en (in) and Theos (God). One who is enthusiastic, is “in God.”
Enthusiasm is a fragile thing. It can be destroyed very easily.
ENTHUSIASM, that certain something that makes us great—that pulls us out of the mediocre and commonplace—that builds into us power. It glows and shines—it lights up our faces.
ENTHUSIASM, the keynote that makes us sing and makes men sing with us.
ENTHUSIASM, the maker of friends—the maker of smiles—the producer of confidence. It cries to the world, “I’ve got what it takes.”
ENTHUSIASM, the inspiration that makes us “wake up and live.” It puts spring in our step—spring in our hearts—a twinkle in our eyes and gives us confidence in ourselves and our fellow men.
ENTHUSIASM, it changes a dead pan salesman to a producer—a pessimist to an optimist—a loafer to a go-getter.
ENTHUSIASM, If we have it, we should thank God for it. If we don’t have it, then we should get down on our knees and pray for it.
EVERY PERSON GETS EXCITED AT TIMES…some for 30 seconds, some for 30 minutes, some for 30 days, and some perpetually.
Enthusiasm immediately captures the attention of others.
Why? Because it glows. It radiates. It shines. It permeates.
Of all the people on the face of the earth, Christians ought to be the most enthusiastic. Why? Consider the blessings of God:
-Eternal life through His Son
-The Holy Spirit living within us
-The Bible, God’s love letter
-Adopted into His forever family
-Answered many of our prayers
-Protected us from harm
-Provided our basic needs
-Filled us with His love, joy, and peace
-Given us many Christian friends
-Prays for us as our Advocate
Romans12:11 “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord”
Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I say it again, rejoice!”
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