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April 28 2019


   Sermon Title: Godly Enthusiasm

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Romans 12:9-12

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Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:18-19; I John 4:4; Romans 8:37

Scripture Text: Romans 12:9-12

9 "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. '

Godly Enthusiasm

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."
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.

Six Basic Sources for Enthusiasm

Point 1. The Fullness of the Holy Spirit
Point 2. The Knowledge That We Are Needed
Point 3. The Knowledge That We Are Useable
Point 4. The Knowledge That We Are On the Winning Side
Point 5. Having a "Greater-Than" Outlook
Point 6. Expectations

Spirit-filled Christians have a dynamic, moving quality about them. There's a drive in them for God and souls. There's a zest for God's work that doesn't have to be primed by contests and rewards. When a man is full of wine, people will know it! Similarly, a man filled with the Spirit can be spotted. The world will sit up and take notice. It will say, "That person has something, and it has him! Whatever it is, he sure seems to enjoy it."

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