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When It Looks Like I Have Failed
Failure does not mean I’m a failure ;
It does mean I have not succeeded.
Failure does not mean I have accomplished
It does mean I have learned something.
Failure does not mean I have been a fool ;
It does mean I had enough faith to experiment.
Failure does not mean I’ve been disgraced ;
It does mean I dared to try.
Failure does not mean I don’t have it ;
It means I have to do something in a different way.
Failure does not mean I am inferior ;
It does mean I am not perfect.
Failure does not mean I have wasted my life ;
It does mean I have an excuse to start over.
Failure does not mean I should give up;
It does mean I must try harder.
Failure does not mean I’ll never make it ;
It does mean I need more patience.
Failure does not mean You have abandoned me ;
It does mean You must have a better idea. Amen.
CAN WE BE
THE FIRST-CENTURY CHURCH
IN A MODERN WORLD?
Is it possible for the church we read about in
the Bible to exist today? Yes! As the apostles
throughout the known world in the first
century, they taught one gospel wherever they
went. When people obeyed that gospel, they
became part of the church of Christ. That
same gospel is being preached today. When
people obey it, they, too, become part of the
church of Christ.
In order to be a congregation of the church of
Christ, a group of people must obey the
gospel and follow the model for the church of
the first century. They must imitate the
organization, worship, and apostolic teaching
of the church as seen in the New Testament
Scripture. Let us discard human creeds and
trust solely in God’s Word. To please the Lord,
follow the divine pattern for what He wants His
church to be.
Is the Church of Christ a New Church?
No, the church of Christ is not a new church. It was founded by Jesus,
through His apostles, in Jerusalem in the first century. This makes it
hundreds of years older than any denomination in existence today.
In Matthew 16:18 Jesus made this promise : “I will build My church.”
On the Day of Pentecost in A.D. 33, that promise was fulfilled and the church of Christ came into
existence. On that occasion the gospel was first preached by Peter and the other apostles. They
revealed the Lord’s plan of salvation : “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus
Christ for the forgiveness of your sins ; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
Those who responded had their sins forgiven and were added to the church of Christ (Acts.2:47).
Members of the church of Christ today are members of that same church which was established
2,000 years ago.
What Is the Distinctive Plea Of the Church of Christ?
Members of the church of Christ today want to restore the original New Testament church. To do
this, it is necessary to set aside creeds and doctrines created by people. We must go back beyond
all the denominations that people have established, back to the pattern for the church left for us in
the New Testament.
To be God’s true people, we must accept the Bible alone as the authority in
all religious matters. Therefore, we should be able to give a “thus says the Lord” for everything we
teach and practice. We need to “speak where the
Bible speaks and remain silent where the Bible is silent.” If we teach the
pure Word of God today, we are planting the same seed that was planted
in the first century. When that seed was planted then, Christians and only
Christians were produced and the church came into existence. The plea of
members of the church of Christ today is for religious unity based upon the Word of God.
JESUS AND PRAYER
Text : Luke 11:1-13
A. The greatest insight into Jesus is His prayer life.
1. If Jesus needed to pray, how much do we?
The praying Jesus captured the apostles. They did not ask Him to teach them
to preach, how to work miracles, or how to do things! They asked, “Teach us to pray.” This should
be the prayer of the church! A prayerless church is a powerless church. Renewal begins on our
1. TIMES OF PRAYER
A. Luke, with his focus upon His humanity, emphasized the prayer life of Jesus.
1. Jesus prayed before, during, and after great events.
He prayed at His baptism (Luke 3:21) ; during struggles (5:16) ; before choosing the Twelve (6:12)
; during the Transfiguration (9:29) ; for Peter (22:32), at the cross (23:34), at the meal at Emmaus
(24:30). Jesus prayed!
Judas knew where to find Him! Jesus prayed all night!
Luke also rescued the parables of Jesus teaching prayer : the midnight friend,
the widow (18:1-8), the Pharisee and the publican (18:9-14).
11. JESUS WAS REFUSED
A. The only perfect, pure, righteous man on earth was refused. God said no even to Jesus.
If God said no to Jesus, how can we complain when He refuses us? This is powerful. Read about
Gethsemane in Luke 22. The sweat dropped like blood!
Have you ever prayed like that? Jesus prayed three times! Jesus offered up
strong crying and tears in prayer! We assume this is a reference to Gethsemane.
He was heard! God could have aborted the cross! This is the depth of His
obedience.Yet God said said “No!” This decision for the cross was made in
Gethsemane – not Calvary. This is where God said, “No,” and Jesus said, “Yes.”
Prayer cannot be answered until we have prayed. Read James 4:2.
Our problem is not unanswered prayer but unprayed prayer!
KIDS IN CHURCH
3-year-old Reese :
'Our Father, Who does art in heaven,
Harold is His name.
A little boy was overheard praying:
'Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it.
I'm having a real good time like I am.'
After the christening of his baby brother in church,
Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.
His father asked him three times what was wrong.
Finally, the boy replied,
'That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home,
And I wanted to stay with you ..'
One particular four-year-old prayed,
'And forgive us our trash baskets
As we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.'
A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they
Were on the way to church service,
'And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?'
One bright little girl replied,
'Because people are sleeping.'
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3.
The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.
Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.
'If Jesus were sitting here, He would say,
'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'
Kevin turned to his younger brother and said,
' Ryan , you be Jesus !'
A father was at the beach with his children
When the four-year-old son ran up to him,
Grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore
Where a seagull lay dead in the sand.
'Daddy, what happened to him?' the son asked.
'He died and went to Heaven,' the Dad replied.
The boy thought a moment and then said,
'Did God throw him back down?'
A wife invited some people to dinner.
At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said,
'Would you like to say the blessing?'
'I wouldn't know what to say,' the girl replied.
'Just say what you hear Mommy say,' the wife answered.
The daughter bowed her head and said,
'Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?'