Making a Difference in YOUR World
Change YOUR World
Making a Difference in YOUR World
February 13, 2022
Montgomery Campus: Pastor Mike Rippy
Prattville Campus: Pastor Devon LeMaster
• The ultimate purpose of my life is to make a difference.
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion. 2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV)
• We have to recognize our influence before we can exercise our influence.
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. You and your sphere of influence. Galatians 6:4 (MSG)
Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She
followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally, Paul became so annoyed that he turned
around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment, the spirit left her. When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in, and fell trembling before Paul and
Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Acts 16:16-31 (NIV)
“If you believe in the Lord Jesus, you will be saved—and you will have a profound impact on your sphere of influence.” Acts 16:31 (MRT)
1. My People.
Go home to your family and friends. Tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how he has had mercy on you. Mark 5:19 (NCV)
2. My Place. – Church – Government - Sports and Entertainment – Education – Business – Media - Family
3. My Passion.
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. He has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:1-16
“Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” Isaiah 58:5-7 (NIV)
MY NEXT STEP:
➢ Begin a relationship with Jesus today.
➢ Join a Lifegroup today.
➢ Check out ChangeYourWorld.com
➢ Be baptized Sunday, February 27th