CONNECTIONS: Called to Inspire

Hear the introduction to this week’s message and to the beginning of our new series, “Connections.”

[CALLED TO INSPIRE] Hebrews 10.22-25                                             01.13.2019

CFA Connections| CFA | Pastor Tracy Cook

 TEXT Hebrews 10.22-25 ESV
22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

 As a thriving community of faith, we are called to:

  1. Inspire
  2. Invest
  3. Interact
  4. Influence

Acts 2.42-47 ESV 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

 Acts 4.32-35 ESV 32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

Inspire/ to spur on; impel; motivate
Are our ministries inspiring others to participate? Are we inspired ourselves?
Want to get more out of it? Put more into it.  We’re not here so much to be inspired as to inspire. If my own heart’s not in it, how can I expect others to catch on?