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Dr. Jay P. Cook, Pastor

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Committed, Dedicated, Loyal, Faithful…
Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 7:13-14

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Intro
The Apathy Club
Did you hear about the college students who wanted to form a new organization on their campus? They called it the "Apathy Club"? Their "Apathy Club" wasn't going to be like any other student group. Where most organizations have a purpose or goal -- or some common interest to unify and motivate them -- this club was advertised as "believing in nothing, pursuing nothing." They simply didn't care about anything, and they were going to demonstrate their apathy in an organized fashion!
Just one problem...the self-appointed officers of the Apathy Club advertised the first meeting -- and not a single person showed up -- because anybody who might have been interested didn't care enough to attend.
That's funny until you realize that there's an apathy epidemic raging in American Christianity. Apathy - the dictionary says it's "a lack of feeling or emotion" - it's defined as "passivity and indifference" - or an "absence of concern or interest." Apathy has a close cousin -- complacency -- and complacency brings the added component of self-satisfaction.

Listen as Karen reads 2 directives from the New Testament, by the way a directive is a command or order, from the Lord Jesus Christ.     

ILL. Charles Stanley illustrates casual commitment this way:  Let say that you are an airplane pilot flying one of those big planes.  When the pilot starts down the runway there is a certain point where the pilot cannot decide to remain on the ground.  When he / she crosses that line the pilot is committed to the air or the plane will crash.  The pilot can’t change his mind 2/3 of the way down the runway.  Stanley goes on to say that “unfortunately our churches are filled with members who have never left the ground.  They have been sitting on the runway for years gunning their engines, Vroom, Vroom and going nowhere.   

Conclusion:  A little girl heard the preacher preach about giving and she wondered what she could give.  As the usher were passing the offering plate she had no money but she had something more than money.  When the plate got to her she put the plate on the floor and stepped in the plate and said “here I am Lord use me.”  Are we willing to be that committed?   I invite you to come and make a commitment as a living offering to Jesus Christ.

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