Three things that enrich our life and our church:
January 7th, 2001, Sunday Evening
Enrichment and Enhancement
How to enrich our life and our church
OPENING: 2 Corinthians 9:11, KJV
- #1/3: Our relationship with our Savior.
- First, examine the definition of enrich.
- To make rich, to make wealthy.
- To fertilize--enrich the soul.
- Supply of water/fertilizer to have a plant grow and produce its best fruits
- EXAMPLE: A ladies' touch in a dreary house.
- This can be similarly applied in church: we can enrich our relationship
with our Savior through singing, preaching, and ministry (meaning we're not literally a
minister but we work for, or "minister" to, our Savior).
- 2 Corinthians 9:6-11: This is our motivation for wanting to be
- 2 Corinthians 9:10: To be fruitful is the motivation.
- Our seed comes from GOD.
- Our desire to have lives enriched is to have fruit.
- 2 Corinthians 9:11: GOD needs/lusts after our worship to Him.
- We can still write hymns for GOD today but the "enrichment" we feel goes into
it must not overtly transcend from our soul to our body
- I.e., if you wiggle to the point of breakdancing to the music, in front of everyone,
it may not be acceptable to GOD because then the people notice and cheer for you--giving
you, not GOD, the glory.
- Being enriched cannot be done enough.
- John 1:12: Just believing on His name is enough to be called
a son of God.
- 1 Pet 1:23: The "incorruptible [seed]" is the Word of GOD.
- #2/3: Motivation of our enrichment
- 2 Pet 3:18: We are commanded to "grow in grace, and in the
knowledge..." meaning we should continue to be enriched.
- Having a close, special relationship with GOD gives the ability to ask GOD
to "cool off." This is not disrespectful ... look in the Bible where man told GOD
to refrain from killing:
- Exodus 32:9-14: When GOD wanted to kill all the Children of Israel
for claiming a golden calf brought them out of Egypt, Moses successfully interceded.
- Jeremiah 26:19
- Amos 7:1-6
- #3/3: Methods of enrichment
- It costs time being spent with our Savior. Quiet, isolated time with GOD
- Take time to slowly and carefully read the Bible. Don't be in a hurry.
- Be provoked to sing at home before GOD--not just by the song leader at church ...
and it doesn't have to be loud or vocal! Even a song in your heart as you go through your
work day may be pleasing to your Savior.
- John 15:1-4 and Psalm 1:1:
- No amount of money saved in the bank is enough. Has there ever been a set amount
of money that someone was forever satisfied with? The flesh is NEVER satisfied! It always
wants more, more, more...
- Is life as short as the Nike commercial really says--that you cannot make time
for GOD? Who gave you time, in the first place?
- Matthew 6:21: Most people would like to reverse this scripture
but what the scripture says is true (i.e., if you invest all you own in your children,
all of your efforts/monies go into them; thus, your heart would be with your
- Matthew 6:19-21: THEME of this message--if you
work to put your treasure up there, it cannot be stolen ... and your heart will be there,
Let's enrich our ministry to GOD by...
- Spending time with GOD
- Enhancing our personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- Being friendlier/more cheerful out in this temporal world