RECOUNTING THE LORD’S WORK 2015 (Click title to download message or click above to listen)
IMPACT CHRISTIAN CHURCH
DR. STEPHEN WITH
“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1
re-count ri?kount/ verb Tell someone about something; give an account of an event or experience, to count something over.
I. LEARNING TO RECOUNT
A. Why we Struggle to Re-Count?
1. Prayer: One and Done!
2. Busy: Too Busy to Stop and Thank!
“Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Luke 17:17-18
B. Recounting in the Bible
1. Recounting the Wounds
“For they persecute him whom you have struck down, and they recount the pain of those you have wounded.” Psalm 69:26
a. Recounting is not always Easy, but we can learn from the Wounds.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4
2. Recounting the Wondrous Deeds
“We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.” Psalm 75:1
a. The Call is to give an account of what God has done.
b. We remember them a 2nd time!
3. Recounting the Love of God
“I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord.” Isaiah 63:7
a. God’s love has been with you all year.
b. Can you remember a time when you experienced it to
the greatest degree?
4. Teaching Others to Recount
“But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.” Psalm 79:13
a. Not only are we called to Recount God’s Deeds, we are
to teach others to do the same.
C. Bible Illustration of Recounting
“When all the people had crossed the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, 2 “Now choose twelve men, one from each tribe. 3 Tell them, ‘Take twelve stones from the very place where the priests are standing in the middle of the Jordan. Carry them out and pile them up at the place where you will camp tonight.’” 4 So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel. 5 He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the LORD your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. 6 We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Joshua 4:1-6
The stones are a reminder. They help the future children ‘recount’ all that God has done.
II. Remembering 2015 – What did God teach you this Year?
A. Opportunities to Learn and Apply
B. Opportunities to Serve and Give
- Children’s Ministry, Cafe Impact, Giving Financially, Youth Ministry, Women’s and Men’s Ministry, Audio/Video, Worship Lead and Worship Team, Lead Team, Bulletins, Internet and Facebook Pages, Greeters/Ushers, Cleaning, Haiti Mission, Mexico Mission, Shepherd’s Gate, Oakland Serve, Building Fund, Building Move, Building Remove…
C. Don’t Let the RE-Counting Slip Away
1. Walking Backwards
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
a. One way we have a successful future is remembering how God has worked in the past.
b. So we walk backwards into the future and stay connected to God’s Deeds.
2. Share with Someone what you Have Learned
3. Teach others how to RE-COUNT the Lord’s Deeds
4. What do you recount of God’s ‘wonderful deeds’ for 2015?