Messy Christianity…Amazing Love Creates an Empowered Community (4)

Selected Passages                                                                     Pastor Todd Harker


Scripture Emphasis: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” Matthew 7:12

A college professor had his sociology class go into the Baltimore slums to get case histories of 200 young boys. They were asked to write an evaluation of each boy’s future. In every case the students wrote, “He hasn’t got a chance.” Twenty-five years later another sociology professor came across the earlier study. He had his students follow up on the project to see what had happened to these boys. With the exception of 20 boys who had moved away or died, the students learned that 176 of the remaining 180 had achieved more than ordinary success as lawyers, doctors and businessmen. The professor was astounded and decided to pursue the matter further. Fortunately, all the men were in the area and he was able to ask each one, “How do you account for your success?” In each case the reply came with feeling, “There was a teacher.”

To be an Encourager…

  1. Choose _________ for your life – Phil. 2:4
  1. Live ______________ of yourself – Luke 10:30-37
  1. Stop and ____________ around – Matt. 12:41-44
  1. Listen to hear and ____________________ – Acts 8:26-40
  1. Accept people for their __________ and ___________ – John 4
  1. Minister from yourself __________________ – Matt. 7:12
  1. Start _________ and grow ____________
  1. Communicate ____________________ – Prov. 12:18; 16:24