Published on August 17, 2007
THANKYOU, LORD: THANKYOU, LORD [Wesley International Congregation] [Dr Barry Chant Sunday 03 August 2003] This presentation will probably involve audience discussion, which will create action items. Use PowerPoint to keep track of these action items during your presentation In Slide Show, click on the right mouse button Select 'Meeting Minder' Select the 'Action Items' tab Type in action items as they come up Click OK to dismiss this box This will automatically create an Action Item slide at the end of your presentation with your points entered. The story...: The story... On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.' When he saw them he said to them, 'Go and show yourselves to the priests.' And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, 'Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?' And he said to him, 'Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.' Luke 17:11-19 No one is too far from Jesus: No one is too far from Jesus The lepers probably looked like these men (note the faces and the hand) These ten men stood ‘at a distance’ By law they were prevented from coming closer (Lev 13:45,46) They were rejected by society They symbolise the diseased, the sick and the sinful But they were not too far from Jesus! Nobody ever is. Jesus responds to desperate prayer: Jesus responds to desperate prayer Their prayer (13) was-- Respectful Jesus is always the Master Loud They had to shout to be heard: God hears us even when we whisper! Desperate When we are desperate, we are more likely to get through. Desperation motivates and activates us. Desperate prayer...: Desperate prayer... Mount Barker Methodist, 1867: When the special services had been continued until the 4th week without special manifestations of the desired blessing, the faith of some began to flag, but eventually we all determined to throw ourselves upon the promise of him whose word was never known to fail and, taking as our motto ‘conquer or die’, we resolved to persevere until we saw results, and had not long to wait, for the Lord Most High was pleased to honour the faith of his people and answer prayer. The next evening five penitent souls came forward to the communion rails seeking salvation and were very soon set at liberty. This encouraged others and during the last five weeks, almost every evening the power of God has been present with his Word… It was very interesting to see some of the new converts, as soon as they found the Lord, trying to lead their companions to the same loving Saviour. Many who came to criticise and scoff at the proceedings, were brought after a time to submit to the Crucified… An eminent elocutionist visited our township but… scarcely twenty went to her entertainment, so she returned the money. Our school room the same evening was so crowded many could not get in to the prayer meeting at all. (SA Wesleyan Methodist Magazine, July 1867) Act in faith and obedience: Act in faith and obedience These men were obedient (14) Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priests (See Lev 14:1ff). Even though they were not yet healed, they did what he asked. They acted as if they were healed. Jesus often asks us to do things that seem pointless or illogical (Remember Naaman—2 Kings 5:10)* As they went they were cleansed. When we do what Jesus tells us, things happen (Mary said: Do whatever he tells you—John 2:5) Such as thanking God for healing even when we still feel unwell or acting as forgiven people even when we still feel guilty When we step out (in faith), God steps in (with power) Let’s overflow with thanksgiving: Let’s overflow with thanksgiving One leper was very thankful (15,16). Consider what he did. - Praised God ‘with a great voice’ - Fell on his face before Jesus - Thanked Jesus We, too, ought to ‘overflow with thanks giving’ (Colossians 2:7—like a puppy dog) Others should have been thankful: he was. He was the one least likely to do so: a Samaritan. It is easy to look down on those who are extravagant in their worship, but it is better than being stingy! It is important to give thanks: It is important to give thanks Today is ‘Thankyou Lord Sunday’ We can give thanks for what the Lord has done for us Later we will do it with money Let’s do it now with words and actions What has the Lord done for you? Leprosy is a type of sin: Leprosy is a type of sin This man was— Cleansed (14,17) Jesus makes us clean from the contamination of sin Healed (15) Jesus heals us from the cause of sin (our sinful nature) Made whole (19) Jesus makes us whole from the corruption of sin.We become new! Slide10: BY FAITH WE ARE MADE WHOLE Not by works or by our own efforts (Act 3:16; Eph 2:8;) We are made whole by faith Can you trust the Lord today to make you whole? Faith has power which is rarely unleashed. We need to tap into it now!