“A LEAD CHURCH” (Exodus 3:1-14)
FBC Earlville 3-02-14 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION Today’s Special: “A Grace Knickerbocker Funny”
In memory of Grace, here are TWO specials. #1 is her own very favorite joke. #2 is one of mine that she told her family she really liked – one which I shared from this pulpit almost two years ago!
#1 (her favorite of her own) There were these 2 elderly ladies who shared a home. One day one of the ladies was walking up the staircase and suddenly stopped in the middle of it and said, “was I going up the stairs, or down the stairs – up? or down? I don’t remember”. She walked into the bathroom and suddenly said, “have I gone to the bathroom yet, or was I going? gone? or going?”. The other lady hearing all this said, “you old fool. You don’t remember a thing.” Then the second lady walked into the kitchen, opened the refrigerator door and said, “oh my, was opening the refrigerator door, or closing it? Opening? or closing?”. I was told that Grace had more fun telling the joke than she did hearing the responses!
#2 (her favorite of mine) “A Ticket Funny” “You gave me a speeding ticket?” says the driver to the Police Officer. “Yes,” says the officer. “And if you get 3 tickets you get a bicycle to drive.”

As many of you may remember, a number of years ago a long-time pastor from one of our area churches accepted the call to the Baptist Church in North Lansing, NY (near Ithaca). About 18 months later, he and one of his deacons were tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident. It lead a number of us to wonder a simple thought. As sad as it was for the pastor to pass away, the reality is that pastors can be found by seeking Bible schools and other forms of interest. But where do deacons come from? Where do the leaders within a church come from? Is there something that each of us should be doing to prepare to serve the Lord?

You remember the account. Moses is now 80 years old and in this chapter is to be called by God to serve as the shepherd to lead God’s people out of Egypt.

What qualities were mentioned here that Moses had which, in God’s sight, fit him for this calling:

#1 Already leading (v.1) Moses was “tending the flock” – and his overseeing of over 2 million Israelites fell under the same umbrella. He was already an experienced leader of “sheep”

#2 Athirst to know God intimately (vs. 2-3) “I will go over and see” – the potential leader for God must be one who is hungry to know God, and is walking intimately [NOT perfectly but intimately] with the Lord.!

#3 Accepts call to holiness (vs. 4-6) When God called, “Moses”, Moses said “here I am”.
“Here I am” is a classic line of surrendered obedience in Scripture. Look where else it is used: The Lord testing Abraham with Isaac (Gen. 22:1); Caleb 85 years old “here I am today” ready to go fight for Hebron; Samuel responding to God’s voice (1 Sam. 3); Ps. 40:7/Heb. 10:7,9 (the Messiah’s response to do the Father’s will); Rev. 3:20 (Jesus inviting us the church to come sup with Him!

#4 Assigned for a purpose (vs. 7-10) God assigns His children for His purpose: 1 Pet. 4:10 (gifted to be faithful stewards of God’s grace); Eph. 4:9-11(people equipped so that the body may be built up, until we all reach unity in the faith, and become mature!)

#5 Adequate? No! (v. 11) The point was actually to be “INadequate” but the “i” in “IN” does not start with the letter “a”! This question – “Who am I?” – is often seen in Scripture: David – to become the king’s son-in-law 1 Sam. 18:18; David – when overwhelmed in the giving for the building of the new temple
“Who am I” Listen to the words of the song of the same name: “Who am I that a King would bleed and die for? Who am I that He would pray, ‘not My will, Thine’ for? The answer I may never know, how He ever loved me so – that to an old rugged cross He’d go, for who am I?”

#6 At this moment God will be with you! (v. 12) Matt. 28:18-20 Great Commission based upon Christ’s presence; Heb. 13:5 (keep yourselves free from the love of money, be content, Jesus will never leave us, so that we can say: “the Lord is my helper”)

#7 Abiding vision (v. 14): “I AM Who I AM” Jesus often used this phrase showing His eternity: I am the door, the Good Shepherd, the Way/Truth/Life, the Vine, the Light of the world

A lead church is a church full of inadequate – but surrendered – leaders!

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