NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, March 24, 2019 IN THE 10:30 AM SERVICE. FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES. FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.
I. The Calling
Jeremiah 1:4–5 (NKJV)
4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
The Call to Prophesy
Sin is not an isolated incident. It’s tentacles reach out into every aspect of one’s life.
Sin affects everyone around you.
We are calling out the sin of abortion today.
We are also calling out the sins of apathy, complacency, and silence.
II. The Condition
Esther 4:10–17 (NKJV)
10 Then Esther spoke to Hathach, and gave him a command for Mordecai: 11 “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days.” 12 So they told Mordecai Esther’s words.
13 And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
The Difficulty of Standing Up
What will people think?
What will the political optics look like?
Will I be singled out as a fanatic?
III. The Cure
15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
17 So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.
What Did Esther and the Jews Do?
What Can We Do?
We definitely should invest financially in Love Life Charlotte, in Cabarrus Women’s Center, in other ministries that stand for right. We should do it as a church. We should do it as individuals. We should plant our financial seed in fertile spiritual soil.
Pray and Fast
We definitely should pray and fast for Love Life Charlotte and Cabarrus Women’s Center. We should pray in our daily prayer time. We should pray as a church, corporately.
We are calling a church-wide fast this Wednesday.
But we need to do more.
We need to do more than give money,
We need to do more than pray,
We need to show up!
God has called us to a prophetic work
Answering the call may seem daunting, but it is right
Fast, Pray, and Show up for the glory of God and the good of the land!