HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Jude 20-25 (text v. 22)
God makes a difference! Exodus 11:7 "But
against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his
tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD
doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel."
The local church is here to make a difference. Church is not
a social club or a game you play. The church is like a military
We are to be "change agents." We may not change the
world, we should be making a difference in the lives of individuals
within our sphere of influence.
One of the greatest compliments anyone has ever paid me was a
letter I received from Dr. Ruckman after he concluded a meeting
for the church I pastored in Vermont. He wrote, "Keep up
the great work Brother Hughes. Youre making a dent!"
If being a Christian makes no difference, what reason does a
person have to embrace it?
CONVERSION ought to make a difference in a persons life
(2 Cor. 5:17).
What does it take to MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
I. CONDITIONS THAT DO NOT SATISFY (v. 12) As long as you
are satisfied with the way things are, you will never change
A. We should never be content with our level of devotion to God.
B. We need a vision of something better! Inventing a better mouse
Competition is the mother of invention.
C. Are you satisfied with your own spiritual condition?
D. Are you satisfied with your friends and loved ones spiritual
E. Are you satisfied with the condition of your ministry to God?
F. Are you satisfied with the condition of your employment in
G. Are you satisfied with the condition of your country/community?
II. CONVICTIONS THAT DO NOT SHIFT (v. 20). It makes a difference
what you believe. What you believe determines the decisions you
A. Convictions about the power of prayer to change things (v.
B. Convictions about the coming of the Lord (v. 14).
C. Convictions about hell (v. 23)
D. Convictions about the worth and potential of a single soul.
III. COMMITMENT THAT DOES NOT STAGGER (v. 21).
A. Commitment to STAND ALONE.
1. Like Esther
2. Like Martin Luther
B. Commitment to the power of the Gospel to change lives.
ILLUS A Gospel tract can make a big difference in a persons
C. Commitment to invest in eternity.
IV. COMPASSION THAT DOES NOT STAND STILL (v. 22). Charity never
faileth. Compassion should MOVE US (Mt. 9:36).
A. What are your feelings towards the lost? Do you CARE?
B. ILLUS of David Gibbs:
David Gibbs had been scheduled to preach in a local church for
three years. When the time was drawing close, the church pulled
out all the stops to get people to church for a special day when
David Gibbs would be there.
The Saturday before the special day, the
pastor of the church called David Gibbs to inform him a tragedy
had taken place at the church that morning. Two the churchs
best men had come to the church to get some visitation cards
to go invite people to come to the special day. After leaving
the church to make the visits they were in a car accident. Both
men were killed instantly. The preacher asked Brother Gibbs if
he still wanted to come and preach under these circumstances.
Brother Gibbs said he would still like to come.
On the next day when Brother Gibbs arrived prior to the service,
the pastor met him with great excitement. He told Brother Gibbs
something incredible had happened. When the police officer went
to inform the two wives of their husbands being killed, the wives
wanted to be taken to the scene of the accident. When they arrived
they went to the wrecked car and found the visitation cards scattered
on the floor. They gathered them up and went out to make those
visits. When they went to a house, they invited the people to
come to church Sunday, saying, "Our husbands were on their
way to deliver this invitation to you when they were killed in
an accident. They died trying to get this invitation to you.
Wont you please come to church tomorrow?" As a result
of those widows making the visits their husbands were going to
make, over 100 visitors attended that Sunday with half of them
coming to get saved at the invitation.
Those two men and their wives made a difference!
- SERMON OUTLINE By Al Hughes, Pastor,
- Bible Baptist Church, Port Orchard, WA