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Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

By Stephen Sargent on 8/18/19 in our series “At The Movies

Sometimes life just doesn’t turn out the way we envisioned it. Maybe our plans didn’t go according to plan or maybe life just seemed to throw us a curveball. Oftentimes, we find ourselves in the same place when it comes to our relationship with God. Have you ever felt that God threw you a curveball that you just didn’t see. Or maybe you feel Him prompting you to do something that just doesn’t make sense at the time. In the third week of our series At The Movies, we look at what do you do when the story God is writing just doesn’t seem logical. How do we keep moving forward and what is God trying to teach us through this?

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Message Notes

Every single Christ follower is called to ministry. And for most of you, that doesn’t mean
working in a church. Your greatest impact might be exactly where you are working with
the people around you because no one else might try to help them know who God is.

Context: Moses knows God is real but struggles to believe God has a big plan for his life
But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they
say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?”

2 Then the Lord asked
him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied. [Exodus 4:1-2]
Staff: It was his identity; How he did his job; His most comfortable tool; His passion
3 “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it
turned into a snake! Moses jumped back. (Enemy of God; Enemy of Man) 4 Then
the Lord told him, “Reach out and grab its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and
it turned back into a shepherd’s staff in his hand. 5 “Perform this sign,” the Lord told him.
“Then they will believe that the Lord, the God of their ancestors—the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob – really has appeared to you.” [Exodus 4:3-5]

God is saying ‘I have more power than your greatest fear.’

God wants to use your passion for his impact.

10But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have
been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my
words get tangled.”

11 Then the Lord askedMoses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go! I will be withyou as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.” [Exodus 4:10-12]

13But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.”

14 Then the Lord became angry with Moses. “All right,” he said. “What about your brother,
Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well. And look! He is on his way to meet you now. He
will be delighted to see you. (God’s patience) 15 Talk to him, and put the words in his
mouth. I will be with both of you as you speak, and I will instruct you both in what to
do. 16Aaron will be your spokesman to the people. He will be your mouthpiece, and you
will stand in the place of God for him, telling him what to say.17And take your shepherd’s
staff with you, and use it to perform the miraculous signs I have shown you.” [Ex. 4:13-17]