Looking Beyond the Obvious
Delivered By
Pastor Mike Sanchez
Delivered On
September 15, 2019
Central Passage
Acts 8:9-24
Acts of the Holy Spirit, the Unfinished Work of Jesus

From Pastor Mike's Good Morning message in the bulletin:

Pastor Glen Davidson, of Dalkena Community Church, felt God's call to the ministry while working as a successful businessman. He began taking Bible courses at night, and eventually obtained his Bible school degree. Prior to graduation, he informed his boss that he'd be leaving shortly to work as a pastor in a rural church. Neither the owner of the company or the boss believed it, and they neglected to obtain a replacement for Glen. Eventually Glen told the boss that he really was leaving, and they needed to locate a replacement as soon as possible. The owner of the company still doubting Glen's sincerity, instructed Glen's boss, "Offer him a $500.00 raise, and if he takes it, fire him on the spot!"

The owner was testing Glen’s motive. Was his heart true or not? I always rejoice when someone comes to Christ and is born again. The sad thing is that, in today’s culture we have what are called cultural Christians. These are people who live the “Christian life” for what they can get and not for what they can give. In today’s lesson we see the very worst of this kind of cultural Christian, a man named Simon Magus. Maybe it’s time for all of us to examine our motive for being a Christian. What’s yours?

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