Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sermon Notes...Tales From The Hood (Part 1 of 3)

Scriptural Springboard...Joshua 2:18 (New Living Translation) "When we come into the land, you must leave this scarlet rope hanging from the window through which you let us down. And all your family members—your father, mother, brothers, and all your relatives—must be here inside the house."

Subject...A Red Light District Rescue (Prostitution)

Introduction: Stories help us to connect with each other... The stories of this series will help connect us to God, with the understanding that the pain, problem or predicament you're plagued with is just a platform for God to display power over it.

Transition: The bible has some interesting characters who have some interesting chronicles. Prostitutes, pimps and player haters. Let's start with the story of Rahab the prostitute...

Exposition: Please pay attention to three aspects of this prostitute's life that she got extremely right...

1. Rahab didn't allow her history to control her destiny (verses 1-11)
    -She helped the spies by hiding them not having them.
    -Her profession didn't stand in the way of her prayers.

2. Rahab heard opportunity knocking and she opened the door (verses 12-14)
    -Help is only available for those that are hungry for it.
    -She made sure that she opened the door for a guest and not a visitor.

3. Rahab understood that salvation is meant to be shared (verses 14-21)
    -Your salvation must not be contained. Compel (by any means) them toward Jesus!
    -Who's in your house that needs to hear the helping word of the gospel? It's you they're waiting on!
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