Living With a Legacy - Sharing the Passion



Rev. Lon Lorton

August 13, 2017

Acts 3:1-10

What is your faith strong enough to accomplish “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth”?

Extra-ordinary Living on Ordinary Days

  • Divine appointments rarely come with embossed invitations.
  • They usually happen in the midst of ordinary routines.
  • Good reason for committing your way unto the Lord…every day.  Psalm 37:5

The Transforming Power of Jesus

  • "They were amazed and realized what being with Jesus had done for them.”  Acts 4:13
  • God uses ordinary people.  If Jesus is extra-ordinary, we don’t have to be.
  • God will empower our witness.  “I am the vine; you are the branches.”  (John 15:5)  Branches take on the appearance of the vine.  Shouldn’t we be looking more and more like Jesus?

Living Proof

  • How does ‘religion’ explain a crippled beggar dancing into a prayer meeting?
  • What “living proof” are you willing to show everyone?

Preparing for Divine Appointments

  • Ask of Jesus the questions Paul asked of Jesus.  "Who are you, Lord?”  'What do you want me to do?”

“I have decided to follow Jesus.  No turning back.”

“Lord, speak to me, that I may speak in living echoes of Thy tone.”


Living With a Legacy - Building the Passion



Rev. Lon Lorton

August 6, 2017

Acts 20:17-24

Building the Passion and Keeping the Passion

Faithful to the Finish

His Faithful Servants

  • “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others”  1 Peter 4:10

Running To Finish, Running to Win

  • Acts 20:24
  • Philippians 1:6, 2:16 and 3:13-14
  • 1 Corinthians 9:24
  • Galatians 5:7
  • Hebrews 12:1-2
  • 2 Peter 1:11

Going the Distance

Remember that Jesus not only showed us how to endure faithfully, but by His Spirit He lives in us to keep our spiritual passion alive until we cross the finish line.

The Joy of Running

People with a passion for God are:

  • Fueled by the power of the Spirit
  • Tied into Jesus by the Word, worship, fellowship, and prayer
  • Committed to a lifetime of faithful service.

“Sanctify the Lord in [your] hearts, always being ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you.”  1 Peter 3:15

Seeing in Us What Jesus Sees - The Church in Laodicea



Rev. Lon Lorton

July 23, 2017

Revelation 3:14-22

Seek moderation as a Christian.  Do not seek to be a lukewarm Christian.

Christ's Identity:

  • His word is true.  Revelation 3:14
  • His word is authoritative.  Revelation 3:14

Christ's Charge:

  • You are indifferent.  Revelation 3:15-16
  • You are arrogant.  Revelation 3:17

Christ's Invitation:

  • Wake up!  Revelation 3:18-19
  • Open up!  Revelation 3:20

Christ's Offer:

  • Overcome!  Revelation 3:21-22

Mercury is hot.  Pluto is cold.  Why?  Because Mercury is close to the sun and Pluto is far away from the sun.  The farther you get from the sun, the colder things become.  The closer you get to the sun, the hotter things are.  You may say that you are not a Pluto Christian nor a Mercury Christian.  Maybe you are an earth Christian, where things get hot and cold - a seasonal Christian who changes with the season.  Is it possible that the Son is looking for us to be in orbits that move closer and closer to Him?


Living With a Legacy - Taking Inventory



Rev. Lon Lorton

July 30, 2017

Acts 1:4-5; 8

"...these who have turned the world upside down!"  Acts 17:6

Turning the World Right-Side Up

  • The first generation church had an undying passion for God.
  • We need to rekindle the passion of our first love for the Lord, and believe the Holy Spirit's fire is in us to do the rekindling.

God's Cure for a Lost World

  • It isn't up to the heathen to quit acting like heathen.
  • It is always on the people of God to carry out His ministry.  2 Chronicles 7:14

So, What Do We Do

  • Revive the passion in our own hearts.  Revival is anchored in worship, Bible study, prayer, and faithful service.
  • Open our lives to others so God's love can reach into and touch others.
  • Be prepared to maintain the passion even when ...

Revival Begins Within

  • It is God's desire to hear us say, "I am not going to compromise!"
  • Questions for reflection:
  1. Am I living in a way that is God-controlled in every direction?
  2. Do I spend time with Jesus?
  3. Am I trying to do what I am fully able (in Christ) to do?
  4. Am I doing things to encourage the body of Christ?
  5. Am I intentional in sharing the gospel with others?

"Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?"  Psalm 85:6

Leaving a Legacy: Humility


Rev. Rob Wilson

July 16, 2017

Philippians 2:1-5

"You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had."  Philippians 2:5

Humility is not low self-esteem.  It is low self-preoccupation.

Pride is at the foundation of all sin.  It was in the garden and it still is today.

The population of Philippi was much like our current one.  Idolatry was common.