Sharpening Iron - Ps Mark Horan

4th July 2020

“As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV)

Growing up in the outback of Australia we daily chopped wood for fires and for our potbelly stove. The difference between ease of chopping and difficulty was a sharp axe. To keep the axe head sharp, we regularly used the sharpening iron. Our lives need the same. This season has brought about great change for the church in the world at this time, but it has not stopped the church in its purpose. Instead, it has increased her influence through the internet with multitudes hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ. I want to remind you today that we have a God-given responsibility, through our Impact campuses to our community to continue to bring the Gospel to a lost world and share the reason for our hope. To prepare ourselves we must keep a sharp edge on our lives. This will be outworked by not forsaking assembling ourselves together. Hebrews 10:25 (NKJV) clearly states “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.” Gathering together will cause us to be inspired and will prepare us to take every opportunity to share our testimony with a hurting world! The early church gathered in homes regularly in Acts 2 and the effect of that was the Lord adding to them those being saved. “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”  (Acts 2:46-47 NKJV)  My prayer is that we would be challenged to a take a fresh look at our gatherings at Impact church. With the oversight approval of your campus, take the challenge to either join a gathering or start a new one in your area and follow the example of the book of Acts. We might just see a fresh move of God!

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