One From The Heart

Photo Credit – Calum Henderson

Photo Credit – Calum Henderson

Yesterday’s sermon message at First United Methodist Church Waco was titled “One From The Heart” and can be watched at this link.

Below is an outline of the message. The words in black are notes provided by the church staff and the notes in blue are notes I added as I listened to the podcast.

The questions are: What is the church? How is the church doing?


“… Much is required for those whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given.” – Luke 12:48b (NLT)

Here are a few ways to measure how a church is doing:

  • What is the blessing quotient of our congregation? 
  • What are the spiritual needs of our community? 
  • What is our multiplier quotient?

Hang in there and if you do that, God will work things out.


“ ‘Who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in Heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church. And all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” – Matthew 16:15-18 (NLT)

Do the things we do as a church matter? We live in a very urgent culture. Everything is done with a sense of urgency in our culture today. We have cell phones and computers and to keep up and compete with others, everything seems to be urgent. What is the competition of the church? It’s not other churches. It is hell itself. The universal church has ONE strength and that is Jesus Christ and what He taught, what He gave, how He served, how He died, how He arose from the dead? That’s what we have to offer.


“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15 (NIV)

This is your day. Make the most of every opportunity this day. Be a person that wants to grow every day. Be a person that is transformed because of Jesus Christ and be a person that others want to emulate. One person at a time, the church can put hell out of business. The church has off-the-charts capacity to get it done because of the power Jesus gives us.


“…Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:9-10 (KJV)

Because this is your day, God’s purpose is being done. Some may say, “We can’t do that” but the early church leaders had far fewer resources than we have today and we know what they did. They did it without computers, without the Internet, without phones, and iPads.


“Every day they continued to meet together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” – Acts 2:46-47 (NIV)

As God’s people, are we all in with our resources, all our time, all our heart, soul, mind, and strength?

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4 Responses to One From The Heart

  1. Pingback: A Church’s Mission | This Day With God

  2. My Tropical Home says:

    Hi Mark,
    When I read this I was thinking that there seems to be a sense of urgency about the message of the Gospel all around me – I get it from my church, from other people. It’s like I feel that the marching drum is beating faster and louder and we’ve got to get up and move move move to make Him known (that’s our church’s theme this year). I must admit I have not been up to the task. But the time is now and the call really is urgent. There’s not a moment to spare or waste.
    Thank you for sharing this.


    • Mark Shields says:

      I agree Mary. There does seem to be a feeling of urgency. Maybe the Holy Spirit is moving us to make every day count. Maybe we are at a crossroads in our history. All I know is that it’s exciting waking up each day and taking notes of new truths learned from God’s Word and weeding out the lies the world wants us to believe.


  3. Thanks Mark for starting following my blog! This is very encouraging!


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