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Oct 06, 2019

The Effects Of Yes

The Effects Of Yes

Speaker: Pastor Jovan Ramos

Series: Family Matters

Category: Sunday Morning

What would be the effects of saying “yes” in your life?

Sometimes we focus so much on the “no” of doing things (Just say No) that we rarely look at the effects of “yes” (Just say Yes). In training children, a positive way to teach is to tell them what to do (do it this way) instead of telling them what not to do (don’t do that). The same can be applied to obeying Jesus. What happens when we say “YES” to obeying Jesus? Look at Philip’s life in Acts 6.

Chapter ONE of Philip’s life:  Your “YES” isn’t just for you! Acts 6:5-7

Philip agrees to serve food to widows; he was being a waiter. What happened? The Word of God spread, the number of disciples continued to increase greatly, and many priests were becoming obedient to the faith. Our “yes” has the ability to propel someone else into their purpose. Things happen when we say “yes” to Jesus.

Chapter TWO of Philip’s life:  Our “YES” may bring challenges and that’s ok! Acts 8:4-8

Philip was obedient to becoming a waiter, yet persecution happened resulting in many being scattered. Philip then went to Samaria where he has revivals. Problems can be the precursor to discovering our purpose. God wants to take what we see as a challenge and use it as an opportunity to grow in what He is calling us to do. No matter where we are, we are called to preach the gospel. Consider the possibility that Jesus is using the annoyances and problems that come to push us?

Chapter THREE of Philip’s life: Our “YES” will reveal what’s inside of us. Acts 8:14-17

Philip becomes a waiter, then an evangelist, then he becomes a revivalist. Peter and John then pushed Philip out of the way and take over the revival. We don’t see Philip complain or get upset. Saying “yes” to Jesus isn’t about position or power. What’s inside of us will be revealed. We say “yes” because it’s always about people.

Chapter FOUR of Philip’s life: Our small “YES” can have a great impact. Acts 8:26-40

Philip was at a service where revival was happening, and an angel of the Lord told him to leave the revival and go. Sometimes the obvious answer isn’t the obedient answer. Philip obeyed and left and ran into a man in a chariot reading scripture. Verse 35 Joining him, Philip began with the very passage of scripture that the eunuch was reading and told him about the good news of Jesus. Philip met the eunuch where he was. That’s a great lesson for us to meet people where they are. The gospel starts when we leave the church. Being obedient to Jesus is not about the outcome for us but it’s about people.

Philip started as a waiter, then was an evangelist, then became a revivalist, to a servant, to a personal pastor for the eunuch. Because of Philip’s small “yes,” scholars believe that this conversation with the eunuch leads to reaching the entire continent of Africa.

Edward Kimball, a Sunday school teacher, made a personal commitment to each of the students. One of those students was D.L. Moody who was led to Christ. Then D.L. Moody led Wilbur Chapman to Christ; Wilbur Chapman led Billy Sunday to Christ; Billy Sunday led Mordecai Ham to Christ, who then led Billy Frank to Christ. Billy Frank was also known as Billy Graham – the greatest evangelist of all time. Our small “yes” can lead to a great impact.

Family matters! Acts 5

Chapter FIVE of Philip’s life: Our “yes” will leave a lasting legacy. Acts 21:8-9

Philip’s “yes” led his four unmarried daughters to prophesy. His children were watching. By saying “yes” over and over, his children followed. A little “yes” is worth following. Family matters – We need to love on our children! To pour into our children! 

How does the church look like fractions? In adding fractions, when the denominators are the same, it adds easily. In the church, the common denominator is Jesus and is what links us together and keeps us united. The church is our family. We look different and have different gifts, but we work together easily when we have a common denominator. Always be asking where we can help. There are students that need a father figure for stability. Kids today need Jesus. Don’t allow our differences (numerators) to separate us. We, the church, are a family.

God said “yes” to humanity and came to Earth. Because Jesus came, we have the opportunity to say “yes” to Jesus.

To be born again is to have a relationship with Jesus. How do you truly follow Jesus? 

  • A - Admit that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:10 as it is written, “there is none righteous, not even one.”
  • B - Believe in Jesus. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
  • C - Confess Jesus as Lord. Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 

What challenges have you faced by saying “yes”?

How was that “yes” to Jesus not just for you?

How are you pouring into your children?

Are you challenged to leave a legacy?