A Faith That Dares to Dream the Impossible Dream

“Preaching and singing, they did it!”

Sermon preached by DJ Comisford, January 18th, 2009:

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Communion by Deb and Pedro Ramirez:

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Inauguration The formal beginning or initiation of any movement, course of action, etc.; as, the inauguration of a new system, a new condition, etc.

Millions around the world will watch the induction ceremony of Barak Obama, whether live or on television, stadium “jumbo-trons” or video phones, and there will be major celebrations as he begins a new administration of America’s democratic system of government here and around the world. Although we know that God is sovereign and involved in undeniable, yet indeterminate ways in causing and/or allowing world leaders to rule, what is even more clear is what makes God and His angel crew overflow with exceeding joy—and that is to see one sinner repent! (Luke 15:7,10)

Each baptized disciple making Jesus Lord of his or her lives spreads a “new condition” called sanctification and forms God’s church! This growing band of freed men and women will always have one course of action, and that is to fulfill the Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of all nations!”

“God adds April to our number!”

With this exact same purpose, disciples from all over the East coast converged on Syracuse this past Sunday, January 18, 2009, representing many different ages, genders and ethnicities to “inaugurate” the Syracuse International Christian Church with ONE faith! More than representing simply a new name, Sunday’s amazing worship represented the initiation of a new movement of God’s influence here in Syracuse—a movement we members of the once-named Central New York Church of Christ are thrilled to have been a part of since its inception in 2006.

Through the friendship and mentoring relationships Chris & Theresa Broom initiated with Kip & Elena McKean several years earlier, this little-in-the-world’s-eyes church has been blessed to be a part of the following miracles of God: planted churches in two major cities (go Chicago, go Wash DC!); sent out two fully trained lead-couples (go Broom’s, go Smellie’s!), many bible talk leaders, and several shepherding couples; and entrusted the care and leadership of this continually growing part of God’s family to Kerri-Sue and I!

Our goal is simply to continue to allow God to use us for His miracles, as we see Him strengthen and grow the church here in Central New York. After many years of being a disciple, the apostle John wrote his inspirational first epistle to an international group of churches and stretches our understanding of God’s gospel-plan through the theme of “OLD AND NEW” . . .

Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old
one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command
is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command;
its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is
passing and the true light is already shining. 1 John 2:7-8

“Onyx places membership!”

We believe the truth HAS ALREADY BEEN shining since Jesus, “the Light of Life” walked the earth and inspired a handful of un-schooled, ordinary men and women from a relatively indistinct part of the world to chase the darkness of Satan’s Kingdom away forever! Fascinatingly, the truth in the form of the Restoration Movement has flickered on and off here in Central New York since the early 1800’s, as different groups have preached the true gospel with varying intensity. And to God goes all the glory that we’ve definitely seen the true light shining here in Central New York for the past fifteen years of this global-minded young church! Our prayer is that John’s words will describe every one of the true disciples’ lives here in the “NEW” Syracuse International Christian Church, that the “old command” will become the “new command” as we live out our faith every day; because then, we know that as many as possible will come into God’s true Kingdom of light!

“The Faith that Dares to Dream the Impossible Dream” preached by DJ Comisford (Evangelist – Empire City International Christian Church) on Sunday, January 18, 2009

Genesis 12:1–3
• God is a dreamer.

Genesis 15:1–5
• God gives His dream to His people.

Genesis 37:2–9
• Joseph had a dream.
• The dreamer is always a hated man.

2 Samuel 7:12
• God gives His dream to His prophets.

Daniel 2:31–35
• The dream was given to King Nebuchadnezzar.
• The prophecy was clear: God would set up His Kingdom (a spiritual kingdom) that would endure forever.

Matthew 28:18–20
• Jesus was a dreamer.
• He gave His dream to His disciples.

Acts 2:1–5
• God is serious about His dreams.
• God set up His Kingdom in every nation.

Colossians 1:3–6

Colossians 1:21–23
• In 60 A.D., the gospel had been preached to every nation under heaven.

Revelation 7:9–10
• The dream was being fulfilled when the gospel was preached.

Ezra 3:1–6
• The people of God have a dream after being totally annihilated because of their sins. Their coveted land was taken away.
• What little remnant that could came back.

Ezra 3:8–13
• They built the temple but the old people started weeping.
• You are coming out of a time of spiritual exile. You will build the house of God.
• The pain does not stop you from building the house of God.

Ezra 4:1–5
• You have to have a base of sold-out disciples who are uncompromising.

Ezra 4:23
• Letters were sent to discourage the remnant Jews from building the temple.

1. The faith that dares to build despite strong opposition.
• Let’s not pretend that Satan is the only enemy.
• They stopped building.
• You cannot get discouraged and stop.
Question: What are you about?
• It is tempting to want to do away with the persecution.

Ezra 5:1–2
• You need a few prophets sometimes.

2. The faith that dares to preach with uncompromised conviction.
• You have got to be humble about your salvation or lack thereof.
• You need a lot more radical prophets.

Haggai 2:6–9
• The Jews experienced an economic downturn. They felt like they could have died at any point.
• The prophet dared to dream the impossible dream.
• You have got to dream the impossible dream.
Question: How do you believe?
• God’s glory can fill you up.
• If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, then you have the highest title.

3. The faith that dares to see the unseeable victory.
Zechariah 4:1–10
• The prophet sees the unseeable victory.
• If you rely on God’s Spirit, then anything can happen.
• God looks at the heart. He chose the weak things to shame the strong.
• It was God!

Zechariah 8:1–6
• A prophet does not have just one quiet time.
• You got to preach no matter what.
• God created the universe in six days. God is not easy to impress. God wants to impress you.
• Jesus is indispensable. He can do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine.
• God wants you to see how powerful He is but you have to have faith.
• Prophets of God can fall away too.

Zechariah 8:7–8
• There are disciples in other countries.

Zechariah 8:20–23
• Zechariah saw the unseeable victory.
• You have to have the faith to seize the unseeable victory.