Three Things You Can Do To Energize The Church

This Sunday’s Sermons was preached by Christopher Adams, August 31, 2008:

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Communion was given by Gary Frank, today:

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Watch the voltage!

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I read on that incredibly reliable source of internet information called Wikopedia that the total energy of a regular-sized thunderstorm is equivalent to a 20-kiloton nuclear warhead! So next time you see a thunderstorm, you might think differently about what the God of the universe is trying to impress upon you! 1 John 1:5 reads:

God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.  

God is love. God is light. GOD IS ENERGY!

God wants to supply each of his children with boundless energy, but he’s created a fail-proof way to “well supply his sons and daughters.” By every single disciple agreeing to walk in the light as he is in the light (no darkness, baby!), then we will literally conduct an infinite supply of power to all of our lives. There are choices we make, though, that either closes the spiritual circuit for this perfect flow of power or that destructively grounds the flow of energy, which can hurt or even destroy the body of Christ.

The lesson may be this: Beware when dealing with serious voltage both physically and spiritually!

“Three Things that You Can Do to Energize the Church” preached by Chris Adams on Sunday, August 31, 2008
1 John 1:5–11
Question: What do you expect when you come to church?
• Energize means to make energetic, vigorous or active, or to apply voltage to.
• God is love; God is light; God is energy.
Question: Do you have a relationship with God?
1 Synchronize.
• You need to synch up with God. You need to get energy through God.
Question: Are you synching up with Jesus?
1 John 2:3–11
• If you do not obey Jesus, then you will not get the power.
Question: What does it mean to hate your brother?
• Not loving your brother enough is an example of hating your brother.
• The truth is seen in you and in Jesus.
Question: How can you have a light filling up in your heart and sit next to a brother struggling with darkness?
• The brightest light was when He was on the cross.
• Even though you have this desire to be in the light, you still have the desire to hide your sin.
Ephesians 5:5–16
• There is a place where people allow themselves to be filled with the world that Paul said not to be partners nor to fellowship with them.
• John wanted them to confess their sins to one another and to love one another.
Question: Are you going to love your brother enough?
Question: Are you willing to lay down your life for the body of Christ?
• Love the truth more than the approval of men.
Romans 2:5–11
Question: How are you living?
• The only way to be energized is to confess your sin.
• God is jealous for your whole soul.
• You will be called to account if you do not believe in God enough to obey Him.
Romans 6:15–18
Question: How do you get synched up with God?
• You got to be a slave of righteousness.
• Obedience comes from faith.
Ephesians 1:4
• God chose you to be holy and blameless.
• Blameless: a fail proof, safe place to be. Blamelessness does desire nothing else except pleasing God.
• Your whole existence is to seek God and find His purpose with one another.
2. Baptize.
1 John 2:12–14
• You are a child of God.
• You have overcome.
• You have repented.
• You are ready.
Question: How are the younger men going to overcome?
John 3:22–23
John 4:2
• Jesus’ disciples were baptizing.
• The most exciting thing that you can do is baptize.
John 15:7–8
• Through Jesus, they were going to bring glory to God.
John 15:9–17
• To have the full joy of Jesus requires helping people to the vine.
• You go plug in; you get into a study.
• Go and find someone to baptize.
1 Peter 3:21–22
• Getting baptized is pledging to have a good conscience toward God.
• You got to help them open up their lives.
• You got to help them learn how to walk in the light.
3. Downsize.
1 John 2:15–17
Question: Why is the love of the Father not in you?
1 Timothy 6:9–17
• The love of money, not money itself, is the root of all evil.
Question: Why do you want to downsize?
• Cutting off the branches around your relationship with God.
Question: What do you need to cut out of your life?
• Jesus was after a lifestyle of giving and pouring out to God.
• It is going to hurt if you want to get energized.
• It is going to take sacrifice.
Question: Are you a conductor or are you aground?
• The world will ground you – it will take you out.