THE POWER OF GOD
What better theme, what better topic to kick off a new year of gatherings?!
All across the world there are billions of people waking up every day to face billions of versions of reality as it applies to each person and each situation. Whatever those billions of situations there remains the power of God through the gospel to deal with present reality and provide great, certain and substantive hope for eternity.
To enhance, underscore and spell out this good news, God speaks to all those billions of His existence every day in their language, Jesus is praying 24/7 in order that this good news will get to them and The Holy Spirit is being poured out on all of them to compel them to believe and receive it.
Yes, God is on the case and that is what is so good about the good news of the gospel. It is God’s gift, God paid for it, God empowers it, God works with us to use it and God being God is able to make it work for anybody regardless fo their limitations. God is the gift, designed, the gift, paid for the gift, empowers the gift, trains us to use the gift, and leads the way
Only Jesus, only Biblical faith, it’s a gift trip rather than a guilt trip.
1 Cor 15:3-4 “3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION // FOR EVERY NATION
Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”
Luke 8:43-48 “power went out of me” woman with issue of blood (https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.8.KJV )
Luke 4:1-14 Power of Holy Spirit after fasting (https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.4.KJV )
Matt 17:21, Mark 9:29 “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
GIFT TRIP: GIVEN US POWER
2 Timothy 1:7 "Not given a spirit of fear but power, love and a sound mind”
Acts 1:8 power to be a witness
Luke 9:1-6 - sending out the 12 (https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.9.KJV )
Luke 10:1-12 sending out the 70 (https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.10.KJV )
Luke 10:19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
GUILT TRIP: WITHOUT POWER
2 Timothy 3:5 "having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”