We conclude our series on the urgency of prayer by looking at the book of revelation. The author was one of Jesus’ closest disciples. And he has the great joy of seeing heaven and seeing what is to come. Not everything in this book would have been easy to see or write. But throughout the book we are continually reminded that Jesus is the king of kings and that his kingdom will never end. Throughout this book we can almost see and hear what worship will be like when we are finally face to face with God. This is only a taste. The Spirit and the bride say ‘Come’!
This message is an invitation to all who hunger and thirst.
1 John teaches us that God loves us overwhelmingly, and out of our love for Him our response should be an increased and increasing desire to live holy lives. How do these two truths affect and transform the way in which we approach God in prayer?
As we’ve studied the topic of prayer in the New Testament – we come to two letters written from Paul to his ‘apprentice’ Timothy. These are letters written about helping to lead the church moving forward. It speaks of thanksgiving, intercession, prophecy and the laying on of hands. With a constant reminder that we live for an entirely different kingdom the Kingdom of Heaven. It presses us to do the work of God – by faith; it reveals the great gifts of the kingdom of heaven – for those who believe; and demonstrates that if Paul can be redeemed – anyone can be. It’s an exciting couple of letters – that propels the hungry children of God to join the mission of God.
There is such a critical difference between self-improvement and transformation. Prayer makes the essential difference and is the catalyst for transformation. Whether facing hardship or ease, plenty or want, living a life of prayer-motivated transformation enables our desire to be true imitators of Christ as we journey through this life to the next.
The church in Ephesus was on fire! They loved God, the church was growing rapidly and they had so much faith. Paul writes down several prayers in this letter. Most notable is Eph 3:14-21. Reminding them to not neglect the inner person. Continuing to Grow in their love for God. 40 years later in the book of revelation we see that they have neglected this very thing. And God tells them to remember what their faith and love were like 40 years earlier – and tells them to repent.
This is a beautiful study of reminding us to keep our priorities right
As we continue to study the role of prayer throughout the New Testament Church – the book of 2 Corinthians leads us to many important conclusions. In this message we are going to look at who God really is – through his Son Jesus. Why is this important? Who you believe God is – deeply impacts the way that you live.
The young church in Corinth was trying to find its place in an alien culture. The gifts of the Spirit and prayer were prominent with the saints, but they were bringing in pagan influences from their culture and old ways of doing things. Paul speaks to them as their father in the faith and seeks to get the church back on track. We look at the Corinthian church and find parallels with our current struggles, but we will also look at how our week was. How much time did we spend with God, and what was the quality of that time?
Scriptures used: 1 Corinthians 1:4-7; 2:12-13; 4:18-21; 11; Acts 18; 1 Thessalonians 5:18, 1 Samuel 1:11; Luke 1:13-17; Judges 13-16.
I believe God wants to inspire us with this sermon to become excited about his word again and excited about a supernatural relationship. He wants to remind you; you are a child of God, in his kingdom, in his family, anything is possible. Never lose the sense of wonder. The childlike faith of anything is possible because we serve an unusual God! God wants his church to approach him expecting an answer, expecting that he will move, that as a loving Father he wants to interact and cover us with his arms. God is not done with us yet, let’s not put limits on his activity in our lives or in the church.
Join us as we dive into a new series titled Urgency of Prayer. This week’s message will introduce the series and start in the book of acts. We will cover questions like: why do we pray? how does it work? why does God want us to pray? Live Stream at 9am & 11am.