Summary: I share 3 things that need to happen for our church to see a breakthrough in our church.
Breaking Down the Barriers
Pastor Glenn Newton 11-28-99
Text: Heb. 10: 19-25
This morning I want to continue on with where I was leading last week. If you remember,
My message last week was entitled “ A Battle Worth Fighting” and I talked about this
Spiritual battle that we are in, and I gave you two weapons that God has given us to do
battle with, Prayer, and His Word.
Again, this morning, I tell you, It’s a battle worth fighting, and it’s a battle we
must win. My message this morning is entitled, “Breaking Down the Barriers”.
In any battle, in every war there are barriers or obstacles that must be removed or
broken down in order to achieve victory. This battle that we are in as Christians is no
different. As a small church working to fulfill what we believe is God’s Plan and will for
us we face real obstacles that we must overcome to achieve and reach our goals.
The fact is this morning, Were going to Do it because God has given this dream to
us, and He will be faithful to see it through, amen? This morning I want to share 3 things
we need to Breakthrough the Barriers in 2000.
Do you hear the Word of God this morning? Don’t let go, Hold on. When things
look down, Hold on to the Hope that we have in Jesus. Don’t let anyone loosen your grip
on your Hope. Don’t allow Satan to come along and lie to you and convince you that the
battle will never be won. Don’t listen to the liar, but instead Hold on to your Hope, Why?
Because He who promised Is Faithful!!!!Repeat.
Be encouraged this morning. We are on the winning side, don’t lose sight of that.
OK, the Three things we need to break down the Barriers that we face.
First, YOU GOT TO HAVE A PLAN, YOU MUST HAVE A STRATEDGY.
Do you think Gen. Powell told his men to just go out and do the best they could
and hope for a win? NO way, he had a plan, in every battle that has been won, their was a
plan that was put into place that helped guide the victory.
In the church, if we are going to breakdown the barriers that we face, we must
have a plan, and the fact is we do, and were going to talk about that plan. But first, I
think we should identify some obstacles that we face. Some things that without a doubt
seem to get in the way of us accomplishing what We would like to get done.
(these are in no specific order, and you will probably think of some I leave out, but
I wanted to give you an idea of what I’m talking about this morning)
obstacle #1- willing workers. The number one obstacle any small church faces is
the lack of people who can or will serve in the church. The 80/20 principle is true in most
churches, 20% of the people do 80% of the work. And what you end up with is a group
of faithful folks who are worn out trying to do to much. Does that sound familiar?
obstacle #2 - The Seven Deadliest Words in the Church “We’ve never done it
that way before.” This second obstacle represents a disease that keeps good people from
trying new things to break through old problems. I will say, I’m proud of you, You have
been willing to try new ideas, and I believe that this will be one of the reasons we will have
the victory, real breakthrough. But it can be a huge obstacle.
obstacle #3 - Finances and Facilities. I will group these together, because they
usually go together. When the finances are low, it seems to keep a church’s focus off of
the real need, which is winning the Lost. This is one obstacle that seems to loom large in
our situation, probably because it’s been in the forefront for so long, but rest assured God
has a plan, and God will help us to overcome.
Other obstacles that can arise: Disunity in the church, usually caused by bad
attitudes, gossip, or whatever else Satan loves to try to drive between God’s people.
Apathy can be a major obstacle. A Critical Spirit can tear a church down, and on
and on. I’m sure you can add more to the list, but these are some of the obstacles
that typically face a church our size.
Again, lets read V. 23-24 as we look at our first way to bring about a Breakthrough in
How are we going to breakthrough some of these obstacles that we listed, how
will we produce WILLING WORKERS, how do we raise up a people who are WILLING