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Summary: This is from Acts 12. Peter was held in prison with chains, we as a church can be held back with chains. View the chains that keep us from growing as a church.

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THE CHAINS THAT HOLD US BACK

Acts 12:6

Acts 12:1-10

Intro: In this text we here so often of the prayer this church

had made and yet we focus on the idea they didn’t believe

when God did intervene.Today I want to look at it from a

different angle, while sitting in St.Louis at the SBC convention

this past week I was studying in this passage in a break time and

God showed me a new angle to this passage.

I will focus on the chains that hold us back in growth both as a

Church and a individual Christian.

There is four chains that hold us back

There is a priority that we need to focus on

There is a chain breaker in this passage

I) THE CHAINS THAT HOLD US BACK

a. Chains of tradition

when you always do what you always done you

will get you always got

I think we need to remind ourself God is not

Limited to this box, that we limit Him to.

In Worship, Service, Attendance

Why do we come?

because we have to, it’s the right thing. etc

are these the primary focus of our

heart ?

We must come to be with Jesus

B. The chains of reluctance (half-hearted service)

It is all or none

Luke 9:62

Luke14:26

No fence straddling

I Kings 18:21

Matt. 6:24

Lord of all or not at all

It is time He is Made King of King and Lord of Lords

In our life.

C. The chains of self will

Luke 9:23

His will over mine

Most decisions are made on my desire, not His will

D. The chains of no expectancy

Acts 12

Matt 7:7

Luke 11:9

Do we expect God to work

Do we plan for Him to work

Do we believe He can work

Do we believe He wants to work

II) THE MUCH NEEDED PRIORITY

Lack of priority is reason churches/Christian do not grow

Priority to our Christian walk is needed

Priority to our Lord is needed

Priority to soul winning

Prov.11:30

2 Peter 3:9

John 12:32

Not seeing salvation means 1 of 2 things

All are saved-we know this is not true

Or we are not sharing

Heb. 4:12

Rom. 10:17

when soul winning is our focus, God will bless

we only have to share-rest is up to the Holy

Spirit. John 16:8

III) THE CHAIN BREAKER

PRAYER

a. Constant—Acts 12:5

Church praying- Matt.18:19-20

b. Persistent---I Thess. 5:17 always in mind of prayer

c. Fervent—James 5:16

d. Results---Peter released

Church will see great and mighty things

CONCLUSION:

The chains can be broken, the question is do we want them

Broken?

What has God spoken to you about this day?


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