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Summary: Essential Characteristics of a Church that Prevails against kingdom of darkness

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GOD WILL HAVE A CHURCH IN THIS CITY THAT WILL PREVAIL AGAINST THE STRONGHOLDS OF DARKNESS. WE WILL BE ARMED AND ANOINTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, LAUNCHING A MILITANT ASSAULT ON THE KINGDOM OF satan. THE SUPERNATURAL POWER OF GOD WILL BE AT WORK IN THE MINISTRIES OF HIS CHURCH. DARKNESS WILL BE DISPELLED, DEMONS WILL BE DEFEATED, DISEASES WILL BE HEALED, PRISONERS OF SIN WILL BE DELIVERED, THE CHURCH WILL BE ESTABLISHED.

I. DIVERSIFED IN MINISTRY

A. MANY PRESENTATIONS--ONE MESSAGE, ONE HOLY SPIRIT CONVICTING

B. AS EACH MEMBER DISCOVERS THEIR GIFTEDNESS, THEY ARE EQUIPPED AND LAUNCHED INTO MINISTRY

1. THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS (MATTHEW 25:14-30)

2. PHILIP’S CROSS CULTURAL MINISTRY IN SAMARIA

C. OVERCOME THESE DANGERS BY FORGETTING PREJUDICES AND REACHING CROSS-CULTURALLY IN LOVE

D. TRUE CHRISTIAN MATURITY IN CHRISTLIKE LOVE

E. THIS WILL CAUSE THE MINISTRIES AT HOMI TO BE ARMS WRAPPED AROUND THIS WHOLE COMMUNITY

II. UNIFIED IN MISSION

A. THE JERUSALEM COUNCIL (ACTS 15)

B. Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

C. THE IMPORTANCE OF FELLOWSHIP AND LOVE

1. CHRISTIAN LOVE IS MATURITY, CHRISTIAN POWER IS ANOINTING AND GIFTEDNESS

D. THE IMPORTANCE OF ORGANIZATION

1. THOSE WHO ARE GIFTED BUT LACK WISDOM OR EXPERIENCE CAN MAKE UP FOR THIS LACK BY SUBMISSION TO THOSE OVER THEM IN THE LORD WHO ARE MORE SEASONED

2. IT PROVIDES THE CHANNEL FOR GOD’S POWER TO FLOW THROUGH

3. IT IS PATTERNED AFTER THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH

III. PRAYING IN POWER

A. PETER WAS PRAYED OUT OF PRISON (ACTS 12:5-19)

B. THIS BRINGS GOD’S ANOINTING ON OUR MINISTRIES

C. THIS GIVES US GOD’S VISION FOR OUR CITY

D. THIS MOVES GOD’S MIRACLE-WORKING HAND

E. THIS DISARMS THE DEVIL AND REVEALS HIS TACTICS

IV. BIRTHING ITS LEADERS

A. PAUL AND BARNABAS SENT FROM ANTIOCH (ACTS 13:1-3)

B. DISCIPLING PROCESS--FROM NEW CONVERT TO ABLE MINISTER

C. HELP DISCOVER GIFTS, TRAIN, PROVIDE MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY

D. SENDING PEOPLE FROM THE EQUIPPING TO THE BATTLE GROUND

V. RESTORING ITS FALLEN

A. BARNABAS RESTORING MARK TO MINISTRY (ACTS 15:36-41)

B. Galatians 6:1-2 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

C. PEOPLE ARE HURT IN WARFARE BY:

VI. GIVING IN ABUNDANCE

A. LIBERALITY TO BOTH HOME AND WORLD EVANGELIZATION

B. WE MUST NO SHUT OUR "BOWELS OF COMPASSION" EVEN IF OUR OWN FINANCES SEEM TIGHT

C. PHILIPPIAN LIBERALITY TO PAUL’S MINISTRY (PHIL. 4-10-20)

VII. REACHING ITS HARVEST

A. PAUL’S STRATEGY FOR EVANGELISM--RECEPTIVE PEOPLE

B. Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


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