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Summary: We need to tap into the power of Jesus through the Holy Spirit so that we can defy the pull of this world.

Sermon: Gravitational Energy

Series: Get Energized


Video - open with Song = Gravity video

Insert You Tube video of Shawn McDonald singing Gravity live (time - 4:24)

Explanation of video and its lyrics:

Pastor Mike comes up reads the lyrics to the song have on power point – Gravity (5 minutes)

“Gravity” – Shawn MacDonald

The ways of this world are grabbing a hold

Won’t let me go, won’t let me fly by

It’s taking its toll down on my soul

‘Cause I know what I need in my life

Don’t let me lose my sight of You

Don’t let me lose my sight


I don’t want to fall away from You

Gravity is pulling me on down

I don’t want to fall away from You

Gravity is pulling me to the ground

This world keeps making me cry

But I’m going to try, going to try to fly, gotta fly high

Don’t want to give into the sin, want to stay in You ‘til the end

Don’t want to lose my sight of You

Don’t want to lose my sight


I want to fly

Into the sky

Turn my back on this whole world and

Leave it all behind

This place is not my home

It’s got nothing for me

Only leaves me with emptiness

And tears in my eyes


T.S. – Shawn shares his heart in our next video about what the Lord has helped him to fly high over. Listen to his story!

Video Illustration: Shawn McDonald’s testimony - You Tube – talks about his troubled childhood - (time 3:46)

Thesis: We need to tap into the power of Jesus through the Holy Spirit so that we can defy the pull of this world.


Gravity is a powerful force of energy.

Definition: fromhttp://www.howstuffworks.com/question232.htm: How does gravity work?

Every time you jump, you experience gravity. It pulls you back down to the ground. Without gravity, you'd float off into the atmosphere -- along with all of the other matter on Earth.

You see gravity at work any time you drop a book, step on a scale or toss a ball up into the air.

Hands on illustration: Drop things around the pulpit: A book, a ball, and then have someone jump off the stage. Skate

It's such a constant presence in our lives, we seldom marvel at the mystery of it -- but even with several well-received theories out there attempting to explain why a book falls to the ground (and at the same rate as a pebble or a couch, at that), they're still just theories. The mystery of gravity's pull is pretty much intact.

So what do we know about gravity? We know that it causes any two objects in the universe to be drawn to one another. We know that gravity assisted in forming the universe, that it keeps the moon in orbit around the Earth, and that it can be harnessed for more mundane applications like gravity-powered motors or gravity-powered lamps.

As for the science behind the action, we know that Isaac Newton defined gravity as a force -- one that attracts all objects to all other objects. We know that Albert Einstein said gravity is a result of the curvature of space-time. These two theories are the most common and widely held (if somewhat incomplete) explanations of gravity.

Although many people had already noted that gravity exists, Newton was the first to develop a cohesive explanation for gravity, so we'll start there.

The force of gravity acting on an object is also that object's weight. When you step on a scale, the scale reads how much gravity is acting on your body. The formula to determine weight is [source: Kurtus]:

weight = m * g

Gravity is a fascinating law created by God. Without gravity, the world would not exist as it we know it. I believe the Scripture text is true “In Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:17)

What is gravities importance to all of us?

Joseph Rogers put together the following facts from sermoncentral.com, in his sermon “Psalm 19:” To remind us how amazing our earth and solar system is:

1. If the earth were 1 degree closer to the sun, we’d fry.

2. If we were 1 degree further, we’d freeze.

3. If the moon was any closer or larger, the tides would destroy the coast lines.

4. If any smaller/further away – oceans would die from a lack of nutrient movement.

5. If our distance from Jupiter were any greater, asteroids and comets would peeper the earth.

6. If we were any closer our orbit would be unstable.

7. If the earth’s crust were any thicker, it would absorb too much of our oxygen. We would not be able to breathe.

8. If it was any thinner, the earth would move and shake beneath our feet and would make life impossible.

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