Summary: What was so important about the name of John the Baptist? Could it be the fact that it broke the back of tradition?
His Name Is John
How many came to have church this morning?
I’m not talking about just going through the
I’m not talking about coming in here and playing
You can play church on your on time. Amen?
How many came to really have some church in the
house of God this morning?
Well turn to your neighbor and say "Neighbor,
Welcome to Church Alive!"
Tell ’em say "Neighbor, This ain’t no dead church,
This ain’t your Grandma’s church!
This ain’t your Grandpa’s church!
This might not be the kind of church that you’re
’Cause it’s not the traditional church!
But that’s alright ’cause It’s God’s church!
And I don’t know about you, but I come into God’s
church this morning that I might praise Him in
I’m gonna worship Him in the house of God today.
I’m gonna shout about His glory in this place
I’m gonna thank Him for the breath in my lungs
and the song in my heart!
I give Him glory for the very life He’s given to me!
And I praise Him for the very life that He gave for
His praises will continually be in my mouth!
Because where his people are praising His name
the Bible says that His presence is there also!
And where His presence is how many know’s that
that’s where His power flows!
You can’t be in the presence of God without
having the power of God there also,
And you can’t experience the power of God
without the presence of God being there first.
How many in here this morning knows that God is
here this morning!
We’re standing in His presence this morning!
And how many knows that that’s right where we
need to be!
Because in His presence is where life is!
That’s where the gifts of his Holy Spirit are
In His presence is where the fruit of the Spirit
That’s where God’s power flows!
It’s where healing takes place!
It’s where grace flows freely to all who will believe!
And it’s where we were created to be!
God created each and everyone of us to commune
And to come into His presence to fellowship with
Since the beginning of time He has desired to have
fellowship with man!
The Bible says that He walked in the Garden of
Eden in the cool of the day with Adam and Eve.
The Bible says that Enoch walked with God!
And God spoke to Noah!
The Bible says that He made a covenant with
Abraham and fellowshipped with Him,
And that He appeared unto Isaac and confirmed
that covenant with Him!
And not only did He appear unto Jacob in the
The Bible says that Jacob wrestled with God!
He had a close encounter with God! Amen?
God wants us to have a close encounter with Him
He’s willing to do whatever is necessary to lead us
into His presence this morning!
In Moses’ day He appeared in the form of a
burning bush and called Moses that He might
redeem unto Himself the children of Israel.
And He led them out to Mt. Horeb into His very
He commanded Moses to build a tabernacle in the
wilderness that they might live in His presence.
And at the dedication of Solomon’s temple He
filled it with His chekinah glory to the point that
the minister’s were not able to stand.
And they were being slain in the Spirit all over the
House of God.
He wants to have that same kind of encounter
with you this morning!
He wants us to come into His presence to the
point that we lose control and are over whelmed
by His Spirit!
And how many knows that He’s willing to go to
extremes to get what He wants.
He was willing to wrap Himself in human flesh
and come to this Earth over 2000 years ago,
And die on a cross that He might restore the
fellowship that He once had with man in the
And after He conquered death, Hell, and the grave
and ascended into Heaven,
He still desired that we all might be in constant
communion with Him.
So on the day of Pentecost the Bible says that He
poured out His Spirit among men that we might
all walk in His presence daily.
God wants to fellowship with us daily! Amen?
If He had His way not a second of every minute of
everyday would go by when we were not in His
The problem with the church today is that we
don’t feel the need to come into the presence of
We don’t invite God into our churches let alone