Summary: God offers a full life through Jesus Christ; we must abide in Him.
Running on Empty
November 17, 2013 Evening Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: God offers a full life through Jesus Christ; we must abide in Him.
Focus Passage: Ephesians 3:14-19
Supplemental Passage: "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 NASB)
Introduction: Relate a time of personal “burn-out” and what you did to resolve it.
I. Be Strengthened with Power
a. but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." (Acts 1:8 NASB)
b. "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. (John 15:8-11)
II. Comprehend the Love of Christ
a. must be rooted and grounded in love
b. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4 NASB)
c. "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 NASB)
d. "This I command you, that you love one another. (John 15:17 NASB)
III. Be Filled Up to the Fullness of God
a. Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. (2 Peter 1:2-4 NASB)
b. All that God has revealed to us can be found in Jesus Christ.