Summary: The importance of every member of the body of Christ experiencing the presence of God and coming to a better understanding of God’s calling on their lives.
Take up your beam
Purpose of teaching- not just for information exchange but for life transformation- that is not a preference.
When Saul was knocked down by the HS on the Road to Damascus, he knew- not a casual transformation.
We live in an age that has trivialized faith.
We have made it little more than a preference where we move- boundaries of our faith to suit ourselves.
I want-COTRM experience to be spiritually formative.
Last week- looked at the miracle of the birth of the Body of Christ some 2000 years ago.
Body of Christ- not born through the wisdom of men.
There is- supernatural element to the Body of Christ.
Kathryn Kuhlman- evangelist/healer-
Whenever we find the presence of the Holy Spirit, we will always find the supernatural.
The disciples were instructed by Jesus-
“And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 (NAS)
Church-different than other organizations-supernatural
To fulfill its mission it needs the presence of the HS.
Last week- challenged church- memorize two verses-
17 “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mk 16:17–18
Give out iTunes gift card to person who recites verses.
Elisha and the School of Prophets
Thursday morning- lady- FCC- prayed prophetically-
2 Ki 6:1-7
v1- School of the Prophets- young men being trained for prophetic/priestly ministry
Elisha-like his predecessor, Elijah-was a prophet-who-
understood God’s will (alignment- Jn7:17) and
how to exercise God’s power.
This space is too small (2 Ki 6:1)
The place where they met/lived was too small.
Limited- restricted, confined, cramped, narrow
It lacks- breadth, width, dimensions- need for growth.
God wants us to grow/expand, break off restrictions.
Too often our expectations before God are too small.
Too often our dreams of what God can do- too small.
I’m a thousand times bigger on the inside than I am on the outside. Smith Wigglesworth
Wigglesworth- dream in his heart that he had faith for.
“You are what you eat”-you are also what you believe-
I am not moved by what I see.
I am not moved by what I feel.
I am moved only by what I believe. Wigglesworth
What do you believe about God?
What do you believe about God in you? (Col 1:27)
What do you believe about God in the church?
Prayer prayed or prophesied- Thurs morning prayer-
-Standing room only inside and parking attendants on the outside
-Full hotels, restaurants overflowing- people flooding- area because of what God was doing
-On our sign we put the number of people saved and healed each weekend
What is God saying/what are we willing to believe?
Carry your beam (2 Ki 6:2)
Jordan- wooded banks would furnish plenty of beams.
Each member of the school- go to- Jordan, pick up a beam- join the rest- build new meeting/living area.