Summary: Why do some churches seem to experience the power of God while others are coasting on fumes?
Matt. 13:53-58 “What Moves The Hand Of God?”
Intro: ***A Church called a new pastor at 60 years of age. His first sermon was 15 minutes long. Kinda short but fine for the folks. The next week he preached for 20 minutes. That was Ok, too. But the following week he preached for an hour and 45 minutes. Boy the deacons pulled him off to the side demanding an answer for such an atrocity.
He said, "Well, you know that parsonage bathroom is so small and my wife and I were running late this morning and we got mixed up and I accidently put her false teeth in by mistake and once you get those things a goin’ you just can’t get ’em to stop."
At the next deacon’s meeting it was recommended to get a bigger bathroom in the parsonage.
***What do an airplane, bicycle and a church have in common?
ANSWER: If either stops moving forward you’re in trouble!
Why do some churches seem to experience much of God while others….???
-Is it the style of worship???
Trad. vs. Contemp
Amazing Grace vs. Lord I Lift Your Name On High?
-Is it the preaching??? (All kinds of preaching…)
-Is it the programs??? (Since the 50’s developed more programs…)
-Is it the buildings??? (Big buildings don’t make a big God…)
-Is it the budgets??? (More money we could DO more….Go ye therefore if you have enough in your budget…..)
Folks, we don’t need more programs……we need MORE GOD!
-we don’t need more budgets……...we need MORE GOD!
-we don’t need more buildings…….we need MORE GOD!
-FOLKS, we don’t even need more people…we need MORE GOD!
When visitors come….
-They don’t know your Plans, your Procedures, and Programs, they just want to know your God!
(If we can ever get a hold of the mightiness of God…PREACH!)
The people will come….. BUT WE MUST BEGIN WITH GOD!!!
WELL, what is it that is quenching the power of God in most of our churches today???
I. THERE IS NO VISION! (Prov. 29:18 – Where there is no vision…)
Vision – mental sight; seeing the unseen…dream, vision….
People – a congregated unit….
Perish – to loosen or cut off; undirected, undisciplined…
The church becomes like a boat drifting aimlessly at sea tossed by every wind and wave…
It is VISION that gives us purpose, direction, hope, courage and motivation….
-An architect envisions a building before the plans are drawn or construction begins
-A farmer envisions a crop before the ground is broken…
-A Mom and Dad envision many things for their children even before they are born.
The church must envision:
-The pews being filled to over flowing… Having to go to two services…
-Many out winning the lost w/out waiting on the Pastor to do it…
-Folks being healed of deadly diseases….
But how do we get there from here????
First we must:
A) Get A VISION OF JESUS!
Of how He left Heaven to be born in this flesh of a virgin…..PREACH JESUS!!!
B) We Must Get A Vision Of Perishing Souls!
Who are these perishing souls???
-Your neigbor…your mother…your Father.
We must literally see the flames…….
………….literally hear the screams of torment…..
………….literally smell the stinch of Hell……Sulfuric
………….literally see the demons as they pounce upon each soul as prey…..