Great Encouragement to Prayer! What a wonderful refreshing reminder and teaching of the beauty of praying Biblically for the very things God wants us to have and bring about in our lives. I don't think I will ever look at the prayer in Ephesians 3 (Ephesians 1 too for that matter) ever the same again and thank God every time He brings it my mind to pray.
A new perspective This sermon gives you a whole new perspective of the importance of demonstrating our salvation and although works do not save us it is what separates us from those(including demons) that have just intellectual knowledge and feelings. Doctrine, devotion and demonstration! This message is a real eye opener that will encourage you to inventory your life.
Let me clarify Thank you for your comment. You said, â€śthe church...is an expression on earth of Christ and is there to glorify God.â€ť
Of course I agree with that. The body of Christ is to glorify God. The point is about when we are trying to grow the church instead of growing the people. When we want growth at any cost, trying to build a huge institution at the expense of being a holy incarnation, that is when we are just trying to build for the sake of our own kingdom instead of Godâ€™s kingdom. We create and must feed the monster, and the church ceases to be what she is called to be, which you correctly identify.
You said, â€śwe cannot equate the church with governmentâ€ť. Again, I agree, and I am sorry if I wasnâ€™t clear enough about the concepts I was trying to convey. Blessings to you.
Great Sermon! I totally disagree about what is the purpose of the church...it is an expression on earth of Christ and is there to glorify god. Interesting concepts but we cannot equate the church with government.
Answering Anonymous Question pt.2 You also said, â€śI get confused as to what "peace" looks like in a personâ€™s lifeâ€¦.So does this peace "look" differently on each individual?â€ť
We also addressed that directly in the sermon. What were these things that they were supposed to practice (vs.9)? Itâ€™s what he was talking about in vs.8 â€“ the things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and praiseworthy. Philippians 1:6-11 mentions several of these things, and in 1:12-18 Paul exemplifies his own teaching. We can trace Paulâ€™s practice (1:6, 2:12-13, 3:14, 4:13). We all have concerns, but we can have a supernatural peace, and His supernatural presence. Pray, ponder, practice.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 â€“ Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.
Answering Anonymous Question pt.1 Dear Anon, those are some good questions. As to the first, you said, â€śI've been around those individuals who espoused this, but come to find out they basically had what I considered to be a lackadaisical attitude about responsibilities and life in general. I wouldn't think that's peace from God.â€ť
I agree, and the sermon addressed this matter directly: â€śThis is not just â€śhaving a peace about itâ€ť: Jonah had peace as he slept in disobedient rebellion. This isnâ€™t just being lazy, like we donâ€™t care at all, that we have a peace without concern. This is not just passively praying and mediating, and having a â€śpeace out, manâ€ť; vs.9 teaches us that staying active is part of the process.
Peace I see one of the comments said we have to "live out" the scripture. I get confused as to what "peace" looks like in a persons life. I've been around those individuals who espoused this, but come to find out they basically had what I considered to be a lacksidasical attitude about responsibilities and life in general. I wouldn't think that's peace from God. So does this peace "look" differently on each individual?
Practice, Practice, Practice This sermon was right on! Too often we want to skip over the biblical truth of "living out" the scripture and just get to the promises. In order to experience true peace we must learn to give our hearts, minds and wills to God.
Awe Inspiring! This sermon was an "exclamation point" for me personally. It's one thing to recognize that God is available to the Christian through prayer any time and anywhere about anything. It's incredible to realize that I (an audience of one) have the privilege of intimacy with The Father through prayer, with no limitations, no degree of importance, no special verbiage. Now to put it into practice.....
Consummate! I believe this sermon would be very well received by many. And absolutely a pill easy to swallow but has great effects for those whom are wanting a greater depth of love and obedience to God the Father through His Son.