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If we try to rush the work of God bad things happen. We must wait on the Lord. One of the worst things we can do is get ahead of God and try to build His kingdom without waiting for God’s timing or the specific leadership and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. The modern church really has been guilty of not waiting for God. We have practised revivalism when we should be waiting and preparing for revival.
God’s focus is on building His kingdom. This this should also be the primary focus of His people; the gospel and the church are vitally important, but they are actually two means to the end of building God’s kingdom. In times of revival people are not interested in their own needs. They die to themselves and focus on the kingdom. But oddly enough, in dying to themselves and focussing on the glory of God they find that for the first time they really start to live. This is revival.
Where God’s Holy Spirit is most at work, human relationships quite naturally fall into a simple, yet world-transforming pattern.
Worship Together – Grow Together – Serve Together
The Holy Spirit’s coming in fullness means a divine, transformative, unstoppable Person has been let loose among men.
In view of God’s sovereignty, how a does true child of God act when faced with life’s furnaces?
The Soul: Armed and Dangerous Ephesians 6:10-17 preached @ Hawkwood Baptist Church by Shafer Parker, Jr. August 8, 2014 Previous points in the present series 1. We lost experiential righteousness and became experienced sinners. The purpose of salvation is to restore what was lost, righteousness. But not merely imputed righteousness, also righteousness in actual…
preached @ Hawkwood Baptist Church by Shafer Parker, Jr. August 3, 2014 The Soul’s Greatest Enemy Text: Assorted Scriptures Intro. Two Sundays ago we saw that at the fall mankind lost personal, experiential knowledge ofgoodness (righteousness). We also saw that Christ succeeded where Adam failed. His righteousness never wavered, even at the point of…
Through the new birth God has begun to restore to us what was lost when our foreparents ate the forbidden fruit. He has graciously granted us the possibility of truly becoming holy and righteous in this life! And one thing I hope you will see in today’s text is this, that this growth in experiential righteousness is the only real proof that we were ever granted salvation in the first place.
We were made to be in fellowship with our creator, but we’re not. We’re separated from God. My purpose today is to discuss with you the nature of that separation, principally how it came about, and then to show you that our reconciliation with God has to be consistent with our separation. That is, if disobedience led to our separation, then God can only bring us back to Himself by reversing the very thing that separated us.