Sunday Morning Worship
September 11, 2011
Series: “Jump Start for Dummies”
Today: “Finding the Power”
Scripture: Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Intro: The enemy of our souls certainly loves to take advantage of any let down we might allow during the summer months.
I. SYMPTOMS OF A LOSS OF POWER .
A. The Apostle Paul, in chapter five of Ephesians, gives us a list of behaviors that are not normal to powered up Christ followers:
1. Sexual immorality .
2. Greed .
3. Obscenity .
4. Foolish talk .
5. Coarse joking .
B. God invites us to live, in full power , our daily lives.
“For the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9).
II. FOUR STEPS TO RECHARGE.
A. Recognize your power loss.
* “Wake up, O sleeper…and Christ will shine on you” (Ephesians 5:14).
B. Start, today, taking care of your spiritual journey .
* “Be very careful, then, how you live…” (Ephesians 5:15).
* Has God pointed out something you have let slip in your spiritual journey lately?
C. Depend on God’s Spirit more than worldly counterfeits.
* “Do not get drunk…but be filled with God’s Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).
D. Get an accountability partner.
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21).