Hope of Renewal (Week 3)

STEVE McKENZIE   -  

August 16, 2020

BIG IDEA

Our hope for renewal is in God’s glorious, unlimited power at work with us through the Holy Spirit as we trust in Jesus.

 

Main Point – STRENGTHENED
  • Passive Voice – Meaning the God is the one who must act upon us. God doesn’t merely add to our strength. God is our strength

  • This is a super-natural strength found in God’s glorious, unlimited nature.

 

Qualifier One – Power
  • Creator of heaven and earth, Glorious, Unlimited
  • Isaiah 43:13, Ezekiel 36:26, Epheisans 1:19

 

Qualifier Two – Inner Being
  • “The heart in the Bible refers to the center where your mind, will, and emotions meet. It is all three spaces that the inner man is represented.” – Tim Keller

 

Qualifier Three – Through the Holy Spirit
  • Jesus taught that the Spirit would be our helper, comforter, advocate, intercessor, counselor, and strengthener.
  • PERSONAL – God doesn’t just give us strength, he gives us himself
  • PERSISTENT – God’s strengthening is unlimited, unending, unfading. It doesn’t falter, fail, or fade.
  • PASTORAL – God’s strengthening isn’t just a brut force pushing us along. It is comforting and counseling, and compassionate.
Result – God Dwells in our Heart
  • This is a permanent dwelling in our inner being
  • The strengthening and dwelling takes place as we trust in God.
  • God is not a supplement (additive) to our own strength, he is the source of true strength.

 

APPLICATION
PERSONAL
  • Pray Ephesians 3:14-21 for your own life
  • Memorize Ephesians 3:14-21
COMMUNUAL
  • DAILY – Pray for someone in the church by name
  • WEEKLY – Send a text, note, or card to someone int he church
  • MONTHLY – Share a meal with another person or family in the church