Spiritual Gifts | Part 3

Sermons

This series will take a look at the 9 Spirit gifts that the Apostle Paul lays out in 1 Corinthians 12. There has been much debate in the past over the workings of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Chad looks into each of these awesome gifts as they are alive and active today. There is a massive awakening in the body of Christ over the gifts of the Spirit and Scripture is clear on this. God is unchanging! Tune into this multi part series to learn what you can activate with the power of God!

[Powerful People] Are Dead

Priming the Pump

dead to self, alive to Christ.

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me (Galatians 2.20 NASB).”

I have been crucified with Christ (Galatians 2.20)…
If you have died with Christ (Colossians 2.20)…
For you have died (Colossians 3.3)…
If (or since) we have died with Christ (Romans 6.8)…
If (or since) we have died with Him (2 Timothy 2.11)…

 

dead or alive.

Seems pretty clear right?  I’m dead.  And yet, often I find that it seems I am very much so alive; to my sin, to my own desires, to the things of this world…

Still I am convinced that the Scripture is true and that I belong to Christ.  I believe that I have been made alive in Him which can only mean that I have in fact fully and completely participated in the death of Christ.  Otherwise, I could not have been made alive and couldn’t possibly be participating in His life.  After all, what part can our Holy God have with sinful, fallen, rebellious men living in their sin, after their own desires and for the things of the world (the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life)?  None of course.  Then, it must be so that I have died to all of that and have been made alive to righteousness in Christ.

 

a deep longing.

So then, if I long (and believe me, I do) to live a life that is consistent with the FACT that the life flowing through me is, in fact, the life of Christ, then I must REALIZE, EMBRACE, and in all other ways LIVE CONGRUENT with the reality of my own death.  In doing so, I realize that while my life was previously held in bondage, I have now been wholly and completely freed from the bounds of SIN, SELF, and the WORLD.  Furthermore, since the life in me is the life of Christ, not only does it know no bondage, but it knows no boundaries at all, save one.

If I would live according to this TRUTH, I am certain that my life would look far different than it does presently.  Not to say that I never live according to this TRUTH, but that I am consciously aware that I am being called higher and deeper into this LIFE of Christ.  And as such, I must bow to the overwhelming reality that I am probably not where I should be and I am definitely not where I will be.  Yet, for me, this is by no means discouraging.  Rather, it is very encouraging, because I realize that I do not have to be good enough, strong enough, powerful enough, or any of that.  I just need to be dead.  Then, and only then, will His life flow through me such that I become the POWERFUL PERSON that He’s made me to be.

 

a spiritual powerhouse.

God has made His Church to be a spiritual POWERHOUSE of passion and fire for the King and His Kingdom.  Yet, in order to become the POWERFUL PEOPLE that He’s made us to be, we must realize that we are dead…

To SIN
To SELF
To the WORLD

[Powerful People] An Introduction

Priming the Pump

a conflict of interest.

“But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s (Matthew 16.23 NASB).’”

 

a question I’ve been asking.

What if my own self-interests and my desire to see them met literally create a stumbling block for Jesus?

Honestly, I don’t have much to say today.  Just that I can’t shake this looming question and the haunting reality that often times I supplant the Kingdom agenda with my own.  I know…the sovereignty of God…right…

…but as I’ve said many times before, though I KNOW that God is sovereign and can fulfill His will and purpose with me or without me.  I also KNOW that His heart’s desire is for me to partner with Him in the family business of the Kingdom.  In order to take that invitation seriously, I need to approach each sacramental moment with the thought that…
…if I don’t submit to the life of Christ in me and the will of God for the moment, there may never be another opportunity and this thing that God wants to bring about, may never happen.

In the non-profit world, we have what’s called a “conflict of interest policy.”  This is especially important given that we are being trusted to steward private money at no profit to ourselves.  As such, boards will often create a policy requiring those who have a conflict of interest on a certain matter to disclose it and even prohibiting conflicted parties from voting on the matter in question.  From there, the policy may include a written description as to how the group will manage the conflict moving forward.  I’ve been wondering today what the “conflict of interest policy” for the Kingdom looks like…

…probably something like this…

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in  the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me (Galatians 2.20 NASB).”

 

facts.

  • dead men have no rights
  • dead men have no needs
  • dead men own nothing and control nothing

 

* Selah *