UA-96339200-1 2013 November 05

Love: The Key To Victory

November 12, 2013

- John 13:34-35
- The identification tag of a true Christian church is love - not signboards, singing, etc. But love.
- By this shall ALL men, believers or not, wherever they come from, they shall recognize my true believers by their love.

- 1 John 2:1-11 - Hatred of the others is a sign of somoene yet in darkness

- John 8:1-12 - The woman caught in the act of adultery. After Jesus had forgiven her, He said He is the light of life and whoever follows Him shall not walk in darkness, as if to say that you just saw an example of love in action, not learn to follow it.

- 1 John 3:10-24
- Ask yourself daily - what have I done today to show that I love somebody?

- 1 John 4:6-21

- 1 John 5:1-3
- 1 John 4:1 - believe not every spirit by try the spirits whether they be of God.

- Gal 5:6

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The Hidden Power of The Cross

November 5, 2013

- Matt 16:24-26
- Matt 10:34-36
- Mark 8:34-36
- Luke 9:23-24

- The cross is the identifier of those who are following Christ.

- Those closest are most inconvenienced by the active following of Christ and therefore dislike the follower.

- 1 Cor 1:17-18 The cross is the power. If you are not bearing it, you have left the power behind. If you omit the power, how can you do well in ministry?

- God chooses the things that are not sensible to save those who believe, and the world through its wisdom.

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Five Things That Destroy Churches - Passivity & Political Spirit

November 3, 2013

4. Passivity in the members

- A passive person does not involve themselves in anything that is going on in the church, but sits back and watch unconcerned and uninvolved.
- A growing church needs to have more people helping. e.g. Drama Ministry, Choir, Prayer Team.
- Some people are not interested in joining any group in the church.
- With the exception of new church members, everyone in the church needs to help to build the church.

- Passivity is often rooted in hurts or offenses, especially in people who were formally active in the church, but have pulled back. Usually they were hurt by something that happened in the church.

- Matthew 25:15-29
- the servant is called wicked for doing nothing! No one escapes blame by doing nothing.
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to do nothing is wickedness because God has given everyone talents, and He looks for a return from the investment he has made into His servants.
- Everyone is passionate about something.
- God wants us to be passionate about o
ur relationship with Him and about building His church.
- Nehemiah 3:5 - God sees who is not passionate.
- Jeremiah 48:10 - passivity attracts a curse.

- Find out what you can do to help and do it.

5. A political spirit

- A person with a political spirit tries to involve others in his ideas and philosophies.
- people with similar political ideas group together and form parties or groups, and disagree with everything the opposing contrary.

- 2 Samuel 15:1-6 -
Absalom created a group of people who shared his ideas and thoughts. Later when he rebelled, he got 200 people to rebel with him.
- do not join factions in the church.
- When you have a bad experience or find fault with the church, do not find others who have had the same bad experience, and form a group based on that.
- Instead, get help to try to solve the problem.

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