Pastor Dave Martin, Cross Creek Community Church, Oct 6, 2019

 

VICTORIOUS !

1 John 5:4 For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

 

“A Radiant Church” part 1

Ephesians 5:25-27 “… Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26  to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27  He did this to present her to himself as a glorious/radiant church …”

 

“… I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.”

~ Jesus, Mt 16:18 nlt

 

 

Seven Characteristics of a Radiant Church…

Progress Reports of the early church

 

  1. A Radiant Church is a __________-__________ Church!

Acts 2:46-47 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Psalm 100:2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

 

  1. A Radiant Church is a __________-__________ Church!

Acts 6:7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

Ephes. 4:16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

 

  1. A Radiant Church is a __________-__________ Church!

Acts 9:31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

 

  1. A Radiant Church is a __________-__________ Church!

Acts 12:24 But the word of God continued to increase and spread.

Col. 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

 

 

  1. A Radiant Church is a __________-__________ Church!

Acts 16:5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.

2 Cor. 5:7 We live by faith, not by sight.

James 2:18b “…I will show you my faith by what I do.”

 

  1. A Radiant Church is a __________-__________ Church!

Acts 19:20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.

 

    POWER of…

  • God’s Word “energes” – energy – effectual, active

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.

  • Prayer “energes” – energy – effectual, active

James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

  • Holy Spirit “dunamis” – dynamite – mighty miraculous power

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

  1. A Radiant Church is an __________-__________ Church!

Acts 28:31 Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 4:13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

 

Next Steps…

  • Order your priorities! (Daily spiritual habits)
  • Connect in LifeGroups! (Ministry to one another)
  • Invest toward Eternity! (Time, Talents & Treasures)

 

Ephes. 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, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.