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Mon, May 28, 2018

A Fruitful Church (Building A Lasting Legacy - Day 2)

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Building a legacy requires a church to be fruitful. Two prophetic portraits of a fruitful church: Antioch Church and the River of God. Characteristics of the Antioch Church: 1) Radically committed to the power of the gospel. 2) A Multi-cultural Church. 3) They experienced a great harvest. 4) There was an evidence of God’s grace. 5) An Active Five-Fold Ministry - apostles, teachers and prophets. 6) Hungry for God’s Word. 7) Modeled a Christian Lifestyle and 8) A Generous, Giving Church. Secondly, the River of God. God repeatedly used “rivers” as a symbol of His life-giving Spirit. God desires that every church experience the river of God. The River brings blessing and life: 1) The river is a place for fruitful trees to be planted and to grow. 2) The river causes life to spring forth everywhere. 3) The river brings healing and health to everything. 4) The river will be a place for many fish. 5) The river flows out to dry and barren places. There are differing levels and depths for entering into the river. We must Step into God’s River.

This is not the time to give up but to complete the work that God has given you to do.

A. Lessons from the Church of Antioch

Acts 11:19-30

i. Radically committed to the power of the Gospel
- Gospel = Good News aint good news unless it is heard
- Romans 1:16
- You are a Christian today because someone was committed to share the Gospel with you

ii.They experienced a great revival
- Beware of backsliding

iii. They experienced a great harvest
- Reach people who need to hear the Gospel

iv.There was an evidence of God’s grace
- Acts 11:23

v. An Active 5 fold ministry

vi. Hungry for God’s Word

You need to have a hunger for God’s Word
- The Word of God is the only thing that can satisfy the soul

vii. Modelled a Christian lifestyle
- Acts 11:27
- Christian = Christlike
- Your lifestyle and behaviour need to be aligned to Jesus’s
- Conform your life to become Christlike

What is it in my life that does not resemble Jesus Christ?
- What is it in my life that makes it hard for someone to call me a Christian?

viii. A generous, giving Church
- Acts 11:30
- Learn to give in both seasons of abundance and lack
- Be generous in every way with what God has given you – time, talents and treasures

B.The River of God – Ezekiel 47:1-12
i. God repeatedly used rivers as a symbol of His Life giving Spirit
- Genesis 2:10, Ps 46:4, John 7,

What is the River of God?
It flows from the temple of God = Spirit of God flowing from His presence into our lives
- A spiritual life force which waters God’s people through His presence.

God’s desires that every Church experiences the River of God

ii. The River brings blessings and life

· The River is a place for fruitful trees to be planted and to grow
- Ezekiel 47:7

· The River causes life to spring forth
- It produces fruits in an out of season

· The life of God is released in you through His Spirit

iii. The River brings healing and health to everything
- Ezekiel 47:12
- Where the Spirit of God is, there is healing and healing
- If you are not well, get into the River of God (God’s presence)

iv. The River will be a place for many fish
- Fish = evangelism and soul winning
- Never lose sight of the importance of evangelism

v. The River flows out to dry and barren places

C. You must step into the River of God
There are different levels and depths of God we need to experience
- When you continue to pursue God, you will discover news depths of what you have never experienced before
- The River is to be enjoyed
- God desires for people to be touched and transformed by the River

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