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Sun, Jul 13, 2014

Empowered by the Holy Spirit

A life of conviction is stronger than a life of faith. 4 Convictions of the church in Acts 2: 1) They were convinced that they were called by God. 2) They were convinced that they were called out of the world. 3) They were called above the world into fellowship with God. 4) They were called for the world.
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Acts 2:42-47

  • The way they lived is our way to live
  • A life of conviction is stronger than a life of faith
  • A hunger to know His ways
  • Moving from believing that it works to knowing that it works

4 Felt Needs

1. To know God's ways (hunger)

  • You cannot live a christian life on a borrowed revelation
  • Seduction and pressure are two things that will reveal who you really are in Christ

2. To do life deep together (encourage, fellowship)

  • We want to connect vertically but fail to connect horizontally
  • Sharing of ideas and attitude. Proverbs 27:17
  • The purpose of coming together is to sharpen attitude which will affect altitude (how far you will go in life)
  • The way you think daily is what you are
  • The outcome of your life is a product of your inner space
  • 2 Samuel 10:6-11
  • It's impossible for the drvil to attack all of us at the same time. When people live together we cannot be weak at the same time
  • Never neglect to promote fellowship

3. To Praise and Pray

  • Praise and prayer is part and parcel of a christian lifr
  • Prayer is not a struggle, rather a dependency on God
  • Prayer should be reduced to a normal conversation with God

4. Focus on Christ's death "Refocus"

 

4 Convictions of the church in Acts 2

1. They were convinced that they were called by God

  • Mark and form of privilege - He picked you out of many
  • He called you - If He called you,  it is His responsibility to take care of you
  • There is responsibility that comes with being called
  • Ask God to sanctify you

2. They were convinced that they were called out of the world

  • World = system that governs
  • John 17:15-16
  • Faith always overrided money

3. They were called above the world into fellowship with God

  • Out of something into something
  • John 15:1-5. No fruit, more fruit, much fruit!
  • "Much fruit" is done through fellowship with God
  • When your life bears no fruit it is discrediting God

4. They were called for the world

  • John 17:4-18

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