I cannot tell you how exciting it is that we just celebrated our fourth birthday as a church family!
If you have not already done so, please stop by Facebook and share what God has done in you, through you or something that you have learned over the last four years that just resonated with you.
FaithPoint Men, Go and watch the video that accompanies chapter one of our new book at multiplymovement.com. We will discuss this leading into chapter 2 when we meet for our next discussion.
We are in our new summer series, Heroes! As we continue through this series, would you please join me in praying that God would use this series to impact our church, strengthen our faith, and remove obstacles that keep us from applying and obeying Scripture? I believe that this series is going to be one of our best series that we have walked through at FaithPoint.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is: Acts 1:8, 1 Peter 4:10, and Matthew 25:14-30. The title of this sermon is: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.
Jesus told stories that were relevant to the culture that He was in. He used illustrations and parables to discuss serious things. The people understood His stories because that was a part of their life.
Today, some of the greatest stories are told on the big screen.
- Iron Man
- The Avengers
We are fascinated with superheroes. Today we want to explore a famous saying: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.
You might know that every superhero has a defining moment. One moment where they were just minding their own business and then something happened that changed the course of their life forever.
- Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes Spider-Man
- Dr. Bruce Banner is involved in a gamma radiation accident and becomes the Incredible Hulk
For a Christian, the defining moment is when Jesus saves you. The gospel is a gospel of transformation. When you were saved, you were no longer who you used to be, you were made new.
Why do we live like nothing has changed?
Is it because you are ashamed of the power that is within you?
Are you afraid of being changed by the power that is within you?
Do you deny the very existence of the power that is within you?
Romans 8 says that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.
The Greek word for power there, is where we get the English word dynamite. So, another way of looking at this verse is: you will receive dynamite when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. Pair that with Hebrews 12:29, Our God is a consuming fire.
We should be walking around like we are on fire. We should look like the Human Torch. God consumes us on the inside that we burn with passion for Him, the gospel, and to see lost people saved that the fire on the inside expands to the outside and we are a person set on fire.
However, when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you receive something else in addition to power. You receive a gift.
Every superhero has a gift, skill, talent, something that they are especially good at. Spider-Man’s gift is not Iron Man’s gift. Superman’s gift is not Batman’s gift. Captain America’s gift is not the Hulk’s gift.
Not everyone has the same gifts but everyone has at least one and most likely more than one.
It is not the gift that matters as much as what you do with your gift that matters.
Your gift does not belong to you. You belong to God and therefore, your gifts belong to God.
The first two servants used what was given to them and then rewarded by God for being faithful servants. The last servant failed to use his gift and his gift was taken away from him.
Imagine what would happen if Clark Kent, decided not to be Superman. Here is a man who has powers that no one else on Earth has, and he decides to be selfish and not use them. He just decides that he doesn’t want to or doesn’t feel like it. That’s cowardly, not heroic.
Look what Peter says, in 1 Peter 4:10.
Everyone has a gift.
It’s not just for pastors, evangelists, authors, conference speakers…everyone has a gift.
You have been given power. You have been given gifts.
What else do you have that every superhero has?
You have a purpose. You exist for a greater purpose other than just yourself.
For Superman: His purpose is to protect his city, Metropolis.
Batman: His purpose is to protect his city, Gotham.
The Avengers: Their purpose is to protect the world.
God sent Jesus into the world to rescue the world and reconcile people back to Himself.
This is our mission. To see people from every city, state, country, ethnic group, sub-culture group, come to know Jesus. Eternity is going to be a beautiful mosaic of people from every race, language, financial, educational, and cultural background.
How have you been stewarding the power within you?
How have you been at stewarding the gifts that you have been given?
The past no longer matters.
Today is what matters. Start today!
I LOVE MY CHURCH!