The Strong Church 1

C – Weakness Caused by INACTIVITY
WORK (Do) the WORD – Exercise
Activity in terms of REVIVAL

Stage 1: Get Healed - reparation
Stage 2: Get FILLED = Eat Right – nutrition
Stage 3: Get FIT. – repetition

  • Injury, strength through healing
  • Hunger, strength through eating
  • Inactivity, strength through doing

Spirit – use your HEART
Soul – use your HEAD
Body – Use your HANDS

THE PROBLEM
Not doing what you need to do
  • Not exercising your faith muscles, laying down in apathy, cynicism, and complaining
  • Use it or lose it, parable of the faithful steward

Cannot run with the horses if you cannot keep up with the footmen
Jeremiah 12:5 (NLT)

The ANSWER
Strength - by use Heb 5:14
  • Praisers get stronger by praising
  • Teachers get stronger by teaching
  • Believers get stronger by believing

1 Corinthians 9:24–27 (NLT)

 Develop a Strong Spirit, Soul, Body

What does strength look like?
  • Strength to carry revival requires – determination
  • Repetition – anyone can do anything once, but it takes strength to carry out the mission faithfully every day
  • Get stronger, last longer
  • What used to be difficult becomes easy
  • Can carry more weight and carry it farther
  • More stamina and endurance
  • Hardly ever knocked down, quickly get back up
  • Not easily shaken or pushed off course
  • Move things out of the way vs being pushed around
  • Don’t let small things bother you
  • Momentum – keep moving forward

Areas of strength you can have
  • Financial strength
  • Martial strength
  • Emotional strength
  • Spiritual strength
  • Personal strength
  • Corporate strength

1 - Develop a Strong SPIRIT = strength in POWER
Spirit- use your faith
Strengthened by tests, James chapter 1
Problems, adversity, challenges
University of adversity
Strong in PRAYER = BUILD up
A Strong Spirit is strong in PRAYER
build yourself up
Jude 20 (NLT)

Strong in WORD = by Teaching
Our Spirit is Strengthened by the WORD
Acts 20:32 (NLT)

  • We Grow UP strong by putting DOWN strong roots
  • Rooted and grounded in the WORD!
Colossians 2:7 (NLT)
Acts 16:4–5 (NLT)

Strong in SPIRITUAL GIFTS = by Speaking
Spirit strengthened by spiritual gifts
  • Paul places a very high value on the gift of prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:1) because it is a gift that builds up the church (v.4) and can also have an impact on those who are ‘unbelievers’:
1 Corinthians 14:4 (NLT)
  • “Strengthens” = builds up
  • Religion keeps the church weak by denying
1 Corinthians 14:12 (NLT)

Strong Gifts bring Strong revival
1 Corinthians 14:24–25 (NLT)

Strong in SPIRITUAL ARMOR = by Standing
able to stand
Ephesians 6:13 (NLT)
You can put OFF the enemy because you put ON the armor of God!

Strong in God’s WORD = by Studying
A Strong Spirit is strong in the WORD
Our faith is only as strong as the word that we can speak out
No word in, no word out
Built up by the WORD
Luke 2:52 (NLT)

Strong in FAITH = by Believing
A Strong Spirit is strong in FAITH
Exercise your faith
Use the faith God gave you!
Romans 4:20 (NLT)

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