Stir up the Fire! by Terry J. Hallock

Stir up the Fire!
Terry J. Hallock
II Timothy 1:3-7
August 12, 2001

I. Timothy had received a divine gift that would change the world and so have each of us who have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord.

A. Like Timothy's, our gift comes from the Holy Spirit and has a single purpose - to manifest the power of Christ in the Body of Christ (the Church) so we might be the light of the world and city set on a hill.

1. Corinthians 12:7 declares, "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. . ."

2. Ephesians 4:7 says, "But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it". Verses 11-14 state the reason for that portion of grace. "It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."

3. Brothers and Sisters, we weren't saved by grace through faith so we could sit back and wait for heaven.

a. We were saved in order to share the message of salvation.

b. We were born again so that we could invite others to that new life.

c. We were made Jesus' people so that we could be Jesus to others.

i. We have been called to love as He loved.

ii. We have been called to heal as He healed.

iii. We have been called to serve as He served.

iiii. We here to do something! We have a purpose! And it is a purpose that was designed by God to be filled with power, excitement, and passion.

B. If we are in Jesus the fire of the Holy Spirit should be in us!

1. In Matthew 3:11 John the Baptist says this about Jesus, "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with ...


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