Setting The Spiritual Atmosphere
Introduction: Every church has its own culture, its own feel, or atmosphere about it. Church culture is the behavior (rituals), values (beliefs), principles (rules) and atmosphere of a group of people. Atmosphere is touched but not always explained. Every person, home, business, church, city, and nation has a unique atmosphere. An atmosphere is a pervading or surrounding influence or spirit, general mood or environment.
I. THE POWER OF ATMOSPHERE
A. BIBLICAL ATTITUDE
1. Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
2. Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.
B. THE NEGATIVE POWER OF ATMOSPHERE
1. Read: Atmosphere of Taiwan Bible college - oppression, depression, coldness.
a. I can feel the darkness on my overseas trips to Haiti, Jamaica, Brazil, Madagascar, Bangkok, Japan.
b. You can feel the darkness.
2. The atmosphere of chaos, emptiness, and darkness
a. Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
b. Darkness (Heb): hoshek - a covering of darkness where everything is influenced.
c. In the beginning, a covering of darkness shadowed the earth.
d. Exodus 10:22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days.
e. Psalm 107:10 Those who sat in ...
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