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Transforming a City (40 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Kingdom
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Everywhere we go, we are called to shine God's light through our lives. Jesus is light, so darkness has to flee! This week, we are going to look at how we can practically bring transformation to the world.
Main Scripture: Acts 19:1-12
- Focus on verses 2-6 for resourcing an open Heaven.
- Focus on verses 11-12 for the role of signs and wonders in Paul's ministry.
- Focus on verses 8-10 for Paul's long-term commitment to Ephesus.
EQUIP: Cities are meant for revival.
Teaching Point 1: We carry an open Heaven wherever we go.
(Acts 19:2-6 and Matthew 9:27-30)
Having a garden takes strenuous work! You have to break the soil, sow seeds, pull weeds, water the plants, and deal with insects before you get the reward of a harvest. But that isn't always the case. Before He sent out 72 of His followers, Jesus gave them a new perspective about harvesting a crop.
Jesus sends us out as harvesters. ''The Lord now chose seventy-two other disciples and sent them ahead in pairs to all the towns and places he planned to visit. These were his instructions to them: 'The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields''' (LUKE 10:1-2).
Jesus said the harvest is great - this is harvest time! Some of us need to change our minds about evangelism and impacting our cities. It doesn't have to be hard. The harvest is ''great.'' It's ready! It's waiting!
''You know the saying, 'Four months between planting and harvest.' But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest'' (JOHN 4:35).
Harvest time is a season of great joy and satisfaction. Historically, harvesting in Israel lasted about seven weeks. It was a time for bringing in the grain, as well as grapes and olives, and it included three major pilgrim festivals. Pilgrims would migrate fr ...
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