"GOD'S PROMISE TO YOU"
September 8, 1991
This morning I am going to bring to you my state of the church
message. Rather, than addressing programs, ministries, money
or things of that nature I want to tell you what God shared
with me recently about us, His church.
It has been sometime in my ministry since I have seen such
a well-structured satanic attack upon a church like the
one I have witnessed over the last few months. I have
seen the devil face-to-face move to tear up the body of
Christ. Recently, in the midst of reflection, preparation,
and prayer God spoke to me and gave me a promise for
our ministry as the First Baptist Church of Springdale.
A Bible promise for the church is only relevant for His
church when it is kept in context for His church. The book
of Ephesians is a book about the power of God moving in
the lives of God's people, the church. Previously, in the
book of Ephesians we see God refer to His power among
us in two situations.
1. Ephesians 1:19-23 shares with us that God is so powerful
He raised Jesus from the dead.
2. Ephesians 2:19-22 shares with us that God is so powerful
that even a Jew and a Gentile can be reconciled to
In Ephesians 3:20-21 God is saying that this power which
is above all is available to us, God's church. In this passage
Paul is praying for the church and Ephesians 3:20-21 serves
as the doxology or benediction to his prayer.
You are the church . . . You do not come to church,
you come to worship . . . You are the church. So, this
Bible promise is yours to walk in and yours to claim.
Let's see what God says to each of us today as we share,
"God's Promise To You."t
I.FIVE OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THIS TEXT.
1. God carries the pressure of performance, not you.
"Now to Him who is able to do" - there is a confident
assurance in God for what He is going to do. Paul is
trying to convince us of the vastness o ...
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