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INTRODUCTION: Any leader knows that Momentum is a leaders best friend.
TRACTOR - Growing up my uncle had an old John Deere Tractor without power steering. I remember my cousins and I would climb up on that tractor and pretend to be driving it. But no matter how hard we tried, we could not steer that tractor as long as it was sitting still. But once it got moving, my uncle could steer it with two fingers. What's the difference? Momentum.
TRAIN - A train traveling 65 mph on a railroad track can crash through a 5-foot thick steel-reinforced concrete wall without stopping. That same train, starting from a stationary position, won't be able to go through an inch-thick block in front of the driving wheel.
It is never the size of your problem that is the problem. It's a lack of momentum. Without momentum, even a tiny obstacle can prevent you from moving forward. With momentum, you'll navigate through problems and barely even notice them.
The early church had incredible momentum. Despite the fact that the Jews wanted them dead, the government wanted them quite, the devil wanted them destroyed - the church went from a tiny bible study in Jerusalem to literally overtaking the Roman empire in just a few Decade.
How were they able to do it? Well obviously the Holy Spirit - but I want to suggest that the Holy Spirit uses means. The Holy Spirit caused them to develop such clarity and focus that they were able to overcome internal divisions and external threats to accomplish the greatest missions movement of all times.
Romans 15 gives us a peak into the heart of the greatest redeemed missionary of all time the Apostle Paul. I want to show you from this text 3 things that Paul drew momentum from.
• The chapter begins with a few concluding thoughts about the grey areas we dealt with last time. He sums it up with Romans 15:7 (ESV) 7 Therefore welcome one another as Chris ...
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