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Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

MESSAGE SERIES - The Power of Faith

Welcome to the Empowered Living Church (The ELC). We are celebrating the launch of this new church in our new location as we prepare for our next step. Thank you for being a part of God's victory. Our objective is to save souls, make disciples, and build God's kingdom. We are spending the month of April coming into a collective understanding of how we live a life on mission for God through the Power of Leadership. Click HERE

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BIG IDEA

During this season of uncertainty God is looking for His people to lead where they are by not being afraid and believing and trusting God to rule with grace, love, and mercy. Have faith!




KEY SCRIPTURES ~ Galatians 5:13-16 and 22-23 (NIV)

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.  16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.


22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.



CONTEXT

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TEACHING POINTS / THOUGHTS TO BUILD ON

But the fruit of the Spirit is 


I. LOVE


3 Quick Words about Love


  1.  John 15:12 ~ My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.


  1.  Romans 12:10 ~ Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.


  1.  1 John 4:12 ~ No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.


Proverbs 3:3-4 ~ Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  Then you will win favor and a good name

in the sight of God and man.


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II. JOY


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ~ Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.


Romans 12:9-13 ~ 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.


III. PEACE


1 Peter 3:10-12 ~ 10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.  12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”


Be Still!


Psalm 46:10 ~ He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”


Galatians 5:22-23 ~ 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.


IV. FOREBEARANCE - patient self-control; restraint and tolerance.


Romans 5:6-8 ~ 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


V. KINDNESS


Titus 3:4-7 ~ 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.


VI. GOODNESS


Ephesians 4:29-32 ~ 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


Galatians 5:22-23 ~ 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.


VII. FAITHFULNESS


To the Church as Smyrna the Lord rights . . . . . . 


Revelations 2:10-11 ~ 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. 11 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.


IX. GENTLENESS

Hebrews 13:1-2 ~ Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.


X. SELF CONTROL


Proverbs 25:28 ~ Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.


Proverbs 16:32 ~ Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.


2 Peter 1:5-7 ~ For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.


Galatians 5:22-23 ~ 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.


I DECLARE AND DECREE



CLOSING THOUGHT/CALL TO ACTION

Galatians 5:22-23 ~ 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.


I DECLARE AND DECREE


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