SERIES: Living In His Presence, Part 5

Receiving the Power of His Presence

Feel free to use the following outline in your local church.  However, don’t just use it as a last minute substitute for your lack of preparation.  Rather, study it and make the changes that God leads you to make for it to fit your local situation.

Receiving the Power of His Presence

Acts 2:1-12 (NIV)

What HAPPENED at Pentecost?

  • What is PENTECOST?

The Jewish Feast of Pentecost was one of the three great annual religious festivals.  It was a one-day celebration.  It observed the completion of the harvest and was known as Pentecost because it came on the fiftieth day after the presentation of the harvest’s first fruits.

  • Pentecost was birthed in an attitude of WORSHIP

Luke 24:50-53 (NIV)

  • The events occurring in Acts 2 most likely occurred in the TEMPLE and not a particular home.

“House” was a Jewish term referring to the temple (I’ll meet you at the ‘house’ – the house of the Lord)

  • Pentecost Was Accompanied by SYMBOLS of God’s Presence

Sound of WIND – pneuma or breath, representing the breath of God breathing new life into the disciples

Tongues of FIRE – symbols of unity and diversity, and of God’s presence

Other LANGUAGES – not the speaking in tongues referred to in Paul’s writings

What DIFFERENCE Does Pentecost Make in My Life?

  • God wants to FILL you with His Presence
  • God wants to EMPOWER you with His Presence
  • God wants to SEND you on MISSION with His Presence

ACTION POINT:  Why would you settle for anything LESS than God’s Presence in your life?

SERIES: Living In His Presence, Part 3

Giving Myself Completely

Feel free to use the following outline in your local church.  However, don’t just use it as a last minute substitute for your lack of preparation.  Rather, study it and make the changes that God leads you to make for it to fit your local situation.

Why Do I NEED To Give Myself To God Completely?

2 Samuel 11; Psalm 51 (NIV)

David’s Path to Failure (2 Samuel 11)

  • David neglected his RESPONSIBILITIES
  • David let down his guard and yielded to TEMPTATION
  • David made a CHOICE
  • David SINNED repeatedly against God
  • David RECOGNIZED his wrong behavior

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SERIES: Living In His Presence, Part 2

Seeking God's Presence

Feel free to use the following outline in your local church.  However, don’t just use it as a last minute substitute for your lack of preparation.  Rather, study it and make the changes that God leads you to make for it to fit your local situation.

LIVING IN HIS PRESENCE:  Seeking God’s Presence

2 Kings 2:1-15a (NIV)

Read 2 Kings 2:1-15 (NIV)

Strategically POSITION Yourself Where You Find God Working

  • His WORD – read the Bible
  • His CHURCH – gather for corporate worship often
  • His PEOPLE – small group gatherings of the church

Don’t expect to find God’s presence if you are not willing to go where God is at work!

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SERIES: Living In His Presence, part 1

Asking for God's Presence

One of the free resources that I would love to share with you is a basic outline of messages that I have found to be very effective.  Feel free to use the outline in your local church.  However, don’t just use it as a last minute substitute for your lack of preparation.  Rather, study it and make the changes that God leads you to make for it to fit your local situation.

LIVING IN HIS PRESENCE:  Asking for God’s Presence

Exodus 33:12-23 (NIV)

Why Don’t We Live In the Presence Of God DAILY?

  • BUSYNESS of life
  • Lack of FOCUS on kingdom things
  • We just don’t CARE enough
  • Bad HABITS
  • We just don’t NEED God
  • SIN

Observations About Moses and God’s Presence

 

Read Exodus 33:12-23 (NIV)

  • Moses was TIRED of LEADING without the presence of God
  • Moses asks for God’s PRESENCE
  • Moses does not want to move FORWARD without God’s presence
  • Moses makes his appeal to God on the basis of his INTEGRITY
  • God grants Moses his request because God was PLEASED with Moses
  • Moses makes the BIG ASK of God
  • When Moses asked, God GRANTED his request

 ACTION POINT:  Will you SEEK God’s Presence in your life over the next 28 days?