SERIES: Moving Forward (2 of 5)
TITLE: Enemies to
TEXT: Revelation 3:15-16
PROPOSITION: As we move forward, we must defeat the enemies that hinder us.
KEY WORD: Enemies
SCRIPTURE READING: Same
The church is a body
But the body can become sick, diseased, accidents
It can be under attack internally and externally
Enemies can cripple, damage and even kill the church
Think about 4 enemies that must be defeated
Ignorance comes in many forms
Religious ignorance pagans make god from a tree
Today same ignorance crystals, idols
Refuse to see, hear, think
We can be destroyed by our own ignorance
Miss salvation, joy, forgiveness, eternal life
Miss power of prayer, faith, and hope
Not just a problem for the atheist saved as well
John 8:24 not believe die in your sins
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 many are spiritually blind
Hebrews 3:12 unbelief in departing from God
Can unbelief prevent the church from moving forward?
Do you know God, God's Word?
Do you believe God cares how you live?
Do you believe that God has a plan of salvation?
Doe sit matter how we worship?
Mark 9:24 Lord, help my unbelief.
Charles Spurgeon, Be great believers. Little faith will bring your souls to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to your souls."
Are world problems caused by ignorance or apathy? - I don't know and I don't care.
Apathy is the attitude of Laodicea
Revelation 3:15-16 not cold, not hot, lukewarm
Is this church lukewarm?
Lacking passion, drive, desire
Got the BLAHS
There is a real danger we will not move forward, we will go backwards
Most obvious enemy of the church
Ignorance, Unbelief and Apathy lead to SIN
Hebrews 12:1 lay aside the sin that ensnares us
Hebrews 3:12-13 Hard heart depart from God
James 5:19-20 turn a sinner from the error of his way
We need to help each other stay on track
We must defeat our enemies to move forward
Old comic strip Pogo, We have seen the enemy, and he is us.
We can blame others world, TV, government, economy
All of these enemies can be defeated
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