Matthew 16: 18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
2: Corinthians 3:17-18
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we with unveiled face, beholding as if in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as the Spirit of the Lord.
1st Quarterly Theme:
Sermon Texts: Philippians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace. Longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. This is what I call spiritual muscle.
Sermon Theme: Developing Spiritual Muscle
Propositional Statement: Our relationship with Jesus Christ should build within us a strong moral core. It is the strength of that moral core that builds character and fortitude. It is what brings us to the truth of Romans 8:37 – We are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
- The journey begins with a new birth (Romans 10:9; 1st Peter 2:2; John 3:3 – Jesus said, “Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
- We give God permission to come in and start fixing things.
- The journey continues through the development of spiritual muscle (Gal. 5:1)
- Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
- I say then” “Walk in the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (v.16)
- The journey produces fruit (Gal. 5:16-18; 22-23)
- love, joy (chara), peace (The security of salvation). Longsuffering, kindness, goodness (morality), faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. This is what I call spiritual muscle.
Conclusion: The real strength of a person is not external but internal. It is the power to overcome the evil around us and to do justice. It is the power of internal fortitude, resolve, willpower and honor. It is the power to succeed, to become who God created us to be. It is the redeeming character of the cross. The Cross was not about weakness, it was about the power of love.