Sermon Notes

I Corinthians 2:3-5

Introduction: Where do you need power in your life?

Power is a good thing, but it has a way of affecting us in ways that are not good.

  • The Power Paradox:(Dacher Keltner)
  • Power is not just a title or position.  It is a spiritual force.
  • To be “killing it” in Corinth, meant having lots of power.

The Apostle Paul and power
“I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.”

  • Paul discovered, and is convinced that there is another kind of power available – to people who were the least likely to receive power.
  • Paul: You were made to be empowered by God’s Spirit and not your own adequacy.
  • In spite of whatever power you have, none of us were made to run on our own power, on our own intelligence, or with our own strength. (Zechariah 4:6)

“Power, properly understood, is the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about….change.” Martin Luther King Jr

Jesus and power
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:8)

  • In the Bible, whenever there is a manifestation of the Spirit of God it’s accompanied with these images of power.
  • We receive power from the Spirit by faith.

Empowered by the Spirit (Acts 2:4)

  • Power to witness, serve, give, love…
  • Power to Pray
  • Gifts unleashed – special abilities that you couldn’t do on your own.
  • Fruit Cultivated – our character

Responding to the Spirit

  • Inviting the Spirit who lives within –  (I Corinthians 6:19)
  • Surrender to the Spirit