Here’s a summary of my message from Vision Night:
Hebrews 12:29 says that God is a consuming fire. In the Old Testament, God appeared to His people in the form of fire (I.e. burning bush, pillar of fire, consuming fire on top of Mt Sinai). In the OT, fire was a physical representation of God’s glory and presence. After God met with Moses on top of Mt Sinai, Moses’ face glowed as he reflected the glory of God.
In the New Testament, John the Baptist teaches that Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit and with fire. When someone is born again, the Spirit of God (fire) enters the life of the believer and lives in us. In fact, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. In the OT, God’s glory dwelt in the Tent of Meeting, Tabernacle and Temple but in the NT, God dwells in us, our earthy tent. The glory and power of God now lives in us. And if we allow God’s Spirit to burn bright in us, then we will be like Moses and reflect the glory of God.
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Graystone’s focus this year is spiritual growth. We want to see the presence of God grow stronger, bigger and brighter in EVERYONE’s life. Our goal this year is to grow the spiritual flame in the life of every member at Graystone: adults, students and children.
I gave 3 practical steps to fan the flame of God in your life:
1. Fuel the fire daily through a personal devotional life
2. Gather weekly for corporate worship (I.e. bon fire)
3. “Do life” in small group fellowship and accountability (I.e. campfire)
Challenge/Application: set yourself on fire for God and burn bright for Him
I tried to get Heath to literally set himself on fire as an illustration to my message, but he did not think I was serious. It would have been powerful and memorable.
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