Curtain Of Fire - Advancing

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As I close this series out this morning, we have explored the CORE Principles of TWBC.  Getting ready for our Try Church series coming up next month, I believe God is wanting to do a work in the lives of each one of us to prepare our hearts for the move of God that’s going to take place in our city.  If God is wanting to move on our city, why not let it start right here at TWBC. I believe it’s time for the Church to stop sitting back and reacting to what we are being handed and being proactive in the warfare that the enemy is bring against the body ofChrist!

Advancing: We commit to daring and fearless expansion of the Kingdom.

2 Timothy 1:1–7 ESV

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my beloved child:Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmotherLois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Paul introduces himself, then recapsTimothy's path to becoming a minister. He reminds Timothy of how his family brought him up in the faith, and then how Timothy served faithfully with Paulin the past. Paul then focuses on two primary ideas. First, that Timothy's background in the faith should give him the courage to stand fast against hard times. Second, thatTimothy should use that courage to defend the truth of the gospel message.

We are committed to expanding theKingdom of God here on earth at TWBC. TWBC will be known for equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. In each of you, a deposit was made when you came to Jesus.

Paul probably wrote 2 Timothy during a second imprisonment in Rome following a fourth missionary journey. Expecting that death would come soon, Paul wrote this “farewell” letter to Timothy, who was at Ephesus, urging him to stand firm.

2Timothy 4:7 ESV

7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

“I have fought the good fight” is also significant for believers today because it serves as a stark reminder that theChristian life is a struggle against evil—within ourselves and in the world.

The word “fought in Greek translate to agonizomai, means literally “to engage in conflict.” The word was used in the context of competing in athletic games or engaging in military conflict.

Ephesians6:12 ESV

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

The Christian life is a fight in thatChristians face a never-ending struggle against evil—not an earthly military campaign, but a spiritual battle against Satan. This is why we must “take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day” (see Ephesians6:13-18).

We can’t “Advance” if we are fighting the wrong battle. When we came to Jesus, the Holy Spirit was given to us as a deposit

2 Corinthians 5:5 ESV

5 He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

Many of us don’t realize the power that we have access to. You have 2 encounters with the Holy Spirit, 1 to draw you toJesus and a second encounter of the baptism into the Holy Spirit.

John16:8–11 ESV

8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

Many Believers don’t reach who they are totally called to be in Christ because they are too comfortable with who they have been.

Luke3:16 ESV

16John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Paul reminds Timothy to fan into flame the gifts of God that he received with the laying on of hands.

I named this message the Curtain ofFire, far too long we have let the enemy come into our camp, stir up trouble and run away to come back again.

The Curtain of Fire describes a barrage of artillery falling vertically in massed concentration, intended to cut off the enemy's escape or reinforcement.

Ephesians2:6 ESV

6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places inChrist Jesus,

Romans16:20 ESV

20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our LordJesus Christ be with you.