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1.) “Power” ,(which is the same word used in Acts 1: 8 for power), is where we get our word for dynamite. It referes to capability or potential, as in the endless capability and limitless potential of the power of God. The Holy Spirit’s power and life in our lives is capable of limitless potential to overcome darkness and sin and love the world around us!
2.) “Working” refers to effective or operational power. This can mean that God’s power can and does work in and through our lives, broken or not, and through our circumstances, difficult or not. The Holy Spirit’s power and life will work effectively in and through our lives and circumstances, regardless of how difficult they may be!
3.) “Great” refers to power exercised in resistance and control. This means that God’s power and life is deliberate, purposeful, guiding, and precise. The power and life of the Holy Spirit inside us guides us, gives us specific purpose and direction, and can be used and acted through by us!
4.) “Might” refers to bodily or muscular strength or vital power. Living or life power. Which means that the living or life power of God, through the Holy Spirit, is what is living inside us, giving us life with we need strength to overcome hardship, giving us life when we feel empty or alone, giving us life to live with joy and purpose, and giving us life to share with others who need it!
Eph. 1: 1-14
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”
—Ephesians 1: 1-14
Overview of Unity and Love
“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.”
—Revelation 2: 2-4
Defined: "Out-reach Ministries"
“As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
—Matthew 9: 9-13
Defined: "Collective Worship"
“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.”
—Matthew 17: 1-8
Defined: "Personal Discipleship"
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
—1 Timothy 2: 1-4
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