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Momentum: Gaining Momentum


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Momentum is a physical force that occurs when we multiply mass and velocity, or more simply put, size times speed. However, we experience momentum in other areas of our life, including our spiritual lives. Momentum has been described as a series of small wins that pave the way for even bigger victories. But in order to gain momentum, we have to overcome two large forces, inertia and resistance. Momentum is hard to build, challenging to maintain and in need of careful guidance. That being said, momentum is a "game changer". This first week we will look at one of the greatest examples of the rapid building of momentum... the first century church which was launched at Pentecost and quickly went viral.

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Momentum: Gaining Momentum

  1. 1. Series Outline • Gaining Momentum • Maintaining Momentum • Directing Momentum
  2. 2. Gaining Momentum
  3. 3. Momentum Triangle m =massm =mass v = velocity Simply stated: momentum = size x speed
  4. 4. Practical Definition “Forward motion fueled by a series of wins” Andy Stanley
  5. 5. First Point It is impossible to gain true momentum without embracing the work of the Holy Spirit. READ Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:1-4
  6. 6. The Holy Spirit provides power for ministry But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
  7. 7. Paul’s testimony My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power. 1 Corinthians 2:4
  8. 8. Signs that you are not operating in God’s power – Chuck Lawless 1. You act first, pray second. 2. You don’t seek help or support from others. 3. You haven’t enlisted any prayer partners to walk with you. 4. Your prayer life is generally poor.
  9. 9. Signs that you are not operating in God’s power – Chuck Lawless 5. You lack conviction concerning sin in your own life. 6. Your family knows that your walk with God lacks power. 7. You yourself know you are operating in your own power.
  10. 10. Second Point It is impossible to gain true momentum without embracing change. READ Acts 2:36-41
  11. 11. Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
  12. 12. OT Promises of Something NEW •Jer. 31: A new covenant. •Ezek. 11: A new heart and new spirit. •Isa. 42: A new song. •Isa. 62: A new name.
  13. 13. NT Promises of Something NEW •Jn. 13: A new commandment. •Luke 22: A new covenant in Jesus’ blood. •2 Cor. 5: A new creature in Christ. •Rev. 21: A new Jerusalem and a making new of all things.
  15. 15. Craig Groeschel “If you wait until you're 100% sure to try something new, you will be too late.”
  16. 16. Third Point It is impossible to gain true momentum without embracing community. READ Acts 2:42-47
  17. 17. They devoted themselves to… •The apostles’ teaching •Fellowship/ The breaking of bread •Prayer
  18. 18. They were… •Filled with awe. •Filled with generosity. •Filled with gratitude. •Filled with praise.