God's Power for the Church

Church leaders need to grab hold of the power of God that comes from His divine nature to effectively lead. Apart from the Lord, we can do nothing of eternal value (Jn. 15:1-5). We might look productive and seem to be reaching our goals but will have little to show at the Judgment Seat of Christ when what we have done will be tested with fire (1 Cor. 3:10-15; 2 Cor. 5:10).

The Source of the Church's Power:

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21)
Four important truths from Ephesians 3:20-21 and implications for church leaders:
  1. The Church has a power source unlike that found in any other kind of organization.
    Don't think you can run the church on your own. -- Tap into that divine power.
  2. The Church matters to God. He is not going to invest His power into something that isn't important to Him.
    Don't give up on the church. -- Keep in touch with the heart of God.
  3. The Church, though composed of weak, finite beings, has great potential because the power of an Almighty, infinite, eternal God is available to it.
    Don't limit the outreach and ministry of the church. -- Measure what you do against Him and His resources, not against who you are and what you have.
  4. The Church brings glory to God when it pulls on His power.
    Don't take credit for yourself. -- Acknowledge Him as the source of anything and everything good.
The Church has power because we have a powerful God. His character defines the possibilities for the church, not a leader's personality or skill set.
To revolve the church around leadership sets limitations never intended by God. That doesn't mean leaders shouldn't set goals or that their gifting and who they are doesn't come into the equation. God works through leaders as they line up with Him and trust Him to accomplish what they do.
"By his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith." (2 Thess. 1:11)

The Power of God at Work in the Church Through Various Means:

Leaders must appropriate the power of God through the various means by which He delivers that power. Click below below in the list for links that will take you to input on that particular power resource for the church.
Gospel Message of the Cross (Rom. 1:16; 1 Cor. 1:17-18)
Grace (1 Cor. 15:10)
Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; Rom. 15:13; 1 Cor. 2:4-5)
His Name (Jn. 17:11)
Prayer (James 5:14-20)
Resurrection (Phil. 3:10-12)
Scripture (2 Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 4:12)
Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-6; 1 Pet. 4:10-11)
Spiritual Weaponry (2 Cor. 10:3-6; Eph. 6:10-18)
God's Power is just one of the many attributes of our great God that enables us to lead effectively.
Understand God's Power within the context of the fullness of who He is and then you will truly grasp the significance of His Power for ministry. Check out the helpful books listed on this page about the attributes of our great God. To know God is to know His power!
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