The Source of the Church's Power

As leaders, we’re responsible to steer the Body toward following God’s purposes, design, and mission for the Church with Christ-like character shining through all we do. Yet, we must be careful to emphasize the right power source for getting there.

God is the Source of the Church's Power

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. His power determines the Church’s potential, not the resources we may or may not have.
Reflect on Ephesians 3:20-21. Think about the implications.
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)

Means Through Which God Imparts His Power

Leaders must appropriate the power of God through the various means by which He delivers that power. Click below in the list for links that will take you to input on that particular power resource for the church.

Gospel (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)

Practical Outworking of God’s Power

The Practicum on this site gets practical about how the basics of life in Christ affect all we do as leaders. Click on links below to learn more about how God's power relates to specific leadership tasks and issues.

The points on this page form the outline for content in the Steering the Church Toward God's Power Leadership Guide. In addition it pulls out four important truths from Ephesians 3:20-21 and their implications. It also ...
  • reminds us of the availability of that power, the path to experiencing it, and how our view of the greatness of God's power matters.
  • expounds on each of the nine means through which God imparts His power.
  • looks at how that power is needed in 25 different leadership skills or tasks church leaders must either do or oversee
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