Dents in the Darkness: Use Your Time

Romans 10: 8-11, 13-14, 17
Matthew 5:14-16
Ephesians 2:8-10
“Faith that Doesn’t Do Good is No Good.” ~Andy Stanley
Psalm 82:3-4

4 ways everyone could be involved: (progressive)
Give. Pray. Attend. Invite.

Obstacles are inevitable.

Sometimes the biggest obstacle we face is us getting past ourselves.

Hebrews 10:23-25

Paroxusmos (par-ox-oos-mos’) a provocation which literally jabs (cuts) someone so they “must” respond.

RISING: A Spirit of Joy

Romans 15:13

Joy is found in the presence of the Lord.
Psalm 16:11

Joy is something God produces when we abide in him.
Galatians 5:22-23
John 15:5

Joy is rooted in righteousness.
Proverbs 10:28

Joy is an awareness of God’s grace.
Chara (khah- ra’) = joy (properly: the awareness of grace).

Joy is receiving salvation through Christ.
1 Peter 1:8-9

Joy is the result of living for the cause of Christ and the sake of the gospel.
Hebrews 12:1-3


Joy is the result of living for the cause of Christ and the sake of the gospel.
1 Thessalonians 2:19-20.

We must choose to embrace joy.

James 1:2

Philippians 4:4-9

Are you willing to let go of the things that prevent you from embracing genuine joy?

RISING: A Passion for Spiritual Things

Luke 24:13-35 text
What exactly do we mean by “spiritual things?”

These slides should be all one (point with subpoints and references) if possible. Only need the Bible text where noted.

The God of the Bible.
Isaiah 44:6 John 14:6 John 14:16-17 Acts 4:12

God as the Creator/Sustainer of the Natural Realm
Colossians 1:15-17

God as the Creator/Sustainer of the Spiritual Realm.
Colossians 1:13-14

The Church:
(Worship, Serving, Giving, Community, Sharing, Growing)
Colossians 1:18

Power of Prayer
James 5:16 Ephesians 6:18 Mark 11:24 John 14:13-14

Truth of Scripture
Psalm 18:30 John 17:17

Godly Character and Moral Standards
(Righteousness. Justice. Compassion. Mercy. Humility. Obedience. Faithfulness. Love. Etc.)
Romans 12:1-2

Building His kingdom.
Matthew 28:18-20 and Matthew 10:22 

Are we embracing all of what he has called us to, and who he has called us to be?

Romans 12:11 text

zéō = fervent. Literally: to bubble over because hot enough to boil. Figuratively: to show great zeal; be enthusiastically passionate (literally “boiling” with interest or desire); to set one’s heart on (something or someone).

Portico Church in Oshkosh, WI