Wednesday, February 11, 2015

S.S.S. Sermon "On Fire"

On Fire

People often talk about getting fired up for God or being on fire for God, in order to see what this might mean for us as Christians lets do something crazy, look at the Bible.

A few examples of fire in the Bible:

The burning bush- Exodus 3:2

The pillar of fire- Exodus 13:21

The fiery furnace- Daniel 3:12-30

The Captains and their fifties- 2nd Kings 1:7-15

Chariots of fire- 2nd Kings 6:15-17

Mount Carmel- 1st Kings 18:20-40

Fields of the Philistines- Judges 15:4-5

Hell/Lake of Fire- Revelation 20:14-15

God is called a consuming fire in Hebrews 12:29 and Deuteronomy 4:24
Many times fire is used in the bible it is a means to strengthen the relationship between God's people and Himself.

Guides His people- Moses/wilderness wanderings
Showed power to His enemies and protection to His children- Furnace/Fifties
Comforts and assures His people of His might- Chariots of fire
Gives His people a sign of His power to return them to worshiping Him- Mount Carmel

It is all about God!

So knowing what fire is, and what is does or is used for in God's word we can asses wether or not we ourselves are on fire for God.

Well are we,
Drawing attention to God and His message (The bush wasn't the focus, God and His message was) 1st Corinthians 2:1-5
Intimidating (Not to inspire fear of us, but fear and reverence of a holy God) 2nd Corinthians 7:1, Proverbs 9:10
Warning of judgment, death, and hell (you have no desire to escape judgement that you do not think is coming) Acts 24:24-25, Colossians 1:27-28
Consumed by God's word Job 23:12, Joshua 1:8
Spreading/stoking the fire (Not just witnessing to the lost, but edifying the saints) 1st Thessalonians 5:11, Acts 1:8, Matthew. 5:14-16

The question tonight is simple, are you on fire for God? Are you fired up about God? If you aren't you need to be, because not only does this lost world need to see on fire Christians, but Christians whose candle is almost extinguished may need your fire to help relight their own.

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