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Above & Beyond

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I. INTRO
A. Where We’ve Been
B. Where We’re Going
a. Illust. Buz Lightyear “to infinity & beyond”
C. Main Text
Ephesians 3:20–21 ESV
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
D. Pray
II. BODY
A. God is Able
a. context:
for the plan of God!
Ephesians 3:20 ESV
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,
a. context:
1. Now: in light o all we’ve said & prayed, God is able
i. what’s been said? God has a plan to redeem both peoples (jew & gentile) into 1 people
ii. therefore, God is able to complete his plan through us above & beyond our comprehension!
b. Able is not just capable
A Greek-English Lexicon δύνᾰμαι

strong enough to do

a.
1. strong enough to do
2. derives from dunimas: power in action
i. think o dynamite
c. That is to say God is all powerful!
1.
i. God wants us to partner w/HIM to accomplish his plan to a greater level that we could even imagine
ii. far more abundantly: like Buz Lightyear’s “2 infinity & beyond”
1. That power is at work in us!
- Nothing out of his reach!
i. God wants to work through us in power!
iii. I’m reminded o what Jesus said, found in...
John 14:12 ESV
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
greater things than these
Matthew 19:26 ESV
26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
d. Do more than you can imagine in you
with man, its impossible, w/God nothing impossible
2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV
8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
b. Do more than you can imagine in you
Philippians 1:6 ESV
6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
1. God can save u; me that’s the “good work” Paul’s talking about
i. Through Jesus’ work on the cross
ii. Illust.
- Paul
-Me
iii. God can finish the work:
e. Do more than you can imagine in others
who is least likely to be saved?
Matthew 19:26 ESV
26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
(look @ context again)
friends, co-workers, neighbor God can do it
f. Do more than you can imagine in your family
1. God is able to save the leased likely fam member
2. restore broken relations
3. bring ur family to operate as it is supposed to
-what if daddies started taking up their responsibility as spiritual leader in the home
-wives submitted to the sacrificial leadership o their husband
-kids honored their parents
-What if revival started in the homes of our GMCC families & brought that revival w/em on Sundays as we gathered as the Church!
g. Do more than you can imagine in our church
repair the most broken rel.
Acts 1:14 ESV
14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
1. bring GMCC to 1 accord in our devotion 2 ea. other & seeking God
e. do more than you can imagine in our church
2. fill the church w/his Spirit -
-result o God filling his church w/his Spirit was Peter & Apostles left the room & preached to many
-Filling w/God’s spirit has always been about fulfilling God’s plan
3. Grow our numbers
Acts 2:41 ESV
41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
i. 5-5-2; what if that’s only the beginning
ii. main st vision
h. Do more than you can imagine in our community
1. In Acts 19, God’s recked the idolatry economy in eph
i. vision 4 recking drug economy
2. main st vision
i. Do more than you can imagine in our world
Matthew 28:18–20 ESV
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
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B. God wants to do above & beyond through you
Ephesians 3:20 ESV
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,
Eph 3:
vs 20b: “according to the power at work within us”
a. God’s immeasurable power is at work within us
1. God wants us to partner w/HIM to accomplish his plan to a greater level that we could even imagine
2. far more abundantly: like Buz Lightyear’s “2 infinity & beyond”
i. Nothing out of his reach!
3. I’m reminded o what Jesus said, found in...
“according to the power at work within us”
John 14:12 ESV
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
Jn
i. context
-Jesus is telling the disciples that He & the father are 1 & when u c Jesus u c the father
-so, if we believe (trust) that Jesus & the father r 1, we will do greater works that Jesus!
ii. The “greater things” is where God will do far above & beyond we can think or imagine!
b. God wants u 2 PARTNER w/him 2 do above & beyond in ur fam, church, community & the world...
2 Corinthians 9:8 ESV
8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
b. God wants u to partner w/him to do above & beyond in ur fam, church, community & the world
1. God wants us to do above & beyond as his change agents in the world…how?
i. live out what u believe
-actions must line up w/our words
ii. Get involved w/GMCC
-involve ur time
-involve ur effort
-involve ur prayer
-involve ur finances
* doing above and beyond isn’t about our reputation!
~food pantry, Green Mountain Christmas, cafe in the park, getting people to come to GMCC isn’t about showing the community how cool we r
C. God gets the glory
Ephesians 3:21 ESV
21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
a. glory in this context:
1. last week we discussed glory as an “appearance commanding respect, magnificence, excellence”
2. here, Paul says to HIM (God) be glory: means priase
b. God’s glory in the church
1. That is, we are to praise & lift up God’s name... not our own
2. Furthermore, the Church is God’s change agent in the world!
i. God’s glory is made known when the Church steps in2 our calling as Jesus’ compassionate hands & feet in the world
c. God’s glory in Christ
1. Does this mean that Jesus praises the Father?
c. God’s glory in Christ
i. I think that God’s glory is shown by Jesus’ life, death & resurrection!
d. God’s glory in all generations
1. We R God’s change agents in the world & so we must pass on this calling to the next generation until eternity is realized
i. It is then that God’s glory is past to all generations & we praise God frm 1 gen to the next forever!
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