Sermon Notes
by Golden Gate Baptist Church Posted February 12, 2017

Power 7

2 Peter 1-3 (Whole Chapters)

 Too many of us Christians live like this man during times of struggle and crisis – shipwrecked for 5 years on desert island; within our possession, was everything we need to survive, but we never opened the package. 



  • How to live with God’s power in a world gone mad?
  • What difference does it make?
  • When my world is crashing in on me, what do faith and promises and all that stuff do for me?
  • Peter wrote both these letters to Christians who were suffering under persecution and who were being bombarded with false teachers who were distracting them from the truth – ‘fake news” so to speak or as Peter describe it – “Cleverly devised myths.”
  • When there is so much information and now intentionally designed fake news, then what do we believe, what can we really know? The result of this information overload in our culture, is that we don’t know who or what to believe, so we believe whatever we want; whatever fits our preferences, whether it’s true or not.   This daily erodes trust in society.

 Read entire book of 2 Peter


  • Current conditions
    • False prophets and teachers
  • Participants in the divine nature
  • ADD to faith
  • Godly character come from our participation in his divine nature
  • When you don’t know or forget the truth about who you are in Christ, and what you have in Christ, then you are subject to quit, get overly discouraged, or try to survive and fight on your own. But God has already given us by his power ‘all things that pertain to life and godliness…” 
  • Some of you are going through a tough season now; for others of you, your tough season is on the way. The challenge before you is how you will respond.  Will you respond in faith, in the power of God or will you fail to remember what you have and live on a deserted island for 5 years?
  • Remember the end is real and coming, therefore rely on the promises of God found in His Word.
    • Promises
      • And you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.” (Colossians 2:10, ESV)
      • God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1, ESV)
      • The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18, ESV)
      • I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13, ESV)
      • “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18, ESV)
      • So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36, ESV)
      • 2 Tim. 1:7″For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
      • 2:4 “Be strong, all ye people of the land, said the LORD, and work: for I am with you, said the LORD of hosts.”
      • “Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.” (Joshua 23:14, ES



        1. Read 2 Peter once a day
        2. Seek one area to add/supplement to your faith – virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, love. (good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love)
        3. Claim a promise.
        4. Do it!
Sermon Notes
by Golden Gate Baptist Church Posted February 5, 2017
Power # 6 – For His Name Sake


11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his POWER, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Thessalonians 1: 11-12
QUESTION:  Why does God give us such POWER?  From God’s perspective, what is the deal about POWER?  Why does he even bother to give us all this POWER?  Why does he choose to share, give, distribute his POWER to us?  POWER is simply the ability to do.  And above all else we understand, desire the ability to do.
  • Raised up Pharaoh – “But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my POWER, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.” (Exodus 9:16, ESV) 
  • Will return Israel to the Promise land – “All your people will live right and well, in permanent possession of the land. They’re the green shoot that I planted, planted with my own hands to display my glory.” (Isaiah 60:21, The Message) 
  • Will do Even Greater Things – “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14:12–14, NIV84) 
  • Delayed, knowing that Lazarus would die – “But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”” (John 11:4, ESV) 

ANSWER:  There is a pattern that I hope you hear.  God gives us POWER to put His Glory on display.  He desires that His greatness be known, evident, put out there.  So He “presses his glory into our lives, for His name’s sake!” 


The Psalms

  • He restores my soul.He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (23:3)
  • For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.(25:11)
  • For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sakeyou lead me and guide me. (31:3)
  • Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake! (79:9)
  • Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make known his mighty POWER. (106:8)
  • But you, O God my Lord, deal on my behalf for your name’s sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me! (109:21)
  • For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life! In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble. (143:11)

The Prophets

  • For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sakeand for the sake of my servant David. (Isa 37:35).
  • I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. (Isaiah 43:25)


One commentator reminds us that God can choose to act without our faith or faithfulness.  Look at Ezekiel 20 for Israel’s continuing rebellion against God. 

  • God reminds them BEFORE He brought them out of Egypt to get rid of their idols.
    • But they rebelled against me and were not willing to listen to me. None of them cast away the detestable things their eyes feasted on, nor did they forsake the idols of Egypt. “Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them and spend my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt. But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, in whose sight I made myself known to them in bringing them out of the land of Egypt.” (Ezekiel 20:8–9, ESV) 
  • He didn’t destroy them, but graced them leading them out to the wilderness and gave them the Sabbath and rules for living with him,
    • But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness. They did not walk in my statutes but rejected my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; and my Sabbaths they greatly profaned. “Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them in the wilderness, to make a full end of them. But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out.” (Ezekiel 20:13–14, ESV)
  • And in the wilderness, for a third time…
    • But the children rebelled against me. They did not walk in my statutes and were not careful to obey my rules, by which, if a person does them, he shall live; they profaned my Sabbaths. “Then I said I would pour out my wrath upon them and spend my anger against them in the wilderness. But I withheld my hand and acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I had brought them out.” (Ezekiel 20:21–22, ESV) 

Even our faithfulness is not a requirement for God to keep his wrath from us.  Its for his name’s sake; so that his name will be praised on all the earth.  Sometimes he keeps us for his reputation among men. 

So when God gives us his POWER, the purpose is as always the same – to put his POWER on display through us.  This Paul’s prayer on behalf of the Thessalonians.  – “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his POWER he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Thessalonians 1:11–12, NIV84)

 What does Paul pray?

  1. That we might be worthy of God’s calling.
  2. That God, will by His POWER “bring to full expression”…
    1. every desire/resolve/intention (delightful fixed intention) for good
    2. every act motivated by faith
  3. Why?
    1. The name of Jesus may be glorified in you, AND
    2. You are glorified in him = we are vessels, clay jars, etc. We are carriers of his glory. 
      1. It’s not us who are valuable, but what we carry. So by virtue of what and who we have in us, we are glorified too. 

        What do should we do?

        1. Resolve to put God on display everyday through our service, love, sacrifice, etc.

        Think – What will bring God glory in this situation!

        1. Act in faith.

        NLT  – “May He give you the POWER to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.”

         What is your faith prompting you to do?? Anything??


Sermon Notes
by Golden Gate Baptist Church Posted January 29, 2017

Power #5

“Unpacking Your Superpower”

 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 

and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

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.

– Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV)

 Throughout this series, we’ve been reminded of one thing: We’ve got power. But how is this power unpacked? We have power but how do we use it?  How does this power manifest itself in our lives? Like a super hero we ask ourselves: What’s my superpower?


 Power is a constant theme in the book of Ephesians. One of the “Prison Epistles,” Paul writes to the church in Ephesus encouraging them of their new life in Christ. The central thesis of the book is the summation of all things in Christ. In chapter 1, Paul prays that they would come to know the “immeasurable greatness of God’s power” which resurrected Christ from the dead (Eph 1:10). In chapter 2, Paul reminds his readers that they were once dead in their trespasses and sins: power

less to the prince of the power of the air (Eph 2:1-3). He finally comes to chapter 3 where our text lies and like Chapter 1, he prays for the Ephesians, but this time that they would be strengthened

with power. How does this strengthening (unpacking) come?


Three takeaways:

 The Holy Spirit is our Personal Trainer v.16

  1. The Power within us is a person: The Holy Spirit
  2. The Holy Spirit is the one who strengthens us with power
  3. The Power that we have is not some impersonal force that we tap into (Like Star Wars)
  4. The Holy Spirit has a will of his own
  5. Since the Holy Spirit is a person, he knows what he is doing.
  6. He will not be controlled or manipulated.
  7. His unpacks his power when He wants, how He wants, in the manner that he wants.
  8. He sometimes leads us into situations that will be difficult
  9. Think of Jesus in Mark 1 when Jesus was baptized and the Holy Spirit descended upon him.
  10. The text says that the Spirit immediately led Him into the wilderness where he was tempted.
  11. Since He is a person a relationship is in play
  12. All relationships require work and submission becomes a factor
  13. Like a good coach, The Spirit knows how to unpack what’s in us:
  14. He knows the best time for rest
  15. He knows the best type of nourishment

iii. He knows how hard we can be pushed through adversity.

 Our Trials become our training v.16, vv.20-21

  1. As mentioned before in Ephesians 2, God saved us from the power of darkness
  2. Once we place our faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit then resides in us and begins to shape us into the image of Christ. We call this process Sanctification: The lifelong maturing process of the Christian.
  3. Now that we’re saved, God begins to fold us as we face trials
    1. The illustration of a paper airplane was used here:
      1. Each fold adds more mass to the paper while making it aerodynamic and able to fly.
      2. Much like the paper plane we do not see the finished product until the work is done.
  • It’s at the moment that God calls us to fly that we realize that God had been working on us the entire time, strengthening us to accomplish wonders.
  1. God is able to do more than we can imagine even when the process is painful v.20-21
  2. His power is at work within us even when under pressure.


III. The purpose of our power is to love             vv.17-19

  1. While its great to have all of this power, we are strengthened with it for a purpose. God strengthens us to comprehend his love (verse 17).
  2. Our superpower is Love. Unconquerable, unfathomable Christian love is what makes us distinct. It’s been said that “they will know we are Christians by our love.” “We love because he first loved us.” “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.”
  3. We have power to walk out the Christian life with Love. The remainder of the book of Ephesians (Eph 4-6) is an example of how we live out the Gospel in unity, our gifts, our submission to on another in our marriages, our parents, bosses, and finally the devil himself. We are strengthened with power to love.


What do I do? (Application)

  1. God has given us extraordinary power to comprehend his extraordinary love (Eph 3:18-19).
  2. Contact someone this week that you know is struggling: Tell them that you love them.
  3. Demonstrate that love for them in a tangible way
  4. Cook them a meal, wash their car, etc. (Something above the ordinary: We’re thinking of the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge)
  5. Something that reminds you of Christ’s love for you and demonstrates it to them



  1. The power within us is a person: The Holy Spirit.
  2. Like a good coach, he uses various means, especially trials, to strengthen us.
Our superpower is love: He empowers us to love, submit, and resist the
Sermon Notes
by Golden Gate Baptist Church Posted January 22, 2017

Power 4

The POWER of an Indestructible Life

 Who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the POWER of an indestructible life? – Hebrews 7:16 (ESV)

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing POWER belongs to God and not to us. – 2 Corinthians 4:7 (ESV)

 Tucked away in a description of the priesthood of Christ and its comparison with the priesthood of Melchizedek, the writer of Hebrews uses a phrase that resonates/shouts to us today –

“the POWER of an indestructible life.”

  In its context, the author is continuing to show superiority of The Gospel of Jesus Christ to all that has gone before.  The words “better” or “superior to” is used over and over to compare with the “old way” found in the Old Testament law.  Christ is better than the angels and has a better name than them.  There is a better end for us who believe. There is a better priesthood, a better hope, a better covenant, a better mediator, built upon better promises.  Christ is a better sacrifice and offers a better future for us.  Abraham was looking for a better country when he set out for the promised land and those who suffered in faith were looking for a better life in the resurrection.  All those in the “Heroes Hall of Faith, were looking for the ‘better things’ promised by God. And finally a better blood that still speaks today.  We serve an awesome Christ!


  • As unimaginable as it may seem, an indestructible life is also ours in Jesus Christ.
    • Yes, in Christ we are indestructible. Now that’s POWER
    • If you have received the gift of salvation, you have the life of Jesus in you. And because we have the life of Jesus in us, we have POWER, God’s POWER, resurrection POWER! The indestructible life of Jesus, that qualifies him as the perfect high priest, also makes us priests. 
      • Peter reminds us – “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellency of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:5, 9).
  • In Christ, you are indestructible!!!!
    • We are not indestructible because of who we are, but because of who lives in us!
    • Paul says he preaches, struggles, suffers that we might know the mystery that has been hidden for ages and generations, which is – “Christ in you, the hope of glory!”
      • He says, “For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he POWERfully works within me.” (Colossians 1:29
      • Stephen Olford, a great expository preacher of CBT Smith’s age, once proclaimed to a preacher’s conference I attended years ago, that we are eternal here on earth until God is finished with us! We serve an eternal God, by the POWER of the eternal Son and Spirit who lives in us, to accomplish eternal purposes!
  • In Christ we are indestructible because of who lives in us, but also because of what God has placed in us.
    • We have an eternal, indestructible message – The Gospel!
    • We are both living examples of what The Gospel can do – Save to the uttermost. AND we have placed in us, what has been described as a ‘treasure.’
      • But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing POWER belongs to God and not to us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)
      • For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the POWER of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
    • God decided to rescue us from the POWER of death and sin, then place in us the very same message/POWER that saved us!
  • This treasure is placed in a clay jar, that’s us!
    • Clay jars, in those days were easily and readily available for all kinds of purposes – to carry water, as lamps for the dark nights, and to hold coins for safe-keeping.
    • They were easily breakable too! Like clay jars, we are easily breakable.
      • Yet God does not hold the treasure of his Gospel in a safe, behind bars, covered by security system, guarded by sleeping security guards.
      • He does not put his treasure in the best and the brightest, the rich and the POWERful, elite and the educated. He chooses, us, readily available and easily breakable to hold his treasure. 
  • How can the argument be made that we are indestructible?
    • Because the POWER of The Gospel in us is greater than the POWERs pressuring us from the outside. What has been placed in us is able to resist all that may come against us! 
      • Paul says, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. (2 Corinthians 4:8–10)
  • Finally, we are indestructible because we too have been resurrected from the dead.
    • We have already died! We were dead in trespasses and sins and been made alive in Christ Jesus.
      • But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—” (Ephesians 2:4–5)
    • If you have been brought back to life from the dead, what else can happen to you? What else do you have to fear? What more can man do to you?

What would you do if you knew you were indestructible?  Rob a bank?  If you could do anything and still live, what would you do?   In 2008 movie, Will smith plays a superhero named Hancock, who is indestructible and immortal.  He was created to save people, but he spends most of time in a drunken stupor, lonely, angry and destructive in his attempts to save.  At some point in the movie he discovers two things – he is not alone, there is someone like him out there and two, he was created for a purpose – to save people. 

We are not alone and God has created us for a purpose, to rescue people from the kingdom of darkness!  WE are called to a mission, to Go Live the life of Jesus!  We have been commanded to make disciples!  And when we don’t do what God created us and saved us to do, we spend our lives in a drunken stupor, full of POWER, but using it with harmful effects. 

What do I do?

  1. Share The Gospel!

For some that means when you serve, you look for opportunities to share Christ, speak a word for Christ.

  1. For those who are not doing anything, do something for someone else, for Christ sake, not just to make you feel good. For your spouse, on your job, in some area of service
  2. Go, Live the life of Jesus!
Sermon Notes
by Golden Gate Baptist Church Posted January 15, 2017

Power 3

Perfected POWER

2 Corinthians 12: 1-10 (ESV)

12 I must go on boasting.  Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows.  And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.  On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.  So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my POWER is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the POWER of Christ may rest upon me.  10 

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.             


  • You have the life of Jesus in you! Therefore the POWER of God is in you continually, eternally, and permanently. 
    • As a result we have the potential to be the visible demonstration of his POWER right now.
    • Often we look for that demonstration in miraculous deliverances, supernatural healings, water walking experiences, and bread multiplying multiplications.
    • In each of these situations the circumstance at hand is larger, greater, and bigger than we are/beyond us and as a result God is magnified, glorified, and exalted.
  • God calls his people to do what is humanly impossible.
    • For even in the daily routine of:
      • loving without conditions,
      • finding joy in tough situations,
      • experiencing peace when all is crazy around us,
      • showing patience when exasperation is shouting,
      • forgiving those who hurt us, sacrificing for those don’t recognize or appreciate us,
      • giving when we are tired an exhausted
    • God has plans, goals, and intentions. God sole mission is to make his name glorified here on earth. 
      • His goal is the overthrow of this world system and to bring ‘Heaven here on earth.’
        • When we pray, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” that is what we are praying for – Kingdom Takeover!
        • When you feed the homeless at the Bridge, love those in recovery, witness to the hopeless, dine with the tax collector and prostitute (the outcasts of religious society), visit the sick and shut at the hospital and nursing home, care for the sick loved one, advocate for justice for the poor and the imprisoned – you are doing Kingdom work!
      • God’s POWER flows through you when you go and do in God’s name for God’s glory!
        • His POWER is reserved for the glory (display) of his name!
        • His POWER is reserved for his purposes = the overthrow of the kingdom of self and the placement of God on the throne of every human heart!
          • When we do acts of service we must go with a kingdom purpose – to display the love and grace of God both to those who do not know Christ and those are already in the family.
        • How is God’s POWER demonstrated/displayed? Through one means – our weakness!  “…my POWER is made perfect in weakness!” 
          • God’s POWER in us is best on display when placed next to our weakness.
          • God’s POWER is perfected in my weakness.
            • Perfected simply means to be finished, fully accomplished, complete, fulfilled.
          • God’s POWER is made perfect, perfected, fully accomplished through our weakness.
          • God’s POWER is designed to accomplish something, do something.
            • Potential (stored) POWER does not accomplish, finish anything.
          • God’s POWER in us is activated when we are weak = needy.
            • It is at this intersection where our weakness and God’s POWER kiss/meet/connect is where his POWER is on display – actually does something! “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in POWER.”  (1 Corinthians 4:20).
          • When God’s POWER is put on display, He is exalted, people are helped and the lost, discouraged and hopeless find the answer in Christ Jesus.


How does this benefit you?

  • Keeps you from conceit, pride!
    • So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.2 Corinthians 12:7
  • Keeps you Grace dependent!
  • But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my POWER is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9a
    • Paul’s thorn in the flesh reminded him constantly of his need for grace.
    • God’s grace is sufficient = enough, adequate to do. There is nothing that God’s strength, POWER, grace cannot accomplish. 
      • “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.”  John 5:19
      • “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.”  John 5:30
      • I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  John 15:5
    • So when you join with God on mission, making disciples, to bring his kingdom here on earth, then God’s POWER that is in you will be activated, then God’s POWER will rest upon you.
    • What you see as a weakness, a thorn, a hindrance to God working through you, it is actually what God uses to display his POWER and grace.
      • The thorn becomes the vehicle by which God’s grace and POWER are proclaimed/demonstrated.
      • For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death.  But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.  He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.  On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.”  2 Corinthians 1:8–10
    • In the same manner the cross, a symbol of defeat, weakness, shame (a tool of Satan against our Savior), is transformed by God and becomes the most visible and potent demonstration of God’s POWER – the resurrection! This is why non-violent resistance works.  Its counter intuitive, counter cultural, and counters our natural feelings to defend and over POWER.


Now What?

  1. Do something, move, act, get up for God.
  2. Accept your inability to do it! Do it anyway!
  3. In other words – “Go Live the Life of Jesus!”
Sermon Notes
by Golden Gate Baptist Church Posted January 8, 2017


The Demonstration of God’s POWER


1 Corinthians 2: 1-5 ESV

And I, when I came to you, brothers,[a] did not come proclaiming to you the testimony[b] of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of POWER, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men[c]

 but in the POWER of God.


The scripture is clear, once you have accepted Christ as your life, as your savior, he comes to live in you.  His life becomes your life. 

  • 2:20 states – “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Since Christ lives in us, we have everything that Christ is and has – POWER, authority, wisdom, joy, peace, even patience.  

 POWER is simply the ability to do something.  And we are enamored/charmed/captivated/smitten by POWER – the ability to do.  It attracts our attention no matter who has it. 

  • In Acts 8: 9-10, Simon the magician “…amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great. They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the POWER of God that is called Great.”” We are attracted to those who have it.

 We naturally gravitate to those who demonstrate or are examples of God’s POWER.  They remind and encourage us to keep going; that God has not forgotten us; that God is able to do what we can’t do and immeasurably more than we could even ask or think. 

  • Moses, David, Samson, Paul, Sarah, Hannah, Mary, Ruth and Rahab all did something that demonstrates God’s POWER! “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in POWER.(1 Corinthians 4:20) So we ought to do something that demonstrates God’s POWER today!
  • He is the same God and he calls us to “Even Greater Things”.

 What is discovered when we look for demonstrations of God’s POWER, whether in scripture or in us, we find something unexpected.  Contrary to what we are looking for, we see weakness, not strength. 

  • The people God uses are weak or are in a position of weakness, not strength!
  • David vs. Goliath, Moses vs. Pharaoh; Abram and Gideon’s 300 vs. 5 kings; 3 Hebrew boys vs. the fiery furnace; Daniel vs. Lion; the early disciples vs. the Sadducees and the Pharisees; Paul vs. the Jews.
  • The Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11 all picture weakness, humiliation, failure, outnumbered, etc.
  • They demonstrated POWER!

 We are looking for God to simply give us some of his POWER, when we need it.  But what he seems to give us in abundance is weakness

  • We are POWERless! Why – So that his POWER might be put on display!  
  • So others will have to say – “That was God!” Moses at the Red Sea – “That was God!” David and 5 smooth stones vs Goliath – “That was God!” Gideon’s 300 vs.  130,000, “That was God!”  Sarah and Elizabeth and Hannah having a baby after being barren for years – “That was God!”  Daniel surviving the lion’s den, “That was God!”  Paul spreading the gospel despite shipwreck, beatings, stoning, abandonment, rejections, etc., – “That was God!” Peter preaching and thousands saved – “That was God!” 

 Our weakness is the seed bed for the demonstration of God’s POWER! 

  • God does not remove our weaknesses, he uses our weaknesses.
  • He does not overcome our weaknesses, he gives us what we need IN our weakness
  • He gives POWER to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.(Isaiah 40:29–31)  He does not remove, he provides his strength in the weakness. 

 In many cases when there is too much of our own strength, God reduces us. 

  • Gideon started with too many, 32,000, to go against over 130,000 men. So God reduced the army to 300.  Paul had too much of what the world honored in him.  He was of the right tribe and right family; the right breeding/background, the right education, right mentors, etc.  And so that Paul might give glory to God, he allowed Paul to suffer severely. So much so that Paul began to rejoice in his afflictions.  “That was God!” 

 God doesn’t remove weakness, he uses weakness!  His POWER is perfected in weakness. 

  • God told Paul “….my POWER is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the POWER of Christ may rest upon me… 2 Corinthians 12:9–10.

 We are a visible demonstration of the POWER of God.  God wants to demonstrate what he can do through us.  He wants his name to be glorified, his reputation to be spread, his POWER to be on display!   

  • God tells Pharaoh, “But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my POWER, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.(Exodus 9:16).
  • Paul tells the Corinthians “And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of POWER, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the POWER of God.(1 Corinthians 2:3–5)


:  If we want a picture of how it’s done, look at Jesus!  Jesus is our model of being a demonstration of God’s POWER.  He who had all POWER, chose not to use that POWER, but gave it up, set it aside, so that in his weakness, God’s POWER could be put on display.   In order to save us, Jesus didn’t put POWER on display, he put human weakness and failure on display, naked on the cross.  It was by the display of his weakness on the cross, that the greatest demonstration of God’s POWER was made known – resurrection! 

What do we do?

  1. Do something for the gospel sake. Join in on the mission with God to make disciples.  What are you

doing to further the gospel or to put Jesus on display?  How are you advancing the kingdom? 

Remember, God only gives his POWER to do what He wants done.  Get in the game!

  1. If you feel like quitting, don’t. If you don’t have enough, keep giving. If you are beat up, endure
hardness.  Remember, “.

..we have this treasure (the gospel message) in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing POWER belongs to God and not to us.(2 Corinthians 4:7)We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.(2 Corinthians 4:8–10, ESV)

Sermon Notes
by Golden Gate Baptist Church Posted January 2, 2017

Luke 24:49 (ESV)


And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you.  But stay in the city until you are clothed with POWER from on high.”

Acts 1:8 (ESV)

But you will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

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.”

Point 1 –

Energy is the ability to do. 
  • Energy equals POWER.
  • God has all POWER in his hands.
  • He created POWER, energy.


Point 2 – Energy (POWER) cannot be created or destroyed.  It can only be stored or transferred. 

  • All energy/POWER is in God.
  • Only God possesses the ability to do anything.
  • Nothing can change that, since He has it all. Nobody can “take Him out.”  Nobody can unseat Him from His throne.
  • Since all energy/POWER cannot be created or destroyed, it just is. God either keeps it for Himself OR He gives it away. 
    • First, we know God does not keep it all for himself because he transferred POWER/authority/energy to his Son.
      • And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18
    • Second, the Bible says He transferred some POWER/authority to His disciples. When He sent the 12 then the 72 out on a mission trip, He transferred some POWER.
      • These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.  You received without paying; give without pay.” Matthew 10:5–8
    • Third, then after His resurrection He promised to transfer some POWER.
      • And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with POWER from on high.”  Luke 24:49
      • But you will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Point 3 – All energy is either stored energy (potential) or energy of motion or speed (Kinetic).

  • God transfers his POWER to us when we receive the gift of life in Jesus Christ; Christ comes to live within us.
    • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
  • When you receive Jesus, you have life! When you have life, when you once were dead, you now have energy/POWER!  Whose POWER?  Jesus POWER.  There lies in each of us who have accepted the gift of life, eternal life – potential energy.  It is there, you have it, because you have him.  He lives in you!  You have “stored” in you the very POWER of God. 
  • Our problem comes because living in this world reminds us every day we are POWERless! Even our attempts to live for God and do God’s will leave us POWERless.  We just can’t do it!  Therefore, we think we do not have POWER because everything shows us we do not have POWER!


Point 4 – Only when you move/do/go, does the stored/potential energy in you, become energy in motion (Kinetic). 

  • You have to do something! You have got to move, talk, witness, and forgive.  It is only as you go and open your mouth, will He give the words to say.
  • That is why the Great Commission says.
    • 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matt 28:19–20
  • As you go! Why?  Because all authority/POWER/energy has been given unto Jesus and Jesus has given His life to you!  The potential energy can only become real when you go!
  • God’s POWER has always been tied to his glory!
He will not share His glory with anyone.  Therefore, when His POWER is used for his purposes, then He gets the glory.  God raised you up from the dead, to give Him glory!

Application – So now what do you do?

  1. Accept the life of Jesus in you!
  2. Pray to know (experience) his POWER.
Do something!  Go, Live the Life of Jesus!