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Heart for the House
December 31, 2016

House of Prayer

by Dennis Rouse
Challenges for the Church: Church online replacing live participation Threat of terrorism Emerging generation of un-churched people Truth being exchanged for lies2 Timothy 4:3-4 NKJFor the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, butaccording to their own desires, because they have itching ears, theywill heap up for themselves teachers; and they will
Sermon Notes

Challenges for the Church:

  1. Church online replacing live participation
  2. Threat of terrorism
  3. Emerging generation of un-churched people
  4. Truth being exchanged for lies
    2 Timothy 4:3-4 NKJ
    For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but
    according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they
    will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears
    away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
    Matthew 21:12-16 NIV
    Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying
    and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers
    and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” he said to
    them, “’My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are
    making it ‘a den of robbers.’” The blind and the lame came to him at
    the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the
    teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children
    shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they
    were indignant. “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they
    asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ‘From the lips
    of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”

Four Things Release When a Church Becomes a “House of

  1. Presence of God
    “A lot of Christians are living analog lives with a high definition God!”
    Acts 2:1-2 NIV
    When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
    Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from
    heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
    Acts 2:3-4 NIV
    They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and
    came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy
    Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled
  2. Passion for God

Four Temperatures People Live in With God:

  1. Cold: God is irrelevant; church is irrelevant; all that matters is
    what’s happening in their world
  2. Lukewarm: neither cold nor hot
    Revelation 3:15-16 NKJ
    “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you
    were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither
    cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”
  3. Warm: involved with church – tithes, serves, worships, etc. but no
    real FIRE for God!
  1. Power of God
    Acts 2:41-43 NKJ
    Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day
    about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued
    steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of
    bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many
    wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
    Acts 4:31-33 NKJ
    And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled
    together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and
    they spoke the word of God with boldness. Now the multitude of
    those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did
    anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but
    they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles
    gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace
    was upon them all.
  2. Purposes of God
    Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG
    It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.
    Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his
    eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall
    purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
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