Sermoni: Una chiesa in fiamme
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A Church On Fire
2 Chronicles 7:1-3
Scripture Text: Matthew 3:11
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: b
ut he that cometh after
me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy
to bear: he shall baptize
you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:”
“Many of us love an open fireplace. The flickering
light, the crackle of fire,
the smell of burning wood, the heat on a cold night
. God has always had His
fireplaces. The burning bush, the brazen altar of t
he tabernacle, Mount
Carmel, and His Pentecost people. The only fireplac
es He has today in all
the world are the hearts of His people….We are to
be filled with the Holy
Spirit. The fire of the Holy Spirit is to burn in t
he fireplaces of our own
“There is nothing more pathetic than a drowsy and l
ethargic church. When a
church loses its fervor for Christ, it ceases to be
an organism and becomes
merely an organization. Lacking the spiritual stren
gth to operate as a true
church for God, …(it) will rely more and more upo
n mechanics and
“Our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb. 12:29), and He
desires to have, and
will have a church that is “on fire” with His Divin
e Presence and Power.
Fire consumes — burns out the sinful and unnecessa
ry “stuff” in our lives.
Fire purifies — makes us clean and holy before God
Fire prepares (as in food) — makes us tasteful and
pleasant to each other.
Fire cheers — when we are caught in the cold grip
of despair and
discouragement, He cheers us on to victory.
Fire softens — the Holy Spirit softens the heart o
f the sinner and he repents.
Fire unites — ( as in uniting different kinds of m
etals) the Holy Spirit brings
unity to the people of God.
Fire empowers — “Ye shall receive power after that
the Holy Ghost is come
upon you.” (Acts 1:8).
I. A Church On Fire Will Fast And Pray.
A. It will see the need and the value of earnestly
seeking God with the whole
1 Cor. 7:5 …. that ye may give yourselves to fast
ing and prayer;
1. Reward is promised.
Matthew 6:17-18 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint
thine head, and wash
thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast
, but unto thy Father
which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in
secret, shall reward thee
a. Moses received the Ten Commandments (Ex. 34:28).
b. Elijah received direction from the Lord (1 Kgs.
c. Hezekiah received healing for his body.
B. When we are on fire for God, we will respond to
the needs of our day
with prayer and fasting.
II. A Church On Fire Will Be Uncomfortable In The W
1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things
that are in the world. If
any man love the world, the love of the Father is n
ot in him.
B. The fire of God burning in the heart will burn a
way our desire for the
things of this world.
2 Tim. 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself w
ith the affairs of this
life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to
be a soldier.
III. A Church On Fire Will Care For Souls.
A. Jesus wept over Jerusalem because He cared for t
1. Psa. 142:4 …no man cared for my soul.
B. The early church was on fire and …..
Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every
where, the Lord
working with them, and confirming the word with sig
IV. A Church On Fire Accomplishes Great Things For
A. The power of God is manifested in many ways to H
1. People Getting Saved
2. People Getting Right
a. With God
b. With Each Other
3. Prayers Answered