How Can a Church Connect Upward With Their God?
Last Sunday the sermon title was, “Exactly What is Vision?”
This message began by reflecting on 1 Samuel 3:1-10. In this passage of scripture
“The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.” (verse 3)
This passage of scripture teaches us a valuable lesson. Not everyone has a clear vision from the Lord.
This is what we know about a real “visions” from the Lord.
- God Makes Himself Know Through Visions
- Visions Direct God’s People
- Visions Clarify Mysteries
- Visions are Revealed by the Holy Spirit
As we think about this definition of vision here is another question, ”What is the vision of Poplar Springs Baptist Church?”
Throughout this year, our church leaders and pastoral staff have been praying and working hard to help clarify the vision of our fellowship. The result produced this Vision Statement:
To grow disciples of Jesus Christ who:
How do we Connect Upward with the Almighty God who created us? For prayer to be helpful in our lives, it must first be built on a solid foundation. The most solid foundation we have for developing our ability to connect with God is found in the teachings of Jesus.
When Jesus taught his disciples to pray he gave them some basic principles in what is referred to as The Lord’s Prayer:
When you read the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6, you will find six basic principles for our prayer lives.
- The Prayer Principle of Praising and Worshiping God
- The Prayer Principle of Requesting for God’s Kingdom on Earth
- The Prayer Principle of Trusting in God’s Provisions
- The Prayer Principle of Believing in God’s Forgiveness
- The Prayer Principle of Seeking God’s Protection
- The Prayer Principle of Depending on God’s Power and Glory
For a congregation to do well, it must Connect Upward and focus on the first of these six principles of prayer.
The praising and acknowledgment of who God is, must be done before any other requests are made.
It is all about Connecting Upward with God. This action must be first.
Many people will go to worship today and never connect upward with God. They will go through the rituals of worship without ever encountering the Lord.
In fact, there are many members of churches who do not know what it means to connect upward with God.
On one occasion Jesus’ disciples approached him to ask how to pray (Matthew 6:9-10).
Jesus teaches us how to pray (connect) with God. Jesus responded by saying:
“This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
4 Basic Practices to Connect Upward With God
In teaching his disciples how to pray Jesus showed that pray must first be started by four personal actions.
- Relate to God – Our Father
- Acknowledge God – who art in heaven…..
- Worship God – Hallowed be thy name
- Surrender to God – “…thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven…”
The Vision of PSBC is to first Connect Upward with the God of Creation, our Master, and our Lord and Savior. To Connect Upward with God we must:
Relate to Him
Surrender to Him
Sermon Series for Poplar Springs Baptist Church during the month of November, 2017.
November 12 – The Vision of Poplar Spring Baptist – Connect Upward – Matthew 6:9-10