In the book of Acts, the early church was on fire. What is even more incredible is they did what they did without buildings, budgets, or bands. Financially, they had no money. Politically, they had no influence and numerically they were just a tiny fraction of the world’s population. Yet, the church to this day has never seen such explosive growth and such tremendous power. What do we have to do different to be the church that is on fire in the 21st Century? Join us for this 7-week series as we uncover the vision God has for the church to be on fire in 2020. Here is the schedule…
JANUARY 26 – “IT ONLY TAKES A SPARK”
Even though the church is bigger than it has ever been, would you really say it is better — more vibrant, more alive, more on fire than it has ever been? It can be, and it only takes a spark.
FEBRUARY 2 – “THE FIRE BURNS BRIGHT”
Over the years there have been many fires in our country. Some of them happened so long ago that there is no evidence that a fire was even there. Not so with the church. The fires that started 2000 years ago still burn bright. What does a church look like when a fire burns brightly? There are four simple signs.
FEBRUARY 9 – “FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE”
Today the church faces a lot of opposition. But it has always been this way. Not only has the church been on fire for centuries but it’s been UNDER fire as well. How do you keep the fire burning? You fight fire with fire. You learn how to stand when you’re under fire.
FEBRUARY 16 – “FUELING THE FIRE”
Accelerants can be added as well. In the early church, a man named Barnabas was used to fuel the fire. As an encourager, he know how to build a fire under people. Today, we can learn from this early church leader how we can add fuel to the flames.
FEBRUARY 23 – “MAN ON FIRE”
We’ve all seen it. An athlete is suddenly “on fire” and can’t miss a bucket, can’t be stopped, can’t be beaten and changes the outcome of a game. The early church had its own superstar, and man was he on fire! He even started out on the wrong team. But as we will learn, when we are on fire for God, life change happens and we discover a new purpose burning in our hearts.
MARCH 1 – “FIRE AND WATER”
Interestingly enough when you study the Book of Acts every time someone was set on fire for the first time by the Holy Spirit, guess what they did? They jumped in the water. Specifically, they jumped into the water of baptism, but there is one difference. Normally, water extinguishes fire, but in this case baptismal water enhances fire.
MARCH 8 – “FIRE EXTINGUISHERS”
It is hard to understand why churches fight, why churches die, why people don’t go to church, why people who used to go to church quit going to church and why a lot of people who keep going to church don’t enjoy it. Nothing will kill the heart, the spirit, the mission, the passion, or the effectiveness of the church greater than fire extinguishers. There are four things a church absolutely can’t do or the fire will go out.