Building Courage

RCF, NY Sunday Service – 16-Aug-2020

                                   Building Courage

— Rev 21:6-8Cowards and unbelieving among those headed to the “Lake of Fire”

Coward – one who shows dishonorable fear in the face of danger

Fear is the opposite of Faith

— If we allow Fear to rule us then Fear is our lord

— The courageous die daily b/c they live sacrificial lives– they die to self daily

— Courage is built through sacrificial actions of those who remain focused on Christ who is THE VICTORY!

— Through each faithful action more of the Christ is revealed 

Matt 5:14-16 – “You are the Light of the world.” — The Christ we absorb by revelation is the “Light” we will reflect into the world.

— When we’re dead to self and to selfish ambitions we are truly Alive —  truly FREE

— Fear cannot rule them because DEAD PEOPLE can’t fear  — they’re DEAD!

— The NEW iteration of “CHURCH” will be comprised of DEAD PEOPLE ( dead to self, that is)

— The  Church that’s ”not built by hands” (Acts 17:24-25), will not be built on spiritual gifts, talents, activities,but on FAITHFULNESS

— The greatest increase in  Faith comes in hard times — when all natural resources are gone and we turn to God for His help.

— Ques for reflection: “Have I been steady and resolute as I live my life?

—  “Have I been / Will I be Faithful when difficulties come?

— Ministry direction for RCF from God:  “Invest your time in PEOPLE”. 

— Wisdom strategy: Buy Low / Sell High

— When you stand with people when they are down and not able to believe in themselves — when they recover you will have earned their trust

— There won’t be sufficient courage for the times ahead without and increased level of FAITH

Heb 11:1 (Passion)  – “FAITH is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot YET see.”

— God will always make an abundant supply of GRACE available to believe for those who will freely receive it.  (Eph 2:8)