Last Sunday, Pastor Carl preached at 6/7 of the services we had. So who did that 1/7? Why Kevin Singleton, teacher extraordinaire, of course! He gave a sort of continuation on his message the Power of Worship that he spoke a few weeks ago. Here are notes from the 5PM service last Sunday. You can find Pastor Carl’s notes from the rest of the day here.
SPEAKER: Kevin Singleton
TITLE: The Power of Unity
[Kevin references and recaps his message The Power of Worship. You can find notes for that here.]
The Power of Understanding:
-You can’t explain gravity but because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to live by it.
-Know the Word. You have to live by it so you should understand it.
The Power of Atmosphere:
-We have the power to carry heaven wherever we go.
Mark 5:35-42 NIV
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”
But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.
—Jesus only chose 3 of his 12 disciples to go into the house with him. They changed the atmosphere when they walked in and kicked the wailers and weepers out.
THE POWER OF UNITY
Everything in life has a pitch. Pitches in unity create power.
In 1665, Christiaan Huygens noticed 2 clocks’ pendulums were in sync no matter how many times he tried to disrupt it.
-Entrainment: the tendency for two oscillating bodies to lock into phase so they vibrate in harmony.
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the 40s:
When someone sings and it shatters glass, that’s because the pitch of her voice reached the pitch of the glass.
-The unity causes it to break.
Joshua 6:15-20 NIV
On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”
When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.
-The sound Israel made was the same pitch as the wall of Jericho.
-Before they had to keep completely silent. When we’re silent, we can’t complain, argue, or grumble.
James 3:9-11 NIV
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
-It’s easy to check cursing others but we often don’t check the fact that we curse ourselves.
-“My legs are broken.” No. They’re in the process of being healed.
For you to speak the right thing about yourself, you need to know what God says about you.
-Are you reading the Bible to check something off your list or just for works? Or are you reading it to see what God says about you?
Romans 8:14-17 NIV
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
-When the Spirit tells you something, you know that you know that you know that thing and no one can say anything that will make you believe otherwise.
-We are heirs, not because of what we’ve done, but because of what we are born into.
-It’s more important who you think you are than who others think you are.
-A co-heir is like a co-captain on a basketball team. You have the same power as the other captain on the team. You have the same authority as Christ.
-When you declare something over yourself, you need to be in agreement and unity with what God says about you.
2 Chronicles 20:21-23 NIV
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.”
As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
-They focused on God, not their enemy. That’s when miracles happen.
-They sang about his love for them not their love for him because our love is changeable. Don’t be focused on yourself and your works.
Hebrews 8:6 NIV
But in fact the ministry of Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.
-Anything that happened in the Old Testament, with Jesus you get it better.
-The Holy Spirit doesn’t come and leave anymore. He’s always with you all of the time.