Real Church Part 16 “Barriers”
Real Church – Part 16
A barrier is an ______________ that prevents ______________ or ________________.
A barrier can be both ______________ and __________________.
In Acts we’ve seen the church overcome barriers of ________________ and _________________.
Some of today’s barriers include:
What are the barriers preventing movement or access in my Christian life?
Paul encountered ______________, ______________, and ________________ barriers to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In pushing through those barriers, Paul ____________ a great ____________ AND ______________ a great ________________.
The Riot in Ephesus
23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 24 A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there. 25 He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. 26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. 27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”
What do barriers that we face “look like”?
- Barriers are often ______________.
Barriers like _____________ harm or _______________ loss are very real.
Will we trust that in breaking the barrier God can _____________ us from breaking?
- Barriers are often __________________.
Imaginary barriers are not ____________ but they are still very _________________.
Barriers can be particularly strong if we’ve ____________ _____ with them.
Even an imaginary barrier can have a ___________ impact.
- Barriers are often __________ – _______________.
This is often a barrier relating to _______________.
The Rich and the Kingdom of God
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’[a]”
20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.