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Recently, Ty Gibson, a pretty awesome guy I follow on Twitter (@tyfgibson or check out Digma) tweeted a sermon. Besides me thinking that tweeting a sermon is brilliant, his message was profound, transformational, a paradigm shift. So I asked him for permission to share it here so your mind can also be blown.

Sermon by Ty Gibson

I’ma preach a Twitter sermon this morning y’all. Opening prayer: Lord, wake us up to YOUR agenda. In the name of Jesus, Amen!

Scripture reading: Jesus said, “the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness ABOUT ME.”

And Paul tells us precisely what the Spirit’s mission is: “GOD’S LOVE has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.”

Praying for the Spirit in “latter rain” power while fostering a dysfunctional spiritual environment is an exercise in “pagan” futility.

We have a fundamental content problem—not a power problem, a program problem, or a logistics problem. The WHAT must precede the HOW.

Will it ever occur to us that maybe God isn’t sending the Spirit upon us because we simply aren’t saying to the world what He wants said?

God won’t add supernatural power to the church until the gospel of His healing love defines our message & pervades our fellowship. Ouch!

We need to align ourselves with God’s agenda of non-condemning love (John 3:16-17) if we want God to take our voice viral.

So let’s pray for humility & repentance for making the church a place of controversy, argument, politics, personal agendas, and division.

Let’s pray God liberates us from our deeply embedded theological pride, legalistic coldness, lack of love, and missional narrowness.

And then, when it is evident that our message is Christ and Christ and Christ in all His unparalleled beauty…

…and when, in the light of His love for us, it is evident that we love one another more than our opinions, positions, & power plays…

…then, and only then, will the Holy Spirit descend upon us with latter rain power & the whole world will be lightened with God’s glory.

Closing Prayer: God, forgive us for expecting You to empower our agenda. May we humbly align ourselves with Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen!