The Danger of an Unstirred Heart

July 3, 2024

The Danger of an Unstirred Heart

Listen to last week’s sermon The Danger of an Unstirred Heart.


In a world driven by spontaneity and instant gratification, maintaining consistent spiritual discipline can be a challenge. Last week’s sermon at New Beginning Church in Rockland addressed this very issue, emphasizing the need for believers to stir their hearts and remain committed to their spiritual practices. This sermon summary explores the sermon’s key messages, providing insights and actionable steps for individuals to deepen their faith and impact their surroundings.

The Danger of an Unstirred Heart

The sermon began by highlighting the danger of having an unstirred heart. Drawing from various biblical examples, it was noted that spiritual apathy can lead to a decline in joy, prayer, and evangelism. Pastor Eric urged the congregation to recognize these moments and actively work towards stirring their hearts.

5 Areas we need to stir up:

Stir Up Your Prayer Life

Isaiah 64:7

And there is no one who calls on Your name, Who stirs himself up to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us, And have consumed us because of our iniquities

The sermon emphasized the importance of awakening oneself to prayer, especially in times of spiritual apathy. Just as David stirred himself to praise God in the Psalms, believers must make a conscious effort to pray, even when they don’t feel like it. Set a consistent time and place for daily prayer. Avoid letting days go by without praying, as this opens the door for spiritual decline. Commit to praying regularly to see God’s work in your life and to resist the enemy.

Stir Up Your Passion for the Word

Matthew 4:4 

Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Just as physical food is essential for our bodies, spiritual nourishment from the Word of God is crucial for our faith. Neglecting the Word can lead to spiritual weakness. 

Develop a consistent practice of reading and meditating on the Bible. Approach the Word with the same necessity as physical food to gain spiritual strength and vitality.

Stir Up the Gift of God

2 Timothy 1:6

Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

Spiritual gifts are given by grace, but it is the believer’s responsibility to keep them active and vibrant. Timothy was reminded to fan his gift into flame and maintain spiritual fervor.

Identify and actively use your spiritual gifts. Engage in ministries and services that allow you to develop and sharpen these gifts for God’s glory.

Stir Up Courage to Proclaim the Gospel

Romans 1:16 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.

The sermon called for a revival of evangelistic zeal. Believers must be ready to share the gospel at all times, regardless of circumstances. Embrace opportunities to share your faith with others. Be bold and unashamed in proclaiming the gospel, recognizing its power to save.

Stir Up Others

Hebrews 10:24-25

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Community and mutual encouragement are vital. Believers should actively seek to inspire and support each other in love and good deeds. Use words of encouragement, prayer, and support to build up fellow believers. Participate in church activities and small groups to foster a strong, united community.

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