The Test of Adversity!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Church Explained! Part II
While God does not tell us, in scripture, all that our inquisitive minds may want to know. He does tell us all we need to know! Some believe the scriptures cannot be understood by the average, on the street person. However, the scriptures were written to that very individual.
When we compare scripture with scripture and let it speak for itself it is both understandable and practically applicable to our lives even today. The difficulty of understanding scripture often come from varied human opinions that are foisted upon the reader or listener that forces a human interpretation of scripture that the scripture never said or intended to imply.
In order for us to be the believer that God wants us to be, we must understand what Christ says and expects from us. We will look at three additional pictures, of the church, that Christ has presented.
See you Sunday
at 8:13 AM
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The Church Explained
In addition to showing us what the church is supposed to do, Jesus also gives us a number of illustrations showing us the make-up of the church. What is the church ‘like’ regards to its consistence or make-up? In order for us to understand what Christ intended for this brand new organism called the Church to do, He must also show us who we really are. He does this through a number of illustrations.
Someone has said ‘you can talk all day, telling me what you want me to know and I may never get it, but if you give me an illustration, show me how and I will immediately understand what you are saying. That is exactly what Christ has done for us in at least five different pictures of what the church is like. The church is like: a body, a house, a bride, a flock, a branch, a family and a Priesthood.
Each one of these areas has a unique lesson for us!
at 8:35 AM
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Church Is God’s Idea!
God works in & through the individual believer. He also has raised-up various ministries outside of the church & has used them effectively. Obviously we would expect God to be effective, He is God! But it has always been God’s plan to establish His Church when Israel would refuse to accomplish His will. He has not rescinded His plan ‘The Church’.
It is through God’s plan ‘The Church’ that individual believers & His preordained mission is fully accomplished. That is also the reason why we need to be informed as to what God expects from the church.
We are in the middle of determining God’s expectations. The blood bought child of God is not in and of themselves the church. These individuals become members of the Body of Christ, which then becomes the church. It’s these blood bought individuals, meeting together & practicing specific characteristics that actually is God’s intended authentic church. We have mentioned their commitment to truth, fellowship, the practice of the ordinances & corporate prayer. We have eight additional expectations that God has of the church.
If you are a born again believer it is important that you be informed as to what God expects from us!
at 8:10 AM
Thursday, February 6, 2014
What’s the Church Supposed to Do?
Participation in the local church is not optional for the child of God. It is imperative and yields eternal benefits.
Last week we said that the church was Christ’s plan; it began at Pentecost & was both unique & different from God’s chosen people, Israel, of the Old Testament. We also mentioned that the church was both universal and local. It is made up of called-out individuals who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation; who have been baptized by the Holy Spirit and in so doing have been placed into the Body of Christ.
This Sunday we will be looking at what scripture says should be our participation within the local church. There is a place for everyone. Everyone who is born again is gifted, by the Spirit, and is necessary to the health, well being and effectiveness of the church.
See you this Sunday.
at 8:15 AM