TITLE: “THE CHURCH”

TEXT: EPH3:1-21 (Various)

TIME & PLACE: 16/03/08

SUBJ: CHURCH

THEME: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHURCH

P/S: E.C. CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CHURCH  

T/S: BY REALIZING SEVERAL DIFFERENT FOUNDATIONAL TRUTHS CONCERNING HER AS SET FORTH IN THE SCRIPTURES.   

INTRO: I think many today in Churches all over the world have forgotten the importance of the Local New Testament Bible Believing Church. Because of that those needing and looking for help will many times not receive it because those that have been entrusted with it don’t understand the Churches purpose. Listen I came half way across the world because I believe that every city, village, Province, Country and people should have a Local New Testament Church to go to. I can not even imagine not having a Church in my life. My Church is as important...no rather more important than my own family. I don’t have much of a family without my Church. Yet sometimes those that have one could really careless. I don’t believe that to be the case with those of us here but do want to reinforce to all of us in these days that The Church holds the keys to all that man needs. Jesus said He would build His Church and the gates of Hell would not prevail against it. Sometimes the gates of Hell don’t need to prevail against it because the people in it have prevented it already.....something to think about. I just want to look at several truths I believe we need to be reminded of concerning the Church. With that thought I want to preach on this subject tonight......”THE CHURCH” It’s the greatest institution known or rather should I say unknown to man. I would to goodness I had known about the Church when I was sinking deep in sin far from the peaceful shore! However someone came and brought me the glad news and since that day I have found my place at The CHURCH. Some truths I have found concerning the Church....

 

I.                  IT IS A SAVING PLACE Act 2:47

Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

A.     AS INDICATED BY THE CHURCHES MESSAGE

1Jn 1:5-7 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

B.     AS INDICATED BY THE CHURCHES MISSION

Mat 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

C.     AS INDICATED BY THE CHURCHES MINISTRIES

1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Note: Listen I just want to say tonight so that we understand this......The Church is the only place that is a Saving Place. If people are going to be saved it will be as a result of THE CHURCH!

 

II.               IT IS A STRENGTHENING PLACE Eph 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

A.     YOU SHOULD FIND THE PRESENCE OF GOD WHERE YOU GET YOUR FELLOWSHIP

1Jo 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1Jo 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

B.     YOU SHOULD FIND THE PARDON OF GOD WHERE YOU GET FORGIVENESS

1Jo 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

C.     YOU SHOULD FIND THE PROVISION OF GOD WHERE YOU GET YOUR FUTURE

Phi 4:18-19 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

D.    YOU SHOULD FIND THE POWER OF GOD WHERE YOU GET YOUR FREEDOM

2Ti 1:6-9 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Note: Listen I am not sure if all of us realize this...or maybe the young folks may think it is better outside once they leave the home. Let me say this having been in both places....this is the only place you can receive strength!

 

III.           IT IS A STABILIZING PLACE 1Pe 5:7-10

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”

A.     TO HELP KEEP YOUR MIND RIGHT

Rom 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

B.     TO HELP KEEP YOUR MORALS RIGHT

Phi 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

C.     TO HELP KEEP YOUR MARRIAGE RIGHT 

Eph 5:20-26 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Note: I am Stabalized at the Church because it gives me the right message. I am not carried about with every style and story going on in the world.

 

IV.            IT IS A SERVING PLACE Phil2:4-5

“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”

A.     TEACHES US TO BE SELFLESS TO OTHERS

Rom 1:14-15 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

Phi 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

B.     TEACHES US TO BE SENSITIVE TO OTHERS

Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Gal 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

C.     TEACHES US TO BE SERVANTS TO OTHERS

Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Note: As Christ demonstrated to us that He came to serve so He left us the Church as a place to Serve. Not only others, but Him and in serving Him we serve others. “when did we see thee naked and in prison”

 

V.               IT IS A SOUL WINNING PLACE Act 2:47 

Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

A.     KNOWN FOR THE WAY THAT IT PREACHES THE GOSPEL OF GOD

Rom 1:13-17 Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you, (but was let hitherto,) that I might have some fruit among you also, even as among other Gentiles. 1:14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

B.     KNOWN FOR THE WAY THAT IT PROCLAIMS THE GRACE OF GOD

1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

C.     KNOWN FOR THE WAY THAT IT PRACTICES THE GIVING OF GOD

1Jo 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

1Jo 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Note: Pro 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

 

VI.            IT IS A STEWARDSHIP PLACE

A.     WHERE HER MEMBERS GIVE THEIR TIME

Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

B.     WHERE HER MEMBERS GIVE THEIR TALENTS

Rom 12:5-8 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 12:7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

C.     WHERE HER MEMBERS GIVE THEIR TITHE

2Co 9:7-9 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 9:9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

 

Note: I would just like to say as we meet week in and week out at our place, may we who are the Church have a greater appreciation and awareness of who we really are and what that entails…...

 

 




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