The Christian and Self-Renewal The Church and Renewal (2)

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  • The Christian and Self-Renewal The Church and Renewal (2)And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. {Matthew 16:18}

  • To Worship GodAn important purpose for any church to come together is to worship God.The early church worshiped on the first day of each week.And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. {Acts 2:42}Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread {Acts 20:7}

  • What is the purpose of worship?The word means, to kiss toward someone; adore; to prostrate oneself before someone as an act of reverence, fear, or supplication. {Louw & Nida}God has always demanded worship from His subjects.The first murder was the result of improper worship.Genesis 4:1-8To Worship God

  • What is the purpose of worship?To magnify God.When we draw near to God, He draws near to us.Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. {James 4:8}Its one way we offer sacrifices to the Lord.Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. {Hebrews 13:15}To Worship God

  • What is the purpose of worship?God intends to be worshipped.Scripture also tells us HOW to worship.But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. {John 4:23,24}To Worship God

  • Pleasing worship must be with proper knowledge of WHY we are doing it.We MUST follow Gods pattern.Why? He is the ONE we are worshipping.But you profane it, in that you say, 'The table of the LORD is defiled; and its fruit, its food, is contemptible. You also say, 'Oh, what a weariness! And you sneer at it, says the LORD of hosts. And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick; thus you bring an offering! Should I accept this from your hand? says the LORD. {Malachi 1:12,13}To Worship God

  • Pleasing worship must be with proper knowledge of WHY we are doing it.We MUST follow Gods pattern.Why? He is the ONE we are worshipping.These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. {Matthew 15:8,9}To Worship God

  • Acts of worship requiring us to come together as His bodyLords Supper.1 Corinthians 11:23-29SingingColossians 3:16Giving1 Corinthians 16:1,2Praying1 Corinthians 14:15

    To Worship God

  • To Build up the SavedEdificationMeans, the promotion of spiritual growth. (Vines)In the NT metaphorically, edifying, edification, the act of one who promotes anothers growth in Christian wisdom, piety, holiness, happiness. (Thayer)Bottom linein this world, Christians need one another; the church is a big part of that.

  • EdificationGod intended for leaders to build up the body of saints.And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. {Ephesians 4:11,12}

    To Build up the Saved

  • EdificationIn order for the body to grow properly, every member must do its part.From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. {Ephesians 4:16}

    To Build up the Saved

  • EdificationConsider 1 Corinthians 14Coming togethermust be an edifying experience.How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. {1 Corinthians 14:26}

    To Build up the Saved

  • To EvangelizeThe early Christians understood that they MUST take the gospel to the lost.The NT contains numerous first-century examples.The Great Commission bears out this truth.Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. {Matthew 28:19,20}

  • Paul demonstrated the proper attitude and the importance of this part of the work.Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men {2 Corinthians 5:11}He devoted his life to saving as many as possible...To those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. {1 Corinthians 9:21,22}

    To Evangelize

  • Pauls actions resulted in the establishment of other churches.In turn, these churches promoted evangelism and continued to grow.The fact that God intends for the church to grow indicates the need to support evangelism.But if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. {1 Timothy 3:15}

    To Evangelize

  • The NT church showed its involvement in this part of the work.We find that the early church supported gospel preaching.There are examples that show the DIRECT way a church can be involved.Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. {Acts 13:2-3}

    To Evangelize

  • We find that the early church supported gospel preaching.There are examples that show the DIRECT way a church can be involved.I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you. And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself. {2 Corinthians 11:8,9}

    To Evangelize

  • Paul directed the young man Timothy in his work as an evangelist.Timothy was a proclaimer of the good news.Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching... But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. {2 Timothy 4:2,5}

    To Evangelize

  • Helping Needy SaintsBenevolence for the needy saints.God has authorized churches to care for needy saints.The religious world abuses and misunderstands this command.The church is not a benevolent organization meant to cure all the worlds social ills.

  • There are many Biblical examples of benevolence.Churches cared for their own.Acts 6:1-7Some sent temporary relief to other, devastated churches.Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. {Acts 11:28,29}

    Helping Needy Saints

  • There are many Biblical examples of benevolence.The churchs work is limited in this areaeven among its own members.But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever... If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are really widows. {1 Timothy 5:8,16}

    Helping Needy Saints

  • There are many Biblical examples of benevolence.Many churches today engage in all sorts of good works in the name of evangelism; this is not authorized!They draw crowds that are not seeking Christ; rather, theyre looking for physical amenities. Theyre there for the wrong reasons.This is NOT what God intended for the church.John 6:26,27; Romans 14:17

    Helping Needy Saints

  • There are many Biblical examples of benevolence.Lets be clearChristians do have individual duties in this area that are beyond the church.James 1:27; Galatians 6:10.As we grow in Christwe will seek to help others.Lets not change the CHURCHS purpose into something for which God never designed it!

    Helping Needy Saints

    Title Slide: The Christian and Self-Renewal (10)The Church and Renewal (2) Now we focus in another directionthe church and renewal. We last discussed what the church is and the danger of drifting from its peaceful shores. We looked at the measures we could install to keep from drifting and ensure thriving and spiritual growth. We examined the NEED for growth. First stepUNDERSTANDING our purpose. In this lesson, let us briefly discuss that PURPOSE.

    Then we can determine(1) If we are willing to fulfill that purpose. (2) What we need to do to make correction where its needed. (3) What can we do to ensure that we continually move forward and thriving. Perfect understanding is important for the church todayand to make it will be here tomorrow! There are FOUR PURPOSES for the church*An important purpose for any church to come together is to worship God. In the first century, the church worshiped on the first day of the week (Acts 2:41,42; 20:7). *What is the purpose of worship? The word means, to kiss toward someone; adore; to prostrate oneself before someone as an act of reverence, fear, or supplication. {Louw & Nida} God has ALWAYS demanded worship from His subjects. The first murder was the direct result of an improper act of worship (Gen. 4:1-8). *What is the purpose of worship? To magnify God. When we draw near to God, He draws near to us (Jam.4:8). Its one way we offer sacrifices to the Lord (Heb.13:15,16). When we worship God, we are giving Him something (our time and abilities) and expressing our appreciation for the things with which He has richly blessed us.*What is the purpose of worship? God intends to be worshipped (Jno.4:23,24). This passage also summarizes HOW we are to worship Himin SPIRIT (with a proper motive) and in TRUTH (according to His divine pattern).*Pleasing worship must be with proper knowledge of WHY we are doing it. We MUST follow Gods pattern. Why? He is the one we are worshipping (Malachi 1:12,13). Many OT examples show us times when worship was corrupted and not acceptable to God. In our text, they offered lame animalsa violation of the law. Amos 5:21-24God despised their offering, keeping His feast days, the noise of the songsWHY? Because their hearts were not in it, and they continually disobeyed His laws.*Pleasing worship must be with proper knowledge of WHY we are doing it. We MUST follow Gods pattern. Why? He is the one we are worshipping. (Matt.15:8,9) Even the NT examples show us times when worship was corrupted and not accepted by God. God has always been concerned about abuses and improper actions and attitudes. In Pauls first letter to the church at Corinth, he corrected abuses concerning the Lords Supper. (1 Cor.11:17-34) 1 Cor.14 addresses contentions in the worship servicesimproper use of the spiritual gifts.*Acts of worship requiring us to COME TOGETHER as His body (the church).Discuss the points and passages*To Build up the Saved. Edification.Means, the promotion of spiritual growth. (Vines)In the NT metaphorically, edifying, edification, the act of one who promotes anothers growth in Christian wisdom, piety, holiness, happiness. (Thayer)Bottom linein this world, Christians need one another; the church is a big part of that.

    *To Build up the Saved. Edification.God intended for leaders to BUILD UP the body of saints. (Eph.4:11,12)

    *To Build up the Saved. Edification.In order for the body to grow properly, every MEMBER must do its part. (Eph.4:16) Notice verse 16every member has a duty to help the others to grow. The churchs growth is DIRECTLY related to the growth of its MEMBERS Remember, the MEMBERS are the church!

    *To Build up the Saved. Edification.Consider 1 Cor.14Coming together MUST BE an edifying experience. (1 Cor.14:26) Pauls main message was that when we come together to worship God, its worthless if it isnt edifying! Look closely at verses 12, 26. We sing to admonish one another (Col.3:16).

    As saints are built up, they are better able to evangelize, to worship God properly, and to live godly lives. Day by day, their renewed minds can build up the church in every possible way. This keeps her pure and united, with a strong fellowshipIF THE MEMBERS UNDERSTAND THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN IN THE WORSHIP SERVICE!*To Evangelize. The early Christians understood that they MUST take the gospel to lost and dying sinners.The NT contains numerous first-century examples (previously examined). The Great Commission bears out this truthMatt.28:19,20; Mk.16:15*To Evangelize. Paul demonstrated the proper attitude and the importance of this part of the work. (2 Cor.5:11) He devoted his life to saving as many as possible (1 Cor. 9:19-23).*To Evangelize. Pauls actions resulted in the establishment of other churches. In turn, these churches promoted evangelism and continued to grow. The fact that God intends for the church to grow indicates the need to support evangelism. ( 1 Tim.3:15)*To Evangelize. The NT church showed its involvement in this part of the work.We find that the early church supported gospel preaching.There are examples that show the DIRECT way a church can be involved ( Acts 13:1-3). This was the primary way a congregation becomes involved in evangelism. Antioch sent Paul and Barnabas to preach.*To EvangelizeWe find that the early church supported gospel preaching.There are examples that show the DIRECT way a church can be involved (2 Cor.11:8,9). Paul robbed other churches, meaning other congregations supported him financially while he was in Corinth. At times, only the church in Philippi was helping him (Phil.4:15-17).*To Evangelize Paul directed the young man Timothy in his work as an evangelist.Timothy was a proclaimer of the good news (2 Tim.4:2,5). Eph.4:11 speaks of God giving some EVANGELISTS for the building up of the body of Christ. This indicates that evangelism is one way through which we build up the church.

    Furthermore, as members were built up and grew in the faith, they took the gospel to others. This was the primarily how the local churches grew and other congregations were started2 Tim.2:2.

    *Helping Needy SaintsBenevolence for the needy saints.God has authorized churches to care for needy saints.The religious world abuses and misunderstands this command.The church is not a benevolent organization to cure all the worlds social ills.

    *Helping Needy Saints There are many Biblical examples of benevolence.Churches cared for their own. (Acts 6:1-7)Some sent temporary relief to other, devastated churches. (Acts 11:27-30) In the bible, there are NINE examples. ALL were actually designed to relieve only NEEDY SAINTS. Why? So they could serve God with fewer physical distractions. Benevolence was NEVER used as a tool to introduce evangelism. Such reasoning comes from mennot God!

    *Helping Needy Saints There are many Biblical examples of benevolence.The churchs work is limited in this areaeven among it own members. (1 Tim.5:8-16) Discuss

    *Helping Needy Saints There are many Biblical examples of benevolence.Many churches today engage in all sorts of good works in the name of evangelism; this is not authorized!They drawing crowds that are not seeking Christ; rather, theyre looking for physical amenities. Theyre there for the wrong reasons.This is NOT what God intended for the church. (Jno.6:26,27; Rom.14:17)

    *Helping Needy Saints There are many Biblical examples of benevolence.Lets be clearChristians do have individual duties in this area that are beyond the church. James 1:27; Galatians 6:10.As we grow in Christwe will seek to help others.Lets not change the CHURCHS purpose into something for which God never designed it!

    Now we know the DIVNE FOUR purposes for the Lords church. Nothing morenothing less. At another time we can go deeper into this subjectnow is not that time. Understand the need for growth within the church and a brief understanding of our purposeswhat can we do to ensure that we are thriving in our service to God and one another? Lord willing, in our next lesson we will notice some things we can do

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