Four Ways People See Church

Oct 25, 2020

Four Ways People See Church

Preacher: Pierre Eade

Series: Above It All

Category: Sunday Services

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4 Views People See Church
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,

INDIGNANT

Stewardship: Greek word “oikonomia” translated as stewardship, but more literally means, “management of household affairs

“For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.” (Galatians 1:13)
“They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” (Galatians 1:23)

Two Reasons People Feel Indignant About the Church:
1. They do not like the message

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

2. They have experienced hurt, offense or pain directly or indirectly from someone who represents Jesus Christ.

“Agree with your adversary quickly”. (Matthew 5:25a)

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:1-2)

“And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27)

INDIFFERENT

- They can get along in life fine - no need for Church
- Their life is busy and full enough - no time for Church
- They are finding meaning and spirituality in other places - no purpose in Church
- They are believers in Jesus who worship on their terms – no participation in Church

"the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Galatians 1:26-27)


- Old Testament > Intertestamental period > New Testament

INSPIRED
“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” (Colossians 1:28-29)

- Mature: The word Paul uses to describe maturity is the Greek word “téleios”. This word means the end goal. The concept is that everyone has a “téleios” in life, it is what we see as our purpose in life or what will bring us fulfillment, joy or happiness. It is the end goal. “It is well-illustrated with the old pirate's telescope, unfolding (extending out) one stage at a time to function at full-strength (capacity effectiveness).]”[1]


- Energy (ἐνέργεια)[2] “working, action, productive work, activity; in the NT, confined to superhuman activity.”



[1] Strong’s Concordance, #5046, Bible Hub https://biblehub.com/greek/5046.htm, accessed October 21, 2020.
[2] Strong’s Concordance, #1754, https://biblehub.com/greek/1754.htm, accessed October 21, 2020.

INVESTED

1For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. (Colossians 2:1-5)

What God Wants for the Church
- Encouraged
- Knit together in love
- Reach all the riches of the full assurance of understanding and knowledge of God’s mystery

TEXT “SERVE” to 215-999-4993 and we will find a way to get you plugged in to serve!


[1] Strong’s Concordance, #5046, Bible Hub https://biblehub.com/greek/5046.htm, accessed October 21, 2020.
[1] Strong’s Concordance, #1754, https://biblehub.com/greek/1754.htm, accessed October 21, 2020.

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