What Do We Lose
When We FAKE IT by JUST Playing Church?
Part 3 continued from August 11th
It was as He was teaching the disciples the observance of the Lord’s Supper that Jesus made this clearest of all the expression of who we have become in Christ. This is what He said in John 13:35
“By THIS shall ALL know that YOU are MY disciples…”
What was it that would be the acid test of discipleship? By knowledge? By zeal? By productivity? No, no the way others would universally see Christ was in His disciple’s LOVE!
We gather to encourage one another through the hard times of life. The longer you live and serve Christ's Church the more that we realize that some smiling faces are covering aching hearts and burdened souls. We gather to come alongside and make their load a bit easier.
Romans 15:4 for whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. NKJV
We gather to let others know our joys so they may rejoice with us. When we gather we should seek to find out and thrill over answered prayers. And as we glean those evidences of God’s power we find we are encouraged, and we encourage others to keep praying.
Psalm 50:15 Calls upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.” NKJV
Acts 4:18 so they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. NKJV
Acts 4:23 and being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. NKJV
Acts 4:31 and when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. NKJV
We gather to share our burdens with others so we may weep with them that weep—God calls us to a fellowship of tears, a sharing of sorrow and a compassion with suffering.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. NKJV
James 5:13-16 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. NKJV
We gather to enlighten others by the light of God’s Word. When we learn a truth from God's Word , and share it with another—that truth gets impressed on our mind and we desire to learn more.
1 John 1:7 but if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. NKJV
We gather to exhort the backslider to return to the Lord; your offer of fellowship may remind him of happier days and create a longing to return to the Savior and blessing.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. NKJV
Titus 1:13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, NKJV
Serving the same boss. FELLOW SLAVES Col. 1:7; 4:7=Our Shared Master. 4889-SUNDOULOS-Sharing Same Master (Not Service). TYCHICUS—The Man With A Message. That word “minister” seems to denote that he was acting as a sort of personal servant to the apostle, a kind of valet, a reliable person ready at hand to do any job, to run any errand for him. A servant of his master; and, at the same time, a “fellow-servant” of the Master—the two Greek words are different. In the New Testament original, there are no less than eight different words for the idea of service.
1. The ministering servant, diakonos.
2. The household servant, oiketes.
3. The subordinate servant, uperetes.
4. The confidential servant, therapon.
5. The public servant, leitourgos.
6. The temple servant, latreuo.
7. The responsible servant, oikonomos. And, most frequent of all,
8. The bond servant, doulos. It is the first and last of these words that are used here of Tychicus. He is not the slave of Paul, he is the diakonos, the ministering servant; but he is the sundoulos, the fellow-slave, with Paul “in the Lord”. The inspired New Testament is so exact in its use of words.
1. Rowed to Captains Beat=Submissive
2. Worked Together-Sensitive
3. Trusted Captain-Trusting
4. Committed For Life=Dedicated
5. Received No Honor=Humble
Revelation 4:10 – Worship the Lord thy God = command
Revelation 4:10 - Worship Him who bought us = our eternal pursuit
John 4:24 = object of God’s desire
Romans 12:1 = starts in a yielded mind!
We gather because we share the same rules of conduct. Philippians 3:20 = fellow citizens All have the same: language, dress, law, home, king, customs…. Philippians 3:20 – We have a shared code of conduct because we are fellow citizens – shared goal, love, dress
What does it mean? #4847 – Sumpolites(N) Ephesians 2:19 But fellow citizens with the saints; Politeuomai(V) Acts 23:1 I have lived in all good conscience; Philippians 1:27 Let your conversation be; Politeuma(N) Philippians 3:20 For our community(Lit) is in heaven; Polites = citizen of same town= Spiritual Communion; Christ’s Righteousness; Loving each other; Following God’s Word
Commuting to the same place. FELLOW CITIZENS Ephesians 1:29ðPhilippians 3:20=Our Shared Rules of Conduct: #4847-SUMPOLITES(N) Ephesians 2:19 But Fellow Citizens With The Saints; POLITEUOMAI(V) Acts 23:1 I Have Lived In All Good Conscience; Ph. 1:27 Let your Conversation Be; POLITEUMA(N) Ph. 3:20 For Our Community(Lit) Is In Heaven; POLITES=CITIZEN OF SAME TOWN
1. Christ is building the church – Matt. 16:18
2. We are the church/Christ’s body – 1 Corinthians 12:27
3. We belong to Him – Heb. 13:20-21
Now if you are Christ’s body with God’s power and enablement, what should you be doing? The New Testament describes that in word pictures.
We gather because we share the same labor union. As a church we are all in a shared labor union or we are working together for God. Fellow Workers Romans 16:3,9,21 = our shared labor union. I Corinthians 3:9 – We are in a shared labor union because we are fellow workers without (I Corinthians 3:9), lifting lowly work (Philippians 2:25), for truth (I Thessalonians 3:2) producing joy. Sunergos(adj.)
Working the same shift. FELLOW WORKERS Romans 16:3, 9, 21=What’s That? Our Shared Labor Union. SUNERGOS(ADJ): Romans 16:3, 9, 21 My---; I Corinthians 3:9 We Are---With God - Working With God; 2 Corinthians 1:24 Are--Of Your Joy-Produces Joy In Christ. 8:23 My Partner And---Concerning You; Philippians 2:25 My Brother And---Lifts Lowly Work to High Calling; 4:3 Other My---Reflects On Our Eternal Design; Col. 4:11 Focus On Kingdom Task; I Th. 3:2, Phile. 1,24; 3 Jn. 8 Laboring for Truth
Romans 16:3,9,21 My ----
Working with God 1 Corinthians 3:9 We are ---- with God
Produces joy in ---- 2 Corinthians 1:24 Are --- of your joy
Focusing on O/A 8:23 My partner and ---- concerning you
Lifting lowly work to high calling Philippians 2:25 My brother and ---
Reflecting on our eternal design 4:3 Other my ---
Focusing on kingdom task Col. 4:11
Laboring for truth 1 Thess. 3:2, Phil 1:24, 3 John 8
Also we have shared rules of conduct or in other words fellow citizens.
We gather because we share the same fellowship is the third facet of our lives together as a church. Let’s go over familiar ground and be reminded of the elements God emphasizes of that fellowship. Philippians 1:7 – We share a marvelous fellowship because we are fellow partners. Fellow Partners/Partakers in Philippians 1:7 – our shared fellowship; also Acts 3/6. Sugkoinoonos (N) Ephesians 5:11 Have no --- with the unfruitful works; Negative Sin Philippians 1:7 You were --- in defense and conf; Positive Grace; Rev. 18:4 Be not --- of her sin;
Eating at the same table. FELLOW PARTNERS/PARTAKERS Philippians 1:7=And That? Our Shared Fellowship. SUGKOINOONOS(N) Ephesians 5:11 Have No—W/The Unfruitful Works Neg. Sin; Philippians 1:7 You Were---In Defense & Conf.-Pos. Grace; Rev. 18:4 Be Not---Of Her Sin;
This sermon will be continued tomorrow August 13th.
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