Securing Our Foundations Part 2

November 27th, 2013

Beyond Salvation/The Church    November 24, 2013

God saves us, but not just for ourselves, but for others.  We are saved for good works prepared in advance for us by God

Ephesians 4:8 says "For it is by grace you have been saved... through faith...not by works...created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

So, we're moving from a self focused ministry to an others focused ministry.

We are called to make disciples - to lead people to the Lord and teach them His ways.  The church (body of Christ - Christ followers), helps us do this , by us, first becoming disciples.

1 John 2: 12 - 14 talks about the children who's sins have been forgiven on the account of his name, the fathers, who have known Him from the beginning and the young men who are strong and the word of God lives in them and have overcome the evil one. 

New believers are like  children knowing the basics who through practice of God's become strong like young men and through the years come to a the maturity in Christ like Fathers who have known the Father (God).

We validate callings of the church.  Leaders in the church lay hands on those who are called to a certain ministry, to send them out to do those works of ministry.

There is a difference between going to church and being the church.  Attending is one thing, but doing the works of God's ministry is being the church. 

The church is not a building.  The building is where we gather, the body of Christ (the people who follow Christ, people who are a disciple of Christ)  is the church.

We have to continue to give the church back to Jesus, so He's in control.

John Wimber once said, God will do to you what He wants to do through you. 

So, when we get to the place where we're young people - the stage when God is doing things to us, learn to overcome our sinful ways of living, thinking, emotions that used to control you.  So, as we get older or more mature, pray mothers and fathers to help others overcome that which we've overcome.

He always gives us stuff to give away.

A review of last week:  Destiny.  It's not too late to fulfill your destiny.  Think back to the parable of the Vineyard.  Everyone received a reward regardless of when they started working that day in the Vineyard.

Also think about who does the work of the ministry.  In Ephesians 4, it says that all of the saints do the work of the ministry.

The Mindset of the spirit is life and peace. 

1 Corinthians 3:12-15 --> If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

Those who are of the Flesh cannot please God.

Put your talent at risk to be used by God.

 Acts 13: 1-3  Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.Teachers fasted and prayed and then sent laid hands on two people to be sent out to perform works of ministry.

There is a call to build the body of Christ in faith. 
Hebrews 10:25  -->   not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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Fulfilling Your Destiny

November 27th, 2013

Fulfilling Your Destiny by Pastor Jay Meyer     November 17, 2013

We have a role or destiny that God wants us to fulfill, but have some sort of wall or blockade that's preventing us from doing it.  We may think we're too old and it's too late.  Looking at the parable of the Vineyard in Matthew 20 verse 1, each worker starts at a different time and gets the same reward at the end of the day. 

If you are young and hear the call for you life, and do what God has for you, you can fulfill your destiny.  But if you are older or nearing the end of your years and you hear God's call, you can still fulfill your destiny.

We're given tools or gifts to help us in this journey. When we want more, and we keep using those gifts and are faithful with them, he gives us more.

A lot of people in the church think that the work of the ministry is for people like the pastor.   According to Ephesians 4, God gives gifts to the church, (The church is the body of Christ or people who follow Christ) in that who are the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip all of the saints (the body of Christ) to do the work of the ministry.


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The Foundations - Salvation

November 14th, 2013

The Foundation of our Salvation.

What I think we see in America is that the church is at a low point in influence in our culture right now.   I think the main cause of the situation is a complete lack of understanding of what our Salvation means in the church.  One thing that evangelicalism has done has brought a lot of people in to God's Kingdom and eternal life.  These people have been told now that you've said this prayer you're not going to hell when you die, you're going to heaven and at some point Jesus is coming back and he's going to take all of His people in something called the rapture, so all we have to do is basically hang on until he gets us out of here.  That is a very defensive mentality and a lack of understanding of what Salvation is all about.

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