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Title: The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God


1
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • The Lord described the relationship of Christians
    as being far more than just attendance
    at assemblies.

2
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • The Lord described the relationship of Christians
    as being far more than just attendance
    at assemblies.
  • When Paul became part of the church at Jerusalem
    he was with them coming in, and going out.
    (Acts 928)

3
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • Acts 928 (NKJV) - So he was with them at
    Jerusalem, coming in and going out.

4
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • The church at Jerusalem was known for their
    association in the homes. (Acts
    246-47)

5
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • Acts 246-47 (NKJV) - So continuing daily with
    one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from
    house to house, they ate their food with gladness
    and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and
    having favor with all the people. And the Lord
    added to the church daily those who were being
    saved.

6
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • How can we possibly come to know each other if we
    only associate at the times of our assemblies?

7
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • When you deal with people and their
    relationships, you are dealing with a
    sensitive area.

8
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • When you deal with people and their
    relationships, you are dealing with a
    sensitive area.
  • When you become a Christian, the Lord must be
    master of all, including your relationships!

9
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • When you deal with people and their
    relationships, you are dealing with a
    sensitive area.
  • When you become a Christian, the Lord must be
    master of all, including your relationships!
  • We need the help from the Lord to know how to
    best work with one another.

10
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • Why would Paul give attention in the letter he
    wrote to the Philippians to a disagreement
    between two women? (Phil 41-2)

11
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • Philippians 41-2 (NKJV)- Therefore, my beloved
    and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so
    stand fast in the Lord, beloved. 2 I implore
    Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same
    mind in the Lord.

12
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • I have found that one person with the wrong
    attitude or one problem left unresolved can, in
    time, affect an entire church. (Heb 1215)

13
The Local Church is a Powerful Tool of God
  • Hebrews 1215 (NKJV) - looking carefully lest
    anyone fall short of the grace of God lest any
    root of bitterness springing up cause trouble,
    and by this many become defiled

14
The Ideal versus the Real
  • The Lord wants us to be a close knit, loving
    group that is acutely aware of the needs of each
    other. (1 Cor 1222-26)

15
The Ideal versus the Real
  • 1 Corinthians 1222-26 (NKJV) - No, much rather,
    those members of the body which seem to be weaker
    are necessary. 23And those members of the body
    which we think to be less honorable, on these we
    bestow greater honor and our unpresentable parts
    have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable
    parts have no need. But God composed the body,
    having given greater honor to that part which
    lacks it,

16
The Ideal versus the Real
  • 25 that there should be no schism in the body,
    but that the members should have the same care
    for one another. 26 And if one member suffers,
    all the members suffer with it or if one member
    is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

17
The Ideal versus the Real
  • How can we accomplish this in our rushed society?

18
The Ideal versus the Real
  • How can we accomplish this in our rushed society?
  • The only way this can be done is for each of us
    to be crucified. (Gal 220)

19
The Ideal versus the Real
  • Galatians 220 (NKJV) - I have been crucified
    with Christ it is no longer I who live, but
    Christ lives in me and the life which I now live
    in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
    who loved me and gave Himself for me.

20
The Ideal versus the Real
  • When we identify ourselves and those who are
    Christians by the cross, then all other human
    distinctions and advantages becomes rubbish.

21
The Ideal versus the Real
  • You will not open your hearts to one who does not
    care about you.

22
The Ideal versus the Real
  • You will not open your hearts to one who does not
    care about you.
  • That was true in your becoming a Christian! Each
    of you met someone who had a genuine concern for
    your soul.

23
The Ideal versus the Real
  • You will not open your hearts to one who does not
    care about you.
  • That was true in your becoming a Christian! Each
    of you met someone who had a genuine concern for
    your soul.
  • In our growth as a Christian, this same love is
    essential to our growth and edification.

24
The Ideal versus the Real
  • Our Lord described that love, above all others,
    as the identifying mark of His people. (John
    1334-35)

25
The Ideal versus the Real
  • John 1334-35 (NKJV) - A new commandment I give
    to you, that you love one another as I have
    loved you, that you also love one another. 35By
    this all will know that you are My disciples, if
    you have love for one another.

26
The Ideal versus the Real
  • In practice, this love is hard to build and
    difficult to maintain.

27
The Ideal versus the Real
  • Paul had to admit the difference between the
    unselfish love of Timothy, and the attitudes of
    other preachers. (Phil 219-21)

28
The Ideal versus the Real
  • Philippians 219-21 (NKJV) - But I trust in the
    Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I
    also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20
    For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely
    care for your state. 21 For all seek their own,
    not the things which are of Christ Jesus.

29
The Ideal versus the Real
  • How would the Lord describe you? Are you
    selfishly satisfied or are you looking to serve
    others?

30
On the Outside Looking In
  • Humans have used the social arena as a source of
    power and punishment.

31
On the Outside Looking In
  • Humans have used the social arena as a source of
    power and punishment.
  • Excluding others from can provoke all kinds of
    reactions in them.

32
On the Outside Looking In
  • Humans have used the social arena as a source of
    power and punishment.
  • Excluding others from can provoke all kinds of
    reactions in them.
  • Paul knew that Satan wants to separate a
    Christian from others and then to fill him with
    anger, bitterness and even guilt. (2 Cor 26-11)

33
On the Outside Looking In
  • 2 Corinthians 26-11 (NKJV) - This punishment
    which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient
    for such a man, 7 so that, on the contrary, you
    ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest
    perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much
    sorrow. 8 Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your
    love to him.

34
On the Outside Looking In
  • 9 For to this end I also wrote, that I might put
    you to the test, whether you are obedient in all
    things. 10 Now whom you forgive anything, I also
    forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything,
    I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the
    presence of Christ, 11 lest Satan should take
    advantage of us for we are not ignorant of his
    devices.

35
On the Outside Looking In
  • The first time I visited a church in college was
    a memorial one.

36
On the Outside Looking In
  • The first time I visited a church in college was
    a memorial one.
  • Sometime people make it impossible for you to
    reach out to them.

37
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • The haves and the have-nots.

38
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • The haves and the have-nots.
  • The early church had several occasions where this
    became a problem.

39
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • The haves and the have-nots.
  • The early church had several occasions where this
    became a problem.
  • One of the problems with the Corinthians was in
    this area. (1 Cor 1120-22)

40
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • 1 Corinthians 1120-22 (NKJV) - Therefore when
    you come together in one place, it is not to eat
    the Lords Supper. 21 For in eating, each one
    takes his own supper ahead of others and one is
    hungry and another is drunk.

41
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink
    in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame
    those who have nothing? What shall I say to you?
    Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.

42
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • James described attitudes within the assembly.
    (James 21-8)

43
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • James 21-8 (NKJV) - My brethren, do not hold the
    faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of
    glory, with partiality. 2 For if there should
    come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in
    fine apparel, and there should also come in a
    poor man in filthy clothes,

44
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the
    fine clothes and say to him, You sit here in a
    good place, and say to the poor man, You stand
    there, or, Sit here at my footstool, 4 have
    you not shown partiality among yourselves, and
    become judges with evil thoughts?

45
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • 5 Listen, my beloved brethren Has God not chosen
    the poor of this world to be rich in faith and
    heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those
    who love Him?

46
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • I have seen churches where groups of couples go
    on trips to ski resorts, cruises and other
    expensive trips. It is not wrong to do this, nor
    should one stop this because others cannot afford
    it.

47
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • If you exclusively associate with the rich, then
    you do not have the heart of our Lord (Mt 115).
    (Ex Wal-Mart)

48
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • Matthew 115 (NKJV) - The blind see and the lame
    walk the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear
    the dead are raised up and the poor have the
    gospel preached to them.

49
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • The satisfied.

50
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • The satisfied.
  • Because we are happy might lead us to neglect
    others. (Ex. Visitor to services)

51
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • What would Jesus do? (Phil 23-4)

52
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • Philippians 23-4 (NKJV) - Let nothing be done
    through selfish ambition or conceit, but in
    lowliness of mind let each esteem others better
    than himself. 4Let each of you look out not only
    for his own interests, but also for the interests
    of others.

53
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • Attitudes from parents to Children.

54
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • We need to teach our children to include others
    that are difficult in our activities because
    that is exactly what our Lord wants us to do! (Mt
    546)

55
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • Matthew 546 (NKJV) - For if you love those who
    love you, what reward have you? Do not even the
    tax collectors do the same?

56
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • There are Parents who became bitter towards
    another couple or even towards a child, and in
    both spoken and in unspoken actions encouraged
    their children to snub and exclude other children.

57
Some Common Problems that Churches Face
  • There are Parents who became bitter towards
    another couple or even towards a child, and in
    both spoken and in unspoken actions encouraged
    their children to snub and exclude other
    children.
  • If this is not corrected, a church will stand in
    danger of losing an entire generation.

58
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • When problems arise in a local church in the
    relationships between Christians, it is crucial
    that the leadership address these issues with
    haste.

59
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • When problems arise in a local church in the
    relationships between Christians, it is crucial
    that the leadership address these issues with
    haste.
  • If ignored, they will only grow until the
    assemblies of the church become contrary to the
    encouragement it ought to be.

60
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • When problems arise in a local church in the
    relationships between Christians, it is crucial
    that the leadership address these issues with
    haste.
  • If ignored, they will only grow until the
    assemblies of the church become contrary to the
    encouragement it ought to be.
  • Have you ever been distracted in your worship
    because of these things?

61
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • The early church successfully faced challenges
    like this.

62
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • The early church successfully faced challenges
    like this.
  • The neglect of the Greek widows in the church at
    Jerusalem was quickly recognized and corrected
    (Acts 61-7).

63
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • Acts 61-4 (NKJV) - Now in those days, when the
    number of the disciples was multiplying, there
    arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the
    Hellenists, because their widows were neglected
    in the daily distribution. 2 Then the twelve
    summoned the multitude of the disciples and said,
    It is not desirable that we should leave the
    word of God and serve tables.

64
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you
    seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy
    Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this
    business 4 but we will give ourselves
    continually to prayer and to the ministry of the
    word.

65
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • The apostles were quick to point out occasions of
    neglect and preference.

66
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • Learn, like David, to look to God for
    deliverance. (Psa 3111-16 2 Tim 416-17)

67
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • Psalm 3111-16 (NKJV) - I am a reproach among all
    my enemies, But especially among my neighbors,
    And am repulsive to my acquaintances Those who
    see me outside flee from me. 12 I am forgotten
    like a dead man, out of mind I am like a broken
    vessel.

68
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • 13 For I hear the slander of many Fear is on
    every side While they take counsel together
    against me, They scheme to take away my life. 14
    But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord I say,
    You are my God. 15 My times are in Your hand
    Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from
    those who persecute me. 16 Make Your face shine
    upon Your servant Save me for Your mercies
    sake.

69
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • 2 Timothy 416-17 (NKJV) - At my first defense no
    one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not
    be charged against them. 17 But the Lord stood
    with me and strengthened me, so that the message
    might be preached fully through me, and that all
    the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out
    of the mouth of the lion.

70
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • Where do you see yourself?

71
Be quick to identify and resolve these kind of
problems.
  • Christians state glibly that they love the whole
    world, while they permit themselves animosities
    within their immediate world. World love is a
    philosophical credo. But loving the world at
    large can only be done by loving face to face the
    world that is not so distant.
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