September 01, 2019 AM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1919
#3 in series
The Church is God's Plan
Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; 10:31
Everything in our world seems to be broken, falling apart, and unraveling, and many churches seem like ships without a rudder. We must not forget that our God is unshakable. His promises are true and trustworthy. His power to reach into our lives and our churches is limitless. In a day when there is constant change in every area of life, He remains the same yesterday, today, and forever – UNSHAKABLE. In the last message we looked at the truth of the resurrection and why it is essential to our faith. Apart from the resurrection of Christ, we are without hope!
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.
“Man has always tried to confine God to a building or a place. His idea has been that if God can be conned to a location, then man will be on his own elsewhere and will have no limit to his greed and lust. . . . The church is composed of God's redeemed people, in whose hearts Jesus Christ reigns and rules.” – Jimmy Draper
I. DON’T CONFUSE THE BODY OF CHRIST WITH DEAD RELIGION
"I would believe in their salvation if they looked a little more like people who have been saved.” – Friedrich Nietzche
“If the church goes wrong on Christ it goes wrong on everything.” – John Stott
“The church is nothing but Christ displayed.” – William Gurnall
“What the world needs is neither a Christless churchanity nor a churchless Christianity, but Christ the Head living afresh in His body, the church.” – Vance Havner
II. WHY DO WE NEED THE CHURCH?
“The church of Jesus Christ is not a building where people come together for a religious service, but it's a gathering of people who come together in order to worship God and to build each other by mutual faith and strength.” – Donald Grey Barnhouse
“We are neither made nor redeemed for self-sufficient aloneness.” – J. I. Packer
“The virtuous soul that is alone...is like the burning coal that is alone. It will grow colder rather than hotter.” – St. John of the Cross
What does it mean to glorify God?
If that's why we are here – God's unshakable purpose for our lives and His church – we need to know what it means and act accordingly.
1) Glory refers to __.
2) Glory refers to that which __.
3) Glory is __.
“Man cannot serve both self and God. The corruption of human nature produces a self-will which turns man against God and glories human ability rather than God's grace. Pride and selfishness are the characteristics of human nature which demands its own way in all things. The first step toward serving God as He would have us serve Him, therefore, requires that we constantly and consciously put down the demands of self and surrender our desires to the Lord.” – Richard Bube
III. DETERMINE TO LET GOD DEFINE THE CHURCH
If you try to define the church apart from Scripture, you'll nd a way to create a church in your own image. There are no:
- Perfect churches
- Perfect pastors
“And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.” – Isaiah 62:5
“For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.” – 2 Corinthians 11:1
“Encouragement needs a face; it needs a body. For Paul, a Christian without his church is as unthinkable as a human being with no relatives. A person may quarrel with his kin, but he cannot leave them – they are his own flesh and blood. So it is with the church.” – Tim Stafford