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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sermon notes and text for 7-22-12

VITAL SYSTEMS - MINISTRY
     Text: 1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
     2 Moreover
it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
Ministry means;
What is ministry? 1)) to be a servant, attendant, domestic, to serve, wait upon
 Render ministering offices
 Wait at a table and offer food and drink to the guests,
 Those men and women preparing food
 Supply food and necessities of life
 To relieve one's necessities, to provide the things necessary to sustain life
 To take care of the poor and the sick
 To attend to anything, that may serve another's interests
 To serve one or by supplying any thing
Who is supposed to minister?
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
(Examples)
Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (Jesus in the wilderness).
Matthew 8:15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them. ( Peters mother in law).
Everyone in the body of Christ is a minister.
Ministry isn't just an office;
(James and John)
         Matthew 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
 21And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
 22But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
 23And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
 24And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
 25But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
 26But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister.
 27And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.
Jesus considered himself to be a servant;
 28Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
We minister to each other;
1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Jesus gives an example
     John 13:12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
 13Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
 14If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
 15For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Angels minister to us
Hebrews 1:14 Concerning the angels he said; Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
What should our attitude be?
     These women ministered after being delivered from evil spirits;
     Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
 2And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
 3And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
We minister because we want to.
2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Be yourself
1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
The Training Process
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
 13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
 14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
 15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
 16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

ermon text and notes for 7-15-12

VITAL SYSTEMS, FELLOWSHIP
          Text: 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
          The church is the body of Christ. In the human body there are nine systems. The repertory system, the skeletal system, the nerve system, the circulatory etc… In every Church there are should be five systems. These systems are; evangelism, disciple, worship, fellowship, and ministry.
          We are going to look at each one of these systems. Today we will look at fellowship.
Definition of Fellowship
           fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation
a) the share which one has in anything, participation
b)  fellowship, intimacy
1) the right hand as a sign and pledge of fellowship (in fulfilling the apostolic office)
c) a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, as exhibiting an embodiment and proof of fellowship
fellowship 12, communion 4, communication 1, distribution 1, contribution 1, to communicate 1
We have fellowship with God and one another.
1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
             Romans 14:7 For none of us lives to himself and no one dies to himself.
            We are part of one another.
Activities in Fellowship
            Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Benefits of fellowship
          We are known by the company we keep.
Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
            God wants us to have a victorious life. This doesn't just happen. The way we live will determine the quality of life we have.
            What will interfere with our fellowship? With God, with each other.
           2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness, and what communion hath light with darkness?
1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Why do Christians walk in darkness?
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
          1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.