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COMMIT, SUBMIT and BENEFIT #2


            Text:  Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Example of biblical order
           Matthew 8:5-10 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
Commit
            2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
            1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
            1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
            2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
SUBMIT
          1 Corinthians 16:15-16 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
            16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.
           
Family order
            Ephesians 5:21-24 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
            Dad is the head, but he is subject to Christ. Everyone has a boss.
           
Church order
            Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
The highest order is God
            James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Civic government
            1 Peter 2:13- 14 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme.
                        14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
Social order
            1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
            Thessalonians 5:12-13 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
           
Benefit
What are the benefits of belonging to a church?
1. You have someone watching for your soul. This is part of my job.
            Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
2. You have other Christians helping you in your walk with Jesus. You are not alone. We really care for each other.
3. You have fellowship with other Christians. Social activity. They like the same things as you do.
4. You have other people to pray for you.
             James 5:13-16 Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.
                  14 Is any sick among you? 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 shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
                  16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Other benefits
6. You have someone to marry and bury you.
7. You have a base for ministry. A people that will support you in your callings.
8. You have a place to belong. You feel at home in your home church.
What do I Owe my Church?
            1. Your attendance. Your attendance encourages others and the leadership.
            2. Your recommendation. You should be inviting others to your church regularly.
            3. Your commendation. You need to commend ( say how much you like your church) your church.
            4. Your money. All churches have expenses, mortgages, utilities, upkeep on the property etc…
            5. Your prayers. Prayer is powerful. Prayer can move mountains.
            6. Labor. There is a lot of up keep as well as janitorial work to be done around the church.
            7. Loyalty to other members. They are your brothers and sisters. We NEED your prayers, encouragement and help. We NEED you.
           

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