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6/4/2006 ~ Someday we'll be the church We Need to Be


... beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, ...
~ Ephesians 4:1-16


We need to function the way the Lord wills.
~ It is not patterned after institutions of man.

God gave gifts to the church, sometimes us being the gift:
Singers, preachers, teachers that go out into the world.
It comes down to close-nit workings;
~ a local congregation working together.


... bondservants of Jesus Christ, ... ~ Philippians 1:1-2
└─> Thank God they existed.          

≈ To become full grown in Christ.

1. Each full grown in Christ.


... till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of
the Son of God, ... ~ Ephesians 4:13


And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation
to all who obey Him, ... ~ Hebrews 5:9


Perfect = Complete

... no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every
wind of doctrine, ... ~ Ephesians 4:14


To be full grown in Christ is to abandon the doctrines of man.
~ We are all part of one another.

┌─> Qualifications of a Christian.

... temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; ...
~ 1st Timothy 3:1-13


How many of us are grown-up Christians?

2. United.

Do we have unity or grid lock?
Do we accomplish for Christ or ourselves?
We need to use the talents found in our local congregations.


... built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, ... ~ Ephesians 2:20-22

● Prophets
● Apostles
 ┐
 ├─
 ┘
  Have come and established our foundation.
... one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, ...
~ 1st Timothy 2:5-6


We have the unmovable works of Christ.

... And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets,
some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, ... ~ Ephesians 4:11


Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, ... ~ Hebrews 13:17

... take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, ...
~ Acts 20:28


... not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; ...
~ 1st Peter 5:2


Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke,
exhort, with longsuffering and teaching. ~ 2nd Timothy 4:2


... how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, ...
~ Acts 20:20


In an ever-changing natural kingdom, reality adjustments are the norm.
Our universe flows forward as it naturally grows in maturity.

As with the infancy state of anything, initial conditions eventually cease.
Babies wean from mothers milk and for Godís children,
growth is expected.

Manna from Heaven, food for the Israelites, in the desert ceased.


And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, ... ~ Exodus 16:35

... Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; ... ~ John 6:29-35

We should not expect those initial conditions, giving rise to the church,
to be still ongoing or necessary as God calls for us to be whole in love.


... whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge,
it will vanish away. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 13:8-13


Mature
Love (Adult)

Living Stones
GIFTS
TONGUES
PROPHETS
 ┐
 ├─
 ┘
 Apostles, Prophets, and CHRIST       
(Child)                  

Parents teach their children by talking about the word of God.

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. ~ 1st Peter 4:10


The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender.
~ Proverbs 22:7


Teaching is not just on Saturday or Sunday.

... but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
~ Ephesians 6:4


Learning and teaching is key to church.
Are you close to God everyday?
Are you at peace with yourself?
We are asked to know one another.


               What part of your body would you give up? <─┐
But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. ...
~ 1st Corinthians 12:20-26


Every part is important

● Pray together         
● Sing together         
● Commune together


The church is our family of One.



 

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