The Test of a True Church
The Test of a True Church
Description:Sunday ServiceSelected ScripturesThere are FIVE ELEMENTS OF CHURCH DISCIPLINE that every Christian must clearly understand and faithfully apply in order to help preserve and protect the orthodoxy, the purity, and the unity of the body of Christ.1. THE PRINCIPLE (Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20)If someone is caught/trapped by sin, those who are spiritual (i.e., believers) are called to restorethem in a spirit of gentleness. It is only by the grace of God that you are not ensnared by that sin yourself.2. THE PROCESS (Matthew 18:15-17)STEP 1 - Show someone their sin in private one-on-one; the goal is to win your brother or sister back from their sin. If no response, find one or two others who are familiar with the person or situation to confront. This is to verify the sin or to provide accountability for the others who confront.STEP 2 - If the one who has been confronted still refuses to respond/repent, then the matter should be brought before the Pastors and Elders, who then make appeals.STEP 3 - If there is still no response, then the Pastors and Elders tell the entire church body about the situation in order that they may intervene as well. This is done as a last resoret of appeal.STEP 4 - If the one who is confronted still refuses to repent, then he/she is to be treated as an unbeliever - whether they actually are or not, based on their refusal to repent.3. THE PICTURE (1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; 1 Timothy 1:18-20; Titus 3:9-11)Four cases where church discipline is required:a) Sexual Immoralityb) Idlenessc) Heresyd) Divisiveness4. THE PURPOSE (Galatians 6:1; Matthew 18:15; 2 Corinthians 2:5-8; 1 Timothy 5:20; Matthew 18:18-20)Three reasons for church discipline or restoration:a) Restoration - Re-affirmation of love for a sinnerb) Purification - Renews a holy fear of sin and its consequences within the church bodyc) Glorification - It encourages the church body to live up to God's holy standard5. THE PATTERN (Revelation 3:19; Hebrews 12:5-13)Speak the truth in love. Church discipline is an act of love, so love your brothers and sisters enough to confront each other in love. This is a godly principle, for God disciplines those whom He loves.Thank God for leading you to a church where you will be lovingly confronted when you sin and even kicked out if you refuse to repent, but graciously restored the moment you do. Ask God to grant you the courage and love it takes to fulfill your responsibility to be involved in dealing with sin in the lives of fellow believers.
Women Who Honor the Word
Description:Sunday ServiceTitus 2:3-5In this passage, Paul listed ELEVEN QUALITIES that characterize the life of a godly woman who desires to bring honor to God and His Word:1. REVERENT2. NOT A MALICIOUS GOSSIP3. NOT ENSLAVED TO WINE4. TEACHER OF GOOD5. LOVING WIFE6. LOVING MOTHER7. SENSIBLE8. PURE9. WORKER AT HOME10. KIND11. SUBMISSIVEAsk God to produce and develop these qualities in your life or your wife's life snd/or daughter's life by the power of His Spirit and through the presence of His Son and that as you/they grow in these qualities He would provide you/them opportunities to share His Word with others.
Climbing Out of the Pain Free Zone
Description:Sunday Service2 Corinthians 6:1-10In this morning's message, we see that we are not meant to go through life without pain. Indeed, being a servant of Jesus Christ comes with sacrifice and suffering. As such, great faith is required for the Christian, for in the midst of suffering comes great joy.When you are taken out of your comfort zone, know that God is at work and that good things happen as He uses those circumstances to shape and mold you spiritually. In this morning's message, we learn from Paul's suffering that the Christian life involves work and that we are together servants of God and ambassadors of His message.Practical application to follow Christ:1. The Christian life is a life of SERVITUDE - of serving others (Romans 15)2. The Christian life is a life of SACRIFICE (Romans 12)3. The Christian life is a life of PERSONAL SELFLESSNESS (Philippians 2; 1 Peter 12)
Like Father, Like Son
Description:Sunday ServiceJohn 5:19-47In this lengthy discourse, the fact that Jesus in the Son of God is unmistakably asserted by His own self-testimony and undeniably confirmed by other corroborating witnesses. 1. The Unmistakable Assertion of Deity (vv. 19-30)NOTE: Jesus takes the witness stand to testify in His own defense and makes four claims that prove He is the Son of God. A. He shares God's work and will (vv. 19-20, 30)B. He shares God's power to save (vv. 21, 24-26)C. He shares God's authority to jusdge (vv. 22, 27-29) D. He shares God's honor (v. 23)2. The Undeniable Confirmation of Deity (vv. 31-47)NOTE: Jesus calls four other witnesses to the stand to testify on His behalf that He is the Son of God. A. The Forerunner (vv. 33-35)B. The Miraculous Works (v. 36)C. The Father Himself (vv. 37-38)D. The Scriptures (vv. 39-47)Thank God for softening your mind and removing the veil from your heart so you could see Jesus for who He claimed to be and receive eternal life by believing in Him (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:14-16; 4:3-6).