SEVEN REALITIES OF EXPERIENCING GOD

Seven Realities Of Experiencing GodExperiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God

Experiencing God-Knowing and Doing the Will of God

Presenters: Nick Rhoads & John Brown

SEVEN REALITIES OF EXPERIENCING GOD

  1. God is always at work around you.
  2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.
  3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
  4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes and His ways.
  5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
  6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
  7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him, and He accomplishes His work through you.
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Minor Prophets – Message of Obadiah

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Minor Prophets – Message of Obadiah

History

  • Obadiah is condemning the actions of Edom

Who is Edom?

The descendents of Esau

Map of Psalm 83 & Obadiah

10 Because of the violence against your brother Jacob,
you will be covered with shame;
you will be destroyed forever.
11 On the day you stood aloof
while strangers carried off his wealth
and foreigners entered his gates
and cast lots for Jerusalem,
you were like one of them.
12 You should not gloat over your brother
in the day of his misfortune,
nor rejoice over the people of Judah
in the day of their destruction,

nor boast so much
in the day of their trouble.
13 You should not march through the gates of my people
in the day of their disaster,
nor gloat over them in their calamity
in the day of their disaster,
nor seize their wealth
in the day of their disaster.
14 You should not wait at the crossroads
to cut down their fugitives,
nor hand over their survivors
in the day of their trouble.

 

Here is the main point of anger for God

Their Pride

 “See, I will make you small among the nations;
you will be utterly despised.
The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rocks[
a]
and make your home on the heights,
you who say to yourself,
‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’
Though you soar like the eagle
and make your nest among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,”
declares the Lord.

 

MOST FIGHTS AND QUARRELS ARE ROOTED IN PRIDE

               

Proverbs 16:18

                Pride goes before destruction

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I THINK PRIDE IS THE ROOT OF NEARLY ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS

Realize this

  • You are valuable
  • Because of being a child of God

Why are we so consumed with being elevated above other people?

Why do we gloat over someone else’s demise?

Here is the thing:

  • Pride promotes self-sufficiency
  • Rather than God sufficiency

Genesis 12:3

I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”

Psalm 122:6-9

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your prosperity

               

Isaiah 60:12

For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish;
it will be utterly ruined.

Pride likes to bring people down to our level

Romans 8:3-8

                        3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,

  5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Philippians 2:3-5

                Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Obadiah Verse 18

Jacob will be a fire
and Joseph a flame;
Esau will be stubble,
and they will set him on fire and destroy him.
There will be no survivors
from Esau.”
The Lord has spoken.

Pride will:

  • Damage every relationship you are in
  • End up making you look bad
  • Will ultimately lead to your fall

 

 

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Minor Prophets – Message of Amos

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Minor Prophets – Amos

  • Hosea – Called to marry a prostitute who represented God loving an unfaithful Israel
  • Joel – Future day of the Lord and the restoration to Israel through their repentance

 

Amos

  • Prophesied (767 – 753BC)
  • Grew up in the town of Tekoa – 10 miles south of Jerusalem
  • Amos was a shepherd and he grew sycamore figs
Map of Israel & Judah Map of Assyria about 890BC

First 2 Chapters

Oracles of calamities coming upon Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Judah and Israel

Amos 2:6-7

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Israel,
even for four, I will not relent.
They sell the innocent for silver,
and the needy for a pair of sandals.
They trample on the heads of the poor
as on the dust of the ground
and deny justice to the oppressed.”

God gives Amos two Pictures:

  • Plumb Line
  • Basket of ripe fruit

First in Amos 7:7-8:

This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?”

                “A plumb line,” I replied.

Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.

Then next in Amos 8:1-2:

This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. “What do you see, Amos?” he asked.

                “A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered.

Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.”

Finally:

  • The last five verses talk about God’s restoration plans

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE WORD OF GOD DOES NOT HAVE THE EFFECT YOU WANT?

Know this:

  • Not everyone will listen
  • Some will get angry at you
  • Always right to share the Word of God

Let’s look at what is making God so upset with the people of Israel

  • God’s anger at injustice

Amos 4:1

Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria,
you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy
and say to your husbands, “Bring us some drinks!”

Amos 5:10-12

 10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court
and detest the one who tells the truth.

11 You levy a straw tax on the poor
and impose a tax on their grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,
you will not live in them;
though you have planted lush vineyards,
you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know how many are your offenses
and how great your sins.

Amos 8:4-6

Hear this, you who trample the needy
and do away with the poor of the land,

saying,

  “When will the New Moon be over
that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended
that we may market wheat?”—

skimping on the measure,
boosting the price
and cheating with dishonest scales,
buying the poor with silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

 

God plans on holding people accountable for their ill treatment of others

 

A constant message throughout the Bible is to help those in need

1 John 3:17

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”

Let’s look at what is making God so upset with the people of Israel:

  • God’s anger at injustice
  • God’s disdain for hypocritical lives

Amos 5:21-24

21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,

I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!

God originally created us to…

  • Love
  • Serve
  • Look after each other
  • Look out for one another’s needs
  • Lift up one another
  • Help each other

 

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Minor Prophets – Message of Joel

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Minor Prophets – Joel

 

To The Mountain Top Locusts

Joel 2:11

The day of the Lord is great;
it is dreadful.
Who can endure it?

There is nothing anyone can do to stop this future army, with the exception of One thing:

  • Repent
  • Fast
  • Turn your hearts to God

Joel 2:12-16

12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

13 “Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.

14 Who knows? He may turn and relent
and leave behind a blessing—
grain offerings and drink offerings
for the Lord your God.

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
declare a holy fast,
call a sacred assembly.
16 Gather the people,
consecrate the assembly”

                Why does God allow us to face hard times?

Joel 2:19 

The Lord replied to them:

 “I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil,
enough to satisfy you fully;
never again will I make you
an object of scorn to the nations.

Here is the truth:

God loves blessing His children!

Joel 2:28-32

28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.

29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved

Some of the most familiar apocalyptic phrases are found in Joel:

  • Pour out His Spirit on all people
  • Miracles will once again flow
  • Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

Joel 3:1-2

 “In those days and at that time,
when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather all nations
and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

There I will put them on trial
for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered my people among the nations
and divided up my land.

Joel 3:17-18

17 “Then you will know that I, the Lord your God,
dwell in Zion, my holy hill.
Jerusalem will be holy;
never again will foreigners invade her.

18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine,
and the hills will flow with milk;
all the ravines of Judah will run with water.
A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house
and will water the valley of acacias”

 

Genuine repentance has to do with a heart change

Genuine repentance:

  • The Bible commands it
  • Our wickedness demands it
  • Justice requires it
  • Jesus preached it
  • God expects it

 

Three parts to genuine repentance:

  • Conviction
  • Broken heartedness
  • Recognizing the need to change

               

“God is near the broken hearted”

  • Psalms 34:18

 

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Message of Hosea

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Minor Prophets – Hosea

Hosea 1:1

“The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel”

Map of IsraelHosea 1:2

“When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim”

They have three kids:

  • Kid 1 – Jezreel – Soon punish the house of Jehu
  • Kid 2 – Lo-Ruhamal – No compassion
  • Kid 3 – Lo-Ammi – Not my people

Hosea 3:1-3

“The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

”So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”

God’s call to Hosea parallels one of the biggest themes of the Bible:

  • God created man
  • Man rebelled against God
  • God paid the price for mankind

Seven mini sermons:

  • Listing of sins
  • The pronouncement of judgment
  • The call to repentance
  • The promise of restoration

 

THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR GETTING OUTSIDE OF GOD’S PLAN

Galatians 5:22

”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

               

Hosea 6:6

“For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

This is God’s desire with us:

  • Relationship is more important than obedience
  • God is not looking for programmed robots

THIS IS CHRISTIANITY:

  • To learn to lovingly walk in relationship with God
  • To choose Him over any other option available

Hosea 11:1-4

 “When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
But the more they were called,
the more they went away from me.
They sacrificed to the Baals
and they burned incense to images.
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the arms;

 but they did not realize
it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
a little child to the cheek,
and I bent down to feed them.”

Hosea 11:8-9

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within me;
all my compassion is aroused.

 9 I will not carry out my fierce anger,
nor will I devastate Ephraim again.
For I am God, and not a man—
the Holy One among you.
I will not come against their cities.

 

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Big God!

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‘Bigness’ of God

Isaiah 55:8-9

8“For my thoughts are not
your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher
than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

What We see vs. What God sees

  • We see the problem
  • God sees the path to maturity

Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 16:9

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Jeremiah 1:18

Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you

GOD HAS A PLAN AND THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO STOP IT

Isaiah 14:27

For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Isaiah 41:13

For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

 

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Role of the Church-Serving

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Church Purpose: Serving

We have already looked at these purposes of the Church:

  • Discipleship
  • Fellowship
  • Outreach
  • Worship

Today we want to look at serving.

Acts 4:32-37

”All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them

For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.”

 

God gives the church a reason to live – FOR OTHERS

 

The purpose of the church we are focusing on today – SERVING

               

Matthew 20:28

 ”Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Today I am actually not trying to get us to act differently.

 

I AM TRYING TO GET US TO THINK DIFFERENTLY

  1. Service with our gifts

Romans 12:3-8

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

 

Each member belongs to all the others

 

Physical maturity and Spiritual maturity are two separate issues

 

WE ARE TO USE THE GIFTS GOD HAS GIVEN US TO BUILD UP OTHERS

2 Timothy 1:6-7

”For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

  1. Service with our lives

“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had”

Sharing is not a spiritual gift – It is what we are all called to do

 

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True Worship

True WorshipTrue Worship

Psalms 100

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.
Genesis 4:3-4
Hebrews 11:4
Matthews 6:2-3
Matthew 23:26
Isaiah 6:1-5
John 4:21-24

Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Psalm 100
1 Corinthians 3:9
For we are laborours together with God

 

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Praise & Worship

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Praise & Worship

Praise & Worship

Praise and Worship is not just singing a song. It is a lifestyle and daily activity.

Scott Goebbel shared the meaning of Prayer and Worship.

How can we draw closer to God and what specific steps can we take?

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Purpose of the Church-Outreach

Purpose of the Church-Outreach

Purpose of the Church-Outreach

Purpose of the Church-Outreach

We have looked at the purpose of the church:

  • Community
  • Discipleship

What changed in Peter?

He grew Deeper

What happens when we go deeper?

  • We grow wider
  • We bear more fruit

Acts 4:1-4

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people.They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.

Acts 4:5-12

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 

If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is…

     “‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

This is what the Sanhedrin is telling the leaders of the church:

  • You Can Meet together
  • Don’t spread the message to others
  • Keep it just among yourselves

 

It is impossible to go deeper and not go wider

ALL PETER AND JOHN HAD TO DO WAS AGREE

Here is the truth:

 

THE CHURCH IS AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE

 

The more the world persecutes the church the more it grows

 

THE ONLY THING THAT CAN STOP THE CHURCH IS COMPLACENCY

 

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Role of the Church – Discipleship

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Role of the Church – Discipleship

Isaiah 40:4-5

Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Acts 3:11-16

While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus.

You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

What the world thinks transforms lives:

  • Science
  • Education
  • Counseling
  • Money

What does the Bible say transforms lives?

  • Power of God
  • Truth

               

John 8:34 

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

That is the situation people are in:

  • They are slaves to sin
  • Jesus offers freedom
  • Without Jesus people are ruled by sinful desires

John 8:31-32

 “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

What does the Bible say transforms lives?

  • Power of God
  • Truth
  • Love

What Peter does with the beggar:

  • Stops
  • Focuses on him
  • Prays for him

 

A LOVING CHURCH IS VERY POWERFUL

 

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Church Community

Church Community

Church Community

Church Community

In Ecclesiastes 1:9 the Preacher said,

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

But there were two new creations after the resurrection:

  • One is a believer that has the Holy Spirit dwelling within them
  • Second is a church that is not based upon nationality

How many people were in the upper room during Pentecost? About 120

Acts 2:42-44

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.

The church was created to be in community

Acts 2:42-47

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.

45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”

So “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

WHAT WAS THE SITUATION THAT CREATED AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE THE LORD WAS ABLE TO ADD TO THEIR NUMBER DAILY?

First, in community people…:

  • Spend time with each other
  • Share with each other
  • Learn and grow together

And next in Ephesians 4:11-13 we learn that:

“Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”

So Paul’s perspective on the church:

  • You have each been given gifts and abilities
  • Use it to build up the church
  • Until we all reach a unity of the faith

 

 

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