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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First Easter Preacher

First Easter Preacher

First Easter Preacher

First Easter Preacher

Amazingness of God:

  • God has a perfect plan
  • In his perfect plan he uses imperfect people
  • Imperfect people do not have the ability to mess up his perfect plan

John 20:1-2

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

John 20:3-10

“ So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there,

as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.”

John 20:11-18

Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

                        13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

                “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

                        15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

                Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

                        16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

                She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

                        17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

                        18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

So here is the first Easter sermon ever preached:

  • I have seen the Lord!

Let’s briefly look at Mary Magdalene:

  • From the town of Magdala
  • Women were considered less than men
  • They were generally Uneducated
  • Paul wouldn’t let women teach men

Luke 8:1-3

“After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.”

 

What do her words mean?

  • Death has found a superior

 

Before Jesus, death was the ultimate power  over humans

1 Corinthians 15:54-56

 “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

“ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law

               

Colossians 2:15

“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

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Palm Sunday – Stand For Jesus

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday-Stand for Jesus

 

 

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