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  • 1. A Place to Belong Section 17 (pages 130-137)Saturday 2 October 2010

2. A Place to Belong Section 17 (pages 130-137)Saturday 2 October 2010 3. Saint Antony 251, gaveYou were called toaway all his vastbelong, not just anpossessions, beggedbelieve. to teach himaged hermitthe spiritual life.To serveEven in Eden (perfect,God more perfectly, wassinless) God said itAntony entered thenot good for man to bedesert and immuredalone.himself in a ruin,The Bible doesdoor sobuilding up the notspeak about solitarythat none couldChristians or hermitsenter...then the devilsattacked him Saturday 2 October 2010 4. Saint Antony 251, gaveYou were called toaway all his vastbelong, not just anpossessions, beggedbelieve. to teach himaged hermitthe spiritual life.To serveEven in Eden (perfect,God more perfectly, wassinless) God said itAntony entered thenot good for man to bedesert and immuredalone.himself in a ruin,The Bible doesdoor sobuilding up the notspeak about solitarythat none couldChristians or hermitsenter...then the devilsattacked him Saturday 2 October 2010 5. Saint Antony 251, gaveaway all his vastpossessions, begged anaged hermit to teach himthe spiritual life.To serveGod more perfectly,Antony entered thedesert and immuredhimself in a ruin,building up the door sothat none couldenter...then the devilsattacked him Saturday 2 October 2010 6. The Bible says we are, puttogether, joined together, builttogether, members together,heirs together, tted together,and held together and will becaught up together.You are not on your onanymore.Your relationship with God ispersonal - God does notintend it to be private.Saturday 2 October 2010 7. ...so we, though many, are one body in Christ, What does and individually members one of another. Romans 12:5church Being a member of the church originally meant being a vital organ of a living body, an indispensable, membership interconnected part of the Body of Christ.mean to you? Nowadays we have reduced the idea of membership to something far less in value or importance.Saturday 2 October 2010 8. ...so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:5 Being a member of the church originally meant being a vital organ of a living body, an indispensable, interconnected part of the Body of Christ. Nowadays we have reduced the idea of membership to something far less in value or importance.Saturday 2 October 2010 9. In this way we are like the various parts of a humanbody. Each part gets its meaning from the body as awhole, not the other way around. The body we're talkingabout is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us ndsour meaning and function as a part of his body. But as achopped-off nger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount tomuch, would we?Rom 12:4-5 (TM)Saturday 2 October 2010 10. If an organ is severed from thebody it shrivels and dies - for aChristian to function properlythey must be attached to alocal church.So just as we are members ofChrist, we need to becomemembers of the body ofbelievers of Christ and that isby membership in a localchurch.Saturday 2 October 2010 11. One of the rst signs of spiritual decline isusually inconsistent attendance at worshipservices and other gatherings of believers.Whenever we become careless about fellowship,everything else begins to slide, too. Saturday 2 October 2010 12. Saturday 2 October 2010 13. What does Matt 16:18 tell usabout the church? Saturday 2 October 2010 14. What does Matt 16:18 tell usabout the church?Church is on Gods agenda - it isindestructible and eternal. Saturday 2 October 2010 15. What does Matt 16:18 tell usabout the church?Church is on Gods agenda - it isindestructible and eternal.Husbands, love your wives, as Christloved the church and gave himself up forher, that he might sanctify her, havingcleansed her by the washing of water withthe word, so that he might present thechurch to himself in splendor, withoutspot or wrinkle or any such thing, that shemight be holy and without blemish.Saturday 2 October 2010 16. Saturday 2 October 2010 17. I feel a divine jealousy for you, since Ibetrothed you to one husband, topresent you as a pure virgin to Christ. Saturday 2 October 2010 18. I feel a divine jealousy for you, since Ibetrothed you to one husband, topresent you as a pure virgin to Christ.2 Cor 11:2 Saturday 2 October 2010 19. I feel a divine jealousy for you, since Ibetrothed you to one husband, topresent you as a pure virgin to Christ.2 Cor 11:2When we dismiss or complainabout the church it is likesaying to Jesus, I love you but Idislike your wife Saturday 2 October 2010 20. I feel a divine jealousy for you, since Ibetrothed you to one husband, topresent you as a pure virgin to Christ.2 Cor 11:2When we dismiss or complainabout the church it is likesaying to Jesus, I love you but Idislike your wifeTreat everyone you meet with dignity.Love your spiritual family. RevereGod. Respect the government. Saturday 2 October 2010 21. I feel a divine jealousy for you, since Ibetrothed you to one husband, topresent you as a pure virgin to Christ.2 Cor 11:2When we dismiss or complainabout the church it is likesaying to Jesus, I love you but Idislike your wifeTreat everyone you meet with dignity.Love your spiritual family. RevereGod. Respect the government.1 Pet 2:17 Saturday 2 October 2010 22. Your Local FellowshipAlmost every time the word church is used inthe Bible it refers to a local, visible congregation.The New Testament assumes membership in alocal congregation.The only time believers are not part of a localfellowship is when they are being disciplined.Only in regular contact with ordinary, imperfectbelievers can we learn real fellowship andexperience the New Testament truth of beingconnected and dependant on each other. Saturday 2 October 2010 23. Why You Need a Church FamilyWhy should I be part of a local church? Why cant I be a believer in myown home? Is it ok to join an onlinecommunity and have that as my church?Saturday 2 October 2010 24. A church identies you as a genuine believerJohn 13:34-3534 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Loveeach other. Just as I have loved you, you should love eachother. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the worldthat you are my disciples.You are not the Body of Christ on your own -you are when you come together with people(often who are varied) - togetherness shows weare a body.Saturday 2 October 2010 25. A church family moves you out ofself centred isolationChurch is the laboratory for learning how to be Gods family in practice - trying out unselsh love.Only in regular contact with ordinary, imperfect believers can we learn real fellowship and experience the New Testament truth of being connected and dependent on each other.Saturday 2 October 2010 26. 1 Cor 12:2626If one member suffers, all suffer together; if onemember is honored, all rejoice together. 1 John 3:16By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us,and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.Saturday 2 October 2010 27. A church family helps you develop spiritual muscle Saturday 2 October 2010 28. A church family helps you develop spiritual muscle Participation in the full life of a local church ishow you develop spiritual muscle.Eph 4:16 Over fty times in the New Testament thephrase one another or each other isused. Saturday 2 October 2010 29. We are commanded to love each other, pray,encourage, admonish each other, greet eachother, serve each other, teach each other, accepteach other, honor each other, hear each othersburdens, forgive each other, submit to eachother, be devoted to each other, and many othermutual tasks.This is biblical membership, and theseare your family responsibilities.Being holy means being holy around otherpeople - untested holiness often leads us intodeceiving ourselves.Saturday 2 October 2010 30. The Body of Christ needs you God has a unique role for you to play in Hisfamily. This is called your ministry and Godhas gifted you for this assignment.1Cor. 12:7 says, A spiritual gift is given to each of usas a means of helping the entire church.A Local fellowship helps you to identify and usethese gifts - anything else is in addition tothis role. Saturday 2 October 2010 31. You will share in Christs Mission inthe WorldThe Church is Godsinstrument on earth. Asmembers of Christ body,we are His hands, Hisfeet, His eyes, and Hisheart. He works throughus in the world and weeach have a contributionto make.Saturday 2 October 2010 32. Paul tells us in Eph. 2:10,He creates each of us by ChristJesus to join Him in the work Hedoes, the good work He has gottenready for us to do, work we hadbetter be doing. Saturday 2 October 2010 33. A Church Family will help keep you from Backsliding We are all open to temptation. God gives us toone another to help keep us on trackHeb 3:13 We are responsible to help one another throughtimes of temptationJames 5:14 Saturday 2 October 2010 34. Also a local church provides spiritual protectionWhat do you think isfrom godly leadership.What do you think is the role of goodthe role of goodleadership in a local church?See Acts 20:28-29, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Heb 13:7, 17leadership in a localObey your leaders and submit to them, for they arekeeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to church?give an account. Let them do this with joy and not withgroaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Saturday 2 October 2010 35. Also a local church provides spiritual protectionfrom godly leadership.What do you think is the role of goodleadership in a local church?See Acts 20:28-29, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Heb 13:7, 17Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they arekeeping watch over your souls, as those who will have togive an account. Let them do this with joy and not withgroaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Saturday 2 October 2010 36. Its all in the Church God