LIFE – Jean Symons – 18 August 2019

LIFE – Jean Symons – 18 August 2019

For some people church means a building and for certain people church is being in a small group. Jean kicked off today’s series by outlining the true meaning of church.

We should view church in the correct perspective and with Biblical expectations. Church can be categorised as local and global. Local church is where there is contact with other people and global church is a movement of churches worldwide determined by statistics.

Read Acts chapter two.

Unfortunately a consumer mentality has crept into the church of today. Many people leave the church because they have observed imperfect and disgraceful actions by some members. They are disappointed and use this as reason to depart from the fellowship of believers. They are hurt in their expectations, which are not focussed on God and His divine plan for believers on earth…the church.

We need to understand that no church is perfect, as it is made up of imperfect humans such as ourselves. Our earthly spiritual home is not heaven and the same powers are at work in the church as in every other sphere of our cities, i.e. businesses, schools and communities. We should not allow the enemy to use this to distance us from the most important part of our Christian walk.

We need to develop a passion for church and understand the importance of being part of the fellowship of believers.

Church was the first love of Jesus.

Ephesians 5:25-27 – Husbands, love your wives [seek the highest good for her and surround her with a caring, unselfish love], just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her26 so that He might sanctify the church, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word [of God], 27 so that [in turn] He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy [set apart for God] and blameless. (Emphasis added)

We must be careful not to become cynical and start criticizing the bride of Christ!

Church should become our custom and lifestyle and we should live within a close relationship with the church in spite of imperfections and fallibility. This is the area of our spiritual walk where we will learn to forgive, learn to operate in the fruits of the Spirit, grow and mature and understand the true meaning of love and compassion.

God’s plan with the church is to bring light to the earth.

The plan of God is to use the church to be the light to our world and shine the truth of Jesus into darkness and deception. The people in the church are the channels through which God can reach the broken and needy in society and lead them to Christ. The church also brings healing to the pain in our city. The church of Jesus Christ brings restoration to its members who are injured and hurting emotionally.

Matthew 16:18 – And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades (death) will not overpower it [by preventing the resurrection of the Christ].

Ecclesia means the gathering together of the Saints. The collective congregation of a church is an example of an ecclesia.

God’s plan for growth and relationship.

Community and impartation are key words that describe the church of Jesus Christ here on earth.

1 Corinthians 12:27.13 – Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body, and individually [you are] members of it [each with his own special purpose and function].  For by one [Holy] Spirit we were all baptized into one body, [spiritually transformed—united together] whether Jews or Greeks (Gentiles), slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one [Holy] Spirit [since the same Holy Spirit fills each life].

We need to take a safety pin and hook it into someone to enable relationship and walking together. The safety pins means nothing when lying on a table. (Elsabe Huishamen). Danie Huishamen shared his testimony, together with his wife, Elsabe, elucidating the importance of church attendance and involvement.

John Maxwell reiterated ‘it is lonely at the top…because you went there on your own’ (freely translated).

We need to reach out to others and as a child of God cannot live or exist solely, expecting growth in our relationship with God and others. We need each other. We have individual purposes and a unique relationship with God, but form part of the complete plan of God called the church. There is a specific place and purpose for each believer in the church (or gathering of believers). Regular attendance will allow you to be used at specific times to empower others when needed…we need to be available at all times and ready for God to use us.

Where is our place? Do we recognize it? Discipleship transpires through impartation and communion.

Today’s message was a challenge to make a sober decision and allow church life to become the norm or our lives. If we regard it as a social gathering at irregular intervals God will use someone else to reach out to others and we will forfeit remarkable blessings which will empower and grow us to become spiritual giants in God’s Kingdom.

Quotes:

Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man. – Dwight L. Moody

 

The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God.– C.S. Lewis

 

Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there a church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults.”- John Calvin

 

 

 

 

LIFE – Jean Symons – 18 August 2019

For some people church means a building and for certain people church is being in a small group. Jean kicked off today’s series by outlining the true meaning of church.

We should view church in the correct perspective and with Biblical expectations. Church can be categorised as local and global. Local church is where there is contact with other people and global church is a movement of churches worldwide determined by statistics.

Read Acts chapter two.

Unfortunately a consumer mentality has crept into the church of today. Many people leave the church because they have observed imperfect and disgraceful actions by some members. They are disappointed and use this as reason to depart from the fellowship of believers. They are hurt in their expectations, which are not focussed on God and His divine plan for believers on earth…the church.

We need to understand that no church is perfect, as it is made up of imperfect humans such as ourselves. Our earthly spiritual home is not heaven and the same powers are at work in the church as in every other sphere of our cities, i.e. businesses, schools and communities. We should not allow the enemy to use this to distance us from the most important part of our Christian walk.

We need to develop a passion for church and understand the importance of being part of the fellowship of believers.

Church was the first love of Jesus.

Ephesians 5:25-27 – Husbands, love your wives [seek the highest good for her and surround her with a caring, unselfish love], just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her26 so that He might sanctify the church, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word [of God], 27 so that [in turn] He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy [set apart for God] and blameless. (Emphasis added)

We must be careful not to become cynical and start criticizing the bride of Christ!

Church should become our custom and lifestyle and we should live within a close relationship with the church in spite of imperfections and fallibility. This is the area of our spiritual walk where we will learn to forgive, learn to operate in the fruits of the Spirit, grow and mature and understand the true meaning of love and compassion.

God’s plan with the church is to bring light to the earth.

The plan of God is to use the church to be the light to our world and shine the truth of Jesus into darkness and deception. The people in the church are the channels through which God can reach the broken and needy in society and lead them to Christ. The church also brings healing to the pain in our city. The church of Jesus Christ brings restoration to its members who are injured and hurting emotionally.

Matthew 16:18 – And I say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades (death) will not overpower it [by preventing the resurrection of the Christ].

Ecclesia means the gathering together of the Saints. The collective congregation of a church is an example of an ecclesia.

God’s plan for growth and relationship.

Community and impartation are key words that describe the church of Jesus Christ here on earth.

1 Corinthians 12:27.13 – Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body, and individually [you are] members of it [each with his own special purpose and function].  For by one [Holy] Spirit we were all baptized into one body, [spiritually transformed—united together] whether Jews or Greeks (Gentiles), slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one [Holy] Spirit [since the same Holy Spirit fills each life].

We need to take a safety pin and hook it into someone to enable relationship and walking together. The safety pins means nothing when lying on a table. (Elsabe Huishamen). Danie Huishamen shared his testimony, together with his wife, Elsabe, elucidating the importance of church attendance and involvement.

John Maxwell reiterated ‘it is lonely at the top…because you went there on your own’ (freely translated).

We need to reach out to others and as a child of God cannot live or exist solely, expecting growth in our relationship with God and others. We need each other. We have individual purposes and a unique relationship with God, but form part of the complete plan of God called the church. There is a specific place and purpose for each believer in the church (or gathering of believers). Regular attendance will allow you to be used at specific times to empower others when needed…we need to be available at all times and ready for God to use us.

Where is our place? Do we recognize it? Discipleship transpires through impartation and communion.

Today’s message was a challenge to make a sober decision and allow church life to become the norm or our lives. If we regard it as a social gathering at irregular intervals God will use someone else to reach out to others and we will forfeit remarkable blessings which will empower and grow us to become spiritual giants in God’s Kingdom.

Quotes:

Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man. – Dwight L. Moody

 

The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God.– C.S. Lewis

 

Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, there a church of God exists, even if it swarms with many faults.”- John Calvin

 

 

 

 

 

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