The Church: The Basics VI, Pt. 1, November 1, 2020

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TEXT: Textual; 1 Timothy 3:1-7 INTRO: The primary leaders in a local church are “elders,” leaders who were, by experience, abilities, and spiritual maturity, able to teach church members the truth of the Lord’s commandments and to offer sound guidance for the body to prosper. I. ELDERSHIP BECAME A CHURCH OFFICE AND REQUIRED CERTAIN QUALIFICATIONS. A.Acts 2:41-42, “about 3,000 people …

October 28, 2020, “Lazarus, Come Forth,” Wednesday Night Meal #30

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TEXT: John 11:17-44 INTRO: Tonight I want to go again to the Gospel of John, chapter 11 and deal with why the believer’s grief should be one of great hope and security. We are going to consider that what Jesus says is true, is indeed true. I.CONTEXT: THE PURPOSE OF JESUS CONCERNING THE DEATH OF LAZARUS. A. 4“This sickness will …

The Church: The Basics, The Functioning Church, October 18, 2020

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TEXT: 1 Corinthians 12; 13:4-7 I. EVERY MEMBER IS A CHOSEN AND NECESSARY PART OF THE WHOLE CHURCH. A. Church membership is about divine appointment. 1 Cor. 12: 18 says, “But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body just as He desired.” B. Church membership is about intentional dependence. 1 Cor. 12:12 says, “For …

The Church: The Basics, Church Ordinances: The Lord’s Supper, The New Covenant, October 4, 2020

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TEXT: Didactic/Topical with textual references INTRO: Southern Baptists recognize and practice only two ordinances: 1.) baptism (the “first act of obedience” in following Christ) and 2.) The Lord’s Supper (a celebration of the death of Christ for our sins and the hope of His return, also called Last Supper, Communion, the Eucharist, Mass). It is the second we will look …

THE CHURCH: THE BASICS VI, Pt. 1 “Basics of Church Leadership: Elders”September 27, 2020

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TEXT: Textual; 1 Timothy 3:1-7 INTRO: In Eph. 5:23 and Colossians 1:18, we are told that “Christ is the head of the body, the church.” Practically that means the church must diligently seek the mind of Christ to determine the practices of the church. Who are the under-shepherds who serve the Lord as leaders in the body? “ELDERS/OVERSEERS.” I. WHAT …

THE CHURCH: THE BASICS V, Pt. 2 “Basics of Church Worship: Approaches”

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TEXT: 2 Corinthians 14,  Hebrews 10:25 INTRO: What a church must do to accomplish the necessary purposes of worship regardless of form or style.  CONTEXT OF OUR STUDY. (1 Cor, 14) 1 Cor. 11-14, pneumatikos, spiritual gifts issues spilled over into the church’s worship, and caused many to forget what real worship was all about. I. WE MUST APPROACH PUBLIC …