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General SubjectStewards of The Mysteries of GodThe Church of God (2)Scripture Reading 1 Peter.
PROPOSITION: A mini StudyScripture:Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. (Acts 20;28) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (1 Peter 2:9).
To Grow spiritually one must Be active in the kingdom and a part of the local church.
1. The Church, Without God, Cannot Claim to be of God.
Since however it has God it can claim to be of God. Because it is born of God and has God as its father, the church is a manifestation of God in the flesh (1 Tim 3:16). The church has its doctrine his character his passion and his mission. It reflects the father and his heart.
2. The Church Because It is of God, Has God as its father
..and hence God as its author it can demonstrate God in its nature, by the manifestation of spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12 1 Cor 14). Because it has the power of God it reveals the justice of God through its righteousness and holiness.
3. The Church Because it has God, has the Nature of God,
The Church Because it has God, has the Nature of God, the truth and the life of God. God is light and the church is light we exist as a lighthouse to those whose life is a storm, we exist as a lamp to those who sit in darkness and have no hope.
God the dew of Hebron is reflective in the church which arises in the morning after the dark cold night like the dew on the lowlands. She hides the morning and slowly rises to reveal the majesty of God’s moment hour upon hour, to those who behold her glory and story.
God is our Rock and so the church must reflect Christ stability and comfort in a world of instability and upheaval. We reveal God the rock (Ps 19:14. Deut 32, 4,15,18,30,31).
As God is a pillar of fire by night so to the church seeks to reflect God’s power and passion through the preaching of his word, Thy word was as fire shut up in my bones. When we preach we show the fire of God in our bones
4. The Church Because it has God as it’s Saviour, has its gospel.
There are many churches that teach another gospel and another Jesus they don’t preach the faith once delivered. Neither do they preach the gospel of Peter and Paul. They use their texts and tell their story but they have no revelation like the apostles had, hence they preach another doctrine and another gospel and another Jesus.
5. The Church Because it has God as its Pillar has God as its Power
The Church Because it has God as its Pillar, has God as its Power and as such demonstrates the miracle power of the living God (1 Tim 3:16). The object, subject and topic of the church is God himself (1 Cor 3:16,17) The household of God is made up of many sons of God (Rom 8:29) Because the house of God is God’s house, he lives in it, and the church is alive in him. Because the House of God is his house no man can be be said to be head of the house except God. Man can buy and building yet god alone can purchase the church (Acts 20;28)
The church because it has God manifests the power of God through miracles and healings.
The church because it has God manifests the justice of God through its righteousness and holiness.
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Questions to Consider:1.With so many churches having the title ‘Church of God’ how do we know which is the true Church of God? 2. What makes a church the church of God. 3. What makes a believer the church?NOTES
To reveal the purpose and nature of the true church of Jesus Christ our God.
The church the Household of God is a Spiritual house.Ye also as lively stones are built up a spiritual house an holy priest hood offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ(1 Peter 2;5) (See also Rev 1:6.).
The church the household of God is a royal Priesthood.But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness and into his marvellous light (1 Peter 2:9).
He has Made us Kings and Priests (Rev 1:6).The church the Household of God is a Bride Pure and Holy. That he might present it to himself a glorious church not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish (Ep 5:23, 32).
The church the Household of God is an Army Strong and Mighty.The church of God is also portrayed as the army of Christ (1 Tim. 1:18). As the army of the Lord, the church is to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12), “war a good warfare” (1 Tim. 1:18), “contend .earnestly for the faith” (Jude 3).
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