We Are Overflow: The Purpose
July 13, 2013 Series: We Are Overflow
WE ARE OVERFLOW. THE PURPOSE,
What is overflow? We are a church that is Part of THE Church.
Ekklēsia: The Church, The Assembly, A Gathering of the Called out ones.
What is the purpose of THE Church?
The purpose of the Church Demonstrate & Advance the Kingdom.
“The Church is Gods expression of the Kingdom of God on earth through his people.”
Jesus First mentions the church…
Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" 14 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
This conversation starts with a Question: “Who Do YOU Say I Am?”
A Question answered by a God Given Answer(Revelation) YOU ARE CHRIST
“Knowledge is for your head and Revelation for your Heart.”
“On this Rock I will build my church”
Controversy of scholars: Peter the Person vs. Peters Confession(from his revelation)
1. May I submit Jesus meant neither….
1 Corinthians 3:11 No one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have- Jesus Christ.
“I will build MY church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”
2. May I submit Jesus meant neither….But Both
Petros: little, or piece of a rock. A Moveable stone or a stone that can be turned over
Peter Proved to be a moveable rock. The Kingdom is unshakable(Heb 12:28)
A piece rock but Jesus was speaking of a Bigger Rock… He was still in on it.
Peter had a Revelation, he needed a greater one to fulfill what Jesus was talking about.
It happens in Acts after Peter as An encounter with the Holy Sprit. The Launch.
“Revelation is a by product of Encounter!”
Petra: A large foundational stone.
“Jesus was saying upon This Rock... What this moment is made of “A Revelation of My Reality, of Who I am and What I am about to do…”
1 Peter 2:4-5 You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.
“At Overflow our desire is that people would encounter the reality of Jesus. That they would have moments like Peter and the other apostles had. We believe that when people encounter Jesus like this it not only transforms their life but in changes the world.”
“I will give you the Keys of The Kingdom....”
- He didn’t just put you in the Kingdom. HE GAVE YOU THE KEYS!!!!
Matthew 6:9 &10 “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
“WE ARE THE KEY HOLDERS OF THE KINGDOM”
Genesis 28:11 (Jacob) came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: "I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 "Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 "Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you." 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it." 17 And he was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!"
THE ABC’s of an Open Gate....
ACCESS Release of Heavenly activity
BLESSING Increasing, Expanding and fruitful
CLARITY Clear communication with the Lord
Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.