Together: What's wrong with the Church
Realities of the Church
1. There is One Church:
Ephesians 4:1-6 (NIV) I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit-- just as you were called to one hope when you were called-- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
2. The church is made up of people.
3. It’s His church
Matthew 16:18 (NLT) I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.
Observations about the church…
Bringing health to the body
1. Take Ownership!
John 15:19(NLT) The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.
Ephesians 5:25-27 (NIV) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
2. Conversation not accusation.
3. Cooperation not Criticism.
Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
4. Compassion not contention
John 13:34-35 (NIV) "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
1 John 4:20 (NLT) If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar.
Galatians 6:1-2 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
5. Community not isolation
John 17:21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one.
Most of the New testament was written in the context of function as the Church