Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What God builds on in a Church

1) Expositional Preaching from the Holy Word- We can share humorous stories at lunch.
To little time and way to much Word to preach.
2) Biblical Theology- God is consistent in all 66 books that he is our Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer.
3) The Gospel- Jesus Christ, fully God and man, lived a perfect life, died for my sins, His Righteousness placed on me, my sins were placed on Him at the cross. He Resurrected in Glory and sits at the right hand of the father and he will return for and with His own one day.
4) Biblical Understanding of conversion. Do you know and believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the world's one and only hope for salvation and peace with God? Do you believe it enough to learn and share it?
5) A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism- Do you understand that salvation is of the Lord.
Do you understand it when we say sinners hear the gospel, repent and believe the gospel.
Raising hands, baptism a prayer does not save us. Salvation is of the lord.
6) A Biblical Understanding of Church membership- God saves us totally. We are totally His in our attendance, worship, gifts, and service.
7) Biblical Discipline- The goal is not to shatter lives. The goal is to get sinners who are shipwrecking their lives and family to repent and turn back to the Savior. This restores lives and families.
8) A Concern For Discipleship and Growth- You were "Born Again". Don't stay an infant. Grow in knowledge and service and in worship!
9) Biblical Church leadership- These men are called to a high standard. They must strive to live a life of faith in Christ. They have souls in their care.
10) Humbly pray that the Lord will strengthen us to this high calling and impossible to perfect standard.

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