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Ecclisiology – The Church. Starting a revolution – it ’ s all about love. Joh 13:34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

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Joh 13:34"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
joh 13 35 by this all men will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another
Joh 13:35"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
definition hebrew
DEFINITION: Hebrew
  • qahal, “an assembly, gathering,” used as noun 123x; translated by ekklesia in LXX
    • In 36 instances, translated by sunagoge
    • Verb used 39x
    • Used to refer to groups in general, such as those gathered for military purposes, judicial purposes
  • ‘eda, “assembly, congregation, multitude” practically synonymous with qahal
definition greek
DEFINITION: Greek
  • ekklesia, “gathering or assembly, church”;
    • prior to NT used almost exclusively for secular assemblies
    • from ek(out of) and kaleo (call)
    • The calling out of citizens to attend to the discussion of public business
definition greek1
DEFINITION: Greek
  • In a local sense nearly 40 times; e.g., Acts 5:11
  • In a generic sense, i.e., of an institution: Matt. 18:17; I Cor. 12:28; I Tim. 3:15; James 5:14
  • In a collective sense, i.e., an organized mass of believers (perhaps what later theologians refer to as the Visible Church); Acts 8:3; I Cor. 15:9; Gal. 1:13; Phil. 3:6
  • To the Church extended abroad, Acts 9:31
  • “Church” is used in the broadest sense: all believers (perhaps what later theologians refer to as the Invisible Church) Eph. 1:22; Col. 1:18
definition greek2
DEFINITION: Greek
  • Miscellaneous uses:
    • An assembly in the desert (O.T.) Acts 7:38
    • An unruly “mob” gathering, Acts 19:32,39,41
    • To refer to kingly gathering for liturgical praise, Hebrews 2:12
  • Some difficult usages:
    • Matt. 16:18, the Church Militant
    • Acts 20:28, the assembly in Ephesus
definition
DEFINITION:
  • Three basic meanings:
    • Local gathering of believers, The Visible Church
    • Collective number of professing Christians, The Visible Church
    • Sum total of all believers, The Invisible Church
definition other words
DEFINITION: Other Words
  • circe, Saxon
  • kirk, Scottish
  • kirche, German
  • All of these are most likely derived from kuriakos, “of the Lord, the Lord’s”
definition confessional
DEFINITION: Confessional
  • L.C. # 62, “The visible church is a society made up of all such as in all ages and places of the world do profess the true religion and of their children.” WCF, 25:2
  • L.C. # 64, “The invisible church is the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one under Christ the head.” WCF, 25:1
the church from below
THE CHURCH FROM BELOW
  • The Church is a natural community
  • It fulfills many socialization needs
    • There is recognizable fellowship in the Church
    • There is a sense of community which is foundational (not a luxury, but a necessity)
the church from below1
THE CHURCH FROM BELOW
  • The Church is a political community
    • There are socially ordered relationships and patterns of authority and decision-making
    • It is not a question of whether politics will exist in the Church; rather, it is only a question of the quality of the politics
    • “Ol’ Boy” networks often are alive and well. This is not entirely negative, but can have some negative considerations
    • There are positive considerations as well
the church from below2
THE CHURCH FROM BELOW
  • A community of common language: meanings, priorities, and values. This becomes conventional for the “In-Group”
  • A community of Interpretation:
    • Common meanings
    • The difficulty of translation
  • A community of memory and understanding:
    • Characterized by an inner continuity and empathy among persons who have understood and relived the same events. It has a shared story.
the church from below3
THE CHURCH FROM BELOW
  • The Church is a community of action and belief: it espouses a mission or a purpose which can be expressed in many forms of action
    • Evangelism
    • Education
    • Edification
    • Worship
the church from below4
THE CHURCH FROM BELOW
  • A sociological description of church:the church is a body of persons who share some measure of common life, values, meaning, and loyalty. It has an historical continuity, identifiable by certain beliefs, ways of work, rites, outlooks, and feelings. It may be more; But it is at least the above.
the church in the world
THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD
  • The First Church: Orthodox Churches, the Roman Catholic Church; Protestant churches in Eastern Europe, Greece, Middle East, Ethiopia, South India
    • The culture tolerates Christianity at best; in some instances, governments are openly antagonistic
    • There is a certain reliance on the spiritual legacy of what has gone before. In some instances, this substitutes for vital Christianity
    • There are examples (e.g., Poland, Russia) of a renewal of traditional Christian churches.
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(17) And Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

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(18) "I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.
  • You are the Christ, Son of the Living God – John 3:16
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(4) Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which," He said, "you heard of from Me;

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(8) but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."

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(8) For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;
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(10) and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.

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(11) But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.
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Acts 9:31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.

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This laid the foundation for the 3 week series we are starting today: The church – a Biblical perspective
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2Ti 3:5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. “always learning but never coming to the knowledge of the Truth”

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2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

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Romans 12: (2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

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1Jo 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
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Joh 15:19"If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.

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It is not our goal to have the world like us, it is our goal to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a loving way:
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(14) As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;

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(15) but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,
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(16) from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

it s not about programs and events it is about knowing jesus and making him known it s about truth
It’s not about programs and events – it is about knowing Jesus and making Him known. It’s about Truth.
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1Pe 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

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(11) And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service to the building up of the body of christ
(12) for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
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(13) until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

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(14) As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;

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(15) but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,
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(16) from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

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1Co 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

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Rom 7:4 Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.

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(1) Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

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(2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

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(3) For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

4 for just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function
(4) For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,
5 so we who are many are one body in christ and individually members one of another
(5) so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
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Gal 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

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(12) For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.

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(13) For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

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(15) If the foot says, "Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.
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(16) And if the ear says, "Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.

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(17) If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?
without you the church would be incomplete we need each other everyone is vitally important
Without you the Church would be incomplete! We need each other! Everyone is vitally important!
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Rev 19:7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride (the Church) has made herself ready."

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As the Bride, our biggest task is to get ready for the marriage supper, the Glorious return of the Bridegroom - the Rapture
1 we need the extra oil of the holy spirit to wait for the coming of jesus until the midnight hour
1. We need the extra Oil of the Holy Spirit to wait for the coming of Jesus until the Midnight hour:
6 but at midnight there was a shout behold the bridegroom come out to meet him
(6) "But at midnight there was a shout, \'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.\'
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(9) "But the prudent answered, \'No, there will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.\'
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(10) "And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.

thayer definition
Thayer Definition:
  • 1) to keep awake, be vigilant, watch as a soldier on watch – to look for the signs/indications that something is about to happen and be ready for it
  • 2) give strict attention to, be cautious, active
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1Pe 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
we don t know the day or the hour but the church will know the signs and it will be ready
We don’t know the day or the hour, but the Church will know the signs – and it will be ready!
1th 5 4 but you brethren are not in darkness that the day would overtake you like a thief
1Th 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;
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(32) "Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near;

these things these signs have are just now begining to happen this should be our wake up call
These things – these signs, have are just now begining to happen, This should be our wake up call!
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(3) \'So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.

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(4) \'But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.
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(5) \'He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

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The Church will be a bride that is ready – discerning the signs and knowing the season for the Marriage supper!
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Titus 2:11-15 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, (12) instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, (13) looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, (14) who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. (15) These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

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Ephesians 5:26-27 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word (The word of God is more important than man’s ideas about the Word of God), (27) that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

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(7) "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready."
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(8) It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
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(9) Then he *said to me, "Write, \'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.\'" And he *said to me, "These are true words of God."

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1Pe 1:23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

it involves motives your inner attitude just as much as your action it is faith and works together
It involves motives – your inner attitude, just as much as your action. It is faith and works together!
jam 1 22 but prove yourselves doers of the word and not merely hearers who delude themselves
Jam 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
jam 2 26 for just as the body without the spirit is dead so also faith without works is dead
Jam 2:26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
true love compels you to do righteous acts the result of faith is love the result of love is action
True love compels you to do righteous acts! The result of faith is love. The result of love is action!
1 corinthians 13 13 but now faith hope love abide these three but the greatest of these is love
(1 Corinthians 13:13) But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
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(1 Thessalonians 1:1) Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. 2) We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; 3) constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,

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(1 Thessalonians 5:8) But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

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(12) So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

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(13) bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

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(15) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
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(16) Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

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(17) Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
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(John 4:23-24) "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.(24) "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

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Heb 13:15 Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

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We have made a commitment to look like the Bride of Christ. To be a Biblical Church.It is all about Truth – knowing God and making Him known.Jud 1:3 Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.

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John 4:23,24BUT THE HOUR IS COMING, AND NOW IS, WHEN TRUE WORSHIPERS WILL WORSHIP THE FATHER IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH; FOR THE FATHER IS SEEKING SUCH TO WORSHIP HIM. GOD IS A SPIRIT: AND THEY THAT WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. AND YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE. John 8:32

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1 Timothy 4:1-6(1) But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,(2) by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,(3) men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.(4) For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude;(5) for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.(6) In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.

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The Church is not a place to be entertained – it is a school, a hospital, a place to get equipped, healed, and energized to live for Christ!

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W. Tozer said:"Christ calls men to carry a cross; we call them to have fun in His name.... He calls them to holiness; we call them to a cheap and tawdry happiness that would have been rejected with scorn by the least of the Stoic philosophers... The contemporary moral climate does not favor a faith as tough and fibrous as that taught by our Lord and His apostles. The delicate, brittle saints being produced in our religious hothouses today are hardly to be compared with the committed, expendable believers who once gave their witness among men. And the fault lies with our leaders. They are too timid to tell the people all the truth. They are now asking men to give to God that which costs them nothing.

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A.Our churches are filled (or one-quarter filled) with a soft breed of Christian that must be fed on a diet of harmless fun to keep them interested. About theology they know little…No wonder their moral and spiritual constitution is so frail. Such can only be called weak adherents of a faith they never really understood."A. W. Tozer (via The Christian Expositor)

the church will be a bride that is ready we need to be a zealous people passionate about god
The Church will be a bride that is ready – we need to be a zealous people – passionate about God!
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Titus 2:11-15 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, (12) instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, (13) looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, (14) who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. (15) These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

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How are we made pure?Ephesians 5:26-27 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word (The word of God is more important than man’s ideas about the Word of God), (27) that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.The Word is our sole source of faith and practice – not programs or humanistic ideology!

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Jam 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. Church is where the Word is taught and God is worshiped.

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2 Timothy 4:2-5PREACH THE WORD! Be ready in season and out of season. CONVINCE, REBUKE, EXHORT, WITH ALL LONGSUFFERING AND TEACHING. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

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We need to avoid them!Now I beseech you, brethren, mark (identify) them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple Romans 16:17,18

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1. First is of course, LOVE:Joh 13:34"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.What does this involve?

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Colossians 3:12-17(12) So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;(13) bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.(14) Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.(15) Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.(16) Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.(17) Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

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Mat 5:44"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,Rom 12:20 "BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD." Joh 13:35"By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

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(1 John 4:10-11).“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another”

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Sometime love involves our second command,2. Discipline: - Many Churches are afraid to obey this command!
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Matthew 18:15-17(15) "If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.(16) "But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED.(17) "If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

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(2 Thessalonians 3:13-15) But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.14) If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame.:15) Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.(2 Thessalonians 3:6) Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.

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1Co 5:11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one.

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3. Forgiveness – this would solve a lot of problems we experienceMatthew 5:23-24(23) "Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,(24) leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.Mar 11:25"Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.

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4. Worship and Prayer – it’s not chants or montras!Mat 6:7"And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.Eph 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

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5. The Great CommissionMar 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
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Mat 5:13"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.Matthew 5:14-16(14) "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;(15) nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.(16) "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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Mat 24:14"This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.(Galatians 6:7) Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.(Galatians 6:9) Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.(Hebrews 13:2) Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

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6. The Church should Encourage!Encouragement(1 Thessalonians 2:11-12).“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory”

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Ephesians 4:15-16(15) but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,(16) from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

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1Th 5:14 We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Look around…how many here need encouraged? ALL OF US!!!!

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Ephesians 4:11-13(11) And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,(12) for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;(13) until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

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(1 Corinthians 1:10) Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment.(Philippians 2:4) do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

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7. Give Comfort“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem” (Isaiah 66:13).
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2 Corinthians 1:2-7(2) Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.(3) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,(4) who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.(5) For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.(6) But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;(7) and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.

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8. Commands about how we deal with The WorldSouth Orange County1 Timothy 6:17-19(17) Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.(18) Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,(19) storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

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Jews:(Romans 11:25-26) For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery--so that you will not be wise in your own estimation--that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in;Romans 11:26(26) and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, "THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB."

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Worldliness(Romans 12:2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect

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1 Corinthians 6:9-11(9) Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,(10) nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.(11) Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

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(2 Corinthians 6:17) "Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you.1Jo 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

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