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Five Spiritual Positions. “ Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:16. Local Church. Universal Church. 3. 2. 4. Individual. 5. 1. Lost. 1. Lost.

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Five Spiritual Positions

“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”Romans 6:16


Local Church

Universal Church

3

2

4

Individual

5

1

Lost


1

Lost

  • Outside of Christ – in the World

  • “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:” Eph. 2:12


1

Lost

  • Lost in Sin

  • How do we get into Christ?

“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Gal. 3:27

Rom. 6:3


“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” Rom.8:1

1 Cor. 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”


Local Church

Universal Church

3

2

4

Individual

5

1

Lost


Local Church

Universal Church

3

2

4

Individual

5

1

Lost


2

On the Church Roll

  • Have been baptized

  • But not a Christian

  • Obeyed for wrong reason

  • Did not obey from the heart

  • Not Genuine – a Hypocrite


2

On the Church Roll

  • Gal. 2:4 “And that because of false brethren unawares brought in,...”

  • Rom. 6:17 “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.”

pretended


Local Church

Universal Church

3

2

4

Individual

5

1

Lost


Local Church

Universal Church

3

2

4

Individual

5

1

Lost


3

Added to the Church

  • Been added to Universal Church

  • Not a part of local congregation

  • Rom. 6:17 – obeyed from heart

  • Acts 2:47 – added to the church


3

Added to the Church

  • Temporary position

  • Acts 8:26-39 Eunuch

    • Taught and baptized

    • Not a member in Jerusalem

  • New convert

  • New in community


Local Church

Universal Church

3

2

4

Individual

5

1

Lost


Local Church

Universal Church

3

2

4

Individual

5

1

Lost


4

Members of Church

  • Individual Christian

  • Part of Local Congregation

  • In the Universal Church

God

Approves


4

Members of Church

  • Eph. 1:1 “To the saints”

  • Phil. 1:1 “To all the saints”

  • Col. 1:2 “To the saints”

  • Heb. 10:25 - assemble


4

Members of Church

“And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Acts 11:26


4

Members of Church

“Obeyed from the heart”

Sincere – genuine

Scripturally organized church

Worship God –

Spreading the gospel


4

Members of Church

“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;”Titus 2:12

- Deny

+ Live


4

Members of Church

“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”Matt. 28:20


4

Members of Church

“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:” Eph. 4:13

Complete, of full age


Local Church

Universal Church

3

2

4

Individual

5

1

Lost


Local Church

Universal Church

3

2

4

Individual

5

Lost

1

Lost


5

Erring Christian

He leaves the local congregation

Still in the Universal Church

James 5:19-20 “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth,...”

1 Jn. 2:19 “They went out from us, but they were not of us;”


5

Erring Christian

Heb. 6:4-6 – fallen away - crucify Christ again

Heb. 10:25-30 - no more sacrifice for sins

Gal. 5:4 - fallen from grace


Person in Position # 5 – Erring

Return to Position # 4

Acts 8:18-24 – Simon

repent and pray

1 John 1:8-9

confess our sins


Person in Position # 1 – Lost

In Christ=SAVED

Baptized (Gal.3:27)

To be

Saved

Confess (Rom.10:10)

Repent (Lk.13:3)

Believe (Jn.8:24)

Hear (Rom.10:17)


Local Church

Universal Church

Five Spiritual Positions

3

2

4

Individual

5

1


Five Spiritual Positions

Where

are you

Spiritually ?

4

3

2

1

5


Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

evanscoc@bellsouth.net

www.evansgachurchofchrist.org

Sunday Morning August 24, 2008


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