The Vision of the Church

Sunday April 1, 2012

Offering Message: 2 Cor. 9:6-7. You can purpose to have abundance in your heart. What do you want to see in your life? That’s where you sow. You can’t give consistently and be selfish. There can be a miracle and blessing in the midst of the negative. Sermon Message: Why do God’s people perish? 1) Where there is no vision, the people perish (Prov. 29:18). 2) God’s people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). 3) Not discerning the Lord’s body and taking communion unworthily can bring on judgment (1 Cor. 11:29). What is discerning the Lord’s body? It’s understanding that we are all members one of another. We’re not only one with Christ, but we are one with other believers (Rom. 12:4-5). We are to preach the Word, be ready in and out of season, and rebuke (reprove), convince, and exhort, because there will be a time when people won’t listen to the truth ((2 Tim. 4:1-4). The church and ministry should be together. You shouldn’t be choosing a church but should join where God has put you (1 Cor. 12:18). Ask if this is your church, if God is in it for you. Remember, worship isn’t for you, but for the Lord. We should rejoice and suffer with one another (1 Cor. 12:26). If someone doesn’t walk in what God has for him or her, we all suffer. Jesus took Saul’s persecution against the church personally and called him to be a minister and witness of Him (Acts 26:15-19). Jesus gave Paul purpose. The vision is to preach the Word and the T- transform, E- equip, And M- mobilize. We are one body. Get involved.