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Sermon Notes – Here’s How To Have A Strong Church (Bible)

 

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“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” (Acts 2:42)

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As you can see from the example above it’s important how you build:)  Paul writing to the Ephesians said we are “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself  as the chief cornerstone.(2:20)

What happens when the foundation shifts away from solid Biblical teachings?

 

When We Don’t Build On The Bible – Kingdom Activity Takes A Backseat to Social Activity

“Learn to do right; seek justice.
    Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
    plead the case of the widow.”(Isaiah 1:17)

Scripture is full of admonitions to care for the less fortunate and many times we fall short of these commands.  However, with the rise of the Social Gospel the heart of the Gospel message of salvation was devalued.  Taking care of those in need must be seen in the larger context of the redemption story.  What’s the point to only care for the temporal physical needs of people without point them to eternity?

 

When We Don’t Build On The Bible – Discipleship Takes a Back Seat to Feeling Good

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)

Turn on your television or listen to your radio and it’s not hard to find a proliferation of “Feel Good” preaching.  I am not against preaching hope, comfort or healing but it must be done with the over arching goal of discipleship

 

“For a Church to be deficient in discipleship is to be deficient in its fundamental reason for existence.”
When We Don’t Build On The Bible – Jesus Takes A Backseat To Everything

The Bible is clear that Jesus is unique, when the Scriptures are not truly preached or watered down, the Son of God becomes just another good teacher.

 

Why Build On The Bible? – The Bible holds the words to Eternal Life

“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,  and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31)

 The hope of the Bible is the hope of eternal life and without that message being preached clearly the Bible is just another book of quaint sayings and inspirational stories.
Why Build On The Bible? – The Bible will give you stability in the storm
 

As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice,  I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well-built.  But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (Luke 6:46-49)

Like the rock that has withstood the test of time the Bible has also withstood the test of time.

 

Why Build On The Bible? – The Bible is your GPS through life

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

   The longer I live the more I see people running without direction or hope in their lives, they are looking for answers.  The Bible has the answers to life challenges whether relationships, marriage,  eternal life , suffering it’s all there and shame on us if we dilute the Scripture to moralisms.

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When a carpenter is building a house it does not matter which way the winds blows or if it’s too hot or too cold the building of the foundation does not change.  As ministers we carry a huge responsibility of laying a proper foundation for our people.  The winds of popular opinion of societal change should not influence us from making sure we build upon the foundation of the “apostles teaching”.
How do you build a strong church?  Build on the Bible.
 
 
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