Archive for the ‘09 – Study of the Church (Ecclesiology)’ Category

God Wants ALL of ME: How It Looks in Action (Romans 12:9-21)

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

God Wants ALL of ME:  How It LOOKS in ACTION (Romans 12:9-21)

After God describes His will for us in Romans 12:1-8, wanting our bodiesas living sacrifices, renewing our minds to replace worldly thinking, andgifting us to serve one another, He uses the rest of the chapter to paint apicture to show us how this looks in action. God describes our attitudes, actions, and relationships as they look when we are yielding our bodies, our minds, and our time to Him. This is the last of a four-part series on Romans 12.

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God Wants ALL of ME: My SERVICE (Romans 12:3-8)

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

God Wants ALL of ME:  My SERVICE (Romans 12:3-8)

God saves us to live for Him. He commands us to yield our bodies to Him, and to be renewing our minds for Him. He does so that we might fully live for Him, serving Him by serving others. God desires for us to serve Him with our time, effort, energy, and abilities. As God is the Lord of our bodies and our minds, He becomes the Lord of all that we do. A major part of that is serving other believers with one or more spiritual abilities that God gives for that very reason.  (This is the third of a four-part series on Romans 12.)

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5 “Looks” of Communion (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

5 “Looks” of Communion (1 Corinthians 11:17-34)
Communion (sometimes called “The Lord’s Table”) is more than a tack-on at the end of a service. Communion, as Jesus instituted, is intended to remind us regularly of several truths, and to have us measure ourselves by these truths. In this study, we will highlight 5 focuses or “looks” that Jesus intended for us to take each time we participate in communion. With these 5 looks, we offer 10 questions to ask oneself to help prompt us as we examine these focuses.

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God’s Leaders in the Church: The LEADING Functions of a Pastor

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
God’s Leaders in the Church: The LEADING Functions of a Pastor
From our summer study of “God’s Leaders in the Church,” we looked at two areas of pastoral responsibility: leading and feeding. In this study, we examine 15 biblical leading responsibilities assigned to pastors.

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God’s Leaders in the Church: Why Be a Bi-Vocational Pastor?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
God’s Leaders in the Church: Why Be a Bi-Vocational Pastor?
Adding to our Wednesday series, we examined a chapter written by our pastor relating to bi-vocational ministry – pastors who work part-time or full-time while serving as a pastor. We discuss the Biblical logic for bi-vocational ministry as the norm. We then look at numerous benefits as well as some drawbacks. This presentation is not the end of the discussion, but it certainly helps to get it started.

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God’s Leaders in the Church: What Is a Bishop?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
God’s Leaders in the Church: What Is a Bishop?
We begin a topical series for our combined Wednesday evening study sessions. In this first study, we examine the title of “bishop,” its meaning, and the two other words that relate to the same position. We also briefly look at why the three terms – bishop/overseer, pastor/shepherd, and elder are all terms that identify the same leadership position in the church.

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Marriage, and the Mystery of Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:29-32)

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Marriage does not exist for just the benefit of the husband and wife. Marriage exists, in part, to picture and illustrate Jesus Christ’s love for the Church, and the Church’s submitting to the loving leadership of Jesus Christ.

The GOAL of the Husband’s Love for His Wife (Ephesians 5:27)

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

 

God Explains Marriage, Part 2 (Ephesians 5:22-24)

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

We start to look more closely at the specific commands in Ephesians 5-22-33. Since the passage begins with the wives, we do the same.

First we look at the statement in v.21 which says “submitting to one another,” and how the six individual roles are commanded to carry that concept out as it relates to their specific relationships.

Second we examine why the wives are commanded before the husbands. We discover that this pattern is not limited to the wives. A very interesting observation surfaces.

God Explains Marriage, Part 1 (Ephesians 5:22-33)

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

We studied the creation and design of marriage by God in Genesis. God gives us greater understanding of the roles and meaning of marriage in Ephesians 5. In this study we examine 6 preliminary observations – general truths that characterize this passage:

  1. My Marriage Role Is Based Upon My Gender
  2. My Marriage Role Is Commanded
  3. My Marriage Role Is Without Conditions
  4. My Marriage Role Focuses on My Actions Toward My Spouse
  5. My Marriage Role Assumes an Imperfect Spouse
  6. My Marriage Role Is Built Upon a Spiritual Relationship