A Vision For The Church

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Pastor Elio Marrocco's "A Vision For The Church" sermon at New Life Christian Church on October 5, 2013. You can learn more about New Life Christian Church here: http://www.newlifecc.ca

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A Vision For The Church

  1. 1. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH
  2. 2. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Genesis 5:24 “Enoch walked with God.”
  3. 3. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH 1 Chronicles 29:12 “Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things, in your hands are strength and power to exalt and to give strength to all.”
  4. 4. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH 2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.”
  5. 5. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Psalm 75:6-7 “No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man, but it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.”
  6. 6. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
  7. 7. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Titus 3:5 “… he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”
  8. 8. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
  9. 9. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths…”
  10. 10. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you… you are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
  11. 11. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Matthew 18:15 15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
  12. 12. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.”
  13. 13. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH “Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
  14. 14. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her to make her holy.”
  15. 15. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Ephesians 5:21 “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
  16. 16. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH 1 Corinthians 10:13 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
  17. 17. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Matthew 16:18 “… and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”
  18. 18. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Acts 2:42-47 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles…
  19. 19. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Acts 2:42-47 …44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts…
  20. 20. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Acts 2:42-47 …They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
  21. 21. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH What is Jesus’ number ONE priority between the time He ascended into Heaven and when He will return?
  22. 22. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Building communities with a Biblical World view: HIS MIGHTY CHURCH!
  23. 23. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH A true church is a community of passionate followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  24. 24. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH “To be a community of passionate believers whose desire is to impact and change our generation with the reality of Jesus Christ through relationships, example and declaration.”
  25. 25. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH WHAT IS A COMMUNITY? • A unified body of individuals. • People with common interests. • People with common characteristics.
  26. 26. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH THE CHURCH IS A BIBLICALLY FUNCTIONING COMMUNITY: • Where teaching and preaching will be transformational. • Fellowship will be deep and not superficial. • People will be authentic and wear no masks.
  27. 27. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Mark 16:20 ‘And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.’
  28. 28. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH “Are you actively involved in the building and the support of a Biblically functioning community?
  29. 29. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH But we all have a vocation: and that is to order our life around a Biblically functioning community.
  30. 30. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Re-order the affection of your heart around that which: • Matters most to God. • Will outlast the grave. • Has the potential of changing the world.
  31. 31. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH Re-order the affection of your heart around that which: • Is truly a worthy investment. • Fulfills you to the core of your being.
  32. 32. A VISION FOR THE CHURCH There is no greater DREAM worthy of your time, money, resources than that of building with CHRIST BIBLICAL FUNCTIONING COMMUNITIES – THE CHURCH OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!

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