Apostolic Essence-Supernatural Equipping

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We are wrapping up our series on "A Jesus Looking Church" and this week Brian Looks at Apostolic Essence and Supernatural equipping

We are wrapping up our series on "A Jesus Looking Church" and this week Brian Looks at Apostolic Essence and Supernatural equipping

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  • 1. APOSTOLIC ESSENCE “…and he gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets some evangelists, some pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry..” Ephesians 4
  • 2. Jesus looking God Jesus looking kingdom Jesus looking church VISION WORK TEAM EQUIP- PING The people who share the call and commitment to the same work. The people who will provide the equipping we need to fulfill the task. What God wants to do through me/us in a given community sphere What God has said .
  • 3. VISION WORK TEAM EQUIPPING I NEED TO BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT GOD HAS SAID I NEED TO BE COMMITTED TO SERVING PARTICULAR PEOPLE AND PLACES I NEED TO DISCOVER THE PEOPLE WHO WILL SHARE THAT WORK WITH ME I NEED TO FIND THE PEOPLE WHO CAN EQUIP ME FOR THIS WORK
  • 4. KNOWING WHAT TO DO When it matters
  • 5. there was a time when… THIS MATTERED ! We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. GALATIANS 2
  • 6. and … THIS.. is what MATTERED ! For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. GALATIANS 2
  • 7. HOW THE MATTER AROSE
  • 8. and … THIS…is what HAPPENED ! But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy GALATIANS 2
  • 9. and … THIS…is what HAPPENED ! But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews GALATIANS 2
  • 10. A GOOD EXAMPLE OF APOSTOLIC FUNCTION WHAT IS APOSTOLIC ABOUT IT? • Paul is being apostolic • Paul saw what was going on in the light of the revelation of the gospel of Jesus Christ • Paul saw what would happen if the matter was not addressed • Paul helped the church in Antioch to be shaped by the gospel rather than by traditional culture
  • 11. UNIVERSALS GETTING IT STRAIGHT FROM THE TEXT
  • 12. AN INCIDENT IN THE FIRST MULTI-ETHNIC CHURCH! But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy
  • 13. AN INCIDENT IN THE FIRST MULTI-ETHNIC CHURCH! But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews
  • 14. AN INCIDENT IN THE FIRST MULTI-ETHNIC CHURCH! We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.
  • 15. AN INCIDENT IN THE FIRST MULTI-ETHNIC CHURCH! For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.