While preparing I came across...Let us test our knowledge.Church vs. Assembly.Church: kyriakos. belonging to the Lordrelated to the Lord1Cr 11:20, of the Lord's Supper, or the Supper of the Lord (see FEAST); in Rev 1:10, of the Day of the Lord Ekklēsia1) an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting2) a company of Christian, or of those who, hoping for eternal salvation through Jesus Christ, observe their own religious rites, hold their own religious meetings, and manage their own affairs, according to regulations prescribed for the body for order's sake3) those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body4) the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth5) the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven
“Peace on earth” was never said with such assurance and that, at the time of the birth of an infant child. No more conditions, no more risk of loss of peace – it was simply “Peace on earth” because Shiloh had come, for He is Peace Himself.Jn 19: 7: They decide Jesus has to die BUTJn 18: 31: They acknowledge they don’t have the “law” to put Him to death.Power of the Civil government had passed to the hands of Romans – sceptre had departed, because Shiloh had come. What the PLACE could not do, the PERSON did.
Two things happened on that dayFirst, Saints received the Holy Spirit, the body of the Saints became the temple of the Holy Spirit and,Second, Lord Jesus received a mystical body, the Church. Mystical because it is not seen; it is not a physical body.This body is made visible as we fellowship as a local Church.Atlantic Ocean: as viewed from England and from Canada. Each see Atlantic as it manifests itself locally.Q: How do we know that gathering is not about the gathering in heaven but locally? Mt 18:20 - Gathered together in His name (Picture of a local assembly)Babel is reversed. Paradise regained.., “It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord….” (Acts 15:25-29).
Pointing finger that hurts instead of the part of the body
Fellowship in the Local Assembly
Fellowship in the Local Assembly How to enjoy and contribute to it<br />
What do you call a group of ...<br /><ul><li>Chimpanzees </li></ul>Cartload<br /><ul><li>Clams </li></ul>Bed<br /><ul><li>Christians </li></ul>Ekklessia (Assembly)<br />Alligators<br />Congregation<br />Bats<br />Cloud<br />Butterflies<br />Flutter<br />
I PLAN OF THE LORD<br />What is fellowship? <br />II PURPOSES OF THE LORD<br />What are its benefits and responsibilities? <br />How can a believer enjoy the benefits of fellowship?<br />III PROVISIONS FROM THE LORD<br />In what ways can he contribute to a healthy, happy fellowship in the local assembly? <br />IV PRACTICES IN THE LORD<br />Have you considered the "one another" passages of the New Testament epistles lately?<br />
Gen 49:10<br />The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”<br />IPLAN OF THE LORD<br />
Meaning: Peace Bringer.<br />THE PLACE: <br />Deut. 12:5 – Place where God shall choose.<br />Josh 18:1 (Seven years later) – Gathered at Shiloh.<br />Ps 78:60 – “So He forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which He placed among men”<br />THE PERSON:<br />Unto Him shall the gathering of the people be.<br />Shiloh not just a place but a person. <br />Is. 9:6 – Prince of Peace. <br />Col. 1:20 – Made peace through His blood.<br />SHILOH<br />
Place: For where 2 or 3 are. Any place. Not a building.<br />Purpose: Gathered together in His name. <br />Person: In my name<br />Presence: There am I in the midst of them.<br />Mt 18:20 - Gathered together in His name<br />
IIPURPOSES OF THE LORD<br />Hebrews 10: 25 <br />God’s Lettuce Garden.<br />
Hebrews 10:25<br />Imperative:<br />Not forsaking the assembly.<br />Importance: <br />Exhort one another.<br />Inspiration: <br />The day is approaching.<br />
2 Timothy 2:22<br /><ul><li> Run from:</li></ul>Flee also youthful lust.<br /><ul><li> Run to:</li></ul>Follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace.<br /><ul><li> Run with:</li></ul>With them that call on the Lord with a pure heart.<br />
III PROVISIONS OF THE LORD <br />1 Cor 12: 1-17 <br />Contributing to a healthy fellowship.<br />
1 Cor 12: 1-17<br />Vs 1. Spiritual (Pneumatikos).<br />Vs 4. Supernatural (charisma).<br />Vs 7. Service (to profit withal).<br />Vs 11. Sovereign (as He will).<br />Vs 17-18. Support (set in the body).<br />
IV PRACTICES IN THE LORD <br />Rom 12:1-5<br />Have you considered?<br />
ABC of One to Another’s in the Bible<br /><ul><li>Admonish one another with song—Col. 3:16.