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What is church?

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Slides to accompany Bristol Vineyard talk on 20th September 2015

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What is church?

  1. 1. Church FOR DUMMIES
  2. 2. People who attend Church
  3. 3. Are you a follower of Jesus?
  4. 4. Are you a follower of Jesus? Are you a Christian?
  5. 5. Are you a follower of Jesus? Are you a Christian? Do you go to church?
  6. 6. Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, get people to attend a meeting for a couple of hours on Sunday mornings. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20
  7. 7. People who attend Church
  8. 8. Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20
  9. 9. Jesus
  10. 10. People who attend Church
  11. 11. Disadvantage no. 1 The Wrong Goal
  12. 12. People who attend Church
  13. 13. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead… I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. Philippians 3: 10-12
  14. 14. Jesus
  15. 15. Disadvantage no. 2 Us & Them
  16. 16. People who attend Church
  17. 17. Jesus
  18. 18. Disadvantage no. 3 Who’s responsible for your spiritual maturity?
  19. 19. People who attend Church
  20. 20. Jesus
  21. 21. Disadvantage no. 4 Are we really all the same?
  22. 22. People who attend Church
  23. 23. Meanwhile, the crowds grew until thousands were milling about and stepping on each other. Jesus turned first to his disciples and warned them, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees— their hypocrisy. Luke 12: 1
  24. 24. Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.” Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” Luke 12: 13-14
  25. 25. Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. Luke 12: 22
  26. 26. Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, ‘Here comes a shower.’ And you are right. Luke 12: 54
  27. 27. Jesus
  28. 28. Jesus
  29. 29. Jesus
  30. 30. Jesus

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