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Membership (Part 3)


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Membership (Part 3)

  1. 1. membership month Eph 5:31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." 32This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Acts 4:32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul. Mal 4Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse." Heb 1:5 "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You"? And again: "I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son"? 1Cor 4:15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers
  2. 2. The Early Church had a membership that included: •Numerical records (Acts 2:37-47) •Records of Widows (1 Tim 5:3-16) •Discipline (Matt 18:15-20,1Cor 5, Gal 6:1) •Accountability & Authority (Heb 13:17) •and an awareness of who was a church member (Rom 16:1-16)
  3. 3. Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish. Ps 92:13
  4. 4. CONNECTION like no other
  5. 5. Father & Sons: Established By God Ex 4:22 "Thus says the LORD: "Israel is My son, My firstborn.” Matt 3:17 "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Lk 11:2 So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father...
  6. 6. Father & Sons God’s Work In Us Rom 8:15 You received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." Gal 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!"
  7. 7. “For this reason I am sending to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church. 1Cor 4:17
  8. 8. God protects this ORDER. 1Kings 21:2-3, 17-19So Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying, "Give me your vineyard, that I may have it for a vegetable garden, because it is near, next to my house; and for it I will give you a vineyard better than it. Or, if it seems good to you, I will give you its worth in money." 3But Naboth said to Ahab, "The LORD forbid that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you!" ...17 Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 18"Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who lives in Samaria. There he is, in the vineyard of Naboth, where he has gone down to take possession of it. 19You shall speak to him, saying, "Thus says the LORD: "Have you murdered and also taken possession?"' And you shall speak to him, saying, "Thus says the LORD: "In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, dogs shall lick your blood, even yours.""'
  9. 9. Flow of Ministry Rom 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established. 2Tim 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.