A Place to Belong



                           Section 17 (pages 130-137)

Saturday 2 October 2010
A Place to Belong



                           Section 17 (pages 130-137)

Saturday 2 October 2010
Saint Antony 251, gave
       You were called to
       away all his vast
       belong, not just an
       possessions, b...
Saint Antony 251, gave
       You were called to
       away all his vast
       belong, not just an
       possessions, b...
Saint Antony 251, gave
       away all his vast
       possessions, begged an
       aged hermit to teach him
       the s...
The Bible says we are, “put
       together, joined together, built
       together, members together,
       heirs togeth...
...so we, though many, are one body in Christ,

                           What does
                and individually memb...
...so we, though many, are one body in Christ,
                and individually members one of another.
                Ro...
In this way we are like the various parts of a human
       body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a
       who...
If an organ is severed from the
       body it shrivels and dies - for a
       Christian to function properly
       they...
One of the first signs of spiritual decline is
       usually inconsistent attendance at worship
       services and other ...
Saturday 2 October 2010
What does Matt 16:18 tell us
       about the church?




Saturday 2 October 2010
What does Matt 16:18 tell us
       about the church?
       Church is on God’s agenda - it is
       indestructible and e...
What does Matt 16:18 tell us
       about the church?
       Church is on God’s agenda - it is
       indestructible and e...
Saturday 2 October 2010
I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I
       betrothed you to one husband, to
       present you as a pure virgin to C...
I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I
       betrothed you to one husband, to
       present you as a pure virgin to C...
I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I
       betrothed you to one husband, to
       present you as a pure virgin to C...
I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I
       betrothed you to one husband, to
       present you as a pure virgin to C...
I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I
       betrothed you to one husband, to
       present you as a pure virgin to C...
Your Local Fellowship
       Almost every time the word church is used in
       the Bible it refers to a local, visible c...
Why You Need a Church Family

            Why should I be part of a local
                        church?
            Why ...
A church identifies you as a genuine
                      believer
       John 13:34-35
       34 So now I am giving you a...
A church family moves you out of
                   self centred isolation

        Church is the laboratory
        for l...
1 Cor 12:26
       26If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one
       member is honored, all rejoice together.

 ...
A church family helps you develop
                    spiritual muscle




Saturday 2 October 2010
A church family helps you develop
                    spiritual muscle

       Participation in the full life of a local c...
We are commanded to love each other, pray,
       encourage, admonish each other, greet each
       other, serve each othe...
The Body of Christ needs you

       God has a unique role for you to play in His
       family. This is called your “mini...
You will share in Christ’s Mission in
                     the World
       The Church is God’s
       instrument on earth...
Paul tells us in Eph. 2:10,
       “He creates each of us by Christ
       Jesus to join Him in the work He
       does, t...
A Church Family will help keep you
                  from Backsliding

       We are all ‘open’ to temptation. God gives u...
Also a local church provides spiritual protection
       What do you think is
       from godly leadership.
       What do...
Also a local church provides spiritual protection
       from godly leadership.
       What do you think is the role of ‘g...
It’s all in the Church

       God’s purposes for the church are identical to
       his purposes for you, church helps me...
Your Choice

       When you are born again you become part of
       God’s wider family - then you have to choose to
    ...
Acts 2:42
       And they devoted themselves
       to the apostles’teaching and
       the fellowship, to the breaking
  ...
Point to Ponder:
       I am called to belong, not just believe.




Saturday 2 October 2010
Verse to Remember:

       Romans 12:5




Saturday 2 October 2010
Question to Consider:
       Does my level of commitment in my local
       church demonstrate that I love and am
       c...
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Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life: Section 17

  1. 1. A Place to Belong Section 17 (pages 130-137) Saturday 2 October 2010
  2. 2. A Place to Belong Section 17 (pages 130-137) Saturday 2 October 2010
  3. 3. Saint Antony 251, gave You were called to away all his vast belong, not just an possessions, begged believe. to teach him aged hermit the spiritual life.To serve Even in Eden (perfect, God more perfectly, was sinless) God said it Antony entered the not good for man to be desert and immured alone. himself in a ruin, The Bible doesdoor so building up the not speak about solitary that none could Christians or hermits enter...then the devils attacked him Saturday 2 October 2010
  4. 4. Saint Antony 251, gave You were called to away all his vast belong, not just an possessions, begged believe. to teach him aged hermit the spiritual life.To serve Even in Eden (perfect, God more perfectly, was sinless) God said it Antony entered the not good for man to be desert and immured alone. himself in a ruin, The Bible doesdoor so building up the not speak about solitary that none could Christians or hermits enter...then the devils attacked him Saturday 2 October 2010
  5. 5. Saint Antony 251, gave away all his vast possessions, begged an aged hermit to teach him the spiritual life.To serve God more perfectly, Antony entered the desert and immured himself in a ruin, building up the door so that none could enter...then the devils attacked him Saturday 2 October 2010
  6. 6. The Bible says we are, “put together, joined together, built together, members together, heirs together, fitted together, and held together and will be caught up together.” You are not on your on anymore. Your relationship with God is personal - God does not intend it to be private. Saturday 2 October 2010
  7. 7. ...so we, though many, are one body in Christ, What does and individually members one of another. Romans 12:5 church Being a ‘member’ of the church originally meant being a vital organ of a living body, an indispensable, membership interconnected part of the Body of Christ. mean to you? Nowadays we have reduced the idea of membership to something far less in value or importance. Saturday 2 October 2010
  8. 8. ...so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:5 Being a ‘member’ of the church originally meant being a vital organ of a living body, an indispensable, interconnected part of the Body of Christ. Nowadays we have reduced the idea of membership to something far less in value or importance. Saturday 2 October 2010
  9. 9. In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? Rom 12:4-5 (TM) Saturday 2 October 2010
  10. 10. If an organ is severed from the body it shrivels and dies - for a Christian to function properly they must be attached to a local church. So just as we are members of Christ, we need to become members of the body of believers of Christ and that is by membership in a local church. Saturday 2 October 2010
  11. 11. One of the first signs of spiritual decline is usually inconsistent attendance at worship services and other gatherings of believers. Whenever we become careless about fellowship, everything else begins to slide, too. Saturday 2 October 2010
  12. 12. Saturday 2 October 2010
  13. 13. What does Matt 16:18 tell us about the church? Saturday 2 October 2010
  14. 14. What does Matt 16:18 tell us about the church? Church is on God’s agenda - it is indestructible and eternal. Saturday 2 October 2010
  15. 15. What does Matt 16:18 tell us about the church? Church is on God’s agenda - it is indestructible and eternal. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Saturday 2 October 2010
  16. 16. Saturday 2 October 2010
  17. 17. I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. Saturday 2 October 2010
  18. 18. I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 2 Cor 11:2 Saturday 2 October 2010
  19. 19. I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 2 Cor 11:2 When we dismiss or complain about the church it is like saying to Jesus, “I love you but I dislike your wife” Saturday 2 October 2010
  20. 20. I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 2 Cor 11:2 When we dismiss or complain about the church it is like saying to Jesus, “I love you but I dislike your wife” Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government. Saturday 2 October 2010
  21. 21. I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 2 Cor 11:2 When we dismiss or complain about the church it is like saying to Jesus, “I love you but I dislike your wife” Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government. 1 Pet 2:17 Saturday 2 October 2010
  22. 22. Your Local Fellowship Almost every time the word church is used in the Bible it refers to a local, visible congregation. The New Testament assumes membership in a local congregation. The only time believers are not part of a local fellowship is when they are being disciplined. Only in regular contact with ordinary, imperfect believers can we learn real fellowship and experience the New Testament truth of being connected and dependant on each other. Saturday 2 October 2010
  23. 23. Why You Need a Church Family Why should I be part of a local church? Why can’t I be a believer in my own home? Is it ok to join an online community and have that as my church? Saturday 2 October 2010
  24. 24. A church identifies you as a genuine believer John 13:34-35 34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” You are not the Body of Christ on your own - you are when you come together with people (often who are varied) - togetherness shows we are a body. Saturday 2 October 2010
  25. 25. A church family moves you out of self centred isolation Church is the laboratory for learning how to be God’s family in practice - trying out unselfish love. Only in regular contact with ordinary, imperfect believers can we learn real fellowship and experience the New Testament truth of being connected and dependent on each other. Saturday 2 October 2010
  26. 26. 1 Cor 12:26 26If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 1 John 3:16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. Saturday 2 October 2010
  27. 27. A church family helps you develop spiritual muscle Saturday 2 October 2010
  28. 28. A church family helps you develop spiritual muscle Participation in the full life of a local church is how you develop spiritual muscle. Eph 4:16 Over fifty times in the New Testament the phrase “one another” or “each other” is used. Saturday 2 October 2010
  29. 29. We are commanded to love each other, pray, encourage, admonish each other, greet each other, serve each other, teach each other, accept each other, honor each other, hear each other’s burdens, forgive each other, submit to each other, be devoted to each other, and many other mutual tasks. This is biblical membership, and these are your family responsibilities. Being holy means being holy around other people - untested holiness often leads us into deceiving ourselves. Saturday 2 October 2010
  30. 30. The Body of Christ needs you God has a unique role for you to play in His family. This is called your “ministry” and God has gifted you for this assignment. 1Cor. 12:7 says, “A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.” A Local fellowship helps you to identify and use these gifts - anything else is in addition to this role. Saturday 2 October 2010
  31. 31. You will share in Christ’s Mission in the World The Church is God’s instrument on earth. As members of Christ body, we are His hands, His feet, His eyes, and His heart. He works through us in the world and we each have a contribution to make. Saturday 2 October 2010
  32. 32. Paul tells us in Eph. 2:10, “He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” Saturday 2 October 2010
  33. 33. A Church Family will help keep you from Backsliding We are all ‘open’ to temptation. God gives us to one another to help keep us on track Heb 3:13 We are responsible to help one another through times of temptation James 5:14 Saturday 2 October 2010
  34. 34. Also a local church provides spiritual protection What do you think is from godly leadership. What do you think is the role of ‘good’ the role of ‘good’ leadership in a local church? See Acts 20:28-29, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Heb 13:7, 17 leadership in a local Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to church? give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Saturday 2 October 2010
  35. 35. Also a local church provides spiritual protection from godly leadership. What do you think is the role of ‘good’ leadership in a local church? See Acts 20:28-29, 1 Peter 5:1-4, Heb 13:7, 17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. Saturday 2 October 2010
  36. 36. It’s all in the Church God’s purposes for the church are identical to his purposes for you, church helps meet your five deepest needs: Worship helps you focus on God Fellowship helps you face life’s problems Discipleship helps fortify your faith Ministry helps you find your talents Evangelism helps fulfill your mission Saturday 2 October 2010
  37. 37. Your Choice When you are born again you become part of God’s wider family - then you have to choose to become a member of a local expression of God’s family. Do you attend, or are you committed to a local church? Attend - spectate, consume, take the benefits Committed - involved, contributing, responsible Saturday 2 October 2010
  38. 38. Acts 2:42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. God expects the same commitment from you today - not only committed to Christ but to other christians too. Saturday 2 October 2010
  39. 39. Point to Ponder: I am called to belong, not just believe. Saturday 2 October 2010
  40. 40. Verse to Remember: Romans 12:5 Saturday 2 October 2010
  41. 41. Question to Consider: Does my level of commitment in my local church demonstrate that I love and am committed to God’s family? Saturday 2 October 2010

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