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Sunday, July 12, 2020

A Church for All of Us

We are a church FOR all of us, because we are the church OF Christ!!
A Church For All Of Us
1 Corinthians 6:9-11

What are we for? We know we are "of" Christ, and being "of Christ" comes with specific expectations and serious gravity! The purpose of the church is defined in terms of Evangelism, Edification and Benevolence. But what does that actually look like in practical actions? What would happen if our church was really a church for all of us? If we loved like Jesus, if we served like Jesus, if we obeyed like Jesus, if we lived like Jesus? If this church is growing into a church for all, it will be evidenced by:

1. Radical Desire for Heaven! – Colossians 3:1-4
  1. We shouldn't want anything as much as we want to win souls and go to heaven!
  2. Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 1:3-5, Hebrews 11:6 – prepared place for prepared people!
  3. Disciples, disciple. – 2 Timothy 2:2 (Francis Chan Basketball quote)
  4. We are FOR salvation! We are FOR taking as many others to heaven as possible!!
2. Revolutionary Change from Corruption! – Colossians 3:5-11
  1. Come as you are, but by all means, DON'T STAY THAT WAY!!! – Luke 13:3
  2. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – "You were washed, sanctified, justified" = CHANGED!
  3. ILLUSTRATION: Monopoly, Get out of Jail Free Card
  4. Sin separates us from God, Isaiah 59:1-2, but forgiveness is at the foot of the cross!
  5. We are FOR repentance! We are FOR change! We are FOR God's way!
3. Radiant Love for the Redeemer! – Colossians 3:12-17
  1. It starts and ends with Christ. – Revelation 1:8,
  2. If we love Him, we must love others also! - Matthew 22:36-40
  3. We owed a debt we could not pay; He paid a debt He did not owe! – Romans 5:5-11
  4. We are FOR selflessness! We are FOR God! We are FOR Jesus! We are a church FOR all of us, because we are the church OF Christ!!
In our pursuit of the savior, let us never forget the pursuit of each other! Being a church devoted to Christ means we will be a church devoted to others. A church made up of individuals who are sold-out for one another, and committed to bringing our individual strengths & talents into the family of God! No matter our past, He is making us His own special people! – 1 Peter 2:9-10


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