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The Church – “Why are we here”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, March 1st. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  They are provided to help you follow the sermon as we walk through the Word each week.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

The Church – Why are we here?

(part 2 as we kick off our study in SS on “The Deliberate Church”)

 

2 Timothy 1:14 – guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

2 Timothy 2:1–2 – [1] You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, [2] and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.

Entrusted, Deposited.

As a true believer a GOOD DEPOSIT has been made in each of us.

 

Based on these verses… Why are we here? (individually and corporately)

 

Ephesians 3:7–13

[7] Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. [8] To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, [9] and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, [10] so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. [11] This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, [12] in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him. [13] So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. (ESV)

 

The Church and her precious and glorious ministry– vv. 7-13

 

v. 7 – As a believer we are MADE A MINISTER (servant) OF THE GOSPEL

 

v. 8 – As servants WE PREACHTHE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST – THE GOSPEL / THE WORD

 

Too often church becomes about us.

 

Yet, the church …HIS CHURCH is about the Gospel.

 

I/We need the Gospel every second of every day.

 

v. 9 – As servants WE bring to light – The goodness of the Gospel – to bring the light to all men.

 

SO THAT THE CHURCH

vv. 10-13 – By doing this WE MAKE KNOWN HIS GLORY

 

 


Scripture References –

2 Timothy 1:13–14 – [13] Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. [14] By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

 

2 Timothy 2:1–7 – [1] You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, [2] and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. [3] Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. [4] No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. [5] An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. [6] It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. [7] Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. (ESV)

 

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