My sermon/teaching notes for Wednesday, May. 27th. Our current Wednesday Summer Series is WHY WE LOVE BELONGING TO THE CHURCH. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. To see the sermon each week please visit http://www.fbcap.net
WHY WE LOVE BELONGING TO THE CHURCH
Because of our PURPOSE? Part 1
1 Chronicles 29:10-15, 1 Peter 4:7-11, Matthew 28:18-20 (scripture references at end of outline)
As Christians, we exist to live a life that brings glory and honor to God as we make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A disciple is someone:
- that has accepted Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord
- that is growing daily in their relationship with Him
- that is serving Him by their involvement and ministry within the fellowship of His Church
We accomplish this by reaching out with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and by building up believers in their knowledge of God and His Word so they can live an obedient and joyful life of service and ministry unto the Lord and His church.
Therefore, our purpose is to glorify & honor God by:
- Reaching out with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ
- Building up believers in their knowledge and understanding of God and His Word
- Belonging to the body of Christ and Serving Him joyfully and obediently.
1 Chronicles 29:10–15 –  Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.  Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.  And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.  For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. (ESV)
1 Peter 4:7–11 –  The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.  Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.  Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.  As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:  whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)
Colossians 1:9–14 –  And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,  so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;  being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.  He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (ESV)
Matthew 28:16–20 –  Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)