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If one is going to love the assembly (the church) then it only makes sense that one must begin by assuring themselves that they are a believer in Christ. If you are not a believer, you are not a part of the assembly and you, therefore, cannot love the assembly. Are you a believer?
Preacher: Pastor Tony Simpson. Passage: 1 Corinthians 12 vv12-26. God is the one who has put the church together and we each enter through the only entrance, faith in Christ. God has united us together in Christ and we are to keep this unity. How we look at one another is key to this as we understand the abilities we have are gifts from God and are to be used to serve the church. There are no superior or inferior gifts in the church as all are equally necessary for us to function as the body of Christ.
Well let's open our Bibles this morning as we continue our study through an epistle that the Holy Spirit inspired through the apostle Paul just days before he was beheaded by the Roman Emperor Nero b/c Paul is one of the leading Christians of the day who refused to embrace every ick, ism and spasm found throughout the Greek culture ... who could not bow at the Roman altar of pluralism which involved acknowledging Caesar as Lord ... who offended his former Jewish associates by insisting that the reconciliation of man was not found through religious sacrament but through the atoning work of Christ alone ... who as God ... satisfied the just wrath of God for sin ... and as a Man without sin reconciled men of every tongue, tribe and nation who are born again in Him by grace ... through faith in His finished work of redemption. So these are the last words of the apostle Paul on earth. If you only had a short time to live ... what would you say to those ... you loved the most ... knowing you were about to die?
The reality of the church is that it is.... A people called to God who is giver of grace: v.1-3 A people given grace that enriches and sustains: v.4-8 A people who are dang fortunate that their God is faithful: v.9
We are to do our best to keep our hearts united!
God reigns through the peaks & valleys of our lives.
In Genesis, we discover that God created us in His image and likeness. What does that mean for us today?