Choosing a Family
Romans 8:14-17 NASB
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
The church is referred to as a: ...body -Ro. 12:4-10 ...building -Eph. 2:20-21 ...family -Eph. 5:22-32
The Church has two parts: ...the universal church Christians all over the world -Matt. 16:18; Eph. 2:19 ...the local church where Christians meet and serve together -Acts 20:28; 2 Cor. 11:28
How do we become part of the Lord's Church? 1) We are all baptized into the universal Church -1 Cor. 12:13 2) We choose to become a part of a local church -Acts 2:42-27
The message is a call to all Christians to choose a family and become a participating member in the family here at Tyro Christian Church
Membership Give Me the Chance to IDENTIFY Myself as a Christian
Philippians 1:27 NASB
Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
It makes sure everyone knows WHOSE SIDE we are on
Matthew 10:32 NASB
"Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.
It shows we are UNASHAMED of being a Christian
Romans 1:16 NASB
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Membership Expresses My Desire to Continue to GROW as a Christian
Ephesians 4:11-13 NASB
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
I will never be content to COAST spiritually
2 Timothy 2:15, 2 Peter 3:18 NASB
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
It will help me avoid returning to the fellowship in the WORLD
Galatians 6:1-2, 2 Timothy 4:10 NASB
Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.
I will gain from the KNOWLEDGE of mature Christians
Colossians 1:28 NASB
We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.
Membership Connects Me with Other Christians in Order to REACH Others for Christ
Ephesians 4:16 NASB
from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Everyone of us has a special USE in the body
Romans 12:4-8 NASB
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
My efforts are more POWERFUL when I'm connected with other Christians
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NASB
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
This body reaches people all over the WORLD
Acts 1:8 NASB
but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
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