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Look Under the Hood

8/28/11

Mark 1:21-34 Experience is important but experience is not everything.  I had a friend who once owned a vehicle in which they absolutely loved. One day while driving the infamous CHECK ENGINE LIGHT lit up on the dash board, and my friend somehow came to the logical conclusion that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle, as engine lights being lit on dashboards are common.  With the miraculous gift of wisdom in which they possessed, they got a hold of some black electrical tape, covered the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT and continued on their merry way. A few months later the car died, reason of death: engine problems

Like my friend who failed to acknowledge the Check Engine light on their car, many believers are failing to acknowledge the check engine light in the body of Christ is well lit.  Experience may tell us there is nothing wrong or “its just a season ,” however, as mentioned a moment ago experience is not everything.  The question we will as and answer today is can we satisfy it in our spirit that the church today looks like the church in the Bible?

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8/21/11

God commands us is to go to church (Heb. 10:23-25)—not as a perpetual visitor or spectator, but as a member sharing in its life, committed in relationship, considering one another, and stirring each other up to good works.  The various metaphors or images used for the church in the New Testament are, as we have seen: the family of God (household of faith), the body of Christ, the bride of Christ - they all imply relationship, and commitment to one another.  That is what we are going to talk about today, and I pray that Spirit would speak to each of our hearts and challenge us in our relationship and commitment to this local body of Christ.

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Loving the Family of God

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8/14/11

Interestingly, “family” is one of the primary metaphors that God uses in speaking of His church.  We are repeatedly called “children of God” a term that refers to the fact that by virtue of our relationship with God the Father, we have become related to one another.  Another term that signifies a familial relationship is the “Household of God” or “Household of faith” which is used to describe the church on several occasions in the New Testament (Eph 2:19-22, 1 Tim. 3:14-15; 5:2, Heb 10:21, 1 Pet. 4:17).  Other terms such as “brotherhood” (1 Peter 2:17), brothers or sisters are used to describe the relationship of believers one with another.

God wants His children to learn to get along with each other, to love each other. If you are a parent, you want your kids to get along with each other. God does, too. He wants it so much that He says that loving each other is tantamount, or equal in seriousness, to loving Him.

It easy to say in an abstract sense “I love the church,” but when it gets down to a specific group of believers to whom we are relationally attached, and with whom we interact week in week out, known as the local church, it is more difficult, because love now has to be lived out in tangible, concrete ways even in the face of challenges and difficulty. .

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Loving His Bride

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8/7/11

In Eph. 5:25-27, Paul is speaking about husbands loving their wives, but Paul uses the love that Jesus has for His church, as an example of the way that husbands ought to love their wife, if they are allowing the Spirit of God to have control over them.  The love that Christ has for the church is the standard against which a man's love for his wife is to be measured.  However, this message is not about marriage, it is about the church.  We are so used to reading through this passage focusing on the subject of marriage, that we can sometimes miss the other truths that are contained within these verses.  So today let’s focus on these verses from a different perspective, a more unfamiliar perspective.  Let’s concentrate instead on what it reveals to us of how Christ loves the church, and let us pray that not only will our minds be informed by the word, but that our hearts will be transformed by the word.

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7/17/11

Genesis 2 reveals to us God’s original design for marriage.  Salvation is all about the restoration of God’s original intention for our lives and the world.  God created marriage, and intended for it to a blessing to both partners.  He intended for it to be the most fulfilling, and intimate of human relationships, and He provides for us here a pattern for how to realize His original intention in our marriages.

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Marriage by Design

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7/24/11

God created marriage and He created men and women with unique differences. Ephesians 5:33 addresses those differences and teaches wives and husbands what is essential to have a happy, healthy, God-honoring marriage.

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Loving His Sheep

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7/31/11

"Do You Love the Church?"  The reason that we need to ask ourselves that question, is because our answer to that question is of utmost importance to Jesus.  Jesus asked 100's of questions in the gospels, it was one of his most effective means of teaching and communicating spiritual truth.    After His resurrection Jesus appeared to Peter, and asked him three times:  “Peter, do you love me?”  And three times Jesus connects Peter’s love for Him, with Peter’s love for His Church.  The two are inseparable.  You cannot love Jesus, and not love the Church that He loved so much that He gave His life for it.

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