The Bond of Love - Communion of the Saints #5

Read Colossians 3:12-17

The final sermon in this series - The Communion of the Saints - consider the nature of godly and holy love at work in the midst of a congregation. God’s love poured out in us by the Spirit, establsihes a bond between believers that testifies to Christ’s grace at work.

Relieving Each Other - Communion of the Saints #4

Read 1John 3:10-18

In this fourth message on this important doctrine of the Church, we discover how in the Communion of the Saints, we have the ability to serve each other by the various needs and abilities given within the Church. This attitude of relieving one another’s needs was emblematic of the first generation church in Acts 4. John testifies that by opening our hearts, or closing them, respecting each other’s needs, shows whether we have life or death at work in ur faith, or whether we belong to Christ or not.

Restore Us O God

Read Psalm 80

The last Sunday of each month our morning service is focused exclusively on the psalms for singing and preaching. We have been journeying through the Psalms of Asaph (73-83) and this morning Psalm 80 was our focus. It is a psalm about praying for the revival of God’s people, His Church, because she has turned away from God and gone astray. Set in the time of King Ahaz of Judah and the conquest of the northern kingdom by Assyria, this psalm pleads for the Lord to restore the countenance of his face upon his people.

The Decline of the Church

Read 2Corinthians 6:11 - 7:1 with genesis 6:1-12

What was one of the grave mitigating factors in the decline of mankind into such depth of sinfulness that God determined to bring the great flood to destroy the earth? It was the decline away from God by his people. While we recognize the church was not formally called such until the time of Christ, in the Old Testament, the seeds and beginnings of the church are drawn out by those called his people. Here the church is seen in the line of Seth - the sons of God, and that line of God’s people severley declined by Noah’s time.

The Majesty of God's Wrath

Read Revelation 19:11-16 with Psalm 76

These Psalms of Asaph [Psalm 73 - 83] deal with hard questions that often perplex Christians. In Psalm 76 the implied question is, “Why does God permit his church and people to be so persecuted by the enemy?” In response, God reveals to us the majesty of his wrath that will bring about deliverance for the meek.

The Keys of the Kingdom

Read Matthew 16:13-23 with Zechariah 6:9-15

Ordinarily, is there the potential for salvation outside the visible church? Here Jesus answers that question by pointing us to where the keys of his kingdom [preaching of the doctrines of the gospel and exercise of discipline] lay - with the visible church.

The Visible Church

Read Genesis 25:27-34 wih Matthew 13:47-52

The Parable of the Dragnet is a grave warning to the visible church of Jesus Christ. As the gospel goes forth, like a dragnet it catches many people. But, like the dragnet, there are both good and bad within, and they will not be separated until the end of the age. As God declares, "they are not all Israel who are of Israel." Since the visible church is the kingdom of Christ here on earth, this aprable warns us not to presume all who are in the church visible are in the kingdom of God.

Of Mustard Seeds and Leaven

Read Daniel 2:34-45 with Matthew 13:31-35

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and Leaven set forth the growth of the Kingdom of Heaven. That growth is on two fronts: a visible, extensive, and exponential growth throughout the whole world; and a hidden, intensive, and transformational growth in the lives of people, and in the world. The Lord Jesus spoke these parables to encourage the church, that though the work of sowing is hard, he will prosper those labours.