Experiencing God

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This is from the bible study “Experiencing God”  

byHenry Blackaby  

” When a church allows God’s presence and activity to be expressed, a watching world will be drawn to Him.”

Church members need to know how to walk with God and to know how to hear Him speaking.  They need to be able to identify things only God can do.  Perhaps one of the greatest challenges for Christianity in our day is for churchesto walk with God so closely that the world comes to know Him through their witness.When a church allows God’s presence and activity to be expressed, a watching world will be drawn to Him.  

How can your church be that kind of congregation?

First we must understand who you are in relation to God and to one another:  

 A church is a creation of Christ.  He builds his church. He uses spirit directed pastors and leaders.   

Ephesians 4:11-13 (New International Version)  

11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  

1 Corinthians 12:18 (New International Version)  

18But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  

He arranges the members of his church according to His will.  Every member has been placed in the church according to God’splan to accomplish His purpose for that place and time.   

A church is a living body of Christ with many members.  The church is not a building or an organization.  It is a group of people built into a living body.   

1 Corinthians 12:27 (New International Version)  

 27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. A church is uniquely relaed to Christ as Head of the body. All mattersin a churchare to come under His lordship.   

Ephesians 1:22 (New International Version)  

22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church  

Members of a church are uniquely related to every other member of the church.  

Ephesians 4:15-16 (New International Version)  

15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.  

All members are interdependent and need one another.  

Ephesians 4:11-16 (New International Version)  

11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  

 14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.  

A  church is on a mission with Christ in our world to carry out the Father’s redemptive purposes.  We are God’s fellow workers.  

Matthew 28:18-20 (New International Version)  

18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  

As you watch this video and listen to the words please think about how and where  God has placed all of these people in His word and in His time.  

THIS is the church!  

Where is He placing you?  

Where is He placing your church?  

Everyone before us has been on a mission with God…will we follow?  

  

   

   

   

 

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About godw1nz

I am the mom of three beautiful daughters, wife to a genius, sister to a teacher, sis-in-law to an engineer, daughter to a yankee and a rebel, and a woman chasing God. I love to read, draw and be with my family. If the reading inspires me, then I draw what I read. Almost everything I draw is based around or about Jesus Christ. I attend church at First United Methodist Hillsville. Ronnie Collins is my associate pastor, also a blogger here. I love the Lord with all my heart and I hope what you see here will inspire your heart.

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