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Brussels October 31 st 2010. The Nature of the Church 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people (laos), a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging.

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1 Brussels October 31 st 2010

2 The Nature of the Church 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people (laos), a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light....Organically joined to Christ by baptism

3 Two truths for Gods People 1. They are sent ones: (apostellein), with authority, to carry out Christs mission. Jesus was sent by the Father. His mission is shown in Luke 4: He commissioned the Twelve in Matthew 10:1, 8) and the seventy (Luke 9:1-6 and 10:1- 12), then all his disciples to go in his own power and authority: As the Father has sent me, so I send you (John 20:20-21).

4 2. The meaning of service in the church Acts 6: 1 – 7 v. 2: to wait on tables (diakoneo). v. 4: ministry of the word (diakonia)

5 Ministry in the NT Church The Example of Christ: a slave (doulos), who came to serve, and to give his life for us: Mark 10:45 John 13:34

6 Service common to all in the church Ministry (diakonia) of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:19 – 20). Doing good to all people (Matt. 5:14- 16; Gal. 6:10).

7 Particular Service Romans 12:4 – 8: Prophecy Serving Teaching Encouraging Giving Leadership Showing mercy

8 Particular Service 1 Cor. 12:8 – 11 Message of wisdom Message of knowledge Faith Gifts of Healing Miraculous powers Prophecy Distinguishing between spirits Tongues Interpretation of tongues

9 Finding your gift(s) Eagerly desire them (1 Cor. 14:1) Serve with enthusiasm Discern what you enjoy Talk with friends and leaders Sharpen your gifts


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