Presentation on theme: "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."— Presentation transcript:
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
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 4:16-21. 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).
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)
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
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).