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1 “If we are The Body… “The Practical Purposes of the Church”

2 If We Are The Body It's crowded in worship today As she slips in trying to fade into the faces The girls teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know Farther than they know But if we are the body Why aren't His arms reaching? Why aren't His hands healing? Why aren't His words teaching? And if we are the body Why aren't His feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a way? There is a wayChorus: But if we are the body Why aren't His arms reaching? Why aren't His hands healing? Why aren't His words teaching? And if we are the body Why aren't His feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a way? There is a way A traveler is far away from home He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row The weight of their judgmental glances Tells him that his chances are better out on the road Chorus Jesus paid much too high a price For us to pick and choose who should come And we are the body of Christ Chorus Jesus is the way

3 “The church is an eternal organism in the earth, doing the will of God and accomplishing the purpose of God.”

4 “The Eternal Purposes of the …

5 To proclaim the eternal richesTo proclaim the eternal riches of Christ. Ephesians 3: 8

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7 “The Eternal Purposes of the … To Reveal the eternal Mystery of the church.To Reveal the eternal Mystery of the church. Ephesians 3: 9

8 Colossians 1:25-27 - “Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”

9 “The Eternal Purposes of the … To DISPLAY the eternal wisdomTo DISPLAY the eternal wisdom of God. of God. Ephesians 3: 10-11

10 “The Eternal Purposes of the … To Manifest the eternal gloryTo Manifest the eternal glory of God. Ephesians 3: 21

11 of through toRomans 11:36 – “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Whom be glory for ever. Amen.”

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13 “The Practical Purposes of the …

14 It is God’s vehicle to get us where he wants us to goIt is God’s vehicle to get us where he wants us to go

15 waytruth lifeJohn 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”

16 while they beheld, He was taken upActs 1:9-11 – “And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

17 life  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the life :…”

18 Acts 2:1-4 – “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

19 life  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the life :…” quickenethJohn 6:63 – “It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

20 truth  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the truth :…”

21 apostles' doctrineActs 2:42 – “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

22 truth  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the truth :…” apostles' doctrineActs 2:42 – “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” thy Word is truthJohn 17:17 – “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy Word is truth.”

23 truth  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the truth :…” apostles' doctrineActs 2:42 – “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” thy Word is truthJohn 17:17 – “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy Word is truth.” John 1:1,14 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

24 way  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the way :…”

25 THE CHURCHTHE CHURCH OF GOD!

26 way  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the way :…” persecuting the churchPhilippians 3:4-6 – “Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church ; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.”

27 way  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the way :…” beyond measure I persecuted the church of GodGalatians 1:13 – “For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it”

28 way  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the way :…” he made havock of the churchActs 8:2-3 – “And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.”

29 way  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the way :…” persecutest thou meActs 9:4 – “And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?”

30 way  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the way :…” And I persecuted this wayActs 22:1-4 – “Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you. (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he saith,) I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.”

31 way  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the way :…” that if he found any of this wayActs 9:1-2 – “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.”

32 way  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the way :…” the way of GodActs 18:24-26 – “And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.”

33 way  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am … the way :…” Acts 19:9 – “But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.”Acts 19:9 – “But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.” Acts 19:23 – “And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.”Acts 19:23 – “And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.”

34 way truthlife  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:….” The church is our vehicle to get us where God wants us to go. (It’s the WAY to get there)The church is our vehicle to get us where God wants us to go. (It’s the WAY to get there)

35 way truthlife  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:….” The church is our vehicle to get us where God wants us to go. (It’s the WAY to get there)The church is our vehicle to get us where God wants us to go. (It’s the WAY to get there) The Bible is our road map to show us where God wants us to go.The Bible is our road map to show us where God wants us to go.

36 way truthlife  John 14:6 – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:….” The church is our vehicle to get us where God wants us to go. (It’s the WAY to get there)The church is our vehicle to get us where God wants us to go. (It’s the WAY to get there) The Bible is our road map to show us where God wants us to go.The Bible is our road map to show us where God wants us to go. The Spirit is our Guide to keep us moving in the right direction that God wants us to go.The Spirit is our Guide to keep us moving in the right direction that God wants us to go.

37 “The Practical Purposes of the … It is God’s doctrinal resource to TEach us what he wants us to knowIt is God’s doctrinal resource to TEach us what he wants us to know

38 in the house of God, which is the church of the living God the pillar and ground of the truth1 Timothy 3:15 – “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

39 rightly dividing the word of truth2 Timothy 2:15 – “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

40 C.I. Scofield- "A dispensation is a period of time during which man is tested in respect to his obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God."

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42 dispensation of the graceEphesians 3:2-3 – “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery;…”

43 7 letters to 7 local churches

44  Paul  The church of the ROMANS  The church of the CORINTHIANS  The churches of the GALATIANS  The church of the EPHESIANS  The church of the PHILIPPIANS  The church of the COLOSSIANS  The church of the THESSALONIANS

45 7 letters to 7 local churches  Jesus  The church in SARDIS- (Rev. 3:1- 6)  The church in THYATIRA- (Rev. 2:18-29)  The church in PERGAMOS- (Rev.2:12-17)  The church of EPHESUS- (Rev. 2:1-7)  The church in PHILADELPHIA- (Rev. 3:7-13)  The church of the LAODICEANS- (Rev.14-22)  The church in SMYRNA- (Rev. 2:8- 11)

46 7 letters to 7 local churches  Paul  The church of the ROMANS  The church of the CORINTHIANS  The churches of the GALATIANS  The church of the EPHESIANS  The church of the PHILIPPIANS  The church of the COLOSSIANS  The church of the THESSALONIANS  Jesus  The church in SARDIS  The church in THYATIRA  The church in PERGAMOS  The church of EPHESUS  The church in PHILADELPHIA  The church of the LAODICEANS  The church in SMYRNA-

47  1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

48  1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”  Revelation 4:1 “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.”

49 Colossians- Laodicea  Colossians 1 & 2- DOCTRINAL  Colossians 3 & 4- PRACTICAL

50 Colossians- Laodicea  Colossians 3 & 4- (RELATIONSHIPS) 3:1-17- with JESUS.3:1-17- with JESUS. 3:18-25- in the Family.3:18-25- in the Family. 4:1-2- at the Workplace.4:1-2- at the Workplace. 4:3-6- with Lost People.4:3-6- with Lost People. 4:7-18- with the Body of Christ.4:7-18- with the Body of Christ.

51 “The Practical Purposes of the … It is the making known of Christ’s body to develop us the way he wants us to growIt is the making known of Christ’s body to develop us the way he wants us to grow

52 1 Corinthians 12:27 – “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”

53 EDIFIED in the BODY  Ephesians 4:11-12 – “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ ”

54 UNIFIED in the FAITH  Ephesians 4:13 – “ Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”

55 UNIFIED in the FAITH  Ephesians 4:13 – “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ”  Ephesians 4:2-3 – “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; ENDEAVORING to KEEP the UNITY of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

56 SOLIDIFIED in the SON  Ephesians 4:13 – “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ ”

57 FORTIFIED in DOCTRINE  Ephesians 4:14 - “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”

58 VERIFIED in LOVE  Ephesians 4:15-16 – “ But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

59 VERIFIED in LOVE  Mark 12:30-31 – “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than THESE.”

60 VERIFIED in LOVE  John 13:35 -“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

61 “The Practical Purposes of the … It is God’s instrument through which we carry out his commission to goIt is God’s instrument through which we carry out his commission to go

62 “Are YOU an active participan t fulfilling the Practical Purposes of the …


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