Sermon series on the topic of corporate worship and liturgy. (Sermon also includes the reading and exhortation from the Lord's Table liturgy) Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart...
How do you know if you, or anyone else, is a true Christian? Paul warns us that there are many false ideas about Christianity, and so identifies for us the marks of the circumcision—those things which invariably attend a regenerate heart, found in the life of a man or woman alive in Christ. Here he gives us three things: true worship, true joy, and true confidence, all in marked contrast to the external and carnal forms of those who might imagine themselves religious but who do not know God in Christ. These are the marks of the circumcision, the indicators that we belong to Christ and are part of the new covenant community of believers.
On Pastor Greg's birthday, we discuss the observance and celebration of the annual anniversary of one's birth in light of Scripture. And we note the most important birth day that all who are born of "the flesh" must experience in "the spirit"!
Also Reference: Exodus 28:10, Romans 14:5
Maintaining God's Temple, Your Body 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 The body is designed to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 3:16. This is one of the glorious truths of both Scripture and the Christian experience. The word "body" is singular: each believer is a temple of the Spirit of God.The Holy Spirit actually dwells within the body of the believer.The Holy Spirit is the gift of God. A man does not receive the Spirit of God by working for Him. He receives the Spirit of God as a gift from God."Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" John 14:17."At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you" John 14:20."But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" Romans 8:9.You see, God is not going to share His glory with another. He is not content to be King for a day.
The latest message from Emmanuel Reformed Church in our ongoing series through the Book of Ephesians "The Glory of Christ in the Life of the Church." In this message, Pastor Carl returns to look at Ephesians 2:11-13 in a sermon titled "Brought Near by the Blood."
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Jacob saw a preincarnate appearance of Jesus. The face he saw was the face of God. We will discuss some implications of this truth and see some reasons why the exact appearance of the face of Jesus remains unknown to us, today.
Also Reference: Colossians 1:15, Numbers 21:8, John 3:14, 2 Kings 18:4
How has Gnosticism plagued theological and philosophical thinkers throughout history?
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When it says in verse 30 that we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones, what does it mean? Well, it does not mean His physical flesh and bones, obviously. Christ was not married during His earthly lifetime. But rather it means that we, His saints, are members of His spiritual body, the Church. And this is because we are married to Him spiritually speaking. He is the head of His spiritual body the Church. And we are, all of us together, His spiritual body. This idea, however, needs some development. And so let us see whether we can gain some spiritual understanding of this mystery by asking 3 questions.
1st – In what sense are we members of Christ's body, His flesh and His bones individually as believers? 2nd – In what sense does Christ leave His father and mother to be joined to His wife? And 3rd – In what sense shall the two become one flesh, spiritually in terms of the Universal Church? May the Lord grant wisdom and illumination to our minds and hearts through this study.