Summary: The second sermon shows how we are called to the church that Christ has built.
THE CHURCH CHRIST IS BUILDING.
LAST WEEK WE FOUND OUT THAT JESUS IS BUILDING HIS CHURCH UPON THE FOUNDATION THAT HE IS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD AND HE IS THE CHRIST MATTHEW 16:16.
WE THEN LEARNED THAT JESUS WAS THE CORNER STONE OF THAT CHURCH LUKE 20:17.
WE ALSO LEARNED THAT HE IS USING LIVING STONES (US) TO BUILD THE CHURCH WITH I PETER 2:410.
ALSO THAT WE WERE CALLED OUT TO BE SAINTS i.e. BELIEVERS ROMANS 1:6 7.
THAT WE WERE ALL CALLED FIRST BY HIS WORD THEN BY HIS SPIRIT COLOSSIANS 3:1216 & EPHE. 4:1 6.
TODAY WE CONTINUE LOOK AT THE CHURCH CHRIST BUILT.
1. WHY WERE WE CALLED?
a. 1 CORINTHIANS 1:4 9
4 I thank my God always concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,
5 that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge,
6 even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you,
7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
8 who shall also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Fellowship; association, especially of friendly character; comradeship; companionship; close association with others having common interests, ideas, and beliefs.
(these notes are from Barnes on I CORINTHIANS 1:4 9)
1. In his feelings and views
ROMANS 8:5 11
5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so;
8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
10 And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.
(2) In his trials and sufferings, being subjected to temptations and trial similar to his;
(a) I Peter 4:12 19
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;
13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing; so that also at the revelation of His glory, you may rejoice with exultation.
14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
15 By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler;
16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God.
17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
18 And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?
19 Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
(b) PHILIPPIANS 3:7 11
7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ
9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,