Summary: What are the implications of God calling we who make up the church “saints?” How do saints relate together?

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The People of God: Laymen

(2 Corinthians 1: 1b-2)

1. A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside.

The Pastor said to him, "You need to join the Army of the Lord!"

My friend replied, "I'm already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor."

Pastor questioned, "How come I don't see you except at Christmas and Easter?"

He whispered back, "I'm in the secret service.

2. Too many Christains claim to be loner Christians. Like a loner ant who is not part of the colony, a loner Christian has limited impact. We are meant to be part of a body.

3. Some people cannot hanlde this: this have become anti-social, they cannot be team players, are uncomfortable with authority, and they have little tolerance or patience for the ways of individuals who make up the Body. They have not discovered how to love others, for love covers a multitude of sins. They disassociate to their own peril.

Main Idea: What are the implications of God calling we who make up the church “saints?” How do saints relate together?

I. Saints Who Make Up the CHURCH (2)

A. Paul's view of the CHURCH: the priesthood of all believers

1. Paul pictures the church as a body; we all have a role

When I was in first grade, we did a play called Hansel and Grettel. I played a mushroom. I sang and danced with the other mushrooms

The idea of being included in a group is innate to human nature; it is unnatural to be anti-social

The church is not a spectator sport; the church is not a bunch of musicians putting on a show and an orator attempting to hold our attention. The churhs is who we are.

2. It is not just the "elite" or a "caste"

Our Relationship to God Our Respect for God-ordained Authority

Do not be called “Rabbi” Submit to those in authority

“Father” or “Teacher” Obey your leaders

(Matt 23:8-12) (Hebews 13:17)

You will give account They will give account for you

You are priests to God Called men given to help you grow

(Rev. 1:6, I Peter 2:5) (Ephesians 4:11-12)

Neither male nor female Male overseers (I Tim. 2:11, 3:2)

(Galatians 3:28) Led by spiritually mature men

All in Christ new creation who meet rigorous criteria

(2 Cor. 5:17) (I Timothy 3:1-7)

B. SAINTS individually

Definition of saint: One set apart from the rest of humanity and society by personal, saving faith in Jesus Christ, one who has the righteousness of Christ and who is being conformed to Christ’s image (aka, “a genuinely saved person”).

The saints often have an unsaintly background (I Corinthinas 6:9-11)

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

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