The Body Life Of The Church (2 of 7) by Ernest Easley

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The Body Life of the Church (2 of 7)
Our Savior... Our Church... Our Future
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 12.12-31
January 19, 2003

Join me tonight in 1 Corinthians chapter 12. We're
thinking together on these Sunday nights under the
heading:

Our Savior... Our Church... Our Future

*As Savior... Jesus is the builder. Matthew
16.18, "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and
on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of
Hell shall not prevail against it."

Jesus didn't say, "You will build My church." He
didn't say, "You will build your church." Nor did He
say, "I will build your church."

He did say, "I will build My church."
As Savior... Jesus is the builder!

*As Church... we are the body!

Ephesians 1.22-23, "And He put all things under His
feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the
church which is His body, the fullness of Him who
fills all in all."

Colossians 1.18, "And He is the head of the body, the
church..."

And as Head: He calls the shots! He gives direction!
He provides the strategy for growth and health!

As Savior... He is the builder of the church!
As Church... we are the body of Christ!

*As to our Future... it is bright and certain!

Jesus said, "... I will build My church and the gates
of Hell shall not prevail against it."

Our Savior... Our Church... Our Future!

Now last Sunday night in thinking about Our Savior...
Our Church... Our Future.... we talked about...

(1) God's Perspectives of His Church.

And those two perspectives were...

-the church gathers for a reason.

Every time we gather... we gather for Worship... Bible
Study... Fellowship... Discipleship and Encouragement.

But for the church to be the church... we've got to
take it one step further. The church not only gathers
for a reason...

-the church scatters for a reason.

After gathering... we scatter just like the first
century church did in Acts 8.1, " ...


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