By Embracing the Cross (4 of 8) by Stan Coffey

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By Embracing the Cross (4 of 8)
Series: Growing Strong
Stan Coffey
Matthew 22:37-40


OUTLINE:
I. THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
A. WE EXIST TO CELEBRATE GOD'S PRESENCE - WORSHIP
1. PRAISE - EPHESIANS 5:19
2. COMMITMENT - ROMANS 12:1-2
3. PRAYER - PSALM 95:6
4. HEARING THE WORD OF GOD - JOHN 17:17
5. GIVING - 1 CORINTHIANS 16:1-2
6. BAPTISM - ROMANS 6:3-4
7. MEDITATION - HABAKKUK 2:20
8. THE LORD'S SUPPER OR COMMUNION - 1 CORINTHIANS 11:23-26
B. WE EXIST TO COMMUNICATE GOD'S WORD - EVANGELISM
1. THE CHURCH MUST GROW
a. GOD LOVES PEOPLE AND WANTS TO SEE PEOPLE SAVED
b. GOD COMMANDS THAT THE CHURCH GROW
c. IT IS GOD'S WILL
C. WE EXIST TO EDUCATE GOD'S PEOPLE - DISCIPLESHIP
D. WE EXIST TO DEMONSTRATE GOD'S LOVE - MINISTRY
II. MANDATE OF THE CHURCH
A. PROTECT THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH
1. ACTING IN LOVE TOWARD ONE ANOTHER
2. REFUSING TO GOSSIP
3. FOLLOWING OUR LEADERSHIP
4. DUTY TO SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CHURCH
a. RESPONSIBILITY TO ATTEND FAITHFULLY - HEBREWS 10:25
b. RESPONSIBILITY TO LIVE A GODLY LIFE
c. RESPONSIBILITY TO GIVE THE TITHE REGULARLY
B. SERVE THE MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH
1. DEVELOP SPIRITUAL GIFTS AND TALENTS
a. SUNDAY SCHOOL
b. BIBLE STUDY
c. SERVE IN SOME MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH
2. EQUIPPED TO SERVE BY YOUR LEADERSHIP
3. DEVELOP A SERVANT'S HEART
C. SUPPORT THE TESTIMONY OF THE CHURCH
1. PRAYING FOR ITS GROWTH - NUMERICAL AND SPIRITUAL
2. INVITING OTHERS TO ATTEND
3. WELCOMING THOSE WHO VISIT

If you have your Bible, I am going to invite your attention to two passages in Matthew, Matthew 22 and Matthew 28. They are also located on your bulletin. If you look on your bulletin, there is an outline like this, and it will help you to follow the Scripture verses today, as well as, follow the message today: Embrace the Cross.

The Bible says that on the cross, Jesus gave His life for the church. The Bible says that with His own precious blood, He purchased the church. Now, we are in a series of messages right now ...


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