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The Miracle-Working Jesus - Desperate for God (6 of 7)
Series: The Church
There are so many misconceptions of what the New Testament church is. The Body of Christ is divided into so many different denominations, doctrines, dogmas, belief systems and faith statements.
Listen, when you go to Longhorn Steakhouse you can order a ribeye, a filet mignon, a porterhouse, a New York strip, or a sirloin steak. You can eat what ever you want but all these steaks came from the same animal - a cow! There are different churches that have different emphases. They may concentrate on certain parts of scripture more than others (they may like sirloin better than ribeye), but the truth is we need all of JESUS and all of His WORD. We need every part of Him in order to know Him in His fullness. We read last week from John chapter 1, vs 16, ''Of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.'' Or ''grace upon grace.'' This is saying that the apostle John had received and witnessed the fullness of Christ. John saw the ministry of Jesus and the miracles of Jesus. It was Peter, James, and John that saw Jesus in His glory when He was transfigured on the mount when Moses and Elijah appeared there with them. John was with Mary the mother of Jesus at the crucifixion of Jesus. It was Peter and John that were racing to the tomb after they heard the word that Jesus had risen from the dead. When John wrote his gospel, he was saying we have received the abundance or the fullness of who Christ is.
In 1983, I was 22 years old (believe it or not). Gerri and I were invited by her parents to a Catholic Charismatic prayer meeting. As a Catholic, you were taught that anything in the Catholic church is ''safe'' but I didn't realize that they were living on a diet of a very small portion of who Christ is. When I was introduced to a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, my eyes were open to all of who Jesus was. My eyes saw t ...
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