March 26, 2017
Sermon Title: Building the Church, Building You
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Scripture Reading: Genesis 11:1-4; I Corinthians 10:31
Scripture Text: Philippians 1:6-8
6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.
8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
Building the Church, Building You
I want us to think today about building the church! I believe that the Lord wants us to do something about building the church. I believe the Lord wants the church to be built, but is this what God is truly interested in? Is the church just about fabulous buildings and fancy budgets? NO, I DON’T THINK SO! I don’t think God is opposed to big buildings and big budgets as long as churches have their priorities in proper order.
If any church is just interested in making a name for themselves, then they need a “wake up” call! God didn’t put us here to make a name for ourselves, be it a church, a preacher, a ministry or whatever!
GOD PUT US HERE TO GLORIFY HIM!
A church building may be a part of God’s business, But His real business is people! Building people, building a people of faith! I know that when you look at this corrupt world and all the evil things that are taking place in it, you wonder sometimes if God is still working in people’s lives. But BELIEVE ME, HE IS! Or you and I wouldn’t be here! We must continue to allow God to work in us and through us! He can and will, but only if we let Him!
Three words that tell us about how God builds the church, i.e. how God builds you!
1- Confidence 2- Concern 3- Cooperation
Point I. CONFIDENCE
V. 6 “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ.”
Christians should live confidently! Are you a confident person? Do you have any confidence in who you are, or in what you do?
Point II. CONCERN
Paul had a genuine concern for his Philippian brethren.
. 7 “I have you in my heart....”
Do you have anybody in your heart? You should have. Your mate.
Your children. Your family members.
Paul loved the Philippians. He ministered to them, loved them, and prayed for them. Ministering to one another builds a strong relationship to one another. If you minister to no one, you will have little or no concern for them. MUCH MINISTRY EQUALS MUCH CONCERN! This is what we need in the church. More ministry and more concern.
Point III. CO-OPERATION.
v. 7 “Whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.”
The Philippians shared with Paul in the ministry of the gospel. THERE WAS CO-OPERATION BETWEEN PAUL AND THE PHILIPPIANS!
The church will never go anywhere...It will never be built up or build up people without the spirit of cooperation!
We must work at cooperating with one another! How do we do that?
Illustration: Someone put it this way: “The mule CAN’T kick and pull at the same time. And neither can the church member!”
If we are going to PULL together and cooperate then we must stop kicking one another!
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