WE ARE THE CHURCH

 

As born again Christians we are the church!

As born again Christians gathered as a local assembly of believers, we are the church!

Many of the Spiritual problems we have as a church are a result of people not understanding who we are as a church.

We have an identity crisis, as such!

 

This morning I want to help you understand exactly who we are as a church!  By understanding who we are, we can better understand how each person who calls this church “home” should be behaving!

 

WE ARE A STRUCTURED & STEADFAST PEOPLE

Matthew 16:18 - And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Peter was a “stone”.

The church would be built on a “large rock”. That “large rock” is Jesus Christ Himself! Peter’s own words attest to this fact. 1 Peter 2:6-7

Jesus is building his church, person by person.  Each person who comes to know Christ as their Savior is a part of the building.

Jesus is building his church into a mature, complete structure. Ephesians 4:14-16

You and I all know that not every group that calls themselves a church is really a church!  And not every church that calls itself a church is growing in new converts, and/or Spiritual maturity.

In many places throughout the world Jesus is building His church.  My concern is that He might not be building His church here!  Are we as the church growing spiritually?  Are we as a church adding new converts to His building?

IS IT HAPPENING HERE?

Not only are we his Structured People, we are His steadfast people.  The gates of “Hell”, in this case meaning, the grave or death can not prevail against His church!

 

The gates of the grave and death will not prevail because Christ will draw all believers to Himself!

1 Corinthians 15:51-57

As the grave could not keep Jesus, the grave can not keep you either.

 

WE ARE A SENT PEOPLE

 

Just before Jesus left the earth to go to Heaven, He gave marching orders to His church!

 

Matthew 28:18-20 - And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Jesus gives us the command to “go”.  His church is to be on the move outward.  We are not to sit, soak, and sour in the pew.

 

 

As we go what are to do three things:

·       Make Disciples – teach all nations

·       Baptize

·       Teach – to observe all the things that Jesus taught

 

WE ARE A SPECIAL PEOPLE

1 Peter 2:9-10 - But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

WE ARE CHOSEN

The church is made up of people who have been born into the family of God through faith in Christ. John 1:12-13

Each one of us who are children of God are part of the chosen. Don’t let that upset you. Let that excite you! Ephesians 1:4-6

As part of the chosen we are important to God.

As part of the chosen, God has singled us out to enjoy His grace.

As part of the chosen we have a special security, if we have been truly saved.

As part of the chosen we are special! And if you are not yet one who has put their faith in Christ, you too, can believe, be saved and found as one of God’s chosen. Acts 16:31

WE ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD

We already established that we are children of God. As children of God we are members of His royal family, and we are scheduled to reign with His Son. Revelation 20:6

Have you noticed that for the most part Queen Elizabeth acts like royalty?

Have you also noticed that Queen Elizabeth has been often disturbed by the non royal behavior of her family?  Many times the royal family does not act like the royal family.

We are the church! We are God’s royalty.  I wonder how often God has been embarrassed by us in this church when we have not acted like children of the king!

We are a “royal priesthood”.  We are a “kingdom of priests”.

A priest labors for God in behalf of men.

Just as our “great high priest” intercedes for us, we are to intercede for others. Hebrews 7:24-25        1 Timothy 2:1-4, 1 Timothy 2:8, Ephesians 6:18

Just as Prince Charles could intercede for a commoner like you or me before his mother the queen, we can intercede as members of the “royal family” for others, both saved and unsaved.

We are the church. We are special! We are a royal priesthood!

Do you act like a royal? Do you pray like a royal?  Do we as a church pray like royals?

Most of you can give lots of excuses for not coming to prayer meeting.  But if you were to set your excuses aside and start praying like a royal, we wouldn’t be just building a fellowship hall, we’d be building a sanctuary!

WE ARE A HOLY PEOPLE

We are a “holy” people. The word “holy means “set apart”.

In as sense, as Christians, we have signed a contract to live for God.  When we were saved we committed ourselves to Jesus as our Savior. But that also means that Jesus is our Lord.

Right off the bat, the minute we were saved God changed us. 2 Corinthians 5:7, Ezekiel 36:26-27

Of course, it makes sense that as a church God expects us to act like the holy people that we are.              1 Peter 1:15-16

·       Do we act like the “holy” people we are?

·       Do we hunger and thirst after righteousness?

·       Do we hunger and thirst after God’s Word?

·       Do we have daily times of prayer?

·       Do we forgive or hold grudges? 

·       Do we seek the lost or let them “fry”?

·       Do we praise from the heart or sit soak and sour in a pew?

·       Do we have Godly habits or habits that disturb God?

 

If we indeed are a holy people let’s start acting like it!

If you claim to be saved and changed by God, start acting like it!

 

WE ARE GOD’S OWN PEOPLE

In our text it says that we are a “peculiar people”.

The word peculiar here means that we are a people who belong to God because we have been purchased.

We are His because He has purchased us! Titus 2:14

We are the church! Do we act like we belong to God or do we act like we belong to the Devil? 

There should be no behavior by any us in this church that would indicate that we belong to the devil! When we do slip and act like the Devil, it should be confessed and forsaken.

We are the church! We are special!

 

We are a chosen people, a holy people, a royal priesthood, and God’s possession. Why has God made us this special?

 

1 Peter 2:9-10 - But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

We are special so we can declare the praises of Him who has done so much for us!

 

WE ARE THE CHURCH!

WE ARE A STRUCTURED AND STEADFAST PEOPLE

WE ARE A SENT PEOPLE

WE ARE A SPECIAL PEOPLE

·       We are a chosen people.

·       We are a royal priesthood.

·       We are a holy people.

·       We are God’s possession.

 

I am convinced that if each of us live like we are the church, there will be wholesale changes made.  It starts with you!

What do you need to do to start acting like you are a part of this church?

 

 

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