11/26/2006 ~ Work of the Church

... To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi,
with the bishops and deacons: ... ~ Philippians 1:1-2

└─> Had organization.                  

What is the work of the church?
~ Is it just meetings?
What is it that gets it done?

Good work had begun.            
... that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day
of Jesus Christ; ... ~ Philippians 1:3-6

Bishop = Overseer, Would be Shepherd

"... to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."
~ Acts 20:28

Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, ...
~ 1st Peter 5:2

... some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors ...
~ Ephesians 4:10-11

... they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, ...
~ Acts 14:23

... A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, ...
~ 1st Timothy 3:1-7

... and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you ... ~ Titus 1:5-9

Deacons = Servants

Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, ...
~ 1st Timothy 3:8-13

... seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, ... ~ Acts 6:3-4

All the Saints = Faithful Believers, Flock of God

... you have done well that you shared in my distress. ... ~ Philippians 4:14-19

The work is a sharing.

... not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner
of some, but exhorting one another, ... ~ Hebrews 10:25

/      |      \
A building, Bible classes, a janitor, a preacher; incidentals
Each one is an integral part.
But all these things do not make the church.

... He who has begun a good work in you will complete it ... ~ Philippians 1:6

1st Work = Us ~ Christians
                            / Saved
    1) Edify
                         \ Lost
                        2) Help needy saints

... not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh that is, of the heart.
~ 2nd Corinthians 3:1-3

Hearts can be injured by deceit and cunning.
God watches for genuinely honest souls concerned for others.

The work is us.
It is what we speak.
The fruit is Godís church.

... in whom the whole building, being fitted together,
grows into a holy temple in the Lord, ... ~ Ephesians 2:20-22

That we grow together.

"For where two or three are gathered together in My name,
I am there in the midst of them." ~ Matthew 18:20

For us to be together worshipping God in Jesus Christ is the goal.

... you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church
of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. ... ~ 1st Timothy 3:14-16

To be built up in Godís truth.
We need to be a pillar of truth.
The church builds itself up.
Do we want our light to shine?
~ Do what works for you.
Do we want to help others?
Do you ask others if they read the Bible?
We do this work individually as well as collectively.

... your care for me has flourished again; ... ~ Philippians 4:10-14

There are physical needs.

... whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift ...
~ 1st Corinthians 16:1-3

... their duty is also to minister to them in material things.
~ Romans 15:25-27

... anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those
of his household, he has denied the faith ... ~ 1st Timothy 5:8

The work of the church is to care about one another,
to get involved in Godís word.
Talk about the Gospel.
Have Bible readings.

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, ... ~ James 1:27

... I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me;
I was sick and you visited Me; ... ~ Matthew 25:31-46

Just visited Jesus and it helps you NOW.

... "It is more blessed to give than to receive." ~ Acts 20:35

Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard ...
~ 2nd Timothy 1:13-14

Individuals build Godís church
through His exclusive word.





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