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Connect People To God

Church. On Purpose!  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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The Local Church exists for a number of purposes. One major purpose is Connecting people to God.

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My son has decided that he no longer needs training wheels on his bike. He has done the work to learn how to ride and now wants them off. So yesterday he walks out in the garage with his tool kit, to take off the training wheels. In his tool kit are some very important items: Screwdrivers, tape measure, hammer and a waterproof box.
None of these tool can take off training wheels, but he was sure going to try. Taking the training wheels off the bike is outside the scope for which these tools were made. On the other hand, I have a small box in my garage with tools for just such a job. They were designed for this, and in fact this is their purpose.
The church is designed to do many things. It has a great purpose. Over the course of the next weeks, I would like for us to deal with the purpose of the church. Why are we here and are we doing our job. This series is called “Church. On purpose!
Today we will dealing directly the church “Connecting People to God.”
1 Thessalonians 1:8–2:2 AV 1873
8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. 1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: 2 but even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
8. “Sounded out”—To proclaim
“Every place”. . .“To God-ward”—What they do locally for the Lord is known globally.
“Spread abroad”— “The speaker is asserting a particular domain or area of influence”—LPOG. Basically, the Gospel in these areas has a specific emanation point.
Acts 1:8 AV 1873
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
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“Need not to speak anything”--
“To God-ward”—What they do locally for the Lord is known globally.
“Need not to speak anything”--
9. These facts demonstrate how we connected you to the Lord. You not only turned from idols but you also serve the living and true God.
I Thes. 1:8-2:
10. These Christians had such a relationship with the Lord, it was know, they wait for Christ. Because of that relationship with Christ, they could not keep themselves from sharing Christ.
---A close relationship with the Savior forms a burden for souls, a desire to reach souls and fruit from both.
2:1-2. Because of the fruit we see in your life, we know that our ministry with you was not in vain and the contention we experienced was in fact a yield of good fruit.
The ability to reach global results for Christ, begins with the necessity of having local results for Christ! History is insignificant , but a heritage of soul winning is the lifeblood of any church.
Acts 20:24 AV 1873
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
The Cambridge Paragraph Bible: of the Authorized English Version. (1873). (). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
1 Thessalonians 2:3–7 AV 1873
3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4 but as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: 6 nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
1 Thessalonians 2:3–6 AV 1873
3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4 but as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: 6 nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 2:3–6 AV 1873
3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4 but as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: 6 nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
I Thess. 2:3-7
I Thessalonians 2:3-6
3. Just a decision, not a notch on the belt. There was no back corner manipulation in order to get people to believe.
4. Man made: God does the work in our heart and in the hearts of the people we are sharing Christ with.
5. Convincing with enticement: we do not need to convince people with things that don’t matter. The Gospel is the Gospel.
6. Man glorifying: They did not seek any attention just the joy of preaching Christ. Christianity is in serious danger today of being over run and over taken by sensationalism. Many times the importance is on a number and not on the message of truth.
1 Thessalonians 2:7–12 AV 1873
7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8 so being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. 9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 11 as you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, 12 that ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
I Thes. 2:
2:7 Our method was harmless. The care was obvious. Behavior leads/wins people to Christ.
Our method was harmless. Behavior leads/wins people to Christ.
Proverbs 11:30 AV 1873
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; And he that winneth souls is wise.
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life;
"88% of evangelicals were ‘totally outraged’ to hear of a transgender person going into a bathroom intended for the opposite of their birth sex, while only 9% expressed the same level of discomfort to hear of that same person dying without Christ."—Satirical Quote from Babylon Bee.
And he that winneth souls is wise.”
The Cambridge Paragraph Bible: of the Authorized English Version. (1873). (). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2:8. Willing to give all for the sake of the Gospel in a life.
2:9-10. We worked hard at everything so that we could be blameless in al that we did, just to earn the privilege to preach the Gospel of God.
2:11-12. All of this was so that you could walk worthy (acceptable to God) lives after salvation. Remember that everything about us says something about us.
“For the cause of Christ the King We give our lives, an offering ’Til all the earth resounds With ceaseless praise To the Son
For the cause of Christ we go With joy to reap, with faith to sow As many see And many put their trust in the Son
CHORUS Christ we proclaim, The Name above every name: For all creation, Ev’ry nation, God’s salvation Through the Son!
For the King once lifted high To cries of rage, of ‘crucify!’ Endured the cross As every sin was laid On the Son
To the King who conquered death To free the poor and the oppressed For lasting peace For life and liberty In the Son
CHORUS
Let it be my life’s refrain: To live is Christ, to die is gain; Deny myself, take up my cross And follow the Son
CHORUS”
— WORDS AND MUSIC BY KEITH GETTY, KRISTYN GETTY, AND STUART TOWNEND (C) 2016 GETTY MUSIC PUBLISHING (BMI) AND TOWNEND SONGS (PRS)
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