A First Century Church in the Twenty First Century Forbidden Wycliff Wesley Erasmus Luther Calvin Zwingly Ephesians 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. προθεσις prothesis proth'-es-is from 4388; a setting forth, i.e. (figuratively) proposal (intention); specially, the show-bread (in the Temple) as exposed before God:—purpose, shew(-bread). Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. πρωτευω proteuo prote-yoo'-o from 4413; to be first (in rank or influence):—have the preeminence. contracted superlative of 4253; foremost (in time, place, order or importance):—before, beginning, best, chief(-est), first (of all), former. PROTOTYPE (ELIO) Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Huh? DUH? 300 YEARS OF PROSECUTION UNTIL Constantine October 31, 1517 Martin Luther 95 statements “I WILL PUT THE BIBLE IN THE HANDS OF THE PLOWBOY” Reformation Lutheran, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Anglicans, Methodist, Baptists, Assembly of God. When the PRIESTHOOD of the believer was NOT resored, The wind blew on... If you are on a raft, and it sinks, jump off and jump on something that floats. The rise of the Clergy, The Creation of the “Layman” A performer and an Audience! This came from Ignatius of Antioch – 2nd Century “Office of the bishop should be OVER the elders” Cyprian of Carthage – 3rd Century Bishops were called “PRIESTS” temples, altars, sacrifices brought back. ONE Priests instead of the “Priesthood of the believer” Scripture: Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. MELCHIZEDEK ! Genesis 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. Psalms 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Hebrews 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. Was BEFORE the Aaron priesthood, Jesus restored that The churches got stuck in Aaron’s Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. IF you follow me THEN i will make you fisher. Logic If you are not a fisher, then you did not follow... Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Community of priests, all ministering to one another. THE CHURCH DESCRIBED AS A BODY Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. WHY DO YOU COME TO CHURCH ? WHY DO YOU COME TO CHURCH? To be spiritually fed. To learn about God To worship God To get blessed or receive ministry To obey God WHY DO YOU COME TO CHURCH? To be spiritually fed. The church is a restaurant or feeding station? To learn about God The church is a classroom To worship God I will come if the worship is good, like a drug To get blessed or receive ministry The church is a hospital To obey God Saddest reason, make sure God doesn’t get mad WHY DO YOU COME TO CHURCH? (wrong question) U R To be spiritually fed. Do you ever eat at home? To learn about God Study to show yourself approved unto God To worship God They fell down and worshipped him EVERYWHERE To get blessed or receive ministry Always concerned with self, not others. To obey God Hebrews not forsaking the assembling is no building. Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. THERE IS ONLY ONE UNDISPUTABLE HEAD Acts 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. Acts 13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. PROPER HEADSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT The Church fasted and prayed, the Holy Spirit spoke Ephesians 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: PURPOSE Elders, Deacons, Overseers Always Plural. The letters in Revelation were written to the Church (es) Danger of becoming a hireling Or a dictator driven by fear Your Identity Forgiveness Identity Who you are Where you are What you have Child of God 1 John 3:1-3 Priest of God 1 Peter 2:9 Temple of God 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New Creation 2 Corinthians 5:17 Friend of God John 15:15 Servant of God Isaiah 54:17 Saint of God 1 Corinthians 1:2 Chosen one Collossians 3:12 God’s Posession 1 Corinthians 6:20 Bride of Christ 2 Corinthians 11:2 Soldier Ephesians 6:10-17 Conqueror Romans 8:35-37 ONE BODY MANY MEMBERS THE GIFTS GIVEN TO THE BODY ROMANS 12 Prophecy, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading, showing mercy 1 CORINTHIANS 12 Word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, discerning of spirits, different tongues, interpretation of tongues EPHESIANS 4 Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors/teachers. THE GIFTS BELONG TO THE BODY EVERY MEMBER MUST FUNCTION IN LOVE THE TESTIMONY OF THE CHURCH THE DEMONSTRATION OF POWER LIGHT AND SALT TO THE WORLD PRAY FOR BOLDNESS HINDRANCES LOVE NOT THE WORLD 1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE HOT or COLD, WET or DRY HAS TO BE FULL BODY MINISTRY Every member actively functioning Every member responsible Endless variety of non control ( example ) Community life Preparation of the bride Stages of growth Suffering The law of love Spiritual Warfare ( fasting ) Putting on the armor PRIESTLY CONSECRATION The sprinkling of the blood, pinky, toe, ear Washing of water by the word Thirst ( only those that are hungry ) Water needs to flow... The anointing with OIL, JOY The Kingdom of Heaven Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. The KINGDOM 1. The King 2. The Constitution 3. The Population THE SECRET PLACE Psalms 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.