Sermon Notes – March 3, 2013

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Sermon Summary – March 3 2013

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Sermon Summary

 

What type of relationship should the local church have with parachurch organizations?

Which biblical truths shape how we as a church interact with parachurch organizations?

 

A. The Universal Church

Ephesians 5:25-27

The Church is the bride of Christ!

 

Matthew 16:17-19

Christ builds the church!

The Church will exist until the second coming of Jesus!

 

B. The Church and Parachurch Organizations

-there should be lots of connections between churches and parachurch organizations

-parachurch organizations exist for the sole purpose of building up local churches!

1. the Church is Christ’s bride

2. the Church is the only institution that Christ is building

3. it seems that the Holy Spirit’s main priority is building up churches

 

In Luke 4:16-19 the Father gave the Son His “job description”. In John 20:21 Jesus passed that “job description” on to the church.

Parachurch organizations are vehicles that the Church can use to bring hope, healing and freedom to the world.

 

 

Additional Questions

 

1. How can we love and respect the church without becoming proud? How can we love and respect the church and remain missional?

 

2. One significant passage about the church that was never discussed was 1 Corinthians 12. How does 1 Corinthians 12 add to this discussion?

 

3. This is what Chuck Colson wrote:

 

In fact, whether these parachurch ministries are building up the Body is perhaps the best test of their biblical fidelity. Those that aren’t cooperating with and equipping the work of local churches run the risk of ending up promoting their own cause over the good of the Body and thus being outside of God’s plan. (This has been a real problem among evangelicals. One great strength of the movement is its vitality: independent, dynamic leaders raising up powerful organizations to do important work. But human nature being what it is, this can also be a weakness when those same leaders become protective of their turf or fall into the trap of the personality cult.)[1]

 

What can churches do about this? What can individual Christians do about this?



[1] Colson, Chuck. Being the Body. Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2003. (pg. 3-16-317)