"The Church is _______"
Mark Hoover • Sermon • • 603 views
The Church Visible and Invisible Have you ever heard of the term “invisible church”? St. Augustine was the first to formalize the idea. He made a distinction between the invisible church and the visible church. This distinction by Augustine has been many times misunderstood and misapplied. What Augustine…
Jim L. Wilson • Illustration • • 291 views
Recently Tom Watson, an eight time major champion indicated that he would no longer participate in the golf championships at the Masters in Augusta, GA. The main factor for shelving the event was the course length. Watson indicated to the press that his greatest regret at this point was that his time…
Dr. Bart J Leger • Sermon • • 237 views • 38:39
It's easy to become discouraged. God has given church leaders to the body of Christ to build up and equip the church. Let's look to the book Ephesians to see how we can grow together in unity.
Richard Arnold • Sermon • • 213 views
18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that…
Faithlife Sermons • Sermon • • 210 views
Scripture often uses light as a symbol of the people of God, and especially the manner in which believers are able and required to reflect the glory of God in a dark world of sin.
Jim L. Wilson • Illustration • • 207 views
In his book, The Prodigal God, Timothy Keller writes, “Christians commonly say they want a relationship with Jesus that they want to ‘get to know Jesus better.’ You will never be able to do that by yourself. You must be deeply involved in the church, in Christian community, with strong relationships…
Richard Wardman • New City Church Milton Keynes • Sermon • • 165 views • 33:30
What is church all about? That's a good question, isn't it!? If you're a Christian and go church, you might wonder about that from time to time. Or if you're not yet a Christian and don't normally go to church, you might find the whole idea of church to be something of a mystery. The Greek word for church…
Discovering the Church
The kingdom of God comes into being wherever the kingly authority of God is acknowledged. Although God is always sovereign, Scripture looks to a future “realm” or “reign” of salvation. This has come in Christ and yet will come in its fulness only when Jesus Christ returns.
why are so many churches doing so little for the kingdom? few if any conversions if they are growing it is growth by circulation extremely difficult to run programs because of a spectator mentality polls show that the daily lives of professing Christians are little different from that of unbelievers…
Faithlife Sermons • Sermon • • 101 views
The NT relates how the Christian church is the new people of God, assuming all the privileges and responsibilities of Israel in the OT, but with a universal mission to all the world, rather than any one nation.
What is the church?
If the biblical evidence argues for a congregational polity, that is- the evidence in the NT shows the church as a whole, or the congregation making all the decisions in the church, then were does that leave the authority of the pastor? How can a pastor lead or shepherd the flock, if the flock is the…
Total Church Life
Keith Gambill • Sermon • • 60 views
All of us know it is humanly impossible for anyone to raise someone from the dead? But, I have seen it attempted. I’ve conducted hundreds of funerals over my 34 years in the ministry. I have watched many different ways people have expressed grief, one woman particularly stands out. W.C. Harper died and…
Christopher Stephens • Sermon • • 58 views
This is my attempt at a thematic sermon outlining what the Church truly is as opposed to the things that people believe. I am using the TV show Catfish as a way to show that there are things that can be truly believed by people but may not be true.
What is the church?
I have heard this said of the local church, “A church is one bad pastor away from crumbling into liberalism.” In other words, if I the pastor were to die tomorrow, and you all were left with the decision to call a new pastor, if you make the wrong choice the consequences could be devastating for the…
Jim L. Wilson • Illustration • • 53 views
Cooking I never thought of myself as a good cook. Oh, I can heat up a TV Dinner with the best of them, and I can flip a burger on the grill, but I'm not much of a cook. One of my problems is I can't follow a recipe. When Susan cooks, she carefully measures out a cup of this and a teaspoon of that; cooking…
This is Church
Scripture 26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should…
What is the Church?
Introduction: What is the church? What exactly is the NT church? What should it be according to the Scriptures? What should it look like? How should it function? What are its goals and what is its purpose? Specifically, how should each one of us, as members of this church, function? What are the roles…
Growing Together Into God's Church
I can remember having a conversation, early on in my ministry, with a gentleman about the value of going to church. This man said something like this to me. I don’t see the need to go church. I get more out of being in the woods on Sunday morning than I do sitting in the pew. Why should I go to church?…
Jim L. Wilson • Illustration • • 46 views
In his book, Church is a Team Sport: A Championship Strategy for Doing Ministry Together, Jim Putman writes, “the church is supposed to be a collection of transformed individuals molded by God into a team.” --Church is a Team Sport, 66. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Wilson Tsoi The biblical imagery…
Becoming Who We Aim To Be
Life isn't a playground but a battleground. In order for us to live up to our high calling as Christ's church, we must be diligent and devoted to be trained in God's truth from His word in order to be strong in ministry.