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Being the Church (part 3)

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KJV 1900Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.Today we look at Moses. Who was he?++Prince of Egypt to Prince of Egypt ++Fugitive to Servant of GodMoses was a++Man++Husband ++Father++Servant of GodIt is amazing that that so little of his life is recorded. The Bible focuses almost the entirety of the story away from the man.The Bible records++His mission++His purpose++His life in relationship to God’s planThe dysfunction of family life is not knew to the 21st century, yet the Bible is hauntingly silent about the domestic affairs of life.Would knowing more about them help us?​ KJV 1900Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed ||earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

What does he mean like passions?

Though his ministry was supernatural, his life was normal.He had ++Stress++Challenges ++Misunderstanding++Just like us​ KJV 1900Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:

The Bible teaches on the importance of wise council.

KJV 1900Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.The strength of understanding++Counsel++Sound Wisdom​ KJV 1900Where no counsel is, the people fall: But in the multitude of counsellers there is safety.++Absence of Counsel++Abundance of Counsellers​ KJV 1900Without counsel purposes are disappointed: But in the multitude of counsellers they are established.Counsel impacts purpose++Disappointed without it++Established because of it​ KJV 1900For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: And in multitude of counsellers there is safety.Strength of Wise Counsel​ KJV 1900And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.The burden of the church++To Teach++To Show++To Empower for the work​ KJV 1900And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:Loading up++Preparation++Process++PassionPreparation++Know who we are++Know where we are++Know what we are to beWe are the Church++Many members++One Body++One Lord​ KJV 1900Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.The Process++Come to Jesus++Our rest comes from him++Take his yoke++Share his Load​ KJV 1900For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.My Yoke++is easy++burden, responsibility is light

How does Jesus help us carry the load?

God helps us through connection++With him++With his work++With his powerWe the church ++Helpers one to another++Working together++Building together++Growing togetherBeing the church++Learning++Leaning​ KJV 1900And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
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