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Slide 1 - Home-Church of God


									    “Do you not know that you are the
           temple of God…”

      “You are the body of Christ, and
           members individually”

          “To the seven churches”… “To Him who…has made us
              kings and priests to His God and Father…”


1 Corinthians 3:16; 12:27; Revelation 1:4,6; 1 Timothy 3:5,15; Acts 14:21-23
All believers (alive & dead) are in the church the Body of

There are conditions to them being in the house (temple)
    of God, the kingdom of God and the churches of

 There is a direct link in the New Testament between the
    house of God, the kingdom of God and the churches
                              of God
(these terms refer to the same people in different respects)

      “How will he take care of the church of God?”...
 “I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct
               yourself in the house of God”

 “They returned to Lystra, Iconium, and to Antioch, strengthening the souls
 of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘We must
   through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.’ So when they had
                       appointed elders in every church…”

1 Corinthians 3:16; 12:27; Revelation 1:4,6; 1 Timothy 3:5,15; Acts 14:21-23
Linkages of the churches of God…

• Revelation 1:4,6: to the kingdom of God

• 1 Timothy 3:5,15: to the house of God

• Acts 14:21-23: to the kingdom of God
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for
those who will believe in Me through their
  word; that they all may be one, as You,
Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they
also may be one in Us, that the world may
        believe that You sent Me.”

     “…for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to
                       the unity of the faith…”

John 17:20,21; Ephesians 4:12,13
The Lord prayer (John 17):
• His desire that all believers would be

 The basis of that unity was to be more
  than their common salvation, but “the
     “…equipping of the saints for the work of
      ministry, for the edifying of the body of

  …till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of
      the knowledge of the Son of God, to a
   perfect man, to the measure of the stature of
                the fullness of Christ….”

Ephesians 4:11-16
The Body of Christ will only develop
 towards full maturity as believers are
built up in the full understanding of the
   faith and of all the aspects of the
       person & work of Christ.

     “…as that we should no longer be children,
   tossed to and fro and carried about with every
   wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the
     cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting…”

  “…but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is
  the head – Christ -- from whom the whole body, joined and knit together
  by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which
   every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of
                                 itself in love.”

Ephesians 4:11-16
  Each of us must carefully avoid all
wrong teaching, and instead speak the
 truth of God to each other in love.

   As each of us receives the enabling
   grace from Christ through fellow-
   members (as evangelists, pastors &
 teachers) , we in turn should minister to
those we have contact with, again in love
  We should all aspire to continue this
process until together we reach a mutual
    and proper understanding and
application of the teaching of the Lord
  for us, and a full enjoyment of every
  aspect of our relationship with Him.
    "He who has My commandments and keeps
       them, it is he who loves Me. And he who
     loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I
       will love him and manifest Myself to him."

         “Everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be
         required; and to whom much has been committed, of him
                          they will ask the more.”

John 14:21; Luke 12:48
Inescapable conclusions:

• If the church I go to does not adhere faithfully to
  the full teaching of the Lord, in active fellowship
  with all other such churches, it cannot be a
  scriptural “church of God”…

• ...If I am not in a scriptural church of God, I cannot
        be part of God’s house on earth, nor in the
                      kingdom of God…

• ...IfI am not in the house of God, I cannot participate in the heavenly
 sanctuary worship of the holy priesthood, which is the summit of human
                        experience and service today….

• ...If I am not in God’s church, nor in God’s house,
       and not able to engage in true worship, I am
  obviously missing something absolutely vital in my
 Christian experience (no matter what else of value I
                      may be doing.)

         The answer to the question “Am I Missing Something?”
                        would have to be “Yes”.
“Reaching for the Summit”

        The End

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