Sermon Draft – The Church, A Spiritual Gift Of Jesus

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
I have no words to add about the video.

Matthew 16:18 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

The Church, A Spiritual Gift Of Jesus

The announcement of Jesus that He was going to build His church has great significance for us today. The reason that Jesus made that statement was because there was not a church, or assembly, that would be like the one that would be birthed on the day of Pentecost when the Spirit of God would fall on the Jews in Jerusalem in the year 33 A.D. The Holy Spirit had been present in prior times, but had not literally indwelled/filled the people of God. Those of us who have been born again/born from above (John 3:3-8), have the literal presence of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) within our spirits. The effect of having the Spirit of God dwelling within our spirits is for us to receive the leading and teaching of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). The first manifestation of the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit occurred with the Jews who had assembled in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). They heard the words of the Galilean disciples speaking the words of God to them; words that were understood by many of the Jews, in their native tongues, of the nations from where they had been dispersed. This miracle can be related to the United Nations method of interpreting the language of a key speaker into the languages of all of the other UN members who are present. A physical church would emerge after the Day of Pentecost, but the spiritual/born again church was the subject of the teachings of Jesus on “His Church,” (Matt 16:18). The physical brick and mortar church would be led by a plurality of those having the title: pastor/elder/presbyter/overseer/episcopal/bishop. Bishop is translated “overseer” in the English Standard Version, Holman Christian Standard Version, New American Standard Bible, New International Version, and New English Translation. The King James translations hold to “bishop.” For the plurality application of church leaders, see Acts 14:23 and Scofield Study Bible note on Titus 1:5. The term “deacon” applies to a servant of a congregation, but not a church leader; see Ephesians 4:11-12; Acts 6:1-7. But, as we can see in the example of Philip, who was one of the original seven deacons who were appointed by the apostles in Jerusalem, there are deacons who have the spiritual gifting that is described in Ephesians 4:11. So, churches should be watchful for such spiritually gifted servants who serve their congregations. There should always be a track for upward mobility within every church. All too often, deacons remain deacons when they should be considered for the position of pastor, or associate pastor. In my home church, I can think of at least three serving deacons who have the ability to lead a congregation. In the account of the council at Jerusalem, the participants were the apostles and elders, with the “whole church” observing. There was no mention of deacons in that event; they were a part of the “whole church.” Neither can the term, “deacon board,” be found in the Bible. The Holy Spirit “gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers,” (Eph 4:11), “for the equipping of the saints for the works of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ (Eph 4:12). Deacons and trustees are not a part of the leadership of a church. The pastor is the source of authority for all church activities. Such a leader will make wise use of deacons “for the equipping of the saints.” As we see in Acts 14:23, there is not to be a church superstructure. Each congregation is to be autonomous in its government and leading. All pastors may not have the spiritual gifting of that office. But, all pastors should be treated with the respect that is expected to be given to such a person. Consider David, the King of Israel. King Saul tried to kill David 12 times (1 Samuel 18-19). David had the opportunity to kill Saul. However, David respected the office of the King of Israel and spared Saul’s life. Consider the following words of David in “1 Samuel 24:6.”

“6 And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.”

The body of Christ/the church of Christ, those of us who have been born again, should consider the teachings that relate to the study of the Bible, which are written in Acts 17 and 2 Timothy, as seen below. We should check to make sure that the sermons and teachings that we receive have proper scriptural backing.

The following scriptures are provided as support for the sermon that I delivered on the subject:

“The Church, A Spiritual Gift Of Jesus”

1 Samuel 16 New King James Version (NKJV)

David Anointed King

13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

John 14 New King James Version (NKJV)

Jesus Promises Another Helper

16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
Indwelling of the Father and the Son
19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.
The Gift of His Peace
25 “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Acts 1:4-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Holy Spirit Promised

4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said,“you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 2 New King James Version (NKJV)

Coming of the Holy Spirit

2 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Crowd’s Response

5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.

Early apostles went out

Ephesians 4:11-12 New King James Version (NKJV) – Spiritually Gift Church Leaders 64 A.D.

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

Acts 6:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV) – Deacon Servants 33 A.D.

Seven Chosen to Serve

6 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. 2 Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; 4 but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, 6 whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.
7 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

Consider Philip (Spiritually Gifted Deacon/Evangelist)

Acts 8:5-6 New King James Version (NK) 34 A.D.

5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

Acts 8:12-13 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

Acts 8:26 New King James Version (NKJV)

Christ Is Preached to an Ethiopian

26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert.

Acts 8:29-31 New King James Version (NKJV)

29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.

Acts 8:34-35 New King James Version (NKJV)

34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.

Acts 8:38-40 New King James Version (NKJV)

38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.

Reexamine Acts 6:7

Consider Apostles and Elders

Acts 14:23 (NKJV) 46 A.D.

23 So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Consider The Council At Jerusalem

Consider Apostles, Elders, “Whole Church”

Acts 15 New King James Version (NKJV) 46 A.D.

Conflict over Circumcision

15 And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”2 Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question.

The Jerusalem Council

6 Now the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter.
12 Then all the multitude kept silent and listened to Barnabas and Paul declaring how many miracles and wonders God had worked through them among the Gentiles. 13 And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, “Menand brethren, listen to me:

18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works. 19 Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God,20 but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

The Jerusalem Decree

22 Then it pleased the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, namely, Judas who was also named Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.

Acts 17:1-12 (NKJV) 53 A.D.

Preaching Christ at Thessalonica

1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.” 4 And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas.
Ministering at Berea

10 Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed, and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men.

Elders Fellowship At Troas (Acts 20:7) 59 A.D.

And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them … (This verse does not prove a meeting of the church for “church services,” nor does it prove weekly communion). Consider Acts 2:42, 33 A.D.). Breaking of bread was a meal.

Approved Workers

2 Timothy 2:15 New King James Version (NKJV) 66 A.D.

15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Workers’ Tool – Inspiration Of God/God Breathed Out

2 Timothy 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV) 66 A.D.

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

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