Sermon Notes-Pastor Milton Vincent
Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church-January 29, 2012
And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Eph 1:22-23
Our Church’s missions statement:
We exist to glorify God by experiencing the Gospel in all of its fullness,
exalting the Lord through worship,
edifying the saints through mutual ministry,
and evangelizing the world through outreach.
We are not content to sip or taste a small portion of our Gospel blessings in Christ, but to go deeper. Experiencing the Gospel is an unending journey. We will never reach the outer limits of the “Gospel universe.”
FIVE THINGS WE NEED TO DO HERE AT CORNERSTONE TO EXPERIENCE THE FULLNESS OF GOD AND BE A PROPER MANIFESTATION OF THAT FULLNESS:
1. We need to realize that fullness in God is a choice.
-…be filled with the Spirit…(Eph 5:18), not something that happens automatically. It’s a command.
-Paul is calling believers to make a choice (Eph 5:18).
-Be filled BY the Spirit (as opposed to WITH the Spirit).
-The grammar suggests that it as if the Spirit is holding a pitcher and trying to pour the fullness of God into us.
-The Holy Spirit wants us to be filled with the fullness of God to overflowing.
2. We need to stop looking in the wrong places for fullness.
-Also see Eph 5:18: And do not get drunk with wine…
-Getting drunk is also an example of many other things that we look to for fullness and satisfaction.
-We look for fullness in things like our entertainment, money, relationships, pornography, etc.
-You are robbing yourself when you try to find satisfaction in anything besides the Gospel.
3. We need to pray to God for fullness and an increased capacity for it.
-See Eph 3:14-19.
-…that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 3:19b)
-Pray that God will enlarge our capacity for His fullness. Our cup is too small!
-To be filled by something is to be controlled by it (just like we can be filled with rage or jealousy and controlled).
-To be filled with the fullness of God is to be controlled by the fullness of God.
Realize that God is so immense (Isaiah 40:12 says God measures the universe by the span of His hand) that asking to be filled by the fullness of God is like standing in front of the Hoover Dam with a teacup while trillions of gallons of water pour over its spillway.
It is standing there in front of Hoover Dam with your wife and your children and your house and cars and money and present way of life and everything else you hold dear and asking for that dam to break while being accepting of whatever happens as a result of the ensuing flood! Everything we know will be changed, but we still need to ask for the fullness of God.
4. We need the leadership of the church equipping the saints for the work of ministry.
-See Eph 4:10-13.
-It is the job of the pastors to preach and teach God’s Word and the Gospel in order to equip the congregation.
-Pastors are ministers and mobilizers.
-Ministry is not centered around the pastor, but around the congregation.
-Equip means to equip (Eph 4:12) restore (same word in Gal. 6:1), mend (same word in Matt 4:21).
-Biblically qualified elders shepherd the saints into the work of ministry.
-Equip the saints to: Live in the goodness of God. Be a meeter of needs in the body. Men leading their households well. Being a disciple maker.
5. We need every member doing the work of the ministry.
-Minister until you reach maturity. (Eph 4:11-13)
-We are saved unto good works. (Eph 2:10)
-Keep serving, we all have a long way to go.
Sanctification, growth, and transformation is a journey. Ask God to open our hearts to the fullness He wants to do in us, that we would prefer His fullness to other things that don’t satisfy. Ask God to make us willing ministers with grace and patience.