The Church: A Distinct Community

Sermon Notes – Pastor Milton Vincent
May 27, 2012 – Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

Intro: Distinctives are important. We render the world a great disservice when we make the church look like the world. The most loving thing we can do for the world is to be different and distinct so that the church has something to offer other than what the world has to offer. Not that we are better than the world, but we embrace our distinctiveness because of love.

TEN KEY ELEMENTS OF GOD’S VISION FOR CORNERSTONE FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH 

1. Scripture Proclamation.
-2 Timothy 3:15-17
-Proclaim the Bible, God’s Word.
-Receive what God is declaring through His Word, whether it encourages us or shatters us.
-If we discover that God’s Word disagrees with what we are doing, we change.
-Scriptures are sufficient to conform us into the image of Christ.
-Preach the Word, be ready in season and out of season…(2 Tim 4:2)
-When the church is faithful to preach God’s Word, it attracts people who want God’s Word and protects the church from those who don’t want God’s Word.
-God uses the spoken Word to draw people to Himself.
-…Whoever hears my words and believes him who sent me has eternal life. (John 5:24)
-My sheep hear my voice…(John 10:27)

2. Gospel Feasting.
-…”but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:25) This word = Gospel
-1 Peter 2:1-3
-It’s not setting aside the Gospel after people are saved and then handing them a list of rules to follow.
-The Gospel is not just the means by which we are converted, but our daily food!
-If we have a church culture where everyone is feasting on the Gospel, then we are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood. (1 Peter 2:4-5)

3. Gospel Impartation.
-1 Thess. 1:5-6
-Living our lives imparting the Gospel to others.
-Not just Gospel words, but exemplifying the Gospel: …You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. (1 Thess. 1:5)
-Everyone a missionary.
-The Gospel lifestyle is to infuse the Gospel into your life and give your Gospel laden life away.
-1 Thess. 2:8 is an example of evangelism.
-Not compartmentalizing the Gospel in your life.

4. Praying in the Spirit.
-Eph. 6:18-19
-Praying at all times. (1 Tim 2:8)
-Prayer is very important in the life of our church.
-Pray for all the saints to open up our mouths to make the Gospel known.
-Pray for each other as missionaries to people God has put in our sphere of influence.
-Look what happens in Acts 1:14. All were devoting themselves to prayer and the church was born!

5. Elder Care.
-1 Tim 3:5.
-God will send His sheep where they will be cared for.
-The ministry of the elders is to care for God’s people.
-Our Care Group ministry is a way for church elders to administrate care.

6. Congregation of Ministers.
-Eph. 4:11-12
-Obliterate the distinction between pastor and laity in the job of ministry.
-Christ gave gifts to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
-Every member of church doing what God has called them to do.
-There are no layman. Everyone has a ministry here.
-Pastors equip others to be the church “staff.”

7. Committment to Community.
-Eph. 4:16
-Cultivating a communal processing of the proclamation of God’s Word.
-Community is where we find our true selves.
-Community is the matrix for spiritual growth. (John 17:23)
-Community is where we experience Christ most richly. (Eph. 3:18)
-Where our lives overlap is where we most richly experience Christ. (For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. Matt. 18:20)

8. Honoring the Household.
-1 Tim. 5:4
-Every home is a “little church.”
-One of our most important ministries that benefits CFBC is ministering to your own family.

9. Every Man a Pastor.
-Neh. 8:13
-Every man trained and equipped in a pastoral role to his family and others.
-Equipping men to love their wives and bring up children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4)
-1 Tim 3:5
-Men render a valuable blessing to the church body when they love their wives and bring up their children in the Lord.
-We love the women and children of our church so much that we want to invest in the men of this church.

10. Mercy Ministry.
-Acts 4:33-35
-By taking better care of each other.
-We witness Christ to the world when we take good care of each other.

These are the key elements of our vision. We have strengths and weaknesses in each one and we want to continue to grow in these areas.

Note from Terrie: I am blessed beyond measure and it is a grace from God for which I am extremely grateful, to have been placed in this local church. Thank you, Jesus, for Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church!

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