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CHURCH AND COMMUNITY – Lesson 6
March 17, 2021

CHURCH AND COMMUNITY – Lesson 6

March 17, 2021

KINGDOM DISCIPLES
HEAVEN’S REPRESENTATIVES ON EARTH

CHURCH AND COMMUNITY
Lesson 6

And I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19

CHURCH

1. The is God’s mechanism to hold back the forces of evil that would seek to devastate a community, a culture, and a group of people.

“Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”” Matthew 16:16 (NASB 1995)

“I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” Matthew 16:18 (NASB 1995)

2. The church is the of God’s people to form God’s agency in the world to reflect His presence in history collectively.

“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5

3. The role of the church is to from heaven to history. We are God’s legislative body.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

“So that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.” Ephesian 3:10

4. If God is your problem, only God is your .

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

5. The of the kingdom are to unlock heaven’s answers to earth’s issues through the church.

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19

“I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.” Isaiah 22:22

“The keys of the Kingdom have only been given to the church.” ~ Dr. Tony Evans

COMMUNITY

1. The job of the church, as it builds disciples, is to infiltrate and affect the and the culture in which it is situated.

“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.” Ephesians 1:22-23

“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 3:10

2. Our job as is to be so influential in the culture that we make people want to take a drink of Living Water.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16

A good work is a biblically authorized thing for which God gets the credit

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