His Church is one Body. His Church is His Temple. His Church is His Workmanship. His Church is His Masterpiece.

The more we grow in our understanding of His Church and His great purpose, the more we will live it out and display his glory on the earth.

“What are the characteristics of true believers?”
Ephesians 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

The characteristics of true believers begin with experiencing God’s power at work in us.
God’s power in Christ conquered sin, death and the grave.
This same power works in us by describing our past, present, and future.
There is what that power has done in us.
There is what that power is doing in us.
There is what that power will do for us.

Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Eph. 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Christianity is not just a faith we profess but much more the life we LIVE.

This is one of the problems with the contemporary church today. It is full of people who declare, “I know God,” and “I am a Christian.” But living lives that bear no mark of His power. Living lives that bear no mark of a saving relationship with him. If the power that raised Christ from the dead is at work in you, there will be evidence. It is high time you examined yourself.

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye, not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Place in His Church

As believers, we need to do more than just attend church, but to be faithful, engaged church members. The local church is far more important to the Christian life than many of us realize. Living the Christian life is not something that we are supposed to do alone.

Someone said, “Being a Christian is a personal matter, but not a private one”.

1 Cor. 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

In Christ, the life you live is no longer just your own. When you are born again, you are born into a family: The family of God. Also into a particular nuclear family of a local assembly.

The question then is “What exactly am I supposed to be doing as a member of my local assembly?”

The Father’s intent is that you play an active and vital part in his body, through the local church. He intends for you to experience the local church as a home more profoundly wonderful and meaningful than any other place on earth.

Hebrews 10:24 – 25
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some, is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Next question “What are you going to do about the state of your church?
How will you become a better member of your church?
How will you contribute to the health of this God’s family?
These questions belong to every believer.

There are many believers today that mostly what they do is complain about what is not working in their church.

Hear me today.
The health of your church depends on the willingness of its members to inspect their hearts, correct their thinking, and apply their hands to the work of the ministry there. Your calling in His church is much more than just attendance. In addition: “A faithful pastor is also a good church member.”

My mission in teaching these Kingdom series is to let Him speak to you directly.

Remember He Himself said

Joh 10:26 – 27
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

It is time to hear Him directly, A sheep is to be in a sheepfold.

Whether you are a young Christian or an old one God’s intent is that you play an active and vital part in his body, through your local church. God intends for his churches to be healthy places.

Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

I pray that through this teaching you might discover what it means to be a healthy member of His church. Also what it means to contribute to the overall health of the church. Your part is in helping the church to increasingly reflect the glory of God. If you do not truly belong to a local assembly, you have a major problem. Can you imagine a sheep without a shepherd? A sheep without a shepherd will be lost on the mountain.
You will not be lost.

Jesus is Lord

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