ch__Ch: when we were young


march 10, 2019

What do you think about when you think about the church

Steeple? Pews? Choir? 

What is the church?

Building? Institution? Sermon? Show? More?

Is the church being what it was meant to be?

What’s at stake?  



Next Generation

What if the church was meant for…




At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence. – Ephesians 1:23 MSG

The Ch _ _ ch 

A movement of people on mission together for the world.

The Ch U R ch

“The church wasn’t meant to be a lone pastor who ministers to a group of people. It was meant to be a group of people ministering to the world.” 

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” …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.” - Matthew 16:16, 18 NIV

After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 1:3-5 NIV

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  - Acts 1:8 NIV

“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Acts 2:21 NIV

“This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”  – Acts 2:23-24 NIV

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”– Acts 2:36-38 NIV

“The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” – Acts 2:39 NIV

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. – Acts 2:41 NIV

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. ….Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. – Acts 2:42, 46-47 NIV

Doesn’t that kind of “church” sound so much better?

The Ch _ _ ch 

A movement of people on mission together for the world.

The Ch U R ch

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