APRIL 7, 2019

What do you think about when you think about the church

The Ch _ _ ch 

A movement of people on mission together for the world.

The Ch U R ch

Who are these people? 

And Saul approved of their killing him… - Acts 8:1 NIV

But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. – Acts 8:3 NIV

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” – Acts 9:1-4 NIV

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” – Acts 9:5-6 NIV

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. – Acts 9:15 NIV

At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah. – Acts 9:20-22 NIV

“Paul’s greatest contribution was the clarification of the gospel for us Gentiles – those of us not familiar with the OT and the promise of the Messiah. Those who believe there is a God, but are left wondering HOW to know.” – Andy Stanley

This is my life work: helping people understand and respond to this Message. – Ephesians 3:7 MSG 

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. – 1 Timothy 1:15-16 NIV

What about your life? 

Your life is an instrument.

Who’s hands is your life in?

Give Jesus your 

Past, Pain, Sin,

Story, Skills, Future

Get up and Go” to your world 

be an instrument 

be the church

The Ch _ _ ch

A movement of people on mission together for the world.

The Ch U R ch