Jesus is building His 1 True Church!
Part 2: Imagine – His Church!
Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
His Church – The way that He designed!
His Church is very different from what the modern world has been tricked into believing the church is.
As Jesus said to Nicodemus, you cannot even see the Kingdom of God, unless you are Born Again.
In the modern world, what worldly people see is just buildings and organizations created by man, rather than the Kingdom of God.
He is building His church!
The question is, “Do you see the Church the way that God sees it?"
But contrary to popular belief, God does not, nor has ever, lived in houses made by man.
The Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man.
God Himself, by His Spirit is building us together as a people in whom He will live.
Like living stones, we are being built up as a spiritual house.
As the Church, we are a spiritual house, not a physical building.
As His Church, We are built on the Foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, with Jesus as the Cornerstone.
Jesus prepared His Disciples for Their Mission!
Jesus gave His disciples their Marching Orders! Go make disciples.
Jesus commanded them to go make disciples of all nations:
- Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and
- Teaching them to observe (obey) all that He has commanded us, and that He would be with us, to the end of the age.
Jesus clarified what it means to truly love Him, by saying "He who has my commandments, and keeps them, it is he who loves me."
Jesus said that He would send a helper.
The Holy Spirit was already with them, and they knew Him, but later He would be, "in them."
The Command to Wait
Jesus appeared to them for 40 days, speaking about the kingdom of God.
Jesus commanded them to wait for the promised Holy Spirit.
They Waited, and the Holy Spirit Came.
The Holy Spirit is Promised to All Who Will Repent.
That day 3,000 Repented and were added to the Church.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
As we see here in this passage, that from the beginning, the church was devoted to these things:
- The Apostles' Teaching.
- The fellowship.
- Day by day breaking bread in their homes, and receiving their food with glad and generous hearts.
- The Prayers.
- Selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
- Praising God, worshiping and having favor with people.
The church devoted themselves to these things.
They were devoted to the Apostles teaching, praying together, eating together, sharing with each other, worshiping and having fellowship daily.
We will look at all of these in more detail later.