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Imagine His Church

Jesus is building His 1 True Church!

Part 2: Imagine – His Church!

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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?"

Acts 7:48-51
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Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says,
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“‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?
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Did not my hand make all these things?’
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“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.

The Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man.

Acts 17:24
The God who made the world and everything in it, being 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.

1 Peter 2:4-7
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As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,
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you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
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For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
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So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The Stone that the builders rejected has become the Cornerstone,”

As His Church, We are built on the Foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, with Jesus as the Cornerstone.

Ephesians 2:18-24
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For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
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So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
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built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,
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in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
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In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

Jesus prepared His Disciples for Their Mission!

Jesus gave His disciples their Marching Orders! Go make disciples.

Matthew 28:16-20
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Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
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And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.
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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
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teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Jesus commanded them to go make disciples of all nations:

  1. Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and
  2. 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."

John 14:19-21
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Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
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In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
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Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

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."

John 14:15-17
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“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
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And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,
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even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

The Command to Wait

Jesus appeared to them for 40 days, speaking about the kingdom of God.

Acts 1:3
He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

Jesus commanded them to wait for the promised Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:4-5
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And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me;
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for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

They Waited, and the Holy Spirit Came.

Acts 2:1-4
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When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.
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And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
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And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.
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And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Holy Spirit is Promised to All Who Will Repent.

Acts 2:36-39
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Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
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Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
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And Peter said to them, “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.
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For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”

That day 3,000  Repented and were added to the Church.

Acts 2:40-41
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And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”
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So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Acts 2:42-47
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And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
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And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.
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And all who believed were together and had all things in common.
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And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
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And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,
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praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

As we see here in this passage, that from the beginning, the church was devoted to these things:

  1.  The Apostles' Teaching.
  2.  The fellowship.
  3.  Day by day breaking bread in their homes, and receiving their food with glad and generous hearts.
  4.  The Prayers.
  5.  Selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
  6.  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.

So, at first glance we see the 1 True Church being His Disciples, who are "Obeying all that He has Commanded us to do!"

I am not asking you, "do you go to church," or, "where do you go to church?"

The real question is: Are you a True Disciple who has devoted yourself to these things?

If you are devoting yourself to these things, that is great!

Keep being devoted to these things, and you will experience His 1 True Church, and you will never regret it.

If you have not devoted yourself to these things, the real question for you is: What in the world are you living for?

Now if you are really interested in seeing what the 1 True Church looks like up close, continue on to the next topic, "1 True Church - Up Close!".