Friday, January 18, 2013

What Is Church?

Be sure to drop by Gateway Church which conducts 17 services at 4 locations across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  

Robert Morris is featured on the weekly television program, The Blessed Life. He is the author of ten books including The Blessed Life, From Dream to Destiny, The Power of Your Words and The God I Never Knew.

This sermon is part of the Love Expressed Series.  I am currently observing the Love Expressed 21-Day Fast and participating in the Love Expressed Devotional.  Today's devotional is:

All Together Now

Today’s devotional in the Love Expressed series was about being united in the Holy Spirit
While there is one Church in Christ some have been trying to divide it since the first century.  Division in the Church comes when we cling to our differences instead of seeking unity through the Holy Spirit.   A church of mature believers however, is united in vision, living in harmony with one another, and heading in one direction to both share the gospel and walk the narrow road to heaven.
Fellowship with the Spirit is so important because we are united to Christ in the bonds of the Holy Spirit. The path by which God's grace comes to us from the Father, through the Son and by the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is our advocate within who interprets the desires of our heart and the will of God.
Being a unified body does not mean we live out the same calling.  Christ has given to the church some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry. 
Our fellowship in the Holy Spirit is of utmost importance because is through the Holy Spirit that we are united with GOD’s Heart and therefore with each other. His resources are unlimited, inexhaustible, and His power is invincible. He gives us the power to do the will of GOD.
 Ordinary Christians become empowered in the Spirit of God.  Commit to worship the Lord and connect to the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. Ask GOD to teach you how to live a life of humility in the sample that Jesus set for us. 
1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27:  Brothers and sisters:
As a body is one though it has many parts,
and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,
so also Christ.
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,
whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,
and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.
Now the body is not a single part, but many.
You are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it.

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