I’m Still Standing

SERIES – Faith of Our Fathers

Week of June 9-15, 2021

AIM: We all have our own ideas about Church!  After studying this lesson, students should know who is the Church, why the Church has survived, and WHAT is the Church’s purpose!

INTRODUCTION:

We all have our own ideas about Church – even kids. One Sunday School teacher asked her class, “Why do we have to be quiet in church?’ A little boy quickly answered, “Because people are sleeping.”

A 6-year-old girl was sitting in church with her very fidgety 4-year-old brother. She spoke to him with a stern voice, “You’re supposed to be quiet in church.”  So, her brother asked, “Whose gonna make me?”  She pointed to the back of the church, “See those guys, they are call Hushers.” We all have our own ideas about Church! 

We use the word “church” in many ways. We often say, “I went to church.” There are many styles of worship, but how we worship. . .that is not the Church.

The Church is NOT:

  1. a building
  2. a denomination
  3. a belief
  1. People are the Church – saved people make up the Body of Christ.
  2. People who have accepted and committed their life to Christ.
  3. We are the physical manifestation of the spiritual church.
  4. Church = “ecclesia” (ek-clay-see-ah) ecclesia means “called out/separated for a holy purpose”

1 Peter 2:9 (CSB) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

 

Psalm 61:2-3 (KJV) 2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Matthew 11:28 (ESV) Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

1 John 1:7 (KJV) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Hebrews 3:1-6 (NLT)

1 And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. 2 For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house.3 But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. 4 For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God. 5 Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later. 6 But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ

Consider. . .

  1. (Hebrews 3:1-6)

Psalm 127:1 (NKJV) Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it;                   

Jesus owns the house (church) by. . .

1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJV) For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your bodyand in your spirit, which are God’s.

1 Peter 1:18 (NKJV) knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold. . .

Hebrews 9:12 (NKJV) Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Matthew 16:18 (NKJV) And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

John 17:6 (NKJV) 6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.

John 6:39(NKJV)39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.

John 17:12 (NKJV)12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept, and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

Hebrews 2:13b (NCV) And he also says, “I am here, and with me are the children God has given me.”

 Matthew 7:24-25 (NIV)

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

  1. (Matthew 7:24-25)

Isaiah 28:16 (NKJV) Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.

1 Corinthians 3:11 (NKJV) For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Psalm 18:2 (NLT) The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

Psalm 61:2 (NKJV) From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 

Proverbs 3:24 (NIV) When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Hebrews 13:6 (NIV) So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Psalm 91:5 (NIV) You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

Job 11:18 (NIV) You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

2 Samuel 22:40 (NIV) You armed me with strength for battle; you humbled my adversaries before me.

Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Psalm 46:1 (KJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 

Isaiah 43:3 (NKJV) When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you

      Three hard punches:

  1. (Dt. 10:19)
  2. (Matthew 22:39)
  3. (Romans 12:9)
  4. (John 13:35)                            

Deuteronomy 10:19 (NKJV) 19Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Matthew 22:39(NKJV) 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Romans 12:9 (NIV) 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Romans 12:9 (NLT)9Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong.

John 13:35 (NLT) 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

Matthew 15:23 (NLT) But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”

Luke 5:18-19 (NLT) 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus,19 but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

Mark 5:35 (NIV) While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

John 9:24 (NIV) 24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said, “We know this man is a sinner.” 25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

John 11:3-6 (AMPC) 3 So the sisters sent to Him, saying, Lord, he whom You love [so well] is sick.4 When Jesus received the message, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death; but [on the contrary] it is to honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it.”5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. [They were His dear friends, and He held them in loving esteem.]6 Therefore [even] when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He still stayed two days longer in the same place where He was.

Ephesians 6:18 (NIV) And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

James 5:13 (NLT) Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.

Luke 18:1 (NLT) One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.

Romans 8:26-27 (NLT) 26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

Matthew 16:18 (NCV) So. . . On this rock I will build my church, and the power of death will not be able to defeat it.

Matthew 16:18 (NLT) . . . and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

  • Promise: No weapon formed against you shall prosper

Isaiah 54:17 (NIV) no weapon forged against you will prevail,and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,”declares the Lord.

  • Promise: I will not leave you nor forsake you                                                                   

Hebrews 13:5 (NLT) Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

  • Promise: The Lord is a very present help in the time of trouble

Psalm 46:1 (GW) God is our refuge and strength,an ever-present help in times of trouble.

  • Promise:  All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.

 Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

  • Promise: He will provide and supply for our needs.

Philippians 4:19 (HCSB) And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

His Promises are. . .

  • Unfailing

1 Kings 8:56 (NLT) Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses.

  • Assured by Divine Ability

Romans 4:21 (NLT) He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.

 

V.          The Purpose 

                    St.  Stephen’s Three “M” Mission Statement

  1. Our Mission
  2. To Change Lives
  3. To Strengthen Families
  4. To Transform Communities
  5. Our Mandate  – We achieve the Mission as we. . .
  6. Exalt God’s Greatness – Magnification
  7. Evangelize God’s World – Multiplication
  8. Equip God’s People – Maturity
  9. Express God’s Love – Ministry
  10. Expand God’s Kingdom – Mission
  11. Our Method –  DIP
  12. Donations
  13. Invitations
  14. Participation

PRAYER PRINCIPLE:                                 Ask God to provide you with direction to fulfill your specific purpose while you are accomplishing the mandates of your church.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE:                  Be sure to represent God in all you do so that others will be drawn to God’s mission for your church.

EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE:                       Share with others how the fulfillment of Christ’s purpose has changed your life.

STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE:                      Be a consistent and persistent giver to your church; it always helps fulfill the God’s mission.

DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE:                        If you’re wandering through life, it could be a result of a misdirected or misguided personal life purpose; continually seek God’s guidance to get back on track.

NEXT WEEK’S TITLE:       Stepping Out in Faith

SERIES: Faith of Our Fathers

DAILY BIBLE READINGS:       Genesis 12:1-4; Hebrews 11:8-19; Luke 9:23; Jonah 1:1-3; Matthew 16:24; Psalm 27:14; Isaiah 40:31; James 5:7; Matthew 6:31-34; 2 Peter 3:8-9; Psalm 37:8; Proverbs 14:17; Ecclesiastes 7:9; John 11:21; Proverbs 3:5; Genesis 22:1-5; Revelation 3:20; John 1:12; Matthew 10:37; Matthew 7:21; 1 Samuel 15:22; Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 2:14; 1 John 5:4-5; Romans 12:1

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