Use this sermon outline and illustrations for an upcoming building dedication. Daily. Unto the minister of the church in Sardis write these things sayeth He that hath the seven spirits of God and the seven stars and that is a reference to Christ as you will note in Chapter 1 if you check it. And here we see this church as a redeemed church, consequently a Spirit-in-dwelt church. Brighton Heights Reformed Church. The church is a place with a purpose, and a significant part of that purpose is prayer. We believe in prayer. 1- We shall build a new building. “Turn from their wicked ways” is what God declares. The church with the proper content will have the proper character and lastly will manifest the proper consequences. And we'll give you the glory. Sardis was an ecclesiastical corpse. Notice the proper character in Verse 43. Jesus Christ brings to culmination the great Sermon on the Mount, and he does so with a poignant truth about two men. Coinoneaand the word basically means partnership, togetherness. The other 3,000 you can ignore. SERMON – Building for the Glory of God: Nehemiah 3 ... the heavenly Jerusalem is seen as a picture of the Church. God has been good. If that's true, you are the tare sown by the adversary among the wheat to confuse the issue. In the days of its splendid prime when the memory of Jesus was vivid and the gift of the Holy Spirit was new. © 2021 Grace to You. You can always get a crowd for a Christian rock concert but it's tough to get them together to pray. Reproving one another. They are welcome. 1 John, "They went out from us that it might be made manifest they never were of us. We sacrificed. Notice this beautiful new church built on the day of Pentecost. Revelation, Chapter 3 and Verse 1 introduces us to the church at the Town of Sardis. There was a sharing and a love that was obvious to the world. The only time the church can ever really be what God wants it to be is when it makes that commitment and so we need to do that again this morning as our first service comes together. And so to begin with, the church must be redeemed. The building committee, in consecutive meetings passed the following resolutions: 1. On February 15 we had $752,000.00. An incredible thing had happened. During a construction program a church needs some “serpents” in their corner. But God's power is nonetheless on display. Today God doesn't do that. It could be all that believed are sort of together. The second thing about this church it's character was not only awesome but powerful. "The Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." They were a truly redeemed community. Fourth, the first church that Jesus built was a fellowshipping church. People say that a lot about a big church. fellowship.". Log In A church ought to be able to put a little awe in the community. And I would say to those of you who know Christ, "If you know someone in that situation, you need to go to them and beg them in Christ's stead to be reconciled to God." And so I say if Grace Church is to be here in 10, 20, 30, 50, 100 years still holding out the glory of God, it will be because we allowed Jesus to build His church His way. In its infancy. And this is really a sub point to being redeemed. They were afraid that the Israelites were gonna come in and wipe them out. ", Now, I want to notice several things here and draw them to your attention. There is a church right here in the valley, the founder of which has written a book called, Christ Versus Doctrineand in the book he makes the statement, "Doctrine is junk." As well as a Spirit empowered church. He said, "I had the happy occasion to command a band of brothers." The proper content of this church. They didn't know anything about a church. First of all, the blueprint calls for the proper content. I tell you I love that statement. Turn to Revelation, Chapter 3. Point two. So, God has raised a monument to Himself and His grace and He has raised a picture of His church. And that’s the way some of our plans. 8. And people, this is the blueprint. This week I was told that we had received as of last Lord's day, $1.49 plus of the $1.5 and from the first offering this morning went over $1.5 million. You can only have 200 acquaintances. And as we look at it, I want to call your attention to the fact this morning that it's a metaphor. No. To begin with, before we built this building there were many plans. Manage resistance. Never change. Three thousand people believed. That's the point. One day there was no church. And then the blueprint is right. Incredibly strong. But this was the church that Jesus built His way. for the Name United Methodist Church. And so the initial fact of that church was that it was a redeemed church. That word means to make an 180-degree turn in one’s direction. without God I would fail. They were loving. We are the new Jerusalem. Now, notice this. There may be some of you here this morning. They didn't have any seminars or conferences or conventions or experts on the church or books to read. Partnership. And it won't be long until there will be a table right up here and we'll be sharing in communion. This pulpit goes right down. OFFERING. Four years after purchasing property with a vision for a new church, Evening Light Tabernacle is now officially moved into that new location. Because that's the constant focal point of our fellowship. When Paul writes to Timothy and Titus he says the same thing over and over. Born at Pentecost. So the church was awesome and the church was powerful. It had to be built according to the plan. The words in Matthew 7:24-27 conclude one of the greatest sermons ever preached. I'd like to come to the place in my life where we have to meet here every day of the week because we gotta get the people in. King David had wanted to build the temple to God’s glory when he was alive, but God would not allow David to build that religious structure because of David’s past sins, and most especially his sin with Bathsheba. God seems to acknowledge the possibility that we might apologize for our sins but then go right back out and keep doing what we had been doing all along. It's necessary that the church be a believing community of people. As we begin to worship God in the context of this space that has been redesigned, rebuilt, refurbished, and renovated, we need to understand what it is that God expects from us when we pray to him from this sanctuary. The same day were added unto them 3,000 souls. Let it be on the Lord. like a ship without a sail. want to give you a historical and biblical setting for what we believe God I said, "No. Without God I would be drifting And God has laid down a plan for the church. Blueprints. It's been a wonderful morning, hasn't it? You say well what was the character of this church? Christ says, “On this rock, I will build my church.” God is building his church today. People working with plans. The next day 3,120 people. I trust that's your prayer, too. You say boy they must have had lots of problems. Introduction: In this sermon for a church building dedication, the dedication of Solomon’s temple is used as an illustration for today’s local church. A redeemed church. Jude says remember the things that were spoken by the apostles. And we'll welcome you to come and to hear the message. In the earlier chapters of 2 Chronicles the description of the building process can be found. He who went about healing people at random never asking for qualification of their theology. In Acts, Chapter 2 Peter stood up to preach. Only hours after its birth. The proper character. That guarantees us that 20, 40, 60, or 100 years from now Grace Church can still be here to the glory of God. They had 5,000 in Acts 4 and 20,000 two chapters later. (Note: This sermon was preached at the dedication service for a renovated sanctuary.). This was the church that Jesus built on the day of Pentecost. In other words, you are truly a regenerated church. There are prayers of adoration and praise where we just rejoice over the glory and majesty and grace of God. We ought to recommit ourselves right here to prayer because prayer is the recognition of a total dependence upon God. We all need to humble ourselves and realize what the songwriter meant when he said: Without God I could do nothing, I will build My church and satan and his legions storming out of the gates of hell to attack it will not be successful. For our opening thought. A church that big's got lots of problems. Because it's not being built Jesus' way. Solomon urges God to enter into an agreement with Israel that when the people pray to God, whether to relieve a famine, or to give them victory in combat against an approaching enemy, or to grant them forgiveness from their sins against God and against one another, that God would grant their request. The only two things that would be required for the prayers of the people to be answered would be for the people to enter into the temple, repent of their sins, and seek God’s forgiveness. "And all that believed were together." Well, we don't know. If Grace Church is to be anything like the church that Jesus builds His way by His blueprint. For if they had been of us they would have continued with us." A praying church. Its walls have long since been knocked down, and the only part that remains is one wall, called the western wall or the Wailing Wall, which is considered to this very day to be holy ground for Jewish worshipers. "And many wonders and signs were done by the apostles." The socially distinguished church at Sardis with all of its programs, with all of its activity, with all of its work, with all of its labor, was dead. When the content is right the character is right. It is important for us to keep the process of prayer clearly in mind; we ask God for help and not the other way around. Or it can depart from that and who knows what it will become. A very active church. "They ate their food with gladness, singleness of heart, praising God.". After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. As soon as he violated the divine pattern, God was gone. We cannot simply do whatever we want to do. 1. But you are dead. I was recently installed as the pastor of New Community Covenant Church in Bronzeville. Only God knows. And you know something? The whole thing was inexplicable. " To glorify God." Beautiful unity. It's a picture of the true church. Somebody else might want to join me in standing before God and saying, “I’m sorry, Lord.” Part of what God wants us to do when we gather in this place is pray to Him with this whole range of prayers. It might be a good idea for us to revisit the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14 in their fullest context. It is reserved for times when people's minds are struck with an awe that is based on something powerful, something divine, something beyond their ability to explain or to handle. Verse 38. Celebrate. But on the other hand, what must the people stopped at the light think about what's going on in here? Corpses man the ship. By all means the people should pray to God when they gather in the newly built temple, but they have to follow the guidelines that God sets down in 2 Chronicles 7:14. There they are in one accord again. And so they were simply giving things, selling in order to get money to give to somebody when somebody had a need. Verse 46. As well as a teaching church. The same thing happened in the history of Israel. Now listen. Stop there. They violated the divine pattern and God's glory departed and Ichibod was written. But what it will be will be predicated on the commitment that we must make relative to the truths we're gonna hear about this morning. Download the Sermon notes in PDF here.. As Rev. Finally, says God to Solomon: My people need to turn from their wicked ways. They thought they could have the saved and the non-saved. You can't have fellowship. When Jesus builds a church, it is built of believing people. Why should we have this place? All Rights Reserved. Pastor: To the glory of God, in the presence of this congregation, I now direct that ground be broken. Before we decide what we are going to do as a career we need to seek God’s face. And in days to come of beginning to realize what God has provided for us here. But that early church met for corporate prayer. 1 commitment of a church, it begins to let the tares come in and take over. This is the first time the church has met here. The proper consequences. We prayed. How often did the Lord add to the church? It only takes two people to have fellowship. I'd like to have that put right across the church. We all are gonna spend eternity together. Or all that believed are definitely not together. My prayer for Grace Church is that it will grow daily. Like the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Coleridge. Satan will never stop it. There is no doubt that 2 Chronicles 7:14 is among the most widely heard and most frequently invoked passages in the Bible. You know that? Sardis was a city in Asia minor. You see, the only way that the church will ever have the guarantee that satan will not overpower it is when Christ builds it His way. All the parts have to be there. God is not going to give us everything we ask for just because we are asking for it when we gather in this beautiful worship setting. "And all that believed were together." Actually Verse 45 says they were selling their possessions and goods, parting them to all men as every man had need. Main Campus [Main Campus] 259 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11205 We welcome you to come and to learn of Christ. Before we decide something as simple as how to respond to someone who has annoyed or aggravated us, or someone as significant as what church to join and what level of financial support we will offer to that church, we need to seek God’s face. In 38 it says repent, be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Therefore, God wants more from us than an apology; God wants us to stop doing whatever it was we were doing that made the apology necessary in the first place. There ought to be somebody here today who is so aware of how good God has been to you that if you never received another blessing you could spend the rest of eternity thanking God for the blessings you have already received! So the building then is nothing more than a metaphor or a symbol or a picture of the true church. And that's a picture of the Holy Spirit who behind the scenes is the strengthening and the under girding of the church. Verse 43 literally says, "And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe." Many Christians are familiar with the words that are found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 in which God says to Solomon: That first church was a praying church. And those are what we call in the Greek imperfect verbs. There were several things that made up the life of the church. And that's the way the church ought to grow. That's Jesus' great statement. The church hopes to raise $200 million for a complex in the city. Their content was first of all they were a redeemed church. 2- The new building is to be located on the site of the old one. I may not always be here. Is there anybody here today who does not need to prayer the prayers of confession and contrition? God has promised to hear our prayer, and to forgive our sins, and to heal our land. To begin with, take your Bible and look with me at the 16th chapter of Matthew. If the church is to be what God wants, if the church is to be built Jesus' way, if the church is to claim the guarantee of Matthew 16:18 that satan can't stop it, it will be because it is a saved, redeemed church that is empowered by the Holy Spirit where self-will and personal motivation and sin and so forth is set aside in order that the Spirit of God may rule and reign and dominate. Located northwest of Minden, LA (just 10 minutes from I-20 off Highway 371) the beautiful church building that the Lord has given us was signed off by all necessary inspectors and we were given permission to occupy. The steel that ties all of this together that you can't see is the strength of the building. And realize that this morning we'll have over 5,000 here. Instead, like that ATM, God seems to be saying that if you do not put something in you cannot get anything out. He said, "I mean what's your goal for the church?" They were happy for all those reasons. Main Campus [Main Campus] 241 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238 I've been in buildings that used to be churches and now they're bars and restaurants and hardware stores and whatever else. In Revelation, Chapter 2 I would draw your attention to another church. We gave. They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine. However, no amount of money donated by people of wealth to people in need can bring about any lasting change to our world. There are four things that God will require of us as a precondition for hearing and answering our prayers. Rather, we must seek to know what God’s will is for us in any situation and then apply ourselves to do what God desires. The blueprint calls for the proper content. You can tell a church that has the proper content living out the proper character because the first consequence is it's gonna have happy people. And we've learned in past studies that the doctrine of Balaam was this. These are the prayers we speak when we stand before God and acknowledge the sins we have committed, and the mistakes we have made, and the gossip we have passed on, and the slander we have spoken. There are churches all through the history of the world. And I would add one more because it's so valid. We appreciate the forgiveness that comes through Jesus Christ and are eager to share the blessings he provides. It would have been the most majestic building that any Jewish person, and also that most foreign travelers had ever seen. We cannot and we dare not come here week after week with nothing more on our mind than what we want God to do for us and give to us, as if God is little more than a spiritual ATM waiting to dispense blessings when we enter the password. I need to have my sins forgiveness when I knowingly do what I know is unbecoming of a child of God. I want to share with you this morning on the theme when God builds a church. And the reason is because Jesus said, 'I will build My church,' and I'd rather not compete with him." Praising God. Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change. Preach the word. It means to turn around and start walking in the opposite direction. SermonAudio.com - Templepatrick Reformed Church It is a matter of great thankfulness to God that after many years of praying, waiting and planning, construction work on our new church building commenced on May 3rd 2016, and was completed in time for the first service on Lord's Day 30th April 2017. Breaking bread from house to house. They didn't have a Bible in terms of a New Testament. Father, dismiss us now to come back together again tonight with excitement waiting for what you have yet to teach us about what you're willing to do for us as well as asking us to be what you've planned for us to be. New Church Bill Benton, Taken from the Mobile Home News. That's what God wants. During any large transformation, leaders will encounter early adopters, laggards, … And we're not saying that unbelievers or people who have not come to Jesus Christ are not welcome. Use this sermon outline and illustrations for an upcoming building dedication. I pray until Jesus comes. Help Grace to You bring important resources like this to people in your community and beyond, free of charge. I don't know if that can be put across any church really. Do you know what that means? This article is also available and sold as a booklet. Right on the very day we move in. That we would be the church that God built His way and the gates of hell would never prevail against it. Curse them so you'll make them impotent. He's building lives. They couldn't believe what they saw. It's kind of like the people who came by one day and wanted to know if any of the apartments in the other building over there were for rent. When modern travelers to Jerusalem see The Dome of the Rock they get some idea of what it would have been like to be in Jerusalem when the temple of Solomon was still standing. And Jesus said, I will build My church according to this plan and when My church is built this way the gates of hell will never stop it. The same God. Balaam was a prophet for hire. Verse 44, "all things common." No. ... Last Sunday after church we did some talking and some planning in connection with our future church building. Introduction: In this sermon for a church building dedication, the dedication of Solomon’s temple is used as an illustration for today’s local church. Put in these four things; humble yourself, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from your wicked ways. I know thy works. I think that we've seen how God has blessed and how God has given Himself glory in the process of this building. And so they developed another plan. You break the unity. They say, "Everybody around here is so happy." It's not communism. You're gonna have some results. I'm not always gonna be around. And now that He's done it, we give Him all the praise. With the new church property under contract, a building committee was formed to design Harvest Time's new home. I have no desire to build a church really. Don't get into vain genealogies and janglings and arguments. We as Christians need to remember that we are not entirely independent. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. Free Access to Sermons on Building Church, Church Sermons, Illustrations on Building Church, and Preaching Slides on Building Church. God does not ask us to help him shift the seasons from spring, to summer, to fall, to winter. Kind of interesting because that's just about how many we can squeeze in here. Not only were they a redeemed church but secondly they were a spirit-filled church. Notice in Verse 43. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." Why? Verse 43. And that's exactly what happened at Revelation 2 at Pergamos. The apostles' doctrine or teaching. Register. God can feed the hungry when they had no idea when and where they might receive their next meal. I'll tell you that's been one of the great joys that I've known at Grace Church is to have the happy occasion to minister to a band of brothers. A redeemed church empowered by the Holy Spirit committed to teaching the word of God and learning it. It's behind the scenes strength is the spirit of God. This is an absolute, 100 percent guarantee. In other words, I didn't own anything to the exclusion of you. Just kind of out of my heart. It says they continued steadfastly in the apostles' teaching. No matter who that is and no matter how big the larger group is, you can give your life to the people that God brings across your path. It isn't simply believing. Twenty-five close friends at the most and 200 acquaintances. Everywhere you looked there were plans. And we've seen that here at Grace. God is healing people of illness today. God's purpose is to build a church, to build a redeemed people for his own glory. Of course, there are also prayers of confession and contrition. They were saved people. It is used in Luke 7 and Luke 8. Because then and only then will they have the energizing of the Spirit of God. Second one was not only did they have joy but they had praise. And it worked. 3. I don't know who you'll have in this pulpit in years to come. Before we decide whom we are going to marry we need to seek God’s face. All rights reserved. God has built this as He has been building us. I am glad to report to you today that there is nothing you can pray for and ask of God that God is unable to perform. Another good parallel would be Samson. You see they had a promise. The actual function. And you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. And so many acts of strength and courage. Paul who commends many churches in the New Testament commends most highly the church at Thessalonica. Unspotted. We sent you an email. How shocking it must be when we first put these doors in. And it isn't because they're not faithful to God. A certain congregation was about to erect a new church edifice. We know that when you become a Christian the Spirit comes to live within you. All that believed. What God told Solomon in response to his prayer of dedication was that the temple was a place with a very clear purpose. Before, during, and after the process make prayer a priority. Teach sound doctrine. And then the church will not be being built Jesus' way. Building Project 2012. I will build My church and satan will not destroy it. | 4,021 views. Loving one another. If the proper content is there the next thing takes place. And it's all predicated on whether or not it is built God's way with God's plans. The champion of freedom. And it isn't really too shocking to us because we said we weren't gonna break ground until we had $750,000.00 and we set that for February 15. Now notice in Verse 46, "singleness of heart." They didn't have a book on the church. This place can be to the glory of God until Jesus comes. And it had to be built according to the plan or it would never have been what it was supposed to be. Matthew 21:12 –17 My house shall be a house of prayer. No longer can it be said of that church the gates of hell shall not overpower it. In Jesus' name. So that we might go right back to the place of common life in Christ. To enable Smart Transcript, click this icon or click anywhere in the transcript. When that was done Solomon wanted God to give him the assurance that all of the prayers of the people would be answered. You say, "Well, when you have this many people can you have fellowship?" And plans and more plans. It's showing that your faith is genuine by continuing in the faith. We could impact the grip of racism, sexism, poverty, oppression, the abuse of power, the physical and sexual abuse of women and children, and so much more if we could just convince God’s people to turn from their wicked ways. The church should be happy. God builds his church through the ministry of gifted leaders. Here 3,000 believed; 3,000 were baptized; 3,000 continued steadfastly. Listen. There was teaching and there was learning. Free Access to Sermons on Church Building, Church Sermons, Illustrations on Church Building, and Preaching Slides on Church Building. Matthew, Chapter 16. It is a word that is used very specifically in the New Testament. They were giving it and they were receiving it. Either come to Christ or stay away. The first time it was any way, shape or form like a church was when you arrived this morning. And say God is building more than buildings. The purest church. And I would simply say to you, "Come to Christ. They were happy because they were making an impact on their world. So, you see this could be an apartment building. Imagine at night when it's all lit up and they're all driving by. 3- The material in the old building is to be used in the new one. That early church did. New 4-Week Series: Focus. Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. GDPR is the new European privacy regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK and the equivalent legislation across the EU Member States. The second thing God says is that God’s people must pray. And so the church is going to be built Jesus' way when it is a redeemed church controlled by the Spirit of God teaching the doctrine of the word of God. These people had fellowship. That temple no longer stands today. In 1 Corinthians 14:37 Paul says, "If any man claims to be spiritual let him acknowledge that the things that I say are the commandments of God." There was nothing. And there are plenty of churches that are empty today because they wavered off of the blueprint you see. But the apostles' doctrine was the word of God. What is the blueprint we have to follow so Jesus can build His church His way and the gates of hell won't prevail? However, you can be sure that I will be calling on God fairly regularly about the upcoming election for President of the United States. Sharing your fellowship. What is it that God is doing in building His church? It's foundation is Christ. They continued steadfastly in prayers. We must put as much emphasis on prayer as we do on Bible study. But the exciting thing is that the church that God is growing here fills it. Everything else the history is added on and all the other stuff we do is just addendum. "Every soul was in awe." The members formed a committee to plan and build a new church. How different would the world look if God’s people agreed to make an 180-degree turn in their lives? And the plan and the plan alone was approved." They were a redeemed community. There was love there and it showed. And he does so in a simple way in the first chapter when he says, "You are the church that is in God and in the Lord Jesus Christ." It isn't a church until you're in it. What will this be in 10, 20, 30 years? He's talking about the prayer of the family. This must be a fellowshipping church. Never change. If we conform our lives to the will of God, then God will not only forgive ours sins, but God will also heal our land. It had the right character. It says in 42, "And they continued steadfastly.". 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