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Church: A Display of the Gospel

May 2, 2010 Pastor: Brad Evangelista Series: Individual Messages

Topic: Biblical Passage: Ephesians 3:7–3:11

Intro: On this membership Sunday, we pause from our Colossians series to consider what it looks like to do life together as a church. Using Ephesians 3:7-11 as our springboard, this message examines how God intends to make the local church a living display of the Gospel.

 

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." –Antoine de St. Exupery 

 

Opening Text: Ephesians 3:7-11

 

OLD TESTAMENT

Abraham

Moses

David

God’s promise of a new covenant and ultimate rescue: Ezekiel 36:22-32

 

JESUS

Mark 1:15—“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

 

THE GOSPEL—THE GOOD NEWS

 

PENTECOST

Acts 2:38-47

 

THE CHURCH AS A DISPLAY OF THE GOSPEL – THE LIVING OUT OF THE WORDS

 

God’s plan for world evangelism is primarily the local church. As a local expression of the body of Christ, the church should be a display of the Gospel in the way it does life together according to the Scriptures. Below is just a sample of some of exhortations in the New Testament on how we should live together as a church family in light of the Gospel.

 

  • Ephesians 4:1-16
  • Galatians 6:1-10
  • Titus 2:1-15
  • 1 Timothy 5:1-2
  • 1 Peter 5:1-11
  • Romans 12:3-21
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28
  • Revelation 21:1-4

 

The Church…

 

a group of pardoned rebels…

whom God wants to use to display his glory…

before all Creation…

because they tell the truth about him…

and look increasingly like him…holy, loving, united.