This is God’s House Series, #1      “This is God’s House”   6/1/14

  1. This is God’s House

o   It is not yours

  • Genesis 28:20-22 “Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.” ESV

o   We lose sight of our mission to serve God

  • Love Him first and Foremost
  • Love our neighbors
  • To GO
  • To SHARE
  • To SERVE
  • To GIVE
  • To LOVE

o   The church is the only cooperative society in the world that exists for the benefit of its non-members. 

o   Thom S. Rainer – President and CEO of your SBC’s Lifeway Christian Resources said that the largest reason for church decline is an “INWARD focus.

o   In a museum at Greenfield Village, Detroit, Michigan, there is a huge steam locomotive. Beside this complicated piece of machinery is a sign showing boiler pressure, size and number of wheels, horsepower, lengths, weight and more. The bottom line indicates that 96% of the power generated was used to move the locomotive and only 4% was left to pull the load. We must be careful not to become like the locomotive – with most of our energy and resources being spent to move us – and not move the World toward Christ. .

o   Church becomes more about us than about God’s Purpose for the church

o   Always REMEMBER that YOU are HIS Church, Bound together by HIS Love to fulfill HIS purpose!

o   Ours is not a “Look what WE did!” Faith – Christianity is “LOOK WHAT GOD DID!” reality

  1. Everything in it belongs to Him

o   Even you

  • God made ALL, is in ALL and owns ALL

o   I belong to God

  • This last Wednesday we dived into Galatians 4:12 – 20
    • The simple message of all of that is:
    • The pastor is not PRIMARY in the Church:  GOD IS!
    • Worship God
    • Serve GOD
    • Remain Faithful to GOD
    • Remain in GOD’S WORD
    • The Pastor is a PERSON
    • GOD is GOD

o   Even the “Crowns of Glory” we strive for, belong to God!

  • You didn’t build that!  God DID!
  • You WILL NOT EVEN want to keep them once you bow before Him in Glory!  You will throw them before His throne and give thanks
    • Revelation 4:10-11 “They casttheir crowns before the throne, saying,  “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”  ESV
  1. Everything here is to BRING HIM GLORY

o   1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1 “So, whether you eat or drink, orwhatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or tothe church of God,  just asI try to please everyone in everything I do,not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.”   ESV

  1. Hebrews 3:1-6 “Therefore, holy brothers,you who share ina heavenly calling, consider Jesus,the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him,just as Moses also was faithful in all God’shouse.  For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.  (For every house is built by someone, butthe builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God’s houseas a servant,to testify to the things that were to be spoken later,but Christ is faithful over God’s house asa son. Andwe are his house if indeed wehold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.”   ESV