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THE GREAT RESET – PART 1

May 17, 2021

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CHURCH: RESETTING OUR DEFINITION! (Matt. 16:18) 

Preface: In Matthew chapter 16, Jesus makes two powerful assertions about His church, the first is that He alone is responsible for the building of the church, and the second being a direct result of the first; “…the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” (16:18). With these assertions, I want to use this series to address this moment. Though challenging, this moment must be viewed as an opportunity given to us by the Lord. The world-wide pandemic coupled with the global shutdown are serving as the catalysts for a reset of the church. In this series, I want us to look at the reset of the body of Jesus Christ. A reset that will allow us to move forward with greater relevance and in greater power. Part I examines the idea of church, not as a place or as a program, but simply as people called by God into one unified body. The time has come for The Great Reset! 

1. CHURCH: NEVER A PLACE: 

  • Church Is Never A Place To Gather In A Moment Of Time 
  • Church Is Always People Moving At All Times, (John 3:8).  
  • Never Localize What Is To Be Mobilized, (Luke 13:33).  
  • Tabernacles In Wilderness = Outside Of Promise, Keep Moving Forward! 
  • Temples In Promise = Inside Promise, Keep Building Upward! 
  • Lesson: The Church Is Within People! (Col. 1:27) 

 2. CHURCH: NEVER A PROGRAM: 

  • Worship Is Not Church; Worship Is Our Offering To God, (Ps. 34:1-3). 
  • Preaching Is Not Church; Preaching Is Our Voice In The World, (Rom. 10:18). 
  • Ministry Is Not Church; Ministry Is Our Enlightening The World, (Matt. 5:16). 
  • Lesson: Service Is The Church In Action – Vertically & Horizontally! 

3. CHURCH: ALWAYS A PEOPLE: 

  • God Works Thru People Not Things, (Ps. 100:3). 
  • God Works Thru A Body Not A Building, (1 Cor. 12:13). 
  • The Great Demonic Strategy: Divide The Church Into Denominations! 
  • A Body Divided Is Sick, (1 Cor. 12:25-26). To Whither The Body, Divide It!! 
  • A House Divided Cannot Stand, (Matt. 12:25). To Wobble The House, Divide It! 
  • A Christ Divided Cannot Serve, (1 Cor. 1:13). To Weaken The Anointing, Divide It! 
  • Lesson: Stop Going To Church, Start Being The Church!  

PRAYER: FATHER, EMPOWER US TO BE YOUR CHURCH!