I believe God will do it. I've been in buildings that used to be churches and now they're bars and restaurants and hardware stores and whatever else. "They did eat their food with gladness and singleness of heart praising God and having favor with all the people. If my people that are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land. At the very beginning when we started I said we were gonna trust God to raise all the money. It's been a wonderful morning, hasn't it? I trust that's your prayer, too. And I would add one more because it's so valid. And so the initial fact of that church was that it was a redeemed church. Twenty-five close friends at the most and 200 acquaintances. Now here we meet the first church in history. Acts 2:41-47. And our Lord Jesus is writing to the minister at the church at Sardis. Let not our happiness be predicated on our facility. Just teach and preach and until I come give attendance to reading and exhortation and doctrine. Log In You see they had a promise. So many exploits and so many feats. God did not need us to help him create the world. It's corporate. It means reverence. Fellowship can happen anywhere. They had fellowship. "And awe came upon every soul and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles and all that believed were together and had all things common and sold their possessions and goods and parted them to all men as every man had need and they continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house did eat their food with gladness and singleness of heart praising God." There was no precedent. The pulpit goes down. Or all that believed are definitely not together. The familiar words of 2 Chronicles 7:14 occur as God’s response to Solomon’s prayer of dedication. It's thriving on the ecstasy of new life. It was God's church. The actual function. Close to the flame. Breaking bread from house to house. It could be all that believed are sort of together. In the New Testament we are introduced to the word repent. Kind of interesting because that's just about how many we can squeeze in here. This has always been a commitment of Grace Church. © 2019 Preaching.com. Why should we have this place? If that's true, you are the tare sown by the adversary among the wheat to confuse the issue. The second thing. I try to avoid drawing God into athletic contests and games of chance. And it's living stones are the believing community. I have often wondered how the community around us thinks about Grace Church. Verse 43. Verse 44, "all things common." "Every soul was in awe." Curse them so you'll make them impotent. God has built this church. Nevertheless, I believe that politics alone cannot fix what is wrong with our world. No longer can it be said of that church the gates of hell shall not overpower it. We ought to recommit ourselves right here to prayer because prayer is the recognition of a total dependence upon God. Paul who commends many churches in the New Testament commends most highly the church at Thessalonica. The church with the proper content will have the proper character and lastly will manifest the proper consequences. All that believed. Everywhere you looked there were plans. It only takes two people to have fellowship. Therefore, the honor of overseeing the construction of the temple that would stand to the glory of God fell to King Solomon; David’s son and successor. And we were just gonna have gifts and your investment and just among our own family here we were gonna raise $1.5 million to build this building. The New Church Building Author Unknown: Follow Book & Flag: A rich man goes to his minister and says, "I want you and your wife to take a three-month trip to the Holy Land at my expense. Use this sermon outline and illustrations for an upcoming building dedication. And there are plenty of churches that are empty today because they wavered off of the blueprint you see. Now notice. Now, listen to this. It could be a theatre. And then the church will not be being built Jesus' way. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. It's behind the scenes strength is the spirit of God. God has fulfilled every word of His good promise. Without God I would be drifting And He has to build a building to house the lives He's building. 4- We shall continue to use the old building until the new one is completed. Verse 43 literally says, "And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe." And they were continuously selling things as people were continuing to have needs. 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. This was the church that Jesus built on the day of Pentecost. "And many wonders and signs were done by the apostles." Or else the inspector would come out and say, "This is not the building that the plan says. We sacrificed. 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. We all have the same power surging through us. Intermarriage. You say well, John, what is the blueprint? That's the point. Daily. We've seen God build a church of living stones energized by the strength of the Spirit of God and under girded by Christ Himself. And we're so grateful to Him. He's talking about the prayer of the family. "They continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread." 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. 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. There are, however, many other forms and types of prayer that we must practice if we are to participate in the purpose for which this church exists. Three thousand more. The church with the right content manifests the right character. Another consequence of the right church living the right way is that that church will be a praising church. “Turn from their wicked ways” is what God declares. There's one condition hidden in that statement. It was a special service, and I was reminded of God’s faithfulness Verse 47. I will build My church. Here it is. Download the Sermon notes in PDF here.. As Rev. My prayer for Grace Church is that it will grow daily. And as you see in the next few chapters a Spirit-controlled and filled church. You're gonna have some results. You've been coming to Grace Church. Uncompromising. We've seen God answer prayer so many times. You say, "Well, when you have this many people can you have fellowship?" And it had to be built according to the plan or it would never have been what it was supposed to be. People say that about Grace a lot. 3- The material in the old building is to be used in the new one. But something happened. 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. But I pray God for one thing. That God has been building your lives and our lives together and that because He has been building the true church, He has had to build this building to hold it. Beloved, this is where it all begins. God has been good. When that was done Solomon wanted God to give him the assurance that all of the prayers of the people would be answered. And when we came in this morning, then it became a church to the glory of God. He only built one from scratch and that was on Pentecost. It doesn't mean terror. Five, six thousand people. Satan will never stop it. To enable Smart Transcript, click this icon or click anywhere in the transcript. Matthew 16:13 –18 On this rock I will build my church. Christ says, “On this rock, I will build my church.” God is building his church today. And we need to affirm the need for prayer. The church must be a redeemed community. A praying church. Then, in the sixth and seventh chapters, Solomon offers a prayer of consecration for his newly finished temple. Jesus built it His way. And when any of those things are forfeited it doesn't meet the specs and Jesus says that's not My church. Nourish them in sound doctrine he told Timothy. We just praise God for you and what I've said this morning really doesn't come out of any notes. Praying for one another. And you know something? The same thing happened in the history of Israel. No. Teach the word. God had given him a blueprint. Let it be on the Lord. And the world has to look and say man, there's some kind of power going on in that community of people. God has built this as He has been building us. It's not they all threw everything in a pot and they dove it out equally. Is there anybody here today who does not need to prayer the prayers of confession and contrition? Let me show you one. I don't know if that can be put across any church really. Verse 46, "one accord." Some things that I think we must look at. Revelation, Chapter 3 and Verse 1 introduces us to the church at the Town of Sardis. The same church. This is the first time the church has met here. He said, "Well, I mean your future goal." So the building then is nothing more than a metaphor or a symbol or a picture of the true church. 7. And the Scripture says he whist not that the Lord had departed from him. And we're not saying that unbelievers or people who have not come to Jesus Christ are not welcome. The Greek word for repent is metanoia. Let's look at this. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is the end of a story that focuses on the dedication of the great temple of Solomon in the ancient city of Jerusalem. There are prayers of intercession where we ask God to move beyond our lives and be a blessing in the life of someone else. If we have the proper content, manifest the proper character, God will bring the proper consequence and this church will grow to the glory of God. If you have need and I have supply, here's my supply for your need. "Before any church building, parsonage, or other church unit is formally dedicated, all indebtedness against the same shall be discharged" (The Book of Discipline 2012, ¶ 2545). 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. The other 3,000 you can ignore. Happy people. That's the Lord's table. In Acts 1:8 he promised that the Spirit would bring power. "And all that believed were together." Jude says remember the things that were spoken by the apostles. You see the unity there? It isn't simply believing. The champion of freedom. There may be some of you here this morning. I have no desire to build a church really. We've seen God bring what we believed Him for to the very hour when we believed Him for it. It's in Acts 2:41-47. As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. He said, "I mean what's your goal for the church?" Because then and only then will they have the energizing of the Spirit of God. For example, where there is a resurrection from the dead and it says they were filled with awe. The apostles' doctrine or teaching. They were happy because they were redeemed. Praying for one another. for the Name United Methodist Church. And it isn't because they're not faithful to God. A redeemed church. The church should be filled with joy. We must be as committed to prayer as we are to any other form of activity in this church. Matthew 16:18. Never change. And the Lord said I can't approve that church. I've been in churches in other parts of the world where there's not so much to be happy about. 3. Now you take that kind of a community of people. Where people were being saved. And so Balaakwho was the king of Moab got Balaam the prophet and said look, I want you, I'll pay you to curse Israel. And this is really a sub point to being redeemed. And plans and more plans. And so they developed another plan. The next day 3,120 people. The temple was the place where the heart, and mind, and soul of the person doing the praying was shaped and formed so that the person asking something of God would be in “good standing” with God when the request was made. He said, "I had the happy occasion to command a band of brothers." We appreciate the forgiveness that comes through Jesus Christ and are eager to share the blessings he provides. Notice the proper character in Verse 43. They were afraid that the Israelites were gonna come in and wipe them out. 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. The Moabites in the Promised Land were scared of the Israelites. That's all. How shocking it must be when we first put these doors in. Only hours after its birth. 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. To begin with, before we built this building there were many plans. 1, it was an awesome church. I was recently installed as the pastor of New Community Covenant Church in Bronzeville. 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. 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. And it worked. Women have to leave their own Baptist church home and seek ordination in other denominations because so many black Baptist churches will not recognize the right of God to call a woman into the ministry, wicked ways. Of course, there are many kinds of prayer and we should be familiar with all of them. And we'll give you the glory. They had no explanation. Christ's words to the church at Sardis. That is the arrangement that God offered at the end of Solomon’s prayer; if we do our part God will surely do God’s part. And the nice thing about a big church is you can choose the 200 you want. They didn't have any seminars or conferences or conventions or experts on the church or books to read. A certain congregation was about to erect a new church edifice. The purest church. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. So three times Balaam tried to curse Israel. Billy Graham says that if up to 40 percent of their converts are real and follow through that's considered high. I don't know who you'll have in this pulpit in years to come. | 4,021 views. And the praying here is not individual prayer. Presbyterian/Reformed. Why? Fellowship is simply sharing our lives with one another. The church will never be able to claim the guarantee of Matthew 16:18 if it doesn't teach the word of God. He is a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. go. The building committee passed the following resolutions: 1- We shall build a new building. The church should be happy. The black Baptist church came into existence because of the racism within so many of the white Baptist churches in the southern United States in the 19th century that offered justification for slavery, wicked ways. Verse 42. They had 5,000 in Acts 4 and 20,000 two chapters later. They had all things common. Then God will do as has been promised: God will forgive our sins and God will heal our land. And then we've seen him build a metaphor like this to symbolize the true church that He has built. God's world is so much in rebellion it just seems like here and there one little spot or other on the globe on Sunday mornings we could offer some praise. Most of us are familiar with the form of prayer that Solomon had in mind in 2 Chronicles 6, which is the prayer of petition. Or it can depart from that and who knows what it will become. Just because people apologize for what they have done does not mean they will not do it again. Three thousand people continued. It's foundation is Christ. And we'll be having communion together right here. They were happy because God was at work. Because their lifestyle had favor with all the people. Celebrate. 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. Thirdly, the proper content of the church is that it was a teaching church. We shall build a new church 2. We need to humble ourselves every day in the presence of God. They didn't even have a New Testament. They were awesome. The dedication sermon was given by Pastor Jim Braden, the pastor who really got our church plant going. They didn't have a denomination to go to. If we come to church for any other reason than to be in the presence of God, and celebrate His goodness, and confess our own sins, then we have come to church for the wrong reason, wicked ways. We gave. We all have the same Christ. Because it's not being built Jesus' way. "And all that believed were together." Instead, like that ATM, God seems to be saying that if you do not put something in you cannot get anything out. God will not only heal what is wrong within us, but God will also heal what is wrong in the world around us. I have great respect for philanthropy and for the way by which our money can be directed to causes such as ending hunger or caring for the victims of natural disaster. © 2021 Grace to You. The end of Verse 47. This building never really has been a church. The temple was not simply a place where prayers were offered and answered. … Corpses man the ship. 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. 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. Togetherness. SERMON. like a ship without a sail. A church that big's got lots of problems. And it was a teaching church. And now that He's done it, we give Him all the praise. It's not communism. A reporter said to me, "What's your goal in the ministry?" What was the proper content? The same God. Everything else the history is added on and all the other stuff we do is just addendum. Last week at the laymen’s golf outing someone there asked me to pray to God that he might win something during the raffle held at the end of the day. During any large transformation, leaders will encounter early adopters, laggards, … And we felt that such who minister in the name of Christ should know the Christ in whose name they minister. And that's the doctrine of Balaam. But God's power is nonetheless on display. There is a magnificent Islamic structure that stands upon the ground where the temple of Solomon once stood; it is a mosque called The Dome of the Rock. We all have the same common eternal life. However, no amount of money donated by people of wealth to people in need can bring about any lasting change to our world. That we would be the church that God built His way and the gates of hell would never prevail against it. Three thousand people believed. It's whether you're committed to loving and sharing your life with others. Building Project 2012. God is healing people of illness today. Not everybody comes to church to find God. Lots of programs. 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