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Eyesalve: Building Blocks

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And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18

 

The church is built upon the rock of the truth that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. When we preach the truth, we then become the building blocks (rocks) that Christ can use to build His church.

Eyesalve: Jesus Builds

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And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18

 

Our generation has forgotten that Jesus Christ is the One who builds the church.

Eyesalve: But That They Would Know

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For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 13For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.” Galatians 1:12-14

 

We desperately need to pray for our church kids. If they don’t get a real revelation of Christ and their need for a savior, they will see our church meetings as their religion. Before Paul had a revelation of Christ, all he had was the Jews religion and the traditions of his fathers. I don’t care if our children carry on our traditions or not, what is of the most importance is that they know this great Christ.

Eyesalve: Spiritual Refreshing

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I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied. 18For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.” I Corinthians 16:17-18

 

Let your coming to the fellowship of believers be not of backbiting and complaining, but instead bring along a supply of spiritual refreshment for the saints.

Eyesalve: God is Really Among You

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But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: 25And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.” I Corinthians 14: 24-25

 

The last words of verse 25 say, “and report that God is in you of a truth” Another version says it this way; “proclaiming, God is really among you.” So with that I ask, has a stranger ever come into your fellowship and proclaimed that God is really among you?

Eyesalve: Add To The Kingdom

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And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.” Acts 16:5

 

The church who is established in the Lord will be the church who is winning souls. Healthy sheep beget healthy sheep. The creative entertaining church will add people to a building, the established church will add souls to the kingdom of God.

Eyesalve: Bring Jesus

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Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.” John 8:2

 

Today, it is a common thing for churches to have Saturday night services to accommodate people; especially during the football season so that people can get up Sunday morning and prepare for the game and not have to be distracted with church. There are also a variety of times offered for Sunday mornings, again this accommodates people. Accommodating people is not always wrong. For example a night shift nurse would probably appreciate a Saturday night service versus trying to stay awake during a Sunday morning service. Putting that all aside, if there is one thing that is needed to get people to go to church, even early in the morning, it is to have Jesus there to teach. Not in the physical, but in the preachers and teachers. Not to let anyone off the hook, all believers have the responsibility to bring Jesus in them whenever the saints gather.

Eyesalve: Members In Particular

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Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” I Corinthians 12:27

 

As a pastor, I have a whole different approach to church membership then what is common today. In many churches today, you have to fill out an application of sorts and submit it for approval. You have to agree with the tenants of faith of that particular church and any other rules or guidelines they have established. When I am asked about being a member of the church that I pastor, I tell the one inquiring that they are a member when they say they are. What I mean by that is first, to be a member of any Christian church, you have to be born again. Once you are born again you instantly become a member of the body of Christ. So when a true believer attends our church and they determine that God is with us and they want to commit themselves to our fellowship of believers, then they are a member. Who am I to tell a member of the body of Christ that they are not a member? When many churches make others strive to be a member, I strive to remind them they are a member and help keep them participating as a member. Don’t forget, if you are born again, you too are a member of the body of Christ and you better take that serious.

Mystery of the Church     

Mystery of the Church

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