May 24, 2020
Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
 
Acts 2:36-47
 
Devotion to “The Fellowship” meant… Devotion to being PRIESTS for this world
Pictures of Priesthood: - Priests were lights - they were holy to the Lord - Priests were mediators between God and the people - The Church is the pillar and foundation of the truth - We stand in the gap and intercede for the world - The Church is the “Noah’s Ark” of this world - We are to swing the sword of the Gospel Devotion to the GOD-POWERED Church
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  • May 24, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    May 24, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
     
    Acts 2:36-47
     
    Devotion to “The Fellowship” meant… Devotion to being PRIESTS for this world
    Pictures of Priesthood: - Priests were lights - they were holy to the Lord - Priests were mediators between God and the people - The Church is the pillar and foundation of the truth - We stand in the gap and intercede for the world - The Church is the “Noah’s Ark” of this world - We are to swing the sword of the Gospel Devotion to the GOD-POWERED Church
  • May 17, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    May 17, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
     
    Acts 2:36-47
     
    Devotion to “The Fellowship” meant…
    Devotion to EVERYONE PARTICIPATING
     
    Seven Common Points About The Body:
    In the Body of Christ, EVERYONE PARTICIPATES
    Every part is NECESSARY
    Every part is UNIQUE
    Every part is by the SPIRIT OF GOD
    Our goal is the GOOD OF THE BODY
    We are in a PROCESS OF MATURING
    The chief end is the GLORY OF GOD
     
    Don’t be as concerned about discovering what your spiritual gift is...
    ...as you are about strengthening the faith of others
     
    Complete humility is a requirement for serving well in the body of Christ
    - humility comes from knowing that all you have, is a gift from God
     
    When we speak, we should be able to speak the very words that God would speak
     
    When we serve, we should serve with the strength God provides
     
    - knowing that all good we do is from God
  • May 10, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    May 10, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
     
    Acts 2:36-47
     
    Devotion to “The Fellowship” meant…
    Devotion to being in ONE ACCORD
     
    Homothymadon
    Homou - together, same
    thumos - wrath, anger, passion, outburst, fierceness, rage
    ONE ACCORD
     
    Barriers to “One accord-ness” today:
    Sin – personal sinfulness
    Flesh – desires of the flesh
    Pride – we are about us
    Personality – we see things very differently
    Fears – when fear trumps faith, we divide
    Guilt – guilt causes us to find fault
    The Bible can be difficult to interpret.
    - So it is easy to misinterpret scripture.
    - Or to think that correct interpretation is not possible.
    - Or decide that everyone’s interpretation is “God speaking to me”.
    - Or we emphasize one part over another.
    There is a buffet of Bible teachers today.
    There is a church “on every corner”.
    It is easier to find a new church than wrestle through relational or doctrinal issues.
    People have different, and many times wrong expectations of what the church really is.
    We disagree about what we should focus on.
    Culture affects us – post-modern culture, where there is no objective, absolute truth.
    We live in a very individualistic culture today.
    We live in a culture where everyone’s opinion is considered equally valid.
    We have access to so much information today that it is difficult to know what is true.
    We don’t know which doctrines are essential and which are not.
    We easily confuse personal preference with essential doctrine.
    We hate conflict, so resolving issues is difficult.
    We come together with biases and traditions that separate us and blind us.
    We are busy with our own lives.
    We are under lots of pressure elsewhere and can’t care deeply about other’s needs.
    We are willing to work hard on most other things but think church “should just be easy”.
    We don’t really believe that “It is more blessed to give than receive”.
     
  • May 3, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    May 3, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
     
    Acts 2:36-47
    Koinonia
    - fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation
     
    Inward Fellowship
    Outward Fellowship
     
    Ekklesia – Church Ek - Out Kaleo - Called - The called-out ones - A gathered assembly
    Devotion to “The Fellowship” meant… Devotion to a SUPERNATURAL fellowship Devotion to GATHERING
  • Apr 26, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    Apr 26, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
    The Ordinary Church – The Fellowship
     
    Acts 2:36-47
    Koinonia
    - fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation
     
    Inward Fellowship
    Outward Fellowship
     
    Koinonia doesn’t happen when…
    The Church is full of people who:
    - are not regenerated
    - have forgotten who they used to be
    - have forgotten what they were saved from
    - have forgotten what it took to save them
    - have forgotten what they are saved to
     
    Koinonia happens when…
    Our union with Christ is real and it:
    - produces love, joy and peace
    - produces a heart of praise and worship
    - places us into a family that fellowships
    - powers love and service for that family
    - produces a desire to be with that family
  • Apr 19, 2020Carl Helmuth – A Final Preparation
    Apr 19, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – A Final Preparation
    Series: (All)
    A Final Preparation
    John 15
    18 If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me first.
    19 If you were of the world, it would love you as its own.
    Instead, the world hates you, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.
     
    The world is not your friend
    -because you are not of the world
    -because it was not Jesus’ friend…we should expect persecution
    -because we expose their sin
    -because of the “TRUTH” barrier
    -but we are Christ’s ambassadors to the people of the world
     
    The world that is not your friend…
    is also inside the Church
     
    Four Overall Takeaways
    -I would urge us to accept that hatred and persecution from the world is normal for believers
    -I would urge us to recognize that our flesh loves the things of the world and we must battle that
    -I would urge us to always beware of the world’s messaging – real truth is from God’s kingdom
    -I would urge us to grow in our love for one another
  • Apr 12, 2020Carl Helmuth – Easter
    Apr 12, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – Easter
    Series: (All)
  • Apr 5, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Goodness of God
    Apr 5, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Goodness of God
    Series: (All)
    The Goodness of God
    He has given us life – real life
    - eternal life
    - eternal life serving with Christ
    - life with every blessing in the heavenlies
    - life with an eternal purpose of glorifying and enjoying God forever
     
    He sovereignly controls all things
    - He is involved in every tiny aspect of His creation and watches over it
    - He feeds and cares for even His smallest creatures
    - He has committed His highest love for His Son and those He redeemed
     
    He knows everything there is to know about us
    - He knows our thoughts and our next word even before it is spoken
    - He has set the number of our days
    - He will not allow us to die one minute before we have fulfilled His purpose for us here
    - He has purchased us with His own blood
     
    His provision is superior to our efforts
    - He knows what we need better than we do
    - He knows His purpose for us
    - His providence is constant around us
    - His ways are inscrutable
    - He has promised to work all things for our good and for His glory
     
    He is our Father who has chosen to adopt us
    - He has called us out of the darkness that the whole world is in
    - He has rescued us from their empty pursuits
    - He has called us to a higher purpose and promised to provide our temporal needs
    - He has promised to withhold no good thing
     
    He is our Father who has given us a kingdom
    - He has given all power and authority and dominion to His Son, the King
    - He has made us coheirs with Christ
    - He has given each of us a heavenly account where we can lay treasures even now
    - Suffering for Him here is treasure above
  • Mar 29, 2020Carl Helmuth – How to Trust a Sovereign God
    Mar 29, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – How to Trust a Sovereign God
    Series: (All)
    How does one trust a sovereign God?
    How does one trust a sovereign God when He brings trials?
     
    When it comes to trusting God, there are two things we must know:
    Who We are
    Who God is
     
    The first thing to know in trusting God is that trusting myself is foolish
    The first thing to do in trusting God is to STOP TRUSTING myself
  • Mar 22, 2020Carl Helmuth – A Biblical View of Our Present Day
    Mar 22, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – A Biblical View of Our Present Day
    Series: (All)
    Who/what caused this?
    God is sovereign and He did send the coronavirus
    1. All scriptures (except one) that speak of pestilence, state explicitly that God caused it
    2. God claims that He is the One who brings calamity
    3. God is in control of our life, health and death
    4. God is sovereign and is in complete control
     
    Why is this happening?
    Five Reasons Why God Would Bring About The Coronavirus
    1. To bring glory to Himself
    2. To accomplish His eternal purposes
    3. To cause men to fear Him
    4. As a judgement on sin
    5. To purify His Church
     
    What is our response?
    - Repent for sin and seek mercy
    - Humbly petition the Lord in prayer (with thanksgiving)
    - Use this time to grow in your faith
    - Use this time to love and serve each other
    - Offer hope to a hopeless world (with the gospel message)
    - Trust in a SOVEREIGN GOD who loves you
     
  • Mar 8, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Apostles’ Teaching
    Mar 8, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Apostles’ Teaching
    The Ordinary Church
     
    Acts 2:42
    Why? - Why is it so important to be devoted to the Apostle’s teaching?
    What? - What does it look like to be devoted to the Apostle’s teaching?
    What happens? - What’s the result of devotion to the Apostle’s teaching?
     
    Being devoted to the apostle’s teaching:
    is a commitment to scripture…as the apostle’s taught it and lived it
    means our lives will clash with the world…so much so, that there will be a cost
    means we will need to guard against those who will counterfeit its truths
    means that we continue in it, ...abide in it, ...remain in it
    means that we know eternal life comes through faith in their message. It is the seed of salvation
    means believing that God is truly speaking whenever scripture is read ...and rightly taught
    means that we know that scripture has spiritual power to transform
    means that it is the source for our sanctification
    means that it must first impact the teacher before it impacts the student
    means that it is everything we need for life and godliness
    means that the Word of God must be publicly proclaimed ...whether it is well received or not
    means that the Word must also be personally administered
    means that we must realize that sound doctrine will not always sound good to us
  • Mar 1, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Apostles’ Teaching
    Mar 1, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church – The Apostles’ Teaching
    The Ordinary Church
     
    Acts 2:42
    Why? - Why is it so important to be devoted to the Apostle’s teaching?
    What? - What does it look like to be devoted to the Apostle’s teaching?
    What happens? - What’s the result of devotion to the Apostle’s teaching?
     
    Being devoted to the apostle’s teaching:
    is a commitment to scripture…as the apostle’s taught it and lived it
    means our lives will clash with the world…so much so, that there will be a cost
    means we will need to guard against those who will counterfeit its truths
  • Feb 23, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church
    Feb 23, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Ordinary Church
    The Ordinary Church
     
    Acts 2:42
    They devoted themselves to
    the apostles’ teaching
    and to the fellowship,
    to the breaking of bread
    and to prayer.
     
    Why Such Ordinary Means of Grace?
    1. They are timeless
    2. They are available to all
    3. They are God-powered; not man-powered
    4. God is unimpressed with our sophistication; but He rewards persevering, obedient faith
    5. God does 99.999% of His work through the unspectacular
    6. They bring glory to God
  • Feb 16, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Joseph As A Foreshadow Of Christ
    Feb 16, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Joseph As A Foreshadow Of Christ
    Joseph As A Foreshadow Of Christ
     
    The Three Components of Faith
     
    Knowledge (Know Truth)
    Belief (Believe Truth)
    Trust (Obey Truth)
  • Feb 9, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God’s Providence in Joseph’s Life
    Feb 9, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God’s Providence in Joseph’s Life
    God's Providence in Joseph's Life
     
    Joseph’s View of God’s Sovereignty And How It Impacted Him
     
    It caused him to forgive his brothers
    It gave him strength to persevere in trials
    It transformed him and his brothers
    It caused him to be humble
    It kept him humble while being bold and courageous
    It glorified God
  • Feb 2, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God’s Providence in Joseph’s Life
    Feb 2, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God’s Providence in Joseph’s Life
    God's Providence in Joseph's Life
     
    Genesis 45 & 50
  • Jan 26, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Joseph Reveals
    Jan 26, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Joseph Reveals
    Joseph Reveals
     
    Genesis 44-45
     
  • Jan 19, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Joseph Tests His Brothers
    Jan 19, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Joseph Tests His Brothers
    Joseph Tests His Brothers
     
    Genesis 43
     
    The Six Tests of God for Jacob and Sons
    1. The Test of Truth
    2. The Test of Hardship and Suffering
    3. The Test of Conviction of Sin
    4. The Test of Greatest Love
    5. The Test of Grace
    6. The Test of Personal Grace
  • Jan 12, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Joseph Tests His Brothers
    Jan 12, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Joseph Tests His Brothers
    Joseph Tests His Brothers
     
    Genesis 42
  • Jan 5, 2020Carl Helmuth – Conditioning 2020
    Jan 5, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – Conditioning 2020
    Series: (All)
    Four Realities That Disciples Want To Ignore But Can’t If They Are Truly Following Christ (BCITATFC)
     
    • Truly following Christ will cause people to hate you
    • Truly following Christ will bring division
    • Truly following Christ will test your love allegiance
    • Truly following Christ will cause you to selflessly and sacrificially love like Christ