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
  • 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