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11TH YEAR APPRECIATION SERVICE

PASTOR ANTHONY ROBERTSON & WIFE FIRST LADY SISTER PAULA ROBERTSON'S APPRECIATION SUNDAY AUGUST 8, 2021 10:00 AM

Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 

1 Timothy 5:17 

 
 

The Church is Bigger Than Any Church

WHAT WE STILL AND WILL BELIEVE

I live in a part of the world where any gathering, so long as there is a Bible present, is called church. That means “church” is merely a group of people who share a common passion for something related to the Bible. Sadly, what we find in many of these so-called churches is division, jealousy, unforgiveness, bitterness, gossip, personal hatred, and hatred by association (if your friend hates someone, to maintain friendship, you cannot be friends with that person either).

The true church, however, is powerfully and mysteriously united across the boundaries that define and divide the world. Although we are many, we are one body; we are one body in Christ. Although we have many colors, we are one body; we are one body in Christ. Although we have many languages, we are one body; we are one body in Christ. Every believer in Christ, throughout history and in every place, shares an indivisible blood-union through the blood of Christ. Our bonds stretch through time and space, such that we even share fellowship with saints who died and went to be with Jesus thousands of years ago.

Church of God

We find a great definition of the church in 1 Corinthians 1:2:

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours.

What does Paul mean when he says that the church is of God? I think he simply means that the church is created by God and belongs to God. How did God make the church? How did he form it? In what way does the church belong to God?

BOUGHT WITH BLOOD

In Acts 20:28, Paul calls pastors “to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” Thus, the church is God’s because he bought her with his own blood. God does not redeem us with money, because no amount of wealth in all creation was enough to satisfy God’s anger against us and purchase our peace with him. We “were ransomed . . . not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:18–19).

“You are not part of God’s church because you go to a building every Sunday.”

Most people use the phrase “going to church.” But the church is not a building; it is a people. You are not part of God’s church because you go to a building every Sunday. There are countless unbelievers who visit church buildings on Sundays but are not part of the church. You belong to God and become a part of God’s church only by being purchased and redeemed by God through Jesus’s blood.

Three times in 1 Corinthians 1:2–3, Paul calls Jesus Lord: he is “our Lord Jesus Christ,” “both their Lord and ours,” and “the Lord Jesus Christ.” Thus, the church, purchased by the blood of Christ, submits to Christ. He governs all they do. The church has only one Lord. All of the church’s leaders must lead in submission to the Lord of the church.

SANCTIFIED IN CHRIST

. . . to those sanctified in Christ Jesus . . .

The church of God is made up of people whom God has himself sanctified in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:2). To sanctify is to make holy, make acceptable to God. This is an act none of us could perform. God expects perfection. Only perfectly righteous people can dwell in God’s presence. That’s why the psalmist cried out, “If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” (Psalm 130:3).

How can we become pure? Who can purify sinners? Jesus Christ! Christ loved the church and gave himself for her “that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word” (Ephesians 5:26). When we put our faith in Jesus, Jesus’s blood purifies us from all unrighteousness, making us saints before God! We are first washed of our sins, and then God begins the progressive work of making us sinless. Because he has sanctified us in Christ, he progressively sanctifies us. The church is God’s imperfect people whom God has purified and whom God is purifying.

CALLED TO BE SAINTS

. . . called to be saints . . 

God created the church by calling unqualified sinners and making them saints. According to 1 Corinthians 1:26–31 God does not look for the powerful, the wise, the rich, or the noble, because there is nothing that any of these worldly standards can bring to the altar of salvation. God does not save based on any human qualifications. It is God’s good pleasure to choose people that the world would never choose to show the world that he is a great and merciful God.

“The church is God’s imperfect people whom God has declared perfect and whom God is perfecting.”

God has compassion on the weak. He cares for the poor and widows and orphans and refugees. He forgives the most wicked among us. He saved a rebel like Paul, the author of this letter. God turns sinners, even the worst of them, into saints. They are made holy by the blood of Christ. God is truly merciful and compassionate. That is why the church is made up of people who are despised by the world, people who have nothing. These despised people are loved by Christ, and, for them, Christ has become everything.

MADE INTO FAMILY

. . . called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .

The church is God’s family, and, as a family, it exists in unity. Note the grammar of the passage. The church in the phrase “the church of God” is singular, but all the other words that depict the church are plural: “those sanctified,” those “called to be saints,” and “our Lord.” There is one church of God made up of many members. The church is one family with one Father and one Lord, Jesus Christ.

And together they “call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In the Old Testament, to call upon the name of the Lord was a way of describing those who worshiped Yahweh and prayed to him (Genesis 4:2612:813:4). Now that Christ has appeared, the church worships and prays to him. This is one way the church glorifies him.

Paul writes to the local church in Corinth but also acknowledges that the church is bigger than the Corinthian church. It includes those who in “every place” call on the name of the Lord. And yet, even two thousand years later, he is still not called upon in every place. There are still places in the world where people have never even heard the name of Jesus. There is still work to do. Only the church has the message and the power, from God, to finish the task and make every place a reality.

Bigger Than Any Church

What if we believed that the church is bigger than our local congregations? What if the church is larger than our denominations? What if the church is bigger than the boundaries of our countries and continents? How would we live differently if we thought of the church that way?

When many of us hear the word church, we are prone to think only of our own local congregations — or perhaps our denomination or those we know and agree with theologically. But the church is universal. It spans time and space. According to the New Testament, the church of God includes every believer in Christ, over whom Christ is Lord (Colossians 1:18). Paul also says the church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:23). It is his fullness. To know and appreciate the church universal is to know and appreciate the one whose fullness it represents.

“Christ’s majesty is of such a scope that no local congregation can fully capture and portray it.”

Christ’s majesty is of such a scope that no local congregation in a particular time and place can fully capture and portray it. His majesty, which the church represents, stretches throughout time into eternity.

October is National Pastor Appreciation Month

During this month the New Home Family will take this time to honor, recognize, and thank for all that you do Pastor Anthony Robertson.

Once again thank you for your dedication and service

PRAYER OF THANKS AND FOR HEALING

Most Gracious and Eternal Father God. How we bless you, how we thank you.
 
Thank you for navigating us through another day, another week and another month. Lord we know it nothing short of your goodness that we are here today. Father we want to say thank you!
 
No matter what is going on we can confess that you have been so faithful. Father we know someone is down and out.
 
We also, know your Spirit can lift them up. So Master, we 
 
thank you in advance for how you are going to work in their situation. Master, you taught us to love our neighbor, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength  to comfort the fearful, to tend to the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love. Father, please help us to continue to be strong and not to give up. I pray that you will give us peace in this heartbreaking time, give us rest during these trials, and never let us doubt what we know is real. Keep our hearts open and set on pushing through. 
In Jesus’s name, I pray.
Amen.

PRAYER FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

“Heavenly Father, I walk on the path of the just which is as the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

I must shine forth with Your joy and peace being a reflection of Jesus to a hurting and afraid world.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

PATH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

In these times, people will notice someone who responds differently than the crowd. True faith in God is the thing that empowers us to react differently. This is not to say we will not have anxious feelings or experience moments of doubt, but ultimately our response should be grounded in God’s promises.

In today’s Bible verse, Solomon says one of the most memorable statements in all of Proverbs: The path of righteousness.

“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” (Proverbs 4:18)

When we enter into a path of righteousness through an encounter with Jesus, and when He shines into our lives, that is like the first gleam of dawn. It is the beginning of light. As we move onward in that path, The light shines more and more until the perfect day when Jesus returns, or we are united with Him and get to spend eternity with God.

“So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness.” (Proverbs 2:20)

If we are walking in the path of righteousness, today’s light is brighter than yesterday’s, and tomorrow will be brighter than today’s. No matter how bad things look at this moment, “never give up hope” because that is a mistake, a deception from the enemy to kill, steal, and destroy us. We stay on the path of righteousness that leads us until we come into the full light and to the full and final revelation of God in eternity.

Life is a journey, and while we are on that journey, it is important we enjoy every moment. There is so much God has placed on our paths right now to make our journey an adventurous one. If all we think about is where we are headed, we will miss out on all the nice things along the way.

The things that we never took the time to see and flew by in the past. While it is great to be focused on the tasks ahead, it is equally important that we enjoy each passing moment too. Life is not just about the future; God wants us to enjoy today.

We need to start by learning to appreciate ourselves and value those God has placed in our paths. Also, appreciate the little things (being alive, able to breathe, having food, family, friends, etc.) God has blessed us with those things. Enjoying the simple little things of life is the key to enjoying the spiritual realities as well.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

If you are on that path of righteousness, keep moving on, and if you have not yet found the path of righteousness, you need to meet Jesus and make Him Lord of your life.


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If You Are On That Path Of Righteousness, Keep Moving On, And If You Have Not Yet Found The Path Of Righteousness, You Need To Meet Jesus And Make Him Lord Of Your Life.

All About Him Prayer

“Heavenly Father, For You sent Jesus into the world and for such a time as this.

You sent Him to be our Savior and Lord. The one who brings us peace in the midst of the storms of life, the Prince of Peace.

I will go into the world by means of even my social avenue to tell this world, Jesus loves them and gave His life for them.

The Good News is the best news for all to hear, and right now is the time. In Jesus’ name,

Amen.”

It’s ALL about HIM

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” John 1:10

“I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.” — Jeremiah 27:5 KJV

The Gospel message is getting a little lost these days with all the attention being paid to the pandemic, and a lot of people have lost track of the fact that it is all about Jesus.

“When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:4)

Ask random people what Jesus means to them, and you are likely to wait a long time until you hear anything about Jesus or the cross. Our message, from beginning to end, is Jesus. Who He was, who He is, what He said, what He did, and what He is going to do.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

We need to have a Jesus movement right now in the middle of the pandemic. Everything needs to focus on Jesus. We have an ideological society that has rejected religion and the institutional church. Right now, the church is online in their homes, live on Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo. Everyone needs a savior, and Jesus needs to be the central figure in all of this.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Our message is all about a person, and our mission is to share that person with the world. God made us belong to Him; we wandered away; Jesus is the way back.

Our society right now needs this personal message. That is non-threatening. That is all about a meaningful relationship with God that comes to someone by way of a meaningful relationship with them. There is not a lot of baggage here. There is not a better time in our lifetime than right now to share this message.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Our primary concern should be to introduce ourselves to people and in doing so, to introduce them to Jesus, because, as far as we are concerned, that is who it is all about. The best part is you do not have to leave your house to do it.

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)

Jesus came to save us, unite us, and teach us to love one another. It is that simple. You can think of two-three people right now who need the Good News of the Gospel. It is as easy as inviting them to receive this daily devotion.

Who will you share Jesus with today?

Prayer To Allow Light To Shine

“Heavenly Father, as You are my Father, and Your Holy Spirit lives in me, I must have Your heart when it comes to the lost.

As I let my light shine for You, others will be drawn to You.

When my life is lived by Your Spirit from within, and not my emotions, then I will be able to be the witness for You.

I submit to Jesus Who is enlisting my help and asking me to live with this same passion.

I will be obedient to Your call. In Jesus’ name,
Amen.”

PREACHING THE GOSPEL

It is easy to be friends with people that are like us. You go to the gym; you make friends in the gym. You walk to the same park every weekend and chit-chat with the other people at the park. Or you start making connections over your kids’ eating habits and nap schedules and recent milestones.

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”(Matthew 9:35)

With Believers, it is no different. You attend church, drop your kids off in the same classroom, and settle into the same row of seats every weekend, and you are bound to feel some sort of affinity with them. Maybe you even start up a conversation. But that is simply because, as individuals, we have a need to fellowship with one another.
 
When we follow Jesus and get an inside perspective on His heart, we always see that He had compassion on those around Him. The people were poor and sick, confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd, and Jesus commanded His disciples to take the Gospel to the world.
 
This commandment is true today. Jesus means that the people who are not sitting next to you in church, and those who do not have a relationship with God and could care less about Him; they are the people that matter to Jesus and they should matter to us as well.
 
We are made to encourage and support one another, and our number one mission is for someone who is lost, and Jesus will not stop searching until He finds that lost one. As His people, Jesus is enlisting our help and asking us to live with this same passion: that we may see our neighbors, friends, colleagues, and family members who are far from Him finally come home.
 
Who do you know that needs God today?

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