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Church as a Battleship

December 1, 2015

 

Authentic Christianity Sermon Series 

 

Authentic Church II - The Inauguration of the Church

 

Matthew 16:13-20

 

Maybe our picture of Church is a bit off.  

We think of “church” as a building, religious organization, business, or something there to satisfy my “spiritual side.”

 

Looking back at the “original picture” that Jesus gives to His disciples,

The Church is:

  1. A gathering of those who are called out of slavery to sin into the Family of God, as a result of the supernatural revelation of the Father and

  2. A battleship that will go through severe warfare yet, is found victorious 

  3. Entrusted with the authority and responsibility to be Christ’s representatives on this earth—especially to rescue people out of slavery and back into the Kingdom of Heaven (unlike the Pharisees that kept people out; Matt. 23:13). 

The spiritual battle is real and it is present.

Now, the enemy has been disarmed and they know that they’ve totally lost the battle, because of the Cross (Col 2:15). However, because they know that their time is coming soon, they are doing whatever it takes to drag one more soul down with them—keeping people under darkness, damaging God’s people to ineffectiveness, hindering the work of God, and therefore, attempting to take away from the glory of God.

 

Wake up!!!

The Church is NOT a cruise liner, but a battleship entrusted with a tremendous mission.

The Church suffers a great deal and is found powerless in this generation, because it does not know God’s original picture and calling for her. Just imagine a battleship in battle, yet, the crew totally oblivious to the reality of warfare. The result is either suffering of huge casualties or totally off track in the middle of nowhere—what a tragedy!

 

My prayer is that (1) Everyone at out church receives awesome revelation from the Father, and therefore, become radical lovers of God. (2) Wake up to the mission given to us as a battleship, and therefore, save souls, damage the kingdom of darkness, heal the wounded, and equip and send out mighty warriors into the world.

 

We want to fight against: 

laziness, boredom, complacency, mediocrity, doubt, fear, discouragement, negativity, and materialism, lust of the world, selfish-individualism, sin and addiction.

We want to be healed from: 

past, pain, scars, brokenness, abuse, wounds, bitterness, accusation, addiction, and victimization.

We want to be established and equipped with: 

Truth/Word of God, wisdom, discernment, righteousness, love, faith, peace and prayer. (Eph. 6)

Lord, make us the Church you originally intended us to be. 

Amen.

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