The Church Is Still In Business
What is your favorite business that is now out of business?
-my wife and I have often predicted the demise of restaurants
-shifts in shopping habits have destroyed businesses over time
-some businesses die because of no leadership succession
-the pandemic led to many business deaths
The church will always be in business!
“On this rock”
-Peter’s confession got it started, but wasn’t the only authority
-Ephesians 2:20 All the Apostles are the foundation
-Peter submitted to other leaders- Acts 11, 15
-Paul rebukes Peter- Galatians 2:11-14
“I will build my church”
-Jesus is the master builder
-1 Corinthians 3:5-9 God causes the growth
What is the church?
-Church- called out ones
-See our Belief Statement
-New Testament word descriptions of the church
Fellowship, Family, Body, Flock, Building, Bride of Christ
“the gates of Hades will not overpower it”
-gates of hades/death- the stronghold of death
-The church will never die- hasn’t died yet!
-Worldwide view- the church is thriving in Asia, Africa
-Miracle- the church is still in existence even after all the
Sinfulness, mistakes, scandals, persecutions
God loves everyone
-the world- all people groups
-every person matters to God
We must believe in Jesus to have eternal life
-John 14:6 Jesus is the only way to the Father
-belief = trust
People perish without Jesus
-many people want to ignore this part of John 3:16
-Do we really care that multitudes of people are perishing?
-Statistics on the newest Generation- Gen Z
72 Million- largest generation ever
-the least religious generation ever
-about 80% have no evidence they trust Jesus Christ
-Which means 57,600,000 Gen Z are perishing!
-Illust: my daughter avoided the death of her hamster
-much less emotional when I removed it for her
-How do we avoid the perishing of people?
The Church Is Still In Business!
Trust what lasts forever
-Trust Jesus with your life
-Repent and be baptized
-Trust the church Jesus is building
-Discovering Church Membership Class today
-openly live out what you believe
-people watch what we do before they listen to what we say
-share your story- “post your review”, publicly “like”
-Illust: My son Grant is a certified Google reviewer
-are you the go to person for Jesus and His church?
St Joe Community Church
Belief Statement on The Church
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.
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2900 North Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
(260) 471-4704 www.StJoeCommunityChurch.org
Sunday Worship: 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM (Live cast at 10:30 am)
Sunday Kids Connection Classes (infants-5th grade): 10:30 AM
Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study: 6:30 PM