LIBERATION POWER MINISTRIES INC.
PORT HARCOURT HEADQUARTERS
SUNDAY MORNING TEACHING
TOPIC: THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD
TEXT: Acts 2:27-41
MEMORY VERSE: 1 Pet. 2:9
“But ye are a chosen generation a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praise of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”.
It was revealed from the scriptures that the Church is an assembly of people that are called. These people have responded to the call by the Creator and Saviour of the Universe. They were in sin but now are forgiven; in darkness, but now in the light; dead but now are alive. They form the mystical body of Christ. They are the blood washed ones.
Today, we are taking another step forward as we study on the topic titled: The Church in the World. This we will study under 3 subtitles.
- REASONS FOR THE FORMATION OF THE CHURCH. 1Pet. 2:9, 10; Mark. 3:13-15;
Matt. 16:18,19; Acts 1:4-8; John. 15:16; Eph. 3:9-11; Isaiah 43:21.
As many have already known, God has a reason or reasons for doing anything. There are reasons why the Church was formed. Until you know why you are in the Church or why you are saved, you may be wasting time in the Church not appreciating why God has saved you. From the scriptures among other reasons God formed the Church (i) To be in fellowship with Him. (ii) To show forth his glory (iii) To make the powers of darkness know of the wisdom of God. (iv) To take over from Satan and be incharge. (v) To be his witness on earth that through them; the entire world might come to know the only true God.
- ROTTENNESS IN THE WORLD: Matt. 12:34; Luke. 3:7; Deut. 1:35; 2 Tim. 3:13; Deut. 32:5, 20; Eph. 4:17-19; 2Tim. 3:1-5.
The present generation is referred to as being corrupt, perverse, crooked, evil; a generation of vipers. A viper is a breed of snake, which represents Satan or the devil. These adjectives qualifying or describing the world tell us of the state of the world. The present world under Satan is wicked, sinful and godless. Sin is drunken as water. See Job 15:16and Hosea 13:2.
Occultism, Satan worship, sexual immorality, killing, robbery, divorce and so on; (the list can continue indefinitely) are not only in the world but on the increase. The world is rotten and spiritually have a very offensive ordour. This is the state of the world. And unless something is done, the world is quickly heading for destruction.
- RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD: John. 20:21-23; matt. 5:13-16; Acts. 5:29-32; Matt. 28:18-20.
Jesus came to die for the world so that the world through Him might be saved. At the end of His earthly Ministry, He called his disciples together and handed over the baton to them and said; “As my father hath sent me, even so send I you” John 20:21. The church is described as the salt on the earth to season or add taste and to preserve the world. She is called the light of the world to direct the affairs of men. To bring them out of their works of darkness to live in righteousness.
The church is to be witness unto Christ by preaching and teaching the word of God. To testify about
Jesus as the True Son of God that is, the only Saviour of the world. This is a responsibility for every single member of the church. Therefore as a member of the church. You must shine as light, give meaning to life, resist the devil, pull people out of the mouth of Satan. If we fail in our responsibility, the world will totally go bad. You may also not escape it. Begin now to operate in the world. Victory is sure.