YOU ARE CALLED TO BELONG
Live Your Calling: What On Earth Am I Here For – Part 3
September 21-22, 2013
Heb. 2:10 “God is the one who made all things, and all things are for his glory. He wanted to have many children share his glory…” (NCV)
The 2nd purpose:
GOD FORMED ME FOR HIS ___________________!
Eph. 1:5 “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.” (NLT)
1 Tim. 3:14-15 ”I am writing to you… so you will know how to live in the family of God. That family is the church of the living God, the support and foundation of the truth.” (NCV)
I AM CALLED __________________ TO HIS CHURCH
Eph. 2:19 “So now you are no longer visitors or strangers. Now you are citizens together with God’s holy people. You belong to God’s family.” (ICB)
Rom. 1:6 “You are among those who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ” (NLT)
“Ecclesia” (church) = “the called out”
THE BENEFITS OF BELONGING
1st metaphor of the church: ______________________
1. IN GOD’S FAMILY: I LEARN MY ____________________
Eph. 2:19 “You are members of God’s very own family, and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian”
Heb. 2:11 “Jesus and the people he makes holy all belong to the same family. That is why he isn’t ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.” (CEV)
Acts 2:41 “Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church—about three thousand.” NLT)
2nd metaphor of the church: ______________________
1 Cor. 3:16( NLT) Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and His Spirit lives in you?
2. IN GOD’S TEMPLE: I AM __________________________
Eph. 2:21-22 “In Christ the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
Rom. 1:12 “I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.” (N
3rd metaphor of the church: _____________________
1 Cor. 12:27 – Now you are the Body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (NIV)
3. IN CHRIST’S BODY: I DISCOVER MY _______________
Rom. 12:4-5 “Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s Body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.” (LB)
1 Cor. 12:15-16 “If your foot says, “I’m not a part of the body because I’m not a hand,” that doesn’t make it any less a part of the body. And if your ear says, “I’m not part of the body because I’m only an ear and not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? (NLT)
Eph. 4:25 “In Christ’s Body we’re all connected to each other.” (Mes)
4th metaphor of the church: __________________
PS. 100:3 – “God made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” (NLT)
PS. 23 (Living Bible)
Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need!
He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most.
Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for
you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way.
You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies.
You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow!
Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life, and
afterwards I will live with you forever in your home!
Jesus said this in John 10:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired hand runs away because he cares nothing for the sheep.
But I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me–
–and I lay down my life for my sheep.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; and no one can ever snatch them out of my hand.
4. IN GOD’S FLOCK: I’M ____________________________
1. My _______________ looks out for me (‘shepherd”)
1 Pet. 5:2 “Take care of God’s flock, his people, that you are responsible for. Watch over them because you want to, not because you are forced to do it.” (ICB)
HEB.13:17 – Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God.” (NLT)
2. My _______________________ looks out for me
Gal. 6:2 “Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (NLT)
1 The. 5:11 “Encourage each other and give each other strength.” (NCV) Who’s looking out for you?
5TH metaphor of the church:__________________________
JN, 15:1, 5 “I am the True Vine, and my Father is the
Gardener… and you are the branches:. (NIV)
5. IN GOD’S GARDEN: MY LIFE BECOMES ________________________!
Jn 15:4-5 “A branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me. I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. But apart from me you can do nothing!” (NLT)
You have 5 basic needs in your life:
Identity .. Stability .. Capacity… Security … Productivity
“Glory belongs to God in THE CHURCH & in CHRIST JESUS for all time and eternity!” Eph.3:21