Welcome dearly beloved friends and family to another wonderful Sunday evening service. I'm so sorry that this is coming out so late tonight. I'm so blessed to have each of you here tonight. I know that you most likely have your own church family that you support as well. So I'm truly blessed and honored that each of you who follow this church week in and week out. Your dedication, love, support through prayer and many times even your encouraging words is unrivaled. I'm the most blessed and grateful pastor ever. For the Lord has given me a wonderful church family. In my opinion, which obviously I'm biased, the greatest and most loving church family ever. See you aren't just there to support me in prayer, no, you've been there for the rest of our brothers and sisters in their times of need too. So from the bottom of my heart I say THANK YOU. Now if you're here for the very first time please let me take this opportunity to welcome you to this church family. I know that you too have many more choices out there that you could have chosen to fellowship with and probably too have your own home church that you're returning from tonight. I hope that you'll enjoy the read and decide to continue to follow us each week as we dig into the scriptures and grow in faith in Christ Jesus. I also hope that you will find the sermon not just enjoyable but a blessing in your life. Before we go to the Lord in prayer I've got a prayer request to bring back to our remembrance. Our beloved brother Matt May Sr. is still looking for a good Bible preaching and Bible believing churches in his area to attend. So please keep him and his family in your prayers. So as we always do let's go BOLDLY to the Throne of Grace together in prayer before we dig in shall we.
Lord Jesus tonight I come to you with a heart of thanks. Thanks for every single blessing that you've given me and this church. You've been so great to me and to WTLC OF NEWARK MINISTRIES. Jesus you've taken this ministry from the ground up and have grown this ministry to be an international ministry sharing your word to over 350-400 people on a regular basis and with the potential readers of well in the millions. Lord I can't thank you enough for growing us. Not just growing us in number but Lord growing us up in maturity of spirit through your grace and truth. Lord thank you for choosing to use little old me, a no body country boy truck driver and preacher as your tool to heal the sick and afflicted, to mend the broken hearted, to draw the lost and spiritually dead to yourself, and to set the captives free from any and all bondage including but not limited to depression and anxiety. Lord Jesus tonight I pray that you'll preach this sermon through me. I know Lord that tonight is a very sensitive topic. Many Lord Jesus tonight aren't necessarily going to like the sermon. Lord Jesus please I pray tonight speak through me. Use my tongue and fingers as a pen of a ready writer ready to inscribe on the hearts of your people. Don't let the people hear from me but from you. Teach us tonight Jesus what you'd have us all to learn. Also Lord Jesus tonight help us to not only be hearers of your word but doers. Grant us the Grace that is sufficient for all to correctly apply the lessons you teach us tonight in our lives. Heavenly Father I thank you in advance for everything. For I know that you said ask and ye shall receive. So by faith I say thank you. AMEN AND AMEN
Tonight dearly beloved friends and family we are continuing our series of the REAL DEAL. So far we've covered salvation, though it really wasn't part of this series, it was the sermon right before we started this series and the REAL JESUS of the Scriptures. Tonight we're going to cover another very vital REAL DEAL topic. Knowing that there's plenty of promises made to this topic and also that Scripture states that there's no salvation apart from this topic it's vital to understand the REAL CHURCH that Christ founded in complete detail. I mean think about it y'all. Many think that they are apart of the real church but tonight I believe they very well might get a shock. In fact I personally know that many denominations claim that they are the only true church that Christ built. So tonight knowing the importance of this topic let's look at REAL CHURCH in complete detail. I mean let's look deeper into the 5 w's of the REAL CHURCH. You might be asking about right now what I mean by the 5 w's. Glad you asked. I'm talking about the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of the REAL BIBLICAL CHURCH. Now we're not going to necessarily go in that order but we're going to cover what the real church is, when the real church was started, who is in the real church, where the real church resides, and why or the purpose of the real church. So let's dig in shall we.
SERIES: REAL DEAL
SERMON: 2 THE REAL CHURCH
1).First let's take a good look at what the REAL CHURCH IS. Many claim that it's their respective denomination and others think it's a church building of any denomination where services are held. Now there are several very important reasons why knowing what is the REAL DEAL when it comes to the true church that Christ founded. So let's dig in to this very vital question. What is the true church that Christ built? Is it a specific individual church denomination or organization? Is it a specific building where services are held? Let's look at Scripture to see what it has to say about this.
A). First let's look at where Christ plainly states that He will build a church at all. Christ states this in (Matthew 16:18) And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
1). Now I'm not picking on the Catholic Church here but they add the phrase HE KATHOLIKE EKKLESIA instead of leaving this Scripture as it is written. You'll understand why that's so huge of a difference here in a minute.
B). Now that we see that there is something Christ called HIS Church. So before we go on let's really look at the original text for this passage. That will give us a really good look at what exactly Christ Jesus is saying that He'll build. The word for church in the original Greek here is Ekklesia. So what is the definition of Ekklesia? It's broken down into two separate root words. The first root word is EK which means out from and to. Basically EK is the starting place or origin but with a specific goal of reaching a destination. Now the second root word of Ekklesia is KALEO which literally means to call. This word is usually understood as a calling of people from one place to another. Put these two root words together and you have a new word EKKLESIA which means the called out ones.
1). Basically you can clearly see here that the EKKLESIA, or church as it's translated in our New Testament Bibles, doesn't mean a denomination, a church organization, nor a place of worship. Rather it is a specific group of people who are called out from one place to a different place. Now so we're not getting ahead of ourselves here let's keep moving forward shall we.
2). Now in all reality the word church is kind of a bad rendering for the Ekklesia. Why you might ask? That's because the word in Greek for church as we know it is Kuriakon. This means pertaining to a god. Now think about this. How sneaky would it be to call a denomination church especially Catholic Church knowing that the little "g" god is the ruler of this world system. This is Satan who is the ruler of this world system. Therefore knowing that the word Kuriakon means pertaining to a god and the word Catholic means Universal what a better way to spread the doctrine of men and doctrines of devils than to call a church organization Catholic Church.
C). Now let's look at the importance of understanding what this real church really is.
1). First off in our passage were Jesus clearly stated that HE would build His church we see a HUGE promise. That promise was one of protection. Christ clearly states that even the gates of Hell would not prevail against it. So if this were a denomination or organization then what Christ Jesus would have been saying is that even the gates of Hell couldn't prevail against that organization or denomination not necessarily the members of that denomination or organization. Yet whomever is the church/Ekklesia can shout HALLELUJAH because knowing that it isn't the church organization nor denomination but a group of people that promise of protection then means God is granting the ultimate protection to this group of people. Whom better than the omnipotent and omniscient creator to be your shield and body guard. So this is very much a reason for the Ekklesia to give praise.
2). Also it's very important as well to understand what the real church is because the church is the body of Christ. (Colossians 1:18) And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (1 Corinthians 12:27) Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
a). So if the real church was one of the church organizations or denominations then you'd have to make sure that you're accepted by that church organization in order to be saved. Remember apart from Christ Jesus there's no salvation. Yet knowing that the real church isn't a denomination or organization the Ekklesia can shout HALLELUJAH as well because they don't have to worry about being accepted. See this is a work which we know that our salvation is through Grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone and not by works.
2). Okay so we now see what the church is that Christ Jesus founded. We know it wasn't the Catholic Church nor any other denomination nor religious association. No it is a group of people. Now we've got to figure out the who in this real church. Who is the Ekklesia and honestly are you one of these people?
A). First you've got to understand the group is. Remember that the EKKLESIA is the called out ones. This group of people are called out of this world and unto Christ Jesus. (1 Peter 2:9-10) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
B). Basically the Ekklesia is everyone who places their faith in Christ Jesus alone for their salvation and accepts His shed blood that He shed on that cross at Calvary for the remission of your sins. Meaning if you're saved by Jesus then you are one of the members of the Ekklesia. (Acts 2:47) Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
1). Remember that once you accept Christ Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord we get the gift of the Holy Ghost dwelling inside us.( Romans 8:9) But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (1 Corinthians 3:16) Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
3). Now we have a good idea not only what the church is but who belongs to it we've got to figure out when this church was founded. It was founded by Christ of course and it was founded in A.D. 33 when the day of Pentecost was fully come meaning that the Apostles in the upper room got filled and in dwelled by the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:1-4) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
A). Now the question is now since we know that the Catholic Church adds the phrase of He Katholike Ekklesia when did this phrase even happen? First the above mentioned phrase didn't even appear in writing until the 2nd to 3rd century. So obviously the Catholic Church can't be the true church. Tge apostles nor any Biblical transcripts use the He Katholike Ekklesia. It was St. Ignatius, a Catholic, whom coined the term. Yet the original Ekklesia was founded in A.D. 33.
1). Now you might be saying wait a minute though pastor. Didn't Christ Jesus state that it was Peter who He was going to build the church upon? Yes Christ did say that. Now who was the pastor that Christ used in Acts 2? It was Peter. Therefore Christ's word/prophecy was fulfilled at that point. Yet Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles not Peter. Notice in the Scriptures of Acts 2 that the Jews was there that day and believed. Peter was the Apostle to the Jew and Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles. (Galatians 2:7-8) But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) (Romans 11:13) For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
4). Now that we see when the Ekklesia got started we've got to see the why or the purpose of the church. This is easy to show. It is for the exhortation unto the fellow believers in love unto good works. (Hebrews 10:24-25) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
A). So please understand that I'm not saying that just because the Ekklesia, God's true and Holy Church, isn't a church denomination nor organization that we aren't to go to any church building to worship God and gather ourselves together. As you can clearly see that would be against the Scriptures. We are to gather ourselves together and what we call going to church.
5). Okay so we now need to figure out where this church is. In fact this church, the real church, is all over the world. Knowing that the Ekklesia is everyone who places their faith in Christ Jesus alone, they are obviously everywhere. Remember that Christ stated that we are to preach the Gospel to the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
1). So whether you are gathering in a house or in a building or even on here on Facebook. We all need to gather together and fellowship with each other exhorting unto good works and digging into the scriptures growing Spiritually.
Tonight I've got a question for you. Are you saved? Are your sins washed by the blood of Jesus Christ? If so you're one of many members of the Ekklesia/body of Christ. Remember dear friend and family that if you think that just because you belong to a particular individual denomination or church organization, and I don't care if it's the Roman Catholic Church or even the Pentecostal Church not even WTLC of Newark Ministries, that you're part of the Ekklesia and honestly saved you're wrong. That's religion not a relationship. Dearly beloved Christ came not for us to stay in religion but for us to have a relationship. The only way you can have a relationship with Jesus is to place your faith in HIM ALONE and not your works. Joining a church denomination is a work.
Now if you're here tonight and need to ask Jesus into your heart please cry out to Jesus right now. Don't wait. Don't place your faith in the church system where we go to worship and fellowship with each other nor any other religious and righteous acts. Just ask Jesus right now into your heart. Cry out right now to Christ Jesus. Admit to Christ that you have a spiritual bankruptcy problem. Admit that you can't save yourself but need Him to wash away your sins. For times sake if you want to ask Jesus into your heart please feel free to contact me ASAP. For I'd love to go BOLDLY to the Throne of Grace together with you.
Now if you're here tonight and need prayer for ANYTHING else or have a praise report please also contact me. If you need to contact me you can comment on here, pm me directly, text me, email me, or call me. If it's an emergency please just call me and don't stop till I pick up.
Now next week is a family night as it's the last Sunday of the month. So till next time may God richly bless each of you. Again I'll say I'm so sorry this is coming out so late tonight. Yet if you would like to hear me preach in person please have your own home pastor get in touch with me so we can schedule a time when I can come preach a revival. Till next time y'all remember that I'm here for you.