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November 3, 2019
The Church’s One Foundation 
Part 1

Text
  1 Corinthians 3:11
11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Introduction – The great hymn written by Rev. Sam J Stone in 1866, “The Church Is One Foundation” has truth to help us better understand the beautiful church. Christ is the foundation which cannot be moved!!
 Let us begin our study today:

Christ the Foundation that:

I. No One Can Replace or Reproduce 

A. Galatians 1: 8 – 9 
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

B. Matthew 7:24 – 29 
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

C. Christ is the true and only foundation

II. No One Can Destroy or Delay

A. Isaiah 28:16 (Amp Version)
 16 Therefore the Lord God says this,
“Listen carefully, I am laying in Zion a Stone, a tested Stone,
A precious Cornerstone for the [secure] foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes [who trusts in, relies on, and adheres to that Stone] will not be disturbed or give way [in sudden panic].

B. Psalm 31: 2 – 3
 Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me.
3 For You are my rock and my fortress;
Therefore, for Your name’s sake,
Lead me and guide me.

C. Isaiah 8:14
He will be as a [a]sanctuary,
But a stone of stumbling and a rock of [b]offense
To both the houses of Israel,
As a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
D. The Savior will never be defeated

III. No One Can Find Hope Apart From The Foundation

A. 2 Timothy 2:19
19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

B. 1 Peter 2:6
6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
“Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

C. 1 Corinthians 1: 30 -31
30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

D. “My Hope is Found in Jesus Christ…..”

Conclusion – How Firm a Foundation Jesus Christ Our Lord!!!

The Church's One Foundation
January 5, 2020
The Church’s One Foundation part two

Text John 8:32 – 36
32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Introduction 
Jesus our true foundation. Review last Sunday.

Today – The Church where the Foundation offers freedom!!!!
Freedom from sin, guilt, bondage, addiction and real fulfillment in return.
Freedom can only happen through justification, forgiveness, pardon these are all found in the Church!  

Together we learn;

I. The Church Where Freedom is Found
A. Our freedom was Paid For – Romans 5: 8 – 9
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

B. IT IS FREE – Romans 3:24, Romans 5:15 – 16
24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.


C. Satan wishes to keep us living the hard life. God offers freedom 
 Matthew 11:28 – 30
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

 
II. The Church Where Freedom Comes Through Forgiveness
A. Justification – just as if we had not sinned.  
Forgiveness – the cleansing pardon of God that forgets our sin! 
They produce Freedom!!!

B. Freedom through forgiveness is offered to everyone – Luke 24:47
47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

C. Our Freedom is complete – Romans 8: 1 – 2
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

D. Our Freedom is Forever – Isaiah 43:25 
25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins.

III. The Church Where Freedom Brings Fulfillment 
A. God has a plan. Even gifts for the forgiven that brings fulfillment

B. Ephesians 1: 7 – 10 Build us up even to the end!
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and [a]prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ,both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.

C. 1 Corinthians 12:12 Gifts so we may be one!! 1 Corinthians 12:11 – 12
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.


D. 2 Corinthians 13:11 One in Christ and one with each other 
11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
 

Conclusion – Are you Free, today? 

 

 

The Church's One Foundation
Part Two
January 12, 2020
The Church’s One Foundation” part three

The Church Where Family Resides”

Text Colossians 3:12 – 15
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Introduction – The Church, as we look at this wonderful creation of God, we learned;
A. Where Christ is the Sure Foundation
B. Where Freedom is Available

Today we are going to look where the church is the place where family is found:

In this Family;

I. The Church / Family Where Thinking of Others Is Normal
A. Philippians 2:4
4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

B. It is so liberating to actually feel for others


II. The Church / Family Where Kind Restoration is Available
A. Galatians 6:1 – 5 
6 Brethren, if a man is [a]overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.

B. The church where the wounded is not murdered 

III. The Church / Family Where Love and Peace Abound
A. Colossians 3:12 – 15 
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

B. The wonderful haven made for the family of God, The Church.

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The Church's One Foundation
part three

The Church, 
Where Family Resides
January 19, 2020