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The Imperfect Church- The Imperfect Imitation

The Imperfect Church- First Corinthians Part 1

Speaker: Pastor Ty Neal
Date: June 03, 2018

A perfect church is as elusive as finding a Yeti riding atop a Unicorn in flight toward Atlantis. Perhaps you've heard the saying when it comes to modern church, "No perfect people allowed," but that is not totally true. There is one perfect person who actually leads the church-His name is Jesus! And He gathers imperfect people together to be His people on His mission for His glory and their good! Yet, along the way, we have a hard time playing nice together, laying down our personal preferences, and giving up the sins that destroy us, our unity and our witness to the outside world. Welcome to The Imperfect Church! Join us as we follow the perfect one-Jesus-and discover how He loves the imperfect church as we walk through the book of First Corinthians.

Title : The Imperfect Imitation

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1 Corinthians 4:14- 14 I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. 

 

1 Corinthians 4:15- 15 For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 

 

1 Corinthians 4:16- 16 I urge you, then, be imitators of me.

 

1 Corinthians 11:1- 1Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

 

Philippians 3:17- 17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 

                               

Philippians 4:9- 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

 

2 Thessalonians 3:7-9- 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.

 

2 Timothy 3:10-11- 10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.

 

Core Value #4 - LIVE AS LEADERS

 

We live as Spirit-empowered leaders who lead ourselves and others to maturity in Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 4:17- 17 That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.

 

QUOTE- “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” Brennan Manning

 

1 Corinthians 4:18-19- 18 Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. 19But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power. 

 

1 Corinthians 1:18 - 18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God

 

1 Corinthians 4:20- 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 

 

1 Corinthians 4:21 – 21 What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

 

1 Corinthians 1:18 - 18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God

 

1 Corinthians 4:20 – 20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. 

 

QUOTE - It is believed that Augustine, great saint of God had lived with a prostitute before his conversion.  After he was wonderfully saved, he was walking down the street and this prostitute saw him.  She shouted his name and he kept walking.  He saw her, but kept his eyes straightforward and walked. She continued crying after him and ran after him.  And finally, she said, “Augustine, it is I.”  To which he replied, “I know, but it is no longer I.”

 

 

 

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