Planted in the House #2 – A Place for You

(Eph 2:8 NKJV)  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,    
                         
1 - The Church is a ________________________
(Joh 1:12 NKJV)  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe  in His name:  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

(Eph 3:14-15 NKJV)  For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,  from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
We operate on the basis of _______________________ not _________________

(Jas 1:18 NKJV)  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

 2 – The Church is a __________________________

(1Co 1:9 NKJV)  God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

(1Jn 1:7 NKJV)  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Fellowship is expressed through ___________________AND ___________________      
         
3 – The Church is a _____________________
(1Co 12:27 NKJV)  Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

(Eph 5:23, 24 NKJV)  … Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.  Therefore, …  the church is subject to Christ …

(Rom 12:4-6 NKJV)  For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,  so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:
As a body we function on the basis of ______________________, not _____________
(Eph 2:19-20 NKJV)  Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,  having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,

(Eph 2:21-22 NKJV)  in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,  in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
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4 – The Church is a _____________________

(Joh 21:16, 17 NKJV)  "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My sheep."… "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" …  Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep.

(1Pe 5:2-3 NKJV)  Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;

(Eph 3:17 NKJV)  that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

So why do I need to get planted? You can’t be rooted in Love without the rest of the body.

1 - The local church is the Place of _______________________
(Mat 18:20 NKJV)  For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."                        
(Mat 18:19 NKJV)  "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

2 - The local church is the Place of _______________________
(Eph 3:16 NKJV)  that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,

3 - The local church is the Place of _______________________
(Psa 1:3 NKJV)  He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

(Eph 4:16 NKJV)  from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

4 - The local church is the Place of _______________________
(Eph 4:11-12 NKJV)  And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

(Eph 4:13 NKJV)  till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

Why is it important to be planted in the local church?

The local church provides counsel to guide you, to nurture you, to pray for you, to teach you how to pray, how to believe God, how to forgive, how to be empowered.  

We are His dwelling place!

 

Amen!