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Kingdom Order: How God is building His Church
February 14, 2016      |     By: Jonathan Brickley      |      Category: Sermons

Jonathan begins the teaching by encouraging us to embrace and walk in our spiritual giftings so that the Kingdom of God can be manifested. Sam ends with a practical word on what the giftings look like and how they build unity in the Body. 

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Kingdom Order: How God Is Building His Church
Kingdom of God - Identifying Marks & Characteristics
Romans 14:17
17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Righteousness - Right, proper, clean towards man & God.
Peace - The fruit of righteousness
Peace towards man & God
Joy - The inward result of righteousness and peace
The manifestation (Acts 13:52)
Acts 13:52
52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
I Corinthians 3:9-10
9 For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.
10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.
I Corinthians highlights by chapter
Ch 1-3 = Divisions in the Church
Ch 4 = Going beyond what is written, boasting, arrogant
Ch 5 = Sexual immorality
Ch 6 = Lawsuits against believers
Ch 8 = Eating food offered to idols / making brothers stumble
Ch 10 = Idolatry / Sexual Immorality / Grumbling / Drinking the cup of demons
Ch 11 = Getting drunk at communion
I Corinthians 12:1
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.
Spiritual Gifts and Unity / Order in the Body are linked
God arranged the members….as He chose
I Corinthians 12:18
18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
God has so composed the body…
I Corinthians 12:24
24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,
God has appointed in the church (the body)…
I Corinthians 12:28
28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.
I Corinthians 14:1
1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
Building Up!  (I Corinthians 14:3, 4, 5, 12, 17, 26)
I Corinthians 14:3, 4, 5, 12, 17, 26
3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.
4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.
5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.
12 So with yourselves, since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.
17 For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up.
26 What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace
I Corinthians 14:33
33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
All things done in Order
I Corinthians 14:40
40 But all things should be done decently and in order.
When we understand and embrace and walk in our spiritual gifting, the Kingdom of God is manifested in a powerful way.
Seven Motivational Spiritual Gifts
Prophesying: a revelatory grace that discerns the spiritual realm.
Service: an action grace that meets needs.
Teaching: a revelatory grace that gives understanding of the scriptures.
Exhortation: an encouragement grace that builds faith and hope.
Leadership: an activating grace that unifies the body to accomplish.
Giving: a financial grace that meets needs.
Mercy: a compassion grace that imparts comfort and healing.
Matthew 16:13-19
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
1 Peter 2:4-5
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,
5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Romans 12:3-8
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,
5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;
8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

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