Weekly Bible Study 

Growing in the Word

Dr. Dolly A. Robinson, Instructor

Tuesday 6:00 p.m.

 

November 17, 2020

The Church: Christ's Institution

"The Power Of The Church" - Part 1

ACTS 2:1-36

Introduction:

 

Last week we began our series on The Church: Christ’s Institution. In that lesson we discussed the promise of the Church (Matthew 16:13-20). This week we will be looking at the power of the Church Part One. When we look at the powerful governments of the world and other business and educational organizations that have great influence, we must consider the church and the influence it has in our world both then and now. The influence and success of governments and other organizations is predicated upon the amount of power they are able to put forth and utilize.

If the exercise of power in other organizations determines their success, then the same must be true for the church as well. The Church, however, has power that cannot be compared to that of any other earthly establishment. The church’s power is a promise from Christ and is the power that enabled Jesus’ followers to begin the building process of the church. That same power is still active today as the church continues building process that began in the Second chapter of Acts. As we study this lesson, let’s think about the influence or lack thereof of today’s church as compared to the 1st Century church.

The Hour of Power

Rev. Dr. William H. Foster, Jr. - Senior Pastor

Thursday 9:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

November 19, 2020

Three Stages of Perfection 
Philippians 3
INTRODUCTION:

TOO MANY CHRISTIANS GET WRAPPED UP IN “THINGS” AND LOSE THE “JOY” THEY OUGHT TO HAVE IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST...THEY FOCUS THEIR “MIND” ON “EARTHLY THINGS” (vv 19b) AND LACK THAT “SPIRITUAL MIND” OF THE DEDICATED BELIEVER...NOTICE HOW TIMES THE WORD  “THINGS” IS USED IN THIS CHAPTER...HERE PAUL DESCRIBES THE “SPIRITUAL MIND”, THE “MIND” THAT THINKS GOD’S THOUGHTS AND IS DIRECTED TOWARDS GOD’S GOALS...IN THIS CHAPTER PAUL DESCRIBES HIS “PAST”; “PRESENT”; AND “FUTURE” AND A FULL BIOGRAPHY OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE...PAUL SAYS (1:6) THAT ALL “STAGES OF PERFECTION” ARE GROUNDED IN FAITH IN CHRIST AND WHAT HE HAS DONE...NOT WHAT WE CAN DO FOR HIM...WE CANNOT “PERFECT” OURSELVES...ONLY GOD CAN WORK IN AND THROUGH US TO “CARRY IT ON TO COMPLETION UNTIL THE DAY OF CHRIST JESUS...LET’S TAKE A LOOK @ “THE THREE STAGES OF PERFECTION”...

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