The church exists to _________________ Jesus, ________________ believers and spread the __________________.
RECENTER SERIES Part Three: “ReCenter on the Church” Pastor David Cannistraci ♦ January 26, 2014
“He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence.” Ephesians 1:20 (MSG) ▶ To get fully ReCentered, we must refocus our ____________________ to include the ___________________.
! WHY IS THE CHURCH CENTRAL? ! ! !
And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone…” Genesis 2:18 (NKJV) Community is the “_____________ _____________” of life. - Pastor Rick Warren Our greatest ____________________ are experienced _____________________.
! • The church is the ___________________ of God ! !
“…I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named…” Eph. 3:14-15 (NKJV) “God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” Psalm 68:6 (NKJV)
! • The church is the ______________ of Christ ! “You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV) ! (Cont’d on reverse)
! HOW TO RECENTER IN THE CHURCH ! 1. Break off the spirit of ______________________. ! “Let us consider how to inspire each other to greater love and to righteous deeds, not forgetting to gather as a community, as some have forgotten, but encouraging each other, especially as the day of His return approaches.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (TVT)
! 2. Let your roots go down ______________. ! “…Planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.” Psalm 92:13 (NIV)
! 3. Find a place of body ______________________. ! “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. ! !
If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.” Eccl. 4:9-12 (NLT) _____________ your calling ____________________ with your calling _______________ your calling
FATHER GOD, Thank you for the value you offer me in the church. I want Jesus to be the center of my life, and I want to flourish in 2014. Break isolation and fear off of me. May my roots go deep in Jesus and His people, and may He use me as never before! In His Name, AMEN
! THIS WEEK IN SMALL GROUPS ! Icebreaker: Name one or two things you value most in life. !Scripture Focus: Let group members share a verse from this teaching -one that impacted them personally. What does it mean for them? !Discussion Focus: What does it mean to be the family of God? !Prayer Focus: Pray for every GateWay person to experience the support and blessing of God’s family. Come against any hindrances to this.