The Church Divine   1 comment

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Above:  Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Greensboro, Georgia, March 24, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Matt. 16, 18

Man needs such a community of interest for his spiritual good.

I. 

Ecclesia–congregation assembled for business.  “Called out” from others.  Christ is the head:  He loved the church.

II.

Divine:

(1)  In origin.  “I will found my church.”  Not of man.  Is the one divine institution.

(2)  In its operations–weapons are not carnal.  “Put up thy sword.”  Uses material things but only for spiritual results.

(3)  In its object–to seek and save the lost.  Not a community selfishly seeking its own; but trying to raise up to the cross of Christ.

III.

(1)  Being thus divine, the great Head concerns himself for it.  Men may not; he cares much for her prosperity.  [He] walks among the candlesticks, holds the seven stars, and sends messages to the churches.

(2)  He accepts service for her as done for himself and so rewards it; for so it is.  Gave himself for it and is pleased that we do likewise.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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