“The Church Led by the Spirit!”
The eleventh Article of Faith of the Church of the Nazarene
“We believe in the Church, the community that confesses Jesus Christ as Lord, the covenant people of God made new in Christ, the Body of Christ called together by the Holy Spirit through the Word. God calls the Church to express its life in the unity and fellowship of the Spirit; in worship through the preaching of the Word, observance of the sacraments, and ministry in His name; by obedience to Christ, holy living, and mutual accountability.
The mission of the Church in the world is to share in the redemptive and reconciling ministry of Christ in the power of the Spirit. The Church fulfills its mission by making disciples through evangelism, education, showing compassion, working for justice, and bearing witness to the kingdom of God.
The Church is a historical reality that organizes itself in culturally conditioned forms, exists both as local congregations and as a universal body, and also sets apart persons called of God for specific ministries. God calls the Church to live under His rule in anticipation of the consummation at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Matthew 16:18, Jesus replied, And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”
- The church universal is also called the Body of Christ, in the NT.
- The Great Commission is one of the most important works of the church
- What are we doing and what are we supposed to be doing?
Class on Wednesday nights to discover your Spiritual gifts.
Whenever you don’t use those gifts to help the church do its work,
the church does not function the way that it should.
If your eyes refuse to do the job that they were created to do, you won’t be able to see.
Paul said (Romans 12:6- 8): “We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.”
- God has called GracePointe to make disciples and to plant churches, just as He has called every local church to do.
When the Church does what Jesus has called us to do,
WE become a Church led by the Spirit!