1 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.(Jn 14:1-3)(Rapture)
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18) (Rapture)
52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1 Corinthians 15:52-53) (Rapture)
30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30) (Second Coming)
4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. (Zechariah 14:4) (Second Coming)
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine-press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-16) (Second Coming)
Rapture: Jesus coming in the air to take His saints away: to miss the Tribulation: to receive rewards at the Judgment Seat Of Christ: for the Marriage of the Lamb. (Rev 3:10; 2 Cor 5:10; Rev 19:7-8)
Second Coming: Jesus coming to Earth, (with His Saints/Holy Ones) at the end of the Tribulation; to fight the Battle Of Armageddon; to set up His Millennial Kingdom. (Zech 14:4; Rev 19:17-21; 20:4)
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Sermon Notes: Leadership And Gifts
“…I will build My church…” Matthew 16:18
Leadership: Physical and Spiritual; Spiritual Gifts: Of Leadership; For Individual Ministry
Good Message, “Reverend” – But, “How much did you learn?”
Deu 7:6 Choice Of God
John 4:22 Importance Of God’s Choice
John 4:24 The Essence of God (Spirit, not Ghost)
John 8:32 Truth
John 1:14 Truth And Grace
John 1:16 Grace Upon Grace
Ephesians 2:8-9 Salvation By Grace
Husbands And Wives – “Studying” marriage instead of “relating” in marriage.
Spiritual Gifts: For Individual Ministry
Daniel 2:3-5 (Larry King – What’s The Question???)
1 Corinthians 7:1a (First Phrase). (Questions are not knows from this point forward)
1 Corinthians 12:1-31 (59 A.D.) (Individual Gifts Of Ministry)
Romans 12:1-8 (60 A.D.) (Individual Gifts Of Ministry)
Leaders (Spiritual And Physical)
Apostles: Of Christ/Of The Church
Acts 1:20-22 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Choosing Replacement For Judas
20 “For it is written in the book of Psalms, ‘Let his homestead be made desolate, And let no one dwell in it’; and, ‘Let another man take his office.’ 21 Therefore it is necessary that of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us— 22 beginning with the baptism of John until the day that He was taken up from us—one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
(KJV uses “Bishop” for “Office.” Judas was not a “bishop;” he had been a disciple; had a place of leadership; would have been an apostle, which was an office of “leadership,” and was not of a “bishoprick.”
1:21 among us. This includes the whole time of Jesus’ public ministry from His baptism to His ascension. R.C. Sproul
Psalm 109:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 Let his days be few; Let another take his office. (KJV also uses “office.”)
Apostle Note on Acts 14:4 (Mac Arthur Study Bible) (Of Christ/Of The Church)
Apostles Of Christ Eph 4:11
Apostles Of The Church Acts 14:4
Apostles Of The Churches 2 Cor 8:23
Messengers Of The Church
Acts 14:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – Apostles Of The Church
4 But the people of the city were divided; and some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.
14:4 apostles. For the first time in Acts, the term has a broader meaning that includes men like Barnabas in addition to the apostles chosen by Jesus (1:24–26; Matt. 10:1–4; 2 Cor. 1:1 note).
Acts 14:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (Physical Leaders Appointed/Ordained Elders
23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Acts 14:23 – Elder – 4245
elders πρεσβυτέρους presbuterous 4245 elder a cptv. of presbus (an old man)
Original Word: πρεσβύτερος, α, ον
Part of Speech: Adjective
Phonetic Spelling: (pres-boo’-ter-os)
Short Definition: elder
Definition: elder, usually used as subst.; an elder, a member of the Sanhedrin, an elder of a Christian assembly.
1 Timothy 3:2 – Overseer – 1985
NASB © Greek Transliteration Strong’s Definition Origin
An overseer, ἐπίσκοπον episkopon 1985 a superintendent, an overseer from epi andskopos
New International Version 1 Timothy 3:2 – Overseer (1985)
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
New International Version – “Now the overseer”
New Living Translation – “So an elder”
English Standard Version – “Therefore an overseer”
New American Standard Bible – “An overseer”
King James Bible – “A bishop” (Bishop is not a scriptural title for a church leader)
Holman Christian Standard Bible – “An overseer”
episkopos: a superintendent, an overseer (1985)
Original Word: ἐπίσκοπος, ου, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Phonetic Spelling: (ep-is’-kop-os)
Short Definition: overseer, supervisor, ruler
Definition: (used as an official title in civil life), overseer, supervisor, ruler, especially used with reference to the supervising function exercised by an elder or presbyter of a church or congregation.
New American Standard Bible Ephesians 4:11 – Pastor (4166)
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
[as] pastors ποιμένας poimenas 4166 a shepherd of uncertain origin
poimén: a shepherd
Original Word: ποιμήν, ένος, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Phonetic Spelling: (poy-mane’)
Short Definition: a shepherd
Definition: a shepherd; hence met: of the feeder, protector, and ruler of a flock of men.
Apostles/Messengers Of The Church
2 Corinthians 8:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brethren, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ.
Philippians 2:25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need;
Apostles/Messengers Of Christ
Ephesians 4:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
4:11 apostles. In a restricted sense, those who had been with Jesus and witnessed His resurrection (or received a special revelation of the risen Jesus) and who had been commissioned by Jesus to be founders of the church (Acts 1:21, 22; 1 Cor. 15:1–9). The word was also used in a broader sense of people sent out as delegates of particular churches (2 Cor. 8:23; Phil. 2:25), though these do not appear to be the ones Paul has in mind in this passage. See 2 Cor. 1:1 note.
1 Corinthians 9:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Paul’s Defense Of Being An Apostle
1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? 2 If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
2 Corinthians 1:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Paul ordained “apostle” by God
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God which is at Corinth with all the saints who are throughout Achaia:
All Of Us (Spiritually Indwells Spirit Of God / A spiritual entity / Perfected By God In The Indwelling Of God)
2 Corinthians 5:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – Perseverance Of The Saints
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
5:23 sanctify. The complete mending of all human imperfection is not only possible but certain. God is faithful and will accomplish it (v. 24). The time element must be remembered. Ultimate perfection, to include a glorified body as well, will be accomplished at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6). See “Sanctification: The Spirit and the Flesh” at 1 Cor. 6:11.
All Of God (Spiritually Indwells The Believer)
Colossians 1:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Galatians 5:22-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (All of God’s Spirit becomes all of the spiritually indwelt believer)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Ephesians 4:11-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB) (Spiritual gifts of leadership; given by God)
11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
(Per Acts 6:1-7, Deacons are not mentioned as having spiritual gifts of leadership, but were chosen by the disciples as servants, and appointed by the Apostles; the Apostles of Christ died, but were not replaced; consider the qualification of an apostle (1 Cor 9:1). Deacons never had authority over a congregation, or over a pastor. Pastors have the only scriptural authority to lead congregations. Everything that comes from a congregation is to be under the authority and supervision of pastors, as opposed to deacons, trustees, committees, or any other “non-pastors.”)
Romans 16:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Consider key words about Phoebe.
16 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; 2 that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well.
New International Version: I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae.
English Standard Version: I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae,
International Standard Version: Now I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess in the church at Cenchrea.
Douay-Rheims Bible: AND I commend to you Phebe, our sister, who is in the ministry of the church, that is in Cenchrae:
Darby Bible Translation: But I commend to you Phoebe, our sister, who is minister of the assembly which is in Cenchrea;
World English Bible: I commend to you Phoebe, our sister, who is a servant of the assembly that is at Cenchreae,
Young’s Literal Translation: And I commend you to Phebe our sister — being a ministrant of the assembly that is in Cenchrea
Deacon? Acts 6:1-6
Acts 6:1-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Choosing of the Seven (Not identified specifically as deacons, and not chosen to be a governing board)
6 Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. 2 So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” 5 The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch. 6 And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.
Philip was given the spiritual gift of evangelist (See Eph 4:11 for spiritual gifts of leadership)
(Acts 8:5-40; 21:8)
Disciples (Learner, Student, Follower)
7 The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.
Disciples vs Christians
Matthew 28:19-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB) – Disciple 28 times in Acts.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
“Christian” used three times in N.T.
Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Pet 4:16 (Christian)
Acts 11:26 42 A.D.
Acts 26:28 62 A.D.
1 Peter 4:16 60 A.D.
Deacon – 1249 – Diakonos – Servant – Male or Female
1 Tim 3:8 – Deacon – Minister – Servant – 1249
Rom 16:1-2 Phoebe – Deacon/deaconess – 1249 – Deacon, Deaconess, Servant, Minister
Deacon – 1249
diakonos: a servant, minister
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine; Noun, Masculine
Phonetic Spelling: (dee-ak’-on-os)
Short Definition: a waiter, servant, administrator
Definition: a waiter, servant; then of any one who performs any service, an administrator.
Galatians 3:26-28 New International Version (NIV) – New Birth Result – “one in Christ”
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female,for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
“We are spiritually baptized into Christ.” The result is a born again spirit, which is non-gender specific, which has every aspect of Christ indwelling us. Consider everything about Jesus, that is now everything about our born-again spirit. Whatever was a driving force of Jesus becomes a driving force of our born again spirit that drives us too. God will equip us for specific aspects of ministry, as is shown in 1 Cor 3:5-9. Look at vs 7. “The Lord has assigned to each his task.”
1 Corinthians 3:5-9 New International Version (NIV) Working in unison in Christ.
5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.