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The Lord’s Prayer: A Foundation for Spiritual Vitality

Part 4, The Anatomy of a True Church Matthew 6:9-13, Luis Cruz, GCF Durham Martin Luther King, Jr., “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” (Goodread.com) We are again borrowing from Paul’s analogy of the human body as we think of church. Prayer is like a pair of lungs. As our lungs separate the oxygen from the air and expelling carbon dioxide in a rhythmic fashion, so must be the function of prayer in the body of Christ. As we go through life, biblical prayer allows us to discern the will of God (oxygen) from all the secular worldview, expelling and rejecting sin in our lives (carbon dioxide) in the process. That said, prayer is importan

Qualifications of Church Leaders

Part 3 of The Anatomy of a True Church 1Timothy 3:1-11, Titus 1:6-8 Luis Cruz, GCF Durham Paul as an apostle, brought the message of God to His people. He wrote letters to Timothy and Titus, providing God’s instructions to provide structural organization by setting up the qualifications of church leaders, namely: elders, deacons and deaconesses. We will look into these qualifications today because we want to lay down the biblical church structure by appointing qualified elders in our church. Qualified leaders will surely contribute to the growth and strength of the body of Christ. 1. God designed the structure of His church. “5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order w

The Spiritual Attitudes of a Biblical Church

Part 2 of the Anatomy of the True Church series Matthew 20:26-28; 22:36-40 Luis Cruz, GCF Durham Borrowing from Paul’s analogy of the human body, we’re moving on to the body's inner part, the internal organs. This is meant to describe the spiritual attitude of the church. These attitudes are spiritual markers of the body of Christ. As human internal organs separate man from the rest of creation, so are these spiritual attitudes separates a biblical church from other religious organizations. 1. The attitude of humility. “26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did

The Structure of a Biblical Church

Part 1 of The Anatomy of a True Church, Titus 1:1-5; 2:1-9 Ptr. Luis Cruz, GCF Durham The apostle Paul described the early Christian church as the body of Christ. 1 Cor. 12; Ephesians 4 and 5, all referred to the church as the body of Christ in which Jesus is the head. Paul used the analogy of the human body to describe the structure, the spiritual attitude, the functions of each part and the work of the church to the world. For this part, we will be talking about the structure of a biblical church. 1. Biblical doctrines as the upper spinal column of the church. “4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.” Titus 1:4 “But

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