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He First Loved Us

1 John 4:7-21 Luis Cruz, GCF Durham I remember, when my wife and I were still in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship, we have what we call our theme song. A theme song is a love song that speaks of your undying love for each other. The song goes, “I guess they understand, how lonely life has been, but life began again, the day you took my hand.” This is the song made popular by Don Mclean, “And I Love You So.” Have you ever wondered, what true love is and how people learned to love? Where did it come from or from whom love came from? Who taught us, how to love? The bible teaches that true love, unadulterated love, or unconditional love came from God. 1. God is the only source of true (uncond

What Christ Does for His Body

Part 6, The Anatomy of a True Church Acts 4:11-13, Luis Cruz, GCF Durham This message aims to teach the high value of Jesus Christ. To some people who do not reject the historical Christ but saw Him as a highly moral person only, who deserves recognition and no more than that; and even to those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and yet gives Him the back seat in their life; my prayer for you is that you will see Jesus as The Lord and Cornerstone of the church, the Name above all names (the preeminent One), and the Life and Lover of His church. 1. Jesus: The Lord and Cornerstone of His Church. “11 Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’” Acts 4:1

The Spiritual Muscular System of the Church continued…

Part 6, The Anatomy of a True Church, Acts 2:42-47 Luis Cruz, GCF Durham We cannot help but use the skeletal muscular system of the human body when we think about Paul’s analogy of the human body as he compared it to the church. Our muscles have type 1 and type 2 fibers that we use every day and a motor neuron that stimulates these fibers to function accordingly. We will use these to illustrate the three additional functions of the church that are bundled together, and these are: fellowship, Christian service and giving. 1.  The internal fiber system of the church: Fellowship Type one muscle fiber is a fast-contractile fiber and it is what we usually use for low speed and long endurance ac

The Spiritual Muscle of the Church

Part 5, The Anatomy of a True Church Matthew 28:8-10; 16-20 Luis Cruz, GCF Durham The church has a muscular like system that works both individually and collectively to support the church’s posture, balance and movement. The spiritual muscular structure of the church includes: worship, discipleship and evangelism. Every child of God behaves in a certain way that support the church’s day to day basic functions. These behaviors are born out of our unselfish love, humility, and obedience to the Lord. For this study, let’s call this behavior outward expressions of faith that moves the whole church. 1. The Spiritual Posture of Individual Worship. “So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid y

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