What is the Church? – part 2 – Dale Sutherland, Associate Senior Pastor
“As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it . . .” Luke 19:41
As He approached . . .
“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” Jeremiah 17:9
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” Matthew 24:6-8
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God . . .” 2 Timothy 3:1-4
And saw the city . . .
“When He saw the crowds He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36
24,000 bottles of water – 12,000 meals
500 stuffed animals & 24 foot truck with personal care items
He wept over it . . .
“. . . and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8b
“So there was great joy in that city.” Acts 8:8
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” Titus 2:11-14
“I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” Revelation 21:2-5
Be in love with Jesus
Spend time with Him in prayer and reading His Word daily.
Be committed to the church
Remember that the Lord uses the church as His main instrument to reach the world.
Be part of the change in this city
Take advantage of the opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this community and around the world and we will see the power of God unleashed.
Be looking forward to the city that lasts forever
Look forward to your citizenship for eternity in the New Jerusalem.