how wolves change rivers

Chris Randall
City Centre Church
March 9th, 2014

1 Peter 2:9
we have all been called individually to collectively form the people of God

as His Body, and as His people we cannot represent Him individually but collectively

The gospel challenges the individualism of our North American culture

we are called to be a people.
we are called into community
we are called to be a body
we are called into His family

Ephesians 1:18-23
Christ is the head of the church
the church is the fullness of Christ in the earth

the church is the one true hope of the world — billy graham

there is no salvation outside of the church — church fathers

John 17
the one prayer that we have recorded from Jesus – it is His prayer for unity

unity is not conformity; unity is not uniformity

1) unity is a work of the Spirit

2) unity is of the heart before outside signifiers

3) unity values diversity; true unity is always built upon diversity

1 Corinthians 12:12-26

the body is one unit — many parts
– recognize that our parts are many
– recognize how we form one body
– don’t exclude yourself
– don’t exclude others

the temptation is to either exclude others on the basis of differences & diversity of gifts, or our temptation is to exclude ourselves

gifts of the spirit are given to each one — for the profit of all

I need what is in you for my profit
you need what is in me for your profit

the body will grow in Christ-likeness as everyone contributes their gift

what are the spiritual gifts you are called to contribute?

what would the body look like if you were free to contribute your gift?

what would the body look like if you failed to contribute your gift

Matthew 7:15
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15 NKJV)

/// Isaiah 11:6
“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah 11:6 NKJV)

in scripture we certainly see warnings in scripture about wolves; however we also know that wolves are part of His good creation — and therefore have purpose.

in Isaiah 11 we see that in Christ’s kingdom even the wolf has been redeemed.

also, I would argue that in Isaiah this wolf is of a different type then the false teachers of Matthew 7:15

video /// how wolves change rivers

we need to take our place in the body
the body is incomplete without us
in this video, every part of creation was effected by one member’s absence

we need one another; we are not the complete body without one another

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