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lesson 4

 

THE CHURCH AS THE HOUSE OF GOD

 

I.TEXTUAL THOUGHTS

††††††††††† 1.1 Tim 3:15 - The church is the house of God.

††††††††††† 2.1 Pet 2:5-10 - Jesus is the cornerstone, and Godís people are living stones in Godís house

††††††††††† 3.Eph 2:19-22 - Members of the household of God are a temple for Godís Spirit

††††††††††† 4.Matt 16:18 - Jesus promised to build Godís house on the fact that He is the Christ, the Son of God

††††††††††† 5.Rev 21 - A picture of that glorified house of God.

 

II.MAIN THEME:Hebrews 3:1-11 - Godís people, not the tabernacle or a temple at Jerusalem, are the true house of God.The builder of the house is more worthy of honor than the house.Therefore we must give thanks and praise to Jesus Christ, and bring glory to God through the church.

††††††††† 1.Moses was faithful to follow Godís plan in building the tabernacle - verse 2

††††††††††††††††††††††† a.God gave the pattern of the tabernacle - Exodus 25:8-9

††††††††††††††††††††††† b.Moses followed the pattern - Exod 39:32-43

††††††††††††††††††††††† c.And the glory of God came and filled the tabernacle - Exod 40:33-38

††††††††††† 2.Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses - verse 3

††††††††††††††††††††††† a.The glory of the Law of Moses was a fading glory, because it was temporary - 2 Cor 3:5-13

††††††††††††††††††††††† b.God promised a new covenant - Jer 31:31-34

††††††††††††††††††††††† c.The new covenant was sealed with the blood of Jesus - Luke 22:20; John 6:53-58; Rom 3:25-28

††††††††††† 3.Jesus built the church, and the builder of the house is worthy of more honor than the house - verse 3-5

††††††††††††††††††††††† a.Jesus promised to build His church upon the fact that He is the Christ, the Son of God - Matt 16:16-18

††††††††††††††††††††††† b.The church is saved by the life of Jesus - Romans 5:9-18; 6:10-14; Heb 13:20-21; Eph 2:4-10

††††††††††††††††††††††† c.The church compared with Mount Sinai - Heb 9:14-16; 12:22-24

††††††††††††††††††††††† d.Jesus is the pattern for the church - John 5:19-30; Phil 2:5-16; 3:8-21;

††††††††††††††††††††††† e.That pattern is to be demonstrated in the lives of teachers - 1 Tim 1:16; 2 Tim 1:13; Titus 2:7

††††††††††† 4.God wants to live in His church - verse 6

††††††††††††††††††††††† a.Christians are the temple of God - 1 Cor 3:16-17; Eph 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:5-10

††††††††††††††††††††††† b.Gods glory is to be revealed through the church - Eph 3:8-11; 1 Tim 3:15-16

††††††††††††††††††††††† c.We need to be filled with the love of Jesus - Eph 3:14-21

††††††††††† 5.Therefore we must hear the voice of God, and not harden our hearts like the Israelites - verses 7-11

††††††††††††††††††††††† a.Only the faithful, Joshua and Caleb, entered the promised land, - Num 14:6-10, 30; Heb 10:36-39

††††††††††††††††††††††† b.We will be judged by the words of Jesus - Mark 13:31; Luke 9:26; John 6:63; 12:48-50

 

III.PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

††††††††††† 1.Because Christians are the house of God, our heart and lives should respect God's presence in us, by:

††††††††††††††† a.Looking to Jesus for the needed help - Heb 3:1; 12:2, Phil 2:5

††††††††††††††† b.The edifying of the body in love - Ephesians 4:11-32

††††††††††††††† c.Living holy lives - 1 Cor 3:17; 6:19-20; Eph 1:4; 2:19-22; 5:25-27; 1 Pet 1:15-16;Rev 22:11-15

††††††††††† 2.We need to honor Jesus more than the church, because the builder of the house is worthy of more honor than

††††††††††††††† the house - Hebrews 3:3-5; Col 1:17-18; 3:1-4

††††† 3.When Jesus lives in us, our glory is unfading.The separation from God's presence is what caused the shining of Moses

†††††††† face to fade, but as we look at Jesus, we are transformed into the same image from glory to glory - Hebrews 3:3;

††††††††† 2 Cor 3:4-18

††††††††††† 4.We need to listen to the words of Jesus, because we will be judged based on our response to the gospel -

††††††††††††††† John 3:16; Mark 16:15-16; John 12:48; 20:30-31

††††††††††† 5.We need to be aware of God's presence with us, and meditate on His word constantly, giving glory and praise to

†††††††††††††† for all the good things he is doing in our lives - Heb 1:1-4; 3:4; Phil 2:10-13

 

IV.          MEMORY VERSE - HEBREWS 3:6zz

 

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