THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 9-29-19



LESSON TITLE: THE HALF WAS NOT TOLD ME - THE CHURCH



WELCOME

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING, LET ME WELCOME YOU TO THE PROGRAM. THE LIVING WORD IS A WORK OF OUR LORD, DEDICATED TO DOING GOD'S WILL IN HIS WAY! AS ALWAYS, IT WILL BE OUR PRIVILEGE TODAY TO SING SONGS OF PRAISE AND TO STUDY FROM HIS WORD. IN THESE ACTS OF WORSHIP, MAY WE ALL BE ENCOURAGED, BUT ULTIMATELY MAY WE EACH PRAISE GOD ACCORDING TO THE SACRIFICES TO OFFER TOWARD HIS THRONE. IT WILL ALSO BE OUR HONOR THIS MORNING TO SPEAK WITH GOD THROUGH PRAYER. WILL YOU BOW WITH ME AS WE TALK TO OUR CREATOR?

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. AND FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU'LL HELP US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO BE LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD - TO HELP OTHERS TO KNOW YOU THROUGH US THAT THEY MIGHT ALSO SEE THE LOVE THAT WE HAVE FOR YOU AS WE OBEY YOUR TRUTH AND AS WE DO THOSE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE COMMANDED. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR JESUS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT IT IS ONLY THROUGH HIM THAT WE ARE FOUND JUSTIFIED AND ULTIMATELY HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR GRACE, LOVE, AND MERCY. AND IT'S IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF LABORING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. CERTAINLY THERE IS MUCH TO DO AND MUCH TO ACCOMPLISH AS THE FAITHFUL OF GOD. THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE WITH A HYMN THAT REMINDS US OF THE COST INVOLVED IN FOLLOWING GOD. SO, WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, "HAVE YOU COUNTED THE COST!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



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

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. THIS MORNING WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "THE HALF WAS NOT TOLD ME!" OUR SPECIFIC LESSON TODAY WILL DEAL WITH, "THE CHURCH." SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG AND I WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. NOW LET'S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR NEXT SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, "THE STEADFAST LOVE OF THE LORD."



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING WITH US TODAY AND NOW WE WANT TO BEGIN BY READING FROM ISAIAH CHAPTER 2 BEGINNING IN VERSE 2. NOW, IT CAME TO PASS IN THE LATTER DAYS THAT THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD'S HOUSE SHALL BE ESTABLISHED ON THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS AND SHALL EXALT ABOVE THE HILLS AND ALL NATIONS SHALL FLOW TO IT - MANY PEOPLE SHALL COME AND SAY, COME LET US GO UP TO THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD; THE HOUSE OF THE GOD OF JACOB. AND HE WILL TEACH US HIS WAYS AND WE SHALL WALK IN HIS PATHS FOR OUT OF ZION SHALL GO FORTH THE LAW AND THE WORD OF THE LORD FROM JERUSALEM. WITHIN THE GREAT PROPHECIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT WE SEE SOMETHING THAT CONTINUES TO BE SAID TO THE PEOPLE OF THE DAY AND SOMETHING THAT THE JEWS CONTINUED TO BE CHALLENGED TO UNDERSTAND CONCERNING ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER TIME IN THE FAR FUTURE. AND THAT THING THAT CONTINUES TO BE DEALT WITH IS A HOUSE OF GOD, A PLACE, THAT CERTAINLY WOULD BE DIFFERENT FROM THE PRESENT HOUSE; THE PRESENT ASSEMBLY OF ISRAEL AND ISRAEL ALONE. BUT THAT HOUSE, AS IS INDICATED EVEN BY ISAIAH AS WELL AS DANIEL AND JEREMIAH AND OTHER GREAT PROPHETS, IS A HOUSE WHERE ALL NATIONS AND ALL PEOPLES WOULD BE ABLE TO FLOW TO IT. AND IT WOULD BE SOUNDING FORTH OR COMING FROM THE CITY OF JERUSALEM AND THAT THESE THINGS WOULD TAKE PLACE AND ALLOW MEN OF EVERY CORNER OF THE EARTH AND EVERY NATION ON THE GLOBE TO RESPOND TO THE PRECIOUS MESSAGE OF AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. AND TODAY THE GREAT NEWS MY FRIEND IS IS THAT TODAY WE DO HAVE THAT ESTABLISHED HOUSE UPON THAT MOUNTAIN OF GOD. WE HAVE THAT THING WHICH HAS COME TO FRUITION THROUGH THE WILL AND THE PROVIDENCE AS WELL AS THE PROPHECIES OF GOD WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED IN AND THROUGH THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE SACRIFICE MADE THAT YOU AND I ARE EVEN RECIPIENTS OF THIS DAY. AND THAT GREAT INSTITUTION MY FRIEND IS CALLED THE CHURCH.

WHEN WE LOOK AROUND THE WORLD TODAY WE SEE THAT THERE ARE MANY THAT PROCLAIM THEMSELVES TO BE THE CHURCH OR CHURCHES OF GOD. AS WE THINK ABOUT THAT IDEA ISN'T IT DISHEARTENING TO SEE THAT ALTHOUGH THEY CLAIM TO BE FOLLOWERS OF GOD AND THE CHURCH OF GOD YET EVERY INSTITUTION AND ORGANIZATION THAT CLAIM SUCH SPEAK DIFFERENT THINGS. THEY TAKE THE SAME BIBLE AND THEY PROCLAIM DIFFERENT TRUTHS. DIFFERENT TRUTHS CONCERNING WHAT ONE MUST DO IN ORDER TO BE SAVED, HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN, WHAT TYPE OF A LIFE A PERSON SHOULD LIVE, HOW THEY SHOULD OVERCOME SIN OR NOT OVERCOME SIN, HOW GOD WILL SAVE, HOW GOD WILL SAVE NO MATTER WHAT WE DO, OR HOW ONE IS PREDESTINED, AND HOW ONE MAKES A CHOICE. ISN'T IT CONFUSING SOMETIMES THAT EVERYONE CLAIMS TO BE THE CHURCH OR AT LEAST MANY DO CLAIM TO BE THE INSTITUTION ESTABLISHED BY GOD ACCORDING TO THESE GREAT PROPHECIES BUT YET THEY DO NOT REALLY FOLLOW WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS! THE BIBLE IS NOT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND - IT MIGHT BE DIFFICULT AT TIMES TO FOLLOW OR DIFFICULT TO REALLY ACCEPT THE TRUTHS OF IT IF WE DON'T WANT TO ESPECIALLY WITHIN A POLITICALLY CORRECT SOCIETY. BUT IT IS NOT NECESSARY THAT DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND THAT AS WE MOVE TO THE NEW TESTAMENT WE BEGIN TO SEE THE FULFILLMENT OF THE VERY PROPHECIES THAT ARE SPOKEN OF OLD.

IN FACT, YOU MIGHT RECALL THAT EVEN EARLY IN THE BOOK OF MATTHEW WHEN JOHN THE IMMERSER CAME HE WAS PREACHING ABOUT THE COMING OF WHAT? THE KINGDOM - AND HE WAS SAYING THAT THERE IS A KINGDOM ESTABLISHED. WHAT WAS UNIQUE ABOUT THAT KINGDOM? THAT PEOPLE CAN FIND SALVATION IN IT AND THAT ALL NATIONS WOULD COME TO IT. WE ALSO SEE THAT JESUS CAME PREACHING THE SAME MESSAGE AS WELL EVIDENCED NOT ONLY IN MATTHEW BUT THE OTHER GOSPEL ACCOUNTS. AND THEN IN THE WORDS OF JESUS HIMSELF THAT WE SEE THIS IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 16. THERE BEGINNING WITH ME IN VERSE 16 SIMON PETER ANSWERS THE QUESTION OF THE LORD: WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I AM? AND PETER SAYS THIS, YOU ARE THE CHRIST; THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. HE DECLARES HIM AS THE MESSIAH HIMSELF AND THAT MESSIAH MY FRIENDS IS THE VERY SAME PROPHESIED ONE OF OLD AND THROUGH THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT WOULD COME AND GUESS WHAT? ESTABLISH HIS HOUSE ON THE MOUNT OF THE LORD THAT WOULD ALLOW ALL NATIONS TO FLOWTHAT WAS COMING TO OFFER SALVATION TO EVERY MAN, TO EVERY CREATURE, TO EVERY NATION. THAT'S EXACTLY NOW WHAT PETER PROCLAIMS HIM TO BE AND WE KNOW THAT HE HAS LEARNED THIS. VERSE 17 SAYS NOT OF HIS OWN ABILITIES OR HIS OWN KNOWLEDGE OR GAINING OF KNOWLEDGE BUT HAS LEARNED THIS JESUS SAYS FROM THE FATHER IN HEAVEN HIMSELF. THAT TELLS US THAT THE WORDS PETER SPOKE WERE NOT HIS OWN WORDS. THEY WERE THE WORDS OF GOD THE FATHER. BUT AS YOU CONTINUE THERE WITH ME IN THE TEXT I WANT YOU KNOW TO NOTICE WHAT JESUS SAYS IN VERSE 18. IN VERSE 18 HE SAYS: AND I ALSO SAY THAT YOU ARE PETER AND ON THIS ROCK THE GREAT CONFESSION THAT PETER HAS JUST MADE YOU ARE THE CHRIST THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH. YOU SEE THERE THE IDEA OF THE CHURCH?

OH THE HALF HAS NOT BEEN TOLD UNFORTUNATELY BY MANY IN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD ABOUT THE CHURCH OF OUR LORD. THE HALF HAS NOT BEEN TOLD OR REVEALED THE BY MANY OF THE DENOMINATIONAL WORLD OF THE CHURCH AND THE PRECIOUSNESS OF THE CHURCH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. THAT HALF HAS NOT BEEN TOLD. AND IN FACT IF WE GO IN REVERSE MANY LIES HAVE BEEN TOLD OF THE CHURCH OF ITS INSIGNIFICANCE. OF HOW ONE CHURCH IS AS GOOD AS ANOTHER OR HOW THAT REALLY GOD DOESN'T REQUIRE THAT THE CHURCH BE ONE OR UNIFIED, AS WE EVEN SEE NOT ONLY THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE BUT ALSO WITHIN THE LORD'S PRAYER ITSELF OF JOHN 17, THE PRAYER OF UNITY THAT ALL THE BELIEVERS MIGHT BE ONE. WITHIN THE CONTINUED TEACHING THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT THE CHURCH SHOULD NOT BE DIVIDED. IN FACT THERE IN 1 CORINTHIANS AGAIN IN CHAPTER 1 IN VERSE 10 WHAT DO WE LEARN? THAT THERE BE NO DIVISIONS, THAT WE SHOULD ALL SPEAK THE SAME THING, HAVE THE SAME JUDGMENT, THE SAME MIND. IF IT WERE NOT POSSIBLE MY FRIENDS WHY WOULD GOD SAY THAT IT IS POSSIBLE? CERTAINLY IT IS POSSIBLE TO BE ONE WHEN THE STANDARD OR THE BLUEPRINT OR THE RULER IS THE SAME. WHEN YOU AND I ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT WHAT THE STANDARD OR BLUEPRINT SAYS THEN WE CAN STRIVE TO BE THE CHURCH NOT THE CHURCHES, BUT CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST. NOTICE THAT JESUS SAID HE WOULD BUILD HIS ECCLESIAS (CHURCH). THIS ISN'T JUST ANY ECCLESIAS OF THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE OR THE CALLED OUT OR THE SANCTIFIED; THE ASSEMBLY OF GOD - THIS IS THE CHURCH - THE ONE THAT HE WOULD DIE FOR. AND WE KNOW THAT FURTHER BECAUSE OF WHAT WE WILL LOOK AT IN A MOMENT BUT EVEN IN THIS TEXT HE GOES ON IN VERSE 18 TO SAY: I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH AND THEN HE SAYS TO PETER I'LL GIVE YOU THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM, THE BASALAI IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE. NOT A KINGDOM, BUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. I'M GOING TO BUILD THE CHURCH AND THEN I AM GOING TO TURN AROUND AND GIVE YOU THE KEYS TO THAT ONE KINGDOM OF WHICH WE AS WELL UNDERSTAND AND KNOW IS THAT WHICH CAME TO FRUITION ACCORDING TO THE TEACHINGS OF THE ONE BODY. GO OVER LATER IN THE BOOK OF MATTHEW WITH ME AND WHAT DO WE CONTINUE TO SEE? THE TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH AND THE KINGDOM. IN MATTHEW 28 YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME AND HE EVEN TELLS THE DISCIPLES TO GO OUT AND TO DO SOMETHING. AND HE SAYS THAT IN VERSE 19 - HE SAYS: GO THEREFORE NOTICE THIS AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. HE TELLS HIS CHOSEN DISCIPLES YOU GO OUT AND YOU PREACH AND TO CONVERT PEOPLE TO WHAT? TO THE CHURCH OR THE KINGDOM. NOW, HOW DO WE KNOW THAT WAS THE CASE? WE KNOW IT WAS THE CASE BECAUSE OF THE RESULTS OF THE ACTIONS OF CONVERSION AND BAPTISM. IN THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 2, ON THAT DAY, THE DAY OF PENTECOST PETER TELLS THEM: YOU'RE GUILTY OF KILLING THE SON OF GOD. AND SO WHAT DO WE SEE THEY ASK THERE IN THE TEXT? MEN AND BRETHREN WHAT SHOULD WE DO? THEY WERE CUT TO THE HEART. AND DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT PETER TOLD THEM? NOTICE CLEARLY VERSE 38: AND PETER SAID REPENT AND LET EVERYONE OF YOU BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS. BUT NOW HERE IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE. IN VERSE 41 IT SAYS THAT 3000 WHO RECEIVED THE WORD WERE BAPTIZED. SO WHAT HAPPENED TO THOSE WHO WERE CUT TO THE HEART AND WHO SAY WHAT MUST WE DO? AND THEY WERE TOLD TO BE BAPTIZED OBVIOUSLY HAVING BELIEVED IN JESUS AND WE'RE WILLING TO CONFESS HIS NAME AND TURN AWAY AND REPENT OF SIN. WHAT WAS THE OUTCOME OF THOSE WHO WERE BAPTIZED? LOOK AT VERSE 47 WITH ME IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. THEY WERE PRAISING GOD AND HAVING FAVOR WITH ALL THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD ADDED TO - GUESS WHAT? THE CHURCH DAILY. THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH. SO HE WAS ADDING TO THE CHURCH. THE CHURCH WAS ALREADY SOMETHING THAT HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED.

IT WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE BLOOD AND THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST? AGAIN HOW DO WE KNOW THAT? WELL, IF YOU'LL TURN OVER A LITTLE BIT LATER WITH ME IN THE BOOK OF ACTS WE HAVE THAT QUESTION ANSWERED AS PAUL TALKS TO THE EPHESIAN ELDERS IN ACTS CHAPTER 20. IN FACT VERSE 28 SAYS FOR THEM TO TAKE HEED HE SAYS TO THE FLOCK OF GOD AMONG WHICH THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MADE YOU OVERSEERS TO SHEPHERD - NOTICE HERE IT IS - THE CHURCH OF GOD. NOW NOTICE THIS...WHICH HE PURCHASED ( THAT IS JESUS ) WITH HIS OWN BLOOD. SO THERE WERE TO BE WHAT? OVERSEERS OF THE CHURCH THAT HAD BEEN PURCHASED WITH THE BLOOD THAT ALREADY HAD BEEN SHED BEFORE THE DAY OF PENTECOST WHICH ON THAT DAY AND THE ONES THAT WERE BAPTIZED WERE ADDED BY THE LORD TO THE WHAT? THE CHURCH. AND THEN WE SEE HERE AGAIN THE CONCEPT IS AGAIN CONFIRMED IN ACTS 20 THAT IT WAS THOSE OF THAT DAY THAT THEY WERE ADDED TO THE CHURCH; THAT BLOOD BOUGHT INSTITUTION THROUGH THE GIFT OF JESUS. THE KINGDOM, THE PROPHESIED KINGDOM THAT HAD BEEN GIVEN FOR THE HOUSING OF THE SAVED. THERE'S ANOTHER TEXT THAT REALLY HELPS US WELL TO UNDERSTAND THESE TRUTHS. IF YOU'LL TURN OVER WITH ME IN YOUR BIBLES TO THE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS. AND THERE IN COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1 AS PAUL TALKS TO THE CHURCH AT COLOSSAE HE TRIED TO HELP THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT SOMETHING IS ALREADY AVAILABLE, SOMETHING HAS ALREADY HAPPENED BECAUSE OF THE BLOODSHED BECAUSE OF THE PURCHASING OF THE CHURCH BECAUSE NOW PEOPLE ARE BEING ADDED BY THE LORD TO THE CHURCH OF THE KINGDOM NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS IN VERSE 13 OF THAT TEXT AS HE IS TALKING ABOUT HOW THESE THINGS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SACRIFICE AND THE GIFT OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS. VERSE 13 SAYS: AND HE DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS AND CONVEYED US IN THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF HIS LOVE. HE HAD DONE WHAT? HE'S TAKEN US OUT OF DARKNESS AWAY FROM SIN AND PUT US WHERE? INTO THE KINGDOM. WHO DID THAT? THE FATHER. HOW DID HE DO THAT? BY AND THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS - VERSE 14 SAYS THAT BECAUSE IT IS IN HIM THAT WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH THE BLOOD AND FORGIVENESS OF SINS. THE VERY SAME WORDING AS ACTS 2:38. AND THEN THOSE WHO WERE BAPTIZED THAT DAY THEY WERE ADDED BY IN VERSE 47 OF ACTS 2 BY THE LORD TO THE CHURCH. BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE SOMETHING IN THE SAME CONTEXT AS IT TALKS ABOUT JESUS AS THE REDEEMER - THE CHURCH OR THE KINGDOM THEY WERE TAKEN OUT OF DARKNESS AND PUT INTO ON THIS EARTH THAT ALREADY EXIST. AND BY THE WAY THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WAS ALREADY AND HAD ALREADY HAPPENED TO THEM - PAST TENSE - THAT TELLS US IT DID EXIST AT THIS TIME. BUT THEN IN VERSE 18 IT SAYS - GUESS WHO'S THE HEAD OF THAT KINGDOM? GUESS WHO THE HEAD OF THAT BODY IS? WELL, IT SAYS THERE IN VERSE 18 HE JESUS IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY, THE CHURCH. SO AS WE LOOK AT THE CONCEPTS OF THE HALF NOT BEING TOLD, THE WHOLE IS REVEALED IN THE SCRIPTURES. AND TODAY YOU AND I WHEN WE RESPOND TO THE SAVING MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST WE ARE ADDED NOT BY A MAN TO SOME RELIGION - WE ARE ADDED BY CHRIST HIMSELF TO THE CHURCH AND WE ARE PART OF THE CHURCH OR THE KINGDOM; THAT BODY OF CHRIST OF WHICH HE IS THE HEAD WHICH HOUSES THE SAVED. THE VERY INDIVIDUALS (1 CORINTHIANS 15:22-24 ) THAT SOMEDAY JESUS SAYS HE WILL TAKE AND RETURN AND DELIVER TO THE FATHER IN HEAVEN WHEN THE JUDGMENT COMES. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT BLOOD BOUGHT INSTITUTION. THAT INSTITUTION THAT PROVES ITS VALUE BECAUSE OF THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID IN AND THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS. AND NOTE TODAY THAT IF YOU OBEY CHRIST YOU CAN BE SAVED AND NOT ONLY BE BLESSED NOW BUT BE BLESSED ETERNALLY BECAUSE OF THE PROOF OF FAITH THAT YOU HAVE FOUND IN AND THROUGH HIM.



CLOSING COMMENTS

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THANKS BE TO GOD THAT HE HAS ADDED THE FAITHFUL TO HIS CHURCH. FOR THE FAITHFUL ARE RECIPIENTS OF HIS WONDROUS BLESSING AND REWARD. ISN'T IT WONDERFUL TO BE A PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD? ARE YOU A PART OF THAT FAMILY TODAY?