Once By Nature
By: Bob Brenneman, Rick and Barbara Coleman, Eric Larson, Tom and Rosie Yau
Once by nature we were dead in sin.
In a world of utter discord:
But together God has quickened us.
Raised us up to sit together with the Lord.
Jesus is getting us together.
Come and see the saints in one accord.
His love is knitting us together
To the stature of the fullness of the Lord.
Thus with all saints we can apprehend
All the vast dimensions of God.
Knowing Christ’s love
Passes all we know.
We’re together filled to fullness with our God.
Now we know the purpose of our God.
Visible the mystery became:
Christ, the church, together now we see,
And together put the enemy to shame.
For this cause we pray the Father God –
Strengthen Thou with might our inner man:
Make Yourself at home in all our hearts,
Root us, ground us in Your love and for Your plan.
In the Body we’ll be fitly framed
As the many members Christ supplies:
Working in the measure of each part,
All by growth in love the Body edifies.
Now we’re one His purpose to fulfill
As the one new man of His plan.
Unto Him be glory in the church,
And in Jesus Christ forevermore — Amen!
Build Your Kingdom
By: Gilkeson Gareth Andrew, Llewellyn Christopher Dean, Herron William
Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again,
Increase in us we pray,
Unveil why we’re made;
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope,
Like wildfire in our very souls;
Holy Spirit, come invade us now;
We are Your church;
We need Your power in us.
We seek Your kingdom first,
We hunger and we thirst,
Refuse to waste our lives,
For You’re our joy and prize,
To see the captive hearts released,
The hurt, the sick, the poor, at peace;
We lay down our lives for Heaven’s cause;
We are Your church;
We pray revive this earth.
Build Your kingdom here,
Let the darkness fear;
Call us into light,
Save us with Your might;
Set the Cornerstone,
In our hearts alone;
Let Your saints draw near,
Build Your kingdom here, we pray!
Unleash Your kingdom’s power,
Reaching the near and far,
No force of hell can stop
Your beauty changing hearts;
You made us for much more than this,
Awake the kingdom seed in us,
Fill us with the strength and love of Christ;
We are Your church;
We are the hope on earth.
“The Church and The Churches, pt. 3”
Message given by Rex Beck on May 9, 2021
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man.
As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
1 Corinthians 1:2
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:
1 Thessalonians 1:1
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”