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Sunday - May 29th, 2005
"HEALTHY CHURCH ?"
by Pastor Tony Sutton

                                                   CHURCH
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                                             BODY OF CHRIST
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     HEAD - SHOULDERS - TORSO - ARMS - HANDS - LEGS - FEET

1PETER 5:1-4
                                                  HEAD
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                                          LEADERSHIP
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                       EYES         EARS          MOUTH       NOSE
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                      VISION        HEAR          SPEAK       SMELL

    VISION - DO OUR LEADERS HAVE A VISION? IF SO
                     WHAT PLANS ARE IN PROGRESS? 
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
    HEAR - DO OUR LEADERS LISTEN TO THE HOLY  
                  SPIRIT?
Revelation 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
    MOUTH - DO OUR LEADERS SPEAK PRAISES TO
                      GOD?
Psalms 145:21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.
    NOSE - DO OUR LEADERS SMELL TROUBLE IN THE
                  MAKING?
Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Act 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
  
   
   
 

                                         SHOULDERS
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                                     LOAD BEARERS
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                  BURDEN BEARERS        THERE TO LEAN ON

     BEARERS - DO WE BEAR THE BURDENS OF OTHERS?
Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 
     LEAN ON - ARE WE THERE TO JUST LISTEN IN TIME OF
                         NEED?




                                              TORSO
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                                               BODY

             STOMACH - CHEST - BOSOM - BREASTS - NAVEL

     STOMACH - DO WE EAT THE WORD OF GOD?
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
      CHEST - DOES OUR CHEST BEAR A HEART OF LOVE?
1Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
     BOSOM - ARE OUR BOSOMS A PLACE OF REFUGE,
                       COMFORT, SECURITY?
Luke 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
       BREASTS - ARE WE FEEDING OUR BABES IN CHRIST?
Colossians 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
1Co 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
       NAVEL - ARE WE A LIFE LINE TO THE WORLD?
Job 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.




                                                    ARMS
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                                                OUTREACH
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                                MISSIONS                          VISIT

     MISSIONS - ARE WE SUPPORTING MISSIONS?
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
     VISIT - DO WE VISIT THE COMMUNITY, THE LOST,
                   THE SICK?
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.





                                                   HANDS
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                                                   WORKS
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                            PALMS                                         HELP

       PALMS - DO OUR PALMS HOLD HELP FOR THE
                         NEEDY?
Ezekiel 16:49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
       HELP - DO WE OFFER PHYSICAL HELP TO THOSE
                      IN NEED?
John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.



                                                    LEGS
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                                                PROGRESS
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               WALK                       FORWARD                   KNEES

    WALK - DO WE WALK WORTHY?
1Thessalonians 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
     FORWARD - ARE WE MAKING FORWARD PROGRESS?
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
     KNEES - ARE WE PRAYERS WARRIORS?
1Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
  


                                                       FEET
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                                                FOUNDATION
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                  FIRM          ROOTED & GROUNDED         UNMOVEABLE

     FIRM - DO WE STAND FOR JESUS?
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
     ROOTED & GROUNDED - DO WE KNOW GODS WORD?
Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
     UNMOVEABLE - ARE WE STABLE IN THE WORD?
1Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
 
   LET US BE REMINDED AND STIRRED BY THE TRUTH. AS WE ASK OURSELVES THESE QUESTIONS, LET US BE HONEST. ON A SCALE OF 1 TO 10, 10 BEING HEALTHY 1 BEING SICK, WHAT KIND OF SHAPE IS OUR CHURCH IN? I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE CHURCH AS A WHOLE, BUT OUR CONGREGATION, OR MAYBE YOUR CONGREGATION. SOMETIMES WE TRY TO HIDE IN THE CROWD, BUT WITH GOD WE ARE ON INDIVIDUAL BASES. WE ARE NOT ALL HEADS, OR FEET. THE WORD SAYS WE KNOW IN PART. GOD HAS GIVEN US A PART, A JOB, A TALENT. TOGETHER WE MAKE UP THE BODY AND TOGETHER WE CAN FORM A STRONGER SOUL WINNING STATION FOR GOD.
 
 

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