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04/18/2010 – “Grace and Dysfunctional Relationships” II – Effective Kingdom Relationships

SUNDAY SERVICES
Psalm 65:11 11Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

GRACE FOR GOD’S BEST

East Location
April 18, 2010

Grace and Dysfunctional Relationships II
(Effective Kingdom Relationships)

Central Location
April 18, 2010

Grace and Dysfunctional Relationships II
(Effective Kingdom Relationships)

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A. St. John 1:17, KJV & The Amplified Bible
B. Romans 5:1-2, KJV & The Amplified Bible
C. Ephesians 3:20, KJV & The Amplified Bible
D. II Corinthians 6:14-16
E. Galatians 2:21
• Supportive Texts
a. St. John 17:17
b. I Corinthians 3:10, The Amplified Bible

REVIEW
A. Five Basic Categories of Relationships
1. Business relationships  
2. Casual relationships – relationships with associates
3. Friendships
4. Domestic relationships or marital relationships
5. Kingdom relationships – once you are born again, this is the relationship between the King, His prophets and the people.

INTRODUCTORY OBSERVATIONS
A. The objective of ministry is to establish God’s culture in the earth.
B. The church is the culture through which the image of God is formed in the believer.

? The Kingdom is the church.
1. The church of God is to be built and established on the truth of the word of God. (St. Matthew 16:13-18)
2. The objective of the church is to make believers strong; equipping us to contend with life. (Jeremiah 12:5-10)    
a. When we build the church or any relationship in the earth realm, it must reflect a model of what heaven looks like according to the pattern. (St. Matthew 6:9)
3. The job of the pastor in a Kindgom church is to feed you with knowledge and understanding. (Jeremiah 3:15)
? Five functions of the church:
1. Evangelism – recruiting the lost; the transference of kingdoms. (Colossians 1:12-13)
2. Discipleship – the training of those who have been converted or saved into the image of Christ. (Galatians 4:19)
3. Worship – the process of focus and direction of adoration and exaltation of the King who rules over the Kingdom. (St. John 4:22-24)
4. Fellowship – the proper placement of respect as seen by the common love for those with whom we are now connected by the blood of Jesus into the family of God. (Psalm 133:1)
5. Service or ministry – a biblically functioning community: the body’s ability to minister to itself as well as those outside of it in need of its healing. (Ephesians 4:16; Jeremiah 8:20-22)
1. A properly functioning body has healing virtues.

A. We, the church, are called out so that God would have a platform through which He establishes culture in the earth.
1. Deuteronomy 7:6
2. Exodus 19:5
3. I Peter 2:9
B. Keys to obtaining and maintaining successful kingdom relationships:
1. Make others feel that you truly appreciate them being around you.
2. Appreciate those around you as they experience personal victories.
3. Genuinely admire the material possessions of others as you believe God for next level living; things represent the achievements of people.  (Philippians 2:4)
4. Respect people regardless of who or what they have or have not.
5. Be watchful of those who may have inferiority issues and treat them with sensitivity.
6. Do not tease people who do not like to be teased.
7. Make every effort to memorize the names of new people and begin referring to them by name as soon as possible after meeting them.
8. Show true interest in the personal lives of others.
9. Create an interest in making others feel successful around you and make them successful. Interest in your goals and pursuits, only, creates the thought that you are selfish and others will silently withdraw from you.
10. Be hospitable to others, offering them of your substance. (Hebrews 13:2)
11. Listen compassionately to the problems and challenges of others. Listening is an art that believers are commanded to develop.  (James 1:19; Romans 10:17)
a. If we cannot hear others, how can we expect to hear from the Lord?
12. Mourn with those who mourn. This displays a life of sensitivity and the intelligence required to be sensitive.

? Additional Scripture References
1. St. Matthew 16:13-18
2. Jeremiah 12:5-10   
3. St. Matthew 6:9
4. Jeremiah 3:15
5. Colossians 1:12-13
6. Galatians 4:19
7. St. John 4:22-24
8. Psalm 133:1
9. Ephesians 4:16
10. Jeremiah 8:20-22
11. Deuteronomy 7:6
12. Exodus 19:5
13. I Peter 2:9
14. Philippians 2:4
15. Hebrews 13:2
16. James 1:19
17.  Romans 10:17

 

 

 

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