Who Is The Founder Of The Church?

Who founded the Church? To answer this question we consider an excerpt from the book THE CHURCH OF GOD, WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT by D.S. Warner.

We are told that Abraham “looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Heb. 11:10 And in the next chapter, the apostle Paul says to the converted Hebrews, “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” 12:22-24

That city—“whose builder and maker is God”—we have come unto in the gospel dispensation, and it is “the church of the first- born.” Christ, who was “God… manifest in the flesh,” 1 Tim. 3:16 is the founder, builder, and maker of the church. “For this man [Christ Jesus] was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.” Heb. 3:3-4 “Feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Acts 20:28 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church… holy and without blemish.” Eph. 5:25-27 “Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:18

With much love,6EF7E090-4274-4931-9223-67A638494696 The Downings

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Eating Bugs

This post was fir published on September of 2019


In the Sierra after the first rain of the rainy season you will see little holes in the ground. The holes are made by beetles coming up to the surface. When this happens people collect them early in the morning. Ecuadorians will eat the beetles, known as katsos. They are boiled and then fried. They have a crunchy texture and a smoky flavor.

Love,

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Living Committed

God is reaching the lost not through programs but through individuals whose lives are so committed to Him that He uses them as vessels to anoint a lost world.

K.P. Yohannan, Revolution in World Missions

Good programs and great vision draw the attention of many Christians. And as followers of Christ we do help the poor as described in Matthew 25, not because we are commissioned to but because something changes in our very nature when we become followers of Christ. But our divinely originated empathy for the downtrodden is no replacement for our divinely anointed mission. 

God changes the world not through programs but through presence. Jesus gave us the ultimate example. He became flesh and dwelt among us. He preformed many miracles and taught the multitudes all great programs. But his lasting impact was carried forth by the eleven people who he successfully discipled. 

May we be like Christ. May we live lives so committed to God that He uses us as vessels to anoint a lost and dying world. 

With much love, 1CD38D2B-A6B2-4EFB-AFD7-7812C81D5BCEThe Downings

Some Day

In an acceptable time I have heard you,

And in the day of salvation I have helped you.

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

2 Corinthians 6:2
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Women’s Conference

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”

Matthew 11:28-30
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Sending Capacity

The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.

Mike Stachura

Along our mission path we have encountered an attitude in many churches that can best be described as low self-esteem. Many churches have given up hope that they can be world changers. They tend to look at attendance or financial numbers as their only indicators of spiritual health and they tend to forget what Jesus did with a handful of followers. We ought to remember that the people to whom Jesus give the Great Commission stood empty handed on that hill outside of Galilee. They were the only religious people without a temple to meet in or a treasury to draw from. They had not hymn book to sing from nor did they have an ecclesiastical manual to tell them what to do or how to do it. They had no New Testament to read or written doctrine to study. They were simply a movement of people who had experienced the resurrection of Christ and who were motivated by their love for God and their love for their neighbors. As they lived that love out they became the people who turned the world upside down! It is amazing what can happen when we cease to measure our reach by seating capacity and more to the point how many of our seats are occupied but instead focus on our sending capacity.

May we live and die for greater things than seating capacity. May we live in the knowledge that we are world changers because we follow Jesus. May we die in the knowledge that we have done everything we can to send some so that many will know the saving grace of our Lord!

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Start With Your Neighbor

The worldwide proclamation of the Gospel awaits accomplishment by a generation which shall have the obedience, courage, and determination to attempt the task.

John R. Mott

The more We experience life on the mission field, the more we believe this quote to be true! The fields are rip for harvest all we need is a generation willing to attempt the task! God is working in the hearts and minds of people all over the world.

Perhaps he is working with your neighbor, you will never know unless you speak to them. If you want to be part of the generation that obeys and has courage and determination to attempt the task of global evangelism start with your neighbor. In Acts chapter 1 Jesus set forth four concentric circles of witness. He doesn’t call His disciples to go to the ends of the earth first. He calls his disciples to start where they are then, to go where it’s easy after that, to go where it’s hard and finally go to the ends of the earth. We are convinced that very few would go to the ends of the earth if they were not also faithful in every concentric circle of witness.

May we be the generation of believers who seek the face of God. May we be the ones to take his gospel to the ends of the earth.

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Psalm One

Psalm one is a wisdom psalm and the author tells his audience to reject the lifestyle of the wicked and to be loyal to God. The psalmist contrasts the destiny of the wicked with that of the righteous, emphasizing that the wicked are destroyed while the godly prosper under the Lord’s protection.

“How blessed is the one who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand in the pathway with sinners, or sit in the assembly of scoffers!    
Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the LORD’s commands; he meditates on his commands day and night. 

He is like a tree planted by flowing streams; it yields its fruit at the proper time, and its leaves never fall off. He succeeds in everything he attempts.

Not so with the wicked! Instead they are like wind-driven chaff.

For this reason the wicked cannot withstand judgment, nor can sinners join the assembly of the godly.

Certainly the LORD guards the way of the godly, but the way of the wicked ends in destruction.”

Psalm One

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Seeds of Revival

God has huge plans for the world today! He is not content to merely establish a handful of struggling churches among each tongue, tribe and nation. Even now He is preparing and empowering His Church to carry the seeds of revival to the uttermost ends of the earth.

David Smithers

Friend, if you are a follower of Christ He is preparing you, He is empowering you to carry the seeds revival to the uttermost parts of the earth. We often think of the great desire of our Lord, His great commission, as the domain of a few energetic Christians called missionaries. But in reality every Christian is given the great commission. We all bear responsibility to carry the seeds of revival to everyone we meet. We all have the responsibility to go, send, and pray for God’s great desire to be accomplished.

Friend, you are called to go. You are called to send missionaries. You are called to pray. If follow Christ you are called into His mission!

May our Father prepare, empower and guide us to carry to the seeds of revival into all the world. 

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In The Light of God

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Along a dark and gloomy path

I groped beneath the shades of death;

No hope beyond my dying breath,

Till light from the Savior came.

 

Refrain:

In the light of God,

Now my soul is singing, all, all is bright;

In the light of God,

I’m now in the light of God. 

My darkness now is passed away,

In Jesus all is perfect day;

And peace and comfort ever stay,

Since Christ is my perfect light. [Refrain]

O Jesus, to my heart so sweet,

Thy Word’s a light unto my feet;

How holy, happy, and complete,

I walk in the precious light. [Refrain]

All glory to my Savior’s name,

To do Thy will my highest aim;

Thy favor’s more than earthly fame,

Thy smile is my constant light. [Refrain]

D.S. Warner

With love,

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