Daily Bread - November 12, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 06:25
Romans 12:5 - So we who are many are one body in Christ and so also members
one of another.

Part 2 ~ Connectivity in the Community of the Church

As far as roles and responsibilities, it is the Holy Spirit that sets each
person into those roles and responsibilities as He determines (1
Corinthians 12:18). However, there still remains the need for each
individual to humble themselves and submit themselves to the Church in
order to find connectivity, or cooperation, with the will of God. As we
serve one another in love, we find ourselves joined to one another and
functioning under the authority of Jesus Christ, our Head. Before there
will be diversity of gifts functioning in the community of the Church,
there must first be unity of Spirit. The one essential thing is to realize
that if a person is made one with Christ, then they have been made one with
all the others who have been united with Christ -thus becoming members one
of another; and therefore, are integrated into the community of the Church
which is His Body.

The first mention of this concept of community was when Jesus likened all
who would believe on Him to members of His on flesh and blood and called
them His brother, His sister and His mother (Matthew 12:50; Mark 3:35). He
further extended the union and participation that we are to have with Him
by using the allegory of a vine and branches (John 15:1-7). Thus, as a vine
has many branches bearing all the same fruit produced by a single vine,
even so, collectively, we are brought together in Christ Jesus to all abide
in Him; and thereby, bring forth those things that only He can produce.

Sunday Morning Song of the Spirit:
It's all about the Name of Jesus
It's all about the Name of the Lord
I lay down my life
I surrender my will
I'll pay any price
All for the Name of Jesus
All for the Name of the Lord
 
Daily Bread - November 11, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 11 November 2019 09:51
Romans 12:5 - So we who are many are one body in Christ and so also members
one of another.

Part 1 ~ The Community of the Church by Union with Christ

The first and most important thing each person in the community of the
Church must realize is that any thing they have in God, they received as a
free gift and by divine appointment of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians
15:10, 12:7-8; Romans 12:3,6). Whatever it is that has been given to us in
Christ was given to us for the whole of the Church and not to be used as a
means of self-exaltation; but in humility and recognition of the grace of
God, we are to serve the Church with what God has assigned. The servitude
and humility of Christ and the love of God expressed towards one another
are essential if we are going to increase and mature into all that God has
purposed His Church to be (Ephesians 1:23, 3:19, 4:13).

If we are to understand the function and meaning of the Body of Christ and
the community of the Church, we must first recognizing the relationship of
each individual to Christ. Each person, when they are born of God, are
baptized into the body and life of Christ; thereby, they each individually
come into union with Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13). If each individual is in
union with Christ, then they are in union with one another. Then, as the
community of the Church, they are to function as a single being expressing
the life of Christ together/corporately (1 Corinthians 1:10; Philippians
3:16; Romans 15:6).
 
Daily Bread - November 9, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 09 November 2019 06:37
1 John 5:6 - This is the One who came through water and blood: Jesus the
Christ. Not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood -
and the Spirit is the witness because the Spirit is the truth.

Part 3 ~ The Witness of the Spirit

When Jesus came to be baptized with water by John, He did so to fulfill all
righteousness and also that the Holy Spirit could bear witness of Him. John
the Baptist was told that the One Whom he saw the Spirit descend upon and
remain on would be the Christ that would baptize with the Holy Spirit and
fire, which took place as soon as Jesus was baptized.

Baptizing new converts in water was practiced by the Pharisees as an
initiation event as well. But for John, it was a ministry that was given to
him by God to prepare the way for Christ Jesus. Therefore, John baptized
with water for the remission of sins to prepare the people for the One Who
would take away their sins with His own blood.

In exactly what manner the Holy Spirit bore witness of Jesus when He
offered His blood is uncertain. However, there is no doubt there were signs
and wonders that day, for it was dark from noon until 3:00pm (Matthew
27:45). We also know Jesus had told the Pharisees that when they crucified
Him, then they would know He was the Christ (John 8:28). Finally, Jesus
said when He was lifted up He would draw all men unto Himself (John 12:32).
 
Daily Bread - November 6, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 06 November 2019 06:19
Matthew 10:38-39 - If you refuse to take up your cross and follow Me, you
are not worthy of being Mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it;
but if you give up your life for Me, you will find it.

Part 3 ~ Worship Is Giving Up Your Life And Going God's Way

The first time worship is observed in the Old Testament it is done through
the laying down of the life of a sacrificial offering so that the
worshipper could interact with God (Genesis 4:4; Leviticus 1:2). The
sacrificial offering would represent the willingness of the individuals to
give their life to have a relationship with God. Worship is a privilege
that has been extended to us to interact with God. It is an opportunity to
love Him with all our heart, soul, and strength; and to interact with Him
in Spirit and in truth. At each opportunity of worship, we all stand at a
crossroads: we can either be distracted with our own earthly cares and sow
to the flesh, or we can with total abandonment toss those things aside and
sow to the Spirit. If we sow our lives to the Spirit, we will begin to
experience the refreshing of the Spirit and the joys of the abundant life
(Galatians 6:8; Romans 8:5-6). However, if we hold on to the things of our
own self-interest we will reap corruption and find ourselves decaying and
fading away. When we ask God to show us the paths of life, His response to
us is: "Lay aside your life and come with Me!"
 
Daily Bread - November 5, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 05 November 2019 05:53
Matthew 10:38-39 - If you refuse to take up your cross and follow Me, you
are not worthy of being Mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it;
but if you give up your life for Me, you will find it.

Part 2 ~ Laying Aside the Distractions

Jesus said six times in the Gospels that we must lose our life if we want
to find it (Matthew 10:39, 16:25; Mark 8:35; and Luke 9:24, 17:33; John
12:25). The Holy Spirit continues to work with us so that we may realize
how all of the things we set our affections on are nothing more than
distractions (Mark 4:19; Colossians 3:1-4). Jesus came to give us abundant
life; but to enjoy it, we must be willing to abandon our own life to
discover the one that He has for us. Many times this is done in some of the
simplest ways. For example, when you find yourself standing in Church and
the worship begins, the distractions of your own failures and wants may
attempt to overwhelm you. If you want to find God's answer and the
refreshing He desires to bring into your life, then you must lay these
weights aside and with total abandonment throw yourself into adoring Christ
your Redeemer. You must choose not to be shrouded by the natural and
earthly realm of things and realize that only in the realms of the Spirit
do you really begin to live.
 
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