What God Wants GBT To Be

Matthew 16:13-18

Our text explains that Jesus Christ established the local New Testament church during His earthly ministry. Man does not originate the local church, but it is the work of God. As such, He is the head or authority over all that we do and say as a church. (Eph. 5:23)

We need to pay close attention to what the Lord would have for us to do as a church. God doesn't speak audibly to us with His directions, nor do I speak for God. He communicates to us through His Word. We then are faced with the choice of either obeying what He says or rebelling against His commands. Either way we are in this together. The apostle Paul calls us co- laborers.

1Co 3:9-10, "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon."

Now, Paul was writing these words to the local church at Corinth. By application we understand that these instructions are for each local church even today. The warning is clear "…let every man take heed how he buildeth…" With this in mind, I want us to consider what God wants for Grace Baptist Temple to be as we minister for Him in the coming year. Obviously, this should be of great importance to every member of this church.

I. God Wants GBT to be Alive and Vibrant.

II. God Wants GBT to be United.

III. God Wants GBT to be a Growing Church.

Soon we will celebrate the 41st anniversary of Grace Baptist Temple. Should the Lord tarry His coming another 41 years, will this church still be alive? Will we still be united in our position, our vision, and our mission? Will we still be seeing souls saved, baptized, and growing? It is up to us! What will we do?