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The Body Church - The Seven Elements of Spiritual Fruitfulness

Date - Sunday, July 27th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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The Body Church - Protect Your Heart!

Date - Sunday, July 20th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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The Body Church - The Light of Understanding

Date - Sunday, July 13th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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The Body Church - Feed The Seed of God's Word

Date - Sunday, July 6th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Ask Donnell: Would Adam and Eve Eventually Have Died Even Without Sin?

Ask Donnell: Would Adam and Eve Have Still Died Without Sin?

We received the following question from JR;

"Hi Donnell, I am studying the Book of Genesis and while reading it occurred to me that if Adam and Eve did not eat from neither the tree of life nor the tree of knowledge of good & evil would they have still died? Also I saw in Rev 22 that the tree of life bears 12 fruits and we would eat from it for healing. So I guess my question also is; if sin (eating from the tree of knowledge of good & evil) caused death; 1. Would they have died anyway if they had not eaten from neither tree and 2. If they were sinless & perfect, what would they have needed healing from?"

JR, you have some great, thought provoking questions. Let's start with the question about death without sin.

Genesis 2:17(KJV) - But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Here's the first time death is mentioned in The Bible. God warned Adam that death would become a part of his life if he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Hence, the assumption is that if he did not eat of that particular tree he would not have died. However, what about the other tree in the middle of the garden of Eden?

Genesis 3:22-23(KJV) - And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

Here's the true power of The Tree of Life. Even after Adam and Eve sinned and were subject to death, the fruit of the Tree of Life was able to override the effects of death. God Himself revealed that if they ate of the Tree of Life they would live forever. However, it was not the source of life. They didn't need to eat from The Tree of Life to have life before they sinned because their life came from the breath of God. However, after they sinned, the Tree of Life could restore life and stop the effects of death. How? That's revealed in Revelation 22.

Revelation 22:2(KJV) - In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

The Tree of Life has the power to heal. So, let me answer your question about whether or not Adam and Eve needed healing before they sinned. It's really easy. They did not. However, after they sinned they did. As a result, God only mentioned the power of The Tree of Life to restore life after they sinned and made no mention of it before. Nonetheless, what's the bottom line of all of this?

Romans 5:12-17(NLT) - When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come. But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

Adam's sin brought death into the world. Therefore, according to The Bible had Adam not sinned there would not have been death. Hence, there would not have been sickness either which means there would not have been the need for healing. However, Adam did sin and God knew that Adam would sin. Hence, He had a plan to restore life to mankind through Jesus Christ. Adam's sin brought death but Jesus Christ's righteousness brought life. Choose life today!

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The Body Church: Holy Spirit - Living Water

Date - Sunday, June 29th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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The Body Church - Preparing Your Heart For God's Word

Date - Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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Ask Donnell: "What's Righteous Judgment?"

Ask Donnell: What's Righteous Judgment?

We received the following question from Deborah;

"My question is taken from the scripture, John 7:24. I've been listening again to your 1st lesson on fruit of the spirit. I understand that what we sow we will reap. However, I started thinking of righteous judgment. I've never really grasped what it means to judge righteously. Can you explain this? Thanks."

Deborah, this is a good question. Righteous judgment is the only type of judgment that's expected of us. Hence, it's important to understand what it means and how it works. Let's start with the scripture reference in your question.

John 7:24(KJV) - Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

This scripture reference does not directly define righteous judgment but it helps point us in the right direction because it provides a description of what it is not. Hence, it is a great place to start. So the first step to understanding righteous judgment is understanding that it is not judging by appearance. In other words, be careful to not let your eyes deceive you.

1 Samuel 16:7(KJV) - But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Looking at outward appearance is human nature. That's the point The Lord wanted us to get in this scripture passage. Hence, it was important for Apostle John to state in John 7:24 that righteous judgment does not come naturally to human beings. Therefore, if righteous judgment is foreign to our natural character, where does it come from?

Revelation 16:7(KJV) - And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

Hear this loud and clear! The judgment of God is the only righteous judgment. When God judges someone, regardless of what it is, His judgment is true and righteous. Remember, judgment is another way of saying "reward for actions". Positive actions trigger positive rewards and negative actions trigger negative rewards. Judgment as an entity of it's own is neutral or impartial. It only becomes positive or negative depending on the actions that cause the judgment. Now that we understand what righteous judgment is not and where it comes from, let's understand what it is.

Romans 2:5-11(NKJV) - But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.

This passage provides a revelation of the righteous judgment of God. So what is it? Judging people according to what they have done. Simple! How is this different from judging according to outward appearance? God's judgment includes not just the actions that people see but the actions people do not see. God rewards those who patiently continue to do good with eternal life, glory, honor and peace. He also rewards those who are selfish, disobedient and do evil with indignation, wrath, tribulation, and anguish. This means that righteous judgment is nothing more than the judgment due for actions that have been taken. So let's bring this home now. How do we execute righteous judgment like we're instructed in John 7:24?

Psalm 119:7(KJV) - I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

For us to judge righteously, we have to learn God's righteous judgments. There are two ways we can do this. Number one, the easiest way to learn how God judges people is to read The Bible. How did God address the actions of people in The Bible? Number two is to listen to the Holy Spirit. He knows the truth and will guide you to it. That's the only way to judge. Now, before we start running wild judging folks because we understand righteous judgment let's get some perspective on becoming a judge.

Quick Facts About Righteous Judgment

1) If you choose to judge others righteously, you will be judged righteously.

Matthew 7:1-5(NKJV) - “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Judgment comes with a warning. Even if you are executing righteous judgment, the moment you judge someone else you are putting yourself in position to receive the same treatment. Is that wrong? Not really! Nonetheless, it's up to you to decide what you prefer. Do you want to be judged? If yes, feel free to judge others. If no, be merciful to others and be open to sometimes not giving people what they deserve. Righteous judgment is a part of God's nature so you won't lose if you leave it up to God. If God does the judgment, He'll get it right.

2) If you must judge, judge by actions not appearance.

Matthew 7:15-20(NKJV) - “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

In this scripture, Jesus explains the difference between judging by appearance and judging by actions. When people are wolves in sheep's clothing they look like what they're not. For example, many people are deceived into doing business with fast talking, good looking, well dressed people who pull up in fancy cars or jump out of private jets. They look like they'll make you money but they will only make money for themselves and the only thing they'll make you is angry or sad. Judging by actions means that you should wait for them to prove themselves first before you ever trust them. That's why you never rush into any kind of business or personal relationship. If you don't have a good backlog of actions from which to judge a person, you cannot judge righteously.

Matthew 12:33-37(NKJV) - “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

In this scripture, Jesus adds to what He said earlier by explaining how judging by actions aligns with God's perspective of judging righteously. In 1 Samuel 16:7, Samuel looked at David's brothers and thought they were God's chosen solely based on their height and stature. He had never seen them in action and didn't know anything else but the way they looked. God on the other hand knew their hearts and was able to judge righteously. Therefore, you have to forget what people look like when it's time to judge them. By the way, why is judging actions not in conflict with judging by the heart? Whatever is in someone's heart will eventually come out in their actions.

In Matthew 12:33-37, Jesus focused on one type of actions and that's the words we speak. Out of the abundance of our hearts do we speak. Hence, if you are judged by the abundance of your words, your heart is being judged. The only difference between God's ability to judge someone's heart and our ability to judge someone's words is time. In either case, we are judging righteously. God sees a person's heart so He can judge immediately. It takes us some time to come to the same conclusion because we can't see a person's heart until the person starts talking. If you want to know someone's heart listen to the person's words consistently. Even if people are lying initially, eventually something will slip out and expose them. Give people enough time and they will tell on themselves.

People are especially honest under extreme conditions. For example, a person will tell you the truth when extremely excited, tired, angry, happy, sad, drunk or high. Outside of these extreme cases you just have to wait for something to slip. That's why I said earlier, never rush into any relationship, whether business or personal. Give people time to show you their true colors then like Maya Angelou said; "When people show you who they truly are, believe them."

3) God's grace and mercy do not cancel out His righteous judgment.

You are probably aware that the message of grace is the hottest message in The Church today. Every time you turn on Christian television there is a high probability that someone is teaching on grace. It's a great message and it's at the core of the gospel. Nonetheless, the message of grace does not cancel the reality of righteous judgment. If you really want to understand God's mercy, we did an eleven part blog series.

Romans 5:12-21(NLT) - When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come. But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

God's grace and His righteous judgment go hand in hand. How is that possible? If we are in Christ, God responded ahead of time and rewarded Jesus for our sin. He doesn't ignore our actions but is merciful to us by allowing the judgment for our actions to be attributed to the judgment He placed upon Jesus on the cross. Therefore, God's grace caused a great exchange. The reward for our sin was given to Jesus and the reward for the righteousness of Jesus was given to us. This is why God's grace and mercy are beyond anything we can ever imagine. We deserve hell but we get to go to heaven. Jesus deserved heaven but was sent to hell for three days. That's the combination of God's righteous judgment with His glorious grace. The wages of sin is death so Jesus paid it all for us. Now let's bring some quick balance.

Romans 6:1-4, 15-18(NLT) - Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives... Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.

God is still a righteous judge. His grace does not cancel out His judgment. Therefore, when you have a revelation of God's grace it does not mean that your actions no longer matter to Him. It's God's grace that makes it easy to live right. Jesus received the reward for your sin so that you would no longer be in bondage to your sin nature. The moment you become a Christian the grip of sin has been broken over your life. You are free to live right and that's what God expects. That's the balance between God's grace, mercy and righteous judgment. Don't challenge God to have to judge you for your actions. He's offered a way out through Jesus! Why not just take it?

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