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Kingdom Economics - What The Bible Teaches About Money

Date - Sunday, November 2nd, 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 - Why We Worship (Feat. Josh Daniels)

Date - Sunday, October 19th, 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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Come To God's Table

Come To God's Table

Psalms 23:1-6(NKJV) - The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.

As my enemies look on, God has laid out His table before me. Fascinating. Instead of getting rid of them He lets them hang around to watch me succeed in spite of them right before their eyes. Maybe that's why some our enemies just will not go away. They're not supposed to. Otherwise, they'll miss the show that God has planned. That's not a bad idea after all. It may not be the way we would do it but who cares about our way anyway. We have our ways but God's ways are so much higher. This is what He says in Isaiah 55:8-9(NKJV); "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."

Welcome to today's blog. It is a continuation from yesterday's blog, "The Lord Is My Shepherd". I know this blog series is for someone because God made me drop the other blog I wanted to write for this one. Anytime He sovereignly takes over something I'm doing like that I know it's a big deal to Him. So let's dig into what God has to say to us.

John 17:14-19(NKJV) - I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

What? Don't take us out of the world? Yup, that's exactly what Jesus asked The Father to do and His prayer was answered. We're in the middle of enemy territory but we can't leave just yet. Regardless of how hard it gets we are going nowhere. We can't run from our enemies and go hide somewhere. We can't cut ourselves off from the world and form a Christian community on some secluded compound where we can feel safe among friends. We have to live in this world among people whose allegiance is to the god of this world, the devil.

Regardless, here is the promise God has made to us all. Though we are surrounded by enemies they cannot touch us. He will keep us from the evil one. I don't know what kind of environment you live, work or play in. Maybe it's blatantly hostile. Maybe there's subtle prejudice. Maybe you're being treated unjustly. Maybe you feel isolated. Today, God wants you to put on a brave face. Yes, they are all around you. Yes, they can see you. Yes, they can talk to you and plot for you. However, no they can't touch you. No, they can't stop you. No, they don't have the power to do anything of consequence to alter the course of your life.

So, how are you kept or sanctified from the evil one? Through the truth of God's Word. In other words, what keeps you going in the midst of enemy territory is bringing to remembrance what God has said to you. Hopefully, this gives you some perspective on how you handle these issues. You can't run away from them or make them go away. You have to face them armed and ready with the truth of God's Word locked tight in your heart. The enemy knows he can't have you so he'll try to take The Word of God out of your heart if you don't understand it. (Matthew 13:19)

1 Corinthians 2:9-10(NKJV) - But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

The Holy Spirit is calling you to God's table to enjoy what He's prepared for you. Come to the table in prayer. Come to the table in worship. Come to the table in obedience. Come to the table in The Word. Don't worry about who's looking. It's not about them anyway. Your enemies will burn with envy when they see what God has laid out for you. Just come to God's table.

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Why The Church Still Needs All of The Five-Fold Ministry Gifts

Why The Church Still Needs All of The Five-Fold Ministry Gifts

Ephesians 4:11-16(NLT) - Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won't be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

After The Resurrection when Jesus returned to heaven, He left His Church in the hands of a team of expert builders: Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Pastors and Evangelists. This team of people have been left with the following assignment;

1) Equip saints for ministry
2) Edify The Body
3) Facilitate unity
4) Bring an understanding of Jesus
5) Help people mature

This assignment is not complete until, "we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ." Are we there yet? If not, then the work of the five-fold ministry continues. Simply put, the five-fold ministry gifts are in place to equip, edify, unify, educate and help God's people mature. When Christian people are missing any of the above it's a sure sign that they're not properly connected to these ministry gifts and that's a problem.

1 Corinthians 12:28-30 (NLT) - Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages. Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not!

The Importance of the Pastor and Evangelist

Two of the most widely accepted roles within The Church are the pastor and evangelist. Few Christians deny their relevance in the Body of Christ and most would vigorously defend their viability. The word, pastor is mentioned in the Bible nine times and is used in the same capacity as the word, shepherd. Outside of Ephesians 4, all other references to pastor are in the Book of Jeremiah. Therefore, since the formation of The Church it was only mentioned once.

Jeremiah 3:15 - And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

So the job of the pastor is to feed the people of The Church with knowledge and understanding like a shepherd who takes care of a flock. Now the other ministry assignment that’s widely accepted is evangelist. This word is only mentioned three times in the Bible and all of these times are in the New Testament. This position is reserved for the preacher of the gospel. Therefore it only came into existence after Jesus Christ died to defeat sin on the cross and rose from the dead to defeat death.

2 Timothy 4:5 - But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

Romans 10:14 - How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Since the word evangelist means preacher of the gospel any mention of the word preacher in the New Testament may be associated with evangelist. However, a distinction should exist because they come from two different Greek words. Nonetheless, to sweeten the statistics, the three times that the word preacher is mentioned in the New Testament will be combined with evangelist for a grand total of 6 times.

I would like you to pay close attention to the direction of this discussion because I am building a very strong argument. The pastoral assignment is mentioned nine times in the Bible with eight of those in one book of the Bible. The evangelistic assignment is mentioned six times and all in the New Testament. Nonetheless, please note that the entire Body of Christ should preach the gospel outside of The Church. However, the ministry assignment of the evangelist, as defined in Ephesians 4 is to preach the gospel to The Church or to others so that they can join The Church.

As mentioned earlier, their mission is to perfect the saints so that they can work the ministry and edify the Body of Christ. At this point let us have a short recap. It is clear that the pastor and the evangelist are listed among the main ministry gifts. However, they are not singled out on the wider list of spiritual gifts. They are called to minister to the Body of Christ and should always have that primary responsibility at the front of their minds.

The Importance of the Teacher

The word teacher comes from the Greek word, “didaskalos” and is described as an expert, master, doctor or instructor. It is mentioned thirteen times in the New Testament and twenty times in the entire Bible. There are very few masters among us. I thank God for the honor and privilege to sit under the ministry of one whenever I can.

James 3:1 - My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

Hebrews 5:12 - For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

These individuals have a special gift of wisdom and understanding of the Word of God. I respect them greatly and I am sure most of The Church agrees that they are rare gems whom we cherish. I like reading the books written by some of these teachers because of the understanding that I receive from them. Nonetheless, this is not an office you force yourself into. You have to be called by God, anointed and disciplined in your study of the Word of God to fill these big shoes.

The Importance of the Apostle

The word apostle comes from the Greek word, “apostolos” and is described as a delegate, an ambassador of the Gospel, an official commissioner of Christ, one with miraculous powers, a messenger and one who is sent by God. This office is very special and is mentioned eighty three times in the New Testament alone. It is a part of the five main ministry gifts assigned to leadership and must still be present in The Church if perfection is to be achieved according to Ephesians 4:11-13.

I know some apostles personally and I must acknowledge that these are some of the highest ranking ministers in the Body of Christ. I say that with confidence because Paul, in 1 Corinthians 12:28-30 put them first, before he mentioned the other two offices, prophets and teachers in the list of spiritual gifts. You don’t choose to be an apostle. You are chosen by God. The definition of the position includes one who is sent by God. Therefore, you don’t volunteer for that position. You can volunteer to watch cars in the parking lot! You can volunteer to be an usher! You can even volunteer to lead song service! However, God has to make you an apostle.

The Importance of the Prophet

The word prophesy in the New Testament comes from the Greek word, “propheteuo” and has the following meanings; to foretell events, speak under divine inspiration and exercise the prophetic office. The word prophet is mentioned one hundred and sixty three times in the New Testament and a total of four hundred and ninety times in the Bible. This is one of the most maligned words among conservative Christians but somehow seems to be given more emphasis in the Bible than pastor, evangelist and teacher combined.

Every main ministry gift listed in Ephesians 4:11-13 is important to The Church, so if one is missing The Church cannot be perfect. As a result, those who deny the relevance of prophecy rob themselves of an important aspect of God’s plan. In fact, just by the sheer magnitude of the emphasis placed on prophecy in the Bible, what conclusion should you draw? Do you see how many times the word prophet is used in the New Testament in stark contrast to any of the other ministry gifts and assignments?

I’ll make a simple analogy. The Church is the Body of Christ so all together we represent God on the earth. The leadership of The Church points it in the right direction. For the purpose of this discussion, let us refer to the leadership as the fingers on the Hand of God. Now let’s assume that the five main ministry gifts that constitute church leadership; apostle, prophet, teacher, pastor and evangelist are the five fingers of the Hand of God. What do you think happens when one of these assignments is removed?

You end up with a four fingered hand! Do you think a hand with four fingers can be as effective as one with five? I don’t think so. As a result, large sections of The Church have chosen to operate with four fingers and in fact, some operate with just three because they deny the role of The Apostle.

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The Body Church - Dedication Service

Apostle Emanuel Vivian Duncan, in 1986, obeyed the call of God to preach the Gospel. God has raised up Apostle E. V. Duncan to speak His mind to His church, both local and international. The accuracy of these prophetic utterances over the years are well known as he alerts the Church to the times and seasons through which the Lord brings us. Apostle Emanuel Vivian Duncan holds a Bachelor of Arts and General Studies Degree from the University of the West Indies. Apostle Vivian is a gifted writer and psalmist, who has been providing awesome inspirational books and songs of Praise and Worship for over two decades. He testifies of being tutored by the Holy Spirit. Apostle Emanuel Vivian Duncan draws heavily on the wisdom, and support of his wife and co-labourer, Apostle Jemma Duncan who also ministers with the same prophetic anointing. With their children, Donnell, Deon and Patrice, they offer to the world a family whose mission of excellence is of Divine Destiny and serving the Lord, in spirit and in truth.
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The Body Church - Building An Army Of Ministers

Sermon Date - Sunday, March 16th, 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

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Be Good Today!

The Peace of God

THE FRUIT OF GOODNESS

Galatians 5:22-23(NLT) - But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Romans 15:14(KJV) - And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

I've always heard of the goodness of The Lord while growing up in The Church. However, goodness is one of the least mentioned fruits of The Holy Spirit that should manifest in our lives. What is goodness in the first place? In this context it means virtue and I'm sure you're familiar with The Bible's depiction of the virtuous woman. Your spirituality can be judged by your goodness. Do you dispense good to others and are you the carrier of good wherever you are? In the midst of a complete collapse of moral standards, your goodness shines like a light that points people back to God.

Look for opportunities to do good today. Your good works show men that The Holy Spirit has taken control of your life. They are an outward demonstration of an inward transformation. The Apostle James said that faith without works is dead. As a result, anytime faith is mentioned in your life it must be accompanied by goodness. Your faith cannot stand alone and be effective because in the eyes of others nothing has changed about you until they can see it. Be good to those around you today and let the spiritual fruit of goodness develop.

Meditate on Hebrews 10:19-25 and James 2:14-26

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The Body Church - Building God's Church

Sermon Date - Sunday, February 16th, 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

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The Body Church - We Are God's Building

The Body Church

Sermon Date - Sunday, February 9th, 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

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The Body Church's Sunday Sermon Video - The Vision (Part One)

Superbowl Sunday Service At The Body Church

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

You are invited. Since next Sunday falls on Superbowl Sunday we decided to call it Superbowl Sunday Service. That's all. Join us and enjoy free spiritual food. 🙂

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