1 Cor 3:9-13 “For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building. 10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.”
We must have a revelation of the mighty God in Christ. There is no such thing as two gods or three gods. There is only one.
Deuteronomy 6:4-6 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.”
Jesus is our foundation.
Col 1:16-18 “for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. 18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.”
There is no such thing as the eternal son, but there is nobody like Jesus. There is one God and His name is Jesus!
How does a revelation of God change your life? Jesus is the name of that one, true God. What difference does this make in your life?
If we have Apostolic identity and continue in the one God message, the message of separation and modesty, then we have Apostolic unity. We weep together and rejoice together. With Apostolic identity and Apostolic unity, we will experience Apostolic growth.
This world pushes discord like never before. This world uses the things of this world to bring the agenda and message of this world which is discord. But, not one thing in the Word of God will fail. ‘Nation shall rise against nation.’ Ethnicities will fight against ethnicities in the end times. ‘Kingdoms will fight against kingdoms.’ These are speaking of leadership. Leadership will fight against leadership.
If we are not careful, we will allow the discord into the church. When we remove ourselves from the things of this world, we can experience something totally different. One Spirit we follow.
We must have an Apostolic identity and Apostolic unity in order to have Apostolic growth.
Eph 2:20-21 “Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.”
Why is unity so important? How are you unified with your family, your pastor, your church, and Jesus? What do you need to guard against? What can you do to improve? What can you do to encourage others in Apostolic unity?
Deut 6:12-13 “be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.13 You must fear the Lord your God and serve him. When you take an oath, you must use only his name.”
Acts 4:10-12 “Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ 12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
There shall be no unity with other ways that are contrary to the Word of God.
When the storm comes, there must be a strong foundation and that is God’s Word.
What does having a strong foundation involve? What do you need to do to have a strong foundation for your life? How can you help others to have a strong foundation?
Josh 24:15-18 “But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” 16 The people replied, “We would never abandon the Lord and serve other gods. 17 For the Lord our God is the one who rescued us and our ancestors from slavery in the land of Egypt. He performed mighty miracles before our very eyes. As we traveled through the wilderness among our enemies, he preserved us. 18 It was the Lord who drove out the Amorites and the other nations living here in the land. So we, too, will serve the Lord, for he alone is our God.”
Psalm 11:3-4 “‘The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?’ 4 But the Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth.”
Isaiah 28:16 “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.’”
Nehemiah refused to compromise, not with their enemies, not with his own people who went contrary to the Word of God. This wasn’t saying divorce is okay. It was saying that you don’t need to worship another god. Divorce yourself from that!
If you want to have the identity of Christ, the identity of the church, you must get rid of those things that pull you away from the ways of God.
What is compromise and why is it so bad? How have you compromised and what do you need to do to change that? What do you need to guard against to keep compromise out?
Ezra 3:10-13 “When the builders completed the foundation of the Lord’s Temple, the priests put on their robes and took their places to blow their trumpets. And the Levites, descendants of Asaph, clashed their cymbals to praise the Lord, just as King David had prescribed. 11 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: ‘He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!’ Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. 12 But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. 13 The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.”
There were weeping and rejoicing. They were looking at a foundation, the beginning, and knew they had a great church. God would speak to them and would be pleased with them. Then, their land would prosper. They knew what it meant to please the Lord. There would be safety and freedom and peace and rest.
When there is a church in a community that has Apostolic identity, Apostolic unity, and Apostolic growth, that community is blessed.
We live in a different era, different culture, but God hasn’t changed. There is a difference between tradition and God’s Word.
1 Tim 6:19 “By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.”
You’ve got to repent. You need the Holy Ghost. You need to be baptized in Jesus’ Name. This is only the beginning. After these things, there must be transformation, the fruit of the Spirit, continuing in the will and way of God as revealed in His Word.
John 3:5 “Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.’”
Acts 2:38 “Peter replied, ‘Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”
What is the difference between tradition and God’s Word? Is tradition always bad? What traditions contradict the Bible? How will you address those and change so that there is no longer a contradiction?
There is a difference between modesty and holiness. You can look holy, but only be modest. If you are mean, but look modest, you’re just modest, not holy. Modesty isn’t a heaven or hell issue, it’s a growth or no growth issue.
There will be people in heaven that will shock you. Don’t major on sleeve length at the expense of kindness. Soul winning is our foundation, but not compromise. Love for the lost is there. We can reach with love and kindness to all people.
Acts 17:6 “But when they failed to find them, they dragged Jason and some brothers before the city authorities, shouting, ‘These men who have turned the world upside down have come here too;’”
If we can get ahold of our Apostolic identity and Apostolic unity, we can have more revival than the early church did. That’s Bible! Believe for 3000+ people.
How is your Apostolic identity? In your thinking and actions, what needs to change? How is your Apostolic unity? In your thinking and actions, what needs to change? How is your Spiritual fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control)? What needs to change in your thinking in order for your actions to reflect greater, healthier fruit?
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.
If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!