“Wandering or Destined?”, part three of a sermon series “The Christian Church Begins” by Pastor Richard Daughtridge of Jacob’s Church ,a historical Civil War Era church near Gettysburg in Fairfield, Pennsylvania near Frederick and Hagerstown, Maryland.

Pastor Richard Daughtridge

“Wandering or Destined?”, part three of  a sermon series “The Christian Church Begins”  by Pastor Richard Daughtridge .

“The resurrection changed everything in the lives of those that followed Christ. They watched Christ live, die, and witnessed a Risen savior. Then they watched as Christ ascended  to Heaven.   They now were commissioned and empowered to begin one of the greatest institutions ever founded, the church.  How would they organize and become unified?  All were different yet resting on them was the responsibility to deliver the Gospel to the whole world. The Church begins.”

“We must as believers in Christ become followers of Christ.” 

 There are five types of leaders.

  • Those that talk about what needs to be done.
  • Those that Get it done. 
  • Those that watch it being done.
  • Those that have no idea what’s being done.
  • Those that complain about what is done.

  John 3:30  He must increase, but I must decrease.

A anecho  (Longsuffering: When someone is a pain in the neck hug their neck.)

C communication (Leadership 101 Communicate Communicate Communicate.)

C constraint  ( Shackles aren’t easily brocken.)

O organization (The we of the Christian the place where we abandon “me”).

R respect  ( Respect must be taught as a verb rather than a warm and fuzzy noun.)

D direction (The way up is down. Servanthood)

A anecho: “The exercise of patience; long suffering; indulgence towards those who injure us; lenity; delay of resentment or punishment.” And lenity is defined as “mildness of temper; softness; tenderness; mercy.”“To hold oneself up against, i.e. put up with: – bear with, endure, forbear, suffer.”

Colossians 3:12-14 “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with [anecho] one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity” .

1 John 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Ephesians 4:1-3 “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance [anecho—forbearance] for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”.

Mark 10:37-38   They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. [38] But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with

Mark 10:41-44     And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. [42] But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. [43] But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: [44] And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.


1 Cor. 12:23-31  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. [24] For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: [25] That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. [26] And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. [27] Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. [28] And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. [29] Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? [30] Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? [31] But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.


 1 Cor. 12:12-20  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. [13] For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. [14] For the body is not one member, but many. [15] If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? [16] And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? [17] If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? [18] But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. [19] And if they were all one member, where were the body? [20] But now are they many members, yet but one body.


Continued next week, “You ain’t from around here.Are you?” part four of  a sermon series “The Christian Church Begins”  by Pastor Richard Daughtridge of Jacob’s Church

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