GODS SPIRITUAL FLEET OF SHIPS
- THE WORD SHIP:
- Websters New Collegiate Dictionary:
Nautically it has reference to any seagoing vessel; In script
it is used as a suffix to a noun or adjective, denoting a
persons state, condition, quality, office, dignity, or profession.
- The Greek words and there are three (PLOION,
PLOIARION, AND NAUS) that are translated ship.
- The Greek words are used much in the
same way as described in Webster.
- The word is used in connection with other
specific words that denote:
- Ones office as "eldership".
- That which one does in paying homage
to God "worshipper" (John
4:23); "worshipping" (Matthew
20:20); "worship" the
act of reverence paid to God (John
- The association with those of like
service, communion, or partnership with, "fellowship"
Corinthians 1:9; I
- It is used in reference to one than
manages, or looks after that which is anothers household
16:2). It is also used metaphorically in a wider
sense as to the type of service done by those in the service
- Preachers of the gospel (I
- Elders or bishops in churches (Titus
- Believers in general (I
- THE LORD HAS QUITE A FLEET OF SHIPS IN HIS
SERVICE AS CAN BE SEEN.
- NOTICE WITH ME JUST A FEW OF THESE SHIPS
- Religious homage or reverence paid to God;
A religious service of worshippers.
- Worship maybe at any designated place "
two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I
in the midst of them" (Matthew
- Such assemblies of worship are not to be
taken lightly, or forsaken. (Hebrews
- Like as on Pentecost in Acts
2:1, the disciples should be assembled together "
one accord in one place."
- The worship is to only be directed to God.
4:8 = "And Jesus answered and said unto
him, get thee behind me Satan: for it is written, thou shalt
worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve."
- Which worship is to be in spirit and truth.
4:23-24 = "But he hour cometh, and now
is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in
spirit and in truth: for the father seeketh such to worship
him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship
him in spirit and in truth."
- The worship is to be by those that are
assembled as "lively stones" built
up into "a spiritual house, an holy priesthood,
to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus
- The mutual partnership of those in the
same communion, relationship in the family of God by birth
into His body the Church.
- These "
are a chosen
generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who
hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
which in time past were not a people, but are now the people
- A people that are "
of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren,
be pitiful, be courteous; not rendering evil for evil, or
railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing
that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing"
- We "being many, are one body
in Christ, and everyone members one of another"
- God has called us into this partnership
or fellowship by His Son that is to be free of division
with everyone speaking the same thing "
joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment"
- It is very evident that the worldly minded
teachings of man that has resulted in the vast accumulation
of denominations was not that expressed fellowship as defined
- Thus we are to "
fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather
reprove them" (Ephesians
- A steward is one that manages, or looks
after that which is anothers. Recognizing God as the
true owner and ourselves as ministers (servants) "
the manifold grace of God" (I
- The Lord holds us accountable for our talents
as is evident in the parable of the talents in
Matthew 25:19 = "After a long time the
Lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them."
- Paul said it this way in Romans
14:12 = "So then each one of us shall give
account of himself to God."
- The Lord expects us to "
by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be
no gatherings when I come" (I
- Have you purposed in your heart to set
apart a portion for the Lords work as His steward.
Corinthians 9:7 = "Every man according
as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly,
or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver."
- Or, will you return unto Him what which
gave us as a trusted stewards to use.
- Remember the one talent man was condemned
for failing to be a productive steward how will you
fair at the day of reckoning?
- CONCLUSION: SOME HAVE ABANDONED SHIP.
- HOW DOES ONE ABANDON SHIP -- AWOL.
- Neglecting the assemblies of worshippers.
- Caused division and strife in the fellowship.
- Made mockery of their service as a good
steward of God.
- MANY HAVE NOT REMAINED AT THEIR BATTLE STATIONS:
- The church (Gods flagship) has been
nearly sunk because of some leaving their responsibilities
- No one can handle your station of responsibility
and theirs at the same time. Galatians
6:5 = "For every man shall bear his own
- This is likewise true that no one can give
for themselves and for you. First
Corinthians 16:2 = "
Let every one
of you lay by him in store,
- Absenteeism is at the root of much of this:
- God has not excused any one of us to
neglect our duty.
- In Gods sight "He is
no respecter of persons." (Acts
- ARE YOU, OR HAVE YOU BEEN AWOL?
- The Lord is depending on each of us to
help keep His ship afloat. (Ephesians
- The Lord said in Matthew
12:30 = "He that is not with me is against
me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth."
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