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Why a biblical model for the church?

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ChurchAlive a biblical model

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Tree’s by rivers - in the bible Begin: Gen. 2:8-10 Tree of good and evil Middle: Psa. 1:3 A tree planted by rivers of water End: Rev. 22:1,2 Tree of life Tree stands for believer or Gods people

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Ezekiel's vision (chapter 47) Water flowing from the temple, becoming a life-giving river Trees alongside, giving fruit throughout the year Ellen G White: Three stands for the church

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Jesus about tree’s Jesus cursed fig tree which did not bear fruit Parable about tree in vineyard – no fruit, cut it down Tree is about bearing fruit Church is about bearing fruit

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ChurchAlive a biblical model

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2 1 3 4 5 6 7 DNA living water roots tree trunk branches leaves Fruit

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1 DNA What is the potential of an apple? To reproduce: Apple, seed, tree, apple, seed . . . What is the potential of a church?

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1 DNA Plant Plant Church Churchplant [apple] 3. Church reproduces churchplant [apple] 2. Churchplant becomes church [tree] 4. Etc. Church Plant Kingdom building

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2 living water

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3 roots C Community (community) A All (priesthood) L let everyone know (evang.) [L] C A L [L]

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4 tree trunk supportive organization effective leadership focused equipping practical faith Support for the tree

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5 branches inspiring worship growing faith loving & serving community discipleship making The activities of the church

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6 leaves “the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” [Rev 22:2b] ‘Healing’ (θεραπειαν) - Serving, service, care Church members have been put in charge of serving, service and care for the nations. Showing Gods love: For, with, and through each other

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7 Fruit Look for the fruit Hanging on the branches b. Protected by the leaves c. Sustained by the Living Water

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7 Fruit 1. Skin: outward appearance 2. Flesh: food, sustenance 3. Seeds: potential How does it look: first knob, blossom, green apple, red apple How does it taste, sweet, sour, ripe, hard, soft Are the seeds thrown away or sown in fertile soil?

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2 1 3 4 5 6 7 DNA living water roots tree trunk branches leaves Fruit

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supportive organization effective leadership focused equipping practical faith inspiring worship growing faith discipleship making loving & serving community Effective structures empowering leadership inspiring worship passionate spirituality Need-orientated evangelism giftbased ministry loving relationships wholistic smallgroups branches trunk Converting NCD to Churchalive

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2 1 3 4 5 6 7 DNA living water roots tree trunk branches leaves Fruit (reproducing) (activities) (results/success) (members) (support/organization) (Jesus/sustaining church) (Gods vision for the church) -Supportive organization -Effective leadership -Focused equipping -Practical faith -Inspiring worship -Growing faith -Loving & serving community -Discipleship making CAL -Community of Believers -All (everyone) -Let them know (evangel.) Healing of the nations -Care -Serving -Helping The potential of a church is another church Look for the outside (skin), inside (flesh) and seeds (potential)

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