THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 1-19-14

LESSON TITLE: “THE CHURCH COMING TO FRUITION.”

WELCOME

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY FOR THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM. AS ALWAYS, IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU WITH US, AS WE COMMIT THIS TIME TO THE THINGS OF GOD. IT IS FURTHER OUR PRAYER THAT WE MAY ALL PRAISE GOD THIS MORNING, AS WELL AS THAT WE MAY ALL BE ENCOURAGED IN THIS JOINT OFFERING TO HIM. WHAT BETTER WAY TO START THIS LORD'S DAY, THAN TO GIVE THIS SACRIFICE TO HIM. WILL YOU BOW WITH ME NOW IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE A GREAT AND MIGHTY AND WONDROUS GOD. WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOUR WORD AND THE GUIDANCE THAT IT GIVES US. FATHER, MAY WE ALWAYS TURN TO IT TO NOT ONLY KNOW YOU BUT TO KNOW YOUR WILL AND THEN TO OBEY YOU. FATHER, HELP US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY TO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD AND HELP OTHERS TO KNOW YOU THROUGH OUR LIGHT AND OUR WORDS IN THAT THEY MIGHT DESIRE TO FOLLOW YOU AND THAT THEY MIGHT BE BLESSED IN THIS LIFE AND HAVE ETERNAL LIFE AS WELL. WE THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFT THAT JESUS MADE ON THE CROSS, THE BLOOD THAT HE SHED, AND THAT HE ROSE ON THE THIRD DAY WHICH JUSTIFIES US IN HIS SIGHT. IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN. NOW LET'S SING A SONG THIS MORNING THAT REMINDS US OF THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY OF SALVATION WHICH WE HAVE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD; AND FURTHERMORE, THE OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE TO SHARE THIS GREAT GIFT WITH OTHERS AS WELL. WON'T YOU JOIN IN AS WE SING TOGETHER, "SEND THE LIGHT."

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IF I WERE TO ASK YOU WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING TO CONTROL IN LIFE, WHAT WOULD YOUR ANSWER BE? MAYBE YOU WOULD SAY IT IS HARD TO CONTROL MY KIDS - THAT'S A BIG PROBLEM IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY, ISN'T IT? OTHERS MIGHT SAY, "WELL IT'S HARD TO CONTROL MY WIFE!" WATCH OUT YOU MIGHT GET IN TROUBLE WITH THAT ONE! THE FACT IS, THERE ARE MANY THINGS IN LIFE THAT ARE HARD TO CONTROL, BUT AGAIN, WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING TO CONTROL?

WELL, ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE, ONE REALLY DIFFICULT THING IS CONTROLLING OUR THOUGHTS! THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE. NO ONE SEES OUR THOUGHTS, NO ONE HEARS THEM, AND NO ONE REALLY KNOWS WHAT'S ON OUR MIND AT ANY GIVEN TIME. I BELIEVE THAT IS WHY IS IT SO HARD TO CONTROL OUR THOUGHTS. WE CAN THINK ABOUT ANYTHING OR PICTURE ANYTHING WE WANT IN OUR MIND AND AGAIN, NO ONE KNOWS IT. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD BAD OR UGLY THOUGHTS AGAINST SOMEONE YOU DIDN'T LIKE? DID THEY KNOW WHAT YOU WERE THINKING? WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HAD BAD THOUGHTS ABOUT THAT PERSON WHO PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF YOU, DID THEY KNOW WHAT YOU WERE THINKING. I'VE GOT BAD NEWS FOR YOU. EVEN IF THEY DIDN'T KNOW, GOD DID! JESUS UNDERSTOOD THAT GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING WHEN HE SAID, "YOU ARE THOSE WHO JUSTIFY YOURSELVES BEFORE MEN, BUT GOD KNOWS YOUR HEARTS," LUKE 16:15.

ISN'T THIS WHY PAUL SAID IN PHILIPPIANS 4:8, THAT WE NEED TO THINK ON GOOD THINGS. THERE HE SAID, "FINALLY, BRETHREN, WHATEVER THINGS ARE TRUE, WHATEVER THINGS ARE NOBLE, WHATEVER THINGS ARE JUST, WHATEVER THINGS ARE PURE, WHATEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY, WHATEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT, IF THERE IS ANY VIRTUE AND IF THERE IS ANYTHING PRAISEWORTHY; MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS." SO, OUR THOUGHTS MUST BE GOOD, BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE PLEASING UNTO GOD.

ON THE OTHER HAND, WE MUST HAVE GOOD THOUGHTS BECAUSE THEY MAKE US WHO WE ARE. SOLOMON SAID, "FOR AS HE THINKS IN HIS HEART, SO IS HE," PROVERBS 23:7. IN OTHER WORDS, WE WILL EVENTUALLY BE WHAT WE THINK. IF WE HAVE BAD OR EVIL THOUGHTS WE WILL EVENTUALLY PARTICIPATE AND DO THAT WHICH IS EVIL. HOWEVER, IF OUR THOUGHTS ARE GOOD AND RIGHTEOUS, THEN WE WILL ONLY BE PERCEIVED AS BEING OF GOD.

SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE. IS IT PLEASING TO GOD AS IT MUST BE. IS IT MAKING YOU A GOOD PERSON BEFORE THIS WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE. AS COMMANDED, LET'S ALL STRIVE TO THINK MORE ON THOSE THINGS ABOVE.

THIS MORNING WE WILL CONTINUE OUR NEW SERIES ENTITLED, "UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH!" OUR SPECIFIC LESSON TODAY IS CALLED, "THE CHURCH COMING TO FRUITION." SO, PLEASE STAY WITH US FOR THIS EXCITING DISCUSSION, AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL RETURN TO LEAD THIS STUDY OF THE DAY. NOW, WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION, AS WE SING OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER - THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, "SING TO ME OF HEAVEN."

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE ARE SO GLAD YOU CONTINUED WITH US TODAY AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON IN OUR FAIRLY NEW SERIES THAT WE BEGAN LAST WEEK CONCERNING THE CHURCH. WE WERE ABLE LAST WEEK TO BEGIN LOOKING AT THE CONCEPT OF THE GREAT PROPHECIES OF OLD FROM GREAT BOOKS, AS WELL AS PROPHETS WHO WROTE THOSE BOOKS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT DEALT WITH THE GREAT COMING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD. THE GREAT MESSIAH WHO WOULD SOMEDAY COME AND DELIVER THE WORLD FROM THE STATE OF DEATH, WHICH IS CERTAINLY SIN. WE SEE IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH CHAPTER TWO, DANIEL CHAPTER TWO, AND MICAH CHAPTER TWO THAT IT IS SPOKEN THAT THE CHURCH WOULD COME IN THE LATTER DAYS. AND HOW IT WOULD BEGIN IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM AND HOW IT WOULD BE ESTABLISHED AND HOW ALL THINGS, AS WELL AS ALL PEOPLE, WOULD BE ABLE TO COME TO THAT CHURCH. PERHAPS SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PROPHECIES ARE EVEN FOUND IN THE NEW COVENANT ARE ENCOMPASSED WITHIN THE GOSPEL ACCOUNTS WRITTEN BY MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE, AND JOHN. ESPECIALLY MATTHEW, MARK, AND LUKE WHO HELP US TO SEE THE MIND OF THOSE WHO WERE BEFORE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KINGDOM.

JOHN THE IMMERSER OR JOHN THE BAPTIST IS A MAN WHO CERTAINLY CAME THERE IN THE BOOK OF MATTHEW 3 PREACHING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BEING AT HAND. AS HE PREACHED ABOUT THE KINGDOM, IT WAS NOT ONLY HE BUT ALSO JESUS THAT PREACHED THE SAME MESSAGE. IN FACT, IF YOU LOOK WITH ME AT THE BEGINNING OF THE BOOK OF MARK IN VERSE 15, WE HAVE THE WORDS OF JESUS AFTER IT SPEAKS OF JOHN PREACHING THE GOSPEL. VERSE 15 SAYS, “THE TIME IS FULFILLED AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND. REPENT! AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL THAT JOHN PREACHED AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL THAT I PREACH.” THE GOSPEL, THAT CERTAINLY WE SEE BEGINNING THERE EVEN AS JESUS PREACHED THE GREAT SERMON ON THE MOUNT, IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 4. THERE ARE SOME OTHER TELL-TALE SIGNS THAT REALLY HELP US TO UNDERSTAND THAT THESE THINGS WERE ABOUT TO COME TO PASS. THE DAYS WERE BECOMING SHORTER AND SHORTER AS FAR AS WHEN THE CHURCH OR THE KINGDOM OF GOD WOULD BE ESTABLISHED. WITH THAT BEING THE CASE, WE CAN THINK OF SEVERAL VERSES. FIRST OF ALL, LET'S TURN TO MARK CHAPTER 9. THERE WE SEE THAT OUR LORD IS SPEAKING TO THEM AND REALLY TRYING TO HELP HIS FOLLOWERS UNDERSTAND WHAT IT WAS THAT WAS GOING TO COME ABOUT VERY SOON. HERE IS THE STATEMENT HE MAKES IN MARK 1:9, “ ASSUREDLY I SAY TO YOU THAT THERE ARE SOME OF YOU EVEN STANDING HERE WILL NOT TASTE OF DEATH UNTIL THEY SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD PRESENT WITH POWER OR COMING WITH POWER.” WHAT A BEAUTIFUL IDEA TO SEE THAT THE DAY WAS CLOSE ENOUGH THAT SOME OF THEM WOULD SEE IT WITHIN THEIR LIFETIME. WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? THERE ARE PEOPLE TODAY WHO ARE STILL SAYING THEY ARE WAITING ON THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO COME OR EVEN THE CHURCH TO BE ESTABLISHED. HOW RIDICULOUS AND HOW SILLY THAT IS. THE LORD SPECIFICALLY TELLS THESE INDIVIDUALS THAT SOME OF THEM WOULD SEE THE KINGDOM COME BEFORE THEY DIED. WE EVEN SEE WHEN OUR LORD WAS NEARING THE TIME WHEN HE WOULD LEAVE THIS EARTH THAT HE MADE SOME STATEMENTS TO HIS DISCIPLES. SUCH STATEMENTS ARE FOUND IN LUKE CHAPTER 24. THERE IN LUKE CHAPTER 24:49 WE BEGIN TO SEE HOW IT IS THAT JESUS WAS TRYING TO HELP THEM SEE WHEN THAT TIME WOULD COME. AFTER MAKING SEVERAL STATEMENTS ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE WAS GOING TO DIE VERY SOON AND THEN HE WOULD BE PUT IN THE GRAVE AND THAT HE WOULD BE RESURRECTED ON THE THIRD DAY, THERE IN VERSE 46 OF LUKE CHAPTER 24. HE THEN SAYS THIS IN VERSE 47, “ AND THAT REPENTANCE AND REMISSION OF SINS SHOULD BE PREACHED IN HIS NAME TO ALL NATIONS BEGINNING AT JERUSALEM AND YOU ARE WITNESSES OF THESE THINGS.” THEN IN VERSE 49, “ BEHOLD, I SEND THE PROMISE OF MY FATHER UPON YOU. BUT TARRY IN THE CITY OF JERUSALEM UNTIL YOU ARE ENDOWED WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH.” THE SAME POWER SPOKEN OF IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE SAME POWER SPOKEN OF HERE, WHEN WAS IT TO COME? WHEN THEY WERE TARRYING OR WAITING IN JERUSALEM OR WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT WOULD COME. WE KNOW THE HOLY SPIRIT BECAUSE OF JOHN'S ACCOUNT. HE HELPS US TO SEE IN CHAPTER 14, CHAPTER 15, AND CHAPTER 16 THAT HE WAS GOING TO SEND THEM A HELPER WHO WOULD GUIDE THEM IN ALL THINGS. SPECIFICALLY, WE SEE IN CHAPTER 16 THAT HE TELLS THEM WHEN THEY GO AND DO WHAT HE HAS SAID THEY WILL BE BLESSED WITH THAT HELPER AND THERE IN VERSE 13 OF CHAPTER 16 IT SAYS, “HOWEVER, WHEN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH HAS COME HE WILL GUIDE YOU IN ALL TRUTHS AND HE WILL NOT SPEAK OF HIS OWN AUTHORITY.” DO YOU SEE THE DISCIPLES WOULD BE GUIDED IN ALL TRUTHS BY THE ONE WHOM JESUS WOULD PRAY THAT THE FATHER WOULD SEND; THE COMFORTER, THE HELPER, THE HOLY SPIRIT. WHEN WERE ALL OF THESE THINGS GOING TO COME TOGETHER? WHEN WERE THEY GOING TO COME TO FRUITION? WE BEGIN TO SEE THAT IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, WHICH WAS WRITTEN BY LUKE. NOTICE WHAT WE BEGAN TO SEE. WE SEE IN ACTS CHAPTER 1:4 THAT AGAIN THE DISCIPLES HAVE BEEN COMMANDED TO WAIT WHERE? JERUSALEM. AS THEY ARE WAITING IN JERUSALEM, LATER IN VERSE 8 IT SAYS THAT THEY ARE TO WAIT THERE UNTIL THEY RECEIVE THE POWER WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL COME UPON YOU. HE AGAIN SAYS YOU SHALL BE WITNESSES TO ME IN JERUSALEM, IN JUDEA, IN SAMARA, AND TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. IN JERUSALEM THEY HAVE JUST BEEN TOLD BY JESUS TO WAIT FOR THAT POWER AND TARRY UNTIL IT COMES. GUESS WHAT HAPPENS IN CHAPTER 2? IN ACTS CHAPTER 2 THEY ARE WAITING IN JERUSALEM AND THE DAY OF PENTECOST COMES, WHICH IS A JEWISH HOLIDAY TAKING PLACE IN JERUSALEM. VERSE ONE SAYS WHEN THEY WERE IN THAT CITY ALL IN ONE PLACE, AND VERSE TWO ADDS, “SUDDENLY THERE CAME A SOUND FROM HEAVEN AS A RUSHING MIGHTY WIND, AND IT FILLED THE WHOLE HOUSE WHERE THEY WERE SITTING. IT THEN APPEARED ON THEM AS DIVIDED TONGUES OF FIRE AND ONE SAT ON EACH OF THEM.” WHAT WAS THE SEMBLANCE, WHAT DID HE MEAN? IN VERSE 4 HE SAYS, “ AND THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BEGAN TO SPEAK IN TONGUES.” WAIT FOR THE POWER BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO COME. TARRY IN JERUSALEM UNTIL IT COMES FROM ON HIGH AND THAT YOU ARE ENDOWED WITH A GREAT POWER. HERE IN ACTS CHAPTER 2, THEY ARE IN JERUSALEM ASSEMBLED TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE AND WAITING. WHAT HAPPENS THEN? VERSE 4 SAYS THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT FILLS THEM AND THEY EVEN BEGAN TO SPEAK IN TONGUES. BY THE WAY, THOSE TONGUES ARE CLEARLY TOLD TO US AND THAT THEY ARE LANGUAGES IN THIS SAME TEXT. IN VERSES 6-7 IT SAYS THAT THE PEOPLE ARE MARVELING AT IT BECAUSE THEY ARE BEGINNING TO HEAR THE WORDS THAT ARE BEING SPOKEN BY THESE MEN, WHO WERE PREDOMINANTLY JEWS, IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE. THAT IS WHAT VERSE EIGHT ALSO ADDS AND THEY ASKED THIS QUESTION, “HOW IS IT THAT WE HEAR EACH IN OUR OWN LANGUAGE THAT WE WERE BORN IN?” THERE YOU SEE THE CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT THESE TONGUES WERE LANGUAGES BUT THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT HAD GIVEN THEM THAT POWER. YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS TRANSPIRED AND TOOK PLACE ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST, THEREFORE THE CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED. WE ALSO KNOW ON THAT DAY A GREAT SERMON WAS PREACHED. PETER STOOD BEFORE THEM AND PROCLAIMED JESUS TO BE THE CHRIST, JESUS TO BE THE MESSIAH, AND JESUS TO BE THE LORD. IN FACT, HE MAKES THIS STATEMENT IN VERSE 36 HE WANTED, “ALL THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL TO KNOW ASSUREDLY THAT GOD HAS MADE THIS JESUS, WHOM YOU CRUCIFIED, THE CHRIST.” YOU SEE WHY THEY WERE, IN VERSES 37 AND 38, CUT TO THE HEART. YOU SEE WHY THEY WERE SO UPSET. THEY REALIZED THAT THEY HAD JUST CRUCIFIED AND MURDERED THE SON OF GOD. THEY REALIZED THAT THEY HAD JUST KILLED THE MESSIAH THAT WAS SENT TO SAVE THEM FROM THEIR HORRIBLE LIVES FROM THE WORLD OF SIN, WHICH ONLY LEADS TO ETERNAL PUNISHMENT. THEY REALIZED THAT THEY HAD JUST DESTROYED THIS OPPORTUNITY SO THEY CRIED OUT TO THEIR BRETHREN, WHAT MUST WE DO? CERTAINLY THE ANSWER WAS CLEARLY GIVEN BY PETER AND THE REST. REPENT AND LET EVERYONE OF YOU BE BAPTIZED. FOR WHAT PURPOSE? THAT YOU MAY RECEIVE THE REMISSION OF SINS THAT IT MAKES MENTION OF AS WELL AS RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. I MIGHT ALSO BRING YOUR ATTENTION TO VERSE 41 WHERE IT SAYS THAT 3000 SOULS WERE ADDED TO THE CHURCH THAT DAY AND THOSE WHO WERE BEING BAPTIZED WERE THE ONES THAT WERE BEING SAVED. THE BEST VERSE THAT REALLY HELPS US TO SEE HOW THIS IS CONNECTED TO THE CHURCH IS THAT CONCEPT FOUND IN VERSE 47 WHERE IT SAYS THAT, “PRAISING GOD AND HAVING FAVOR OF ALL THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH DAILY THOSE WHO WERE BEING SAVED.” WHO WERE BEING SAVED? AGAIN, VERSE 41 SAYS THOSE WHO WERE BEING BAPTIZED, THOSE WHO ARE HEARING AND RESPONDING OBEDIENTLY TO THE COMMAND OF PETER AND THE OTHERS THAT THEY SHOULD REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED. THAT'S THE DAY THE CHURCH BEGAN. THAT'S THE DAY THE KINGDOM BEGAN. THAT'S THE DAY, AS THIS SERIES CERTAINLY IS ENTITLED, THAT JESUS SAID ON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH.

WE HAVEN'T ACTUALLY LOOKED AT THIS TEXT THIS MORNING SO LET'S TURN BACK BRIEFLY TO MATTHEW 16. I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME AFTER PETER, HAVING MADE THAT GREAT CONFESSION THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST AND THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD, NOTICE WHAT IT IS AGAIN THAT JESUS SAID IN VERSE 18. HE SAYS, “ON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT.” IN VERSE 19 HE ADDS, “I WILL GIVE YOU THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM.” I OFTEN FIND IT INTERESTING THAT PEOPLE WILL TRY TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE CHURCH AND THE KINGDOM. JESUS SAID I'M COMING TO ESTABLISH A KINGDOM. WE HAVE SEEN THAT THE KINGDOM IS AT HAND. WE'VE DISCUSSED THE IDEA THAT THE CHURCH WAS WELL PROPHESIED AND EVEN MENTIONED IN ACTS 2:47 TO HAVE BEEN FULFILLED. ISN'T IT ALSO SIGNIFICANT THAT AFTER ACTS CHAPTER 2 ALL THE REFERENCES TO THE KINGDOM AND THE CHURCH ARE NO LONGER AS IF IT WERE TO COME BUT AS IF IT HAS ALREADY COME. SUCH TEXT INDICATES THE FACT THAT WE ARE PUT INTO CHRIST, THAT WE ARE PUT INTO THE KINGDOM, AND THAT WE ARE A PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD. WE ARE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD, WHICH WE HAVE READ EARLIER WAS PURCHASED WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. THE TEXT THAT I THINK MIGHT BE BEST THOUGH AND ONE THAT I ALWAYS LOVE TO READ IN CONNECTION WITH THIS IS FOUND OVER IN COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1. FIRST OF ALL WE SEE IN VERSE 13 THAT WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERED OUT OF THE POWER OF DARKNESS AND CONVEYED INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF HIS LOVE. NOT SOMETHING THAT MAY HAPPEN OR WILL HAPPEN BUT THAT DID ALREADY HAPPENED TO THOSE OF COLOSSAE, WHO HAD OBEYED THE COVENANTS OF GOD. IF YOU WILL ALSO NOTICE WITH ME IN THE SAME TEXT, GUESS WHAT HE GOES ON TO INDICATE DOWN IN VERSE 18? IT SAYS THAT HE (JESUS) IS THE HEAD OF THE BODY, THE CHURCH, WHO IS THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST BORN AND SO ON...... YOU SEE, IT IS JESUS WHO IS HEAD OF HIS KINGDOM, HIS CHURCH. IT IS JESUS WHO SAID I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH. I WILL BUILD MY KINGDOM AND THE KINGDOM IS AT HAND. IT IS JESUS WHO SAID THAT THERE ARE SOME OF YOU STANDING HERE WHO WILL NOT TASTE OF DEATH UNTIL THE KINGDOM ( THE CHURCH ) IS ESTABLISHED, UNTIL YOU SEE THESE THINGS COME TO POWER, UNTIL YOU SEE THE PROPHECIES THAT WE DISCUSSED LAST WEEK, AND THOSE THINGS THAT WE HAVE CONSIDERED TODAY THAT HAVE BEEN FULFILLED THROUGH THE THINGS THAT TOOK PLACE IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE THE CHURCH ESTABLISHED. WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A PART OF THAT CHURCH AND TO KNOW THAT IT IS EXACTLY AS HAD BEEN PLANNED BY GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. WE NOW HAVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN EXISTENCE TODAY ON THIS EARTH AND WE CAN BE A PART OF IT AND PARTAKERS OF IT AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND WHO HAVE OBEYED HIS PERFECT WILL.

ANOTHER THING THAT I WOULD ASK YOU TO CONSIDER BRIEFLY AS WE CONCLUDE OUR THOUGHTS IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE WONDROUS KINGDOM OF GOD IS THAT YOU MUST BE SAVED, AS GOD COMMANDS, TO BE IN THAT KINGDOM. TODAY WE HAVE SEEN WHAT IS REQUIRED. HOW DID WE SEE IT? WE SAW IT BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY WERE TOLD BY PETER AND THE OTHERS WHEN THEY CRIED OUT WHAT MUST WE DO? THE SAME QUESTION THAT OTHERS LIKE THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH OR THE PHILIPPIAN JAILER HAD ASKED: WHAT SHALL I DO? WHAT SHALL WE DO? WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? THAT QUESTION HAS BEEN GIVEN THE SAME ANSWER CONSISTENTLY THROUGHOUT THE BOOK. ONE MUST CONFESS THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, IN THE SAME WAY THAT PETER DID WHEN HE SAID THAT JESUS WAS THE CHRIST AND THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. ONE MUST REPENT AND TURN AWAY FROM SIN. YOU CANNOT SERVE SIN AND GOD AT THE SAME TIME. IF YOU DO NOT REPENT, AS JESUS SAID IN LUKE 13:3, YOU WILL PERISH. WE READ IN ACTS 2:38 THAT ONE MUST BE BAPTIZED. LET EVERY ONE OF YOU BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST IN THAT YOU MIGHT RECEIVE THE REMISSION OF SINS AND THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. IT IS THROUGH THESE ACTS OF A FAITHFUL HEART AND SPIRIT BEFORE GOD THAT WE ARE NOT ONLY WILLING TO SERVE HIM BUT WE ARE WILLING TO BE FOUND IN HIS GRACE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL AND AS HE HAS PLANNED. LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU THIS MORNING TO DO WHAT GOD HAS COMMANDED IN HIS WAY AND YOU WILL BE BLESSED TODAY AND FOREVERMORE.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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WHAT AN ALL POWERFUL GOD WE SERVE! A GOD WHO LOVED US ENOUGH TO ESTABLISH HIS SPIRITUAL KINGDOM ON THIS EARTH! ARE YOU A PART OF THE CHURCH WHICH HE PURCHASED WITH HIS BLOOD? MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DONE ALL THAT IS REQUIRED TO BE IN THAT BODY TODAY!