THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 10-29-17

LESSON TITLE: “THE GREATEST INSTITUTION”

WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERT. AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.

HERE WE ARE AGAIN ON ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL LORD’S DAY! THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US AS WE TOGETHER GIVE THIS TIME TO OUR CREATOR. IT WILL BE OUR PRIVILEGE THIS MORNING TO AGAIN SING PRAISES TO OUR GOD AND TO STUDY FROM HIS MATCHLESS WORD. I HOPE WE ALL WILL DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME TOGETHER ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. NOW WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE; THE PRIVILEGE THIS DAY ON THE LORD'S DAY TO WORSHIP YOU AND FATHER, HELP US THAT WE MIGHT OFFER YOU ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL WHICH IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE. AND FATHER, WE KNOW THAT WE ONLY HAVE THIS PRIVILEGE BECAUSE OF THE GREAT GIFT OF YOUR SON JESUS AND WE THANK YOU FOR HIS SACRIFICE AS WELL AS HIS RESURRECTION. AND HELP US FATHER EACH AND EVERY DAY TO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND FAITHFUL BUT THAT WE ALSO MIGHT HELP OTHERS TO KNOW AND OBEY YOU ONE UNTO SALVATION AS WELL. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

IN THIS WORLD, DOESN’T IT OFTEN SEEM HARD TO GET ANY REST? SOMETIMES WE ALL FEEL LIKE WE JUST CAN’T TAKE ANOTHER STEP, BECAUSE OF THIS CRAZY AND FAST PACED SOCIETY IN WHICH WE LIVE. THIS MORNING WE WANT TO BEGIN WITH A SONG THAT TALKS ABOUT A TRUE REST WHICH WE CAN HAVE SOME DAY. A PROMISED REST THAT CAN MOTIVATE US IN THIS LIFE TO DO ALL THAT GOD SAYS. ARE YOU READY FOR THE JUDGEMENT OF THE LORD? SO, AT THIS TIME WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE TOGETHER SING, “WHEN THE ROLL IS CALLED UP YONDER.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THIS OLD WORLD LET YOU DOWN? PROBABLY ALMOST EVERY DAY WE HAVE EXPERIENCES THAT REMIND US OF HOW LITTLE FAITH WE CAN PUT IN THIS WORLD AND THE THINGS OF IT. THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT THIS IS JUST THE WAY THE WORLD IS! BECAUSE IT IS MADE UP OF THE THINGS OF THE FLESH, THEREFORE IT CANNOT BE COUNTED ON.

ON THE OTHER HAND, GOD CAN BE DEPENDED ON IN ALL AREAS OF LIFE. IN FACT, IN MATTHEW 19:26, JESUS SAID, “WITH MEN THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.” TRULY WITH GOD ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE AND WE CAN KNOW HE IS ABLE AND WILL DO THE THINGS WHICH HE SAYS. HOWEVER, WITH MEN, AGAIN WE ARE UNSURE, NEVER KNOWING WHETHER WE CAN DEPEND ON THEM OR NOT.

ANOTHER VERSE WHICH HELPS US WITH THE DEPENDABILITY OF GOD IS FOUND IN HEBREWS 6:18. THERE THE WRITER SAYS, “IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE.” ISN’T IT GREAT TO KNOW THAT WE CAN HAVE FULL CONFIDENCE IN GOD AND IN WHAT HE PROMISES. EVERYTHING THAT HE HAS SAID AND CONFIRMED TO US IN HIS WORD, CAN BE COUNTED ON!

THEREFORE WE HAVE THE PROMISE OF THE BLESSING OF THIS EARTH AND THE ULTIMATE PROMISE OF THE HOPE OF HEAVEN. AGAIN, KEEPING IN MIND THAT WITH GOD THESE THINGS ARE POSSIBLE BUT WITH MEN THEY ARE NOT.

SO, WHERE SHOULD YOU PUT YOUR TRUST TODAY? IN THE THINGS OF MAN OR IN THE THINGS OF GOD? THE PROBLEM IS, YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. YOU CAN’T SERVE GOD AND MAMMON, AS JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 6:24. ANOTHER VERSE WHICH HELPS US WITH THIS WHOLE TOPIC IS FOUND IN 1 JOHN 2:15. THERE IT SAYS, “DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD OR THE THINGS IN THE WORLD. IF ANYONE LOVES THE WORLD, THE LOVE OF THE FATHER IS NOT IN HIM.” AGAIN THE POINT IS WE MUST CHOSE TO PUT GOD FIRST OR THE WORLD.

A FEW VERSES DOWN WE FIND THE REASON WHY WE MUST CHOOSE GOD. IN VERSE 17, WE READ, “AND THE WORLD IS PASSING AWAY, AND THE LUST OF IT; BUT HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF GOD ABIDES FOREVER.”

SO WHY NOT PUT YOUR FULL CONFIDENCE AND TRUST IN SOMETHING YOU CAN COMPLETELY COUNT ON, THAT IS THE CREATOR OF ALL, OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN. IF WE MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE, WE WILL RECEIVE ALL THOSE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PROMISED US IN HIS WORD. SO LET ME ASK YOU, WHERE DOES YOUR FAITH LIE TODAY: IN JESUS OR THE WORLD?

TODAY, WE HAVE A GUEST SPEAKER WITH US WHO IS THE MINISTER FOR THE PACIFIC CHURCH OF CHRIST, IN PACIFIC, MISSOURI. WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE THIS GOOD BROTHER FOR OUR RECENT GOSPEL MEETING AT THE KANSAS EXPRESSWAY CONGREGATION. WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE BROTHER KENDALL FOX WITH US THIS DAY TO LEAD US IN OUR STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. KENDALL IS A MAN WHO LOVES GOD’S WORD AND WHO PREACHES THE TRUTH. YOU ARE IN FOR A REAL TREAT THIS MORNING! AS FAR AS OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC TODAY WE WILL DEAL WITH, “THE GREATEST INSTITUTION.” THIS IS OUR NEXT LESSON IN OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “THE LORD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US.” SO, PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING, AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER BROTHER FOX WILL RETURN WITH OUR LESSON OF THE DAY. NOW, LET’S JOIN IN OUR NEXT HYMN TOGETHER, WHICH IS CALLED, “WILL YOUR ANCHOR HOLD!”

LESSON

KENDALL FOX

I CONSIDER THIS A GREAT HONOR TODAY TO BE ABLE TO BE HERE AND PRESENT A LESSON FROM GOD'S WORD. AND WHAT A GREAT SUBJECT LOOKING AT THESE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US. OF COURSE, TODAY WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THE GREATEST INSTITUTION THAT MAN HAS EVER HAD: THE CHURCH. AS WE THINK ABOUT THE CHURCH AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE CHURCH RATHER THAN WHAT MANKIND HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE CHURCH, I THINK WHERE WE'RE GOING TO, AT LEAST, START IS OVER IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 16 AND VERSE 18. AS WE DEAL WITH THAT, JESUS, WHEN PETER MAKES THAT GREAT CONFESSION THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD, HE GOES ON TO SAY THAT UPON THAT VERY FACT OF THAT CONFESSION HE WILL BUILD HIS CHURCH. JESUS IS GOING TO BUILD HIS CHURCH. HE DIDN'T BUILD YOUR CHURCH, HE DIDN'T BUILD MY CHURCH, HE BUILT HIS CHURCH. AND HE GOES ON TO SAY SOMETHING THAT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT. DEPENDENDING ON YOUR TRANSLATION IT WILL EITHER READ, “THE GATES OF HELL,” OR “THE GATES OF HADES,” WILL NOT OVERPOWER IT. MAY BE SUGGESTING THAT ALL MAN-MADE CHURCHES WILL BE OVERPOWERED BY HADES OR HELL. BUT CHRISTS' CHURCH WILL REIGN ETERNALLY.

WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS GREAT INSTITUTION THAT HE ORDAINED. IN ACTS CHAPTER 2 IN VERSE 47 (WE WILL GET TO IT IN JUST A MOMENT) BUT IN ACTS 2 WE SEE THE FIRST GOSPEL SERMONS PREACHED. WE SEE THE CHURCH BEGINS AND PEOPLE ARE SAVED, ADDED TO THE CHURCH. IN VERSE 47 IT CONTINUES FOR A TIME. IT SAYS DAY AFTER DAY THOSE WERE BEING SAVED THE LORD, JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF, WAS ADDING THOSE SAVED PEOPLE TO THE CHURCH. NOW THAT BECOMES IMPORTANT BECAUSE JESUS WAS ADDING THEM TO THE CHURCH. THAT MEANS JESUS, IF HE'S DOING HIS JOB, ALL THE SAVED ARE IN THE CHURCH! NOW AS WE THINK ABOUT THAT WE HAVE TO REALIZE JESUS ALWAYS DOES HIS JOB. SO WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT THIS FACT THAT JESUS BUILT HIS OWN CHURCH, THAT THE GATES OF HADES OR HELL WILL NOT OVERPOWER IT, AND THE SAVED ARE IN IT.

ALSO, WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE CHURCH, I THINK ABOUT THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS. IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1 VERSES 22 AND 23 AS HE STARTS TO INTRODUCE THE SUBJECT A LITTLE BIT HE SAYS THAT JESUS IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH, JESUS BUILT THE CHURCH, JESUS DEFINITELY PUT ALL THE SAVED IN THE CHURCH, AND HE'S THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. IT GOES ON AND SAYS: HE'S THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH WHICH IS HIS BODY. IN THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS, HE'S GOING TO USE THE WORD CHURCH AND BODY INTERCHANGEABLY. THAT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE IN CHAPTER 4 IN VERSE FOUR HE, WELL, A MATTER OF FACT EVEN IF WE BACK UP A FEW VERSES THERE, HE'S GOING TO GIVE US SEVEN ONES THAT WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND. AND ONE OF THOSE IS THERE IS ONLY ONE BODY. SINCE EPHESIANS 1 VERSES 22 AND 23 SAYS HE'S THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH WHICH IS HIS BODY, HE COULD VERY WELL HAVE ALSO STATED IT THIS WAY: THERE IS ONLY ONE CHURCH. NOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE TAKES OFFENSE WHEN I SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT BUT I TELL THEM THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. SO IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1 WE SEE THAT JESUS IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH WHICH IS HIS BODY AND THERE'S ONLY ONE BODY. AS WE WOULD LOOK ON INTO THE CHAPTER WHEN WE GET TO EPHESIANS CHAPTER 5 WE GET DOWN INTO VERSES 22 AND FOLLOW THEM WE SEE A COMPARISON MADE BETWEEN A MAN AND WOMAN, A HUSBAND AND WIFE, AND CHRIST AND THE CHURCH, WHICH THE CHURCH IS CHRIST'S BRIDE. BUT WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THAT IN VERSE 23 IT SAYS THAT, “CHRIST IS THE SAVIOR…”OF WHAT? “OF THE BODY.” CHRIST IS THE SAVIOR OF THE CHURCH. SO WHEN WE LOOK AND WE THINK ABOUT THAT IT DOESN'T SAY CHRIST IS GOING TO SAVE EVERY INDIVIDUAL. ALSO BACK IN ACTS 2 IN VERSE 47 IS A REMINDER: HE PUT ALL THE SAVED IN THE CHURCH. CHRIST IS GOING TO SAVE THE CHURCH. THE GATES OF HELL OR HADES IS NOT GOING TO OVERPOWER IT. WHAT A GREAT INSTITUTION GOD HAS ORDAINED FOR MANKIND!

NOW THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS THAT WE'VE ALREADY LOOKED AT OF WHY THIS CHURCH THAT CHRIST ORDAINED IS SO WONDERFUL AND SO PERFECT AND THE GREATEST INSTITUTION THERE IS. BUT ANOTHER ONE TO CONSIDER WOULD BE FOUND OVER IN ACTS CHAPTER 20 IN VERSE 28. YOU KNOW, IF YOU GO TO PURCHASE SOMETHING YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GIVE $1000 FOR SOMETHING THAT'S WORTH FIVE DOLLARS BUT YOU'RE ALSO NOT GOING TO GET SOMEONE TO SELL YOU SOMETHING THAT'S WORTH $1000 FOR FIVE DOLLARS. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT ACTS 20 IN VERSE 28 IT SAYS THE CHURCH IS THAT WHICH JESUS PURCHASED WITH HIS OWN BLOOD. HOW CAN ANYTHING BE MORE VALUABLE THAN THAT? JESUS PURCHASED THE CHURCH WITH HIS OWN BLOOD! JESUS WAS SINLESS. IN HEBREWS 4 IN VERSE 15 IT SAYS HE WAS TEMPTED IN ALL WAYS AS WE ARE BUT HE DIDN'T SIN. BUT HE WENT THROUGH HORRIFIC BEATING AFTER BEING JUDGED UNJUSTLY. HE WENT THROUGH A HORRENDOUS BEATING AND HE THEN WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS AND HIS LIFE WAS GIVEN FOR THE SIN OF MAN. AND THAT BLOOD THAT WAS SHED PURCHASED HIS CHURCH. REMEMBER? IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 16 OF VERSE 18 IT'S THE CHURCH HE BUILT. IT'S THE CHURCH THAT THE GATES OF HELL OR HADES WILL NOT OVERPOWER. AND ALSO AS WE THINK OF ACTS CHAPTER 2 IN VERSE 47 IT'S WHERE JESUS PUT THE SAVED. I KNOW AS I GO OVER THESE THINGS YOU MIGHT SAY, ‘SURE, HE SURE IS MAKING THOSE POINTS BECAUSE IT'S SO MISUNDERSTOOD TODAY.’ TODAY WE HEAR PEOPLE SAY THINGS LIKE, ‘WELL, YOU CAN JOIN THE CHURCH OF YOUR CHOICE. THAT MY OPINION IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS YOURS.’ I'M GOOD WITH PEOPLE HAVING OPINIONS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SCRIPTURE, WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS I WANT TO KNOW WHAT GOD SAID SO THAT I CAN PLEASE HIM. I WANT TO BE A PART OF THE CHURCH THAT PLEASES GOD. THE CHURCH, WHICH WAS PURCHASED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.

IN FIRST TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3 IN VERSE 15, AS WE THINK ABOUT THE GREATNESS OF THE CHURCH BECAUSE OF HOW IT WAS PURCHASED AND WHAT IT WAS PURCHASED WITH, WE THINK ABOUT HOW GREAT IT IS BECAUSE OF WHO IT'S BUILDER WAS, WE THINK ABOUT HOW GREAT IT IS BECAUSE WHO'S IN IT? THE SAVED. WE ALSO HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IT'S GREAT BECAUSE OF THE WORK THAT'S SET BEFORE IT. IN THAT PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE, THERE IN FIRST TIMOTHY 3 IN VERSE 15, IT TELLS US ABOUT THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD AND THOSE THAT ARE A PART OF GOD'S HOUSEHOLD ARE TO CONDUCT THEIR LIVES APPROPRIATE TO GOD'S INSTRUCTION. AS WE ALSO THINK ABOUT THAT, IT GOES ON AND IT SAYS THAT THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD IS THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD. THAT WOULD BE THE SAME CHURCH THAT JESUS BUILT, THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD, AND LISTEN TO THIS, WHICH IS THE PILLAR AND SUPPORT OF THE TRUTH. THAT'S HOW COME HIM WE'RE HERE TODAY AND WE'RE LOOKING AT THE BIBLE AND SEEING WHAT IT SAYS AND WE'RE GOING TO TRY DILIGENTLY. OUR WHOLE POINT IS TO ONLY TEACH THE TRUTH, ABOUT THIS GREAT INSTITUTION, THE CHURCH, THAT JESUS BUILT. THIS GREAT INSTITUTION THAT IS GOING TO BE THE PILLAR AND SUPPORT OF THE TRUTH! NOW THE REASON I BRING THAT UP, ONE OF THE REASONS I BRING THAT UP, IS BECAUSE, IF THE CHURCH FAILS TO SUPPORT THE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE, WHO ELSE IS GOING TO DO THAT? GOD HAS ORDAINED THIS GREAT INSTITUTION, THE CHURCH, TO BE THAT WHICH WOULD PROCLAIM IT, THAT WHICH WOULD OBEY IT, THAT WHICH WOULD SHARE IT. AND SO WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THIS GREAT INSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO HOLD ONTO AND WE NEED TO REMEMBER. SO LET ME BACK UP AND COVER A FEW THINGS HERE. JESUS IS THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD! AS WE KNOW IN PASSAGES LIKE ACTS 4 IN VERSE 12, WITHOUT JESUS WE HAVE NO HOPE. THERE'S NO OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MAN WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED. WE THINK ABOUT IT BEING HIS CHURCH. SO IF IT'S HIS CHURCH THAT MEANS IT'S CHRIST'S CHURCH. THAT MEANS IT'S THE CHURCH OF WHO? THE CHURCH OF CHRIST. WE HOLD ON TO THAT, IT ISN'T THE CHURCH OF KENDALL, AND WHO'S USUALLY UP IN FRONT OF YOU IN THIS PROGRAM IS RAY. IT'S NOT THE CHURCH OF RAY. IT'S THE CHURCH OF CHRIST. I DIDN'T SHED BLOOD FOR IT. RAY DIDN'T SHED BLOOD FOR IT. YOU DIDN'T SHED BLOOD FOR IT. YOU DIDN'T HAVE SINLESS BLOOD, I DIDN'T HAVE SINLESS BLOOD TO SHED IN THE FIRST PLACE. JESUS PURCHASED IT WITH HIS BLOOD. IF I BUILD A CHURCH AND IT'S GOING TO FOLLOW MY TEACHINGS, THE PROBLEM IS I'M NOT GOD! AND WHAT I SAY DOESN'T CARRY THAT CREDIBILITY OR THAT AUTHORITY. THEREFORE, THE GATES OF HELL OR THE GATES OF HADES WILL OVERPOWER ANY RELIGION THAT I MIGHT BUILD. BUT SINCE IT'S THE RELIGION THAT CHRIST BUILT IT WILL STAND. IT WILL ENDURE FOREVER. AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TEACH AND WE PROCLAIM THE TRUTH AND THAT WE DON'T GIVE ANY AT ALL WITH THAT. THERE'S A PASSAGE I LEARNED WHEN I WAS JUST A BOY OVER IN ABOUT OVER IN ROMANS 16 IN VERSE 16. IN ROMANS 16 AND VERSE 16 AT THE END OF THAT VERSE IT SAYS, “THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST SALUTES YOU” OR “GREETS YOU,” DEPENDENING ON YOUR TRANSLATION. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT IT'S TALKING ABOUT CONGREGATIONS OF CHRIST'S CHURCH. NOW, I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THAT IS A STATEMENT THAT SHOWS A DESCRIPTION THAT SHOWS POSSESSION. IT'S NOT A TITLE. IT'S A DESCRIPTION. IT'S CHRIST'S CHURCH. THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT GREAT BECAUSE OF WHO ITS BUILDER IS, BECAUSE WHO IT'S OWNER IS, OF HOW MUCH OF WHAT IT COST TO BE PURCHASED. SOMETIMES PEOPLE STRUGGLE WITH THEIR SELF-WORTH. I TELL PEOPLE THAT JESUS LOVES YOU ENOUGH THAT HE CAME TO THIS EARTH. HE LEFT HEAVEN AND CAME TO THIS EARTH. AND HE WANTS TO SAVE YOU AND HE BROUGHT ABOUT AN INSTITUTION THAT IS CALLED THE CHURCH, HIS CHURCH. THE CHURCH OF CHRIST WHICH HE ORDAINED AND HE ESTABLISHED AND WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT, AS WE THINK ABOUT THAT, HE'S GOING TO (IT SAID IN ACTS 2 IN VERSE 47) GOING TO PUT THE SAVED INTO THE CHURCH. WHAT A GREAT PRIVILEGE IT IS TO KNOW THAT ONE DAY JESUS WILL RETURN! ONE OF MY FAVORITE VERSES ABOUT COMFORT IS FOUND OVER IN FIRST THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 4 VERSES 16 THROUGH 18. IN VERSE 18, IT SAYS THAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO COMFORT ONE ANOTHER WITH THESE WORDS. I WANT YOU THINK ABOUT THE CHURCH HERE FOR JUST A MOMENT SINCE THAT'S WHERE THE SAVED ARE. IN FIRST THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 4 IN VERSE 16 IT SAYS, “THE LORD HIMSELF WILL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN WITH A SHOUT, WITH THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL…AND THE DEAD IN CHRIST,” (THERE IN THE CHURCH) WILL RISE FIRST.” AND THOSE OF US WHO ARE STILL ALIVE WILL GO AND MEET THE LORD IN THE AIR AND ALWAYS BE WITH THE LORD. WHAT A WONDERFUL BLESSING THAT IS TO KNOW THAT WE'RE ABLE TO BE A PART OF SOMETHING THAT GOD ORDAINED.

I WISH WE HAD MORE TIME TODAY TO BACK UP AND UNDERSTAND AND LOOK AT SOME PROPHECIES AND SOME FULFILLMENT OF THOSE PROPHECIES THAT GOD, BEFORE HE EVEN CREATED THIS PLANET, BEFORE HE EVEN CREATED THE UNIVERSE, HE HAD THE PLAN OF ESTABLISHING OF HIS SON COMING TO THIS EARTH, OF HIS SON BUILDING THIS CHURCH, OF HIS SON PAYING THE PRICE SO THE CHURCH CAN BE THE REDEEMED OF GOD. WHAT A WONDERFUL GOD WE HAVE! I THINK ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO UNDERSTAND THIS BOOK AND TO READ THIS BOOK AND TO BELIEVE THIS BOOK AND TO MEDITATE ON THIS BOOK. SOMETIMES PEOPLE WANT TO TELL YOU THINGS THAT I TELL PEOPLE QUITE OFTEN: READ THE BOOK! DO NOT ACCEPT ANYTHING I SAID TODAY BECAUSE I SAID SO. BECAUSE I HAVE NO AUTHORITY. I HAVE NO AUTHORITY BEFORE GOD. THE ONLY AUTHORITY I HAVE IS THE AUTHORITY THAT THIS HAS AND THIS BOOK HAS ALL AUTHORITY. IT'S THE LIVING AND ACTIVE WORD OF GOD THAT WILL ENDURE FOREVER JUST LIKE THE CHURCH. JUST LIKE THE REDEEMED OF GOD. JUST LIKE THE FAITHFUL. AND SO WE HAVE TO HOLD ON TO THAT AND WHEN WE THINK ABOUT GOD'S WORD AND WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT CHURCH GOD APPROVES OF, NOT WHAT CHURCH MAN APPROVES OF, WE DON'T GET TO DECIDE THAT BY A MAJORITY VOTE OR THE CHURCH THAT HAS THE MOST PEOPLE MUST BE THE RIGHT CHURCH. IT ALSO DOESN'T MEAN IT'S THE WRONG CHURCH BUT WHAT DETERMINES IT IS WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY.

SO LET ME, BEFORE WE GET READY TO CLOSE THIS LESSON OUT TODAY, AGAIN REMIND YOU THAT THE CHURCH THAT THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT THAT WAS ESTABLISHED AND ORDAINED BY GOD IS BUILT BY CHRIST. IT WILL ENDURE FOREVER! THE GATES OF HELL WILL NOT OVERPOWER IT! LET ME ALSO REMIND YOU THAT IT'S BEEN PURCHASED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. LET ME REMIND YOU THAT ONCE IT'S BEEN PURCHASED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST AND ONCE PEOPLE OBEY THE GOSPEL AND PUT ON CHRIST IN BAPTISM AND GO FROM A LOST STATE TO A SAVED STATE (ACTS 2:47) JESUS IMMEDIATELY, IMMEDIATELY ADDS THEM TO THE REDEEMED FAMILY OF GOD, THE CHURCH. AND LET ME AGAIN REMIND YOU FROM EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1 VERSES 22 AND 23 THE CHURCH, JESUS IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH. EPHESIANS 4 VERSE FOUR, THERE'S ONLY ONE CHURCH. AND EPHESIANS 5 IN VERSE 25, JESUS IS THE SAVIOR OF THE BODY, THE CHURCH.

SO LET ME REMIND YOU WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU COME AND WORSHIP AND VISIT WITH US ANYTIME. WE WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE AND WE WILL MAKE THIS PROMISE TO YOU: THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU AN ANSWER WE'RE GOING TO GET IN THE BIBLE AND WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU THE BOOK, THE CHAPTER, AND THE VERSE SO THAT YOU CAN OPEN UP YOUR BIBLE YOURSELF AND READ AND SEE IT FOR YOURSELF. SO WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT I GAVE YOU TODAY REMEMBER, THOSE PASSAGES. REMEMBER MATTHEW CHAPTER 16 VERSE 18, REMEMBER ACTS 2 AND VERSE 47, REMEMBER EPHESIANS 1:22 AND 23, REMEMBER EPHESIANS 4:4 AND EPHESIANS 5:23. IT IS SO WONDERFUL THAT GOD BLESSES US WITH THE DIRECT THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW. THANK YOU.

CLOSING COMMENTS

AGAIN, LET ME THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US THIS MORNING. I HOPE WE ALL HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED THROUGH OUR TIME SPENT TOGETHER. PLEASE REMEMBER, YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS SERVICE OF GOD.

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HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO HAVE SUCH A GREAT GIFT FROM GOD, THE LORD’S CHURCH. THE QUESTION TODAY IS, “ARE YOU A PART OF THIS BLOOD BOUGHT INSTITUTION WHICH HOUSES THE SAVED?” IF NOT, WHY NOT? WONT YOU CHOOSE TODAY TO FULLY TURN TO GOD, OBEY HIS COMPLETE WILL, AND THUS BE A RECIPIENT OF ALL HIS WONDROUS PROMISES!