THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 2-16-14

LESSON TITLE: “GOD’S CHURCH CONSISTS OF THE SAVED.”

WELCOME

LET ME WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO OUR PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD'S DAY MORNING. I HOPE ALL OF YOU ARE WELL AND THAT YOU ARE PROSPERING GREATLY, IN YOUR PHYSICAL LIVES ACCORDING TO WHAT YOU ARE GIVING TO GOD SPIRITUALLY. IT IS WONDERFUL TO BE A PART OF GOD'S FAMILY AND TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS THIS TO COME BEFORE HIM AND LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT HE WANTS OF US, AS WELL AS PRAISING HIS NAME THROUGH SONG. AS WE BEGIN OUR HOMAGE TO GOD THIS MORNING, WON'T YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER?

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY BLESSINGS OF LIFE AND THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO DO THOSE THINGS THAT WE HAVE LEARNED THROUGHOUT YOUR WORD, THE BIBLE. FATHER, WE KNOW THAT ALL THESE THINGS ARE POSSIBLE ONLY BECAUSE OF THE GREAT GIFT OF YOUR SON JESUS AND THE SACRIFICE THAT HE MADE ON THE CROSS WITH THE BLOOD THAT HE SHED, AS WELL AS HIS RESURRECTION ON THE THIRD DAY. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THESE TRUTHS AND WE BELIEVE THEM WITH OUR WHOLE HEARTS AND SOULS AND THAT WE MIGHT BE FAITHFUL TO YOU AND TO DO THOSE THINGS ALWAYS THAT ARE ACCORDING TO YOUR PERFECT PRECEPTS AND PROMISES. BE WITH US THIS DAY AND THAT ALL WE DO IN THIS PROGRAM MIGHT BE DONE IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH TO YOUR GLORY AND TO YOUR PRAISE. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN. IT'S NOW TIME TO JOIN IN WITH THE BRETHREN AS WE BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE TO GOD. PLEASE PARTICIPATE WITH THE CONGREGATION AS WE SING WHICH REMINDS US OF THE BLESSED GOSPEL WHICH GOD DELIVERED FOR THE SALVATION OF MANKIND. SO LET'S TOGETHER OUR FIRST HYMN OF THE DAY, IT'S NAME, "THE GOSPEL IS FOR ALL!"

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

IN PSALMS 50:15, DAVID SAID, "CALL UPON ME IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE; I WILL DELIVER YOU, AND YOU SHALL GLORIFY ME." WHAT GREAT WORDS WE HAVE RECORDED HERE BY THE PSALMIST. THINK OF ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT WE GAIN FROM THIS TYPE OF PROMISE. WHAT DO WE LEARN IN THIS VERSE ABOUT OUR ALMIGHTY GOD?

FIRST, GOD SAID WE CAN CALL UPON HIM WHEN WE ARE IN TROUBLE. HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO KNOW THAT OUR GOD IS ALWAYS THERE FOR US NO MATTER WHAT OUR NEED IS. EVEN IN TROUBLE, AS THE VERSE SAYS, WE CAN CALL ON HIM AND HE IS THERE. NOW THE ONLY PROBLEM IS, MANY OF US ARE GUILTY OF ONLY CALLING ON THE LORD WHEN THE TROUBLES COME. WE OFTEN FORGET GOD WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WELL.

ISN'T IT GREAT TO KNOW THAT GOD IS ALWAYS THERE AND HE HEARS US AS HIS FOLLOWERS. JOHN UNDERSTOOD THIS WHEN HE SAID, "NOW THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE THAT WE HAVE IN HIM, THAT IF WE ASK ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, HE HEARS US," 1 JOHN 5:14. IN THE NEXT VERSE, HE GOES ON TO SAY, "AND IF WE KNOW THAT HE HEARS US, WHATEVER WE ASK, WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE PETITIONS THAT WE HAVE ASKED OF HIM." PRAISE GOD FOR THIS PROMISE - HE HEARS US, AND GIVES US WHAT WE ASK FOR, ACCORDING TO HIS WILL.

SO WHAT ELSE WILL GOD DO WHEN WE CALL ON HIM. WELL, THE VERSE WE READ EARLIER FROM DAVID GOES ON TO SAY HE WILL DELIVER US! THIS IS THE SAME LESSON WE FIND TAUGHT THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT. IN FACT, PAUL SAID, "NO TEMPTATION HAS OVERTAKEN YOU EXCEPT SUCH AS IS COMMON TO MAN; BUT GOD IS FAITHFUL, WHO WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO BE TEMPTED BEYOND WHAT YOU ARE ABLE, BUT WITH THE TEMPTATION WILL ALSO MAKE THE WAY OF ESCAPE, THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO BEAR IT." 1 CORINTHIANS 10:13. YES, OUR GOD IS GREAT!

FINALLY, NOTICE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE CALL ON HIM AND HE DELIVERS US - WE GLORIFY HIM! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL OUTCOME TO DOING WHAT GOD ASKS US TO. WHEN WE RELY ON HIM AND RECEIVE HIS HELP IT BRINGS GLORY TO HIM, FROM US AND THOSE WHO SEE HIS WONDROUS POWER.

WHAT ABOUT YOU THIS MORNING, DO YOU DEPEND ON GOD WHEN YOU NEED SOME HELP? WELL, THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT YOU CAN AND HE WILL CARE FOR YOU AS HE HAS PROMISED. AND THEN, AS WE HAVE SEEN, TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

THIS MORNING, I WILL BE LEADING OUR LESSON THOUGHTS AS WE CONTINUE OUR STUDY TOGETHER JESUS STATEMENT, "UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH." OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY IS ENTITLED, "GOD'S CHURCH CONSIST OF THE SAVED." SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. NOW LET'S RETURN TO OUR SONGS OF PRAISE. THE NAME OF THE NEXT HYMN, "THE GREAT PHYSICIAN."

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US NOW AS WE GO TO GOD'S WORD AND LOOK AT ANOTHER, I BELIEVE, VERY IMPORTANT LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE CHURCH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. I DO HOPE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ENJOYING OUR DISCUSSIONS TOGETHER ON THE CHURCH BECAUSE IT IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT AND INTRICATE PART OF WHAT WE SHOULD BE ABOUT AS CHRISTIANS. I DO APPRECIATE ALL THE GOOD COMMENTS AND RESPONSES THAT WE HAVE HAD AS WELL AS THE REQUESTS IN RELATIONSHIP TO THESE GOOD LESSONS, AT LEAST FROM GOD'S WORD, AND THAT THEY MIGHT ENCOURAGE US TO BE WHAT WE SHOULD BE IN OUR UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWING WHAT THE CHURCH IS AND JUST HOW SPECIFICALLY AND BEAUTIFULLY IMPORTANT IT IS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.

TODAY, WE CONTINUE TO BUILD ON THESE IDEAS THAT WE HAVE LOOKED AT AND WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT. AS YOU KNOW BY NOW, THE PROPHECY OF THE CHURCH AND HOW IT EVENTUALLY CAME TO FRUITION. WE ALSO LOOKED TOGETHER AT THE FACT THAT JESUS ALONE IS THE BUILDER AND FOUNDER OF THE CHURCH. WE'VE ALSO CONSIDERED THE FACT OF THE VALUE OF THE CHURCH. HOW CAN WE SAY THAT SOMETHING THAT WAS BOUGHT WITH THE VERY BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST HAS NO VALUE? CERTAINLY ACTS 20:28 TAUGHT US THE VALUE. WE ALSO LOOKED LAST WEEK TOGETHER AT THE IDEA OF THE UNIQUENESS OF THE CHURCH BEING SINGULAR OR ONE. AS JESUS SAID I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, AND AS WE SEE THE COMPARATIVE WORDS AND CONCEPTS TO THE CHURCH AS THE BODY. WE KNOW EPHESIANS IN CHAPTER 4 TELLS US THAT THERE IS BUT ONE BODY. THAT IS IN VERSE 4 OF EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4 AND THEN IN CHAPTER 1 OF EPHESIANS IT ACTUALLY TELLS US IN VERSES 22 AND 23 THAT THE CHURCH AND THE BODY ARE THE SAME. IF THERE IS ONE BODY AND THAT IS THE CHURCH THEN WE HAVE TO SAY WHAT IS THE CHURCH? WELL, IT IS THAT WHICH MAKES UP GOD'S CHILDREN OR GOD'S PEOPLE. THAT'S WHY WHEN WE GO ON AND WE READ THROUGH SOME OF THESE DIFFERENT TEXTS WE BEGIN TO SEE HOW THESE TERMINOLOGIES IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHAT THE CHURCH ACTUALLY MEANS. THEY ARE SUCH A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN WHAT IT IS THE GOD DESIRES FOR US TO KNOW ABOUT THE CHURCH.

I WOULD LIKE US TO GO TO ACTS CHAPTER 7 AND WE WANT TO START IN A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT PLACE BECAUSE AS YOU TURN TO ACTS CHAPTER 7 I WANT YOU TO THINK FOR A MOMENT ABOUT THE MANY ORGANIZATIONS AND MAYBE THE DIFFERENT FRATERNITIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. IN SOME OF THEM WE MIGHT THINK IMMEDIATELY OF OUR COLLEGE DAYS BUT THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY TRUE. THERE ARE A LOT OF FRATERNITIES OR ORGANIZATIONS WHERE ADULTS JOIN. THERE ARE CERTAIN TYPES OF CHARTERS AND THERE ARE CERTAIN TYPES OF REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIPS, BUT THERE ARE ALSO CERTAIN TYPES OF REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRANCE INTO THOSE ORGANIZATIONS AND TO BE CONSIDERED AS THOSE WHO ARE WHAT? IN GOOD STANDING. IS IT POSSIBLE TO BECOME ONE WHO IS NO LONGER IN GOOD STANDING WITH SUCH MAN-MADE ORGANIZATIONS? THE ANSWER IS YES AND SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE CHURCH AND WE CONSIDER THE SIGNIFICANCE OF IT WE NEED TO FIRST LOOK AT THIS WORD WHICH WE HAVE IN THE ENGLISH BIBLE TRANSLATED AS CHURCH. IT COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD EKKLESIA AND THAT BASICALLY MEANS THOSE WHO WERE CALLED OUT. ANOTHER IDEA IS THE ASSEMBLY OR THOSE WHO ASSEMBLE FOR GOD AS HIS PEOPLE. ONE SUCH PLACE THAT WILL HELP US UNDERSTAND THAT IS IN ACTS CHAPTER 7 AND THERE IN VERSE 38 YOU MIGHT NOTICE IN RELATIONSHIP TO OUR DISCUSSION ABOUT THE ASSEMBLY OF ISRAEL UNDER THE DAYS OF MOSES IT ACTUALLY MAKES THIS STATEMENT. IT SAYS, “THIS IS HE WHO WAS IN THE EKKLESIA IN THE WILDERNESS WITH THE ANGEL WHO SPOKE TO HIM ON MOUNT SINAI.” WELL, YOU SEE THAT WORD THERE.......THIS IS HE WHO WAS IN THE CONGREGATION AS THE WORD IS USED HERE, BUT IT IS THAT SAME WORD, THE GREEK WORD EKKLESIA, WHICH IS TRANSLATED TO CHURCH. WHAT I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND WITH ME IS THAT THIS CHURCH, WHICH JESUS SAID I WILL BUILD AND ESTABLISH AND WHICH HE ALSO IDENTIFIED AS HIS KINGDOM AND IDENTIFIED AS THE BODY AND THE CHURCH BEING EQUAL, IS SINGULAR OR ONE. HE DIDN'T SAY I WILL BUILD CHURCHES, HE SAID I WILL BUILD THE CHURCH OR THE ONE BODY. IT IS THAT SAME ONE BODY THAT WE LOOK AT HERE. THAT IS THE CALLED OUT OF WHAT? DARKNESS BY GOD. THE CALLED OUT IN ORDER TO BE WHAT? PLACED INTO THE KINGDOM, OR THE CHURCH, OR ASSEMBLY, OR THE BODY WHICH MAKES UP GOD'S PEOPLE. THAT'S WHY THE CHURCH IS SO PRECIOUS.

WHEN WE BEGIN TO THINK OF DIFFERENT IDEAS, FOR INSTANCE JESUS SPEAKING THERE IN THE BOOK OF JOHN CHAPTER 10, HE TALKS ABOUT THE SHEPHERD AND THE SHEEP. HE SAYS AND MAKES REFERENCE TO THE SHEEP AS BEING IN HIS FOLD. ARE YOU IN THE FOLD OF GOD? NOT THE FOLD(S) OF GOD AND NOT THE DIFFERENT PLACES WHERE HE PUTS HIS SHEEP SEPARATELY BUT THE FOLD OF GOD. MANY, MANY MEMBERS IN 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 12 AND ROMANS CHAPTER 12 YET INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS WITH SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS, AND AS WE ALSO KNOW MULTIPLE ASSEMBLIES WITHIN THAT SAME GROUP OR MEMBERSHIP. FOR THE CHURCHES OR THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST OR THE CHURCHES OF GOD ARE OFTEN MADE REFERENCE TO EVEN WITHIN THE NEW TESTAMENT ITSELF. HE ALSO, FOR INSTANCE IN FIRST PETER CHAPTER 4 VERSE 15, SPEAKS OF THE HOUSE OF GOD. THAT IS ANOTHER DESCRIPTIVE TERM THAT HELPS US TO SEE THAT THE PEOPLE OF GOD MAKE UP A HOUSE WITH A FATHER. A HOUSE, SO TO SPEAK, WITH A GROOM, A HOUSE WITH THE BRIDE OR THE CHURCH, AND A HOUSE WHICH IS MADE UP OF CHILDREN. YOU SEE, WE ARE THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD. YOU MIGHT NOTE WITH ME IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4:15, HE MENTIONS THERE THAT WE ARE THE FAMILY OF GOD. ALTHOUGH WE DON'T HAVE TIME NOW TO LOOK UP ALL OF THESE VERSES, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU AND I WOULD CHALLENGE YOU TO LOOK THESE VERSES UP AND SEE HOW BEAUTIFUL AND DESCRIPTIVE ALL OF THESE IDES ARE TO SHOW THE WONDER OF THE CHURCH OR THE ASSEMBLY, THE KINGDOM, THE BODY, THE FAMILY OF GOD, THE HOUSE OF GOD, THE FOLD OF GOD OR EVEN AS WE MIGHT AS WELL LOOK AT THERE IN THE BOOK OF TIMOTHY, THE HOUSE OF GOD WHICH HE ALSO THEN IN THE SAME VERSE GOES ON TO CLARIFY IS THE SAME AS THE CHURCH. IN 1TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3, NOTICE WHAT VERSE 15 SAYS, “BUT IF I AM DELAYED, I WRITE SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW HOW YOU OUGHT TO CONDUCT YOURSELF IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, WHICH IS THE CHURCH.” I DIDN'T SAY THAT, THE HOLY SPIRIT DID. PAUL REVEALS TO TIMOTHY THE FACT THAT THE HOUSE OF GOD, THIS FOLD OF GOD......THIS KINGDOM AND ASSEMBLY, IS HIS CHURCH. THOSE WHO ARE WHAT? THOSE WHO YOU ARE UNIQUE AND SPECIAL AND WONDERFUL. WHY? THEY HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS.

BRETHREN, CERTAINLY WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SUCH MATTERS YOU WILL NOTICE OFTEN THAT WE COME BACK TO A LOT OF THE SAME VERSES AND IT'S BECAUSE THESE VERSES CLARIFY IN SUCH A GOOD WAY WHAT IT IS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO DISCUSS IN MANY OF THESE LESSONS. THESE LESSONS OVERLAP JUST A LITTLE BIT SO THAT WE MIGHT UNDERSTAND THE FULL FORCE AND THE FULL POWER OF WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT WHEN WE SAY WHAT IS THE CHURCH MADE UP OF? HOW PRECIOUS IS IT? IF IT IS THE HOUSE OF GOD AND THE FAMILY OF GOD WITH MEMBERS WITHIN IT THAT ARE CHILDREN OF GOD AND THE IDEA OF A FATHER AND A GROOM AND WIFE WITH ALL THESE CONCEPTS AND BEAUTIFUL IDEAS THEN WHAT IS IT THAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND SPECIFICALLY THAT IS COMPRISING THE GROUP? WE CAN GO TO COLOSSIANS CHAPTER ONE, WHICH WE HAVE OFTEN GONE TO IN OUR STUDIES TOGETHER, WE GO THERE BECAUSE HE SAYS THAT GOD HAS DELIVERED US - THOSE WHO WERE SAVED - AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS PAST TENSE. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT WILL HAPPEN BUT SOMETHING THAT IS HAPPENING AND THAT ALREADY HAS HAPPENED THE COLOSSIANS BRETHREN. HE HAS DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS AND TRANSFERRED AND PUT US INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE DEAR SON OF HIS LOVE. THAT'S WHAT THE CHURCH IS ALL ABOUT. THE CHURCH IS ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE RECOGNIZED THAT THEY HAVE BEEN IN DARKNESS AND THEY WANT TO DO WHAT? GET OUT OF DARKNESS. WHAT IS DARKNESS? SIN IS AND THEY HAVE RECOGNIZED THAT THEY ARE IN SIN AND THEY WANT TO GET OUT OF IT. WHAT DOES GOD DO? HE BRIDGES THAT GAP. HE ALLOWS THAT INDIVIDUAL TO TRANSFER THEMSELVES OUTSIDE OF SIN INTO WHAT? THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF THE LOVE OF THE FATHER AND THAT IS JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF. HE IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH AND THAT IS A PERFECT KINGDOM. IT IS A CHURCH THAT IS THE BODY OF CHRIST ITSELF, BECAUSE ONCE YOU LEAVE SIN AND YOU COME INTO THE FOLD OR THE HOUSE OF GOD, YOU ARE IN THE CHURCH. IN THE SAME TEXT, AS YOU WELL KNOW FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS, DOWN IN VERSE 18 IT SAYS THAT THIS KINGDOM THAT WE HAVE BEEN PLACED INTO AS WE HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT OF DARKNESS IS THE CHURCH, HIS BODY. THE SAME TEXT CLARIFIES THAT IT IS TALKING ABOUT THE SAME INSTITUTION SET UP BY GOD HIMSELF.

PERHAPS ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO GO TO UNDERSTAND WHAT MAKES UP THE CHURCH IS IN THE APPLICATION OF THOSE ON THE VERY FIRST DAY THE CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED. DO YOU REMEMBER? SEVERAL WEEKS AGO WE TALKED ABOUT HOW THE CHURCH CAME TO FRUITION AND THAT IT WAS ESTABLISHED BY GOD AS PROPHESIED ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST IN ACTS 2. DO YOU RECALL WITH ME WHAT VERSE 47 SAYS? IT TELLS US THAT GOD WAS DOING SOMETHING AND THAT GOD WAS ACCOMPLISHING SOMETHING ON THAT DAY. WHAT WAS HAPPENING THAT DAY? THEY WERE PREACHING THE GOSPEL. THEY WERE CUT TO THE HEART. WHY? THEY CRIED OUT, THEY WERE PRICKED BECAUSE THEY REALIZED WE HAVE SINNED. WE HAVE ENGAGED IN DARKNESS. WE HAVE CRUCIFIED THE VERY SON OF GOD, THE SENT MESSIAH, AND THEREFORE WE WERE PRICKED OR CUT TO THE HEART AND THE MANY BRETHREN SAID WHAT SHALL WE DO? WE'RE LOST AND IN DARKNESS. WE ARE WITHOUT HOPE. WHAT SHOULD WE DO? WE KNOW THERE WERE TOLD IN VERSE 38 WHAT TO DO, BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME BEFORE WE LOOK AT THAT AGAIN WHAT HE SAYS THAT THE RESULTS WERE IN VERSE 47 IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. HE SAYS THAT THEY WERE PRAISING GOD AND HAVING FAVOR WITH ALL THE PEOPLE AND THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH.....THE EKKLESIA, THE ASSEMBLY, THE CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS. THAT'S WHAT THE WORD IS IDENTIFIED IN THE GREEK AND EVEN THE DEFINITION THAT IS GIVEN FOR THE WORD. THEY WERE ADDED TO THE CHURCH DAILY. WHO? WELL, READ ON AND WE FIND IT IS THOSE WHO WERE BEING SAVED.

SO WHAT IS THE CHURCH? WHAT IS THE VESSEL OF THE CHURCH? IT IS THAT INSTITUTION WHICH HOUSES THE SAVED. ISN'T THAT A BEAUTIFUL IDEA? IT IS THAT INSTITUTION SET UP AND ORGANIZED BY GOD FOR HE ALONE HAS THE POWER AND HE ALONE PAID THE PRICE AND HE ALONE GAVE THE SACRIFICE OF HIS BLOOD TO PURCHASE THE CHURCH, WHICH IS JESUS. THEREFORE, HE HAS SET UP THIS INSTITUTION THAT IS HIS BODY DESCRIBED THAT WE MIGHT DO WHAT? THAT WE MIGHT, BY GOD HIMSELF, BE ADDED TO THE CHURCH WHEN WE ARE WHAT? SAVED. NOW THE QUESTION IS HOW DO WE BECOME SAVED? WELL, PETER HAD BEEN PREACHING TO THEM, AND IN FACT IN VERSE 40 IF YOU BACKUP A LITTLE BIT, HE ACTUALLY WARNED THEM. HE SAYS YOU HAVE TO BE SAVED FROM THIS PERVERSE GENERATION. YOU'VE GOT TO BE SAVED. WHAT DID HE TELL THEM TO DO WHEN THEY ASKED HIM WHAT MUST WE DO TO BE SAVED? LOOK BACK AT VERSE 38. PETER AND THE OTHERS TOLD THEM TO REPENT AND LET EVERYONE OF YOU BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS. TAKEN OUT OF THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS AND PUT INTO THE KINGDOM OF WHAT? THE SON OF HIS LOVE THE CHURCH AND THE BODY. DOESN'T THAT JUST MAKE SENSE? THEY WERE IN SIN AND TO COME OUT OF DARKNESS, IF THEY WILL REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED, THEN THEY WILL RECEIVE FORGIVENESS OF SIN AND PUT INTO WHAT? THE MARVELOUS LIGHT OF HIS DEAR SON. YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED? RIGHT AFTER HE TOLD THEM TO DO THAT AND HE EXHORTED THEM AGAIN IN VERSE 40 TO BE SAVED FROM THIS PERVERSE AND WICKED SINFUL GENERATION, ONCE HE HAS CHALLENGED THEM TO BE SAVED BY GETTING OUT OF DARKNESS AND GOING INTO LIGHT TO REPENTANCE AND BAPTISM IN VERSE 41 IT SAYS 3000 SOULS WERE BAPTIZED THAT DAY. WHY DID THEY WASTE THEIR TIME WITH BAPTISM....... THEY SHOULD HAVE ORGANIZED IT A MONTH LATER, OR MAYBE ONCE A YEAR. NO, THAT VERY HOUR AND THAT VERY MOMENT 3000 WERE IMMEDIATELY BAPTIZED AND IMMERSED FOR THEY HAD BEEN WILLING TO CONFESS THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. WE HAVE CRUCIFIED THE SON OF GOD, WE HAVE SINNED AND WE BELIEVE IN HIM. THEY WERE ALSO WILLING TO REPENT OF THAT SIN AND TURN TO GOD AND THUS BY BEING BAPTIZED THE OLD MAN DIED AND THEY LEFT THE SIN IN A WATERY GRAVE AND THEY ROSE AS NEW CREATURES.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PART OF THIS PERTAINING TO OUR LESSON TODAY IS IN VERSE 47. IT SAYS THAT THOSE WHO WERE BEING SAVED BY WHAT WE HAVE JUST DISCUSSED WERE ADDED BY GOD. NOT ADDED BY RAY OR BY ELDERS OR SOME MAN BUT THEY WERE ADDED BY THE LORD HIMSELF TO THE CHURCH. THEY WERE NOT ADDED TO SOME GROUP OR SOME ORGANIZATION OR SOMETHING OF MAN BUT TO THE CHURCH. THE VERY CHURCH THAT JESUS HAD PROMISED, I WILL BUILD, THE VERY CHURCH THAT COMES TO FRUITION EXACTLY AS GOD HAD COMMANDED AND PROPHESIED AND SAID THAT IT WOULD. NO WONDER WHEN WE GO OVER TO 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15 AND WE LOOK AT VERSE 24 IT SAYS WHEN THE END COMES JESUS WILL DELIVER THE KINGDOM BACK TO GOD THE FATHER. THAT IS THE END OF ALL THINGS AND THE JUDGMENT WILL HAPPEN. IT MAKES SUCH BEAUTIFUL SENSE WHEN WE GO TO PLACES LIKE THE BOOK OF THESSALONIANS OR EVEN PETER AND WE READ ABOUT THE FINAL THINGS AND AS WE GO AGAIN LATER HERE TO 1CORINTHIANS 15 WE SEE THE IDEA OF ABOUT HOW SOMEDAY JESUS WILL COME AGAIN TO DO WHAT? JUDGE THE WORLD AND THEN WE ALL WILL STAND BEFORE HIM AND BE JUDGED BASED ON WHAT? WHETHER WE HAVE BEEN FOUND FAITHFUL. WHETHER WE HAVE PUT ON CHRIST, GALATIANS 3:27. WHETHER WE HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED, AND THEREFORE BEEN MADE A SON OF FAITH AND LIVED ACCORDING TO THE THINGS THAT GOD HAS COMMANDED.

YOU SEE, WE ARE THE BODY. WE ARE THAT BODY. WE ARE THAT BLOOD BOUGHT INSTITUTION. THE CHURCH IS NOT A FACILITY, IT IS NOT A BUILDING, IT IS NOT ON THE CORNER OF AN INTERSECTION. THE CHURCH ARE THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN PURCHASED WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS FOR THEY ARE ABLE TO RESPOND AND HAVE THAT BLOOD FORGIVE THEM OF SIN, TO SAVE THEM FROM SIN, AND PLACE THEM IN AN INSTITUTION WHICH IS CRADLED IN THE ARMS OF GOD HIMSELF, JESUS, AND SOMEDAY WILL ACTUALLY BE GIVEN BACK TO THE FATHER IN THE LOVING ARMS OF THE SON HIMSELF. OH, IT BRINGS A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT TO SO MANY OF US WHO DO LOVE THE CHURCH, AND WHO DO RESPECT THE CHURCH AND WHO RESPECT THE WORD OF GOD AND TO UNDERSTAND JUST HOW PRECIOUS SHE IS THAT I MIGHT BE A PART OF WHAT GOD HATH PREPARED FOR YOU AND ME. I UNDERSTAND I DO THAT WHEN I, BY MY OBEDIENCE, CHOOSE TO BE SAVED AS HE COMMANDS AND THEN ALLOW GOD BASED ON MY FAITH TO ADD ME TO HIS CHURCH, HIS INSTITUTION. I WOULD ASK YOU TO CONSIDER FOR YOURSELF TODAY TO GIVE YOURSELF AN HONEST LOOK. AM I IN THE CHURCH THAT JESUS PURCHASED WITH HIS BLOOD? THE CHURCH ISN'T IMPORTANT? YES, IT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE CHURCH HOUSES THE SAVED. ARE YOU WITH THE CHURCH AND ARE YOU WITH THE SAVED? PRAISE GOD IF YOU ARE, BUT IF NOT, WHY NOT TURN TO GOD TODAY AND LOOK TO HIS WORD AND FIND OUT WHAT HE WANTS AND THEN GO BY IT KNOWING THAT IN THE END YOU WILL RECEIVE THE REWARD.

CLOSING COMMENTS

THANKS FOR PUTTING GOD FIRST AND CHOOSING TO BE WITH US THIS MORNING. I HOPE YOU HAVE BENEFITED FROM OUR TIME TOGETHER. PLEASE REMEMBER, YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD.

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