THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 8-4-19



LESSON TITLE: THE ONE TRUE CHURCH AND ITS MEMBERS



WELCOME

GREETINGS TO ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. LET ME THANK EACH OF YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING. WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM. TODAY WE HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO ONCE AGAIN ASSEMBLE BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD. IN THIS TIME OF WORSHIP WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SING SONGS OF PRAISE AND TO STUDY FROM HIS WORD. MAY WE EACH DO OUR PART IN PRAISING GOD ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, AS WE MAKE THESE SACRIFICES AND OFFERING TOWARD HIS THRONE. NOW AS WE BEGIN TALKING TO OUR GOD, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE. WE'RE THANKFUL FATHER BECAUSE WE KNOW ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM YOU BOTH PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL. AND FATHER HELP US THAT WE MIGHT ALWAYS LIVE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE WILL SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD THAT OTHERS MIGHT KNOW YOU AND OBEY YOUR TRUTH AND FIND SALVATION AS WELL. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU MOST OF ALL FOR THE GIFT OF JESUS FOR WE KNOW THAT IT'S ONLY THROUGH HIS DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE FOUND JUSTIFIED IN YOUR SIGHT AND HAVE THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

IT'S NOW TIME TO START OUR SONGS OF PRAISE. WE WANT TO BEGIN BY SINGING A HYMN THAT TELLS US A LOT ABOUT OUR SAVIOR AND HOW HE GAVE HIS OWN LIFE THAT WE MIGHT LIVE FOREVER WITH HIM. SO, LET'S JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING THIS HYMN THAT REMINDS US HOW MUCH OUR JESUS CARES, THE NAME OF THE SONG, "A HILL CALLED MOUNT CALVARY!"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



MOST OF US ARE QUICK TO CONDEMN OTHERS AND TO POINT THE FINGER AT SOMEONE ELSE. HOWEVER, IF WE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED OUR OWN LIVES WE WOULD PROBABLY FIND THAT WE NEED TO BE WORKING ON MORE OF OUR OWN PROBLEMS, RATHER THAN FOCUSING ON OTHERS. IN THE BIBLE THIS VERY TOPIC IS DEALT WITH A LOT. JESUS TALKED ABOUT OUR NEED TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN PROBLEMS FIRST, AS WE READ IN MATTHEW 7. IN FACT HE BEGINS THIS CHAPTER BY REMINDING US THAT WE SHOULD NOT JUDGE OTHERS FOR OURSELVES. AND WHY, BECAUSE GOD IS THE JUDGE. THEN HE GOES ON IN VERSES 3 TO 5 TO SAY, "AND WHY DO YOU LOOK AT THE SPECK IN YOUR BROTHER'S EYE, BUT DO NOT CONSIDER THE PLANK IN YOUR OWN EYE? OR HOW CAN YOU SAY TO YOUR BROTHER, 'LET ME REMOVE THE SPECK FROM YOUR EYE'; AND LOOK, A PLANK IS IN YOUR OWN EYE? HYPOCRITE! FIRST REMOVE THE PLANK FROM YOUR OWN EYE, AND THEN YOU WILL SEE CLEARLY TO REMOVE THE SPECK FROM YOUR BROTHER'S EYE." YOU SEE WE NEED TO GET OUR OWN HOUSE IN ORDER BEFORE WE BEGIN HELPING OTHERS WITH THEIR ISSUES AND PROBLEMS.

ANOTHER VERSE WHICH DEALS WITH THIS IS FOUND IN JOHN 8:7. IN THIS EXAMPLE WE FIND OTHERS DRAGGING A PROSTITUTE BEFORE THE LORD. THE PHARISEES BOLDLY STORMED IN THE TEMPLE AND BROUGHT THIS LADY BEFORE CHRIST, STRIVING TO TRICK HIM OR TO BELITTLE HIM BEFORE THOSE HE WAS TEACHING. THE OUTCOME TO THE STORY IS AMAZING, BECAUSE CHRIST PROCLAIMED TO THEM, "HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN AMONG YOU, LET HIM THROW A STONE AT HER FIRST." GUESS WHAT, WITHIN MINUTES THERE WAS NO ONE LEFT BUT THE WOMAN. WHAT WAS JESUS DOING HERE? WAS HE CONDONING HER ACTIONS OR ACCEPTING HER IN HER PRESENT STATE? CERTAINLY NOT! HE WAS TAKING THE TIME AND SHOWING THE LOVE NECESSARY TO GIVE ONE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT AND TO RESPOND TO THE LOVE OF GOD. JESUS GAVE HER A SECOND CHANCE AND TOLD HER TO "GO AND SIN NO MORE." WOW, WHAT A GREAT EXAMPLE THAT REMINDS ME SO MUCH OF HOW QUICK WE ARE TO BLAME SOMEONE ELSE. OR TO TRY AND AMPLIFY THE SINS OF OTHERS TO MAKE OURS LOOK LESS SIGNIFICANT. THE REALITY IS, YES WE NEED TO HELP EACH OTHER AND BEAR EACH OTHERS BURDENS. THE BIBLE TELLS US TO HELP THE WEAKER AND TO LET OUR BRETHREN KNOW WHEN THEY ARE DOING WRONG.

BUT THE SAME BOOK ALSO SAYS, GET YOUR OWN THINGS IN ORDER BEFORE YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO FOCUS ON AND HELP EVERYONE ELSE. HOW DO YOU TREAT YOUR FELLOW MAN WHO IS GUILTY OF SIN LIKE WE ARE? WE BETTER LEARN TO RESPOND LIKE CHRIST DID AND AS HE COMMANDED US TO! IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. I WILL BE LEADING OUR LESSON THOUGHTS FROM GOD'S WORD THIS MORNING. AS FAR AS OUR STUDY, WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR SERIES ENTITLED, "THE ONE TRUE CHURCH." OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE MORNING WILL DEAL WITH, "THE ONE TRUE CHURCH AND IT'S MEMBERS." SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG AND WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS IMPORTANT STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. NOW LET'S AGAIN JOIN IN SONG TOGETHER, AS WE SING THE HYMN, "DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!"



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



WE THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING WITH US NOW TODAY AS WE CONTINUE ANOTHER LESSON FROM OUR SERIES ABOUT THE CHURCH. AND TOGETHER WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT MANY THINGS THAT HOPEFULLY ARE HELPING US TO IDENTIFY WHAT WE SHOULD ALL STRIVE FOR AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD; THAT WE WOULD ALL BE UNIFIED IN ONE AND TRY TO JUST GO TO GOD'S WORD AND REALLY FOLLOW HIS COMMANDMENTS AND HIS EXAMPLES IN THE SCRIPTURE TO BE THOSE PEOPLE THAT HE WANTS US TO BE. AND WITHIN THAT IT'S EASY TO FIND UNITY WHEN WE STRIVE TO DO WHAT IT IS THAT GOD COMMANDS. WITH THAT IN MIND THEN TODAY WE CONTINUE OUR DISCUSSION BY CONSIDERING THE ONE TRUE CHURCH AND IT'S MEMBERS. CERTAINLY THE CHURCH HAS A MEMBERSHIP. IF YOU'RE WERE TO THINK ABOUT THAT FROM A SECULAR STANDPOINT IT IS NOT A DIFFICULT THING TO UNDERSTAND. IT IS VERY EASY TO UNDERSTAND IN FACT BECAUSE THE WORLD HAS MANY ORGANIZATIONS MANY THINGS OF WHICH WE MIGHT BECOME MEMBERS OF. THERE MIGHT BE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CREDIT UNIONS THAT YOU BECOME A MEMBER OF OR DIFFERENT TYPES OF SOCIAL CLUBS OR EVEN TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS - AND MANY THINGS IN WHICH THAT WE BECOME MEMBERS OF - OR THERE MIGHT BE GROUPS THAT WE JOIN BECAUSE THEY HAVE SIMILAR INTEREST AND THERE ARE MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS IN THOSE CLUBS. AND IN FACT SOMETIMES THOSE MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE FINANCIAL THINGS OR MONIES. AND ON THE OTHER HAND SOMETIMES THEY ALSO INCLUDE MANY RULES THAT MUST BE FOLLOWED. SO SOMEONE MIGHT BE PAYING THEIR DUES BUT THEN THEY'RE NOT MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS OR STANDARD AND THEY BREAK RULES - GUESS WHAT HAPPENS? THEY ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED TO BE A MEMBER OR THEY ARE PUT OUT OF THE ORGANIZATION. ON THE OTHER HAND YOU MIGHT HAVE SOMEONE WHO IS FOLLOWING ALL THE RULES AND HAS BEEN DOING EXACTLY WHAT THEY SHOULD DO BUT THEY DIDN'T PAY THEIR MEMBERSHIP. AND THEREFORE, BECAUSE THEY ARE IN ARREARS OR THEY ARE NOT PAYING THEIR MEMBERSHIP AND THEY ALSO WOULD BE KICKED OUT OR PUT OUT THE CLUB OR THE ORGANIZATION. NOW, AS WE THINK ABOUT THAT AGAIN EVERYONE SAID WELL, SURE THAT MAKES PERFECT SENSE. BUT THEN WE COME TO THE CHURCH AND SOMEONE SAYS WELL - IF YOU FOLLOW GOD ONCE OR AT ANY POINT THEN YOU HAVE ALWAYS FOLLOWED GOD AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO EITHER PLEASE GOD OR DISPLEASE GOD. AND EVEN IF YOU DISPLEASE GOD YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO BE PUT OUT OR KICKED OUT OF THE CHURCH. AS A SPIRITUAL INSTITUTION LIKE ANY INSTITUTION HAS A MEMBERSHIP AND THEREFORE THERE ARE MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS. EVEN THE BIBLE SPEAKS OF THIS. AND WE'RE GOING TO GET THE SOME VERSES THAT WILL HELP YOU SEE THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.

BUT BEFORE WE GET THERE I'D LIKE YOU TO THINK FIRST OF ALL WITH ME THEN ABOUT THE IDEA OF HOW THE CHURCH IS PRESENTED. THE CHURCH IS PRESENTED AS A FAMILY. IS A FAMILY SUPPOSED TO BE UNIFIED OR IS THERE SUPPOSED TO BE NO UNITY OR NO REQUIREMENTS IN A FAMILY. WE JUST LET ANYBODY DO WHATEVER THEY WANT TO DO AND WE ACCEPT IT. OUR BROTHER GOES OUT AND KILLS SOMEONE AND WE JUST ACCEPT IT. THERE NO REQUIREMENTS AND YOU'RE STILL GOING TO BE IN GOOD STANDING AND EVERYBODY IS JUST GOING TO ACCEPT THAT. HOW RIDICULOUS! WE UNDERSTAND THAT EVEN AS A FAMILY AND AS THE BIBLE DESCRIBES THE CHURCH AS A FAMILY; THE FAMILY OF GOD, THE PEOPLE OF GOD. IT TALKS ABOUT GOD AS OUR FATHER. IT TALKS ABOUT CHILDREN AND THAT WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD. ARE CHILDREN NOT TO DO THAT WHICH WOULD GIVE HONOR TO THEIR FATHER? CERTAINLY. AND DOES THE FATHER NOT LOVE THE CHILDREN AND INSTRUCT THEM AND WANT THEM TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT ACCORDING TO HIS WILL? CERTAINLY! AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE THE BIBLE. SO AGAIN WE UNDERSTAND THAT - FROM THE MEMBERSHIP STANDPOINT OF THE FAMILY OF GOD. IN FACT, WE COULD NOT BE IN THE FAMILY OF GOD EXCEPT THAT JESUS HAD GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY. THERE ARE MANY VERSES THAT WE COULD GO TO BUT THE ONE THAT STANDS OUT TO ME IS IN ROMANS CHAPTER 8. AND YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THERE AROUND VERSE 14 THAT IT SPEAKS ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE ARE SONS OF GOD. AND VERSE 15 SAYS: FOR YOU DID NOT RECEIVE THE SPIRIT OF BONDAGE, AGAIN TO FEAR, BUT RECEIVED THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION BY WHOM WE CRY OUT TO THE FATHER. WE HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. WE WERE NOT BORN AS THE OLD ISRAEL AS IN A PHYSICAL WAY AS CHILDREN OF GOD IN THAT SENSE BUT TODAY WE HAVE TO BECOME IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE LIKE ISRAEL THAT WE BECOME PEOPLE OR FOLLOWERS OF GOD, NOT MY BLOOD - NOT OUR BLOOD RATHER OR BY BEING BORN IN THAT SENSE - BUT BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS WHICH PAID THE PRICE FOR OUR ADOPTION OR THE ADOPTIVE PRICE. AND YOU CAN READ THE REST OF THIS CONTEXT WHICH IS BEAUTIFUL THAT THE GOES ON TO SAY THERE IN VERSE 17. IT'S BECAUSE OF THIS THAT WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD AND HEIRS AND EVEN JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST. SO WE HAVE TO BECOME WHAT? JOINT HEIRS, MEMBERS OF WHAT CHRIST AND WHAT THE FATHER HAVE MADE AVAILABLE FOR US THROUGH THE ADOPTION PROCESS WHERE THE PRICE WAS PAID THAT I MIGHT BECOME A WHAT? A CHILD OF GOD. AND THAT'S WHY I LOVE VERSUS LIKE 1 JOHN CHAPTER 3 THAT SAYS: WHAT MANNER OF LOVE GOD BESTOWED ON US THAT WE WOULD BE CALLED WHAT? CHILDREN OF GOD. ISN'T THAT GREAT LOVE! ISN'T THAT GREAT LOVE THAT GOD WANTS US TO BE CHILDREN. BUT GUESS WHAT? WE ARE NOT BORN BY BLOOD. WE ARE BORN BY THE BLOOD AND THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS TO BECOME CHILDREN BY AND THROUGH ADOPTION. AND THEREFORE MADE THOSE WHO ARE A PART OF THE FAMILY OF GOD; MEMBERSHIP IN THE FAMILY OF GOD.

NOW WHAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO IS TO LOOK AT THE WORDING THAT WE FIND ACTUALLY IN THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS. OF COURSE, THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS DEALS OVER AND OVER AND OVER WITH THE CHURCH; THE BODY OF CHRIST, THE HEAD BEING CHRIST WHO IS OVER THE CHURCH. THERE'S ONE BODY, THERE'S ONE CONCEPT OF THE CHURCH, ONE HEAD. CHAPTER 1, CHAPTER 2....ALL THE CHAPTERS OF EPHESIANS KEEP DEALING WITH THIS CONCEPT OF THE CHURCH OVER AND OVER. AND THEN EVEN COMPARES THE RELATIONSHIP OF CHRIST TO HIS CHURCH AS THAT OF A HUSBAND-AND-WIFE THERE IN CHAPTER 5 AND THEN TALKS ABOUT THE ARMOR IN CHAPTER 6 THAT A CHRISTIAN SHOULD PUT ON IF THEY ARE WHAT? A SOLDIER. DOES SOMEONE JUST BECOME A SOLDIER BECAUSE THEY WANT TO OR ARE THERE REQUIREMENTS? IS THERE TRAINING? ARE THERE THINGS THEY MUST CONTINUE TO DO TO BE A SOLDIER IN THAT ARMY TO BE QUALIFIED TO BE THAT SOLDIER? YOU SEE AGAIN THE SAME IDEA BUT IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE. BUT I WANT YOU TO LOOK WITH ME AT CHAPTER 2 AND WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN THERE IN VERSE 19. AS IT BEGINS TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS CONCEPT OF HOW WE WERE NOT - AGAIN BORN BY BLOOD - IN OTHER WORDS I WASN'T BORN A JEW OR INTO THE JEWISH HERITAGE. I AM NOT A HEBREW BY BIRTH SO UNDER THE OLD LAW THAT'S HOW THEY BECAME CHILDREN OF GOD IN A SENSE, AT LEAST THE PHYSICAL SENSE, BUT WE ARE TO BE WHAT? ADOPTED. SO NOTICE THIS WITH ME IN VERSE 19 AND HOW IT'S WORDED. NOW THEREFORE YOU ARE NO LONGER STRANGERS AND FOREIGNERS. SEE, BECAUSE YOU WHAT? YOU ARE NOT ACTUALLY BORN BY BLOOD - BUT YOU ARE NOW FELLOW CITIZENS WITH THE SAINTS. OH, ISN'T THAT BEAUTIFUL! WE WERE WITHOUT HOPE AND WE HAD NO CHANCE. IN FACT, THAT'S ACTUALLY WHAT THE VERSUS EARLIER SAID TOO. WE HAD NO HOPE WITHOUT GOD BUT BECAUSE OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS WE ARE GIVEN WHAT? HOPE. WE ARE ADOPTED. WE ARE BROUGHT IN AND NO LONGER STRANGERS OR FOREIGNERS BUT WHAT AS HE SAYS HERE? SAINTS. FELLOW MEMBERS ARE SAINTS. BUT NOW HE IS GOING TO USE THE WORD IN THE SAME TEXT AFTER HE SAYS - BUT FELLOW CITIZENS WITH THE SAINTS, HE SAYS THIS - AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD. THERE IT IS. MEMBERS. WE ARE MEMBERS OF A HOUSE. WHAT HOUSE? THE HOUSE OF GOD. AND THIS JUST ISN'T ANY HOUSE IN THE ORIGINAL. THIS IS THE HOUSE OF THE GOD - A SPECIFIC HOUSE OF GOD, THE PEOPLE OF GOD, THE CHURCH OF GOD THAT WHICH MAKES UP THE SAVED OF GOD WHERE THE SAVED THEMSELVES ARE PUT. SO WHAT ARE WE? WE'RE THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THAT HOUSEHOLD. SO I WOULD SUBMIT TO YOU IS THAT AS MEMBERS THERE ARE THINGS REQUIRED TO BE IN THE HOUSE - TO BE A PART OF, AS IT SAYS THERE, THAT WHICH IS BUILT ON THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CERTAIN TYPE OR BE A CERTAIN TYPE OF STONE TO BE BUILT IN OR A PART OF THAT HOUSE. YOU HAVE TO BE A PART OF THE FOUNDATION. YOU HAVE TO BE A PART OF THE HOLY TEMPLE OR BUILDING (VERSE 21).

BUT NOW I WOULD LIKE YOU TO GO WITH ME TO COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1. BECAUSE IT IS THERE THAT WE REALLY LEARN WHY WE HAVE AND NEED THIS MEMBERSHIP - THERE IN VERSE 13 IT SAYS: THAT WE ARE TAKEN OR TRANSLATED AND BROUGHT OUT OF DARKNESS ( VERSE 13 ) AND PUT INTO OR CONVEYED INTO THE HOUSE OR THE CHURCH OR THE PLACE WHERE JESUS IS. AND SO IT TELLS US THAT THE ONLY WAY I CAN GET OUT OF SIN IS TO BE IN THIS HOUSE - TO BE IN THIS INSTITUTION WHERE THIS MEMBERSHIP IS. SO WE HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION - IF I'M GONNA GET OUT OF DARKNESS AND I'M GOING TO BE TAKEN BY GOD AND PUT INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF HIS LOVE; JESUS AND CONVEYED INTO THAT KINGDOM - HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? THERE'S NO BETTER PLACE THAT REALLY WE CAN FIND THE ANSWER TO THAT THAN IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ ALL THE BOOK OF ACTS BECAUSE THERE OVER 10 DIFFERENT EXAMPLES IN THE BOOK OF ACTS OF CONVERSIONS - NEW TESTAMENT CONVERSIONS AFTER JESUS DIED AND AFTER THE CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. BUT IN ACTS CHAPTER 2 WE ACTUALLY BEGIN THERE IN THE LAST VERSE OF CHAPTER 2 WHERE HE SAYS THIS - THAT THEY WERE PRAISING GOD AND THEY WERE HAVING FAVOR WITH ALL THE PEOPLE. AND THEN IT SAYS AND THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH DAILY THOSE THAT WERE BEING SAVED. SO THE SAVED WERE ADDED BY GOD TO THE WHAT? THE CHURCH. THAT TELLS ME THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING THEY WERE DOING TO GET OUT OF DARKNESS AND TO BE PUT INTO THE KINGDOM OR THE CHURCH OR THE BODY - THERE WAS SOMETHING THEY WERE DOING THAT THE LORD WOULD TAKE THEM OUT OF DARKNESS AND WHAT? PUT THEM INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE DEAR SON OF HIS LOVE WHERE, AS WE LEARN HERE, THE SAVED EXIST. WELL, THE ANSWER IS FOUND EASILY. WHAT IS IT THAT THEY DID? EARLIER WHEN THEY WERE TOLD BY PETER AND THE OTHERS YOU JUST KILLED (CRUCIFIED) THE SON OF GOD, THE ONE THAT THE FATHER HAS MADE LORD AND CHRIST (VERSE 36) WHEN THEY HEARD THIS (VERSE 37) SAID THEY WERE CUT TO THE HEART. THEY WERE CONVICTED. THEY BELIEVED THAT THEY HAVE MURDERED THE SAVIOR, THE ONE WHO HAS COME TO SAVE US. NOW WHAT IS IT THEN THAT THEY ASK OF PETER AND THE OTHERS? THEY SAID - MEN AND BRETHREN, WHAT SHALL WE DO? NOW NOTICE CLEARLY THE ANSWER OF PETER AND THE OTHERS. OH, DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. YOU ARE ALREADY MEMBERS. DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT. YOUR ARE ALREADY FAMILY. YOU ALL YOU ARE JEWS. CERTAINLY THAT'S NOT WHAT HE SAID! HE SAID YOU ARE GUILTY OF SIN. YOU GOT TO GET OUT OF DARKNESS AND BE PUT INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE DEAR SON OF HIS LOVE. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO HERE SAYS VERSE 38 REPENT AND LET EVERYONE OF YOU BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS. WHAT WERE THEY DOING? IN FACT DOWN LATER IT SAYS (VERSE 41) THAT THAT DAY THOSE WHO WERE BAPTIZED - 3000 MEN - WERE BAPTIZED AND SAVED...WERE SAVED. SO WHAT WAS THE LORD DOING TO THE SAVED? HE WAS PUTTING THEM INTO THE CHURCH OR THE KINGDOM. AND WHAT WERE THEY DOING TO BE SAVED? MEN AND BRETHREN WHAT SHALL WE DO? REPENT AND LET EVERYONE OF YOU BE BAPTIZED. BECAUSE THEY BELIEVED IN JESUS THEY WERE WILLING TO CONFESS, STAND IN FAITH IN ACTION ON HIS NAME. I BELIEVE IN JESUS! I'M GOING TO TURN FROM SIN AND DARKNESS BECAUSE I'M GOING TO BE TAKEN OUT OF THAT DARKNESS AND PUT INTO THE KINGDOM OF LIGHT AND I'M GONNA BE BAPTIZED BECAUSE BAPTISM, AS IT SAYS HERE, LET EVERYONE OF YOU BE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS. NO DOUBT THAT'S WHY ANANIAS TOLD PAUL IN ACTS 22 VERSE 16: ARISE AND BE BAPTIZED AND WASH AWAY YOUR SINS. THEN REMEMBER ROMANS CHAPTER 6 THAT WE DIE AS CHRIST DIED AND ARE PUT IN THE GRAVE AND WE RISE AS HE ROSE AND WE ARE NEW CREATIONS IN JESUS CHRIST ADDED BY THE LORD WHO ALONE HAS THE POWER TO THE CHURCH. YOU SEE HOW IMPORTANT MEMBERSHIP IS? BECAUSE THE CHURCH HOUSES THE SAVED - AND AS WE KNOW IN 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15 - SOMEDAY THE LORD JESUS IS GOING TO TAKE THE KINGDOM WHERE THE SAVED ARE AND DELIVER THAT KINGDOM BACK TO THE FATHER (VERSES 22 THROUGH VERSE 24). DON'T YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT KINGDOM? DON'T YOU WANT TO BE IN THAT CHURCH? WHY NOT THEN BE SAVED AS JESUS REQUIRES? WHY NOT ALLOW GOD TO TAKE YOU OUT OF DARKNESS AND PUT YOU INTO THAT KINGDOM BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITH THAT YOU MIGHT BE BLESSED TODAY AND FOREVERMORE!



CLOSING COMMENTS

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WE WOULD ALL DO WELL TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND REALIZE THAT MEMBERSHIP IN GOD'S FAMILY IS DETERMINED BY GOD NOT MAN. THEREFORE MAY WE STRIVE EACH AND EVERY DAY TO MEET THE STANDARD GOD REQUIRES TO REMAIN A FAITHFUL AND ACTIVE MEMBER IN HIS KINGDOM. FOR THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO GOD HAVE GREAT REWARD!