Sermon preached on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Garden Valley Chapel; Selected Scripture.
According to pollster George Barna, while the adult population in the United States increased by 15 percent during the nineties, the number of adults who either didn't attend church or only went on major holidays increased by 92 percent.
You may invoke God's blessing upon a nation in a State of the Union Address but make no mistake about it, you are not addressing a "church-going" society or nation.
Today I want to continue to take you through the Scriptures and to consider the biblical rationale why commitment to the local church is a part of God's plan for your life.
We will cover the remaining two points today:
THE LOVING SERVICE (Misc. Scripture)
THE GOSPEL WITNESS (Misc. Scripture)
25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me. (ESV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (ESV)
|« A Love & Commitment to the Church, Pt. 2||None||A Shepherd's Responsibility, Pt. 1 »|