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)
25Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 26For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 27For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. 29Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: 30Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me. (KJV)
34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (KJV)
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