What's Ahead For The Church? by Jerry Vines

WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE CHURCH? Revelation 3:20-22
Will you open the word of God this morning to Revelation chapter 3 and I'll
read verses 20, 21 and 22. We've been in a series of messages on the church, the
church's founder, its fellowship, its function, its finances, and today we're looking
at the church's future. The title of the message this morning is, "What's Ahead For
The Church?" Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and
open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To
him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame,
and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what
the Spirit saith unto the churches.
If you were a betting man what would you wager on the church's future? There
are many people within and without the church who wouldn't give you very good odds
that the church is going to survive. There are many who are forecasting the demise
and the decay of the church as you and I know it. There are some who say the days of
the church are limited, that it will pass off the scene, it will lose its usefulness,
and we will not in the days of the future have a church as we know it. Some people
say the chances of the church's survival are about as great as a snowball on the fourth
of July, Many people are giving us very pessimistic statements concerning the future
of the church, I think all of us understand that great changes are ahead. There are
going to be changes in the church. The church is not going to be as it may have been
in the days of the past. Now, of course, there are some changes that are always good.
It's not good for us to continue to do everything the way we've always done it; there
must always be that liberty of the Holy Spirit to do whatever God wants done in our
day to get the job done for the Lord Jesus. The old Youth For Christ used to have as
their motto, "Geared to the times, but anchored t ...

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