The Miracle Of Downtown Jacksonville (1 of 15) by Jerry Vines

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THE MIRACLE OF DOWNTOWN JACKSONVILLE (1 of 15)
Back to the Basics
Jerry Vines
I Thes. 1:1-5
1/15/97

One of the slogans for our church is the "Miracle
of Downtown Jacksonville." This is what our church
has been known as for a number of years. The question
is - what constitutes the miracle? What is it that
makes our church a miracle church? Is it our
location? Many churches around the country several
years ago made a decision to move out of the downtown
areas. Our church decided to stay right downtown in
the center of the city. Is it the location that makes
it the miracle? Really, that's not why we are a
miracle. Is it the buildings that God has made it
possible for us to build here. So people can come,
they can hear the Gospel, they can be taught the
Scriptures. As wonderful as all of the buildings are
and as miraculous as the means by which God has
brought these buildings into existence, this is not
really the miracle of downtown Jacksonville. Is it
the television screens and the fact that we telecast
our services Sunday after Sunday and have been for
many years. That's a miracle in and of itself
technologically. But this is really not the miracle
of First Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville.

There is a sense, of course, in which every
church is a miracle. The church was supernaturally
injected into human history. It will be
supernaturally ejected when the lord comes again and
the church is caught up to meet the Lord in the air.
There is a sense in which every church, wherever it
may be, is indeed a miracle of God. That was certainly
true of the church to which Paul writes this letter.
There was a church in the city of Thessalonica to whom
Paul wrote these words which we are going to study for
a few weeks together.

Thessalonica is a city in northern Greece. It
is a city which still survives. Many of the cities in
the Bible days are no longer in existence. B ...


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