The Joy of Belonging by Rick Ferguson

The Joy of Belonging
Rick Ferguson
What Kind of Church Member Are You?
Acts 2:36-47

Copyright 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson. All rights reserved.
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QUESTION 1:Have you ever wondered what this world would be like if there were no churches? Try to visualize our world without churches:

If you took away all the:
Colleges
Nursing homes
Orphanages
Benevolence organizations;

If you removed all the:
Preachers
Missionaries
Evangelists;

If you removed all the:
Moral influence
Promotion of good
Bibles in every home;

What kind of world would we have? Pretty dreadful thought, isn't it? Think of the spiritual, moral vacuum that would be left!

Note: The Scriptures teach that a day is coming when there will be no church in this world. The church will be raptured out to glory, and the world will go on without it for 7 years--until Christ comes again. That 7-year period of time is called "The Great Tribulation." And Jesus said of it:

Matt 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

It will be the most horrible, fearful, dreadful epoch of all human history. There will be no:
Preaching of God's Word
Small groups meeting for Bible studies
Witnesses sharing their faith in the marketplace
Sunday School classes on Sunday mornings
Missionaries being sent around the world
New churches being planted
Christian relief--benevolence organizations
Spokespersons for morality or family values
Christian schools or colleges
Christian radio or television programs.

The world will become a terrestrial playground for the devil and all his demons. All hell will break loose, literally, once the church is gone.

So then, surely all of us ...


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