The Church Triumphant
Acts 1:15; 2:22-47; Luke 11:32
Take your Bible's tonight and turn to the second chapter of the book of Acts. I want to bring, for just a few moments, tonight, a message, a biblical message. And the title of the message is The Church Triumphant. I want our church to be a triumphant church. The pattern for a triumphant church is found in the book of Acts. I believe that today, one more time, God is giving us a chance. The world is looking on. This city is looking at Bellevue Baptist Church. They're wondering, do we indeed know something? Do we indeed have the answer? They want to know. The world has tried everything and nothing is working. And nothing will work, dear friend, because you can't make a good omelet out of bad eggs. No matter how you try. I mean, we can mix it this way, mix it that way. But, the only answer, and I mean it with all of my heart is found right here in this book.
Now I want you to see what a New Testament church is to be. Now I'm going to fast forward in Acts the second chapter until I get to verse 22 and there you have the message that Simon Peter preached on the day of Pentecost. And may I tell you without the shadow of any doubt or equivocation one of the elements in a church triumphant is a Christ-centered message. I want you to see the message that Simon Peter preached on that day of Pentecost at the birthday of the church. Listen to it. Here's the way he begins. "Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth," that's the way he began, "hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know; Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain; Whom God hat raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that he should be holden of it."
Now, my dear friend, I wa ...
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