Church: Stand Your Ground! by Terry J. Hallock

Church: Stand Your Ground!
Terry J. Hallock
Ephesians 6:10-18
May 7, 2000

That is the text and this is my message: Church, stand your ground! Let me make clear exactly who I mean when I say "Church". I'm not talking about denominations or associations. I'm not talking about folks who say they "belong" to this church or that church just as they "belong" to the Lions or Kiwanis club. I'm not even talking about folks who attend church regularly for going to Church no more makes you a Christian than going to McDonald's makes you a hamburger. When I say "Church" I mean the saints, the sanctified, the redeemed, the regenerated and the "born again". I mean those who've professed Jesus as Savior and serve Him as Lord. I mean those who have been crucified with Christ so that they no longer live but He lives within them. I mean those who have been baptized by water, sanctified by the Word and filled with the Spirit. That is the "Church" I'm talking to today because that is the only "Church" there is.

Second, allow me to teach you an unchallenged truth about the "Church". You can't kill Jesus' Church! Who do you say that I am? Jesus once asked His disciples. You are the Christ, the Son of the living God, Simon Peter replied. Blessed are you Simon, son of Jonah, because this was not revealed to you by man but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. You can't kill Jesus' Church! For over 2,000 years the world has tried to outlaw it, imprison it and crucify it but Jesus' Church still lives. In Rome they feed the Church to the lions but Jesus' Church refused to be devoured. In Russia they sent the Church to Siberia but Jesus' Church wouldn't remain in chains. In The Sudan they're trying to wipe the Church out but Jesus' Church won't die. In America they're trying to shame, ridicule and divide the Church. In some quarters they've even tried to burn it to the grou ...

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