The Blessings of our Church Life
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Thessalonians 3:1-13
December 15, 1999
Sunday night I delivered my final Sunday night message of this century. Tonight is my final Wednesday night message of this century. Sunday night we talked about God's Seven Fold Hold on His Church.
And how wonderful it is to be a part of a local church. Paul tells us in Ephesians chapter 4 that we're held together through one body, one spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all!
And I'm so grateful to be a part of a local church! Now tonight, from 1 Thessalonians chapter 3, we're thinking about "The Blessings of our Church Life."
The Bible never teaches a love for Jesus without a love for His Church. These people who say that they love Jesus but have nothing to do with His church don't have all their spiritual oars in the water.
For when you love Jesus, you're going to love what Jesus loves, and Jesus loves the church. He came for His church. He died for His church. He arose for His church. And one of these days, He's coming back for His church. What a day that will be!
Well, as we come to this third chapter of 1st Thessalonians, we find Pastor Paul reminding us of the blessing of the church. Paul had seen many of the members there at the First Baptist Church of Thessalonica won to Christ. And isn't it wonderful to be a part of a church bent toward soul winning? A church doesn't give nearly a quarter of million dollars to World Missions without a burden for souls. A church doesn't invest thousands of dollars and hours each year in Mission Odessa without a burden for souls. A church doesn't spend thousands of dollars and hours doing a Living Christmas Tree without a burden and commitment to winning souls.
But don't you think for a second it stops with winning souls. The church is not only to be bent toward evangelism, we're to be equally bent toward equipping! Evangelism and Equipping are two ...
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