Through Enlisting Membership (3 of 8) by Stan Coffey

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Through Enlisting Membership (3 of 8)
Series: Growing Strong
Stan Coffey
Matthew 16:13-17

OUTLINE:
I. THE SAVING BELIEF OF THE CHURCH
A. YOU MUST HAVE A PERSONAL CONVICTION ABOUT CHRIST
1. THE MISTAKE OF HUMAN REASONING
2. THE MINISTRY OF HEAVENLY REVELATION
B. YOU MUST HAVE A PERSONAL CONFESSION OF CHRIST
C. YOU MUST HAVE A PERSONAL CONVERSION TO CHRIST
II. THE SOVEREIGN BUILDER OF THE CHURCH
III. THE SPIRITUAL BATTLE OF THE CHURCH
A. DISUNITY
B. DISBELIEF
C. DECEPTION
D. DISCOURAGEMENT
IV. THE SINGULAR BUSINESS OF THE CHURCH
A. THE SYMBOLISM OF THE KEYS
B. THE STEWARDSHIP OF THE KEYS
C. THE SALVATION OF THE KEYS
1. IT BINDS SATAN
2. IT RELEASES THE SPIRIT

We have been talking about Christian growth. You know in our outdoor extravaganza and in our revival, we saw many, many people come to Christ. Somewhere around 178 people made professions of faith in the Lord, and we want to help people to grow.

There are many people who have been members of a church for a long time, but they have not experienced that growth that Christ wants them to experience. So, we began two Sundays ago, and we talked about growing through experiencing salvation.

You have got to be born before you can grow. Amen? Then we talked about, last week, growing through enjoying your assurance. You really cannot grow in the Christian life until, not only, you are saved, but you are sure that you are saved, and you know why you are saved, and you know that you can never lose it.

Today, we want to talk about growing through enlisting in church membership.You say, “Brother Stan, can a person be a Christian and not be a member of a church?” Well, it is theoretically possible, but I will say this.

I have never seen a dynamic, growing, soul-winning, Christ honoring Christian who was not a member of a New Testament, Bible believing, Bible-preaching church. There is a reason for that, and we are going to look at that today.

You can’t be all that you ought to be ...


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