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I Can Serve Because The House Of God Beckons Me ( 2 of 5)
Series: Points Of Pondering For The Pilgrim's Progress
Hebrews 10: 19-25
I. Serving Instructions About Our Affiliations
A) Their Feelings
B) Their Failures
C) Their Furtherance
II. Serving Implications About Our Accomplishments
A) A Great Place To Build
1. Your Faith
2. Your Family
3. Your Friends
B) A Great Place To Become
Illustration: In his writings, Martin Luther held that membership in a confessing body of believers was so fundamental to the faithful Christian life, that it prompted him to say, "Apart from the church salvation is impossible. Not that the church provides salvation, God does. But because the saved one cannot fulfill what it means to be a Christian apart from the church. Therefore, membership becomes the indispensable mark of salvation. Failure to do so defies the explicit warning not "to forsake the assembling of ourselves together".
Martin Luther was correct in what he stated in his writings concerning church attendance and membership. The first and foremost proof of salvation is that divine magnetism that immediately begins to draw us to the house of God. Many today think that the house of God is an option for the child of God, but scripture, such as our chosen text, strongly contradicts that belief. The house of God is a gathering place where the Lord Jesus, through preaching primarily, teaching, giving, praise, and worship has chosen to meet with the saints, while they are pilgrims in this land. The house of God can never save anyone, in and of itself, nor can it keep someone saved, but the saved will have an inborn desire to serve God in His chosen gathering place. The Psalmist stated, "that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord", and in this dispensation of the church age, our steps are ordered and directed to the house of God. Salvation brings us into the body of Chris ...
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