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I Need Thee Every Hour (5 of 5)
Series: We, The Church, Take Thee, Jesus
Ephesians 5: 15-20
Quote From Covenant: "To walk circumspectly in the world, to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment, to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger. To abstain from the sale of, and use of, intoxicating drinks as a beverage. To be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour."
Church Wedding Vows: We, the church, take thee Jesus, to be our lawful wedded Bridegroom, by Amazing Grace. To have as my Saviour, to hold as my Security, from his day through out eternity, to love supremely, to cherish sweetly, and to obey serenely, and thereto, we pledge ourselves.
I. For Our Understanding
A) How To Walk While Hearing Him
1. A Cautious Walk
2. A Consistent Walk
B) How To Walk While Having Him
C) How To Win While Heeding Him
II. For Our Undertakings
A) To Keep The Tongue In Cheek
B) To Keep The Temper In Check
C) To Keep The Temptation In Control
III. For Our Under girding
A) He Intercedes For Us
1. Powered By His Ability
2. Provided By His Agenda
B) He Intercepts For Us
That portion of the church covenant that we have before us, in this exposition, deals with the most important area of the Christian life. Other than the possession of salvation itself, nothing trumps the importance of our testimony and witness in the world around us. We also need to acknowledge the fact that this aspect of our pilgrimage in this life, is the one that is neglected and abused the most. This neglect of our marriage vows to Christ is running neck and neck with the neglect of our physical marriage vows as well. While physical adultery is rampant in our society, spiritual adultery is even worse. As an old preacher once said, "the spirituality of a saint of God cannot be measured by how loud they shout and sing, but by the way that they trade horses and do ...
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