The People of the Church - Part 5 (5 of 10) by Ernest Easley

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The People of the Church - Part 5 (5 of 10)
Series: Church Life
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Matthew 6:19-21

Your CHURCHLIFE has a direct bearing on your Christian life. You show me somebody with a healthy CHURCHLIFE, I'll show you somebody with a healthy Christian life! God never intended us to live the Christian life by ourselves! Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto!

Proverbs 27.17, "As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend." We need each other's fellowship and friendship, especially as we move closer to the second coming of Jesus. That's what we read in Hebrews 10.23-25, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." What Day? The Day Jesus returns for His church! And the closer we get to that Day, the more challenging it will be to live godly in Christ Jesus!

There will be more pressure! There will be more persecution! There will be more perversion! And God's plan is to help prepare you through your CHURCHLIFE.

So, how's your CHURCHLIFE? I was recently at the retirement ceremony of a Colonel from the United States Army. Several Officers said a few personal words to the Colonel expressing their gratitude for his service and then they said a word to him regarding retirement. One of the retired Generals, who spoke, said that when he retired, he told his friends, "I'm going to find somebody whose not doing anything, and join them."

Everybody laughed and then I thought, "I know a lot of church members just like that. That joined the church and found somebody not doing anything and joined them!"

It's time for us to get a biblical understanding of what it means to be a part of the body of Christ! The Bible describes church member ...


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