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The People of the Church - Part 4 (4 of 10)
Series: Church Life
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Timothy 2:1
We're thinking these days about our CHURCHLIFE and what it means to be a church member. So, what is the condition of the church today? Would you say that it's striving and thriving or would you say that it's limping and lagging?
You say, "Pastor, it looks to me that the church is more limping and lagging than striving and thriving." All right. So why is that? You say, "Well, it's just the times we're living in. Our nation is morally bankrupt and more secular. We Christians are facing more and more persecution. It's just harder to be a Christian today than it was when I was growing up."
So you're saying that the church is limping and lagging rather than striving and thriving because of our social and political circumstances? Well, let me ask you this: what was the social and political climate when the church was born in the book of Acts? I'm talking about when the early church saw thousands coming to faith in Jesus. I'm talking about when "the Lord as adding to the church daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2.47).
Do you remember the social and political and religious climate when thousands were coming to faith in Jesus and churches were being started across Asia?
Here are some of the words that describe what those early believes faced: persecution, stoned, imprisoned, beaten, left for dead, threatened, arrested, on trial, martyr and yet: the church flourished!
Look around! These could very well be some of the greatest days ahead of us that the church has ever experienced in America! The darker things get, the brighter the church should shine! We ought to be like a rose in a desert; a diamond in a coalmine!
We can be that light! We can be that rose! We can be that diamond; but first, we must get our CHURCHLIFE right! Our churches are limping and lagging today, not because of our social and political circumstances; but b ...
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