by Ernest Easley

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Evangelizing the Sinner (7 of 7)
Our Savior... Our Church... Our Future
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 1.8
March 9, 2003

Now with our Bibles opened to Acts chapter 1... we are
continuing our series of messages under the heading:
Our Savior... Our Church... Our Future.

As Savior... Jesus is building His church.
As Church... We are the body of Christ.
As to our Future... It is bright and certain.

Jesus said, "I will build My church, and the gates of
Hell shall not prevail against it."

During these Sunday nights together... we have been
learning that a God-blessed... God-anointed New
Testament Church has three priorities:

(1) Exalting the Savior.

Colossians 1.18, "And He is the head of the body, the
church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the
dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence
(to be first, to hold first place.)"

And we've been learning what is involved in keeping
Jesus in the spotlight as individuals as well as a

But a growing and glowing God-blessed New Testament
church does more than Exalt the Savior.

(2) Equips the Saints.

Ephesians 4.11-12, "And He Himself gave some to be
apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some
pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints
for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body
of Christ."

Here's why God has given His church apostles,
prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers:

...for the equipping of the saints.

"equipping"... to mend something... to repair
something. And I believe this past week during the
WIN SCHOOL that we had some mending and repairing take

As we learned how to live a daily cleansed life and
the spirit-filled life... many of us experienced a
mending and repairing of our fellowship with God.
Some people call that revival.

And that's important for a lot of reasons. The next
thing Paul mentions in Ephesians 4 after the equipping
of the saints is...

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