by Rick White

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Membership: Privilege and Responsibility (4 of 7)
Series: Raise The Standard
Rick white
1 Thessalonians 1:6-8 (selected)

Message Truth: A great commitment to the great commandment and the great commission will help us become a great church for the glory of our God.

(Mat 16:17-18 NASB) And Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. {18} "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.

(Eph 2:19-22 NIV) Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, {20} built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. {21} In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. {22} And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

(1 Th 1:6-8 NIV) You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. {7} And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. {8} The Lord's message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,

Introduction: Chances are very good that if we all to remove our wallets this morning and check the contents (especially the area containing the plastic), we would find a large number of American Express Cards (green, gold, and platinum). There are two very famous slogans associated with the American Express Card. They are; Never leave home without it and Membership, it has its privileges. Membership does have its privileges. With the AE card you can travel, shop, stay in fine hotels, eat at fine restaurants, entertain yourself, and a host ...

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