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The Great Church: Filled with Joy
October 18, 1998
Today as we look some more at what makes a church great based on the NEW TESTAMENT Church, and what all this means to the believer, we'll continue using the Book of Acts as our point of focus.
A question for us to hold onto as we consider this passage, might be this: what would it be like if all Christians today, took the Bible seriously, and lived in a manner that is consistent with it? Think about how AWESOME that would be! And do you realize that the church here and now, would in fact be a truly GREAT church? Do you realize just how pleasing the church, this bride of Christ, would be in the eyes of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Would that be AWESOME or WHAT?
Let's start today with a brief summary of what we have looked at these past few weeks regarding some of the characteristics of what makes a church great. First, to be a great church, we have to have in ourselves an environment where the HOLY SPIRIT is free to more, and we saw that we do that, by being obedient to the Lord in all matters, and believe in the Lord's Promises - in other words, walk by FAITH, just as the Apostles and disciples did back in the early first century. Then through faith in and obedience to the Lord, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit really starts to make things happen in the life of the believer and the life of the church. And then God does something spectacular. You see, as a result of the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives, people all around us will be drawn to stop and take a look.
Last week, then we saw, was that a great church takes a BOLD approach to her ministry. She starts off with her doors wide open to all people, regardless of age, sex, color, or economic conditions, because who did Jesus come to die for? It was for ALL people. And our approach to reaching the world with the gospel of Jesus should be to be boldly proclaiming the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, and H ...
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