by Ernest Easley

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The Second Coming of Jesus Christ (1 of 3)
Series: Second Coming
Ernest L. Easley
1 Thessalonians 5:1-7

For several weeks now we have been in a series of messages under the heading of CHURCHLIFE, discovering what it means to be a church member, the body of Christ, the bride of Christ. Church membership is a gift from God!

We have discovered what Jesus meant when He said to Simon Peter, ''You are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it.'' And since Acts 2 when His church was born, He's been building it. He did a little building last Sunday in our contemporary service when 13 people prayed to receive Christ. And we've been seeing Him build all year along in all of our worship gatherings. I pray that before this service is over, that we will see Him build some more to His church.

Remember, the church that Jesus is building is not with bricks; it's with people who turn from their sin and pray to receive Him into their lives. And what a privilege to be living during the church age! During this day of grace! During this day of mercy! During this day of salvation!

But I need to tell you that the church age that began in Acts 2 will not last forever. One of these days, the doors of His church will close and be no more. That's right. The opportunity for church membership will be a thing of the past. Today, you will be given an invitation and opportunity to join the church, but the day is coming when no more invitations or opportunities will be given.

You say, ''Pastor, are we closing the doors of the church one day?'' Oh no! We're not closing the doors of the church; Jesus is closing the door of His church! You say, ''When will that happen?'' When He comes again!

Know this: the Bible tells us in the Old Testament that Jesus is coming; it tells us in the Gospels that Jesus has come and it tells us in the Epistles and the Revelation that Jesus is coming again. And just as surely as there was the ...

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