Monday, November 9, 2009

The Church

Eph 3:14-21

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

There has been a serious decline in church attendance in the past few decades and this decline is simply a fulfillment of Scripture. It has been prophesied that in the last days, there would be a falling away and we are in the middle of it.
The form of godliness has permeated the ranks of the professing believers with little or no conviction or holiness of life.

As the manner of some is has become the rule instead of the exception.

a) It Is A Place Of RALLYING. (When you are DOWN.)
b) It Is A Place Of RELYING. (When you are DEVASTATED.)
c) It Is A Place Of RENEWING. (When you are DEFILED.)
d) It Is A Place Of REVIVAL. (When you are DEFEATED.)

The Church in PURPOSE--in eternity --Mystery Hidden Eph. 3:5 ages past
The Church in PREVIEW--the Gospels
The Church in PRACTICE--The Acts
The Church in PATTERN--1 Cor.-1 Tim
The Church in PROPHECY--Rev 2:--3:

OT saints were saved but not members of THE Church.

1-In the GARDEN He dwelled NEAR man!
*(Adam & Eve) They didn't know where He was, just that He was near

2-In the TABERNACLE He dwelled ABOVE man!
*Shekinah Glory =Cloud by Day & Fire by Night

3-In the MANGER He dwelled WITH man!
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,

4-In the CHURCH AGE the dwells IN man! I Corinthians 3:16-17 & 6:19-20

Nothing can replace the Local New Testament Church; but the church is not the building, it is the believers that make it up!