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I. When I first trusted
Christ, if I hadn=t joined the church;
I would still be a baby Christian
I wouldn=t have heard
many wonderful passages in the Bible, preached.
I wouldn=t have been
part of Revivals, and Bible and Missions Conferences.
I wouldn=t have reaped
the benefit of seeing others saved.
I wouldn=t have learned
to win souls to Christ, myself.
I wouldn=t have
responded to messages on Salvation by praying for lost loved ones
I wouldn=t have been
able to serve the One who went to Calvary for my sins.
I would never have gone off to Bible
I would never have been prepared to
preach and lead in Christian service.
My Pastor told me to COME
EVERY TIME the DOORS were OPEN.
II. Blessings from
Hearing the Word of God preached and
God has called some to this ministry.
This is God=s gift to the church.
- Eph 4:11
God=s Word is
Praying for one another.
We have had visitors coming because of
our Acome pray with us@ sign.
We gather together and list many needs,
then we pray for each one.
We have seen many, many answers to
This is God=s way!!!
Exhortation we give and
I have met and known many of the
The best of this nation pass through the
doors of Churches just like ours.
Heroes of the faith are built on the
same Bible messages you and I hear.
III. Those who won=t assemble:
There are many who are drawing away
from the Lord.
The World is not
interested in assembling.
Less than 1% in England.
They don=t seek God=s Word, and preaching.
Pleasure seekers are not
They spend every idle hour chasing their
dreams of entertainment.
The Devil=s crowd is not interested.
They are the enemies of God.
They have different pursuits.
IIII. Your place in the
assembly: Turn to 1 Peter 2
For every Child of God, there is a plan.
A plan for your life.
One which will glorify Christ.
God cares for His own.
Be in your place!
1. Setting aside old
KJV 1 Peter 2:1 Wherefore laying aside all
malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
We are to unlearn the habits of
Laying aside: Hatred, selfishness, being two-faced, envy, and evil.
Some of us are:
Hypocrites KJV Romans 5:5
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in
our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
We are hypocrites because we have the
name of Christ but don=t have the
presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts!
KJV 2 Timothy 1:8 Be not thou therefore
ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou
partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
We are hypocrites because we are afraid
we might receive persecution, so we cower in the corner, not wanting to be
known for our faith!
KJV 2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I
also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have
believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed
unto him against that day.
The apostle Paul was not a valiant man
without the promises of God.
2. Desire the new life.
Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may
Like little babies, we are to start
over. Forget old attitudes, and
But, some little children are spoiled by
Fathers give children beer, and let them
We are to desire MILK.
A child who doesn=t get nutrients will not grow right.
A child of God who doesn=t feed on the Word of God will not grow right.
3. Serve God in spiritual
1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are
built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Together, the members of NBC are to live
as new creatures.
Attempting great things for God.
I=m afraid we
are Dead Stones, or Sickly Stones, or Puny Stones, or Lazy Stones.
Christ is the living Stone
We are to be like Him.
But, we aren=t offering up Spiritual Sacrifices.
It would be sacrificial to send a $1000
to the Haiti Project
It would be a Spiritual Sacrifice if we
were to win a hundred people to Ch.
4. Honor God with an
Enlightened to Him.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen
generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye
should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into
his marvellous light:
Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:
which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
The People of God.
Many are satisfied to receive the praise of men.
Lions, Member of First Baptist Church, Good member of the Community, Good
But the People of God hear different praise!
AThank God for
him; he lead me to Christ.@
This one lead 100's, maybe 1000's to
This one supported Missions
These praises will come from Christ Himself; the Praise of our Lord
We must seek to be the People of God!!!
AI Met My Master@
I had walked
life=s path with an easy tread, had followed where comfort and pleasure
Until, one day
in a quiet place - I met my Master face to face.
and rank and wealth for a goal, much thought for the body but none for the
I had entered
to win this life=s mad race - when I met my Master face to face.
I had built my
castles, reared them high, till their towers had pierced the blue of the sky;
I had sworn to
rule with an iron mace - when I met my Master face to face.
I met Him and
knew Him, and blushed to see, that His eyes full of sorrow were fixed on me;
And I faltered,
and fell at His feet that day, while my castles melted and vanished away.
vanished and in their place, I saw naught else but my Master=s face;
And I cried
aloud, AOh Lord, make me meet, to follow the steps of Thy wounded feet.@
My thought is
now for the souls of men; I have lost my life to find it again;
alone in that quiet place, I met my Master face to face.
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