Let us each lay aside our personal preferences for what we think church ought to be and try to get back to the principles and practices of the early church.
So many today say, "I'm waiting for God to work in my life." Here's the thing...He already is!
And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great … Continue reading Our Response to Grace
Having shown that the Apostle Paul declared the promise of the opening of the gospel to the Gentiles is fulfilled in the church, Elder Bryce shows how we should react in devotion to our local church with joy and thankfulness.
Along with the prophecy of the coming of the Messiah, the Old Testament contains several promises to a time of the light of knowledge of God coming to the Gentiles. Ephesians chapter 3 teaches us that the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a fulfillment of that long anticipated revelation.
There are two fundamental reasons we worship God publicly in church. Number one - He told us to! That ought be enough but we have another reason. Since God has been so good to us we ought to come before Him with praise and thanksgiving.
Because we are in Christ by the grace of God, all of our blessings are "in Christ." Since God loved us long before we ever existed, we are able to love Him. We owe our very lives to Christ. God has commanded that we worship Him. Therefore, we ought to be in church actively thanking Him for His amazing grace!
The church is the most precious thing to Jesus. It is His bride. Therefore, we should view it the same way. When we do, we find assurance, comfort, and peace even as the world rages around us. This is amazing. Who are we that God would do this for us? What amazing love! What amazing grace.
This week on Triumphal Feast, Elder Bryce continues in his series on Paul's letter to the Church at Ephesus. Today's message will show us that the same amazing power that rose Jesus from the dead is what gives us the ability to believe the gospel and trust in Jesus Christ. When we trust Christ and abide in His church, we find that we can have peace even if the governments of the world were to be dissolved and a pandemic threatens lives. We can do this because, the church is everything to God. Therefore, it should be everything to us.
This edition of Triumphal Feast concludes the message "Paul's Prayer." In this sermon, we see the beautiful design that God has for His church. He gives each pastor a heart to care for and feed the flock over which he is called to shepherd. In church, the Bridegroom gives His Bride the words of comfort and hope to face the present evil world.