Sunday, May 4, 2014

On the road again

From Pastor Randy's Sermon

Though our lives are sometimes shattered, The Gospel event of Christ can bring us back together again.  It may not be in the same way it was before, it may not always be how we think it should be, but yet it comes.  Sometimes, God is at work in our lives and we don’t even know it.  Sometimes our eyes don’t recognize it at the time.  Sometimes we too are blind like the two traveling on the road to Emmaus.

What do the two disciples do in response to discovering the risen Lord?  They got on that same road.

The road that had been marked by defeat,




 marked by shattered hopes, had been transformed. The road was full of possibilities. 
Hope was alive.  


It was the same road – but a different destination; the same road – but a different conversation; the same road – but different observations; the same road –but a different realization.  Hope was restored. Their dream had come true.  He was alive! They went back to Jerusalem to be witnesses to the resurrection – to tell everybody the good news.

From Pamela:  

I have known several friends who walked gracefully and faithfully to their last mortal breath.  Although the situations varied and the rate of their walk to death was according to each one's terminal condition, there was a similarity.  They ALL became more excited about what God was about to do as they came closer and closer to death.   Their faith told them that God's final surprise for them was that death would not have the final say in their life.   

It can be very difficult to wrap the head around that reality -- whether we are talking about physical death or the death of a dream, hope, relationship or life chapter.  We don't know "how" God will rebuild life in the midst of the rubble of death; and people often feel most secure in the presence of facts. People are more likely to be convinced by the details of what is to come than by the faith statement that God WILL bring new life from death.  

I wonder, can we get excited in the midst of sorrow about something that is dying?  We don't need to ignore or discount grief about what is lost -- but can we gather around the hope that what God has promised (life!) God will accomplish?  

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  1. THE LORD'S CHURCH

    What are the things that do not make you a member of the body of Christ?

    What are the requirements for membership in the Lord's church?

    THINGS THAT DO NOT MAKE YOU A MEMBER OF THE LORD'S CHURCH.

    1. Simply believing that Jesus is the Son of God does not grant you membership in the Lord's church.

    Mark 5:1-12 .....7..."What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?....12 The demons implored Him....

    Demons believe that Jesus is the Son of God, however, that does not give them membership in the Lord's church. Legion was not part of the body of Christ.

    2. Sprinkling infants with water does not make them part of the body of Christ. Sprinkling unbelieving babies is not an act that adds them to the Lord's church.

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved....

    Only believers who have been baptized are added to the Lord's church. Babies are not capable of believing.

    3. Joining denominations, such as the Catholic Church, the Baptist Church, the Lutheran Church, the Methodist Church, etc. does not grant you membership into the Lord's church. Joining a denomination cannot save anyone. You cannot join the Lord's church.

    Acts 2:47...And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

    The requirement for being added to the Lord's church is not joining a denomination. The Lord only adds the saved to the church. The church is the body of Christ.

    WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR BEING ADDED TO THE LORD'S CHURCH?

    The apostle Peter said, on the Day of Pentecost, " Be saved from this perverse generation!" (Acts 2:40)

    Who was saved? Acts 2:41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day were added about three thousand souls.

    Three thousands souls were added to the Lord's church on the Day of Pentecost. Why were they added to the body of Christ?
    They received Peter's message and were immersed in water.(baptized).

    Peter's message: (Acts 2:22-38) They were taught that Jesus was the Christ. That Jesus was Lord. That God raised Jesus from the dead. They were told to repent and be baptized so their sins could be forgiven and that they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Those who believed Peter's message, and repented and were baptized, were added to the body of Christ by the Lord Himself. (Acts 2:47 ...And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

    MEN BECOME SAVED THE SAME WAY TODAY AS THEY DID ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST.

    HOW TO BECOME ADDED TO THE LORD'S CHURCH.

    1. FAITH: John 3:16, Mark 16:16
    2. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:37
    3. REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19
    4. BAPTISM: Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Galatians 3:27.


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