The church this side of heaven is always the church MILITANT. But how often are Christians known as peacemakers? And how do you put together the call to be pure and holy and also to be a peacemaker in every level of your interaction with others. This probing sermon addresses these issues and so many others. And it will challenge YOU to be peacemakers - even as part of the church militant. We need this message in our day!
Many claim to believe in Jesus Christ, but do not hold fast to Him. They perhaps have said a prayer, but they fall prey to false teachings, are surprised by suffering and eventually they turn away from the Lord. Here the Apostle closes the letter with his personal autograph, again, encouraging the church by what he says in order that they may persevere in their faith to the very end!
In discussing the appointment of the Apostles on the mountain and then bringing them down to a level place to instruct them, Luke mentions a very large crowd assembled to hear and be healed by Him. The reference to this crowd, on the surface, seems to be extraneous in light of Jesus stated purpose to instruct the Apostles. I would argue that the inclusion of the crowd was pertinent to the ultimate reason for the Apostles to begin with. Jesus was laying the foundation of His Kingdom and its advancement in world that will be very hostile to it. This is seen in the beatitudes and woes Jesus pronounced to introduce His sermon. As Paul stated to Timothy, "All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (2 Tim. 3:12). This reality is due to Kingdom citizens living in a world of evil people.
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Please pray for the two young women in the recording.
It is very shocking to be racially abused in England!
I stand with the Jews.
Sunday Evening Service – November 19, 2023 – Pastor Rhon Roberts Preaching
Offertory: "Near To The Heart of God" Lyrics and Music by Cleland McAfee; Arranged by Alan Lohr; Copyright 1993 by Soundforth
Special Music: "Saved By Grace" Lyrics by James M. Gray; Music by Daniel B. Towner; Arranged by Faye Lopez; Accompaniment by Beth Lynch Copyright 1986 by The Wilds
Sermon: Standing Up For God
Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:1-14
Hymns used from the following:
Great Hymns of the Faith Brentwood Benson Publishing - CCLI License for live streaming
Soul Stirring Songs and Hymns - Sword of the Lord Publishers - used by permission from publisher
From the Media Ministry of Mukwonago Baptist Church
1610 Honeywell Road
Mukwonago, WI 53149
A man was shot in the head outside of Phoenix for preaching the Gospel on the street. Nigeria is now considered the "Most Dangerous Place" to be a Christian. Hate crimes against Christians in Europe has jumped by 44 percent in just one year...These were headlines last week in the news. How should the Church handle persecution? We see here in this passage the proper response to persecution. Preach the Word in season and out of season.
Verse by verse exposition through the book of 2 Thessalonians. (Sermon also includes the reading and exhortation from the Lord's Table liturgy) 2 Thes 1:3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 4 knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. 5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. 6 And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. 8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything.
The day that Stephen was stoned a great persecution broke out against the church led primarily by Saul. He sought to rip the church apart by putting men and women in prison, even consenting to their death.