PM sermons are preceded by a Confessional, Catechism, or Historic Creed lesson. Usually 5 minutes or so. Belgic Confession Article Article 28: The Obligations of Church Members
We believe that since this holy assembly and congregation is the gathering of those who are saved and there is no salvation apart from it, people ought not to withdraw from it, content to be by themselves, regardless of their status or condition. But all people are obliged to join and unite with it, keeping the unity of the church by submitting to its instruction and discipline, by bending their necks under the yoke of Jesus Christ, and by serving to build up one another, according to the gifts God has given them as members of each other in the same body. And to preserve this unity more effectively, it is the duty of all believers, according to God's Word, to separate themselves from those who do not belong to the church, in order to join this assembly wherever God has established it, even if civil authorities and royal decrees forbid and death and physical punishment result. And so, all who withdraw from the church or do not join it act contrary to God's ordinance.
Paul in this passage answers three tough questions about deacons...
Can women serve as deacons?
Is the deacon a leader at home?
What are the benefits of being a deacon?
Listen to this sermon and study this wonderful passage with us!
Webster defines 'fear' as the 'distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, or pain.' Who or what we fear control what we do in life. As believers in Jesus Christ we are to 'conduct ourselves in fear.' Fear of who or what? Many today live in the fear of man. What others think or do controls them. But the fear of man is a trap for it does not produce the intended results. As believers we are to live in the fear of the Lord. Theologians define it as 'reverential trust or awe.' But is the fear of the Lord more than that? Have we taken the fear out of the fear of the Lord? Peter says we shouuld be a little bit of afraid of God for two reasons. First,, as our heavenly Father who loves us He will also discipline us. He does so that we might partake in His holiness. And secondly, as an impartial judge, God will hold us accountable for our words and actions. One day we will give an account to the Lord for the things we've said and done. That in an d of itself should make us a little fearful. Not afraid of losing our salvation, but rather afraid of losing our rewards should move us to live in the fear of the Lord!
Grace & Truth Bible Church (GTBC)
Series: Biblical Distinctions
Message: 11 - Discerning the Difference Between Salvation and Rewards
Speaker: Dale Pearson
Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 1:17-23, 1 Corinthians 3:9-15
Dale Pearson teaches the eleventh message in the Biblical Distinctions series, with a message titled, "11 - Discerning the Difference Between Salvation and Rewards" reviewing:
A. The Offer
B. The Reception
C. The Possession
D. The Timing
E. The Permanency
F. The Involvement
G. The Determination
H. The Evaluation
I. The Result
The opening verse of our passage (Luke 12:35) says: "Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning?" What follows this exhortation is a sobering explanation of rewards to the faithful and accountability for the unfaithful. We are accountable NOT only for the evil that has been done - but for the good that has been undone. Are you rapture-ready?
Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ:
God rightly condemned Jews and Gentiles for their sins and then gave over to their sins. God gave them over to their sins so they could suffer…the beginning of their hell…or so they could repent! Now God is always right in what he does! Hear about this today.
Our headings are:
God is Fair
God is Fair to the Faithful
God is Fair to the Faithless
Our goals are:
That you will not question God's fairness in giving over the wicked to sin, but will work to rescue those who are under God's just condemnation and in a dangerous place!