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The Judgment in God's House

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Sermon shared by Terry Vaughan

October 2001
Summary: God is judging us and it begins in the house of God.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: THE JUDGMENT IN GODS HOUSE

ďFOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. FOR GOD SENT NOT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED. HE THAT BELIEVETH IS NOT CONDEMNED; BUT HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT IS CONDEMNED ALREADY BECAUSE HE HATH NOT BELIEVED IN THE NAME OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD.Ē JOHN 3:16-18 KJV

1 PETER 4:17 ďFOR THE TIME IS COME THAT JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD: AND IF IT FIRST BEGIN AT US, WHAT SHALL THE END BE OF THEM THAT OBEY NOT THE GOSPEL OF GOD?Ē

I BATTLED OVER THIS SCRIPTURE THIS WEEK. I KNEW GOD WANTED ME TO PREACH IT AND I WAS UNSURE ABOUT SOME THINGS AND WHEN IíM THAT WAY I DO A WHOLE LOT OF READING AND A WHOLE LOT OF PRAYING AND A WHOLE LOT OF STUDYING. IíM NOT GOING TO GET UP HERE AND SHARE SOMETHING WITH YOU UNLESS I KNOW FOR SURE ITíS RIGHT. I PRAYED AND TRIED TO GET GOD TO GIVE ME SOMETHING ELSE. BUT THIS IS WHAT HE LAID ON MY HEART AND IíM GOING TO PREACH IT AS HE SHOWED IT TO ME.

IT SAYS THAT THE TIME HAS COME FOR JUDGMENT TO BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD. THATíS TALKING ABOUT GODS PEOPLE AND GODS HOUSE. ITíS NOT NECESSARILY TALKING ABOUT WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH BUT ABOUT GODS HOUSE. WHAT IS GODS HOUSE? ITíS GODS PEOPLE. HE SAID WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED, THERE AM I IN THE MIDST OF THEM. IíM GLAD THAT THOSE THAT ARE SAVED BY THE GRACE OF GOD ARE GODS PEOPLE AND THEY ARE GODS HOUSE. I WANT TO PREACH JUST A FEW MINUTES ON THE JUDGMENT IN GODS HOUSE AND ON GODS PEOPLE. IF THERE WASNíT ANY JUDGMENT COMING FROM THE LORD WE COULD LIVE ANY OLD LIFE WE WANTED TO. WE COULD COME IN THE HOUSE DRUNK AND TRY AND WORSHIP THE LORD. THEREíS A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TODAY THAT LIVE LIKE THE DEVIL DURING THE WEEK AND THEY WANT TO LIVE LIKE GOD ON SUNDAYS. BUT I LIKE TO LIVE LIKE THE LORD TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. WE NEED TO BE CHRIST LIKE NO MATTER WHO WEíRE AROUND OR WHERE WEíRE AT. I BELIEVE GOD HAD TO PUT THE JUDGMENT IN THE HOUSE OF GOD TO KEEP US IN LINE. BECAUSE ITíS REAL EASY FOR US TO GET OUT OF GODS WILL. THE JUDGMENT IS NOT A BAD THING. ITíS A GOOD THING. A LOT OF PEOPLE HEAR THAT WORD JUDGMENT AND IT SCARES THEM HALF TO DEATH. IíM NOT PREACHING ON THE GREAT WHITE THRONE. THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT IS WHEN THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT JUDGE THOSE SINNERS THATíS NEVER BEEN SAVED BY THE GRACE OF GOD. THEIR FINAL JUDGMENT WILL BE THE LAKE OF FIRE ACCORDING TO THE BOOK OF REVELATION. WE WHO ARE SAVED WILL NOT BE PARTAKERS IN THAT JUDGMENT. BUT WHILE WEíRE HERE, WE WILL BE JUDGED BY JESUS CHRIST.

FIRST I WANT TO SHARE THE MEANING OF JUDGMENT. THE ABILITY TO PERCEIVE OR DISTINGUISH THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TWO OBJECTS. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THE TWO OBJECTS ARE IN A CHRISTIANS LIFE THAT HE JUDGES US FOR. RIGHT AND WRONG. THERE IS NO IN BETWEEN. IíLL SUMMON THAT UP WITH TWO OTHER WORDS: GOOD OR EVIL.
ROMANS 7:21 ďI FIND THEN A LAW, THAT, WHEN I WOULD DO GOOD, EVIL IS PRESENT WITH ME.Ē
EVIL IS ALL AROUND CHRISTIANS. THE DEVIL IS ALL AROUND US TRYING TO BRING US DOWN. IT WOULD BE REAL EASY FOR US IF WE GOT IN THE FLESH TO SLIP OUT OF GODS WILL. BUT HEíS GOING TO JUDGE US FOR GOOD AND EVIL.
ROMANS 2:9-10 ďTRIBULATION
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