Summary: Challenging a local church to be committed to God.
THE CHURCH THAT IS BLESSED OF GOD
Heb 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. (KJV)
INTRODUCTION: Could we put on our marquee this quotation: “BHBC, The Church That Is Blessed Of God.” If we did display that would it be the truth? Many would assume that any group calling themselves a church would qualify for the blessing of God – not true. Just because a building has a steeple on the roof, an organ on the platform, and a marquee in the front yard does not qualify it as a church building. Actually many organizations that are identified as churches are really dens for the devil.
To be blessed of God a church must have and meet certain qualifications. We will automatically assume that the church has been originated properly; that is, the proper organization was completed. A church must have been started from another Scriptural Baptist church. When a group of people go to a certain location and hold religious services and then call themselves a N.T. Church does not make the claim true. There must be a proper beginning.
Then, there must be a Mother Church. A church is born. To be born there must be a mother. Every Scriptural N.T. Baptist Church must have had a Mother Church that was also Scriptural else there has been no birth.
There are other important issues concerning the proper organization of a N.T. Baptist Church, but these two are foremost and premier.
So now let’s look at the church that is blessed of God.
I. A LOVING CHURCH VS. 1.
Heb 13:1 Let brotherly love continue. (KJV) The Greek word for Brotherly Love is – “Philadelphia”.
“Love to Christians on account of their likeness to Christ is a fruit of the Spirit, and an evidence of being born of God. It is also a means of promoting our love to Christ and the enjoyment of his presence. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (Family Bible Notes)
Joh 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. (KJV)
Our theme for 2003 was: “You’ve Never Been So Loved.” Just because we had that theme did not bring the blessings of God upon our church. We had to enact that theme. I wonder what kind of grade we made with God in the matter of loving others and continuing in His love? God wants a church to love people. Without that love for people, both lost and saved, we will never qualify for God’s blessing.