February 6pm, 2000 The Church That Left The Door Cracked. Rev. 2
By Ronald E. George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church
A young boy was allowed for the first time to go with his parents to see what it was like in "big church." There was to be a service of Holy Communion, followed by the sermon. As the minister stood behind the communion table, and broke the bread, the boy whispered, "What does that mean, Dad?" His father said, "That's what Jesus said we must do to remember Him." Then the minister lifted the chalice. The boy whispered, "And what does that mean, Dad?" His father said, "That reminds us how Jesus shed his blood for us on the Cross." Finally, the minister moved to the pulpit. He took off his watch with a flourish, and put it down in front of him. The boy asked, "And what does that mean, Dad?" His father said, "THAT, my son, means absolutely NOTHING."
On these cold days we are always quick to shut the door, and if anyone leaves the door open then the things that outside always come in quickly. The dogs, cats, and the cold are quick to come in and begin to cause problems. The church at Pergamos had let the doctrine of the devil to creep into their church.
A farmer was walking over his farm with a friend, exhibiting his crops, herds of cattle, and flocks of sheep. His friend was greatly impressed and highly pleased, especially with the splendid sheep. He had seen the same breed frequently before, but never had seen such fine specimens. With great earnestness he asked how he had succeeded in rearing such flocks. His simple answer was: "I take care of my lambs." --Scottish Magazine
Purpose to show that the 21st Century Church and youth in particular have to persist in the teaching of the truth and to live that truth in an evil world.
Scripture Text: Rev. 2:12 (KJS) And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, [even] where Satan's seat [is]: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas [was] my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it].
A Sunday School teacher was telling her class about heaven. She spoke of the happiness they would experience there, and the beauty they would see. Finally, she said, "How many of you want to go to heaven?" Everyone put up their hand, except little Robbie. The Sunday School teacher asked, "Don't you want to go to heaven, too, Robbie?" "Oh yes, I do," said Robbie, "but I thought you were making up a group to go right now!"
The young son of some atheists went to his parents one day, and said, "Do you think God KNOWS we don't believe in Him?"
Matt 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
- Remember his promises.
- I will bless you, Gen. 12:2
- I will not fail you, Josh. 1:5
- I will heal you, 2 Kings 20:5
- I will guide you, Ps. 32:8
- I will instruct you, Ps. 32:8
- I will teach you, Ps. 32:8
- I will deliver you, Ps. 50:15
- I will satisfy you, Ps. 132:15
- I will help you, Is. Isa 41:10
- I will strengthen you, Isa 41:10
- I will uphold you, ; Isa 41:10
- I will hold Thine hand, Isa 42:6
- I will not forget you, Isa 49:15
- I will comfort Thee, Isa 66:13
- I will forgive, Jer. 31:34
- I will restore, Jer. 30:17
- I will be your God, Eze. 36:28
- I will put my Spirit within you, Eze 36:27
- I will save you, Eze. 36:27, 29
- I will love him, John 14:21
- I will manifest myself, John 14:21
- I will come again, John 14:3
- I will sup/eat with him, Rev. 3:20
- I will give you a crown of life, Rev. 2:10