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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

2 Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” We are continuing our Bible Doctrine Conference this week. If you would like to join us this week our services begin at 7:00pm. We had another good time in the house of the Lord tonight. Each night Pastor Bill South and Pastor Ronnie Young will be preaching for us.

Tonight Pastor Ronnie Young started off the evening preaching on “The Doctrine Of The Church” out of Matthew 16:13-20. In these set of verses we have the first mention of the church. The church is a called out from assembly. Has a strict Gentile meaning. It is a strict order meeting where you meet at a certain place and a certain time. There are some names given for the church in the Bible. The church is called the bride – Eph. 5:32; the body – Eph. 1:22-23, part of the family, the city (New Jerusalem) – Rev. 21. Pastors, evangelists and gifted servants are placed in the church – Eph. 4:12 and Col. 1:18. Deacons are appointed – Acts 6:1-3. The church is an organism. It has a living head which is in heaven, and we are a lively body – Heb. 2:22. Christ is the center of the church. The church is the foundation of our endeavors. The church is autonomous – self governing. There are no high archy, no ecclesiastical officers in a true New Testament Baptist Church. Our stand and who we are is based on the Word of God, not on mans opinions or doctrines. Our head and founder is Christ, our name is the church, we are a set of congregation, we are saved people, and we have offices as a Pastor and Deacon. The work of the church is to get people saved; the finances come from the tithes and offerings of the congregation; and there is independence between the church and the state. The church was in the mind and heart of God before the world began. In the Old Testament the church is seen, typified, and pictured. In the New Testament we see how the church began, was empowered and how it should be ran. The scope of the church is to glorify God through worship, love, fellowship and giving. It’s also about the salvation of souls. We are to be salt, light, and hold forth the Word of Life. There are only two ordinances of the church. There is baptism which is retrospective (what Christ has done for us, the death, burial, and resurrection); it is prospective (what Christ is doing right now); and it is predicative (the resurrection that will soon come to pass). The second ordinance is the Lord’s Supper. It is a continual action, an act of remembrance of the pain, the broken body, the price that was paid for our sins, the patter (Lord’s Supper cleans us up), and the promise (we will have the meal again in heaven at the marriage supper of the Lamb). The activity of the church begins with membership – 1 Cor. 5:12. The qualifications of being a member is that of regeneration, profession of faith, baptism by immersion, a Christian life, and a letter of recommendation if you are coming from another church. We are to be a part of worship which includes praying, singing, and praising God. We are to be a part of witnessing as well by preaching, giving, and going. There are three laws in activity of the disciple and that is the law of love – John 13:44-45, the law of the offender (which is the law of confession) – Matt. 5, and the law of forgiveness. The journey of this Church is because people laid down their lives so that the Gospel may go forth and continue on. We have a church today because Christianity promised liberty. Many people suffered and died so that we could have the church that we have today. We should be so thankful for the church.

Pastor Bill South closed the evening by preaching out of John 16:7-11 on “The Doctrine Of The Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is a real person and He is just as much God as God is. The Holy Spirit is part of the trinity. In John 16:7-11 we see the normal work of the Holy Spirit, which is what we can see and experience every day of our lives. The Holy Spirit reproves, which means He convinces or convicts. The Holy Spirit is what convicts us and shows us that we are guilty before God. The Holy Spirit reproves the world of sin. He parent sin is that of unbelief, people won’t believe on Him. Holy Spirit reproves the world of righteousness. This is Christ’s righteousness. He was perfect and therefore became our Savior. Holy Spirit also reproves the world of judgment. 2 Cor. 4:4 and 1 John 5:20. Satan has already been judged; he is our enemy and has been judged by God. The Holy Spirit works on our behalf as believers. He works by indwelling us – Rom. 5:5. We don’t have to work for it, it was given to us. He guides us into truth, teaches us to worship, guards us against the flesh, keeps us out of sin, and gives us gifts so we can glorify God with our life through the gifts He has given us. Holy Spirit also intercedes for us. He intercedes for us when we go to God and we don’t know how to pray. He prays for us when we don’t know how to pray. Some of our best prayers are the prayer that we can’t pray, those prayers we don’t know how to pray. The Holy Spirit also calls us – Acts 13:1-3. He calls us and gives us something to do for Him. He wants us to be busy; He doesn’t want us sitting idly by doing nothing. The Holy Spirit also confirms us – Rom. 8:8-17. He confirms that we are His because the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. He witnesses to us through the Word of God. He confirms that we are in the family of God and that we are His child. The Holy Spirit seals us – John 6:27, 2 Cor. 1:21-22 and Eph. 1:13. We are sealed until the day of redemption. We are good until He’s ready for us. We don’t know love, joy, or peace until the Holy Spirit dwells in us. The job of the Holy Spirit is to glorify God, and we should glorify God with our lives.

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