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Sermons from Northbrook Baptist Church
Northbrook Baptist Church
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Total Sermons: 51
Total Amens: 17
The Christianâ€™s baptism then is a source of great comfort. It is not a comfort because it is seen as some saving ritual. Baptism is a comfort because it reminds us that we are united with Jesus in his death, his resurrection and his reign in glory. We can be certain that we will be blessed when we suffer for righteousnessâ€™ sake, because as believers our destiny is united with Jesus Christ. If Jesus has the victory over evil spirits, then he certainly will have the victory over those who persecute us now.
The Local Church: Congregationalism - Defending & Displaying the Glory of God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ
It is that way with a church? If a gaggle is nothing more than a group of geese, is a church really nothing more than a gathering of Christians? It doesnâ€™t matter how they organize themselves. If you get enough Christians together in one place, isnâ€™t that a church? Or, could it be that God has said something in his word about how Christians are to organize themselves as a local church?
Is that what membership is all about? Is it us, as a denomination or a local church, showing by our numbers that we are superior to the church down the street? It could be. We need to be careful in our discussions on membership. We must be biblical, and not merely pragmatic or traditional, or we could in up with something that looks more like the worship of numbers than a house built to worship the Lord.
Membership is a bond with a body of believers. Are you bound to them? Are you serving them? Are you walking with them? The church is the bride of Christ. You cannot love him and not love her. Can you, with an honest heart, sing and say: â€œI love Thy Church, O Godâ€? And will you commit to doing all that love entails?