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Revival is more than just paying some guy to lead 7 services at your church then leave.
In this sermon we wrap up 1 Thessalonians and examine what Paul calls the church to be.
For many people the gospel is presented as the ticket to salvation and the good, easy life. Get saved and everything will be immediately better. But sometimes it is still hard. Some of us just sit back, pray and hope God makes it all better. Some of us set prayer aside and just try harder. In this message we discuss how we navigate the tension between God at work in us, and our personal responsibility for our own renewal.
King David made a great statement in 1 Chronicles 29:3 when he said, "I have set my affection on the house of my God." David had a desire to build a house for God. That did not fall to him, but to his son, Solomon. Yet David's love for God's house was not contingent on whether or not things were going his way or conditional on whether or not he got his way. Our church buildings and property--they were not built for us. Our church lands and facilities belong to God. The church is for God. In this message, Dr. Merritt follows David's example as he asks what a life looks like whose affection is for the things of Christ and His church. If Christ loved the church and gave His life for it (Ephesians 5:25), what does that mean for us today as a body of believers? What is our responsibility to the body and how is our church (physical location) a part of that?
Because you have, and are having Sweet Times With Jesus, you can be Jesus to others in your home, your city, and your church.
In Romans 12:1-2 Paul calls believers to live in response to the gospel he articulated in Romans chapters 1-11. Motivated by God's mercies, Christians are to follow Christ in the devotion of their lives as a holy offering to God.