"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 . . . . .


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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

TTUF TOPIC # 4: What About Church Life? PART 3 of 3

It is vital that every Christian be involved in a local church body. This cannot be replaced with social media or watching services online.

In order for fellowship (body ministry) to work, each individual Christian must be present with other Christians. As each operates in the gift(s) GOD has given to them for the mutual edification (building up) of one another, the entire body is blessed and progresses spiritually (ROM 1:12; 14:19; 1 THESS 5:11).

Christians who believe that they can “go it alone” will typically end up ‘warped’ in some way and may fall to spiritual pride, doctrinal error, a feeling of not needing or caring about fellowship with others. They will most often not receive correction, but freely give it to others.

Fellowship among believers helps us all as individuals to ‘stay on track’ in our lives as Christians.
Also, it’s extremely important during times of persecution and severe trials.

I believe that as we approach the time of the reign of the Beast, Scripture teaches that deception will increase (MATT 24:4-5,8,11,24; EPH 4:14; 5:6) as will wickedness (2 TIM 3:13; MATT 24:12), and both of these influences will cause Christians a great deal of spiritual trouble, in discouraging their faith, and causing zeal to cool off.

HEBREWS 10:24-25
24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching

Christians in countries where persecution is severe and intense, individuals find themselves isolated, alone, apart from any available fellowship with the body of Christ. It’s of greatest importance that one’s relationship with the LORD Jesus Christ be strong and stable because persecution may very well find its way here to America. Again, this fellowship with the LORD that will carry us through difficulties is found in the WORD of GOD and in prayer.

We may not always have a pastor or elder to encourage us in such times of difficulty, so we must learn how to encourage ourselves in the LORD
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