First Assembly worship leader, Josh Van Geersdaele said that he had not seen anything like that in a very long time, to witness the power of God drawing people to Himself, as the congregation exalted the worship of His Name. I was sensing in my spirit the need for an altar call at the beginning of the service and I had hoped that Pastor Phil was feeling the same and praise God that he did!
This sermon begins by explaining how there can be false converts within the church, which is mainly due to the lack of sound biblical, doctrinal and even evangelistic preaching from the pulpit. The charade of acting like a Christian will soon be exposed for their hypocrisy and with great embarrassment too. The greatest embarrassment however, is facing a Holy God in sheer terror for having perpetrated the garment of salvation selfishly.
Read what the Scripture says concerning such a person:
"Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?" Hebrews 10:29.
Yet, within the text there is a description of what a person who has been genuinely converted to Christ looks like.
This, my dear friends, is the benefit of why we must hear expository preaching from the pulpit every week, so that we may have a greater understanding of the context of Scripture and grow in the knowledge and admonition of the LORD.
Sunday, March 7, 2010, First Assembly of God, Brookfield, CT. The sermon is an exposition of 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10.
I'd like to recommend reading Pastor Phil Morgan's post, What Should Your Preacher Be Doing? Two Bible Pictures. Enjoy reading and listening to both messages.