“I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.”
• Church is not what happens at a building on Sunday.
• You are the church!
• A congregation is an assembly.
• It doesn’t matter where we gather, we are still the church.
• Without people, you do not have a church, you only have a building.
• In Acts, you don’t find a church building mentioned although the church did exist.
“Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.”
• When you read “church” in the new testament, you are reading “congregation” which was mentioned in the old testament.
• There is no church without people.
• Advance God’s agenda wherever you have an agenda.
• The enemy has convinced us to live a dual life. Everything is sanctified in church but not on the outside of church.
“Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord , and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?”
• The sin that the bible sheds light on is what makes us realize that we need salvation.
• There needs to be a voice of truth in society or salvation won’t become important to the lost.
• In Hebrews 5:13-14, the word of God defines evil.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!”
• Satan wants to be in control of the rewarding of good and the punishment of evil.
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:”
• God allowed and implemented government to reward good and punish evil.
• When those who are in authority view good as evil and evil as good, we have a problem.
• We cannot condone what God condemns.
“But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done.”
Acts 4:17, 19-21
“Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”
• Daniel honored God instead of the law of man and the Lord saved him.