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    God … I Don’t Want to Die!

          Are you dead to
         the Local Church?




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         this reason I left you in the
    “For Congregations in Crete, that
     you would set in order what remains
             New Testament
      and appoint elders in every city as I
            directed you,” – Titus 1:5
      Titus 1:5; 1 Timothy 3; 5:22




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Why would so many letters be
written to congregations if it
were not an important part of
    the Christian’s life?



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          Being a part of a
        local congregation …
        Involves more than just
    attending every once in a while!




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  Benefits of a Local Congregation
    “But encourage one another day after
 “and let us consider how to stimulate one
    another to as is good deeds, 25 not
  day, as longloveitandstill called "Today,"
•Encouragement assembling together,
   so that none of you
  forsaking our own will be hardened by
  –the the habit of of sin” – encouraging
     Hebrews 3:13; 10:24,25
  as isdeceitfulnesssome, but Hebrews 3:13
  one another; and all the more as you see
 the day drawing near.” – Hebrews 10:24,25




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  Benefits with those who rejoice, and
    “Rejoice strengthen Congregation
 “Therefore,of a Localthe hands that are
  weep with those who weep. 16 feeble,”
    weak and the knees that are Be of the
•Encouragement 12:12
                Hebrews
 same mind toward one another; do not be
•Supportin mind, but associate with the
  haughty
     lowly. Do not be wise in your own
  – Hebrews 12:12; Romans 12:15-16
       estimation.” – Romans 12:15-16




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    Benefits of a Local Congregation
     “Let the word of Christ richly dwell
 within you, with all wisdom teaching and
•Encouragementanother with psalms
  admonishing one
•Support and spiritual songs, singing
  and hymns
 with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
•Teaching
               Colossians 3:16
    – Matthew 28:19,20; Ephesians 4:11-
      12; 1 Thessalonians 3:2


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  Benefits of a Local Congregation
    “My brethren, brethren, admonish the
    “We urge you, any among you strays
 “Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any
   trespass, you who are spiritual, back, 20
  unruly, truth and the turns him restore
  from theencourage one fainthearted, help
•Encouragement •Rebuke a sinner
   let him know a spirit of gentleness; each
     the one in that he who turns
 such aweak, be patient with everyone.”
    from the 1 to of his way5:14 5:19,20
                            – that
•Support error yourself, Jamessave his
   one lookingThessalonianssowill you too
      will not be tempted.” – Galatians 6:1
       soul from death and will cover a
•Teaching
       multitude of sins.” – James 5:19,20




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     Benefits of a Local Congregation
       “Therefore, confess your sins to one
      “We urge you, brethren, admonish the
 unruly, and pray the fainthearted, that
 another,encouragefor one another sohelp
  you may be healed. •Rebuke
•Encouragement The effective prayer
    the weak, be patient with everyone.”
              1 Thessalonians 5:14
     of a righteous man•Help with
•Support                  can accomplish
             much.” – James 5:16
                           Temptations
•Teaching
                          – James 5:16




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  Benefits ofall be one; even asto you, that
  “A new may a Local give You, Father,
 “that theycommandment ICongregation
     you love one another, even also may
  are in Me and I in You, that they as I havebe
  in Us, so that the world•Rebuke one
•Encouragement you also love that You
       loved you, that may believe
   sent Me. 22 "The glory which You have given
                        – •Help with
•Supportanother.” them, that they may be
                          John 13:34
     Me I have given to
•Teaching                   Temptations
   one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You
  in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so
                          •Fellowship
    that the world may know that You sent Me,
                             – John loved Me.”
  and loved them, even as You have 13:34
                  John 17:21-23


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     You must truly be a PART of
         the Congregation




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           the angel of the church but
       “To Physically Alive in Sardis
      write: He who has the seven Spirits of
              Spiritually Dead
      God and the seven stars, says this: 'I
     know your deeds, that you have a name
                Revelation 3:1
      that you are alive, but you are dead.”
                  Revelation 3:1




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              Are
        “So because you Dead to and
                     you are lukewarm,
     neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of
              the Local Work?
            My mouth.” – Revelation 3:16

        Would Jesus “spit you out” –
             Revelation 3:16




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  “Test yourselves to see if you are in the
    God has yourselves! Or do you not
 faith; examine given you talents
   recognize this about yourselves, that
 Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you
            Matthew 25:14-30
      fail the test?” – 2 Corinthians 13:5
Are you using them or hiding them?




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    “Therefore,be alwaysbrethren, be
    “Therefore, brethren, be abounding
We are to
 “Therefore, beloved, sinceall the more
                  my beloved you look for
steadfast, immovable, always His calling
  these to make diligent to be found by
diligentthings, becertain about abounding
   in the the ofspotless the blameless,”
   and in peace, you; of andlong as you
        choosing the for as Lord!
 Himin work workLord, knowing that
                   2 in vain
    practice these Peter 3:14in the Lord.”
     your toil is notthings, you will never
           1 Corinthians 15:58
           stumble;” – 2 Peter 1:10
               1 Corinthians 15:58
     There is NO standing still!




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If you’re not a member of the Lord’s
    Church, become one tonight!
 If you haven’t placed membership
in a local congregation, do so soon!




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