It is, therefore, his purpose to teach us how his work is to be done in the Christian church after his resurrection, namely, that he will not reject nor cast out those who are weak in their faith, yea, not even those who are held in error or ignorance, or who are otherwise weak, fearful, and despairing. They are rather the very persons in whom he will exercise and manifest the power of his resurrection, not only by inviting them to come to him, but also by coming to them, and treating them in the gentlest and kindest way, talking with them, teaching and instructing them, yea, even eating with them, until at length they grow strong and secure in their faith; while their hearts, so sad and sorrowful for a time, are again filled with joy.
Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon.
Brethren, we will never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.
Persecution is the world’s testimony to the Church’s purity. A wolf will not worry a painted sheep; a cat will not seize a toy mouse. The world may despise, but it will not persecute, a counterfeit Christian; it may scorn, but it will not burn, a hypocrite. Crucifixion is the evidence of Christliness.
Scripture teaches that we [Christians] need each other and should not withdraw from each other’s fellowship, instruction, or accountability. It’s unbiblical to imagine that we can successfully seek God on our own (Hebrews 10.25). Because we will be part of a community of saints that constitutes the bride of Christ for eternity, and because we will worship and serve Him together, to prepare properly for Heaven we must be part of a church now.
The church does not exist for you. You are the church existing for God’s glory through His mission to reach everyone else.
A sermon is not made with an eye upon the sermon but with both eyes upon the people and all the heart upon God.