Growing a Healthy Church, Part 7

Don’t be too alarmed; there is a “great falling away” from God that is going to happen! (We have been moving this way for a long time) – 2 Thess. 2:1-17
  • Don’t be shook up! Don’t be troubled!  Don’t be weary in well doing2 Thess. 3:13. Apostasy is coming! Apostasy = A Falling Away
  • Read 1 Timothy 4:1-3
  • This falling away refers to the time of the “Great Tribulation”, but we are in the pre-stages of this.

Falling away…

  • Man of sin, son of perdition = Anti Christ
  • The Holy Spirit will hinder Satan and the antichrist until the rapture of the church. After the rapture of the church, the devil will not be restrained!
  • Those that do not believe the truth of Jesus are damned! See John 3:15-18
  • The church will be gone during this time, but people can still be saved, thus, the Holy Spirit is still work, just not restraining the Wicked. We have been chosen:

Chosen us…

  • To be saved – 2 Thess. 2:13 (also see 1 Pet 1:2)
  • A chosen generation – 1 Peter 2:4-9
  • In Him before the foundation of the world 1:4
  • The foolish things to confound the wise – 1 Cor. 1:27…foolishness of the gospel – 1 Cor. 1:18
  • To be a soldiers –Read 2 Timothy 2:1-4

What to do:

  • Go to war and hold the faith – 1 Tim 1:18-20
  • Stand fast and hold to the Word – 2 Th. 2:15-17

Remember:

  • God is faithful! God will establish and keep you! – 2 Thessalonians 3:3

A Healthy Church takes a team approach towards discipleship – Ephesians 4:11-16

  • Church leaders are given by God for:
    • The perfecting (maturing) of the saints
    • The work of the ministry
    • The edification (building up) of the church
  • With the purpose of:
    • Having unity of the faith
    • a knowledge of the Son
    • producing mature believers who are grounded in their faith and not swayed false teaching and sinful living!