Monday, July 30, 2012

CHRIST'S CHURCH TRIUMPHANT

Though I wrote this, and the words are mine, the thoughts are not original to me. I heard something pretty close to this on the radio when I was a college student. I've searched for the original over the years to no avail. Finally I wrote it as best I could to use with my study through Acts. Should the original author see this I would gladly give you credit.

Through the ages Christ’s Body, the Church has seen it’s ups and downs.
She has been hailed as the Bride of Christ, and vilified as the opiate of the people.
BUT GOD’S CHURCH IS STILL ALIVE.

She has been hunted in the streets, and driven into the catacombs of Imperial Rome,
Her members have been burned to illuminate Nero’s garden parties, savaged by ravenous lions;
Slandered as cannibals over the Lord’s Supper, and branded as atheists because of fidelity to her One Lord.

The whole might of the Roman Empire was brought to bear in order to terrify it’s subjects concerning the consequences of following Jesus Christ.
AND YET, GOD’S CHURCH IS STILL ALIVE.

The Adversary has employed every trick and every weapon in his vast arsenal in order to destroy the church of Jesus Christ.
Through the centuries and around the globe She has been driven underground by persecution.
At times she has been painted and draped in scarlet, set upon a throne and encouraged to indulge her desires.
She has experienced every pain and temptation in an unholy attempt to shake her allegiance to Christ, her bridegroom.
AND STILL, GOD’S CHURCH IS ALIVE.

No amount of persecution or prosperity will EVER succeed in destroying the Blood bought Church of  Jesus Christ.
Her Lord, Christ Himself, has promised that the very gates of hell could never prevail against her.

Hear Me!  The purest sweetest water is that which has forced it’s way through solid rock!
Opposition can never stop us!
GOD’S CHURCH IS STILL ALIVE!


Frazzeled Parents; You’re not wasting your time worshipping with your children.  You’re training them for life.

Lonely Housewife; Jesus Christ touches the world through the investment you make.  Take heart.

Confused Husband; reject the world’s call to selfishness. Be a Godly man.

Single Mother;  You’re not abandoned. God has given you a family.

Busy Student; don’t give in to futility about the future. You have a blessed hope in Christ.

Frustrated Christian; don’t surrender to problems which shake your faith. Follow in the footsteps of those holy saints who have gone on before you.

GOD’S CHURCH IS STILL ALIVE! 

ALIVE AND WELL!

1 comment:

Wonderer said...

Amen! Perhaps I've heard you use parts of this in sermons over the years but it bears repeating! Thanks for the reminder!