Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Florida Conference 2006. Part 3. The Church of Philadelphia.

Saturday AM, April 29, 2006

Angel – angeloo – a*ggevlw = the messenger or the future pastor-teachers of the church of Philadelphia or the Philadelphia type of believers.

“And to the messenger [pastor-teacher]”

Believers in the church at Philippi had reached supergrace and are now ready to follow Paul into no man’s land and advance to ultra supergrace; for this reason they will be the basis for Paul’s highest decoration, the wreath of glory.

All growth, all blessing, anything that is worthwhile in life, loving Jesus Christ, capacity for life, capacity for love, capacity for happiness, all of these things are tied into Bible doctrine.

When a right pastor has gone to supergrace and then on to ultra supergrace, nothing makes him happier than to have his congregation follow.

Your decision to attend a local assembly really begins with your decision to first of all choose a pastor-teacher.

First of all, the Word of God has always been and must always be our norm and standard for decision making.

1. Never choose a local church because of convenience.
2. You should not choose a local church because of what it can give you.

3. You should not choose a local church because your friends go there.

4. You should not choose a local church because your family has attended there for years.

5. You should never choose a local church because it offers a good youth program for your children.

MAT 4:4 “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

1. Does the local church stay true to all the central doctrines of the Christian faith?

2TI 3:16-17 All Scripture is [theopneustos] God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Use discernment; make certain that the church does not add or subtract from the scriptures.

The miracles God mentions for the last hours of this age are not those of true apostles but of false prophets,MAT 24:24; 2TH 2:9; REV 1:11-14.

God warns that we must examine prophets carefully, and “if they speak not according to the word, it is because there is no light in them,” ISA 8:20.

MAT 24:23 Then if anyone says to you, “Behold, here is the Christ,” or “There {He is,”} do not believe {him.}

The Bible predicts increasing spiritual fragmentation and apostasy, not unity and revival, 2TH 2:3.

The end result will be the great religious harlot we see in Revelation 17: a worldwide religious apostasy.

There are movements in Christianity today that are adding to the word of God, which is a direct contradiction toREV 22:18-19; PRO 30:5-6; DEU 4:2.

PRO 30:5-6 Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words Lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar.

DEU 4:2 “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”

2. Find out exactly where the church stands in its presentation of the character and nature of God.

Some over-emphasize the love of God and do away with His justice.

Some over-emphasize the justice and righteousness of God and do away with His forgiveness and love.

Some over-emphasize the sovereignty of God and do away with His justice and the free will of man.

PRO 11:1 A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight.

1. Does the local church stay true to all the central doctrines of the Christian faith?
2. Find out exactly where the church stands in its presentation of the character and nature of God.

3. Another important consideration is whether or not the pastor equips himself with preparation before God in study; 2TI 2:15, COL 1:10, PHI 1:9-10,20-21, EPH 3:16-19.

4. Does he preach the whole counsel of God?

ACT 20:27 “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.”

Does he preach the Word in season and out of season, 2TI 4:2?

Does he reprove, rebuke, exhort with all divine, delegated, legitimate authority, 2TI 4:2?

Does he communicate doctrine with authority?
Does he let his statement be, “Yes, yes” or “No, no,” MAT 5:37.

JOH 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”

I cannot live beyond the content of what I think.
I cannot think beyond the content of what I’ve received.
I cannot receive if I am never in a position to hear the Word of God.

ROM 10:17 For faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

They are responsible for “what” they hear and “how” they hear, MAR 4:24; LUK 8:18.

1CO 10:1 For I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren,
In Job 35 – Elihu said that Job and his three friends were ignorant and did not understand the light, but ignorance is no excuse.

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