Two Visions of the Church

1) A people so awestruck by God’s grace, and so humbled by their unworthiness, that they are too paralyzed to hold up their end, and actually do the work God has in mind for them – putting on the “new man”, warning against departures, “trying the spirits”, restoring the faltering, etc. OR,

2) A people so energized by the great and undeserved privilege of being God’s children who have been saved by grace that they submit joyfully to the life He demands of them, remaining fiercely loyal to His every wish, and devoted to a “partnership” with God, defending and advancing the gospel, His “power...unto salvation”.   (Rom 1:16-17)

Which vision is yours?  (Others can tell by your priorities, and the life you live.)

"For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.  "Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves.  Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.  "So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to   the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.   (Acts 20:29-32)