By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, February 24, 2019

  • James 4:7
  • To keep people out of the church
    • Acts 2:47
    • Colossians 1:13
    • Acts 20:28
    • The devil knows the value of the church in man’s salvation.
    • Revelation 2:9 – The devil has his churches. If he can keep men there, he can keep them from salvation.
    • Jesus’ first objective is to get men out of the devil’s domain and into His church. Hebrews 7:25
  • To get men back into his service
    • II Peter 2:20-22
    • II Corinthians 2:11 – The devil has many devices to get people back into his domain:
      • Trying to keep people ignorant of God’s word
      • Trying to interest people in worldly enterprises
      • Using church trouble and division to get people back into his service
      • Using evil companions to tempt people back into his service (I Corinthians 15:33)
      • Tempting people to serve themselves instead of God even as they worship
      • Tempting people with pleasure
      • Using our stinginess
      • Using chronic grouchiness and backbiting to get us away from Christ
      • Encouraging us to be adept at excuses instead of working like we should
      • Encouraging people to have a “rule or ruin” attitude within the church
  • I Peter 5:8-9 – Let us recognize our weak points and strengthen them.

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