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Evans Church of Christ. A Pure Church. 25. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. 26. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” Ephesians 5:25-26. A Pure Church.

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A Pure Church

25. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

26. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.”

Ephesians 5:25-26

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A Pure Church

“That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:27

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A

Pure

Church

The Church Is the people

Purchased with His blood – Acts 20:28

Pure = no defilement, not contaminated, clean, chaste, immaculate

Impurity is a danger for the church

James 1:27 “pure religion”

Clean

unspotted from the world

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A

Pure

Church

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Preach

Pure

Doctrine

Doctrine = what is taught

Acts 2:42 “apostles doctrine

Pro.30:5 “every word of God is pure”

Ps.119:150 “Thy word is very pure”

God’s word will make us pure

Jn.15:3 “You are already clean because of the word which ….”

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Possible to corrupt the word

2 Cor.2:17 “which corrupt the word of God”

2 Tim.4:3-4 “will not endure sound doctrine”

“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:” Titus 2:1

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“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim.1:13

  • Sound
    • Healthy, be well
    • To be uncorrupt
    • True in doctrine

A Pure Church

Preach Pure Doctrine

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A

Pure

Church

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Pure

Live

Lives

  • “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matt. 5:8
  • Think right - Phil. 4:8 “Pure”
  • Talk right - 1Pet.3:10 “speak no guile”
  • Do Right 2Cor.7:1“cleanse ourselves”
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What purity means

  • Chaste Bride - Eph.5:25
  • Refined Gold - Job 23:10
  • Purged branch – John 15:2

Heaven is pure

  • Rev.21:18 “the city was pure gold”
  • Rev.22:1 “pure river of water of life”
  • Rev.21:27 Not enter – that defiles
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Possible to Be Defiled

By the world

James 1:27 “keep unspotted”

1 Jn.2:16 “lust of the flesh”

By a Divided heart

Mt. 6:24 cannot serve two masters

Partial service to God

½ Honest

½ Godly

½ Pure

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Pure

Live

Lives

Reading the Word

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Ps.119:11

Doer of the Word

“But be ye doers of the word” Jas.1:22

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A

Pure

Church

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Pure

Practice

Love

Christian Love

1 Jn.4:20-21 Love God = love brother

Jn.13:35 – badge of discipleship

Love Enemies

Matt.5:44 “love your enemies”

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Pure love is Endangered by:

Selfishness

Phil.2:4 “look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

Hypocrisy

Rm.12:9 “Let love be without hypocrisy

1 Pet.1:22 Unfeigned = sincere love

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How Sweet

How Heavenly

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” Rom.12:10

“Love one another with brotherly affection.” ESV

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A Pure Church

Doctrine

Living

Love

Heaven will be the home

Of the pure

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Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809

706-855-1249

evanscoc@bellsouth.net

www.evansgachurchofchrist.org

Sunday Evening June 22, 2014