Salvation is a gift from God that cannot be taken away. When a person is saved, he is always saved. Nothing can separate him from eternal life in Christ and he can live with full assurance of Heaven as his future home.
In every century since the first, there have been churches that taught the same doctrines we teach, as they were received from Christ and the apostles. I know this claim is true historically and it is true theologically. Jesus promised the gates of hell would not prevail against His church. He began a church that would survive the worst persecutions, and it would not fail or need to be reformed.
Secondly, I might emphasize the first part of our name. We truly want to be Bereans. Our name is taken from Acts 17:10-11. The description of the New Testament church in the city of Berea says they received the word of God with readiness of mind and searched the scriptures daily. They studied to be sure whoever spoke to them was true to the scriptures. I want us to be that kind of church, ”a church that holds the word of God in the highest esteem, ”that preaches it in its entirety. I want us to be a church that stays true to the doctrines of the faith, ”that reads and studies and preaches it faithfully. I believe we do, so I can reverently say, we are proud to be Bereans.
But then I might also say, the kind of church we want to be is a blessed church. Here, I emphasize the last part. We want to be a true church. We want to be a church true to the New Testament definition of a church, and be one that when examined, the Lord would find no complaint. Although no churches are perfect, we do not want any errors that are glaring and that obscure the perfections of Christ. We want Christ to shine in our church, and to receive His commendations and thus His blessings.
We want to be a church that because of faithfulness the Lord will give us more to do and will hold us up as an example of what He wants His churches to be. If we take these three important characteristics together, our history, our doctrine, and our faithfulness, we will align with the church at Philadelphia. This was the standout church among the seven. This is the church intended to be the example of what all churches should desire to be. (Excerpted from the sermon, The Blessed Church, pt. 4 by Pastor V. Mark Smith)