from The Church under Fire sermon series . . .
As we discussed in the previous article, the Church of God is always in Satan’s cross-hairs to one degree or another. And the first step in combating the fiery trials of Satan’s deceptions and lies that he launches against the Church is to understand who and what the Church actually is. Last week in 2 Thessalonians, we learned the origins of our common salvation and our holy position in Jesus Christ. The Church is the assembly of God’s elect that believes the gospel and lives according to the gospel. And this life that we live together according to the gospel is by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.