Pastor Eric Tarver: The Kind of Church God Uses

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Pastor Eric Tarver: The Kind of Church God Uses (Revelation 3:10-13)

Eric Tarver, the pastor of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Beeville and director of church relations at Stark College and Seminary in Corpus Christi, opened by illustrating how some churches are like recalled medications. Just as a pharmaceutical company will recall an ineffective—or even harmful—medication, a church may be recalled from its ministry.

Tarver urged his congregation to make the most of the door Jesus has opened for the church, not shying away from the trials and troubles of persecution that accompany following Jesus. Some “want the title without the testimony,” he said. He ends with a charge to persevere.



This sermon was delivered on Mar. 24, 2019, for the morning worship service of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Beeville. It was part of a set of sermons on the churches in Revelation.


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