We can gain perspective on what a ‘true church’ is by looking at how St Paul addresses the church in Thessalonica. This church was really, really young, yet St Paul suggests that they are a true church.
Jeff Lavalette John 3:22-30
St John abruptly ends the story of Jesus and Nicodemus in Chapter 3 of his gospel, but he tends to do that (abrupt transitions) for a reason. But the next event might seem equally “random”, and when attention turns to Jesus voice? Well, what are we to make of that?
The sermon title is a good question, don’t you think? People make all kinds of claims about what they have done, how wonderful they are, and to what group they belong. So how do we know who real Christian is? How do we know we are true Christians if we claim we are? Is it possible do be self-deluded? Jim Scullion suggests the answer can be found in St Paul’s letter to the Philippines chapter 3.