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March 31, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study, FYI, Politics | Leave a comment

So What?

A man is in prison; death row to be precise. Soon he will walk what many call “the green mile”. He is a murderer, a vicious piece of filth of the worst kind.  Another is laying in a hospital bed dying of multiple sexually transmitted diseases brought about by a lifetime of perversion and deviancy. Yet another is in a clinic suffering the wages of drug abuse and alcoholism.  Their lives destroyed for all intents and purposes. The thought of “normality” is just a day dream, they can never have the lives they once had.

“So what?” That’s usually the first response. After all, they are only getting what they deserve. The Bible says you reap what you sow.  Again “So what?”

I will not argue that they are getting what they deserve. Our choices have a way of defining us in ways that other aspects of our environment can’t. There will always be consequences.

Let’s look at this from another angle.

The prophet Isaiah said that “we all like sheep have gone astray”. Romans 3:23 tells us that all have sinned. It says that all have fallen short.  Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. Knowing that what do you think YOU deserve? What consequences lay ahead for YOU?

I have met many people in my life who were getting exactly what they deserved for the choices they made. I have seen people suffer and die because of a life lived in sin and darkness and I confess my first thought was “So what?” Shame on me!

The time has come for those of us who “have been called according to His riches” to thank God that we don’t have to get what we deserve. While the wages of sin is death, the gift of God is eternal life.  We can’t earn it or buy it and we definitely don’t deserve it. We all have sinned.  We all have, at one time or another, turned our backs on what we know to be right. But, when we accept God’s gift on His terms no matter the sin or depravity in our past it is God who say’s “So what?”.  You have sinned. So what? I will cleanse you.  You have suffered sorrow. So what? I shall wipe away your tears. You have fallen short. So what? I will bear your burden.

Jimmy

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Raising The Dead:

Breathing New Life Into A Dead Congregation:

Just get online a Google “Church growth”. You will find thousands of links to various resources.  Unfortunately many of these “resources” fall into one of three categories.

  1. They want you purchase their material or hire a “specialist” to come in and “guide” you
  2. Articles that cover superficial ideas that are generic at best but don’t address the real problems.
  3. A bunch of sermon outlines that simply point out the problems that you are already aware of.

While there may be some value in these resources, more than likely, they will not address the real problem. The real problem is not external and cannot simply be “patched” up with a quick fix.  What we fail to understand is that growth does not come from us.  Scripture reveals that God, and God alone, brings the increase.  No amount of programs, events or party tricks is going to change that.

All of that being said, we do have a responsibility in the process. A congregation cannot grow until the members grow. Many churches find themselves caught in a tangled web of diverse conditions and ideas that serve only to hinder growth.

Among these ideas, the most dangerous are…

  • Depending on a project of program to produce growth
  • Expecting the preacher (or a hand full of members)to do all the work.
  • Throwing money at the problem in hopes that it will just go away.
  • Building a new facility to attract more people.

While there is some value to programs and the preacher does have a duty and money needs to be invested in growth; these things are not solutions! Many people in the religious world get caught up in saddle-back, watershed, purpose driven nonsense that serves only to increase numbers without bringing about any TRUE growth. If increased numbers is all you want, well, that’s easy.  Just give the world what it wants and they will be knocking down your doors.

Let’s look at a church growth program that actually works. The author is known world wide. People from all walks of life seek his counsel. His program has never failed to produce growth. His book has been a best seller for years. Of course I’m speaking of God and his word.

In future articles we will examine this never failing program. We will explore it’s applications and importance. We will delve into those areas where we need improvement and let God’s solutions guide us where we need to be.

To Be Continued….

March 28, 2011 Posted by | Church Growth | Leave a comment

MANY FALSE PROPHETS ?

Are there truly “many false prophets” who “are gone out into the world”? Jesus said there would be “many false prophets” who should arise “and deceive many” (Matt. 24:11). The Holy Spirit made a similar statement (1 Jn. 4:1). As Peter said, “there were false prophets” among the people of the Old Testament, and even so “there shall be false teachers among you” (2 Pet. 2:1).

But how can this be? If, as many people believe, everyone’s religion is equally valid and acceptable, how can there be “any” false prophets, let alone “many false prophets”? The fact that the Bible says there shall be “many false prophets” implies that not everyone’s religion is pleasing before God.

Even in his own day, the Lord Jesus did not receive the worship of each person. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 7:21). “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men …. Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up. Let them alone; they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Matt. 15:8, 9, 13, 14). The “blind leaders” were false prophets, false teachers.

Again, that “false prophets” exist is indicative of the fact that not all religions, not all “belief systems,” are approved of God (2 Cor. 11:13-15; Rev. 2:2). Why do some say we may serve God according to the dictates of our own conscience? If all religious concepts of faith are equally valid, why did John say to “believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God” (1 Jn. 4:1)? Why say that if it does not matter “in what” or “in whom” you believe?

Since there are, as the Spirit of God says, “many false prophets,” are there not also “many false religions” (1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:4-6)? That being so, what of your faith? What of your religion? Is it of God or of man (Isa. 8:20)? “Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves” (2 Cor. 13:5).

 


March 24, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study | Leave a comment

Just As Long As You’re Sincere

Do you know why more people are not interested in Bible studies? Or why they often are not bothered when their ordinances of worship are challenged and refuted? Chiefly, it is because they do not think it matters what one believes. If one believes Jesus is the Son of God, that is good enough for many people–”After all, doctrines don’t matter; it’s what’s in a person’s heart that counts; just so one is sincere, that’s all that is important.”

Religion must be the only area in which “sincerity” rules and reigns supreme, for it is a failure in every other sphere of life:

  1. If a doctor sincerely, but mistakenly, makes an incorrect diagnosis, does his sincerity save the patient?
  2. If a pharmacist or a nurse gives the wrong pill to the sick, do good intentions spare the person from disastrous side effects?
  3. If a commanding officer trains off-shore guns against his own men on the beach, does the enemy suffer because he meant for them to be the target?
  4. If a ball player runs the wrong way, does his enthusiasm give the points to his team?
  5. If a driver believes he is on the right road but is headed in the wrong direction, will he reach his destination?
  6. If a mother unknowingly serves tainted food, are her children spared?

Who will say Jacob did not sincerely believe Joseph had been killed (Gen. 37:33)? Did his sincere grief make it so? Who will say the prophets of Baal were not sincere in their idolatry (1 Kings. 18:26:29)? Sincerity did not make the religious fervor of the Samaritans and Athenians approved of God (Acts 8:9-11; 17:22-31). Saul’s intense service did not justify him (Acts 23:1; 26:9-  11). Neither devout Jewish nor Gentile souls were saved in their zealous sincerity (Acts 2:5; 10:2; 11:14; Rom. 10:1-3; Cf. Gal. 4:17). If an atheist is sincere, will he be saved in his sincere unbelief (John 8:24; Heb. 11:6)? If not, sincerity alone is not sufficient.

 

March 24, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study | Leave a comment

Emergency Numbers

These are more effective than 911

When –
You are sad, phone John 14

You have sinned, phone Psalm 51
You are facing danger, phone Psalm 91
People have failed you, phone Psalm 27
Your faith needs stimulation, phone Hebrews 11

You are alone and scared, phone Psalm 23
You are worried, phone Matthew 8:19-34
You are hurt and critical, phone 1 Corinthians 13
You wonder about Christianity, phone 2 Corinthians 5:15-18
You feel like an outcast, phone Romans 8:31-39
You are seeking peace, phone Matthew 11:25-30
It feels as if the world is bigger than God, phone Psalm 90
You need Christ like insurance, phone Romans 8:1-30
You are leaving home for a trip , phone Psalm 121
You are praying for yourself, phone Psalm 87
You require courage for a task, phone Joshua 1
Inflation’s and investments are hogging your thoughts, phone Mark 10:17-31
You are depressive, phone Psalm 27
Your bank account is empty, phone Psalm 37
You lose faith in mankind, phone 1 Corinthians 13
It looks like people are unfriendly, phone John 15
You are losing hope, phone Psalm 126
You feel the world is small comp ared to you, phone Psalm 19
You want to carry fruit, phone John 15
Paul’s secret for happiness, phone Colossians 3:12-17
With big opportunity/ discovery, phone Isaiah 55
To get along with other people, phone Romans 12
For dealing with fear, call Psalm 47
For security, call Psalm 121:3
For assurance, call Mark 8:35
For reassurance, call Psalm 145:18

March 23, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study, Counseling, FYI | Leave a comment

5 Great Bible Truths

Text: John 17:17

1. Life is short.

James 4:14

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

2. Death is certain.

Hebrews 9:27

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

3. All will be judged.

Hebrews 4:13

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

4. Hell is real.

Mark 9:47-48

And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, where”‘the worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’

5. Heaven is waiting.

John 14:2-3

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

March 22, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study | 1 Comment

Dealing With Toxic People

The world is full of people who can brighten up a room simply by leaving.  Unfortunately we must deal with them in ways that are uncomfortable. A toxic person often complains, whines and slanders others.  They look for reasons to grip and argue. They love the drama of controversy and often seek avenues to create it.  They somehow live in a world where their way of understanding reality is very different than what is true.

How do we deal with such people? How can we, as Christians, prevent ourselves from sinking in the mire of their perceived yet warped reality?  Here are a few tips for dealing with such people.

1.    Defuse them. Stay calm, and don’t spit angry words at them – this will only stimulate them to engage in more of the difficult behavior. Try ignoring them.  Do not, under any circumstances, join them in bashing, blaming or complaining. Do not bad mouth them to anyone else because then you are sinking down to their level.

2.    Realize that you cannot deal with toxic people the same way you deal with everyone else. In some ways, they need to be treated like children. Give up all hope of engaging these folks in any kind of reasonable conversation. It will never happen, at least with you. Chances are, every such attempt will end in you being blamed for everything. Decide now to quit banging your head against a brick wall.

3.    Protect your self-esteem. If you have regular dealings with someone who tries to portray you as the source of all evil, you need to take active steps to maintain a positive self-image. Remind yourself that this person’s accusations are not the truth. Understand that oftentimes, toxic people are particularly “fact-challenged.” If the attacks have little basis in raw fact, dismiss them. You can’t possibly be as bad as this person would like others to believe you are. Do not defend yourself out loud with outburst of anger, however. It will only provoke the toxic person into another tirade.

4.    Guard against anger. If it helps, consider the fact that your anger is actually a precious gift to the toxic person. Anything you do or say while angry will be used against you over and over again. Toxic people tend to have amazing memories, and they will not hesitate to use a nearly endless laundry list of complaints from the past against you even if they have nothing to do with you. Five years from now, you could be hearing about the off the cuff remark made years ago (which may not have even been said by you). Toxic people will seize anything that provides them the opportunity to lay blame like it was gold.

5.    Realize that toxic people engage in projection. Understand that you are going to be accused of much (or all) of this behavior yourself. If you’re toxic person gets a look at this text, to them it will look like a page about you. Prepare yourself for the fact that the toxic person’s flaws and failings will always be attributed to you. Remember, in their minds, you are at fault for everything! They will have an endless supply of arguments to support this, and if you make the mistake of encouraging them, they will be more than happy to tell you why you are the toxic person, and how ironic it is that you are under the mistaken impression that it is them.

6.    It may also help to call a spade a spade. Realize that you are dealing with an emotional abuser.

7.    When someone is slandering you they do so in order to rally allies. You don’t need to do anything to make the abuser look bad; she/he just digs his/her grave with no help from you. If s/he is slandering you, others are likely to be annoyed if not angry at them. Defuse any rumors with the truth.

8.    Ignore them. How better to undermine someone who wants to rant and rave in order to seek attention than to not give them the attention they want? If they cannot get your attention they will move on to someone else who will give them the attention they crave. Don’t let it be you

 

March 22, 2011 Posted by | Counseling, FYI | Leave a comment

What It Means To Be Like Jesus: Part 3

TEXT: Matthew 3:1-17

John the baptizer was not your average individual. He was an unexpected child. He lived in the wilderness-the “other side of the tracks” for that day. He wore strange clothing and ate strange food. He was pugnacious and even offensive at times. Yet he helped launch Jesus’ career. In return, Jesus had nothing but praise for him. (Matthew 11:7-15)

If we want to be like Jesus, we must not attempt to pick and choose those whom we would consider our brothers and sisters in God’s family for all who trust and obey have been added to that family by God, not us. We need to embrace other Christians and demonstrate our unity in Christ, no matter how awkward or inconvenient.

March 21, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study | Leave a comment

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March 21, 2011 Posted by | Comics | Leave a comment

What It Means to Be Like Jesus: Part 2

Jesus indicated that those who follow Him will become like Him (Matthew 10:25). What does it mean to be like Jesus in today’s complex world? Matthew paints eight portraits of what Christ-likeness looks like.

Number Two: Engage the world’s pain and struggle (Matthew 1:18-2:23)

Jesus’ entry into human life was fraught with awkward tensions and human dilemmas: a miraculous but nevertheless embarrassing conception, an earthly father who was considering a quite divorce, an outraged king resorting to infanticide, an early childhood in a strange culture, and a return to a homeland that remained hostile and dangerous. We, too, are all born into some troubles and circumstances. If we want to be like Christ, we need to face up to the world and remain very much in it, despite all its troubles.

March 19, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study | Leave a comment

You know, Like, Whatever?

March 17, 2011 Posted by | FYI, Videos | Leave a comment

I Challenge You…

In the upcoming weeks I want to issue a challenge to each of you.

I hereby challenge you…

1. To Make A Personal Testimony

Mark 5:19

Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”

2. To Invite a Stranger

Matthew 25:35

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

3. To study a little more

Acts 17:11

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

4. To ask questions and to seek answers

John 3:1-5

Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.” In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

5. To Pray for an enemy

Matthew 5:43-44

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

March 17, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study, FYI | Leave a comment

Totally like whatever, you know?

I ran across this interesting poem by a man named Taylor Mali. The reason I found it so interesting is that it speaks a truth that many ignore. Sit back and enjoy.

 

Totally like whatever, you know?

In case you haven’t noticed, it has somehow become un-cool to sound like you know what you’re talking about.  Or believe strongly in what you’re ”like” saying?

Invisible question marks and parenthetical (you know?)’s and “(Ya know what I’m saying’s”) have been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences?  Even when those sentences aren’t, “like”, questions?

Declarative sentences – so-called  because they used to, “like”“ya know”, DECLARE things to be true, “OK”, as opposed to other things which were, “like”,  “totally” “Ya know” “not” -. They have been infected by a tragically cool and “totally” hip interrogative tone.

As if I’m saying, “Don’t think I’m un-cool just ‘cause I’ve “like” noticed this; “OK”? I have nothing personally invested in my own opinions; I’m just “like” inviting you to join me on the bandwagon of my own uncertainty.”

What has happened to our conviction? Where are the limbs out on which we once walked?  Have they been, “like”, chopped down with the rest of the rain forest? “Ya know”? Or do we have, “like”, nothing to say?

Has society just become so filled with these conflicting feelings of   “nehh” that we have gotten to the point where we are the most aggressively inarticulate generation to come along since . . .  “ya know”, a long time ago!

So I implore you, I entreat you, and I challenge you: To speak with conviction; To say what you believe in a manner that bespeaks the determination with which you believe it; because, contrary to the wisdom of the bumper sticker, it is not enough these days to simply QUESTION AUTHORITY.

You got to speak with it, too.

 

March 16, 2011 Posted by | FYI, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cell Phones VS Bibles

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

  • What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
  • What if we flipped through it several time a day?
  • What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
  • What if we used it to receive “text” messages?
  • What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
  • What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
  • What if we used it when we traveled?
  • What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing…

Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.

Makes you stop and think ‘where are my priorities? And no dropped calls!

March 16, 2011 Posted by | FYI | Leave a comment

Who Is An Unbeliever?

Unbelief can cause one to be eternally lost.  The Bible says, “And to whom did God swear that they would never enter His rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief” (Hebrews 3:18, 19).

One who does not believe God cannot enter into God’s rest of Heaven, but will be cast into the eternal torments of Hell.  When one does not obey the Lord’s commands, God counts this as unbelief.  Jesus says, “But why do you call Me Lord, Lord, and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).

If one doesn’t keep God’s commandments, this shows that one doesn’t really believe God.  We read in 1 John 2:4, “He who says, ‘I know Him’, and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” One who says he knows God, but does not keep His commandments is not only lying to others but also to himself.

We are warned, See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. (Hebrews 3:12).

A Christian becomes an unbeliever when he departs from God by not faithfully serving Him.  God says, “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).

One doesn’t have to do anything to be lost, except to be an unbeliever.  One may claim to be a believer, but if he doesn’t faithfully obey God, he is an unbeliever.  If one doesn’t believe God, he will not obey Him.  Jesus is only “the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:9).

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study | Leave a comment

What The Church Does NOT Need!

1. The Church Does NOT Need a “Cruise Control” Leadership

  • Congregations do not need a leadership who sits back and lets things run. Congregations need an active leadership involved in the lives of the members. Just as physical shepherds know the characteristics of the sheep, spiritual shepherds need to spend enough time with their members that they know their characteristics.
  • A “Cruise Control Leadership” often lets the work remain as it is, after all, everything is running fine. The leadership needs to step up, motivate and challenge the membership to continually grow and flourish in the gospel.

 

2. The Church Does NOT Need a “Pew Packing” Leadership

  • The age of mega-churches has sent some congregation scrambling to fill the seats in order to compete against another group. Anyone can fill seats, but not everyone can commit people to Christ. May the leadership of congregations seek to commit people to the Lord and to the salvation of souls, rather than commit them to a worship pew for an hour a week.
  • Commit them to the Lord and the attendance will take care of itself.

3. The Church Does NOT Need a “Micro-Managing” Leadership

  • While I do believe congregations need leaders who understand and see the future of the congregation, I know leaders who micro-manage congregational efforts and in turn, kill the great works of a congregation. You have ministers doing the shepherds job and shepherds doing the deacons job and so on.

Consider this question: Which is more beneficial to a congregation: Shepherds who can cut the church grass or shepherds visiting the lost sheep (missing members) of a congregation? I do not think you need any guidance on the correct answer.

  • Congregations need shepherds willing to let the deacons do their job. The deacons are given responsibilities for them to own and fulfill. Brethren, let the shepherds leave the deacons to the “deacon’s work” and let the shepherds get to leading the congregation!
  • Congregations need shepherds willing to let the ministers do their job. The ministers are given responsibilities for them to own and fulfill. Brethren, let the shepherds leave the ministers to the “minister’s work” of preaching the Gospel and let the shepherds get to leading the congregation!

4.  The Church Does NOT Need“Leadership in Name”

  • There are congregations who have made mistakes in gaining leadership because they appointed shepherds to lead the congregation based on the fact “the Bible says so.” As a result, the leadership has never led the congregation to the height of the spiritual relationship with the Lord. Congregations need to be sure the appointed leaders fit the qualifications of 1 Timothy 3.1-7 and Titus 1.5-9. Do not forget the power of Peter’s writing regarding spiritual shepherds in 1 Peter 5.1-4.
  • While “the Bible says so” is a good rule to follow, we must remember, spiritual shepherds have a job to do and not just a title to wear. Do not appoint leaders to fill a position, appoint qualified leaders to fulfill a work!

5. The Church Does NOT Need “Non Participating” Leadership

  • Congregations need to see their leaders working. Leaders need to lead and that involves being seen by the congregation in a role of public (and private) leadership. Seeing elders who will stand before a congregation to motivate them or rebuke them is a lost art in the religious world. Too many of those moments are given to the preacher to fulfill, when it is the role of the shepherds to address the congregation.
  • The minister is not the elder/pastor/shepherd and should not be expected to fill the role.
  • There are many duties of a shepherd that cannot be delegated to another and that includes the minister.

March 15, 2011 Posted by | FYI, Worship | Leave a comment

What It Means To Be Like Jesus: Part 1

Jesus indicated that those who follow Him will become like Him (Matthew 10:25). What does it mean to be like Jesus in today’s complex world? Matthew paints eight portraits of what Christlikeness looks like.

Number One: To Accept Our Roots (Matthew 1:1-17)

To be like Jesus means we must accept our roots. Jesus’ family tree hides nothing. His heritage included several ungodly and embarrassing individuals. Indeed, the circumstances surrounding His own birth might have raise questions and started rumors. But Jesus never denied His ancestry or allowed others to shame Him. if we want to be like Jesus, we need to understand and come to grips with our heritage.

Of course, this does not mean we are to engage in or continue down life paths that take us away from God simply because it’s “Our Culture”. Too many illogical and sinful behaviors are “justified” by clinging to shallow, self deluded, non-existent cultures.

It simply means that you and I are individuals and we must learn from those who came before us if for no other reason than to avoid the same mistakes.

March 12, 2011 Posted by | Bible Study | Leave a comment

Things You Should Know

You should know that in the Bible the church is called…

  • The temple of God: 1 Corinthians 3:16
  • The Bride of Christ: Ephesians 5:21-32
  • The Body of Christ:  Colossians 1:24, Ephesians 1:22, 23
  • The Kingdom of God’s Son:  Colossians 1:13
  • The House of God:  1 Timothy 3:15
  • The church: Ephesians 3:10
  • The church of God:  1 Corinthians 1:2
  • The church of the Firstborn:  Hebrews 12:23
  • The church of the Lord:  Acts 20:28
  • The churches of Christ:  Romans 16:16

You should know that the church was…

  • Built by Jesus Christ:  Matthew 16:13-18
  • Purchased by the blood of Christ:  Acts 20:28
  • Built on Christ as the only foundation:  1 Corinthians 3:11
  • Not built upon Paul, Apollos or any other man: 1 Corinthians 1:12, 13
  • Fully established on the day of Pentecost:  Luke 24:49, Acts 1:8, Mark 9:1, Acts 2

You should know that members of the church are called…

  • Members:  1 Corinthians 12:27
  • Disciples:  Acts 6:1
  • Believers:  Acts 2:14, 2 Corinthians 6:15
  • Saints:  Acts 9:14, Romans 1:17
  • Priest:  1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6
  • Children:  1 John 3:1, 2
  • Christians:  Acts 11:36; 28:29, 1 Peter 4:16

You should know that the Lord Himself…

  • Loved the church:  Ephesians 5:25
  • Bled for the church:  Acts 20:28
  • Established the church:  Matthew 16:18
  • Called the church His:  Matthew 16:18
  • Added people to His church:  Acts 2:47
  • Is the head of the church:  Ephesians 5:23
  • Will save His church:  Ephesians 5:23

You should know that the church and the body of Christ are…

  • The same thing:  Ephesians 1:22, 23; Colossians 1:18; 1:24

You should know that man did not…

  • Purpose the church:  Ephesians 3:10, 11
  • Purchase the church:  Acts 20:28
  • Build the church:  Matthew 16:18
  • Add people to the church:  Acts 2:47
  • Give the church it’s teaching: 2 John 9:10; Galatians 1:11

You should know that there is only…

  • One family of God:  Ephesians 3:15
  • One Kingdom of Christ: Colossians 1:13, 14
  • One Body of Christ: Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:4
  • One bride of Christ:  Romans 7:1-7; Ephesians 5:22, 23
  • One church:  Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:4
  • And that they are all same thing:  Ephesians 1:22, 23; Colossians 1:18; 1:24

You should know that in order to get into the church you must…

  • Hear the Gospel:  Romans 10:14
  • Believe the Gospel: Hebrews 11:6
  • Repent of past sins:  Acts 17:30
  • Confess Jesus as Lord:  Romans 10:9, 10
  • Be baptized for the remission of sins:  Acts 2:38
  • Live a Christian life:  1 Peter 2:9

You should know that baptism requires…

  • Water: Acts 10:4
  • Much water: John 3:23
  • Going to the water: Acts 8:36
  • Going into the water: Acts 8:38
  • A burial: Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12
  • A planting: Romans 6:5
  • A washing:  Acts 22:16
  • A birth: John 3:5
  • A raising out of the water: Colossians 2:12
  • A coming up out of the water: Acts 8:39

You should know that through baptism…

  • Sins are washed away:  Acts 22:16
  • You are saved from sin:  1 Peter 3:21; Mark 16:16
  • You have remission of sins:  Acts 2:38
  • You get into Christ:  Galatians 3:27
  • You are added to the church:  Acts 2:37-47
  • You put on Christ:  Galatians 3:27
  • You walk in newness of life:  Romans 6:3-5

You should know that the church of the Bible…

  • Must worship in Spirit and Truth:  John 4:22-24
  • Meets upon the first day of every week:  Acts 20:7
  • Sings praises: Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
  • Prays:  Acts 2:42; 1 Tim 2:1, 2
  • Edifies one another:  1 Corinthians 14:15-27
  • Must take the Lord’s Supper upon the first day of every week:  Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:26; 1 Corinthians 11:20-32
  • Must give of their means:  1 Corinthians 16:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 9:7

You should know God’s plan of salvation is…

  • To believe in Christ:  Mark 16:16; Acts 16:23-33
  • To repent of your sins:  Acts 17:30, Acts 2:38, Luke 13:5
  • To confess Christ: Romans 10:10
  • To be baptized: Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38
  • To continue in faith: Revelation 2:10

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