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- You and I many times (at least I know I ) have asked the question can God keep us until the end? I remember when I first became a Christian, I wrestled with this, being a novice in the Word. It’s hard to understand when you’re coming from the world, and joining God’s World. It’s a whole different mind set and way of thinking. As I began to press into God’s Word, and study, I began to see not only the world changing around me, but how I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God could keep me until the end. You and I will always face ups and downs, ins and outs, twists and turns, tornadoes and storms, seeming like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. The one thing I know is that when I asked Jesus to be my own personal Savior, he would secure me until the end. I realized I wasn’t working my way to Heaven and that there was nothing I could do to earn my salvation. In return I had to accept the free gift and the thought is sometimes is just too simple. The reality is that it is just that simple. How about you? Have you thought like I did? Maybe you thought something different.
- Can God truly keep us until the end? Here’s what the Word of God says.
- Psalm 94:14: For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. When you came to Jesus Christ, you joined the Family of God. You are His Inheritance. You are His People. He will never cast you off or forsake you.
- Deuteronomy 31:8: And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. Here again we see that God is with us and goes before us. He will never fail us. We don’t have to fear. Take this promise to the bank.
- John 14:18: I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Jesus is as close as the mention of His Name. Just call upon Him and He will answer.
- James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. God doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
- What must I do to be saved or redeemed from the world in which we live?
- You must be born again. You must ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior. John 3:3-6: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit When we call upon Jesus to come into our hearts, His Holy Spirit comes in and brings our dead spirit to life.
- Realize that you are not your own. You’ve given your birthright to Jesus. Your life from this time on should be lived according to His Will, and not your agenda. Romans 12:1-2:I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
- God wants us to be different from the rest of the world. He transforms us as we read His Word and pray. Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
- Can God take away your salvation? What does He say about this?
- Did you know that the Holy Spirit is referred to as a dove, and doves mate for life? Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Once you have given your heart to Jesus Christ, you are permanently sealed as one of His Own.
- John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. This is Jesus speaking. If you came to Him, the Father gave you to Him, and in no way will He cast you out.
- Some people say there’s no God. How do I know this isn’t true?
- The Bible has strong words for those who say there is no God. Psalm 53:1: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
- I don’t know how anyone can see all that is around us and not believe in God. Psalm 19:1: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. All of nature shows us there’s a God. Everything has a purpose. Everything is designed for a reason. This just didn’t happen randomly.
- Where will I go when I die?
- For all of us, unless we go up in the rapture, we have an appointed time when we will die, and then go before the Lord for judgment. Hebrews 9:27: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: In a minute we’ll discuss the two kinds of judgment we will face.
- For the Christian, we have the assurance, that once we pass from this life, we are with the Lord.
2nd Corinthians 5:8: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. What a glorious day that will be.
- What judgment will I go to as a Christian? What judgment will the unsaved go to?
- As a Christian, you and I will go to the Judgment Seat of Christ. 2nd Corithians 5:10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. This is where we will be judged for what we should have done but didn’t. Missed opportunities, times we didn’t obey the call of God.
- For those who reject the salvation offered through Jesus Christ, they will go to the Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 20:11: And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. This is where their lives will be reviewed. Their names will not be found in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and they will be cast into the Lake of Fire.
- Is faith enough to keep me?
- We are saved by grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Even the faith itself is a gift of God. This shows we are completely dependent on God for salvation.
- Without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Believing is the first step in the Christian walk. We must have faith, because on our own efforts, we can’t even reach God.
- Once we have put our faith in Christ, we do good works out of gratitude for what He has done. We show our faith by our good works. James 2:18: Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. If you aren’t doing anything for God, you might not have much faith. We show God and the world our faith by the works we do for God.
- What will Heaven be like when I get there?
- He’s preparing a place for you. There’s a mansion with your name on it. John 14:2-3:n my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
- He will give you a glorious body like His Own. There’ll be no sickness, no arthritis, bursitis, deafness, blindness, or any other ailment there. Philippians 3:20-21: For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
- We will never perish or fade away. We will live forever with Jesus. 1 Peter 1:3-4: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
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- When I was a young boy and first came to know Christ as my own Savior, I was young in the Lord at the time. I had just given my heart to Jesus. I didn’t know much about the crucifixion. I just knew that Jesus had died for me. When I was saved in Tulsa Oklahoma at a concert that Don Francisco was playing for, I gave my heart to the Lord.
- I then came home and got rooted in a little Bible believing church called Calvary Baptist Church. There I learned the Bible. I learned all about who Jesus Christ the man was, and who the people were that crucified him. I’m so thankful for all of the education that I received at Calvary Baptist Church. It has molded and shaped me into the man I am today, the pastor of the Little House of Hope and Prayer. Now let us proceed to find out why Christ was crucified on the cross.
- Who is this man they call Jesus?
- He is God, and is known as the Word of God. John 1:1 and 2: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.
This passage makes it very clear that Jesus is God. He wasn’t a creation of God. He was there from the beginning.
- He created the Heavens and the Earth. John 1:3: All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. Here again, we see that Jesus was not created, but is the creator. Nothing was created without him.
- He was the long awaited Messiah. Isaiah 7:14: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. This is an Old testament prophecy concerning the coming Messiah who is Jesus Christ our Lord. This was given centuries before Jesus was born.
- He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24: A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Jesus is a friend you can call on any time and He’s always right there with you.
- What was His Reason for Leaving Heaven and Coming to Earth?
- Because God is Holy and can’t look upon sin, sin separates us from God, and also leads to death. Ezekiel 18:20: The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
- God loved you and I so much that He came to restore that relationship that was broken by sin, and give us eternal life. John 3;16-17:or God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He gave the ultimate sacrifice by carrying the sin of the whole world on His Shoulders, and dying on the cross to save us.
- He left the glories of Heaven, humbled Himself, died for us, and is now exalted in Heaven. Philippians 2:5-9: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: He’s the Name above all names. There is no other name whereby we can find salvation, healing, and freedom.
- When someone talks about the Godhead, what do they mean? Though the word trinity is not in the Bible, the word Godhead is, and refers to one God in three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Here are some scriptures to clarify this.
- Here is a prophecy about the birth of Jesus that refers to Him as the Mighty God and everlasting Father. Isaiah 9:6: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
- Further ahead in Isaiah we see another indication of Jesus as God. Isaiah 44:6: Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
- Again here we see that in Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead. Colossians 2:9: For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
- Finally let’s look at a prayer of the Apostle Paul that ties all three together, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. 2 Cotinthians 13:14: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
- When He spoke, He spoke with authority and people listened. Here are some scriptures about the power and authority of Jesus.
- Matthew 7:28-29: And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. They knew this was no ordinary preacher. They knew that when Jesus spoke, there was power and authority behind His Words.
- Matthew 28:18: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. This relates to what we discussed earlier about Jesus being God. All power and authority in heaven and Earth are His.
- Mark 1:27: nd they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him. This again shows that Jesus has authority over all. No devil in Hell can prevail against Him. When He speaks, even they listen.
- Who was it that actually crucified Him?
- It was Jesus’ own People, the Jews that arrested Jesus and led Him to Pilate to be crucified. John 18:31-32: Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.
- The people God had promised to send a Messiah to did not know who was in their midst. Luke 19:41-44: And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.
For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation. For centuries they had prayed for the promised Messiah to come. Many of them are still praying, not realizing that He already came. His Name was Jesus. They missed the time of their visitation. I would add that Jesus is here right now in this service. Are you enjoying His Love and Presence, or are you missing out on the time of His Visitation?
- What were His Last Words before He went to Heaven?
- He was giving the Great Commission just before ascending to Heaven. Matthew 28:19-20: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. He promised to always be with us, now and forever. Let’s win as many souls to Him as we can before the Trumpet Sounds and we’re called home.
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- What brings us to asking this question?
- We recognize our sins and shortcomings. Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; None of us are perfect. We all sin, and need God’s Forgiveness.
- We recognize our inability to change in our own strength. Romans 7:16-17: If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Even after becoming saved, we battle with the sin nature, and continually need to repent and ask forgiveness.
- What is Forgiveness?
- Forgiveness is defined as the letting go of sin. In the Bible. This includes forgiving everyone, every time, of everything, as an act of obedience and gratefulness to God. It acknowledges the sacrifice God made through His Son Jesus who died to restore the relationship between God and man.
We read in 1st Timothy 2:5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. We also read in 1st John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- How does this apply to you and me?
- We all need to receive God’s Forgiveness. Ephesians 1:5-7: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; We all need to trust Jesus to forgive us, and adopt us into His family. Before coming to Christ, we are at enmity with God. Now as Christians we receive His Forgiveness and are family!
- We all need to forgive one another. Ephesians 4:32: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Out of gratitude for what God has done for us, we should extend forgiveness to other people.
The good news is that He can enable us to do this as we yield our lives to Him.
- Who in the bible needed forgiveness?
- King David: After being confronted about his adultery with Bathsheba, he wrote this: Psalm 51:1-3: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. He knew only God could cleanse him of his sin. Later in this chapter he asks God to restore the joy of his salvation. He had consequences for his sin, but he received God’s Forgiveness and restoration.
- Peter: Luke 5:8: When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. for he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: Peter came face to face with the miracle working power of Jesus, and his first reaction was to recognize his own sinfulness and need of salvation.
- Mary Magdalene: Luke 7:47: Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. Though we don’t know exactly what her past was like, we know Mary had lived a sinful life, and was forgiven much. Because of that, she loved Jesus and was sold out to Him.
- Who do we need to forgive? Ourselves or others?
- We do need to forgive ourselves. Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Sometimes we can be harder on ourselves than we are on others who have wronged us.
- We are also called to forgive others. Matthew 6:12: And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. That’s in the Lord’s Prayer. If we want to experience God’s Forgiveness to us, we need to forgive others.
- What did Jesus say about forgiveness and who we need to forgive?
- Jesus said we are to forgive not seven times, but seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22: Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?
till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until 70 times seven. In other words, if we truly forgive, we are not keeping count.
- Jesus says this in Mark 11:25: And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. We are reminded again here that our forgiveness from God is connected to how we forgive others.
- Ask yourself this question: Have you forgiven yourself for things that happened in your life? Have you forgiven others who have wronged you?
- Has it been a while since you’ve felt the love, peace and presence of God in your life? Maybe there’s someone you have withheld forgiveness from. Ask God to search your heart and He will show you.
- In answer to the question we started with, “When is there no more forgiveness”, I would say this: As long as you are alive and breathing, you can find forgiveness. Jesus says this in John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
- Have you come to Jesus and given your heart and life to Him? If not, let’s get that taken care of today.
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Lord I grew up in a home of alcohol and drugs. I’m now saved but still have the desire at times to fall back. What can I do to escape this grip on my life?
- As people living in a fallen world, we all can face temptations and addictions. Whether your weakness is alcohol, drugs, smoking, overeating or any number of things, God’s Word has the tools you need to finally break free, and go from victory to victory, and from glory to glory as you press in to God’s Word and His Spirit.
- Why Do I Still Struggle with This?
- Temptation is something we all will face as long as we are in this world. Even the Apostle Paul said this in Romans 7:18-19: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
- The bible tells us that we still battle the old man, or the old nature. Romans 6:5-8: For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
- The devil is the one that sends temptations our way. He knows our weaknesses and will use them to try to trip us up. 1 Peter 5:8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
- I thought I got Set Free from addictions when I was Saved?
- When you were saved, you were set free from sin, given eternal life, and you are in the process of becoming more like Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
- As you live for Christ, you are transformed to become more like Him. All sinful desires and temptations are not instantly gone. We have to decide every day to walk close to God, and over time, those old desires pass away. Titus 2:11-12: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
- So to be honest, I did fall back recently. What Do I do now?
- Confess your sins to Jesus, and receive His Forgiveness. 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- Don’t dwell on the slip-up, but reach forth to the great things God has for you. Philippians 3:13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
- Press on to the calling of God on your life. God has a ministry, a purpose He wants you to walk in. Press on to it as it says in Philippians 3:14: press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
- How can I escape this grip on my life?
- Spend time in the Word. Romans 12:2: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
- Along with the Word, listen to worship music, and sing praises to God. God inhabits our praises and victory is won as we worship Him. Psalm 22:3: But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Also, Psalm 100:4 says Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
- Be in church and let people pray with you. Galatians 6:2: Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you every day and empower you to be victorious. Ephesians 5:18: And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
- John 14:26: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
- What are some scriptures I can use?
- 1 Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
- 1 John 2:16-17: or all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
- 1 Corinthians 6″12All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
- James 4:7:Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
- 1 Peter 5:10-11: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
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- Throughout the bible, God exhorts people to repent. We hear John the Baptist, and later Jesus saying “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Jesus says that he calls sinners, not the righteous to repentance. We see this word a lot in scripture, but what is it? Why do we need it? Is it essential for salvation? Did the disciples or Jesus repent? We’ll talk about these subjects and more as we dive into this important part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- What is Repentance?
- to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life
- to change one’s mind
- to feel sorrow, regret, or contrition for sin
- Why do we Need it?
- Matthew 4:17: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The purpose, or goal, of repentance is to be able to embrace the reality of life in the kingdom.
- Colossians 1:13-14: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: We were not just rescued out of something, but we were also brought into something. Coming out of darkness and coming into the light requires a total change in our thinking
- John 8:31-32: Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. It is this positive, truth-based mentality that produces freedom, health and wholeness in your life. It is what will empower you to live life from the position of sonship that salvation places you in.
- Is Repentance Essential for Salvation?
- Jesus called sinners to repentance: Luke 5:32: came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
- Jesus told His Disciples to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in His Name. Luke 24:47: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
- When the apostles preached in Acts, they called people to repent of their sins in order to be saved. We see this in several places including Acts 3:19: Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
- Paul makes it clear that those who continually live in sin will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10:Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
- How does the Bible Dictionary define Repentance?
- The Holman Bible Dictionary says repentance is A feeling of regret, a changing of the mind, or a turning from sin to God. As a feeling of regret the term can apply even to God. In the days preceding the flood, God was sorry that He had created the human race (Genesis 6:6-7 ). He later regretted that he had made Saul the king over Israel (1Samuel 15:11,1 Samuel 15:35 ). God also repented in the sense of changing His mind (Exodus 32:14 ).
- Most occurrences of the term in the Bible, however, do not refer to God but to people. These also do not indicate mere regret or a change of mind; they mean a reorientation of the sinner to God.
- Did the Disciples Repent?
- One of the definitions of repentance is feeling sorrow or regret for sin. The disciples were human beings who dealt with sin. One example of the disciples’ repentance is when Peter had denied the Lord. Luke 22:59-62: And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
- Peter was restored and after Jesus’ Resurrection, was used mightily to lead thousands to faith in Jesus.
- Did Jesus Repent?
- Jesus was without sin He was the pure, spotless Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world. Because He had no sin, he had no need to repent as we do. Hebrews 4:15: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
- What would be the best remedy for our Christian walk in regards to repentance?
- As we live for Christ, the Holy Spirit continues to reveal sin in our lives that we are to confess and repent of. 1 John 1:9-10: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
- Though we are saved, the sinful nature is not automatically removed, but we are transformed to be more and more like Christ as we read His Word and pray. Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
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Why Did Jesus Say “Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits”?
- In our world today there are a lot of people that say they are Christians, or say they are ministers of the Gospel. Which ones are truly Christian and serving God? Jesus said we can know who is truly our brother or sister by the fruits they bear.
- Where is the Scripture Found?
- We’ll be looking at Matthew 7:15-20. The verse we are referring to here is Matthew 7: 16: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
- Who is it that Jesus is referring to?
- Not everyone that says they are a Christian or even a minister is of God. Jesus warns us about that in verse 15: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. We often hear of preachers or singers that bring inspiring messages or songs, and then later we hear of them tearing up the bible or saying they no longer believe.
- What are the Fruits?
- Matthew 7:17 to 20 says “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
- Jesus talks a lot about trees, seeds, and soil. To learn more about the fruit Jesus is talking about in our original passage, let’s look at the parable of the sower and the seed as Jesus is explaining it to His Disciples.. Matthew 13:18-23: Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
- So the seed is the Word of the Kingdom, the gospel message. The message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
- The sower is me and you. We are all called to plant seeds, to present the gospel to people we come in contact with.
- The good fruit Jesus is talking about in our original passage is sharing the gospel with people, and living a life of service to our Lord. We are not doing this to get into Heaven, but because we love God and are thankful for what He’s done for us.
- How to know if someone is a true brother or sister, or a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Ask yourself these questions about that person:
- Is the person in question sharing the Gospel in one way or another with people in need? Luke 14:23: And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
- Does he or she put God and others first? Matthew 6:33: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
- Philippians 2:3: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
- Is he or she a person of prayer and study of God’s Word? Philippians 4:6: e careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
- 2 Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
- Is the person preaching the Word accurately, or leading people astray? Galatians 1:8-9: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
- It Sounds like you are talking about Judging. Doesn’t Jesus teach against judging others?
- Here is the scripture people often use. Matthew 7:1-5: udge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
- So what is Jesus saying here, that we are not to ever make a judgment call about someone ‘s spiritual condition? No. He’s telling us to check our own selves out first. Get the beam out of your own eye so you can clearly see the mote in the other person’s eye. 1 Corinthians 11:31: For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
- We see in this next verse that God does want us to discern who is truly a servant of the Lord, and who is wicked, and actually of the enemy. It says this in 1 Corinthians 5:12-13: For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
- When dealing with another who is a brother but who we know to be doing wrong, the bible says this in Galatians 6:1-2: rethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
- How can you and I bear More Fruit?
- First, you must be born again before you can bear fruit. John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
- Spend time in the Word and prayer every day. Psalm 119:11: Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
- Philippians 4:6: e careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
- Share Jesus with people you come in contact with.
- Submit to God’s Pruning process. John 15:2: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
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Why Do I Need to go to Church?
- We live in a time when more and more people are saying that they can be a Christian without being involved in a church.
- What does the bible say about this? Does going to church make you a Christian? What is the church? Isn’t it enough to be born again? We’ll tackle these questions and more in this important message.
Does Church make me a Christian?
- You become a Christian, not by going to church, but by accepting Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9-10: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
- Once you have believed in Jesus and are saved, you love Him, and want to please Him and learn all you can about Him. You want to connect with others who share your faith.
If the church is significant, why does the bible say God doesn’t live in buildings made with hands?
- Though God has places set apart for His Purposes, he doesn’t live in man-made buildings. Acts 7:46-49: Who found favour before God, and desired to find a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. But Solomon built him an house.Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?
- The church building is not a place where God lives, it is a place where people come together to hear the Word, fellowship, and serve God. Acts 2:41-42: hen they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
What is the church?
- The church is a body of believers, a family of brothers and sisters in Christ. This is the family you are adopted into once you accept Jesus and are saved. Romans 12:5: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
- When we are adopted into God’s Family, we have Jesus Christ as the Head. Colossians 1:18: And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit, and what is the temple?
- We see this scripture in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
- The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity.
- He is spoken of by Jesus as the Comforter. John 14:16: And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.
- As we study the Word, the Holy Spirit will teach us, and bring things to our remembrance. John 14:26:But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
- He is the Spirit of Truth who leads us and guides us. John 16:13: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
- The temple in this case is where God lives, not in man made buildings, but in the hearts of those who call upon the Name of the Lord for salvation. Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
I’m a Home Baptist. I don’t feel I need to go to church. Isn’t it enough to be born again and know I’m going to Heaven? Why do I need to do anything else?
- Being a Christian isn’t simply praying a prayer, being born again, and then you’re done. If you truly are saved, you want to obey God and serve Him. There will be works that accompany your faith. It is not enough to just believe, we must live for Him. James 2:17-18:Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
Does going to Church make me a better Christian?
- When you go to church, you are fed the true, powerful Word of God through the messages.2 Timothy 4:2:Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
- You have a family to worship and pray with.1 Corinthians 14:26:How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
- You have brothers and sisters that can encourage you as you grow in your walk with the Lord. Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
- You do become a better Christian as you continue to fellowship and study with other believers.
- What does God say about all of this? Do I need to change my thinking?
- God clearly warns us to stay in fellowship with other believers, especially as we see the end approaching. Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
- We see in Acts how the people spent time daily in the temple, and having fellowship at one another’s houses. This shows the church being a family, not just coming together for a message and a few songs, but spending time to fellowship together.Acts 2:46: And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
- Here’s another scripture that shows the importance of being with like minded believers. Philippians 2:1-2: If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
- You’re an important part of the Body. When you are not there, there is a missing part that God intended to be there. Because of this, you should get involved in a church, pray for and support your pastor, and see what part God has for you to play in the life of that local body of believers. Ephesians 4:16: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.