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- What is Faith?
- Faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. The Bible says it this way in Hebrews 11:1-Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
- Why do we need to have faith?
- We will never please God without faith. 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.
- Without faith, , the wisdom and guidance God offers might not be available to us. James 1:5-6:If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
- Romans 3:22-Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: We have no righteousness in ourselves. Another passage says that our righteousness is as filthy rags. If we have faith in Jesus, His Righteousness comes into our lives.
How does faith effect our prayers being answered?
- God will do miracles on our behalf if we have faith. Matthew 21:21-22: 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
- Mark 9:23-Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. It doesn’t matter what things may look like. If you have faith and trust in Jesus, all things are possible.
Is faith necessary for salvation?
- Ephesians 2:8-For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: We are saved and born again when we accept the free gift of God’s Grace. We need to have faith to believe and receive.
- Romans 5:1-Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
What part do our works play in our life of faith?
- Titus 3:5-Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost We can not rely on our own works to get us to heaven. Our good works are from gratitude and obedience, not for
- 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 we claim to walk with God, but have no good works, it is doubtful that we have saving faith. We express the faith we have by our works.
- How can we increase our faith?
- Ask for more. Luke 17:5-5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. It is vital that we exercise whatever level of faith we already have, but it is equally vital that we ask God for more.
Read God’s Word. Psalm 119:40-41: Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word. Reading the Bible with the Holy Spirit’s guidance is one of the best methods for building your faith; and more so, reading the Scriptures aloud will build your faith when you hear God’s Word spoken – even if it’s just your own voice you’re hearing.
- Worship and Praise Him. Psalm 29:2-Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Through praise and worship, the faith level of His children is raised, and God’s love and blessings are released. Worshipping the Lord with love and adorations in our hearts inevitably increases our faith!
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What is Easter Sunday All About according to the bible?
- What is Lent
Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sunday, which some say begins on Ash Wednesday, and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word Lencten, which means Spring. THe 40 days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted by Satan in preparation for his ministry.
- What does holy week mean?
- Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday which celebrates Jesus ride into Jerusalem. Even though Jesus was welcomed with celebration, not long after he is tortured and sentenced to death on a cross after a betrayal from one of His disciples. Jesus’ death on a cross is commemorated on the day known as Good Friday. 3 short days later, and at the end of Holy Week, we celebrate Easter.
- What is Maundy-Thursday
- (Maundy Thursday, also known as “Holy Thursday,” is the Thursday of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday (the Friday before Easter). Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper.
- What does Good Friday mean?
- Why do we call Good Friday “good,” when it is such a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus? For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation., that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day.
- What is Easter Sunday?
- Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. Easter is the fulfilled prophecy of the Messiah who would be persecuted, die for our sins, and rise on the third day.
- Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a way to renew daily hope that we have victory over sin. According to the New Testament, Easter is three days after the death of Jesus on the cross
- Where did Easter Come from?
- THe earliest Christians celebrated the resurrection on the 14th of Nissan, or March or April, on the day of the jewish passover. Some of the gentile Christians began celebrating Easter in the nearest Sunday to the Passover, since Jesus arose on Sunday.
- Why do we call it Easter?
- The origin of the word easter isn’t certain. The Venerable Bede, an eighth-century monk, and scholar, suggested that the word may have come from the Anglo-Saxon Eeostre or Eastre – a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility. Recent scholars haven’t been able to find any reference to the goddess Bede mentioned and consider the theory discredited.
- Another possibility is the Norse eostur, eastur, or ostara, which meant “the season of the growing sun” or “the season of new birth.” The word east comes from the same roots. In this case, easter would be linked to the changing of the season.
- Was Easter a Pagan Holiday First?
- Most historians, including Biblical scholars, agree that Easter was originally a pagan festival. According to the New Unger’s Bible Dictionary: “The word Easter is of Saxon origin, Eastra, the goddess of spring, in whose honour sacrifices were offered about Passover time each year. By the eighth century Anglo–Saxons had adopted the name to designate the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.” However, even among those who maintain that Easter has pagan roots, there is some disagreement over which pagan tradition the festival emerged from
- Why is Easter Monday a Holiday?
- Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is a holiday in some countries. Easter Monday in the Western Christian liturgical calendar is the second day of Eastertide and analogously in the Byzantine Rite is the second day of Bright Week.
- In the Eastern Orthodox Church and Byzantine Rite Catholic Churches, this day is called “Bright Monday” or “Renewal Monday”. The services, as in the rest of Bright Week, are quite different from during the rest of the year and are similar to the services on Pascha (Easter Sunday) and include an outdoor procession after the Divine Liturgy; while this is prescribed for all days of that week, often they are only celebrated on Monday and maybe a couple of other days in parish churches, especially in non-Orthodox countries.
Where did the Easter Bunny come from
- The exact origins of the Easter bunny are clouded in mystery. One theory is that the symbol of the rabbit stems from pagan tradition, specifically the festival of Eostre—a goddess of fertility whose animal symbol was a bunny. Rabbits, known for their energetic breeding, have traditionally symbolized fertility.
- Eggs are also representative of new life, and it’s believed that decorating eggs for Easter dates back to the 13th century. Hundreds of years ago, churches had their congregations abstain from eggs during Lent, allowing them to be consumed again on Easter. According to History.com, in the 19th century Russian high society started exchanging ornately decorated eggs—even jewel encrusted—on Easter.
- What does Easter Sunday mean to you?
- John 14:6-Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by m It means we have a God that is alive and well. No other faith gives you a god who conquered death and lives today.
- 1 Corinthians 15:55-O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The story of Easter is a great reminder that even when things look grim, victory is right around the corner. When Jesus dies, the disciples thought all was lost. They forgot that Jesus said He would die, but rise again on the 3rd day.
- Romans 6:4-Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Easter is in the spring time, a time when new life is all around us. When we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have new life in Christ. His mercies are new every morning. Every day is a new opportunity to serve Him. Let’s remember these three words, and rejoice in their meaning. Christ is risen!
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He That Winneth Souls is Wise.
- Introduction: What does this mean?
- Proverbs 11:30: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
- What is the fruit of the righteous? Salvation, mercy, grace, forgiveness of sin, peace that passes understanding, joy unspeakable and full of glory, eternal life and an abundant purpose-filled life.
- What does it mean to win souls? Winning souls is when you share the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ with others, leading them to the saving knowledge of Christ. When you have won a soul to Christ, you will have led them in a prayer to ask Jesus into their hearts.
- It says “He that Winneth Souls is Wise.” Why was this said, and who said it?
- Let’s look at this verse, along with the 2 before it to get move of the context. Proverbs 11:28-30: He that trusteth in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
- God, through King Solomon was writing about the importance of trusting in God, and surrendering your life to Him.
- He was telling us not to trust in our own riches, for they will fail, as they certainly have in this time we are living in.
- He speaks of the righteous flourishing, and in the midst of this dark time in our world, God’s People are still flourishing. We are still blessed. He is still meeting our needs as we walk close to Him.
- He speaks of the fruit of the righteous being a tree of life. If you have the Righteousness of Christ, you have eternal life. As a result, you are wise if you share that life with others, talking to them about God, praying for them, giving, and doing other good deeds. The ultimate purpose is to win them to Christ so they can have that tree of Life that you have.
- Can people that are unsaved win souls?
- Though God will use anyone and anything to plant a seed in someone’s heart, you can’t give someone what you yourselves have not experienced.
- If you listen to 2 people trying to convince you to buy something, and one of them has tried it, used it, and is convinced that it is the best thing ever, and the other person has never heard of it and is only pitching it because it is their job, which one are you most likely to listen to?
- Similarly, someone who has experienced the love, peace, forgiveness, and freedom that is available in Christ, is going to have a better chance of winning someone to Him, than someone who has never personally experienced salvation.
- What must one do to be qualified to win souls, and be considered wise?
- You must first be a Christian yourself. Have you heard and accepted the gospel message? At the end of this message, I will give an invitation and lead you in a prayer to accept Christ. This must be the first step. Romans 10:9-13: 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. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
- Study God’s Word. Get a print bible and become familiar with it. A lot of people have the bible on their electronic devices but if you are trying to show someone where a passage is, by the time you get past all the notifications and get to the bible app, they are ready to leave and you’ve missed an opportunity. With a printed bible you can quickly flip it open and get right to what you are trying to share. 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.
- Pray for your friends and loved ones. Ask God to send laborers to them. The one who prays is as important in the process as the one that leads them ultimately to salvation. The laborer God sends could be you, so be ready! Matthew 9:37-38: Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
- When God presents an opportunity to share His Love with someone, don’t miss it, but be obedient to share what He has given you to share with them.
- If I have a PH.D or Masters in Theology, or other education, does this mean I’m qualified?
- The Kingdom of God is set up in such a way that we can not boast in our own strength, merit, or education. Like salvation, soul winning is dependent on God. We are His Messengers. He does the saving. A degree does not qualify you to be a soulwinner. Ephesians 2:8-10: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
- How important is this scripture in your life when you know Jesus as your personal Savior?
- Jesus did a lot of things when He walked on the Earth. He made the blind to see, the lame to walk, raised the dead, and brought about many healings and miracles, but His main Mission was to seek and save that which was lost. Luke 19:10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
- As Jesus’ followers, this is also our main mission. We’ve all been given unique ways to go about this, but we are all called to bring souls to Him. Mark 16:15: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
- Is this something you would like to be, a soulwinner for Christ.
- Would you pray that God would make you this man, woman or child or is this something you’d like to forget about?
- We are called to go into the world and preach the Gospel, as we read a minute ago. This is known as the Great Commission. It is something we’re all commanded to do.
- Too often, we stay in our church buildings and wait for people to come in. We may get a few stragglers, but for true growth, we need to go out and get the people and bring them in! At the Little House, we often go out and get people, bring them in, and they accept Christ. We give rides to people and help them any way we can, and with great results.
- Is it enough just to be a Christian, or does this scripture call you out to be more?
- What about you? Is this you he’s talking to? If it is, take heed.
- Are you one who said a prayer some time ago, and went on your merry way, or are you living for Christ, studying the Word, praying, and sharing Christ as opportunity arises?
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Facing the Unknown: Is there Light at the ENd of the Tunnel?
- Introduction: What is the Unknown and when does it Appear?
- The unknown is defined as something not known or familiar.
- Other words that describe the unknown include unrevealed, undivulged, untold, unspecified, secret, mysterious, hidden, concealed, undetermined etc
- The unknown is something we can face every day in this life. We don’t know from one day to the next exactly what the future holds, or even if tomorrow will come at all.
- Proverbs 27:1-Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
- James 4:14-Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
- Who in the Bible Faced the Unknown?
- Just to name a few, Abraham, when God called him to leave his father’s house and travel to an unknown land.Genesis 12:1-2: Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
- Abraham’s servant, when he went to find a wife for Isaac. Genesis 24:7-9: The Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence. And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again. And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.
- Joseph faced many unknowns starting when his brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt.Genesis 37:26-28: And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelitesfor twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
- The Children of Israel on their journey to the promised land. Just before crossing the Red Sea on dry land and escaping the Egyptians, we see this inExodus 14:8-10: And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon. And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.
- The Disciples, when Jesus sent them out to minister for the first time.Matthew 10:8-11: Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
- Are there Unknowns in God’s Word?
- No one knows the day or the hour when Jesus will come back, but we know it will be soon!Matthew 25:13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
- Are there Mysteries when Reading God’s Word that we can’t for-see or understand?
- There is one such mystery found inRevelation 10:4: And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
- In our Journey to Understand the Unknown, is there Light at the End of the Tunnel?
- There are going to be unknowns, but God wants us to trust Him, and He will lead and guide us every day.Psalm 32:8: I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
- Remember, whatever the unknowns we come up to in life, we can have perfect peace if we keep our minds on Jesus.Isaiah 26:3: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
- Whatever the unknown we face, God says in His Word that He will give us all things that we need.Romans 8:32:He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
- We live in a world with a lot of unknowns, but we don’t need to fear them, for God is always with us through them.Isaiah 43:2: When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
- One day, there will be no unknowns. We’ll see clearly and know all that God has for us.1 Corinthians 13:12: For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.