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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.
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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.
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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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- 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.