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DATE SUBJECT
9/19/2010 REAL CHRISTIANS
9/19/2010 FAKE CHRISTIANS
9/20/2010 REAL LOVE
9/21/2010 REAL KNOWLEDGE
9/22/2010 REAL CHANGE
9/23/2010 REAL FAITH
9/24/2010 REAL REVERENCE
9/25/2010 REAL RELATIONSHIP
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9/19/2010 ~ Real Christians


... "See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you ...
~ Hebrews 8:4-6


True Christians follow what God has announced once and for all.

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen,
moved with godly fear, prepared ... ~ Hebrews 11:7


It is done in faith in Him.

... not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, ...
~ Hebrews 12:25


True Christians do not turn away from His word.

... disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. ~ Acts 11:26

Christians are those who are disciples of Christ.

... Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship
has righteousness with lawlessness? ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 6:14-18


A real Christian pursues the truth of God and not sinful errors of men.

... through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. ...
~ Ephesians 2:11-22


God holds no borders for Christians, His truth is universal.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is
neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. ~ Galatians 3:28


God calls to everyone, no matter social status.

... each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.
~ 1st Corinthians 7:17-24


... with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; ...
~ Romans 12:10


Christians are to give preference to one another.

And some of them were persuaded; ... ~ Acts 17:4

To become a Christian, one has to be persuaded by the truth.

And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath,
and persuaded both Jews and Greeks. ~ Acts 18:4


One has to thoughtfully consider what God has presented.

... reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God.
~ Acts 19:8


... Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they
are not gods which are made with hands. ~ Acts 19:26


God leaves the choice for us to truly believe or not, in His Word.

... some were persuaded by the things which were spoken,
and some disbelieved. ~ Acts 28:23-24


... not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration
of the Spirit and of power, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 2:1-5


God is not trying to trick anyone in to believing,
His Word is plain and simple truth.


Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed,
but let him glorify God in this matter. ~ 1st Peter 4:16


Perhaps suffering is universal to man, only faith in God holds true power.

... when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself
to Him who judges righteously; ... ~ 1st Peter 2:21-24


One cannot but suffer in knowing what humanity has done against God.

TRUE CHRISTIANS
FOLLOW WHAT GOD ONCE DELIVERED TO MAN
FAITH THAT HE IS THAT HE IS
DO NOT TURN AWAY FROM HIS WORD

His love offers us salvation.

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9/19/2010 ~ Fake Christians


Who is a spiritual counterfeit?
The Bible teaches us through example and declaration.


↓ COUNTERFEIT JEWS ↓

"... I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not,
but are a synagogue of Satan." ~ Revelation 2:9


... who say they are Jews and are not, but lie ... ~ Revelation 3:9

... For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, ... ~ Romans 9:6

For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, ... ~ Romans 2:28-29

"... do not think to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' ..."
~ Matthew 3:7-9


~ Jesus offended them by calling them counterfeit.

... "Abraham is our father." ... ~ John 8:37-48

They were convinced they were not counterfeit.

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! ..." ~ Matthew 23:29-35

They were lost.

COUNTERFEIT JEWS = LOST

They needed to be freed.

"... have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say,
'You will be made free'?" ~ John 8:31-33


... Were from the devil, not God.

"You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father
you want to do. ..." ~ John 8:44-47


The stifling old age was ending ... axe is at the root of the tree.

... every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down
and thrown into the fire. ~ Matthew 3:7-10


False doctrine polluting souls ... “twice as much sons of hell as yourselves”.

... you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
Woe to you, blind guides, ... ~ Matthew 23:13–24


WHY WERE THEY COUNTERFEIT?

... seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted
to the righteousness of God. ... ~ Romans 9:30–10:3


They were more attached to the Law than they were to God.     
They were more attached to themselves than they were to God.


COUNTERFEIT CHRISTIANS

Fake Christians ~ does not mean they were always fake or always will
be fake, but they are not genuine followers of Jesus.

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue
but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. ~ James 1:26


... worthless religion

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. ~ Matthew 7:15


... "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom
of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father ... ~ Matthew 7:21-23


"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?"
~ Luke 6:46


... And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 5:1-2


... with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous,
or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 5:9-11


... his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness,
whose end will be according to their works. ~ 2nd Corinthians 11:12-15


... whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame
- who set their mind on earthly things. ~ Philippians 3:17-19


They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable,
disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. ~ Titus 1:16


... untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction,
as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. ~ 2nd Peter 3:15-16


... They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been
of us, they would have continued with us; ... ~ 1st John 2:18-19


FAKE CHRISTIANS ARE LOST

COUNTERFEIT CHRISTIANS = LOST

... an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him
his portion with the hypocrites. ... ~ Matthew 24:45-51


... a different destination than the true faithful.

"... 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' "
~ Matthew 7:21-23


However shocked, they will have to depart.

... many walk, of whom I have told you often, ... that they are the enemies
of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, ... ~ Philippians 3:17-19


Enemies of Christ / End is destruction

... beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away
with the error of the wicked, ... ~ 2nd Peter 3:17-18


TWO TYPES OF FAKE CHRISTIANS

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse,
deceiving and being deceived. ~ 2nd Timothy 3:13


Those who know they are fake.            

... to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. For such
are false apostles, deceitful workers, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 11:12-15


Those who don’t realize they are fake.

"... 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in
Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' ..." ~ Matthew 7:21-23


THE HARSH REALITY

  ●  Some who think they are saved, are lost
  ●  Some who think they love God, hate Him
  ●  Some who think they are following Jesus are following Satan

It is very hard to convince someone of who they really are.

CONVINCED BUT DECEIVED

They claim to be right.

They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable,
disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. ~ Titus 1:16


They expect to be saved

"... Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not ..."
~ Matthew 7:21-23


Just like the Jews who were fully convinced,
these individuals really think they are right with God.


WHAT MAKES A PERSON A FAKE CHRISTIAN ?

Bottom line – they are not actually following Jesus.
Their beliefs are wrong.


... idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge - by
professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. ... ~ 1st Timothy 6:20-21


For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess
Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver ... ~ 2nd John 1:7


And their message will spread like cancer. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 2:17-18

Their life is wrong.

"... you who practice lawlessness!' " ~ Matthew 7:21-23

... or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner
- not even to eat with such a person. ~ 1st Corinthians 5:11


They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable,
disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. ~ Titus 1:16


If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue
but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. ~ James 1:26


They are more attached to ________ than they are to Jesus.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SPOTTING THE COUNTERFEITS

Realization we have limitations

... bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal
the counsels of the hearts. ~ 1st Corinthians 4:5


Some men's sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment,
but those of some men follow later. ~ 1st Timothy 5:24


1. We need to be aware of their evil influence.

... some have strayed concerning the faith. ... ~ 1st Timothy 6:20-21

2. They need our help
3. We might be one of them!

... be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, ...
~ 2nd Peter 1:10


Counterfeits are a reality and a problem.
Jesus worked to show the Jews that they were counterfeits.
We must recognize that there are counterfeit Christians as well:

                              └─> Watch out for them.
                   └─> Help them.
                                                    └─> Make certain you are not one of them.

TWO TYPES OF FAKE CHRISTIANS
Those who know they are fake.            
Those who don’t realize they are fake.

Only diligent self study of God’s own word can expose a true heart.

... "We ought to obey God rather than men. ..." ~ Acts 5:29

Obey God rather than man.

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9/20/2010 ~ Real Love


THE NATURE OF LOVE?
eros philla or phileo agape
erotic friendship or friend for the glory of God
impulsive emotional rational
selfish conditional unconditional
self-centered social bonds for the greater good of all

Eros is not used in the Bible.
In the N.T., Agape appears 106 times while phileo appears 21 times.
English is challenged to paint a picture of all the colors of love.

Real Love
The New Testament teaches us - a diligent genuine concern.


... who will sincerely care ... ~ Philippians 2:20-21

In all sincerity.

... the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others. ~ 2nd Corinthians 8:8

It is not hypocritical and has no disguise.

... by sincere love, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 6:6

... in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently
with a pure heart. ~ 1st Peter 1:22


Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
~ Romans 12:9


God's will is that we pursue Love.

Pursue love, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 14:1

... pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
~ 1st Timothy 6:11


... pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord
out of a pure heart. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:22


FAKE LOVE… FAKE CHRISTIANS

... have not love, I am nothing. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 13:1-3

– Nothing should be done without love

"... all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
~ John 13:34-35


... He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is
no cause for stumbling in him. ~ 1st John 2:9-10


... Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God,
nor is he who does not love his brother. ~ 1st John 3:10


... He who does not love his brother abides in death. ~ 1st John 3:14

... sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him,
how does the love of God abide in him? ~ 1st John 3:17


... He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. ~ 1st John 4:7-8

... If we love one another, God abides in us,
and His love has been perfected in us. ~ 1st John 4:11-12


... you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where
you have fallen; repent and do the first works, ... ~ Revelation 2:1-7


WHO SHOULD WE LOVE?

↓ Strangers ↓

... given to hospitality. ~ Romans 12:13

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. ~ 1st Peter 4:9

↓ Enemies ↓

... love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good
to those who hate you, and pray for those ... ~ Matthew 5:44


"... Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, ..." ~ Luke 6:27

↓ Family ↓

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church ...
~ Ephesians 5:25


... he who loves his wife loves himself. ~ Ephesians 5:28

... young women to love their husbands, to love their children, ... ~ Titus 2:4

↓ Brothers in Christ ↓

... distributing to the needs of the saints, ... ~ Romans 12:13

Let brotherly love continue. ~ Hebrews 13:1

... Love the brotherhood. ... ~ 1st Peter 2:17

recognize those who labor among you, ... in the Lord ... esteem them
very highly in love for their work's sake. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:12-13


HOW SHOULD WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER?

Contrasted to the world’s love for:

Self -


For men will be lovers of themselves, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 3:2

Money -

... lovers of money, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 3:2

Pleasure -

... lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 3:4

Approval of men -

... for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. ~ John 12:43

We should be devoted to one another ...

... with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; ...
~ Romans 12:10


Compared to Jesus

... love one another; as I have loved you, ... ~ John 13:34

SHOWING REAL LOVE

Love should be manifest.
        └─> Jesus’ love was obvious.
                                    ↓

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. ... ~ John 11:5-7

Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, "See how He loved him!" ~ John 11:35-36

God’s love was manifested.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8


In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only
begotten Son to the world, that we might live through Him. ~ 1st John 4:9


He asks us to prove our love.

... to them, and before the churches the proof of your love ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 8:24


Show your love in everything you do.

Let all that you do be done with love. ~ 1st Corinthians 16:14

It is not something you do so as to wait for reciprocation.

... He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
~ 1st John 4:10


We love Him because He first loved us. ~ 1st John 4:19

"But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
For even sinners love those who love them." ~ Luke 6:32


... hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, ... ~ Luke 6:35

             ↘↓↙           
Are you waiting to be loved or seeking to love?
             ↗↑↖           

Not being like the world ...

"For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?
Do not even the tax collectors do the same?" ~ Matthew 5:46


"... if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?
For even sinners do the same." ~ Luke 6:32-33


Not complaining ...

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. ~ 1st Peter 4:9

Not biting and devouring one another ...

... But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed
by one another! ~ Galatians 5:13-15


Do no wrong.

Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
~ Romans 13:10


True Action

... let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
~ 1st John 3:17-18


True Sharing

... distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. ~ Romans 12:13

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
~ Romans 12:15


... to them, and before the churches the proof of your love ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 8:24


True Forgiveness

And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, ...
~ Ephesians 4:32-5:2


True Humility

...Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.
Do not be wise in your own opinion. ~ Romans 12:16


True Sacrifice, a humbling challenge for us all.

TRUE SACRIFICES OF LOVE

To choose Preferences

... with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; ...
~ Romans 12:10


... let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only
for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. ~ Philippians 2:2-4


To choose Freedoms

... brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love.
Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died. ~ Romans 14:13-15


To offer Life

"... Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life
for his friends." ~ John 15:12-13


... God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:6-8


By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we
also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. ~ 1st John 3:16


Time?

~ By Trying To Save Others.

... give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; ... ~ Mark 10:21

... not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
~ 1st Corinthians 10:31-33


... ... but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things
into Him who is the head - Christ - ~ Ephesians 4:15


Do not confuse flattery with love
Do not confuse rebuke with hate


But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
~ Colossians 3:14


"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold."
~ Matthew 24:12


And above all things have fervent love for one another, for
"love will cover a multitude of sins." ~ 1st Peter 4:8


Do not pretend to be a Christian.
Prove yourself a REAL Christian by having REAL love.
Eros, errors of the ages - we should all grope for agape love.


IS REAL LOVE
A CHERISHED PART OF YOUR HEART?




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9/21/2010 ~ Real Knowledge


FAKE KNOWLEDGE

They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable,
disobedient, and disqualified for every good work. ~ Titus 1:16


– “they profess to know God”

... idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge ...
~ 1st Timothy 6:20-21


– “falsely called knowledge”

... always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
~ 2nd Timothy 3:7


– always learning, never knowing ...

... they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, ...
and they will turn their ears away from the truth, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:3-4


... for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
~ 1st Corinthians 15:34


THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWLEDGE
● The Problems Of Ignorance
● The Benefit Of Knowledge
● God’s Universal Desire For Mankind

Ignorance is a problem

Leads to horrible mistakes.

"... I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers." ~ Acts 3:17

... I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. ~ 1st Timothy 1:13

Leads to quarrels.

But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
~ 2nd Timothy 2:23


Leads to destruction.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. ... ~ Hosea 4:6

... not obey the gospel of ... Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting
destruction from the presence of the Lord ... ~ 2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9


Excludes us from the life of God.

... having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God,
because of the ignorance that is in them, ... ~ Ephesians 4:17-18


Does not lead to pleasing God or salvation.

... a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of
God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own ... ~ Romans 10:1-3


The Benefit Of Knowledge

We escape the defilement of the world through knowledge.

... escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge
of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, ... ~ 2nd Peter 2:20


Sets us free

... "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall
know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." ~ John 8:31-32


Gives us everything pertaining to life and godliness.

... as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life
and godliness, through the knowledge of Him ... ~ 2nd Peter 1:3


In Him is eternal life.

"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." ~ John 17:3


God’s Universal Desire For Mankind
↘                       ↙

That we not be ignorant

"... the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: ..."
~ Acts 17:23


"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands
all men everywhere to repent, ..." ~ Acts 17:30


That we have knowledge and be saved

... God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved
and to come to the knowledge of the truth. ~ 1st Timothy 2:3-4


WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW

About salvation

... who believe in the name of the Son of God, that
you may know that you have eternal life, ... ~ 1st John 5:13


... knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession
for yourselves in heaven. ~ Hebrews 10:34


To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, ...
~ Luke 1:77


About righteous living

... I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself
in the house of God, ... ~ 1st Timothy 3:15


... God created to be recieved with thanksgiving by those who believe
and know the truth. ~ 1st Timothy 4:3


... I have learned both to be full and to be hungry,
both to abound and to suffer need. ~ Philippians 4:12


About doctrinal truths

... no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater,
has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. ~ Ephesians 5:5


For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes
as a thief in the night. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:2

└─> We are all one breath away.          

... knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up
with Jesus, and will present us with you. ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:14


... if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God,
a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:1


And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God,
to those who are the called according to His purpose. ~ Romans 8:28


ALL ARE NOW CALLED TO KNOW GOD

... the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding,
that we may know Him who is true; ... ~ 1st John 5:20


"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." ~ John 17:3


... - to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge;
that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. ~ Ephesians 3:14-19


– the depth of God
He is true


... that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true,
in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. ~ 1st John 5:20


He is righteous

If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone
who practices righteousness is born of Him. ~ 1st John 2:29


He is love

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. ~ 1st John 4:8

... we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, ...
~ 1st John 4:16


He shows kindness

... the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, ... ~ Romans 2:4

He is vengeful

... "Vengeance in Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. ... ~ Hebrews 10:30

He rewards

... knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance;
for you serve the Lord Christ. ~ Colossians 3:24


... he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is
a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. ~ Hebrews 11:6


GOD
He is true
He is righteous
He is love
He shows kindness
He is vengeful
He rewards

HOW DO WE GET THIS KNOWLEDGE?

Only Through God

... of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures
of wisdom and knowledge. ~ Colossians 2:1-3


... through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness
of the message preached to save those who believe. ~ 1st Corinthians 1:21


... no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
~ 1st Corinthians 2:11


If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally
and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But ... ~ James 1:5-7


By Accepting God’s Word Rather Than Undermining It

... no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, ... never came by
the will of man, but holy men of God ... by the Holy Spirit. ~ 2nd Peter 1:20-21


... the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.
~ Galatians 1:11


... He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us.
By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. ~ 1st John 4:6


... in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been
revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: ... ~ Ephesians 3:1-5


... the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word
of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 2:13


By Looking At Jesus

... He who has seen Me has seen the Father; ... ~ John 14:8-9

... being the brightness of His glory and express image of His person,
and upholding all things by the word of His power, ... ~ Hebrews 1:3


By Applying God’s Word

... we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, "I
know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, ... ~ 1st John 2:3-4


... "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. ..." ~ John 8:31-32

ZEALOUS TO LEARN
↓    ↓    ↓

Knowing What Angels Longed To Understand ...

... the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven
- things which angels desire to look into. ~ 1st Peter 1:11-12


... I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge
of Christ Jesus my Lord, ... ~ Philippians 3:7-10


... He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. ~ Hebrews 11:6

– diligently seek Him; ~ passion for Him ...

"... so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for
Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; ..." ~ Acts 17:27


... giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,
to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance
godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. ...
~ 2nd Peter 1:3-11


High ideals to obtain ...

REAL CHRISTIANS WILL HAVE REAL KNOWLEDGE.
DO YOU HAVE REAL KNOWLEDGE?
ARE YOU A REAL CHRISTIAN?


... and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:7


TRUST IN HIM

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9/22/2010 ~ Real Change


WE HAVE TO CHANGE

... the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 15:50-54


IF WE DO NOT CHANGE WHILE MORTAL

We are declaring that God does not care about who we are or what we do.
We are declaring that we are already everything that God wants.
Perhaps we are boldly declaring that there is no God.


CHANGE OF REPENTANCE

~ A basic message of the Gospel

John the Baptist

... "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" ~ Matthew 3:1-2

Jesus

"... Repent, and believe in the gospel." ~ Mark 1:14-15

"... unless you repent you will all likewise perish." ~ Luke 13:3

"... unless you repent you will all likewise perish." ~ Luke 13:5

Apostles

So they went out and preached that people should repent. ~ Mark 6:12

... "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name
of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; ... ~ Acts 2:38


Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, ...
~ Acts 3:19


"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked,
but now commands all men everywhere to repent, ..." ~ Acts 17:30


"... repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance." ~ Acts 26:19-20

We all sin, how we respond to our sin separates us.
Change of behavior is a requirement for God.


"... bear fruits worthy of repentance, ..." ~ Luke 3:8

"... should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance."
~ Acts 26:20


Sorrow

... your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner,
... ~ 2nd Corinthians 7:9-10


... I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 12:21


REPENTANCE

God’s desire for all men.

... not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
~ 2nd Peter 3:9


Required of all men.

"... but now commands all men everywhere to repent, ..." ~ Acts 17:30

Required to become a Christian.

"... what shall we do?" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every
one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ ..." ~ Acts 2:37-38


Required of Christians.

... For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 7:9-11


... mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of
the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 12:21


Required even of those who are righteous.

... a devout man and one who feared God ... gave alms generously
to the people, and prayed to God always. ~ Acts 10:1-2


... "Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life." ~ Acts 11:18

CHANGE OF GROWTH

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind, ... ~ Romans 12:2


... in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks
these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, ... ~ 2nd Peter 1:5-11


... I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus
has also laid hold of me. ~ Philippians 3:12


I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call
of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:14


Christianity is a pursuit.
It is a bond in Christ, not to a preacher or any other individual.
Truly, life is a staircase and each of us chooses which way to go.


But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. ~ 1st Timothy 6:11


Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace
with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. ~ 2nd Timothy 2:22


Christianity is not a parking lot ...
Christianity is a HIGHway


... the way of the upright is a highway. ~ Proverbs 15:19

Search me, O God, and know my heart; ... And lead me in the way everlasting.
~ Psalms 139:23-24


Saying you need to grow is not the same thing as growing.
Even if you have accomplished something, you still must grow.


... we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you
should abound more and more, ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 4:1


... we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; ...
~ 1st Thessalonians 4:9-10


HOW DO WE CHANGE?

1. Recognize you can change

... "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." ~ Matthew 4:17

2. Humility

... "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say,
'We see.' Therefore your sin remains." ~ John 9:41


3. Count all things as lost

... count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus ...
~ Philippians 3:4-11


4. Keep your eye on the goal

... reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:6-14


5. Listen

... "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" ~ Mark 4:9-12

6. Self-examination

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.
Test yourselves. ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 13:5


7. Diligence

... giving all diligence, ... ~ 2nd Peter 1:5

... be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, ...
~ 2nd Peter 1:10


8. Perseverance

... you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God,
you may receive the promise: ... ~ Hebrews 10:35-36


... tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; ...
~ Romans 5:3-4


AVOID BAD CHANGE

Cancer is uncontrolled growth.
It is a disease. It is a tumor. Nonetheless, it is a change.
Do not let adversity overcome you.
We should not change in all respects.
We must stay the same in some things.
Those things approved of by the Lord's word.


... be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 15:58


Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. ~ 1st Corinthians 16:13

... if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than
what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. ... ~ Galatians 1:6-9


In traditions handed down ...

... stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught,
whether by word or our epistle. ~ 2nd Thessalonians 2:15


Some have stood firm in what
they have always done - rather than in what God has taught.
Some, by seeking to change, have attacked the traditions taught by God.

We must be careful to grow where we should grow
and stay where we should stay.


God delivered us in His plan, not ours.
Jesus did not call apostles, He called men that became apostles

... "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." ~ Matthew 4:19

... Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who
dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ. ~ Acts 9:22


To be a Christian, we must change to become better than we were before.
Let us always properly repent of our sins.
Let us press on every day.


HOW DO WE CHANGE?
1. Recognize you can change
2. Humility
3. Count all things as lost
4. Keep your eye on the goal
5. Listen
6. Self-examination
7. Diligence
8. Perseverance

REPENT AND BE SAVED!

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9/23/2010 ~ Real Faith


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for;
the evidence of things not seen. ... ~ Hebrews 11:1-2


"... when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"
~ Luke 18:8


REAL FAITH: NOAH

Unusual Faith

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, ...
~ Hebrews 11:7


... a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.
~ Genesis 2:6


Unique Faith

... sorry that I have made them." But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
... ~ Genesis 6:5-12


... moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, ...
~ Hebrews 11:7


Unending Faith

And Noah was five hundred years old,
and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth. ~ Genesis 5:32


Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.
~ Genesis 7:6


REAL FAITH: ABRAHAM

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, ...
~ Hebrews 11:17-19


Did not challenge God’s unusual request.

... God tested Abraham, ... ~ Genesis 22:1-2

... Believed God’s promise
Put NO limit on God’s power.


... concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, ...
~ Hebrews 11:19


REAL FAITH: ISAAC AND JACOB

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith
Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons ... ~ Hebrews 11:20-21


Real faith does not need incredible actions.
Real faith teaches others.

REAL FAITH: DAVID

... "The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from
the paw of the bear, He will deliver me ..." ~ 1st Samuel 17:32-37


Stood up when everyone else hid.
Believed that no enemy could conquer God.


MISSING FAITH
↙   ↓   ↘

Scared of storms?

... "Where is your faith?" And they were afraid, and marveled, saying ... He
commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!" ~ Luke 8:22-25


Did not think Jesus could feed the multitudes ...

... "We have here only five loaves and two fish." ... ~ Matthew 14:15-18

... "Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness ...?" ... "How many
loaves do you have?" ... "Seven, and a few little fish." ... ~ Matthew 15:32-38


... "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves
because you have brought no bread?" ~ Matthew 16:6-8


Thought demons were more powerful than Jesus ...

... "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" ~ Mark 9:20-24

Did not think Jesus could raise people from the dead ...

... she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. ~ Luke 8:41-42

... "Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher." ~ Luke 8:49-50

SURPRISING FAITH

A Gentile

... only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. ... ~ Matthew 8:5-10

A Canaanite woman

... Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall
from their masters' table." ... ~ Matthew 15:21-28


A thief

... "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." ... ~ Luke 23:42-43

DO YOU HAVE REAL FAITH?
                               

Creation
God’s word (reliable, sufficient, relevant)
God’s power (to provide, to heal)
Teach others
                 ... believe and therefore speak, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:13

Baptism
Salvation
                 For we walk by faith, not by sight. ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:7

WE NEED REAL FAITH
        

That we STAND ON
That we LIVE BY  
That we are willing to DIE FOR  

... he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame." ~ 1st Peter 2:6

... to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus
to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. ~ Ephesians 3:20-21


"... when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"
~ Luke 18:8


Let us prove ourselves to be Real Christians with Real Faith.

"... faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. ... ~ James 2:17-24

REAL FAITH
INCLUDES WORKS

GRACE
  ↓  
Ephesians 2:4-10
Hebrews 12:14-15

Titus 3:4-8
FAITH
IN WORKS

WORKS
IN FAITH

John 6:28-29
Colossians 1:10
James 1:22-25
1st John 3:18
Galatians 6:4-10
Psalms 88:12
FAITH ALONE

James 2:19
James 2:24

Jeremiah 13:15-16
WORKS ALONE

Galatians 6:3
Matthew 7:21-23


"... faith without works is dead ... ~ James 2:26

We are commanded to act on our faith.

GLORY BE GOD BEHOLD THAT HE IS!

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9/24/2010 ~ Real Reverence


REVERENCE / FEAR

Faith is needed in order to fear. Repentance is an evidence of fear.

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation,
not to be regretted; ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 7:10-11


Knowledge comes from fear.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, ... ~ Proverbs 1:7

FEARING GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

"... for now I know that you fear God, since you have
not withheld your son, your only son, from Me." ~ Genesis 22:12


... "Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that
His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin." ~ Exodus 20:18-20


"You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, ..." ~ Deuteronomy 6:13

... to fear the LORD our God, for our good always,
that He might preserve us alive, ... ~ Deuteronomy 6:24


... what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God,
to walk in all His ways and to love Him, ... ~ Deuteronomy 10:12-13


"You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him, and to Him
you shall hold fast, and take oaths in His name." ~ Deuteronomy 10:20


... that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, THE LORD YOUR GOD, ...
~ Deuteronomy 28:58-59


... learn to fear the LORD your God as long as you live ...
~ Deuteronomy 31:12-13


... Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? For this is Your rightful due.
... There is none like You. ~ Jeremiah 10:6-7


... Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all.
~ Ecclesiastes 12:13


... a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the LORD And who meditate on His name. ~ Malachi 3:16


FEARING GOD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

"... in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!" And when the disciples heard it,
they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. ~ Matthew 17:5-6


It is when we forget to fear God that abominations take root.
God has given notice to fear Him repeatedly from ages past.


"... Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell;
yes, I say to you, fear Him!" ~ Luke 12:5


... So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. ~ Acts 5:5

So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.
~ Acts 5:11


... walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, ...
~ Acts 9:31


... submitting to one another in the fear of God. ~ Ephesians 5:21

... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; ... ~ Philippians 2:12

... "Vengeance in Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again,
"The LORD will judge His people." ~ Hebrews 10:30


... serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
For our God is a consuming fire. ~ Hebrews 12:28-29


... conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; ...
~ 1st Peter 1:17-19


... Fear God. ... ~ 1st Peter 2:17

REASONS TO FEAR GOD

His Power Over All Creation

... God does it, that men should fear before Him. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:14

His Knowledge

... all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom
we must give account. ~ Hebrews 4:13


His Wrath

... It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
~ Hebrews 10:30-31


For our God is a consuming fire. ~ Hebrews 12:29

"... he who does not believe the Son shall not see life,
but the wrath of God abides on him." ~ John 3:36


His Purity

... God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. ... ~ 1st John 1:5-7

RESULTS OF FEARING GOD

REAL OBEDIENCE
Is not obeying only when others are watching
Is not merely talking about obeying
Is not casual obedience
Is careful obedience

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the
things we have heard, lest we drift away. ~ Hebrews 2:1


... "Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that
His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin." ~ Exodus 20:20


'Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me
and always keep all My commandments, ...' ~ Deuteronomy 5:29


RESULTS OF FEARING GOD

Real Obedience

Real Worship


... all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, ... ~ Luke 5:26

... and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
~ Acts 19:17


... serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. ~ Hebrews 12:28

~ Not Fearing Others

... "I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. ..."
~ Genesis 26:24


FEAR + COMFORT = FAITH

... "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, ...
~ Exodus 14:13-14


"Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, ..."
~ Numbers 14:9


Knowing truth, we are called to persuade others.

... Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 5:10-11


SHOULD WE REALLY FEAR?

"Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that
His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin." ~ Exodus 20:20


– to fear or not to fear?
"Do not fear"


"... Being dilivered from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear, ..." ~ Luke 1:74


... did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received
the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." ~ Romans 8:15


There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves
torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. ~ 1st John 4:18


Should we fear or shouldn’t we?
The answer is yes!
Proper fear leads to confidence and comfort.


For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want
to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, ... ~ Romans 13:3


CONFIDENCE ...

... "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more
than those who are with them." ... ~ 2nd Kings 6:16


... COMFORT

... walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit,
they were multiplied. ~ Acts 9:31

↖     ↗
Many in the world have forgotten to fear God.
God should be feared.
Real Christians will fear God so that they do not have to be afraid of Him.


... be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? ~ Hebrews 12:9

RESPECT GOD IN SUBJECTION TO HIM

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9/25/2010 ~ Real Relationship


REAL CHRISTIANS
REAL LOVE (FOR ONE ANOTHER)
REAL KNOWLEDGE
REAL CHANGE
REAL FAITH
REAL FEAR
REAL RELATIONSHIP

GOD’S VIEW OF MANKIND

  1. Love

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." ~ John 3:16


... God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ... ~ Romans 5:6-10


  2. Jealous

"... I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, ..." ~ Exodus 20:5

... "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"? ~ James 4:4-5

  3. Knows our needs

"... your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him."
~ Matthew 6:8


  4. Knows and values us

"... the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore;
you are of more value than many sparrows." ~ Luke 12:6-7


  5. Hears us

... God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant
with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. ... ~ Exodus 2:23-25


... have heard their cry because of their taskmasters,
for I know their sorrows. ... ~ Exodus 3:7-9


  6. Cares about us

... casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. ~ 1st Peter 5:6-7

  7. Compassion

... should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one
hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern ... ~ Jonah 4:10-11


... that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. ~ James 5:11

... He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary
and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. ~ Matthew 9:36


... He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
~ Matthew 14:14


... "I have compassion on the multitude, ..." ~ Matthew 15:32

So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. ... ~ Matthew 20:34

  8. Gives what is good

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and comes down from the Father of lights, ... ~ James 1:17


  9. Blesses

"... He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good,
and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." ~ Matthew 5:45


10. Welcomes

"... every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness
is accepted by Him." ~ Acts 10:34-35


WHAT GOD WANTS FROM US

Seek and grope

... in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, ... ~ Acts 17:27

Be His people

... His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him
who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; ... ~ 1st Peter 2:9-10


Be His children

He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. ~ John 1:11

... but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out,
"Abba, Father." ~ Romans 8:15


Be united with Him

... Abide in Me, and I in you. ... ~ John 15:1-11

... that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You;
that they also may be one in Us, ... ~ John 17:20-26


Be with Him

"... I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am,
there you may be also. ..." ~ John 14:1-4


... "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes
to the Father except through Me." ~ John 14:6


"Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me
may be with Me where I am, ..." ~ John 17:24


Love Him

'... you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind, and with all your strength.' ~ Mark 12:28-30


Be His friend

"You are My friends if you do whatever I command you." ~ John 15:14

... When He saw their faith, He said to him, "Man, your sins are forgiven you."
~ Luke 5:20


"The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say,
Look, a glutton and a winebibber, ... ~ Luke 7:34


... My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body,
and after that have no more that they can do." ~ Luke 12:4


Jesus said to him, "Friend, why have you come?" ... ~ Matthew 26:50

Personal relationship with God

  IS CHRISTIANITY A  
RELIGION
OR A
RELATIONSHIP?

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP REVEALED

Real Obedience

"If you love Me, keep My commandments." ~ John 14:15

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. ... ~ 1st John 5:3

REAL OBEDIENCE

How is love-motivated obedience different?
↙ Eager ↘
Not minimalist


... be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 15:58


... that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for
Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. ~ Titus 2:14


... "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven."
~ Matthew 18:21-22


... And His commandments are not burdensome. ~ 1st John 5:3

Do you love your time more than God?
Do you love your comfort more than God?
Do you love your way more than God?


PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP REVEALED
↙   ↘
Real Obedience

"If you love Me, keep My commandments." ~ John 14:15

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.
And His commandments are not burdensome. ~ 1st John 5:3


Not afraid

... There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,
because fear involves torment. ... ~ 1st John 4:16-18


Prayer

... pray without ceasing, ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:17

Self motivated

Peter said to Him, "Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be."
~ Mark 14:29


... choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, ... ~ Joshua 24:15

Glorifying God

... that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom
belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~ 1st Peter 4:11


Listening only to God

Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world
makes himself an enemy of God. ~ James 4:4





HOW DO I BECOME A REAL CHRISTIAN?

... Believe ...

... believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, ...
~ Romans 10:9-10


Confess
↙   ↘

... if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus ... ~ Romans 10:9-10

Repent
↓ ↓

... "Repent, ..." ~ Acts 2:38

Be Baptized
↓   ↑

"... and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins; ..." ~ Acts 2:38


... make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ... ~ Matthew 28:19


For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
~ Galatians 3:27


... now saves us - baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh,
but the answer of a good conscience toward God), ... ~ 1st Peter 3:21


etc.

This is just the beginning:
HEAR Romans 10:17
BELIEVE John 8:24
REPENT Luke 13:3
CONFESS Mathew 10:32-33
BAPTIZED Acts 2:38

A REAL RELATIONSHIP PUTS
GOD ON YOUR HEART ALWAYS.


I would like to deeply thank my dear brother and friend in Christ, Jared Hagan.

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