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1. Daily Bible Reading
We hear from God by reading His word and by listening to it preached. His word is found in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Besides hearing the word preached and taught at church, we need to read His word on a daily basis. We should set aside a specific time of the day, preferably in the morning, to read the Bible. It is a good idea to start in the New Testament and read at least three chapters a day. Continue reading “Growing In Christ (New Convert’s Series – Lesson 2)”
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only begotten Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father almighty; from where he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the dead and in everlasting life. Amen
- Are there more Gods than One?
There is only one true and living God, who exists in three Persons; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, sharing the same substance, equal in power and glory. Continue reading “About the Trinity and God the Father (Christian Beliefs)”
- Who is the Redeemer of God’s chosen people?
The only Redeemer of God’s chosen people is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal and living Word of God, who became man and who continues to be God and man in two distinct natures and one Person forever; He is the Son of God.
Continue reading “About the Son of God (Christian Beliefs)”
- What does the Holy Spirit do in those who repent and believe?
The Holy Spirit indwells all those who through enabling grace repent of their sins and trust in Christ, and by so doing transforms them into new creatures, giving them a firm desire to love and obey God. Continue reading “About the Spirit of God (Christian Beliefs)”
- What is the primary purpose of man?
The primary purpose of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Continue reading “About Mankind and Sin (Christian Beliefs)”
- Who is God’s holy and chosen people?
The Church of Jesus Christ is God’s chosen people; the Church is made up of all true Christians. Continue reading “About the Church and Salvation (Christian Beliefs)”
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- The Local Church:
God’s chosen people, the Church, is made up of all true Christians everywhere, but is manifested in local churches. Until we are in fellowship with a local church we are not truly in fellowship with the universal Church.
We are disciples of Christ. But since Christ went back to heaven He disciples us by His Holy Spirit through His Body the Church. We cannot receive this discipleship without connection to a local church. So local church membership is vital to our walk with Christ. Continue reading “Church Membership (New Convert’s Series – Lesson 3)”
In the Great Commission we are commanded to make disciples by baptizing people in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and then teaching them to obey all that Christ commanded (Mat. 28:18-20). This gives us what seems to be our curriculum for making disciples. First we must indoctrinate them into the Christian faith, summed up in the Trinitarian formula, “Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” Throughout the centuries this has been done by teaching children and those who desire to be baptized the content of the Early Church’s “Rule of Faith.” One of the later versions of this Rule has come down to us in the Apostles’ Creed. After Baptism our curriculum becomes the commands of Jesus Christ. We are called not to just make Christian believers, but obedient Christian disciples. We must teach people to obey all that Jesus commanded. Continue reading “Elementary Doctrinal Instruction (Ages 5-12)”
She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.
In these lessons we want to discuss the process of sanctification by which believers are transformed day by day into the image of God’s Son. We will discuss the theological understanding of sanctification and the practical outworking of sanctification in the life of the disciple. And in closing we will discuss how to lead others as they “walk out their salvation.” Our goal is to understand the process by which God transforms a life so that we can be effective co-laborers with Him in this process. Continue reading “Understanding Sin (Sanctification Series #1)”
Sanctification or Sanctification
In one sense justification is sanctification. When Christ pardons our sins we are set apart for him. As it says in Hebrews 10:10, “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.” In justification we are positionally sanctified; that is, we are set apart for God. But there is another sense in which sanctification is used in the New Testament. In other passages we note that sanctification is a process of change that is experienced in the life of the believer. We see this experiential sanctification in passages like Romans 6:22, “But now, since you have been liberated from sin and have become enslaved to God, you have your fruit, which results in sanctification — and the end is eternal life!” Continue reading “Understanding Sanctification (Sanctification Series #2)”