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The Wrong Arm of the Law: Episode 3

Christian-Liberty“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage..” 

In this Podcast we discuss the fact that we have been called to Christian Liberty, But what does that Mean?

 

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How to encourage others

Acts 9:27

“But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. “

In Acts 9 we see Barnabas stepping up to be an encouragement to the Apostle Paul at the beginning of his ministry.  Let’s face it; Paul did not have a good testimony in the local church up to this point.  In fact, Paul himself said that he had persecuted the Church and wasted it (Galatians 1:13).  Barnabas could have avoided Paul or kicked him while he was down, but instead, he decided to be an encouragement and help to him.  We too have this option when it comes to new believers or even those who have been “in the faith” for quite some time  but have fallen back into the “old nature”.  We can decide to pile on and discourage them in their walk with the Lord; or we can be like Barnabas and encourage them as we are commanded to do in Galatians 6:1-3. 

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3 Marks of a Growing Church

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A church that is growing will have some distinct characteristics.  As we read in Acts 9:26-31.  The book of Acts is generally not a good place for the local church to build doctrine; since it is a transitional book; however, we can glean some good lessons from the book of Acts. “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)  Especially in the subject of growing a local church, since that is exactly what is going on in the latter part of Acts 9.  In our previous article (Are you a destroyer or a restorer) we looked at some things that the Church should not do. Now I would like to turn our attention towards some things that we should do in the Local Church.

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Are you a destroyer or a restorer?

In Acts 9:26-31,  we see how the “church” originally reacted to Paul after his conversion.  In this passage, he hasn’t yet taken the name of Paul (the first time Saul is called Paul is found Restore-Mein Acts 13:9, which shows us that Saul took upon himself the name of his first convert Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:7)).  The Disciples were afraid of Paul at the first and did not believe that he was a fellow believer.  They were ready to discount Paul because of his past. They were all too eager to hold his past sins against him while at the same time enjoying forgiveness for their own Sin.  We as Christians are called to ” be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

Are you helping to restore others to the LORD or are you in the business of destroying those who need our help the most?

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Treasure Hunting in the Bible

Geo Caching is like going treasure hunting with the utilization of a Global Positioning System (GPS) to find the location of said “treasure.” Going on one of these “treasure hunts” is a great way to spend quality time outdoors enjoying nature. While hunting for the cache (a hiding place, for ammunition, food, treasures, etc.:) you can explore areas that you didn’t even know were there. You may find a park that you were unaware of; or you may find some trails in your community that are off the beaten track. You can never tell what new thing you may stumble upon while geocaching.
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14 Salient Scriptures that support the doctrine of eternal security

Eternal Security of the Believer

Having Assurance of your Salvation is critical if the Believer is going to be a producIrvington Bible Baptist Churchtive member of the Body of Christ.  Of course, to obtain Assurance of Salvation, you must first accept the free gift of salvation that is being offered to you through the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.

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The 4 C’s of Fellowship with God (lesson #7)

The 4 C’s of Fellowship with God are as follows:

1. Conditions for FellowshipIrvington Bible Baptist Church

2. Conduct for Fellowship

3. Characteristics of Fellowship

4. Consequences of Fellowship

In our last lesson began to look at the Consequences of Fellowship:

  1. Victory over the world.
  2. Assurance of Salvation.

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The 4 C’s of Fellowship with God (Lesson #3)

The 4 C’s of Fellowship with God are as follows:

1. Conditions for Fellowship

2. Conduct for Fellowship

3. Characteristics of Fellowship

4. Consequences of Fellowship

Read 1 John 1:3-7

As we discussed in our previous Lessons The Conditions for Fellowship with God:

We have seen that having Fellowship with GOD is the only way to experience true Joy in our lives; Therefore fostering that Fellowship is of the up-most importance for the Christian.  In Lesson 2 we started to look at what the Conditions for Fellowship are.

  1. We must Conform to his Standard (Romans 12:1-2)

  2. We must Walk in the Light (1 John 1:7)

Next we will turn our focus to the final Condition for Fellowship with God that we will discuss in this series.  Confession of Sins.

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The 4 C’s of Fellowship with God: (Lesson #2)

 

The 4 C’s of Fellowship with God are as follows:

1. Conditions for Fellowship

2. Conduct for Fellowship

3. Characteristics of Fellowship

4. Consequences of Fellowship

Read 1 John 1:3-7

As we discussed in our previous Lesson on The Conditions for Fellowship with God, The first 2015 02 14_Washington Township Park_2246_edited-1step is to ensure that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Once that is settled, then you may turn your attention towards maintaining and/or improving your fellowship with him.(Philippians 3:10)

You will notice that in the passage that you have just read, the issue at hand is NOT salvation, but rather is FELLOWSHIP with your Saviour. In the first two verses we read 3, That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4, And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 

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The 4 C’s of Fellowship with GOD

Read Isaiah 1:18

The 4 C’s of Fellowship with God are as follows:

1. Conditions for Fellowship

2. Conduct for Fellowship

3. Characteristics of Fellowship

4. Consequences of Fellowship

 

God created Man to have fellowship with him; The Word of God say’s And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Gen 1:26), “And God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Gen 2:7)

God had fe2015 05 09_Washington Township Park_2161_edited-2llowship, and conversations with Adam in the beginning as we see in Gen 2:15-17.And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Further, we see that Adam recognized the voice of the LORD And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Gen 3:9-10). How else would Adam recognize the Voice of God unless he had heard it before? They obviously had spoken to one another before.

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