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Jul 8, 2013

A Spiritual Community

 

Essay Topics

 

How You Would Go About Forming a Local Believing

Community

How You Would Go About Forming A Local Church as a

Proclaiming Community

How You Would Mold a Local Group of Believers into a

Holy Community

How You Would Create a Local Group of Believers into a

Worshiping Community

 

How You Would Go About Forming a Local Believing

Community

 

God's formation of His people into spiritual communion is

known through various expressions in the New Testament.

Jesus referred to “kingdom” of God, implying

God's reign.  While God is king, Jesus has full authority

at His right side.  Those born of water and the Spirit form

part of the spiritual realm.  The community is otherwise

expressed as body, family and temple.  New Testament

employs over 50 major and minor images. Indicating

different facets of same divine institutions of which most

well known term is “kingdom” and most often

used term in Epistles is that of “church”.

 

As a believing community, the church serves to witness

faith in Christ.  Members are distinguished by convictions

and behavior.  As people of faith, they remain firm despite

ridicule and persecution, remaining steadfast in spite of

sickness and hardship.  Temptations are resisted as are

immorality and intimidation. Through acceptance of Biblical

revelation its members hold firm confidence in God and in

Lordship of Jesus Christ., summarily entrusting their lives

to the Lord.

 

Thus, in order to organize a group of Christians into a

“church”, certain criteria should be adhered to

in order to ensure that the local group is distinguished as

a believing community.

 

To place one's trust in God's truth a believer is one who

takes God at His Word and trusts in Him for Salvation.

 Mere assent to God's truth is not saving faith, according

to the Bible (John 8:31-46;  James 2:14-26).  Neither is

total commitment of oneself to Jesus as Lord a form of

saving faith.

 

A belief that saves is one that rests in finished work of

Christ; it trusts God alone for salvation (John 3:16).

 Believers are those who trusted God with their will as

well as their mind.  (Rom. 1:16; 3:22; 1 Thess. 1:7.

 

It is incomprehensible that a finite mortal can describe

the power of our Creator or the ability of our infinite God

in all things.  Such description would be vastly

inadequate, for God is so powerful and great and vast that

our minds cannot take it all in.

 

God revealed Himself in His Book, the Bible, adequately

enough to give us a vast unfolding idea of His power to do

ANYTHING thought by man as impossible!  He created our

world and hung it out in space by His sustaining power.  He

has been replenishing our earth's need in spite of the

destructive powers of both Satan and man.  Some glimpses

may be taken into God's Word concerning His revelation of

His absolute unlimited power.

 

We must all meet God.  The question of preparedness

involves happiness of misery for all eternity  If the

answer is, “No, I am not” or  “I am not

sure”, condition should be carefully considered.  God

says, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have

turned everyone to his own way.” (Isaiah 53:6).  The

condition of a stray sheep is being lost.  The truth of

God's Word must be admitted and its meaning considered.

 But the good news in the last half of Isaiah 53:6 should

be noticed:  “The Lord have laid on Him the iniquity

of us all.  All sin was laid on Jesus at the cross on

Calvary: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of

God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”

(Romans 3:23).  Christ Jesus died in our place.  “He

put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Hebrew

9:26).  Those who receive Christ receive eternal life.

 Those who do not receive Him will never see eternal life,

but will suffer punishment forever.  Decision on receiving

This Saviour implies those who do are forgiven, cleansed

from sin and forever protected by His shed blood.

 

Jesus said,  “He that heareth my Word and believeth

on Him that sent me, hath eternal life and cometh not into

judgement, but hath passes out of death unto life”.

 (John 5:24, A.S.V.)  The cross stands forever between

death and judgment for those who believe on the Lord Jesus

Christ.  All who “believe” have eternal life

and are saved.  There are only two ways.  If Christ has not

been accepted as Saviour, hell is destiny.  But there is

the Way of Life through Christ which leads to heaven.

 Remaining on the “broad way” would be due to a

person choosing to stay there.

 

God's Word comes from above and indeed is helpful to hearts

that hunger and thirst after righteousness.  When a person

repents, forsakes sin, invites the Lord Jesus Christ to

dwell in his heart and believes with all his heart on the

Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, the Lord will manifest Himself

to impart His own peace and joy in the believer's heart.

 Members of the community should be urged to surrender to

Him as Savior and Lord Now if this has not been done

already.

 

Forty days after Jesus rose from the dead He ascended back

into Heaven.  Jesus had come into the world, took upon

Himself the sins of the world on the cross, was raised from

the dead and returned to glory.

 

The Bible contains loving instructions from God.  If the

Bible's teaching is applied, great benefit will follow if

one's life is harmonized with standards as set out in the

Bible.

 

Applying God's Word will contribute to happiness, inner

peace, contentment and hope, helping us to cultivate such

appealing qualities as compassion, love, joy, peace,

kindness and faith, such qualities which make a better

husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter,

assisting in forming a holy community.

 

 

As the Bible may be found hard to understand, place in the

Bible to find answers to questions should be indicated to

help in understanding God's Word.

 

Usually it is best to study the Bible progressively,

beginning with basic teachings and then learning deeper

truths from the Bible as authority.

 

Bible study can be arranged at convenient time and place,

at home or on the phone to tailor personal circumstances,

including level of knowledge and education.  Family and

friends can share in discussion, with time set aside to

regularly study the Bible.

 

How we achieve to believe and how we look at life is

affected by what we experience as well as our hopes.  What

concerns each of us is to be believing and faithful, as

stewards of the glorious good news of God's kingdom.

 

Diligence in proclaiming God's good news to all we meet

helps to keep us in line for life while instilling belief

in others. As time and unforeseen occurrences befall us

all; to counteract unnecessary anxieties caused by life's

uncertainty, the glorious hope of the resurrection should

be held fast.

 

Loyal Christians accept the Bible as a Book verbally

inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16). The word; inspired; literally means

;God-breathed; and, as such, is the strong,

conscious, in-breathing of God into the minds of human

writers, thus qualifying them to put into circulation the

truth.

 

Inpiration and belief is attained be God speaking through

men and the Bible is therefore just as much the Word of God

as if He spoke every word of it with His own lips.  2 Peter

1:21 says that holy men of God spoke as they were moved by

the Holy Spirit. Belief can be attained by the full verbal,

plenary inspiration of the Bible, as every part of the

Scripture is inspired by God.

 

Anyone who studies the Bible and believes its contents and

sincerely accepts the Christ whom it reveals will

experience a complete change of  life.  The teachings of

only this Book have the power to make bad people good,

completely changing their nature, thus forming a local

believing community.

 

The Bible changes and transforms the lives of people, so

how can King and Saviour be renounced?  The testimony of

the Bible's transformation of life is the outgrowth of an

experience with the Christ who is revealed within the pages

of the Bible.  Certainly a Book that lifts men and women up

to God like the Bible does, must have come down from God!

 

The message of the Bible should be taken seriously in order

to establish belief, as when this life is over we will

stand before God and the Bible will be the textbook of

Heaven.  Jesus says in John 12:48:  “The word that I

have spoken, the same shall judge him on the last

day.

 

How You Would Go about Forming a Local Church as a

Proclaiming Community

 

God adds people to divine entity of church as they are

baptized (Act 2:41).  On earth, the church is organized

with Christ as head (Ephesians 1:22-23).  In due course

each local congregation has elders or shepherds.  These men

are spiritual as indicated by qualities laid out for them

(1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9).  The spiritual flock is

attended to by these shepherds, being Christ within

congregation (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5)..  Although they are

not overlords (1 Peter 5:1-4) they do care for members of

the community as Christ does.  Thus characteristics of a

spiritual community can be summarized as as a believing and

proclaiming community, holy and worshiping community,

community of compassion and encouragement.

 

By referring to church as believing and proclaiming

community Christ is recognized as foundation on which those

who have faith in Him become building blocks.

 

As a proclaiming community, the church serves as divine

creation set for announcing acts of God.  Twin objectives

of gospel proclaimed or redemption of mankind and glory of

God.  The faith, endeared by the community, is proclaimed

via words, character and conduct of individual believers.

 

Likewise, other members of the body should be positively

encouraged in order to proclaim the gospel.

 

The church is defined as local assembly of believers as

well as the redeemed of all ages who follow Jesus Christ as

Saviour and Lord.  In the four gospels of the New

Testament, the term church is found only in Matthew 16:18

and 18:17.  This scarcity of usage in these books that

report on the life and ministry of Jesus is perhaps best

explained by the fact that that church as the body of

Christ did not begin until the day of Pentecost and after

the ascension of Jesus (Act 2:1-4).

 

The Greek word for church is;ekklesia. This

word is used 115 times in the New Testament, mostly in the

Book of Acts and the writings of the apostle Paul and the

general epistles.  At least 92 times this word refers to a

local congregation.  The other references are to the church

general, or all believers everywhere for all ages.  The

greatest emphasis in the New Testament is placed upon the

idea of the local church.  The local church is the visible

operation of the church general in a given time and place.

 

When the church general is implied, “church refers to

all those who follow Christ, without respect to loyalty and

time.  The most general reference to the church occurs in

Ephesians 1:22; 3:10-21; 5:23-32.  Since the church

generally refers to believers of all ages, it will not be

complete until after the judgments and the assembly of all

the redeemed in one place will become a reality only after

the return of Christ. (Heb. 12:23; Rev. 21-22)

 

Speaking to His followers after His resurrection, Jesus

commissioned the church to make disciples and teach them

what He had taught. (Matt. 28:16-20).  The Book of Acts is

the story of the early church's struggle to be loyal to

this commission.  Christ, through the presence of the Holy

Spirit, continued to direct His church as it carried out

its commission.

 

At first, church organization was flexible to meet changing

needs.  As the church became more established, however,

church officers came into existence.  These include the

apostles; bishops; elders; evangelists; ministers; prophets

or teachers; deacons and deaconesses.  Although church

organization varies from denomination to denomination

today, the pattern and purpose of the New Testament remain

a model for  churches as they pursue their mission in the

world.

 

We read in Romans 3:10, “There is no one righteous,

not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who

seeks God. All have turned away, they have all become

worthless; there is no one who does good, not even

one.”  In order to be saved, Jesus should be accepted

as personal Saviour by praying: Dear Jesus, I

confess that I am a sinner and that I am lost.  Be merciful

and please forgive all my sins and save my soul, I

acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God who died for my

sins.  I call upon your Name to be saved from my sin and

unrighteousness.  I invite you to come into my life as I

open the door of my heart for you.  I accept you as my

personal Saviour and Redeemer.  Thank you for saving my

precious soul.  John 1:12; Yet to all who

received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave

the right to become children of God; 1 John 1:9 ;

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and

will forgive our sins and purify us from all

unrighteousness.

 

Teaching Christ's Body is a great privilege and

responsibility.  As a relationship with God develops,

closeness to and knowledge of God will increase.  By

joining a proclaiming community character is built and

relationship with God is strengthened, to proclaim His name

more effectively.  Ideally people should rise up in the

Body of Christ qualified, equipped and mature, ready to

fulfill the ministry as per God orders.  Forming a church

into a proclaiming community requires faithfulness and

dedication in order to reap eternal rewards.

 

The message of love that fills our hearts should be

proclaimed ascertaining fruit to be beared.  The message of

the fruit of God's love should be proclaimed of which we

are reminded daily.  Thus we are helped to live in the love

of Christ, encouraged to proclaim the well known word of

Paul about love in Corinthians.  By proclaiming the massage

of God this may be enjoyed and lived in all corners of the

earth.

 

By proclaiming Christ's light can shine so brightly to

contribute to elation, so that more may follow the path of

His guiding light and assuring others by proclaiming when

it is so desperately needed.  The Holy Scriptures provide a

basis for accurate knowledge of God's will.  In all parts

of the earth people should be helped to learn about the

true God in order to live forever in peace in His new

world.

 

10.How would you mold a local group of believers into a

holy community?

 

The concept of the church as holy, worshiping community

portrays sacred nature.  The church is for holy living and

praise of God.  As a holy community, the church is a

manifestation of God's image among us.

 

It is imperative that the unbelieving world observes the

church as a holy community.   Thus, although

its members live in the world, they refrain from

participating in evil schemes, underhanded deals, or greedy

power plays, being fair, honest and reliable while

refraining from indulgences reflecting badly on themselves

and other believers and stay away from places of ill

repute. While their conversation is pure and noble in

behavior, they are not observed to be unruly or rebellious.

 

 

In organizing a local body of believers, holiness or

spirituality would be encouraged in various ways.

 

Holy denotes moral and ethical wholeness/perfection;

freedom from moral evil.  Holiness is one of the essential

elements of God's nature required of His people.

 

The Hebrew word for holy denotes that which

is  sanctified or set apart; for

divine service.

 

While holy; is sometimes used in a ceremonial

sense, the main use is to describe God's righteous nature

of the ethical righteousness demanded of His followers.

(Is. 1: 10-16).  Originating in God's nature, holiness is a

unique quality of His character.  The Bible emphasizes this

divine attribute;Who shall not fear You, O Lord...

For You alone are holy (Lev. 19:2).

 

Jesus was the personification of holiness; He reinforced

God's commands for holiness by insisting that His disciples

have a higher quality and degree of righteousness than that

of the scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 5:20).  Like Amos and

Hosea, Jesus appealed for more than ceremonial holiness:

“I desire mercy and did not sacrifice” (Hos.

6:6; Matt 12:7).

 

The theme of sanctification, of growing into God's likeness

and being consecrated for His use is prominent throughout

the Bible.  Like Jesus, the apostles taught that

sanctification, or true holiness, expressed itself in

patient and loving service while waiting for the Lord's

return.

 

As an attempt to read the Bible may prove it difficult to

understand, looking in the Bible may not always provide

answers to questions.  All need help in understanding God's

Word.  Usually, it is best to study the Bible

progressively, beginning with basic teaching and taking

more solid food; or deeper truths upon

continuation.  Bible study can be arranged at a convenient

time and place.  Study may also be conducted in the privacy

of the own home or over the telephone or Internet, e-mail,

forums, discussion groups or chat rooms.  Such Bible study

can be offered to people of all religions and those who

practice no religion, but are sincerely interested in

increasing  their knowledge of God's Word.  The entire

family can share in the discussion as can any invited

friends also share, or even a discussion with just one

other person or initially individual Bible Study.  An hour

may be set aside each week to study the Bible and depending

on personal circumstances, more time or, if limited, less

time initially may be spent every week.

 

A person's heart must be proved by the promises of God

regarding life in His new world of righteousness.  And

while some may consider the realizing of such blessings too

good to come true, they are not too good to come true from

the hands of our loving Creator.

 

Of course, there are requirements to be met if we are to

live forever in the coming Paradise on earth. Taking in

knowledge of God and Jesus Christ can lead to everlasting

life.

 

So, in order to live in a holy community, we must first

learn God's will and then do it.  For, although this world

may pass away, the will of God remains forever for us to

enjoy eternally the blessings to be showered down by our

loving Creator.

 

All power is given to me in heaven and on earth, go

then and make all nations my disciples, baptizing them in

the name of the father, the son and the holy spirit and

teaching them to obey all things I  have commanded.

 (Matthew 28:18-19).

 

A person's heart must be moved by the promises of God

regarding life in His new world of righteousness.  There

are requirements to be met if we are to live forever in the

coming Paradise on earth,  Taking in knowledge of God leads

to eternal life. So, in order to become a holy community,

God's will must be learned and then done.  For this is a

fact that this world is passing away and so its desires,

but he that does the will of God remains forever, to enjoy

the eternal blessing showered down by our loving Creator.

 

How we can start on the way to heaven:

 

1.       Turn away from you sins and believe the Good

News.  (Mark 1:15)

2.       Come to the Lord Jesus Christ, in prayers just as you are

with your load of sin and ask Him to forgive you.  He says,

I will never turn away anyone who comes to

me. (John 6:37).  Come to me, all of you who

are tired of carrying heavy loads, and I will give you

rest. (Matt. 11:28).

3.       Believe in Christ alone for your deliverance from sin.

 The blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from every

sin. (1 John 1:7)

4.       He will give you a new life... eternal life.  Christ

said;Whoever hears my Word and believes in Him who

sent me has eternal life. (John 5:24);When

anyone is joined to Christ, he is a new being, the old is

gone, the new has come.

5.       You will have peace in your heart; Now that we

have been put right with God through faith, we have peace

with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Rom. 5:11);

The testimony is this: God has given us eternal

life, and this life has its source in His Son.  Whoever has

the Son has this life; whoever does not have the Son of God

does not have life.  I am writing this to you so that you

may know that you have eternal life; you that

believe in the Son of God. (1 John 5:11-13).

 

How to live the new life

 

1.       Read the Bible every day.  Besides being a light for our

way, it is food for the soul.  Be like new-born

babies, always thirsty for the pure spiritual milk, so that

by drinking it you may grow up. (1 Pet. 2:2).  Ask

God to guide and teach you by His Holy Spirit, as you need.

2.       Come near to God in prayer every day, praying in the name

of Jesus.  Don't worry about anything, but in your

prayers ask God for what you need, always asking Him with a

thankful heart.  And God's peace, which is far beyond human

understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in

union with Christ Jesus. (Mark 5:19)

3.       Speak to others about Christ; Go back to your

family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and

how kind he has been to you. (Mark 5:19)

4.       In temptation call on the Lord. He can help those

who are tempted for He Himself has suffered. (Heb. 2:18).

5.       If you do sin again, confess it quickly to God;

But if we confess our sins to God, He will keep

 His promise and do what is right:  He will forgive us our

sins and purify us from wrongdoing. (1 John 1:9)

6.       Try to associate with the other believers in the Lord

Jesus Christ. My commandment is this: love one

another, just as I love you. (John 15:12)

7.       Always obey God;Whoever loves me, will obey my

teaching. (John 14:23)

8.       Do not be afraid, for Christ is with you; I will

never leave you; I will never abandon you. (Heb.

13:5)

9.       Give yourself completely to the Lord Jesus Christ, Let

Him direct your life according to His will.  In this way

you will find true happiness.

 

God's promise to us:

And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires

and will put a new spirit in you. (Ezekiel 36:26)

 

10.   How would you create a local group of believers into a

worshiping community?

 

As a worshiping community, the church is called to offer

devotion to God and service to men.

 

The nature of Christian faith is revealed by Christian

worship.  As Christians are reverent, praise is expressed

with joy.  Frivolous pettiness is left aside and a

wholesome attitude is declared to the world.  Even

political leaders are prayed for.

 

Given the circumstances in my local community, the group

could assemble to worship on premises rented for this

purpose, or within parameters of existing establishment,

such as old age home, etc. or even in the open air, or

utilizing infrastructure of existing or developing church

or place of worship.  I would plan the worship with respect

to the Lord's supper, singing, scripture reading and

comments, financial offerings and prayers as follows:

 

7.30 HOLY COMMUNION

Collect:                                   

Readings:                                2 Sameul 5:1-5;

Collosian 1:11-20; St Joh 12:9-19

Hymns:

                                  558,433,467,(505),530

09:00  EUCHARIST

Introit Hymn:            546

                                Gospel Hymn:            433

Collect: pg.                288

                                Prayers

Reading:                    2 Sameul 5:1-5

              Peace Chorus

Psalm  95               

                         Offertory Hymn:        411

Reading Colossians 1:11-20

                           Eucharist Prayer: 1st

Canticle                    No. : 17

           Communion Hymns: 519, 505,503

Gospel                      St. John 12: 9-19

           Recessional Hymn:   609

 

11.   HOLY COMMUNION

Readings                                2 Sameul 5:1-5, St

Joh 12:9-19

Hymns                                   558, 433, 467, 530

 

Worship refers to revered devotion and allegiance pledged

to God; the rituals or ceremonies by which this reverence

is expressed.  The English word; worship; comes

from the Old English word worship, a word that denotes the

worshiper of one receives the special honor of devotion.

 

In Old Testament times, Abraham built altars to the Lord

and called on His name (Gen.12:8, 13:18).  This worship of

God requires no elaborate priesthood or ritual.  After

God's appearance to Moses the deliverance of the Israelites

from slavery in Egypt, the foundations of Israelite rituals

were laid.  This worship took place in the light of

history, especially the Exodus of the Hebrew people from

Egypt.  Through Moses, God established the form and

principle of Israelite worship. (Ex. 25-31,35-40).

 

After the occupation of the Promised Land, Israel's

exposure to Canaanite worship affected the nation's own

worship.  The Old Testament reveals clearly that Israel

adopted some of the practices of the pagan people around

them.  At various times God's people lapsed into idolatry.

 Some idols were placed on pedestals and sometimes they

were adorned with silver chains (Is. 10:19) or fastened

with pegs lest they totter and fall (Is. 41:7). Shrines and

altars were sometimes erected to the pagan gods.  But such

idolatry was condemned by God and His special spokesmen,

the prophets of the Old Testament.

 

New Testament worship was characterized by joy and

thanksgiving, because of God's gracious redemption in

Christ.  This early Christian worship focused on God's

saving work in Jesus Christ.  True worship was that which

occurred under the inspiration of God's spirit.  (John 4:

23-24; Phil.3:3).

 

The Jewish Sabbath was quickly replaced among Christians by

the first day of the week as the time for public worship

(Acts 20:7;1 Cor.16:2); it was called the Lord's Day. (Rev.

1:10)  This was the occasion for celebration of the birth

of Jesus, since he arose on the first day of the week(Mark

16:2).

 

At first, worship services were conducted in private

houses.  Possibly, for a time, the first Christians,

worshiped in the synagogues as well as private homes.  Some

scholars believe the Jewish Christians would go to the

synagogue on Saturday and to their own meeting on Sunday.

 

Many early Christians of Jewish background continued to

follow the law and customs of their people.  They observed

the Sabbath and the Jewish holy days, such as the great

annual festivals.  However, the apostle Paul held himself

free from any obligation to observe them in his coverts

 (Col. 2:16). The New Testament itself contains no

references to early Christian festivals.

 

Although the New Testament does not instruct worshipers in

a specific procedure to follow in their services, several

elements appear regularly in the worship practices of the

early church.

 

Prayer apparently had a leading place in Christian worship.

 The letters of Paul regularly opened with references to

prayers for fellow Christians who are instructed to pray

for cleansing. (1 Thess.5:17).  Praise, either by

individuals or by hymn songs in common, reflect the

frequent use of psalms in the synagogue.  Also, possible

fragments of Christian hymns appear scattered through the

New Testament (Act 4:24-30; Eph. 5:14; 1 Tim. 3:16); Rev.

4:8,11;5:9-10,12-13).

 

Lessons from the Bible to be read and studied were another

part of the worship procedure of the New Testament church.

 Emphasis was probably given to the messianic prophecies

that had been fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  His teachings

also received a principle place.

 

Prophecy, inspired preaching by one filled with the Holy

Spirit, helped build up the church, the body of Christ (Ro.

12:6).  Contributions were also collected on the first day

of each week (1 Cor. 16:2).

 

After winter comes spring and summer.  The winter of our

life is when we don't walk with Jesus.  When we don't know

Him, we try to heal all the hurt, loneliness, anger,

resentment, hate and regret in our own way, but don't know

how to deal with it.

 

The good news is Jesus already did deal with it 2006 years

ago on a cross.  He died in our place.  Then our Heavenly

Father God raised Jesus, so that now we can live through

Him.

 

Jesus said;I am the truth and the life.  No-one

comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6).

 When we accept Jesus as the son of God, that He died in

our place, for our sins, that is when we receive our

healing and we experience how Jesus deals with all our

problems.

 

That is when we enter the springtime of our lives.  That is

when we receive through Jesus, a new heart and right

desires, that is when Jesus gives a new spirit that is

born-again as the Holy Spirit honors and takes up residence

in the human heart.

 

Now there is no more need to struggle with the old

problems, being victorious over them with Jesus.  In Jesus'

name, through His strength any problem can be overcome.

 

Jesus said;Come to Me, all you who are weary and

heavy laden and I will give you rest;  This is

summertime, leaning on Jesus, fixing eyes on Him and

allowing Him to deal with mistakes, hurt and anger.

 

In order to form a worshiping community, all you have to do

to receive Jesus into your life is ask Him;Jesus, I

ask you to come into my life, give me a new heart and Your

desires and put Your spirit in me.  Forgive me for all the

wrongs I did and choose to forgive those who did wrong

against me.  I give my life in your hands and ask you to

deal with it.  Amen.

 

...I am making EVERYTHING NEW...; Rev. 21:04.

 God grants hope of rebuilding a new future by healing,

blessing and granting a new life, even where hope was lost.

 

The Bible not only teaches about life, but also shows how

to come into a personal relationship with the very God who

inspired this Book in order to understand, discover and

deepen personal relationship with God.  Some of the

essential Christian character traits that are developed and

nurtured by personal relations with Jesus Christ are love,

forgiveness, purity, honesty, wisdom, peace and joy.

 

Next to personally knowing Jesus and walking with Him, one

of the greatest blessings of the Christian life is to

actually lead someone to Jesus Christ. The Good News is

that God wants to use you; not just pastors,

missionaries and evangelists -  as His instrument to speak

to others.

 

Jesus gave us this very command in Mark 16:15, where He

says;Go into all the world and preach the Good News

to everyone, everywhere;  This wonderful charge is

known as the great community commission. Sharing our faith

is something that Jesus wants and commands us to do. Peter

3:15-16 tells us to be ready, to give an answer to anyone

who asks us about the hope we have in Jesus.  No training

is required to share, be open to God's leading, know God's

Word, understand the simplicity of the gospel and share

your own story.

 

 

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