In this lesson, we will be reviewing much of what you have studied in the previous lessons. There is a point to all this study. God wants you to become a follower of His son. He wants you to be part of the covenants and promises He has for us. Please read through this very important lesson carefully and thoughtfully...
If it is true that God created this world in 6 days. If its true that all people have descended from one set of common human parents, if its true that Jesus of Nazareth is the Anointed one, the Messiah, the Christ, and the Son of God and he is coming to rule the earth, what then must we do to prepare?.
If it is true that the end of the world is coming soon, and that would mean then end of our job, the end of our country, the end of our schools, families, friends, sports and community, maybe we need to stop for a minute and think, what can we do to prepare?
If its true that God has a plan for the earth and for anyone who believe his plan, and there is information readily available in great detail about this plan, then should we be asking questions about getting ready for that time when the last day will arrive?
I have to tell you today, all of the "ifs" that I mentioned are true. And how can I be so certain these things are true? Because I decided to read the Bible, only the Bible, see what it had to say, and decide for myself whether it was true or not. Here is what I learned, there are many predictions and promises in the Bible. Most of these predictions are about one particular nation - the nation consisting of both the people and the actual country of Israel. Now it is true that strange words and weird imagery cloud many of the predictions and it is difficult to understand right away exactly what is being said. But, many of those predictions are clear enough and plain enough to understand, and many of those predictions written thousands of years ago have come true. The most amazing is the rebirth of the nation of Israel in 1948. A second prophecy come true is the regaining of the city of Jerusalem in 1967 by the Jews. The city being fought over and divided is another prophecy come true. And, if most of the easily understandable predictions have come true already then isn't logical that the other things are true too? Coincidence? Do you really think so? Isn't it worth a few hours of your time for a closer look? Couldn't you just think for a moment that there is a greater purpose and a greater being that we will call "God" and then, just for the purpose of investigation, ask the question, "What is it that God wants from me?"
What is it that God wants?
We will try to provide an answer to that question in 8 parts.
The parts are as follows
1. Learn and Believe what it is that God Wants from People
2. Learn and Believe God's Plan for Rewarding those who Seek Him
3. Learn and Believe that the man Jesus the Messiah Did Not Fail
4. Decide that You Will Follow God's Requirements.
5. Decide to start a new life, giving it to God.
6. Admit that you have failed to obey God's Laws
7. Seal that Decision: Get Baptized into God's Name
8. Live your New Life by Obeying the Teachings of Jesus
Notice that these involve certain activities on your part. Learning, believing, deciding, following, giving, admitting and obeying.
We'll look at each of these 8 steps in detail today, showing that the Bible teaches that each of these 8 steps are important, and together define what it is that God wants from you.
1. Learn and Believe what it is that God Wants from People
Our first Bible reference for this step is "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." (heb 11:6)
Anything worthwhile takes hard work in the form of lots of thought, study and diligence to achieve. It usually takes some hard studying, learning, and finally believing what you learn. Many people recognize this and readily apply it to things like their jobs, their education, their health, their diet, their physique and all the other goals and wants that people pursue. The one thing though, and its something that matters most, they don't apply diligence to, and that is to religion. Many people do not apply diligence to seeking God.
There is a popular misconception throughout churches that God just gives eternal life like some type of party favor to anyone who asks. That is not what the Bible teaches. The gift of God, eternal life, will only be given to those become the people that God wants. God says: "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." (deu 4:29)
God wants us to seek Him with diligence, with all of our heart. We must give ourselves wholeheartedly to that task. It can1t be for a few minutes a week, or one weekend per year. It has to be all the time, everyday, in a manner that shows that we truly want to find God. This is demonstrated in the most important commandment of God: "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might." (deu 6:4-5)
Diligence, seeking with all our heart, giving ourselves wholly to Him is what God wants.
Christ taught this clearly. Not only did he reiterate that this is indeed the most important of all commandments, but he said other things along these lines too.
John 8:32 "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (joh 3:32)
Knowing what God wants is the most important first step. You can1t settle for just searching for this Truth with all your heart. You must search until you find the Truth. You must make it your main goal in life, more important than all your other goals. When you do this, you will find God. Until you are ready to do that, you will not be doing what God wants.
You not only have to learn what He wants, once you find it; you have to believe it. The beauty of the Truth that concerns Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God is that it makes sense. It's not like other religions where you have to make gigantic leaps far past logic. Its not like superstition where you keep guessing and hoping its right. The Bible, the Word of the God of Israel, contains teachings that can be validated by looking at history. History gives a great deal of proof that the Bible is True. In the first reference we quoted from Hebrews, we also find a reference in the same chapter that tells us faith involves evidence of things that can't be seen. God offers us lots of evidence of His reality. We live in a time where this evidence becomes more apparent each day. But again, it involves diligence and thought, it involves opening our eyes and minds so that we won1t be blind to all the evidence that the Bible offers.
The importance of believing what we learn cannot be stressed enough. This is so even in everyday things. How often I have looked for some lost item, and merely continued to overlook it in a certain location such as a drawer, because I didn't really believe it was there. This even happens with large items like the car in a parking lot, or looking right at someone and not recognizing them because we didn't believe it might be them. How true this is with Bible things. Once we begin to understand what God is teaching us, we must believe it in order to build on that belief and add more. We must proceed carefully and make sure we understand what we read.
I would advise you all today, if you have not yet begun, from this moment forward, learn and believe what it is that God Wants from People. You can only learn this in the Bible, which is the Word of God, and the only source of Truth extant on the Earth today. Any one of us who has been baptized can help you with that goal, but its important to start right away because soon it may be too late.
2. Learn and Believe God's Plan for Rewarding those who Seek Him
Remember God said: "You will find me in the day you seek me with all your heart." (deu 4:29)
God created everything we can see. He didn't create it without a reason or purpose. He made the Earth for a reason and he made people for a reason. He has a plan, which involves filling the Earth with people forever. But, this plan involves a number of steps, and we must learn what those steps are.
Abraham was a man who lived around 4,000 years ago. We are told in the book of Galatians that the gospel was preached to Abraham. Jesus Christ was born only about 2,000 years ago, 2,000 years after his ancestor Abraham lived. The fact that the gospel had been preached 2,000 years before Christ was born may come as a surprise to those not familiar with Abraham himself. Most churches teach that the gospel was never taught or preached until Jesus Christ started preaching. But, the Bible teaches the promises of God to Abraham are what comprise the gospel, especially the promise of a "seed" or descendant of his who would bring blessings to the nations of the world. We can tell you now that as it says in Galatians, the seed refers to a person - Jesus Christ. It is critical that each person learns these very kinds of things from the Bible in order to understand God's plan for rewarding those who seek him.
The fact that God will reward people is a critical piece of the learning God wants you to gain. We have to believe that God will reward those who serve Him. This is faith; this is what we must each do as a step to pleasing God. The rewards God will bestow on His children include the following. Immortality in His kingdom, the right to become a king or a priest in that Kingdom, the right to rule and judge the whole earth in that Kingdom, the right to become part of God Himself in a way that you must study the Bible to really understand. Super-human powers await those who serve him. Wonderful other blessings that we can't imagine await also. Best of all, the opportunity to fix the earth's problems, the opportunity to make earth into the Paradise God set out to establish at Creation, and other wonderful things are the kind of rewards that await those who server God now. We must not only learn about these things, but we must believe them and base our lives on them.
God has fully demonstrated this plan in the Bible. He has revealed it all to his various servants, the prophets, and they wrote it down and we have it today. He started right in the Garden of Eden, revealing pieces of his Plan to Eve and Adam. He added more pieces of it with events involving Adam and Eve's children, and then Noah and his family. He called Abraham and revealed much more of His plan in great detail, giving him promises involving Land, eternal life, and a special descendant who would bring it all to pass. He went on to expand his plan and promises to Abraham's descendants and Moses, and other prophets. Many pieces were laid out and can be studied throughout what we call the Old Testament in the Bible. Finally, God revealed Himself fully and his plan in the Man Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfilled the details of this plan and explained them to his disciples. You and every person here can read and study all about this plan. Everybody can understand the purpose of God. In this plan you will see that there is a place for you in it. You can begin today to learn the rewards that can be yours. I have to tell you, that it is foolish to ignore this study, its more important than anything else you can learn. You can start today; you can begin right now. The bottom line of this point number 2 is Learn and Believe God's Plan for Rewarding those who Seek Him.
3. Learn and Believe that the Man Jesus the Messiah Did Not Fail
It is obvious to most people that central to being a follower of Christ is belief in Jesus Christ. The problems start when we forget that he isn't just some idea or name, but that he is a real person. Just because we live 2,000 years after he was born, doesn't make him any less real. The things they believed in the first century to get baptized were "the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ". It would seem obvious to me and I hope to you, that Jesus Christ himself is a very important part of being able to claim to be a "Christian", but we know that so many people don't believe in Jesus Christ at all. This is nothing new. We are told in the Bible that even in the first century, within mere decades of Jesus preaching, didn't believe that Jesus Christ ever came in the flesh - in other words, they did not believe that Jesus Christ had been a real man. It is the same today. Churches teach that Jesus Christ was not a real man but rather some kind of God, not a real person. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is a man. It teaches that he was a man on earth, just like you and I, but that he obeyed the Law of God perfectly. He did not sin when he was tempted. He succeeded in obeying God and fulfilling God's righteous requirements.
But there is more to it too. There are other things about Jesus we must believe if we are to obey God. We have to believe that Jesus is the seed or descendant that was promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David and Eve. We have to believe that he is the promised Jewish Messiah. The things I am mentioning here are facts that must be learned, understood, and believed in. Jesus Christ is the "Hope of Israel". He is the only means by which a person, Jew or non-Jew can be saved. Without Him, God's purpose would not continue because he is central to God's plan and purpose. What God wants from you is to Learn about Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, and to believe in him.
We have many examples of this in the Bible. The apostle Paul said, "For the hope of Israel am I bound with this chain." Paul said this when being cross-examined. The hope of Israel is Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah who would save them, and save all that come to him. The apostle Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Others throughout the New Testament times believed in Jesus.
We have to learn about Jesus and the various facts pertaining to him. The gospel believed in the first century were "The things concerning the Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Christ". We need to learn what is so important about Jesus and believe the facts concerning his accomplishment. He was born to fulfill a requirement designed for him from the beginning of God's plan. We need to learn what the requirement is and believe with all our heart that he met that requirement completely. Because he fully met that requirement of God, he lives today, resurrected and now sitting at the right hand of God.
Jesus was spoken of in the following manner in the writings of the New Testament:
"You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God"
"Tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin"
"Son of God"
"Son of Man"
We have to believe that Jesus of Nazareth was a man like we are men and women. He had the same needs, the same flesh, the same temptations and desires. But, he did not sin. Instead, he obeyed God each day of his life, and whenever he was tempted, he chose the correct way to proceed instead of sinning.
Jesus is likened by Paul to being a kind of Second Adam. We see that the first Adam, and the rest of mankind with him before Christ, all failed at meeting the righteous requirements of God. Jesus came along, 4000 years after the first Adam, and he did fulfill the righteous requirements of God. Jesus, unlike Adam, obeyed. He obeyed all his life and obeyed right up into death. He conquered sin and overcame it and won the battle over it, in his own body, obeying into death. Therefore, God resurrected him, brought him back to life and he now has become an immortal being and went up to heaven working with God, as a high priest for his followers, and preparing to return soon to earth to established the Kingdom of God for a thousand years.
The Bible also speaks of Jesus in these terms:
"Sits at the right hand of God"
"The grave could not hold him"
4. Decide that You Will Now Follow God's Requirements for you
Making a decision of any kind is difficult for many people. Some people can't decide what they want to eat. Some people can't decide between two girlfriends or boyfriends. Some people can't decide whether to accept a job offer or go to college. People can't decide what clothes to wear in the morning. There are lots of decisions to make every moment of our lives. Some people let others make all their decisions for them. They can't stand or understand commitment. Some people make decisions by flipping a coin or asking for advice. Making a decision to become a disciple of Jesus Christ involves all the things we mentioned and the following:
"Repent and be baptized". When we study the activities of our original parents, Adam and Eve, we see that their actions caused Sin to enter the world. God set up a law, and the punishment for disobeying it would be death. So, of course they disobeyed, and sin and death entered the world. At that time, God also began to reveal his plan to still fill the earth with people who would be part of Himself. That plan involved what it is that God wants from you today. It is very important, as we have mentioned already, to learn with lots of diligence what that Plan of God's is. We have to study the Bible carefully to learn what he wants from us. But, then, we must decide that whatever God wants from us, we will do. It is the decision that is very important in this step. It means that you understand what God requires of you, and that you are willing to alter your lifestyle in order to obey Him.
We all sin, we all disobey God's law. God requires each of us to realize, understand and admit that we want to follow God's requirements of us. We are talking about those requirements tonight. The things God wants from us could be outlined in great detail at this point. After realizing God's plan for earth and wanting to be part of it, many times a conscious decision can be made at this point in your studies that you want to be part of it. This decision means deciding that you buy into the things that Jesus taught. Things like loving your neighbor, things like forgiveness and mercy, things like teaching people the ways of peace, love, and kindness. They are good things, and if we truly believe in those things, then we can decide something like "Yes Jesus Christ, I believe in the things you demonstrated and taught, and I have decided that I want to be part of those things".
It will be important soon after this to state this decision to other people, but first you must state it to yourself, and to Christ. If you truly want to become a disciple of Jesus, and a child of God, then you will have learned about the Truth, and therefore will be fully aware that Jesus is alive right now. So, you will have no problem admitting to him that he is right in what he has taught. You will readily admit to yourself, to Jesus and to God that the ways taught by God in the Bible are better than any ways that mankind has offered and that you want to be part of it. It is important to understand that it is a decision that you make in your mind first, and with your body and actions later. We are told in Romans 7 and 8 that it is with our mind that we serve the Law of God. The Bible, the Word of God works on our minds, and changes our minds in time. Making a decision, a conscious decision, is the changing of our mind and thinking that must take place in order for us to turn to God.
5. Decide to Start a New Life, giving it to God
Once we decide that we want the things that God offers us through Christ, be next must decide to start a New Life, one that we give in Service as an offering to God. This would seem obvious, but is neglected by millions of people. Most people on earth are born into some religion that they will follow until the day they die. They go to a church meeting on Saturday or Sunday, or maybe on a Friday. They might follow a couple of holidays. Nothing ever really changes in their life, they believe they always were in their religion and just stick with it, kind of like a sometimes hobby that is fun for socializing and meeting people.
That is just hypocrisy.
We realize that Jesus wants all of us. He will not settle for just little bits and pieces. Let's face the reality that a disciple of Christ is being trained to be a ruler in the Kingdom of God. They are being chosen to become warriors in God's Army. This can't be a sometimes effort. Training to rule the World is a full-time job. Jesus wants us completely, just like a spouse wants his or her spouse completely, not to be shared with anybody else. The relationship between a follower of Christ and God and Christ, is one that is complete and very satisfying. But, God, like a husband or wife, gets very jealous if we have allegiances elsewhere. We are told this in Exodus 20:5 and Exodus 34:14. (exo 20:5) (exo 34:14) He even says that his Name is jealous. Some people think they avoid his jealousy by avoiding idolatry. True, avoiding idolatry is essential. But it's more than that. God wants your total devotion, love and allegiance. This means starting a new life, one where you decide that God is to become your chief pursuit and joy. A careful study of the Bible will show you that this does not mean excluding all people and activities from your life, it means that you mind begins putting God first of all in every future move you make.
We will talk about baptism in a minute, but let's just think for a minute about what baptism demonstrates. When a person is baptized, they are put under water. Their whole body goes under the water. They are not merely sprinkled, they are not merely anointed. Water Baptism is Scriptural Baptism and its the only way to become a brother or sister in Christ. It demonstrates literally, in a physical and spiritual way that we die and start a new life. The Greek word "baptizo" means "to dye a cloth by dipping it under water in a dye". The cloth goes down one color and comes up another. It is as if we die to our old life and are raised to a new one. We become something new when we are baptized into Christ. God is building a new creation and you are part of that process when you give you life to Christ. There is a hymn that says: "Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to thee".
In different parts of the Bible you will read about how Jesus Christ himself demonstrated how we can fulfil righteousness, by getting baptized, how various people got baptized at different times, and how we too must be baptized if we ever want to be saved. Matthew 3:13-17 tells of Christ's baptism in the Jordan River (mat 3:13-17), and that God said that Christ did the right thing when he got baptized. Notice in verse 16, that Christ was down in the water because it says that immediately he came up "out of the water". Mark 1:9-11 speaks of the same incident, giving us two separate witnesses to this baptism of Christ, as an adult, in water. (mar 1:9-11) Mark 16:16 tells us that Christ says that only the baptized can be saved. (mar 16:16) Finally, in Luke 3:21 we read again about Jesus being baptized. (luk 3:21) How awful it is when churches teach that we should ignore, change or disobey Christ's example! We must follow his example and get baptized, once we believe the Truth and repent of our sins. Acts verses all show people continuously got baptized to become Christians. (act 2:38) (act 2:41) (act 8:12) (act 8:38) (act 16:33) Galatians 3 says if we are baptized into Christ, then we are in Christ. (gal 3:27)
Romans chapter 6 explains baptism even more fully. Please read that chapter. In it we see that we die with Christ when we are baptized, and that once we come up, OUT OF the water, we start a new life, showing that as Christ was resurrected, we too believe that we shall be resurrected and judged one day. Romans 6:5-10 (rom 6:5-10) clearly shows that the only way for us to be dead to our sins we committed is by being baptized in water, believing the Truth concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.
On a personal note, I'll tell you here and now, there is no better decision you can make than to start a new Life with Jesus Christ. You can leave behind mistakes, sins, and all the ideas that didn't work out. You can begin again and have a real solid goal, the coming Kingdom of God.
6. Admit that you have failed to obey God's Laws
We are told of mankind that they "have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." Repenting is to gain a new perception, a new understanding and knowledge. Repenting is to change our way of thinking. God wants each one of you, each one of us, to reach a point into our lives where we admit our abject failure in the matter of obeying what God has demanded of us. In other words, we have to admit that we are sinners. Until we can admit that, we are continuing to block ourselves from the journey to the Kingdom of God that God has prepared for us.
We are told that "the soul that sinneth it must die." The Bible clearly teaches that God's Law is strict. If a person sins then they must die. Fortunately a way has been provided for us to be saved from that punishment. But, we have to completely understand, believe and admit that we are worthy of death. There is no other way to admit that we failed to obey God's Laws. Admitting that we must die, and really believing it and understanding why, is the step for coming to God we all have to make.
We are told in the Word of God that "whoever says he does not sin is a liar." It is not easy to admit such a thing. Many people believe that they are very good because the compare themselves with others who they see as very bad. I have to tell you, if you cannot admit that you sin, then you are lying to yourself, to others and to God. Those who say they do not sin are liars. The mark of a person who is doing what God wants of them readily admits that he or she sins and can only survive by God forgiving them. Then they must ask God to forgive them, and they must change their way of thinking, resolving to try to put that sin into the past and get beyond it.
7. Seal that Decision: Get Baptized into God's Name
It says Israel "were all baptized into Moses." Long ago, God entered into a covenant with Abram. It was a type of Contract between God and Abram, God sealed that covenant with an ancient ritual involving the killing of certain animals, laying the pieces of the animals in two lines opposite each other, and then passing through those pieces in the shape of a burning furnace. The pieces were on each side and great darkness was over and all around. Later, we are told that all of Israel entered into a covenant with God when the passed through the Red Sea with Moses. The walls of water were high up on each side of them and the cloud was over them. They passed through that and became the nation of God. We are told in the Bible and in history that many people entered into covenants with each other in the way described concerning Abraham and the animals. Likewise we must enter into that same exact Abrahamic covenant through baptism.
It's like this. When Abraham was called out of his home by God, God had said to him, Lek Lek, the Hebrew verb which in English means, "Get thee out". It means, "get going", it means "get up and go." We have that same call from God made to us. We are told to get thee out. We have to get out of the world in a sense of leaving behind the evils that we may have been involved in. We have to get up and move towards a new place. That new place is a spiritual life that begins right now, and ends up in the destination of the Kingdom of God. We pass through the waters of baptism. Romans chapter 6 explains that we are baptized into Christ's death when we get baptized. We are buried with him in baptism so that we can be raised again to have a new life with him forever. It's a covenant that we enter into at baptism. We know this from Galatians "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (gal 3:26-29) We take on the Name when we get baptized. Its not just the name of Jesus, its the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus got baptized "to fulfill all righteousness"
We are told how important baptism is when it says "whereas Baptism does now save us."
Under the old Law established at the Time of Moses, there were numerous washing instituted to cleanse people who sinned. But, the washings never really accomplished it completely. Because, in their minds and hearts they still were not cleansed. It's different now. The way to change our mind is to do these things we have mentioned here to prepare and then to get baptized. This baptism changes us, but not by washing away any filth or uncleanness. Instead it's the answer of a good conscience. Baptism saves us because we enter into covenant relationship with God. We are prepared at that point by having studied the Bible, and having come to understand and accept its Truths. These are mental activities that take place in our mind. We at that point have become conscious of our sins, we become conscious of God's requirements for us, we become conscious that there is a world much larger than the one we can see, we become conscious of what God is offering us. What we do with all that consciousness we achieve is to answer it by getting baptized. "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." (1pe 3:21)
8. Live your New Life by Obeying the Teachings of Jesus
The life in Jesus Christ involves obeying special commandments such as "walk in the Light." We live by a code of spiritual growth, always moving forward. God forgives us because He can be depended on to do so, we are told this in 1 John 1 where it says "faithful and just to forgive us."
This final part of what God wants from you are really when the true excitement begins. There is a place that tells us to "work out your salvation with fear and trembling". I think it would also be fair to translate this passage as "fear and excitement".
Jesus Christ said he came so that people might have life and have it more abundantly. This idea of abundant life should fill our thoughts all the time once we have been baptized into Christ. There are so many paths we might each follow in life. There are so many variations on our walk to the Kingdom of God. Each of us works out our own salvation - our life in Christ, in different ways. Some of us get married whereas some were already married. Some get various jobs, maybe move away, others stay put. What I would like to point to through is a method of living our new life by obeying the teachings of Christ - a method that will apply to everybody.
We all realize that a day is coming when Jesus will return and will judge his followers. A very good way to live our life by obeying the teachings of Christ is to learn about what he will judge us for and always focus on those things as much as possible. So viewing our lifestyle in Christ lets think about that judgment. It's spoken of in several places. I want to keep it simple today and look at Matthew. Jesus begins in Matthew 19:27-30 to promise all who forsake their old life and follow him properly will be rewarded. A few chapters later. See Matthew 24:42 to Matthew 25:46. We see what type of things we will be judged for.
Things that are important to God, with the notation of what is rewarded and what is condemned:
Watching the house.
A. Give fellow servants meat in due season - rewarded.
B. Smiting fellow servants - condemned.
C. Eating and drinking with drunkards - condemned.
Example of Ten Virgins with Oil and Lamps
A. 5 Wise - keep extra oil ready, rewarded.
B. 5 Foolish - no extra oil, condemned
Note: Both groups, the wise and the foolish, fell asleep. But one group was prepared BEFORE falling asleep, the other was not prepared. It is not the falling asleep that is condemned, rather it is the lack of preparedness by the foolish women that condemned them.
Talents - entrusted with the Lord's "Money"
A. Get out and do work - take risks - no fear, rather trust in the Lord.
B. Don't sit on it.
C. Don't Hide it.
Tasks We Should Do
A. Believe God and be baptized
B. Feed the hungry and give drinks to the thirsty - actual food and drink and spiritual food and drink
C. Clothe the naked
D. Visit the sick
E. Visit Prisoners
We do all these things for Christ, or to Christ, for good or bad, when we do it to the people around us.
Are you helping other believers in Christ, or are you abusing and hurting them? Are you keeping your personal faith strong, or are you letting it slip and get weaker.
We will be judged in all these categories. We need to look at our lives and determine how each area applies to us. But we are very fortunate that Christ has given us these categories beforehand.
Friends, this eight-point lesson briefly describes what God wants from you. You can begin now. Open your Bible, read your Bible, and let it have the effect in you that God wants. We will be glad to help you in this journey, just ask.
1. Who will be given the gift of eternal life?
2. Who is the promised Messiah?
3. After "learning" about the Bible what then must we do?
4. What is the most important first step in learning what God wants from us?
5. Describe what happens at a biblical baptism.
6. What is the punishment for disobedience to God's law?
7. What must "admit" after we have decided to live the way God wishes us to live?
8. Are there proofs to what the Bible says? If so, name one or two.
9. Did the Messiah fail in his first mission?
10. What is the only true and trustworthy source of learning what it is God wants from us?
11. How do you "seal" the decision to begin a new life and be forgiven for you disobedience?