By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 22, 2015

  • Lesson 2, continued:
    • His name is above every name (Philippians 2:6-11) (continued):
      • Christians belong to Christ because He purchased them with His own blood and they were baptized in His name; thus, they are identified by the name of Him to whom they belong.
    • Conclusion: Regardless of what good traits a church may have, if it is identified by a name given by man, a name that does not point ownership to heaven, it is not the church of the New Testament.
  • Lesson 3:
    • Introduction
      • In this lesson, we learn what local churches in Paul’s time taught one to do to be saved.
    • Hear the Word
      • God’s drawing power (John 6:44-45)
      • That which produces faith (Romans 10:17)
    • Believe (Hebrews 11:6; John 3:16; 8:24)
      • Faith and opinion
        • Faith is produced by hearing (Romans 10:17); without testimony there can be no faith.
        • Anything practiced without testimony is just opinion.
      • We walk by faith (II Corinthians 5:7)
        • Opinion is unsafe (Jeremiah 10:23)
        • We cannot walk by sight, for we have not seen Jesus.
      • Therefore, based upon testimony one must believe: that Jesus is the Son of God and the savior of man (John 8:24) and that the gospel is God’s power to save (Romans 1:16).
    • Repentance (Acts 17:30; II Peter 3:9; Acts 11:18)
      • Repentance is a change of mind (Matthew 21:28-29), brought about by godly sorrow (II Corinthians 7:10), and resulting in changed actions (Matthew 21:29).
      • It is hard to get one to repent.
        • Most profess to believe in Christ, but they will not do His will. (Luke 6:46; Matthew 7:21)
        • They need to repent – change their mind and their lives.
        • When one repents, obedience is easy; it is getting one to renounce his will that is difficult.
      • Confession (Romans 10:9-10)
        • With the mouth, one must confess that Jesus is Lord.
        • When one believes and repents, confession is the natural result.
      • Baptized (Mark 16:16)

 

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