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  • Salvation!
  • The story of the Old Testament
    • Ecclesiastes 7:29 - The fall of man.
    • I John 3:4 - definition of sin
    • Isaiah 59:2 - Sin separates us from God
    • Romans 5:12 - All have sinned.
    • Ezekiel 18:20 - Everyone bears the consequences of their own sin.
    • Within the first few chapters of the Bible, we have been introduced to the problem: sin.
    • God makes three promises to Abraham (Genesis 12:
      • Nation and land: fulfilled in Old Testament
      • Universal blessing: fulfilled in New Testament
    • Genesis 50 - Israel grows as a nation in slavery to Egypt, and is then delivered from slavery by God.
    • Leadership transfers from Moses to Joshua and then a series of judges.
    • Israel requests a king and God gives them Saul.
    • After Solomon, Israel splits into Israel and Judah.
      • II Kings 17:5.
      • Judah has a few good kings, but eventually goes into Babylonian captivity in 586 B.C.
    • Israel is finally released from captivity and a remnant returns to restore Jerusalem. Nehemiah 9:1
    • It is important to follow God’s law!
    • God shows us the need that mankind had for a system of salvation. The stage is set for the fulfillment of the third promise.
  • The story of the New Testament
    • Matthew 1:1
    • Matthew 4:23 - Jesus proclaimed “the gospel of the kingdom”
    • Hebrews 10:4 - Animal sacrifice is insufficient.
    • Hebrews 9:22 - Forgiveness of sins requires the shedding of blood.
    • Acts 2:22 - The full gospel is preached for the first time.
    • Colossians 2:14 - The Old Testament law is no longer in effect.
    • Ephesians 4:4
    • Colossians 1:18
    • Ephesians 5:23
    • II Corinthians 5:10
    • Romans 10:2-3
    • I Corinthians 15:52
    • Romans 14:12
    • Matthew 25:46
  • Hebrews 5:9 - Jesus is the source of eternal salvation.

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  • Be examples to the flock.
  • “Hold fast the faithful word; exhort and convince (refute) the gainsayer.” - Titus 1:9
    • They must know it.
    • They must love it supremely.
    • They must hold it fast.
    • They are to use it to encourage some and refute others.
  • Shepherd, feed, tend the flock among them - I Peter 5:2
    • The food is the word of God. Acts 20:28
    • Restore the fallen.
    • Protect from wolves.
    • Materially relieve the indigent.
  • Watch for the souls under their charge. Hebrews 13:17
    • Encourage the strong.
  • Oversee the flock. Acts 20:28
    • Group action requires oversight or leadership.
    • Elders are God’s assigned overseers.
    • They are to oversee the congregation in all its functions.
  • It is interesting and profitable to notice that among the specified functions of elders, decision making is not listed.
    • Yet we hear it prayed that elders make good decisions more than anything else.

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