BUY THE TRUTH, AND SELL IT NOT (PROVERBS 23:23) HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/PISMO/70346636/
What isTruth?How do we ﬁnd truth in thismaze of religions? HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MARCELGERMAIN/2217801604/
IN FACT... HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/CHASEGREENE/3500254805/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
For we dare not make ourselves of thenumber, or compare ourselves withsome that commend themselves: butthey measuring themselves bythemselves, and comparing themselvesamong themselves, are not wise.(2 Corinthians 10:12)
It is dangerous tomeasure ourselvesagainst what othersbelieve, or solely onwhat our church says.We need tomeasure ourselveswith the Word.
It has been said, “What is popular is not always right;what is right is not always popular.” HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/PREEF/476981775/
Concerning each doctrineAsk Yourself: Does the Bible really teach this? Is this what the Scripture says? Is this what I believe? Is this what my church teaches? HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/JOHANN-IN-LONDON/11989792/SIZES/O/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
Knowing this ﬁrst, that noprophecy of the scripture is of anyprivate interpretation. For theprophecy came not in old time bythe will of man: but holy men ofGod spake as they were moved bythe Holy Ghost.(2 Peter 1:20-21)
“WE SHOULD CONFORM OUR LIVES TO THE BIBLE INSTEAD OFCONFORMING THE BIBLE TO OUR LIVES." HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MAXSHIRLEY/83462179/SIZES/L/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP TO THE WORD OF GOD? CHAPTERLESSON 2 THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD
The Bible CanBe TrustedAll doctrine should be basedupon, and be in harmonywith, God’s Word. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/ECHOESOFSTARS/2619157442/
All scripture is given by inspirationof God, and is proﬁtable fordoctrine, for reproof, for correction,for instruction in righteousness:That the man of God may be perfect,thoroughly furnished unto all goodworks.(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
INSPIRATION IN THIS SCRIPTURE COMES FROM A GREEKWORD THAT LITERALLY MEANS, “GOD-BREATHED.” HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/SAUSYN/1355727034/
Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix in their book, Power inthe Pulpit, suggest many benefits from the Word ofGod. This list contains:Promises prosperity and success forthose who obey the Word (Joshua 1:8).Coverts the soul, makes wise the simple,gives joy to the heart, and enlightens theeyes (Psalm 19:7-8).Is everlasting, true, righteous, invaluable,and sweet; provides warning and reward(Psalm 19:11).Cleanses and helps us avoid sin (Psalm119:9-11).Provides guidance and direction (Psalm119:105). HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/DAPURSOLIA/5019950779/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
Jerry Vines and Jim Shaddix in their book, Power inthe Pulpit, suggest many benefits from the Word ofGod. This list contains:Is truth (John 17:17).Results in faith (Romans 10:17).Gives wisdom, teaching about what isright, rebuke when in the wrong,correction for those who have erred, andinstruction on how to live righteously. Allof these help us to become mature (2Timothy 3:14-17).Is alive, sharp, penetrating, and detectsour thoughts and intents (Hebrews 4:12).Provides spiritual nourishment (1 Peter HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/DAPURSOLIA/5019950779/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP TO THE WORD OF GOD? CHAPTERLESSON 3 MAN IS A SINNER
MAN W AS CRE ATED W ITH TH E ABILIT Y TO C HOOSE HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/41421441@N02/5694816264/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
Because of man’sdisobedience,sin entered the world. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/DINAWALUYO/4236828221/
Sin is:LawlessnessDisobedienceDoing things against God’swill and word. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/BOWTOO/2870844569/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
For all have sinned, and comeshort of the glory of God.Romans 3:23 HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MARCIANNELIESE/3458669517/
God hates sin.God loves the sinner. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/SHAZLYPICS/4465132834/
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP TO THE WORD OF GOD? CHAPTERLESSON 4 MAN NEEDS A SAVIOR
Ralph Vincent Reynolds describesman’s miserable condition as: Estranged from the womb Under a curse (Psalm 58:3). (Galatians 3:10). Shaped in iniquity Understanding is darkened (Psalm 51:5). (Ephesians 4:18). Heart is desperately wicked Has an evil imagination (Jeremiah 17:9). (Genesis 6:5). Controlled by Satan Filled with all (Ephesians 2:2). unrighteousness (Romans 1:29). Law of sin and death continually at work in his life Dead in trespasses and sin (Romans 7:23). (Ephesians 2:1). Corrupt from head to foot
Man needs aSAVIOR HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/TEARTHEAPATHY/3278266920/
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP TO THE WORD OF GOD? CHAPTERLESSON 5 JESUS IS THE SAVIOR
The name Jesus means“Jehovah Savior” or “Jehovah is become salvation.”
For God so loved the world, thathe gave his only begotten Son,that whosoever believeth in himshould not perish, but haveeverlasting life.(John 3:16)
In John 3:15-18, wordswith the root word“believe” are used ﬁvedifferent times.Man must believe that JesusChrist is the Savior in order tobe saved. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/UGLYAGNES/531910713/
BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD, WHICH TAKETH AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD -JOHN 1:29 HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/PAPERPARIAH/4772018050/
Jesus Christ is the SaviorTo reject Jesus Christ is to reject “Truth” (John 14:6).
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP TO THE WORD OF GOD? CHAPTERLESSON 6 MAN MUST REPENT
We are free to make our own decisions But God is in control.
Conversion cannottake place withoutrepentance.“I tell you, Nay: but, except yerepent, ye shall all likewiseperish” (Luke 13:3). HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MARYATUAB/5720931006/SIZES/O/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
And the times of thisignorance God winked at; butnow commandeth all menevery where to repent.(Acts 17:30)
The need forrepentance isuniversal becausesin is universal.Sin has touched everyhuman life. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/_STEFANO_/3877012771/
IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS, AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. -1 JOHN 1:9
REPENTANCE IS AN INWARD CHANGE OF ATTITUDETHAT LEADS TO AN OUTWARD CHANGE OF ACTION. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/STEPHENCUYOS/5392840951/
THE GOODNESS OF GOD LEADS MEN TOREPENTANCE HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/H-K-D/5290356447/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
The Repentance ProcessThe Gospel is He realizes that Godpresented (Romans has provided a Savior10:14). (Matthew 1:21; John 4:24).The sinner is convicted He repents (confesses)of his sins (Acts 2:37). his sins. He is not only sorry for his sins, but makes a decision toHe accepts he is a forsake sin (Proverbssinner (Romans 3:23; 28:13; Isaiah 55:7), and6:23). turns toward God (Luke 18:13).
What Does God Do With Forgiven Sin?He puts them in the bottom of the sea (Micah 7:19).He puts our sin behind his back (Isaiah 38:17).He doesn’t remember them anymore (Jeremiah 31:34).He removes them as far as the east is from the west(Psalm 103:12).
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP TO THE WORD OF GOD? CHAPTERLESSON 7 AFTER REPENTANCE, WHAT NEXT?
Repentance is notcomplete withoutbaptism. Repentanceand baptism gohand-in-hand.Acts 2:38, Luke 24:47, Mark 16:16 HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MOREGOODFOUNDATION/5135458923/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
Believing Leads To Baptism Mark 16:16 Acts 8:12 Acts 16:30-33 Acts 18:8
The Gospels close withJesus’ command tobaptize all nations(Matthew 28:19).In the Early Church, people werebaptized immediately afterbelieving. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/KAHUNAPULEJ/5376768025/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
Baptism by ImmersionJohn 3:23Acts 8:38-39Romans 6:4-5
Baptism is essential for salvation.Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21 HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/WILLIAMATURNER/3046672072/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP TO THE WORD OF GOD? CHAPTERLESSON 8 THE NAME OF JESUS
And whatsoever you do inword or deed, do all in thename of the Lord Jesus.(Colossians 3:17) HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/10123888@N04/5611532410/
Use the Name of Jesus:In prayer (John 14:12-14). To receive eternal life (John 20:31).In preaching (Luke 24:47). In salvation (Acts 4:12).When you are in need(John 15:16). In water baptism. (Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5, 22:16).In healing (Acts 3:6,16; Acts4:7,10). In everything (Colossians 3:17).When casting out demons(Acts 16:18).
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP TO THE WORD OF GOD? CHAPTERLESSON 9 BAPTISM: IN THE NAME OF JESUS
Jesus commanded his disciples to “Go ye therefore, andteach all nations, baptizing them in the name of theFather, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew28:19). What is the name? HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/001FJ/2623335609/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
And that repentance andremission of sins should bepreached in his name amongall nations, beginning atJerusalem. (Luke 24:47)
Why Baptize in the Name? “There is salvation in no other name (Acts 4:10-12). HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/LOSWL/5529102907/SIZES/L/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
Why Baptize in the Name?Paul was so convinced that baptism in Jesusname was necessary that he rebaptized somebelievers (Acts 19:1-5).The only biblical way to receive remission of sinsin through baptism in Jesus name (Luke 24:47;Acts 2:38)
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP TO THE WORD OF GOD? CHAPTERLESSON 10 HOLY GHOST BAPTISM IS A PROMISE
The Old Testament containspromises of the outpouring ofthe Holy Spirit (Jeremiah31:33-34; Ezekiel 36:26-27; Joel2:28-29).When the Holy Spirit was pouredout on the day of Pentecost, it wasa fulﬁllment of Joel’s prophecy(Acts 2:12, 16-17). HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/H-K-D/4718368894/SIZES/M/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
For the promise is unto you, and toyour children, and to all that are afar off,even as many as the Lord our Godshall call (Act 2:39). HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/STUCKINCUSTOMS/3627402797/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
Benefits of Receiving the Baptism of the Holy Ghost:Teaches us all things; Helps us to intercedegives understanding of (Romans 8:26).the Word (John14:26). Christ puts seals ofRefreshes and gives rest ownership on usto the weary (Isaiah (Romans 8:9).28:12). Will raise up a standardGives power for against our enemieswitnessing (Acts 1:8). (Isaiah 59:19).Provides a promise thatwe will be resurrected(Romans 8:11).
“Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” Acts 19:2 HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/JKROLL/1675433079/
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP TO THE WORD OF GOD? CHAPTERLESSON 11 THEY SHALL SPEAK IN TONGUES
The initial evidenceof the baptism ofthe Holy Spirit isspeaking in othertongues, as theSpirit gives theutterance. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/PAULLEW/2481826406/
And they were all ﬁlled with the Holy Ghost, andbegan to speak with other tongues, as the Spiritgave them utterance.”(Acts 2:4) HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/TERESA-STANTON/528927158/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP TO THE WORD OF GOD? CHAPTERLESSON 12 THE HOLY GHOST IS FOR YOU
The Comforter comes to us through thebaptism of the Holy Spirit(John 14:16, Colossians 1:27).
“If any man have not the Spirit ofChrist, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9).If we do not havethe Holy Spirit, dowe belong toChrist? HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/STEPHENCUYOS/5837770457/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP TO THE WORD OF GOD? CHAPTERLESSON 13 JESUS IS COMING SOON
One of the mostsigniﬁcant truths inBible prophecy is:Jesus is coming soon! HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/SEAN_HICKIN/3777577453/
“AND IF I GO AND PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU, I WILL COME AGAIN, AND RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF; THAT WHERE I AM, THERE YE MAY BE ALSO” (JOHN 14:2-3).Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/SUPERSONICPHOTOS/5086878242/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/
RAPTURE MEANS, “CAUGHT AWAY” OR “CAUGHT UP.” HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/BIGBERTO/2650932169/SIZES/Z/IN/PHOTOSTREAM/