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Great Commission 7


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Great Commission 7

  2. 2. PART SEVEN: THE PERPETUATION: TEACH The five accounts of the Great Commission are in: Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20; Acts 1.
  3. 3. <ul><li>The five accounts of the Great Commission are in: </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 28; </li></ul><ul><li>Mark 16; </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 24; </li></ul><ul><li>John 20; </li></ul><ul><li>Acts 1. </li></ul>
  4. 4. We have covered six parts of the Great Commission: <ul><li>The authority behind it: Jesus Christ . </li></ul><ul><li>The obligation: Go. </li></ul><ul><li>The place: All the world and everyone in it. </li></ul><ul><li>The method: Teach. </li></ul><ul><li>The message: Hear, believe, repent, confess Christ, and be baptized . </li></ul><ul><li>The act of obedience: Immersion. </li></ul>
  5. 5. This lesson deals with “keeping the saved saved.” We perpetuate the gospel through teaching ( Matthew 28:19,20; 2 Timothy 2:2; Acts 2:42 ). There are three categories involved in this part of the Great Commission.
  6. 6. Learn and believe the doctrines of the Bible. <ul><li>The Bible is God’s perfect word. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are under the law of Christ. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Bible is inspired. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bible authority is essential for all that we do. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>There are three members of the Godhead. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God the Father. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God the Son: Jesus Christ. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God the Holy Spirit. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The New Testament church. <ul><li>It is not a denomination ( Ephesians 4:4 ). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is important ( Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:23 .) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is part of God’s eternal purpose ( Ephesians 3:10,11 ). </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>It is not a denomination Ephesians 4:4 NET There is one body and one Spirit, just as you too were called to the one hope of your calling, </li></ul>The New Testament church.
  10. 10. <ul><ul><li>It is important Acts 20:28 NET Watch out for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><ul><li>of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><ul><li>Ephesians 5:23 NET because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church — he himself being the savior of the body. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><ul><li>Ephesians 3:10 NET The purpose of this enlightenment is that through the church the multifaceted wisdom </li></ul></ul>It is part of God’s eternal purpose
  14. 14. <ul><ul><li>of God should now be disclosed to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly realms. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. The Bible doctrine of final things. <ul><ul><li>Death </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>( Hebrews 9:27 ). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hades: Paradise and Torment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>( Luke 16:19-31 ). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The second coming of Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>( 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 ). </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Death </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hebrews 9:27 NET And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment, </li></ul></ul>The Bible doctrine of final things.
  17. 17. <ul><ul><li>Luke 16:19 NET &quot;There was a rich man who dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 But at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus whose body was covered with sores, 21 who longed to eat what fell from the rich man's table. </li></ul></ul>Hades: Paradise and Torment
  18. 18. Hades: Paradise and Torment <ul><ul><li>In addition, the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 &quot;Now the poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And in hell, as he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far off with Lazarus at his side. </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Hades: Paradise and Torment <ul><ul><li>24 So he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in anguish in this fire.' 25 But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things and Lazarus likewise bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Hades: Paradise and Torment <ul><ul><li>26 Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us, so that those who want to cross over from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.' 27 So the rich man said, 'Then I beg you, father — send Lazarus to my father's house 28 (for I have five brothers) to warn them so that they don't come into this place of torment.' </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Hades: Paradise and Torment <ul><ul><li>29 But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the prophets; they must respond to them.' 30 Then the rich man said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' 31 He replied to him, 'If they do not respond to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' &quot; </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. The second coming of Christ <ul><ul><li>2 Thessalonians 1:7 NET and to you who are being afflicted to give rest together with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels. 8 With flaming fire he will mete out punishment on those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. The second coming of Christ <ul><ul><li>9 They will undergo the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his strength, 10 when he comes to be glorified among his saints and admired on that day among all who have believed — and you did in fact believe our testimony. </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>The resurrection ( 1 Corinthians 15 ). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The judgment ( Matthew 25:31-46 ). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hell ( Matthew 25:30 ). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heaven ( Matthew 25:23 ). </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. The resurrection <ul><ul><li>1 Corinthians 15:1-58 NET Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you — unless you believed in vain. 3 For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received — that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. The resurrection <ul><li>4 and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. </li></ul>
  27. 27. The resurrection <ul><ul><li>7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. The resurrection <ul><li>10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been in vain. In fact, I worked harder than all of them — yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, this is the way we preach and this is the way you believed. 12 Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? </li></ul>
  29. 29. The resurrection <ul><li>13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty. 15 Also, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified against God that he raised Christ from the dead, when in reality he did not raise him, if indeed the dead are not raised. </li></ul>
  30. 30. The resurrection <ul><li>16 For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is useless; you are still in your sins. 18 Furthermore, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished. 19 For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone. </li></ul>
  31. 31. The resurrection <ul><li>20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also came through a man. 22 For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to him. </li></ul>
  32. 32. The resurrection <ul><li>24 Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when he has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be eliminated is death. </li></ul>
  33. 33. The resurrection <ul><li>27 For he has put everything in subjection under his feet . But when it says &quot;everything&quot; has been put in subjection, it is clear that this does not include the one who put everything in subjection to him. 28 And when all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all. </li></ul>
  34. 34. The resurrection <ul><li>29 Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, then why are they baptized for them? 30 Why too are we in danger every hour? 31 Every day I am in danger of death! This is as sure as my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If from a human point of view I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what did it benefit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. </li></ul>
  35. 35. The resurrection <ul><li>33 Do not be deceived: &quot;Bad company corrupts good morals.&quot; 34 Sober up as you should, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God — I say this to your shame! 35 But someone will say, &quot;How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?&quot; 36 F ool! What you sow will not come to life unless it dies. </li></ul>
  36. 36. The resurrection <ul><li>37 And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare seed — perhaps of wheat or something else. 38 But God gives it a body just as he planned, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. 39 All flesh is not the same: People have one flesh, animals have another, birds and fish another. </li></ul>
  37. 37. The resurrection <ul><li>40 And there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. The glory of the heavenly body is one sort and the earthly another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star in glory. 42 It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. </li></ul>
  38. 38. The resurrection <ul><li>43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So also it is written, &quot; The first man , Adam , became a living person &quot;; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. </li></ul>
  39. 39. The resurrection <ul><li>46 However, the spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man is from the earth, made of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 Like the one made of dust, so too are those made of dust, and like the one from heaven, so too those who are heavenly. </li></ul>
  40. 40. The resurrection <ul><li>49 And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear the image of the man of heaven. 50 Now this is what I am saying, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. </li></ul>
  41. 41. The resurrection <ul><li>51 Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed — 52 in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. </li></ul>
  42. 42. The resurrection <ul><li>54 Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen, &quot; Death has been swallowed up in victory . &quot; 55 “ Where , O death , is your victory? Where , O death , is your sting? &quot; </li></ul>
  43. 43. The resurrection <ul><li>56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 58 So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. </li></ul>
  44. 44. The judgment <ul><li>Matthew 25:31-45 NET “When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. </li></ul>
  45. 45. The judgment <ul><li>33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, </li></ul>
  46. 46. The judgment <ul><li>36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you? </li></ul>
  47. 47. The judgment <ul><li>39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 And the king will answer them, 'I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me.' 41 &quot;Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! </li></ul>
  48. 48. The judgment <ul><li>42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. 43 I was a stranger and you did not receive me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' </li></ul>
  49. 49. The judgment <ul><li>44 Then they too will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not give you whatever you needed?' 45 Then he will answer them, 'I tell you the truth, just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.' </li></ul>
  50. 50. <ul><ul><li>Hell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Matthew 25:30 NET And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' </li></ul></ul>
  51. 51. <ul><li>Heaven </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 25:23 NET His master answered, 'Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.' </li></ul>
  52. 52. There are many more important teachings in the Bible, but this summary shows the importance of diligent daily study (see also Psalm 1; 19; 119; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 3:15; Acts 17:11; John 5:39 ).
  53. 53. Live a faithful Christian life in thought, word and deed. <ul><li>Colossians 3:17 NET And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. </li></ul>
  54. 54. Live a faithful Christian life in thought, word and deed. <ul><li>Philippians 4:6-8 NET Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. </li></ul>
  55. 55. Live a faithful Christian life in thought, word and deed. <ul><li>8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. </li></ul>
  56. 56. There are teachings about family responsibilities. Study Bible examples of families (good and bad). Ephesians 5:23-6:4 NET because the husband is the head of the wife as also Christ is the head of the church — he himself being the savior of the body. 24 But as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
  57. 57. There are teachings about family responsibilities. <ul><li>25 Husbands, love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her 26 to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word, 27 so that he may present the church to himself as glorious — not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless. </li></ul>
  58. 58. There are teachings about family responsibilities. <ul><li>28 In the same way husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one has ever hated his own body but he feeds it and takes care of it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 for we are members of his body. </li></ul>
  59. 59. There are teachings about family responsibilities. <ul><li>31 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. 32 This mystery is great — but I am actually speaking with reference to Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless, each one of you must also love his own wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. </li></ul>
  60. 60. There are teachings about family responsibilities. <ul><li>6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. 2 “ Honor your father and mother , &quot; which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, 3 &quot; that it may go well with you and that you will live a long time on the earth . &quot; 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. </li></ul>
  61. 61. Bible study <ul><li>This includes family devotions, individual study, Bible classes, and public worship </li></ul>
  62. 62. Hebrews 5:12-14 NET For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, you need someone to teach you the beginning elements of God's utterances. You have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. 13 For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. Bible study
  63. 63. Bible study <ul><li>14 But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Peter 2:2 NET And yearn like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, </li></ul>
  64. 64. The Tongue Ephesians 4:17-32 NET So I say this, and insist in the Lord, that you no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts.
  65. 65. The Tongue <ul><li>19 Because they are callous, they have given themselves over to indecency for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20 But you did not learn about Christ like this, 21 if indeed you heard about him and were taught in him, just as the truth is in Jesus. </li></ul>
  66. 66. The Tongue <ul><li>22 You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires, 23 to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and to put on the new man who has been created in God's image — in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth. </li></ul>
  67. 67. The Tongue <ul><li>25 Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor , for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry and do not sin ; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger. 27 Do not give the devil an opportunity. </li></ul>
  68. 68. The Tongue <ul><li>28 The one who steals must steal no longer; rather he must labor, doing good with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with the one who has need. 29 You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear. </li></ul>
  69. 69. The Tongue <ul><li>30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 You must put away every kind of bitterness, anger, wrath, quarreling, and evil, slanderous talk. 32 Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. </li></ul>
  70. 70. The Tongue <ul><li>James 3:1-12 NET Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, because you know that we will be judged more strictly. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. If someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect individual, able to control the entire body as well. </li></ul>
  71. 71. The Tongue <ul><li>3 And if we put bits into the mouths of horses to get them to obey us, then we guide their entire bodies. 4 Look at ships too: Though they are so large and driven by harsh winds, they are steered by a tiny rudder wherever the pilot's inclination directs. </li></ul>
  72. 72. The Tongue <ul><li>5 S o too the tongue is a small part of the body, yet it has great pretensions. Think how small a flame sets a huge forest ablaze. 6 And the tongue is a fire! The tongue represents the world of wrongdoing among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the entire body and sets fire to the course of human existence — and is set on fire by hell. </li></ul>
  73. 73. The Tongue <ul><li>7 For every kind of animal, bird, reptile, and sea creature is subdued and has been subdued by humankind. 8 But no human being can subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people made in God's image. </li></ul>
  74. 74. The Tongue <ul><li>10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. These things should not be so, my brothers and sisters. 11 A spring does not pour out fresh water and bitter water from the same opening, does it? 12 Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers and sisters, or a vine produce figs? Neither can a salt water spring produce fresh water. </li></ul>
  75. 75. Our deeds for others <ul><li>James 1:21-2:26 NET So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. 23 For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror. </li></ul>
  76. 76. Our deeds for others <ul><li>24 For he gazes at himself and then goes out and immediately forgets what sort of person he was. 25 But the one who peers into the perfect law of liberty and fixes his attention there, and does not become a forgetful listener but one who lives it out — he will be blessed in what he does. </li></ul>
  77. 77. Our deeds for others <ul><li>26 If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue, and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world. </li></ul>
  78. 78. Our deeds for others <ul><li>2:1 My brothers and sisters, do not show prejudice if you possess faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. 2 For if someone comes into your assembly wearing a gold ring and fine clothing, and a poor person enters in filthy clothes, 3 do you pay attention to the one who is finely dressed and say, &quot;You sit here in a good place,&quot; and to the poor person, &quot;You stand over there,&quot; or &quot;Sit on the floor&quot;? </li></ul>
  79. 79. Our deeds for others <ul><li>4 If so, have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil motives? 5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters! Did not God choose the poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him? </li></ul>
  80. 80. Our deeds for others <ul><li>6 But you have dishonored the poor! Are not the rich oppressing you and dragging you into the courts? 7 Do they not blaspheme the good name of the one you belong to? 8 But if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, &quot; You shall love your neighbor as yourself ,&quot; you are doing well. </li></ul>
  81. 81. Our deeds for others <ul><li>9 But if you show prejudice, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as violators. 10 For the one who obeys the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 11 For he who said, &quot; Do not commit adultery ,&quot; also said, &quot; Do not murder .&quot; Now if you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a violator of the law. </li></ul>
  82. 82. Our deeds for others <ul><li>12 Speak and act as those who will be judged by a law that gives freedom. 13 For judgment is merciless for the one who has shown no mercy. But mercy triumphs over judgment. 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith save him? </li></ul>
  83. 83. Our deeds for others <ul><li>15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, &quot;Go in peace, keep warm and eat well,&quot; but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is it? 17 So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself. </li></ul>
  84. 84. Our deeds for others <ul><li>18 But someone will say, &quot;You have faith and I have works.&quot; Show me your faith without works and I will show faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; well and good. Even the demons believe that — and tremble with fear. 20 But would you like evidence, you empty fellow, that faith without works is useless? </li></ul>
  85. 85. Our deeds for others <ul><li>21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that his faith was working together with his works and his faith was perfected by works. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, &quot; Now Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness ,&quot; and he was called God's friend. </li></ul>
  86. 86. Our deeds for others <ul><li>24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And similarly, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. </li></ul>
  87. 87. Regular worship with the saints <ul><li>Acts 2:42 NET They were devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. </li></ul>
  88. 88. Regular worship with the saints <ul><li>Acts 20:1-11 NET After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them and saying farewell, he left to go to Macedonia. 2 After he had gone through those regions and spoken many words of encouragement to the believers there, he came to Greece, </li></ul>
  89. 89. Regular worship with the saints <ul><li>3 where he stayed for three months. Because the Jews had made a plot against him as he was intending to sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia. 4 Paul was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, and Timothy, as well as Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. </li></ul>
  90. 90. Regular worship with the saints <ul><li>5 These had gone on ahead and were waiting for us in Troas. 6 We sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and within five days we came to the others in Troas, where we stayed for seven days. </li></ul>
  91. 91. Regular worship with the saints <ul><li>7 On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul began to speak to the people, and because he intended to leave the next day, he extended his message until midnight. 8 (Now there were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting.) </li></ul>
  92. 92. Regular worship with the saints <ul><li>9 A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, was sinking into a deep sleep while Paul continued to speak for a long time. Fast asleep, he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. </li></ul>
  93. 93. Regular worship with the saints <ul><li>10 But Paul went down, threw himself on the young man, put his arms around him, and said, &quot;Do not be distressed, for he is still alive!&quot; 11 Then Paul went back upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he talked with them a long time, until dawn. Then he left. </li></ul>
  94. 94. Regular worship with the saints <ul><li>Hebrews 10:23-31 NET And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for the one who made the promise is trustworthy. 24 And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, 25 not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near. </li></ul>
  95. 95. Regular worship with the saints <ul><li>26 For if we deliberately keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins is left for us, 27 but only a certain fearful expectation of judgment and a fury of fire that will consume God's enemies. </li></ul>
  96. 96. Regular worship with the saints <ul><li>28 Someone who rejected the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much greater punishment do you think that person deserves who has contempt for the Son of God, and profanes the blood of the covenant that made him holy, and insults the Spirit of grace? </li></ul>
  97. 97. Regular worship with the saints <ul><li>30 For we know the one who said, &quot; Vengeance is mine , I will repay ,&quot; and again, &quot; The Lord will judge his people .&quot; 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 6:33 NET But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. </li></ul>
  98. 98. Christian fellowship Hebrews 3:12-13 NET See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that forsakes the living God. 13 But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called &quot;Today,&quot; that none of you may become hardened by sin's deception.
  99. 99. Christian fellowship <ul><li>Hebrews 13:1-2 NET Brotherly love must continue. 2 Do not neglect hospitality, because through it some have entertained angels without knowing it. </li></ul>
  100. 100. Christian fellowship <ul><li>1 John 4:7-21 NET Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been fathered by God and knows God. 8 The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. </li></ul>
  101. 101. Christian fellowship <ul><li>9 By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him. 10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. </li></ul>
  102. 102. Christian fellowship <ul><li>11 Dear friends, if God so loved us, then we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God resides in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we reside in God and he in us: in that he has given us of his Spirit. </li></ul>
  103. 103. Christian fellowship <ul><li>14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him and he in God. </li></ul>
  104. 104. Christian fellowship <ul><li>16 And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has in us. God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, and God resides in him. 17 By this love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus is, so also are we in this world. </li></ul>
  105. 105. Christian fellowship <ul><li>18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears punishment has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he loved us first. </li></ul>
  106. 106. Christian fellowship <ul><li>20 If anyone says &quot;I love God&quot; and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And the commandment we have from him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too. </li></ul>
  107. 107. Evangelize the lost. <ul><li>We cannot teach them anything but the gospel ! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Romans 1:16 NET For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. </li></ul></ul>
  108. 108. Evangelize the lost. <ul><li>Romans 15:1-4 NET But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good to build him up. </li></ul>
  109. 109. Evangelize the lost. <ul><li>3 For even Christ did not please himself, but just as it is written, &quot; The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me .&quot; 4 For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we may have hope. </li></ul>
  110. 110. Evangelize the lost. <ul><li>Galatians 1:6-9 NET I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are following a different gospel — 7 not that there really is another gospel, but there are some who are disturbing you and wanting to distort the gospel of Christ. </li></ul>
  111. 111. Evangelize the lost. <ul><li>8 But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be condemned to hell! 9 As we have said before, and now I say again, if any one is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let him be condemned to hell! </li></ul>
  112. 112. It is for everyone Acts 10:34-35 NET Then Peter started speaking: &quot;I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, 35 but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is welcomed before him.
  113. 113. It is for everyone <ul><li>Revelation 22:17 NET And the Spirit and the bride say, &quot;Come!&quot; And let the one who hears say: &quot;Come!&quot; And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the water of life free of charge. </li></ul><ul><li>1 John 2:2 NET and he himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world. </li></ul>
  114. 114. Personal evangelism is powerful: <ul><ul><li>Study the missionary tours of Paul and those who were with him. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Acts 18:24-28 NET Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephesus. He was an eloquent speaker, well-versed in the scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and with great enthusiasm he spoke and taught accurately the facts about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. </li></ul>
  115. 115. It involves sacrifice <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>James 4:14 NET You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. </li></ul>
  116. 116. It involves sacrifice <ul><li>Money </li></ul><ul><li>2 Corinthians 8:1-5 NET Now we make known to you, brothers and sisters, the grace of God given to the churches of Macedonia, 2 that during a severe ordeal of suffering, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in the wealth of their generosity. </li></ul>
  117. 117. It involves sacrifice <ul><li>3 For I testify, they gave according to their means and beyond their means. They did so voluntarily, 4 begging us with great earnestness for the blessing and fellowship of helping the saints. 5 And they did this not just as we had hoped, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and to us by the will of God. </li></ul>
  118. 118. It involves sacrifice <ul><li>2 Corinthians 9:7 NET Each one of you should give just as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, because God loves a cheerful giver. </li></ul>
  119. 119. It involves sacrifice <ul><li>Pride </li></ul><ul><li>[few people do personal work (successfully) before humbling themselves] </li></ul><ul><li>James 4:6-7 NET But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, &quot; God opposes the proud , but he gives grace to the humble .&quot; 7 So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. </li></ul>
  120. 120. It involves sacrifice <ul><li>James 4:10 NET Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Peter 5:6 NET And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand </li></ul>
  121. 121. It involves sacrifice <ul><li>Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 10:37-39 NET “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. </li></ul>
  122. 122. It involves sacrifice <ul><li>39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of me will find it. </li></ul><ul><li>2 Timothy 4:10 NET For Demas deserted me, since he loved the present age, and he went to Thessalonica. Crescens went to Galatia and Titus to Dalmatia. </li></ul>
  123. 123. This is the only method of perpetuating the gospel. We must teach the new convert to live for Jesus – because the Christian life is the only life worth living!
  124. 124. In a very real sense, the destiny of our neighbors depends upon our dedication to Christ, and our willingness to do what the Lord expects us to do. Philippians 4:13 NET I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.