“What Do We Know?” 8/15/2017 Posted by Alister Begg for “Truth for Life”

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DEVOTIONALS  

What Do We Know?

We know that for those who love God all things work together for good.

 Romans 8:28

Upon some points a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that God sits in the center of the vessel when it rocks most. He believes that an invisible hand is always on the world’s tiller, and that wherever providence may drift, God is steering it. That reassuring knowledge prepares him for everything. He looks over the raging waters and sees the spirit of Jesus walking on the water, and he hears a voice saying, “It is I-do not be afraid.” He knows too that God is always wise, and knowing this, he is confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes and that nothing can occur that ought not to happen. He can say, “If I should lose everything, it is better that I should lose it than keep it if it is God’s will: The worst disaster is the wisest and the kindest thing that I could face if God ordains it.”

“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good.” The Christian does not merely hold this as a theory, but he knows it as a matter of fact. So far everything has worked for good; the poisonous drugs mixed in proper proportions have effected the cure; the sharp cuts of the scalpel have cleaned out the disease and facilitated the healing. Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results; and so, believing that God rules all, that He governs wisely, that He brings good out of evil, the believer’s heart is assured, and he is learning to meet each trial calmly when it comes. In the spirit of true resignation the believer can pray, “Send me what You will, my God, as long as it comes from You; there never was a poor portion that came from Your table to any of Your children.”

Do not say, my soul, “Where will God find one to relieve my care?”
Remember that Omnipotence has servants everywhere.
His method is sublime and His heart profoundly kind,
God is never too early and never behind!

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Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright (c) 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission. Today’s Bible Reading material is taken from McCheyne Bible reading plan and used by Truth For Life with permission. Scripture quotations are taken from Holy Bible: English Standard Version, copyright (c) 2001, Good News Publishers.

 

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P.S. (from bruce) If you don’t know for sure, all of what is posted above is true in your life…be sure you are a Christian in God’s eyes…  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

 

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“Blessed Are You” 8/14/2017 Posted by Don Merritt for “The Life Project”

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Blessed Are You

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In verse 10, Jesus said that those who are persecuted for righteousness are blessed; here He gets personal, for now He isn’t referring to someone else, or some group of individuals, now it is about “you”. People may speak all sorts of evil against us as followers of Jesus; what should our reaction be  should we pop ‘em right in the mouth?

It wouldn’t seem so; Jesus says we should “rejoice and be glad”, of all things.

Really? We should rejoice and be glad when people are speaking against us because of our faith in Christ?

Yes we should, for great is our reward in heaven.

Jesus didn’t exactly say so here, but our reward here on earth won’t be so bad, since it is a relationship with Him. In the old days, people spoke against the prophets in the same way that they spoke of Jesus’ followers; both were persecuted, sometimes killed in the process, but they seemed to be OK with all that, for they knew that they had a great reward awaiting them, and because they, like Abraham, believed God’s promises.

So now we conclude the Beatitudes, with an implied question dangling: The prophets believed God’s promises and endured. The early Christians believed God’s promises and endured. Do we believe God’s promises?

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“A Letter to Millennial Believers” 8/13/2017 Written by Matthew Winters for “Matthew Winters (Comeback Pastor)

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A Letter to Millennial Believers

 

Dear Millennial,

I know you are often poorly misrepresented. You have grown up in a generation where much has changed. You have been characterized by your taste in clothes, coffee, and a list of many other things. Your parents have done their best to prevent you from experiencing the same hardships they did, so they went overboard and made sure you had a lot of, if not everything, you wanted. Many of you grew up in broken homes and knew hardships that were not as prevalent in previous generations. On the down side, many of you grew up where dysfunction is normal and you truly want something better. Some of you know how to fight through life and rise above, while others of you don’t know how to cope when you get knocked down.

I want to be your advocate. Not the guy who looks at you and sees a generation of spoiled brats, but someone who looks at you and sees a ton of potential. Pertaining to the Christian life, you possess some qualities that I wish I saw in previous generations.

  1. You possess a passion for something real. You don’t want anything to do with Christ because He is a “societal or cultural norm”. You want something that is going to change your life.

  2. You don’t want dead religion. When you go to a weekend worship service, you want to engage. You want to clap and lift your hands. You want to hear from someone who knows how to engage you. You want something that applies to your life so you can know how to live your faith throughout the week.

  3. You’re not as shallow as everyone thinks. While you may be attracted to more modern methodology, you appreciate some depth and even historical demonstrations of faith. You want in-depth conversations and want to know more about Scripture than everyone else says you do.

  4. You are more interested in being the church than going to church. While some criticize you for that, you are being much more biblical than they. You have a desire to obey the Great Commission that is found at the end of Matthew 28.

There is so much more I could say to you. You are the generation that could see revival if you were only given a voice. Many are trying to silence you while I, and many others, seek to empower you. Don’t let negative people discourage you! Pursue your God-given dreams! If it is not of God, you’ll know it. If you find resistance the first time, fight it with persistence. While others are settling for mediocrity, rise above it and achieve great things. If I can help you, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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P.S. (from bruce)  It’s true !!  As brand new believers, so many of us were on fire for the Lord !!  We couldn’t get enough of God, as we sought to learn as much about the Lord as we could…  Has your fire dwindled to hot ashes, or worse…almost snuffed out ??  I urge anyone not currently “on Fire” for the Lord, who has been filled with the Holy Spirit by God’s grace alone through saving faith alone…to buy and read this book… “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan”…  It is perhaps the best book I have read, written in this day and age… (Nothing can compare to God’s perfect Word !!)   Blessings in Christ,  bruce

https://www.christianbook.com/remembering-the-forgotten-god-workbook/francis-chan/9781434700889/pd/700889?event=CBCER1

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“I Believe in God” 8/12/2017 Written by Beth Andrews of “Deeper Roots”

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Written by Beth Andrews of “Deeper Roots” @  https://dbethandrews.wordpress.com

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I Believe in God

Know What You Believe; Believe What You Know:

I Believe in God

“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)

What does it mean to “believe in God?” What must you believe about God?  Why should you believe in God at all?   Man has been wrestling with the concept of belief in God for thousands of years.  The most brilliant minds from every side of the issue have argued for and against belief in God.  We make it so complex with our human perspectives. But it really is simple: God is who He says He is.  Belief in God is the very foundation of faith, in fact, it is the foundation of our lives. In my last post, we discussed the concept of worldview, which is the basis from which we determine all things related to God, the universe, life and man.  Your worldview starts with your view of God.

Belief in God is declining in the U.S. In a 1944 Gallup poll 96% of Americans claimed to believe that God exists; in 2016, that figure dropped to 89%.  But is “believing” in God enough?  Not according to the Bible.  One New Testament writer said: “You believe that there is one God.  Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder” (James 2:19).  If the demons of hell profess to the existence of God, then there is more to faith than simply saying “Yes, I believe there is a God.”

Our key verse declares that faith believes that God exists, and there are evidences all around to prove His existence.  God has revealed Himself through His creation.  Romans 1:19-20 says “What may be known about God is plain to [men], because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities- His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made; so that men are without excuse.”  The Psalmist David said “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands…Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”  (Psalm 19:1, 3).  The world around us professes to the reality of God.

But the word “exists” holds a deeper meaning in the original Greek than just being; it carries the impression of acceptance, companionship, belonging, involvement.  It means relationship.  To believe in God is not just intellectual assent, though we cannot miss out on that first vital understanding.  Believing in God means investing all I am in a relationship with my Creator.  It means that I am His and He is mine.  That’s the difference between how the demons believe and how faith believes.

I believe in God. This is not just a rote statement I declare, it is the deepest conviction of my heart.

Do you believe in God?

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P.S. (from bruce) Do you want to become a “born again” Christian ??  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how Gods grace is received to become a Christian in Gods eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   

 

https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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“Are You Using Your Spiritual Gift ??” 8/11/2017 Written by bruce r. Mills for “God’s group”

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“Are You Using Your Spiritual Gift ??”

Revised from 1/19/2013 by bruce r. Mills for “God’s group” @  www.Godsmanforever.com

Original post found @  https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/gods-group-thoughts-for-1182013-get-plugged-in/

 

This is the third and last day of a 3 part series (parts 1 & 2 in the links below), that I am reposting, to hopefully allow the Holy Spirit to convict the hearts of Christians not now going to church…  God calls us to assemble together as believers, to edify one another…as we glorify our Lord and Savior in praise and worship, as one body in Christ…

And for those Christians who are going to church, but not involved in their church’s efficient operation…to emphasize the importance of using the Spiritual gift God has given to every Christian filled with the Holy Spirit, to help make the church body complete in Christ… where everyone has a part, which (as we see in scripture below) “causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love

 

 

1 Corinthians 12:17-18… If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the memberseach one of themin the body just as He pleased (NKJV)

How much do you know about spiritual gifts; and where they come from ??  The Apostle Paul writes this, to the believers in the church of Corinth, in…

1 Corinthians 12:1… Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:  (NKJV)

I know people that either don’t bother going to church; or they pride themselves for going to the same church for years, but don’t get involved…  I’m not here to judge anyone; but out of my love for everyone, I am writing to shed some light about what God reveals to us, through His inerrant Word, the Bible…  If we consider ourselves to be a Christian, it is our responsibility to find out what pleases God, and what displeases God…

In regards to going to church, vs. staying home for no good reason…if we are one of God’s redeemed children, God tells us this, in…

Hebrews 10:24… And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves togetheras is the manner of somebut exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.  (NKJV)

You can’t encourage fellow brother and sisters in Christ, as you fellowship together with a church body of believers…by watching a pastor preach a sermon on the TV, or the internet…  I’m not talking about the elderly, or those who are home because of illness… But skipping church if you’re a Christian, without a reasonable excuse, cannot be pleasing to God…  David knew this, when he wrote this, in…

Psalm 133:1… Beholdhow good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity (NKJV)

Becoming part of a church body of believers, should give you a sense of belonging to a loving family…

God doesn’t want us to just go to church every week; and then forget about Him the other 6 days…  And when we go to the same church for years and years, it should not only be because we have found a church that has love you can feel in everyone around you…it should be because you have found a body of believers, that work together with the same common goal…  Christians should be plugged into a church body, where the majority of the brethren use whatever spiritual gift or gifts the Holy Spirit has given them…to become a unified body bringing honor and glory to Christ…the Head of the body (church)…

Yes…a Christian’s spiritual gift is given to them by the Holy Spirit, as He  wills…

1 Corinthians 12:11…  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.  (NKJV)

Sometimes a Christian’s spiritual gift coincides with their occupation or talent…  Sometimes the Holy Spirit urges us to get involved in the church body, doing something that is outside of our comfort zone…  But when we are urged by the Holy Spirit to get involved, God will give us what we need to help build up His body of believers…

The Apostle Paul writes this, in…

Ephesians 4:15-16…  but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the headChrist— 16 from whom the whole bodyjoined and knit together by what every joint suppliesaccording to the effective working by which every part does its sharecauses growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.  (NKJV)

The other day (1/15/2013), I wrote about the greatest gift a Christian (and the church body) must have, in order to grow in both love and the physical numbers of its members… The answer is found in the last part of this scripture…“causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”    I touched on the spiritual gifts of believers; and how a church could be snuffed out by Christ, if love for Him and our fellow brethren is not present…  See the link for this writing, in 3) below…

Becoming part of a unified body of believers in a church, where everyone does their best to use their spiritual gift for the glory of the Lord, and for the edification of their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ…will give the Christian a sense of belonging…and a feeling of “joy” you will never experience, if you go to church and never get plugged in…

I will close with these instructions that the Apostle Paul gave to the church in Philippi, in…

Philippians 2:1-4… Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of loveif any  fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-mindedhaving the same lovebeing of one accordof one mindLet nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himselfLet each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (NKJV)

Heavenly Father, I pray that these instructions from Your Word, will motivate Your children to get plugged into a church that is living and vibrant; as the love of Christ and the growth of the church through selfless love becomes the norm, instead of the exception…  I pray Lord, that as Your children get plugged into a Bible believing and preaching church…that their own light will shine like never before (Matthew 5:16)…  I pray for this unity of the Spirit for all of Your children, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

Related posts:

1)  The Right Church…  https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/the-right-church-8092017-written-by-bruce-r-mills-for-gods-group/

2)   “Church Doctrine Starts and Ends with the Word”…    https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/church-doctrine-starts-and-ends-with-the-word-8102017-written-by-bruce-r-mills-for-gods-group/

 

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“Church Doctrine Starts and Ends with the Word” 8/10/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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“Church Doctrine Starts and Ends with the Word”

Revised from 1/08/2013 by bruce r. mills for “God’s group” @  www.Godsmanforever.com

Original post found @  https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/gods-group-thoughts-for-1082013-church-doctrine-starts-and-ends-with-the-word/

 

 

2 Timothy 3:13-14… But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured ofknowing from whom you have learned them,   (NKJV)

The opening scripture was written by the Apostle Paul, to his protégé Timothy…  Paul was urging Timothy to continue to learn and grow in his biblical knowledge and spiritual wisdom…  In the opening scripture, the Apostle Paul was writing to Timothy from a cold prison cell in Rome… Paul was in chains, with no hope of being released (2 Timothy 4:6), because of Nero’s rise to power as a Christian persecutor… The Apostle Paul’s instructions to Timothy are every bit as important today, as they were almost 2,000 years ago…

Many people are being deceived today, because what they have learned about God, they have learned from sources that cannot be trusted…  I wrote yesterday, about the importance of finding the right church…  And it is the doctrine of the church that must be biblically based and preached, for the churchgoer to have any chance of assurance that they have found a good church… Here is the link for those who want to catch up from yesterday…     https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/the-right-church-8092017-written-by-bruce-r-mills-for-gods-group/

I went through a 3 week learning process, with a small group at the church I have now been going to for over 4 years, to learn about the doctrine of this church, that I eventually became a member of…  The very first point in their church doctrine (which is called their “Articles of Faith”)…states that it is the Holy Scriptures – the supreme and infallible and inerrant Word of God…that is the final authority for the beliefs and the doctrine that this church is based upon…

Here is a link to the BFC “Articles of Faith”, for those interested in what I believe is a well written church doctrine…

http://www.mybfc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=10&Itemid=121

Our pastor made a point at stating, that the Holy Bible (which is God breathed, as it is called – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV), takes precedence over their “Articles of Faith”; because their church doctrine was written by man…

When a church bases its doctrine on laws, rituals, and traditions that have been formulated and written down by man…and this doctrine is not 100% based upon a Bible, like the KJV or today’s more recent version NKJV…the people of this church are being deceived, like the Apostle Paul is warning Timothy, in the opening scripture…

The Apostle Paul goes on in 2nd Timothy, to reiterate sound doctrine from God’s Word to Timothy, who was serving as the pastor of the church at Ephesus… Timothy was well versed in Paul’s theology from years of training… But the Apostle Paul wanted to give him some final doctrine, before the Apostle Paul was reportedly martyred in AD 67…  Here is a link to more information on the Apostle Paul…     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_the_Apostle

The book of 2nd Timothy includes doctrine on salvation by God’s sovereign grace, through the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…

2 Timothy 1:8-10… Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of Godwho has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,  (NKJV)

2nd Timothy also includes the absolute most important scripture of the New Testament…on how and why God wrote the Bible, in…

2 Timothy 3:16-17…  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,  for reproof, for correction,  for instruction in righteousness17 that the man of God may be completethoroughly equipped for every good work.(NKJV)

The inerrant Word of God, the Bible…should be the only source for sound church “doctrine”; and it must be opened, read, studied, and digested, for the Christian to be effective in their pursuit of being conformed to the image of Christ…Romans 8:29… This lifelong development of being conformed to Christ is called progressive sanctification (see 1. below for a good description); and is a never ending process that will only be complete on the day the Christian stands face to face with the Lord in heaven…

A Christian can only learn so much from weekly attendance in church…  Reading the Bible daily, has become a joy for me…as I open and seek what God wants me to learn each and every day from His Word… [see 2. Below for a great app for reading (or listening to) the Bible in a year]   And without being fed by God’s Word, as Jesus tells us is necessary for spiritual growth, in…Matthew 4:4…the Christian’s growth in spiritual wisdom and maturity will never flourish like God desires for all of His children… Am I complete in Christ ??  Not by a long shot !!  The more I learn, the more I realize how much I have yet to learn…

Heavenly Father, I pray that You would urge everyone, no matter where they are in life…to understand that we must all give an account of our life to You (Romans 14:11-12)… Give us the will Lord (John 6:44), to seek Christ while He may still be found (Isaiah 55:6 – see P.S. below for a gospel presentation)… And then Lord, urge Your children to grow closer to You through diligently reading Your Word (James 4:7-8)… I pray for this fullness of Christ for all of us, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

Extra reading:

 

 

  1. Progressive sanctification…  https://www.gotquestions.org/progressive-sanctification.html

  2. Read the Bible in a year…  https://www.bibleinoneyear.org/

P.S.  Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…

https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

 

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“The Right Church” 8/09/2017 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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                   “The Right Church”     

Revised from 6/21/2015 by bruce r. Mills for “God’s group” @  www.Godsmanforever.com

Original post found @  https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/the-right-church-6122016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

Philippians 2:1-2… Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-mindedhaving the same lovebeing of one accordof one mind.  (NKJV)

Isn’t it amazing how we as humans tend to gravitate toward others with the same likes !!   Animal lovers can really relate to other animal lovers, as they speak about the joy and comfort they get from their pet.  Grandparents see total strangers with young kids in strollers, and can say something about these kids that will immediately strike up a conversation, like they were best of friends.

The idea of gathering together as Christians, to be part of the body of Christ, with the common goal of glorifying the Lord…is something I am suggesting for each and every believer.  There are four things we can do, when it comes to going to church.  We can skip it all together, like I did when I was first married.  We can go to church to fulfill our weekly obligation, like so many church goers do (I did this for a number of years).  We can go to church as a Christian, but not living as a Spirit filled Christian, because God isn’t first in our lives. (I did this also for a number of years)  Or we can go to church to praise and worship the Lord, with singing and psalms and a fullness of joy, and peace in our hearts that only God can provide, when we are Spirit filled.  (see Ephesians 5:18-20)…

The Apostle Paul writes this, in…

Romans 15:13… Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (NKJV)

It is indeed, the “fullness of Christ ”, which will fill the Christian’s heart with the joy of the Lord, which just can’t be expressed with mere words on this page.   I am reminded of this scripture spoken by Jesus, in…

 John 15:10-11… If you keep My commandmentsyou willabide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to youthat My joy may remain in youand that yourjoy may be full.  (NKJV)

This love goes beyond our mortal understanding; and has to be experienced to be believed.  The Apostle Paul writes about this agape love that Christians should be experiencing, in the following scripture.

Ephesians 3:16-19… that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that youbeing rooted and grounded in love18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  (NKJV)

I wrote some time ago, about rekindling the joy and the peace that Walking in Spirit (Galatians 5:16) will bring…to those Christians that have strayed from the path the Lord wants all of His children to follow. I wrote about 3 things I believe will help the wayward Christian to get back on God’s path for their lives; and finding the right church is a big part of that step to be in sweet fellowship with the Lord, and His body of believers.

I make these suggestions on the best way I know to change a life around…because these suggestions are exactly what has helped me with my personal relationship and walk with the Lord.  May God receive all the glory and the praise for His presence and the power of the Holy Spirit in my life.

My suggestion for finding the right church starts by finding a church with the right doctrine.  (See 1 below)  In my humble opinion, the church must believe the Holy Scripture (both the Old and New Testaments), are the inspired, inerrant Word of God. That the Bible was written by men, guided by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21), and every word is truth that God wants us to follow, in order to set us free from Satan and His chains of sin and shame…

John 8:31-32… Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My wordyou are My disciples indeed32“And you shall know the truthand the truth shall make you free.” (NKJV)

Major points in church doctrine should be the belief in the Trinity…God the Father…God the Son…And God the Holy Spirit.  That becoming a Christian is the work of God; where salvation is offered through the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to all men…but is accomplished by God’s grace, through saving faith alone in Jesus Christ.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)  This gift of grace is given by God to man, apart from any works or human merit.  Sins are cleansed by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross; as Christ’s perfect righteousness in implanted into the new believer, along with the Holy Spirit…2 Corinthians 5:20-21

Here is a link for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… http://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

I might also suggest finding out if the church offers prayer night…Bible studies sponsored by the church…a youth group to help educate our children in the Word of God…do they support baptism by immersion after a person becomes a child of God…and does the church sponsor people in the missions’ field ??  These are all a good indication that the church offers an individual the basics to be able to grow with a body of believers that have a common goal of glorifying our Father in heaven… being like-mindedhaving the same lovebeing of one accordof one mind.” 

And once you find the right church, God calls us to get involved in helping become a contributing member, in order to use the spiritual gift/gifts that God gives to each and every one of His redeemed children, for the benefit of the church body…(See 2 below)

Ephesians 4:15-16…  butspeaking the truth in lovemay grow up in all things into Him who is the headChrist— 16 from whom the whole bodyjoined and knit together by what every joint suppliesaccording to the effective working by which every part does its sharecauses growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. (NKJV)

Heavenly Father, I pray that every reader take seriously, the importance of finding the right church to worship and praise You.  Urge readers Lord, to consider finding a church with doctrine based on Your Word, if they are not now attending a Bible believing, Bible teaching church. I pray for Your guidance in helping all of us find the right church, in which we can become joined and knitted together as one body.  I pray for this unity with believers for all of us, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

P.S.  If you live in the Woodbury, South Jersey area, come to my church for an excellent example of the right church, that preaches and teaches God’s Word; and that is filled with love, having real concern for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  [see 3) below]

Related posts:

1)   “The Right Church Doctrine”… https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/gods-group-thoughts-for-1082013-church-doctrine-starts-and-ends-with-the-word/

2)  “Getting Plugged in !!”…  https://godsmanforever.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/gods-group-thoughts-for-1182013-get-plugged-in/

3)  More info on my church…  http://www.newbeginningsbfc.org/

 

Picture credit: https://www.google.com/search?q=Picture+Bible+believing+Church&rlz=1C1VFKB_enUS610US619&espv=2&biw=1240&bih=897&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi_nNr8q6LNAhXLVz4KHV_GCi8QsAQIGw&dpr=1#tbm=isch&q=the+right+Church+picture&imgrc=4v0Cy6fVwPCGEM%3A

 

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