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New Bible Study on March 1st

We will start a new Bible Study on March 1st on 1 Peter using our Bibles and Teachings from First Peter by A W Tozer. 

 Many modern Christians are familiar with the name, and perhaps even some of the writings of, A. W. Tozer, but few living today were blessed to sit under his weekly teaching from the pulpit. In this never-before published collection of teachings on 1 Peter, adapted from sermons given to his parishioners, Tozer examines what it means to call oneself a Christian. In his view, to be a recipient of God's salvation is to become "the pride of all heaven," indestructible and able to withstand anything and everything that seeks to undermine one's faith. 

The epistle of 1 Peter was written to a group of just such Christians, to encourage them to live in the center of God's redeeming love. Through Tozer's incomparable teaching and commentary, this ancient letter becomes a fresh and life-infusing admonition for today's Christian!  

A.W. Tozer embarked upon a lifelong pursuit of God at the age of 17 after hearing a street preacher in Akron, Ohio. He was a self-taught pastor, writer and editor whose powerful messages continue to grip the hearts and stir the souls of today's believers. 

Following his quotes athttp://twitter.com/tozeraw.


Audio messages at http://www.sg-audiotreasures.org/awt_index.htm

 

Paperback at http://www.gospellight.com/product_details.aspx?id=11847

Disciples: Born or Made?

Disciples are Made But must First be Born again or what is built will not stand the test and trials of life.

The real question concerning discipleship is what type we are making? 
The saying 'What would Jesus do?" is the real model in disciple making. How do we measure up to His example?

JESUS IS CLEAR ABOUT MAKING DISCIPLES ARE WE?

Matt. 28:18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

 Biblical Discipleship is not complicated; it needs no new phrase to understand it. It does however require that we study the gospels and both observe and listen to Jesus.

 If you are used to a Cut and Paste Bible You Should Try the Real thing so that you get everything God has for You!

 For Us Discipleship Starts as God prepares our heart so that when we hear the Gospel we say yes to Him as Lord and Savior! For God it started before the foundation of the world.

 Biblical Discipleship

What does Discipleship look like in real life? There are many good books about Discipleship and being a God Pleaser. But before you run out to buy them you should check with “the author and finisher of our faith”, Hebrews 12:2.

 While we are to be a part of a local church and respect God’s appointed leaders we also have an individual responsibility to be growing in God’s Grace and Power. The reality is that authors and church leaders are examining the Bible, church history and other sources to write their books.

 We are told to study to show ourselves approved of God in 2 Timothy. 2:15.

You and I have a great task, which God desires we succeed at described in Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” If we are not becoming Biblical Disciples we will not be making Biblical Disciples.

Philippians 2:12 “Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.”

If you read the Bible from Cover to Cover you will discover what a good disciple or person after God's heart lives like. Then it is up to us to submit ourselves completely to God so that we may be conformed to His image. Copywrite (c) Wayne Newcomb

 

How Can the Christian Encounter people Who Believe They are Enlightened?

Someone ask me how we can reach people in a culture where they think they are enlightened and we are not. The New Testament speaks of important principles that can help us here.

1. Salt and Light Matthew 5:13-16.

We must start with being in our culture to whatever degree is possible. Presence, kindness, humility and a life that allows others to see God at work in our circumstances are good starters.

2. Prepared to Give and Answer for the Hope that is in us. 1 Peter 3:15

Phillip’s divine encounter with the Ethiopian Eunuch ere is also a need for divine expectation so that we do not miss God encounters and only see them as circumstance. If we are walking intimately with God and sensitive to His Spirit we can be ready to do the rest if we do the above. Acts 8:26 -40.

3. Allowing the Living water to flow from us. John 7:38

People like to be treated well, encouraged, thanked and appreciated. Yes, they even being smiled at. I have found people in stores and the businesses I frequent are open to me and therefor open to God when I practice these things.

4. Sowing into unknown soil. Matthew 13

We never know the condition of another person’s heart, which is like the soil mentioned in this parable.

We should be prepared by a close walk with God, willing to be Salt and Light, prepared to Give an Answer for the Hope that is in us and Ready for Divine Appointments in which the Living Water can flow, then we can encounter our culture with the Real Light of God.

When we encounter people as outlined above we prepare them for the Spirit of God to convince them of God’s truth so that may come to repentance and receive The True Revelation of the Good news of Jesus.

 

How shall Christians Live in a Culture that thinks it is Enlightened?

We have been forgiven much and therefor should treat others as God has treated us with grace and love while not approving of their sin. Jude 23 tells us to "Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives."

If we are to enjoy our faith in Jesus the Christ or Messiah we must allow God's Word and His ways to transform us. Our thoughts, thought process, priorities and use of our life and its resources must align with and yield to His Word. The results will be as life pleasing to God.

If we measure our understanding, values and lifestyle by any other standard we are described in the Bible according to Genesis 6:5, Jeremiah 17:9. Also Romans 1:24-32, Philippians 3:18,19, James 1:14. Timothy 4:1-2,2 and Timothy 4:3-4 as having rejected God and embraced wickedness and evil.

His ways are far above ours and when we honor Him and learn of His ways and mercy we discover His unfailing love toward us Isaiah 55:9, Psalm 103:11.

His love, mercy, justice and judgment are not detached from His holiness and cannot be separated to please our evil hearts.

 We therefor can please Him more completely if we become people who are in His word throughout our day. We must be reading, meditating and submitting our thoughts, daily life, resources, talents and skills to Him according to the Bible. This will require rejecting the lies of our culture and any who think their enlightened understanding has progressed beyond God's revealed truth. People and nations who have rejected God's word have fallen on the trash heap of History and our lives and nation are not an exception to this truth.

"And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

This is a continual process in our journey for we are imperfect beings as an old bumper sticker said" Christians are Not Perfect but Saved by Grace." Let us live according to His Word.