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The Word of God

God’s Word is God’s Word-He used men filled with Him to put His Words on paper

2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God…”

2 Peter 1:20-21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

God’s Word is pure-no contradictions and imperfections- God wrote It.

Psalm 119:140 “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.”

Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”

God’s Word is Truth-It does not lie.

Psalm 119:160 “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever.”

John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

God’s Word is protection-protection from temptation and sin.

Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Ephesians 6:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”

God’s Word is to be memorized, meditated, and studied-to show ourselves approved.

Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

God’s Word is perfect-no other book will ever compare to It.

Psalm 19:7 “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”

God’s Word is settled in Heaven-God knew what words He wanted-do not change It!

Psalm 119:89 “Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”

The Bible pronounces serious trouble for those who tamper with God’s Word.

Revelation 22:18-19 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

God’s Word is forever-It will never be destroyed.

Psalm 119:89 “Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”

Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.”

Mat. 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

God’s Word will be fulfilled-many words have already been fulfilled; the rest will, too.

Mat 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

God’s Word illuminates-reveals the path of God we are to walk daily.

Psalm 19:8 “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”

Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

2 Peter 1:19 “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”

God’s Word cleanses-shows us where we are wrong and urges us to change.

Psalm 119:9 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

God’s Word teaches doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness.

2 Timothy 3:14-16 “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

God’s Word is magnified above His Name.

Psalm 138:2 “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

God’s Word establishes our faith.

Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

God’s Word is how we live.

Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

The Trinity: The Father, The Son, And The Holy Ghost

The God Head-Trinity

Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:”

Matthew 3:16-17 “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”

1 John 5:7 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”

The Person and Work of God

God was, is, and always will be.

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God…”

Psalm 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”

John 1:1-2 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.”

God is Creator of everything.

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

God created the universe in six literal days and on the seventh day He rested.

Exodus 20:9 “Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work:”

Exodus 20:11 “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

God is All-Knowing (Omniscient), but He will forgive and forget our confessed sins.

Psalm 139:2 “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.”

Isaiah 46:10 “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”

Romans 11:33-34 “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor?”

Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”

Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

God is All-Powerful (Omnipotent).

Job 42:1-2 “Then Job answered the LORD, and said, I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withheld from thee.”

Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”

Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”

Revelation 19:6 “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”

God is present everywhere at once (Omnipresent).

Psalm 139:8 “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.”

Jeremiah 23:23-24 “Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.”

God is Love.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

1 John 4:19 “We love him, because he first loved us.”

God is Holy.

1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

God is a Just Judge.

Genesis 18:25 “That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

God is Faithful.

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

God repents (changes his mind) from condemning when people get right with Him.

Amos 7:6 “The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.”

Jonah 3:10 “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.”

God does not lie.

Numbers 23:19a “God is not a man, that he should lie…”

1 Kings 8:56 “Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.”

1 John 1:10 “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, yet the son of man. He became man without ceasing to be God. He was born of a virgin named Mary. Jesus fulfilled Scripture by His birth, life, death, and resurrection. Most of all, Jesus Christ was willing to die for the sins of all mankind that, by His blood, they may believe on Him and live with Him eternally. Since His ascension to heaven, He has been seated at the right hand of God the Father where He is our representative, intercessor, and advocate.

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.

John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Luke 1:35 “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

Jesus Christ was 100% man and 100% God.

John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

Philippians 2:5-8 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Jesus Christ performed many miracles.

John 6:2 “And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.”

Jesus Christ was a preacher.

Matthew 5:1-2 “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying…”

Jesus Christ never sinned, but He was tempted.

Matthew 4:1 “Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”

Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

Jesus Christ is the Light of the world.

John 8:12 “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

John 9:5 “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Jesus Christ is the Truth and the only way to Heaven.

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay man’s sin debt with His blood.

1 Corinthians 15:3 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures;”

Philippians 2:8 “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Colossians 1:20 “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

Jesus Christ arose from the dead three days after He was crucified.

Matthew 28:6 “He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”

Jesus Christ was seen of men for forty days after his resurrection.

Acts 1:3 “To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:”

1 Corinthians 15:4-6 “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.”

Jesus Christ ascended up into Heaven.

Acts 1:9-11 “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”

Jesus Christ is now seated at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest.

Hebrews 9:24 “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”

Hebrews 10:12-13 “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.”

We must pray in the Name of Jesus.

John 14:13-14 "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."

Jesus Christ, from the clouds, will rapture His church (saved believers).

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

Jesus Christ is the Just Judge of the Judgment Seat.

John 5:22 “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:”

Jesus Christ will come to this earth a second time.

Revelation 19:11-14 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.”

Revelation 22:20 “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is dwelling within every believer. He is always there for the child of God. The believer must be filled every day with the Spirit, rather than the flesh, if they are to live their life as best they can for Christ. The Holy Ghost is of utmost importance for the believer, for without Him we would not be saved or have the power of God anywhere near us.

 The Holy Spirit is every believer’s Comforter.

John 14:16,26 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

Heb. 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

The Holy Spirit convicts this world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

John 16:8-11 “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”

The Holy Spirit is the supernatural agent in regeneration.

Romans 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

The Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.”

The Holy Spirit indwells and seals the believer unto the day of redemption.

Ephesians 1:13-14 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

The Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who assists in understanding the Word of God.

John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Ephesians 1:17-18 “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”

The Holy Spirit is whom we are to pray in.

Ephesians 6:18 “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

The believer has the responsibility and privilege to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5:18 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”

1 John 2:20, 27 “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

The Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf when we pray.

Romans 8:26-27 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

Salvation And Repentance

Salvation is God’s free gift, through the blood of Jesus Christ, for all men. Each and every soul has the choice, in this present world, to deny the Saviour and continue on their way to hell; or to accept the Saviour, find new life in Him bound for Heaven. Salvation is everlasting life with the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Sadly, many think they are saved and are not, because they have trusted the lies of the devil through false teachers and religions, and they will spend eternity in hell. Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”  The truth of salvation— through faith in Jesus Christ alone, not of any kind of works or lordship salvation— must still be proclaimed from the pulpits and the lives of every born again believer.

Salvation is needed because of sin.

Ezekiel 18:20a “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death;”

Salvation is Believing on Jesus Christ-nothing or no one else can save any soul.

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Acts 16:31 “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

Salvation is Easy-Believe-ism (Not to be confused with the 1,2,3 repeat after me process): simple enough for a young child to understand.  

Matthew 18:3-4 “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Mark 10:14 “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”

Luke 18:16-17 “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.”

Salvation is Free and Everlasting-no purchase necessary-a gift paid by Christ.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Romans 6:23b “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Salvation is by Faith Alone-works cannot save a soul.

Isaiah 64:6a “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;”

Matthew 19:24 “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

Luke 16:22b-23a “the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments,”

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Salvation is by Confession-praying is how a soul seeks remission from sins.

Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Salvation is through the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.

Colossians 1:14, 20a “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: And, having made peace through the blood of his cross,”

Hebrews 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

Hebrews 10:10, 19-20 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;”

Salvation saves the soul from death and hell.

Luke 16:23a “And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments,”

Revelation 20:15 “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Salvation is for everybody.

Romans 10:13“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

1 Timothy 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

Salvation is Eternally Secure: once saved-always saved.

John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

John 10:28-29 “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.”

1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

Before Salvation, a soul is condemned to hell.

John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Before Salvation, hell is the future home for the unsaved.

Luke 16:23a “And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments,”

Matthew 13:49-50 “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

Revelation 20:15 “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Before Salvation, a soul is the following:

1.     A Child of the Devil.

John 8:44a “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.”

2.     Under the Authority of Satan.

Acts 26:18 “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

3.     A Strong Man’s House.

Mark 3:27 “No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.”

4.     Prisoners of War.

Isaiah 14:17 “That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?”

5.     Blinded to the Gospel.

2 Corinthians 4:4 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

Prayer is the key to seeing a lost soul saved. We cannot loose Satan’s grip without the power of God our Savior. We can only find this power in the prayer closet.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers…be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority;…For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

*Salvation, as used above, is only one part of the Salvation process. Salvation, Biblically, is has three different parts: Justification-when you get saved (Past-permanent), Sanctification (Present-growing process), and Glorification (Future-made like Christ).

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The doctrine of Repentance has been torn apart by modern day “evangelism”. The whole ‘1, 2, 3 repeat after me’ philosophy, as well as, the ‘say this prayer and you will be saved’ philosophy has done away with the doctrine of Repentance which Jesus Christ taught about. Many false professions have been made by this salesperson style of soul-winning, and I believe it grieves Almighty God.

Salvation is through simple, childlike, repentant faith! All throughout the Old Testament, repentance shows a turn from sin as the person being dealt with realizes his error before God. The same is true within the pages of the New Testament. From the preaching of John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, and the early church fathers one will come to an understanding that salvation is through repentant faith in the finished work of Jesus. May the Lord grant us the understanding of true repentance toward God!

Repentance is not only used in reference to salvation. God repented in the Old Testament. This in no way means that God sinned. It simply means that God changed His mind concerning the judgment He was to bring upon a disobedient people because they repented. Also, repent/repentance refers to a saved person/people who must handle things in a God fearing way in order to please God. Repentance is not only used in reference to Salvation.

Without Repentance one will Perish.

Luke 13:3 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

John the Baptist Preached “Repent”.

Matthew 3:1-2 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Jesus Christ Preached “Repent”.

Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

The Early Church Preachers Preached “Repent”.

Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 3:19 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;”

Acts 8:22 “Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.”

Acts 17:30 “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”

Acts 26:20 “But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.”

Pharisees and Sadducees needed the right kind of Repentance.

Matthew 3:7-8 “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:”

True Repentance is toward God, and we must teach it.

Acts 20:20-21 “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”

God Repented (changed His mind about bringing judgment) because the people Repented.

Exodus 32:14 “And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.”

Jonah 3:10 “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.”

When dealing with the Churches Christ urges Repentance.

Revelation 2:5 “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”

Revelation 2:16 “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.”

Revelation 2:21-22 “And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.”

Revelation 3:3 “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”

Revelation 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”

Heaven And Hell

Heaven is the home of God and the eternal resting place for those saved by grace through the blood of the Lamb. The Bible paints pictures of heaven numerous times. Oh, how beautiful heaven must be; how beautiful heaven is. If only more would understand the need to flee from the wrath to come, then they would get to understand and experience the splendors of the Glory Land. I look forward to that day when the saints of God will be raptured up into glory!

Heaven is the home of God the Father and Jesus Christ. 

I Peter 3:22 “Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”

Acts 7:48-49 “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?”

Heaven is forever.

2 Corinthians 5:1 “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

Heaven is where the saved finally meet God.

Revelation 21:3 “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

In Heaven, the former pains of life will not be present.

Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

A description of Heaven-measurements and other specifics:

Revelation 21:10-27

A wall of jasper, city of pure gold, gates of pearl, and a street of purest gold

Revelation 21:18 “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.”

Revelation 21:21 “And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.”

Heaven has no church or sun because God and the Lamb are there.

Revelation 21:22-23 “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”

In Heaven, Jesus is preparing a mansion for each of His children.

John 14:2 “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

 

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Hell is the place of torments where the unbeliever, and everything to do with Satan, will reside. One day, hell and its contents, with Satan, will be cast into the lake of fire where they will burn eternally. Hell-fire preaching is missing from most of our pulpits today, and because of this lack, fear is not placed into the listeners’ minds and there is no sense of urgency to accept Christ. We need to get back to the old hell-fire n’ brimstone preaching “And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire…” Jude 23

Hell is the place to where sinners are condemned.

John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Hell is referred to as “beneath”.

Proverbs 15:24 “The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.”

Hell is a place of torments.

Luke 16:23 “And in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”

The soul in hell does not want friends, family, or anyone to end up in hell.

Luke 16:27-28 “Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.”

Hell is a place of worms and unquenchable fire.

Mark 9:44-48 “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.”

In hell, you would find darkness with weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 22:13 “Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Hell grows larger as souls die without believing on Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 5:14 “Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.”

The unsaved shall be tormented in the presence of angels and the Lamb.

Revelation 14:9-11 “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

The beast, the false prophet, and the devil are cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 19:20 “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”

Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

Death and hell are cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:14 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

People who never trusted Jesus Christ as their Saviour are cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:15 “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Hell’s Hot and Heaven’s Not!

The Rapture, Angels, And The Baptist Preacher

The Rapture of the Saints and the 2nd Coming of Christ

 I believe in the blessed hope of His sure return, for He is coming again! His coming again will be personal and imminent. He will rapture His church, and the rapture of the church, consisting only of those who have placed their trust in Christ, will be prior to the 7-year period of tribulation on the earth. I believe in a pre-tribulation rapture. At this time, the Judgment Seat of Christ will take place for the Believer. At the end of the tribulation, Christ and His saints will return to earth to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom, which was promised to the nation of Israel. This is His Second Coming. (Ps. 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; Rom. 14:10-12; Col. 3:4; 1 Thess. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; 1 John 3:2; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 22:12,20)

 

The Doctrine of Angels

As best I can tell, angels were created sometime before creation or within the first day or two of creation. (Col. 1:16; Job 38:4-7; Ps. 104:4; Heb. 1:14; Luke 24:39) Since the day Lucifer attempted to overthrow God, angels have been divided into two groups: the angels of God and the angels of Lucifer. The angels that followed Lucifer still are referred to as devils or fallen angels. Lucifer and his angels are very deceitful and seek to take as many with them to hell and the lake of fire as they can, and they also fight and war against the saints of God. (Is. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:12-18; Eph. 6:11-12; Rev. 20)  

 

The Baptist Preacher

 A Baptist preacher is Independent because Jesus Christ solely is the head of the local new testament church. Fellowshipping together with those of like faith is important, but we must be very careful when it comes to associations. Do we fellowship together or govern each other?

 

A Baptist preacher is Fundamental, not because of the writings on the “Fundamentals of the Faith”, but because he holds to the basic beliefs of the Bible that are essential to the faith. The fundamental beliefs that are essential to the Christian faith are as follows:

·      The fallen, and therefore lost, condition of all mankind

·      Eternal punishment in hell and the lake of fire for all those who reject Christ

·      Salvation by grace through repentant faith in Christ plus nothing minus nothing

·      The inspiration of the Bible and its divine authority (King James Bible for the English Language)

·      The deity, virgin birth, blood atonement, bodily resurrection, and personal second coming of Christ

 

The Baptist preacher is known as a Biblicist and believes only what the Bible teaches. They are separated from any other false teachings. The Bible is the only authority for faith and practice. Baptist doctrine lines up perfectly with the Word of God. A Baptist must continue fighting for the faith. Over the years, since Christ, there have always been Baptists though they did not call themselves such. They were always persecuted for their beliefs. The general summary of the beliefs of the Baptist is as follows:

·      Biblical Authority

·      Autonomy of the Local Church (Independent)

·      Priesthood of all believers

·      Two ordinances: baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Table (closed/close)

·      Individual soul liberty

·      Saved, baptized church membership

·      Two offices: pastor and deacon

 

A Baptist Preacher preaches the King James Bible!

2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word…”

A Baptist Preacher preaches hard because the Bible commands him to do so.

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 righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. ”

2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

A Baptist Preacher preaches repentance.

Matthew 3:1-2 “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:17 “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

A Baptist Preacher preaches salvation.

Acts 16:31 “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

A Baptist Preacher preaches hard.

Matthew 12:34 “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”

A Baptist Preacher preaches separation.

2 Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”

A Baptist Preacher preaches the Cross.

1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

A Baptist Preacher must preach the Gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:16 “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”

A Baptist Preacher is a man of prayer, full of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 16:25 “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”

Acts 11:24 “For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.”

A Baptist Preacher is a soul winner.

Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”

Matthew 18:11 “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”

A Baptist Preacher trains others to follow Christ.

1 Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”

 

A Baptist Preacher takes care of his family.

1 Timothy 3:3-4 “One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)”

Music And Singing
Music and singing are very important issues in Christianity. In fact, they are among the most debated and fought over. People will leave churches, join churches, not go to churches over this issue. I don’t believe God created music and sing to be an issue. I believe He created it and allowed it for His glory!
We are created with emotions and should reflect those emotions toward God. Sometimes we shout, other times we laugh and cry, and sometimes times we bubble over with joy. Music should be Christ-honoring and not reflect the world’s sounds or ideas. The source of where certain music comes from says a lot about the music itself. There is nothing wrong with being edified and encouraged by good godly music (this is important and commanded, for God created us to be influenced by music and singing), but I believe it’s even more important for to us sing to God. One more thing some have moved away from longer sermons due to more music and singing. We try to have a lot of singing at Crossroads, but we must not neglect the ministry of the Word of God in our church services. May our music and singing ministries compliment and promote the ministry of the Word of God!  
 
Music and Singing is Spiritual and Scriptural.
 
Genesis 4:21 “And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.” (Jubal was from the line of Cain)
 
Ezekiel 28:13 “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” (Lucifer had something to do with the music in Heaven, and, therefore, he knows how to use music and singing against God by deceiving people.)

Psalm 47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.”

Music and Singing is wrong if its source is wrong.

1 John 2:15-16 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

Galatians 5:16-17 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

Music and Singing is edifying.

Ephesians 5:19-20 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Acts 16:25 “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”

Music can point us in the right direction, but can never make us right with God.

1 Samuel 16:23 “And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”

1 Samuel 18:10 “And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand.”

Music and Singing is to be directed to God.

Psalm 47:6 “Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.”

Psalm 95:1-2 “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.”

Psalm 98:6 “With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.”

Moses, David, Paul and Silas, and many others in the Bible sang praises unto God.
 
Exodus 15:1-2 “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spoke, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.”
 
1 Chronicles 23:1-3 “So when David was old and full of days, he made Solomon his son king over Israel. And he gathered together all the princes of Israel, with the priests and the Levites. Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand. Of which, twenty and four thousand wereto set forward the work of the house of the LORD; and six thousand were officers and judges: Moreover four thousand were porters; and four thousand praised the LORD with the instruments which I made, said David, to praise therewith."

Acts 16:25 “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”

Musical and Singing talents are to be used for God’s glory.

1 Corinthians 6:20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”

1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
Biblical Separation

Biblical Separation

A Christian’s life should be noticeably different than the world’s. Not only should there be a difference in appearance outwardly, but there also should be a difference inwardly. The Christian should strive to be holy for God is holy. Most of God’s Word is black and white when it comes to separation, but for the not-so-clear issues, it is always best to take the higher road and to be above reproach. God desires for the Christian to walk in newness of life.

A Child of God must separate himself from living, acting, and talking like the world.

Ephesians 4:22-24 “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

A Christian must not be of the world but in the world.

Mark 2:15-17 “And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

God calls His children to be sanctified unto holiness.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-7 “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.”

The Christian’s body is Christ’s. Treat it right.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”

The Christian should forget his past and focus on living today for Christ.

Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Each Christian will give account for how he has lived his life for Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

The Local New Testament Church

The Local New Testament Church

Throughout the ages, Christ has kept His church and He will keep His Church until He returns. The history of Christ’s church is an amazing study. When studying Church history starting with Christ, it is amazing to see how Christ’s church is of the Baptist persuasion throughout the ages. Though they were not called Baptists from the start, it is interesting to trace their beliefs and what they stood for. In doing so, a line of Biblicist believers can be found from this present day on back to Christ and His apostles. God’s way to further the Gospel, this day in history, is through the local church. 

Christ started, heads, and preserves the local Church.

Matthew 16:18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

Ephesians 2:20-22 “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.”

Ephesians 3:15,21 “Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,”

“Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

Born-again persons make up the Body and Espoused Bride of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:12 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”

2 Corinthians 11:2 “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”

Ephesians 1:22-23 “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.”

Ephesians 5:25-27 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

The Local Church is to have no external authority or control.

Acts 13:1-4 “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.”

1 Peter 5:1-4 “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”

Baptism by Immersion is one of two church ordinances.

Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”

Romans 6:3-4 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”

The Lord’s Supper is the second of two church ordinances.

1 Corinthians 11:23-30 “For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.”

The Lord’s Table is to remind us of Christ’s body and blood that were sacrificed.

1 Corinthians 11:24 “…this do in remembrance of me.”

The Lord's Supper should not be handled carelessly.

 1 Corinthians 11:28-30 “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.”

The Local Church is to be separated from the world.

Ephesians 5:27 “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

The Church is to be a place of excitement/relief.

Psalm 122:1 “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.”

The Church is to be where judgment takes place.

1 Peter 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

The Church is to be a place of prayer.

Isaiah 56:7 “Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.”

Mark 11:17 “And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

Luke 19:46 “Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

The Body of Christ has important roles to fulfill within the Church.

2 Corinthians 2:9 “For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.”

They must Pray.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Pray without ceasing.”

1 Timothy 2:8 “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”

They must fulfill the Great Commission: soul-win, baptize, and make disciples.

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

They must Give.

Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

They must Work.

Romans 12:11 “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;”

They must be Obedient to God’s Word.

1 Peter 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”

They must take care of God’s Man.

Psalm 105:15 “Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.”

1 Timothy 5:17-18 “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine. For the Scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward.”

Churches reproduce Churches.

Genesis 1 “…After his (or their) kind…”

Genesis 1:28 “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Titus 1:5 “For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:”

The Church is to send out laborers into the field. 

Acts 13:1-4 “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.”

Music Policy

CROSSROADS BAPTIST CHURCH

MUSIC POLICY STATEMENT

PRELUDE:

There has never been a time when music has had a greater influence for good or evil than it does today. It appears that Satan has exploited music to his best advantage. In view of our changing society and the ever increasing power of music, it is the responsibility of the church to establish guidelines and standards for music used in corporate worship. With an ever growing variety of styles from which to choose and differing perspectives on what constitutes “appropriate” music, the issue of music in the church in modern times is one that must be addressed.

This policy sets God honoring standards for music used in our worship together. While we urge all Christians to be sensitive to the Lord’s leading and to exercise good judgment concerning their own music standards, we recognize that those issues are between the individual Christian and the Lord and are a matter of personal conviction. The purpose of this policy is not to define for individuals what constitutes right or wrong music as it relates to their individual worship or enjoyment. Rather, understanding that there are inevitably a variety of preferences and convictions within the church body, we seek to identify music for our corporate worship that is most likely to enable worship and is least likely to cause offense.

PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT:

While music is an important element in our worship services, there are few issues about which Christians have stronger opinions or that are as potentially divisive as that of music in the church. The purpose of the church is to glorify God in all that it does, by resisting the worldly elements of the culture in which it exists. The church must be a light in a dark place (John 8:12) Music is an important way to bring honor and praise to God. Though it is not required for worship to take place, music can enhance worship. Music in corporate worship should extol God for His many attributes and blessings as well as give testimony to Him by bearing witness to what He has done in our lives (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19).

With this in mind, no music used in the church should contain elements that reflect poorly upon the character of God. This pertains to the lyrics, melody, harmony, style, rhythm, timbre and presentation.

POLICY STATEMENT:

It is the responsibility of every local church to define its own standard toward music. Although every Christian may exercise Christian liberty in the types of music that they listen to at home, music that is a part of church worship must conform to what the local church defines as acceptable. The purpose of church music is to enhance worship, not to entertain or give the musician an outlet for personal expression.

The Crossroads Baptist Church family has an open but conservative, more traditional attitude toward music. It is our intent therefore to identify the types of music that bring the greatest blessing to our church family.

It is not our intent to impose a musical standard upon anyone in our church. Our purpose is to provide a standard for music used in our corporate worship that is most likely to be edifying, and least likely to be offensive to anyone. While not satisfying the personal tastes of everyone, a more conservative approach to music is most likely to achieve our objective.

Excellent Christian music will contain all of the qualities that make sacred music worshipful and spiritually edifying (as listed below) and none of the qualities that cause it to seem worldly:

1. LYRICS: That uphold and exalt the person of Jesus Christ.

2. MELODY: That creates a worshipful environment.

3. HARMONY: That supports the message and spirit of the piece.

4. RHYTHM: That is subtle, not dominant or abrasive.

5. MESSAGE: That is doctrinally correct.

6. STYLE: That is distinctively spiritual as opposed to worldly.

7. PRESENTATION/DECORUM: That is tasteful and honoring to our Lord.

8. APPROPRIATENESS: That responds to the occasion and purpose.

9. EDIFICATION: That is directed toward the hearer, and not self.

10. OBJECTIVE: That is a ministry, not a performance.

Music that is contemporary (new) is not necessarily wrong or inappropriate for corporate worship and music that is traditional is not necessarily appropriate for corporate worship. However, it is far easier to abuse contemporary music because of the inherent influence of modern style. For this reason we should, “…walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” (Eph.5:15).

Here are some principles that must be used to evaluate Christian music for our church:

1. What is the lyrical content of the song? Are the words true? Are they biblically accurate and doctrinally correct?

2. Does the way in which the lyrics are presented cheapen the message?

3. Does the song make you conscious of our Lord, and draw you to Him, or does it just appeal to the flesh?

4. Does it stimulate spiritual thought and produce a wholesome response?

5. Does the musical style come across as worldly, so that it loses its Christian character?

6. Is the lifestyle of the person ministering in music honoring to God?

7. Is the intent to focus our minds on the truth and person of God or to entertain?

8. Does the underlying rhythm distract from the message? Or is it subtle, tasteful and unobtrusive?

9. Is the instrumental selection such that the lyrics are familiar to the hearers. (We will not allow secular songs that have “christianized” lyrics to them.)

10. Do the instruments being used evoke a worldly image? Are instruments played in such a way as to evoke a worldly image?

With these principles in mind, “trap sets” and music with dominant or prominent drum beats should not be used. This includes accompaniment tapes/CDs, electronic keyboard accompaniments and any other music with dominant rhythms. Music containing lyrics that are not true to the Word of God or that is presented in such a way that it puts the focus on the musician and not on God should not be used.

We should be using the gifts and abilities that God gave us, including music, to achieve the “common goal” (Romans.14:1-23; 1 Corinthians. 12:7; 14:26; Ephesians. 4:11-16). Sensitivity to other believer’s tastes, preferences, convictions, culture and weaknesses is a sign of maturity. The exercise of Christian liberty should not take precedence over the welfare of the larger community. We must not allow music to become a divisive issue in the body.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians. 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report;  if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” At the very least, it must be admitted that music is a window to the mind and soul, and therefore must minister in a way that is described in Philippians 4:8. In the final analysis we will be held accountable to God as to whether we achieve this objective.

Dress Guidelines For Those Who Minister in Music at Crossroads Baptist Church

• These guidelines include:

Soloists, Groups, Instrumentalists, and Accompanists.

• Purpose statement:

Music that is sung and played on the platform of the church should always be to

praise and glorify God, to edify or build up the believers, and to aid in

evangelism.

Guidelines

Women:

• Dresses: please wear dresses or skirts knee-length or longer. Slits should not come

above the knee. Dresses should be loose fitting; not form fitting.

• Tops and Blouses: sleeveless tops or dresses must come to the edge of the shoulder. MODEST necklines.

• No pants or slacks.

Men:

  • Collared shirt, slacks or khaki pants; tie is preferable
  • No jeans.

May God grant us wisdom to select music that glorifies Him, humility to sing and play without pride, compassion to care about the needs of people, and illumination to understand the truths that we sing and play. Praise God for giving you the opportunity, ability, and responsibility to be involved in such an important ministry. “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of  God.” (Ephesians 5:19-21)

Membership Requirements for Music Ministry of Crossroads Baptist Church

Special Music: Member of Crossroads Baptist Church or child of a member.

Pianist/Accompanist: Member of Crossroads Baptist Church or child of a member.

Children's Choir: Regular attender of Crossroads Baptist Church. The director must be a member of Crossroads Baptist Church. (Same for the adults.)

Other outside groups or vocalists will be allowed only by special arrangements by the

Pastoral Staff of Crossroads Baptist Church.

THANK YOU FOR READING AND HEEDING OUR MUSIC POLICY. 🙂

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