Running with Jesus/in Desiring God, Glorifying God, Kingdom Christianity, Loving God, New Testament Practice /by BeingChurch
What is the “Good News”/in Bible Study, Biblical Studies, Evangelism, New Testament Practice, Water Baptism, Witnessing /by BeingChurch
The Bad News
In order to have a proper understanding of the Good News, we have to begin with the “bad news”.
The best way to explain this is by taking the “Good Person Test”.
So, please be honest as you answer the following questions:
Do you consider yourself to be a “Good Person”?
Most people would say, “Sure, I am a very good person!”
Although, many people are unaware of what the word “good” actually means. One definition of “good” is: that which is morally right; righteousness.
So let me ask you the question in a slightly different way.
Do you consider yourself to be a “Morally Righteous Person”?
Here’s a quick test using only 4 of the 10 commandments (a portion of God’s standard for determining who is “Good” or “Morally Righteous”) to help answer these questions:
- Have you ever cursed or used God’s name in vain?
- Have you ever told a lie?
- Have you ever lusted or looked with lust?
- Have you ever stolen something? (Value doesn’t matter. Stealing is stealing)
How did you do?
Here’s where the bad news begins…
If you have committed even one of these sins then the Bible says you are guilty of breaking God’s law. The Bible says that, “the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.” (James 2:10 NLT)
What does the Bible say will happen to those who are guilty of sinning and breaking His law? It says that if they die in their sin they will be found guilty on the Day of Judgment and sentenced to eternity in Hell. (Acts 17:31, Hebrews 9:27)
This is obviously an extremely serious thing! This involves your very soul.
What if you were offered One Million Dollars for both of your eyes? Most people wouldn’t take it because their eyes are precious. And if you wouldn’t sell your eyes for one million dollars, then how much more is your soul worth?
Remember, death can come at any moment. The Bible says that our life is like a mist or the morning fog. We are here for a little while and then we are gone. (James 4:14)
About 150,000 people die each day.
The GOOD NEWS
However, there’s GOOD NEWS! Picture yourself in a courtroom guilty of many serious crimes. The Judge sentences you to life in prison or a million dollar fine.
As the guard leads you away, someone you don’t even know comes in and pays your fine in full. That means you are free to go!
How would you feel about that person?
That’s what Jesus did 2,000 years ago. He took our punishment upon Himself and then rose from the grave, defeating death.
The Bible says that God showed His ultimate love and mercy while we were sinners by sending His Son Jesus Christ, who lived a sinless life, and died in our place for our sins on the cross. The innocent took the punishment for the guilty.
Jesus’ body was placed in a tomb and was raised from the dead on the third day. This demonstrated Jesus’ divinity (that He is God) and power over death.
Now it’ possible for you and I to receive God’s grace, mercy, forgiveness and eternal life.
How Should We Respond to the Good News/Gospel?
All that is required is for us to:
- Have Faith in Jesus Christ as God’s only Son who died for your sin and was raised to life on the third day (Romans 3:22)
- Repent of Your Sinful Lifestyle and Live for God (Acts 2:38, 3:19, 17:30, 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 3:8)
- Confess Jesus as Your Lord (Romans 10:9)
- Be Baptized in the name of the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit for the Forgiveness of Your Sins. (John 3:5-7, Acts 2:38, 1 Peter 3:18-21, Mark 16:16) (Water Immersion)
Once you do this you will:
- Be Cleansed and Forgiven of All Your Sins.
- Be Adopted into God’s Family.
- Receive the Gift and Guaranteed Deposit of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38, 2 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5, Ephesians 1:14, 4:30)
- Enter into Jesus Christ’s Kingdom
- and Become a new branch on His vine.
We are Meant to Serve and Worship God as a Family
Join a group of fellow Believers or Disciples of Jesus (Church). Read and study God’s Word (The Holy Bible) daily and share God’s Good News/Gospel with others by following Jesus’ command to: “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19)
Then strive to love Jesus by obeying Him and His Word until you see His face. (John 15:10)
What is the Meaning & Significance of Water Baptism?/in Loving God, New Testament Practice, Water Baptism /by BeingChurch
Meaning of Water Baptism
In water baptism a person is united with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Romans 6:1-10 see below)
- Death – We are crucified with Christ and die to sin and to our old sinful self.
- Burial – When we are fully immersed under the water our old sinful self is buried.
- Resurrection – When we are pulled up out of the water we are raised to walk in newness of life with Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
After a person has been united with Jesus Christ through water baptism their sins have been forgiven and washed away. (Acts 2:28, Acts 22:16 see below)
When a person is baptized into Christ they are born-again. This is the new birth that Jesus referred to when He said that we must be born again of water and the Spirit. (John 3:3, 5 see below)
*The physical act of Water baptism by itself does not result in the forgiveness of sins or salvation. It must accompanied by faith in Jesus Christ and repentance. (Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 8:9-23, 1 Peter 3:20-21, see below)
Awesome Video of Water Baptism (Slow Motion)
(Special thanks to Matt Johnson for this video)
Another Great Video of a Water Baptism Event
(Special thanks to Matt Johnson and Woodland Church for this video)
— Scripture References —
Romans 6:1-10 ESV
6 1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
John 3:3, 5 ESV
3 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.“
Acts 2:38 ESV
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 22:16 ESV
16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
1 Peter 3:20-21 NIV
20 …when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ…
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…
Acts 8:9-23 NIV
9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery.
12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria.15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”
Is Tithing a New Testament Command?/in New Testament Practice /by BeingChurch
This is another great message from Francis Chan. He explains the New Testament teaching on giving and tithing.
David Bercot Speaking at Harvard/in Bible Study, Biblical Studies, Kingdom Christianity, New Testament Practice /by BeingChurch
David Bercot speaking at Harvard:
Passing the Baton to the Next Generation/in Glorifying God, Loving God, New Testament Practice /by BeingChurch
This is a great message from Francis Chan on passing the baton to the next generation.
Living as a Branch on Jesus Christ’s Vine/in Desiring God, Evangelism, Glorifying God, House Church Theology, Loving God, New Testament Practice /by BeingChurch
What a Great Blessing to Have the Ability to Become a Branch on Jesus Christ’s Vine and to Receive Everlasting Nourishment. Let’s Strive to Produce Fruit, so that We May Remain on it.“
~ JOSHUA JAMES FORD
15 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission ofTyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.