Monthly Archives: January 2008

Are there signs from God?

Are you looking for a “sign from God”? Do you think you have received a sign from God? Do other people receive signs from God?

If you are willing to listen to what the Bible say, the answer is “no.” People are no longer receiving special signs from God. There are certainly individuals who want a sign from heaven (Mt. 12:38). Jesus, however, said that heaven now offers to man the gospel (Jn. 20:30-31). We believe because of what has been “written,” not because of some sign.

In Hebrews 11:6 we are told that we cannot please God without faith. We must, therefore, ask how faith comes. Many think faith is created by a sign from God. A persons may think and believe this, but it is not what the scriptures say. We are told that faith comes by “hearing God’s word” (Rom. 10:17).

Instead of a sign being God’s power to salvation, the Bible says the gospel is God’s power to salvation (Rom. 1:16). Those who do not believe the gospel regard God’s word as foolishness (1 Cor. 1:18), but those who do have faith know the scriptures are the “power of God.”

Rather than a sign from God, the Bible says God’s word “works in people (1 Thess. 2:13). People are “brought forth by the word of truth” (Jas. 1:18). A person must “receive the implanted word to be saved” (Jas. 1:21). This means being “begotten by the word of God” (1 Pet. 2:23), not a supernatural sign from God.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Spiritual wealth (2 Cor. 8:9) – A sermon on being spiritually rich

WHAT IF SOMEONE SAID TO US, “GOD WANTS US TO BECOME RICH.” HOW WOULD WE AGREE OR DISAGREE?

1. Our answer is found in 2 Cor. 8:9 – READ
2. When we hear the word “rich,” we may instantly think about money and possessions.
3. In the New Testament, this is not the sense of rich in 2 Cor. 8.
4. Paul had in mind “spiritual wealth.”
5. Jesus said in Mt. 6:21 that where our “treasure is,” there will be our “heart.”
6. We can set our heart on the things of this earth.
7. Or, our idea of wealth can take the form of spiritual wealth.
8. The greatest wealth is not physical – it is divine.
9. The first reason for this is based on duration.
10. In Mt. 6:19 Jesus said physical treasure is subject to at least three problems.
11. Heaven is a place that offers a type of “durable protection” for spiritual wealth.
12. A long time ago this was stated by a wise-man (Prov. 8:18 – READ).

13. When it comes to earthly treasure we know it can fluctuate in value.
14. God’s riches are guaranteed.
15. Mt. 25:34 says a kingdom has been “prepared from the foundation of the world.”
16. With treasure on the earth, we can know what it is worth.
17. We can put a price on virtually anything that man values.
18. God tells us the heavenly treasure is above our ability to fully comprehend – Eph. 3:8 – READ
19. We want to make a note of some of what He offers.
20. Eph. 1:7 refers to the “riches of His grace.”
21. God’s grace is a treasure. Forgiveness is a great, great gift.
22. Not only does forgiveness make us rich, sanctification becomes part of our spiritual portfolio.
23. Sanctification means “to set apart.”
24. This word is used in places like 1 Cor. 1:2.
25. One spiritual benefit available to all people is salvation, 2 Tim. 2:10.
26. Another spiritual treasure is found in 1 Thess. 4:15-18.
27. The Bible alone is a priceless treasure.
28. The riches of Christianity are also demonstrated in the person of Jesus Christ.
29. In Heb. 7:25 we are told Jesus can save us to the “uttermost.”
30. The Lord is a great spiritual treasure, but He is just one of the things found in Christianity.
31. Maybe one of the most intriguing treasures is found in 2 Cor. 4:16.
32. The spirit of a Christian is renewed each single day.
33. For the rest of our body, Rom. 8:18 says “glory is waiting.”
34. All the problems and issues of this life will one day be past.
35. Are we spiritually rich or are we spiritually poor?
36. Are we trying to help our children be spiritually rich, or are we leaving them in spiritual poverty?

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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The word heart in the Bible

1) The human heart beat roughly 35 million times a year.
2) In a lifetime, the heart pumps about one million barrels of blood.
3) More than 2,000 heart transplants are performed each year in the U.S.
4) When a person really becomes a Christian, their heart is changed.
a) That change usually does not come all at once—it is a process.
b) As the heart is molded into the way God desires, a person becomes different.
c) 2 Cor. 3:1-3.

5) When we evaluate people we often look at the outward appearance.
6) Often that is the worst indicator of what a person is like.
7) In 1 Sam. 16 the prophet Samuel was told to go and anoint a king.
8) What was God looking for in a king? The answer is found in verse 7.
a) God pays special attention to a person’s heart.
b) Outwardly a person may not seem to have any positive quality.
9) Heaven is not all that interested in outward appearances.
a) We see this in our next reference, Lk. 11.
b) Jesus had been invited to dine with a Pharisee (Lk. 11:37).
c) Verse 38 says – READ
d) The Pharisees were really concerned with what they could see (outward appearances).
e) God was and is interested in the heart.
10) The man in Lk. 11 must have expressed surprise or shock because Jesus said something to him.
11) What the Lord told him is in verse– verse 39 – READ
a) A heart is transformed by becoming a Christian.
b) A heart is “sprinkled” with the benefits of Christ’s blood when we are baptized, Heb. 10:22.
12) When a heart has been changed by being obedient to the gospel, it becomes sensitive.
a) I do not mean sensitive to criticism.
b) I mean sensitivity to knowing and following the will of God.
13) During this time David quietly cut off part of Saul’s robe.
14) David’s action showed he could have killed the king, but he did not want to do that.
15) Later David had some remorse about cutting Saul’s robe.
a) He was a man who had a sensitive heart.
b) God wants good hearts, and that process begins with spiritual surgery.
16) A lot of people
17) want a heart that is soft toward God and a heart attached to the world.
18) Jesus responded to this type of thinking in Lk. 9:61-62.
a) If a man puts his hand to the plow and turns back, he wants two kinds of hearts.
b) James said this is spiritual adultery, Jas. 4:4.
19) We can have only one heart; it is for God or it is for the world. It cannot be divided.
20) The Bible goes on to tell us that we make our choice very early in life.
21) In Gen. 8:21 God says man’s heart is “evil from his youth.”
22) Mk. 7:23 – READ
23) God wants to create a new heart within people through His plan of redemption.
24) Unfortunately there are those who prefer to keep their hearts closed and hard.
25) Mk. 3:1-3 – READ
26) Pharaoh also had a hard heart (he chose to harden himself to the instructions given by God).
27) We also make a choice about our hearts: we can harden them or let them be softened.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Divination – What does the Bible mean by divination?

This term may be briefly defined as “heathen magic.” It should also be understood as something that stands in contrast to divine miracles.

Unlike modern magicians who rely upon “sleight of hand,” divination was an attempt to reach out to and supernatural (and evil) powers. This type of activity was repeatedly condemned by Old Testament writers Lev. 19:26, 31; 20:6; Isa. 8:19; Jer. 27:9), and God said it was a capital crime (Ex. 22:18; Lev. 20:27).

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Known by God: Does God "know" you?

Does God “know” you? The Bible speaks about being “known” by God and “not being known by God” (Mt. 7:23). When a person is “known by God,” he or she is saved, redeemed, and is pleasing to God. The expression “known by God” is used in places like Gal. 4:9 and 1 Cor. 8:3.

Be “known by God” by being obedient to heaven’s plan of redemption (Heb. 5:8-9).

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Amanuensis – What is an amanuensis? Did the Bible writers ever use an amanuensis?

An amanuensis was a person who wrote a letter while it was spoken (dictated) by someone else. An amanuensis does not interfere with Bible inspiration (2 Tim. 3:16-17); it simply means the document was not physically written by someone like an apostle. One example of an amanuensis appears to be in Romans 16:22.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Is suicide a sin? What does the Bible say about suicide?

1) Samson took his life (Judg. 16), yet he is spoken of favorably in Heb. 11.
2) Judas took his own life and he is spoken of unfavorably (Jn. 17:12).
3) Christians have generally opposed suicide (Rom. 14:7-9; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 5:29).
4) Some cultures have had “laws” about suicide – “no Christian burial.”
5) Why do people commit suicide? _______________________________________________________
6) Is it limited to a particular age? ________________________________________________________
7) Is overeating a form of suicide? What about other acts? ___________________________________
8) Does society contribute to suicide? ________________________________________________
9) Is suicide “a form of atheism”? ___________________________________________________
10) Can suicide be related to hypocrisy? ________________________________________________
11) Who does suicide wound (1 Cor. 12:12)? ________________________________________________
12) Do Christians ever get VERY discouraged? Ps. 38:3, 6, 8, 10?
13) What do we find with Jonah – Jon. 4:3? ________________________________________________
14) How did Solomon feel (Eccl. 2:17)?
15) Moses (Num. 11:15) – __________________________
16) Is suicide a sin? Is it an “eternal sin”? _______________________________________________
17) Explain “accountability” and sin – ___________________________________________________
18) Might be a person who commits suicide be condemned, but not for suicide? __________________
19) What should we NOT do if someone threatens suicide? __________________________________
20) What ARE some things we can do? __________________________________________________
21) Remind the person we are accountable to God – Ps. 100:3..
22) Gen. 9:6 – suicide is “self-murder.”
23) Can we learn from the Ten Commandments (Rom. 15:4)? ________________________
24) What does Ex. 20:3 teach us about suicide? ______________________________________
25) Relate suicide to Heb. 4:15 and compare Mt. 4:5-6. ______________________________________
26) The solution is not suicide; it is ____________________________.
27) Is suicide always pre-mediated (Acts 16:27)? ____________________________________________
28) When people do think about it, what can they do (Phil. 4:8)? ____________________________
29) Many points about suicide come from the book of Job.
30) Several points in Job’s life are related to modern suicides.
31) He thought God no longer answered his prayers (Job 16:16-17).
32) He thought God singled Him out for punishment (Job 19:8-11).
33) He did not see purpose in his life.
34) Poor self and image and felt like a failure.
35) Felt all alone – friends and family had abandoned him (Job 16:20).

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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