KNOW
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TRUTH

John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

MONTHLY LESSONS DESIGNED TO CONVERT.

 

June, 2017 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“I CAN!”

ü  I CAN BE INFORMED CONCERNING THE WORD OF GOD!

For many different reasons, people believe that the scriptures are too hard to work with, to know for themselves, or even understand. The greatest reason for this misinformed conclusion is the lack of time spent actually learning what the word of God truly has to say.

The Apostle Paul was ready to share the Gospel (Good News) with everyone he came in contact with and was never concerned whether they were educated or not; he was confident they could understand the benefits being offered, note:

Acts 20:26-27 “Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.”   

Paul preached this Gospel without shame or concern of its ability to be understood; for he knew, as should you and I, that it is the power of God to salvation, note:

Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

We can know the truth of the Gospel and its message of redemption, provided that we desire it like the instinctive nature of a new born child for milk, note:

1 Peter 2:2 “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby”

ü  I CAN HAVE AND MAINTAIN A GOOD NAME!

Disciples of Christ were first called Christians in Acts 11:26. Since there is no other name given among men by whom we must be saved, there can be no greater name to be known by, note:

Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.””

Philippians 2:9-10 “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth”

The name Christian simply means, “Those who pertain to Christ”. These were also known as Disciples of Christ, and saints. They had all repented of their self-serving walk of life and were baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins against God, note:

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

They had all conformed to discipline study of the doctrine of Christ in order to maintain their good name, note:

Acts 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Romans 6:17-18 “But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.”

2 John 9 “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.”

You can have and maintain a good name, without hypocrisy, by following the same pattern; which will truly bring honor to all God has done for us through His beloved Son.

ü  I CAN FACE LIFE’S PROBLEMS WITH COURAGE AND RESOLVE!

Courage is not found in empty or even loud boasting. Courage is best described as a quiet confidence one has when knowledge tells them there is nothing to fear. This is the confidence that God gives us through His promises, note:

2 Peter 1:2-4 “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

This confidence is made manifest in the knowledge that we have been provided all things that pertain to life and godliness through the word, note:

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, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Being completed by the word of God to all that pleases Him and establishes our relationship with Him in hope, also develops our courage by knowing that God does not lie, note:

Titus 1:2 “in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began”

Hebrews 6:18 “that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.”

ü  I CAN!

You could be like Pilate and wash your hands of any involvement concerning the Christ of God.

Mark 15:15 “So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.”

You could almost be persuaded to obey the Gospel’s call.

Acts 26:28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”

Or you can say, “I CAN!”

Acts 2:41 “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”

Come and study God’s Word with us, so we ALL CAN!!!