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Evangelism, How To Present The Gospel Study Manual

PDF STUDY MANUAL AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD - CAD $20.00 AT - https://payhip.com/LifeHopeStreetMinistries I wrote this manual to teach biblical evangelism and the methods presented by Jesus and the apostles that followed. I actively globally evangelize and teach biblical evangelism. I am active in the areas of reaching unreached communities and if you follow our Facebook page you will see the scope of evangelistic outreaches, I carry out with ministry partners around the world. I would love to make this manual free, but plane tickets and outreaches cost money, the costs are higher reaching the unreached communities where roads are a luxury. Preview Pages - 1-16, 125, 151, 159, 165, 219, 242, 274, 278 I encourage everyone to study to show yourself approved and work through this manual as the Berean did to see if what Paul was teaching was true. See Acts 17:11. And if it is true, then apply the word accordingly. You may be wondering why I included so many forwards in this manual. As you have read the forwards are character references as well as manual references. I was only going to use one or two of the manual references but I decided since my ministry and character will be scrutinized by readers disagreeing with my doctrinal positions concerning some of the topics I present here, which I support with scripture and not my opinion, that I will add traceable character references from various locations around the globe so that you will have a clear picture of who I am and the fruit my ministry produces preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ just as the bible teaches the apostles preached, and lived it. If you are living the Gospel truth you will preach the truth of the Gospel. Evg. Bradley Sliedrecht Life & Hope Street Ministries Email: Evgbrad@presentingthegospel.com

PDF STUDY MANUAL AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD - CAD $20.00 AT - https://payhip.com/LifeHopeStreetMinistries

I wrote this manual to teach biblical evangelism and the methods presented by Jesus and the apostles that followed. I actively globally evangelize and teach biblical evangelism. I am active in the areas of reaching unreached communities and if you follow our Facebook page you will see the scope of evangelistic outreaches, I carry out with ministry partners around the world.

I would love to make this manual free, but plane tickets and outreaches cost money, the costs are higher reaching the unreached communities where roads are a luxury.

Preview Pages - 1-16, 125, 151, 159, 165, 219, 242, 274, 278

I encourage everyone to study to show yourself approved and work through this manual as the Berean did to see if what Paul was teaching was true. See Acts 17:11. And if it is true, then apply the word accordingly.

You may be wondering why I included so many forwards in this manual. As you have read the forwards are character references as well as manual references.

I was only going to use one or two of the manual references but I decided since my ministry and character will be scrutinized by readers disagreeing with my doctrinal positions concerning some of the topics I present here, which I support with scripture and not my opinion, that I will add traceable character references from various locations around the globe so that you will have a clear picture of who I am and the fruit my ministry produces preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ just as the bible teaches the apostles preached, and lived it.
If you are living the Gospel truth you will preach the truth of the Gospel.

Evg. Bradley Sliedrecht
Life & Hope Street Ministries
Email: Evgbrad@presentingthegospel.com

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Kingdom Principal Teaching Series<br />

on<br />

<strong>Evangelism</strong><br />

<strong>How</strong> <strong>To</strong> <strong>Present</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong><br />

LIFE & HOPE STREET MINISTRIES<br />

Equipping the saints to walk by Kingdom Principle.<br />

Evg Bradley Sliedrecht


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REFERENCES<br />

All Scripture references used are from the MEV unless otherwise shown. Scripture<br />

is taken from the Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible<br />

Associaon. Used by permission. All rights reserved.<br />

Informaon and references have been used from the Dake Annotated Bible, <strong>The</strong><br />

Kenneth Wuest New Testament, as well as dissertaons published by the<br />

Southern Bapst <strong>The</strong>ological Seminary concerning the “sinners Prayer”, <strong>The</strong> Bible<br />

Hub Strongs and a Greek word study arcle by Conformtochrist1, Wuest Word<br />

Studies Volume 1, Lexam Bile diconary and Hermeneucs.stackexchange.com.<br />

I do not necessarily believe any other informaon by any of the authors or<br />

publishers I have referenced except that which I have studied through and present<br />

here.<br />

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Table of Contents<br />

PG 1 References Used<br />

PG 2 You are Here.<br />

PG 5 Acknowledgements.<br />

PG 6 Forward<br />

PG 14 Introducon.<br />

PG 16 <strong>The</strong> Preaching of the Cross.<br />

PG 29 Salvaon.<br />

PG 31 Say a Salvaon Prayer.<br />

PG 35 Scriptures to consider concerning a “sinners prayer.”<br />

PG 40 Scriptures to consider concerning the preaching of salvaon.<br />

PG 46 Let’s look at this scripture, Romans 10:9-10.<br />

PG 51 Jesus the way to the Father.<br />

PG 54 Waring Against Rejecng God’s Grace<br />

PG 55 <strong>The</strong> preaching of the <strong>Gospel</strong> aer Pentecost.<br />

PG 58 Peters Speech at Pentecost.<br />

PG 62 Life Among the Believers.<br />

PG 63 <strong>The</strong> Lame Man Healed at the Temple Gate.<br />

PG 65 Peters Speech at Solomons Porch.<br />

PG 68 All things in common.<br />

PG 69 Peter & John before the Sanhedrin.<br />

PG 71 Signs & Wonders.<br />

PG 72 Persecuon of the Apostles.<br />

PG 75 Stephens speech.<br />

PG 80 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> preached in Samaria.<br />

PG 81 Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch.<br />

PG 82 Paul preaches in Damascus.<br />

PG 83 <strong>The</strong> healing of Aeneas, Dorcas Restored to Life.<br />

PG 84 Peter speaks in Cornelius's house, Genles receive the Holy Spirit.<br />

PG 85 <strong>The</strong> Church in Anoch.<br />

PG 86 <strong>The</strong> Apostles preach in Cyprus.<br />

PG 90 Paul and Barnabas in Iconium.<br />

PG 91 Paul and Barnabus in Lystra.<br />

PG 92 <strong>The</strong> conversion of Lydia.<br />

PG 93 <strong>The</strong> imprisonment in Philippi.<br />

PG 94 Paul in Athens.<br />

PG 96 Paul in Corinth.<br />

PG 97 Apollos preaches in Ephesus.<br />

PG 98 Ephesians Receive the Holy Spirit.<br />

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PG 99 Trouble in Ephesus.<br />

PG 100 Speaking to the Ephesian elders.<br />

PG 101 Paul held in custody.<br />

PG 102 Paul’s defence against Agrippa<br />

PG 104 Paul preaches in Rome.<br />

PG 107 Jesus Ministry Begins.<br />

PG 109 <strong>The</strong> qualificaon, the cost & the work.<br />

PG 111 <strong>The</strong> commissioning of the disciples, <strong>The</strong> temptaons presented by ministry.<br />

PG 112 <strong>The</strong> fruit.<br />

PG 113 Jesus's first open-air meeng.<br />

PG 123 <strong>The</strong> reality of life’s choices.<br />

PG 125 Why Evangelise.<br />

PG 126 Jesus Mercy in Acon.<br />

PG 129 <strong>The</strong> First Evangelist, An adulteress Samaritan Woman.<br />

PG 134 <strong>The</strong> parable of the Sower.<br />

PG 135 Keeping the message pure.<br />

PG 136 <strong>The</strong> parable of the lost sheep.<br />

PG 138 <strong>The</strong> parable of the vineyard.<br />

PG 140 <strong>The</strong> parable of the wedding banquet.<br />

PG 142 Chosen.<br />

PG 144 <strong>The</strong> faithful or the unfaithful servant.<br />

PG 146 <strong>The</strong> parable of the 10 virgins.<br />

PG 147 <strong>The</strong> parable of the talents.<br />

PG 148 Slothful.<br />

PG 149 <strong>The</strong> judgment of the naons<br />

PG 151 Geng going.<br />

PG 153 <strong>The</strong> young man and the wise man.<br />

PG 155 a. Presenng the <strong>Gospel</strong><br />

b. Sin,<br />

c. works of the flesh,<br />

d. <strong>The</strong> Kingdom of God,<br />

e. Walk in the spirit,<br />

f. Fruits of the spirit,<br />

g. <strong>The</strong> believer's judgment.<br />

PG 158 a. Jusfied by faith that is jusfied by works.<br />

b. Concerning the works of a Chrisan.<br />

PG 159 Believe.<br />

PG 164 <strong>To</strong> believe is to be persuaded of.<br />

PG 165 <strong>To</strong> believe is to place confidence in.<br />

PG 166 <strong>To</strong> believe is the substance or convicon of things hoped for, the assurance of things<br />

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not seen.<br />

PG 168 <strong>To</strong> believe is to have absolute dependence upon and reliance in the Word of God and<br />

of Christ.<br />

PG 172 <strong>To</strong> believe is to Fully surrender, yield, and obey all known bible truth.<br />

PG 175 <strong>To</strong> believe is to trust wholly and unreservedly in the faithfulness of God.<br />

PG 177 <strong>To</strong> believe is to give ourselves over to a new way of life.<br />

PG 182 <strong>To</strong> believe is to have the characteriscs of God whereby we can bring into existence.<br />

things that are unseen.<br />

PG 186 <strong>To</strong> believe is to receive the whole body of revealed truth.<br />

PG 187 <strong>To</strong> believe is to have joyful faith in, and acceptance of Christ as the substute for sin and<br />

our Savior whereby one receives salvaon.<br />

PG 188 a. <strong>To</strong> believe is access into grace.<br />

b. <strong>To</strong> believe is the fulfillment of the promises.<br />

c. <strong>To</strong> believe is to receive <strong>The</strong> Holy Spirit.<br />

d. <strong>To</strong> believe is to receive Righteousness.<br />

e. <strong>To</strong> believe is to receive Sonship.<br />

f. <strong>To</strong> believe is to receive Healing.<br />

g. <strong>To</strong> believe is to inherit Eternal Life.<br />

h. <strong>To</strong> believe is to receive answers to prayer.<br />

PG 196 Faith can be lost. Some will fall away, and some will leave the faith.<br />

PG 198 Part 1 of 3 progressive tesmony example.<br />

PG 199 Part 2 of 3 progressive tesmony example.<br />

PG 200 Part 3 of 3 progressive tesmony example.<br />

PG 201 Queson Oen Asked.<br />

PG 203 <strong>The</strong> law and our need for a savior.<br />

PG 205 Sample Street Ministry Guide.<br />

PG 239 <strong>The</strong> Journey to My Salvaon.<br />

PG 258 <strong>The</strong> Day <strong>The</strong>y Said Our Son Would Not Make It.<br />

PG 265 Discouraged.<br />

PG 274 Finances.<br />

PG 278 We Are In This <strong>To</strong>gether.<br />

PG 279 Intenonally Le Blank.<br />

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Acknowledgments<br />

I want to acknowledge the following people who helped me crique this study as<br />

it went together so that I am confident this manual presents only biblical truth.<br />

1. My Wife and Best Friend, Vanessa Sliedrecht<br />

2. My brother in Christ, Pastor Marty Nystrom<br />

3. My brother in Christ, Sterling Lynch<br />

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Foreword<br />

Brad is a true Evangelist called by God to be so. In the years I have known brother<br />

Brad I have yet to find another person burning for lost souls as Brad does. I have<br />

seen him weep just over the thought of a lost soul. Brad was built for the fight and<br />

built for the night. God has put it in him to go to the hard places that most would<br />

never even think about going. Winning souls for Christ is at the forefront of who<br />

Brad is and he is on a mission to win as many souls as possible.<br />

Many will not understand the heart of a true Evangelist and how they operate.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y live, breathe, and desire to snatch the souls of people from darkness into the<br />

Kingdom of God. This is who Brad is. He has left jobs, family, and friends for one<br />

more soul.<br />

Brad has done an excellent job putting this manual on evangelism together. His<br />

desire is to train others in evangelism to win lost souls and to teach what true<br />

evangelism and real salvation look like.<br />

Most evangelism today is about God just loving people with unconditional<br />

acceptance, blessing them, and wanting people to "live their best life" hence why<br />

most people who sit in church today are not truly saved.<br />

<strong>The</strong> church needs to hear the truth of God's Word concerning true repentance,<br />

true salvation, and real evangelism. I encourage you to not just read this manual<br />

but to study it and apply it in your life as you go.<br />

Be Blessed,<br />

Pastor Marty Nystrom<br />

I start my introduction with a reference from Evangelist Bradley's own quote in his<br />

<strong>Evangelism</strong> handout (page 236) and I quote " Many Christians have no testimony<br />

because they look for a testimony greater than salvation. You could never have a<br />

testimony greater than the day of your salvation. You rose from the dead, what<br />

could be greater than your resurrection?"<br />

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<strong>To</strong> me, this really defines the heart and life of Evangelist Bradley in our 7 years plus<br />

friendship and ministry partnership.<br />

Evangelist Bradley has been active in joining Jesus Rescue Team in reaching the<br />

unreached people group in Ghana - West Africa which includes Muslims, Fulani's,<br />

African Traditional worshipers, students, and the youth through sports in Funsi<br />

(Upper West Region of Ghana), Buipe (Savanna Region of Ghana), Sirigu (Upper<br />

East Region of Ghana). God has used him to scriptures on the mission field (Mark<br />

16:15 -20).<br />

Evangelist Bradley has supported marginalized Muslim communities with drinking<br />

water, bought a boat and outboard machine to reach unreached communities on<br />

an Island, and also built a church in Burkina Faso and fed needy children as well.<br />

This is holistic missions.<br />

Evangelist Brad has always made sure he is not a burden to the host missionary, so<br />

he not only provides for himself but supports the mission work with the finances<br />

God has blessed him and his family with. He doesn't have a special meal prepared<br />

for him. He eats what we all eat and relates to all well on the mission field.<br />

Evangelist Bradley is a man of the word so I can say he is a man of faith.<br />

Evangelist Bradley is a family man. He really balances his ministry life and family<br />

life. Even on the mission field miles and hours from home distance has never been<br />

an excuse or barrier. He is always in touch with them by making provision for all<br />

options possible to be on base with family.<br />

He always advises me as a brother and say things as it is and at times it's hard to<br />

accept it without being offended but getting to know Brad tells you he really cares<br />

and loves to see those he loves to become better than him and not go through the<br />

hard way of life he had.<br />

In conclusion, I will say, that Brad, is Apostle Paul of our time because his story and<br />

passion for souls is unmatched.<br />

Much Love<br />

Rev. Michael Davies<br />

Founder and Lead Missionary, Jesus Rescue Team<br />

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My name is Vanessa Sliedrecht, I am the wife of Bradley Sliedrecht who is my<br />

husband, our children’s father, and an evangelist. He travels around the world<br />

sharing the gospel with whomever will listen.<br />

We Immigrated from South Africa to Canada, and yet, I see my husband, traveling<br />

back to Africa, and beyond to share the <strong>Gospel</strong>. At the moment I cannot travel with<br />

him as we have young children at home who need a little stability. But I know in<br />

time I will join him on the mission field because we are a team.<br />

I’m grateful, to know and understand his calling. Just one more soul, each day,<br />

more if he can reach them. <strong>The</strong> Bible says to go into all the world and make<br />

disciples and I know my husband is obedient and hears God’s voice. So I stand<br />

behind him encouraging him to go.<br />

Yes, I have my lonely moments, but I am never alone, God is with me, and he<br />

encourages me and strengthens me each day.<br />

We have struggled with family not being comfortable with his calling, and I get it, it<br />

can be a lonely lifestyle, but we both are fulfilling our calling and mine is our<br />

children and supporting my husband, and I am content knowing his work is also my<br />

reward.<br />

Yours truly<br />

Vanessa Sliedrecht<br />

Evangelist Bradley is a true reflection of 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. His ministry as an<br />

Evangelist presents a true picture of what the Apostle Paul said. He practically lives<br />

the scripture in his everyday activities. Even though as a Canadian, he does not in<br />

any way present himself as one. He eats what the people eat. He drinks what the<br />

people drink and rides what the people ride.<br />

He is someone who easily adapts to different cultures and situations. In Funsi in<br />

the upper west region of Ghana, Evangelist Bradley became a servant to the<br />

people for the sake of the <strong>Gospel</strong>. <strong>The</strong> people easily identified themselves with him<br />

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due to his approach to the <strong>Gospel</strong>. Discrimination was not part of his ministry. He<br />

loved all and gave to all.<br />

Evangelist Bradley was seen as a giver. He gave his all. He gave his time, money,<br />

and emotion for the sake of the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

His faith in the finished work of Christ was also seen. He inspired everyone with the<br />

hope that in Christ everything is possible. <strong>To</strong> him, Christ has given the believer the<br />

power to accomplish anything including winning and taking over the Muslim<br />

community. This belief helped in winning twenty-two Fulanis for Christ.<br />

As a minister of the <strong>Gospel</strong> of Christ, I can confidently say that Evangelist Bradley is<br />

a true example of Christ missionary.<br />

Rev. Samuel Yaw Mensah<br />

Church of Pentecost, Funsi<br />

Greetings to you all in the mighty name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.<br />

It's my pleasure to write a few words about my dear friend. Evan. Bradley has<br />

known me for the last 7 years. His commitment to <strong>Evangelism</strong> is so amazes me<br />

while he is in India, in the mission field. He is gifted and called to the work of<br />

evangelism fulfilling those callings as gospel proclaimer.<br />

He lives a life that is attractive to non-believers, being able and willing to serve the<br />

community.<br />

According to John 14:6 when we share our faith with others it gives them an<br />

opportunity to hear about God's plan of salvation through His son Jesus Christ.<br />

That's what is fulfilling through the work of Eva. Bradley's <strong>Evangelism</strong>.<br />

I can see Eva. Bradley is a man of great Faith. He lives by faith; he never doubts<br />

God in any of the difficult situations in the ministry and in the family.<br />

Thirdly, he has a great heart of giving, he always looks for opportunities to give for<br />

God's work. His family is investing in God's kingdom. Surely, they will get the<br />

reward from God.<br />

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In India Eva. Bradley's work in the field of evangelism impacted more than 20<br />

villages and hundreds of people got saved and started 4 new churches in brand<br />

new villages through his evangelism.<br />

Finally, he is humble, adjusts to any situation, and never demands anything, as a<br />

white man it is hard to survive in very remote areas where no facilities such as<br />

shelter, hygienic conditions, food and toiletries, etc., but he never complains one<br />

time during his stay in India.<br />

Finally, I conclude my words by saying my good friend, and co-worker in His<br />

vineyard Eva. Bradley is a true Evangelist who sold out his life for <strong>Evangelism</strong>. May<br />

God use him mightily all around the world in the expansion of His kingdom and for<br />

the glory of God.<br />

I want to thank his wife and children for the sacrifice they made to fulfill God's<br />

calling in their lives.<br />

Thank you all, and be blessed,<br />

With much gratitude<br />

Dr. Nelapati Samuel<br />

Founder & Director<br />

Karunya Institutions<br />

India<br />

I have known Evangelist Bradley for one full year (as of October 2023) and his heart<br />

for the lost souls is exceptional. His commitment to seeing lost souls coming to the<br />

saving knowledge of Christ is worthy of emulation.<br />

Due to the love he has for the lost souls, he is prepared to go everywhere around<br />

the globe to make men the disciples of Christ. His teachings on evangelism are<br />

practical and not a theory. He teaches and does evangelism.<br />

<strong>The</strong> practicality of his teachings coupled with his humility and readiness to adapt to<br />

new things and environments make him a true missionary. He is a man on the<br />

move for His Master.<br />

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Furthermore, Evangelist Bradley is a selfless man of God who is all things to all<br />

men. I have never seen him as a burden by hosting him in my home. He is an<br />

easygoing person, and he does not put any undue pressure on the church and my<br />

family.<br />

I cannot conclude my statements without talking about his heart for giving. He<br />

does not only teach, preach the <strong>Gospel</strong>, and pray for the sick, he also extends a<br />

helping hand to the souls. He has given to support my ministry in Buipe District of<br />

the Church of Pentecost in diverse ways and notable among them is the donation<br />

of a boat and outboard motor to reach the communities along the Black Volta.<br />

PASTOR ERIC OWUSU<br />

THE DISTRICT PASTOR<br />

THE CHURCH OF PENTECOST BUIPE DISTRICT<br />

SAVANNAH REGION, GHANA<br />

I want to speak on behalf of our beloved brother Brad Sliedrecht, he has been faithful<br />

to the calling of God in his life of being an evangelist.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Lord gave me the opportunity to work with him here in the north of Mexico, and<br />

also travel with him to South and Central America. It has always been a pleasure and<br />

a privilege to work with him in small villages in the middle of nowhere.<br />

In Honduras and Ecuador, translang for him, preaching, and working with him has<br />

been a blessing. He is a fellow servant of the Lord, but I got to know him as a friend.<br />

He's never been controlling, or manipulave and is always sharing the word of God<br />

as it is, with power and love, not being a burden anywhere he goes.<br />

Pastor Israel Rivas<br />

Chihuahua, Mexico<br />

<strong>Evangelism</strong> <strong>How</strong> <strong>To</strong> <strong>Present</strong> the <strong>Gospel</strong>! As soon as I read the intro, I felt in the Spirit<br />

this would be solid truth for edifying and equipping the saints on how to present the<br />

<strong>Gospel</strong> of Jesus Christ. Aer slowly reading and making notes on every subject<br />

presented and accurately checking it according to the infallible word of God there is<br />

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only one thing this manual will do by the confirmaon of the Holy Spirit. It will grip<br />

you ghtly and SQUEEZE you so ght it will force you to make a decision. Will I be a<br />

true witness of Christ sharing the <strong>Gospel</strong>, led by the Holy Spirit and that same Holy<br />

Spirit confirming the word with miracles signs, and wonders, or will I stay lukewarm<br />

and bury the Mina that was given? I pray all who read this manual will be SQUEEZED<br />

so ght that all the religious doctrine and teachings of false gospels and false<br />

salvaons and false repentance are wrung out completely and all that will be le is<br />

Repent and Believe for the Kingdom of God has come. for the Truth shall set you<br />

free.<br />

I have read many a manual on evangelizing and have studied many men and<br />

women from days past. <strong>Evangelism</strong> <strong>How</strong> <strong>To</strong> <strong>Present</strong> the <strong>Gospel</strong> is by far the most<br />

complete I have ever seen and read. it is simply writen, so simple a 5-year-old can<br />

understand it and apply it and if diligently applied you will produce sweet fruit<br />

worthy of repentance. so GO, and study this Truth, chase rabbit holes, and allow<br />

the Holy Spirit to confirm in you the truth. <strong>The</strong>n go apply it by being a doer of the<br />

word and not just a hearer only deceiving yourself.<br />

A soldier well trained does not have to be told how to do it, they just do it and Get<br />

the Job Done at all costs even unto death. Be the revival everyone prays about, and<br />

burn ablaze for the Lord, taking ground back and occupying that ground ll the King<br />

of kings and Lord of lords returns. We must be the Light in the darkness, manning<br />

the lifeboats ejected from the batleship and rescuing the drowning. We are<br />

charging into the darkness with flaming Holy Spirit footsteps and the demons will<br />

see you coming miles away and flee because Paul they know, Jesus they know, and<br />

[insert your name] they will also know. With cords of Love, God will draw many to<br />

repentance in front of you, and you will be joyous because not only is your name<br />

writen in the Book of Life but the many who are saved and discipled by you will be<br />

in that same book. So, Run Well Beloved! Don't stop pushing the enemy back, dig<br />

deep and Hold fast Abiding in Him. I will close with a quote from General Dwight<br />

Eisenhower to the soldiers the day they shipped off to Normandy.<br />

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well-trained, well-equipped, and<br />

batle-hardened. He will fight savagely ... I have full confidence in your courage,<br />

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devoon to duty, and skill in batle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!<br />

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and<br />

noble undertaking.” - General Dwight Eisenhower<br />

Sterling Lynch<br />

Bringer of Christ Missions<br />

A word from Evg. Bradley Sliedrecht<br />

I encourage everyone to study to show yourself approved and work through this<br />

manual as the Berean did to see if what Paul was teaching was true. See Acts<br />

17:11. And if it is true, then apply the word accordingly.<br />

You may be wondering why I included so many forwards in this manual. As you<br />

have read the forwards are character references as well as manual references.<br />

I was only going to use one or two of the manual references but I decided since<br />

my ministry and character will be scrunized by readers disagreeing with my<br />

doctrinal posions concerning some of the topics I present here, which I support<br />

with scripture and not my opinion, that I will add traceable character references<br />

from various locaons around the globe so that you will have a clear picture of<br />

who I am and the fruit my ministry produces preaching the <strong>Gospel</strong> of Jesus Christ<br />

just as the bible teaches the apostles preached, and lived it.<br />

If you are living the <strong>Gospel</strong> truth you will preach the truth of the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

Evg. Bradley Sliedrecht<br />

Life & Hope Street Ministries<br />

Email: Evgbrad@presenngthegospel.com<br />

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Introducon<br />

Dear Evangelist,<br />

Not everyone will understand you, the majority of "Chrisans" you will meet in life<br />

will only tolerate you as long as you will line up with their objecve and there is<br />

gain for them in relaonship with you.<br />

Some may see you as their project but throw you out and be sure to trample on<br />

you lest someone else pick up the "project" and succeed where they could not.<br />

Most men of "God" want to mold you to fit their liking of who God will use and<br />

will reject you when you will not shape into their mold.<br />

Remember Jesus? Remember John? Remember Paul? Remember Steven? Who<br />

wanted truth silenced, the church or the world?<br />

This is and has been true for us, and it is true about the majority of "Chrisans"<br />

you know whether you see it or not, thieves and weeds are rampant in the<br />

church.<br />

<strong>The</strong> scripture tells us to test the spirits, test them and you will quickly know who<br />

you are fighng with and who is a thorn in your camp. But be prepared to walk on<br />

alone, the devil comes as a roaring lion, but "Chrisanity" uses microphones,<br />

social media, sarcasm, emails, and telephones to excite their feeding frenzy.<br />

Paul had it right when he said to Timothy, In the last days people will be lovers of<br />

themselves, lovers of money, boasul, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to<br />

parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affecon, trucebreakers, slanderers,<br />

unrestrained, fierce, despisers of those who are good, traitors, reckless, conceited,<br />

lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but<br />

denying its power (Ref 2 Timothy 3). But who would think that turning away<br />

would mean leaving the crowded synagogues that are looking for Jesus so you can<br />

go follow Jesus.<br />

It is extremely rare in "Chrisan" circles to find people who sincerely care for you,<br />

your family, or your ministry who have no ulterior move but to see you succeed<br />

and take ground. Lip service is a common pracce amongst "Chrisans", you must<br />

learn to read lips.<br />

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1 Peter 5:8-9 "Be sober and watchful, because your adversary the devil walks<br />

around as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him firmly in the<br />

faith, knowing that the same afflicons are experienced by your brotherhood<br />

throughout the world."<br />

"Knowing that the same afflicons are experienced by your brotherhood<br />

throughout the world", is said to encourage believers that those who are sold out<br />

to the <strong>Gospel</strong> are out there and can be found.<br />

As you walk out what God has called you to, keep a look out for your brotherhood,<br />

few can be found in amongst the harvest. You will recognize them because they<br />

will be real with you, not afraid to offend you, will love you, cry with you, and be<br />

honest with you, <strong>The</strong>y will never reject you, but they will be direct with you<br />

valuing harvest me and quickly correct you to the Words of God even risking<br />

their friendship to see you make it across the finish line.<br />

We have found perhaps a handful, and if you don’t give up if you persistently<br />

encourage yourself in the Lord as you go, you will find a few too. <strong>The</strong>y are rare,<br />

but they are out there.<br />

Don’t give up, the harvest remains plenful, if a door closes wipe even the dust<br />

from your shoes, find where you can work, and go work there. <strong>The</strong> dying are not<br />

waing on laborers so that they can die, they just die, and most go on to eternal<br />

hell. Don’t delay, GO!<br />

Sincerely,<br />

Evg. Bradley Sliedrecht<br />

Facebook #evgbrads<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Preaching of the Cross<br />

For to those who are perishing, the preaching of the cross is foolishness, but to us<br />

who are being saved, it is the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:18<br />

What do you understand the preaching of the Cross to mean?<br />

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Preaching<br />

<strong>The</strong> word “preaching” is used for the Greek word “Logos” which means “word”.<br />

<strong>The</strong> word of the cross is foolishness.<br />

Some translaons use the word message. <strong>The</strong> message of the cross is foolishness.<br />

<strong>The</strong> preaching of the cross is foolishness. (MEV, KJV)<br />

<strong>The</strong> message of the cross is foolishness. (AMP)<br />

<strong>The</strong> word (Logos) of the cross is foolishness.<br />

<strong>The</strong> word logos is used 330 mes in the Greek New Testament, a noun that’s most<br />

common meaning is “word”, “speech”, “uterance, or “message.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Lexam Bible Diconary says logos is “a concept word in the Bible symbolic of<br />

the nature and funcon of Jesus Christ. It is also used to refer to the revelaon of<br />

God in the world.”<br />

In 1 Corinthians 1:18, the word logos here does not mean the writen word of<br />

God. Aer all, the leters to the Corinthians are a part of the New Testament that<br />

we know today as the writen Word of God. <strong>The</strong> writer did not have a writen New<br />

Testament, he had the spoken words and fulfilled prophecy of the Old Testament.<br />

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Rather the word logos used in 1 Corinthians 1:18 concerns the nature and<br />

funcon of Jesus Christ, and this to the world is foolishness.<br />

Acts 1:1 (AMP) says – “<strong>The</strong> first account I made, <strong>The</strong>ophilus, was [a connuous<br />

report] about all the things that Jesus began to do and to teach” - What Jesus<br />

taught concerning our need for a savior and him, a man being the savior is<br />

foolishness to the perishing. Why would I need to hire a lawyer if I didn’t need to<br />

go to court? On the same patern of thought, why would I need a savior if I don’t<br />

need saving?<br />

Have you ever been accused by an atheist of believing in a “sky daddy”? Some<br />

people don’t even believe there is a God, and we are telling them not only is there<br />

a God, but God created man, Man disobeyed God, and because of that one<br />

disobedience everyone born aer the first man was born sinful and needs a savior<br />

to restore mankind to right relaonship with God. If you have grown up in church<br />

this does not sound foolish at all but what if you grew up in the Amazon Jungle or<br />

are Sennelese living on a remote island without any knowledge of the rest of the<br />

world?<br />

A person who can look at the universe we live in and say there is no God is just a<br />

fool. But some people look at creaon and realize there must be a God but have<br />

not grown up knowing the history of creaon. <strong>To</strong> that person, being told who God<br />

is and without ever meeng Him that they are separated from Him by a sin they<br />

never commited and perhaps, they have also believed they are a good person.<br />

But now you are telling them that because they think they are a good person it<br />

proves they are self-righteous and in the eyes of God they are not good but a filthy<br />

sinner and their version of good is never going to be good enough. <strong>The</strong>y need a<br />

savior, a man who lived blamelessly, the son of God whom God sent to earth to be<br />

the perfect sacrifice that we need to be restored (or reconciled) to God.<br />

<strong>The</strong> person may ask, “a sacrifice?” Yes, we answer. God wants pure unblemished<br />

blood and sent His Son so that his son's body would be broken for our healing and<br />

that His blood would wash us clean.”<br />

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<strong>The</strong> person hearing this for the first me, even the second or third if you do not<br />

preach with a demonstraon of the Holy Spirit and power, might think your<br />

statements are foolish.<br />

If I’m looking at a car and it's blue, but you keep telling me the devil has blinded<br />

me because it's actually red. I might think you foolish too and you beter have the<br />

power to open my eyes, so I don’t start to see red and go from foolish to angry at<br />

being insulted.<br />

Romans 4:5 (AMP) - But to the one who does not work [that is, the one who does<br />

not try to earn his salvaon by doing good] but believes and completely trusts in<br />

Him who jusfies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness (right<br />

standing with God).<br />

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Have you PUT any THOUGHT into what Paul said,<br />

1 Corinthians 2:1-4 (AMP) “And when I came to you, brothers and sisters,<br />

proclaiming to you the tesmony of God [concerning salvaon through Christ], I<br />

did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom [no loy words of<br />

eloquence or of philosophy as a Greek orator might do]; 2 for I made the decision<br />

to know nothing [that is, to forego philosophical or theological discussions<br />

regarding inconsequenal things and opinions while] among you except Jesus<br />

Christ, and Him crucified [and the meaning of His redempve, substuonary<br />

death and His resurrecon]. 3 I came to you in [a state of] weakness and fear and<br />

great trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive<br />

words of wisdom [using clever rhetoric], but [they were delivered] in<br />

demonstraon of the [Holy] Spirit [operang through me] and of [His] power<br />

[srring the minds of the listeners and persuading them],<br />

Power – GK 1411 dunamis: (miraculous) power, might, strength<br />

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Did you get that?<br />

“in demonstraon of the [Holy] Spirit [operang through me] and of [His] power<br />

[srring the minds of the listeners and persuading them]”<br />

What is a demonstraon?<br />

“in demonstraon of the Holy Spirit working through him” - <strong>The</strong> working of<br />

miracles.<br />

John 4:48 Jesus said, “Unless you people see signs and wonders,”. Paul worked in<br />

signs and wonders. <strong>To</strong> win the perishing God has given us the Holy Spirit to deliver<br />

His word with signs and wonders confirming the message.<br />

And<br />

“[His] power [srring the minds of the listeners and persuading them]”<br />

2 Corinthians 4:3-4 says, But even if our gospel is [in some sense] hidden [behind<br />

a veil], it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing; 4 among them the god of<br />

this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving to prevent them from<br />

seeing the illuminang light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image<br />

of God.<br />

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Not every person who hears the message is foolish because they don’t understand<br />

the message in their own power. Some are foolish because you are not working in<br />

the demonstraon of the spirit working through you and His power srring the<br />

hearer's minds and persuading them.<br />

2 Corinthians 4:4 says, “among them the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the<br />

minds of the unbelieving to prevent them from seeing the illuminang light of the<br />

gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”<br />

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In your own strength you cannot open the eyes of your listeners some of whom<br />

are blinded by Satan from seeing the truth, you need the power of God within you<br />

so that God's power through you is able to sr the minds of the listeners and<br />

persuade them.<br />

This adds to the importance of being a Chrisan and not a Chrisan hypocrite.<br />

Ezekiel 3:18 says, “When I say to the wicked, ‘You will certainly die,’ and you do<br />

not warn him or speak out to tell him to turn from his wicked way to save his life,<br />

that same evil man will die in his sin, but you will be responsible for his blood.” –<br />

Lukewarm Chrisanity will be sasfied without the demonstraon of the Holy<br />

Spirit and His power working thru them and they will setle in themselves that<br />

their works done alone were good enough.<br />

Who has God sent to warn the wicked?<br />

See Mathew 28:19-20, Luke 24:45-49, 1 John 1:1-4, Mark 16:12-15<br />

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In God's kingdom, there is no lukewarm Chrisanity. <strong>The</strong>re are Chrisans and<br />

sinners, <strong>The</strong> lukewarm (Revelaon 3:16) will be rewarded with sins wage and spat<br />

out into the pool of sinners awaing eternal hell.<br />

Believing God is a necessity in effecvely delivering the message of the cross.<br />

Mark 16:17-20 (MEV) says, “<strong>The</strong>se signs will accompany those who believe: In My<br />

name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will<br />

take up serpents; if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay<br />

hands on the sick, and they will recover.” – <strong>The</strong> queson is, do you believe?<br />

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Right before Jesus said these signs would follow those who believe He said in<br />

Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”<br />

He said Go! And these signs will follow those who believe. When I read these<br />

verses, I reason that some go in disbelief and sow disbelief blinding the eyes of<br />

the hearer. Faith cannot be released if Faith is not present. <strong>To</strong> believe God is to<br />

believe all His Word, not parts of it.<br />

Next me you would call an unbeliever a fool, first look to see if faith is at work in<br />

your life and if the Holy Spirit is able to work through your life, with signs and<br />

miracles following.<br />

If we are doing a half job ministering, that fault is ours, but our hearers may sll<br />

suffer eternal hell at the expense of our unbelief.<br />

Jesus said to His disciples in Acts 1:4 “Do not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for<br />

the promise of the Father, of which you have heard from Me.<br />

Did Jesus give these instrucons because He knew that if they went without His<br />

power, they would only add to the unbelief of the world and worse, eventually fall<br />

into unbelief themselves?<br />

What evidenally changed in Peter aer Acts 2:1-4?<br />

Before - Mark 14:66-72 & Aer - Acts 2:14-40.<br />

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If the disciples needed the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, then we must need<br />

Him too!<br />

Acts 2:2 says, “Suddenly a sound like a mighty rushing wind came from heaven,<br />

and it filled the whole house where they were sing. 3 <strong>The</strong>re appeared to them<br />

tongues as of fire, being distributed and resng on each of them, 4 and they were<br />

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all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit<br />

enabled them to speak.”<br />

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Have you received the bapsm of the Holy Spirit and are able to minister as Paul<br />

did in 1 Corinthians 2:4? If not, why not, and what are you going to do about it?<br />

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PERISHING<br />

<strong>The</strong> word “perish” is the Greek word apollumi, which means to destroy. <strong>To</strong> put out<br />

of the way enrely, abolish, put an end to ruin.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wuest, which is an expanded translaon of the Greek New Testament says.<br />

For the story, that story concerning the Cross, is, on the one hand, to those who<br />

are perishing, foolishness, but to us, on the other hand, who are being saved, it is<br />

God's power. – 1 Corinthians 1:18 (Wuest).<br />

Jesus said in Mathew 10:28 (MEV) “Do not fear those who kill the body but are<br />

not able to kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and<br />

body in hell.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> word destroy used here is the same Greek word apollumi. Those who are<br />

perishing or being destroyed are those who will be in hell if we cannot convince<br />

some of them through the power at work in our own lives of the authencity of<br />

the message of the cross.<br />

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John 6:64 says, “But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew<br />

from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was who<br />

would betray Him.”<br />

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Whilst we know that some people will ulmately choose to reject the message<br />

unl their last day, that is not an excuse for us who call ourselves Chrisans not to<br />

do everything in our power full of His power to preach the <strong>Gospel</strong> to all men and<br />

save some of them.<br />

FOOLISHNESS<br />

<strong>The</strong> word foolishness is the Greek word Moria which means silly, absurd, foolish.<br />

I propose that when Chrisans atempt to present the <strong>Gospel</strong> in their own<br />

strength void of the Holy Spirit and His power working in the hearts of men, we<br />

act foolishly.<br />

Mark 3:27 Says, No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods,<br />

unless he first binds the strong man. <strong>The</strong>n he will plunder his house.<br />

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Mark 3:23 Says, So He called them to Him and said to them in parables, “<strong>How</strong> can<br />

Satan cast out Satan?<br />

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Mathew 12:25-32 Says, “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every<br />

kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolaon. And every city or house<br />

divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided<br />

against himself. <strong>The</strong>n how will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by<br />

Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? <strong>The</strong>refore, they shall be your<br />

judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God<br />

has come upon you. 29 “Or else how can one enter a strong man’s house and<br />

plunder his goods unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder<br />

his house. 30 “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather<br />

with Me scaters abroad. 31 <strong>The</strong>refore I say to you, all kinds of sin and blasphemy<br />

will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be<br />

forgiven men. 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven.<br />

But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, neither in this<br />

world, nor in the world to come”.<br />

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You cannot bind the devil if the devil has you bound.<br />

Read Acts 19:14-16. What danger did these priests face ministering without being<br />

in right relaonship with God?<br />

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Woe to you lawyers, because you have taken away the key to knowledge<br />

(scriptural truth). You yourselves did not enter, and you held back those who were<br />

entering [by your flawed interpretaon of God’s word and your man-made<br />

tradion]. Luke 11:52<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Key to Knowledge is the laws of God. <strong>The</strong> law of God directs a sinner to the<br />

knowledge of sin which causes the sinner to see their need for a Saviour. Without<br />

seeing the need for a Saviour, sin becomes society's norm, but death remains the<br />

penalty for its sin.<br />

If there was no speed limit a policeman could not hold us accountable to the set<br />

speed. If God had not set his laws in stone, He could not hold us accountable to<br />

His laws. But He did and now we are.<br />

Psalm 19:7 says, “the law of the Lord is perfect restoring & refreshing the soul.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> law converts our soul.<br />

For no person will be jusfied [freed of guilt and declared righteous] in His sight by<br />

[trying to do] the works of the Law. For through the Law, we become conscious of<br />

sin [and the recognion of sin directs us toward repentance but provides no<br />

remedy for sin]. Romans 3:20<br />

We have already fallen short of the law and now we all need the mercy of the<br />

judge. That mercy is only available to the living, for the dead it's too late.<br />

<strong>The</strong> message of the cross is foolishness to those who don’t know they have broken<br />

the law of God. Our job is to rightly divide the word of truth so that the hearer<br />

sees their need to be saved.<br />

If you don’t know you are sick, you won't seek the cure. Because God has given us<br />

the law, we need a savior, we need the cure for sin.<br />

Simple Example Presenng Truth<br />

<strong>To</strong>m: Hello Brad, how are you today?<br />

Brad: Hi <strong>To</strong>m, I am well, thank you.<br />

<strong>To</strong>m: Brad have you ever read the Bible?<br />

Brad: I have picked it up and read a few lines over the years.<br />

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<strong>To</strong>m: I was reading the 10 Commandments the other day and one stood out to<br />

me, you shall not commit adultery. Do you know that Jesus said in Mathew 5:28<br />

that if we even look at a woman with lust in our eyes, we have commited<br />

adultery with her in our hearts and that it is a sin punishable by death? Brad have<br />

you ever looked at a woman with lust in your heart?<br />

Brad: Yes <strong>To</strong>m, I’m a man.<br />

<strong>To</strong>m: Well Brad, let me tell you man or woman, both commit adultery with their<br />

eyes and have broken the law of God, and breaking that law means a punishment<br />

of death. Did you know that looking at a woman with lust in your heart was a sin,<br />

Brad?<br />

Brad: No <strong>To</strong>m, I knew adultery was the 7th commandment, but I never knew that<br />

looking at a woman with lust in my heart was adultery.<br />

<strong>To</strong>m: Well Brad, maybe you should consider picking up your Bible and reading it<br />

through.<br />

Brad: Thanks <strong>To</strong>m, I plan on doing that from now on.<br />

<strong>To</strong>m: That’s great Brad, and don’t forget to ask God to forgive you for comming<br />

adultery and thank Him that Jesus has already paid the price for your punishment.<br />

Can you think of another example? What about desiring something that belongs<br />

to your neighbor, have you ever desired something your neighbor had, and you<br />

did not? See Exodus 20:17<br />

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Galaans 3:24 says, “So the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might<br />

be jusfied by faith.” – Instruct the hearer in the law so that it may tutor them to<br />

faith in Christ.<br />

If death was simply eternal nonexistence, some may say that the punishment is<br />

bearable, we live, we die and we end. But eternal death is sll eternal life except<br />

life in eternal hell.<br />

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Before you can be saved you need to acknowledge you have sinned, and the<br />

penalty for that sin is death. True repentance comes from a revelaon of - I am a<br />

sinner and I need a savior.<br />

You go from foolishness, which we all once were, to life. Jesus said in John 10:10<br />

(MEV) <strong>The</strong> thief does not come, except to steal and kill and destroy. I came that<br />

they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.<br />

Do you remember a me in your life when the thief had stolen the Word of God<br />

from you, a me you were blind to the truth of the Word?<br />

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I have heard many Chrisans say they lived in religious bondage, but the truth is<br />

they were foolishly deceived by a thief and even though they may have heard the<br />

truth many mes their minds were blinded by their unbelief unl one day<br />

someone crossed their path full of the Holy Ghost and the Power opened their<br />

eyes and they could see the truth and the truth set them free.<br />

Jesus uses people, like you and I to bring His life and then He takes the hearer on<br />

into abundant life. Whether they are bound in religious unbelief or atheisc<br />

unbelief, foolishness is foolishness, and we with the truth and filled with the Holy<br />

Spirit can minister to unbelievers in power so that they can believe.<br />

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“but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18b.<br />

I expect we all can remember a specific moment in me when we believed and<br />

started to walk out our salvaon. This would have been the moment that you<br />

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decided to turn from sin and to Christ, choosing to live out His commands as you<br />

learned what they were by seeking to know Him, reading your Bible, and having a<br />

relaonship with God.<br />

<strong>The</strong> word of God tells us that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and<br />

believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. See<br />

Romans 10:9-10.<br />

But, just saying you do or have, is not what this means. This Scripture is telling us<br />

that if you choose to believe God's truth which is His word and if you decide you<br />

want to make Him your Lord then from now on, you will follow Him obeying His<br />

commands, seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness.<br />

Do you remember a me in your life that you decided, His Word is the truth and<br />

chose to live what it says?<br />

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If you are not sure if you have been saved, then you most likely have not been. A<br />

man driing at sea knows when his rescuer has pulled him out of the water. You<br />

will know if Jesus has pulled you out of sin.<br />

Philippians 2:12-15 Says, “<strong>The</strong>refore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not<br />

only in my presence, but so much more in my absence, work out your own<br />

salvaon with fear and trembling. 13 For God is the One working in you, both to<br />

will and to do His good pleasure. 14 Do all things without murmuring and<br />

dispung, 15 that you may be blameless and harmless, sons of God, without fault,<br />

in the midst of a crooked and perverse generaon, in which you shine as lights in<br />

the world.”<br />

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Salvaon<br />

This enre manual seeks to draw the readers' atenon to the teachings of the<br />

bible concerning repentance and the preaching of salvaon.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re have been addional methods created by theologians and evangelists that<br />

have become the standard, but I want us to explore the word, the simplicity of the<br />

<strong>Gospel</strong>, and how Jesus and all the disciples and apostles that came before us,<br />

whom we have been given as our cloud of witnesses, taught the message of<br />

salvaon and directed, no implored people to believe in Jesus.<br />

Romans 10:1-4 (MEV) says; Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for<br />

Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I tesfy about them that they have a zeal for<br />

God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For, being ignorant of God’s righteousness<br />

and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the<br />

righteousness of God. 4 Christ is the end of the law unto righteousness for<br />

everyone who believes.<br />

Salvaon for All<br />

Romans 10:5-21 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is based on the<br />

law: “<strong>The</strong> man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness<br />

which is based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into<br />

heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down), 7 or, ‘Who will descend into the deep?’ ”<br />

(that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “<strong>The</strong> word is<br />

near you, in your mouth and in your heart.” This is the word of faith that we<br />

preach: 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your<br />

heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, 10 for with the<br />

heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made<br />

unto salvaon. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be<br />

ashamed.” 12 For there is no disncon between Jew and Greek, for the same<br />

Lord over all is generous toward all who call upon Him. 13 For, “Everyone who<br />

calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”<br />

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14 <strong>How</strong> then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how<br />

shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear<br />

without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is<br />

writen: “<strong>How</strong> beauful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,<br />

who bring good news of good things!”<br />

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has<br />

believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word<br />

of God. 18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes, indeed:<br />

“<strong>The</strong>ir voice went into all the earth,<br />

and their words to the ends of the world.”<br />

19 But I say, did Israel not know? First, Moses says:<br />

“I will make you jealous by those who are not a naon,<br />

and by a foolish naon I will anger you.”<br />

20 And Isaiah is very bold and says:<br />

“I was found by those who did not seek Me;<br />

I revealed myself to those who did not ask for Me.”<br />

21 But to Israel He says:<br />

“All day long I have stretched out My hands<br />

to a disobedient and contrary people.”<br />

Foot notes.<br />

Romans 10:5 - Lev 18:5. Romans 10:6 - Dt 30:12.<br />

Romans 10:7 - Dt 30:13 Romans 10:8 - Dt 30:14.<br />

Romans 10:11 - Isa 28:16 Romans 10:13 - Joel 2:32.<br />

Romans 10:15 - Isa 52:7 Romans 10:16 - Isa 53:1.<br />

Romans 10:18 - Ps 19:4. Romans 10:19 - Dt 32:21.<br />

Romans 10:20 - Isa 65:1. Romans 10:21 - Isa 65:2.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> footnotes are important to understand the fulfillment of prophecy and also<br />

the context of Paul’s use of the old Covenant scriptures whilst preaching a New<br />

Covenant salvaon.<br />

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Say a Salvaon Prayer?<br />

I read a Google ad that said, “Say a Salvaon Prayer and Receive Jesus Christ<br />

<strong>To</strong>day.” As a businessman, nothing irritates me more than inefficiency, and as an<br />

evangelist, nothing irritates me more than a Chrisan who deceives a person right<br />

into walking through the gates to hell.<br />

Many of us will know by heart Romans 10:9-10. This Scripture has become the<br />

basis of the means many Chrisans today use to minister salvaon.<br />

Romans 10:9-10 - “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe<br />

in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, 10 for<br />

with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is<br />

made unto salvaon.”<br />

By minister salvaon I mean many Chrisans have been taught to have their<br />

hearer pray a “prayer of salvaon” and then call it done. Some celebrate by<br />

clapping and cheering aer the hearer has said the “prayer of salvaon” and most<br />

oen you will hear someone say, “<strong>The</strong> angels are rejoicing because you are now<br />

saved” (a reference to Luke 15:1-7).<br />

This all sounds super spiritual, and the words seem to come right out of the Bible.<br />

Well almost. We can easily put a few words together, taking some from here and<br />

some from there, and then make them say anything we want and communicate<br />

our mix of words out loud as if they are truth, but in the Bible, there is no “prayer<br />

of salvaon” or reference to praying a “prayer of salvaon” and you will be saved.<br />

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Romans 9 and 10 Paul is talking about Israel and their rejecon of God's purpose.<br />

He said he was anguished over Israel, and it is his heart's desire and prayer to see<br />

Israel saved. Israel also already had a knowledge of God that the Genles did not,<br />

a history with God, the wrings of the prophets, and the laws of Moses. <strong>The</strong><br />

Israelites were zealous for God and Paul says if they would confess Christ,<br />

[adming Jesus was the Messiah would have had them thrown out of the<br />

synagogue (John 9:22, 14:42)] and be separated unto Christ (Isaiah 52:1, Ezekiel<br />

20:34,41, 2 Cor 6:17) and believe in their heart (Ezekiel 2:4, 3:7-8, Zechariah 7:12,<br />

Hebrews 3:8) that God raised Him from the dead (1 Corinthians 15, Isaiah 26:19,<br />

Daniel 12:2). Some Jews did not believe that the dead would rise, it was a dividing<br />

line between the Sadducees and Pharisees that Paul even used to aid him, see<br />

Acts 23:6.<br />

I don’t believe using a sinner’s prayer is terrible, In mass crusades I have used this<br />

tool myself, but with correct doctrine that does not lead the sinner to think the<br />

prayer has now saved them. <strong>The</strong> use of Romans 10:9-10 and 13 correctly will<br />

include Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3, Acts 20:21, and others concerning repentance and<br />

faith in Jesus.<br />

I see a need to put this training together because evangelism is for the most part<br />

taught wrong today and many people evangelizing don’t even know how the early<br />

church preached the <strong>Gospel</strong> or how Jesus did, and they are our only true example.<br />

Billy Graham used this “sinners prayer” method his enre ministry, but from the<br />

many sermons he preached I have watched he also did not tell people to say this<br />

prayer and you are saved like most ministers and Chrisans do today. Listening to<br />

his messages, he called people to a commitment to Christ, not to a prayer. And<br />

this is where we can be the cause of a false sense of salvaon when we do not<br />

preach the <strong>Gospel</strong> in full.<br />

John 15:4 Jesus says “Remain in Me, as I also remain in you. As the branch cannot<br />

bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you, unless you<br />

remain in Me.”<br />

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Far too many people will say they are Chrisan because they said a prayer, oen<br />

they have said a “sinners’ prayer” sincerely but wake up the next morning or the<br />

following weeks and go back to their old life because they were led to place their<br />

security in a prayer that was prayed and not secure because they decided to<br />

follow and choose to remain in him.<br />

<strong>The</strong> earliest I read that the sinner’s prayer may have started being used in the<br />

church was the 18th century but there is an argument it was the early 20th<br />

century. Either way, the early church didn’t use it, nor did they teach us to.<br />

<strong>The</strong> wording of a sinner’s prayer can deceive people, and I’ve seen that<br />

ministering globally.<br />

Prayers such as this one,<br />

“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the<br />

door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my<br />

sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the<br />

kind of person You want me to be.”<br />

God doesn’t take control we have a daily choice to make, submit to His will, or<br />

not. Remain in Him or not. I’ve met many Chrisans waing for God to take the sin<br />

out of their lives because of prayers like this that deceive people from the<br />

beginning.<br />

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What I want is to explore the Scriptures together so that we can present salvaon<br />

in a manner that does not leave the hearer thinking they bought their salvaon<br />

for the price of a prayer.<br />

Billy Graham is arguably one of the greatest evangelists of the 1900s. He never<br />

sold Jesus for the cost of a prayer. If you prayed a prayer at his meengs, you<br />

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understood the vow you were making with God. Read one of his closing<br />

arguments calling the crowd to accept Christ. - “Don’t you want something to<br />

commit your life to and to live for? Something exciting and filled with adventure?<br />

Conflict? Yes. Tension? Yes. Trouble? Yes. Christ doesn’t call us to a playground, He<br />

calls us to a battlefield. He calls us to war. He calls us to fight. He says, “You’ve got<br />

to deny self, and take up the cross.” You're at war with the world, the flesh, and<br />

the devil. You to come out of the world “Be ye separate, saith the Lord.” Love not<br />

the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world the<br />

love of the Father is not in him. We are to come out of the world, and then we<br />

come to Christ. But he sends us back into the world to be witnesses for him. Have<br />

you given your life to Christ?”<br />

Billy Graham would however also say that we are to invite Christ into our life and<br />

there is no Scriptural basis for this, that is a doctrine of man and not Biblical.<br />

Some theologians would argue that the prayer of salvaon started with Billy<br />

Graham. This may have been where the errors that crept in started. Reinhard<br />

Bonnke another general of the faith used the same method to reach the masses.<br />

I’m not trying to take away from what these greats have done. I am urging those<br />

who would win the lost, who do not follow through with a means to disciple<br />

converts to consider the Scriptures before telling a person who has said a prayer<br />

that they are now saved. I’m urging the church at large to stop adversing their<br />

count of people who have said a prayer as now being saved. It is false and it is<br />

lying.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Word says we will know them by their fruit. Adversing falsely only helps the<br />

lukewarm remain lukewarm as they see the numbers and think, the harvest is<br />

plenful, and the laborers are already doing a great job. If whole cies are in fact<br />

being saved, then the evidence would be in whole cies looking like Jesus, and<br />

doing what Jesus has told all believers to do.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> further off the truth, we allow every generaon to go the further from the<br />

truth the next is, what will two generaons from now look like? Will they be able<br />

to say a prayer with their AI companion and both be saved? We have already gone<br />

so far as to tell sinners to pray this prayer and they will be saved. What lie is next?<br />

<strong>The</strong> Biblical message is to repent and believe the <strong>Gospel</strong>. Turning from your sin<br />

and following Christ is the only way to salvation.<br />

Scriptures to consider concerning a sinner praying a “sinners prayer.”<br />

Proverbs 15:29 <strong>The</strong> Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the<br />

righteous.<br />

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Proverbs 15:8 <strong>The</strong> sacrifice of the wicked is an abominaon to the Lord, but the<br />

prayer of the upright is His delight.<br />

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A Sinners Prayers Fall On Deaf Ears<br />

A Scripture used to jusfy a sinner's prayer such as, “I open the door for you to<br />

come in” is based on Revelaons 3:20 which says, “Listen! I stand at the door and<br />

knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with<br />

him, and he with Me.” Let's look at the context. It was writen to the church of<br />

Laodicea, not to the world. Verse 19 says “Those whom I love, I rebuke and<br />

discipline. <strong>The</strong>refore be zealous and repent.” <strong>The</strong>n verse 20 - Listen! I stand at the<br />

door, What door? <strong>The</strong> door of the church. God is knocking on the door of the<br />

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lukewarm church that has no need of Him and He is saying let me in and I will<br />

make you hot!<br />

What Did <strong>The</strong> Early Church Teach?<br />

Neither Jesus nor any of the disciples and Apostles that we read of in the Bible<br />

ever used a “prayer of salvaon.” Paul who wrote many of the epistles that make<br />

up our New Testament Bible, who wrote in-depth on salvaon, righteousness, and<br />

faith throughout his leters to the churches He planted never once menoned the<br />

“prayer of salvaon” nor did he instruct anyone reading his leters to say this<br />

prayer and you will be saved. If he did, 1 Corinthians 11:30 could have said if you<br />

first said the prayer of salvaon there would be no weak and sickly among you, or<br />

any who sleep.<br />

Unfortunately, the church of today, many sll living in sin, use this prayer as a sin<br />

fly swater, except, sin cannot be bloted out by anything but the blood of Jesus.<br />

And salvaon comes no other way but by deciding to follow Him and then acvely<br />

learning what following means so that daily, we can work out our salvaon with<br />

fear and trembling.<br />

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Paul and Silas' jailer witnessed for himself a characterisc he had never seen in a<br />

prisoner, the characterisc of a Chrisan to love his neighbor as himself, and he<br />

said; “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas answered him and said,<br />

“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you and your household will be saved.” (See<br />

Acts 16:16-38). <strong>To</strong> avoid going down another trail that has been butchered by bad<br />

teaching, you, and your household simply means, that if the head of the home<br />

believes, the family will too. I have seen this in acon among Muslim and Hindu<br />

households, when the elder in the house believes in Jesus as the Savior, the<br />

household turns to Jesus as Savior. It's not a rule set in stone, some who turn to<br />

Christ experience the opposite of this as Luke 12:53 says, “<strong>The</strong>y will be divided.”<br />

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But in the case of their jailer, aer he invited Paul and Silas to preach the <strong>Gospel</strong><br />

to his household, he and his household were saved.<br />

<strong>The</strong> religious might say Paul has contradicted himself, saying one thing to the<br />

Romans, “Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart” and now to the<br />

jailer, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ”. But I tell you that if you believe in the Lord<br />

Jesus Christ, then not even a mouth ordered shut by the world governments will<br />

stop you from confessing with your mouth the name of Jesus as Peter boldly<br />

declared Him, “…. there is no other name under Heaven given among men by<br />

which we must be saved.” (See Acts 4:12)<br />

Luke 12:51-53 Says; Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? No, I tell<br />

you, but rather division [between believers and unbelievers]; 52 for from now on<br />

five in one household will be divided [over Me], three against two and two against<br />

three. 53 <strong>The</strong>y will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother<br />

against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-inlaw<br />

and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”<br />

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Peter’s Speech at Pentecost, <strong>The</strong> Spirit-Filled Crusade<br />

Acts 2:14-40 says; But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lied up his voice and<br />

said to them, “Men of Judea and all you who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known<br />

to you, and listen to my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since<br />

it is the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:<br />

17 ‘In the last days it shall be,’ says God,<br />

‘that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;<br />

your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,<br />

your young men shall see visions,<br />

and your old men shall dream dreams.<br />

18 Even on My menservants and maidservants<br />

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I will pour out My Spirit in those days;<br />

and they shall prophesy.<br />

19 And I will show wonders in heaven above<br />

and signs on the earth below:<br />

blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.<br />

20 <strong>The</strong> sun shall be turned into darkness,<br />

and the moon into blood,<br />

before that great and glorious day of the Lord comes.<br />

21 And whoever calls<br />

on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’[a]<br />

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth was a man atested to you<br />

by God with powerful works and wonders and signs, which God did through Him<br />

in your midst, as you yourselves know. 23 You have taken Him, who was handed<br />

over to you by the ordained counsel and foreknowledge of God, and by lawless<br />

hands have crucified and killed Him, 24 whom God raised up by loosening the pull<br />

of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. 25 For David<br />

says concerning Him:<br />

‘I foresaw the Lord always before me,<br />

for He is at my right hand,<br />

that I may not be shaken.<br />

26 <strong>The</strong>refore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;<br />

moreover my flesh will dwell in hope.<br />

27 For You will not abandon my soul to Hades,<br />

nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corrupon.<br />

28 You have made known to me the ways of life;<br />

You will make me full of joy with Your presence.’[b]<br />

29 “Brothers, I may speak confidently to you concerning the patriarch David, that<br />

he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 But being a<br />

prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of his seed<br />

according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 he<br />

foresaw this and spoke concerning the resurrecon of the Christ, that His soul was<br />

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not abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh see corrupon. 32 God raised up this<br />

Jesus, of which we all are witnesses. 33 <strong>The</strong>refore being exalted to the right hand<br />

of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has<br />

poured out this which you now see and hear. 34 For David has not ascended to<br />

the heavens, yet he says:<br />

‘<strong>The</strong> Lord said to my Lord,<br />

“Sit at My right hand,<br />

35 Unl I make Your enemies<br />

Your footstool.” ’<br />

36 “<strong>The</strong>refore, let all the house of Israel assuredly know that God has made this<br />

Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”<br />

37 When they heard this, they were stung in the heart and said to Peter and to<br />

the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”<br />

38 Peter said to them, “Repent and be bapzed, every one of you, in the name of<br />

Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gi of the Holy<br />

Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are far<br />

away, as many as the Lord our God will call.”<br />

40 With many other words he tesfied and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from<br />

this perverse generaon.” 41 <strong>The</strong>n those who gladly received his word were<br />

bapzed, and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.<br />

When the crowd heard Peter speak, full of the spirit of God, immune to their<br />

accusaons, and now bold as a lion they listened. <strong>The</strong> crowd had just witnessed<br />

the working of the Holy Spirit in demonstraon of the Spirit working through the<br />

120 and now Peter opened his mouth, and the power of God began srring the<br />

minds of the listeners and persuading them (Ref to 1 Corinthians 2:4). And they<br />

asked, “Brothers, what shall we do?” and Peter answered and said to them,<br />

“Repent and be bapzed, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the<br />

forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gi of the Holy Spirit.”<br />

No prayer of salvaon was prayed, <strong>The</strong>re was no altar call. Peter preached<br />

“Repent and be bapzed”<br />

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Scriptures to consider concerning the preaching of salvaon.<br />

Mark 1:4 says; “John came bapzing in the wilderness and preaching a bapsm of<br />

repentance for the remission of sins.”<br />

John 3:5 says; Jesus answered, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless a man is born of<br />

water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.<br />

Mathew 4:17 says; From that me Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent! For the<br />

kingdom of heaven is at hand.”<br />

Luke 13:3 says; I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.<br />

John 3:16 says; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begoten Son,<br />

that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.<br />

Mathew 3:11 says; “I indeed bapze you with water to repentance, but He who is<br />

coming aer me is migher than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He will<br />

bapze you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.<br />

This is the Great Commission; Jesus says to preach the <strong>Gospel</strong> and he who<br />

believes and is bapzed will be saved. No menon of a prayer of Salvaon. Believe<br />

and be bapzed.<br />

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Mark 16:15-16 says; He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel<br />

to every creature. 16 He who believes and is bapzed will be saved. But he who<br />

does not believe will be condemned.<br />

Mathew 28:19-20 says; Go therefore and make disciples of all naons, bapzing<br />

them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching<br />

them to observe all things I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you<br />

always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.<br />

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Mark 1:15 says; saying, “<strong>The</strong> me is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand.<br />

Repent and believe the gospel.”<br />

1 John 1:9 says; If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins<br />

and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.<br />

Mathew 3:2 says; and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”<br />

John 10:9 says; I am the door. If anyone enters through Me, he will be saved and<br />

will go in and out and find pasture.<br />

John 8:24 says; <strong>The</strong>refore I said to you that you will die in your sins. For unless you<br />

believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”<br />

Luke 24:47 says; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in<br />

His name to all naons, beginning at Jerusalem.<br />

1 John 3:3 says; Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is<br />

pure.<br />

Luke 3:3 says; He came into the region surrounding the Jordan, preaching the<br />

bapsm of repentance for the remission of sins.<br />

Mathew 3:6 says; and were bapzed by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.<br />

Luke 13:15 says; No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.<br />

Luke 12:9 says; But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the<br />

angels of God.<br />

Luke 3:16 says; John answered them all, “I indeed bapze you with water. But One<br />

migher than I is coming, the strings of whose shoes I am not worthy to une. He<br />

will bapze you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.<br />

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Mathew 7:21-23 says; “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the<br />

kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. 22<br />

Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your<br />

name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonderful works in Your<br />

name?’ 23 But then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from Me,<br />

you who pracce evil.’<br />

Acts 2:38 says; Peter said to them, “Repent and be bapzed, every one of you, in<br />

the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gi<br />

of the Holy Spirit.<br />

Galaans 3:27 says; For as many of you as have been bapzed into Christ have put<br />

on Christ.<br />

Acts 22:16 says; And now why do you wait? Rise, be bapzed and wash away your<br />

sins, and call on the name of the Lord.’<br />

Acts 17:30 says; God overlooked the mes of ignorance, but now He commands<br />

all men everywhere to repent.<br />

Titus 3:5 says; not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according<br />

to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of rebirth and the renewal of the<br />

Holy Spirit,<br />

1 Peter 3:21 says, Figuravely this is like bapsm, which also saves us now. It is not<br />

washing off the dirt from the body, but a response to God from a good conscience<br />

through the resurrecon of Jesus Christ,<br />

2 Peter 3:9 says; <strong>The</strong> Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count<br />

slowness. But He is paent with us, because He does not want any to perish, but<br />

all to come to repentance.<br />

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Colossians 2:12 says; buried with Him in bapsm, in which also you were raised<br />

with Him through the faith of the power of God, who has raised Him from the<br />

dead.<br />

Romans 6:4 says; <strong>The</strong>refore we were buried with Him by bapsm into death, that<br />

just as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we<br />

also should walk in newness of life.<br />

Acts 20:21 says; tesfying to both Jews and Greeks of repentance toward God and<br />

of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.<br />

Acts 3:19 says; <strong>The</strong>refore repent and be converted, that your sins may be wiped<br />

away, that mes of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,<br />

2 Corinthians 7:10 says; Godly sorrow produces repentance that leads to salvaon<br />

and brings no regret, but the sorrow of the world produces death.<br />

Romans 10:9 says; that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe<br />

in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved,<br />

Romans 6:20-23 says; For when you were the slaves of sin, you were free from<br />

righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then from the things of which you are<br />

now ashamed? <strong>The</strong> result of those things is death. 22 But now, having been freed<br />

from sin and having become slaves of God, you have fruit unto holiness, and the<br />

end is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gi of God is eternal<br />

life through Jesus Christ our Lord.<br />

Romans 2:4 says; Do you despise the riches of His goodness, tolerance, and<br />

paence, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?<br />

Acts 19:5 says; Paul said, “John indeed bapzed with the bapsm of repentance,<br />

telling the people that they should believe in the One coming aer him, that is, in<br />

Christ Jesus.” 5 When they heard this, they were bapzed in the name of the Lord<br />

Jesus.<br />

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Romans 6:3-4 says; Do you not know that we who were bapzed into Jesus Christ<br />

were bapzed into His death? 4 <strong>The</strong>refore we were buried with Him by bapsm<br />

into death, that just as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the<br />

Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.<br />

James 2:19 says; You believe that there is one God; you do well. <strong>The</strong> demons also<br />

believe and tremble.<br />

Ephesians 2:8 says; For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not<br />

of yourselves. It is the gi of God,<br />

Romans 5:1 says; <strong>The</strong>refore, since we have been jusfied by faith, we have peace<br />

with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,<br />

Acts 16:13-15 says; On the Sabbath we went out of the city to a riverside, where<br />

prayer was customarily offered. And we sat down and spoke to the women who<br />

had assembled. 14 A woman named Lydia, a seller of purple fabric of the city of<br />

Thyara, who worshipped God, heard us. <strong>The</strong> Lord opened her heart to<br />

acknowledge what Paul said. 15 When she and her household were bapzed, she<br />

entreated us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my<br />

house and remain there.” And she persuaded us.<br />

Acts 8:30-38 says; <strong>The</strong>n Philip ran to him, and heard him read the book of Isaiah<br />

the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 He said,<br />

“<strong>How</strong> can I, unless someone guides me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit<br />

with him. 32 <strong>The</strong> passage of Scripture which he was reading was this: “He was led<br />

as a sheep to slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He opened<br />

not His mouth. 33 In His humiliaon jusce was denied Him; who will speak of His<br />

generaon? For His life is taken from the earth.”[a] 34 <strong>The</strong> eunuch said to Philip, “I<br />

ask you, of whom does the prophet speak, of himself or of someone else?” 35<br />

<strong>The</strong>n Philip spoke, beginning with the same Scripture, and preached Jesus to him.<br />

36 As they went on their way, they came to some water. And the eunuch said,<br />

“Look, here is water. What hinders me from being bapzed?” 37 Philip said, “If<br />

you believe with all your heart, you may.” He answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ<br />

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is the Son of God.” 38 And he commanded the chariot to halt. <strong>The</strong>n both Philip<br />

and the eunuch went down into the water, and he bapzed him.<br />

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<strong>To</strong>day the church will bapze anyone who wants a dip, but Philip laid down the<br />

requirement with this Ethiopian Eunuch and said, “If you believe with all your<br />

heart, you may.”<br />

Revelaons 3:3 says, Remember therefore how you have received and heard;<br />

hold fast and repent. <strong>The</strong>refore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a<br />

thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.<br />

Revelaons 2:5 says; Remember therefore from where you have fallen. Repent,<br />

and do the works you did at first, or else I will come to you quickly and remove<br />

your candlesck from its place, unless you repent.<br />

Romans 6:2 says; God forbid! <strong>How</strong> shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?<br />

Revelaon 3:19 says; “Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline. <strong>The</strong>refore be<br />

zealous and repent.<br />

2 <strong>The</strong>ssalonians 1:8 says; in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not<br />

know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.<br />

Romans 1:16 says; For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. For it is the<br />

power of God for salvaon to everyone who believes, to the Jew first, and also to<br />

the Greek.<br />

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Do you see a patern for Salvaon presented by the Scriptures? What do you see?<br />

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We do not see a foundaon in Scripture for “say this prayer and you will be<br />

saved”. It's not a prayer that can save you, it is believing in, obeying, and pung<br />

your trust in Jesus as the risen Son of God.<br />

When you hear the <strong>Gospel</strong> preached faith goes with the words preached by the<br />

preacher and if you take hold of that Word at that moment, the Spirit of God will<br />

enter into you, and you have the opportunity to draw near to Him. But don’t and<br />

you will find that the Word preached is soon forgoten as if stolen by a thief and<br />

you are no beter off now than you were before you heard the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

Romans 10:17 says; So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of<br />

God.<br />

Mark 4:14 says; <strong>The</strong> Sower sows the word. 15 <strong>The</strong>se are those beside the path,<br />

where the word is sown. But when they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes<br />

away the word which is sown in their hearts.<br />

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Let's look at this Scripture;<br />

Romans 10:9-10 “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in<br />

your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, 10 for with<br />

the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is<br />

made unto salvaon.”<br />

1. Confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord because, with the mouth, confession<br />

is made unto Salvaon.<br />

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2. Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead because, with the<br />

heart, one believes unto righteousness.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wuest expanded translaon says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as<br />

Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from among the dead, you will<br />

be saved.<br />

<strong>The</strong> context of this Scripture is Paul speaking in regard to Israel who was following<br />

the old covenant.<br />

Romans 10:1-4 says; Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is<br />

that they may be saved. 2 For I tesfy about them that they have a zeal for God,<br />

but not according to knowledge. 3 For, being ignorant of God’s righteousness and<br />

seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to the<br />

righteousness of God. 4 Christ is the end of the law unto righteousness for<br />

everyone who believes.<br />

Paul says; “<strong>The</strong>y have a zeal for God but not according to knowledge.”<br />

Luke 11:52 says; Woe to you lawyers, because you have taken away the key to<br />

knowledge (scriptural truth). You yourselves did not enter, and you held back<br />

those who were entering [by your flawed interpretaon of God’s word and your<br />

man-made tradion].<br />

Romans 3:20 says; For no person will be jusfied [freed of guilt and declared<br />

righteous] in His sight by [trying to do] the works of the Law. For through the Law,<br />

we become conscious of sin [and the recognion of sin directs us toward<br />

repentance but provides no remedy for sin].<br />

Romans 10:5-10 says; For Moses writes about the righteousness which is based<br />

on the law: “<strong>The</strong> man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the<br />

righteousness which is based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will<br />

ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down), 7 or, ‘Who will descend into<br />

the deep?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say?<br />

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“<strong>The</strong> word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.” This is the word of faith<br />

that we preach: 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in<br />

your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, 10 for with<br />

the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is<br />

made unto salvaon.<br />

Paul was telling Israel who rejected Jesus that the law would not save them, it<br />

served its purpose to point Israel to the need for a Savior, the one prophesied<br />

about, and that Savior Paul tells them is Jesus, and in order for Israel to be saved,<br />

because the law cannot save them, they must confess Jesus to be Lord out their<br />

mouth and believe in their heart that God has raised Jesus from the dead as was<br />

prophesied.<br />

Romans 10:12 Paul says something else which would have made any faithful old<br />

covenant Israelite angry, he says; “For there is no disncon between Jew and<br />

Greek, for the same Lord over all is generous toward all who call upon Him. 13 For,<br />

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”<br />

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Romans 10:5 says; For Moses writes about the righteousness which is based on<br />

the law: “<strong>The</strong> man who does those things shall live by them. Paul was referencing;<br />

Levicus 18:5 says; You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which<br />

if a man does them, then he shall live by them: I am the Lord.<br />

Romans 10:6 says; But the righteousness which is based on faith says, “Do not say<br />

in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven? Paul was referencing; Deuteronomy<br />

30:12 saying; It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up for us to<br />

heaven and bring it to us, so that we may hear it and do it?”<br />

Romans 10:7 says; or, ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” [c] (that is, to bring<br />

Christ up from the dead). Paul was referencing; Deuteronomy 30:13 says; It is not<br />

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beyond the sea, so that you should say, “Who shall go over the sea for us and<br />

bring it to us, so that we may hear it and do it?”<br />

Romans 10:8 says; But what does it say? “<strong>The</strong> word is near you, in your mouth<br />

and in your heart.” [d] This is the word of faith that we preach: Paul was<br />

referencing; Deuteronomy 30:14 says; But the word is very near to you, in your<br />

mouth, and in your heart, so that you may do it.<br />

Romans 10:11 says; or the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be<br />

ashamed.” [e] Paul was referencing; Isaiah 28:16 says: <strong>The</strong>refore, thus says the<br />

Lord God: See, I lay in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, firmly<br />

placed; he who believes shall not act hasly.<br />

Romans 10:13 says; For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be<br />

saved.” [f] Paul was referencing; Joel 2:32 says; And it will be that everyone who<br />

calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem<br />

there will be deliverance, as the Lord has said, and among the survivor whom the<br />

Lord calls.<br />

Romans 10:15 says; And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is<br />

writen: “<strong>How</strong> beauful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,<br />

who bring good news of good things!” [g] Paul was referencing; Isaiah 52:7 says;<br />

<strong>How</strong> beauful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news,<br />

who proclaims peace, who brings good news of happiness, who proclaims<br />

salvaon, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”<br />

Romans 10:16 says, But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says,<br />

“Lord, who has believed our report?” Paul was referencing; Isaiah 53:1 says; Who<br />

has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?<br />

Romans 10:18 says, But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says,<br />

“Lord, who has believed our report?” [h] Paul was referencing; Psalm 19:4 says;<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the<br />

world. In them has He set a tent for the sun,<br />

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Romans 10:19 says; But I say, did Israel not know? First, Moses says: “I will make<br />

you jealous by those who are not a naon, and by a foolish naon I will anger<br />

you.” [j] Paul was referencing; Deuteronomy 32:21 says; <strong>The</strong>y have made Me<br />

jealous with that which is not God; they have provoked Me to anger with their<br />

empty things. And I will make them jealous of those who are not a people; I will<br />

provoke them to anger with a foolish naon.<br />

Romans 10:20 says; And Isaiah is very bold and says: “I was found by those who<br />

did not seek Me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for Me.” [k] Paul was<br />

referencing; Isaiah 65:1 says; I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was<br />

found of those who did not seek Me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a naon<br />

that did not call on My name.<br />

Romans 10:21 says; But to Israel, He says: “All day long I have stretched out My<br />

hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”[l] Paul was referencing; Isaiah 65:2<br />

says; I have spread out My hands all day to a rebellious people who walk in a way<br />

that was not good, aer their own thoughts;<br />

Know Your Bible, by Barbour Publishing, a handbook of all 66 books of the bible<br />

summarizes the leter to the Romans in 10 words saying; “Sinners are saved only<br />

by faith in Jesus Christ.”<br />

Sinners are not saved by prayers, leading them to think they are is unbiblical. A<br />

sinner is saved by living faith in Jesus Christ.<br />

Life in Christ begins with making the decision to follow and then learning what<br />

following means so that you live it out daily. Whilst some Chrisan programs are<br />

useful, living your life for Christ is simply to do jusce and to love kindness, and to<br />

walk humbly with God.<br />

Micah 6:8 - He has told you, O man, what is good— and what does the Lord<br />

require of you, but to do jusce and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with<br />

your God?<br />

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Romans 6:23 says; For the wages of sin is death, but the gi of God is eternal life<br />

through Jesus Christ our Lord.<br />

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Jesus the Way to the Father<br />

John 14:1-31 “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in<br />

Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would<br />

have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a<br />

place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you<br />

may be also. 4 You know where I am going, and you know the way.”<br />

5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going. <strong>How</strong> can we<br />

know the way?”<br />

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the<br />

Father except through Me. 7 If you had known Me, you would have known My<br />

Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.”<br />

8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and that is sufficient for us.”<br />

9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you such a long me, and yet you have not<br />

known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father. So how can you say,<br />

‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father<br />

is in Me? <strong>The</strong> words that I say to you I do not speak on My own authority. But the<br />

Father who lives in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father, and<br />

the Father is in Me. Or else believe Me on account of the works themselves. 12<br />

Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in Me will do the works that I do also. And<br />

he will do greater works than these, because I am going to My Father. 13 I will do<br />

whatever you ask in My name, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If<br />

you ask anything in My name, I will do it.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Promise of the Spirit<br />

15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 I will pray the Father, and He will<br />

give you another Counselor, that He may be with you forever: 17 the Spirit of<br />

truth, whom the world cannot receive, for it does not see Him, neither does it<br />

know Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you, and will be in you. 18 I will<br />

not leave you fatherless. I will come to you. 19 Yet a litle while and the world will<br />

see Me no more. But you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 On that<br />

day you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you. 21<br />

He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And he<br />

who loves Me will be loved by My Father. And I will love him and will reveal Myself<br />

to him.”<br />

22 <strong>The</strong>n Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will reveal<br />

Yourself to us, but not to the world?”<br />

23 Jesus answered him, “If a man loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will<br />

love him, and We will come to him, and make Our home with him. 24 He who<br />

does not love Me does not keep My words. <strong>The</strong> word which you hear is not Mine,<br />

but the Father’s who sent Me.<br />

25 “I have spoken these things to you while I am sll with you. 26 But the<br />

Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you<br />

everything and remind you of all that I told you. 27 Peace I leave with you. My<br />

peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be<br />

troubled, neither let it be afraid.<br />

28 “You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and am returning to you.’ If<br />

you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My<br />

Father is greater than I. 29 Now I have told you before it happens so that, when it<br />

happens, you may believe. 30 Aer this I will not speak much with you, for the<br />

ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over Me. 31 But I do as the Father<br />

has commanded Me so that the world may know that I love the Father.<br />

“Rise, let us go from here.”<br />

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<strong>To</strong> see the world saved, we must stop portraying Jesus as a cuddly teddy bear<br />

that is up for sale for the price of a prayer. God demands holiness. Sancficaon<br />

is only achieved by living life renewing and renewed to the living Word of God.<br />

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Warning Against Rejecting God’s Grace, Hebrews 12:14-28<br />

14<br />

Pursue peace with all men, and the holiness without which no one will see the<br />

Lord, 15 watching diligently so that no one falls short of the grace of God, lest any<br />

root of bitterness spring up to cause trouble, and many become defiled by<br />

it, 16 lest there be any sexually immoral or profane person, as Esau, who for one<br />

morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he<br />

wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected. For he found no place for<br />

repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.<br />

18<br />

You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that burned with<br />

fire, and to blackness and darkness and storm, 19 and to the sound of a trumpet<br />

and to a voice speaking words, such that those who heard them begged that the<br />

word not be spoken to them anymore. 20 For they could not endure that which<br />

was commanded: “If so much as a beast touches the mountain, it must be stoned<br />

or thrust through with a spear.” [b] 21 So terrible was the sight that Moses said, “I<br />

am terrified and trembling.” [c]<br />

22<br />

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly<br />

Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels; 23 to the general assembly<br />

and church of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven; to God, the Judge of all;<br />

and to the spirits of the righteous ones made perfect; 24 and to Jesus, the<br />

Mediator of a new covenant; and to the sprinkled blood that speaks better than<br />

that of Abel.<br />

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See that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when<br />

they refused Him who spoke on earth, much less shall we escape if we turn away<br />

from Him who speaks from heaven. 26 At that time His voice shook the earth, but<br />

now He has given us a promise, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the<br />

earth but also heaven.” [d] 27 And this statement, “Yet once more,” signifies the<br />

removal of those things that can be shaken, things that are created, so that only<br />

those things that cannot be shaken will remain.<br />

28<br />

<strong>The</strong>refore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be moved, let us be<br />

gracious, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly<br />

fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Preaching of the <strong>Gospel</strong>, Aer Pentecost<br />

<strong>The</strong> intent of this secon is to review the preaching of the disciples and apostles<br />

aer the Holy Spirit came as tongues of fire. It is the majority Scripture for<br />

evaluaon of the presentaon of the <strong>Gospel</strong> by the early church. <strong>The</strong>y are our<br />

example, our cloud of witnesses, if you will.<br />

I have had to ask myself how I should present the <strong>Gospel</strong> in ministering to be<br />

effecve in ministering one-on-one or preaching one to a thousand. <strong>The</strong>re have<br />

been some great evangelists sll preaching in my lifeme such as Reinhard Bonke,<br />

Billy Graham, Ray Comfort, and others. Some I've taken more from than others,<br />

but each has had their own unique way of presenng the message of the cross to<br />

the audience they minister to, and that is worth taking note of when there is<br />

consistent conversion.<br />

We must hear the Spirit of God when evangelizing and we must be able to<br />

evangelize in season and out of season.<br />

Whether the door is opened or if we must climb over a wall to open the door, we<br />

are evangelists.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re has never been a wall too high for an evangelist to climb over and win<br />

someone. <strong>The</strong>re has never been a jungle too far, an island too remote, a desert<br />

too hot, or winter too cold, a mountain too high, or a valley too deep. <strong>The</strong>re has<br />

never been a government mandate, a ban on proselyzing, or a border that is<br />

closed which has ever stopped a Spirit-filled evangelist from obeying the Word of<br />

the Lord, “Go, the harvest is ready, nothing shall by any means harm you”.<br />

<strong>Evangelism</strong> is the special forces, the special operaons units, specialists in<br />

counterinsurgency, long-range-reconnaissance, unconvenonal warfare, hostage<br />

rescue, and direct-acon operaons. All by any means, marime operaons, land<br />

operaons, or airborne operaons. <strong>The</strong> Lord gave His command, “Go” and that<br />

order has stood for 2000 years unchallenged by the faithful.<br />

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What is stopping you from obeying the command to preach the <strong>Gospel</strong>?<br />

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What we need to remember in preaching the <strong>Gospel</strong> is what Jesus told His<br />

followers, Acts 1:4-5 says, Being assembled with them, He commanded them, “Do<br />

not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, of which you<br />

have heard from Me. 5 For John bapzed with water, but you shall be bapzed<br />

with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”<br />

Going into all the world and effecvely preaching the <strong>Gospel</strong>, requires the bapsm<br />

of the Holy Spirit! Be obedient in your hometown and God will send you to the<br />

naons, that is a guarantee because the harvest is plenful, but the laborers are<br />

few. Be faithful to the street corner, or any other plaorm you have, and God will<br />

make available open doors into the naons.<br />

Faithfulness opens doors, but doors come at a cost you will have to make up your<br />

mind to carry if you will decide to go through them. That cost is not always only<br />

financial but can also mean missing out on your kid's first steps, first words, or first<br />

ball game, losing a brother, or missing your wedding anniversary, and that special<br />

someone's birthday, it could mean going through a door Chrisans less sold-out<br />

condemn you for walking through and many mes you will have to decide as did<br />

all the Apostles before you, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).<br />

Is there a cost you are not willing to pay?<br />

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Peters and the other Apostles' opening statement to the Sanhedrin who were<br />

jealous of the works of the Holy Spirit through them, drawing the crowds and<br />

converng them, because of the signs and wonders confirming the <strong>Gospel</strong> of<br />

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Jesus the Christ, whom the Sanhedrin had condemned as a fraud and had<br />

convinced the people to crucify him, their defence was to point out that their<br />

receiving of the Holy Spirit was because of their obedience. “We are His witnesses<br />

to these words, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him”<br />

Acts 5:32.<br />

Obey God and let no one stop you.<br />

What has stopped you from obeying the Word of God that you know concerning<br />

sin, righteousness, the gis of the Holy Spirit, praying for the sick, casng out<br />

demons, and preaching the gospel?<br />

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Proverbs 28:1 <strong>The</strong> wicked flee when no man pursues, but the righteous are bold<br />

as a lion.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Acts of the Apostles record the preaching of the <strong>Gospel</strong>, in the Apostle's<br />

defence, through opportunity presenng itself, intenonally and by invitaon. <strong>The</strong><br />

best example of presenng the <strong>Gospel</strong> we have would be that which we find in<br />

the Scriptures so that’s where we must go.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Preaching of Peter<br />

Peter’s Speech at Pentecost – Acts 2:14-41<br />

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lied up his voice and said to them,<br />

“Men of Judea and all you who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and<br />

listen to my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is the third<br />

hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:<br />

17 ‘In the last days it shall be,’ says God,<br />

‘that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;<br />

your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,<br />

your young men shall see visions,<br />

and your old men shall dream dreams.<br />

18 Even on My menservants and maidservants<br />

I will pour out My Spirit in those days;<br />

and they shall prophesy.<br />

19 And I will show wonders in heaven above<br />

and signs on the earth below:<br />

blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.<br />

20 <strong>The</strong> sun shall be turned into darkness,<br />

and the moon into blood,<br />

before that great and glorious day of the Lord comes.<br />

21 And whoever calls<br />

on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’<br />

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22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth was a man atested to you<br />

by God with powerful works and wonders and signs, which God did through Him<br />

in your midst, as you yourselves know. 23 You have taken Him, who was handed<br />

over to you by the ordained counsel and foreknowledge of God, and by lawless<br />

hands have crucified and killed Him, 24 whom God raised up by loosening the pull<br />

of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. 25 For David<br />

says concerning Him:<br />

‘I foresaw the Lord always before me,<br />

for He is at my right hand,<br />

that I may not be shaken.<br />

26 <strong>The</strong>refore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;<br />

moreover my flesh will dwell in hope.<br />

27 For You will not abandon my soul to Hades,<br />

nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corrupon.<br />

28 You have made known to me the ways of life;<br />

You will make me full of joy with Your presence.’<br />

29 “Brothers, I may speak confidently to you concerning the patriarch David, that<br />

he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 But being a<br />

prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of his seed<br />

according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 he<br />

foresaw this and spoke concerning the resurrecon of the Christ, that His soul was<br />

not abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh see corrupon. 32 God raised up this<br />

Jesus, of which we all are witnesses. 33 <strong>The</strong>refore being exalted to the right hand<br />

of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has<br />

poured out this which you now see and hear. 34 For David has not ascended to<br />

the heavens, yet he says:<br />

‘<strong>The</strong> Lord said to my Lord,<br />

“Sit at My right hand,<br />

35 Unl I make Your enemies<br />

Your footstool.” ’<br />

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36 “<strong>The</strong>refore, let all the house of Israel assuredly know that God has made this<br />

Jesus, whom you have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”<br />

37 When they heard this, they were stung in the heart and said to Peter and to<br />

the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”<br />

38 Peter said to them, “Repent and be bapzed, every one of you, in the name of<br />

Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gi of the Holy<br />

Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are far<br />

away, as many as the Lord our God will call.”<br />

40 With many other words he tesfied and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from<br />

this perverse generaon.” 41 <strong>The</strong>n those who gladly received his word were<br />

bapzed, and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.<br />

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V14 “Standing Up”, for the word to go forth someone must stand up.<br />

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V14 “lied up his voice”, to be heard you must open your mouth and release your<br />

voice.<br />

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V14 “listen to my words”, Peter drew the atenon of the crowd to himself.<br />

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V15 – V21 “For these are not drunk”, Peter then pointed the crowd to Biblical<br />

prophecy which confirmed what had just happened concerning the speaking in<br />

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other languages and all the miracles that had been performed that they were all<br />

witness to.<br />

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V22 – V24 “hear these words”, Peter then pointed to Jesus as the Son of God and<br />

that they were guilty of crucifying and killing Him but God raised Him from the<br />

dead because death could not hold Him.<br />

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V25 – V36 “For David says concerning Him”, Peter then pointed to David's<br />

prophecies of the coming Messiah and showed them, that these prophecies have<br />

now been fulfilled in Jesus.<br />

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V38 – V39 Peter opens his net and provides the soluon to their sin. - “Repent<br />

and be bapzed, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness<br />

of sins, and you shall receive the gi of the Holy Spirit.”<br />

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V40 – V41 Peter closes his net, “Be saved from this perverse generaon.” And<br />

“those who gladly received his word were bapzed, and that day about three<br />

thousand souls were added to them.”<br />

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Why did about three thousand souls join the church on this day?<br />

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Why did they now believe Peter but had days before rejected Jesus?<br />

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John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My<br />

name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.<br />

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2 Peter 12:21 For no prophecy at any me was produced by the will of man, but<br />

holy men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.<br />

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Life Among the Believers, Discipleship.<br />

ACTS 2:42-47 <strong>The</strong>y connued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,<br />

in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers. 43 Fear came to every soul. And many<br />

wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 All who believed were<br />

together and had all things in common. 45 <strong>The</strong>y sold their property and goods and<br />

distributed them to all, according to their need. 46 And connuing daily with one<br />

mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food<br />

with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the<br />

people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Lame Man Healed at the Temple Gate, Acts 3:4-10<br />

Peter, gazing at him with John, said, “Look at us.” 5 So he paid atenon to them,<br />

expecng to receive something from them. 6 <strong>The</strong>n Peter said, “I have no silver and<br />

gold, but I give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up<br />

and walk.” 7 He took him by the right hand and raised him up. Immediately his<br />

feet and ankles were strengthened. 8 Jumping up, he stood and walked and<br />

entered the temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God. 9 All the<br />

people saw him walking and praising God. 10 <strong>The</strong>y knew that it was he who sat for<br />

alms at the Beauful Gate of the temple. And they were filled with wonder and<br />

amazement at what happened to him.<br />

Peter and John were on their way to church to join the prayer meeng. <strong>The</strong>y were<br />

not prayed up; they were not breaking a fast. <strong>The</strong>y were walking and talking on<br />

the way to church. Now a man who had been lame from birth was placed outside<br />

the church doors every day to ask for alms. Peter and John were going to pass him<br />

by like everyone else if they had not heard him ask them for alms.<br />

Peter stopped; the lame man must have thought it was payday, but Peter knew he<br />

had no money, but he could offer the man something far more valuable. “Look at<br />

us,” Peter said, drawing the man's atenon to John and himself, “I have no silver<br />

and gold, but I give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise<br />

up and walk.” Peter was absolutely persuaded and convinced of the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

We may walk past some people unawares but if the opportunity presents itself as<br />

it did for Peter and John, being unprepared in man's eyes, on the way to a prayer<br />

meeng perhaps even inconvenienced. But they heard the call for help, please do<br />

you have food or money to spare, and they stopped. Perhaps Peter heard the<br />

voice of the Holy Spirit “Give to everyone who asks” or perhaps he remembered<br />

the words of Micah “Do jusce, love kindness, walk humbly with God” or perhaps<br />

he remembered the very words of Jesus “Those that believe shall lay hands on the<br />

sick”. Whatever it was, Peter knew the soluon lived inside him, and trusng that<br />

the son of man had come to destroy the works of the devil, Peter took the lame<br />

man's hand in faith and pulled him up to a new life inside the temple of God.<br />

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Peter’s Speech at Solomon’s Porch – Acts 3:11-24<br />

As the lame man who was healed held on to Peter and John, all the people ran<br />

together to them in the entrance that is called Solomon’s Porch, greatly amazed.<br />

12 When Peter saw it, he answered the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel<br />

at this man? Or why do you stare at us, as if by our own power or piety we had<br />

made him walk? 13 <strong>The</strong> God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, the God of our<br />

fathers, has glorified His Son Jesus, whom you handed over and denied in the<br />

presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release Him. 14 You denied the Holy<br />

and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you<br />

killed the Creator of Life, whom God has raised from the dead, of which we are<br />

witnesses. 16 And His name, by faith in His name, has made this man strong,<br />

whom you see and know. And faith which comes through Him has given him<br />

perfect health in your presence.<br />

17 “Now brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18<br />

But what God foretold through all the prophets, that His Christ should suffer, He<br />

thus fulfilled. 19 <strong>The</strong>refore repent and be converted, that your sins may be wiped<br />

away, that mes of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and<br />

that He may send the One who previously was preached to you, Jesus Christ, 21<br />

whom the heavens must receive unl the me of restoring what God spoke<br />

through all His holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses indeed said to<br />

the fathers, ‘<strong>The</strong> Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your<br />

brothers. You shall hear whatever He may say to you. 23 And it shall be that every<br />

soul who will not hear that prophet shall be uterly eliminated from the<br />

people.’[a]<br />

24 “Indeed, all the prophets since Samuel and those who follow, as many as have<br />

spoken, have likewise foretold these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and<br />

of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in<br />

your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’[b] 26 God, having raised<br />

up His Son Jesus, sent Him to you first, to bless you in turning every one of you<br />

from your iniquies.”<br />

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Peter took advantage of the gathered crowd to point to the fact that God had<br />

done this through them because Jesus now lived in them.<br />

Peter pointed out their sin, that they denied the son of God and asked that a<br />

murderer be released among them so that they could kill the creator of life. But<br />

God raised Him from the Dead! And now through Peter and John's faith in Jesus'<br />

name, the lame man has been given perfect health. Peter then took them to the<br />

wrings of the Prophets to show them that what had just taken place was the<br />

fulfillment of what had already been writen.<br />

Peter opened his nets and then gave the hearers the soluon to their sin,<br />

“<strong>The</strong>refore repent and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away,” Acts 3:19<br />

Revealing how they will receive the gi of the Holy Spirit, “and that He may send<br />

the One who previously was preached to you, Jesus Christ,” Acts 2:20 (MEV)<br />

Thus far the preaching of the gospel has been presented by Peter in the<br />

following fashion,<br />

1. A sign or wonder was performed by God or by God through man.<br />

2. Peter then draws the crowd’s atenon to himself.<br />

3. Peter then points out that they were sinners and needed a Savior.<br />

4. Peter then shows the crowd through the prophecies that what was<br />

happening was the fulfillment of the prophecy.<br />

5. Peter then tells the crowd how they can be saved.<br />

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Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and be bapzed, every one of you, in the<br />

name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gi of<br />

the Holy Spirit.<br />

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Acts 3:19-21 <strong>The</strong>refore repent and be converted, that your sins may be wiped<br />

away, that mes of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and<br />

that He may send the One who previously was preached to you, Jesus Christ, 21<br />

whom the heavens must receive unl the me of restoring what God spoke<br />

through all His holy prophets since the world began.<br />

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Before we get into the next example of the preaching of the <strong>Gospel</strong>, I want to<br />

make a note of some things we might miss otherwise. On the day of Pentecost<br />

Acts 2:41, about 3000 souls were added to them and that grew daily, and now<br />

Acts 4:4 they have grown in one day to about 5000 men. That’s at least another<br />

2000 added to the church through Peter's ministry.<br />

On the day of Pentecost Acts 2:2, “Suddenly a sound like a mighty rushing wind<br />

came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were sing. 3 <strong>The</strong>re<br />

appeared to them tongues as of fire, being distributed and resng on each of<br />

them, 4 and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other<br />

tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.<br />

And now again. Acts 4:31 “When they had prayed, the place where they were<br />

assembled was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the<br />

word of God with boldness.”<br />

When the Holy Spirit filled the first believers, He came as a rushing violent wind.<br />

Now when He filled the new believers, I expect the 5000 converts who gathered<br />

with the church being the first 3000 who I expect were gathered praying for Peter<br />

and John's release, and now another 2000 they had won over prior to being<br />

arrested, the place was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.<br />

Note the following, first the 3000 and then those who had been added, now more<br />

than 5000 people gathered steadfastly and were of one heart, one soul.<br />

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All Things in Common<br />

Acts 4:32-37 “All the believers were of one heart and one soul, and no one said<br />

that what he possessed was his own. But to them all things were in common. 33<br />

With great power the apostles tesfied to the resurrecon of the Lord Jesus, and<br />

great grace was on them all. 34 <strong>The</strong>re was no one among them who lacked, for all<br />

those who were owners of land or houses sold them, and brought the income<br />

from what was sold, 35 and placed it at the apostles’ feet. And it was distributed<br />

to each according to his need. 36 Joseph, whom the apostles called Barnabas<br />

(which means, Son of Encouragement), a Levite from the land of Cyprus, 37 sold a<br />

field he owned, and brought the money and placed it at the apostles’ feet.”<br />

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Aer every message preached, we will have converts and enemies. But every<br />

opportunity is an opportunity to preach the risen Christ, and if you stay in the<br />

faith, you will win some.<br />

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Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin – Acts 4:1-21<br />

As they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the<br />

Sadducees came upon them, 2 being greatly troubled because they taught the<br />

people and preached through Jesus the resurrecon from the dead. 3 And they<br />

seized them and put them in custody unl the next day, for it was already evening.<br />

4 But many of those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men<br />

grew to about five thousand.<br />

5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes 6 were assembled at<br />

Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John and Alexander, and<br />

all who were of the family of the high priest. 7 When they had stood them in the<br />

midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”<br />

8 <strong>The</strong>n Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and<br />

elders of Israel: 9 If we today are being examined concerning a good deed done to<br />

a crippled man, how this man has been healed, 10 be it known to you all, and to<br />

all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you<br />

crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands before you<br />

whole. 11 He is<br />

‘the stone you builders rejected,<br />

which has become the cornerstone.’<br />

12 <strong>The</strong>re is no salvaon in any other, for there is no other name under heaven<br />

given among men by which we must be saved.”<br />

13 When they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were<br />

illiterate and uneducated men, they marveled. And they recognized that they had<br />

been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing with them, they<br />

had nothing to say against it. 15 So when they had commanded them to go<br />

outside of the Sanhedrin, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, “What<br />

shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that an acknowledged miracle has been<br />

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done through them is revealed to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny<br />

it. 17 But lest it spread further among the people, let us threaten them that they<br />

no longer speak to anyone in this name.”<br />

18 <strong>The</strong>n they called them and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the<br />

name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the<br />

sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot help<br />

but declare what we have seen and heard.”<br />

21 When they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to<br />

punish them, because of the people. For all glorified God for what was done, 22<br />

for the man on whom this miracle of healing was performed was over forty years<br />

old.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> was presented in the following fashion,<br />

1. A man was healed.<br />

2. Peter and John were arrested and put in front of the Jerusalem’s leaders.<br />

3. Peter then points out that they were sinners.<br />

4. Peter then tells them the healing was done in the name of Jesus.<br />

5. Peter then tells the rulers how they can be saved.<br />

In this case, the leaders of the city could do nothing to silence these men. <strong>The</strong><br />

leaders knew this miracle was evidence that Jesus was the Messiah whom they<br />

had crucified but instead of calling on the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of<br />

their sins, they threatened Peter and John and sent them on their way because<br />

these leaders feared that if they did anything worse that the people would turn<br />

against the leaders.<br />

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Signs and Wonders Acts 5:12-16<br />

Many signs and wonders were performed among the people by the hands of the<br />

Apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Porch. 13 No one else dared<br />

join them, but the people respected them. 14 Believers were increasingly added<br />

to the Lord, crowds of both men and women, 15 so that they even brought the<br />

sick out into the streets and placed them on beds and mats, that at least the<br />

shadow of Peter passing by might touch some of them. 16 Crowds also came out<br />

of the cies surrounding Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those who were afflicted<br />

by evil spirits, and they were all healed.<br />

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Mark 16:20 <strong>The</strong>n they went forth and preached everywhere, the Lord working<br />

with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.<br />

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Hebrews 2:4 God also bore them witness with signs and wonders and diverse<br />

miracles and with gis of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His own will.<br />

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God will bear witness with signs and wonders and diverse miracles through any<br />

preacher who will go in faith.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> greatest enemy we face in preaching the <strong>Gospel</strong> is the religious church. A<br />

devil can throw a knife at you, and it falls off your back, but when a supposed<br />

brother or sister throws a knife, it can hurt. If you have thought about giving up,<br />

you are not alone. Remember why you went in the first place; the laborers are few<br />

and the harvest is plenful. If you don’t go, who will?<br />

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Persecuon of the Apostles – Acts 5:17-41<br />

17 <strong>The</strong>n the high priest and all those who were with him (that is, the sect of the<br />

Sadducees) rose up and were filled with jealousy. 18 <strong>The</strong>y seized the apostles and<br />

put them in the common prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord<br />

opened the prison doors and led them out, and said, 20 “Go, stand and speak in<br />

the temple to the people all the words of this life.”<br />

21 Having heard this, they entered the temple at dawn and taught.<br />

But the high priest and those who were with him came and called together the<br />

Sanhedrin and the senate of all the sons of Israel and sent to the prison to have<br />

them brought out. 22 But when the officers came and did not find them in the<br />

prison, they returned and reported, 23 “We found the prison securely shut and<br />

the guards standing outside before the doors. But when we opened it, we found<br />

no one inside.” 24 Now when the high priest, the captain of the temple, and the<br />

chief priests heard these things, they were in doubt of what might become of this.<br />

25 <strong>The</strong>n one came and told them, “Look, the men whom you put in prison are<br />

standing in the temple and teaching the people.” 26 <strong>The</strong>n the captain with his<br />

escorts went and brought them, without force lest they should be stoned, for they<br />

feared the people.<br />

27 When they had brought them, they stood them before the Sanhedrin. And the<br />

high priest quesoned them, 28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to<br />

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teach in this name? Yet now you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you<br />

intend to bring on us this Man’s blood.”<br />

29 Peter and the other apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.<br />

30 <strong>The</strong> God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging on a tree. 31<br />

God exalted this Man to His right hand to be a Ruler and a Savior, to give<br />

repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 We are His witnesses to these<br />

words, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”<br />

33 When they heard this, they were cut to the heart and took counsel to kill them.<br />

34 But a Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law honored<br />

by all the people, stood and ordered the apostles to be put outside for a litle<br />

while. 35 <strong>The</strong>n he said to them, “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you<br />

intend to do concerning these men. 36 For in previous days <strong>The</strong>udas rose up,<br />

boasng to be somebody, to whom a number of about four hundred men joined<br />

themselves. He was killed, and all who obeyed him were dispersed and came to<br />

nothing. 37 Aer <strong>The</strong>udas, Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census<br />

and drew away many people aer him. This man also perished, and all who<br />

obeyed him were scatered. 38 Now I tell you, keep away from these men and<br />

leave them alone, because if this intenon or this acvity is of men, it will come to<br />

nothing. 39 But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them, lest perhaps<br />

you be found even fighng against God.”<br />

40 <strong>The</strong>y agreed with him. When they had called in the apostles, they beat them,<br />

and commanded them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and released them.<br />

41 <strong>The</strong>n they departed from the presence of the Sanhedrin, rejoicing that they<br />

were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 Daily, in the temple and<br />

from house to house, they did not cease to teach and preach Jesus Christ.<br />

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Two thousand years aer a Pharisee in the Sanhedrin named Gamaliel advised the<br />

leaders of Israel that if what the Apostles of the Chrisan faith were teaching, and<br />

if the signs and wonders they were performing were of men, when they die their<br />

followers would disperse and come to nothing. But if it was of God, they would<br />

not be able to overthrow them, lest perhaps they be found fighng against God.<br />

(Acts 5:33-39)<br />

AND HERE WE THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH ARE, 2000 YEARS LATER, THE EVIDENCE<br />

THAT THE ACTS AND TEACHINGS OF THE APOSTLES ARE OF GOD!<br />

Peter is not the only example we have of preaching the <strong>Gospel</strong> in the early church.<br />

Let's hear Stephen preach the gospel in his trial fighng charges of blasphemous,<br />

the penalty of which was death by stoning.<br />

Acts 6:8 Now Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles<br />

among the people. 9 <strong>The</strong>n some men rose up from what is called the Synagogue<br />

of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and of Asia),<br />

dispung with Stephen. 10 But they were not able to withstand the wisdom and<br />

the Spirit by which he spoke.<br />

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Stephen’s Speech – Acts 7:1-60<br />

1 <strong>The</strong>n the high priest said, “Are these things so?”<br />

2 He said, “Brothers and fathers, listen! <strong>The</strong> God of glory appeared to our father<br />

Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran, 3 and said to<br />

him, ‘Leave your country and your relaves, and come to the land which I will<br />

show you.’<br />

4 “<strong>The</strong>n he departed from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Harran. When his<br />

father died, He removed him from there to this land in which you now live. 5 He<br />

gave him no inheritance in it, nor a foothold, and promised to give it to him as a<br />

possession and to his descendants aer him while he had no child. 6 God spoke in<br />

this way, ‘Your descendants shall be sojourners in a land belonging to others, who<br />

will enslave them and mistreat them four hundred years. 7 And I will judge the<br />

naon to whom they will be enslaved,’ said God. ‘Aer that they shall come out<br />

and worship Me in this place.’ 8 <strong>The</strong>n He gave him the covenant of circumcision.<br />

And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day.<br />

And Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.<br />

9 “<strong>The</strong> patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with<br />

him, 10 and delivered him out of all his afflicons, and gave him favor and wisdom<br />

before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him governor over Egypt and all his<br />

house.<br />

11 “<strong>The</strong>n a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan with great afflicon, and our<br />

fathers found no sustenance. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in<br />

Egypt, he sent out our fathers the first me. 13 During the second me Joseph<br />

was made known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh.<br />

14 <strong>The</strong>n Joseph sent and called for his father Jacob and all his kindred, seventyfive<br />

souls. 15 <strong>The</strong>n Jacob went down into Egypt. And he and our fathers died, 16<br />

and were carried to Shechem and put in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a<br />

price of silver from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem.<br />

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17 “When the me of the promise drew near, which God had sworn to Abraham,<br />

the people grew and mulplied in Egypt 18 unl another king rose up who did not<br />

know Joseph. 19 He dealt deceiully with our people and mistreated our fathers,<br />

forcing them to put out their young children, that they might not live.<br />

20 “At that me Moses was born, and was fair in the sight of God. And he was<br />

reared for three months in his father’s house. 21 When he was put out, Pharaoh’s<br />

daughter took him up and reared him as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in<br />

all the wisdom of the Egypans and was powerful in words and in deeds.<br />

23 “When he was forty years old, it came to his heart to visit his brothers, the sons<br />

of Israel. 24 But seeing one being wronged, he defended him, and avenged him<br />

who was oppressed, and struck the Egypan. 25 He supposed that his brothers<br />

would understand that God would deliver them by his hand, but they did not<br />

understand. 26 On the next day he appeared to them as they fought and tried to<br />

reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each<br />

other?’<br />

27 “But the one wronging his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘Who appointed<br />

you a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Will you kill me as you killed the Egypan<br />

yesterday?’ 29 Moses fled at this word and became a sojourner in the land of<br />

Midian, where he became the father of two sons.<br />

30 “When forty years had passed, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in the<br />

wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 31 When Moses saw it, he<br />

marveled at the sight. As he drew near to look at it, the voice of the Lord came to<br />

him, saying, 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and the God of<br />

Isaac and the God of Jacob.’ Moses trembled and dared not look.<br />

33 “<strong>The</strong>n the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the shoes from your feet, for the place<br />

where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have indeed seen the oppression of<br />

My people who are in Egypt. I have heard their groaning, and I have come down<br />

to deliver them. Now come, I will send you to Egypt.’<br />

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35 “This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who appointed you a ruler and a<br />

judge?’[m] God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who<br />

appeared to him in the bush. 36 He led them out aer he had shown wonders and<br />

signs in the land of Egypt, and at the Red Sea, and for forty years in the<br />

wilderness.<br />

37 “This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘<strong>The</strong> Lord your God will raise<br />

up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. Him you shall hear.’ 38 This is he<br />

who was in the congregaon in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him<br />

on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers, who received living oracles to give to us, 39<br />

whom our fathers would not obey, but thrust away. And in their hearts they<br />

turned back to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods to go before us. For<br />

we do not know what has become of this Moses, who led us out of the land of<br />

Egypt.’ 41 So they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol, and<br />

rejoiced in the works of their hands. 42 But God turned and gave them up to<br />

worship the host of heaven, as it is writen in the book of the Prophets:<br />

‘O House of Israel, have you offered to Me slain animals and sacrifices<br />

for forty years in the wilderness?<br />

43 Yes, you even raised the shrine of Moloch,<br />

and the star of your god Remphan,<br />

idols which you made to worship;<br />

therefore I will exile you beyond Babylon.’<br />

44 “Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, telling Moses to<br />

make it as He had commanded, according to the patern that he had seen, 45<br />

which our fathers, having received it, brought with Joshua into the land possessed<br />

by the Genles, whom God drove out in front of our fathers unl the days of<br />

David, 46 who found favor in the presence of God and asked to find a tabernacle<br />

for the God of Jacob. 47 But Solomon built Him a house.<br />

48 “<strong>How</strong>ever, the Most High does not dwell in houses made with hands. As the<br />

prophet says:<br />

49 ‘Heaven is My throne,<br />

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and the earth is My footstool.<br />

What house will you build for Me? says the Lord,<br />

or what is the place of My rest?<br />

50 Has not My hand made all these things?’<br />

51 “You sff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the<br />

Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets have your<br />

fathers not persecuted? <strong>The</strong>y have even killed those who foretold the coming of<br />

the Righteous One, of whom you have now become the betrayers and murderers,<br />

53 who have received the law by the disposion of angels, but have not kept it.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Stoning of Stephen<br />

54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed<br />

their teeth at him. 55 But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and<br />

saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and said,<br />

“Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of<br />

God.”<br />

57 <strong>The</strong>n they cried out with a loud voice, closed their ears, and rushed at him in<br />

unison. 58 And they threw him out of the city and stoned him. <strong>The</strong> witnesses laid<br />

down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.<br />

59 <strong>The</strong>y stoned Stephen as he was calling on God, praying, “Lord Jesus, receive my<br />

spirit.” 60 <strong>The</strong>n he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this<br />

sin against them.” Having said this, he fell asleep.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> has been presented by Stephen in the following fashion,<br />

1. Signs and wonders were performed. (Acts 6:8)<br />

2. Stephen stood before his accusers; the crowd gathered.<br />

3. Stephen then took them through the history they knew well of Joseph and<br />

Moses.<br />

4. Stephen then called them sinners.<br />

5. Stephen became a martyr.<br />

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Something I noced is that Peter pointed out the sin of his crowd whereas<br />

Stephen called them sinners and never told them what to do to be saved from<br />

the hypocrisy they were living. When Peter preached, at least in his messages we<br />

have gone through thus far, he revealed their sin and then showed them the way<br />

out, Repent and be bapzed. But we also know that Stephen wasn’t speaking<br />

from the flesh. Acts 7:60 says he was full of the Spirit. In every circumstance we<br />

preach the <strong>Gospel</strong>, we do well to remember Act 5:29 and the Apostles saying,<br />

“We must obey God rather than men.”<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> Preached in Samaria, Acts 8:4-13<br />

<strong>The</strong>refore those who were scatered went everywhere preaching the word. 5<br />

Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. 6 When the<br />

crowds heard Philip and saw the miracles which he did, they listened in unity to<br />

what he said. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many<br />

who were possessed. And many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So<br />

there was much joy in that city.<br />

Simon the Sorcerer Believes<br />

9 Now a man named Simon was previously in the city praccing sorcery and<br />

astonishing the naon of Samaria, saying he was someone great, 10 to whom they<br />

all listened, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of<br />

God.” 11 <strong>The</strong>y listened to him, because for a long me he had astonished them by<br />

his sorceries. 12 But when they believed Philip preaching about the kingdom of<br />

God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were bapzed. 13 Even<br />

Simon himself believed. And when he was bapzed, he connued with Philip and<br />

was amazed as he watched the miracles and signs which were done.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> has been presented by Philip in the following fashion,<br />

1. Miracles where performed.<br />

2. A crowd is gathered.<br />

3. <strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> is preached, and the people are bapzed in water.<br />

4. <strong>The</strong> Holy Spirit had not come on these crowds Phillip ministered to, Later<br />

Peter and John went to see what had happened in Samaria, and seeing the<br />

people had believed in Jesus they then laid hands on them, and they<br />

received the Spirit of God.<br />

Up unl this point, the Holy Spirit had come in a wind, and tongues of fire fell on<br />

all present. He had shaken a meeng place and filled everyone. Peter had told the<br />

Sanhedrin and the senate of all sons of Israel in Acts 5:32 that the Holy Spirit is<br />

given by God to those who obey Him. And now, <strong>The</strong> Holy Spirit being given to<br />

believers by the laying on of hands.<br />

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Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch, Acts 8:26-30<br />

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise up and go toward the south on<br />

the way that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he rose up<br />

and went. And there was a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under<br />

Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in command of her enre treasury. He<br />

had come to Jerusalem to worship. 28 He was returning, sing in his chariot and<br />

reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 <strong>The</strong> Spirit said to Philip, “Go to this<br />

chariot and stay with it.”<br />

30 <strong>The</strong>n Philip ran to him, and heard him read the book of Isaiah the prophet, and<br />

said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”<br />

31 He said, “<strong>How</strong> can I, unless someone guides me?” So he invited Philip to come<br />

up and sit with him.<br />

32 <strong>The</strong> passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:<br />

“He was led as a sheep to slaughter;<br />

and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,<br />

so He opened not His mouth.<br />

33 In His humiliaon jusce was denied Him;<br />

who will speak of His generaon?<br />

For His life is taken from the earth.”<br />

34 <strong>The</strong> eunuch said to Philip, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet speak, of<br />

himself or of someone else?” 35 <strong>The</strong>n Philip spoke, beginning with the same<br />

Scripture, and preached Jesus to him.<br />

36 As they went on their way, they came to some water. And the eunuch said,<br />

“Look, here is water. What hinders me from being bapzed?” 37 Philip said, “If<br />

you believe with all your heart, you may.” He answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ<br />

is the Son of God.” 38 And he commanded the chariot to halt. <strong>The</strong>n both Philip<br />

and the eunuch went down into the water, and he bapzed him. 39 When they<br />

came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away. And the eunuch<br />

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saw him no more, and he went his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at<br />

Azotus. And passing through, he preached the gospel in all the cies unl he came<br />

to Caesarea.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> has been presented by Philip in the following fashion,<br />

1. Working of the gis of the Holy Spirit.<br />

2. A hearer was gathered.<br />

3. <strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> was preached.<br />

4. <strong>The</strong> Eunuch was bapzed in water.<br />

None of the examples we have of Philip preaching the <strong>Gospel</strong> end in the hearer<br />

being bapzed in the Holy Spirit. But we know that Phillip was obedient to the<br />

Holy Spirit and full of the Holy Spirit because “If this Man were not from God, He<br />

could do nothing.” (Reference to John 9:33)<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> Preached Everywhere<br />

Saul Preaches in Damascus, Acts 9:20-22<br />

For several days Saul was with the disciples in Damascus. 20 Immediately he<br />

preached in the synagogues that the Christ is the Son of God. 21 All who heard<br />

him were amazed and said, “Is not this he who killed those who called on this<br />

name in Jerusalem, and came here with that intent, to bring them bound to the<br />

chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul increased all the more with power and confounded the<br />

Jews living in Damascus, proving that this One is the Christ.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Healing of Aeneas, Acts 9:32-35<br />

32 As Peter passed through every region, he came down also to the saints who<br />

lived in Lydda. 33 <strong>The</strong>re he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden<br />

for eight years and was paralyzed. 34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ<br />

heals you. Rise up and make your bed.” And immediately he rose up. 35 All those<br />

who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.<br />

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Dorcas Restored to Life, Acts 9:36-43<br />

36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This<br />

woman was full of good works and almsgiving. 37 In those days she became ill and<br />

died. And when they had washed her, they placed her in an upper room. 38 Since<br />

Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men<br />

to him, pleading, “Do not delay to come to us.”<br />

39 Peter rose up and went with them. When he arrived, they led him into the<br />

upper room. All the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the tunics and<br />

garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them.<br />

40 Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body<br />

he said, “Tabitha, arise.” She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up.<br />

41 He gave her his hand and lied her up. And when he had called the saints and<br />

widows, he presented her alive. 42 It became known throughout all Joppa, and<br />

many believed in the Lord. 43 He remained in Joppa for many days with Simon, a<br />

tanner.<br />

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Peter Speaks in Cornelius’ House, Acts 10:34-43<br />

34 <strong>The</strong>n Peter began to speak, saying, “Truthfully, I perceive that God is no<br />

respecter of persons. 35 But in every naon he who fears Him and works<br />

righteousness is accepted by Him. 36 <strong>The</strong> word which He sent to the children of<br />

Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all, 37 the word, which<br />

you know, that was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee aer<br />

the bapsm which John preached: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with<br />

the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who<br />

were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.<br />

39 “We are witnesses of all that He did both in the land of the Jews and in<br />

Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. 40 But God raised Him on the<br />

third day and presented Him publicly, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses<br />

previously chosen by God, to us who ate and drank with Him aer He rose from<br />

the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to tesfy that it is He<br />

who was ordained by God to be the Judge of the living and the dead. 43 <strong>To</strong> Him all<br />

the prophets bear witness that whoever believes in Him will receive remission of<br />

sins through His name.”<br />

Genles Receive the Holy Spirit, Acts 10:44-48<br />

44 While Peter was sll speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who<br />

heard the word. 45 All the believers of the circumcision who had come with Peter<br />

were astonished, because the gi of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on<br />

the Genles. 46 For they heard them speaking in other tongues and magnifying<br />

God.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n Peter connued, 47 “Can anyone forbid water for bapzing these, who have<br />

received the Holy Spirit as we have?” 48 So he commanded them to be bapzed<br />

in the name of the Lord. <strong>The</strong>n they asked him to stay a few days.<br />

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It is worth nong that the hearers received the Bapsm of the Holy Spirit before<br />

they were water-bapzed.<br />

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Acts 11:15-17 Peter says, “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, as He<br />

fell on us at the beginning. 16 <strong>The</strong>n I remembered the word of the Lord, how He<br />

said, ‘John indeed bapzed with water, but you shall be bapzed with the Holy<br />

Spirit.’[a] 17 If then God gave them the same gi as He gave us when we believed<br />

in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to be able to hinder God?”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Scatered Preach the <strong>Gospel</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Church in Anoch, Acts 11:19-26<br />

19 Now those who were scatered by the persecuon that arose over Stephen<br />

traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Anoch, preaching the word to no one<br />

except Jews. 20 Some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they<br />

had come to Anoch, spoke to the Hellenists, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 <strong>The</strong><br />

hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number believed and turned to the<br />

Lord.<br />

22 News of these things came to the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem,<br />

and they sent Barnabas to Anoch. 23 When he arrived and saw the grace of God,<br />

he rejoiced and exhorted them all to remain with the Lord with a loyal heart. 24<br />

For he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And many people were<br />

added to the Lord.<br />

25 <strong>The</strong>n Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he had found him, he<br />

brought him to Anoch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a<br />

considerable crowd. And the disciples were first called Chrisans in Anoch.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Hellenists were Jews who lived or had lived in the Greek world and had<br />

adopted Greek cultural elements and spoke Greek. Acts 6:1; and Acts 9:29 idenfy<br />

some of the conflicts that arose between the Hebrew Chrisans and the<br />

Hellenisc Chrisans in the early church.<br />

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Barnabus and Saul Preach the <strong>Gospel</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Apostles Preach in Cyprus, Acts 13:4-49<br />

4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from<br />

there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they preached the<br />

word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John as an assistant.<br />

6 When they had gone through the whole island to Paphos, they found a certain<br />

sorcerer, a Jewish false prophet, whose name was Bar-Jesus, 7 who was with the<br />

proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and<br />

Saul and sought to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the sorcerer (which is his<br />

name by interpretaon) opposed them, trying to divert the proconsul from the<br />

faith. 9 <strong>The</strong>n Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, stared at him<br />

and said, 10 “You son of the devil, enemy of all righteousness, full of deceit and of<br />

all fraud, will you not cease perverng the right ways of the Lord? 11 Now, look!<br />

<strong>The</strong> hand of the Lord is against you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for<br />

a me.”<br />

Immediately mist and darkness fell on him, and he went about seeking someone<br />

to lead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsul saw what had happened, he<br />

believed and was astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.<br />

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Paul and Barnabas in Anoch of Pisidia<br />

13 Now when Paul and his companions set sail from Paphos, they came to Perga<br />

in Pamphylia. And John departed from them and returned to Jerusalem. 14 But<br />

they departed from Perga and came to Anoch in Pisidia. And they went into the<br />

synagogue on the Sabbath day and sat down. 15 Aer the reading from the Law<br />

and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent word to them, saying,<br />

“Brothers, if you have any word of exhortaon for the people, say it.”<br />

16 <strong>The</strong>n Paul stood up, and mooning with his hand said: “Men of Israel, and you<br />

who fear God, listen. 17 <strong>The</strong> God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and<br />

exalted the people when they lived as foreigners in the land of Egypt, and with<br />

great power He led them out of it. 18 For about forty years He endured their<br />

conduct in the desert. 19 When He had destroyed seven naons in the land of<br />

Canaan, He gave them their land as an inheritance by lot.<br />

20 “Aer about four hundred and fiy years, God gave them judges unl Samuel<br />

the prophet. 21 <strong>The</strong>n they requested a king. And God gave them Saul the son of<br />

Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. 22 When He had removed<br />

him, He raised up David to be their king, of whom He tesfied, saying, ‘I have<br />

found David[a] the son of Jesse, a man aer My own heart, who will fulfill My<br />

enre will.’<br />

23 “From this man’s descendants God has raised a Savior for Israel, Jesus,<br />

according to His promise. 24 Before His coming John had preached a bapsm of<br />

repentance to all the people of Israel. 25 As John was fulfilling his course, he said,<br />

‘Who do you think I am? I am not He. But look! He is coming aer me, the sandals<br />

of whose feet I am not worthy to une.’<br />

26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those of you who fear God, the<br />

word of this salvaon has been sent to us. 27 Because those who live in<br />

Jerusalem, and their rulers, did not know Him, in condemning Him they have<br />

fulfilled the voices of the Prophets which are read every Sabbath. 28 Though they<br />

found in Him no cause worthy of death, yet they asked Pilate to have Him killed.<br />

29 When they had fulfilled all that was writen of Him, they took Him down from<br />

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the tree and placed Him in a tomb. 30 But God raised Him from the dead, 31 and<br />

for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to<br />

Jerusalem, who are now His witnesses to the people.<br />

32 “We preach to you good news: <strong>The</strong> promise which was made to the fathers, 33<br />

God has fulfilled to us, their children, raising Jesus. As it is writen in the second<br />

Psalm:<br />

‘You are My Son;<br />

today I have become Your Father.’<br />

34 That He raised Him from the dead, no more to return to corrupon, He has<br />

spoken in this way:<br />

‘I will give You the holy and sure blessings of David.’<br />

35 So He says in another Psalm:<br />

‘You will not let Your Holy One see decay.’<br />

36 “For aer David had served by the counsel of God in his own generaon, he fell<br />

asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw decay. 37 But He whom God raised<br />

up saw no decay.<br />

38 “<strong>The</strong>refore, brothers, let it be known to you that through this Man forgiveness<br />

of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and by Him everyone who believes is jusfied from<br />

everything from which you could not be jusfied by the Law of Moses. 40<br />

<strong>The</strong>refore beware, lest what is spoken of in the prophets come upon you:<br />

41 ‘Look, you scoffers,<br />

marvel and perish!<br />

For I will perform a work in your days<br />

which you will never believe,<br />

even if someone declares it to you.”<br />

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42 When Paul and Barnabas went out of the synagogue, the Genles asked that<br />

these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 43 When the<br />

congregaon was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed<br />

Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them and urged them to connue in the grace of<br />

God.<br />

44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled to hear the word of God.<br />

45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy, blaspheming<br />

and contradicng what Paul was saying.<br />

46 <strong>The</strong>n Paul and Barnabas boldly said, “It was necessary that the word of God<br />

should be spoken to you first. But seeing you reject it, and judge yourselves<br />

unworthy of eternal life, we are turning to the Genles. 47 For thus has the Lord<br />

commanded us:<br />

‘I have established you to be a light of the Genles,<br />

that you may bring salvaon to the ends of the earth.”<br />

48 When the Genles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the<br />

Lord. And all who were ordained to eternal life believed.<br />

49 <strong>The</strong> word of the Lord was spread throughout the enre region. 50 But the Jews<br />

srred up the devout and honorable women and the chief men of the city, and<br />

raised up persecuon against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them from their<br />

region. 51 So they shook off the dust of their feet against them and went to<br />

Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> has been presented in the following fashion,<br />

1. No sign or wonder was performed.<br />

2. A crowd was gathered.<br />

3. Paul then took them through history and the wrings of the Prophets.<br />

4. Paul showed them their sin through the Scriptures.<br />

5. Paul showed them that Jesus was the Messiah.<br />

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6. <strong>The</strong>y were filled with Joy and with the Holy Spirit in the midst of<br />

persecuon.<br />

7. <strong>The</strong>y dusted off their feet and had to leave.<br />

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Do not be surprised if your crowds cause jealousy amongst the religious and<br />

they try stop you.<br />

Acts 13:44 “On the next Sabbath almost the whole city assembled to hear the<br />

word of God. 45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with<br />

jealousy, blaspheming, and contradicng what Paul was saying.”<br />

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Paul and Barnabas in Iconium, Acts 14:1-7<br />

At Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together and so spoke that a<br />

great crowd of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews srred<br />

up the Genles and embitered their minds against the brothers. 3 So they<br />

connued there a long me, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to His<br />

gracious word, granng signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4 But the<br />

people of the city were divided. Some sided with the Jews, and others with the<br />

apostles. 5 When an assault was planned by both Genles and Jews, with their<br />

leaders, to atack them and to stone them, 6 they learned of it and fled to Lystra<br />

and Derbe, cies of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding region. 7 And there they<br />

preached the gospel.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> has been presented in the following fashion,<br />

1. Paul preached the <strong>Gospel</strong> convincingly; it says many believed because of<br />

how they spoke.<br />

2. <strong>The</strong>y had to flee the Iconium.<br />

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Paul and Barnabas in Lystra, Acts 14:8-20<br />

8 In Lystra there sat a man, crippled in his feet, who had never walked and was<br />

lame from birth. 9 He heard Paul speaking, who looked intently at him and<br />

perceived that he had faith to be healed 10 and said with a loud voice, “Stand<br />

upright on your feet.” And he jumped up and walked.<br />

11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lied up their voices, saying in<br />

Lycaonian, “<strong>The</strong> gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” 12 Barnabas<br />

they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes, because he was the main speaker.<br />

13 <strong>The</strong> priest of Zeus, who was in front of the city, brought bulls and garlands to<br />

the gates to offer sacrifices with the crowds.<br />

14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes<br />

and rushed out into the crowd, crying out, 15 “Men, why are you doing this? We<br />

also are men, of like nature with you, preaching to you to turn from these vain<br />

things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and<br />

everything that is in them, 16 who in mes past allowed all naons to walk in their<br />

own ways. 17 Yet He did not leave Himself without witness, for He did good and<br />

gave us rain from heaven and fruiul seasons, sasfying our hearts with food and<br />

gladness.” 18 With these words they scarcely restrained the crowds from<br />

sacrificing to them.<br />

19 <strong>The</strong>n some Jews from Anoch and Iconium came there and persuaded the<br />

crowds. <strong>The</strong>y stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing he was dead.<br />

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20 But as the disciples gathered around him, he rose up and went into the city.<br />

<strong>The</strong> next day he departed with Barnabas for Derbe.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> has been presented in the following fashion,<br />

1. A man was healed.<br />

2. Paul preached the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

3. Paul rejected man's interpretaon of the healing.<br />

4. Paul was stoned.<br />

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Timothy, Paul, and Silas<br />

<strong>The</strong> Conversion of Lydia, Acts 16:13-15<br />

13 On the Sabbath we went out of the city to a riverside, where prayer was<br />

customarily offered. And we sat down and spoke to the women who had<br />

assembled. 14 A woman named Lydia, a seller of purple fabric of the city of<br />

Thyara, who worshipped God, heard us. <strong>The</strong> Lord opened her heart to<br />

acknowledge what Paul said. 15 When she and her household were bapzed, she<br />

entreated us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my<br />

house and remain there.” And she persuaded us.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> has been presented in the following fashion,<br />

1. No sign or wonder was performed.<br />

2. Paul preached the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

3. Lydia and her household were bapzed.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Imprisonment in Philippi, Acts 16:16-38<br />

On one occasion, as we went to the place of prayer, a servant girl possessed with a<br />

spirit of divinaon met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortunetelling.<br />

17 She followed Paul and us, shoung, “<strong>The</strong>se men are servants of the<br />

Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvaon.” 18 She did this for many<br />

days. But becoming greatly troubled, Paul turned to the spirit and said, “I<br />

command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out at<br />

that moment.<br />

19 When her masters saw that the hope of their profits was gone, they seized Paul<br />

and Silas, and dragged them into the marketplace to the rulers. 20 And they<br />

brought them to the magistrates, saying, “<strong>The</strong>se men, being Jews, greatly trouble<br />

our city 21 and teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to<br />

receive or observe.”<br />

22 <strong>The</strong> crowd rose up together against them. And the magistrates tore the<br />

garments off them and gave orders to beat them. 23 Aer they had laid many<br />

stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard<br />

them securely. 24 Having received such an order, he threw them into the inner<br />

prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.<br />

25 At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the<br />

prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so<br />

that the foundaons of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors<br />

were opened and everyone’s shackles were loosened. 27 When the jailer awoke<br />

and saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and would have killed himself,<br />

supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Do not harm<br />

yourself, for we are all here.”<br />

29 He called for lights and rushed in, trembling, and fell down before Paul and<br />

Silas. 30 He then led them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”<br />

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31 <strong>The</strong>y said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you and your household will be<br />

saved.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his<br />

household. 33 In that hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds.<br />

And immediately he and his enre household were bapzed. 34 <strong>The</strong>n he brought<br />

them up to his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced with his enre<br />

household believing in God.<br />

35 When it was day, the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, “Release those<br />

men.” 36 <strong>The</strong> prison guard reported these words to Paul, saying, “<strong>The</strong> magistrates<br />

have sent to release you. Now therefore depart, and go in peace.”<br />

37 But Paul said to them, “<strong>The</strong>y have publicly beaten us, who are uncondemned<br />

Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they secretly throw us out?<br />

Certainly not! Let them come themselves and bring us out.”<br />

38 <strong>The</strong> sergeants reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid<br />

when they heard that they were Romans. 39 So they came and entreated them.<br />

And they brought them out, asking them to leave the city. 40 <strong>The</strong>y went out of the<br />

prison and entered the house of Lydia. When they had seen the brothers, they<br />

exhorted them and departed.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> has been presented by Philip in the following fashion,<br />

1. A sign or wonder was performed.<br />

2. Paul preached the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

3. <strong>The</strong> household was bapzed.<br />

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Paul escorted to Athens.<br />

Paul in Athens, Acts, 17:16-34<br />

16 While Paul waited for them in Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he<br />

saw that the city was full of idols. 17 <strong>The</strong>refore he disputed in the synagogue with<br />

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the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace daily with those who<br />

happened to there. 18 <strong>The</strong>n some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers<br />

encountered him. And some said, “What will this babbler say?” Others said, “He<br />

seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,” because he preached Jesus and the<br />

resurrecon to them. 19 <strong>The</strong>y took hold of him and led him to the Areopagus,<br />

saying, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak? 20 For you<br />

are bringing strange things to our ears. <strong>The</strong>refore we want to know what these<br />

things mean.” 21 For all the Athenians and foreigners who lived there spent their<br />

me in nothing else, but either telling or hearing something new.<br />

22 <strong>The</strong>n Paul stood in the middle of the Areopagus, and said: “Men of Athens, I<br />

perceive that in all things you are very religious. 23 For as I passed by and looked<br />

up at your objects of worship, I found an altar with this inscripon:<br />

TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.<br />

Whom you therefore unknowingly worship, Him I proclaim to you.<br />

24 “God who made the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth,<br />

does not live in temples made by hands. 25 Nor is He served by men’s hands, as<br />

though He needed anything, since He gives all men life and breath and all things.<br />

26 He has made from one blood every naon of men to live on the enre face of<br />

the earth, having appointed fixed mes and the boundaries of their habitaon, 27<br />

that they should seek the Lord so perhaps they might reach for Him and find Him,<br />

though He is not far from each one of us. 28 ‘For in Him we live and move and<br />

have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.’<br />

29 “<strong>The</strong>refore since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to suppose that the<br />

Deity is like gold or silver or stone or an engraved work of art or an image of the<br />

reflecon of man. 30 God overlooked the mes of ignorance, but now He<br />

commands all men everywhere to repent. 31 For He has appointed a day on which<br />

He will judge the world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed,<br />

having given assurance of this to all men by raising Him from the dead.”<br />

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32 When they heard of the resurrecon of the dead, some scoffed. But others<br />

said, “We will hear you again concerning this mater.” 33 So Paul departed from<br />

them. 34 <strong>How</strong>ever, some men joined him and believed. Among them were<br />

Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> has been presented by Philip in the following fashion,<br />

1. No sign or wonder was performed.<br />

2. A crowd gathered.<br />

3. Paul preached the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

4. Some believed and joined him.<br />

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Paul Preaching in Corinth<br />

Paul in Corinth, Acts 18:1-12<br />

Aer this, Paul le Athens and went to Corinth. 2 He found a Jew named Aquila, a<br />

nave of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because<br />

Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to them. 3 And<br />

because he was of the same trade, he remained with them and worked, for they<br />

were tentmakers by trade. 4 He lectured in the synagogue every Sabbath and<br />

persuaded Jews and Greeks.<br />

5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul was pressed by the Spirit<br />

and tesfied to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 6 But when they opposed him<br />

and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be<br />

upon your heads. I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Genles.”<br />

7 <strong>The</strong>n he departed from there and entered the house of a man named Justus,<br />

one who worshipped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. 8<br />

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Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord with his enre<br />

household. And many of the Corinthians, who heard, believed and were bapzed.<br />

9 <strong>The</strong> Lord spoke to Paul in the night through a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak<br />

and do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one shall atack you and hurt<br />

you, for I have many people in this city.” 11 So for a year and six months he sat<br />

among them, teaching the word of God.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> has been presented in the following fashion,<br />

1. No sign or wonder was performed.<br />

2. Crowds at the synagogue and Justus house alongside the synagogue.<br />

3. Paul preached the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

4. Many Believed and were bapzed.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Preaching of Apollos<br />

Apollos Preaches in Ephesus, Acts 18:24-28<br />

24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, born in Alexandria, who was an eloquent<br />

man and powerful in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed<br />

in the way of the Lord, knowing only the bapsm of John, but being fervent in<br />

spirit, he accurately spoke and taught the things concerning the Lord. 26 He began<br />

to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took<br />

him and explained the way of God more accurately.<br />

27 When Apollos intended to pass into Achaia, the brothers wrote to encourage<br />

the disciples to welcome him. On arriving, he greatly helped those who had<br />

believed through grace. 28 For he vehemently refuted the Jews publicly, proving<br />

from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.<br />

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He preached John's bapsm, a bapsm of repentance telling the people that they<br />

should believe in the One coming aer him, that is, in Christ Jesus. Aquila and<br />

Priscilla explained systemacally and in detail the way of God more accurately to<br />

Him.<br />

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Paul Preaching in Ephesus<br />

Ephesians Receive the Holy Spirit, Acts 19:1-10<br />

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper regions and came to<br />

Ephesus. He found some disciples 2 and said to them, “Have you received the<br />

Holy Spirit since you believed?”<br />

<strong>The</strong>y said to him, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”<br />

3 He said to them, “Into what then were you bapzed?”<br />

<strong>The</strong>y said, “Into John’s bapsm.”<br />

4 Paul said, “John indeed bapzed with the bapsm of repentance, telling the<br />

people that they should believe in the One coming aer him, that is, in Christ<br />

Jesus.” 5 When they heard this, they were bapzed in the name of the Lord Jesus.<br />

6 When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they<br />

spoke in other tongues and prophesied. 7 <strong>The</strong>re were about twelve men in all.<br />

8 He went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, lecturing and<br />

persuading concerning the kingdom of God. 9 But when some were hardened and<br />

did not believe, but spoke evil of the Way before the crowd, he withdrew from<br />

them and took the disciples, lecturing daily in the school of Tyrannus. 10 This<br />

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connued for two years, so that all who lived in Asia heard the word of the Lord<br />

Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.<br />

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Acts 19:11-12 “God worked powerful miracles by the hands of Paul. 12 So<br />

handkerchiefs or aprons he had touched were brought to the sick, and the<br />

diseases le them, and the evil spirits went out of them.”<br />

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God Will work through you the same way he worked through Paul, only decide to<br />

do what Paul did.<br />

Trouble in Ephesus, Acts 19:23-27<br />

About that me great trouble arose about the Way. 24 For a silversmith named<br />

Demetrius, who made silver shrines for Artemis, brought much business to the<br />

crasmen. 25 He gathered them together with the workmen of similar trades and<br />

said, “Men, you know that by this trade we have our wealth. 26 And you see and<br />

hear, not only at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, that this Paul has<br />

persuaded and turned away many people, saying that these things made by hands<br />

are not gods. 27 Now not only is our trade in danger of coming into disrepute, but<br />

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also the temple of the great goddess Artemis, whom all Asia and the world<br />

worship, may be discredited and her magnificence destroyed.”<br />

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Our Duty to Declare the Whole Counsel of God<br />

Speaking to the Ephesian Elders, Acts 20:22-24 (MEV)<br />

“Now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what shall<br />

befall me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit tesfies to me in every city that<br />

imprisonment and afflicons await me. 24 But none of these things deter me. Nor<br />

do I count my life of value to myself, so that I may joyfully finish my course and the<br />

ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to tesfy to the gospel of the<br />

grace of God.<br />

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Acts 20:25-31 “Now I know that all you, among whom I went proclaiming the<br />

kingdom of God, will see my face no more. 26 <strong>The</strong>refore I tesfy to you this day<br />

that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 For I did not keep from declaring to<br />

you the whole counsel of God. 28 <strong>The</strong>refore take heed to yourselves and to the<br />

enre flock, over which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the<br />

church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 For I know that aer<br />

my departure, dreadful wolves will enter among you, not sparing the flock. 30<br />

Even from among you men will arise speaking perverse things, to draw the<br />

disciples away aer them. 31 <strong>The</strong>refore watch, remembering that for three years<br />

night and day I did not cease to warn everyone with tears.<br />

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Acts 20:32-38 “Now, brothers, I commend you to God and to the word of His<br />

grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all who are<br />

sancfied. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 Yes, you<br />

yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessies and for those<br />

who were with me. 35 In all things I have shown you how, working like this, you<br />

must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, ‘It is<br />

more blessed to give than to receive.’”<br />

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36 Having said these things, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. 37 <strong>The</strong>y<br />

all wept much and embraced Paul’s neck and kissed him, 38 grieving most over<br />

the words he spoke, that they were to see his face no more. <strong>The</strong>n they escorted<br />

him to the ship.<br />

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Apostle Paul Preaching in Custody<br />

Paul Held in Custody, Acts 24:24-27<br />

24 Aer several days, when Felix arrived with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess,<br />

he sent for Paul and heard him speak concerning faith in Christ. 25 As he lectured<br />

about righteousness, self-control, and the coming judgment, Felix was afraid and<br />

answered, “For now, leave! When me permits, I will send for you.” 26 At the<br />

same me he hoped that money would be given him by Paul, that he might<br />

release him. So he sent for him more oen and conversed with him.<br />

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27 But aer two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix. And Felix, desiring to do the<br />

Jews a favor, le Paul imprisoned.<br />

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Paul’s Defense Before Agrippa, Acts 26<br />

26 <strong>The</strong>n Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permited to speak for yourself.”<br />

So Paul stretched out his hand and made his defense: 2 “King Agrippa, I consider<br />

myself fortunate that today I shall make my defense before you against all the<br />

accusaons of the Jews, 3 especially because you are an expert in all customs and<br />

controversies of the Jews. <strong>The</strong>refore I beg you to paently listen to me.<br />

4 “My manner of life from my youth, spent from the beginning in my own naon<br />

and at Jerusalem, is known by all the Jews. 5 <strong>The</strong>y knew me from the beginning<br />

and could tesfy, if they wished, how according to the strictest sect of our religion<br />

I lived as a Pharisee. 6 And now I stand on trial for hope in the promise made by<br />

God to our fathers, 7 to which our twelve tribes hope to atain, as they earnestly<br />

serve God day and night. Concerning this hope, King Agrippa, I am accused by the<br />

Jews. 8 Why is it judged incredible by you that God raises the dead?<br />

9 “I, too, thought that I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of<br />

Nazareth, 10 which I indeed did in Jerusalem and locked up many of the saints in<br />

prison by authority from the chief priests. And when they were killed, I cast my<br />

vote against them. 11 I punished them oen in every synagogue and compelled<br />

them to blaspheme. And being extremely enraged against them, I persecuted<br />

them even to foreign cies.<br />

Paul Tells of His Conversion<br />

12 “So I went to Damascus with authority and a commission from the chief<br />

priests. 13 At midday, O King, I saw along the way a light from heaven, brighter<br />

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than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. 14 When we<br />

had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language,<br />

‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’<br />

15 “I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’<br />

“He said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecung. 16 But rise and stand on your<br />

feet. For I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and<br />

a witness both of what you have seen and of what I will yet reveal to you. 17 I will<br />

deliver you from your people and from the Genles to whom I now send you, 18<br />

to open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of<br />

Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among<br />

those who are sancfied by faith in Me.’<br />

Paul’s Tesmony to Jews and Genles<br />

19 “<strong>The</strong>refore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but<br />

declared first to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout all the<br />

region of Judea, and also to the Genles, that they should repent and turn to God<br />

and do works proving their repentance. 21 For these reasons the Jews seized me<br />

in the temple and tried to kill me. 22 <strong>The</strong>refore having obtained help from God, I<br />

connue to this day, tesfying both to small and great, saying nothing but what<br />

the prophets and Moses said would happen: 23 that the Christ must suffer, that<br />

He would be the first who would rise from the dead, and would announce light to<br />

His own people and to the Genles.”<br />

Paul Appeals to Agrippa to Believe<br />

24 So as he made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are mad.<br />

Much learning is turning you to madness.”<br />

25 Paul said, “I am not mad, most excellent Festus. I speak the words of truth and<br />

reason. 26 <strong>The</strong> king, before whom I also speak freely, knows about these things.<br />

For I am persuaded that none of this is hidden from him, for this was not done in a<br />

corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.”<br />

28 <strong>The</strong>n Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to be a Chrisan.”<br />

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29 Paul said, “I pray to God that not only you, but all who hear me this day, might<br />

become not only almost, but thoroughly and altogether, what I am, except for<br />

these chains.”<br />

30 When he had said this, the king rose, as well as the governor and Bernice and<br />

those who sat with them. 31 When they had gone aside, they said to one another,<br />

“This man is doing nothing deserving death or imprisonment.”<br />

32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not<br />

appealed to Caesar.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> has been presented in the following fashion,<br />

1. Paul tesfied of who he was as a Pharisee.<br />

2. Paul tesfied of his conversion.<br />

3. Paul appeals to his hearers to believe.<br />

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Paul's Arrival in Rome<br />

Paul Preaches in Rome, Acts 28:17-31<br />

17 Aer three days Paul called the leaders of the Jews together. When they had<br />

assembled, he said to them, “Brothers, having done nothing contrary to our<br />

people or the customs of our fathers, I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem<br />

into the hands of the Romans. 18 When they had examined me, they were<br />

determined to release me, because there was no charge against me deserving<br />

death. 19 But when the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not<br />

that I had any charge to bring against my naon. 20 For this reason I have asked to<br />

see you and speak with you, because I am bound with this chain for the hope of<br />

Israel.”<br />

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21 <strong>The</strong>y said to him, “We have not received any leters from Judea concerning<br />

you, and none of the brothers that have come have reported or spoken any evil of<br />

you. 22 But we think it is proper to hear from you what you think. For concerning<br />

this sect, we know that it is spoken against everywhere.”<br />

23 When they had arranged a day to be with him, many came to him at his<br />

residence. From morning unl evening he explained and solemnly tesfied of the<br />

kingdom of God to them, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of<br />

Moses and the Prophets. 24 Some believed what was said, but some did not<br />

believe. 25 Being in disagreement with one another, they were dismissed aer<br />

Paul had said one word: “<strong>The</strong> Holy Spirit accurately spoke to our fathers through<br />

Isaiah the prophet,<br />

26 ‘Go to this people and say:<br />

You shall certainly hear, but never understand;<br />

and you shall certainly see, but never perceive;<br />

27 for the heart of this people has grown dull.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir ears are hard of hearing,<br />

and they have closed their eyes,<br />

lest they should see with their eyes<br />

and hear with their ears<br />

and understand with their heart<br />

and turn, and I would heal them.’<br />

28 “<strong>The</strong>refore let it be known to you that the salvaon of God has been sent to<br />

the Genles. <strong>The</strong>y will hear it!”<br />

29 When he had said these words, the Jews departed and disputed greatly among<br />

themselves. 30 Paul remained two whole years in his own rented house. He<br />

welcomed all who came to him, 31 boldly and freely preaching the kingdom of<br />

God and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> has been presented in the following fashion,<br />

1. Paul preached the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

2. Paul quoted their beloved prophecies trying to convince them.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> intent of this secon is to review what Jesus preached concerning the<br />

Kingdom of Heaven and how we can enter so that when we preach the message<br />

of salvaon, we deliver the message with the same results. Don’t expect to see<br />

what Jesus did and the Apostles and disciples that followed if you would preach a<br />

message that they did not preach. Preach what they preached, and you will have<br />

the results they had. This secon is not conclusive, I have only used parts of the<br />

<strong>Gospel</strong> of Mathew, dig in, the New Testament consists of 27 books.<br />

You don’t need to fake it to make it, you need to preach what Jesus and the<br />

Apostles preached and live unashamed of the <strong>Gospel</strong>, as they did.<br />

Jesus Ministry Begins<br />

Mathew 4:17 From that me Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent! For the<br />

kingdom of heaven is at hand.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Laws of the Kingdom – Mathew 5:17-6:18<br />

<strong>The</strong> word repentance is found 110 mes in the bible from Genesis 6:6 to<br />

Revelaons 16:11.<br />

8 original words for repentance are;<br />

1. Hebrew nacham, to sigh, breathe strongly, to be sorry (Genesis 6:6, Ex<br />

13:17, Job 42:6, Jonah 3:10) - (H5162)<br />

2. Hebrew shuwb, to turn back (1 Ki 8:47, Ez 14:6) - (H7725)<br />

3. Hebrew nocham, regret (Hos 13:14) (H5164)<br />

4. Hebrew nichum, compassion (Hos 11:8) - (H5515)<br />

5. Greek metanoeo, to change the mind for the beter morally, not merely to<br />

forsake sin, but to change one's atude toward it and his love for it. Hence,<br />

it is demanded by God as a condion of forgiveness and grace (Luke 13:3,5;<br />

15:7; 15:10; 16:30; 17:3; 17:4; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 8:22 17:30, Mt. 4:17) -<br />

(G3440)<br />

6. Greek metamellomai, to regret the consequences of sin, not the cause (Mt.<br />

27:3; 2 Cor 7:8) - (G3338)<br />

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7. Greek metanoia, a real change of mind and atude toward sin and its<br />

cause, not merely the consequences of it (Mt. 3:8, 11; 9:13; Lk. 24:47) -<br />

(G3341)<br />

8. Greek ametamelétos. Irrevocable, (Rom 11:29; 2 Cor 7:10) - (G278)<br />

<strong>The</strong> Kingdom of Heaven once ruled and reigned unchallenged on the earth. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

was no sin in man, God and man walked through Eden in a perfect relaonship.<br />

But then man chose to disobey God and subsequently gave dominion in the<br />

kingdom to satan, and the kingdom of heaven withdrew unl a me Jesus would<br />

come and restore mankind to God, “Repent! For the kingdom of heaven is at<br />

hand.”<br />

Examples of repentance:<br />

Josephs brethren (Gen. 50:17), Israel (Num. 21:7-9; Judg. 2:4; Ezra 9:-14; Neh. 1:6-<br />

7), David (2 Sam. 24:10-17; Ps. 51), Ahab (1 Ki. 21:25-29), Josiah (2 Ki. 22:11-20),<br />

Manasseh (2 Chr. 33:1-13), Ninevites (Jonah 3; Lk 11:32),<br />

Prodigal son (Lk. 15:11-32), <strong>The</strong> publican (Lk. 18:9-14), Peter (Mt. 26:75; Lk.<br />

22:62), Corinthians (2 Cor. 7:9-11)<br />

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Many Will Not Be Saved Because:<br />

• <strong>The</strong>y seek the wrong way – not striving (Lk. 13:24; Rom. 10:9-10)<br />

• <strong>The</strong>y seek at the wrong me – when the door is shut (Lk. 13:25; Mt. 7:21)<br />

• <strong>The</strong>y seek in the wrong place – stand without (Lk. 13:25; Rev. 3:20)<br />

• <strong>The</strong>y seek upon the wrong plea – we entertained you (Lk. 13:26; Mt. 7:21)<br />

• <strong>The</strong>y seek with the mouth, but their heart is far from God (Lk.13:26; Isa.<br />

29:13; Mt. 15:8)<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Qualificaon, the Cost & the Work.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Qualificaon<br />

Mathew 4:18-20 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers,<br />

Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, throwing a net into the sea, for they<br />

were fishermen. 19 And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers<br />

of men.” <strong>The</strong>y immediately le their nets and followed Him.<br />

Mathew 9:4 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Mathew sing<br />

at the tax collector’s staon. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” And he rose and<br />

followed Him.<br />

Mathew 19:21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go and sell what you<br />

have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow<br />

Me.”<br />

Mathew 20:16 “So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but<br />

few are chosen.”<br />

Mathew 9:36 But when He saw the crowds, He was moved with compassion for<br />

them, because they fainted and were scatered, like sheep without a shepherd.<br />

Mathew 14:14 Jesus went ashore and saw a great assembly. And He was moved<br />

with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick.<br />

Mathew 15:32 <strong>The</strong>n Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, “I have compassion<br />

on the crowd, because they have remained with Me now for three days and have<br />

nothing to eat. I will not send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”<br />

Mathew 20:34 So Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes.<br />

Immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.<br />

• <strong>To</strong> Follow is an idiom of discipleship. (2 Kings 6:19).<br />

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• Leaving All is required of all of us. It is an idiom of pung God first in life.<br />

(Mathew 19:27-30; Luke 14:33).<br />

• Compassion is a characterisc of God and Christ and should be of<br />

believers. It causes revolng acon in our innermost being to bring<br />

deliverance from unlawful and inhuman misery and suffering. Used 9<br />

mes of Christ (Mathew 9:36; 14:14; 15:32, 20:34; Mark. 1:41; 5:19;<br />

6:34; 8:2; Luke 7:13)<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Cost<br />

Mathew 9:38 <strong>The</strong>refore, pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He will send out<br />

laborers into His harvest.”<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Work<br />

Mathew 4:10 While Jesus sat at supper in the house, many tax collectors and<br />

sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples.<br />

Mathew 4:23 Jesus went throughout all Galilee teaching in their synagogues,<br />

preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all sorts<br />

of diseases among the people.<br />

Mathew 9:12-13 But when Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are<br />

well do not need a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what<br />

this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the<br />

righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”<br />

Mathew 9:35-38 Jesus went throughout all the cies and villages, teaching in<br />

their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness<br />

and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the crowds, He was<br />

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moved with compassion for them, because they fainted and were scatered, like<br />

sheep without a shepherd. 37 <strong>The</strong>n He said to His disciples, “<strong>The</strong> harvest truly is<br />

plenful, but the laborers are few. 38 <strong>The</strong>refore, pray to the Lord of the harvest,<br />

that He will send out laborers into His harvest.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Commissioning of the Disciples, Mathew 28:16-20<br />

16 <strong>The</strong>n the eleven disciples went away to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus<br />

had directed them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshipped Him. But some<br />

doubted. 18 <strong>The</strong>n Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been<br />

given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all<br />

naons, bapzing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy<br />

Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you. And<br />

remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Temptaons presented by the ministry.<br />

Mathew 4:24 (MEV) His fame went throughout all Syria. And they brought to<br />

Him all sick people who were taken with various diseases and tormented with<br />

pain, those who were possessed with demons, those who had seizures, and those<br />

who had paralysis, and He healed them. 25 Great crowds followed Him from<br />

Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Fruit.<br />

Mathew 4:24 His fame went throughout all Syria. And they brought to Him all<br />

sick people who were taken with various diseases and tormented with pain, those<br />

who were possessed with demons, those who had seizures, and those who had<br />

paralysis, and He healed them. 25 Great crowds followed Him from Galilee, the<br />

Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.<br />

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Jesus First Open-Air Meeng, What He taught.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Sermon on the Mount, Mathew 5<br />

1 Now seeing the crowds, He went up on a mountain. And when He sat down, His<br />

disciples came to Him.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Beatudes<br />

2 And He began speaking and taught them, saying:<br />

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,<br />

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.<br />

4 Blessed are those who mourn,<br />

for they shall be comforted.<br />

5 Blessed are the meek,<br />

for they shall inherit the earth.<br />

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,<br />

for they shall be filled.<br />

7 Blessed are the merciful,<br />

for they shall obtain mercy.<br />

8 Blessed are the pure in heart,<br />

for they shall see God.<br />

9 Blessed are the peacemakers,<br />

for they shall be called the sons of God.<br />

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,<br />

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.<br />

11 “Blessed are you when men revile you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of<br />

evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be very glad, because great is<br />

your reward in heaven, for in this manner they persecuted the prophets who were<br />

before you.<br />

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Salt and Light<br />

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its salness, how shall it be<br />

made salty? It is from then on good for nothing but to be thrown out and to be<br />

trampled underfoot by men.<br />

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15<br />

Neither do men light a candle and put it under a basket, but on a candlesck. And<br />

it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men that<br />

they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.<br />

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Teaching About the Law<br />

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have not<br />

come to abolish, but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, unl heaven and earth pass<br />

away, not one dot or one mark will pass from the law unl all be fulfilled. 19<br />

Whoever, therefore, breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches<br />

others to do likewise shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But<br />

whoever does and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.<br />

20 For I say to you that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of<br />

the scribes and Pharisees, you will in no way enter the kingdom of heaven.<br />

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Teaching About Anger<br />

21 “You have heard that it was said by the ancients, ‘You shall not murder,’[a] and<br />

‘Whoever murders shall be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that<br />

whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the<br />

judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be in danger of the<br />

Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be in danger of hell fire.<br />

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23 “<strong>The</strong>refore, if you bring your gi to the altar and there remember that your<br />

brother has something against you, 24 leave your gi there before the altar and<br />

go on your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your<br />

gi.<br />

25 “Reconcile with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest<br />

your adversary deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer,<br />

and you be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I say to you, you will by no means come<br />

out of there unl you have paid the last penny.<br />

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Teaching About Adultery<br />

27 “You have heard that it was said by the ancients, ‘You shall not commit<br />

adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever looks on a woman to lust aer her has<br />

commited adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if your right eye causes<br />

you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away. For it is profitable that one of your<br />

members should perish, and not that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And<br />

if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is profitable<br />

for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body be<br />

thrown into hell.<br />

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Teaching About Divorce<br />

31 “It was said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a cerficate of<br />

divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except for marital<br />

unfaithfulness, causes her to commit adultery. And whoever marries her who is<br />

divorced commits adultery.<br />

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Teaching About Oaths<br />

33 “Again, you have heard that it was said by the ancients, ‘You shall not swear<br />

falsely, but shall fulfill your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at<br />

all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His<br />

footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you<br />

swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let<br />

your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these comes<br />

from the evil one.<br />

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Teaching About Revenge<br />

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39<br />

But I say to you, do not resist an evil person. But whoever strikes you on your right<br />

cheek, turn to him the other as well. 40 And if anyone sues you in a court of law<br />

and takes away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. 41 And whoever compels<br />

you to go a mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks you, and from him<br />

who would borrow from you do not turn away.<br />

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Love for Enemies<br />

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your<br />

enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do<br />

good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and<br />

persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He<br />

makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on<br />

the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do<br />

not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brothers only,<br />

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what are you doing more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48<br />

<strong>The</strong>refore be perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.<br />

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Teaching About Charitable Giving<br />

Mathew 6 (MEV) 6 “Be sure that you not do your charitable deeds before men to<br />

be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father who is in<br />

heaven.<br />

2 “<strong>The</strong>refore, when you do your charitable deeds, do not sound a trumpet before<br />

you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be<br />

honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do<br />

your charitable deeds, do not let your le hand know what your right hand is<br />

doing, 4 that your charitable deeds may be in secret. And your Father who sees in<br />

secret will Himself reward you openly.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Lord’s Prayer<br />

5 “When you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray<br />

standing in the synagogues and on the street corners that they may be seen by<br />

men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, enter<br />

your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in<br />

secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 But when you<br />

pray, do not use vain repeons, as the heathen do. For they think that they will<br />

be heard for their much speaking. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows<br />

what things you have need of before you ask Him.<br />

9 “<strong>The</strong>refore pray in this manner:<br />

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Our Father who is in heaven,<br />

hallowed be Your name.<br />

10 Your kingdom come;<br />

Your will be done<br />

on earth, as it is in heaven.<br />

11 Give us this day our daily bread.<br />

12 And forgive us our debts,<br />

as we forgive our debtors.<br />

13 And lead us not into temptaon,<br />

but deliver us from evil.<br />

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.<br />

14 For if you forgive men for their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.<br />

15 But if you do not forgive men for their sins, neither will your Father forgive<br />

your sins.<br />

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Teaching About Fasng<br />

16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites with a sad<br />

countenance. For they disfigure their faces so they may appear to men to be<br />

fasng. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 17 But you, when you fast,<br />

anoint your head and wash your face, 18 so that you will not appear to men to be<br />

fasng, but to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will<br />

reward you openly.<br />

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Luke 5:35 “But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from<br />

them. <strong>The</strong>n in those days they will fast.”<br />

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Treasures in Heaven<br />

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust<br />

destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves<br />

treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy and where thieves do<br />

not break in nor steal, 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.<br />

(against double-mindedness Lk.16.9; Js. 1:5; Heb 10:38)<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Light of the Body<br />

22 “<strong>The</strong> light of the body is the eye. <strong>The</strong>refore, if your eye is clear, your whole<br />

body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is unclear, your whole body will be full<br />

of darkness. <strong>The</strong>refore, if the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that<br />

darkness!<br />

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God and Money<br />

24 “No one can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the<br />

other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God<br />

and money.<br />

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Care and Anxiety<br />

25 “<strong>The</strong>refore, I say to you, take no thought about your life, what you will eat, or<br />

what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more<br />

than food and the body than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they do<br />

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not sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds<br />

them. Are you not much beter than they? 27 Who among you by taking thought<br />

can add a cubit[a] to his stature?<br />

28 “Why take thought about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they<br />

grow: <strong>The</strong>y neither work, nor do they spin. 29 Yet I say to you that even Solomon<br />

in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 30 <strong>The</strong>refore, if God so clothes<br />

the grass of the field, which today is here and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,<br />

will He not much more clothe you, O you of litle faith? 31 <strong>The</strong>refore, take no<br />

thought, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we<br />

wear?’ 32 (For the Genles seek aer all these things.) For your heavenly Father<br />

knows that you have need of all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God<br />

and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you. 34 <strong>The</strong>refore,<br />

take no thought about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take thought about the things<br />

of itself. Sufficient to the day is the trouble thereof.<br />

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Judging Others<br />

Mathew 7 (MEV) “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment<br />

you judge, you will be judged. And with the measure you use, it will be measured<br />

again for you.<br />

3 “And why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider<br />

the plank that is in your own eye? 4 Or how will you say to your brother, ‘Let me<br />

pull the speck out of your eye,’ when a log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite!<br />

First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the<br />

speck out of your brother’s eye.<br />

6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs, nor throw your pearls before swine, lest<br />

they trample them under their feet and turn around and atack you.<br />

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Ask, Seek, Knock<br />

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be<br />

opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to<br />

him who knocks, it will be opened.<br />

9 “What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a<br />

stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a snake? 11 If you then, being<br />

evil, know how to give good gis to your children, how much more will your<br />

Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 <strong>The</strong>refore,<br />

everything you would like men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law<br />

and the Prophets.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Narrow Gate<br />

13 “Enter at the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads<br />

to destrucon, and there are many who are going through it, 14 because small is<br />

the gate and narrow is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.<br />

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A Tree and Its Fruit<br />

15 “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly<br />

they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruit. Do men gather<br />

grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good<br />

fruit. But a corrupt tree bears evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor<br />

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can a corrupt tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is<br />

cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 <strong>The</strong>refore, by their fruit you will know<br />

them.<br />

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I Never Knew You<br />

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven,<br />

but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me<br />

on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in<br />

Your name, and done many wonderful works in Your name?’ 23 But then I will<br />

declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from Me, you who pracce evil.’[a]<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Two Housebuilders<br />

24 “Whoever hears these sayings of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise<br />

man who built his house on a rock. 25 And the rain descended, the floods came,<br />

and the winds blew and beat on that house. And it did not fall, for it was founded<br />

a rock. 26 And everyone who hears these sayings of Mine and does not do them<br />

will be likened to a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain<br />

descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. And it<br />

fell. And its fall was great.”<br />

28 When Jesus finished these sayings, the people were astonished at His teaching,<br />

29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.<br />

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Jesus, Reveals the Reality of Our Life Choices<br />

<strong>The</strong> Rich Man and Lazarus, Luke 16:19-31<br />

19 “<strong>The</strong>re was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared<br />

sumptuously every day. 20 <strong>The</strong>re was also a beggar named Lazarus, covered with<br />

sores, who had been placed at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed the crumbs falling<br />

from the rich man’s table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores.<br />

22 “It came to pass that the beggar died and was carried by the angels to<br />

Abraham’s presence. <strong>The</strong> rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, being in<br />

torment, he lied up his eyes and saw Abraham from a distance and Lazarus in his<br />

presence. 24 So he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send<br />

Lazarus to dip the p of his finger in water and cool my tongue. For I am<br />

tormented in this flame.’<br />

25 “But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifeme received your<br />

good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things. But now he is comforted, and<br />

you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great<br />

gulf, so that those who would pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from<br />

there pass to us.’<br />

27 “He said, ‘<strong>The</strong>n I pray you, father, to send him to my father’s house, 28 for I<br />

have five brothers, to tesfy to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’<br />

29 “Abraham said to him, ‘<strong>The</strong>y have Moses and the Prophets. Let them hear<br />

them.’<br />

30 “He said, ‘No, father Abraham. But if someone from the dead goes to them,<br />

they will repent.’<br />

31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they<br />

be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’ ”<br />

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Notable points<br />

1. Jesus used a man's name; this is not a parable but the factual story of two<br />

men who lived.<br />

2. Neither your status nor your color preferences have any bearing on your<br />

eternal desnaon. Rich or poor, your eternity is dependent on whether or<br />

not you accept or reject Jesus.<br />

3. <strong>The</strong>re is no mercy in hell, only torment.<br />

4. What we priorize in our lifeme maters.<br />

5. <strong>The</strong>re is an impassible gulf (chasm or gorge), separang heaven from hell<br />

and the only way to cross over is in life, from earth to heaven or earth to<br />

hell.<br />

6. Once we are dead and the Word becomes our reality, there is no warning<br />

the living. Our only hope to save the living is while we live, to reach them<br />

with the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

7. If we reject the word of God in life, the consequence is the reality of the<br />

word we rejected, Being in heaven or hell.<br />

8. <strong>The</strong> dead will not be returning to warn the living. In life, we have the<br />

warning already, the sign of Jonah. (See Mathew 16:4 & Jonah 2-3)<br />

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Why Evangelise?<br />

Mankind is required to believe and obey the Bible or be damned. Mankind<br />

includes your children, loved ones, and friends. Do you care in your life to tell<br />

them the truth you know? In death, it will be too late.<br />

Mark 16:16 He who believes and is bapzed will be saved. But he who does not<br />

believe will be condemned.<br />

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. For it is the power of<br />

God for salvaon to everyone who believes, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.<br />

Romans 2:12-16 As many as have sinned without the law will also perish without<br />

the law, and as many as have sinned under the law will be judged by the law, 13<br />

for the hearers of the law are not jusfied before God, but the doers of the law<br />

will be jusfied. 14 For when Genles, who do not have the law, do by nature the<br />

things contained in the law, these, not having the law, are a law unto themselves,<br />

15 who show the work of the law writen in their hearts, their conscience also<br />

bearing witness, while their conflicng thoughts accuse or even excuse them, 16<br />

in the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men<br />

through Jesus Christ.<br />

<strong>The</strong> current reality of the Rich Man<br />

1. His soul is in hell.<br />

2. He is in torment.<br />

3. He cries for mercy and begs for a drop of water to cool his tongue.<br />

4. In hell, in torment, he sll has a tongue, eyes, memory, intelligence,<br />

feelings, emoons, will, voice, reasoning powers, concern for his family, and<br />

all other soul passions and spirit facules but there is nothing he can do to<br />

change his circumstances.<br />

5. In life, he said no to Jesus and is now paying the eternal penalty for his sin.<br />

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Jesus, Mercy in Acon<br />

<strong>The</strong> Woman Caught in the Act of Adultery, John 8:1-11<br />

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning He returned to the<br />

temple. All the people came to Him, and He sat down and taught them. 3 <strong>The</strong><br />

scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery. When they had put<br />

her in the middle, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very<br />

act of adultery. 5 Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such, but what<br />

do You say?” 6 <strong>The</strong>y said this, tesng Him, that they might have something of<br />

which to accuse Him.<br />

But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He<br />

did not hear them. 7 So when they connued asking Him, He stood up and said to<br />

them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”<br />

8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.<br />

9 Being convicted by their conscience, those who heard it went out one by one,<br />

beginning with the eldest even to the last. Jesus was le alone, and the woman<br />

standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had stood up and saw no one but the<br />

woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn<br />

you?”<br />

11 She said, “No one, Lord.”<br />

Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.”<br />

Notable points<br />

1. <strong>The</strong> scribes and Pharisees were trying to set Jesus up to break the law, so<br />

they had cause.<br />

2. <strong>The</strong> woman could not have been caught in adultery alone. Where is the<br />

man, they caught her with. A Pharisee?<br />

3. Jesus the only one who was without sin said, He who is without sin throw<br />

the first stone.<br />

4. Was Jesus wring with his finger the very law each accuser had broken?<br />

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5. Every Pharisee backed away; they knew they were also guilty of breaking<br />

the law.<br />

6. <strong>The</strong> moment of Salvaon, we are always alone with Jesus.<br />

7. Jesus forgave her sin.<br />

8. Jesus said to go and sin no more.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> law demanded this woman be stoned and rightly so, Levicus 20:10 says the<br />

adulterer and adulteress shall be put to death. <strong>The</strong> penalty for sin aer the<br />

resurrecon of Christ has not changed, Paul wrote to the Romans and said the<br />

wage of sin is death, Chapter 6:23. <strong>The</strong> only change made was not to the laws of<br />

God but to how in this life we can be jusfied even aer we have been found<br />

guilty of breaking them.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y were seng Jesus up, if he had said No, don’t stone her he would have been<br />

condemned as a false prophet by the people but if he had condemned the woman<br />

to death, they would have taken him before the Romans and accused Him of<br />

superseding their authority because the Romans were the only ones who could<br />

condemn anyone to death. <strong>The</strong> Pharisees thought they had Jesus in a no-win<br />

situaon. But they did not account for the Holy Spirit judging the secrets of their<br />

hearts and Jesus said, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw<br />

a stone at her.” Well, what were they going to do break another law of Moses and<br />

lie, acknowledge their sin, and fall next to that woman and repent, or back off?<br />

Unfortunately, they chose eternal death rather than swallow their pride and fall at<br />

the feet of the sinless One and be saved.<br />

As an evangelist, as a Chrisan, it is imperave that we hear the Holy Spirit. It is<br />

not an opon to live a lukewarm Chrisan life. Prayer is not oponal. <strong>The</strong> Word is<br />

not oponal IT IS LIFE. Sin is not oponal it is death, DEATH!! If you slip, repent<br />

quickly. If you fall, get up!! <strong>The</strong>re is no me for sleep, the gates of hell are as open<br />

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to unbelievers as the heavens are to the faithful, PLUNDER IT!! PLUNDER HELL!!<br />

Hell does not sleep!!<br />

O Lord please don’t let my mistakes hinder your Word from going forth from my<br />

mouth and seng these capves free, Let not my faults hinder one from hearing<br />

your voice here today and being saved! Let every one of these precious souls<br />

before me hear your voice repent and believe and let not one be lost. This is the<br />

constant burden of an evangelist. It does not come and go, it abides, it ABIDES!!<br />

Repent and be bapzed every one of you, there is no other way to be saved. Kneel<br />

at His feet with this woman and accept His mercy.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Word says Jesus wrote on the ground with His finger, Did He write the very<br />

sins these men had hidden in their hearts? If we will hear the Holy Spirit clearly, If<br />

we have concern for the life of mankind the very sins separang our hearers from<br />

Him, we will hear and call out over the microphone pleading with men and<br />

women - Repent, the sinless one Jesus is here, take a knee, receive His mercy, and<br />

then go follow Jesus and sin no more!<br />

John 8:12 says, Again, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.<br />

Whoever follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.”<br />

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<strong>The</strong> First Evangelist, <strong>The</strong> Adulteress Samaritan Woman<br />

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, John 4:1-42<br />

Now when the Lord learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making<br />

and bapzing more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not bapze,<br />

but His disciples), 3 He le Judea and departed again to Galilee.<br />

4 Now it was necessary that He go through Samaria. 5 So He came to a city of<br />

Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son<br />

Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there. Jesus, therefore, being exhausted from His<br />

journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.<br />

7 A woman of Samaria came there to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a<br />

drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.<br />

9 <strong>The</strong>n the woman of Samaria said to Him, “<strong>How</strong> is it that You, being a Jew, ask a<br />

drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.<br />

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gi of God, and who it is who is saying to<br />

you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you<br />

living water.”<br />

11 <strong>The</strong> woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is<br />

deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father<br />

Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his<br />

livestock?”<br />

13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but<br />

whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. Indeed, the<br />

water that I shall give him will become in him a well of water springing up into<br />

eternal life.”<br />

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15 <strong>The</strong> woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not thirst, nor<br />

come here to draw.”<br />

16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”<br />

17 <strong>The</strong> woman answered, “I have no husband.”<br />

Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had<br />

five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband. So you have<br />

spoken truthfully.”<br />

19 <strong>The</strong> woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers<br />

worshipped on this mountain, but you all say that in Jerusalem is the place where<br />

men ought to worship.”<br />

21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when neither on<br />

this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what<br />

you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvaon is of the Jews. 23 Yet<br />

the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the<br />

Father in spirit and truth. For the Father seeks such to worship Him. 24 God is<br />

Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth.”<br />

25 <strong>The</strong> woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ).<br />

“When He comes, He will tell us all things.”<br />

26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”<br />

27 <strong>The</strong>n His disciples came. <strong>The</strong>y marveled that He talked with a woman. Yet no<br />

one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”<br />

28 <strong>The</strong> woman then le her water pot, went her way into the city, and said to the<br />

men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the<br />

Christ?” 30 <strong>The</strong>y went out of the city and came to Him.<br />

31 Meanwhile His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”<br />

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32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”<br />

33 <strong>The</strong>refore the disciples said one to another, “Has anyone brought Him anything<br />

to eat?”<br />

34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish<br />

His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘<strong>The</strong>re are yet four months, and then comes the<br />

harvest’? Listen! I say to you, li up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are<br />

already white for harvest. 36 He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit that<br />

leads to eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice<br />

together. 37 For in this is the saying true, ‘One sows, and another reaps.’ 38 I sent<br />

you to reap a crop for which you did not labor. And you have benefited from their<br />

labor.”<br />

39 Many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the<br />

woman who tesfied, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans<br />

came to Him, they asked Him to remain with them. And He stayed there two days.<br />

41 And many more believed because of His word.<br />

42 <strong>The</strong>y said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for<br />

we have heard for ourselves and know that this Man is indeed the Christ, the<br />

Savior of the world.”<br />

Notable points<br />

1. Jesus engaged a Samaritan woman for water.<br />

2. He ministered a word of knowledge.<br />

3. She le her water pot.<br />

4. She went to her city and told the men of her encounter with Jesus.<br />

5. She invited the men to come and see Jesus for themselves.<br />

6. Many believed because of the woman's tesmony.<br />

7. Many more believed because of Jesus' teaching.<br />

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Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gi of God,”. I oen wonder if the church of<br />

my generaon knows the gis of God but specifically, knows the gi of salvaon.<br />

<strong>How</strong> can a Chrisan that claims to know that void of Christ men and women will<br />

be in eternal torment do nothing to warn them? <strong>How</strong> can anyone who says they<br />

are a child of God sleep well knowing they have done nothing to warn even one<br />

person in their lives? It is not possible that this person is a believer. <strong>The</strong>y may be a<br />

Chrisan by the world standards but a believer they are not.<br />

Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” Jesus already knew that<br />

she had no husband. <strong>The</strong> gis of the Holy Spirit are for us all, 1 Corinthians 12:4-<br />

11. Jesus used the gi of knowledge many mes, Mt. 9:4, 12:25; Lk. 5:22, 6:8,<br />

11:17; Jn. 2:24-25. It was this very knowledge that Jesus had of her past that<br />

caused her to acknowledge Him.<br />

1 Corinthians 3:6-9 SAYS; I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the<br />

increase. 7 So then neither is he who plants, nor he who waters anything, but God<br />

who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants, and he who waters are one, and<br />

each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are<br />

laborers together with God: You are God’s vineyard; you are God’s building.<br />

<strong>The</strong> evangelist is the most neglected tool of the church arsenal, expected to sit<br />

and be silent whilst Pharisees teach messages that lead the harvest back to the<br />

slaughter and if they should speak out against the leading of the sheep to the<br />

slaughter, they are shamed and even expelled by the very preachers they brought<br />

the harvest to for doctrine, reproof, correcon, and instrucon in righteousness.<br />

Unfortunately, today, many a preacher is more concerned with their own wellbeing<br />

than with that of the church and that is why they preach to ckle ears. Take<br />

away their income and you will soon find out who is a sheep and who is a wolf.<br />

An evangelist once told me, “If the church cannot meet the need, then you must<br />

do it yourself”. That was a liberang statement for me. Up unl that point, the<br />

thought of disciplining our converts never crossed my mind. But that is the<br />

command, “Go and make disciples of all naons, bapzing them in the Name of<br />

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the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey<br />

everything I have commanded you.” When we get stuck in religion the mission is<br />

obscured, We must remember who called us in the first place and follow Him.<br />

For many years I connued without being able to bounce my thoughts off another<br />

minister, even another Chrisan outside of my wife, I had no one to check my<br />

doctrine and make sure I was not deceiving people. I stayed awake night aer<br />

night trembling with the thought my next statement may deceive someone to<br />

hell. I had to learn to trust fully in the Holy Spirit to teach me all things. I had to<br />

make sure I was in Him so that I didn’t lead anyone from Him. I have found this is a<br />

common road many Chrisans who find truth land on. But you are not alone in<br />

this, He is always with you, and you must setle in the fact that He is with you.<br />

Rejecon is a real devil you will overcome by setling in yourself that the truth is in<br />

opposion to the grain of untruth so many in bondage believe to be true. You<br />

have the cure for death, the abundance of life living in you, and are free, So live it,<br />

share it, and declare it. Follow me, the truth is this way, freedom is this way,<br />

healing is this way.<br />

John 4:28-30 <strong>The</strong> woman then le her water pot, went her way into the city, and<br />

said to the men, 29 “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could<br />

this be the Christ?” 30 <strong>The</strong>y went out of the city and came to Him.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Gospel</strong> is so simple that religious leaders have to intenonally complicate it<br />

to keep free people bound.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Parable of the Sower, Mathew 13:1-17<br />

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 Great crowds<br />

assembled around Him, so that He went into a boat and sat there. And the whole<br />

assembly stood on the shore. 3 <strong>The</strong>n He told them many things in parables,<br />

saying, “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4 While he sowed, some seeds fell<br />

beside the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 But other seeds fell on<br />

rocky ground where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up<br />

because they did not have deep soil. 6 But when the sun rose, they were<br />

scorched. And because they did not take root, they withered away. 7 Some seeds<br />

fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 But other seeds<br />

fell into good ground and produced grain: a hundred, sixty, or thirty mes as<br />

much. 9 Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Purpose of the Parables<br />

10 <strong>The</strong> disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”<br />

11 He answered them, “It is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of<br />

heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For to him who has, will more be given, and<br />

he will have abundance. But from him who has not, even what he has will be<br />

taken away. 13 <strong>The</strong>refore I speak to them in parables:<br />

‘Because they look, but do not see.<br />

And they listen, but they do not hear, neither do they understand.’<br />

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says:<br />

‘By hearing, you will hear and shall not understand,<br />

and seeing, you will see and shall not perceive;<br />

15 for this people’s heart has grown dull.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir ears have become hard of hearing,<br />

and they have closed their eyes,<br />

lest they should see with their eyes<br />

and hear with their ears<br />

and understand with their hearts,<br />

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and turn, and I should heal them.’<br />

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For<br />

truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those<br />

things which you see, and have not seen them, and to hear those things which<br />

you hear, and have not heard them.<br />

Keeping the Message Pure<br />

Temptaons to Sin, Mathew 18:1-9<br />

At that me the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the<br />

kingdom of heaven?”<br />

2 Jesus called a litle child to Him and set him in their midst, 3 and said, “Truly I<br />

say to you, unless you are converted and become like litle children, you will not<br />

enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 <strong>The</strong>refore whoever humbles himself like this litle<br />

child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one such litle<br />

child in My name receives Me.<br />

Temptaons to Sin<br />

6 “But whoever misleads one of these litle ones who believe in Me, it would be<br />

beter for him to have a millstone hung about his neck and to be drowned in the<br />

depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of temptaons! For it must be that<br />

temptaons come, but woe to that man by whom the temptaon comes! 8<br />

<strong>The</strong>refore if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.<br />

It is beter for you to enter life lame or maimed than having two hands or two feet<br />

to be thrown into eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and<br />

throw it away. It is beter for you to enter life with one eye than having two eyes<br />

to be thrown into the fire of hell.<br />

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In our zeal to direct a perishing soul to the Savior are we taking care not to<br />

mislead them so that after we place them at the foot of the cross, they don’t<br />

stand up and walk the wrong way.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Parable of the Lost Sheep, Mathew 18:10-14<br />

10 “See that you do not despise one of these litle ones. For I say to you that in<br />

heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11 For the<br />

Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.<br />

12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes<br />

astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go in search for the one<br />

which went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices more over<br />

that sheep than over the ninety-nine which never went astray. 14 So it is not the<br />

will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these litle ones should perish.<br />

Be careful not to draw a dividing line between the rich sheep and the poor sheep.<br />

Jesus came to seek and to save all who are lost, He did not come looking for a<br />

paycheck as many today do despising the poor and celebrang the rich. Jesus<br />

came for sheep, from the ghetos to the richest in the world, everyone needs a<br />

savior.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Parable of the Two Sons, Mathew 21:28-32 (MEV)<br />

28 “What do you think? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son,<br />

go work today in my vineyard.’<br />

29 “He answered, ‘I will not,’ but aerward he repented and went.<br />

30 “<strong>The</strong>n he came to the second and said likewise. He answered, ‘I will go, sir,’ but<br />

did not go.<br />

31 “Which of the two did the will of his father?”<br />

<strong>The</strong>y said, “<strong>The</strong> first.”<br />

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Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, the tax collectors and prostutes enter the<br />

kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness,<br />

and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and prostutes believed him.<br />

And even when you saw it, you did not aerward repent and believe him.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Harvest is plentiful, don’t waste time sitting with the self-righteous. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

are sinners looking for a Savior, go tell them His name is Jesus!<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Parable of the Vineyard and the Vinedressers,<br />

Mathew 21:33-45<br />

33 “Listen to another parable: <strong>The</strong>re was a certain landowner who planted a<br />

vineyard and built a wall around it. He dug a winepress in it and built a tower.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n he rented it to vinedressers and went into a distant country. 34 When the<br />

season of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers to receive<br />

his fruit.<br />

35 “<strong>The</strong> vinedressers took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned<br />

another. 36 Again, he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did<br />

likewise to them. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them, saying, ‘<strong>The</strong>y will respect<br />

my son.’<br />

38 “But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the<br />

heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ 39 So they caught him, threw<br />

him out of the vineyard, and killed him.<br />

40 “<strong>The</strong>refore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those<br />

vinedressers?”<br />

41 <strong>The</strong>y said, “He will severely destroy those wicked men and rent his vineyard to<br />

other vinedressers who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”<br />

42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:<br />

‘<strong>The</strong> stone which the builders rejected<br />

has become the cornerstone.<br />

This is the Lord’s doing,<br />

and it is marvelous in our eyes’?<br />

43 “<strong>The</strong>refore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a<br />

naon bearing its fruits. 44 Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces.<br />

But on whomever it falls, it will crush him.”<br />

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45 When the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that<br />

He was speaking of them. 46 But as they tried to arrest Him, they feared the<br />

crowds, because they held Him as a prophet.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> responsibility of propagating the Kingdom of God has been taken from the<br />

Jews and given to the Gentiles.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Parable of the Wedding Banquet, Mathew 22:1-14<br />

22 Jesus spoke to them again by parables, saying, 2 “<strong>The</strong> kingdom of heaven is like<br />

a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to<br />

call those who were invited to the wedding, but they would not come.<br />

4 “Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited: See, I<br />

have prepared my supper. My oxen and fatened calves are killed, and everything<br />

is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’<br />

5 “But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his<br />

business; 6 the rest took his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7<br />

When the king heard about it, he was angry. He sent in his army and destroyed<br />

those murderers and burned up their city.<br />

8 “<strong>The</strong>n he said to his servants, ‘<strong>The</strong> wedding is ready, but those who were invited<br />

were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the streets, and invite to the wedding banquet<br />

as many as you find.’ 10 So those servants went out into the streets and gathered<br />

together as many as they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was<br />

filled with guests.<br />

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man who was not<br />

wearing wedding garments. 12 He said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here<br />

without wedding garments?’ And he was speechless.<br />

13 “<strong>The</strong>n the king told the atendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away,<br />

and cast him into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of<br />

teeth.’<br />

14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”<br />

V9 says, “Go therefore to the streets, and invite to the wedding banquet as many<br />

as you find.’” <strong>The</strong> King had to turn to other guests, so he gathered good and bad<br />

wherever they were found. This is an illustraon of God turning to all men, good<br />

and bad (Mt. 13:38, 48), and not to Jews only (Jn 1:11; Mt 10:6; 15:24). <strong>The</strong><br />

rejecon of Jesus by Israel freed God from all responsibility to them in fulfilling His<br />

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covenants with them, so His program became a worldwide one for all men (Jn.<br />

3:16; Rom 1:16; 1 Cor. 12:13).<br />

V11 says, “….he saw a man who was not wearing wedding garments.” – John 3:16<br />

“For God so loved the world that he sent his only begoten son that whosoever<br />

(that’s me, you, a prostute, thief or murderer. <strong>The</strong> good and bad), believeth in<br />

Him shall be saved.<br />

V12 says, “….how did you get in here without wedding garments” – John 14:6<br />

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the<br />

Father except through Me.<br />

V13 says, “Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer<br />

darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” <strong>The</strong>re is<br />

punishment coming for those who reject Christ. (Mt. 8:12; 11:20-24; 13:40-50;<br />

24:51; 25:41-46)<br />

V14 says, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” All are called to salvaon<br />

(Mt. 11:28; Jn. 3:16; Rev 22:17), but few will finally be saved (Mt. 7:13-14; Lk.<br />

13:23-30)<br />

All mankind is called to be God’s chosen ones and can be if they will choose<br />

God.<br />

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Chosen<br />

Mathew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and<br />

I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me. For I am meek<br />

and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy,<br />

and My burden is light.”<br />

John 1:12-13 Yet to all who received Him, He gave the power to become sons of<br />

God, to those who believed in His name, 13 who were born not of blood, nor of<br />

the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.<br />

John 3:16-20 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begoten Son, that<br />

whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did<br />

not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through<br />

Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned. But he who<br />

does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name<br />

of the only begoten Son of God. 19 This is the verdict, that light has come into the<br />

world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.<br />

20 For everyone who does evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest<br />

his deeds should be exposed.<br />

John 6:35-40 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me<br />

shall never hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I told you<br />

that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. 37 All whom the Father gives Me<br />

will come to Me, and he who comes to Me I will never cast out. 38 For I came<br />

down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39<br />

This is the will of the Father who has sent Me, that of all whom He has given Me, I<br />

should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 This is the will of Him<br />

who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have<br />

eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”<br />

Ephesians 1:4-14 just as He chose us in Him before the foundaon of the world, to<br />

be holy and blameless before Him in love; 5 He predesned us to adopon as sons<br />

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to Himself through Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the<br />

praise of the glory of His grace which He graciously bestowed on us in the<br />

Beloved. 7 In Him we have redempon through His blood and the forgiveness of<br />

sins according to the riches of His grace, 8 which He lavished on us in all wisdom<br />

and insight, 9 making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good<br />

pleasure, which He purposed in Himself, 10 as a plan for the fullness of me, to<br />

unite all things in Christ, which are in heaven and on earth.<br />

11 In Him also we have received an inheritance, being predesned according to<br />

the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His own will,<br />

12 that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, should live for the praise of His<br />

glory. 13 In Him you also, aer hearing the word of truth, the gospel of your<br />

salvaon, and aer believing in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,<br />

14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance unl the redempon of the purchased<br />

possession, to the praise of His glory.<br />

2 <strong>The</strong>ssalonians 2:13-15 But we are bound to always give thanks to God for you,<br />

beloved brothers of the Lord, because God has from the beginning called you to<br />

salvaon through sancficaon by the Spirit and belief of the truth. 14 <strong>To</strong> this He<br />

called you by our gospel, to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.<br />

15 <strong>The</strong>refore, brothers, stand firm and hold the tradions which you have been<br />

taught, whether by word or by our leter.<br />

James 2:5 - Listen, my beloved brothers. Has God not chosen the poor of this<br />

world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He has promised to those<br />

who love Him?<br />

2 Timothy 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of<br />

the truth.<br />

2 Peter 3:9 <strong>The</strong> Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness.<br />

But He is paent with us, because He does not want any to perish, but all to come<br />

to repentance.<br />

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Revelaons 17:14 “<strong>The</strong>se will wage war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will<br />

overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those who are with Him<br />

are called and chosen and faithful.”<br />

Revelaons 22:17 <strong>The</strong> Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let him who hears say,<br />

“Come.” Let him who is thirsty come. Let him who desires take the water of life<br />

freely.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Faithful or the Unfaithful Servant, Mathew 24:45-51<br />

45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master has made ruler over<br />

his household to give them food at the appointed me? 46 Blessed is that servant<br />

whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47 Truly, I say to you that he<br />

will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart,<br />

‘My master delays his coming,’ 49 and begins to strike his fellow servants and eat<br />

and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day<br />

when he does not look for him and in an hour he is not aware of 51 and will cut<br />

him in pieces and appoint him his poron with the hypocrites, where there shall<br />

be weeping and gnashing of teeth.<br />

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Gnashing of teeth means; Biter remorse and pain.<br />

V46 says, “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he<br />

comes.” I have never been able to turn off the cries of the perishing to save<br />

myself. <strong>The</strong> pandemic we as the people of Earth just passed through opened my<br />

eyes to who would be standing with me if Christ had come back in that moment.<br />

<strong>The</strong> church was too busy closing its doors listening to the rulers of the age to hear<br />

the cries of the souls who connued going to hell.<br />

<strong>The</strong> church divided into two groups, those who forsook the call to go and those<br />

who went anyway, and every side was accusing the other of all sorts of nonsense<br />

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whilst the eyes of the Lord moved about on all the earth to strengthen the hearts<br />

of those who where completely toward Him. God did not change his mind<br />

concerning seeking and saving all who are lost, the church did in self-preservaon<br />

from a virus that has and never will have any bearing on the lives of those who<br />

believe. We saw people week aer week healed of this virus by the laying on of<br />

hands-on snot and tears. God has not changed His mind and never will, through<br />

every virus, war, and catastrophe that will sll come each of us must decide if the<br />

choices we make navigang them are worth a soul going to eternal hell and then<br />

connue to live with that choice eternally.<br />

Ezekiel 33:8 When I say to the wicked, “O wicked man, you shall surely die,” and<br />

you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his<br />

iniquity. But his blood I will require from your hand.<br />

A sinner will die too eternal hell lest someone counts the cost finds them worth<br />

the price, lays down their life, and GOES.<br />

I was evangelizing on a reservaon outside of Meadow Lake with my family a few<br />

years ago. On leaving Joshua said Dad there is lots of smoke coming from back<br />

there and looking back I knew right away it was a house fire. I turned the bus<br />

around and headed back to see what was going on and on geng to the scene a<br />

franc woman was screaming there were children in the house. I told my family to<br />

stay with the bus and I ran into the house, roof ablaze, smoke pouring out every<br />

open window and door, It wasn’t my house, I did not know my way around inside,<br />

and they were not even my kids or anyone I knew, but there was fire, and they<br />

were going to die. <strong>The</strong> gathering crowd was drunk and panicked and did nothing<br />

but feed the chaos, It was not even more than half an hour before this that a few<br />

of these locals had threatened my life. I ran in, Lord help me save one and ran out,<br />

then ran in, Lord help me save one, and then ran out, and then ran in lord help me<br />

save one, and then ran out. <strong>The</strong>re were 4 or 5 toddlers and a baby, I managed to<br />

get 2 toddlers and the baby, and the neighbor joined me and got the others out.<br />

This is the constant burden of the evangelist; whether burning buildings,<br />

pandemics, civil unrest, or a coup, they GO, Lord help me save one!<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Parable of the Ten Virgins, Mathew 25:1-13<br />

25 “<strong>The</strong>n the kingdom of heaven shall be like ten virgins, who took their lamps<br />

and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were wise and five were<br />

foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps, but took no oil with them. 4<br />

But the wise took jars of oil with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom delayed,<br />

they all rested and slept.<br />

6 “But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out to<br />

meet him!’<br />

7 “<strong>The</strong>n all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 But the foolish said to<br />

the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps have gone out.’<br />

9 “<strong>The</strong> wise answered, ‘No, lest there not be enough for us and you. Go rather to<br />

those who sell it, and buy some for yourselves.’<br />

10 “But while they went to buy some, the bridegroom came, and those who were<br />

ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.<br />

11 “Aerward, the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for<br />

us.’<br />

12 “But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’<br />

13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son<br />

of Man is coming.<br />

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Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments." John 14:15.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Greek word translated love here means to be acvely doing what God prefers,<br />

It's a discriminang affecon involving choice and selecon. You choose to be a<br />

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believer and by definion acvely lay down your choices and selecons for His. If<br />

you are acvely doing God’s will you will be acvely keeping His commandments,<br />

this is love for Jesus. <strong>To</strong> love what He loves and without hesitaon acvely love<br />

everything He loves.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Parable of the Talents, Mathew 25:14-30<br />

14 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling into a far country, who<br />

called his own servants and entrusted his goods to them. 15 <strong>To</strong> one he gave five<br />

talents,[a] to another two, and to another one, to every man according to his<br />

ability. And immediately he took his journey. 16 He who had received the five<br />

talents went and traded with them and made another five talents. 17 So also, he<br />

who had received two gained another two. 18 But he who had received one went<br />

and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.<br />

19 “Aer a long me the master of those servants came and setled accounts with<br />

them. 20 He who had received five talents came and brought the other five<br />

talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted to me five talents. Look, I have gained five<br />

talents more.’<br />

21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, you good and faithful servant. You have<br />

been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter the<br />

joy of your master.’<br />

22 “He who had received two talents also came and said, ‘Master, you entrusted<br />

me with two talents. See, I have gained two more talents besides them.’<br />

23 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, you good and faithful servant. You have<br />

been faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter the<br />

joy of your master.’<br />

24 “<strong>The</strong>n he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Master, I knew that<br />

you are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did<br />

not winnow. 25 So I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Here<br />

you have what is yours.’<br />

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26 “His master answered, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap<br />

where I have not sown, and gather where I have not winnowed. 27 <strong>The</strong>n you<br />

ought to have given my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have<br />

received what was my own with interest.<br />

28 “ ‘So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 29 For to<br />

everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from<br />

him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And throw the<br />

unprofitable servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and<br />

gnashing of teeth.’<br />

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Slothful servant meaning – Lazy, sluggish, or indolent. A slothful servant not only<br />

doesn’t want to work but will go out of their way to avoid work. <strong>The</strong>y are<br />

ungrateful, erroneous in reasoning, unjust, fault-finding, accusing, self-jusfying,<br />

fearful, and wicked.<br />

Have you met anyone that fits the definion of a slothful servant, do you? Do you<br />

have any areas in your life that have the characterisc traits of the slothful that<br />

you should deal with?<br />

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Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle soul will suffer<br />

hunger.<br />

<strong>The</strong> punishment of the slothful servant: “throw the unprofitable servant into<br />

outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Judgment of the Naons, Mathew 25:31-46<br />

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him,<br />

then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 Before Him will be gathered all<br />

naons, and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates his<br />

sheep from the goats. 33 He will set the sheep at His right hand, but the goats at<br />

the le.<br />

34 “<strong>The</strong>n the King will say to those at His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My<br />

Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you since the foundaon of the world. 35<br />

For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was<br />

a stranger and you took Me in. 36 I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and<br />

you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’<br />

37 “<strong>The</strong>n the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and<br />

feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and<br />

take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 And when did we see You sick or in<br />

prison and come to You?’<br />

40 “<strong>The</strong> King will answer, ‘Truly I say to you, as you have done it for one of the<br />

least of these brothers of Mine, you have done it for Me.’<br />

41 “<strong>The</strong>n He will say to those at the le hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into<br />

the eternal fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you<br />

gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and<br />

you did not take Me in, I was naked and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in<br />

prison and you did not visit Me.’<br />

44 “<strong>The</strong>n they also will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty<br />

or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not serve You?’<br />

45 “He will answer, ‘Truly I say to you, as you did it not for one of the least of<br />

these, you did it not for Me.’<br />

46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal<br />

life.”<br />

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I have met many Chrisans who wish Jesus would hurry and return, what they fail<br />

to realize is that they are the virgins without oil and the slothful servant who<br />

buried his talent. Whilst there is sll one lost soul on this earth, I pray that God<br />

withholds the return of Jesus, whilst there is sll those who reject Jesus as Savior, I<br />

pray he will hold back Jesus return. <strong>How</strong> can anyone wish for the eternal torment<br />

of a lost soul?<br />

Our hope is in Christ’s return, but if I must make a wish, then I wish that He<br />

delays as long as it takes for us to seek and save all who are lost.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>n He will say to those at the le hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the<br />

eternal fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” – Hell was prepared for Satan<br />

and his angels; no man needs to go there (Jn 3:16-20). But if mankind persists in<br />

Serving satan then they will spend eternity with him. Our job is to implore them<br />

not to.<br />

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Geng Going<br />

Mathew 6:24-33 “No one can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one<br />

and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You<br />

cannot serve God and money. 25 “<strong>The</strong>refore, I say to you, take no thought about<br />

your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you<br />

will put on. Is not life more than food and the body than clothing? 26 Look at the<br />

birds of the air, for they do not sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns. Yet<br />

your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much beter than they? 27 Who<br />

among you by taking thought can add a cubit to his stature?<br />

28 “Why take thought about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they<br />

grow: <strong>The</strong>y neither work, nor do they spin. 29 Yet I say to you that even Solomon<br />

in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 30 <strong>The</strong>refore, if God so clothes<br />

the grass of the field, which today is here and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,<br />

will He not much more clothe you, O you of litle faith? 31 <strong>The</strong>refore, take no<br />

thought, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we<br />

wear?’ 32 (For the Genles seek aer all these things.) For your heavenly Father<br />

knows that you have need of all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God<br />

and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.<br />

If you have a burden to do what Jesus did and greater then you must “GO” lest He<br />

sends someone else, and you will miss out on the abundance of life He has for you<br />

here.<br />

<strong>The</strong> dying are not waing for you to reach them, they die whilst you decide if it is<br />

God's will to obey Him.<br />

Mathew 10:7-8 As you go, preach, saying, ‘<strong>The</strong> kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8<br />

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons. Freely you<br />

have received, freely give.<br />

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Mathew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all naons, bapzing them<br />

in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them<br />

to observe all things I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you<br />

always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.<br />

Mark 16:17-18 <strong>The</strong>se signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they<br />

will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up<br />

serpents; if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands<br />

on the sick, and they will recover.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> greatest disappointment we have had to overcome in ministry is rejecon.<br />

You overcome it by setling in yourself that the truth is in opposion to the grain<br />

of untruth so many in bondage believe to be true. You have the cure for death, the<br />

abundance of life living in you, and are free, So live it, share it, and declare it.<br />

Follow Me, the truth is this way, freedom is this way, healing is this way!<br />

As an evangelist, as a Chrisan, it is imperave that we hear the Holy Spirit. It is<br />

not an opon to live a lukewarm chrisan life. Prayer is not oponal. <strong>The</strong> Word is<br />

not oponal, IT IS LIFE. Sin is not oponal, it is death, DEATH!! If you slip, repent<br />

quickly. If you fall, get up!! <strong>The</strong>re is no me for sleep, the gates of hell are as open<br />

to unbelievers as the heavens are to the faithful, PLUNDER IT!! PLUNDER HELL!!<br />

Hell does not sleep!!<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Young Man and the Wise Man<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a story they tell on the plains of Africa; it is a story of a young man and a<br />

wise man. You see the young man was set on proving the wise man to be wrong.<br />

One day the young man was walking past a field and saw buterflies and he<br />

thought to himself, I am going to catch one of these buterflies and cup it closed in<br />

my hand. <strong>The</strong>n I will ask the wise man, wise man TELL ME, is the buterfly dead or<br />

alive? If he answers alive, I will squash it dead with my finger open my hand, and<br />

let it fall to the ground. But if he says dead, I will open my hand and it will fly<br />

away.<br />

So, the young man caught a buterfly, cupped it in his hand, and went looking for<br />

the wise man. When he found him, he looked at him and said, Wiseman! In my<br />

hand is a buterfly, TELL ME is it dead or alive?<br />

<strong>The</strong> wise man looked at the young man and thought for a while and then said,<br />

Young man, <strong>The</strong> Power of Life & Death is in Your Hands, YOU TELL ME, is it dead or<br />

alive?<br />

<strong>The</strong> vast majority of what was once God's fleet of the church has been<br />

remodeled from lifeboats to pleasure boats and God is telling you to get off the<br />

pleasure boats and into the lifeboats.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Power of Life and death is in Your hands, what will you do with it!<br />

"LISTEN! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the<br />

door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me." Revelaons 3:20<br />

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We are evangelists, we are the first in and leave when we are done. We sleep<br />

under the heavens, or in rondavels fit for the chief, we eat monkeys and snakes,<br />

and on occasion even Burger King. Through valleys in the rain, across prairies in<br />

a storm, over borders, and through seas, across oceans and up trees, down<br />

rivers, and up waterfalls, on foot or by rowing boat, by plane or by car, We GO!<br />

Lord, help us save one more! – EVG Brad S.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> intent of this secon is to look at the whole <strong>Gospel</strong> so that when we minister,<br />

we present the truth of the decision that we are calling our hearers to make. It is<br />

not a decision to take lightly, and our hearers must count the cost and make their<br />

decision knowing what it is that they are deciding to follow so that they enter this<br />

covenant with Christ knowing they cannot enter unless they repent and that if<br />

they enter, they will have to connue in the faith to remain in His Grace.<br />

Presenng the <strong>Gospel</strong><br />

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gi of God is eternal life<br />

through Jesus Christ our Lord.<br />

Sin pays a wage of death; every laborer deserves their wage.<br />

GK – Opsonion - recompense, wages<br />

(Concerning Wages - Roman 6:23, Luke 3:14, 1 Cor 9:7, 2 Cor 11:8)<br />

God is under obligaon to give sinners their wages or be in debt to them forever.<br />

(Luke 12:5, Revelaons 20:11-15)<br />

If God did not pay a sinner his wage, then God would be in debt to the sinner unl<br />

He paid the sinner the wage they had earned. 1 Timothy 5:8 says a laborer<br />

deserves his wages, Labour in sin and you deserve death.<br />

Sin has two results:<br />

1. In the present - Shame & empness<br />

2. In the future - Eternal death and hell, the end of a life sowing to the flesh.<br />

Romans 6:21-23 What fruit did you have then from the things (of which) you are<br />

now ashamed? <strong>The</strong> result of those things is death. 22 But now, having been freed<br />

from sin and having become slaves of God, you have fruit unto holiness, and the<br />

end is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gi of God is eternal<br />

life through Jesus Christ our Lord.<br />

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Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if (through the<br />

Spirit) you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.<br />

Galaans 6:7-8 Be not deceived. God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows,<br />

that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh<br />

reap corrupon, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap<br />

eternal life.<br />

Revelaons 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who takes part in the first resurrecon.<br />

Over these the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and<br />

(of) Christ and shall reign with Him a thousand years.<br />

Revelaons 20:10-15 <strong>The</strong> devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire<br />

and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet were. <strong>The</strong>y will be<br />

tormented day and night forever and ever. 11 <strong>The</strong>n I saw a great white throne and<br />

Him who was seated on it. From His face the earth and the heavens fled away, and<br />

no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing<br />

before God. Books were opened. <strong>The</strong>n another book was opened, which is the<br />

Book of Life. <strong>The</strong> dead were judged according to their works as recorded in the<br />

books. 13 <strong>The</strong> sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades<br />

delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one by his<br />

works. 14 <strong>The</strong>n Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second<br />

death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found writen in the Book of Life was cast<br />

into the lake of fire.<br />

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Works of the flesh.<br />

Now the works of the flesh are revealed, which are these: adultery, sexual<br />

immorality, impurity, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousy, rage,<br />

selfishness, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, carousing, and<br />

the like. I warn you, as I previously warned you, that those who do such things<br />

shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galaans 5:19-21<br />

For this you know, that no sexually immoral or impure person, or one who is<br />

greedy, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of<br />

God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the<br />

wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. 7 <strong>The</strong>refore do not be<br />

partakers with them. Ephesians 5:5-7<br />

<strong>The</strong> Kingdom of God consists of<br />

1. Righteousness (Romans 3:21-31, 4:1-25, 8:4)<br />

2. Peace (Romans 2:10, 5:1, 8:6, 10:15)<br />

3. Joy (Romans 5:11, Galaans 5:22, 1 Peter 1:8)<br />

Walk in the Spirit<br />

Galaans 5:16. I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the<br />

flesh.<br />

Fruits of Walking in the Spirit<br />

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, paence, gentleness, goodness, faith,<br />

23 meekness, and self-control; against such there is no law. Galaans 5:22-23<br />

<strong>The</strong> Believers Judgement<br />

2 Corinthians 5:10 (AMP) - For we [believers will be called to account and] must all<br />

appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be repaid for<br />

what has been done in the body, whether good or bad [that is, each will be held<br />

responsible for his acons, purposes, goals, moves—the use or misuse of his<br />

me, opportunies, and abilies].<br />

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Jusfied By Faith, Faith that is Jusfied Works.<br />

Romans 3:28 For we maintain that an individual is jusfied by faith disnctly apart<br />

from works of the Law [the observance of which has nothing to do with<br />

jusficaon, that is, being declared free of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to<br />

God].<br />

James 2:18 But a man may say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your<br />

faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.<br />

Faith will produce good works<br />

Concerning the works of a Chrisan<br />

Mathew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good<br />

works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.<br />

Hebrews 6:10 for God is not unjust so as to forget your work and labor of love<br />

that you have shown for His name, in that you have ministered to the saints and<br />

connue ministering.<br />

John 6:28 <strong>The</strong>n they asked Him, “What shall we do that we may work the works of<br />

God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him<br />

whom He has sent.”<br />

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good<br />

works, which God prepared beforehand so that we should walk in them.<br />

Colossians 3:23 And whatever you do, do it hearly, as for the Lord and not for<br />

men,<br />

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Believe<br />

Strong's Number: G4100 (Relation to G4102 Pistis)<br />

Greek Base Word: πιστεύω, Transliteraon - pisteuō, pronounced - pist-yoo'-o<br />

Usage: Believe(-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with<br />

Definition: <strong>To</strong> have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), i.e.,<br />

credit; by implication, to entrust (especially one's spiritual well-being to Christ).<br />

Detailed definition:<br />

1. <strong>To</strong> think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in.<br />

1. Of the thing believed.<br />

1. <strong>To</strong> credit, have confidence.<br />

2. In a moral or religious reference.<br />

1. Used in the New Testament of the conviction and trust to<br />

which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher<br />

prerogative and law of soul.<br />

2. <strong>To</strong> trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in<br />

doing something: saving faith.<br />

2. <strong>To</strong> entrust a thing to one, i.e., his fidelity.<br />

1. <strong>To</strong> be entrusted with a thing.<br />

More than an intellectual belief, this “believe”, causes you to act. <strong>The</strong> word is used<br />

251 mes in the New Testament. (I encourage you to look up each scripture.)<br />

Mathew 8:13, Mathew 9:28, Mathew 18:6, Mathew 21:22, Mathew 21:25,<br />

Mathew 21:32, Mathew 24:23, Mathew 24:26, Mathew 27:42, Mark 1:15, Mark<br />

5:36, Mark 9:23, Mark 9:24, Mark 9:42, Mark 11:23, Mark 11:24, Mark 11:31,<br />

Mark 13:21, Mark 15:32, Mark 16:13, Mark 16:14, Mark 16:17, Luke 1:20, Luke<br />

1:45, Luke 8:12, Luke 8:13, Luke 8:50, Luke 16:11, Luke 20:5, Luke 22:67, Luke<br />

24:25, John 1:7, John 1:12, John 1:50, John 2:11, John 2:22, John 2:23, John 2:24,<br />

John 3:12, John 3:15, John 3:16, John 3:18, John 3:36, John 4:21, John 4:39 ,John<br />

4:41, John 4:42, John 4:48, John 4:50, John 4:53, John 5:24, John 5:38, John 5:44,<br />

John 5:46, John 5:47, John 6:29, John 6:35, John 6:36, John 6:40, John 6:47, John<br />

6:69, John 7:5, John 7:31, John 7:38, John 7:39, John 7:48, John 8:24, John 8:30,<br />

John 8:31, John 8:45, John 8:46, John 9:18, John 9:35, John 9:36, John 9:38, John<br />

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10:25, John 10:26, John 10:37, John 10:38, John 10:42, John 11:15, John 11:25,<br />

John 11:26, John 11:27, John 11:40, John 11:42, John 11:45, John 11:48, John<br />

12:11, John 12:36, John 12:37, John 12:38, John 12:39, John 12:42, John 12:44,<br />

John 12:46, John 12:47, John 13:19, John 14:1, John 14:10, John 14:11, John<br />

14:12, John 14:29, John 16:9, John 16:27, John 16:30, John 16:31, John 17:8, John<br />

17:20, John 17:21, John 19:35, John 20:8, John 20:25, John 20:29, John 20:31, Acts<br />

2:44, Acts 4:4, Acts 4:32, Acts 5:14, Acts 8:12, Acts 8:13, Acts 8:37, Acts 9:26, Acts<br />

9:42, Acts 10:43, Acts 11:17, Acts 11:21, Acts 13:12, Acts 13:39, Acts 13:41, Acts<br />

13:48, Acts 14:1, Acts 14:23, Acts 15:5, Acts 15:7, Acts 15:11, Acts 16:31, Acts<br />

16:34, Acts 17:12, Acts 17:34, Acts 18:8, Acts 18:27, Acts 19:2, Acts 19:4, Acts<br />

19:18, Acts 21:20, Acts 21:25, Acts 22:19, Acts 24:14, Acts 26:27, Acts 27:25,<br />

Romans 1:16, Romans 3:2, Romans 3:22, Romans 4:3, Romans 4:5, Romans 4:11,<br />

Romans 4:17, Romans 4:18, Romans 4:24, Romans 6:8, Romans 9:33, Romans<br />

10:4, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:10, Romans 10:11, Romans 10:14, Romans 10:16,<br />

Romans 13:11, Romans 14:2, Romans 15:13, 1 Corinthians 1:21, 1 Corinthians 3:4,<br />

1 Corinthians 9:17, 1 Corinthians 11:18, 1 Corinthians 13:7, 1 Corinthians 14:22, 1<br />

Corinthians 15:2, 1 Corinthians 15:11, 2 Corinthians 4:13, Galaans 2:7, Galaans<br />

2:16, Galaans 3:6, Galaans 3:22, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 1:19, Philippians<br />

1:29, 1 <strong>The</strong>ssalonians 1:7, 1 <strong>The</strong>ssalonians 2:4, 1 <strong>The</strong>ssalonians 2:10, 1<br />

<strong>The</strong>ssalonians 2:13, 1 <strong>The</strong>ssalonians 4:14, 1 <strong>The</strong>ssalonians 1:10, 2 <strong>The</strong>ssalonians<br />

2:11, 2 <strong>The</strong>ssalonians 2:12, 1 Timothy 1:11, 1 Timothy 1:16, 1 Timothy 3:16, 2<br />

Timothy 1:12, Titus 1:3, Titus 3:8, Hebrews 4:3, Hebrews 11:6, James 2:19, James<br />

2:23, 1 Peter 1:8, 1 Peter 1:21, 1 Peter 2:6, 1 Peter 2:7, 1 John 3:23, 1 John 4:1, 1<br />

John 4:16, 1 John 5:1, 1 John 5:5, 1 John 5:10, 1 John 5:13, Jude 1:5<br />

A review of these Scriptures as examples of what it is to believe (pisteuō) and you<br />

will see what is meant by “enter through the narrow gate”, or “narrow way” which<br />

leads to life as is writen in Mathew 7:13-14 and Luke 13:22-30. Absolute reliance,<br />

absolutely persuaded, absolutely convinced of the Word. <strong>The</strong>re must be an acon<br />

to believing as James wrote, “Faith without works is dead” (See James 2:14-25)<br />

<strong>The</strong> word narrow from the Helps Word-Studies means;<br />

GK 4728 stenós – properly, narrow; (figuravely) the closely-defined path God<br />

ordains to travel on to gain His approval (used three mes in the NT).<br />

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This word believe (pisteuō) is the same word used in each of the following<br />

scriptures;<br />

John 3:14-16 - Just as Moses lied up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must<br />

the Son of Man be lied up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish,<br />

but may have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only<br />

begoten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal<br />

life.<br />

John 14:12 Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in Me will do the works that I<br />

do also. And he will do greater works than these, because I am going to My Father.<br />

Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in<br />

your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, 10 for with<br />

the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is<br />

made unto salvaon.<br />

Pisteuó is a Greek word that means "to believe" or "to entrust". In secular Greek<br />

literature and the New Testament, Pisteuo has been used as a basic meaning of<br />

intellectual assent or a belief that something is true. But is that how the early<br />

church would have understood it? Let's look at this. Pay atenon to me, people's<br />

eternal desny is on the line. We must get our doctrine right and to do that we<br />

will look at the Scriptures, but first, let's briefly take a look at these words.<br />

Piss (trust), Pisteos (to have faith), and Pisteuó (to believe or to entrust)<br />

Greek Word Piss in most translaons is rendered as faith but instead should<br />

probably be rendered as a vow to a faithful relaonship as the truer<br />

understanding of the Word in the early church.<br />

Greek Word Pisteos – (genive/possessive form of Piss) – which in most<br />

translaons is also rendered simply as faith should instead probably be rendered<br />

as ones commitment to faithfulness (which implies owning up to connually being<br />

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faithful or loyal to a covenantal relaonal vow that has already been made)! This<br />

would be a truer understanding of the word in the early church.<br />

Greek Word Pisteuó (Lexical from) [verb] – Which in most translaons is rendered<br />

as believing (or just belief) in the early church means more than mere<br />

acknowledgment of something as true or mental agreement with a concept or<br />

idea which is what the word belief typically means in English. Instead, it means<br />

actual trust within a personal relaonship, it would probably be best to think of it<br />

within a relaonal covenant, to the point of confidence and acon based on that<br />

relaonship. Pisteuó is basically the verbal form of Piss and should probably be<br />

translated as trust or trusng in, in an acve tense, and rely or relying on, in an<br />

acve tense.<br />

Understanding this word; believe.<br />

<strong>To</strong> believe is much more than an intellectual decision. <strong>To</strong> believe is to cause<br />

change. <strong>To</strong> believe is to cause acon.<br />

Consider the word believe in the following scripture.<br />

• "and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead."<br />

• "whoever believes in Him should not perish."<br />

• "he who believes in Me will do the works that I do also".<br />

<strong>The</strong> word “believe” here is the word Pisteuó used 248 mes and shown here used<br />

in Romans 10:9-10, John 3:14-16 and the same word in John 14:12.<br />

<strong>To</strong> the early church, this word meant far more than to the church today who<br />

oen sell it to dying souls as an intellectual acknowledgment as opposed to a<br />

vow of faithfulness.<br />

<strong>The</strong> early church would understand this to mean trusng with a personal<br />

relaonship, being in a relaonal covenant, to having confidence that produces<br />

acon because of the relaonship. Not to simply entrust that which we choose to,<br />

but a vow to live completely trusng and relying on and in the Word of God.<br />

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Confess with your mouth, and trust with a relaonal covenant-producing acon<br />

that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved and doing the works<br />

that Jesus did.<br />

You can't give what you don’t have. Are you persuaded of the promises of God,<br />

are you convinced in the truth of the word of God, do you have a convicon of<br />

things hoped for and an assurance of things not seen, are you absolutely<br />

dependent and reliant in the Word of God and on Christ, have you fully<br />

surrendered, yielded and are obedient to all know truth, do you trust wholly and<br />

unreservedly in the faithfulness of God, have you given yourself over to this new<br />

way of life, do you call into existence those things that do not exist as if they do,<br />

do you have joyful faith and have you accepted Christ as the substute for sin<br />

and as the only way to be saved, do you have access into grace, live righteously,<br />

are you a son, have you been set free are your prayers answered. According to<br />

Scripture, this is a believer.<br />

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1. <strong>To</strong> believe is to be persuaded of;<br />

Romans 4:20-22 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but<br />

was strong in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully persuaded that what<br />

God had promised, He was able to perform. 22 <strong>The</strong>refore “it was credited to him<br />

as righteousness.”<br />

Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor<br />

principalies nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, 39 neither<br />

height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from<br />

the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.<br />

2 Timothy 1:12 For these things I suffer, but I am not ashamed, for I know whom I<br />

have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have<br />

commited to Him unl that Day.<br />

<strong>To</strong> believe in your heart is to be persuaded of God's faithfulness. If you are<br />

persuaded of God's faithfulness, then nothing will hinder you from living a life in<br />

Kingdom Prosperity. I’m not talking about hoarding, withholding, hiding, stealing,<br />

or borrowing to have, I’m talking about giving freely because you were dead but<br />

now alive Christ lives in you.<br />

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2. <strong>To</strong> believe is to Place confidence in;<br />

Ephesians 4:12 For the word of God is alive, and acve, and sharper than any twoedged<br />

sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow,<br />

and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart.<br />

Philippians 1:6 I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work<br />

in you will perfect it unl the day of Jesus Christ.<br />

Hebrews 3:6 But Christ is faithful over God’s house as a Son, whose house we are<br />

if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of our hope firm to the end.<br />

Hebrews 3:12-14 Be atenve, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil,<br />

unbelieving heart, and you depart from the living God. 13 But exhort one another<br />

daily, while it is called “<strong>To</strong>day,” lest any of you be hardened through the<br />

deceiulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the<br />

beginning of our confidence firmly to the end,<br />

Hebrews 10:35 <strong>The</strong>refore do not throw away your confidence, which will be<br />

greatly rewarded.<br />

1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, then we have confidence<br />

before God.<br />

1 John 5:14 This is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything<br />

according to His will, He hears us.<br />

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3. <strong>To</strong> believe is the substance or convicon of things hoped for, the<br />

assurance of things not seen;<br />

Hebrews 10:19-38 <strong>The</strong>refore, brothers, we have confidence to enter the Most<br />

Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way that He has opened<br />

for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh, 21 and since we have a High Priest<br />

over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of<br />

faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse them from an evil conscience, and<br />

our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us firmly hold the profession of our<br />

faith without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider<br />

how to spur one another to love and to good works. 25 Let us not forsake the<br />

assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but let us exhort one<br />

another, especially as you see the Day approaching.<br />

26 For if we willfully connue to sin aer we have received the knowledge of the<br />

truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectaon of<br />

judgment and fiery indignaon, which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who<br />

despised Moses’ law died without mercy in the presence of two or three<br />

witnesses. 29 <strong>How</strong> much more severe a punishment do you suppose he deserves,<br />

who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded the blood of the<br />

covenant that sancfied him to be a common thing, and has insulted the Spirit of<br />

grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine,” says the Lord, “I will<br />

repay.”[a] And again He says, “<strong>The</strong> Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful<br />

thing to fall into the hands of the living God.<br />

32 Remember the former days, aer you were enlightened, in which you endured<br />

a great struggle of afflicons. 33 In part you were made a spectacle both by<br />

reproaches and afflicons. And in part you became companions of those who<br />

were so abused. 34 For you had compassion on me in my chains and joyfully<br />

endured the confiscaon of your property, knowing that you have in heaven a<br />

beter and an enduring possession for yourselves. 35 <strong>The</strong>refore do not throw away<br />

your confidence, which will be greatly rewarded.<br />

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36 For you need paence, so that aer you have done the will of God, you will<br />

receive the promise. 37 For,<br />

“In yet a litle while,<br />

He who is to come will come, and will not wait.<br />

38 Now the just shall live by faith;<br />

but if anyone draws back,<br />

My soul shall have no pleasure in him.”<br />

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of<br />

things not seen.<br />

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes<br />

to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who<br />

diligently seek Him.<br />

Romans 4:17 (as it is writen, “I have made you a father of many naons”) before<br />

God whom he believed, and who raises the dead, and calls those things that do<br />

not exist as though they did.<br />

Romans 8:24 For we are saved through hope, but hope that is seen is not hope,<br />

for why does a man sll hope for what he sees?<br />

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4. <strong>To</strong> believe is to have absolute dependence upon and reliance in the<br />

Word of God and of Christ;<br />

Mathew 8:8-10 <strong>The</strong> centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You<br />

should come under my roof. But speak the word only, and my servant will be<br />

healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to<br />

this man, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my<br />

servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard it, He was amazed and<br />

said to those who followed, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith,<br />

no, not in Israel.<br />

Mathew 15:28 <strong>The</strong>n Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith. Let it be<br />

done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.<br />

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.<br />

Hebrews 11:1-12:3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of<br />

things not seen. 2 For by it the men of old obtained a good report.<br />

3 By faith we understand that the universe was framed by the word of God, so<br />

that things that are seen were not made out of things which are visible.<br />

4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain offered.<br />

Through this he was approved as righteous, with God tesfying concerning his<br />

gis. He sll speaks through his faith, though he is dead.<br />

5 By faith Enoch was taken to heaven so that he would not see death. He was not<br />

found, because God took him away. For before he was taken, he had this<br />

commendaon, that he pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please<br />

God, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a<br />

rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.<br />

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7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned about things not yet seen, moved with<br />

godly fear, prepared an ark to save his family, by which he condemned the world<br />

and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.<br />

8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out into a place which he<br />

would later receive as an inheritance. He went out not knowing where he was<br />

going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the promised land, as in a foreign land, dwelling in<br />

tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs of the same promise, 10 for he was looking<br />

for a city which has foundaons, whose builder and maker is God. 11 By faith<br />

Sarah herself also received the ability to conceive seed, and she bore a child when<br />

she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12<br />

<strong>The</strong>refore from one man, who was as good as dead, sprang so many, a multude<br />

as the stars of the sky and innumerable as the sand by the seashore.<br />

13 <strong>The</strong>se all died in faith not having received the promises, but having seen them<br />

from afar were assured of them, embraced them, and confessed that they were<br />

strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 Those who say such things declare plainly<br />

that they are looking for a homeland. 15 And certainly, if they had been thinking<br />

of the country out of which they came, they might have had the opportunity to<br />

return. 16 But they desired a beter country, that is, a heavenly one. <strong>The</strong>refore<br />

God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.<br />

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had<br />

received the promises offered up his only begoten son. 18 Of him God said,<br />

“Through Isaac shall your seed be named.” 19 He reasoned that God was able to<br />

raise him up, even from the dead, from which he indeed received him in a<br />

figurave sense.<br />

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.<br />

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and<br />

worshipped while leaning on the top of his staff.<br />

22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, menoned the exodus of the children of<br />

Israel and gave instrucons concerning his bones.<br />

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23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden by his parents for three<br />

months, because they saw he was a beauful child, and they were not afraid of<br />

the king’s command.<br />

24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of<br />

Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer afflicon with the people of God<br />

than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a me. 26 He esteemed the reproach of<br />

Christ as greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he looked to the reward.<br />

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king. He endured by<br />

looking to Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling<br />

of blood, lest the one who destroys the firstborn touch them.<br />

29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as on dry land, which the Egypans<br />

atempted to do, but were drowned.<br />

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down aer they were encircled for seven days.<br />

31 By faith the prostute Rahab, when she received the spies with peace, did not<br />

perish with those who did not believe.<br />

32 And what more shall I say? For me would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak,<br />

Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith<br />

subdued kingdoms, administered jusce, obtained promises, stopped the mouths<br />

of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of<br />

weakness were made strong, became valiant in fighng, and turned the armies of<br />

foreign enemies to flight. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.<br />

Others were tortured and did not accept deliverance, so that they might obtain a<br />

beter resurrecon. 36 Sll others had trials of mocking and scourging, and even<br />

chains and imprisonment. 37 <strong>The</strong>y were stoned, they were sawn in two, were<br />

tempted, were slain with the sword. <strong>The</strong>y wandered around in sheepskins and<br />

goatskins, while destute, afflicted, and tormented. 38 <strong>The</strong> world was not worthy<br />

of them. <strong>The</strong>y wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.<br />

39 <strong>The</strong>se all have obtained a good report through faith, but they did not receive<br />

the promise. 40 For God provided something beter for us, so that with us they<br />

would be made perfect.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Discipline of the Lord<br />

12 <strong>The</strong>refore, since we are encompassed with such a great cloud of witnesses, let<br />

us also lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us<br />

run with endurance the race that is set before us. 2 Let us look to Jesus, the<br />

author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured<br />

the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of<br />

God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hoslity from sinners against Himself,<br />

lest you become weary and your hearts give up.<br />

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5. <strong>To</strong> believe is to Fully surrender, yield, and obey all known bible truth.<br />

Romans 1:5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for the<br />

obedience of faith among all naons for His name,<br />

Romans 16:26 but now is revealed by the prophec Scriptures according to the<br />

commandment of the everlasng God, made known to all the Genles for the<br />

obedience of faith,<br />

Romans 6:11-23 Likewise, you also consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive<br />

to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 <strong>The</strong>refore do not let sin reign in your<br />

mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 Do not yield your members to<br />

sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but yield yourselves to God, as those who<br />

are alive from the dead, and your bodies to God as instruments of righteousness.<br />

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law, but<br />

under grace.<br />

Slaves of Righteousness<br />

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace?<br />

God forbid! 16 Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves as slaves to<br />

obey, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death,<br />

or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, for you were<br />

slaves of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of teaching to which<br />

you were entrusted, 18 and having been freed from sin, you became the slaves of<br />

righteousness.<br />

19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh, for just as you<br />

have yielded your members as slaves to impurity and iniquity leading to more<br />

iniquity, even so now yield your members as slaves to righteousness unto<br />

holiness. 20 For when you were the slaves of sin, you were free from<br />

righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then from the things of which you are<br />

now ashamed? <strong>The</strong> result of those things is death. 22 But now, having been freed<br />

from sin and having become slaves of God, you have fruit unto holiness, and the<br />

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end is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gi of God is eternal<br />

life through Jesus Christ our Lord.<br />

James 2:14-26 What does it profit, my brothers, if a man says he has faith but has<br />

no works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacking daily<br />

food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,”<br />

and yet you give them nothing that the body needs, what does it profit? 17 So<br />

faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.<br />

18 But a man may say, “You have faith and I have works.”<br />

Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.<br />

19 You believe that there is one God; you do well. <strong>The</strong> demons also believe and<br />

tremble.<br />

20 But do you want to be shown, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?<br />

21 Was not Abraham our father jusfied by works when he offered his son Isaac<br />

on the altar? 22 Do you see how faith worked with his works, and by works faith<br />

was made perfect? 23 <strong>The</strong> Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed<br />

God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,”[a] and he was called the friend<br />

of God. 24 You see then how by works a man is jusfied, and not by faith only.<br />

25 Likewise, was not Rahab the prostute jusfied by works when she received<br />

the messengers and sent them out another way? 26 As the body without the spirit<br />

is dead, so faith without works is dead.<br />

2 Corinthians 10:4-7 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty<br />

through God to the pulling down of strongholds, 5 casng down imaginaons and<br />

every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every<br />

thought into capvity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all<br />

disobedience when your obedience is complete.<br />

7 Do you look at things from the outward appearance? If any man trusts that he is<br />

Christ’s, let him consider again that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.<br />

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Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes<br />

to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder of those who<br />

diligently seek Him.<br />

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6. <strong>To</strong> believe is to trust wholly and unreservedly in the faithfulness of<br />

God.<br />

Mathew 6:25-34 “<strong>The</strong>refore, I say to you, take no thought about your life, what<br />

you will eat, or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is<br />

not life more than food and the body than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air,<br />

for they do not sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns. Yet your heavenly<br />

Father feeds them. Are you not much beter than they? 27 Who among you by<br />

taking thought can add a cubit[a] to his stature?<br />

28 “Why take thought about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they<br />

grow: <strong>The</strong>y neither work, nor do they spin. 29 Yet I say to you that even Solomon<br />

in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 30 <strong>The</strong>refore, if God so clothes<br />

the grass of the field, which today is here and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,<br />

will He not much more clothe you, O you of litle faith? 31 <strong>The</strong>refore, take no<br />

thought, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we<br />

wear?’ 32 (For the Genles seek aer all these things.) For your heavenly Father<br />

knows that you have need of all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God<br />

and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you. 34 <strong>The</strong>refore,<br />

take no thought about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take thought about the things<br />

of itself. Sufficient to the day is the trouble thereof.<br />

Mathew 12:21 and in His name will the Genles trust.<br />

Luke 12:28-31 If God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and<br />

tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of<br />

litle faith? 29 And do not seek what you will eat or what you will drink, nor be of<br />

an anxious mind. 30 For the naons of the world seek all these things, and your<br />

Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these<br />

things shall be given to you.<br />

Ephesians 1:13 In Him you also, aer hearing the word of truth, the gospel of your<br />

salvaon, and aer believing in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,<br />

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1 Timothy 4:11 Command and teach these things.<br />

1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this world that they not be<br />

conceited, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who richly gives us<br />

all things to enjoy.<br />

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptaon has taken you except what is common to man.<br />

God is faithful, and He will not permit you to be tempted above what you can<br />

endure, but will with the temptaon also make a way to escape, that you may be<br />

able to bear it.<br />

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7. <strong>To</strong> believe is to give ourselves over to a new way of life.<br />

Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. As it<br />

is writen, “<strong>The</strong> just shall live by faith.”<br />

Romans 6:11-23 Likewise, you also consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive<br />

to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 <strong>The</strong>refore do not let sin reign in your<br />

mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 Do not yield your members to<br />

sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but yield yourselves to God, as those who<br />

are alive from the dead, and your bodies to God as instruments of righteousness.<br />

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law, but<br />

under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but<br />

under grace? God forbid! 16 Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves<br />

as slaves to obey, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, whether of sin<br />

leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to<br />

God, for you were slaves of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of<br />

teaching to which you were entrusted, 18 and having been freed from sin, you<br />

became the slaves of righteousness.<br />

19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh, for just as you<br />

have yielded your members as slaves to impurity and iniquity leading to more<br />

iniquity, even so now yield your members as slaves to righteousness unto<br />

holiness. 20 For when you were the slaves of sin, you were free from<br />

righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then from the things of which you are<br />

now ashamed? <strong>The</strong> result of those things is death. 22 But now, having been freed<br />

from sin and having become slaves of God, you have fruit unto holiness, and the<br />

end is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gi of God is eternal<br />

life through Jesus Christ our Lord.<br />

Romans 8:1-16 <strong>The</strong>re is therefore now no condemnaon for those who are in<br />

Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For<br />

the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and<br />

death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God<br />

did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and concerning sin, He<br />

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condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law<br />

might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the<br />

Spirit.<br />

5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the<br />

flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 <strong>To</strong> be<br />

carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace, 7 for the<br />

carnal mind is hosle toward God, for it is not subject to the law of God, nor<br />

indeed can it be, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.<br />

9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God<br />

lives in you. Now if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong<br />

to Him. 10 And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the<br />

Spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus<br />

from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to<br />

your mortal bodies through His Spirit that lives in you.<br />

12 <strong>The</strong>refore, brothers, we are debtors not to the flesh, to live according to the<br />

flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if through the Spirit<br />

you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.<br />

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. 15 For<br />

you have not received the spirit of slavery again to fear. But you have received the<br />

Spirit of adopon, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 <strong>The</strong> Spirit Himself bears<br />

witness with our spirits that we are the children of God,<br />

2 Corinthians 10:4-7 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty<br />

through God to the pulling down of strongholds, 5 casng down imaginaons and<br />

every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every<br />

thought into capvity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all<br />

disobedience when your obedience is complete.<br />

7 Do you look at things from the outward appearance? If any man trusts that he is<br />

Christ’s, let him consider again that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.<br />

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Galaans 5:16-26 I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of<br />

the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se are in opposion to one another, so that you may not do the things that<br />

you please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.<br />

19 Now the works of the flesh are revealed, which are these: adultery, sexual<br />

immorality, impurity, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousy, rage,<br />

selfishness, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, carousing, and<br />

the like. I warn you, as I previously warned you, that those who do such things<br />

shall not inherit the kingdom of God.<br />

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, paence, gentleness, goodness,<br />

faith, 23 meekness, and self-control; against such there is no law. 24 Those who<br />

are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts. 25 If we live in the<br />

Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be conceited, provoking one<br />

another and envying one another.<br />

Colossians 3:5-10 <strong>The</strong>refore put to death the parts of your earthly nature: sexual<br />

immorality, uncleanness, inordinate affecon, evil desire, and covetousness, which<br />

is idolatry. 6 Because of these things, the wrath of God comes on the sons of<br />

disobedience. 7 You also once walked in these, when you lived in them. 8 But now<br />

you must also put away all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy<br />

language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie one to another, since you have put off<br />

the old nature with its deeds, 10 and have embraced the new nature, which is<br />

renewed in knowledge aer the image of Him who created it,<br />

Hebrews 12:1-15 <strong>The</strong>refore, since we are encompassed with such a great cloud of<br />

witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles<br />

us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. 2 Let us look to<br />

Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him<br />

endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the<br />

throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hoslity from sinners against<br />

Himself, lest you become weary and your hearts give up.<br />

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4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed while striving against sin. 5 And you have<br />

forgoten the exhortaon addressed to you as sons:<br />

“My son, do not despise the discipline from the Lord,<br />

nor grow weary when you are rebuked by Him;<br />

6 for whom the Lord loves He disciplines,<br />

and scourges every son whom He receives.”<br />

7 Endure discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons. For what son is there<br />

whom a father does not discipline? 8 If you are without discipline, of which<br />

everyone has partaken, then you are illegimate children and not sons. 9<br />

Furthermore, we have had human fathers, and they corrected us, and we gave<br />

them reverence. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and<br />

live? 10 For they indeed disciplined us for a short me according to their own<br />

judgment, but He does so for our profit, that we may partake of His holiness. 11<br />

Now no discipline seems to be joyful at the me, but grievous. Yet aerward it<br />

yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness in those who have been trained by it.<br />

12 <strong>The</strong>refore li up your red hands, and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Make<br />

straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame go out of joint, but rather be<br />

healed.<br />

Warning Against Rejecng God’s Grace<br />

14 Pursue peace with all men, and the holiness without which no one will see the<br />

Lord, 15 watching diligently so that no one falls short of the grace of God, lest any<br />

root of biterness spring up to cause trouble, and many become defiled by it,<br />

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that brings salvaon has appeared to all men,<br />

12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should live<br />

soberly, righteously, and in godliness in this present world, 13 as we await the<br />

blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus<br />

Christ, 14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all lawlessness<br />

and purify for Himself a special people, zealous of good works.<br />

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1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one<br />

with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.<br />

1 John 2:6 Whoever says he remains in Him ought to walk as He walked.<br />

1 John 3:8-10 Whoever pracces sin is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning<br />

from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed, that He might<br />

destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not pracce<br />

sin, for His seed remains in him. And he cannot keep on sinning, because he has<br />

been born of God. 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are<br />

revealed: Whoever does not live in righteousness is not of God, nor is the one<br />

who does not love his brother.<br />

1 John 4:17 In this way God’s love is perfected in us, so that we may have boldness<br />

on the Day of Judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world.<br />

1 John 5:1-5 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and<br />

everyone who loves the Father loves the one born of the Father. 2 By this we<br />

know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His<br />

commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.<br />

And His commandments are not burdensome, 4 for whoever is born of God<br />

overcomes the world, and the victory that overcomes the world is our faith. 5<br />

Who is it that overcomes the world, but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son<br />

of God?<br />

1 John 5:18 We know that whoever is born of God does not keep on sinning. But<br />

whoever has been born of God guards himself, and the wicked one cannot touch<br />

him.<br />

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8. <strong>To</strong> believe is to have the characteriscs of God whereby we can bring<br />

into existence things that are unseen.<br />

Romans 4:17 (as it is writen, “I have made you a father of many naons”) before<br />

God whom he believed, and who raises the dead, and calls those things that do<br />

not exist as though they did.<br />

Galaans 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, paence, gentleness,<br />

goodness, faith,<br />

Mathew 17:20 While they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “<strong>The</strong> Son of<br />

Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men,<br />

Mathew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, if you believe, you will receive.<br />

Mark 9:23 Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who<br />

believes.<br />

Mark 11:22-24 Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 For truly I say to you,<br />

whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be thrown into the sea,’ and<br />

does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, he<br />

will have whatever he says. 24 <strong>The</strong>refore I say to you, whatever things you ask<br />

when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you will have them.<br />

Luke 17:6 <strong>The</strong> Lord said, “If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say<br />

to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey<br />

you.<br />

Hebrews 11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things<br />

not seen. 2 For by it the men of old obtained a good report.<br />

3 By faith we understand that the universe was framed by the word of God, so<br />

that things that are seen were not made out of things which are visible.<br />

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4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain offered.<br />

Through this he was approved as righteous, with God tesfying concerning his<br />

gis. He sll speaks through his faith, though he is dead.<br />

5 By faith Enoch was taken to heaven so that he would not see death. He was not<br />

found, because God took him away. For before he was taken, he had this<br />

commendaon, that he pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please<br />

God, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a<br />

rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.<br />

7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned about things not yet seen, moved with<br />

godly fear, prepared an ark to save his family, by which he condemned the world<br />

and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.<br />

8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out into a place which he<br />

would later receive as an inheritance. He went out not knowing where he was<br />

going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the promised land, as in a foreign land, dwelling in<br />

tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs of the same promise, 10 for he was looking<br />

for a city which has foundaons, whose builder and maker is God. 11 By faith<br />

Sarah herself also received the ability to conceive seed, and she bore a child when<br />

she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12<br />

<strong>The</strong>refore from one man, who was as good as dead, sprang so many, a multude<br />

as the stars of the sky and innumerable as the sand by the seashore.<br />

13 <strong>The</strong>se all died in faith not having received the promises, but having seen them<br />

from afar were assured of them, embraced them, and confessed that they were<br />

strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 Those who say such things declare plainly<br />

that they are looking for a homeland. 15 And certainly, if they had been thinking<br />

of the country out of which they came, they might have had the opportunity to<br />

return. 16 But they desired a beter country, that is, a heavenly one. <strong>The</strong>refore<br />

God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.<br />

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had<br />

received the promises offered up his only begoten son. 18 Of him God said,<br />

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“Through Isaac shall your seed be named.” 19 He reasoned that God was able to<br />

raise him up, even from the dead, from which he indeed received him in a<br />

figurave sense.<br />

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.<br />

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and<br />

worshipped while leaning on the top of his staff.<br />

22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, menoned the exodus of the children of<br />

Israel and gave instrucons concerning his bones.<br />

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden by his parents for three<br />

months, because they saw he was a beauful child, and they were not afraid of<br />

the king’s command.<br />

24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of<br />

Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer afflicon with the people of God<br />

than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a me. 26 He esteemed the reproach of<br />

Christ as greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he looked to the reward.<br />

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king. He endured by<br />

looking to Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling<br />

of blood, lest the one who destroys the firstborn touch them.<br />

29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as on dry land, which the Egypans<br />

atempted to do, but were drowned.<br />

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down aer they were encircled for seven days.<br />

31 By faith the prostute Rahab, when she received the spies with peace, did not<br />

perish with those who did not believe.<br />

32 And what more shall I say? For me would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak,<br />

Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith<br />

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subdued kingdoms, administered jusce, obtained promises, stopped the mouths<br />

of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of<br />

weakness were made strong, became valiant in fighng, and turned the armies of<br />

foreign enemies to flight. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.<br />

Others were tortured and did not accept deliverance, so that they might obtain a<br />

beter resurrecon. 36 Sll others had trials of mocking and scourging, and even<br />

chains and imprisonment. 37 <strong>The</strong>y were stoned, they were sawn in two, were<br />

tempted, were slain with the sword. <strong>The</strong>y wandered around in sheepskins and<br />

goatskins, while destute, afflicted, and tormented. 38 <strong>The</strong> world was not worthy<br />

of them. <strong>The</strong>y wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.<br />

39 <strong>The</strong>se all have obtained a good report through faith, but they did not receive<br />

the promise. 40 For God provided something beter for us, so that with us they<br />

would be made perfect.<br />

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9. <strong>To</strong> believe is to receive the whole body of revealed truth.<br />

Luke 18:8 A certain ruler asked Him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit<br />

eternal life?<br />

Jude 3 Beloved, while I diligently tried to write to you of the salvaon we have in<br />

common, I found it necessary to write and appeal to you to contend for the faith<br />

which was once delivered to the saints.<br />

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.<br />

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit clearly says that in the last mes some will depart<br />

from the faith and pay atenon to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils,<br />

1 Timothy 4:6 If you remind the brothers of these things, you will be a good<br />

minister of Jesus Christ, nourished by the words of faith and of good doctrine,<br />

which you have followed closely.<br />

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil. While coveng aer<br />

money, some have strayed from the faith and pierced themselves through with<br />

many sorrows.<br />

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching,<br />

for reproof, for correcon, and for instrucon in righteousness, 17 that the man of<br />

God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.<br />

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10. <strong>To</strong> believe is to have joyful faith in, and acceptance of Christ as the<br />

substute for sin and our Savior whereby one receives salvaon.<br />

Mark 16:16 He who believes and is bapzed will be saved. But he who does not<br />

believe will be condemned.<br />

Acts 4:12 <strong>The</strong>re is no salvaon in any other, for there is no other name under<br />

heaven given among men by which we must be saved.<br />

Acts 10:43 <strong>To</strong> Him all the prophets bear witness that whoever believes in Him will<br />

receive remission of sins through His name.<br />

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. For it is the power of<br />

God for salvaon to everyone who believes, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.<br />

Romans 3:24-31 being jusfied freely by His grace through the redempon that is<br />

in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God has set forth to be a propiaon through faith, in<br />

His blood, for a demonstraon of His righteousness, because in His forbearance<br />

God had passed over the sins previously commited, 26 to prove His righteousness<br />

at this present me so that He might be just and be the jusfier of him who has<br />

faith in Jesus.<br />

27 Where is boasng then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the<br />

law of faith. 28 <strong>The</strong>refore we conclude that a man is jusfied by faith without the<br />

works of the law. 29 Is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the<br />

Genles? Yes, of the Genles also, 30 seeing it is one God, who shall jusfy the<br />

circumcised by faith, and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then make<br />

the law void through faith? God forbid! Instead, we establish the law.<br />

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of<br />

yourselves. It is the gi of God, 9 not of works, so that no one should boast.<br />

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A. <strong>To</strong> believe is access into grace.<br />

Romans 5:2 through whom we also have access by faith into this grace in which<br />

we stand, and so we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.<br />

B. <strong>To</strong> believe is the fulfillment of the promises.<br />

Hebrews 6:12 so that you may not be lazy, but imitators of those who through<br />

faith and paence inherit the promises.<br />

C. <strong>To</strong> believe is to receive <strong>The</strong> Holy Spirit<br />

Galaans 3:14 so that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Genles<br />

through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.<br />

D. <strong>To</strong> believe is to receive Righteousness.<br />

Romans 4 What then shall we say that Abraham, our father according to the flesh,<br />

has found? 2 If Abraham was jusfied by works, he has something to boast about,<br />

but not before God. 3 What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and<br />

it was credited to him as righteousness.<br />

4 Now to him who works, wages are not given as a gi, but as a debt. 5 But to him<br />

who does not work, but believes in Him who jusfies the ungodly, his faith is<br />

credited as righteousness. 6 Even David describes the blessedness of the man to<br />

whom God credits righteousness without works:<br />

7 “Blessed are those<br />

whose iniquies are forgiven,<br />

and whose sins are covered;<br />

8 blessed is the man<br />

to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”<br />

9 Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the<br />

uncircumcised also? We are saying that faith was credited to Abraham as<br />

righteousness. 10 <strong>How</strong> then was it credited? When he was in circumcision? Or in<br />

uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. 11 And he received<br />

the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith that he had while<br />

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being uncircumcised, so that he might be the father of all those who believe,<br />

though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be credited to them<br />

also, 12 and the father of circumcision to those who are not of the circumcision<br />

only, but who also walk in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham, which he<br />

had while sll being uncircumcised.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Promise Received Through Faith<br />

13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his descendants received the<br />

promise that he would be the heir of the world, but through the righteousness of<br />

faith. 14 For if those who are of the law become heirs, faith would be made void<br />

and the promise nullified, 15 because the law produces wrath, for where there is<br />

no law, there is no sin.<br />

16 <strong>The</strong>refore the promise comes through faith, so that it might be by grace, that<br />

the promise would be certain to all the descendants, not only to those who are of<br />

the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us<br />

all 17 (as it is writen, “I have made you a father of many naons”) before God<br />

whom he believed, and who raises the dead, and calls those things that do not<br />

exist as though they did.<br />

18 Against all hope, he believed in hope, that he might become the father of many<br />

naons according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not<br />

being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body to be dead (when he was<br />

about a hundred years old), nor yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not<br />

waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory<br />

to God, 21 and being fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was able to<br />

perform. 22 <strong>The</strong>refore “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 Now the<br />

words, “it was credited to him,” were not writen for his sake only, 24 but also for<br />

us, to whom it shall be credited if we believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord<br />

from the dead, 25 who was delivered for our transgressions, and was raised for<br />

our jusficaon.<br />

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Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? <strong>The</strong> Genles, who did not pursue<br />

righteousness, have atained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by<br />

faith,<br />

Romans 9:32 Why not? Because they did not seek it by faith, but by the works of<br />

the law. For they stumbled over the stumbling stone.<br />

Romans 10:6 But the righteousness which is based on faith says, “Do not say in<br />

your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down),<br />

Philippians 3:9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is<br />

from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is<br />

of God on the basis of faith,<br />

E. <strong>To</strong> believe is to receive Sonship.<br />

Galaans 3:26 You are all sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus.<br />

F. <strong>To</strong> believe is to receive Healing.<br />

James 5:14-16 Is anyone sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church,<br />

and let them pray over him, anoinng him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15<br />

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he<br />

has commited any sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your faults to one another<br />

and pray for one another, that you may be healed. <strong>The</strong> effecve, fervent prayer of<br />

a righteous man accomplishes much.<br />

1 Peter 2:24 He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being<br />

dead to sins, should live unto righteousness. “By His wounds you were healed.”<br />

G. <strong>To</strong> believe is to inherit Eternal Life.<br />

John 3:15-18 that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but may have<br />

eternal life.<br />

16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begoten Son, that whoever<br />

believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send<br />

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His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him<br />

might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned. But he who does<br />

not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the<br />

only begoten Son of God.<br />

John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has eternal life. He who does not believe<br />

the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.<br />

John 5:24 “Truly, truly I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes in Him<br />

who sent Me has eternal life and shall not come into condemnaon, but has<br />

passed from death into life.<br />

John 6:47 “Truly, truly I say to you, whoever believes in Me has eternal life.”<br />

H. <strong>To</strong> believe is to receive answers to prayer.<br />

Mathew 7:7-11 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and<br />

it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks<br />

finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened.<br />

9 “What man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a<br />

stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a snake? 11 If you then, being<br />

evil, know how to give good gis to your children, how much more will your<br />

Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!<br />

Mathew 21:21 Jesus answered them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do<br />

not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also, if you say<br />

to this mountain, ‘Be removed, and be thrown into the sea,’ it will be done.<br />

Mark 11:22-24 Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 For truly I say to you,<br />

whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be thrown into the sea,’ and<br />

does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, he<br />

will have whatever he says. 24 <strong>The</strong>refore I say to you, whatever things you ask<br />

when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you will have them.<br />

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Luke 18:1-8 He told them a parable to illustrate that it is necessary always to pray<br />

and not lose heart. 2 He said: “In a city there was a judge who did not fear God or<br />

regard man. 3 And a widow was in that city. She came to him, saying, ‘Avenge me<br />

against my adversary.’<br />

4 “He would not for a while. Yet aerward he said to himself, ‘Though I do not fear<br />

God or respect man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest<br />

by her connual coming she will weary me.’ ”<br />

6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge says. 7 And shall not God avenge<br />

His own elect and be paent with them, who cry day and night to Him? 8 I tell<br />

you, He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes,<br />

will He find faith on the earth?”<br />

John 14:12-15 Truly, truly I say to you, he who believes in Me will do the works<br />

that I do also. And he will do greater works than these, because I am going to My<br />

Father. 13 I will do whatever you ask in My name, that the Father may be glorified<br />

in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.<br />

John 15:7 This I command you: that you love one another.<br />

John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you<br />

should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that the Father may<br />

give you whatever you ask Him in My name.<br />

<strong>The</strong> word “believe” indicates the act and process of faith. “believe” is the present<br />

tense of “Piss,” faith and must be connued, to get its benefits.<br />

Acts 14:22 strengthening the minds of the disciples and exhorng them to<br />

connue in the faith, to go through many afflicons and thus enter the kingdom of<br />

God.<br />

Ephesians 6:16 and above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you will be<br />

able to exnguish all the fiery arrows of the evil one.<br />

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Colossians 1:23 if you connue in the faith, grounded and setled, and are not<br />

removed from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was<br />

preached to every creature which is under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have<br />

become a servant.<br />

Colossians 2:5-7 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit,<br />

rejoicing and seeing your orderliness and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.<br />

6 As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up<br />

in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, and abounding with<br />

thanksgiving.<br />

1 <strong>The</strong>ssalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, pung on the<br />

breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvaon.<br />

1 Timothy 2:15 Yet she will be saved in childbearing if they connue in faith, love,<br />

and holiness, with self-control.<br />

1 Timothy 3:9 keeping the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.<br />

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold on eternal life, to which you<br />

are called and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.<br />

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have<br />

kept the faith.<br />

Titus 1:13 This witness is true. So rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in<br />

the faith,<br />

Hebrews 10:23-38 Let us firmly hold the profession of our faith without wavering,<br />

for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to spur one another to<br />

love and to good works. 25 Let us not forsake the assembling of ourselves<br />

together, as is the manner of some, but let us exhort one another, especially as<br />

you see the Day approaching.<br />

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26 For if we willfully connue to sin aer we have received the knowledge of the<br />

truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectaon of<br />

judgment and fiery indignaon, which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who<br />

despised Moses’ law died without mercy in the presence of two or three<br />

witnesses. 29 <strong>How</strong> much more severe a punishment do you suppose he deserves,<br />

who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded the blood of the<br />

covenant that sancfied him to be a common thing, and has insulted the Spirit of<br />

grace? 30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine,” says the Lord, “I will<br />

repay.”[a] And again He says, “<strong>The</strong> Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful<br />

thing to fall into the hands of the living God.<br />

32 Remember the former days, aer you were enlightened, in which you endured<br />

a great struggle of afflicons. 33 In part you were made a spectacle both by<br />

reproaches and afflicons. And in part you became companions of those who<br />

were so abused. 34 For you had compassion on me in my chains and joyfully<br />

endured the confiscaon of your property, knowing that you have in heaven a<br />

beter and an enduring possession for yourselves. 35 <strong>The</strong>refore do not throw away<br />

your confidence, which will be greatly rewarded.<br />

36 For you need paence, so that aer you have done the will of God, you will<br />

receive the promise. 37 For,<br />

“In yet a litle while,<br />

He who is to come will come, and will not wait.<br />

38 Now the just shall live by faith;<br />

but if anyone draws back,<br />

My soul shall have no pleasure in him.”<br />

2 Peter 1:5-10 For this reason make every effort to add virtue to your faith; and to<br />

your virtue, knowledge; 6 and to your knowledge, self-control; and to your selfcontrol,<br />

paent endurance; and to your paent endurance, godliness; 7 and to<br />

your godliness, brotherly kindness; and to your brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if<br />

these things reside in you and abound, they ensure that you will neither be<br />

useless nor unfruiul in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But the one<br />

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who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted because he has forgoten that he<br />

was cleansed from his former sins. 10 <strong>The</strong>refore, brothers, diligently make your<br />

calling and elecon sure. For if you do these things, you will never stumble.<br />

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Faith can be lost. Some will fall away, and some will leave the<br />

faith.<br />

Luke 8:13 Those on the rock are the ones who, when they hear the word, receive<br />

it with joy. But these have no root, for they believe for a while, then in the me of<br />

temptaon fall away.<br />

1 Timothy 1:18-19 This command I commit to you, my son Timothy, according to<br />

the prophecies that were previously given to you, that by them you might fight a<br />

good fight, 19 keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and<br />

suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.<br />

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit clearly says that in the last mes some will depart<br />

from the faith and pay atenon to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils,<br />

1 Timothy 5:8 But if any do not care for their own, and especially for those of their<br />

own house, they have denied the faith and are worse than unbelievers.<br />

1 Timothy 5:11-15 But refuse the younger widows, for when their sensual desires<br />

have drawn them away from Christ, they want to marry, 12 and bring judgment on<br />

themselves, because they have cast off their first pledge. 13 Besides that, they<br />

learn to be idle, and not only idle, wandering around from house to house, but<br />

also gossips and busybodies, saying what they ought not. 14 <strong>The</strong>refore I desire<br />

that the younger women marry, bear children, manage the house, and give no<br />

occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 15 For some have already turned<br />

aside aer Satan.<br />

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil. While coveng aer<br />

money, some have strayed from the faith and pierced themselves through with<br />

many sorrows.<br />

1 Timothy 6:15- 21 Command those who are rich in this world that they not be<br />

conceited, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who richly gives us<br />

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all things to enjoy. 18 Command that they do good, that they be rich in good<br />

works, generous, willing to share, 19 and laying up in store for themselves a good<br />

foundaon for the coming age, so that they may take hold of eternal life.<br />

20 O Timothy, guard that which is commited to your trust. Avoid profane<br />

babblings and opposing views from so-called knowledge. 21 By professing it, some<br />

have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.<br />

2 Timothy 2:15-19 <strong>Study</strong> to show yourself approved by God, a workman who<br />

need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But avoid profane<br />

foolish babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness, 17 and their word<br />

will spread like gangrene: Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have<br />

erred concerning the truth, saying that the resurrecon has already occurred, and<br />

who overthrow the faith of some. 19 But the firm foundaon of God stands,<br />

having this seal, “<strong>The</strong> Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who<br />

calls on the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”<br />

2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the<br />

truth, men of corrupt minds and worthless concerning the faith.<br />

Jude 4 For there are some men who secretly crept in, who were marked long ago<br />

for this condemnaon. <strong>The</strong>y are ungodly men, who pervert the grace of our God<br />

into immorality and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.<br />

Revelaons 2:13 I know your works and where you live, where Satan’s throne is.<br />

Yet you hold firmly to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of<br />

Anpas, My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.<br />

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3-part progressive tesmony example.<br />

Ask the Queson<br />

Will you give me 45 seconds to tell you why I am here doing what I'm doing? If the<br />

answer is yes, hold them to the 45sec through part 1. If no, ask if there is a need<br />

you can pray for and pray a prayer of faith for the need. If it's healing, tell them to<br />

test and see that they are healed.<br />

Part 1 (Evg. Brad Tesmony Example)<br />

I want to tell you about Jesus. Jesus is not my religion. Jesus is not something I do.<br />

Living life, the way I have in my past I know now that Jesus is the way, the truth,<br />

and the life.<br />

Like you, I was once skepcal of people like me. As life carried on, I got more<br />

broken, my life was a mess, and I didn’t see any reason to connue because I<br />

didn’t see any way to fix the mess of burdens, I was living with every day.<br />

On one of these days, I said to God if you're real you need to show me, and I<br />

started to read a Bible. If he was as real as some people were saying, I wanted to<br />

know.<br />

If God is real and there is a Heaven and hell, wouldn’t you also want to know?<br />

Time Taken 45 seconds.<br />

If they answer yes, I connue to part 2.<br />

If they answer no, I ask if there is a need I can pray for and pray a prayer of faith<br />

for the need.<br />

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Part 2 (Evg. Brad Tesmony Example)<br />

A few weeks aer I said this to God. I was sing in the back of a church. Suddenly<br />

I started to weep as something surrounded me. I knew without anyone having to<br />

tell me that it was the presence of God. I could feel the weight of the sin I was<br />

living. I was an alcoholic, I was a drug addict, I was bound in the memories of the<br />

destrucve life I lived and now God surrounded me, and I knew I was going to hell.<br />

I said to him get away from me, I'm full of sin and I can’t change that, and He said<br />

to me you are right you can't change that alone but with Me I will take you from<br />

death to life.<br />

At that moment, I said to God I wanted to live, and from that day my life changed.<br />

I found a purpose and freedom. <strong>The</strong> load of sin I had been carrying from years of<br />

abuse lied off me and I walked out of that place knowing God was with me.<br />

<strong>To</strong>day I want to offer you that same opportunity, to leave this place and know God<br />

is with you. Would you like that?<br />

Time taken 2 minutes.<br />

If they answer yes, I connue to part 3.<br />

If they answer no, I ask if there is a need to pray for and pray a pray of faith for<br />

the need.<br />

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Part 3 (Evg. Brad Tesmony Example)<br />

<strong>The</strong> Word of God tells us that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord<br />

and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.<br />

Just saying you do is not what this means. This Scripture means that you choose to<br />

believe God's truth and that from today you have decided you want to know Him.<br />

Do you want to know God?<br />

Time Taken 2:23 seconds.<br />

Hear the Holy Spirit and Minister Accordingly. Pray with the person, connect<br />

with the person, invite them to church, and be there for them.<br />

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Queson Oen Asked - If God loved me, He wouldn’t have allowed…residenal<br />

school, or the loss of a loved one, etc.<br />

My Answer<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bible tells us that God is love and He, (meaning me, you, or anyone else) who<br />

abides in Love abides in God and God in them. So, tell me would you say that the<br />

person who hurt you did it because they loved you?<br />

Answer – No<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bible tells us that God so loves the world that He sent his one and only Son so<br />

that whoever believes in Him might have eternal life. Do you think that someone<br />

who would give up their own child for you would then hurt you?<br />

Answer – No<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bible also tells us that the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for<br />

someone he can devour. Do you think that instead of God causing your pain the<br />

devil saw you and saw a way he might devour you?<br />

Answer – Yes<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bible also tells us that the thief comes to steal kill and destroy. Does this<br />

sound like what has happened to you?<br />

Answer – Yes<br />

<strong>The</strong> thief the Bible is talking about can be a person the devil used.<br />

That verse that tells us that the thief comes to steal kill and destroy connues and<br />

says but Jesus came to give you life and that life in abundance. Since this (add in<br />

what it was) happened to you, have you lived a life of abundance? Abundant joy?<br />

Abundant peace? Are you Anxiety free, are you depression-free, are you<br />

addicon-free?<br />

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Answer – No<br />

So, can we agree that what happened to you was not done in love, and it has<br />

caused you to live every day since without the abundance of life God has<br />

promised He brings? <strong>The</strong> devil has stolen years of your life from you and made<br />

you think it was God. But today God wants you to know that He is here, He loves<br />

you and He wants you to be free of these burdens the devil has put on you.<br />

Do You Want to be free today?<br />

Answer – Yes.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n Pray and release them from the devil’s bondage. Share your tesmony. At<br />

this point, I would go through parts 1-3 of mine.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Law and Our Need for a Savior.<br />

You can't ask for God's wisdom out of your mess without first having a knowledge<br />

of the sin that caused it.<br />

Luke 11:52 Woe to you lawyers, because you have taken away the key to<br />

knowledge (scriptural truth). You yourselves did not enter, and you held back<br />

those who were entering [by your flawed interpretaon of God’s word and your<br />

man-made tradion].<br />

<strong>The</strong> Key to Knowledge is the laws of God. <strong>The</strong> law of God directs a sinner to the<br />

knowledge of sin which causes the sinner to see their need for a Saviour. Without<br />

seeing the need for a Saviour, sin becomes society's norm, but death remains the<br />

penalty for sin.<br />

If there was no speed limit a policeman could not hold us accountable to the set<br />

speed. If God had not set his laws in stone, He could not hold us accountable to<br />

His laws. But He did and now we are.<br />

Psalm 19:7 says the law of the Lord is perfect restoring & refreshing the soul. <strong>The</strong><br />

law converts our soul.<br />

Romans 3:20 For no person will be jusfied [freed of guilt and declared righteous]<br />

in His sight by [trying to do] the works of the Law. For through the Law, we<br />

become conscious of sin [and the recognion of sin directs us toward repentance<br />

but provides no remedy for sin].<br />

We have already fallen short of the law and now we all need the mercy of the<br />

judge. That mercy is only available to the living, for the dead it's too late.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Word of God tells us that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord<br />

and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.<br />

But, just saying you do or have, is not what this means. This Scripture is telling us<br />

that if you choose to believe God's truth which is His Word and if you decide you<br />

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want to make Him your Lord then from now on, you will follow him obeying his<br />

commands, seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness.<br />

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A Ministry Guide<br />

STREET<br />

MINISTRY<br />

LOVING GOD, LOVING PEOPLE<br />

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OUR MISSION<br />

Reaching the World with the <strong>Gospel</strong> of Jesus Christ, starng in our own<br />

communies.<br />

A general once said, “You cannot defend the borders of foreign naons by<br />

neglecng your own borders”. This general must have studied Scripture because<br />

Jesus used the same principle when sending out His disciples, “; And you will be<br />

my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the<br />

earth.” (Acts 1:8).<br />

We start at home reinforcing our borders, we need a home base to be sent from<br />

and go back to, and then we move on and take ground elsewhere defending and<br />

reinforcing foreign borders. Some may go on to reinforce foreign borders ahead of<br />

us and that’s ok we are a team, the Body of Christ, and those that stay behind<br />

ensure our home borders remain secure.<br />

CALLED TO MAKE DISCIPLES<br />

Jesus never made converts; He made disciples. In fact, He discouraged converts.<br />

<strong>To</strong> His disciples or to large crowds, Jesus’ call to follow Him remained the same.<br />

TO HIS DISCIPLES:<br />

Mathew 10:37-39 AMP “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not<br />

worthy of Me, and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of<br />

Me. And he who does not take his cross [expressing a willingness to endure<br />

whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example<br />

in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] is not<br />

worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it<br />

[through death], and whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake will find it<br />

[that is, life with Me for all eternity].”<br />

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TO THE CROWDS THAT FOLLOWED HIM:<br />

Luke 14:26-29 AMP “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and<br />

mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life<br />

[in the sense of indifference to or relave disregard for them in comparison with<br />

his atude toward God]—he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his<br />

own cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow<br />

aer Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be,<br />

suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] cannot be My disciple.<br />

Jesus wasn’t trying to be popular; He just was because signs followed Him. Those<br />

same signs will follow you,<br />

Mark 16:17-18 AMP “<strong>The</strong>se signs will accompany those who have believed: in My<br />

name, they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick<br />

up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay<br />

hands on the sick, and they will get well.”<br />

And when they do, you too will need to decide if you want to be popular or make<br />

disciples of Jesus. Only one answer will lead folk to the cross, each of us must<br />

decide for ourselves to live like Paul. “Follow my example as I follow the example<br />

of Christ” 1 Corinthians 11:1 AMP<br />

THE COMMISSION IS SIMPLE<br />

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the naons [help the people to learn of<br />

Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], bapzing them in the name of the Father<br />

and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything that<br />

I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you<br />

perpetually — regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the<br />

end of the age.” Mathew 28:19-20 AMP<br />

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SINNER’S PRAYER<br />

One thing you will find on the streets, sinners can see straight through a fake and<br />

they have no problem calling a fake out on a crowded bus, you must be real. Pray<br />

and seek God out and let the best evangelist in the world teach you to engage the<br />

lost, He goes by the name Holy Spirit and He knows exactly what each person<br />

needs, so learn to rely on Him.<br />

<strong>The</strong> FOUNDATION for the sinner’s prayer comes from;<br />

Romans 10:9-10 “because if you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that<br />

Jesus is Lord [recognizing His power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in<br />

your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the<br />

heart a person believes [in Christ as Savior] resulng in his jusficaon [that is,<br />

being made righteous—being freed of the guilt of sin and made acceptable to<br />

God]; and with the mouth he acknowledges and confesses [his faith openly],<br />

resulng in and confirming [his] salvaon.”<br />

A PRAYER CANNOT SAVE YOU OR ANYONE YOU CONVINCE TO PRAY ONE ANY<br />

MORE THAN A CHURCH CAN SAVE YOU, ONLY JESUS SAVES.<br />

Acts 4:12 “And there is salvaon in no one else; for there is no other name under<br />

heaven that has been given among people by which we must be saved [for God<br />

has provided the world no alternave for salvaon].”<br />

Acknowledging is one step, confessing Jesus as your God another, but you must<br />

believe in your heart and no prayer can cause you to believe in your heart. On the<br />

contrary, it is believing in your heart that will cause you to pray.<br />

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If you are counng converts, ask God to search your heart for moves that are not<br />

from Him. People are not trophies or pet projects; they are real souls balancing on<br />

the edge of hell waing for a believer to take their hand and lead them to the<br />

cross.<br />

Remember you are not beter than the person you are sharing Christ with. Your<br />

righteousness is only because of Christ, you too were once a slave to sin.<br />

Ephesians 2:8-9 AMP<br />

“For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ]<br />

that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life]<br />

through faith. And this [salvaon] is not of yourselves [not through your own<br />

effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gi of God; 9 not as a result of [your]<br />

works [nor your atempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast<br />

or take credit in any way [for his salvaon].<br />

We share Christ compelled by the Holy Spirit overflowing from within us, not<br />

because it’s the right thing to do but because our love for God and compassion for<br />

those sll deceived into going to hell, drives us to tell them the truth and we give<br />

the Holy Spirit the reigns to confirm the Word in their hearts leading them to<br />

repentance.<br />

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DOCTRINE<br />

You are going to meet all sorts of people on the streets from all sorts of<br />

backgrounds and all sorts of teachings. Don’t argue with them, follow Christs<br />

example “Scripture says”, “Scripture also says” (see Mathew 4:1-11).<br />

<strong>The</strong> Word is your sword, sck to it and if you don’t have an answer don’t make<br />

one up, just say I don’t know the answer, but I can find out and get back to you.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n do that.<br />

KEEP IT SIMPLE<br />

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 AMP “And when I came to you, brothers and sisters,<br />

proclaiming to you the tesmony of God [concerning salvaon through Christ], I<br />

did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom [no loy words of<br />

eloquence or of philosophy as a Greek orator might do]; 2 for I made the decision<br />

to know nothing [that is, to forego philosophical or theological discussions<br />

regarding inconsequenal things and opinions while] among you except Jesus<br />

Christ, and Him crucified [and the meaning of His redempve, substuonary<br />

death and His resurrecon]. 3 I came to you in [a state of] weakness and fear and<br />

great trembling. 4 And my message and my preaching were not in persuasive<br />

words of wisdom [using clever rhetoric], but [they were delivered] in<br />

demonstraon of the [Holy] Spirit [operang through me] and of [His] power<br />

[srring the minds of the listeners and persuading them], 5 so that your faith<br />

would not rest on the wisdom and rhetoric of men, but on the power of God.”<br />

If you trying to be the Holy Spirit, don’t expect Him to confirm your words. <strong>The</strong><br />

Holy Spirit only confirms the Word of God, so know God’s Word and preach that.<br />

You do your part, and the Holy Spirit will do His. You can take that to the bank!<br />

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TESTIMONY<br />

Sharing your tesmony is great, but don’t make your tesmony all about you. You<br />

can’t save anyone, point to Christ, what has following Jesus done in your life.<br />

Remember, most people you will meet have heard of Jesus. Religion has made the<br />

name Jesus a household name instead of the only name by which any of us can be<br />

saved. Just because someone says Jesus doesn’t mean they know Jesus.<br />

Listen to people’s stories, many just need someone to talk to, so let the Holy Spirit<br />

guide you so they don’t walk away just as lost as they walked up to you.<br />

THE ENGEL SCALE<br />

<strong>The</strong> Engel scale is a way of represenng the journey from no knowledge of God<br />

through to spiritual maturity as a Chrisan believer. Everyone you meet is some<br />

were on this scale, it is up to you to hear the Holy Spirit, so they can move on to<br />

repentance and faith in Jesus;<br />

-8 <strong>The</strong> person has some knowledge of a supreme being.<br />

-7 <strong>The</strong> person finds out a bit about the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

-6 <strong>The</strong> person starts to understand the basics of the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

-5 <strong>The</strong> person starts to understand the personal implicaons.<br />

-4 <strong>The</strong> person has a posive atude about the <strong>Gospel</strong>.<br />

-3 <strong>The</strong> person considers what making a personal commitment to Christ will.<br />

cost them.<br />

-2 <strong>The</strong> person takes a step of faith.<br />

-1 <strong>The</strong> person finds repentance and faith in Jesus Christ<br />

+1 <strong>The</strong> person evaluates their decision to follow Jesus.<br />

+2 <strong>The</strong> person is incorporated into the body of Christ.<br />

+3 <strong>The</strong> person starts a life of discipleship and service.<br />

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WE ARE NOT EVERYONE ELSE<br />

We don’t want to be religious in mission, approach, or presentaon. In any given<br />

night you may speak to 10 or 20 different people and one approach may not work<br />

for another. Be flexible, adjustable, and move with the Holy Spirit.<br />

We want to meet people’s needs, challenge people, encourage them, and sow<br />

seeds of faith, and Biblical truth into them.<br />

We must ask ourselves every me we go, are we meeng the needs of people<br />

struggling with sin by poinng the way out, the way to Salvaon? Or are we just<br />

giving them a venue to gather and feed their flesh?<br />

I have heard it said, all we do is feed people. Those of you who have been on the<br />

bus know that’s not enrely true. But we do feed people. I have heard it said, we<br />

don’t want those people in our church. But all of us were once those people.<br />

Take 2 minutes to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read Mathew<br />

25:31-46 and James chapter 2, then read on.<br />

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THE JUDGMENT, MATTHEW 25:31-46 (AMP)<br />

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory and majesty and all the angels with<br />

Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the naons will be gathered<br />

before Him [for judgment]; and He will separate them from one another, as a<br />

shepherd separates his sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His<br />

right [the place of honor], and the goats on His le [the place of rejecon].<br />

“<strong>The</strong>n the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father<br />

[you favored of God, appointed to eternal salvaon], inherit the kingdom<br />

prepared for you from the foundaon of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave<br />

Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a<br />

stranger, and you invited Me in; I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and<br />

you visited Me [with help and ministering care]; I was in prison, and you came to<br />

Me [ignoring personal danger].’ <strong>The</strong>n the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when<br />

did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?<br />

And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe<br />

You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ <strong>The</strong> King will<br />

answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent<br />

that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the<br />

least of them, you did it for Me.’<br />

“<strong>The</strong>n He will say to those on His le, ‘Leave Me, you cursed ones, into the eternal<br />

fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels (demons); for I was<br />

hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to<br />

drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe<br />

Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me [with help and ministering care].’<br />

<strong>The</strong>n they also [in their turn] will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or<br />

thirsty, or as a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to<br />

You?’ <strong>The</strong>n He will reply to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to<br />

the extent that you did not do it for one of the least of these [my followers], you<br />

did not do it for Me.’ <strong>The</strong>n these [unbelieving people] will go away into eternal<br />

(unending) punishment, but those who are righteous and in right standing with<br />

God [will go, by His remarkable grace] into eternal (unending) life.”<br />

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THE SIN OF PARTIALITY, JAMES 2:2-13 (AMP)<br />

My fellow believers, do not pracce your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ<br />

with an atude of parality [toward people—show no favorism, no prejudice,<br />

no snobbery]. For if a man comes into your meeng place wearing a gold ring and<br />

fine clothes, and a poor man in dirty clothes also comes in, and you pay special<br />

atenon to the one who wears the fine clothes, and say to him, “You sit here in<br />

this good seat,” and you tell the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down [on<br />

the floor] by my footstool,” have you not discriminated among yourselves, and<br />

become judges with wrong moves? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters: has<br />

not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and [as believers to be]<br />

heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?<br />

But you [in contrast] have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress<br />

and exploit you, and personally drag you into the courts of law? Do they not<br />

blaspheme the [e]precious name [of Christ] by which you are called?<br />

If, however, you are [really] fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You<br />

shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, if you have an unselfish concern for<br />

others and do things for their benefit]” you are doing well. But if you show<br />

parality [prejudice, favorism], you are comming sin and are convicted by the<br />

Law as offenders. For whoever keeps the whole Law but stumbles in one point, he<br />

has become guilty of [breaking] all of it. For He who said, “Do not commit<br />

adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you<br />

murder, you have become guilty of transgressing the [enre] Law. Speak and act<br />

[consistently] as people who are going to be judged by the law of liberty [that<br />

moral law that frees obedient Chrisans from the bondage of sin]. For judgment<br />

will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; but [to the one who has shown<br />

mercy] mercy triumphs [victoriously] over judgment.<br />

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FAITH AND WORKS, JAMES 2:14-26 (AMP)<br />

What is the benefit, my fellow believers, if someone claims to have faith but has<br />

no [good] works [as evidence]? Can that [kind of] faith save him? [No, a mere<br />

claim of faith is not sufficient—genuine faith produces good works.] If a brother or<br />

sister is without [adequate] clothing and lacks [enough] food for each day, and<br />

one of you says to them, “Go in peace [with my blessing], [keep] warm and feed<br />

yourselves,” but he does not give them the necessies for the body, what good<br />

does that do? So too, faith, if it does not have works [to back it up], is by itself<br />

dead [inoperave and ineffecve].<br />

But someone may say, “You [claim to] have faith and I have [good] works; show<br />

me your [alleged] faith without the works [if you can], and I will show you my faith<br />

by my works [that is, by what I do].” You believe that God is one; you do well [to<br />

believe that]. <strong>The</strong> demons also believe [that], and shudder and bristle [in awefilled<br />

terror—they have seen His wrath]! But are you willing to recognize, you<br />

foolish [spiritually shallow] person, that faith without [good] works is useless?<br />

Was our father Abraham not [shown to be] jusfied by works [of obedience which<br />

expressed his faith] when he offered Isaac his son on the altar [as a sacrifice to<br />

God]? You see that [his] faith was working together with his works, and as a result<br />

of the works, his faith was completed [reaching its maturity when he expressed<br />

his faith through obedience]. And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham<br />

believed God, and this [faith] was credited to him [by God] as righteousness and<br />

as conformity to His will,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man<br />

(believer) is jusfied by works and not by faith alone [that is, by acts of obedience<br />

a born-again believer reveals his faith]. In the same way, was Rahab the prostute<br />

not jusfied by works too, when she received the [Hebrew] spies as guests and<br />

protected them, and sent them away [to escape] by a different route? For just as<br />

the [human] body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works [of obedience]<br />

is also dead.<br />

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THE DEMONIC<br />

On the streets, you will come across someone who is possessed by an evil spirit.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is no need to fear, in fact, fear is what the evil spirit wants you to do<br />

because then you are on its ground, and it can manipulate you and will leave you<br />

feeling lost. <strong>The</strong> devil is a liar, never forget it.<br />

1 John 4:4 AMP<br />

“Litle children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and<br />

have [already] overcome them [the agents of the anchrist]; because He who is in<br />

you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind].”<br />

Greater is He that is in you! Believe that and tell the evil spirit to leave and it will<br />

leave. But I also warn you that the devil knows who belongs to him and who<br />

belongs to God. Know who you are in Christ and the devil will know of you to.<br />

Acts 19:11-16 AMP<br />

“God was doing extraordinary and unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that<br />

even handkerchiefs or face-towels or aprons that had touched his skin were<br />

brought to the sick, and their diseases le them, and the evil spirits came out [of<br />

them]. <strong>The</strong>n some of the traveling Jewish exorcists also atempted to call the<br />

name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I implore you and<br />

solemnly command you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches!” Seven sons of one<br />

[named] Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. But the evil spirit retorted, “I<br />

know and recognize and acknowledge Jesus, and I know about Paul, but as for<br />

you, who are you?” <strong>The</strong>n the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them<br />

and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they ran out of that<br />

house [in terror, stripped] naked and wounded.”<br />

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When you find yourself casng out a devil, remember it is your faith in Jesus and<br />

not your volume that the evil spirit will respond to. We don’t want to scare<br />

bystanders into drugs and drink!!!<br />

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HEALING<br />

Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our<br />

wickedness [our sin, our injusce, our wrongdoing]; <strong>The</strong> punishment [required]<br />

for our well-being fell on Him, And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.”<br />

Luke 5:23 “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up<br />

and walk’?”<br />

<strong>The</strong> only hindrance to healing is if you believe there are hindrances to healing.<br />

Scripture says that in Jesus’ name those that believe Mark 16:18b AMP “they will<br />

lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.”<br />

If you want to see healings you will need to lay hands on the sick, the more sick<br />

you lay hands on the more people you will see healed.<br />

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ARGUMENTS AND FIGHTING<br />

Ephesians 6:12 (AMP) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending<br />

only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against<br />

the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of<br />

wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.<br />

If an argument breaks out between you and someone vising the bus, the<br />

problem is you have forgoten who your enemy is. Diffuse the situaon, don’t try<br />

being right or you will find out how many devils are actually on the bus. <strong>The</strong>y gang<br />

up quickly. Simply apologize, lay down the pride, and bow out. If the situaon is<br />

sll not calming down call a team member, strength in numbers silences a big<br />

mouth.<br />

When you react, remember it’s not about us but it is about the lost seeing Christ<br />

in us.<br />

1. Physical fights have broken out in the past between girlfriend and<br />

boyfriend, drug dealers and drug users, as well as between gang members.<br />

2. Don’t be a hero, get out of the way and call 911. <strong>The</strong> dead can’t raise the<br />

dead!<br />

3. A safe place is back on the bus and close the door. We can always drive<br />

away if the team is all on the bus.<br />

Pray, the devil can’t hear your mind so pray allowed and command hate, pride,<br />

and revenge to go and call in peace, joy, love, paence, kindness, and self-control.<br />

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FOCUS OF THE BUS<br />

Our focus is evangelism, and that’s what we do, evangelize. We are not a church.<br />

We might preach 2-4 messages a night to 20-30 people, to some we may even be<br />

the only church they have ever seen, but we are not a church. We are on the<br />

streets for the sole purpose of evangelizing.<br />

Every new believer needs to be connected to a local church to be built up,<br />

encourage church atendance, and never leave anyone to defend themselves with<br />

no direcon. <strong>The</strong> devil is ruthless, He is a thief and will immediately come in to kill,<br />

steal, and destroy.<br />

Connect, connect, connect. We are not a hit-and-run ministry; we connect new<br />

believers to fellowships even if that means WE pick them up and take them to<br />

church with US. Yes, there is a cost to populang heaven. So, are you ready to<br />

plunder hell?<br />

Plant seeds and encourage faith. You might be someone’s last chance.<br />

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ENGAGING IN CONVERSATION<br />

If you see folk sing on the bus minding their own business, ask God for<br />

compassion, a word of knowledge, and get in their business.<br />

CONVERSATION STARTERS:<br />

Hi, my name is……., what’s your name? What brings you out tonight? Anything<br />

you struggling with you want to talk about? Is there anything I can pray with you<br />

about?<br />

Show real concern and you will get real results. Remember whatever the<br />

conversaon starter the finale must always be Jesus Christ and Him crucified for<br />

the forgiveness of sin. Only Jesus saves! So, pray and ask Him to direct you.<br />

Billy Graham had a simple example to demonstrate our need for Jesus. It went<br />

something like this:<br />

Imagine for a moment that you created ants, and these ants were walking straight<br />

towards a fire. You call out to warn them, but they don’t understand you. You lay<br />

your hand down and block their path, but they build bridges and walk over it. You<br />

flood the path before them, and they build boats and float over it. Aer you have<br />

tried everything in their realm to warn them, the only opon le to save them is<br />

to turn yourself into an ant and go warn them yourself.<br />

This is what God did for us, He came to earth as Jesus to warn us of the impending<br />

doom we are heading to if we carry on living a sinful life.<br />

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gi of God is eternal life.”<br />

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John 3:16 But God…..”so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that<br />

whosoever believeth in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”<br />

IF YOU ARE SERIOUS;<br />

Simply love on people, most people you will meet don’t even understand the<br />

concept of love, so when they come face to face with Him, they break down and<br />

cry without you having to say a word.<br />

Be in prayer and the word throughout the week, have an acve fasng life seeking<br />

God and you will see the results as God is able to use you.<br />

IF YOU DON’T HAVE DIRECTION, YOU CANNOT GIVE DIRECTION<br />

If your life outside of ministering is in Christ, you will find life in ministering is with<br />

Christ, He will give you what you need when you need it to reach the people, He<br />

sends us to.<br />

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THE MECHANICS OF OUR BUS MINISTRY<br />

As some of us go into the bi-ways and highways inving people to the bus the<br />

doorway gets very congested as people line up for a meal and a seat on the bus.<br />

We want people to sit down, it makes it easier to take control of the crowd and<br />

easier to reach them with the gospel one-on-one and we can preach the word to<br />

groups at a me as people come and go.<br />

SOME THINGS TO REMEMBER:<br />

1. Don’t block the bus door, people will simply leave. We don’t want to lose<br />

any opportunity to share the <strong>Gospel</strong>. If you are working at the serving<br />

staon instruct people to go sit down and they will be served, it keeps the<br />

isle flowing and people’s tempers from flaring up and being pushed back<br />

and forward.<br />

2. Don’t wander from the bus alone, always teams of two.<br />

3. Always keep the bus in sight and sound reach.<br />

4. <strong>The</strong>re are three ministering parts to this bus ministry.<br />

a. Ministering one on one on the bus.<br />

b. Ministering one-on-one outside the bus and direcng folk to the bus.<br />

c. Serving at the food staon.<br />

It oen gets too busy to direct the team to areas of need that arise. Everybody<br />

should be aware of each other and take turns in the different posions and step in<br />

to help each other. We are there to serve the community and each other.<br />

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5. <strong>The</strong> seats on the bus are for the lost, if you are taking them all up how will<br />

they hear the gospel message? People will leave rather than stand, and if<br />

they leave all we did was feed their flesh. Remember, it’s not about you,<br />

you are there because it’s about them, You are on a short-term mission to<br />

reach the lost. Soldier up!<br />

6. If you see any rubbish on the streets that comes from the bus, pick it up and<br />

place it in the bin. We don’t want to give anyone an excuse to keep us away.<br />

7. At the end of the night, the bus is a mess and needs to be cleaned for the<br />

next outreach. If everyone does a part before leaving, it is not all le to the<br />

last person to clean up. Pick trash up throughout the night and dump it in<br />

the bin.<br />

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PREACHING<br />

Throughout the night we preach short gospel messages, 5–7-minute gospel<br />

messages. Be prepared, you never know when you might be called up to share.<br />

On any given night 2-4 messages will be preached to a bus full of people.<br />

Remember it's about Jesus, not all about you.<br />

Messages should;<br />

a. Open in a quick prayer. Take authority over the evil spirits, bless the food<br />

b. Your message is about Jesus who came to seek and to save all who are lost,<br />

calling sinners to repentance and faith in Him.<br />

c. Make a brief call to repentance, simply say if you know you need<br />