PASTOR'S NOTES


(4/3/22)

In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


☆ Jesus Christ’s teachings will set everyone Free who acknowledges Him as Lord in their lives.


John 8:1-11 (AMPC)


1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.


2 Early in the morning (at dawn), He came back into the temple [court], and the people came to Him in crowds. He sat down and was teaching them,
3 When the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They made her stand in the middle of the court and put the case before Him.
4 Teacher, they said, This woman has been caught in the very act of adultery.
5 Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women—offenders] shall be stoned to death. But what do You say [to do with her—what is Your sentence]?
6 This they said to try (test) Him, hoping they might find a charge on which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger.
7 However, when they persisted with their question, He raised Himself up and said, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.
8 Then He bent down and went on writing on the ground with His finger.
9 They listened to Him, and then they began going out, conscience-stricken, one by one, from the oldest down to the last one of them, till Jesus was left alone, with the woman standing there before Him in the center of the court.
10 When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you?
11 She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.


I would like to discuss what was happening in verse 5 of John 8.


The scribes and Pharisees had planned to stone this woman to death just to silence the teachings of Jesus by employing half of the truth.
Definition of half-truth….
A statement that is only partially true. They are statements which mingles truth and falsehood with deliberate intent to deceive.


☆ 5 Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women—offenders] shall be stoned to death. But what do You say [to do with her—what is Your sentence]?


These are key biblical scriptures that give us the unadulterated truth about committing adultery.


Leviticus 20:10 (AMPC)
The man who commits adultery with another’s wife, even his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.


Exodus 31:18 (AMPC)
And He gave to Moses, when He had ceased communing with him on Mount Sinai, the two tables of the Testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.


☆ Jesus' sentence for the woman was, "Go on your way and from now on sin no more.”


Questions To Consider


Do you think Jesus Christ would teach us something that He has not given us the knowledge and wisdom to achieve?

Would Jesus teach us a reality that we could not live in?


Romans 8:1-41 Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do [that is, overcome sin and remove its penalty, its power] being weakened by the flesh [man’s nature without the Holy Spirit], God did: He sent His own Son in the likeness of sinful man as an offering for sin. And He condemned sin in the flesh [subdued it and overcame it in the person of His own Son], 4 so that the [righteous and just] requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who do not live our lives in the ways of the flesh [guided by worldliness and our sinful nature], but [live our lives] in the ways of the Spirit [guided by His power].




(4/10/22)

In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


☆ Jesus, the Light of the World


John 8:12 (NLT)
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to


Psalm 18:28 (GNT)
O Lord, you give me light; you dispel my darkness.


Psalm 27:1 (GNT)
The Lord is my light and my salvation; I will fear no one. The Lord protects me from all danger; I will never be afraid.


Isaiah 9:2 (NLT)
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.


John 12:46 (NLT)
I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.


Ephesians 5:6-9 (NLT)6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.


Questions To Consider

☆ What are you allowing the Light of Jesus Christ to produce in you which causes others to desire His Light for their lives also?





(4/17/22)


In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


Investment is simply taking a valuable asset and giving it into a system that provides increased returns from your valued asset that you invested.


We will take the teachings of Jesus Christ as valuable assets and apply them into our belief system while we study and expect to experience the Faith-filled results Now!!!


☆ Jesus Christ is teaching us to Make Faith Investments in God.


Mark 11:22 (NLT)
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.


How can we have Faith in God ?


Romans 10:17 (NLT)
So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.


Romans 10:17 (CEV)
No one can have faith without hearing the message about Christ.


☆ Continuously hearing, listening to, and giving attention to the Word of God will provide us with the evidence that we need to have Faith in God.


Hebrews 11:1(NKJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


~ Substance relates to Realization.
~ Evidence relates to Confidence.


☆ Why is Faith in God significant to us?


Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.


☆ It requires Faith in God to believe that He exists and desires to reward us with a Rich and Satisfying life in Jesus Christ.

John 10:10 (NLT)
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.


☆ God invests Faith in us from start to finish so that Jesus Christ’s Righteousness will be accomplished in us.

Romans 1:17 (NLT)


This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”


☆ The only possibility we have to please God is by Faith.


Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)And it is impossible to please God without faith.



Questions To Consider


☆ Why is Faith in God significant to us?





(5/15/22)


Making Faith Investments in
"Knowing who Jesus Christ Is."


Colossians 1:15-20(CEV)
15 Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen. He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation.
16 Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God's Son, and everything was made for him. 17 God's Son was before all else, and by him everything is held together. 18 He is the head of his body, which is the church. He is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death, so that he would be above all others. 19 God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son. 20 And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God.


☆ "Jesus is Preeminent.”
This means that Jesus Christ is first, in everything. First in importance, first in honor, first in exaltation.


☆ Jesus Christ is Preeminent in all things because…

He is the exact image and likeness of God.


Hebrews 1:1-6 (GNT)
1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. 3 He reflects the brightness of God's glory and is the exact likeness of God's own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for the sins of all human beings, he sat down in heaven at the right side of God, the Supreme Power. 4 The Son was made greater than the angels, just as the name that God gave him is greater than theirs. 5 For God never said to any of his angels, “You are My Son; today I have become your Father.” Nor did God say about any angel,“I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.” 6 But when God was about to send his first-born Son into the world, he said,“All of God's angels must worship him.”


☆If we want to see God, keep looking at Jesus Christ.


John 1:18 (NLT)
No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.


John 10:30 (NLT) The Father and I are one.”


John 14:6 (CEV)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father.


John 8:12 (NLT)Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”


Questions To Consider


 How is Jesus Christ important in your life?





(5/22/22)


Making Faith Investments in
"Understanding who Jesus Christ Is."


Colossians 1:15-20(CEV)
15 Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen. He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation.
16 Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God's Son, and everything was made for him.
17 God's Son was before all else, and by him everything is held together. 18 He is the head of his body, which is the church. He is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death, so that he would be above all others. 19 God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son.
20 And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God.


☆ Jesus Christ is the Word of God.


Hebrews 1:3 (21st Century KJV)
Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,


John 1:1-5 (21st Century KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.
4 In Him was life, and that life was the Light of men.
5 And the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.


☆ Jesus Christ is The Way, Truth and Life.


John 14:6 (CEV)
“I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father.


Psalm 33:4 (21st Century KJV)
For the word of the Lord is right, and all His works are done in truth.


Psalm 33:4 (NLT)For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.


Questions To Consider


How is Jesus Christ, being the Word of God, transforming your life?





5/29/22


Colossians 1:15-20(CEV)
15 Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen. He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation.
16 Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God's Son, and everything was made for him.
17 God's Son was before all else, and by him everything is held together.
18 He is the head of his body, which is the church. He is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death, so that he would be above all others.
19 God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son.
20 And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God.


Colossians 1:18(CEV)
He is the head of his body, which is the church. He is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death, so that he would be above all others.


☆ Jesus is exalted as “The Head of His church" which means He is the ultimate authority over His church.


His Church is His Body. When we become Born-again, we become a member of Christ’s body.


It is His will and His word that governs and energizes the life of His church because Jesus Christ is the Exalted Head of His Church!


Matthew 16:13-19 (CEV)
13 When Jesus and his disciples were near the town of Caesarea Philippi, he asked them, “What do people say about the Son of Man?”
14 The disciples answered, “Some people say you are John the Baptist or maybe Elijah or Jeremiah or some other prophet.”
15 Then Jesus asked, “But who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus told him:
Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! You didn't discover this on your own. It was shown to you by my Father in heaven.
18 So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.
19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth. But he will not allow anything you don't allow.


☆ "The Church is the body of Jesus Christ.”



☆ Ephesians 1:20-23 (CEV)
20 when he raised Christ from death and let him sit at his right side in heaven.
21 There Christ rules over all forces, authorities, powers, and rulers. He rules over all beings in this world and will rule in the future world as well.
22 God has put all things under the power of Christ, and for the good of the church he has made him the head of everything.
23 The church is the body of Christ and is filled with Christ who completely fills everything.


Footnotes….
* At this very moment Jesus Christ is at The place of Power and Honor over the Church.


* Jesus Christ’s Church is completely filled with His Powers.


* Because Jesus Christ is the head of His Church, we do not become discouraged by what we are seeing played out in the world and even with the handling of Church order.


* Jesus Christ is the sovereign, ruling authority over His Church, as well as, the source from which we, His body, derive all spiritual sustenance and power.


Spiritual sustenance is regarded as a source of strength; nourishment.



Isaiah 40:29 (GNT)He strengthens those who are weak and tired.



Questions To Consider


What actions are you taking to assure that Jesus Christ is the head of your life?




6/5/22


Jesus Christ is God's spokesperson for the Holy Spirit.


John 14:16 (Amp)
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever—



John 14:17 (Amp)
The Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.


☆ The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. He governs all of the Truth coming out of heaven into earth.
☆ He lives in the Born-again believers forever.



John 14:26 (Amp)
But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.



☆ Jesus Christ has assigned the Holy Spirit to be the Church Master Teacher.


☆ The Holy Spirit reminds us of the Words of Jesus Christ.


John 15:26 (Amp)
“But when the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify and bear witness about Me.


☆ The Holy Spirit is the source of all truth.



John 16:13 (Amp)
But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future].


☆ The Holy Spirit has been entrusted with the power to reveal, glorify and testify about Jesus Christ.



John 16:14 (Amp)
He will glorify and honor Me, because He (the Holy Spirit) will take from what is Mine and will disclose it to you.


☆ Jesus Christ has spoken but we will receive….



Acts 1:8 (Amp)But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”



Questions To Consider


How has receiving the Holy Spirit changed your life?



6/12/22


Matthew 16:13-19 (CEV)
13 When Jesus and his disciples were near the town of Caesarea Philippi, he asked them, “What do people say about the Son of Man?”
14 The disciples answered, “Some people say you are John the Baptist or maybe Elijah or Jeremiah or some other prophet.”
15 Then Jesus asked, “But who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus told him:
Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! You didn't discover this on your own. It was shown to you by my Father in heaven.
18 So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.
19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth. But he will not allow anything you don't allow.


☆ 13 When Jesus and his disciples were near the town of Caesarea Philippi, he asked them, “What do people say about the Son of Man?”


Jesus is referred to as the “Son of Man” 88 times in the New Testament.
In fact, Son of Man is the primary title Jesus used when referring to Himself …
(Matthew 12:32; 13:37; Luke 12:8; John 1:51).


The only use of Son of Man in a clear reference to Jesus, spoken by someone other than Jesus, came from the lips of Stephen as he was being martyred (murdered).


Acts 7:56 (CEV)
Then Stephen said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right side of God!;”


☆ 14 The disciples answered, “Some people say you are John the Baptist or maybe Elijah or Jeremiah or some other prophet.”

The crowds’ viewpoints were all wrong.


☆ 15 Then Jesus asked, “But who do you say I am?”
Jesus focused His question directly at His disciples.
☆16 Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”


Matthew relates that Peter did more than just identify Jesus as the Christ; he also proclaimed Jesus’ divine nature: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God”


☆ 17 Jesus told him:
Simon, son of Jonah, you are blessed! You didn't discover this on your own. It was shown to you by my Father in heaven.


18 So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.
19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth. But he will not allow anything you don't allow.


》Keys are used to lock or unlock doors.


》The specific doors Jesus has in mind in this passage are the doors to the Kingdom of Heaven.


》Jesus is laying the foundation of His church.


Ephesians 2:19-20 (GNT)
19 So then, you Gentiles are not foreigners or strangers any longer; you are now citizens together with God's people and members of the family of God.
20 You, too, are built upon the foundation laid by the apostles and prophets,the cornerstone being Christ Jesus himself.


The key of the Kingdom of heaven is the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ, The Son of the Living God.



Questions To Consider


What is your outlook of who Jesus Christ is?






6/19/22


Almost every major religion teaches that Jesus was a prophet or a good teacher or a godly man; but, the Bible tells us that Jesus was infinitely more than a prophet, a good teacher, or a godly man.

Within the Four Gospels, Jesus Christ reveals who He is to everyone that will be willing to believe and receive Him.



John 1:11-12 (NLT)
11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.
12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.


Jesus is revealing an important truth to us within this verse 12.
That everyone who will believe and accept Him will have the right to become children of God!!!


Having the understanding of who Jesus Christ is, is the key investment to experiencing God as our Eternal Father.



John 14:6-7 (Amp)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
7 If you had [really] known Me, you would also have known My Father. From now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”


☆ Jesus Christ is our only Oneness with the Father.



John 10:30-33 (NLT)
30 The Father and I are one.”
31 Once again the people picked up stones to kill him.
32 Jesus said, “At my Father’s direction I have done many good works. For which one are you going to stone me?”
33 They replied, “We’re stoning you not for any good work, but for blasphemy! You, a mere man, claim to be God.”


☆ Jesus reveals His equality with God.
Our faith in Jesus Christ equality with Father God provides our equality with the Father also.


John 8:58-59 (NLT)
58 Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I am!”
59 At that point they picked up stones to throw at him. But Jesus was hidden from them and left the Temple.


Exodus 3:14 (NLT)
God replied to Moses, “I am who Iam. Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.”



John 1:1 (NLT)
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.


John 20:28 (NLT)
“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.


Titus 2:13 (NLT)
While we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed.


2 Peter 1:1 (NLT)
This letter is from Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am writing to you who share the same precious faith we have. This faith was given to you because of the justice and fairness of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior.


Hebrews 1:8 (NLT)
But to the Son he says,“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice.


Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


Questions To Consider


Faith in Jesus Christ and what else makes us equal with God?





7/3/22


In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”

God has sent Jesus Christ to be mankind's Master Teacher in Making Faith investments in the Kingdom of God.



Mark 4:13-20
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?
14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.
15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.
16 “Other people are like the seed planted on rocky ground. They hear the teaching, and they quickly and gladly accept it.
17 But they don’t allow it to go deep into their lives. They keep it only for a short time. As soon as trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching they accepted, they give up.
18 “Others are like the seed planted among the thorny weeds. They hear the teaching,
19 but their lives become full of other things: the worries of this life, the love of money, and everything else they want. This keeps the teaching from growing, and it does not produce a crop in their lives.
20 “And others are like the seed planted on the good ground. They hear the teaching and accept it. Then they grow and produce a good crop—sometimes 30 times more, sometimes 60 times more, and sometimes 100 times more.”



Mark 4:13 (ERV)
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?


☆ Jesus is saying that this teaching is key to understanding all the teachings concerning the Kingdom of God.


14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.
15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.


" The Path of life"
The definition of a path is a trail, route, course or a line of movement.

An example of a path is what deer follow through the forest.



Psalm 1:6 (NLT)
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.



Psalm 18:33 (NLT)
He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.


Our first response after having heard the teaching of God is to keep hearing it until understanding is established in our lives.



Psalm 18:35-36 (ERV)
35 Lord, you have given me your shield to protect me. You support me with your right hand. It is your help that has made me great.
36 You cleared a path for my feet so that I could walk without stumbling.



Psalm 23:3 (Amp)
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.



Psalm 119:101 (ERV)
I have avoided every path that leads to evil so that I could obey your word.



Psalm 119:105(NLT)
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.



Proverbs 4:13-14 (NLT)
13 Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.
14 Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers.


☆ God's teachings provide our line of movement.


Acts 17:28 (NLT)For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’



Questions To Consider


What are your personal questions?






7/10/22



In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”

God has sent Jesus Christ to be mankind's Master Teacher in Making Faith investments in the Kingdom of God.



Mark 4:13-15 (ERV)
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?


☆ Jesus is saying that this teaching is key to understanding all the teachings concerning the Kingdom of God.


14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.


☆ The farmer must be very knowledgeable of the seed that is being planted to have the assured desired results.


15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.




" The Path of life"
What does path of life mean?
One's path through life, as determined by the decisions one makes.


☆ Our decisions for living life must be governed by our Faith in God's teachings.



2 Timothy 4:3 (Amp)
For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold,



Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.



Proverbs 3:5-6 (Amp)
5 Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].



Footnotes…..
Proverbs 3:6 One of the ancient rabbis said that all the essence of the Torah (Law) depends on this verse.


☆ We must be willing to trust what "The Lord Says'' at all times in every generation.



Psalm 32:8 (NLT)
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.


Psalm 91:14 (NLT)
The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.


Psalm 1:6 (NLT)
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.


☆ Jesus Christ is the only Savior that can legally bring mankind back to God.





7/17/22




Mark 4:13-15 (ERV)
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?
14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.

15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.


Satan desires to take away the Truth (God's teaching) from mankind.


2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.


Satan desires to keep us confused about the importance of valuing God's Word (teachings).


Why?


Because within God's teachings, we can know more about His character, His teachings, and His will.

The Power that God has invested in His Word is what satan has blinded our understanding from.

The Bible is not just a book that you read and forget about.

There is transforming power in the Word of God that gives our lives purpose.


Hebrews 4:12 (AmpC)
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.


Sifting meaning…
To conduct a careful examination of some substance or group in order to isolate or remove.

The power of God’s Word lives in the Truth that it is Eternally alive.

It’s active and effective.


1. God’s Word sustains us.


Matthew 4:4 (AmpC)
But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

Humans need food and water to sustain ourselves physically every day.

But our spirit doesn’t need food and water.

It needs God’s Word because God is Spirit.

We are supported by His Word in this world.


2. The Word of God purifies us.


Proverbs 30:5 (AmpC)Every word of God is tried and purified; He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him.



7/24/22



In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


Mark 4:13-15 (ERV)
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?
14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.
15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.

Satan plans are to keep mankind's mind blinded so that we cannot reason with God and believe in Him.


2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

Satan has confused our belief system concerning the importance of valuing God's Word (teachings).


Why?

Because within God's teachings, we can know more about His will and purpose for our lives.


1. God’s Word sustains us.


Matthew 4:4 (AmpC)
But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

As Humans we need food and water to sustain ourselves physically every day.
But our spirit doesn’t need food and water. It needs God’s Word because God is Spirit.


John 6:63 (Amp)
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh conveys no benefit [it is of no account]. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life [providing eternal life].


2. The teachings of God Word strengthens our reasoning with Him.

The importance of the Word of God is that as we depend on it and read it daily, we form an unbreakable bond with God.

We understand what He wants us to do, His will and our purpose in life.

The Lord is close to us when we call upon His name in truth.


Psalm 145:18 (NLT)
The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.


(Amp) The Lord is near to all who call on Him,
To all who call on Him in truth (without guile).


3. The importance of the Word of God is that it shows us His will.


By obeying what the Lord says in His Word, we can keep ourselves pure.


Psalm 119:9 (NLT)
How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.

Meditating on the teachings of Scripture will cause us to prosper spiritually and bring blessings and true success in life.


Joshua 1:8 (NLT)
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.


James 1:25 (NLT)But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.




7/31/22


In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


Mark 4:13-17 (ERV)
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?
14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.
15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.
16 “Other people are like the seed planted on rocky ground. They hear the teaching, and they quickly and gladly accept it.
17 But they don’t allow it to go deep into their lives. They keep it only a short time. As soon as trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching they accepted, they give up.

To guard ourselves from trouble and persecution we must be willing to develop a "Deep-Seated Mindset of having faith in God's Teachings.


Words that are associated with Deep-Seated
well established, settled, firm, ingrained, entrenched, unshakeable, irremovable, dyed-in-the-wool, built-in, inbuilt, radical, secure. persistent, long-lasting, abiding, lingering.


☆ Keeping God's Teaching deep within…


Psalm 84:2 (CEV)
Deep in my heart I long for your temple,
and with all that I am I sing joyful songs to you.


Psalm 84:4-5 (CEV)
4 You bless everyone who lives in your house, and they sing your praises.
5 You bless all who depend on you for their strength and all who deeply desire to visit your temple.


Psalm 119:2 (CEV)
You bless all those who follow your commands
from deep in their hearts.


Psalm 119:97 (CEV)
I deeply love your Law! I think about it all day.


John 7:37-39 (CEV)
37 On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and shouted, “If you are thirsty, come to me and drink!
38 Have faith in me, and you will have life-giving water flowing from deep inside you, just as the Scriptures say.”
39 Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit, who would be given to everyone that had faith in him. The Spirit had not yet been given to anyone, since Jesus had not yet been given his full glory.


Ephesians 3:17 (CEV)
And that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. Stand firm and be deeply rooted in his love.


Colossians 1:23 (CEV)But you must stay deeply rooted and firm in your faith. You must not give up the hope you received when you heard the good news. It was preached to everyone on earth, and I myself have become a servant of this message.



Questions To Consider


The Church that you are a member of--how are you helping it to grow?!





7/31/22


In this series of Making Faith Investments, we will be exploring the subject of " Understanding the Teachings of Jesus Christ.”


Mark 4:13-17 (ERV)
13 Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?
14 The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.
15 Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.
16 “Other people are like the seed planted on rocky ground. They hear the teaching, and they quickly and gladly accept it.
17 But they don’t allow it to go deep into their lives. They keep it only a short time. As soon as trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching they accepted, they give up.


To guard ourselves from trouble and persecution, we must be willing to develop a "Deep-Seated Mindset of having faith in God's Teachings."


Words that are associated with Deep-Seated…


well established, settled, firm, ingrained, entrenched, unshakeable, irremovable, dyed-in-the-wool, built-in, inbuilt, radical, secure. persistent, long-lasting, abiding and lingering.



☆ How to become and stay well established in our faith in God's teachings?



Psalm 37:23-24 (Amp)
23 The steps of a [good and righteous] man are directed and established by the Lord, And He delights in his way [and blesses his path].
24 When he falls, he will not be hurled down,
Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand and sustains him.


When we are in a Righteous relationship with God, it becomes easy to have faith in Him to sustain us.


We must be willing to believe and ask God to establish us in "His Word."



Psalm 119:133 (Amp)
Establish my footsteps in [the way of] Your word;
Do not let any human weakness have power over me [causing me to be separated from You].


Proverbs 16:9 (Amp)
A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.



Colossians 2:7 (Amp)
Having been deeply rooted [in Him] and now being continually built up in Him and [becoming increasingly more] established [a]in your faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing in it with gratitude.


1 Peter 5:8-9 (Amp)8 Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]



8/14/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit"


☆ The Holy Spirit has a very distinct purpose in helping mankind enter into the place of having a profitable relationship with God.


Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.


☆ Living in Christ Jesus Teachings…


John 14:16-18 (NLT)
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate (Comforter, Encourager) who will never leave you.
17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.
18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.


☆ The Holy Spirit develops our spiritual mind.


Romans 8:5-6 (NLT)
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.
6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

Romans 8:8-9 (LB)
8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their old sinful selves, bent on following their old evil desires, can never please God.
9 But you are not like that. You are controlled by your new nature if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that if anyone doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ living in him, he is not a Christian at all.)


☆ The Holy Spirit produces God's Unique Character in the Born-again believers’ lives.


Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!


☆ And His Distinctness will Remain in us.


John 15:10-12 (NLT)10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.



8/21/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit"


☆ The Holy Spirit has a very distinct purpose in helping mankind enter into the place of having a profitable relationship with God.


John 16:8-11 (Amp)
8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment:
9 about sin [and the true nature of it], because they do not believe in Me [and My message];
10 about righteousness [personal integrity and godly character], because I am going to My Father and you will no longer see Me;
11 about judgment [the certainty of it], because the ruler of this world (Satan) has been judged and condemned.


☆ The world’s sin is unbelief in me, but there is righteousness available for everyone that repents and invest their Faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.


☆ The Holy Spirit gives us the comfort of being confident that God is with us.


John 14:16-18 (NLT)
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate (Comforter, Encourager) who will never leave you.
17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.
18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.


☆ The Holy Spirit will be with us exactly like He was with Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry.

Acts 10:38 (CEV)


God gave the Holy Spirit and power to Jesus from Nazareth. He was with Jesus, as he went around doing good and healing everyone who was under the power of the devil.


☆ The Holy Spirit is mankind's only source of Truth.


John 14:17 (NLT)
He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.


John 15:26 (LB)“But I will send you the Comforter—the Holy Spirit, the source of all truth. He will come to you from the Father and will tell you all about me.



8/28/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit".


☆ The Holy Spirit has a very distinct purpose in helping mankind enter into the place of having a profitable relationship with God.

Relationship meaning the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave toward each other.


☆ The Holy Spirit helps us to regard God in our relationship with Him.

Psalm 66:18-19 (Amp)
18 If I regard sin and baseness in my heart [that is, if I know it is there and do nothing about it], The Lord will not hear [me];
19 But certainly God has heard [me];
He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.


☆ Jesus Christ was sent to reconnect all of mankind back into perfect harmony with God's kingdom and purpose of life.


John 14:16-18 (Amp)
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever—
17 the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.
18 “I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, bereaved, and helpless]; I will come [back] to you.


☆ The Holy Spirit teaches the Born-again believers to remember and value our relationship with God.


John 14:26 (Amp)
But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.


☆ The Holy Spirit has been given the distinct Role of being the Born-again believers Helper who is a permanent Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener and Standby.


☆ The Holy Spirit keeps us focused and established in the truth that is vital to the success of this God centered relationship.


John 15:26 (Amp)
“But when the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify and bear witness about Me.


☆ The Body of Christ (Christ’s Church) is composed of people that have allowed the Holy Spirit to convince and convict them of their need to have faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.


John 16:8 (Amp)And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment:


9/4/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit".


☆ The Holy Spirit has a very distinct purpose in helping mankind enter into the place of having a profitable relationship with God.

Relationship meaning the way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave toward each other.


☆ The Holy Spirit Is the Ultimate Author of Scripture and empowers us to maintain our relationship with God through scriptures.


2 Timothy 3:16 (Amp)
All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage];


☆ The Holy Spirit exposes us to the mind of God,that we may speak on His behalf.


2 Peter 1:21 (Amp)
for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

The Holy Spirit Revealed the Truth to the Writers of Scripture.


John 16:13 (Amp)
But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future].


☆ The Holy Spirit is the One who reveals the truth about God to humanity.


John 16:8 (Amp)
And He, when He comes, will convict the world about [the guilt of] sin [and the need for a Savior], and about righteousness, and about judgment:


Ephesians 1:13 (Amp)In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God].



9/11/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit".


The Holy Spirit provides mankind with the Uniqueness and Power of God's peace.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.


Isaiah 26:3 (Amp)
“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].


Matthew 8:25-27 (Amp)
25 And the disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us, we are going to die!”
26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was [at once] a great and wonderful calm [a perfect peacefulness].
27 The men wondered in amazement, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”


☆ The Holy Spirit Helps us to live in Jesus Christ's Perfect Peace.


John 14:26-27 (Amp)
26 But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.
27 Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]




9/18/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit.”


The Holy Spirit provides mankind with the Uniqueness and Power of God's peace.


☆ Charles, l have invested My Peaceful future in you.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

The Hebrew word translated as peace is shalom (shaw-lome’), and according to Strong’s concordance, it means completeness, soundness, and welfare.


☆ The Holy Spirit works in the Born-again believers to have our minds free from fear, anxiety, depression and oppression. We have been given a sound mind filled with God's peace.


2 Timothy 1:7 (Amp)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].


☆ As Born-again believers, we must allow The Holy Spirit to begin God's unique and powerful finished work of Jesus Christ in and through us.


Ephesians 1:22-23 (Amp)
22 And He [a]put all things [in every realm] in subjection under Christ’s feet, and [b]appointed Him as [supreme and authoritative] head over all things in the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills and completes all things in all [believers].


Matthew 5:48(Amp)

You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.




9/25/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit.”


☆ The Holy Spirit provides mankind with the Uniqueness and Power of God's peace.


☆ Charles, l have invested My Peaceful future in you.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.


☆ The Holy Spirit works in the Born-again believers to keep our minds free from fear, anxiety, depression and oppression. We have been given a sound mind filled with God's peace.


☆ Being free from fear:


2 Timothy 1:7 (Amp)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].


☆ Being free from anxiety:


1 Peter 5:7 (Amp)
Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].


☆ Being free from depression:


Isaiah 60:1 (Amp)
“Arise [from spiritual depression to a new life], shine [be radiant with the glory and brilliance of the Lord]; for your light has come, And the glory and brilliance of the Lord has risen upon you.


☆ Being free from oppression:


Psalm 146:5-7 (CEV)
5 The Lord God of Jacob blesses everyone who trusts him and depends on him.
6 God made heaven and earth; he created the sea
and everything else. God always keeps his word.
7 He gives justice to the poor and food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free.


☆ The Lord who is our peace has Freed us in Christ Jesus.


Romans 8: 1-2 (NLT)
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

Jesus Christ has silenced the voice of our adversary, satan.




10/2/22


Making Faith Investments in Understanding…
"The Uniqueness and Power of the Holy Spirit.”


☆ The Holy Spirit provides mankind with the Uniqueness and Power of God's peace.


☆ Charles, l have invested My Peaceful future in you.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.


☆ The Holy Spirit works in the Born-again believers to keep our minds free from fear, anxiety, depression and oppression. We have been given a sound mind filled with God's peace.


Psalm 62:5-6 (CEV)
5 Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on him.


☆ If we want inward peace, we must be willing to depend upon God and Him only for His Peace.

6 God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.


☆ Only God's peace gives us the assurance of keeping us safe and secure!!!


☆ God's Inward Peace:


Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.


Philippians 4:6-7 (CEV)
6 Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.
7 Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.


☆ Belonging to Jesus Christ gives us access to God's inward peace.


Romans 8:1-2(CEV)

1 If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won't be punished.
2 The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you[a] free from sin and death.


Romans 8:9 (CEV)
You are no longer ruled by your desires, but by God's Spirit, who lives in you. People who don't have the Spirit of Christ in them don't belong to him.



10/16/22


Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


In this teaching series, we are investing study time into 12 vital Truths that every Disciple of Jesus Christ must have "Accurate Biblical Knowledge" in order to successfully make other disciples.


☆ Why should I be willing to allow Jesus Christ to become the Lord of my life?


1. He is the Only Way to God!


Many people say that there are many paths to God. But our Lord's words are clear that this is a lie:


John 14:6 (Amp)
Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.


Jesus is teaching us that there are no alternate ways to having a relationship with God as our Father.


2. He is the Source of Life


John 1:1-4 (Amp)
1 In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and [b]the Word was God Himself.
2 He was [continually existing] in the beginning [co-eternally] with God.
3 All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him not even one thing was made that has come into being.
4 In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men.


☆ According to the following Scripture, all things were made through and for Jesus as the living Word of God.


3. He is the Source of Truth


John 8:31-32 (Amp)
31 So Jesus was saying to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples.
32 And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”

This world is filled with misinformation meant to distract and deceive. But God is not the author of confusion. In the Bible, we learn the way to clarity:


Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”


☆ Jesus Christ welcomes His disciples to come to Him for wisdom:


James 1:5 (Amp)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.

Because we do not know everything, then it makes sense to seek wisdom from the One who does!


☆ But this we Do know…


Ephesians 1:17-21 (NLT)
17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom[a] and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.




10/23/22


Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


In this teaching series, we are investing study time into 12 vital Truths that every Disciple of Jesus Christ must have "Accurate Biblical Knowledge" of in order to successfully make other disciples.



He is the Source of Life's Light:


John 8:12 (Amp)
Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”



Following Jesus will provide us with two promises.


☆ Promise # 1
His followers will never walk in darkness which is a reference to the assurance of salvation that we enjoy.
As true followers of the Light, we will never follow the ways of sin, never live in a state of continually sinning.


1 John 1:5-7 (Amp)
5 This is the message [of God’s promised revelation] which we have heard from Him and now announce to you, that God is Light [He is holy, His message is truthful, He is perfect in righteousness], and in Him there is no darkness at all [no sin, no wickedness, no imperfection].
6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness [of sin], we lie and do not practice the truth;
7 but if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].


We repent of our sin in order to stay close to the Light of the world.



☆ Promise #2 We will reflect the Light of Life.
Just as He came as the Light of the world, He commands us to be “lights,” as well.


Matthew 5:14-16 (Amp)
14 “You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
15 Nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.




2022 CONFERENCE…


Making Faith investments in being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.


☆ Discovering who Jesus Christ is, is the key purpose of discipleship.


It is designed to help the Born-again believers to understand who Jesus is and how you can be like Him.


Why is it necessary to Make Faith investments into discipleship?


Because people need to know Jesus personally.


Jesus commanded His disciples to make disciples of all nations so that others could know Him.


To grow into maturity and experience being transformed into the person of Jesus Christ, who we are created to be like.


Discipleship is also necessary for people to get sound doctrine, love God and others, raise leaders and create disciple-making movements all over the world.


Discipleship includes not only studying God’s Word but living a life of faith in Jesus Christ and walking in obedience to God.


Entering into discipleship is a life-long committed process. Without Jesus, you cannot know how to be a disciple, get discipled or disciple others.


1. He is the Only Way to God!


John 14:6 (AMP) Jesus is Teaching His Disciples

Jesus said, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Jesus is teaching us that there are no alternate ways to having a relationship with God as our Father.
Jesus Christ is the "only way possible to have and keep an eternal relationship with God.”


2. He is the Source of Truth!

This world is filled with misinformation meant to distract and deceive, but God is not the author of confusion. In the Bible, we learn the way to clarity:


John 8:31-32 (AMP) 31 So Jesus was saying to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples.
32 And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”


John 6:35 (AmpC)Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).





11/13/22 


Jesus Christ is "The Bread of Life."


Mankind allowed satan to deceive and confuse them concerning God being their only source and sustainer for life.


Genesis 3:19 (Amp)
“By the sweat of your face You will eat bread Until you return to the ground, For from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”


Deuteronomy 8:3 (Amp)
He humbled you and allowed you to be hungry and fed you with manna, [a substance] which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, so that He might make you understand [by personal experience] that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.


Deuteronomy 16:3 (Amp)
You shall not eat leavened bread with it; instead, for seven days you shall eat the Passover with unleavened bread, the bread of affliction (for you left the land of Egypt in haste); [do this] so that all the days of your life you may remember [thoughtfully] the day when you came out of the land of Egypt.

Because yeast ferments and spreads throughout the dough, it was used symbolically to represent the spread of sin.


☆ God has sent Jesus Christ to take away the sweat of sin in our lives.


John 6:48-54 (Amp)
48 I am the Bread of Life [the Living Bread which gives and sustains life].
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50 This is the Bread that comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
51 I am the Living Bread that came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior], he will live forever. And the Bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).”
52 Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”
53 And Jesus said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood [unless you believe in Me as Savior and believe in the saving power of My blood which will be shed for you], you do not have life in yourselves.
54 The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it], and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day.


Matthew 4:3-4 (Amp)
3 And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
4 But Jesus replied, “It is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.”


Luke 22:44 (NLT)He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.




11/20/22 


Jesus Christ is "The Bread of Life."


John 6:48-54 (Amp)
48 I am the Bread of Life [the Living Bread which gives and sustains life].
49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.
50 This is the Bread that comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.
51 I am the Living Bread that came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior], he will live forever. And the Bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).”
52 Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”
53 And Jesus said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood [unless you believe in Me as Savior and believe in the saving power of My blood which will be shed for you], you do not have life in yourselves.
54 The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior] has eternal life [that is, now possesses it], and I will raise him up [from the dead] on the last day.


Jesus Christ is the living Bread that gives and sustains the New Life that mankind is so desperately in need of.


☆ The Bread of Life that sustains New Life in Christ.


2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!


Colossians 3:11 (NLT)
In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free.

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.


☆ Christ Jesus lives His life in and through all Born-again believers so that God may be Glorified.

In our New Life in Christ, we are sustained with heavenly Bread daily.


Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV)
9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


Praying gives us access to our Daily Bread that our New Life is nourished by:

1. We live in our Heavenly Father's forgiveness and His power to forgive others.
2. We are delivered from satan’s influences and power.
3. We are given legal access to enjoy our Heavenly Father's Power and Glory forever.


☆ Let's Pray. Heavenly Father, we Thank you for feeding us Your Bread of Heavenly Life today and everyday in Jesus name Amen.






11/27/22 


Making Faith investments in understanding Who Jesus Christ is:
"The Bread of Life."


Jesus Christ is refocusing our understanding of living in God's provisions.


Bread from Heaven that will sustain our heavenly life.


John 6:32-34 (Amp)
32 Then Jesus said to them, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.
33 For the Bread of God is He who comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”
34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”


☆ It is God's Bread out of heaven that will sustain our heavenly lifestyles.


☆ Jesus Christ is God's Bread of Truth for mankind and provides us with the realities of the kingdom of heaven.


John 6:35 (Amp)
Jesus replied to them, “I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually].


☆ Our Born-again spirits become hungry for the Bread of heaven that sustains spiritual nourishment now and forever.

Nourishment means the food or other substances necessary for growth, health and good condition.

The Bread of life is key for our Spiritual growth.


Ephesians 4:12-14 (CEV)
12 so his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong.
13 This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him.
14 We must stop acting like children. We must not let deceitful people trick us by their false teachings, which are like winds that toss us around from place to place.


Colossians 1:10 (Amp)
So that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord [displaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity], to [fully] please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing in the knowledge of God [with deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for His precepts]


2 Peter 1:7-8 (Amp)
7 and in your godliness, brotherly affection, and in your brotherly affection, [develop Christian] love [that is, learn to unselfishly seek the best for others and to do things for their benefit].
8 For as these qualities are yours and are increasing [in you as you grow toward spiritual maturity], they will keep you from being useless and unproductive in regard to the true knowledge and greater understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ.


2 Peter 3:18 (Amp)But grow [spiritually mature] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory (honor, majesty, splendor), both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.





12/4/22


Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


John 6:67-69 (NLT)

67 Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”
68 Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.
69 We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.

In this teaching, we will be Making Faith Investments into understanding 5 new behavioral practices that will establish our belief in Jesus Christ.


1. Follow Jesus:


Mark 1:16-18 (NLT)
16 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.
17 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
18 And they left their nets at once and followed him.


2. Learn from Jesus:


Matthew 11:29 (AMP)
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls.


3. Continually obey His teaching:


John 8:31-32 (AMP)
The Truth Will Make You Free
31 So Jesus was saying to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples.
32 And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].”


4. Give the love that Jesus has given us to our neighbors:


John 13:34-35 (AMP)
34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another.
35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”


Footnotes:
John 13:34 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.


5. We bear much fruit through Christ and by the power of His Spirit:


John 15:5-8 (AMP)
5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.
8 My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.

Jesus Christ is Teaching us a key truth in understanding the nature of His relationship with us who commit to being His disciples.


Galatians 5:22-23 (AMP)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.


Father God, thank you for letting us become disciples.
As disciples, please help us to be fruitful and to always give you the glory. In Jesus' name we pray.




12/4/22


Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


In this teaching, we will be Making Faith Investments into understanding 5 new behavioral practices that will establish our belief in Jesus Christ.


Follow Jesus:
Mark 1:16-18 (NLT)


Learn from Jesus:
Matthew 11:29 (AMP)


Continually obey His teaching:
John 8:31-32 (AMP)


Give the love that Jesus has given us to our neighbors:
John 13:34-35 (AMP)


We bear much fruit through Christ and by the power of His Spirit:
* Jesus Is the Vine—Followers Are Branches

John 15:1-8 (AMP)


1 "I am the true Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that continues to bear fruit, He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit].


☆ The vine is what gives life to the branches, making them capable of bearing fruit that remains.


3 You are already clean because of the word which I have given you [the teachings which I have discussed with you]. 4 Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me.


☆We must remain in Christ's teachings to bear much Fruit.

Remain means to continue to possess a particular quality or fulfill a particular role.


5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken off] branch, and withers and dies; and they gather such branches and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.


☆ When we bear much fruit, we glorify and honor Father God and prove to be true disciples of Jesus Christ.


7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you [that is, if we are vitally united and My message lives in your heart], ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.
8 My Father is glorified and honored by this, when you bear much fruit, and prove yourselves to be My [true] disciples.

Being Jesus Christ’s true disciples requires us to remain in Him.




12/18/22


Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


In this teaching, we will be Making Faith Investments into understanding The Key to bearing much fruit as a disciple of Jesus Christ.


John 15:4 (Amp)
Remain in Me, and I [will remain] in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself without remaining in the vine, neither can you [bear fruit, producing evidence of your faith] unless you remain in Me.


Some interesting facts about our natural fruit.

One of the main functions of a fruit is to spread the seeds and allow the plant to reproduce.


☆ Jesus Christ is The True Vine (The Plant).


John 15:1 (AMP)
"I am the true Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.


☆ The Born-again disciples' purpose is to bear fruit and spread the seed.


John 15:5 (Amp)
I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.


☆ Remain means to continue to possess a particular quality or fulfill a particular role.


Matthew 28:19-20 (Amp)
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”


We are to acknowledge and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us to be Christ branches; perpetually revealing His nature and character to everyone that is living in satan’s kingdom of darkness.


Christ-like fruit can only be produced in us through the Holy Spirit.


Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!





12/25/22


“Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


In this teaching, we will be Making Faith Investments into understanding The Key to bearing much fruit as a disciple of Jesus Christ.


John 15:1-2 (AMP)
1 "I am the true Vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that continues to bear fruit, He [repeatedly] prunes, so that it will bear more fruit [even richer and finer fruit].


Cultivate means:
To protect and encourage the growth of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
To cause to grow by special attention or by studying, advancing, developing, practicing, or publicizing.
To improve by labor, care, or study.

Understanding How God will protect and encourage our growth in Jesus Christ.


☆ God will protect.


Psalm 18:2 (NLT)
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
My God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.


Psalm 18:30 (NLT)
God’s way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.


Psalm 91:4 (NLT)
He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.


☆ We must be willing to do what it takes to grow.


1 Peter 2:1-2 (NLT)
1 So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. 2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,


☆ God will keep us encouraged.


Romans 15:4-6 (Amp)4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope and overflow with confidence in His promises. 5 Now may the God who gives endurance and who supplies encouragement grant that you be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify and praise and honor the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.







1/8/23


“Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


Jesus Christ has given us three major teachings to focus on. They are The Kingdom of God; Having Faith in God; and, Studying the teachings of Jesus Christ so that we may be His Disciples that make disciples.


God is speaking to me to be mindful that there will be no greater or lesser approaches to understanding this Teaching. God has designed it to manifest His Seamless Understanding of eternal love for mankind.


For now, let us put our focus on “Understanding The Kingdom of God.”

Mark's Gospel provides us with insight that Jesus is the Messiah and Son of God, whose death and resurrection paid the penalty for our sins and achieved victory over Satan, sin, and death.
With this joyful truth comes the call to all believers to be disciples.


Mark 1:14-15 (Amp)
14 Now after John [the Baptist] was arrested and taken into custody, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news of [the kingdom of] God,
15 and saying, “The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life] and believe [with a deep, abiding trust] in the good news [regarding salvation].”


We must repent to comprehend the Goodness of the Kingdom of God.


Mark 4:11-12 (Amp)
He said to them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you [who have teachable hearts], but those who are outside [the unbelievers, the spiritually blind] get everything in parables,
12 so that they will continually look but not see, and they will continually hear but not understand, otherwise they might turn [from their rejection of the truth] and be forgiven.”


Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.


Matthew 16:18-19 (CEV)
18 So I will call you Peter, which means “a rock.” On this rock I will build my church, and death itself will not have any power over it.
19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth. But he will not allow anything you don't allow.




1/15/23


“Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


The Kingdom of God…


We must repent to comprehend the Goodness of the Kingdom of God.


Mark 1:14-15 (Amp)
14 Now after John [the Baptist] was arrested and taken into custody, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news of [the kingdom of] God,
15 and saying, “The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life] and believe [with a deep, abiding trust] in the good news [regarding salvation].”


☆ The Kingdom of God is hidden to the unteachable.


Mark 4:11-12 (Amp)
He said to them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you [who have teachable hearts], but those who are outside [the unbelievers, the spiritually blind] get everything in parables,
12 so that they will continually look but not see, and they will continually hear but not understand, otherwise they might turn [from their rejection of the truth] and be forgiven.”

We must live righteously before God and mankind.


Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.


Acts 1:1-4 (Amp)
1 The first account I made, Theophilus, was [a continuous report] about all the things that Jesus began to do and to teach
2 until the day when He ascended to heaven, after He had by the Holy Spirit given instruction to the apostles (special messengers) whom He had chosen.
3 To these [men] He also showed Himself alive after His suffering [in Gethsemane and on the cross], by [a series of] many infallible proofs and unquestionable demonstrations, appearing to them over a period of forty days and talking to them about the things concerning the kingdom of God.
4 While being together and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Of which,” He said, “you have heard Me speak.


Footnotes
Acts 1:1 Luke is referring to his gospel.
The gospel tells us what Jesus began to do and teach,
The book of Acts tells what He continued to do and teach by His Holy Spirit operating in and through His Born-again disciples.

Jesus Christ’s disciples are different from other disciples because they are Born-again.


1 John 3:9 (CEV)
God's children cannot keep on being sinful. His life-giving power lives in them and makes them his children, so they cannot keep on sinning.


1 John 3:9
Amplified Bible
9 No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because [a]God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him.





1/22/23


“Making Faith Investments in "Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ.”


Jesus Christ has given us three major teachings to focus on;


1. The Kingdom of God.
2. Having Faith in God.
3. Studying the teachings of Jesus Christ that we may be His Disciples that make disciples.


The Kingdom of God must be taught and understood.


Matthew 4:17 (AMP)
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”


Jesus Christ is calling all of mankind to repent and begin to understand God's purpose for our lives.


Repentance means changing your inner self—your old way of thinking, regretting past sins, living your life in a way that proves repentance.


Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he………

The word “heart,” when viewed in Holy Scriptures, can be referred to as spirit. With that being understood, we must think according to our Born-again spirit. Remember, Jesus taught Nicodemus the following:


John 3:3 (AMP)
Jesus answered him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot [ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.”


In this scripture, Jesus Christ is revealing to mankind that there is only one way that any person can ever see and experience the Kingdom of God. Our thinking must be rooted and grounded in the reality of being “reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified” and our faith must be in Jesus Christ and Him only.


Repentance empowers us to live free from our old way of thinking.


Romans 12:2 (NLT)Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.