Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Good News of Yahweh's Church

Mirrored from: jeffmagu on Oct 21, 2011

A whiteboard video by Jeff Maguire and Brian Hurst. This is our take on what is meant by words like "church" and "gospel". The concept comes out of the evangelism section of the Lausanne Covenant. Thanks to Brian Hurst for the drawings (check his stuff out at and his wry sense of humor.



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Many people will follow their own lead, make their own choices and decisions, only to end up in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong outcome. Eventually, they find that nothing is working quite right for them and they keep asking themselves, "Why?" The truth is, they aren't following the prompts of the Holy Spirit, who was sent to Christians as the truth giver, to direct us on the right path. The Holy Spirit teaches us, convicts us, and guides us but we must learn to hear His voice. The first and foremost requirement in listening, hearing and being led, is to be a born again Christian, accepting Christ as your personal Saviour, asking Jesus into your life after repenting and asking for forgiveness! In return, Jesus gives you the Holy Spirit to indwell in you, to help you on your Christian journey!

Man is a spirit being, that has a soul and lives in a physical body. Because man IS a spirit being, he is able to communicate with God! In Proverbs 20:27 confirms this, saying, "The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart." We can't be led by our emotions because they aren't reliable. They will always misguide us because they are ever-changing. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow! If a Christian isn't in the Word, spending time building a relationship with God and talking with the Holy Spirit, they will find it increasingly hard to hear and trust the voice of your spirit. Many of us sometimes wonder if it's the direction of God, the Devil's or our own but the two main ways to discern if it's God speaking to you is 1) Does it line up with the Word and 2) Do you have the peace of God about it?

Not every Christian is in a place to be led by the Holy Spirit, even though God is ALWAYS speaking, there are 3 kinds of receivers:
1) Those who can't hear because of the lives they live.
2) Those who hear but choose to ignore what they've heard, and
3) Those who hear and obey.

This is where choices come into play. Each choice we make, we are given a split second prompting from the Holy Spirit whether we should choose one way or another. It's then our choice what we do, we either will obey or choose to go our own way. He will always speak to us but we don't always pay attention. Remember this, hearing from God is part of our divine heritage! Let's not miss out on all the perks of royalty because we like living in the flesh too much! Romans 8:14-15 says this quite beautifully, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."

You need the Holy Spirit to witness everyday, on your job, at school, in your home....everywhere you go! And as you go through each day, speak to the Holy Spirit, asking His guidance in all that you do and the more you converse, the easier it will be to HEAR! The Spirit helps in our weaknesses as well. When we don't know what to pray for, or how we ought to pray, the Holy Spirit will intercede for us, Romans 8:26. God's best advice to us concerning our listening skills is to do absolutely nothing if you do not have His peace within you. Likewise, if you receive His peace about something, then move forward. You will know what to do if you know how to listen!

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50 Bible Facts about the Sabbath

1. After working the first six days of the week in creating this earth, God rested on the seventh day. Genesis 2:1-3.

2. This stamped that day as God's rest day, or Sabbath day, as Sabbath day means rest day.

3. Therefore the seventh day must always be God's Sabbath day.

4. The Creator blessed the seventh day. Genesis 2:3.

5. He sanctified the seventh day. Exodus 20:11.

6. He made it the Sabbath day in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 2:1-3.

7. It was made before the fall; hence it is not a type; for types were not introduced till after the fall.

8. Jesus says it was made for man, that is, for the race, as the word man is here unlimited; hence, for the Gentile as well as for the Jew. Mark 2:27.

9. Not only is the Sabbath made for man, but Jesus said that He was Lord of the Sabbath. Mark 2:28.

10. It is a memorial of creation. Exodus 20:11; 31:17. Every time we rest upon the seventh day, as God did at creation, we commemorate that grand event.

11. It was given to Adam, the head of the human race. Mark 2:27; Genesis 2:1-3.

12. It is not a Jewish institution, for it was made 2,300 years before ever there was a Jew.

13. The Bible never calls it the Jewish Sabbath, but always "the Sabbath of the Lord thy God."

14. Evident reference is made to the Sabbath and the seven-day week all through the patriarchal age. Genesis 2:1-3; 8:10,12; 29:27,28, etc.

15. It was a part of God's law before Sinai. Exodus 16:4,23-29.

16. Then God placed it in the heart of His moral law. Exodus 20:1-17.

17. The seventh-day Sabbath was commanded by the voice of the living God. Deuteronomy 4:12,13.

18. Then He wrote the commandment with His own finger. Exodus 31:18.

19. He engraved it in the enduring stone, indicating its imperishable nature. Deuteronomy 5:22.

20. It was sacredly preserved in the ark in the holy of holies. Deuteronomy 10:1-5.

21. God forbade work upon the Sabbath, even in the most hurrying times. Exodus 34:21.

22. God destroyed the Israelites in the wilderness because they profaned the Sabbath. Ezekiel 20:12,13.

23. It is the sign of the true God, by which we are to know Him from the false gods. Ezekiel 20:20.

24. God promised that Jerusalem should stand forever if the Jews would keep the Sabbath. Jeremiah 17:24,25.

25. He sent them into the Babylonish captivity for breaking it. Nehemiah 13:18.

26. He destroyed Jerusalem for its violation. Jeremiah 17:27.

27. God has pronounced a special blessing on all the Gentiles who will keep it. Isaiah 56:6,7.

28. This is in the prophecy which refers wholly to the Christian dispensation. See Isaiah 56.

29. God has promised to bless all who keep the Sabbath. Isaiah 56:2.

30. The Lord requires us to call it "honourable." Isaiah 58:13 Beware, you who take delight in calling it the "old Jewish Sabbath," "a yoke of bondage," etc.

31. After the holy Sabbath has been trodden down "many generations," it is to be restored in the last days. Isaiah 58:12,13.

32. All the holy prophets kept the seventh day.

33. When the Son of God came, He kept the seventh day all His life. Luke 4:16; John 15:10.

34. The seventh day is the Lord's day. See Revelation 1:10; Mark 2:28; Isaiah 58:13; Exodus 20:10.

35. Jesus was Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28), that is, to love and protect it, as the husband is the lord of the wife, to love and cherish her. 1 Peter 3:6.

36. He vindicated the Sabbath as a merciful institution designed for man's good. Mark 2:23-28.

37. Instead of abolishing the Sabbath, He carefully taught how it should be observed. Matthew 12:1-13.

38. He taught His disciples that they should do nothing upon the Sabbath day but what was "lawful." Matthew 12:12.

39. He instructed His apostles that the Sabbath should be prayerfully regarded forty years after His resurrection. Matthew 24:20.

40. The pious women who had been with Jesus carefully kept the seventh day after His death. Luke 23:56.

41. Thirty years after Christ's resurrection, the Holy Spirit expressly calls it "the sabbath day." Acts 13:14.

42. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, called it the "sabbath day" in A.D. 45. Acts 13:27.

43. Luke, the inspired Christian historian, writing as late as A.D. 62, calls it the "sabbath day." Acts 13:44.

44. The Gentile converts called it the Sabbath. Acts 13:42.

45. In the great Christian council, A.D. 49, in the presence of the apostles and thousands of disciples, James calls it the "sabbath day." Acts 15:21.

46. It was customary to hold prayer meetings upon that day. Acts 16:13.

47. Paul read the Scriptures in public meetings on that day. Acts 17:2,3.

48. It was his custom to preach upon that day. Acts 17:2,3.

49. The Book of Acts alone gives a record of his holding eighty-four meetings upon that day. See Acts 13:14,44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4,11.

50. There was never any dispute between the Christians and the Jews about the Sabbath day.

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Advantages of Journaling

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Journaling is a great interactive Bible study method. It helps you to interact with God’s Word by recording your thoughts on what you’re reading. Going back through your journal can help you reflect on what God has shown you in His Word. Your journal can be in your Bible, in a separate notebook, or even in a digital format. Your journaling method can be as simple as recording a thought about a passage, or as complex as developing a verse-by-verse commentary. Journaling is a great way to grow deeper in God’s Word.

Journaling your way through the Word of God has many advantages. For one, it causes us to slow down and look deeper at the text. It can be so easy to focus on breezing through as chapters a day as you can, but it’s also easy to breeze through those chapters and miss the details. Journaling helps us to slow down and look closer at what is going on or being said. It allows us to see things we might normally gloss over and not really see.

Journaling also helps in memorizing Scripture. I have a hard time memorizing Scripture. I can repeat a verse, or even write a verse over and over and it can still be difficult to remember. When I take my time and talk about a verse, whether I’m talking or writing, I often remember a verse without even trying.

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Introduction to the Bible

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Bible’? Perhaps you think of a huge, heavy book found at the front of a church. Perhaps you think about what is found in it – lists of ‘do’s and ‘do not’s, like in the Ten Commandments, or stories: Noah and the Ark, Adam and Eve, or the stories Jesus told, like the parable of the Good Samaritan.

The Bible is the biggest selling book in the world and has influenced life for billions of people throughout history. Many countries, including our own, have created societies based on the rules, wisdom and values found in it. Phrases found in the Bible, such as ‘turn the other cheek’ or ‘go the extra mile’, are part of our everyday language and its stories have inspired many of our greatest works of art.

The Bible is incredibly special to Christians today. For them it is more than just a book. It is a sacred text: God’s words spoken to many different people over thousands of years to help them know more about who He is and His plans for the people of the world. The last entries to the Bible may have been written nearly 2000 years ago, but for Christians it is just as meaningful today as it was when it was first written. Many read a little part of it every day. The Bible shapes what they believe about God, themselves and how they should live and the words found in the Bible comfort, encourage and inspire millions of people across the world today.

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