BAPTISM NOTES

 


INDEX

 

SECTION 1: WHY BE BAPTISED?

 

SECTION 2: THE FOUNDATION

 

SECTION 3: TRUTH TO BELIEVE

 

3.1 God

 

3.2 God's Promises

3.2.1 Promise to Adam

3.2.2 Promises to Abraham

3.2.3 Promise to David

 

3.3 Jesus Christ

3.3.1 Jesus Christ is the Son of God

3.3.2 Jesus Christ Manifested God

3.3.3 How Jesus Christ Fulfilled God's Promises

3.3.4 What Did Jesus Christ Preach?

3.3.5 Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

3.3.6 Jesus Christ the High Priest in Heaven

3.3.7 Jesus Christ is our Saviour

 

3.4 The Kingdom of God

3.4.1 Promise of a Kingdom

3.4.2 Resurrection and Judgment

3.4.3 Kingdom Age

 

SECTION 4: DOCTRINES TO REJECT

 

SECTION 5: OUR WAY OF LIFE

 

CONCLUSION

 

 


Q: Why do you want to be baptised?

 

A: Man is separated from God because of our sins.

 

 

Q: How did we become separated from God?

 

A: We inherited the nature of Adam after he sinned in the garden of Eden.

 

Romans 5:12

12    Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

 

 

We are commanded to be baptised for the forgiveness of our sins. Baptism is essential to salvation.

 

Mark 16:15,16

15    And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16    He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned.

 

 

Q: What is sin?

 

A: Sin is breaking God's law.

 

 

Q: So why do you want to be baptised by the Christadelphians?

 

A: Because I believe the Christadelphians have the Truth.

 

 

 


SECTION 2: THE FOUNDATION

Q: What do you believe the Bible is?

 

A: The Bible is the Word of God. God inspired the writers of the Bible using His Holy Spirit power.

 

2 Peter 1:21 - Read from Notes

21    For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

 

Everything that was written was inspired by God.

 

2 Timothy 3:16 -B

16    All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 

 

The Bible is the only source of knowledge concerning God and His purposes.

 

Only the apostles could give the Holy Spirit gifts. Since the Bible was written by the power of the Holy Spirit, the apostle John wrote the last book of the Bible (the book of Revelation). Therefore books such as the Koran and the Book of Mormon are not reliable sources of knowledge.

 

 

The Bible is completely true.

 

Proverbs 30:5 - Read from Notes

5      Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

 

 


SECTION 3: TRUTH TO BELIEVE

Q: What does the Bible tell us about God?

A: There is one God, the Father.

 

N - 1 Corinthians 8:6

6      But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

 

God is eternal, immortal and invisible.

 

1 Timothy 1:17 - Read from Notes

17    Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

God is all-powerful.

 

God is everywhere and sees everything.

 

Proverbs 15:3 - Read from Notes

3      The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

 

God is the Creator and sustainer of life.

 

God dwells in heaven in light which you can't approach.

 

 

 


3.1 God (cont.)

A: (cont.) God's character is His moral glory. There are two parts to God's character: his goodness and severity.

 

Romans 11:22 - B

22    Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

 

Qualities of His character were revealed to Moses.

 

Exodus 34:6,7 - Read from Notes

6      And the LORD passed by before [Moses], and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

7      Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

 

 

Q: What is God's purpose with Creation?

 

A: God's purpose is to fill the earth with His glory.

 

Numbers 14:21 - Read from Notes

21    But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

 

N - Habakkuk 2:14

14    For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

 

God's glory will be manifest (or seen and heard) in men and women.

 

 

 


3.1 God (cont.)

Q: What is the name of God?

 

A: God reveals His name to Moses.

 

Exodus 3:13,14 - Read from Notes

13    And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

14    And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

 

The name "I AM THAT I AM" means "I will be who I will be". When we refer to God we say Yahweh, which means "He will be". God's name is a memorial unto us of His purpose that He will become many men and women manifesting His glory.

 

 

Q: What can you tell us about the angels?

 

A: The angels are God's messengers that do His commandments.

 

Psalm 103:20,21 - Read from Notes

20    Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21    Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

 

We are like them only in appearance and the ability to reason morally.

 

Genesis 1:26 - Read from Notes

26    And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

 

We hope to be like them totally in God's Kingdom, including being immortal.

 

Luke 20:35,36 - B

35    But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

36    Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

 

 


3.1 God (cont.)

Q: What is God's spirit?

 

A: God's spirit is represented in different ways in the Bible.

 

Psalm 51:10-12 - Read from Notes

10    Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11    Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12    Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

 

A "right spirit" is a quality of a person to do God's will. God's "holy spirit" is His power used for Creation, miracles and inspiration. God's "free spirit" is His power to sustain all things and is everywhere.

 

 


3.2 God's Promises

Q: God's plan of salvation is revealed in the promises made to Adam & Eve (in Eden), to Abraham and to David.

3.2.1 Promise to Adam & Eve (in Eden)

Let's consider the promise made to Adam & Eve.

What was their nature before they sinned?

 

A: They were a living soul, which means they had a body capable of life, being different to us before they sinned, described as "very good" - capable of dying, but net yet subject to it, as a physical law in his members.

 

 

Q: Why did God put Adam under a law?

 

A: The law was a test of faith and obedience to the Creator, but they failed.

 

 

Q: Why did Adam & Eve sin?

 

A: Their lusts were stronger than their belief in God.

 

 

Q: What was the result of their sin?

 

A: They were now subject to death as God had stated in Genesis 2:17 "thou shalt surely die".

 

 


Q: What was the Promise in Eden?

 

A: Genesis 3:15 - B

15    And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

 

God was going to create hatred between two seeds. The seed of the serpent are people with the same fleshly thinking as the serpent. The seed of the woman is the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Galatians 4:4 - Read from Notes

4      But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

 

He was not the seed of man, therefore he is the seed of God.

 

Jesus had the same nature as us. When he died he had no sin, and therefore he bruised the head of the serpent. Jesus was bruised in the heel, but death had no more power over him after he was raised from the dead.

 

The Promise to Adam shows God's plan of salvation. Sin and death had just entered into the world, but God was going to destroy the power of death through His Son. People who are baptised into Jesus Christ become the seed of the woman, the family of God who are no longer separated from God, but have forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ.


3.2.2 Promises to Abraham

Q: What are the promises to Abraham?

A: First Promise to Abraham

 

Genesis 12:1-3 - Read from Bible

1      Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2      And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3      And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

 

*            God said to Abraham "I will make of thee a great nation". This promise refers to the nation of Israel which descended from Abraham. Israel is the physical nation. The spiritual nation is made up of those who have faith, and Abraham is the father of them also.

 

*            God said to Abraham "I will make thy name great". Abraham is one of the greatest examples of faith in the Bible. He is also known as the father of the nation of Israel.

 

*            God said to Abraham "thou shalt be a blessing". We can read Galatians 3:9.

 

Galatians 3:9 - Read from Notes

9      So then they which be of faith (that is, those that have the faith of Abraham) are blessed with faithful Abraham.

 

*            God said to Abraham "I will bless them that bless thee". This means that those that know and speak sincerely of Abraham's faith will be blessed.

 

*            God said to Abraham "I will curse him that curseth thee". This means that those who are ignorant or speak badly of Abraham will be cursed; i.e. they won't inherit the Kingdom of God.

 

*            God said to Abraham "in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed". This was the gospel being preached to Abraham (Galatians 3:8).

 

Galatians 3:8 - Read from Notes

8      And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

 

We will be blessed like Abraham when we are justified through faith, having our sins forgiven and made immortal.

 


3.2.2 Promises to Abraham (cont.)

A: (cont.) Second Promise to Abraham

 

N - Genesis 12:7

7      And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

 

*            God said to Abraham "unto thy seed will I give this land". Abraham's literal seed were going to inherit the land.

 

 

Third Promise to Abraham

 

B - Genesis 13:14-17

14    And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

15    For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

16    And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

17    Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

 

*            God said to Abraham "I will give [the land] to thy seed for ever". We can read Galatians 3:16 which tells us that Abraham's seed in this promise is the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Galatians 3:16 - Read from Notes

16    Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

 

*            God said to Abraham "I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth". We can be a part of the great multitude of Abraham's seed by being baptised into the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:27-29).

 

N - Galatians 3:27-29

27    For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

28    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

29    And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 

 

Fourth Promise to Abraham

 

This was made after the trial of Abraham's faith involving Isaac.

 

N - Genesis 22:16-18

16    And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

17    That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

18    And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

 

*            God said to Abraham "by myself have I sworn". This means that the promises made to Abraham are absolutely certain to be fulfilled.


3.2.3 Promise to David

Q: Tell us about the promise to David.

 

A: 2 Samuel 7:11-16 - B

11    [...] Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

12    And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

13    He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

14    I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

15    But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

16    And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

 

*            The background to this promise is that David wanted to build a house for God to dwell in, like a Temple. But God said to David that "he [would] make [him] an house". God explains this in verses 12-16.

 

*            God said to David in v12 that he would have a seed born from him after he dies. His seed is the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

*            God said to David in v13 that Christ would lay the foundation for a spiritual house. He would make a way for people to be a part of God's family through baptism. In the Kingdom of God, Christ will look after the building of the Temple, which is the physical house. Both are places for God to dwell in.

 

*            God said to David in v14 that David's seed would also be God's son, which we read in Hebrews 1:5 about Jesus Christ.

 

Hebrews 1:5 - Read from Notes

5      For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

 

*            This was not speaking of Solomon because he was reigning before David was dead and buried. His kingdom did not last forever and God was not his father.

 

 

 


3.3 Jesus Christ

Q: Who is Jesus Christ?

A: Jesus Christ is the Son of God, begotten of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit.

 

Luke 1:35 - B

35    And the angel answered and said unto [Mary], The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

 

 

Matthew 1:20 - Read from Notes

20    But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

 

Since Christ was born of the Holy Spirit, he was given the capacity to overcome sin.

 

Jesus Christ was anointed with the Holy Spirit.

 

Matthew 3:16 - Read from Notes

16    And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

 

 

 


 

Q: How did Jesus Christ manifest God?

 

God was in Jesus by the Holy Spirit.

 

Isaiah 11:2,3 - Read from Notes

2      And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

3      And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

 

 

Jesus Christ declared that God was in him

 

John 14:9,10 - Read from Notes

9      Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

10    Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

 


 

Q: How did Jesus Christ fulfil God's promises?

 

A: Jesus Christ was a mortal descendant of David and Abraham. He was raised from the dead because he obeyed God without sin. He opened the way for salvation for himself and those that believe and obey him.

 

 

Jesus Christ is a descendant of David and Abraham

 

Matthew 1:1 - Read from Notes

1      The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

 

 

Jesus Christ was a mortal man just like David and Abraham

 

Hebrews 2:14 - B

14    Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

 

 

Jesus Christ was raised from the dead

 

Acts 2:24 - Read from Notes

24    Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

 

 

Jesus Christ obeyed God without sin

 

Hebrews 4:15 - B

15    For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

 

Jesus Christ opened the way of salvation

 

Hebrews 5:8,9 - B

8      Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

9      And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

 

This is often spoken of as the "Atonement" (or reconciliation) between God and man, because God was working through Jesus Christ to bring this about.

 

Romans 8:3,4 - Read from Bible

3      For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4      That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.


Q: What Did Jesus Christ Preach?

 

A: Jesus Christ told us to repent from evil

 

We repent when we change our ways to a life dedicated to God.

 

Mark 1:14,15 - Read from Notes

14    Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

15    And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

 

 

Jesus Christ declared that he was the Son of God

 

 

Jesus Christ declared that he was the King of the Jews

 

 

Jesus Christ declared that he would restore the Kingdom of Israel

 

Jesus was speaking about the Kingdom of God (Acts 1:3) when his disciples asked him if he would restore the Kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6).

 

Acts1:3 - Read from Notes

3      To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

 

Acts 1:6 - Read from Notes

6      When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

 


3.3.5 Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

 

Jesus Christ was put to death by the Jews and Romans

 

Acts 4:27,28

27    For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

28    For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

 

 

This was part of God's plan of salvation, including:

 

*         The condemnation of sin in the flesh

 

Romans 8:3

3      For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

 

*         The declaration of God's righteousness

 

*         A basis for the forgiveness of sins

 

Romans 3:21-26 - Read from Notes

21    But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

22    Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

23    For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

24    Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

25    Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

26    To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

 

Which means ...

 

God set forth Christ to be a place of reconciliation where God will meet with man through faith in his blood. Christ declared God's righteous ways and judgments, by demonstrating two important truths:

-         The crucifixion of Christ demonstrated that sin and all its effects are rightly related to death

-         The resurrection of Christ demonstrated that total obedience to God brings life and immortality.

 

 


3.3.5 Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (cont.)

 

All who approach God through Jesus Christ, who was crucified but risen to life, are forgiven

 

Acts 4:10-12

10    Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.

11    This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

12    Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

The name of Jesus Christ means "God shall save by anointing". The anointing oil is a symbol for the Word of God. As the oil spreads over the whole head in anointing, so too should God's Word fill our mind so that our whole life is dedicated to serving God.

 

 

God raised Jesus Christ on the third day

 

1 Corinthians 15:3,4

3      For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4      And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

 

God exalted Jesus Christ to the heavens 40 days later

 

Acts 5:30,31 - Read from Notes

30    The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.

31    Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

 

 


3.3.6 Jesus Christ the High Priest in Heaven

 

Jesus Christ became the mediator between God and man

 

1 Timothy 2:5 - Read from Notes

5      For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

 

 

Jesus Christ's work is to gather people who would be saved by the belief and obedience of the truth

 

Hebrews 5:9 - Read from Notes

9      And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

 

 

Jesus Christ is a priest over his own house only - the body of faithful believers

 

Hebrews 3:6 - Read from Notes

6      But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

 

 

Jesus Christ does not intercede for the world

 

John 17:9 - Read from Notes

9      I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

 

 

Jesus Christ makes intercession for his erring brethren if they confess and forsake their sins

 

1 John 1:7-9 - Read from Notes

7      But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

8      If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9      If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

 


3.3.7 Jesus Christ is our Saviour

 

Jesus Christ is the saviour of mankind

 

God has a plan to save people who believe and obey Him through Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

 

 

John 3:16 - Read from Notes

16    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

 

Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation

 

Acts 4:12 - Read from Notes

12    Neither is there salvation in any other [but the name of Jesus Christ]: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

 

The way to obtain salvation

 

1. Believe the gospel

 

2. Take on the name of Jesus Christ by being baptised

 

Mark 16:15,16 - Read from Notes

15    And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16    He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned.

 

3. Obey the commandments of Christ

 

Matthew 28:20

20    Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

John 15:14 - Read from Notes

14    Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

 

 


3.4 The Kingdom of God

You quoted from Mark 16 that to be baptised you first have to believe the gospel that was preached.

 

 

What is the gospel?

 

The gospel consists of the things concerning the Kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ.

 

Acts 8:12 - Read from Notes

12    But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

 

So we've considered one aspect of the gospel: that is the name of Jesus Christ. So lets look at the other aspect of the gospel: the Kingdom of God.

 

 

3.4.1 Promise of a Kingdom

 

God will set up a Kingdom on Earth which will overthrow all others

 

Daniel 2:44 - Read from Notes

44    And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

 

Daniel 7:27

27    And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

 

 

God will send Jesus Christ back to the Earth

 

Acts 3:20,21 - Read from Notes

20    And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

21    Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

 

 

Jesus Christ will return at the close of the "times of the Gentiles"

 

Luke 21:24,27 - Read from Notes

24    And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

27    And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

 

 


3.4.1 Promise of a Kingdom (cont.)

 

The Kingdom will be the kingdom of Israel restored

 

Acts 1:3,6 - Read from Notes

3      To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

6      When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

 

 

The Jews will be gathered from all nations

 

Ezekiel 37:21 - Read from Notes

21    And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the [nations], whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

 

 

Jerusalem will be rebuilt to become the capital of the Kingdom

 

Isaiah 61:4

4      And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

 

Jeremiah 3:17 - Read from Notes

17    At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

 

 

The government of the Kingdom will be the immortal faithful

 

Revelation 5:9,10 - Read from Notes

9      And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10    And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.


3.4.2 Resurrection and Judgment

 

The responsible are judged

 

The responsible are those who know the revealed will of God and have been called upon to submit to it.

 

John 12:47,48 - Read from Notes

47    And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

48    He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

 

 

The obedient and disobedient are judged

 

Romans 2:7,8 - Read from Notes

7      To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

8      But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

 

 

People will be judged according to their works and rewarded

 

2 Corinthians 5:10 - Read from Notes

10    For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

 

 

The disobedient will be shamed and die a second time, but the obedient will be given immortality

 

Daniel 12:2 - Read from Notes

2      And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

 

 


3.4.3 Kingdom Age

 

The Kingdom Age will last for 1,000 years with mortality still existent. After the thousand years, a second judgment, and the Kingdom will go on forever.

 

Revelation 20:6 - Read from Notes

6      Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

 

 

There will be much less sin and death

 

Isaiah 65:20 - Read from Notes

20    There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

 

 

The curse from Eden will be removed

 

Isaiah 65:25 - Read from Notes

25    The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

 

 

A law will be established

 

Isaiah 2:3 - Read from Notes

3      And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

 

 

The nations will be instructed in righteousness

 

 

It will be a time of peace

 

Isaiah 2:4 - Read from Notes

4      And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

 


3.4.3 Kingdom Age (cont.)

 

The earth will be filled with the knowledge of God's glory

 

 

The final outcome of the Kingdom is to remove death and God's enemies

 

1 Corinthians 15:25,26 - Read from Notes

25    For [Jesus] must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

26    The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

 

 

There will be a second resurrection and judgment at the end of the 1,000 years of the Kingdom Age

 

 

The government of the Kingdom will be delivered by Jesus to God

 

1 Corinthians 15:24 - Read from Notes

24    Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

 

 

God's purpose with the Earth is then fulfilled

 

1 Corinthians 15:28 - Read from Notes

28    And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

 

The earth will be filled with God's glory, which is manifested in men and women.

 

 


SECTION 4: DOCTRINES TO REJECT

False religion teaches that the Bible is not completely the Word of God, but contains errors in passages we can ignore.

I don't believe this.

 

2 Timothy 3:16 - Read from Notes

16    All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

False religion teaches that God is a Trinity:

*         That God is three persons

*         That the Son of God lived eternally before he was born with the Father

*         That the Holy Spirit is a person separate from the Father

 

I reject these doctrines. The word "Trinity" is not found in the Bible.

 

Mark 12:29 - Read from Notes

29    And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

 

Hebrews 1:5 - Read from Notes

5      For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

False religion teaches that God is not the Creator of heaven and earth, but that evolution caused all things to be created

I reject this doctrine. Exodus 20:11 says that "in six days the LORD made heaven and earth".

 

Genesis 1:5 - Read from Notes

5      ... And the evening and the morning were the first day.

False religion teaches that Christ was not born with our condemned nature, but had a perfect nature.

I reject this doctrine.

 

Hebrews 2:14,17 - Read from Notes

14    Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same ...

17    Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren ...

False religion teaches that we do not die:

*         That man has an immortal soul

*         That man is conscious when he dies

*         That the wicked suffer eternal torture in hell

*         That the righteous go to heaven when they die

 

I reject these doctrines. The word "soul" in the Bible means a body or person subject to death.

What do you understand about death?

The Bible teaches that we are mortal and when we die we are unconscious.

 

Ezekiel 18:4 - Read from Notes

4      Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

 

Those dead "in Christ" are just like being asleep, because they will wake up at a later date. But those who are not in Christ are dead forever.

 

Ecclesiastes 9:5 - Read from Notes

5      For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

What do you understand about hell?

In the Bible the word "hell" means the grave or a deep hole or something covered. In some passages it refers to Gehenna, which was a burning rubbish tip in a valley near Jerusalem, which Christ used in his parables as a symbol of judgment.

False religion teaches that there is another god called the Devil or Satan

I reject this doctrine.

What do you understand about "the devil"?

In the Bible the word "devil" means something which causes us to cross over or sin. The Bible teaches us that our lusts cause us to fall and sin against God. In some passages the word "devil" is better translated "demons", which refers to diseases and conditions that people could not understand.

 

Judas is described as being a devil by Jesus Christ in John 6:70,71 because he betrayed Christ.

What do you understand about "Satan"?

In the Bible the word "Satan" means an adversary. It is a term applied to anyone who opposes someone else.

 

Matthew 16:21-23 - Read from Notes

21    From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

22    Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

23    But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

 

Peter was a Satan because he set himself in opposition to Christ.

 

An angel of God was "an adversary" (or Satan) to Balaam in Numbers 22.

 

God himself was a Satan to David when he caused David to "number Israel and Judah", if we compare 2 Samuel 24 with 1 Chronicles 21.


What is your understanding about why we sin?

We can be tempted to sin from what we see or hear, or just our own thoughts. Our own lusts cause us to sin.

 

James 1:14,15 - Read from Notes

14    But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

15    Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

 

1 John 2:15-17 - Read from Notes

15    Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16    For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17    And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

False religion teaches a mixture of doctrines concerning the Kingdom of God:

*         That the Kingdom of God is in heaven

*         That the Kingdom of God is "the church"

 

I reject these doctrines. The Bible says that the Kingdom of God will be the restored Kingdom of Israel on earth.

 

*         That the Kingdom of God is not part of the gospel message

 

I reject this doctrine. The Kingdom of God is part of the gospel message.

 

Acts 8:12 - Read from Notes

12    But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

 

*         That Christ will not come until the end of the 1,000 year period

 

I reject this doctrine.

 

Revelation 20:6 - Read from Notes

6      Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

 

*         That the nations in the Kingdom are immortal

 

I reject this doctrine. The Bible says in Isaiah 65:20 that during the Kingdom Age "the child shall die an hundred years old". So the nations are mortal.

False religion teaches a mixture of doctrines concerning the resurrection:

*         That only the faithful will be raised

*         That the dead rise in an immortal state

 

I reject these doctrines.

 

Daniel 12:2 - Read from Notes

2      And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

False religion teaches that we should keep the law of Moses

I reject this doctrine.

 

Galatians 3:24,25 - Read from Notes

24    Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25    But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

False religion teaches a mixture of doctrines concerning baptism:

*         That a baby can be baptised not knowing the gospel

*         That people who don't know the gospel will be saved if they are good

*         That people who are baptised without knowing the gospel will be saved

*         That all people receive salvation no matter what they do

*         That baptism is not necessary for salvation

 

I reject these doctrines.

 

Mark 16:16 - Read from Notes

16    He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned.

 

*         That we don't have to obey the commandments of Christ after baptism

 

I reject this doctrine.

 

1 John 2:3,4 - Read from Notes

3      And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

4      He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

 

*         That we receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptised

 

I reject this doctrine. When the scriptures were complete, there was no need for the gifts of the Holy Spirit any more. It was true in the first century, but not now.

 

Acts 2:39 - Read from Notes

39    For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.

What do you understand about the act of baptism?

In the Bible the word "baptism" means to plunge in water and change the colour of a garment. It symbolises to us that immersion will change us only if we understand and accept the will and purpose of God.

 

Romans 6:3-6 - Read from Bible

3      Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

4      Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5      For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

6      Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.


Will we sin after baptism?

Yes. But we can repent and ask God to forgive us through Jesus Christ.

False religion teaches a number of other doctrines:

*         That Joseph was the father of Jesus

 

I reject this doctrine. The Bible clearly teaches that God is the Father of Jesus.

 

*         That the earth will be destroyed

 

I reject this doctrine.

 

Ecclesiastes 1:4 - Read from Notes

4      One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

 

*         That Israel is no longer in God's future plan with the earth

 

I reject this doctrine. The hope of the apostles was for the Kingdom of Israel to be restored when Jesus Christ returns to the earth.

 

Acts1:6 - Read from Notes

6      When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

 

Romans 11 says that God will scatter, but later regather Israel, and bless them along with the Gentiles.

 


SECTION 5: OUR WAY OF LIFE

What does God teach us in the Bible concerning marriage?

 

*                     Marriage with an unbeliever is not acceptable with God.

 

1 Corinthians 7:39 - Read from Notes

39    The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.

 

*                     Divorce is not acceptable with God.

 

Malachi 2:16 - Read from Notes

16    For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away ...

 

Mark 10:6-9 - Read from Bible

6      But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

7      For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;

8      And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.

9      What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

 

*                     Pre-marital relationships are not acceptable with God.

 

Hebrews 13:4 - Read from Notes

4      Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but [fornicators] and adulterers God will judge.

 

What are some of the positive aspects of marriage?

 

*                     We can have children who we teach to love God.

 

Malachi 2:15 - Read from Notes

15    And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one [speaking of husband and wife]? That he might seek a godly seed.

 

*                     A husband and wife can help each other.

 

Genesis 2:18 - Read from Notes

18    And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

 

*                     Marriage helps us to deny sinful lusts.

 

1 Corinthians 7:9 - Read from Notes

9      But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

 

*                     Marriage teaches us about the ecclesia's relationship with Christ.

 

Ephesians 5:31,32 - Read from Notes

31    For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

32    This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the [ecclesia].

 

 


*                     If we are already married to an unbeliever, then we can have a positive influence on them.

 

1 Peter 3:1,2 - Read from Notes

1      Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

2      While they behold your chaste conversation [or behaviour] coupled with fear.

What does God teach us in the Bible concerning riches?

 

*                     We should not desire to be rich or pursue wealth. We should be content with what we have.

 

1 Timothy 6:5,6

5      Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

6      But godliness with contentment is great gain.

 

What does God teach us about some types of employment?

 

*                     That serving in the army or police force is not acceptable with God. Also, we can't give an oath of allegience.

 

Luke3:14

14    And the soldiers likewise demanded of [John], saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.

 

Also, those serving in the army in positions which don't involve fighting, have often been commanded to take up arms during war time. Police are trained to arrest people through violence.

 

*                     That taking part in politics is not acceptable with God

 

We shouldn't run for a seat in politics because only Christ will solve problems. We shouldn't support systems by voting whose policies are not all acceptable to God; upholding things like homosexuality, defacto relationships, etc. Also, Daniel 4:16 says that God rules in the kingdom of men, and gives power to whoever he will.

What does God teach us about involvement in legal matters?

 

*                     That taking someone to court is not acceptable with God

 

1 Corinthians 6:7 - Read from Notes

7      Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?

 

We shouldn't go to the world's establishments to sort out such matters but be competent to sort them out ourselves.

 

*                     We should not take an oath

 

We should always tell the truth so its unnecessary to take an oath.

 

Matthew 5:34-37 - Read from Notes

34    [Jesus said], Swear not at all [...]

37    But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

 

*                     We should not take part in jury service

 

1 Corinthians 5:12

12    For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

13    But them that are without God judgeth [...]

 

Taking part in jury service could require us to set aside our moral principles to judge cases involving homosexuality, marriage separation, and so on.

What does God teach us about our outward appearance?

 

*                     We should wear modest apparel.

 

1 Timothy 2:9,10 - Read from Notes

9      In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

10    But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

What does God teach us about head coverings?

 

*                     The men should not wear a head covering in ecclesial meetings. The women should wear a head covering in ecclesial meetings.

 

1 Corinthians 11:4,5 - Read from Notes

4      Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

5      But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

What are some of the roles of sisters in the ecclesia?

 

*         Teaching the Sunday School

 

*         Bringing up their own children in the Truth

 

*         Assisting the brethren

 

Sisters are not to teach in the ecclesia.

 

1 Timothy 2:11,12 - Read from Notes

11    Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

12    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

Is it important to study the Bible?

 

Yes. We need a regular routine of Bible study to keep God's Word at the front of our minds.

 

Hebrews 11:6 - Read from Notes

6      But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


What is faith?

A firm belief in what God has said and promised, he will carry out.

What does ecclesial life involve?

 

We read a wonderful example of ecclesial life in the record of Acts.

 

Acts 2:41-47 - Read from Notes

41    Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42    And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43    And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44    And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45    And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46    And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47    Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

 

Can we stay away from the meetings without a good reason?

No.

 

Hebrews 10:25 - Read from Notes

25    Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

What about our involement with worldly practises?

 

*                     We shouldn't take part in pagan festivals. Even religious festivals such as Easter and Christmas may have good intentions but they are a time for drunkenness and revelling.

 

1 Corinthians 10:7

7      Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

 

*                     We should abstain from foolish talking.

 

*                     We should not be involved with lotteries, gambling and such things which play on our lusts.

 

1 John 2:15-17

15    Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16    For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17    And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Should we fellowship other religions?

No. They do not hold God's truth, and there is no fellowship between light and darkness.
What about obeying the laws of the land?

 

1 Peter 2:13,14 - Read from Notes

13    Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

14    Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.

 

So we should obey the laws of the land unless they go against God's will.

 

Acts 5:29 - Read from Notes

5      Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

 

How do we deal with brothers or sisters who have gone astray?

 

Our purpose is to always win the brother or sister to the Truth. This was the purpose of Christ also.

 

Matthew 18:11,15-17 - Read from Notes

11    For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

15    Moreover if thy brother shall trespass [...], go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

16    But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

17    And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

 

What is the role of a newly baptised person?

There should be a period of time after baptism where great responsibility is not given such as speaking.

 

1 Timothy 3:6

6      [A bishop must] not [be] a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

 

However we can attend meetings, be involved in activities, cooperate with the brethren and sisters and have a willingness of mind.

What are some of the examples and commandments of Christ we should follow?

*         We should love every person we meet, just as Christ did, even if they hate us

*         Don't take revenge on someone who does something bad to you

*         Give to those who ask

*         Pray always; pray for people you know, even if they are mean to you

*         Confess your faults to each other

*         Don't love the things of the world; refrain from following the world's sinful examples

*         Love God with all your heart; thank God for all things and acknowledge His presence

*         Think of others before yourself

*         Be holy in all areas of your life

 

 


What is the significance of the bread and the wine?

 

The bread is the body of Christ. The wine is the blood of Christ.

 

1 Corinthians 11:24-26 - Read from Notes

24    And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

25    After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

26    For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

 

What should we do about disorderly behaviour?

 

2 Thessalonians 3:6,14,15 - Read from Notes

6      Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

14    And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

15    Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

 

1 Timothy 1:20 - Read from Notes

20    Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

 

1 Corinthians 5:5 - Read from Notes

5      To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

 

 


CONCLUSION

 

Q: Have you counted the cost of what is involved in being a baptised sister of the Lord Jesus Christ?

 

A: Yes.