Romans 8 16 For You

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Romans 1 7 For You

Author by : Timothy Keller
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Description : Enjoy culture in a way that feeds your faith and helps you share it with others. Whether it's TV boxsets, Instagram stories or historical novels, we all consume culture. So it's important that we are neither bewitched by it-buying into everything it tells us-or bewildered by it-lashing out in judgement or retreating into a Christian bubble. Dan Strange encourages Christians to engage with everything they watch, read and play in a positive and discerning way. He also teaches Christians how to think and speak about culture in a way that plugs in to a bigger and better reality-the story of King Jesus, and his cosmic plan for the world. It's possible to watch TV and read novels and play video games in a way that actually feeds our faith, rather than withers it. It's even possible for you-yes, you-to be that person who starts off talking to a mate about last night's football and ends up talking about Jesus. So be equipped to engage with culture in a way that helps your relationship with Christ and points others to him.


The Book Of Romans

Author by : Phanuel Muverengwi
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Description : "To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 1:7 (NIV) Let us sit in the shade and experience exactly what the Romans experienced as they read Paul's letter to them. I think it makes sense; I think it is worthwhile for us to do so. We will never regret it. Let us internalise Paul's revelation, mindset and exhortation. Let us claim the message as our own and live it to the full. Let us pretend for a moment that we are, in fact, the Romans to whom Paul directed his letter. After we are done I think our families, friends and neighbours will not be able to recognise us because of the glory on our faces and in our hearts. What a transformation that would be for us as we strive towards our next and higher level in Christ Jesus!


Romans Repent

Author by : Dean H. Nelson
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Description : "Romans Repent!" is perhaps the first book in sixteen hundred years to argue that Paul's letter to the Romans was not written to Christians, but was a script to be proclaimed to the polytheists of Rome. For the last millennium and a half it has been unthinkable to imagine a Rome that was not dominated by Christian faith, but when Paul wrote this message monotheists were not allowed to live in the city. Even the Jews who dwelt in Rome had become conformed to Roman culture and faith. Paul declared that the mighty deeds of Abraham, David and Elijah would not justify those who incited God's jealousy through their unfaithfulness. "Romans Repent!" gives new insight into the evangelization of Rome, with special attention to the role of Phoebe, who boldly declared Paul's message to the people of Rome. This commentary provides a new translation of the letter, which brings to life Paul's message about "us," the churches, who are hard at work to proclaim the gospel among idolatrous people such as "you." What if Romans was not a petition to the churches of Rome, but was a proclamation to all the people of pagan Rome (Romans 1:7)? What if, when Paul warned of the jealousy of God (1:18) and declared that "You have no excuse" (2:1) and that you are mere humans in the weakness of your flesh (6:19), he was writing to those whom Paul considered to be enemies of the true God? Paul called the people of Rome "loved by God," but that did not mean that he thought that they were perfect or good or even Christian. When Paul called people "beloved" he was usually admonishing them or warning them of the jealous passion that God feels toward them (see I Corinthians 4:14; 10:14; II Corinthians 7:1; 12:19-20; Philippians 2:12). Romans were being warned to flee from idolatry and to no longer worship the gods of their faith. "Romans Repent!" will show that the "brothers" who met Paul in Rome (Acts 28:15) were not Christian believers, but were Jewish relatives. The leaders of the Jews in Rome said that they had not yet heard anything from their Jewish brothers concerning Paul (Acts 28:21) and they spoke as if they had only second or third hand information about Christians (Acts 28:22). When Roman Jews in great numbers came to Paul's lodgings (Acts 28:23) there was no mention of any Christians being there. At the end of that meeting Paul declared that the Gentiles of Rome in the future "will hear" this gospel (Acts 28:28). The seed of the word had not yet taken root before Paul began his ministry in Rome. The letter to the Romans has had more effect on Christianity and on human history than any other writing. Cultural understandings of government and obedience, humility and pride, tolerance and conformity have been molded by the interpretation of Paul's words. Christian understandings of justification, grace, law, righteousness, sin, Christ, our connection to Christ and to one another have been indelibly shaped by words that were written almost two thousand years ago. Whether we realize it or not or whether we like it or not, the interpretation of Romans affects our daily lives and the future of human society. "Romans Repent!" will change the way you hear Paul's letter. You will hear his clear preaching of law and gospel to those who had never yet heard the message. You will understand verses that others have found confusing. You will discover remarkable insights even in passages that you thought you already understood.


Foundations For Our Faith Volume 3 2nd Edition

Author by : Adrian Rogers
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Description : Today, more than ever, we need a solid word for an unsure world. No other book reflects the heart of God and the passion of man as powerfully as the book of Romans. In fact, some call it the Constitution of Christianity. Join Dr. Adrian Rogers as he teaches from Romans 10-16 on the topics of service and surrender. Salvation Romans 10:1-13 Faith: What It Is and How to Have It Romans 10:17-21 Is God Through with the Jews? Romans 11:1 The Secret of Effectual Prayer Romans 11:36 Discovering Your Ministry Romans 12:1-2 Christian Citizenship Romans 13:1-7 The Wake-Up Call Romans 13:11-14 The Things That Make for Peace Romans 14:19 Saved to Serve Romans 15-16 ABOUT ADRIAN ROGERS: For over fifty years, Adrian Rogers preached and championed the Word of God. In that time he became one of America's most respected Bible teachers presenting the Good News of Jesus Christ with strong conviction, compassion, and integrity. His ministry continues thanks to a rich legacy of sermons, studies, books, booklets, and other resource materials. Through Love Worth Finding, his multimedia ministry, tens of thousands of believers have had their faith strengthened and thousands more have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His teaching will inspire you to grow in your love of the Lord and service in His kingdom.


Pressing Toward The Mark Volume 3

Author by : John W. (Jack) Carter
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Description : From the beginning of the formation of the Christian Church, the imperative of Christ to "Go and make disciples" has been its cornerstone task. All Christians are in need of discipleship and many resources can be brought to bear in this effort. This text provides 52 Bible study commentaries that are intended to assist Christians in this effort. It may be used for a one-year weekly Bible study by individuals, for small groups, or as a teaching/preaching resource.TABLE OF CONTENTS Daniel 7:1-14 God is in Control2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 You Can Trust God1 Peter 1:1-12 An Affirmation of HopeMatthew 14:22-33 Jesus Leads Us All the WayEzekiel 33:1-11 The Watchman's TaskActs 1:1-26 Preparation for the MissionJohn 18:15-27, 21:15-22 Unconditional ForgivenessJeremiah 18:1-12 Shaped by the Potter's HandJohn 10:1-29 The Good ShepherdMatthew 28:1-20 The Meaning of Easter1 Peter 2:1-10 The Royal PriesthoodIsaiah 29:13-16, 30:12-18 Rejecting the Potter's HandIsaiah 38:1-8 The Folly of Human ChoiceDeuteronomy 29:1-13 Your Commitment to GodEphesians 5:21-33 God's Design for MarriageLamentations 3:19-31 Great Is Thy FaithfulnessJob 1:1-24 Responding to DisasterLuke 4:31-43 Called to CareRevelation 13:1-18 The Impotent AdversaryIsaiah 42:1-7 God's Missionary PlanLuke 12:13-21 What Comes First?2 Samuel 7:1-29 Building a House of IntegrityGenesis 3:1-15 The Ultimate TemptationRomans 8:28-38 Never Alone Again1 Samuel 3:1-4:1a Responding Faithfully to God's CallJonah 3:1-10 The LORD of Second Chances2 Thess. 2:1-17 Hold Firm to the TruthIsaiah 40:1-14 Comfort in Times of TroubleRomans 14:1-12 Love Without CondemnationLuke 15:1-32 Lost and FoundMark 1:14-18, ... The Call to CommitmentExodus 19:20-20:17 God Desires ObedienceGenesis 16:1-16 Our Way or God's Way?1 Peter 4:9-11, ... The Life-Saving StationDeuteronomy 6:1-2 Love the LORD Your GodMark 8:27-38 Who is Jesus to You?Romans 3:1-12 Righteousness in God AloneDeuteronomy 8:7-20 Appreciating God's GraceLuke 8:1-15 Responding to the GospelJohn 8:1-11 Forgiving and Restoring OthersLuke 3:1-18 The Call to RepentanceLuke 2:20-35 Salvation is BornMark 5:1-20 New Lives for OldRomans 12:13-21 Overcome Evil with LoveDaniel 6:1-28 Uncompromising FaithEzekiel 25:1-5; 15-17 Universal AccountabilityActs 21:1-40 Power to Stay the Course1 Corinthians 13:1-7 Known By Your LoveActs 15:36-16:40 Power to Direct Your PathLuke 19:45-20:19 Accountable for Our ActionsJohn 3:1-17 Jesus is the WayLuke 14:1-11 The Expression of True Humility


Team Bible Let S Go Edition

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Description : The Team Bible features the NLT translation and is created for competitors in team sports on all levels. Featuring Bible study helps and 32 pages of exclusive “Let's Go” themed team content provided by Fellowship of Christian Athletes, this Bible is full of amazing study tools to help equip, encourage, and empower sports teams to study God’s Word together.


Botticelli Beauty

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Description : "To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 1:7


Preaching Romans

Author by : Scot McKnight
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Description : First-rate scholars and preachers on four interpretive approaches to Paul and Romans Pauline scholarship is a minefield of differing schools of thought. Those who teach or preach on Paul can quickly get lost in the weeds of the various perspectives. How, then, can pastors today best preach Paul’s message? Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica have assembled this stellar one-stop guide exploring four major interpretive perspectives on the apostle Paul: Reformational, New, Apocalyptic, and Participationist. First elucidated by a scholarly essay, each perspective is then illuminated by three sermons expositing various passages from Paul’s magisterial letter to the Romans. Coming from such leading figures as Richard Hays, James Dunn, Fleming Rutledge, and Tom Schreiner, these essays and sermons splendidly demonstrate how each perspective on Paul brings valuable insights for preaching on Romans. [Table of Contents] Introduction Interpretive Perspectives on the Apostle Paul 1. Romans and the “Lutheran” Paul: Stephen Westerholm 2. Romans and the New Perspective: Scot McKnight 3. Romans and the Apocalyptic Reading of Paul: Douglas A. Campbell 4. Romans and the Participationist Perspective: Michael J. Gorman Preaching Romans: Sermons Reformational Perspective 5. Romans as Ecclesial Theology: Building Multiethnic Missional Churches: Michael F. Bird 6. God Justifies the Ungodly: Romans 4:1–8: Thomas R. Schreiner 7. The Transforming Reality of Justification by Faith: Romans 5:1–5: Carl R. Trueman New Perspective 8. The Balance of Already/Not Yet: Romans 8:1–17: James D. G. Dunn 9. This Changes Everything: Romans 5:12–21: Tara Beth Leach 10. Pass the Peace by Faith: Romans 4:1–4, 13–17: Scot McKnight Apocalyptic Perspective 11. Immortal Combat: Romans 1:16–17 and 5:12–14: Jason Micheli 12. In Celebration of Full Communion: Romans 3:21–24: Fleming Rutledge 13. Old Adam, New Adam; Old World, New World; Old You, New You: Romans 5:12–21: William H. Willimon Participationist Perspective 14. Death Becomes Her: Romans 6:1–14: Timothy G. Gombis 15. Made New by One Man’s Obedience: Romans 5:12–19: Richard B. Hays 16. Breathing Well: Romans 8:12–30: Suzanne Watts Henderson Conclusion 17. Implications: Joseph B. Modica


Covenant

Author by : Kathie Helper
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Description : The Bible presents great themes that are universally relevant for the faith formation of all human beings in all times and places. As we reflect upon faith issues in our daily lives, we can engage these themes to learn more about God and what it means to live a life of faith. Covenant: God's Project-Effective Christians looks at the theme of covenant and the beginnings and meaning of Christian life as Paul understood it. The book offers the following sessions:Session 1 "We're All in This Together," explores the ways in which God's love enables us to recognize and accept our own shortcomings-and those of others-and to enter faithfully into covenant relationships. (Romans 1:16-20; 2: 1-16; 3:9-20)Session 2 "What Did I Do To Deserve This?" examines the possibilities-and the limits-of our own efforts to become faithful Christians and our need for God's grace through Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1-11, 18-21; John 20:1-10; Romans 6:1-14)S ession 3 "The Things Of This World," explores ways to live fully in the world with all its challenges, temptations, and frustrations and to discover God's power, salvation, and strength in the life of the Spirit given to us through Christ. (Romans 8:1-17; Romans 10:5-21)Session 4 " Who Needs You?" examines how recognizing our unity in Christ helps us as we determine what we must do and how we must act if we truly want to call ourselves Christians. (Romans 12:1-21; 14:1-13; 15:5-6)Session 5 " No Other Gospel" explores Paul's reminder to the community of Christian converts in Galatia about the true gospel, the gift of God's grace received through faith in Jesus Christ, and how the gift is expressed in the lives of those who follow Jesus. (Galatians 1; Galatians 2:15-3:5)Session 6 "Free to Love," explores what Paul writes about the purpose of the Law and its relationship to freedom in Christ as he challenges believers in Galatia - and us - to love one another. (Galatians 3:19-4:7; Galatians 5:1-15)Session 7 " Living Out The Covenant Of God's Love" helps us to explore ways God's Spirit fills us with attitudes that help us to live a life that expresses covenant love of God and neighbor. ( Galatians 5:22-6:10)


Peace Bird Images Advent Bulletin

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Description : Bulletin reads: Peace Grace to you and peace from God. ~ Romans 1:7 In this season of expectation, the image of bird peacefully resting the branch and the scripture from Romans illustrate the feelings of peace surrounding Jesus's birth. Help your congregation connect with the feelings of anticipation and reflection during this season leading up to Christmas. Bulletin is 8.5" x 11" unfolded and 5.5" x 8.5" folded.


Our Christian Worship

Author by : Friedrich Rest
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What God Wishes Christians Knew About Christianity

Author by : Bill Gillham
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Description : Bill Gillham believes that the Christian life is a blessing rather than a burden and is convinced that misapprehensions of what the Bible really says sometime leave us feeling shackled instead of free. He shows the way to seeing things differently.


I Will Give You Rest

Author by : Jon C. Laansma
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Description : This is a valuable source book for the idea of rest as it occurs in a wide spectrum of ancient Jewish and Christian literature. The author provides a new way of understanding Matt 11:28-30 that challenges most recent scholarship and acts as a guide for application in the church.


Romans And Revelation

Author by : Daniel Thompson
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Description : In the book of 2 Peter, the apostle writes under inspiration that another apostle, Paul, wrote "Things, in which are some things hard to be understood" (2 Peter 3:16). Imagine, one inspired apostle, speaking about another inspired apostle's writings. But such, as any Christian will testify, is the absolute truth about Scriptures-they can be hard to comprehend!In my years interacting biblically, there are three comments I would inevitably get about three Scripture portions that reflect the statement by Peter, two sections in Paul's letter to Romans (Romans 7 and 11) and one from the Apostle John-Revelation. With John's Revelation, difficulties are universal and always the same subjects of books and conversations: "How should we read and interpret the book of Revelation with all the symbols, visions, etc.?" Anyone today will be familiar with the Left Behind series and the work that spawned many such books-The Late Great Planet Earth of the early '70s. Ideas on this book are legion.I have expounded on the first eleven chapters of Revelation-verse by verse-to attempt to show that the intended edification John had in mind when writing this work (see Revelation 1:1-3 etc.) actually was understood and edifying to the saints of the first century (and also to us). I wrote to show that if we are careful to lean on the Old Testament and its style of writing (in particular the book of Daniel), the book of Revelation turns out to be quite a straightforward work especially if we let Scripture interpret Scripture (example: Revelation 6:16 compare Luke 23:27-30). Indeed I think the truths of Revelation chapters 1 through 11 are so self-explanatory that the chapters that follow (if we keep comparing Old Testament and New Testament Scriptures) will fall quite naturally into place. Details may be tough, but general themes come out much clearer.In my life, preaching and exhortation a section of the Bible somewhat akin to the subject of Revelation would arise day in and day out: what is the meaning of Romans 11:26a, "And all Israel shall be saved," and how does it speak to the future of Israel? This verse was the central text for our greatest expository thinkers, the Puritans, and from the 1600s through the 1800s and into our twentieth century. This chapter was the basis for what was known as Puritan PostMillennialism (as opposed to the PreMillennialism of men like Tim Lahaye and Hal Lindsay).In this book, the section on Romans 11 (like Revelation and Romans 7) is handled verse by verse and is expounded systematically and slowly so that the mysteries that have often hung over Christians here might be seen in a newer, clearer light. In my travels, I've found many books, and too many conversations, approach these passages without regard to surrounding ideas. There is a desire for answers to Bible verses that, as Peter said, were hard to be understood and, without some patience, we will twist to our own harm and misunderstanding.Views are abundant when the subject is Romans 7. The inevitable comment or question-asked in multiple ways is: who is that guy in Romans 7 that cannot do what he wishes to do? It was Romans 7:13-25 that this type question arose, and I discovered over a period of a year the various views of this passage as well as the beauty, power, and answer to the question of: who is that guy in Romans s7? Indeed the study and writing of just Revelation chapters 1-11; Romans 7:13-25; and Romans 11:11-32-verse by verse-bore the fruit I believe we all desire when the going gets tough.This book is the fruit of a slow and steady exposition of these three aspects of the Scriptures: Romans 7:13-25; Romans 11:11-32; and Revelation chapters 1-11. As in any work in the Word of God, the wonders and glories you gain are incalculable.


Csb Restoration Bible Brown Leathertouch Indexed

Author by : Stephen Arterburn
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Description : We all face difficulties in life. The death of a loved one, financial problems, divorce, health issues, job loss . . . the list can go on and on. In the midst of these difficult seasons of life there is hope. The CSB Life Restoration Bible features relevant and applicable notes and helps focus on life recovery in an easy-to-follow format to help individuals find hope and joy within the Bible as they embrace the truths and promises found in God’s Word during difficult seasons of life. The key helps in this Bible include over 500 guided notes following seven Life Restoration Principles via the easy-to-remember R.E.S.T.O.R.E acrostic (Rest and Reflect–Eternal Perspective–Support–Thanksgiving and Contentment–Other-centeredness–Relationships–Exercise of Faith). Each note is based on a key verse in God’s Word related to a specific Life Restoration Principle followed by a short devotional to help expound upon the principle before guiding the reader to the “Next Step” in the restoration journey. The features of this CSB Bible include: A “First 30-days” devotional, Book Introductions that highlight “Restoration Themes” in each book, Restoration profiles of biblical characters and real people, Articles featuring scripture references highlighting specific biblical themes related to restoration, Over 200 “Joyful Noise” callouts of scriptures throughout the Bible to provide encouragement during the restoration journey, Topical subheadings, Two-column text, Concordance, Smyth-sewn binding, Presentation page, Full-color maps, and more. Available in brown LeatherTouch Bible cover and paperback (similar to a leather like Bible). Edited by Stephen Arterburn, author of other recovery Bibles. CSB Bibles by Holman feature the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible's original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture's life-transforming message and to share it with others. Whether you are looking for a CSB study Bible, recovery and restoration study Bible, or journaling Bible, the CSB is a translation that focuses on serving people’s understanding of God’s Word.


Matthew 1 7

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Description : For over one hundred years, the International Critical Commentary series has held a special place among works on the Bible. It has sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis — linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological—with a level of comprehension and quality of scholarship unmatched by any other series. No attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought. The first paperback editions to be published cover the heart of the New Testament, providing a wealth of information and research in accessible and attractive format.


Ecclesiastes

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The Practical Pocket Commentary

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Self Designations And Group Identity In The New Testament

Author by : Paul Trebilco
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Description : What terms would early Christians have used to address one another? In the first book-length study on this topic, Paul Trebilco investigates the origin, use and function of seven key self-designations: 'brothers and sisters', 'believers', 'saints', 'the assembly', 'disciples', 'the Way', and 'Christian'. In doing so, he discovers what they reveal about the identity, self-understanding and character of the early Christian movement. This study sheds light on the theology of particular New Testament authors and on the relationship of early Christian authors and communities to the Old Testament and to the wider context of the Greco-Roman world. Trebilco's writing is informed by other work in the area of sociolinguistics on the development of self-designations and labels and provides a fascinating insight into this often neglected topic.


Romans 7

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Description : This Romans 7 1 Bible Verse Notebook / Journal (New International Version) makes an excellent Birthday, School, Graduation or Christmas gift for any Christian and Bible Verse Lover. It is 7x10 inches and has 109 blank pages.


Salvation Clear And Plain

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Description : What is salvation? What Does Salvation Include? First, there's full, complete, and eternal pardon for every sin. That's wonderful, but that's only part of it. God also freely gives everlasting life, mansions in the skies, adoption into His family, communion with Himself, rewards for service, and in fact "all things" to those whom He saves. That is such good news, because everyone desperately needs to be saved. All have sinned and deserve punishment. There is not one single person in the whole world free from sin. This includes you too. But there is salvation! And there is salvation for you! That's what you'll find explained in this booklet. While the way of salvation should be clear and plain, unfortunately there is confusion in the minds of millions as to how to be saved. Multitudes are trying to be saved in their own way while ignoring God's perfect way. To miss God's way is to perish eternally. How marvelous that the God of the Ages should have a way for us! He has looked after all the details. There is nothing left out. His way is complete, foolproof--perfect. It's so important that you know God's way. The following pages use sharp contrasts to explain God's way of saving sinners. Read them with an open mind and an open heart. Not Your Work for God, but God's Work for You! The truth simply is this: It just isn't possible for you to be saved by what you do for God. If you are of good moral character, that will not help. You may be educated, gifted, wealthy, successful, respectable, honored, but God accepts nothing in return for the gift of salvation. Good deeds can't purchase pardon either. Not giving money to worthy causes, not volunteering for charities. You may do the very best you can, but the works of men's hands can never merit salvation. "He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy" (Titus 3:5). "We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment" (Isaiah 64:6). What then? How can one be saved? Listen carefully: The essence of salvation is that it's God's work for you. It's all provided for. The entire price has been paid. It's offered on one simple condition: that you take it as a free gift from God. We couldn't earn it or merit it in a million eternities. Therefore, God freely gives it to us. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9). "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). Not a New Leaf, but a New Life! There are some who have promised God they will do better. Under stress of trouble or sorrow many have sincerely determined to forsake their sins and turn over a new leaf. But this is not the door to salvation. Even if the new leaf were kept unspotted--what about the other soiled days and years? God's salvation is deeper than mere reformation. It's an absolutely new nature. It's a complete reckoning with all the past and an ironclad guarantee for the future. It's not washing of the hands--it's the gift of a new heart. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come" (2 Corinthians 5:17). "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever" (John 4:13, 14). Be assured that God is not interested in patching up your old life. What He wants to do is to give you a completely new nature, part of His own nature. For this new nature is destined to live forever in eternity's heavenly glory. It's completely new, fresh from the hand of our Creator God. "For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation" (Galatians 6:15). "You must be born again" (John 3:7). How can one be saved? Not Going to Church, but Being a Christian! This is so important. It is true that the Church is God's divinely appointed institution in today's world. But salvation is not by the Church. You may attend the services regularly, sing the hymns, listen to the sermons, drop your gifts in the collection basket, join in observance of the Lord's Table, even join the Church--but these things will never save your soul. Don't misunderstand. These things are right and good for all Christians to do, but we're talking about how to become a Christian. Don't mistake church privileges and duties for the door to eternal life. Many people have been saved in church, but not by the Church. Christ alone can save. "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household" (Acts 16:31). It is true that the main duty of the Church is to proclaim Christ and His gospel. But it is Christ and Christ alone who saves. One must have a personal, individual, actual transaction with the risen Son of God. The Church is the body of Christ. But in the matter of salvation, we're saved by the Head. "Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior" (Ephesians 5:23). "He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him" (Hebrews 7:25). Not Keeping the Law, but Love Keeping You! Are you trying to be saved by keeping the law? Do you expect to enter Heaven by the observance of the Ten Commandments? Would you be amazed if you heard that no one in all the world has ever been saved that way? While the law is just, holy, and good, it is not a means of salvation. Its purpose is to show you your inability to be righteous before God. It is a means of condemnation. "For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin" (Romans 3:20). "For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes" (Romans 10:4). "No one is justified before God by the law, for 'The righteous shall live by faith'" (Galatians 3:11). Not in ceremonies and washings, not in keeping the Sabbath, not in refusing to eat certain foods, not in pilgrimages to holy places, not in burning candles, not in paying a tithe of one's income. Salvation is not in these acts. The law condemns (that's its purpose), but Christ saves those whom the law condemns. The law is a mirror to show man's need, but the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin. Salvation is not to be found in "keeping." The Christian is "kept" by God. "The law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith" (Galatians 3:24). "You are not under law but under grace" (Romans 6:14). Not by Water, but by Blood! Baptism in water is one of the two great sacraments of the Christian Church. It is a divinely given ordinance to mark the Christian's inseparable union with Christ in death and resurrection. Never, however, is it a means of salvation. There is no soul-cleansing in water. Sin can only be cleansed by blood. "Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins" (Hebrews 9:22). "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses" (Ephesians 1:7). "You were ransomed... not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ" (1 Peter 1:18- 19). Every Christian ought to be baptized, but not until he or she has been genuinely saved. Baptism is a testimony to the believer's own heart, to the church, and to the world that his or her faith and trust are in the finished work of Christ on the cross. It is a symbol of that change which has already taken place in the Christian's life. "So those who received his word were baptized" (Acts 2:41). "And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized" (Acts 18:8). Not Feeling, but Fact! Some have complained they don't "feel" saved. But salvation must first be a fact before it is a feeling. Never does God work from feeling to faith--always the opposite. Our redemption rests upon the absolute certainty of God's Word, not on our own experience. We are saved on the simple basis of taking God at His word. God offers to sinners all the benefits of incomparable salvation on the one condition that we believe Him. At the moment we reach out by faith and trust in God, all the things which God has promised become eternally true. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). "But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12). Feeling will come in time. As you grow in your faith you will begin to "feel" saved. Christ will become more real, and prayer and Bible reading more blessed. But entering the Christian life is different. This step is taken not on the quicksands of uncertain feeling, but on the surety of the Rock of Ages, Christ Jesus. "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me'" (John 14:6). "'What must I do to be saved?' And they said, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household'" (Acts 16:30-31). Not Trying, but Trusting! Suppose you try to do the best you can. Is that enough? Suppose you strive to make your life upright and exemplary. Suppose you endeavor to perform noble deeds. Let's say your motives are high and unselfish. Will you be surprised to hear that God simply does not save on the basis of man's trying? God's standard of life is absolute perfection. He will never receive anything short of that. No one will ever be in Heaven except those who fully qualify here. And the truth is that only one Person in all the world ever lived an absolutely sinless life--Christ. All else have terribly failed. If salvation were by trying, no one would ever be saved! "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). "He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy" (Titus 3:5). "For by grace you have been saved through faith...not a result of works" (Ephesians 2:8-9). The heart of salvation is substitution. Christ took our place. He lived perfectly, never sinned, and when He died, He died for us. He became our substitute. He takes our sins; we take his righteousness. Thus we can stand before God clothed in robes of perfect righteousness by simply trusting in the finished work of Christ. That's the good news of the gospel. "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness" (1 Peter 2:24). Not by Our Methods, but God's Miracle! Methods employed in gospel meetings are intended to be an aid to the sinner's acceptance of Christ. But the methods in themselves are not a basis for salvation. Raising one's hand for prayer, going forward to the altar, signing a card, or shaking the hand of the evangelist may help in the all-important decision, but there is no salvation until the sinner meets the Savior. Saving your guilty soul is God's greatest miracle. For in doing so, He righteously removes your sin and in all justice pardons your guilt. No one in all of time or eternity can ever question the validity of your redemption. But the key to the entire matter is the sacrifice of Christ. To trust anything but Him is to entirely miss the mark. "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life" (John 3:36). "Whoever comes to me I will never cast out" (John 6:37). "You search the Scriptures because you think in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life" (John 5:39, 40). There is nothing wrong with methods if they point to Christ. The danger lies when it is not clearly explained that not only must you raise your hand, but you must open your heart. Not only must you come forward to the altar, but you must come to Christ. Shaking the hand of the evangelist must indicate that you forever place your hand, heart, and life in the pierced hands of the Savior. For it is when the guilty sinner meets the Savior of sinners that God's mighty miracle takes place. Not Head Knowledge, but Heart Belief! Some have argued that they have always accepted Christ. But you don't believe in Christ like you believe in Julius Caesar or George Washington. Christ must become to you more than a mere figure of history. When you receive Him it must be with more than intellectual assent. To be saved, Christ must be the greatest, nearest, and dearest Person in your life. It is true that Jesus Christ is the greatest Man in history. But He is more than that--He is the God-Man. It is also a fact that He lived a life of wonderful example. But that isn't enough either. His life was absolutely, sinlessly perfect. You may accept the truth that He died innocently and sacrificially, but until you see that He died for you, personally, you cannot know salvation. "And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). "He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3). Please understand that salvation is never yours on the basis of your acknowledgment of the Jesus of history. To be saved, one must personally receive the Christ of Calvary. You must place your entire trust and faith in Him. Not Your Anything, but God's Everything! Sincerity does not constitute salvation. The man who is sincere yet wrong is just as lost as the hypocrite. God demands that you be both sincere and right to be saved. To depend upon sincerity is to die in your sins. Nor is repentance synonymous with salvation. Repentance is sorrow for sin and often leads to salvation. But it is never enough to be sorry for sin. Tears will never cleanse a guilty heart. Only Christ's blood can do this. Being under conviction is not salvation. Conviction of heart is often God-sent and may lead one to the realization of his or her desperate need. In this way conviction may become an arrow pointing to Christ, but salvation takes place when the convicted one rests his all in an all-sufficient Christ. Nor is confession of sin salvation. Confession is a healthful exercise and can lead to the blessed experience of having your transgressions pardoned. But confession of sin must lead to a definite, actual, personal trust in the crucified and risen Christ before salvation occurs. Denial of sin will not change the fact, nor a routine affirmation of the goodness of God. It is true that God is love, but God is also righteous, just, pure, and holy. And God hates sin with a holy hatred. No sinner can ever stand in His presence. Thus the necessity of the acceptance of the sinner's substitute, Christ. By Him sin is forever banished, and the sinner is forever saved. Salvation is Christ, receiving Him in your heart. With Him you're saved. Without Him you're lost. What does salvation mean for me? Salvation--Clear and Plain What then is our part in salvation? If being saved is God's miracle, if Christ has fully paid the price, what does the sinner need to do in order to receive the incomparable benefits of salvation? Here is God's truth. The whole matter of our responsibility has been gathered into one all-inclusive term--we are told to "believe." We are to believe God. Believe what He has said about us, that we're hopelessly lost in trespasses and sins. Believe what He has said about His own dear Son, that He is abundantly able to save to the uttermost. We are to believe so completely that we gladly rest our life and our eternal destiny on the Word of God. Believe means to receive. Salvation is so great and costly it could never be earned. So God freely offers it to guilty sinners as a gift. We believe, when by faith, we reach out and take it. Believe means to trust. Trust our past, present, and future to Christ. Surely He is worthy of our trust. Everything that comes into our lives is to be entrusted to Him. Believe means to accept. To open the door of your entire being and invite the Lord Jesus to enter. To take Him for a blessed and wonderful Companion all the days. Believe means to turn. To turn from following your own will and way to following God's will and way. To turn from seeking your own advancement to advancing the cause of Christ. Believe means to rely. To depend upon the Lord Jesus for every need. To find Him abundantly able to meet every problem. To have Him as your very own. Salvation--for YOU! Are you ready to believe? Are you willing for God to accomplish in your heart the miracle of the new birth? Will you here and now trust the peerless Christ? Will you open the door of your heart and receive Him--forever? God is ready to receive you. And here is the basis of your approach to Him: You are a lost sinner, worthy of death and under the condemnation of a righteous God. But Christ has died, not only for the sins of the world, but for your sins. And God freely offers to forgive all your sins and gladly bring you into His family if you will receive His dear Son. "But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12). Now why don't you go to a place where you can be alone, get on your knees before God, and pray this simple prayer: Dear God, I come to You as a lost sinner, for Your Word says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But I thank You that Christ died for me, and that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. I come to You believing in Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and receiving Him into my heart. According to Your Word, cleanse me from all my sins and make me Your child. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.


100 Days Of Valor

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Description : Welcome everyone, to WheneverTwo!(tm) We Say. We Pray. Together. Today. With passages selected from the 'Trials, Bravery, Scripture, Comfort, Conduct,Salvation, Love, Evangelism, Strength, Calling, and Identity' WE2 Chapters. this daily devotional is designed for Christians who would seek to stand tall, strong and straight, defending the gospel and defending the Church in all places, on all battlefields, with all means of love, honor, gallantry, bravery and valor. Together as brothers and sisters we become strong and victorious, no longer shying from adversity or sacrifice, facing our fears, defeating the cowardice within us, and defending those of us who cannot defend themselves, for love. For the glory of the gospel with "100 Days Of Valor" we stand strong, firm and clear, resolved and resolute in the face of spiritual opposition and torment, yet together we stay strong and we stay together. Now Christian Warriors of all kinds can come together in any battlefield, sharing straight-forward truth and discussing the meaning of strength and honor by using the included 'WE2 KeyWords' the sometimes dangerous implications and the joyous rewards of what it means to be a Soldier Of The Christ. The Calendar Series is for people who want to focus on one devotion per day, based around a specialized topic of interest to them. For the Calendar Series we not only recite the declaration of the day but we pay attention to the key words highlighted in it. We talk together about what the keywords mean to us and how to apply them, then we pray it out to God. Let us then stand together as one in the faith, declaring aloud what we believe, where we are, where we live, together. WheneverTwo has made this a reality, turning 637 of our most-loved scripture passages into a library of 1,274 group prayers and affirmations. WheneverTwo(tm) is for life. This eternal-value work makes for a very unique, meaningful and long-lasting birthday, Christmas or Easter gift for people whom you love. These books can be used over and over again, for-ever and ever. Amen. Psalm 145:14, 1 Chronicles 28:20, 2 Timothy 1:7-9, Romans 1:16-17, Zechariah 4:6, Psalm 91:1-7, Deuteronomy 30:7-9, Hebrews 12:1, Ephesians 3:14-17, Philippians 4:13, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Psalm 27:1-3, Daniel 10:12, Proverbs 30:5, 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Exodus 14:13, Matthew 28:18-20, John 15:13, Psalm 16:8, Psalm 112:6-8, Zechariah 4:6, Psalm 121:2-8, Isaiah 43:1-2, 1 Peter 5:8-10, Exodus 14:13-14, Acts 18:9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:53-58, Romans 8:15-17, Isaiah 43:1-4, Psalm 55:16-17, Ephesians 6:12, 2 Chronicles 20:12-20, Isaiah 40:29-31, James 4:7, Ephesians 6:10-12, Isaiah 6:8-9, Psalm 18:1-2, 2 Chronicles 32:6-8, 2 Chronicles 20:15, Philippians 2:12-13, Isaiah 40:28-31, Romans 8:1, Habakkuk 3:19, Jeremiah 20:9, 1 Corinthians 3:11-15, 1 John 5:4, Leviticus 26:8, Proverbs 2:1-11, Malachi 3:5, Mark 1:34, Joshua 1:9, 2 Timothy 1:7, Psalm 50:15, Luke 4:1-13, Psalm 84:11, 1 Corinthians 16:9, Psalm 145:14, 2 Samuel 22:40, Psalm 46:1-3, James 4:6-10, 2 Timothy 2:3, Romans 13:12-14, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 45:2-3, Deuteronomy 10:12-19, Psalm 44:4-7, Joshua 23:10, Joel 2:28, 1 Corinthians 16:13, Deuteronomy 11:26-28, Isaiah 54:2-3, Psalm 18:29-30, Joshua 1:7, Mark 16:15-18, Isaiah 9:3, Revelation 3:8, Deuteronomy 8:18, 1 Timothy 6:12, Psalm 91:9-16, Psalm 15:1-5, Nahum 1:7, Ephesians 6:13, Proverbs 2:6-8, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, 2 Thessalonians 1:4, Acts 4:29-31, 1 Samuel 2:9, Joshua 1:9, Proverbs 21:31, James 1:25, Psalm 18:32-36, Psalm 23:4, 1 Peter 1:6-7, Romans 5:8, Joshua 10:25, Revelation 12:10, Proverbs 22:29, Psalm 33:16-22, Matthew 6:24, 2 Timothy 2:11-13, Jude 1:24-25, Ephesians 6:10-20. We Say. We Pray. Together. Today. Share Bravery. Share Faith. Share Love. Share WheneverTwo.(tm)


One Thinking

Author by : Aeon Downey
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Description : I AM THAT I AM. I am The LORD Jesus Christ who was born of blood and water through a chosen virgin. I am Jesus who was crucified, died, and risen from the grave. I am alive forever and I have the keys. I have the power to forgive sins. I AM GOD alone and there is none else. Therefore, by my name, I forgive you of all your sins. You are forgiven. I love you, and nothing or anyone will never change the truth that I am love. Know in your heart right now, that I Jesus love you, accept you, and forgive you. Believe and receive my mercy which endureth forever. By my mercy, grace, and goodness you are forgiven. It does not matter what you have done, who you did it to, who you did it with, how dark the deed, or how many times you have done it. All that matters right now is that you believe in me, The LORD God. It is I, the Holy One of Israel who forgives you of all your wrongs, sins, and shortcomings. You will never be able to "work your way into heaven, work your way into eternal life, or work your sins away." You enter into my rest only by my Son, Jesus Christ whom I sent to earth to be the atonement Lamb in your place. My Word and blood shed upon the cross at Calvary, Jerusalem is washing over you right now and cleansing you; making you right with me, thus making peace with me the Father. Know and understand that it is I, the Holy Spirit who will keep you in my grace because I live and dwell in you when you believe in me. Trust in me the LORD God. I am meek and think good thoughts towards you whom I love, accept, and forgive. Come unto me, and I will give your thirsty souls rest. 1 John 2:12.; Daniel 9:9; Luke 7:47-48; Ephesians 4:32; Matthew 6:12-15; 2 Corinthians 2:7; Colossians 2:13 and Colossians 3:13; 2 Chronicles 714; Psalm 130:4; Psalm 86:5; Psalm 32:1; Romans 4:7; Luke 6:37; and Ephesians 1:7.


Nlt Life Application Study Bible Third Edition Leatherlike Black Onyx

Author by : Tyndale
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Description : Trusted & Treasured by Millions of Readers over 30 years, the Life Application(R) Study Bible Is Today's #1-Selling Study Bible Now it has been thoroughly updated and expanded, offering even more relevant insights for understanding and applying God's Word to everyday life in today's world. Discover How You Can Apply the Bible to Your Life Today With a fresh two-color interior design and meaningfully updated study notes and features, this Bible will help you understand God's Word better than ever. It answers the real-life questions that you may have and provides you practical yet powerful ways to apply the Bible to your life every day. Study the stories and teachings of the Bible with verse-by-verse commentary. Gain wisdom from people in the Bible by exploring their accomplishments and learning from their mistakes. Survey the big picture of each book through overviews, vital statistics, outlines, and timelines, and grasp difficult concepts using in-text maps, charts, and diagrams--all to help you do life God's way, every day. Features: (Enhanced, updated, and with new content added throughout) Now more than 10,000 Life Application(R) notes and features Over 100 Life Application(R) profiles of key Bible people Introductions and overviews for each book of the Bible More than 500 maps & charts placed for quick reference Dictionary/concordance Extensive side-column cross-reference system to facilitate deeper study Life Application(R) index to notes, charts, maps, and profiles Refreshed design with a second color for visual clarity 16 pages of full-color maps Quality Smyth-sewn binding--durable, made for frequent use, and lays flat when open Presentation page Single-column format Christian Worker's Resource, a special supplement to enhance the reader's ministry effectiveness Full text of the Holy Bible, New Living Translation (NLT), combining the latest biblical scholarship with clear, natural English


The Bible Treasury

Author by : W. J. Hocking
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Publisher by : Irving Risch
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Description : The Waters of Bethlehem "Return unto Me" Scripture Queries and Answers "A still small voice" Jonathan "An House of Cedar" The Power of Prayer Neglect of the Reading Meeting Our Living Lord Christ, the Living Bread The Word of God: How Do You Read It? Association with Christ The Pursuit of the Christian Ideal Step By Step on the Way of Faith Divine Comfort "The God of hope" Philadelphia and the Prospect Today The Present War Notes of an Address on Hosea 7: 8-16 "Peace on earth" - "Peace in heaven" "Heavenly springs"; or, Ever New Notes of an address on 1 Thessalonians 5: 23 A Voice out of Seir The Transfiguration After Man's Day Notes of a reading on Romans 1-7 Principles of God's Intervention "Lest ye faint" The Salvation of God Denying Self and Taking the Cross. Salvation Possessed and Known Conversion to God The Propitiation for our Sins The War and Prophecy Christ the Propitiatory The Priest to make Propitiation Our Compassionate High Priest "Forgive us our debts," or "sins"


Youthwalk

Author by : Bruce Wilkinson
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Description : A collection of daily devotional readings designed to highlight the grandeur of God's plan for humanity.