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Passion to Make Disciples

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Responding to questions

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Isaiah 55:11 NLT It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize  what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

2 Peter 1:19-21 NLT Because of that experience we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by      the Prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark          place–until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in our hearts.

Above all, you must realize that no prophesy in Scripture ever came from the Prophet’s own understanding,

or from human initiative, No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

How to hear and understand the Gospel 

The LORD Challenges Job

Job 38:1-2 NLT Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind:

“Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?

The LORD Challenges Job Again

Job 40:6-7 NLT Then the LORD answered Job from the whirlwind:

“Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.

Job 42:4-7 NLT You said, ‘Listen and I will speak! I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.’

I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.

I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

Conclusion: The LORD Blessed Job

After the LORD had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has.

Romans 10:14-17 NLT But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe if they have not heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?

And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

But not everyone welcomes the Good News, for Isaiah the prophet said, “LORD, who has believed our message?”

So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Acts 26:17-18 NLT And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the  Gentiles

to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’

Romans 15:4-7 NLT Such things where written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures gives us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.

Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

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Unity in the Body

Ephesians 4:1-10 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg your to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.

For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.

There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,

one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.

However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.

That is why Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people”

Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world.*

And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.

1 Thessalonians 2:9-16 Don’t you remember, dear brothers and sisters, how hard we worked among you? Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that we would not be a burden to any of you as we preached God’s Good News to you.

You yourself are our witnesses –and so is God–that we were devout and honest and faultless toward all of you believers.

And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children.

We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.

Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God–which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe.

And then, dear brothers and sisters, you suffered persecution from you own countrymen. In this way, you imitated the believers in God’s churches in Judea who, because of their belief in Christ Jesus, suffered from their own people, the Jews.

For some of the Jews killed the prophets, and some even killed the Lord Jesus. Now they have persecuted us, too. They fail to please God and work against all humanity

as they try to keep us from preaching the Good News of salvation to the Gentiles. By doing this, they continue to pile up their sins. But the anger of God has caught up with them at last.

Romans 12:4-8 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function,

so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.

If you gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.

If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

1 Corinthians 10:17 And though we are many, we are all eat from the one loaf of bread, showing that we are one body.

One Body with Many Parts

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 The human body has many parts. but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.*

Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.

If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body.

And if the ears says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye.” would that make it any less part of the body.

If the whole body were an eye, how would hear? Or if your whole body was an ear,  how would you smell anything?

But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.

How strange a body would be if it only had one part!

Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.

The eye can never say to the hand,” I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet “I don’t need you,”

In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.

And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen,

while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.

This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.

If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.

Division in the Church

1 Corinthians 1:10-11 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.

For some members  of Chole’s household have told me about your quarrels, my dear brothers and sisters.

The Danger of False Teachers

Jude Verses 3-5 Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.

I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

So I want to remind you, though you already know these things, that Jesus first rescued the nation of Israel from Egypt, but later he destroyed those who did not remain faithful.

Malachi 2:8-10 But you priests have left God’s paths. Your instructions have cause many to stumble into sin. You have corrupted  the covenant I made with the Levites.” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

So I have made you despised and humiliated in the eyes of all the people. For you have not obeyed me but have shown favoritism in the way you carry out my instructions.

A Call to Faithfulness

Are we all not children of the same Father? Are we not all created by the same God? Then why do we betray each other, violating the covenant of our ancestors?