STUDIES FROM BRETHREN IN CHRIST

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9/25/2010 ~ Real Relationship


REAL CHRISTIANS
REAL LOVE (FOR ONE ANOTHER)
REAL KNOWLEDGE
REAL CHANGE
REAL FAITH
REAL FEAR
REAL RELATIONSHIP

GODíS VIEW OF MANKIND

  1. Love

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." ~ John 3:16


... God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ... ~ Romans 5:6-10


  2. Jealous

"... I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, ..." ~ Exodus 20:5

... "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"? ~ James 4:4-5

  3. Knows our needs

"... your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him."
~ Matthew 6:8


  4. Knows and values us

"... the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore;
you are of more value than many sparrows." ~ Luke 12:6-7


  5. Hears us

... God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant
with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. ... ~ Exodus 2:23-25


... have heard their cry because of their taskmasters,
for I know their sorrows. ... ~ Exodus 3:7-9


  6. Cares about us

... casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. ~ 1st Peter 5:6-7

  7. Compassion

... should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one
hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern ... ~ Jonah 4:10-11


... that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. ~ James 5:11

... He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary
and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. ~ Matthew 9:36


... He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
~ Matthew 14:14


... "I have compassion on the multitude, ..." ~ Matthew 15:32

So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. ... ~ Matthew 20:34

  8. Gives what is good

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and comes down from the Father of lights, ... ~ James 1:17


  9. Blesses

"... He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good,
and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." ~ Matthew 5:45


10. Welcomes

"... every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness
is accepted by Him." ~ Acts 10:34-35


WHAT GOD WANTS FROM US

Seek and grope

... in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, ... ~ Acts 17:27

Be His people

... His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him
who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; ... ~ 1st Peter 2:9-10


Be His children

He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. ~ John 1:11

... but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out,
"Abba, Father." ~ Romans 8:15


Be united with Him

... Abide in Me, and I in you. ... ~ John 15:1-11

... that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You;
that they also may be one in Us, ... ~ John 17:20-26


Be with Him

"... I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am,
there you may be also. ..." ~ John 14:1-4


... "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes
to the Father except through Me." ~ John 14:6


"Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me
may be with Me where I am, ..." ~ John 17:24


Love Him

'... you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
with all your mind, and with all your strength.' ~ Mark 12:28-30


Be His friend

"You are My friends if you do whatever I command you." ~ John 15:14

... When He saw their faith, He said to him, "Man, your sins are forgiven you."
~ Luke 5:20


"The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say,
Look, a glutton and a winebibber, ... ~ Luke 7:34


... My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body,
and after that have no more that they can do." ~ Luke 12:4


Jesus said to him, "Friend, why have you come?" ... ~ Matthew 26:50

Personal relationship with God

  IS CHRISTIANITY A  
RELIGION
OR A
RELATIONSHIP?

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP REVEALED

Real Obedience

"If you love Me, keep My commandments." ~ John 14:15

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. ... ~ 1st John 5:3

REAL OBEDIENCE

How is love-motivated obedience different?
↙ Eager ↘
Not minimalist


... be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 15:58


... that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for
Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. ~ Titus 2:14


... "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven."
~ Matthew 18:21-22


... And His commandments are not burdensome. ~ 1st John 5:3

Do you love your time more than God?
Do you love your comfort more than God?
Do you love your way more than God?


PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP REVEALED
↙   ↘
Real Obedience

"If you love Me, keep My commandments." ~ John 14:15

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.
And His commandments are not burdensome. ~ 1st John 5:3


Not afraid

... There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear,
because fear involves torment. ... ~ 1st John 4:16-18


Prayer

... pray without ceasing, ... ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:17

Self motivated

Peter said to Him, "Even if all are made to stumble, yet I will not be."
~ Mark 14:29


... choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, ... ~ Joshua 24:15

Glorifying God

... that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom
belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~ 1st Peter 4:11


Listening only to God

Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world
makes himself an enemy of God. ~ James 4:4





HOW DO I BECOME A REAL CHRISTIAN?

... Believe ...

... believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, ...
~ Romans 10:9-10


Confess
↙   ↘

... if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus ... ~ Romans 10:9-10

Repent
↓ ↓

... "Repent, ..." ~ Acts 2:38

Be Baptized
↓   ↑

"... and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins; ..." ~ Acts 2:38


... make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ... ~ Matthew 28:19


For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
~ Galatians 3:27


... now saves us - baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh,
but the answer of a good conscience toward God), ... ~ 1st Peter 3:21


etc.

This is just the beginning:
HEAR Romans 10:17
BELIEVE John 8:24
REPENT Luke 13:3
CONFESS Mathew 10:32-33
BAPTIZED Acts 2:38

A REAL RELATIONSHIP PUTS
GOD ON YOUR HEART ALWAYS.


I would like to deeply thank my dear brother and friend in Christ, Jared Hagan.



 

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