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2/24/2008 ~ Why am I a member of the church of
                  Christ?



Why am I a Christian?
Why am I in Christ?
Why am I in the church of Christ?


It is not because of religion but faith.

And this is the promise that He has promised us - eternal life. ~ 1st John 2:25

JESUS CHRIST = ETERNAL LIFE

1. For the promise of what this world can not offer. 

... things which are seen are temporary,
but the things which are not seen are eternal. ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:17-18


All that miss realizing Christ are miserable in temporary situations.

... having been justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ, ... ~ Romans 5:1


2. To be free of guilt.                                                 

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say rejoice! ... ~ Philippians 4:4-5

4. To put trust and control in God.                             

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,
with thanksgiving, ... ~ Philippians 4:6


5. Not to place emphasis on the frantic world.           

... and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:7


   6. In the midst of raging human storms, to have peace.

... He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
... ~ Matthew 8:24-26


"For where two or three are gathered together in My name,
I am there in the midst of them." ~ Matthew 18:20


Peace among one another.
└─> Into eternity.               


... we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand,
and rejoice in hope ... ~ Romans 5:1-2


7. For the gift of His grace.                                         

In Christ we glorify God.
            └─> Makes God look better.

Sin beats us up and not only makes us look and feel bad
... but defeats God's purpose.
We need to transform ourselves away from sin.


... glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
and perseverance, character; and character, hope. ... ~ Romans 5:3-5


For the glory of God we endure.
~ Hard things in life make you good.
Caring with conscience can be hard but produces patience holding hope.


... the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit
who was given to us. ~ Romans 5:5


8. To be loved eternally.                                             

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Can you open your HEART and love as Jesus did?
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"... whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."
~ John 3:14-15


Who would you die for? - For a poor man? - Or a rich man?

WILL WORK
FOR FOOD
  WILL REBUKE
FOR FOOD
 

   

 

A questionable character?         An unemployed preacher?

... Christ died for the ungodly. ... ~ Romans 5:6-7
                 └─> All of us.

... we shall be saved by His life. ... ~ Romans 5:8-11
             └─> We were all the bad people.

... 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men ...' ~ Luke 18:11
An ounce of pride leads to a pound of condemnation. <─┘                             

God wants us saved, an incomparable love.
A love you canít find except through Jesus. <─┘     

9. Because God loves me and sent His Son for me.      

~ I can be redeemed and have fellowship with God.


... if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:17

Christ is the essential core of what God wants us to be.

TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD

TO LOVE GOD MORE THAN MYSELF



 

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