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You must be born again. Joh 3:7
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Jo 3:5
Here are some quick references to help understand the five-fold ministry of Jesus Christ. The titles and positions vary from church to church so the references given are for your personal study.
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesian 4:11-13
Apostle - A special messenger sent forth from God to be a special witness of the name of Jesus Christ in all the world, particularly of His divinity and of His bodily resurrection from the dead. One possessing the anointing of Jesus Christ to exercise spiritual gifts and authority to establish the foundation of the church in the earth. Scripture References: I Cor 9:1-5; Acts 1:21-22; Rom 1:5; Gal 2:8; Mk 10:2; Lk 6:13; II Cor 12:12 - Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
Luke 6:13 - And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles.
Prophet - Minister who speaks divinely inspired revelations, foretells future events, who speaks for God by divine inspiration to restore back to order the lives of God’s people. Scripture References: Deu 18:18; Jer. 1:10; Amos 3:7-8; Jo 4:19; Lk 11:49, Mk 6:4
Deu 18:18 - I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
Evangelist - Minister who goes out into the highways and hedges to compel them to come in, preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ to convert to Christianity. Scripture References: II Tim 4:2-5; Acts 21:8; III Joh 5-8
II Tim 4:2-5 - Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Pastor and Teacher - Minister of Jesus Christ with direct senior oversight of the local congregation to provide spiritual instruction and care for believers in the church of Jesus Christ. Scripture References: Jer. 3:15; Jer 23:2, 4; Ps. 23:2, Matt 10:1; Jo 10:1, 16
Jeremiah 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
While the office of apostle may walk in any of these gifts temporarily from time to time, these are individual offices held by several individual ministers empowered with an office or gifting by Christ. When these individual ministers and gifts come together in agreement,. they authenticate the Spirit of Christ (Mt 18:16-20; I Cor 12:12-31).
1Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
Christ walked in all these giftings simultaneously and served as prophet, priest and king, fulfilling the Godhead bodily (Col 2:9). When the members of the body of Christ possessing all these offices and gifts come together in the House of God, we enjoy the fullness of Christ (Eph. 1:23).
God loves everyone regardless of physical or spiritual conditions. We are all called to become a part of the body of Christ and the body of Christ is one family. We must accept Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross to become part of this great family of God; and when we do, we must respond to His great love for us. Each of us is called and destined with purpose to do something. This ministry is about the call of God on my life to reveal to others what He has shown me. The expression of this call has been both verbal and written as I have spoken and written what I have heard God speak to my heart out of His word and from the Spirit. The call upon my life is a prophetic one that some may not find agreement with due to their religious teachings or church doctrine but I challenge you to read the word for yourself (Deuteronomy 18:15/Joel 2:28/Ephesian 4:11-12/I Cor 14:5) and see that God is still the same yesterday, today and forever.
Though God has always preferred to speak to us one on one, there are times when the message must come through a servant called for that purpose because of the dullness of the people's ears. Prophets are a gift to the people that will hear them because they have been schooled under the Spirit of God to speak what God sends. And this, as all messages received from God's messengers, must agree with the written Word of God to be validated as truth from God.
Any message from God has the ultimate purpose of leading the people closer to Himself. As people realize how faithful and good God is, they are drawn to His great love for them. God's message to us is that He loves us and wants to bless us with more of Himself. But when the people fall away from God, He uses this gift to speak to the people and remind them of God's great love for them and that He invites them back to His bosom. It is God, Himself, that will validate His true servant and expose the false ones at the appropriate time. So I do not take lightly the call of God on my life nor am I so presumptive as to speak my own words for God. My respect and my godly fear provides a boundary where I am happy to stay within while I seek to obey God.
Have your ever heard the expression: “It’s a gray area”? It means that something is difficult to define within a category or rule. That may indeed be the case when referring to colors neither purely blue nor green; neither black nor white, etc. But when it comes to truth, there is no gray area. One plus one still equals two, not 2.25 or 2.5, just two. Some things are universally accepted truth, an exact science. A matter is either true or not. If it is not true, then it is false. Some things have no gray area. If you are connecting a car battery, it makes a difference whether the post is positive or negative.
Things used to be simpler, more direct or specific. But today we have what are called gray areas: a person may not want to be considered male or female. In simpler days, this was not a gray area; either you were or were not. Ethical codes have changed too. In this new culture, some things are said to be neither right nor wrong; they are either politically right or politically wrong. It is a cultural expression; but does it change the true essence of right and wrong?
In America, we have gone from political correctness to political corruption. Political correctness put us on a sliding scale that slid progressively into what was obviously wrong without consequence or complaint. The conscience had become silenced to speaking out about things that were controversial and put into a numbness that fell into a deep sleep about speaking up at all. People that once practiced doing right were told they were wrong or inconsequential so they stopped speaking up. That, of course, made more room to fill up the void with what was actually wrong until it became the norm or status quo.
In American politics, the two political parties of democrats and republicans, liberals or conservatives, the left or right, were based on the political view of issues. The Republican Party, party of Lincoln, the “Right,” the party that sided against slavery in the south during the Civil War to set blacks free; had always been seen as the “moral” party or religious right. However, the Republican Party of today fights against the rights of blacks, immigrants and the poor; positions that oppose biblical guidelines. The Democrats now have a more supportive position for blacks, immigrants and the poor. The political party positions are still evolving and it can be difficult to decide which party to support. Children born within the last several decades cannot depend on parents, church or the law to be the final authority on right or wrong because core values have changed substantially.
We have arrived at an alternate reality where what used to be wrong is now right and what was right is now wrong. There is no longer a general standard for judging anyone anymore because the foundation of our laws was founded on the moral value system derived from the Ten Commandments and Christian faith. With the rejection of the Ten Commandments and the bible as guides, there is no way to measure wrong or right; and anything and everything is rated by public opinion.
We live in an alternate reality now where things are spewed in the wrong direction and there is no way to turn it around based on its present trajectory. The bible tells of a time when every man did what was right in his own eyes (Jdg 17:6). “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts (Pro 21:2). Fortunately there are still some people around who are old enough to remember when things were normal and are bold enough to speak out. Those of us left from prior generations know the results of the present course because we have seen it before. Some of us are old enough to remember or have heard about the Stalin and Hitlers of former generations that were determined to have things their way. We know they got started by silencing the objections of those that knew better. We saw that regardless of how determined and powerful they were in their day, they were overthrown by a greater force than they. They failed to figure in that there is a “Right” that never changes and that will always overthrow the wrong in the end.
Many of today’s strong voices are discounting the power of a Righteous God, Who is still in control. Like some old folks who stand back in silence and watch for the change because they have seen it before; there is a God that watches and waits for His time to speak. He waits to see if anyone will stand up against wrong before He intervenes. Time is witness that He will eventually speak to all those that defy Him and their names too will be recorded in history books along with the Stalins and Hitlers of the past who fell to the righteous power of God. The “all-powerful” Pharaoh of Egypt, who declared that he was a god, had to bow his knee to the True God of heaven, who brought down Pharaoh’s kingdom.
In times of moral quietness, when people are afraid to speak up for what is right; there is a boldness that comes to the wicked that causes them to believe they can do anything and get away with it. There is little resistance to their assumption of power. They project evil and command others to follow. The land seems overtaken by the wicked with little hope of help. The people mourn and feel hopeless. It seems as if the wicked will prevail and overthrow every ounce of good. But there is a word that God has sown in the earth.
When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever: Psa 92:7
There is another word that God speaks to those that mourn at the wickedness in the earth while they wait on Him.
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Psa 37:1-2
For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. Psa 37:9
When it seems wickedness has taken over; it is just a sign of God allowing the wicked time to seal its own fate. Even wicked men are given time to see themselves and repent. God is merciful even to the Sauls (Paul) of the earth who may not realize how wicked they are. Sometimes people cannot determine if a person is good or evil because good and evil deeds are intertwined. Some people may have thought Hitler had pure motives at first but his wickedness eventually blossomed almost too late to save onlookers.
God never changes His concept of right and wrong. When we choose to learn His ways and walk in truth, we will not be confused by the masquerade of wickedness. There is a discerning of good and evil that God gives to His children and they are taught to examine the fruit of a tree to judge what type tree it is from.
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. Mat 7:17
People today seeing evil fruit are calling the tree good. They are foolish and do not know the word of God. We do not have to be deceived at this hour because the Word of God teaches us to discern good from evil and right from wrong. The foolish may fall into deception but the wise will know the truth.
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. Dan 11:32
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Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 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.
Active outreach ministry to those on line and in the community through spreading the gospel message of Jesus Christ. God is not willing that should perish but His would have all to come to the knowledge of truth. this outreach is intended to reach the unsaved and to encourage the saved in a closer walk with the Lord.
THE SALVATION MESSAGE
How Do I Get Saved?
Accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior is the only way to salvation.
I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. Is 43:11
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12
He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household." Acts 16:30
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. I Timothy 2:5
Acknowledge you are a sinner
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Rom 3:23
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Romans 3:11-13
Repent of your sins
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. Acts 3:19
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Come to God through Jesus, Accepting Jesus as Your Savior
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10
Water Baptism and Receive the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Live a sanctified life in fellowship with the Lord and your Christian family
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:41-42
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Heb 12:14
NOW, If you believe in Jesus
In a true heart of repentance pray a prayer similar to this model prayer:
I thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross in my place for the sins I committed. I now repent of all my sins and ask for your forgiveness. I ask Jesus to come into my heart and live forever as Savior of my life. Fill me now with your Holy Spirit so I may live a life pleasing to you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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Child of God,
Know that you already have the victory over the enemy of your soul. You just need to believe it and exercise your rights to liberty. The enemy of your soul will continuously look for opportunities to over come your faith, so you must be fully persuaded and steadfast. Read, commit to memory and meditate on scriptures like those below until your faith is built up and then pray to the Father acknowledging your liberty and victory through Jesus Christ.
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:12-14
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4: 7-10
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 2 Corinthians 2:14
Now praise Him for your victory!
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