The Power to Overcome the World: The Love and Joy

 

2 Peter 2:7-8 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the immoral conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, vexed his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds).

Eph. 3:17-19 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

1 John 3:8 …For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers forcefulness, and the fierce take it by force.

Col. 1:29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

1Thes. 5:17 pray without ceasing.

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will quicken your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Mark 16:15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature….17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons… they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Wednesday Night Service

Join us this Wednesday for our evening service at 7:00 p.m. in the church building with a modified format as we continue the men’s and women’s Bible studies for two more weeks.

 

 

And Sunday Night Service

Sunday 6:00 PM

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The Cross and A Burning Heart

How to Reverse the Perishing Force of the Enemy

 

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Ephesians 1:19-21 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

Hebrews 10:25 Do not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Luke 24:13-32 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. …15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. … 28 Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. 30 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32 And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

And Sunday Night Service

Sunday 6:00 PM

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Abundant Life Community Church  682-498-3031113 N. Cleburne, Granbury.

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FLST 301 Final

Full Life School of Theology Final Exam

I.

 

A.    Who did the following?
1.    Wrote the book of Acts?
2.    Appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration?
3.    Was the High Priest that directed Christ’s execution?
4.    Saw the valley of dry bones?
5.    Led the Israelites into the promised land?
6.    Was rebuked by Paul for refusing to eat with Gentiles?

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7. Pilates wife had alarming dream about Jesus and she warned her husbandTF

8. Even today, Jesus has nail scars on His body in HeavenTF

9. The ugliness of the crucifixion was one reason God had Jesus die on the cross –in order to point to propitiation TF

10. The Old Testament never reveals Jesus in its pagesTF

 

B.    Bible geography
11.    God gave Moses the Ten CommandmentsTF
12.    Who was the first Martyr?
13.    Elijah had a confrontation with the prophets of BaalTF
14.    Believers were first called “Christians” at?
15.    The river Jesus was baptized in?
16.    The walls of the city collapsed after the Israelites marched around it?
17.    The hill where Jesus was crucified?
18.    The place where the Temple was built?
19.    The place where Paul was heading when he was blinded on the road?
20.    The island where John wrote the Book of Revelation?

C.    True or False?
21.    Peter visits Cornelius where he learns that God accepts Jews and Gentiles?
22.    Paul rebuked Peter for treating the Gentiles differently than the Jewish Christians?
23.    Israel worshiped a golden calf?
24.    The story of Joseph had his brothers sell him into slavery because they were jealous?
25.    Aaron was always faithful to God?
26.    Elijah never had doubts?
27.    John the Baptist was completely faithful and never wavered?
28.    The words “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” are in Psalm 22?
29.    A prophet read the writing on the wall?
30.    The Magi visit the new born baby Jesus?

D.    True or False
31.    God gives the Ten Commandments to Elijah?
32.    The call of Abram was to conquer Rome?
33.    The Sermon on the Mount was given by Jesus in Matthew?
34.    The Great Commission is to preach the gospel to the world and make disciples?
35.    The Holy Spirit came upon the disciples in wind, fire, and tongues?
36.    Just as Adam was the head of the old humanity, Christ is the head of the new: “Just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous”?
37.    But these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  And the greatest of these is love?
38.    Unless a man is born again he cannot see the kingdom of heaven?
39.    Satan bound for a thousand years in the Book of Revelation?
40.    Isaiah predicted the Virgin Birth?

E.    Give the main theme of the following Bible books
41.    Genesis
42.    Isaiah
43.    Romans
44.    Psalm
45.    Hebrews
46.    Acts
47.    John
48.    Revelation
49.    Luke
50.    Exodus

F.    Who said the following?
51.    God so loved the world.
52.    What is truth?
53.    I was in the Sprit on the Lord’s Day.
54.    O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
55.    Rejoice again I say rejoice.
56.    I am the Alpha and Omega.
57.    He must increase; I must decrease.
58.    He who has no sin throw the first stone.
59.    I know my Redeemer lives and that in the end he will stand upon the earth?
60.    Who are you Lord?

 

 

II.

 

G.    If you encountered the following error, to which book would you turn for help?  Choose the book in the Bible that best addresses the error. 
61.    ”As long as you believe the right things, it doesn’t matter how you live your life.”
62.    ”I’m sure I don’t have any spiritual gifts.  Only special people do.”
63.    ”We are saved by Jesus, but we also have to do our part by obeying the law of the Old Testament.”
64.    ”If you are sick, you can pray but God would never heal you.”
65.    ”God doesn’t care about preaching the Gospel.”
66.    ”I know God will not justify a wicked man.”
67.    ”Jesus is not coming back.”
68.    ”There’s nothing special about Jesus.  He’s not God or the logos.”
69.    ”The best way to get to heaven is by doing good works.”
70.    ”The Bible doesn’t say anything about being born again.”

H.    Arrange the following events in proper chronological order.

a.    The giving of the Law
b.    The atoning death of Christ
c.    Malachi prophesies
d.    The promise to Abraham
e.    creation and fall
f.    Pentecost
g.    Exile in Babylon
h.    David is King over Israel
i.    Paul is shipwrecked

I.    Match the verse with the doctrine it best supports.  Each doctrine from the list will be used only once: providence, atonement, election, justification, immutability, sanctification, inspiration, deity of Christ, Trinity, total depravity
81.    Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. 1 Peter 1:15
82.    God demonstrated his love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
83.    What you meant for evil, God meant for good.  Genesis 50:20
84.    He chose us in him before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4
85.    I the Lord do not change.  Malachi 3:6
86.    Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not count against him. Romans 4:8
87.    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1.
88.    Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
89.    For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.  2 Peter 1:21
90.    There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.  Romans 3:10-11

 

J.    In which Old Testament book would you find the following Messianic prophecies?  Books may be used more than once.
91.    The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
92.    He would crush the head of the serpent.
93.    He would come riding on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
94.    Born of a virgin.
95.    His death on the Cross.
96.    He would be God.
97.    He would enter the temple as God.
98.    ”They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”
99.    Buried with the rich in his death.
100.  He would be the coming one (the Haba).

III.

 

1. How many Gods are there in the universe?

 

A.

One

 

 

 

B.

Two

 

 

 

C.

Three

 

 

 

D.

Many

2. The Trinity is . . .

 

A.

Three separate Gods

 

 

 

B.

 

One God who took 3 consecutive forms

 

 

 

C.

 

One God in three persons

 

 

 

D.

 

A completely false doctrine

3. Jesus is . . .

 

A.

 

God in flesh

 

 

 

B.

 

An angel who became a man

 

 

 

C.

 

A good man

 

 

 

D.

 

A great prophet

4. How many natures does Jesus have?

 

A.

One

 

 

 

B.

 

Two

 

 

 

 

 

C.

 

Three

 

 

 

D.

 

More

5. The Holy Spirit is . . .

 

A.

 

An invisible force like radar

 

 

B.

 

A divine spark in all of us

 

 

C.

 

Third person in the Trinity

 

 

 

D.

 

goddess

6. Sin is . . .

 

A.

 

There is no sin

 

 

 

 

 

B.

 

A misinterpretation of reality

 

 

C.

 

A state of mind

 

 

 

D.

 

Breaking God's Law

7. Human nature is basically. . .

 

A.

 

Good

 

 

 

B.

 

Sinful

 

 

 

C.

 

Neutral

 

 

 

D.

 

Divine

8. In what manner did Jesus rise from the dead?

 

A.

 

As a spirit

 

 

 

B.

 

In the same body He died in

 

 

 

C.

 

He did not rise from the dead

 

 

 

D.

 

The disciples made up the resurrection story

9. Hell is . . .

 

A.

Right here on earth

 

 

 

B.

 

A state of mind

 

 

 

C.

 

A place of eternal fire and torment

 

 

 

D.

 

There is no Hell

 

10. Heaven is . . .

 

A.

 

Right here on earth

 

 

 

B.

 

A state of mind

 

 

 

C.

 

A place of eternal joy and peace with God

 

 

 

D.

 

There is no Heaven

11. Salvation is . . .

 

A.

 

A condition of mental awareness

 

 

 

 

B.

 

Within our own essence

 

 

 

C.

 

Universal resurrection

 

 

 

D.

 

Deliverance from the eternal consequence of sin: damnation

12. Salvation is attained by . . .

 

A.

 

Grace through faith after all you can do

 

 

 

B.

 

Grace through faith

 

 

 

C.

 

A state of your mind

 

 

 

 

D.

 

Obeying all of God's laws

13. The Devil is . . .

 

A.

 

An equal and opposing force to God

 

 

 

B.

 

Not real

 

 

 

C.

 

A figment of people's minds

 

 

 

D.

 

An angel who rebelled against God

14. The Bible is . . .

 

A.

 

The inspired Word of God

 

 

 

B.

 

A nice history book

 

 

 

 

C.

 

Full of contradictions and errors

 

 

 

 

D.

 

A story book of metaphors

15. The Rapture is . . .

 

A.

 

A serious head rush

 

 

 

 

B.

 

A New Age meditation philosophy

 

 

 

C.

 

The catching up of God's people into the sky at Jesus' return.

 

 

 

 

D.

 

An Old Testament Jewish feast

16. Adam and Eve . . .

 

A.

 

Were the first man and woman created by God

 

 

 

B.

 

Were evolutionary representatives of homo sapiens

 

 

 

C.

 

Are mythological figures

 

 

 

 

D.

 

Never existed

17. How many ways are there to God?

 

A.

 

Just one. Through Jesus

 

 

 

B.

 

Many ways

 

 

 

C.

 

As many ways as there are people

 

 

 

D.

 

It depends on the religion

18. When you die . . .

 

A.

 

You go to purgatory

 

 

 

B.

 

You go to Heaven or Hell

 

 

 

 

 

C.

 

You don't exist anymore

 

 

 

 

D.

 

You are reincarnated

19. Evolution . . .

 

A.

 

Is how we got here

 

 

 

B.

 

Is not a viable option for Christians

 

 

 

C.

 

God used evolution to bring man into existence

 

 

 

D.

 

Proves there is no God

20. Why did God create us? . . .

 

A.

 

As an experiment

 

 

 

B.

 

He was bored

 

 

 

C.

 

To save us, love us, and have us love Him as we glorify Him

 

 

 

D.

 

For pawns in His cosmic game

 

 

 

IV

1. Who wrote the first four books of the New Testament?

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

2. Who wrote the first five books of the Old Testament?

Most conservative scholars hold that the Pentateuch was written by Moses.

3. What two Old Testament books are named for women?

Esther and Ruth.

4. What are not among the Ten Commandments?

1. I am the Lord your God; you shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
3. You shall work hard to please God in order to earn heaven.
4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not drink any alcohol.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife—or anything that belongs to your neighbor. (Exodus 20:2-17)

5. What is the Greatest Commandment? (Matthew 22:37,38)

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

“Be of good cheer, death is but sleep.”

6. What is the second Greatest Commandment? (Matthew 22:39)

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

“Love your church members when it brings joy to you.”

7. What is the Golden Rule? (Matthew 7:12)

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

“An eye for an eye.”

8. What is the Great Commission? (Matthew 28:19,20)

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.”

“Go and help gentiles and pagans learn to farm and fish.”

9. What was the test of a prophet, to know that he was truly from God?

He had to be 100% accurate in his prophecies. The penalty for a false prophet was death by stoning. (Deuteronomy 18:20-22)

10. To whom did God give the 10 Commandments?

Moses. (Exodus 20)

11. Which two people did not die?

Paul and Peter. As apostles they were lifted up to heaven.

Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. The other was the Old Testament prophet Elijah, who was taken up to heaven in a whirlwind with a chariot and horses of fire.

12. What is the root of all kinds of evil?

The love of money.

Sexual yearnings.

13. What is the beginning of wisdom?

The fear of the Lord.

Joy (Psalm 111:10)

14. Who delivered the Sermon on the Mount?

The Lord Jesus.

Moses (Matthew 5-7)

15. How did sickness and death enter the world?

Noah not praying enough in Genesis 6.

Romans 5:12 says that sin entered the world though one man, and death through sin. The fall of man is recorded in Genesis 3, where God’s perfect creation was spoiled by Adam’s sin.

16. Who was the Roman governor who sentenced Christ to death?

Tacitus.

Pontius Pilate. (Matthew 27:26)

17. Who are the major prophets?

Abram, Sarah, Job.

Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.

18. What people group is the Old Testament about?

Chrisitans.

The Hebrews, who became the nation of Israel. They were descendants of Abraham though Isaac.

19. What happened while the Lord Jesus was in the desert for 40 days?

He was tempted by the devil. Hebrews 4:15 tells us that He was tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.

He learned how to pray better. (Matthew 4:1)

20. How many people were on Noah’s ark?

One. Only Noah believed.

Eight: Noah and his wife, his three sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and their wives. (Genesis 7:13, 1 Peter 2:5)

21. Who was the first murderer?

Cain, who killed his brother Abel.

Adam. (Genesis 4:8)

22. Which person was afflicted with terrible trials but trusted God through it all?

Job.

Peter.

23. Who was Israel’s most well-known and well-loved king?

Jeremiah.

David. (1 Chronicles 29:28)

24. Who was “the weeping prophet?”

Daniel.

Jeremiah.

25. Who was thrown into the lion’s den?

Daniel.

Mark, (Daniel 6)

26. Who were the two people in the famous fight with a stone and a sling?

David and Saul.

David and Goliath. (1 Samuel 17)

27. What is the book of Acts about?

The early years of the church, as the gospel begins to spread throughout the world.

Martin Luther’s rise.

28. What are epistles?

Letters.

Wives of the Apostles.

29. On what occasion was the Holy Spirit given to the church?

Pentecost.

Christmas. (Acts 2:1-4)

30. Whom did God command to sacrifice his only son?

Moses.

Abraham. (Genesis 22:2)

31. What was the Old Testament feast that celebrated God’s saving the firstborn of Israel the night they left Egypt?

First Fruits.

Passover. (Exodus 12:27)

32. Who was the Hebrew who became prime minister of Egypt?

Eve.

Joseph. (Genesis 41:41)

33. Who was the Hebrew woman who became Queen of Persia?

Deborah.

Esther. (Esther 2:17)

34. Who was the pagan woman who became David’s great-grandmother?

Ruth.

Job’s wife. (Ruth 4:17)

35. Which angel appeared to Mary?

Michael

Gabriel. (Luke 1:26)

36. How did the Lord Jesus die?

By mistake.

He gave up His life while being crucified. (John 19:18)

37. What happened to Him three days after He died?

He went to heaven.

He was raised from the dead. (John 20)

38. What happened to the Lord Jesus 40 days after His resurrection?

He stayed in Galilee.

He ascended bodily into heaven. (Acts 1:9-11)

39. What should we do when we sin, in order to restore our fellowship with God?

Do more sin for where sin abound grace abounds more. (Romans).

1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

40. How did the universe and world get here?

Accidental Big Bang.

Genesis 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” We are told further in Colossians 1:16 and 17 that the Lord Jesus Christ was the one who did the creating.

41. Where did Satan and the demons come from?

The earth to battle mankind for the control of the universe.

Satan was originally the best and the brightest angel, but he sinned in his pride, wanting to be God. Some of the angels followed him, and these “fallen angels” were cast out of heaven. (Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28)

42. Who directed the writing of the Bible?

Very smart men.

The Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21)

43. Where was the Lord Jesus before He was conceived in Mary?

In heaven.

In Jerusalem (Philippians 2:6-11, 1 Corinthians 15:49)

44. Who taught in parables?

Paul and James.

The Lord Jesus. (Matthew 13:3)

45. What are parables?

Powerful truths that have no meaning.

A short, simple story with a spiritual point.

46. Which two animals talked with human speech?

The serpent in the Garden of Eden.

Jonah’s whale and the mule Jesus rode. (Genesis 3:3) and Balaam’s donkey (Numbers 22:28).

47. With which woman did David commit adultery?

Mary Magdalene.

Bathsheba. (2 Samuel 11)

48. Which one of their sons succeeded David as king?

Saul.

Solomon. (2 Samuel 12:24)

49. Who was the female judge of Israel?

Deborah.

Sarah. (Judges 4:4)

50. Who was the wisest man in the world?

Solomon.

David. (1 Kings 3:12)

51. Who was the first man?

Adam.

Abram. (Genesis 2:20)

52. Who was the most humble man on earth?

Pharaoh.

Moses. (Numbers 12:3)

53. Who was the strongest man on earth?

Daniel.

Samson. (Judges 13-16)

54. Whose tomb was Christ buried in?

Moses.

Joseph of Arimathea. (Matthew 27:57-60)

55. Who wrote the book of Hebrews?

Nobody knows for sure, most scholars think Paul.

Plato.

56. Which is the “epistle of joy?”

Philippians.

Romans.

57. What is the book of Revelation about?

Good works.

Jesus.

58. Who is the bride of Christ?

Ruth.

The church—that is, all who have trusted Him for salvation. (Ephesians 5:25-27, Revelation 19:7-8)

 

 

V.

 

 

1.       Allah is the name of the Muslim godTorF?

 

2.       The Koran (Qur’an) is a true holy book on par with the Bible TorF?

 

3.       Soteriology is the study of Salvation TorF?

 

4.       The covenant package of salvation only contains our Justification TorF?

 

5.       Predestination is the same as fatalism TorF?

 

6.       There is compelling evidence for the Koran   TorF?

 

7.       What are some of the differences between blind determinism and predestination? _______

 

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8.       Unguided evolution makes sense and has powerful proof Tor F?

 

 

9.       Name 2 reasons creation is true?

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10.   What is the information theory?

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11.   Allah is the same God as YahwehTorF?

 

12.   What is the most interesting thing you learned about Spiritual gifts? __________________________________________________________________________

 

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13.   Define the words Presupposition and worldview

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14.   All men have a worldview T or F?

15.   Islam affirms the Trinity  T or F?

16.   There’s massive evidence for the death and resurrection of Jesus  T or F?

 

Section VI

 

 

 

1.       Vicarious means in place of or a substitute TorF?

 

2.       Logos is the Greek word for Word (Jesus) TorF?

 

3.       Omega is the last letter in the Greek Alpha-Bet TorF?

 

4.       Yeshua is the name: JesusTorF?

 

5.       Anti-nomian is defined as a legalist TorF?

 

6.       There is no evidence for God, one must believe by blind faith   T  orF?

 

7.       Name two doctrines regarding the Cross of Christ____________________

 

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8.       Legalism is putting man’s rules on God’s peopleTor F?

 

 

9.       Define Propitiation

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10.   Propitiation is one of the main reasons Jesus died by way of the horrible Crucifixion, why?

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11.   Christos means Messiah or anointed TorF?

 

 

12.   Should we desire more spiritual gifts, why?

 

 

 

 

 

Section IIX

 

 

 

1.       A=A is the logical Law of Identity TorF?

 

2.       The Law of Non-contradiction is A is not Non-A  TorF?

 

3.       Objective moral values do not exist TorF?

 

4.       Atheists can justify Objective Moral values TorF?

 

5.       God’s word has amazing evidence TorF?

 

6.       There is compelling evidence for the Bible from outside, even hostile sourcesTorF?

 

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Circle the Foundational Doctrines:

1. Only One God

2. Deity of Christ

3. Virgin Birth of Christ

4. Substitutionary Death of Christ

5. Physical Resurrection of Christ

6. Second Coming of Christ

7. Resurrection of Dead For Judgment According To Deeds

8. Universal Moral Goodness of all people

9. Salvation By Faith In Christ Alone

10. Biblical Inerrancy

 

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Doubting, Unanswered Prayer and Hope

Hebrews 6:12-14 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”

Hebrews 6:15-16 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.

Hebrews 6:17-18 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

Hebrews 6:19-20 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever...

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Hebrews 10:17-22 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. 19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…

Wednesday Night Service

Join us this Wednesday for our evening service at 7:00 p.m. Come and share as you get to know others.

 

 

And Sunday Night Service

Sunday 6:00 PM

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Abundant Life Community Church  682-498-3031

113 N. Cleburne, Granbury.

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How to Live in the Power and Might of the Lord

Ephesians 1:17-19 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

Revelation 1:7-8 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 19:6-16 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! … Worship God! … 11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. … He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Colossians 1:15 He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

 

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In Christ: The Position and Practice of the Christian

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.

Ephesians 4:10-12 He [Jesus] who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors/teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

Romans 5:1-9 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. … For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified (declared righteous) by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Justification is a doctrinal legal (forensic) term that means to be declared righteous. The doctrine is laid out in the books of Romans and 1 Corinthians, among others (Genesis 15; Psalm 32; Luke, Acts, Galatians; Titus, etc.). Justification, as a doctrine, is unique to Christianity. The doctrine of justification holds that the believer is declared righteous, his sins are removed, and Christ’s righteousness is imputed unto him by grace alone. Jesus not only died for us; He lived for us. His perfect, holy, and righteous life’s record was given to those who trust in Him.

Sainthood in this world is not an accomplished perfection; it is an established position. From that position the believer aims to become more and more like Jesus—more holy and righteous.

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

Matthew 28:19 …Go and make disciples…

1 John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One…
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing (unction) teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

Luke 10:19 Surely, I will give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

 

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682-498-3031

113 N. Cleburne, Granbury.

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Jesus is the Divine Logos of john 1:1

Trust the Great Logos: Avoid Impure Religion

 

By Mike Robinson

So it may be best to think of theology and philosophy in terms of the historical notion of principia. The word principium at least historically, is the Latin translation of the Greek word arche, which means “source” or “cause” or “foundation.” It is that which gives something its reason to be, or its justification for existence. Under this rubric distinctions have been made between a principium essendi and a principium cognoscendi. There are essential principles, reasons, or sources, and there are epistemological principles, reasons, or source (K. Scott Oliphint).

In the beginning was the Logos and the Logos was with God, and God was the Logos (John 1:1).

The plainest reason why the Son of God is called the Word, seems to be, that as our words explain our minds to others, so was the Son of God sent in order to reveal his Father's mind to the world (Matthew Henry).

Jesus Christ is the Word (logos) and as the Word supplies and upholds the rational environment required for reason as well as all features of reality. Not only is Christianity reasonable, but Christian theism underwrites the ontic necessities required for reason. Additionally, the Logos furnishes the truth conditions utilized by propositions.

The eternal Logos is a necessary condition ... of human knowledge about anything (Ronald Nash).

When the Greek philosophers considered the question of truth, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and more, they began to use the word logos to describe the ultimate reality they were pursuing. The logos was the organizing principle, that which gives life and meaning to the universe. To the apostle John, the logos was personal … and became incarnate as a human being. The logos is God himself … the One who was there in the beginning before all things (Burk Parsons).

Jesus’ ontology (His being and essence) is an essential element of Christianity, for He is the great Logos (John 1:1), and logic is an element of His being and nature. Christians are the community that can account for reason, since reason comes from the mind and the nature of God. The true God is the God of reason. Reason cannot be held over His head in a type of Eurythro Dilemma, since it is a reflection of His thoughts and nature; consequently, we must espouse our use of human reason in submission to His revelation in the Bible.

Impure Religion

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world (James 1:22-27).

How to avoid defiled religion:

1.       Worship God daily and focus your week on the coming Lord’s Day: plan, pray, and focus on the goodness of Jesus. Yes, many times we do not feel like we are sincere and that feeling may bother us. Nonetheless, all Christians, at times, feel we are just mouthing words and it bothers us.

When you feel insincere in your devotion to Jesus:

a.       Always remember the reason it bothers you: God put in your heart to be open and honest and sincere before Him. Accordingly, in one sense, it’s a good sign that your insincerity troubles you.

Around the period when I first came to Jesus, a friend invited me to a false church and I did not participate in its ceremonies; my lack of involvement did not disturb me because it was not a godly service. On the other hand, within Christian worship, Christians will not feel right when they lack sincerity and focus.

b.       When you feel bad, a bit troubled, by a lack of heartfelt worship; pause and then focus on Jesus: His person, His attributes, and His work. Soon you will regain a genuineness and zest for worship.

c.       Do not base your faith on your feelings; your feelings change and can often flow from sinful dispositions.

2.       Reach out to others (especially widows, orphans, and the needy): be a servant for King Jesus. James the half-brother of Jesus named himself a servant of Christ.

3.       Guard your tongue. Disavow ungodly speech and gossip.

4.       Keep yourself unspotted from the world. Turn away from the sinful ways of the world.

5.       Obey God’s Word. Jesus said in John 14:15: “If you love me, keep my commandments.”

6.       Always focus on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2): Ponder how good He is to you and how he saved you by grace through the cross and His resurrection.

All for Jesus

 Xerxes the king of Persia once boarded a boat. Later it began to sink because there were too many men aboard. The ship started sinking; sinking more and more; it appeared that all aboard would drown. But an officer called out to the shipmen: “Are you not willing to sacrifice and die for your king?” Suddenly almost all the men leaped out of the boat into the water and drowned in order to save their king.

   The question for Christians: How much will you sacrifice for your King? Most Christians will not be called to forfeit their life for their faith, but how much will you sacrifice in order to serve others for your King?

   We should aim to serve King Jesus and love others since James calls an undefiled and pure religion one that helps the widows and the poor.

Jesus Came and Gave Himself for His People

Jesus comes to His sheep by His glorious grace through His Word and Spirit to save us. Jesus “gave Himself for me” (Titus 3).

Christians ought to ponder:

·         Trouble comes—but Jesus came.

·         Failure comes—but Jesus came.

·         Problems and pain come—but Jesus came.

And Jesus Christ comes to bring peace, joy, hope, and cheerfulness to all who trust Him (Romans 5:1 & 15:13). Today give Jesus full swing of your heart as He declares to you that He will pardon every sin; heal every wound; and overcome every trouble. Christ comes, swiftly, in a full gallop upon His victory horse to triumph for His people. Yearn for Him and you will find peace for your soul no matter how things unfold.

As the deer pants for the water, so my soul pants for you, O God (Psalm 42:1).

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The Risen Christ: The Solution to All our Problems

Matthew 28:5-7 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

Luke 24:34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection…

Revelation 19:11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True …12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. …13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

 

You are Invited back next week!

Palm Sunday Seeing and Shouting for Jesus!

Palm Sunday: Hope Worth Shouting For

 

Luke 19:38 saying: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Matthew 21:9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Psalm 29:1-2 Ascribe unto the Lord, O you mighty ones Ascribe unto the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Revelation 1:7-8 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born [Jesus], Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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Abundant Life Community Church

   

682-498-3031* 113 N. Cleburne, Granbury.

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Palm Sunday and Then Resurrection Sunday (Easter)

Next Week

Palm Sunday

at 113 Cleburne St. 3-20-16 Sunday 11:00 AM

 

Come on Palm Sunday and hear the most Jesus-centered sermon you may ever hear!

On Palm Sunday, Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is one week before Resurrection Sunday (many call Easter. The English word Easter has pagan background but most of the English speaking world does not worship Ishtar and other false gods. The term Easter was placed into the KJV by Christian scholars in Acts 12:4 to express Passover - Pascha). The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, he begins his journey to the cross. The biblical account of Palm Sunday can be found in Matthew 21:1-11.

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Resurrection Sunday (Easter)

Abundant Life Community Church

at 113 Cleburne 3-27-16 Sunday 11:00 AM

 

The Day Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.

He is risen, He is risen indeed!

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Grand Opening First Anniversary

4-3-15 Sunday 11:00 AM

 

 

The day of ALCC’s official birth—Our Grand Opening was a year ago! Pray, believe, and invite your friends, family, and loved-ones as Abundant Life Community Church officially celebrates its First Anniversary of its Grand Opening. Food, Games, Fun, and a great time of Worship! Invite those who haven’t attended recently—those who helped us get going!

A Passion for God

Loving the Triune God

by Mike Robinson

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

God the Father raised Jesus from the dead

Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead.

The Holy Spirit raised Jesus

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies …

The Son raised himself

John 2:19 ... [Jesus said] Destroy this temple and I will raise it up…. 21 he was speaking of the temple of his body.

The Father is God

Phil.1:2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord.

The Son is God

Isaiah 9:6 … a Son will be given and He shall be called … Mighty God…

The Holy Spirit is God

Act 5:3 Peter said “Ananias why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit-You have not lied to men but to God.”

There is only One God

Deu. 6:4 Hear O Israel the Lord thy God, the Lord is One.

All three, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, were responsible for creation

The Father was involved in the creation (Eph. 3:14, Mal. 2:10).

The Son was involved in the creation (John 1:3, Heb. 1:2 Col. 1:16 ) All things were made through him.

The Holy Spirit was involved in the creation (Ps. 104:30) Job 26:13 By his spirit he made the heavens (Job 33:4).

Mathew 3:16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Daniel 11:32 … the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

Hebrews 12:26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” … 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace… 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

1 Peter 2:12 …they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Palm Sunday Sermon Notes

Palm Sunday: Hope Worth Shouting For

 

Luke 19:38 saying: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Matthew 21:9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Psalm 29:1-2 Ascribe unto the Lord, O you mighty ones Ascribe unto the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Revelation 1:7-8 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born [Jesus], Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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Abundant Life Community Church

   

682-498-3031* 113 N. Cleburne, Granbury.

On Facebook at: ALccGranbury    

On Twitter at: ALccGranbury  

Website: ALccGranbury.com

Palm Sunday

Next Week

at 113 Cleburne St. 3-20-16 Sunday 11:00 AM

Come on Palm Sunday and hear the most Jesus-centered sermon you may ever hear!

On Palm Sunday, Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection. For many Christian churches, Palm Sunday is one week before Resurrection Sunday (many call Easter. The English word Easter has pagan background but most of the English speaking world does not worship Ishtar and other false gods. The term Easter was placed into the KJV by Christian scholars in Acts 12:4 to express Passover - Pascha). The Bible reveals that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowds greeted him by waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches. Immediately following this great time of celebration in the ministry of Jesus, he begins his journey to the cross. The biblical account of Palm Sunday can be found in Matthew 21:1-11.

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Resurrection Sunday (Easter)

at 113 Cleburne 3-27-16 Sunday 11:00 AM

 

The Day Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus.

Romans 14:5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord.

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Grand Opening First Anniversary

4-3-15 Sunday 11:00 AM

The day of ALCC’s official birth. Our Grand Opening was a year ago! Pray, believe, and invite your friends, family, and loved-ones as Abundant Life Community Church officially celebrates its First Anniversary of its Grand Opening. Food, Games, Fun, and a great time of Worship!  

Church Family Picnic

It’s time for the Abundant Life Church Picnic

Celebration & Fellowship

Everyone’s welcome!

 

Sunday April 10 – Directly after 11:00 am Service

Nothing is better than a good old Church picnic with all the fixin's.  Make sure your family and friends know about this fun day of food, games, and fellowship.

Chicken, Pizza, Soft-Drinks

All Abundant Life Members Come and invite your family & friends!

We invite families with kids of all ages to join us for an afternoon of food, fun, games and fellowship. We will provide the main meal, but we ask that each family contribute either chips, soda, or a dessert. This is a great opportunity to connect with other families that attend ALCC.

 

Picnic and games start right after Sunday 11:00 am Service - Abundant Life Community Church.

113 N. Cleburne –Then we go to Hewlett Park 2 blocks away. Come and Meet new friends! 682-498-3031

 

Enroll in Full Life School of Theology

                                                                                                                                

A Bible and Theological Education for Free for ALCC members (small fee for nonmembers).

Discipleship is our focus. Making future ministers, pastors, and apologists is our passion! Wed. 7:00pm.

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Full Life School of Theology: Semester 301 is a short, potent and fast-paced class that lasts only 4 weeks.

So pray about signing up—Come grow and learn the great truths of Scripture.

Wed. 7 pm on 3-30-16. Effective training for ministry.

Getting to Know God - Sermon Notes

Faith: To Know God Deeply

 

Romans 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

John 17:3-8 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. … 8 and they … have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

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

Romans 1:18-19 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.

Romans 4:3-22 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness … 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Isaiah 1:18 [God says] … come let us reason together…

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel … went … to his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God…

Colossians 1:18 [Jesus] is also head of the body, the church…

Dan. 6:17 Then a stone was brought & laid on the mouth of the lion’s den & the king sealed it with his own signet ring…

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Abundant Life Community Church

   

682-498-3031* 113 N. Cleburne, Granbury.

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On Twitter at: ALccGranbury  

Website: ALccGranbury.com

Please Pray About Giving to the Building Offering

 Building Fund

Offering

 

 

Abundant Life Community Church has found a new building!

All thanks and glory to Almighty God!

Now we are making a request that you would make a generous donation to the church building fund.

 

We have a two-month goal of $5,000.00 and a two-year goal of $100,000 to:

1.       Furnish our new rental building. We need decor, furniture, paint, chairs, carpet for stage, blinds, plants, etc.

2.       To buy the property in the near future and build our own church. We need to start saving for that end, now.

We believe the Holy Spirit will encourage you to consider giving a nice donation! We also believe that God will reward you abundantly for it.

As you well know, leased spaces come with various inconveniences. We thank God for what we have been able to do for God with what we have had so far. However, we would surely be able to do far more with more space designed for our needs and owned by the Church.

If you cannot make a donation today, consider mailing it in this week. Thank you for your help.

Abundant Life Community Church

PO Box 1052 Granbury, TX 76048

We will take an offering today and once a month for the building fund. We will also have a few fund raisers for us to save up for our future church. It can happen faster than you think. We will post flyers, send letters of request, pray, and pray more.

We believe that many needs of the people in the community should be met by the local church, especially spiritual needs. Please pray, and ask the Lord if He would have you to donate to our Building Fund. Your contribution will enable us to expand our ministries to touch the people within our community physically, emotionally, educationally, socially and spiritually.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Jesus, Acts 20:35).

We are thanking you in advance for your gift of love.

Safeguarding the Name of the Lord

Do not Take the Name of the Lord in Vain

By Mike Robinson

Recently, a lady called the Mark Levin show[1] to express her displeasure regarding the numerous Hollywood movies that blaspheme and use the Lord’s name in vain. She was troubled that the movie industry is allowed to use Christ’s name as a curse word as well as incessantly declaring, “G-d damn it!” The radio host, Mr. Levin, was sympathetic with her concerns. While a bit uncomfortable about the topic, he tried to agree with her and move on, but she shared more. He showed that he was aghast at her disclosures by exclaiming, in an unguarded moment, “Oh my G-d!”  Yep, that did slip out by accident. She pointed out that Mr. Levin himself just used the name of the Lord in vain. He denied it as he slipped up again and sighed aloud, “Oh my G-d.” She attempted to educate the host, but Mr. Levin disagreed and denied that he used the name of the Lord in vain. He then offered a few pathetic reasons why his exclamation was not immoral. It’s too bad that Levin doesn’t safeguard the name of the Lord like he guards the proper application of the U.S. Constitution.[2]

 

The Third Commandment: Honoring God’s Name

 

You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain (Exodus 20: The Third Commandment).

We are not just to put away idolatry[3] but we should have a passion to uphold God’s honor and His name.  John Calvin, the great theologian and reformer (he was the theological father of the Pilgrims and the Puritans, thus he is called the philosophical grandfather of the American Government), brilliantly taught:

If we had one grain of intelligence, we would be zealous for the honor of God, so much so that it would be entirely unnecessary for anyone to solicit us to that end. We should be engaged in fulfilling what is written in the Psalms: that this zeal should devour us, that we should be engulfed by it; and should we see anyone casting opprobrium against His majesty, or vilifying it, of necessity we would feel a burning fire within us. But observe!  We are so careful to maintain our own honor, yet whenever the world abandons itself into idolatry, we allow the honor of God to be trampled underfoot.[4]   

The third commandment is broken in almost every recent Hollywood movie. It is almost impossible to watch a modern movie without the actors seemingly insisting that God’s last name is damn. It is not. The movie industry also pushes the use of Jesus’ name as a cuss word. It is employed, by the uneducated, to express themselves more forcefully. You never hear anyone say, “Oh Muhammad!” or “Oh Buddha!” or “Oh Krishna!” You will never hear anyone curse any false god. It is always God or the name of Jesus. Those names are used as swear words and used in vain.

Thou shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain: Make use of the name Lord or God, or any other name and epithet of the divine Being, in a light and trifling way, without any show of reverence of him, and affection to him; whereas the name of God ought never to be mentioned but in a grave and serious manner, and with an awe of the greatness of his majesty upon the mind. ... Forbids, as all profane oaths; imprecations, and curses by the name of God, which the mouths of wicked men are full of, so swearing by it in matters trivial, and of no importance; for swearing even by the name of the Lord ought not to be used but in matters of moment and consequence, for the confirmation of a thing, and putting an end to strife, and where a matter cannot be determined and decided without an appeal to God.  And great care should be taken that a man swears to that which is true, and not false. ...This is the third command, and the reason enforcing it follows: "for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain;" will not look upon him as an innocent person, and treat him as such; will not acquit and discharge him as just and righteous; but on the contrary will consider him as a guilty person, a profaner of his name, and a transgressor of his law, and will condemn and punish him, if not in this world, yet in the world to come; and so the Targum of Jonathan, by way of explanation, adds, ‘in the day of the great judgment;’ (John Gill).

Today many people text a three letter abbreviation of “Oh my G-d” or Tweet it or write it as and reply to a fascinating FaceBook post. I have heard numerous average Christians use the name of God in vain. It is a habitual delinquency and reflects the breakdown of American morals, inside and outside the church.

The injunction to not take the Lord’s name in vain requires mankind to respect and honor His holy name. The English word “vain” is the translation of the Hebrew word shavah, which means: useless, vanity, emptiness, or nothingness. The command is to never blaspheme, utter, declare, speak, or use God’s name in a disrespectful, idle or an empty manner. Our duty is to respect Ha Shem (the name) and to never treat it lightly. Jesus at the start of the Lord’s Prayer says, “Our Father... hallowed be Thy name.” To hallow is to esteem as holy and to honor and revere His name.

The WSC nicely sums up the third commandment:

Q. 53. Which is the third commandment?

A. The third commandment is, Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.

 

Q. 54. What is required in the third commandment?

A. The third commandment requires the holy and reverent use of God’s names, titles, attributes, ordinances, word and works.

Q. 55. What is forbidden in the third commandment?

A. The third commandment forbids all profaning or abusing of anything whereby God makes himself known.

Q. 56. What is the reason annexed to the third commandment?

A. The reason annexed to the third commandment is that however the breakers of this commandment may escape punishment from men, yet the Lord our God will not suffer them to escape his righteous judgment.

Escaping the Judgment Due All Men

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs, according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:4-7).

Moral laws are revelations (divine communication) of what people ought to do. God has clearly revealed, to every person, His moral law in their hearts.[5] There are objective moral duties. Yet, like Levin and others[6], we all fall short. We all sin. Thus we all need Jesus Christ the Savior. Since all men, universally, know what they should do we must aim to uphold God’s word and not sin.  God has revealed to our human will what we should and should not do. But we stumble and sin at times. This is one of the reasons we have feelings of guilt. This worry leads to the stocking of the huge selection of titles in the self-help sections on Amazon (bookstores are packed with a plethora of self-help titles on guilt and shame). Guilt helps spawn human religion and all its sacrifices and appeasements to nonexistent gods in an attempt to remove their guilty feelings. Dissimilarity, the biblical sacrificial system foreshadowed and pictured the only effectual sacrifice—Jesus Christ on the cross for the propitiation of God’s wrath—and secured the forgiveness of sins for His people. Through Christ, the Christian has all his guilt and shame removed (Romans 4:5 & 5:1; John 3:15-19). We must turn from our sin and trust in Jesus Christ; that He died for us and rose again. His amazing grace provides a full pardon to all who trust Him.

For more see my book There Are Moral Absolutes: Proof for God in Paperback or eBook on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/The-Existence-Objective-Moral-Values-ebook/dp/B00AM4IB1Y

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NOTES

1.        The Mark Levin Show, June 28, 2013. http://www.talkstreamlive.com/program/mark_levin/

2.        Mr. Levin is a potent defender of the U.S. Constitution and as a legal scholar he has written popular books that defend conservative and religious values.  Overall, his work is essential as it is influential.

3.        The Second Commandment: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

4.        John Calvin, Sermons on the Ten Commandments, Edited and Translated by B.W. Farley  (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1980), p. 68.

5.        Romans 1:18-22: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.”

6.        Fox host Bill O’Reilly, despite writing a book about Jesus, consistently says “Oh my G-d!” (Factor 9/10/13 at 7:18pm CST) and “J-sus!” (9/10/13 at 7:20pm CST). He is but one example.

 

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Jesus came as God to love and die for His people

Refuting Bart Ehrman's New Book 'How Jesus Became God' - Ehrman Rejects the Deity of Christ

Jesus came as God to love and die for His people

By pastor Mike Robinson

Bart Ehrman in his new book How Jesus Became God asserted: “What can we say about how Jesus most likely understood himself? Did he call himself the messiah? If so, what did he mean by it? And did he call himself God? Here I want to stake out a clear position: messiah, yes; God, no.” Clearly Bart Ehrman denies that Jesus was aware of His divinity. Of course, as an atheist/agnostic, Ehrman rejects the deity of Christ as an ontological reality. Bart Ehrman’s scholarship rests upon skeptical presuppositions.

Bart Ehrman in his new book How Jesus Became God asserted: “What can we say about how Jesus most likely understood himself? Did he call himself the messiah? If so, what did he mean by it? And did he call himself God? Here I want to stake out a clear position: messiah, yes; God, no.” Clearly Bart Ehrman denies that Jesus was aware of His divinity. Of course, as an atheist/agnostic, Ehrman rejects the deity of Christ as an ontological reality.

Bart Ehrman’s scholarship rests upon skeptical presuppositions. Selected scholars suggest that one must put aside the authority of Scripture and analyze the Gospels as "literature." Yet, the Bible doesn’t allow skeptical criticism since it is the revealed word of God. Milton’s Paradise Lost may reach lofty levels of beauty and magnetism, but it isn’t God’s word, its directives are not binding and lack “the power of God unto salvation.”

In the Eighteenth century the search for the historical Jesus began in Europe. Some of the critical scholars tried to remove all supernatural references of miracles, revelation, and the deity of Christ. This naturalistic method led many liberal churchmen to reject the core of Christian doctrine. Numerous books alleging exotic identities of Jesus Christ followed including contemporary works of the Jesus Seminar, Bart Ehrman, and Reza Aslan. Nevertheless, despite scholars' self-assured verdicts that Jesus is not God, those who read the New Testament accounts of Jesus are often swept off their feet in adoration and worship—Christ and His words change everything.

 

Much of hyper-critical biblical scholarship begins with the presupposition (an assumption taken for granted) that the Bible’s portrayal of the divinity of Jesus cannot be true since it is outside the bounds of naturalistic thought. The rejection of the anything beyond the realm of atheistic naturalism1 is an intellectual pre-commitment; it is not a view based upon proof or evidence. Even so, if one attempts to remove the supernatural elements from the New Testament, one is left without a Savior who speaks with celestial authority. Moreover, deny Christian truth and one has a worldview that lacks the ontological capacity to account for intelligibility. This is so because a worldview that denies Christianity cannot supply the universal operational features2 required for intelligibility.

Worldview Issues

Worldview principles deliver a devastating blow to critical scholars who seek to undermine the authority and reliability of the New Testament picture of Jesus. After applying scrutiny to their rational foundations, it becomes very apparent that Bart Ehrman and other hypercritical authors are far from scholarly in their treatment of Jesus of Nazareth. They rest upon shattered ground that cannot account for rationality. They are purely ideological writers forming their own deeply biased portrait of Jesus—then they read their revisions back into the New Testament.


The most heretical faction involved in this type of scholarship has received a massive amount of media exposure in recent years. A popular example of this movement is Bart Ehrman. His lectures and books on textual criticism make it appear as if the church has almost no inkling what God originally revealed in Scripture. Additionally, his work leaves the reader with little reason to believe what the Gospels make known about Jesus Christ.

 

Indeed, the truth regarding Jesus has been assailed by an anti-biblical book variety that is groundlessly critical of core biblical beliefs. This hypercritical agenda is often sounded in caustic and overbearing ways that twist and isolate facts from the entire truth. Besides, they are without a rational foundation that has the ability to supply the a priori conditions required for all critical endeavors. Thus, they lack any grounds to launch their critical attacks against Scripture.

 

A vigorous quest for the Jesus of history cannot be engineered by atheistic or skeptical thought, since these views fail to provide the truth conditions necessary to make historical research possible.3 In contrast, the Gospels provide a clear depiction of Christ and His unique claims of deity. Herein, I defend the only coherent portrayal of Jesus. It is the lone accurate picture of Christ because it is revealed by God in the Gospels—a representation that is entrenched in history, yet it has fashioned history and culture.

 

Confronting God?

 

A team and I were witnessing on the Las Vegas strip a few years ago. I gave a man a tract and told him about Jesus Christ. He interrupted me and said, “I am God!” I asked him, “How do you know you are God?” He rolled up his sleeve and showed me a tattoo with the words “I am the Lord.” I replied, “That is not proof you are God. Anyone can put a tattoo on their arm stating that they are God.” I then challenged him, “If you are God, when and where did I get saved?” The answer he gave was way off the mark. I then asked him what verse in the Bible states that “Jesus wept.” He did not know and with his ignorance out went his claims of divinity. We unsuccessfully witnessed to him and invited him to church. People can make fantastical claims, but disproving such claims is often simple. Jesus came and claimed to be God and He offered proof, evidence, and revelation to demonstrate the truth of His claims.

 

God Comes to the Earth

 

The Lord God sent the heir of all things to toil in a carpenter's shop: to drive the nail, and push the plane, and use the saw. He sent him down amongst scribes and Pharisees, whose cunning eyes watched him, and whose cruel tongues scourged him with base slanders. He sent him down to hunger, and thirst, amid poverty so dire that he had not where to lay his head. He sent him down to the scourging and the crowning with thorns, to the giving of his back to the smiters and his cheeks to those that plucked off the hair. At length he gave him up to death—a felon's death, the death of the crucified. Behold that Cross and see the anguish of him that dies upon it, and mark how the Father has so given him, that he hides his face from him, and seems as if he would not own him! "Lama sabachthani" tells us how fully God gave his Son to ransom the souls of the sinful. He gave him to be made a curse for us; gave him that he might die "the just for the unjust, to bring us to God" (Charles Spurgeon).

 

Jesus as the Son of Man and the Son of God has two natures found in one person—Christ is God the Great I AM in human flesh (Exodus 3:14; John 8:58). The Bible reveals the dual nature of Christ and humanity’s salvation demands that be the case. It’s a mystery, but a mystery that in selected ways not only makes sense, but is necessary for redemption. Jesus, in the incarnation, did not lose His divinity. He did not lose His authority or His deity. He voluntarily came to the earth as a human baby to live perfectly as He fulfilled the Law—He took on our humanity in order to die in our place (Isaiah 53:4-6; 2 Cor. 5:21; and 1 Pet. 2:24). All the newfangled views of Christ fail to overturn such truths.

 

Jesus Christ is too intriguing and commanding to be falsely captured by skeptics like Ehrman and Aslan. Yet, Jesus is not elusive. It’s not hard to know who He is. What is Jesus like? He’s God.

 

Jesus always flourished, always in command, never trivial or incapable. He did not appear worried, hollow-eyed, apprehensive, shrunken—never an object of distrust to His friends and never capricious to others—Christ never lost a gem of His charm. He would withdraw to pray and return with power and insight. He understood the weaknesses of His humanity and always controlled His appetites. He achieved maturity as a youth discussing the law with Rabbis in the Temple. Jesus was born without sin—He had no flaws, was not infected with dark passions, and was always victorious over fleshly temptations. As the Master, He overmastered all sin and perfectly obeyed and fulfilled the Law of Moses. He was ferociously gracious and blessed with inherent divine love—the sort of person one either hated or absolutely adored.

 

Over the course of His short ministry, Christ built structures for the church upon His divine nature and work. He preached to the crowds and mentored His close intimate disciples. He called His church His children and lived a life aimed at His crucifixion. He engaged in penetrating stretches of outreach, healing people and casting out demons. He distrusted clergy and politicians, but loved the outcast. In the Sermon on the Mount He delivered a moral code for His community and interpersonal relationships. In the discourse He attacked selfishness, vengeance, greed, and hatred within social relationships—He talked about the need for grace, mercy, forgiveness, and going the extra mile.

 

For more see my book How Jesus Became God in the Flesh HERE on Amazon

 

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NOTES

 

      1.        Universal operational features required for knowledge, intelligibility, and critical analysis: laws of logic, specific properties, fixed mathematical truths, selected attributes, induction, etc.

     2.       The truth of Christianity is understood and proved by way of truth and presupposition. The Christian must uphold Scripture as the ultimate source of light and knowledge—all light and knowledge stem from God. The assured proof of Christian theism: except a man build upon its ontic ground as he presupposes the truth that flows from God, in principle, there is no proof of anything. Christian theism is proved as the ontological ground for the very notion of evidence and proof. What is needed is a first principle that has the ontological endowment to not only ground knowledge, but to account for it and its preconditions. The loss of the immovable point of reference, in principle, leaves the ungodly bereft of a resource necessary to construct the critical and analytical enterprise. Without God, one cannot hoist the necessary a priori operation features of knowledge. The Christian worldview supplies the fixed ontic platform as the sufficient truth condition that can justify induction, immutable universals, and the uniformity of the physical world. But materialistic atheism lacks such a fixed ontic platform. Consequently, it fails to provide the sufficient ground required to justify textual criticism and the investigation of literature and history. When anyone attempts to escape the truth that God exists, he falls in a trap he cannot escape. This point is well made in Van Til’s illustration of a man made of water, who is trying to climb out of the watery ocean by means of a ladder made of water. He cannot get out of the water for he has nothing to stand on. Without God, one cannot make sense of anything. The atheist has nothing to stand on (an ontic Archimedean locus of reference) and he lacks a rational apparatus to scale an epistemic ladder that would allow him to view reality with clarity. God and His revealed word supply men their only possible ground with the explanatory clout needed to account for critical and analytical pursuits. The ontological barrenness of atheistic materialism is just one reason the Christian should never grant the natural man the right to determine the criteria for testing truth claims—atheistic naturalism lacks an ontology with a shard of explanatory power. Christianity rests upon God and His Revelation as the ontic Archimedean locus of reference for textual criticism and proof.

      3.        “Naturalism holds that the physical universe is ultimate. The universe (nature) is the only reality. It is eternal, self-activating, self-existent, self-contained, self-dependent, self-operating, self-explanatory. The universe is neither derived from nor dependent upon any supernatural or transcendent being or entities. Natural phenomena cannot be 'interfered' with, ‘violated’; 'suspended.' There is no supernatural realm.” (Parrish: God and Necessity). Naturalism is defined by Dawkins as the view that nothing exists “beyond the natural, physical world.” One commonly hears secular people identify themselves as naturalists. But what do they mean when they label themselves such? Some claim that they believe only material things exist. Others believe that modern science is the only way to obtain real knowledge. Selected naturalists believe everything that exists is material or supervenes on material elements. There are numerous academic as well as colloquial definitions of naturalism. Additionally, many lettered and unlettered men often comingle or fuse the definitions.