Posts Tagged ‘ Consecration ’

Baptism and Its Import

Jan 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Booklets (click on booklet name), Christian Doctrine

Many do not generally grasp the full import of immersion, and look at the water rather than the death which it symbolizes. The real baptism is that which cannot be seen, except in its influence upon the conduct; and the real church which is joined is the church whose names are written in heaven whose members cannot be known positively until the close of this age, when they shall be glorified with the Head.

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Driving Sharp Bargains

Nov 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Special Features (click on Article name)

We confess that it is a great bargain— such exceeding riches and glory for a price so mean as to be unworthy to be compared with it; and yet shall we, like Ananias and Sapphira, be found endeavoring to keep back part of the price?

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Colossians Chapter 3: Forsaking the Works of the Flesh by Living for Christ

Nov 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Colossians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Verse 7 refers back to verse 5. Prior to consecration, we walked in gross sins like fornication, inordinate affection, and covetousness. Verse 8 lists less gross, though nonetheless dangerous, sins the new creature is to put off. If practiced, these sins can also keep one from getting life.

The gross behavior of verse 5 is more easily recognized, whereas the sins of verse 8 are usually not as apparent, for they are only occasionally manifest. However, all of the sins in verse 8 are dangerous and could be outward manifestations of grosser sins (verse 5) being secretly indulged in. Statements from the mouth are not hidden from the Church. In summary, verse 5 lists deeds of a wrong lifestyle. Verse 8 lists sins of the mouth that seem to be less important but are actually symptomatic of a serious condition.

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Gold Tried in the Fire

Sep 28th, 2009 | By | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)

The Christian course of self-sacrifice cannot be one of ease and continuous smooth-sailing and peace. There may be a calm now and then, but storms and battles are the rule; and he who courts ease and peace at the expense of the principles of truth and righteousness, or who is so indifferent to the value of those principles as not to study to discern them in order to defend them, is not a faithful, overcoming soldier of the cross. “Ne’er think the victory won, nor once at ease sit down; Thine arduous work will not be done till thou hast gained thy crown.”

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“He is Faithful and Just”

Jul 7th, 2009 | By | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)

WE KNOW of no heathen religion which teaches a god of mercy and love and kindness. Heathen deities are represented as powerful, ferocious, terrible. The people fear them as demons, but know nothing about the God of Love. Alas! that we must say it, but there are many Christians who, misled by the creeds of the Darker Ages, do not recognize, do not worship the God of the Bible—the God of all Grace, concerning whom we have the declaration, “God is Love.”

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Luke Chapter 14 Parable of the Great Supper, Hating Mother and Father

Jul 1st, 2009 | By | Category: Luke, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Now Jesus raised the conversation to a higher level. Out of all who heard him in the Pharisee’s house, only one appreciated Jesus’ words and said, “Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.” Jesus immediately gave the Parable of the Great Supper, which is a reminder of the principle “many [shall] be called, but few chosen” (Matt. 20:16).

When bidden to enter the race for the high calling, one after another made excuses along temporal lines, so the master of the house told his servant to go out into the city streets and call the poor, the maimed, the halt, and the blind. The “city” was the Jewish nation. When not enough Jews accepted, the master sent his servant into the highways and byways—that is, to Gentile lands—with the instruction “Compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” “Compel” means to urge, to earnestly plead. None of those who were invited and refused will taste of Jesus’ “supper.” Only a few Jews responded, so the call went to Gentiles.

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Justification By Faith

Jun 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)

From the time we first approached God we began to have a measure of peace, which continues with us as long as we are walking in the right direction, growing in knowledge and obedience. Those whose faith or obedience stops find their peace with God diminishing. If the faith and obedience extend to the point of full consecration and begetting of the Holy Spirit, it becomes the “Peace of God which passeth all understanding,” ruling in our hearts. (Phil. 4:7) The latter text refers to the perfected peace imparted by the Holy Spirit, which results from a full consecration to the will of God.

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What The Church Sacrifices

Jun 22nd, 2009 | By | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)

IN THE SCRIPTURES the word sacrifice is very properly used in two ways—first, to describe the surrender of our will in order to have God’s will done in us; second, to indicate the work of our great High Priest, to whom we give up ourselves, and who makes that consecration acceptable to God. Primarily we sacrifice what we possess of the present earthly rights, privileges and opportunities; for this is what we possess. But, additionally, we give up something by faith. By faith we believe that God has made a provision that all mankind shall have the privilege of restitution to perfection during the Millennial Age; and by faith we forego, or give up, our share of Restitution privileges. Thus our principal giving up is our surrender of what we have; and our secondary giving up is that which we have by faith in God’s great Plan.

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1 Corinthians 10:1-21

Mar 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Character Studies, Memorial Theme, Miscellanious Topics, MP3 Sermons (Click on Sermon name)

Many Christians like to discount the Old Testament as passé and unimportant to the Christian, but in the book of Corinthians the 10th chapter the Apostle Paul is informing the Christian of the importance of understanding the Old Testament. Here he shows us how the typical Israelite during the time of the Exodus pictures us. How they were baptized under the cloud and ate manna and were given water to drink under the direction of Moses, a great than Moses is here and we are given spiritual food and water by Christ. We as Christians also have the tendency to murmur and complain against the Lord. Just as God was displeased with Israel for that, H will likewise be wroth with us for our lack of appreciation of all that He has given to us. Let us not fall into the same temptations that natural Israel did. Next Paul explains the spiritual significance of the Passover and the emblems of the bread and the wine and our participation in Christ’s sufferings.

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Consecration

Mar 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Character Studies, MP3 Sermons (Click on Sermon name)

What is consecration? What does it mean to dedicate your life to God? When the Apostle Paul said to “present your bodies a living sacrifice” was he implying that when we consecrate our lives to God we become like a sacrifice on the altar? This discourse outlines what true consecration is and what our responsibilities are as footstep followers of Christ.

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