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                                                                      Living Free From Sin! Go Sin No More! I Die Daily!

 
 


Salvation Booklet

 

Jesus’ Relationship With God——Your Relationship With God

 

Now that you have accepted true Bible salvation by asking God to forgive you for all of your sins, it is important that you begin immediately to strengthen your relationship with God. The pastor and saints of the Church of God of Forrest City are happy to know that you have become a new

creature in Christ (II Corinthians 5:7) by repenting of your sins  (II Corinthians 7:10-11). There is a joy in “heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7)  It is very important, however, that you learn how to strengthen your new relationship with God so you can stay saved from your sins.

 

            Over the next seven days, we would like for you to consider some important points about Jesus’ relationship with God. Since Jesus Christ is our perfect example, please apply these points to your new relationship with God. Please feel free to review these important points after you complete the first seven days. You will find that God will bless you with a greater understanding of these important points if you review them again the second week, the third week, the fourth week, and on and on.

 

 THE IMPORTANCE OF:

Day 1  Obeying God’s Word/Living Free from Willful Sin—A Holy Life

Day 2  Resisting Temptation/Power Over Sin

Day 3  Praying/Time Alone With God/Fasting

Day 4  Hungering and Thirsting After God’s Righteousness

Day 5  Denying Self—Not Our Will, But God’s Will

Day 6  Fellowship/Worshipping with the True People of God

Day 7  Searching the Scriptures/Studying God’s Word

 

 

Day 1 Obeying God’s Word//Living Free from Willful Sin—A Holy Life

 

Now that you are saved from your sins, God wants you to live a holy life. Living a holy life means to obey His Word, and He will always give you the power to resist all temptations to do wrong. “Living Free from WILLFUL sin” (or living a holy life) simply means that you do not do things that you KNOW are wrong. There is joy and peace each day in knowing that we are obeying God’s Word!!!

 

Please read, Lordwilling: Romans 6th Chapter (especially verse 18); I Peter 1:14–16; I Peter 2:21–25; St. John 5:1–14; I Corinthians 10:13; St. John 8:1–11; I Corinthians 15:34;

St. John 8:28–32; Jeremiah 11:1–7

 

 Day 2  Resisting Temptation/Power Over Sin

 

Jesus was in all points tempted like as we are, yet he did not commit sin. Please notice in Matthew 4:1–11 that Jesus resisted each temptation by using the Word of God. The devil is going to tempt you to commit willful sin. But God will give you the power to resist each temptation by saying no to the devil and saying yes to God’s commandment. (I Corinthians 10:13)  It is a blessing to know that God gives us power over sin and the devil. We can arm ourselves with the same mind as Jesus to resist temptation and not commit willful sin!!!  Just as the devil brought evil temptations to Jesus, he will bring evil thoughts to our  minds. We cannot stop him from bringing evil thoughts to our minds, but WE CAN AND WE MUST REFUSE TO ACCEPT THOSE THOUGHTS EVERY TIME!!! (II Corinthians 10:5-6) When the devil comes, God has promised to give us grace every time. All we have to do is go to him in prayer and ask in the time of need.

 

Have you read these scriptures?  St. John 1:12;

St. Matthew 4:1~11; Luke 22:40; James 4:7; James 1:1~27; Hebrews 4:14~16; Genesis 39:1~12; I Peter 4:1~8, 12~16.


Day 3  Praying/Time Alone With God/Fasting

 

According to the scriptures, Jesus spent much time praying, being alone with God, and/or fasting. When you pray you have a direct line to speak and listen to God. God

listens to you because he loves and cares for you. When you fast (no food or drink) you are seeking God to bless you and/or others in a very special way. The Power of Prayer will lift your spirit, help you to control your anger, give you power to resist temptation, dissolve your

burdens, and cause your troubles and pain to vanish.

 

Psalm 35:13; St. Matthew 26:41; I Thessalonians 5:17;

St. Luke 18:1; St. Matthew 6:5~8, 16~18; I John 5:14~15;

I John 3:22

 

 Day 4  Hungering and Thirsting After God’s Righteousness

 

Jesus lived by the spiritual food God gave him. We live by the spiritual food Jesus gives us. Just as you need food and drink to survive physically, you will need spiritual food and spiritual drink, everyday, to survive spiritually. The Word of God, as we read it, study it, and obey it, gives us the spiritual food and drink we need to stay saved. The more we study and obey the Word of God, the  more of it we want in our lives and the more strength we have to live a life of victory over self and sin!!!

 

Consider the following scriptures: St. John 6:43~58;

Isaiah 55:1~3; St. Matthew 6:11; Psalm 19:7~14;

St. Matthew 5:1~16; St. Matthew 6:33

 

 Day 5     Denying Self — Not Our Will, But God’s Will

 

Matthew 26:39 reads: “. . . O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” By denying self—and putting all your trust in God—you learn that his ways are always for your greatest good. The wisest thing you can do is say “Not my will, but thy will be done.” God teach me your will. Completely trust the Lord and submit to him, and you will receive power and strength to continue to live a holy life. God’s will is ALWAYS according to the scriptures. God will never lead you to do something that conflicts with the Word of God. God will never lead you to curse, he will never lead you to hate, he will never lead you to get revenge, etc.

 

Matthew 16:24~26; Isaiah 55:7~11; Isaiah 64:6~8;

St. Luke 9:23~27; I Corinthians 9:24~27; Philippians 3:9; Proverbs 3:5~8


Day 6  Fellowship/Worshipping with the True People of God

 

Jesus stated that the hour cometh when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (St. John 4:23) As you read the first four books of the New Testament, please note that Jesus spent most of his time with the disciples. Likewise, the true people of God assembled (worship and fellowship) together throughout the rest of the New Testament. The Word of God has commanded us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together. (Hebrews 10:25)  Make every effort to be among the true people of God as often as possible. It will definitely help you to become stronger in the Lord!!!

 

Scriptures: St. John 17:21; St. Matthew 26:19~20;

Hebrews 10:24~25; Hebrews 3:12~14; Acts 2:41~47;

Acts 4:23; Acts 10:25~33; Acts 12:12; Acts 13:44

 

 Day 7  Searching the Scriptures/Studying God’s Word

 

The Bible is God’s record on how we need to live, worship, pray, fast, correct wrong, and stay saved. Everything that you need to get spiritual strength each day is given by studying the scriptures. Don’t just glance at the words of God, but study the Word of God, meditate upon the Word of God, and keep the Word in your heart. The scriptures are given to help you to grow in God’s will and to receive knowledge and understanding.

 

Search the scriptures: John 5:39; I Corinthians 2:10;

Colossians 1:10; II Timothy 3:16; Psalm 1:2; Psalm 119:9~11

 

II.        HELPFUL DEFINITION/SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES 

 

Church of God: The church is the body of Christ.

(Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:24) The name, the church of God, acknowledges God as its founder, builder and owner. (Acts 20:28; I Corinthians 1:2, I Corinthians 11:22; I Corinthians 15:9; II Corinthians 1:1; Galatians 1:13; Ephesians 3:14~15;

I Thessalonians 2:14; II Thessalonians 1:4; I Timothy 3:5.

 

Faith: When we believe (accept) God’s Word and become saved, we have faith that God has forgiven us of all of our sins. (Ephesians 2:8)  Saving faith is trusting in Christ, and in Him alone, for your salvation.  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen . . . But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:1, 6)

 

Fasting: No food or drink for a certain length of time to gain spiritual food and drink from God. (Acts 13:1~2; St. Matthew 9:14~15)

 

Fellowship: To be on one accord (or in spiritual agreement) with the true people of God (Acts 2:41~47). Also, it involves participating in the services of God through testifying, singing, praying, praising God, and/or expressing support for the teaching and preaching of the Word of God. Finally, it means walking in the light (Jesus Christ is the Light). (I John 1:7)

 

Holy Spirit: The third person of the Godhead.  (St. Matthew 28:19; St. John 14:26; St. John 15:26; II Corinthians 13:14) Also, referred to as the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, or the Spirit of truth.

 

Justification: Forgiven of all willful sins and, as a result, having the ability (by the power of God) not to commit willful acts of sin (adultery, fornication, lying, drinking, smoking, cursing, and such like).  (Romans 5:1~9,16,18; Galatians 5:16~26)

 

Ordinances: An ordinance can be defined as “an established rite or ceremony.” God’s people are required to observe three ordinances: baptism (St. Matthew 28:19), the Lord’s Supper (St. Matthew 26:26~30; I Corinthians 11:23~30), and Feet Washing (St. John 13:4~7)

 

Prayer/Praying: A pouring out of one’s soul to God. A plea, supplication, petition, or talk with God.  (St. Matthew 14:23;

St. Luke 18:1; Proverb 15:29; Ephesians 6:17~18;

I Thessalonians 5:17)

 

Saint: A person who is saved from his/her sins. A person who worships God in spirit and in truth. To love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and to love thy neighbour as thyself. A person who fears and obeys God. Also, referred to as a Christian or a child of God. (Psalm 30:4, 31:23, 32:9, 34:9, 37:28, 97:10; Ephesians 5:3)

 

Sanctification: The root of the word “sanctify” means to set apart as sacred; consecrate; conducive to spiritual blessing; to purify. It does not mean to fall down on the floor or foam at the mouth. Sanctification does not occur before or immediately when a person repents of sin. It requires a saint to give his/her will (ways, desires, etc.) completely over to God. When this happens, God can use an individual in a greater way because He now has complete control: over their attitude, facial expressions, dress, time, talents, energy . . . EVERYTHING!!! (St. John 17:17; Acts 1:7~8, 5:32, I Thessalonians 5:12~24;

II Timothy 2:21)

 

Tithes and Offering: Giving from the heart to God tithes (one-tenth of our income) and offerings. In giving tithes, saints put themselves in the place of proper obedience and subjection to God not man. (Genesis 28:22, Malachi 3:8~10; St. Matthew 23:23; Hebrews 7:2~4; I Corinthians 16:2)

 

Willful Sin:  To do something that you know is wrong or sinful. Failing to do something that you KNOW you should do or doing something that you KNOW you should not do. To KNOWINGLY disobey the Word of God. The transgression of God’s commandment. (James  4:17; I John 3:4~10)

 

 

III.        HEAVENLY HINTS

            Acts—The Church

 

            Hebrews—Faith

 

            Isaiah, Jeremiah & Ezekiel—Prophecy

 

             Matthew, Mark, Luke & John—The Life of Jesus Christ

 

            Psalms—Praises

 

            Proverbs—Living Wisely

 

IV.       WHAT THE CHURCH OF GOD STANDS FOR

(Acts 20:28; I Corinthians 1:2; I Corinthians 11:12; I Corinthians 15:9; II Corinthians 1:1; Galatians 1:13; Ephesians 3:14~15; I Thessalonians 2:14; II Thessalonians 1:4, I Timothy 3:5; Ephesians 1:22~23; Colossians 1:24)

 

An Eternal God

(Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2)

 

A Divine Christ

(St. John 1:1, 14; St. Luke 1:35)

 

An Infallibly Inspired Bible

(II Peter 1:20~21; II Timothy 3:16~17)

 

Salvation from Sin

(St. Matthew 1:21; I John 1:7)

 

The New Birth

(St. John 3:1~7; II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24; I Peter 1:23)

 

Entire Sanctification

(Ephesians 5:25~26; I Thessalonians 5:15~24)

 

A Holy Life

(St. Luke 1:73~75; Titus 2:11~12; Hebrews 12:10~14)

 

Unity of God’s People

(St. John 17:21: I Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:14~16; Philippians 3:16)

Divine Healing

(James 5:14~15; St. Luke 14:1~4; St. Luke 8:43~48; Acts 3:1~8)

 

The Ordinances

(St. Matthew 28:19~20; St. John 13:1~7; I Corinthians 11:23~34)

 

The Godhead

(I John 5:7; Acts 17:29; Romans 1:20)

 

Eternal Life

(St. Matthew 25:46; St. John 3:16)

 

Eternal Punishment

(St. Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15)

 

 

These standards are not man-made laws, covenants, doctrines, or rules. Instead, they are taken directly from the Bible — the Word of God. This information should be learned, lived, and practiced by every saint of God.

 

V.        CONCLUSION

 

            Can you see how obeying, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, praying/fasting, studying, and

denying self work together to give us the strength needed to resist temptation??? We are able to do these things, however, because we love God. Live each day of your life with a commitment to love God will all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, and with all of your strength. Also, live each day of your life with a commitment in your heart to love your neighbor as you love yourself. (St. Matthew 22:37~40) “God is Love” and “this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (I John 4:8, 5:3)  Please remember that “we love him because he first loved us.” (I John 4:19)

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

                                                                        —St. John 3:16

 

 

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ORDER OF SERVICES:

Outreach Prayer Service                  9:25 a.m.

Sunday School                              9:45 a.m.

Sunday Worship Service                  11:00 a.m. or immediately following Sunday School

Sunday Night Worship Service          6:00 p.m.

Tuesday Night Bible Class                7:00 p.m.         Forrest City

Wednesday Night Bible Class            7:00 p.m.         Wynne and Little Rock

 

 

CHURCH OF GOD OF FORREST CITY

Publication issued by:

the Church of God of Forrest City, AR

Elder James Jennings, Pastor

1433 Whittaker Street  •  870-633-2234

Forrest City, AR 72335

Printed October 2009