About Regresando a la Biblia / Willie A. Alvarenga

Bienvenido a mi página de Internet. Soy Willie A. Alvarenga, egresado de la Brown Trail School of Preaching (Escuela de Predicación de Brown Trail, Bedford, TX) con diploma en estudios bíblicos (2001). En el 2016 recibí mi licenciatura en estudios bíblicos de la universidad cristiana de Heritage (Florence, Alabama). En el presente soy candidato para recibir maestría en estudios del Nuevo Testamento de la universidad de Amridge (Montgomery, Alabama). Desde el 2004 trabajo como director e instructor de la Escuela de Predicación de Brown Trail en la ciudad de Bedford, Texas. He tenido el privilegio de predicar la Palabra de Dios en Panamá, Costa Rica, El Salvador, México y Estados Unidos. Por la gracia de Dios he tenido la oportunidad de publicar 33 libros los cuales puede descargar gratuitamente en mi otra página: www.alvarengapublications.com Estoy casado con mi esposa, Lucy, y ambos tenemos dos hijas: Maggie y Vanessa. Maggie está casada con Marco Arroyo, predicador de la Iglesia de Cristo de habla inglés en Aledo, TX. Es mi oración que este material que he hecho disponible en esta página sea de gran provecho para su vida. Si este es el caso, me gustaría escucharlo de usted, por lo que le pido me envíe un correo electrónico a: buscandoalperdido@yahoo.com Dios le bendiga.

3 Characteristics of a Diligent Student of the Word by Willie A. Alvarenga

3 Characteristics of a Diligent Student of the Word

Willie A. Alvarenga

How can we tell if a person is a good and diligent student of the Bible? Are there any distinctive characteristics in his or her life that may give us a hint that such is the case? Personally, I think we can actually tell if a person is a good student of the Word. His distinctive characteristics are obvious in his or her life. With this in mind, let me suggest a few characteristics a diligent student of the Bible must have in his or her life.

Characteristic #1: A diligent student of the Bible will have a deep love for the Word of God. This was actually the case with David, who in Psalm 119:97 said, “Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” A person who loves the Word of God will consider the Bible more than his necessary food. This is what Job expressed in Job 23:12. How do we know if a person has a deep love for the Scriptures? Well, if such a person enjoys studying the Scriptures, then you can tell that he or she has a sincere love for the Bible. If a person always looks for opportunities to study the Bible, then you can tell that such has a genuine love for the Bible. Do you love the Scriptures? Do you long for the moment when you can sit down and read and study the Bible? If so, then you have a great characteristic that shows people and God you are a diligent student of the Bible.

Characteristic #2: A diligent student of the Bible has a deep respect for the Word of God. To this student of the Word, the Bible is the greatest Book ever written. When a person has a deep respect for the Bible, such will always strive to live his or her life according to the commandments of God. The Bible will become a priority in his or her life. This person will always make every effort to uphold the authority of the Scriptures (Colossians 3:17; 1 Peter 4:11). If a person does not care what God thinks concerning a certain conduct of life, then such a person does not have a deep respect for the Bible. We must remember that at the end of the day, the Scriptures will judge our actions in this life (John 12:48-49; Ecclesiastes 11:9). Do you have a deep respect for the Bible? I hope and pray that you do!

Characteristic #3: A diligent student of the Word of God will make sure his or her heart is pure so that God’s Word can find a special place in it. Two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. This is the case with God’s Word. We cannot have sin in our hearts and then expect for the Word of God to be in the same place at the same time. We must follow the prescription given by God in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” The phrase “keep your heart with all diligence” denotes the action of making sure our hearts are free from sin. Once we sanctify Christ as Lord in our hearts, then we will be ready to treasure God’s Word in our minds (1 Peter 3:15; Psalm 119:11). Keeping our hearts free from sinful practices is something we must do on a continual basis. Are you working hard on keeping your heart pure for the Lord? I hope your answer is an emphatic, yes!

These are three great characteristics that describe a diligent student of the Scriptures. Do you have these in your life? If so, then glory be to God! If not, then let me encourage you to work hard in having them present in your life. The rewards will be great for you in this life, and the next to come!

 

The Importance of Sound Doctrine by Willie Alvarenga

The Importance of Sound Doctrine

WHAT is sound doctrine? This phrase comes from the Greek words, ὑγιαινούσῃ διδασκαλίᾳ, HUGIAINOUSE DIDASKALIA. The basic meaning is doctrine which is right, correct, sound, and without any error or perversion. This is the kind of doctrine that Paul wanted Titus to speak continually, since the verb “speak” is found in the present tense and imperative mood. This means a continuous action and a command to obey.  Now we ask the question: Why is sound doctrine so important? Why should you and I emphasize sound doctrine in our preaching and lives? Let us examine the following reasons why:

Sound doctrine is important because it comes from God. Yes, my brethren, sound doctrine only comes from God, since it is inspired of Him. The Apostle Paul wrote the following concerning the inspiration of the Scriptures, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). Sound doctrine is important because it is inspired of God, since holy men of God spoke, being moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21). Therefore, we, as faithful Christians, must respect the doctrine of Christ at all times.

Sound doctrine is important because God expects us to proclaim it. The Apostle Paul commanded Titus to speak those things which were proper to sound doctrine (Titus 2:1). Even the young evangelist Timothy was commanded to uphold the patter of sound words (2 Timothy 1:13). Sadly, there are many who are showing no respect for the authority of sound doctrine, and refuse to proclaim it just the way we find it in the Scriptures. As faithful children of God, we must take heed to the command to emphasize sound doctrine in our lives and in our teaching and preaching of God’s Word.

Sound doctrine is important because it can help us grow spiritually. False doctrine cannot help us in any way to grow spiritually. The only Word that can help us grow the way God wants us to grow is His Word. God’s Holy Word is able to make us wise unto salvation (2 Timothy 3:15; cf. 1 Peter 2:1-2), and is able to build us up (Acts 20:32).This is why the Apostle Peter exhorts us to grow in the knowledge of God’s Word (2 Peter 3:18). May the Lord give us the wisdom to always uphold sound doctrine in our lives.

Sound doctrine is important because it can help us to refute error. Yes, my brethren, sound doctrine can help us to refute the error of false doctrines that are being promoted in our days. Sound doctrine can help us to know that baptism is essential to salvation (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21; Acts 2:38). It can help us to know that there is only one true Church of Christ (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47; Ephesians 4:4). It can help us to know that salvation can be lost (Philippians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Revelation 2:10). The more we study sound doctrine, the better off we will be regarding defending the doctrine of Christ (1 Timothy 1:3; Jude 3).

Sound doctrine is important because not to obey it will bring terrible consequences. A careful study of the Bible reveals that not to obey the doctrine of Christ will result in divine punishment from God. The Apostle John wrote in 2 John 9-11 that those who do not keep the doctrine of Christ will not have God nor Jesus on their side. If you do not have the Father nor the Son in your side, then you cannot be saved. Those false teachers in the context of 2 John were denying the incarnation of Jesus Christ (v. 7). Anyone who perverts the doctrine of Christ will not spend eternity in heaven! Therefore, sound doctrine is important!

Sound doctrine is important because it can help people know the right way to make it to heaven. False doctrine cannot teach a person the right way to make it to heaven. Only sound doctrine can accomplish such a task. The wrong address will not guide you to the right destiny! Any honest person who studies the New Testament will learn what he or she must do in order to be in a saved condition in the sight of God. The Bible teaches that an honest person will be able to discern the right doctrine (John 7:17). The plan of salvation according to the New Testament is for a person to hear the gospel (Rom. 10:17), believe in the gospel (Mark 16:16), repent of his or her sins (Acts 2:38), confess Christ as the Son of God (Rom. 10:9-10), be immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Mark 16:16), and live a faithful life in Christ (Rev. 2:10; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Philippians 2:12). False doctrine only teaches error regarding salvation. We must uphold sound doctrine because this doctrine is the only one that can show people the right way into heaven. May the Lord help us to always uphold sound doctrine in our lives!

Willie A. Alvarenga

P.O. BOX 210667

Bedford, TX 76095

walvarenga@btsop.com

www.alvarengapublications.com

www.backtoBibleknowledge.com

(817) 681 4543

Is the Truth Valued in my family?

This is a lesson presented at the University Church of Christ in Tyler, TX during their 2017 Summer Series. I pray that this lesson may be a great source of encouragement for all of us. Thank you for taking the time to consider the material presented. Please feel free to use this outline.

Willie A. Alvarenga, walvarenga@btsop.com

Is the Truth Valued in My Home

Petition for financial assistance for the Brown Trail School of Preaching

Brown Trail School of Preaching

Dear Elders/ Brethren:

We trust that the work of the Lord is going well with the good congregation there. There is so much to do, and so few to do it (Luke 10:2).

In the year of 2015 we appealed urgently to the brotherhood for financial assistance. The reason for our request was due to a high deficit that we were accruing monthly. With the increase in the cost of living and congregations and individuals having to stop their support or decrease the amount donated, our funds began to diminish rapidly. Due to the diligent efforts of the brethren working with the school, we had a surplus that we were able to survive on for a time, but we knew that these funds would soon deplete. Therefore we appealed to you.

During that time we were greatly encouraged because many of you responded hastily, and for that we again say thank you. However we humbly plea to you all again.

Though many of you made sacrifices in order to assist us, some very generous, we still did not meet the requested need. Our request was to get 150 congregations or individuals to commit to $100 a month, and that goal was not achieved. Of the requested amount, we were able to get about half to commit. So we have found ourselves in this position once again, needing our beloved brethren’s assistance. We do hope to fulfill this goal with your assistance. Though this is what we hope to accomplish, any amount will be appreciated.

We hope and pray that our plea is given prayerful and careful consideration. If you would like to speak with someone personally regarding our need, you can speak with me (Dean of Students), Robert Stapleton(Director), Willie Alvarenga (Director of the Spanish Department) or Jesse Martinez (Spanish Instructor) at 817-268-3222.

Tavaris Armstrong, Dean of Students/Field Representative

The Beginning of the Church by Willie A. Alvarenga

THE BEGINNING OF THE CHURCH by Willie A. Alvarenga

TEXT: Acts 2

mcgee20preachingINTRODUCTION:

  1. There is no doubt that there are several great chapters in the Bible!
  2. Of all the 260 chapters of the New Testament, Acts 2 is one of my favorites!
  3. For the next few minutes, we will be examining the second chapter of the Book of Acts.
  4. I am sure that there have been many great lessons preached from this chapter. I, myself, have preached 5 different sermons from this chapter.
    1. What I am about to tell you, I’m sure you heard it all before!
  5. In this lesson we will consider some things we can learn from the beginning of the church.
  6. I want us to learn some great things that we can see in Acts chapter 2. In this chapter we see…
    1. A great multitude present.
    2. A great fulfillment of Bible prophecies.
    3. A great preaching of the Gospel of Christ.
    4. A great manifestation of an obedient faith.
    5. A great establishment of a divine institution called church and kingdom.
    6. A great manifestation of Christian faithfulness.
  7. As we examine this lesson, let me encourage all of us to:
    1. Share this lesson with friends and family.
    2. Appreciate the church for which Jesus died on the cross.
    3. Imitate the early church and her faithfulness to God.
    4. Be doers of the practical lessons we can glean from this lesson.
    5. Obey the gospel of Christ, if you have not done so.
  8. With this in mind, let us meditate upon what God has in store for us.

In Acts 2, at the beginning of the church we see…

A GREAT MULTITUDE PRESENT (2:1-12).

  1. The Sacred text reveals that about 16 nations were present during the celebration of the Jewish feast called, Pentecost.
  2. The Standard Bible Commentary on the Book of Acts makes the following comment:
    1. “The number of people at Jerusalem for a great feast has been variously estimated to be from one to three million.”[1]
  3. There were thousands of people present because the text reveals that about 3,000 souls obeyed the Gospel of Christ (v. 41). This amount cannot be interpreted to say that this was the total amount of people present for this feast. This amount implies the presence of more people.
  4. God’s providence made it available for the church to begin in such a wonderful day when lots of people were present.
  5. What is the significance of the great multitude? Why was it important for this great multitude to be present?
    1. The answer is simple: The Gospel of Christ was going to be taken to several nations so that churches could be established in various places of the world.
  6. We learn from the letter of Paul to the romans that he had not been there (Romans 1:8-13). How was the church established in Rome? We could assume that someone from Pentecost took the gospel to the city of Rome.
  7. So, as we can see, at the beginning of the church we see a great multitude present.
  8. Obviously, only a small amount of this great multitude decided to obey the Gospel of Christ.

In Acts the second chapter, we also see…

A GREAT FULFILLMENT OF BIBLE PROPHECIES (2:14-35).

  1. At the beginning of the church we also see a great fulfillment of Bible prophecies.
  2. This prophecies could be divided into three parts:
    1. The coming of the Holy Spirit.
    2. The resurrection of Christ.
    3. The establishment of the church of Christ.
  3. With regards to the Holy Spirit, we read the following Old Testament prophecy:
    1. Joel 2:28-32 – God had promised to pour out His Spirit on all flesh. We see the fulfilling of this prophecy in Acts 2.
    2. Jesus had said that the Holy Spirit would come upon the apostles (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:13; Luke 24:49). This promise was fulfilled!
  4. With regards to the resurrection of Christ, we read the following Old Testament prophecy:
    1. Psalm 16:8-11 – God had promised not to leave Jesus in Hades, nor will His Holy One see corruption.
    2. Even Jesus himself predicted His own resurrection (John 2:20-22; Matthew 16:21; Mark 8:31).
  5. With regards to the establishment of the church, we read the following Old Testament prophecy:
    1. 2 Samuel 7:12-13 – God had promised that His Son, Jesus Christ would establish the house of God, that is, the church.
    2. Isaiah 2:1-4 – God prophesized that in Jerusalem his house was going to be established.
    3. Daniel 2:44 – God had promised that in the days of the Roman kings, He would set up a kingdom that would never be destroyed.
    4. Jesus himself predicted the establishment of the church/kingdom (Matthew 16:16-19; Mark 9:1). This prediction came to pass!
  6. In Acts the second chapter, we read about the fulfilling of these great Bible prophecies!
    1. Herein we see the inspiration of the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
  7. All of these great Bible prophecies teach us that God is faithful to fulfill that which He had promised aforetime!

In the second chapter of the Book of Acts we also see…

A GREAT PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL (2:22-40).

  1. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He instructed His apostles to go into all the world and preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:18-20).
    1. The Gospel is God’s power to save man (Romans 1:16).
    2. This message tells us that Jesus came, die, was buried and raised on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
  2. The second chapter of the book of Acts also teaches us about the preaching of the Gospel of Christ.
  3. Notice the phrase, “When they heard this” (v. 37).
    1. What does the word “this” refers to?
    2. In Acts 2:22-32 we read how Peter preached the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
  4. This is the message that you and I, as Christians, need to proclaim to the whole world!
  5. We also see in Acts 2 a great example of true/pure Bible preaching:
    1. Acts 2:16-40 – About 25 verses.
    2. In these 25 verses we see 13 Old Testament Scripture references by Peter.
    3. 50% Scripture / 50% Explanation of these verses!
    4. We must fill our preaching with Bible!
  6. This is a great practical lesson for us as ministers. We must preach the Word of God (2 Timothy 4:1-5; 1 Peter 4:11).
    1. Today we see too much story telling coming out from the pulpits. We need to go back to the Bible and preach the way those faithful men did it!
  7. When the Word of God is proclaimed, great results will follow!

After the preaching of the Gospel of Christ, we also see…

A GREAT MANIFESTATION OF AN OBEDIENT FAITH (2:36-41).

  1. In this second chapter of Acts we learn about a great manifestation of an obedient faith.
  2. When the Gospel of Christ was preached, great results followed!
    1. We see honest people being pricked to their hearts (v. 37).
    2. We see honest people seeking for salvation (v. 37).
  3. The Bible tells us that after they were told what to do (vs. 38-40), they obeyed the Gospel of Christ.
    1. Acts 2:41 is one of the beautiful passages we can use to talk about an obedient faith.
    2. These people did not accept Jesus as their personal Savior or prayed Jesus into their hearts.
    3. These people showed an obedient faith by obeying the Gospel of Christ!
  4. The text tells us that they were baptized into Christ. Baptism is for several purposes:
    1. To be baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27; Acts 2:47).
    2. To be saved (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21).
    3. To receive forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16).
  5. Back then, one sermon—three thousand souls; today, three thousand sermons—one soul.
  6. People need to think more seriously about their eternal home!

We also learn about…

A GREAT ESTABLISHMENT OF A DIVINE INSTITUTION: THE CHURCH/KINGDOM (2:47).

  1. In this second chapter of Acts we also learn another great truth—the establishment of a divine institution/church.
  2. This establishment was according to the Old Testament prophecies that were made concerning the church/kingdom (Isaiah 2:1-4; Daniel 2:44).
  3. Jesus promised to establish His church/kingdom (Matthew 16:18).
  4. There are some that teach that the church and the kingdom are two separate divine institutions; the church having been already established and the kingdom is to come in the future.
    1. There is no biblical support for this type of interpretation.
  5. Notice what the Bible teaches regarding the church and the kingdom being one and the same:
    1. The church was prophesied in the Old Testament (Isaiah 2:1-4).
    2. The kingdom was prophesied in the Old Testament as well (Daniel 2:44).
    3. Christ promised the establishment of His church (Matthew 16:18).
    4. Christ promised the establishment/coming of the kingdom (Mark 9:1).
    5. Those who obey the Gospel are added to the church (Acts 2:47).
    6. Those who obey the Gospel are added to the kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
    7. Christians were called to the one Body (Colossians 3:15).
    8. Christians were called to the kingdom (1 Thessalonians 2:12; 2:14).
    9. Through baptism a person enters into Christ (Acts 2:41, 47; Galatians 3:27; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
    10. Through baptism a person enters into the kingdom (John 3:3, 5).
  6. As we can see, the biblical evidence shows that the church and the kingdom is the same divine institution established by God and Christ at the Day of Pentecost—in Acts 2.

A GREAT MANIFESTATION OF CHRISTIAN FAITHFULNESS (2:42-47).

  1. Yes, brothers and sisters! In this chapter we see a great display of faithfulness to God.
  2. This faithfulness can be seen in the following:
    1. First, they gladly receive God’s Word (Acts 2:41).
    2. Second, they were willing to obey the command to be immerse in water (Acts 2:41).
    3. Third, they continued in the apostles’ doctrine (Acts 2:42).
    4. Fourth, they continued in fellowship with one another (Acts 2:42).
    5. Fifth, they continued observing the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:42; 20:7).
    6. Sixth, they continued praying to God (Acts 2:42; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).
    7. Seventh, they continued showing love for one another (Acts 2:44-46).
    8. Eight, they enjoyed favor with all the people. They were making a difference! (Acts 2:47).
  3. The early church has a lot to teach us today! May we always look back at those golden times when faithfulness to God and His Word was a priority in the Christian’s life!

CONCLUSION:

  1. The second chapter of the Book of Acts has a lot to teach the church of the 21st
  2. In this great chapter we have seen the following:
    1. A great multitude present.
    2. A great fulfillment of Bible prophecies.
    3. A great preaching of the Gospel of Christ.
    4. A great manifestation of an obedient faith.
    5. A great establishment of a divine institution: the church/kingdom.
    6. A great manifestation of Christian faithfulness.
  3. May we always appreciate this great chapter and may we never stop preaching from it!

Willie A. Alvarenga. P.O. Box 210667, Bedford, TX 76095. walvarenga@btsop.com

[1] Orin Root & John W. Wade. Standard Bible Commentary on the Book of Acts (Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 1965), p. 17.

God Still Cares About His Church

GOD STILL CARES ABOUT HIS CHURCH by Willie A. Alvarenga

mcgee20preachingText: Matthew 16:18

INTRODUCTION:

  1. What a great blessing it is to speak about God and the Lord’s church!
  2. I consider this a great blessing preaching about this topic because…
    1. I am privileged to be part of the New Testament church for which God still cares!
    2. This is a Bible subject, and therefore, I rejoice to preach about the Word of God! (Psalm 119:97).
    3. This is a vital topic which involves a life and death matter (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:23).
  3. As we examine this lesson, let me encourage you to do the following:
    1. Love and appreciate the church for which Jesus died!
    2. Be a doer of God’s Word! (James 1:22).
    3. If you have not been added to the church of the New Testament, I would like to encourage you to do so today! At the end of my lesson, I will share with you a way on how you can obey the gospel of Jesus Christ!
  4. Let us, therefore, examine the topic, “God Still Cares about the Lord’s Church!

Let us first of all, examine some great lessons about the New Testament church

SOME GREAT LESSONS ABOUT THE LORD’S CHURCH.

  1. There are several great lessons the Bible teaches regarding the New Testament church/the Lord’s church.
  2. As we study the Holy Scriptures, we learn the following great teachings about the Lord’s church:
    1. The church is a divine institution established on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). This was in accordance with Old Testament prophecies (Isaiah 2:1-4; 2 Samuel 7:12-14).
      1. Jesus himself promised to establish His church (Matthew 16:18).
    2. The church and the kingdom are one and the same divine institution. This kingdom was also prophesized in the Old Testament Scriptures (Daniel 2:44).
      1. Christ also promised to establish the kingdom (Mark 9:1). The church is not an afterthought or a plan B in the scheme of redemption! Notice the following similarities of the church and the kingdom:
        1. Those who obey the gospel are added to the church and kingdom (Acts 2:47; Colossians 1:13).
        2. Christians were called to the one Body/church (Colossians 3:15; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 2:14).
        3. Through baptism a person enters into Christ/kingdom (Acts 2:47; Galatians 3:27; 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 3:3, 5).
      2. The church belongs to Christ (Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 1:22-23).
      3. The church is not a denomination, but the one true church of the New Testament.
        1. It was not founded by man-made religions, but God!
      4. Salvation is only found in the church of Christ (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:23; John 14:6; 1 John 5:11).
    3. These are some of the great lessons we can learn from the Bible regarding the Lord’s church.
    4. These are the great lessons that cause us to love the church and to realize how God still cares for the church of His Son, Jesus Christ!

Let us also consider the way God has taken care of the church in times past!

GOD HAS TAKEN CARE OF THE CHURCH IN THE PAST.

  1. God has taken care of the church even from the past/eternity!
    1. The church was in the mind of God before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).
    2. The blood with which the church was purchased was in the mind of God before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:18-20).
    3. God made sure that His plan was fulfilled in the church/in Christ! We see this from the first Old Testament prophecy of Genesis 3:15 all the way to the New Testament.
  2. We see this in God’s scheme of redemption which was planned before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:18-20).
  3. God made sure that the church of His Son, Jesus Christ, was established on Pentecost.
    1. We see this was done through the resurrection of His Son (Acts 2:22-32).
    2. God chose a perfect day to begin His church: Lots of people in attendance!
    3. Everything took place according to God’s plan!
  4. God took care of the church even after her establishment. He took care of the apostles and those who preached the gospel to every creature under God’s Sun (Acts 8:1-5; Mark 16:15).
    1. The reason why we see a tremendous church growth in the first century is because God was taking care of the church (Acts 2:41; 4:4; 5:12-14; 6:7; 8:4; 11:24; 12:24; 17:6).
  5. God has taken care of the church even throughout the ages, and even into our own generation.
  6. God has taken care of the church even from times past!

Through the Holy Scriptures we can also observe how God is taking care of the church, even in our present age!

GOD IS STILL TAKING CARE OF THE CHURCH IN THE PRESENT.

  1. How do we know God is taking care of the church in the present?
    1. The fact that the church is still in existence today helps us to see how God still cares for His church today!
    2. The fact that people are still being added to the New Testament church is proof that God still cares for His church!
  2. God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Friends, this is proof that God still cares for His church!
    1. The preservation of His Word is what keeps the church alive!
    2. We have the Scriptures available to us today. These Scriptures can help the church in many ways!
      1. God’s Word equips us unto every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
      2. God’s Word makes us wise unto salvation (2 Timothy 3:15).
      3. God’s Word can save us (James 1:21).
      4. God’s Word can give us happiness (Jeremiah 15:16).
      5. God’s Word can help us to refute error and overcome temptations (Matthew 4:1-12; Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119:11).
    3. The fact that we have a copy of God’s Word in our hands is proof that God still cares for His church in the present!
  3. Even though there are thousands of divisions today in the church, the faithful church continues to uphold the doctrine of the apostles (Acts 2:42). Why? Because God still cares for His church and He will be with those who uphold His doctrine (2 John 9).
  4. God still cares for His church in the way He protects His children from the evil one:
    1. We will suffer in this life (2 Timothy 3:12; Philippians 1:29; Acts 14:22).
    2. Jesus has promised to be with us (Matthew 28:20; John 16:33).
    3. God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
    4. Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:31, 36-38).
    5. We have all the encouragement we need to continue living a faithful life in Christ!
  5. There is no doubt that God still cares for His church even in our present age!

What a great encouragement it is to know that God will take care of the church, even in the future!

GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THE CHURCH IN THE FUTURE.

  1. How will God take care of His church in the future? We can answer this question with just two words: ETERNAL SALVACION!
  2. Yes, God has promised eternal salvation for His church! This is the way in which God will take care of His church!
  3. God has provided the means whereby we can be saved:
    1. Jesus is the only way to eternal salvation (John 14:6; 2 Timothy 2:10).
    2. Eternal salvation is in Christ (John 11:25-26; 1 John 5:11).
    3. Jesus is our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27; Titus 1:2; 1 John 5:11).
  4. Eternal salvation is found in the one true church of the Bible (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 5:23). Remember, the church is the body of Christ! (Ephesians 1:22-23).
    1. Those who want to be saved must be members of the one true church of Jesus Christ! (Acts 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:9).
  5. God will take care of the church in the future by providing a beautiful entrance into the eternal kingdom of God!
  6. One day Jesus Christ will turn the kingdom over to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24), and so shall we be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
  7. What a wonderful encouragement this is!

Having considered four points that deal with the way how God has taking care of the church in the past, present and future, let us now briefly examine the way how a person can become a member of this great church!

HOW TO BE A MEMBER OF THE LORD’S CHURCH.

  1. The Bible is clear on who you can become a member of the one true church of the Bible.
  2. A person must…
    1. Hear the Gospel of Christ (Acts 2:37; 2:22-32).
    2. Believe in the Gospel message (Mark 16:16).
    3. Be willing to repent of his/her sins (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30).
    4. Be willing to confess Christ as the Son of God (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 10:32-33).
    5. Be willing to be immerse in water in order to receive forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Mark 16:16).
    6. Be faithful during your Christian life (1 Corinthians 15:58; Philippians 2:12; Revelation 2:10).
  3. Those who obey the Gospel are added to the church (Acts 2:47).
    1. The church is the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4; 5:23; Colossians 1:18).
    2. After obedience to the gospel, you become a son of God (John 1:11-13); you are reconciled to God (Ephesians 2:13-16); you become a member of the family of God (Ephesians 2:19); you become a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4).
  4. You need to obey the Gospel today, before it is eternally too late! (2 Corinthians 6:1-2; James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

CONCLUSION:

  1. What a great blessing it is to talk about God and His church!
  2. May we always learn to appreciate and love the church for which Jesus gave His life on the cross!
  3. Let us live a faithful life in Christ, for this is the only way to show God how much we appreciate his care of the church!

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Blessed Are They That Memorize The Word of God by Willie A. Alvarenga

Blessed Are They that Memorize the Word of God by Willie A. Alvarenga
Biblia 22Blessed are they that memorize the Word of God: for they will always be ready to give an answer (1 Peter 3:15).

Blessed are they that memorize the Word of God: for they will not walk in darkness (Psalm 19:8; 119:105).

Blessed are they that memorize the Word of God: for they will overcome temptation (Matthew 4:1-11; Ephesians 6:17).

Blessed are they that memorize the Word of God: for they will be a happy people (Jeremiah 15:16; Psalm 19:8).

Blessed are they that memorize the Word of God: for they will grow in the knowledge of God’s will (2 Peter 3:18; 2 Timothy 2:15).

Blessed are they that memorize the Word of God: for they will keep the commandments of God (Psalm 119:2; John 14:15).

Blessed are they that memorize the Word of God: for they will be an intelligent people (Ephesians 5:17; Psalm 119:104, 130).

“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6, ASV 1901)

Willie A. Alvarenga

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The Christian’s Response to Slander by Willie A. Alvarenga

The Christian’s Response to Slander by Willie A. Alvarenga

“Having a good conscience; that, wherein ye are spoken against, they may be put to shame who revile your good manner of life in Christ.” [1]–1 Peter 3:16

INTRODUCTION

Biblia 71.jpgIn the passage of 1 Peter 3:16 Peter speaks about the reality of Christians suffering for their good manner of life in Christ. This is emphasized not only in this passage, but also throughout the entire letter of first Peter. In this brief study, it is my desire to provide several principles that will help us tremendously to have a proper response to slander. I will, therefore, briefly analyze the word slander and then practical principles on how to respond to it will be provided. As we examine this brief study, let us keep in mind the words of James 1:22, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding your own selves.” Remember that the only way to benefit greatly from God’s Word is to put it to practice in our daily lives (Luke 11:28).

DEFINITION OF TERMS

The word “slander” comes from the Greek word epereazo which has several meanings: to insult, to treat abusively, to use despitefully, to revile, in a forensic sense, to accuse falsely, to threaten (Thayer, 1908). The Strong concordance defines this word as to insult, to use despitefully, and to falsely accuse. The words “falsely accuse” are very strong in the Greek, namely, “to spitefully abuse, to insult, to traduce.”[2] This particular Greek word only appears three times in the New Testament (e.g. Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28; 1 Peter 3:16). Let us read these Bible references where the word appears. I will cite the King James Version:

But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you (Matthew 5:44, emphasis added)

Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you (Luke 6:28, emphasis added).

Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ (1 Peter 3:16).[3]

Other translations of the Bible use words such as revile (ASV, NKJV, ESV), falsely accuse (KJV), slander (NIV).

THE GREEK GRAMMAR

The grammar of this verb is found in the present, active participle, which denotes a continuous action. These Christians were being slandered, and falsely accused continually by their adversaries.

HOW TO SHOULD CHRISTIANS RESPOND TO SLANDER

How can faithful Christians respond when they are being slandered all the time? Does the Bible provide any helpful assistance on what we can do? Let me suggest that you prayerfully consider the following ways on how you and I can respond when we are falsely accused.

Keep in Mind that Faithful Christians Will Suffer

The Apostle Peter in this first letter emphasizes the truth that faithful Christian will suffer in this world considerably. If we study this first letter carefully, we will arrive at the conclusion that the central theme of this letter is suffering which faithful Christians will experience, and how they should respond to it.

There is no doubt that all faithful Christians around the world will experience suffering during our time on earth. The Apostle Peter tells Christians that Satan walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). This enemy of ours will try his best to discourage us from living the Christian life, and from entering heaven someday. Remember that he will hinder our way to heaven (cf. 1 Thessalonians 2:18).

The Apostle Paul also warned Christians that if they lived a faithful life in Christ, they were going to suffer tribulations (2 Timothy 3:12; cf. Philippians 1:29; Acts 14:22; James 1:2). Jesus also warned His disciples about the reality of suffering for His cause (John 16:33). Most of us have experienced difficult times just for trying to live a faithful life in Christ. Personally, several false teachers with regards to the doctrine of marriage, divorce and remarriage have falsely accused me of teaching false doctrine. These people argue in this way because I do not teach what they believe. The Brown Trail School of Preaching has been falsely accused of using instrumental music in our building. I, also, was falsely accused of having divorced my wife; something obviously not true!

It is imperative that we as Christians continue steadfast in the Lord so that we may not cast away our boldness, which hath great recompense of reward (Hebrews 10:35). We need to keep in mind that a Crown of life awaits those who remain faithful to the Lord, even in the midst of trials (cf. James 1:12; Revelation 2:10; 2 Timothy 4:6-8).

Follow the Advises the Inspired Apostle Peter Provided

In his first letter, the Apostle Peter provides several advices that can help us to have a positive response when we are being slandered. Therefore, I will allow Peter to instruct us on how we can respond to slander. Once again, let me encourage you to please consider each of these advices:

  1. Remember that you are not alone (1 Peter 1:3-5).

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (Emphasis added).

  1. Remember that being slandered is part of the proving of your faith (1 Peter 1:6-7).

6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold trials, 7that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

  1. Remember to continue living a holy life in Christ, even when you are being slandered or persecuted (1 Peter 1:14-15).

14As children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance: 15but like as he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living; 16because it is written, ye shall be holy; for I am holy.

  1. Remember to put away sin from your life; otherwise, you will provide an opportunity for the adversary to accuse you falsely (1 Peter 2:1-2).

Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2as newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that ye may grow thereby unto salvation.

  1. Remember to live a faithful life before those who may falsely accuse you (1 Peter 2:11-12, 15).

11Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12having your behavior seemly among the Gentiles; that, wherein they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 15For so is the will of God, that by well-doing ye should put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

  1. Remember that God is pleased when we suffer with patience, and by so doing, we follow the steps of Jesus (1 Peter 1:20-23).

20For what glory is it, if, when ye sin, and are buffeted for it, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye shall take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.

  1. Remember not to render evil for evil (1 Peter 3:8-13).

8Finally, be ye all likeminded, compassionate, loving as brethren, tenderhearted, humbleminded: 9not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but contrariwise blessing; for hereunto were ye called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 10For, He that would love life, And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips that they speak no guile: 11And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it. 12For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And his ears unto their supplication: But the face of the Lord is upon them that do evil. 13And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good?

  1. Remember to do your best to have a good conscience at all times (1 Peter 3:16).

16having a good conscience; that, wherein ye are spoken against, they may be put to shame who revile your good manner of life in Christ.

  1. Remember to rejoice when you suffer for the Lord (1 Peter 4:12-14).

12Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you: 13but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice with exceeding joy. 14If ye are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are ye; because the Spirit of glory and the Spirit of God resteth upon you.

  1. Remember not to suffer as an evil doer, since by doing this, you will provide an opportunity for your enemies to falsely accuse you (1 Peter 4:15-16).

15For let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil-doer, or as a meddler in other men’s matters: 16but if a man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name.

  1. Remember to continue practicing that which is good, even when you are falsely accused or persecuted (1 Peter 4:19).

19Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing unto a faithful Creator.

  1. Remember that you are not the only one that suffers in this world (1 Peter 5:8-9).

8Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, 9whom withstand stedfast in your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world.

  1. Remember to give God the glory even when you are experiencing difficult times in your life (1 Peter 5:11).

10And the God of all grace, who called you unto his eternal glory in Christ, after that ye have suffered a little while, shall himself perfect, establish, strengthen you. 11To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

EXAMPLES OF THOSE IN THE BIBLE WHO WERE SLANDERED AND HOW THEY RESPONDED TO IT

The Bible provides several examples of faithful people of God who were accused falsely. Let us consider only three examples. At the same time, let us carefully consider how they responded to those who slandered them.

Joseph (Genesis 39:1-40).

Potiphar’s wife accused Joseph of sexually harassing her. Let us read the entire story to see how things happened:

Joseph’s Prosperity

And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh’s, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hand of the Ishmaelites, that had brought him down thither. 2And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3And his master saw that Jehovah was with him, and that Jehovah made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 4And Joseph found favor in his sight, and he ministered unto him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. 5And it came to pass from the time that he made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that Jehovah blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of Jehovah was upon all that he had, in the house and in the field. 6And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not aught that was with him, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was comely, and well-favored.

Joseph’s Temptation

7And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 8But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master knoweth not what is with me in the house, and he hath put all that he hath into my hand: 9he is not greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? 10And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. 11And it came to pass about this time, that he went into the house to do his work; and there was none of the men of the house there within. 12And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

Joseph is Falsely Accused

13And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, 14that she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in a Hebrew unto us to mock us: he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice: 15and it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment by me, and fled, and got him out. 16And she laid up his garment by her, until his master came home. 17And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, whom thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: 18and it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment by me, and fled out.

Joseph is Punished Unjustly

19And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. 20And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. 21But Jehovah was with Joseph, and showed kindness unto him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. 23The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand, because Jehovah was with him; and that which he did, Jehovah made it prosper. [4]

Throughout the development of this story we see how Joseph remained faithful to his God. This faithfulness brought him suffering since Potiphar’s wife falsely accused him of trying to force her to have sexual activity with her. It is interesting to see how God will always bless His people when they diligently strive to serve Him faithfully. Notice what the text reveals concerning God’s mercy towards the faithful Joseph: But Jehovah was with Joseph, and showed kindness unto him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison” (Genesis 39:21). People may accuse us falsely, but God will always be there for us (cf. Hebrews 13:5).

Daniel (Daniel 6:1-28).

In this chapter we learned how Daniel lived a faithful life before God that even his enemies were not able to find fault in him. His enemies, therefore, sought a way to accuse him, but were not successful. Why? The text reveals the answer: “…but they could find no occasion nor fault, forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.”

These adversaries devised a plan to falsely accused Daniel. Let us read the rest of the story to see what these men did, and what God did.

The Accusers and their Wicked Plan Against Daniel

5Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

6Then these presidents and satraps assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. 7All the presidents of the kingdom, the deputies and the satraps, the counsellors and the governors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a strong interdict, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. 8Now, O king, establish the interdict, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 9Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the interdict.

Daniel’s Courage and Faithfulness

10And when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house (now his windows were open in his chamber toward Jerusalem) and he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

The Accusation Against Daniel

11Then these men assembled together, and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God. 12Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s interdict: Hast thou not signed an interdict, that every man that shall make petition unto any god or man within thirty days, save unto thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 13Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, who is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the interdict that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. 14Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to rescue him. 15Then these men assembled together unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians, that no interdict nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.

Daniel’s Unjust Tribulation and the King’s Confidence

16Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. 17And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.

18Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting; neither were instruments of music brought before him: and his sleep fled from him.

Daniel’s Deliverance Due to His Faithfulness

19Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 20And when he came near unto the den to Daniel, he cried with a lamentable voice; the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? 21Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live forever. 22My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not hurt me; forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. 23Then was the king exceeding glad, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he had trusted in his God.

The Accusers Punishment

24And the king commanded, and they brought those men that had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces, before they came to the bottom of the den.

The King’s Noble Decree

25Then king Darius wrote unto all the peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied unto you. 26I make a decree, that in all the dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel; for he is the living God, and stedfast forever, And his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed; and his dominion shall be even unto the end. 27He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. 28So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. [5]

This story has the purpose of revealing 7 great lessons:

  1. It is possible to live a faithful life according to God’s commandments
  2. Evil people will try to accuse you falsely
  3. Evil people will not be able to find anything credible by which to falsely accuse you
  4. If you live a faithful life before God, He will never leave you
  5. Those who falsely accuse you will be punished by God
  6. Man’s faithfulness can provide a way for God to be glorified
  7. Faithfulness will always prevail

Jesus Christ (Mark 14:53-65).

In this passage of Scripture we read about how the Jews were trying to falsely accuse Jesus of wrong doing, but were not able to do so. Let us read the story to see how things happened:

53And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and there come together with him all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. 54And Peter had followed him afar off, even within, into the court of the high priest; and he was sitting with the officers, and warming himself in the light of the fire. 55Now the chief priests and the whole council sought witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found it not. 56For many bare false witness against him, and their witness agreed not together. 57And there stood up certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, 58We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands. 59And not even so did their witness agree together. 60And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 61But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and saith unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? 62And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. 63And the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What further need have we of witnesses? 64Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be worthy of death. 65And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the officers received him with blows of their hands. [6]

The chief priests and the whole council were looking for ways to falsely accuse Jesus, but were not successful. If you live a faithful life, people will not be able to find something credible by which to accuse you legally.

In the three stories we have examined we see how the attitude of these men of God always reflected their faithfulness to God. There is a lot we can learn from these men! May the Lord help us to imitate their great example.

CONCLUSION

In this brief lesson we have examined the topic, “The Christian’s Response to Slander.” We have learned about the reality of suffering and slandering. We can safely conclude that slander is part of the Christian’s suffering. Therefore, it is imperative that we prayerfully consider how we can response to this type of persecution from our adversaries. If you have not experienced false accusations, sooner or later you will. When the time comes, let me encourage you to carefully practice the wise principles we have examined in this lesson.

May we never allow those who slander us to discourage us from living the kind of life God would have us to live. Remember that if we remain faithful unto death, a beautiful crown of life awaits us (Revelation 2:10; James 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:7-8).

May the Lord give us the wisdom and encouragement to continue serving Him faithfully!

Additional Passages on the Subject at Hand

With his mouth the godless man destroyeth his neighbor; But through knowledge shall the righteous be delivered (Proverbs 11:9).

He that hideth hatred is of lying lips; And he that uttereth a slander is a fool (Proverbs 10:18).

And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Matthew 12:36-37).

Speak not one against another, brethren. He that speaketh against a brother, or judgeth his brother, speaketh against the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judgest the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge (James 4:11).

Whoso privily slandereth his neighbor, him will I destroy: Him that hath a high look and a proud heart will I not suffer (Psalm 101:5).

 

 

 

 

 

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Louw, Johannes P.; Nida, Eugene A. Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains. 1996.

 

Strong, J. Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software. 2001.

 

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[1] American Standard Version. 1995 (1 Pe 3:16). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[2] Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: For the English reader (1 Pe 3:16). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

[3] The Holy Bible: King James Version. 2009 (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[4] American Standard Version. 1995 (Ge 39:1–23). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[5] American Standard Version. 1995 (Da 6:5–28). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[6] American Standard Version. 1995 (Mk 14:53–65). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

He Sacrificed His Life to Give Us Eternal Life by Willie A. Alvarenga

HE SACRIFICED HIS LIFE TO GIVE US ETERNAL LIFE by Willie A. Alvarenga

INTRODUCTION:

  1. Thank God for Jesus Christ, His beloved Son! Thanks to Christ we now enjoy the hope of eternal life, that is, those who have obeyed the gospel.
  2. Some say there are approximately 170 references to the death of Christ in the NT.
  3. 3 Points to our lesson: 1. The nature of Christ’s death, 2. The purpose of His death, and 3. What our attitude should be in view of His death.
  4. Let us be doers of God’s Word as we study together (James 1:22; Luke 11:28).

THE NATURE OF CHRIST’S DEATH.

  1. It was a very painful death (humiliated, Mtt. 27:28; they spat on His face, Mtt. 26:67; Beat and struck Him, Mtt. 26:67; 27:30; crucified Him (Mtt. 27:31).
  2. It was a death according to the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God (Acts 2:22-23; 1 Pet 1:18-20).

THE PURPOSE OF CHRIST’S DEATH.

  1. To fulfill OT prophecies (Gen 3:15; Psalm 22; Isaiah 53).
  2. To save men from their sins (Matt 20:28; John 1:29; 1 John 2:2; Eph. 1:7).
  3. To show God’s love to the world (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
  4. To reconcile men back to God (Ephesians 2:13-16).
  5. To provide an example of the kind of love we should have towards one another (1 John 3:16).
  6. To provide men the opportunity to enjoy eternal life with God in heaven (John 11:25-26; 1 John 5:11; John 14:6).

OUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS CHRIST’S SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS.

  1. His death should motivate us to love God more (Mark 12:30).
  2. His death should encourage us to work fervently in His kingdom (Phil 1:21).
  3. His death should encourage us to live a holy life in Christ (1 Peter 1:13-16).
  4. His death should encourage us to share the great news of salvation (Mark 16:15-16; Matthew 28:18-20).

CONCLUSION:

  1. Eternal life is in Jesus Christ (1 John 5:11).
  2. To be in Christ, men should obey the Gospel of Christ, be baptized into Christ (Gal 3:27; Romans 6:3-4).
  3. Plan of salvation according to the New Testament.