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 (BA) de la universidad cristiana de Heritage (Florence, Alabama). En el 2020 recibí mi maestría en estudios del Nuevo (MA) 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 38 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 Seagoville, 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 escuchar de usted, por lo que le pido me envíe un correo electrónico a: buscandoalperdido@yahoo.com Dios le bendiga.

Bible Articles for Young People (Vol. 1)

This book consists of 52 Bible articles published for the spiritual growth of our young people. This book may also be used as devotional material for the family. I pray this material will be a great source of encouragement for everyone who takes the time to read these articles. To God be the glory!

Willie A. Alvarenga

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!

Willie A. Alvarenga

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Bedford, TX 76095

(817) 681 4543; 268 3222

walvarenga@btsop.com

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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

P.O. BOX 210667

Bedford, TX 76095

(817) 268 3222; 681 4543

walvarenga@btsop.com

www.alvarengapublications.com

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