THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 11-6-16

LESSON TITLE: “CHRIST IS THE FOUNDER AND BUILDER OF THE CHURCH”

WELCOME

TODAY, WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES WE ARE TOLD, “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.” IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST RAY SULLINS.

WELCOME TO OUR PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD’S DAY MORNING. HERE WE ARE TOGETHER ON ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY WHICH THE LORD HAS GIVEN US. NO MATTER WHAT IT IS LIKE OUTSIDE, EVERYDAY SHOULD BE MAGNIFICENT WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE! IT IS GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US THIS MORNING FOR THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO GOD. LET ME ENCOURAGE US ALL TO DO OUR PART TODAY, TO MAKE THIS TIME TOGETHER ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. NOW LET’S BEGIN BY APPROACHING HIS THRONE IN PRAYER.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF THIS LIFE. FATHER, WE KNOW THAT ALL THINGS COME FROM YOU AND THEREFORE, FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFTS THAT YOU GIVE US - ESPECIALLY THAT GREAT GIFT OF YOUR SON, JESUS, WHICH MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE SPIRITUALLY THAT WE MIGHT NOT ONLY BE BLESSED NOW BUT BLESSED ETERNALLY WITH THE PROMISE OF HEAVEN SOMEDAY. AND IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD SONGS WE SING TOGETHER ABOUT OUR GREAT SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST. THIS MORNING WE WANT TO SING ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL HE IS TO THOSE WHO FOLLOW HIS WILL! SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE BRETHREN AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “SING TO ME OF HEAVEN!”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

THE LAST TIME WE HAD SOME RAIN, I WAS DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD AND I SAW SOMETHING REALLY BEAUTIFUL IN THE SKY. IT HAD MANY COLORS AND STOOD OUT LIKE A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD. I GUESS YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT BY NOW - A RAINBOW.

I RECALL ABOUT A YEAR AGO I WAS TRAVELING DURING A STORMY TIME OF THE YEAR. IT HAD JUST STARTED TO CLEAR OFF A BIT IN A TOWN I WAS COMING TO AND THERE IT WAS AGAIN - THAT SPECTACULAR GIFT FROM GOD. TOWERING HUNDREDS OF FEET IN THE AIR, I COULD SEE THE ENTIRE RAINBOW, FROM WHERE IT TOUCHED THE GROUND ON ONE SIDE TO WHERE IT TOUCHED THE GROUND ON THE OTHER. IT WAS JUST ONE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR THINGS I HAD EVER SEEN AND IT FILLED MY EYES WITH WONDER AND AMAZEMENT.

OF COURSE, THE FIRST THING WHICH CAME TO MY MIND AGAIN WAS OUR WONDERFUL CREATOR AND GIVER OF ALL - OUR GOD IN HEAVEN. HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THAT THESE RAINBOWS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO US BY GOD AS A SIGN FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM?

IF YOU GO BACK WITH ME TO THE BOOK OF GENESIS, WE ARE REMINDED THERE OF THE AWESOME STORY OF THE FLOOD. IT RAINED FOR 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS AND THEN THE ARK FLOATED FOR OVER 100 DAYS BEFORE IT CAME TO REST ON DRY LAND - ON TOP OF MOUNT ARARAT! IT WAS THEN THAT NOAH AND HIS FAMILY AND ALL THE ANIMALS LEFT THE ARK AND THEN NOAH MADE AN ALTER TO THE LORD GOD ABOVE. IN GENESIS CHAPTER 9, WE KNOW THAT GOD WAS VERY PLEASED WITH NOAH, AND IN VERSE 16, HE MADE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT TO HIS FAITHFUL SERVANT, “THE RAINBOW SHALL BE IN THE CLOUD, AND I WILL LOOK ON IT TO REMEMBER THE EVERLASTING COVENANT BETWEEN GOD AND EVERY LIVING CREATURE OF ALL FLESH THAT IS ON THE EARTH.” SO THE RAINBOW WAS PLACED IN THE SKY AS A SIGN FROM GOD TO ALL HIS CREATION. THE VERY SAME SIGN TO US AS HIS CREATION TODAY. BUT WHAT WAS THE SIGN THAT GOD WANTED THEM, AS WELL AS US, TO KNOW?

GO WITH ME AGAIN TO THE BIBLE AND LET’S READ VERSES 13-15. THERE GOD TOLD NOAH, “I SET MY RAINBOW IN THE CLOUD, AND IT SHALL BE FOR THE SIGN OF THE COVENANT BETWEEN ME AND THE EARTH. IT SHALL BE, WHEN I BRING A CLOUD OVER THE EARTH, THAT THE RAINBOW SHALL BE SEEN IN THE CLOUD; AND I WILL REMEMBER MY COVENANT WHICH IS BETWEEN ME AND YOU AND EVERY LIVING CREATURE OF ALL FLESH; THE WATERS SHALL NEVER AGAIN BECOME A FLOOD TO DESTROY ALL FLESH.” SO, A RAINBOW IN THE SKY REMINDS US OF THE PROMISE OF GOD THAT HE WILL NEVER AGAIN DESTROY THE EARTH OR HIS CREATION WITH WATER.

HOWEVER, AS WE STARTED OUT OUR DISCUSSION, THESE RAINBOWS ALSO REMIND ME OF THE GREAT POWER AND MAJESTY OF THE GOD WE SERVE. HE HAS CONTINUED TO PUT THIS SIGN IN THE SKY. HE HAS CONTINUED TO KEEP THE PROMISE SEALED BY IT. AND HE WILL ALWAYS FULFILL THE WORDS HE HAS SPOKEN THROUGH THE SPIRIT.

SO NEXT TIME YOU SEE ONE OF THESE SPECTACULAR GIFTS FROM GOD IN THE SKY, REMEMBER ALL THAT GOD HAS DONE, IS DOING, AND WILL DO FOR YOU. FURTHERMORE, LET IT BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO US TO KNOW THAT HE HAD THE POWER TO DO SUCH A WONDROUS THING, BECAUSE SURELY THIS MEANS HE WILL BE ABLE TO FULFILL ALL OF HIS PROMISES!

THIS MORNING WE HAVE A GUEST SPEAKER WITH US WHO HAS NEVER BEEN WITH US BEFORE. WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE BROTHER KEVIN RUTHERFORD WITH US TODAY, TO LEAD US IN OUR STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. BROTHER KEVIN HAS BEEN HOLDING A MEETING FOR US THIS WEEK AND HE WAS GRACIOUS ENOUGH TO AGREE TO LEAD OUR LESSON THOUGHTS OF THE MORNING. BROTHER RUTHERFORD IS THE MINISTER FOR THE WEST END CHURCH OF CHRIST IN ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI. WE ARE GLAD TO HAVE HIM WITH US AND LOOK FORWARD TO HIM GUIDING OUR THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD.

CONCERNING OUR TOPIC, WE ARE STILL CONSIDERING OUR SERIES CALLED “THE BRIDE OF CHRIST.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON THIS MORNING WILL BE, “CHRIST IS THE FOUNDER AND BUILDER OF THE CHURCH.” SO, PLEASE STAY WITH US AND IN A FEW MINUTES BROTHER KEVIN WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE DAY, THE NAME OF THE SONG, “SOFTLY AND TENDERLY.”

LESSON

BY KEVIN RUTHERFORD

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TODAY FOR THIS SERVICE. WE'RE GLAD THAT YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN SPIRITUAL MATTERS. WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT GOD LOVES YOU AND THAT YOU ARE VERY PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF GOD AND EVERY PERSON ON THIS PLANET IS AN IMPORTANT PERSON. I'D LIKE TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE CHURCH OF CHRIST. THE CHURCH OF CHRIST IS A CHURCH THAT'S DOING WHAT IT CAN TO GO BACK TO THE BIBLE, TO GO TO THE WORD GOD, TO SEE WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY ABOUT CHRISTIAN LIVING, CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE, CHRISTIAN WORSHIP, AND PRACTICE. AND WE WANT TO DO OUR BEST TO BE LIKE THE CHURCH THAT YOU CAN READ OF IN THE PAGES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.

WE GO TO NEW TESTAMENT THIS MORNING TO TALK ABOUT MATTHEW CHAPTER 16 FOR A MOMENT. IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 16, JESUS CHRIST IS TALKING ABOUT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF HIS CHURCH AND HE MAKES IT VERY CLEAR IN THIS CONTEXT THAT HE IS THE FOUNDER AND THE BUILDER OF HIS CHURCH. HE AND HIS DISCIPLES ARE IN THE REGION OF CAESAREA PHILIPPI AND THERE, AS THEY'RE NEAR THAT CITY, HE HAS ASKED HIS DISCIPLES SOME QUESTIONS. THE FIRST WHICH IS THIS, “WHO DO MEN SAY THAT I, THE SON OF MAN, AM?” AND SO THE DISCIPLES BEGIN TO GIVE HIM DIFFERENT ANSWERS. ANSWERS THAT PEOPLE HAD BEEN GIVING. THINGS THAT PEOPLE HAD BEEN SAYING; MAYBE HE'S JEREMIAH. MAYBE HE'S ELIJAH. MAYBE HE'S ONE OF THE PROPHETS. AND THEN JESUS TURNS THE QUESTION AROUND ON THEM AND SAYS, “WELL, WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM?” AND THAT'S WHEN PETER SPOKE UP. JESUS INDICATED THAT PETER'S ANSWER WAS GIVEN TO HIM BY INSPIRATION FROM GOD. BUT PETER SAID, “YOU ARE THE CHRIST...THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD!” THAT'S A POWERFUL CONFESSION. THAT'S A POWERFUL STATEMENT. IN FACT, THAT IS A STATEMENT ABOUT THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST - BASED ON THE FACT THAT HE DOES HAVE THAT AUTHORITY AS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD, HE ESTABLISHED HIS CHURCH. AND SO HE LEADS INTO THAT PART OF HIS DISCUSSION WHEN HE BEGINS TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE WOULD BUILD THE CHURCH. HE SAYS, “I SAY ALSO WITH YOU THAT YOU ARE SIMON BAR JONAH (OR SIMON THE SON OF JONAH) AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH.” SO JESUS IS THE BUILDER OF THE CHURCH AND THE CHURCH BELONGS TO HIM. AND HE SAID, “THE GATES OF HADES SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT.”

JESUS CHRIST, WHEN HE WAS THERE ON THE CROSS AND ABOUT TO DIE, SAID TO THE THIEF THAT WAS THERE, “TODAY YOU SHALL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE.” LOOK AT CHAPTER 23 AND VERSE 43 - JESUS AT THAT TIME INDICATING WHERE HE WOULD GO WHEN HE DIED. PARADISE IS A PART OF THE REALM OF THE DEAD KNOWN AS HADES. SO JESUS CHRIST IS TELLING US THAT HADES ISN'T GOING TO STOP HIM FROM ESTABLISHING HIS CHURCH. EVEN HIS OWN DEATH WOULD NOT STOP HIM FROM ESTABLISHING HIS CHURCH. IT WOULD BE ESTABLISHED. HE GOES ON THEN AND EQUATES THE CHURCH WITH THE TERM KINGDOM. THE WORD KINGDOM IS USED IN THE BIBLE IN DIFFERENT WAYS. BUT ONE OF THE WAYS IN WHICH THE WORD KINGDOM IS USED IN THE BIBLE IS IN REFERENCE TO THE CHURCH. AND SO JESUS CHRIST SAYS TO PETER: “AND I WILL GIVE TO YOU THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.” AS YOU GO DOWN THROUGH THE CONTEXT OF MATTHEW CHAPTER 16, YOU SEE THERE IN VERSE 28, JESUS CHRIST SPEAKING OF THE CHURCH AS THE KINGDOM ONCE AGAIN. AND HERE JESUS CHRIST MAKES IT VERY CLEAR THAT SOME OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE STANDING THERE BEFORE THEM IN THAT DAY AND TIME WHO ARE LISTENING TO WHAT HE WAS SAYING WOULD NOT DIE UNTIL THEY SAW THAT KINGDOM COME. THAT KINGDOM IS THE CHURCH! AND SO THE CHURCH WHICH JESUS CHRIST BUILT, WHICH HE IS THE FOUNDER OF, CAME WITHIN THE LIFETIME OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE STANDING THERE THAT DAY. THAT WAS IN THE FIRST CENTURY. YOU KNOW, THIS USE OF THE WORD KINGDOM WITH REFERENCE TO THE CHURCH DOESN'T BEGIN IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 16. IN FACT, YOU SEE THIS USE OF THE WORD KINGDOM WITH REFERENCE TO THE CHURCH AND SOME VERY, VERY OLD PROPHECIES - SUCH AS THOSE FOUND IN THE BOOK OF DANIEL.

IN DANIEL CHAPTER 2, DANIEL IS INTERPRETING A DREAM THAT KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR HAD. A DREAM THAT GOD HAD GIVEN TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR. A DREAM WHICH PICTURED VARIOUS WORLD EMPIRES. AND DANIEL SAYS IN THE DAYS OF THE FOURTH EMPIRE - AND IF YOU FOLLOW THE WORLD EMPIRES BEGINNING AT BABYLON, YOU COME TO THE ROMAN EMPIRE. IN THOSE DAYS, HE SAYS THE DAYS OF THOSE KINGS, THE GOD OF HEAVEN IS GOING TO ESTABLISH A KINGDOM - HIS KINGDOM - A KINGDOM WHICH SHALL NEVER BE DESTROYED!

WELL, NOW YOU REMEMBER IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 16, WHEN JESUS CHRIST SAID THAT HE WOULD BE THE FOUNDER OF THE CHURCH, HE REFERRED TO IT AS THE KINGDOM AND SAID IT WOULD COME IN THEIR LIFETIME. WELL, THAT WAS IN THE FIRST CENTURY, AND THUS, THAT WAS DURING THE DAYS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. THE ROMAN KING IS THE ROMAN EMPERORS. AND SO THAT FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL - IN DANIEL CHAPTER 2 AND VERSE 44. DANIEL HIMSELF HAD A VERY, VERY INTERESTING VISION IN DANIEL CHAPTER 7 WHICH SPOKE OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHURCH OR THE KINGDOM AS WELL. IN DANIEL CHAPTER 7 VERSES 13 AND 14, DANIEL HAS A VISION IN WHICH HE IS LOOKING FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF HEAVEN AND WATCHING AS ONE LIKENED TO THE SON OF MAN - THAT IS JESUS CHRIST ASCENDING INTO HEAVEN. AND IN HIS VISION, HE SEES THIS ONE LIKENED TO THE SON OF MAN GOING BEFORE THE ANCIENT OF DAYS. THAT'S GOD THE FATHER. AND GOD THEN GIVES JESUS A KINGDOM. AND IT IS THAT ETERNAL KINGDOM, THAT EVERLASTING KINGDOM. THE SAME ONE SPOKEN OF IN DANIEL CHAPTER 2 AND VERSE 44 AND THE SAME ONE SPOKEN OF IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 16 VERSE 18 AND ALSO VERSE 28. IT IS THE CHURCH! AND SO DANIEL IS TELLING US THAT THE CHURCH OR THE KINGDOM WOULD BE ESTABLISHED SHORTLY AFTER THE ASCENSION OF JESUS CHRIST.

WELL, YOU CAN GO OVER TO THE BOOK OF ACTS AND YOU CAN SEE THAT EVENT IN ACTS CHAPTER 1. JESUS CHRIST, IN ACTS CHAPTER 1 IN VERSE EIGHT, TELLS HIS DISCIPLES TO GO INTO JERUSALEM WHERE THEY WOULD RECEIVE POWER FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND THEN JESUS CHRIST ASCENDS INTO HEAVEN. YOU CAN GO OVER TO THE NEXT CHAPTER, THE BOOK OF ACTS - ACTS CHAPTER 2 - AND YOU CAN SEE THE CHURCH OR THE KINGDOM BEING ESTABLISHED. ACTS CHAPTER 2 AND VERSE 47 REFERS TO THE INSTITUTION THAT WAS ESTABLISHED ON THAT DAY AS THE CHURCH. THOSE PEOPLE THAT RESPONDED TO THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST WERE ADDED TO THE CHURCH. AND SO ALL OF THESE PROPHECIES FIT TOGETHER. ALL OF THESE BIBLICAL PASSAGES REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHURCH FIT TOGETHER.

ACTS CHAPTER 2 IS A VERY POWERFUL PASSAGE. JESUS HAD PROMISED TO BUILD HIS CHURCH AND THE DAY THAT WAS FULFILLED WAS THE FIRST PENTECOST AFTER THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST. AND THAT DAY IS RECORDED FOR US IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. THERE THE APOSTLES, ACTS CHAPTER 2, 1 TO 4, DID, IN FACT, RECEIVE THAT POWER FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT, AS THEY WERE IMMERSED IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. WHILE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE POWER THE HOLY SPIRIT, LET ME MENTION TO YOU MARK CHAPTER 9 IN VERSE ONE - WHICH IS VERY SIMILAR TO MATTHEW CHAPTER 16 VERSE 28. JESUS CHRIST TOLD HIS DISCIPLES IN MARK NINE, VERSE ONE, THAT SOME OF THOSE THAT WERE STANDING THERE BEFORE HIM THAT VERY DAY WOULD NOT TASTE OF DEATH. THEY WOULD NOT DIE 'TILL THEY SAW THE KINGDOM OF GOD COME WITH POWER. AND SO JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES, “YOU'LL HAVE THAT POWER” - ACTS CHAPTER ONE IN VERSE EIGHT - “WHEN YOU RECEIVE IT FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT”. IN ACTS CHAPTER 2, YOU SEE THEM RECEIVING THAT POWER FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT. THE KINGDOM WOULD COME WHEN THE POWER CAME AND THE POWER CAME IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. THE FIRST PENTECOST AFTER THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST, AND THUS, THAT'S THE DAY THE LORD ESTABLISHED HIS KINGDOM. THAT IS, THE LORD ESTABLISHED HIS CHURCH JUST AS HE HAD PROMISED HE WOULD DO.

IN ACTS CHAPTER 2, PETER IS PREACHING WHAT IS THE FIRST GOSPEL SERMON AND YOU MAY RECALL IF YOU'VE READ THIS CHAPTER BEFORE, THE SIMPLE LOGIC WITH WHICH PETER DESCRIBES THE EVIDENCE THAT JESUS IS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST. IN ACTS CHAPTER 2, IN VERSE 36, PETER MAKES HIS MAIN POINT WHICH IS: JESUS IS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST. AS HE SPEAKING TO THE JEWS. HE'S TELLING THEM THAT YOU HAVE CRUCIFIED THE LORD. AND SOME OF THEM RESPONDED BECAUSE THEY WE'RE PRICKED IN THEIR HEARTS. THAT IS, POKED OR STABBED IN THEIR HEARTS BY THE POWER OF THE MESSAGE. AS PETER IS BRINGING THEM TO THE CONCLUSION THAT JESUS IS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST, HE OFFERS UP SOME EVIDENCE - THE FIRST EVIDENCE HAS TO DO WITH PROPHECY AND PETER SHOWS THAT JESUS CHRIST FULFILLED THE PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE MESSIAH. THE SECOND EVIDENCE HAS TO DO WITH THE MIRACLES WHICH JESUS CHRIST PERFORMED WHILE HE WAS HERE UPON THIS EARTH. AND THEN THE THIRD AND MOST POWERFUL EVIDENCE OF ALL PERHAPS IS THE FACT THAT JESUS CHRIST ROSE FROM THE DEAD ON THE THIRD DAY AFTER HIS CRUCIFIXION. PETER SAYS WE ARE WITNESSES TO THAT PETER. PETER AND THESE OTHER DISCIPLES KNEW THAT JESUS HAD DIED. THEY KNEW THAT HE HAD BEEN BURIED. AND THEN THEY SAW HIM THREE DAYS LATER WALKING ON THIS EARTH. IN FACT, FOR 40 DAYS JESUS CHRIST WOULD WALK ON THIS EARTH AFTER HIS RESURRECTION BEFORE HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN SO THAT MANY PEOPLE COULD SEE THAT HE WAS IN FACT RAISED FROM THE DEAD. NOTHING WAS SECRET, NOTHING WAS HIDDEN - IT WAS ALL OUT IN THE OPEN. THE APOSTLE PAUL WOULD LATER SPEAK OF THIS IN FIRST CORINTHIANS 15 AND SPEAK OF MORE THAN 500 DISCIPLES WHO HAD SEEN THE RESURRECTED CHRIST. SO, PETER SAYING YOU LOOK AT FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY, YOU LOOK AT THE MIRACLES WHICH JESUS CHRIST PERFORMED, AND YOU LOOK AT THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST - AND YOU COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT JESUS IS BOTH LORD AND CHRIST!

NOW THOSE THAT WERE AFFECTED BY THE PREACHING OF THIS MESSAGE CALL OUT, “MEN AND BRETHREN, WHAT SHALL WE DO?” THEY WERE CONVICTED BY THE GOSPEL MESSAGE PETER PREACHED AND THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT THEY HAD BEEN WORKING AGAINST THE LORD AND NOW THEY WANTED TO BE WITH THE LORD – “WHAT SHALL WE DO?” THAT'S WHEN PETER SAYS IN ACTS CHAPTER 2 IN VERSE 38, “REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED, EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.” HE TOLD THEM IF THEY WAN'T TO BE FORGIVEN OF THEIR SINS THEY WOULD HAVE TO REPENT. THAT'S MAKING A U-TURN. THAT'S TURNING YOUR LIFE AROUND. THEY HAD BEEN OPPOSING CHRIST AND NOW IT'S TIME TO TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND AND BEGIN TO FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST. AND HE TOLD THEM THEY NEEDED TO BE BAPTIZED FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.

BAPTISM IS, ROMANS CHAPTER 6 IN VERSE 4, A BURIAL IN WATER. IT'S AN IMMERSION. THEY WERE GONNA HAVE TO BE IMMERSED IN WATER FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF THEIR SINS. ACTS CHAPTER 2 THEN GOES ON TO SHOW US THAT PETER CONTINUED TEACHING THESE INDIVIDUALS SO THEY WOULD HAVE A GREATER UNDERSTANDING. AND 3000 THEN, HEARING THAT MESSAGE, DECIDED THEY DID IN FACT WANT TO GIVE THEMSELVES OVER TO JESUS CHRIST. AND SO THEY WERE BAPTIZED THAT DAY. 3000 BEING BAPTIZED THAT DAY! WHAT A JOYOUS OCCASION! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SITE THAT MUST HAVE BEEN! THE APOSTLES AND DISCIPLES THEN CONTINUED TO PREACH THE MESSAGE AND THE CHURCH CONTINUED TO GROW, ACTS TWO IN VERSE 47, TELLING US THAT THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH DAILY THOSE WHO WERE BEING SAVED. AND SO, WHEN WE GO BACK TO MATTHEW CHAPTER 16, WE SEE THE PROMISE THAT WAS MADE THERE BY JESUS CHRIST THAT HE WOULD BUILD HIS CHURCH. HE'S THE FOUNDER OF THE CHURCH, HE'S THE BUILDER OF THE CHURCH, AND WHEN HE MAKES A PROMISE, YOU KNOW THAT HE KEEPS IT AND THAT PROMISE WAS FULFILLED THEN IN ACTS CHAPTER 2 WHEN THE LORD'S CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST.

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN THE CHURCH WHICH JESUS CHRIST ESTABLISHED ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST, I WOULD WARN YOU TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT LISTENING TO WHAT MEN SAY. DON'T EVEN TAKE WHAT I SAY FOR GRANTED OR DON'T TAKE IT AS FACT UNLESS YOU FIRST CHECK IT OUT. THE WAY YOU DO THAT IS GO TO YOUR BIBLE. GO TO YOUR BIBLE AND SEE IF THESE THINGS ARE TRUE. THINK FOR YOURSELF, READ IT FOR YOURSELF, AND SEE WHAT THE LORD SAID - SEE WHAT THE BIBLE SAID ABOUT THE CHURCH. IT WAS ESTABLISHED BY JESUS CHRIST. AND IF YOU WANT TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN AND BE A PART OF THAT CHURCH, WE'RE NOT GOING TO ASK YOU TO DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WAS DONE BY THESE INDIVIDUALS IN THE FIRST CENTURY. THESE INDIVIDUALS IN THE FIRST CENTURY WERE TOLD TO REPENT AND TO BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS OR IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.

JESUS CHRIST USED SIMILAR TERMINOLOGY IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 26 AND VERSE 28 WHEN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE LORD'S SUPPER AND SPEAKING OF THE FACT THAT HIS BLOOD WOULD BE GIVEN ON THE CROSS FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS. HIS BLOOD WAS NOT GIVEN BECAUSE THEY'D ALREADY RECEIVED FORGIVENESS OF SINS BUT SO THAT THEY MIGHT OR IN ORDER THAT THEY MIGHT RECEIVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. AND SO PETER, USING SIMILAR TERMINOLOGY, SAYS REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED, EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS - THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. IF YOU WANT TO BE SAVED, IF YOU WANT FORGIVENESS OF SINS, THEN BAPTISM IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE A PART OF YOUR LIFE. AND THAT IS THE TIME AND THE POINT AT WHICH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST WILL TAKE YOUR SINS AWAY. REVELATION CHAPTER 1 VERSE FIVE TELLS US THAT IT IS THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST THAT WASHES OUR SINS AWAY. COLOSSIANS 1 IN VERSE 14 SPEAKS OF THE VERY SAME THING. AND SO WE KNOW THAT THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST IS THAT POWER WHICH REMOVES THE SINS.

THE QUESTION IS - WHEN DOES THAT HAPPEN? WHEN YOU LOOK AT ACTS 2:38 AND SEE THAT WHEN YOU REPENT AND ARE BAPTIZED, YOU RECEIVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND YOU UNDERSTAND, THEN, THAT IT IS AT THE POINT OF BAPTISM. WHEN YOU LOOK AT CHAPTER 22 IN VERSE 16, YOU SEE THE VERY SAME THING. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TUNING IN TODAY AND LISTENING TO THESE WORDS WHICH COME FROM THE BIBLE AND PLEASE CONTINUE TO READ THE BIBLE FOR YOURSELVES. THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU!

CLOSING COMMENTS

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