THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 9-30-18



LESSON TITLE: "BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE KINGDOM"



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.

GOOD MORNING! THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY FOR GOD'S LIVING WORD. I HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT WEEKEND AND I HOPE YOU'RE READY TO START THIS NEW WEEK OFF WITH A DAY OF OFFERINGS TO OUR GOD! WE HAVE SO MUCH TO THANK GOD FOR BECAUSE OF THE MANY BLESSINGS IN OUR LIVES. OH, HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO BE CITIZENS OF SUCH A GREAT AND FREE COUNTRY. TODAY, AS ALWAYS, IT IS OUR COMMITMENT THROUGH THIS PROGRAM TO PROCLAIM THE SIMPLE TRUTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST WHICH IS CONFIRMED FOR US IN THE BIBLE. I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE YOUR BIBLE'S HANDY AND I HOPE YOU ARE READY TO WORSHIP GOD TOGETHER AS WE SING PRAISES TO HIS NAME AND STUDY FROM HIS WONDROUS WORD. NOW LET'S BEGIN BY TALKING TO OUR FATHER IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR WONDEROUS GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY. WE'RE THANKFUL FATHER BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT YOU GIVE US EVERYTHING WE NEED, PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL. AND HELP US TODAY TO WORSHIP YOU IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AND TO GIVE YOU OUR VERY BEST THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND PLEASING IN ALL THINGS KNOWING THAT WE'LL RECEIVE GREAT REWARD NOW AND GREAT REWARD ETERNALLY. AND FATHER, WE KNOW THESE THINGS ARE ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH JESUS YOUR SON. IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

AT THIS TIME WE WANT TO SING OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. WON'T YOU ALL JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE PRAISE GOD TOGETHER WITH THE HYMN, "UNTO THEE O LORD."

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

THERE IS A WORD WHICH MANY TAKE FOR GRANTED EVERY DAY, HERE IN AMERICA. IT DESCRIBES WHAT WE HAVE, DUE TO THE GREAT SACRIFICE OF MANY MEN AND WOMEN IN GIVING THEIR LIVES FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY OF OURS. THIS WORD GIVES US THE ABILITY TO BE AND DO WHAT WE WANT, INSTEAD OF BEING CONTROLLED BY ANOTHER. THIS WONDERFUL BLESSING YOU AND I SHARE IN IS FREEDOM.

NO ONE TELLING US WHAT TO DO, OR WHERE TO GO, OR WHERE TO LIVE, OR WHERE TO WORK. HOWEVER, WE OFTEN GET SO CAUGHT UP IN OUR OWN FREEDOM WE FORGET THE PLIGHT OF MANY OF THOSE IN THE WORLD WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO HAVE ANY FREEDOM AT ALL.

ANOTHER WORD WHICH IS USED AS A SYNONYM TO FREEDOM IS LIBERTY. LIBERTY IS DEFINED AS FREEDOM FROM PHYSICAL, POLITICAL, AND SPIRITUAL OPPRESSION. AGAIN, WE SEE THE SAME IDEA BEING PRESENTED HERE: THAT ONE IS ABLE TO DO WHAT HE OR SHE WANTS, MAKING THEIR OWN DECISIONS IN ALL AREAS OF LIFE.

IN THE BIBLE WE HAVE A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT THESE IDEAS OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. IN SECOND CORINTHIANS 3:17, PAUL SAID, "NOW THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT; AND WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS LIBERTY." AGAIN TO THE ROMAN BRETHREN HE SAID, "WILL BE DELIVERED FROM THE BONDAGE OF CORRUPTION INTO THE GLORIOUS LIBERTY OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD," (8:21).

FREEDOM WAS A VERY IMPORTANT ASPECT OF CHRISTIANITY DURING NEW TESTAMENT TIMES, BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE NEEDING TO FIND REFUGE AND FREEDOM IN SOMETHING. THE WORLD AND THE EVILS OF IT, HAD PULLED THEM DOWN AND MADE THEM TO BE IN BONDAGE RATHER THAN LIBERTY. THAT'S WHY WE FIND THAT THE BIBLE CONFIRMS THAT CHRIST BROUGHT LIBERTY TO THIS WORLD. FREEDOM FROM THE SIN AND BONDAGE THAT ENTANGLES US WITH THE FORCES OF DARKNESS. THIS SAME IDEA WAS BEING PRESENT TO THE GALATIAN BRETHREN BY PAUL, WHEN HE TOLD THEM, "STAND FAST THEREFORE IN THE LIBERTY BY WHICH CHRIST HAS MADE US FREE, AND DO NOT BE ENTANGLED AGAIN WITH A YOKE OF BONDAGE," CHAPTER FIVE AND VERSE ONE. YOU SEE CHRIST HAS MADE US FREE. IN FACT, IN JOHN 8:31, JESUS HIMSELF SAID THE, "TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE." WHAT IS THE TRUTH? JESUS WENT ON TO SAY IN CHAPTER 14 AND VERSE SIX OF THE SAME BOOK, "I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE." IN UNDERSTANDING FREEDOM, WE ALSO NEED TO REALIZE THAT GOD STILL GIVES US LAWS THAT GUIDE US IN OUR FREEDOM. FOR EXAMPLE, A SKYDIVER HAS THE FREEDOM TO JUMP OUT OF A PLANE AT 10,000 FEET. WE MIGHT THINK, BUT WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THAT? CONCLUDING, HE'S CRAZY, BUT HE STILL HAS THE FREEDOM TO DO IT. HOWEVER, HE MUST WEAR A PARACHUTE, BECAUSE THERE IS A HIGHER LAW OF GRAVITY THAT CONSTRAINS HIS FREEDOM. GOD'S LAWS ARE THE SAME. THEY RESTRAIN US IN SOME WAYS, BUT THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY FOR US TO ENJOY REAL FREEDOM AND STILL BE PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT. EVERYTHING WORTH ANYTHING COMES WITH STRINGS ATTACHED OR WITH A PATTERN TO FOLLOW. SO, ENJOYING YOUR FREEDOM FOUND IN JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. BUT FURTHERMORE, BE ACTIVE IN TELLING OTHERS THAT FREEDOM IS FOR THEM TOO.

THIS MORNING WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR SERIES OF STUDY ON "GOD'S KINGDOM." OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH "BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE KINGDOM." SO, PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING, AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER WE WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. TODAY, WE ARE HAPPY TO AGAIN HAVE BROTHER JERRY SULLINS WITH US TO LEAD US IN OUR MAIN STUDY FROM GOD'S WORD. BROTHER JERRY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE BIBLE INSTITUTE OF MISSOURI, HERE IN SPRINGFIELD. WE THANK HIM FOR JOINING US TODAY. THE NAME OF OUR NEXT HYMN, "HIDE ME, O ROCK OF AGES"

LESSON

BY JERRY SULLINS



I'D LIKE TO WELCOME YOU AGAIN TO THE LIVING WORD BROADCAST. WE'RE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE PART OF OUR VIEWING AUDIENCE TODAY AND WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT THE THINGS THAT ARE SAID WILL LEAD YOU CLOSER TO YOUR OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GOD OF HEAVEN. WE'RE SO THANKFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY THAT WE HAVE TO BRING FORTH THE WORD OF GOD AND WE PRAY THAT IF YOU HAVE A BIBLE CLOSE BY YOU GET YOUR BIBLE OUT BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO BE STUDYING THE BIBLE AS IT RELATES TO THE KINGDOM AND HOW DO WE HAVE MEMBERSHIP IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD OR THE CHURCH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. AS YOU WELL KNOW, IF YOU STUDY THE BIBLE VERY MUCH ABOUT THE KINGDOM, THAT DANIEL CHAPTER 2 VERSE 44 DANIEL MADE A PROPHECY CONCERNING THE KINGDOM. I'M SURE THAT THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN MADE IN THIS SERIES BEFORE BUT TO REFRESH OUR MINDS HE SAID THAT A KINGDOM WOULD BE ESTABLISHED IN THE LAST DAYS AND ALL NATIONS WOULD FLOW UNTO IT. WELL PEOPLE HAVE WONDERED WHAT THE KINGDOM ACTUALLY WAS. BUT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WE SEE THAT THE BODY OF CHRIST IS THE SAME AS THE CHURCH. EPHESIANS 1:22 SAYS, AND HE HAS PUT, THAT IS GOD, HAS PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET, THAT IS JESUS' FEET, AND GAVE HIM TO BE HEAD OVER ALL THINGS TO THE CHURCH, WHICH IS HIS BODY, THE FULLNESS THAT FILLETH ALL IN ALL. SO THE CHURCH AND THE BODY OF CHRIST ARE ONE IN THE SAME. BUT YET THE CHURCH IS ALSO REFERRED TO IN THE TEXT, THAT IS IN THE BIBLICAL TEXT, AS THE KINGDOM OF GOD. IN COLOSSIANS 1:13 AND 14 PAUL SAID TO THE YOUNG CHURCH AT COLOSSAE IN ASIA MINOR, HE SAID CONCERNING THE KINGDOM, THAT GOD HAS TRANSFERRED US OUT OF THE POWER OF DARKNESS INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE DEAR SON OF HIS LOVE IN WHOM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD EVEN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. SO NOW WE ARE BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND BY OUR LOOK AT THE SCRIPTURE THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS THE SAME AS THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST, THE BODY OF CHRIST, AND THE CHURCH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. THEY'RE ALL ONE IN THE SAME. WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO US THIS MORNING IS TO REFER TO SUCH THINGS AS WHAT ONE MUST KNOW TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST,WHICH IS HIS CHURCH, WHICH IS HIS BODY.

AS YOU KNOW OR YOU MAY NOT KNOW IN MATTHEW CHAPTER THREE VERSE TWO THE STATEMENT IS MADE CONCERNING JOHN THE BAPTIST. THAT HE WAS OUT PREACHING AND TEACHING, HE WAS THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS WHICH IS LATER STATED, BUT HIS MESSAGE WAS REPENT YE, FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND, WHICH MEANS IT WILL SOON COME TO PASS. JESUS HIMSELF SAID REPENT, FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND. REPENT OF YOUR SINS IS WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT. AND THEN WE SEE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THAT CHURCH, THAT KINGDOM, THAT BODY IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. AND IT'S MAKES A STATEMENT AFTER PETER HAD PREACHED THE FIRST GOSPEL MESSAGE THAT THE LORD ADDED TO THE CHURCH DAILY SUCH AS WERE BEING SAVED. THERE IN ACTS CHAPTER 2 VERSE 47. AND THERE WERE ABOUT 3000 AS IT SAYS THAT WERE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST. AND SO A GREAT THING OCCURRED ON THAT DAY OF PENTECOST THAT IS RECORDED FOR US IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. THE FULFILLMENT OF ALL OF THE PROPHECIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT CONCERNING THE KINGDOM WERE FULFILLED ON THAT DAY. BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS HOW DOES ONE GET INTO THAT KINGDOM? NOW PETER MADE A STATEMENT THERE IN ACTS 2:38 THAT WE'LL REFER TO LATER AS TO HOW PEOPLE WERE TO BE A PART OF THAT KINGDOM.

BUT DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN JESUS WAS SPEAKING TO HIS DISCIPLES IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 16 VERSE 18? ACTUALLY WAS SPEAKING TO PETER ALONE IN VERSE 18. HE SAID, "'THAT YOU ARE PETER, AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, AND THE GATES OF HADES SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT.'" AND THEN HE WENT ON TO SAY, "'AND I WILL GIVE YOU THE KEYS,'" TO WHAT? "'THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, AND WHATEVER YOU BIND ON EARTH SHALL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN, AND WHATEVER YOU LOOSE ON EARTH SHALL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN.'" THAT IS WHATEVER HAS ALREADY BEEN BOUND IN HEAVEN, THAT IS THE LAW OF GOD, WILL BE BOUND BY ME AS I PREACH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. WHATEVER HAS BEEN LOOSED, THAT IS THOSE THINGS THAT WE DON'T NEED TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT, I'M NOT GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THOSE THINGS, BUT AS GOD'S LAW ALLOWS AND AS GOD'S LAW DOES NOT ALLOW I WILL TELL YOU WHAT IT TAKES TO GET INTO THE KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

AND THEN IN MATTHEW 18 ALSO THE STATEMENT IS MADE BY JESUS TO THE REST OF HIS DISCIPLES THAT HE WOULD GIVE THEM THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. NOW YOU KNOW WHAT A KEY IS DON'T YOU? WELL SURELY YOU DO. A KEY IS SOMETHING BY WHICH WE CAN GAIN ENTRANCE INTO SOME LOCATION. AND SO WHEN WE GO UP TO OUR HOUSES AT NIGHT WE STICK A KEY USUALLY INTO THE KEYHOLE AND WE TURN THE KEY AND THEN WE OPEN THE DOOR BECAUSE WE HAVE THE KEYS THAT ALLOW US TO ENTER INTO THE HOUSE. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT JESUS WAS TALKING ABOUT. AND HE GAVE THOSE KEYS THE WAY THAT WE ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN FOR SURE TO HIS DISCIPLES OR HIS APOSTLES THAT WERE GOING TO BE THOSE WHO WERE SENT INTO ALL THE WORLD TO PREACH THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY NEEDED TO DO TO BE SAVED.

NOW OUR FOCUS THIS MORNING IS BASICALLY TO REFER TO WHAT ARE THOSE KEYS. HOW DO YOU GET INTO THE KINGDOM WHICH IS HIS CHURCH? HOW DO YOU GET INTO THE KINGDOM WHICH IS HIS BODY? IT'S VERY CLEAR WHAT WE MUST DO. NO ONE CAN ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD UNLESS ONE HAS FAITH. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO BE WELL PLEASING UNTO GOD UNLESS WE HAVE FAITH! WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE, HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 VERSE SIX. WELL FAITH SIMPLY MEANS THAT I BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD. IT WAS JESUS HIMSELF WHO SAID IN JOHN EIGHT VERSE 24, HE SAID, "'EXCEPT YOU BELIEVE THAT I AM HE, OR YOU WILL DIE IN YOUR SINS.'" SO IS BELIEF NECESSARY? NOW ALL PEOPLE OF THE RELIGIOUS WORLD WOULD PROBABLY SAY YES. BELIEF IS NECESSARY. JESUS EVEN, WHEN HE WAS TEACHING THE PEOPLE, HE SAID YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT I'M THE CHRIST. I'M THE HOLY ONE OF GOD WHO HAS BEEN SENT TO THIS EARTH TO DIE UPON THE CROSS FOR THE SALVATION OF ALL MANKIND. JESUS MADE THAT VERY CLEAR IN HIS MINISTRY, THAT HE WAS GOD AND THAT THE PURPOSE OF HIS COMING TO THIS EARTH WAS TO DIE UPON THE CROSS AND SHED HIS BLOOD. YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT. YOU SAY WELL, I'M NOT REALLY CONVINCED THAT THAT IS TRUE. THEN YOU'RE NOT READY TO OBEY THE GOSPEL. YOU'RE NOT READY TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM UNLESS YOU BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. WELL YOU SAY WELL, THERE'S NO PROBLEM WITH THAT BROTHER. I BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST. AND WELL THAT'S GREAT BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD TODAY DO NOT BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST. EVEN AFTER THEY HAVE READ THE HOLY SCRIPTURES WHICH ARE INSPIRED OF GOD THEY DO NOT BELIEVE. WELL, DID JESUS HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT WHAT ONE MUST DO? NOW HE SAID IN MARK 16:15 AND 16, "'HE WHO BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED.'" WE'LL WORK ON BAPTISM LATER. SO JESUS EVEN SAID YOU "'GO UNTO ALL THE WORLD AND YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE.'" AND EVERY CREATURE WHO OBEYS THE GOSPEL MUST BELIEVE THAT HE IS THE SON OF GOD AND HE MUST BE BAPTIZED.

WELL, ARE THERE ANY OTHER THINGS THAT PROCEED SALVATION? THAT IS KNOWING THAT I AM SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. WELL, THERE CERTAINLY ARE. IN FACT JESUS EVEN SAID IN LUKE 13 VERSE THREE EXCEPT YOU REPENT YOU SHALL ALL IN LIKE MANNER PERISH. PERISH FROM WHAT? FROM YOUR SINS. NOW REPENTANCE IS BASICALLY THIS MY FRIENDS: IT IS THE CHANGE OF MIND WHICH BRINGS ABOUT A CHANGE OF WILL WHICH BRINGS ABOUT A CHANGE OF LIFE. SO REPENTANCE MEANS THIS: I TURN AWAY FROM SIN. IF YOU'RE AN ADULTERER, YOU TURN AWAY FROM ADULTERY. IF YOU'RE A FORNICATOR, YOU TURN AWAY FROM THAT. IF YOU'RE INVOLVING YOURSELVES IN THE SEXUAL SINS OF HOMOSEXUALITY, YOU TURN AWAY FROM THAT. YOU TURN AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT GOD HAS SAID IS SIN AND THERE'S LISTINGS OF IT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. LOOK AT GALATIANS 5:19 THROUGH 21. SO YOU REPENT AND YOU HAVE A CHANGE OF YOUR MIND BECAUSE PREACHERS HAVE TOLD YOU AND YOU READ THE SCRIPTURE THAT TELLS YOU, YOU MUST REPENT OR TURN AWAY FROM SIN. ARE YOU READY TO DO THAT? THAT'S PART OF THE WAY THAT WE GET INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD. WHICH IS THE CHURCH. WHICH IS HIS BODY.

WHAT ABOUT CONFESSION IS THAT NECESSARY? WELL CERTAINLY. JESUS SAID, "IF YOU CONFESS ME BEFORE MEN I WILL CONFESS YOU BEFORE MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN." BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT IN ROMANS 10:9 AND 10 THE APOSTLE PAUL SAID THIS THAT CONFESSION WITH THE MOUTH IS MADE UNTO SALVATION. CONFESSION OF WHAT? JESUS IS THE CHRIST. WELL, YOU SAY THERE'S NO PROBLEM. I BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST. I'M READY TO REPENT OF MY SINS AND I'M READY TO CONFESS THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST BEFORE ANYONE. OKAY. NOW MOST PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT'S ALL YOU NEED TO DO AND YOU ARE SAVED. REALLY? IS THAT WHAT JESUS SAID? NO, THAT'S NOT WHAT JESUS SAID. HE SAID AGAIN IN MARK 16:15 AND 16 AS HE SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES TO GO UNTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE HE SAID HE WHO BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED. WHAT DID JESUS SAY BY THE WAY? NOW, SHOULD I BELIEVE YOU OR SHOULD I BELIEVE CHRIST? SHOULD I BELIEVE MY PASTOR OR MY PRIEST OR SHOULD I BELIEVE CHRIST? WELL, FOR ME THAT IS THE WAY I AM GOING TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE SITUATION AS FAR AS WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS, INSPIRED WORD OF GOD I'M GOING TO BE BAPTIZED BECAUSE MY LORD AND SAVIOR WHO DIED UPON THE CROSS AND SHED HIS BLOOD TOLD ME I MUST BE BAPTIZED.

NOW PAUL ACTUALLY EXPANDED ON THAT IN ROMANS CHAPTER 6 VERSES 1 TO 6. BUT WE'LL JUST LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE VERSES. "WE ARE BURIED THEREFORE BY BAPTISM INTO HIS DEATH THAT LIKE AS CHRIST WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER WE SHALL ALSO BE RAISED TO WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE." WE'RE BAPTIZED INTO WHAT? HIS DEATH. NOW, WE ARE ALL THE SONS OF GOD AS PAUL SAID. WE ARE ALL THE SONS OF GOD THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS. "FOR AS MANY OF US AS HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST HAVE PUT ON CHRIST." PAUL SAID THAT TO THE PEOPLE IN GALATIA.

ARE YOU WILLING TO DO WHAT CHRIST HAS SAID? 'YOU SAY, WELL I JUST DON'T BELIEVE BAPTISM IS NECESSARY.' WELL YOU ARE WRONG! JESUS SAID YOU NEED TO BE BAPTIZED IN ORDER TO BE SAVED, TO WASH AWAY YOUR SINS. EVEN ANANIAS WHEN HE CAME TO PAUL BEFORE HE BECAME THE APOSTLE PAUL HE WAS SAUL AND HE SAID IN ACTS 22 VERSE 16, "WHY ARE YOU TARRYING? ARISE AND BE BAPTIZED, AND WASH AWAY YOUR SINS." GIVE ME ONE VERSE, YOU SAY TO THE PREACHER, THAT TELLS ME I MUST BE BAPTIZED. WELL, PETER SAID IN FIRST PETER 3:21, "THE LIKE FIGURE WHEREIN EVEN BAPTISM DOES ALSO NOW SAVE US." MY FRIEND, WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE? THAT'S WHAT THIS WHOLE LIFE IS ABOUT. WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE? PART OF POLITICS, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CHOOSE WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE? WELL I'M GOING TO BELIEVE THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD. I'M GOING TO BELIEVE MY SAVIOR. I'M GOING TO BELIEVE THE APOSTLES OF THE FIRST CENTURY AS TO WHAT I NEED TO DO TO BE SAVED. IF YOU WANT TO ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM YOU MUST HAVE FAITH THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST. REPENT OF YOUR SINS AND TURN AWAY FROM THEM. CONFESS THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST THE SON OF GOD AND BE BAPTIZED FOR THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS AND LIVE FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH AND YOU WILL RECEIVE THAT CROWN OF LIFE. NOW WHAT ELSE COULD I SAY OTHER THAN WHAT JESUS SAID AND WHAT THE HOLY APOSTLES GAVE US THE MESSAGE FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT HIMSELF, FROM THE FATHER ABOVE, OTHER THAN WHAT HAS BEEN SAID IN THIS PROGRAM TODAY. HOW DO YOU GET INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD? YOU'VE HEARD THE MESSAGE OF THE BIBLE AND WE PRAY THAT IT WILL BE YOUR DECISION THAT YOU WILL DO WHAT JESUS HAS SAID YOU MUST DO AND WHAT THE SCRIPTURE SAID YOU MUST DO IN ORDER TO BE SAVED. THAT IS OUR PRAYER FOR YOU. WE DO NOT WANT TO DECEIVE ANYONE BUT WE WANT TO BRING YOU THE TRUTH SO THAT YOU CAN OBEY THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST AND THEREBY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE SAVED.



CLOSING COMMENTS



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HAVE YOU OBEYED THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD IN ORDER TO BE A MEMBER OF HIS KINGDOM? REMEMBER OUR KING ALONE GIVES THE DIRECTIVE THROUGH HIS WORD OF WHAT IS RECQUIRED TO BE SAVED. THE QUESTION IS, " WILL YOU OBEY GOD OR MAN? CHOSE TODAY TO FULLY OBEY THE PERFECT MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST!"