Meeting Notes from Large Group Gatherings

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12/11/2016 (Sun) Ransoms by Bishop Alan Bassette
12/18/2016 (Sun) Maturing Disciples by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/21/2016 (Wed) Knowing Who We Are and Who Christ Is by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/25/2016 (Sun) Having a Plan by Wayne Engram and follow up by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) Study the Word Daily by Brother Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) How Do I Go About a 21 Day Fast? A conversation between pastor and brother
01/01/2017 (Sun) Three Things We Need to Do in 2017 by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/08/2017 (Sun) Who Is Christ? By Pastor Andrew Traub
01/15/2017 (Sun) Things About Grace by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/15/2017 (Sun) Be Knowledgeable in the Word of God and Avoid False Doctrine by Martin Parker with follow up by Benjamin Arazu
01/18/2017 (Wed) Importance of Understanding by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Holy Communion by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Learning by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/25/2017 (Wed) The Identity of Believers by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/29/2017 (Sun) How to Avoid Panicking by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/01/2017 (Wed) The Danger of Religion by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/08/2017 (Wed) The Love of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/12/2017 (Sun) Keep the Fire Burning by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/15/2017 (Wed) Faithlessness and Discouragement by Bishop Alan Bassette
02/19/2017 (Sun) Bless the Lord by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/26/2017 (Sun) Children's Time: The Blood of Christ by Martin Parker
02/26/2017 (Sun) The Great Commission by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/05/2017 (Sun) How to Follow the spirit of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/12/2017 (Sun) Knowing the Love of Christ by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/19/2017 (Sun) Walking in God's Love by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/26/2017 (Sun) It is Finished! by Brother Wayne Engram
04/02/2017 (Sun) When did the old covenant end and the new covenant begin? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/05/2017 (Wed) The Law Written on Our Hearts is not the Ten Commandments by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/09/2017 (Sun) What is the Law Written on Our Hearts? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/16/2017 (Sun) The Resurrection is a Person, Not a One Day Event by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) Audio Recording on YouTube entitled 'Activating Prophecy' by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is Fully Forgiven by Brother Wayne Engram
04/30/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is a New Man by Martin Parker based on inspiration from Benjamin Arazu
05/07/2017 (Sun) What is Life? By Benjamin D. Arazu
05/14/2017 (Sun) Who is a mother? By Vivian Mommy" Arazu"
05/14/2017 (Sun) Biblical Definition of Life (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/24/2017 (Wed) "Spirit of Faith" Notes and YouTube Video by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/28/2017 (Sun) Revival is Coming by 3 Guest Presenters
06/04/2017 (Sun) The Spirit of Faith (continued) - The Law of Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/07/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/11/2017 (Sun) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith Part 2 (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/14/2017 (Wed) Supernatural Manifestations by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/18/2017 (Sun) (Blessings of) Seeking the Face of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/21/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Releasing Faith Through Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/25/2017 (Sun) Culture of a Strong Church, a Culture of Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/28/2017 (Wed) How to Ask Things in Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/02/2017 (Sun) Worship is an Important Part of Prayer; Pray in Two Dimensions. by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/12/2017 (Wed) Two Dimensions to Prayer (cont) by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/16/2017 (Sun) Two Dimensions of Prayer Review and Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/23/2017 (Sun) Believers are taught to know and not to become by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/26/2017 (Wed) Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/30/2017 (Sun) Essence of Godly Knowledge (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/11/2018 (Sun) Know Your Nature by Benjamin Arazu
03/18/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Growth by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/01/2018 (Sun) Benefits of Resurrection by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/03/2018 (Sun) Righteousness - an ingredient to Spiritual Growth by Vivienna Arazu
07/01/2018 (Sun) Leading of the Spirit by Benjamin D. Arazu
09/16/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Warfare: Importance of Meditation by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/03/2019 (Sun) The Importance of Faithfulness by Bishop Alan Bassette
09/17/2019 (Tue) Some aspects on spiritual growth by Benjamin Arazu
09/18/2019 (Wed) We have the fruit of the Light by Benjamin Arazu

Date: 04/02/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: When did the old covenant end and the new covenant begin?

Notes:

If you are going to be trained in God, you need to follow the principles of the word.

The New Testament Didn't Start with Matthew 1.

Luke 22:20 is telling us that the new testament didn't begin in Matthew chapter 1; it began when Jesus went to the cross and died for us. Likewise the old testament didn't start in Genesis; it began in Exodus. The law was given in Exodus; this is when God entered into a covenant with the people of Israel.

The old testament couldn't help the people of the church (Romans 3:20). The old covenant couldn't save us. No man can be justified by the deeds of the law. In the time of the old covenant God overlooked the sins when blood sacrifices were made. By the law is the knowledge of sin. The law just gives us an understanding of sin; it doesn't save us.

Why do we have the new covenant?

Hebrews 9:16 means that the new testament began after the death of Jesus. The early chapters in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John give us historical background of what happened when Christ was here, but occur before the new covenant.

Let's discuss Matthew 16:13-18 for a bit. This was a conversation between Jesus and his disciple, Jesus wanted to know who people were saying he was. People had the wrong conception about Jesus. Anytime you have the wrong conception about Christ, it will misguide you in the way you treat Him and in the way you love Him.

Jesus said He will build the church (Matthew 16:18). The church didn't exist yet because the new covenant didn't exist yet. The old covenant ended when Christ died. John the Baptist was not the end of the old testament. Everything in the old testament pointed us to Jesus. You need to understand the identity of who you are serving . You cannot know your own identity until you know who you are serving (see our meeting notes "The Identity of Believers"). If you don't know the revelation of Jesus you will find it difficult when the devil comes.

Everything in the old testament pointed us to Jesus. The totality of God is in Christ (Colossians 2:9). Christ has made every requirement for your freedom. Because you are in Christ you are complete. You are at a new level. Your identity is not defined by what people say about you or by the car you drive.

Because of the death of Christ, the act of circumcision is not the same as it was in the old testament. Women were not included in the old way. With the new circumcision all people, men and women alike, are included. The new circumcision is that we are buried with Christ in baptism. The wages of sin is death. Let no man judge you. If you are circumcised through baptism, then no man should judge you based on the old covenant. For the old covenant to be perfect we need the new covenant. The old covenant only benefited the children of Israel but the new covenant benefits everyone.

"I am glad I have Jesus! I am not afraid of the enemy because I have Jesus!" (come on say it with us!)

Going to Israel will not save you. It might be a nice vacation but it is not a requirement to be saved (Genesis 12:1-4).

Let's focus on Hebrews 2:14-16 briefly. The seed of Abraham - In thee (Abraham) the family of nations will be blessed. The new covenant was given to us to help us overcome sin. Through Christ all men are justified. In the new covenant you have the ability to overcome sin through Christ.

Some people say the old and new covenant overlap and that both still exist. But this is not the case; the old covenant has been dealt with. Jesus was the fulfillment of the old covenant. The old covenant vanished away (Hebrews 8:13). The curtain was torn in two from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51) telling us the old covenant was torn away. The cross changed everything because that is where Jesus established the new covenant.

John 19:30 is the end of the old covenant when Jesus "gave up his ghost."

Lastly let's discuss Colossians 2:6-8. You have received Christ, you have received the new covenant, now you need to walk in Him. Don't just talk about it - be rooted in it, live it, be strong in it. One thing that allows us to be strong in the Lord is the knowledge of the new testament. If you are rooted in the new testament, the next thing you need is to be built up in the faith. If you are not careful you will begin to doubt your faith in this modern world of technology. There are so many false teachings on TV and on the internet. We can't let the the things around us affect our faith. You will be misled if you don't understand the God you are following.

So, be established in your faith. Your knowledge must be sound (see The Importance of Learning). You need the proper knowledge to grow. For you to grow and be established in the faith you must be taught, it won't come be wishful thinking. Don't allow anyone to give you false teachings or to give you false doctrines (see our notes from 01/15/2017). The Word of God is the sword you need to win your battles. The only thing that is going to make you wise is your understanding of the word.

The new testament is important because it is what gives us the ability to be reconciled to God. It is through the new testament that all of our sins are forgiven. Not overlooked, but forgiven.

Study the Word Daily. Sharpen your knowledge in the Word so that it is a sharp sword. Use that sword to fight off the enemy,



Date: 04/05/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: The Law Written on Our Hearts is not the Ten Commandments

Notes:

"This is the covenant I will make with them after that time," says the Lord. "I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds." (Hebrews 10:16)

"This is obviously a reference to the law of Moses," says the law-preacher. "The Ten Commandments were written in stone, now they're written in the hearts and minds of God's people."

Not true. Here are seventeen reasons why God has not written the Ten Commandments on your heart:

  1. The law inflames sin (Romans 5:20) and the strength of sin is the law (1 Corinthians 15:56). Why would God want to stir up sin in your life?
  2. The law condemns (2 Corinthians 3:9), yet there is no condemnation to those in Christ.
  3. The law minister's death (2 Corinthians 3:7), but God wants you to enjoy abundant life.
  4. Law and grace don't mix. You are under grace, not law (Romans 6:14).
  5. Living by the law will alienate you from Christ (Galatians 5:4).
  6. Living by the law is cheating on Jesus (Romans 7). Why would God do anything to encourage spiritual adultery?
  7. We're to live by faith but the law is not of faith (Galatians 3:12). The law encourages us to depend on ourselves instead of Jesus.
  8. Those who live under the law are under a curse (Galatians 3:10). Why would God curse those he has blessed?
  9. The law binds and enslaves (Romans 7:6), but Jesus wants you free.
  10. The law keeps you immature for it makes nothing perfect or complete (Hebrews 7:19).
  11. We have died to the law so that we may serve in the new way of the Spirit and "not in the old way of the written code" (Romans 7:6).
  12. When there has been a change of priesthood, the law must be changed also (Hebrews 7:12). For God to write the old law on our hearts would be like saying Aaron is greater than Jesus.
  13. God found fault with the law-keeping covenant and made it obsolete (Hebrews 8:7, 13). Why would God insult his Son's sacrifice by giving you the very thing his sacrifice rendered obsolete?
  14. The law is a shadow of the good things to come and not the reality (Hebrews 10:1). Why would God give you the shadow instead of "the good thing?"
  15. The Jews considered the law to be ordained by angels (Hebrews 2:2). If so, says the author of Hebrews, then it is inferior to the gospel of Jesus (Hebrews 1:4). Why would God give you an inferior gift?
  16. Some Christians think that God gives them the law as a guide to live by, but why would God want you to repeat the mistake of the Galatians (Galatians 3:2)? Why would God do anything to make you fall from grace?
  17. The old law-keeping covenant required an accounting or remembering of sin, but the new covenant is characterized by God forgiving and forgetting on account of Jesus (Hebrews 10:17). If the law that God writes on our hearts is the law of Moses, then Jesus died for nothing.

If God has written the Ten Commandments on your heart and mind, you should be able to list all ten with no trouble. Can you? What's the seventh commandment? You can't do it because it's not there, and a very good thing that is too! If the law that God writes on our hearts is the law of Moses, you're in big trouble.



Date: 04/09/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: What is the Law Written on Our Hearts?

Notes:

What is the Law Written on Our Hearts?

Six hundred years before Jesus came, the prophet Jeremiah spoke of a new covenant that God would make with his people:

"This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time," declares the Lord. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest." (Jeremiah 31:33-34)

What is the law that God writes on our hearts and minds? Here are three things it is not:

  1. It is not the law of Moses. As we saw in the last teaching if God wrote the Ten Commandments on our hearts then Jesus died for nothing.
  2. It is not a new and improved version of the law. It is not the new commands of Jesus or the New Testament. We cannot please God by keeping a new law any more than we could please him by keeping an old one.
  3. It is not the knowledge of right and wrong that was bestowed upon us - against the Lord's wishes - by Adam.

So what is this law that the Lord writes on our hearts and minds and embeds in our very being? It is himself.

Let's look at three things the New Testament says about the new law in our hearts.

1. The law of love

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)

Under the old law covenant, love was demanded from you. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength." But under the new covenant of grace, love is given to you - "As I have loved you" - and out of the overflow of Christ's measureless love we are able to love others.

How does it happen?

God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5) God abundantly pours his love into our hearts by giving us the Holy Spirit, a.k.a. the Spirit of Christ. Do you see the difference between the old and new?

  • Under the old, the law was a rule for weak men to obey. Under the new, the Law is the Spirit of Christ given to us, loving us, and loving others through us.
  • Under the old, you loved others because you feared punishment. But under the new, you love because a Lover lives in you and it is his nature to love.
  • Under the old, you had to make an effort to obey. But under the new you have to make an effort to disobey. It's a whole new way of life.

2. The law of the Spirit of life

It's important that you understand the difference between the old law (a written code you can't keep) and the new Law (Christ himself, living in you). Try and live by the old laws, as Paul did, and it makes you miserable: What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? (Romans 7:24)

Paul couldn't keep the old law no matter how hard he tried. He needed a new law and that new law is a Who: Who will rescue me...? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 7:24-25)

Do you see? The old law is a what; the new law is a Who. The old law ministers condemnation and death (2 Corinthians 3:7-9), but the new "law of the Spirit gives life" (Romans 8:2). For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (2 Corinthians 3:6)

Who gives life? Not a set of rules, but the Spirit of Christ within you. The new law is a Who.

3. The perfect law of liberty

James wrote of "the perfect law that gives freedom" (James 1:25), which can be contrasted with the law of Moses that binds (Romans 7:6). What is the perfect law that gives freedom? Well, what is the implanted word that can save you (James 1:21)? It's not the Ten Commandments or the Bible. It's Jesus, the living Word who sets us free (this is not to say you shouldn't read the bible; in fact the opposite is true for it is the bible that helps us to know Christ and who he is, for it is only by knowing him that you can be set free).

The perfect law of liberty describes what Jesus has done (perfectly fulfilled or completed the law) and the fruit he will bear in our lives (liberty) if we trust him. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it - not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it - they will be blessed in what they do. (James 1:25)

Look into the mirror of Moses' law and you will be miserable, for it exposes all your faults. But look into the perfect law which is Jesus and you will be blessed, for it reveals his righteousness.

"Don't just listen but do what it (the perfect law of liberty) says" (James 1:22). In other words, allow the Spirit of Christ to convince you that in him you are righteous and holy. Don't walk away from the perfect law and forget who you are in Christ. Fix your eyes on Jesus. Look intently with an unveiled face and be transformed into his likeness.

The Law written in our hearts is Jesus

Jeremiah said those who had the new law written on their hearts would know the Lord and would no longer need others to teach them. This is describing your union with Christ. One with the Lord you have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). His Spirit dwells in you and teaches you all things (John 14:26).

The law of the Lord written into your members is your Father's spiritual DNA. It is the seed of God birthed in you by the Holy Spirit. It's Jesus himself.

How do you know he's there? Because you are a new creation with new hopes and desires. You no longer want to sin. Your desire is to love God and others and that desire has nothing to do with old rules written in stone.

Christian, you are who you are because Christ lives in you. He is the new law written, by God, in your heart and mind.

(picture taken during todays service - see more here)



Date: 04/16/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: The Resurrection is a Person, Not a One Day Event

Notes:

Today is Easter Sunday. "The Easter Bunny" has came and visited many Christians. Many Churches are celebrating with Egg Hunts. Many Christians feel that this is the one day a year we turn our focus on the resurrection of Christ. But where did the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs come from and what do the have to do with the resurrection of our Lord and Savior? They come from pagan fertility rites, but that is for another discussion, another time.

What we want to focus today's lesson on is the Resurrection of Christ. The Resurrection is not just an event you celebrate once a year. It is a way of life. The Resurrection is a person, not an event. Celebrate it all year long, but most of all - remember His death. For that is what He truly wanted us to remember. "Do this is remembrance of me" - He was the Passover lamb that was sacrificed for our salvation.

If you want to live a victorious life you must understand today's discussion.

Healing can be for our emotional well being as well as our physical well being. Today we will be looking at the life and death of the man Christ Jesus. This is for everyone who is Christian, male and female alike, regardless of your background or current status. Everybody can access God in Christ.

The devil will try to bring many things in your life that will affect you future. You must be strong in your identity in Christ (see "The Identity of Believers"). A new identity in Christ is similar to having a new home. You might mistakenly return to the old home, but if you are grounded in your new location then you will return home (victorious).

When did the old man die and when did he become anew?

All will be made alive in Christ, not just some (1 Corinthians 15:22). We all die as in Adam, the original sinner. Adam begat a son in his image (Genesis 5:3), not in the image of God. Adam was the only man created in God's image. We are born in the likeness of Adam, through his sinful nature.

We were made sinners through Adam's disobedience (Romans 5:19). No faithful Christian tells their children to lie, but they learn to do it none the less. It is in our nature. You can be morally good and still be a sinner. It is only through the obedience of one that we are made righteous.

Everyone is under sin (Galatians 3:22). Righteousness is given to us by God, not because of the way you act, because of Jesus. God is looking for a day when he will come to sanctify us. Those things you dislike in yourself, caused by the devil, will not just go away by themselves or through self help courses. You need God - you need Christ. That is the only way you will be saved from those sins.

In Romans 3:9, Paul was asking if the Jews were better than the gentiles. The answer is no. The Israelites were all under sin. They were not righteous just because they had the law of Moses. In Adam, everyone dies. If you are not in Christ, you are in trouble. No matter how spiritual you think you are, you cannot be righteous without Jesus.

When and where did the old man die?

The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). The sin brings death; a separation from God; a spiritual death. You are being separated from your maker, this is why the enemy has access to your mind.

We are dead in sin (1 Peter 2:24). It is a position you need to get up from. Don't let your sins hold you down.

Paul wasn't there when Christ was crucified, so why did he say he was crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)? He understood Christ died for him, for all of our sins. Grace gives us authority over sin. Grace gives us victory. Christ must live in you if you are going to overcome your fate. "I have victory in the name of Jesus!" Shout it. Shout Victory!

A child of God ought to live a victorious life. They ought to be able to defeat the devil every day. Christianity is not a dead religion - it is alive! Feel the power available when you have Jesus in you! "I believe God can heal all types of diseases!" (come on say it!) In Paul's time to say you were Christian was to make yourself an outcast. If Paul could be alive in Christianity and not ashamed to be Christian, why can't you? There is life in Jesus! Praise God! If you love Jesus lift up your hands right now! Declare victory in your life! Christianity is Power. Live in that power. Live in Christ!



Date: 04/23/2017

Presenter: Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: Audio Recording on YouTube entitled 'Activating Prophecy'

Notes:



Date: 04/23/2017

Presenter: Brother Wayne Engram

Title: The Man in Christ is Fully Forgiven

Notes:

(All scripture included here from this week's lesson are taken from King James 2000)


Count your blessings because God has given us so much!

It is important to know who we are in Christ. God has put something in us to let us know that we are important, that we are loved. When you confess Jesus Christ you are saved but it doesn't stop there. The Holy Ghost abides in us so that we can be that man God meant us to be (John 14:16-18). Without the Holy Ghost, we are like the rest of the people walking aimlessly down the street. With the Holy Ghost we have the power to succeed. The world cannot accept the truth except the Holy Ghost abides in them. The Spirit of Truth is Christ Jesus in you. The Spirit of God can guide you and allow you to minister. Without the Spirit of God leading you, you cannot truly succeed.

"The Man in Christ is Fully Forgiven!"

We are all invaluable to God. This is why Christ was sent to die for us. We are valuable to God. "I am the righteousness of God!" (say it with us) Don't let the devil steer you away or make you get upset. Everyone is valuable to God. Every child of God is valuable. God wants to take us further and to use us mightily.

He has quickened us and forgiven us (Colossians 2:13). The devil will try to let you know about your mistakes and will try to make you feel unimportant. God wants to take us further but the devil wants to bring us backwards. The devil wants to tear you down; he doesn't want you to tell the world there is a better way. There is someone out there who needs to know there is hope; we need to be able to tell them there is hope. There is a better way. The man [person] in Christ is fully forgiven. Tell someone there is hope for them. Give them hope. Reread Colossians 2:13 and realize that God has forgiven you if you are in Christ. God has forgiven all of your sins (if you are in Christ). Forgiveness is at the very heart of Christianity. Be able to forgive others the way Christ has forgiven us.

God gives us the Holy Ghost so that we can be successful. "We are the righteousness of God!" (yes, we are repeating ourselves because this is important for you to know/act/be) Tell someone how much God loves them. You are special in God's eyes. He wants to do great things for you.

"I am a child of God!" Say it each day and let it revive you! Don't let the devil tell you that you are worthless just because you make a mistake. We all make mistakes (we are human after all). Pull yourself back up and know that God loves you and forgives you. Don't listen to the voice of the devil. When God speaks to you He will let you know that He loves you and that you are valuable to Him. The devil will only lie to you.

We have forgiveness through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 1:7).

If you are in Christ, you have been born again as a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17) ; the old man is dead; you are a new creature in Christ because the old has passed away. He has made us new again. Our sins have been forgiven. We are saved from the dominions of darkness.

If you say you have fellowship with God but you walk in darkness then you are lying. We must walk in the light to truly have fellowship with God. There is no darkness in God at all (1 John 1:5). When you have the blood of Jesus flowing in you it ignites a flame that cannot be extinguished except by your own will.

There was a time when we were not a people of God. We were like everyone else walking the streets. Know who you are in Christ (1 Peter 2:9-10). Cast down those thoughts the devil brings to your mind that try to tear you down. God gives us the Holy Ghost so we can stand against the devil. Without it you have no authority to force the devil to go away and leave you alone. The Holy Ghost gives you this power. Problems are going to come, they always do, but you will be able to withstand them if you have the Holy Ghost abiding in you.

The seed inside you will grow. It will not deteriorate as long as you feed it with the Word of God. Allow that seed to grow. It is an incorruptible seed which is the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23).

You are special to God! Let Him control your situations. Remember that He said "vengeance is mine" (Romans 12:19). Pray on these things. If you haven't already, accept the Holy Ghost into your life. Let Christ into Your life. Let God control your situations. You ARE Special!



Date: 04/30/2017

Presenter: Martin Parker based on inspiration from Benjamin Arazu

Title: The Man in Christ is a New Man

Notes:

The Man in Christ is a New Man

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

The scripture informs us that we are a new creation the moment we put our faith in Christ but also thrusts us to live accordingly from that newness. Both are important.

One deals with who we are before God and the other is who we need to be before man.

The order is crucial though: Christ and who we are in Him is of first importance.

Living our lives outside of that new identity is spiritual folly at its finest.

One should not live and act for what he wants to be before God but rather on what God made him already in Christ. The former renders Christ's work worthless and the latter radiates Christ work and glory all the more.

Ephesians 4:22-24: 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness

Christianity in its core is a matter of identity. We discussed "The Identity of Believers" back on January 25th.

It is an identity that was purchased by Jesus' precious blood on the cross.

Christianity is a finished work grounded in His death and resurrection (Philippians 3:10 (KJV); for a more modern translation see (NRSV)).

The cross changed everything.

We are new. We have a new identity. We are a new creation.

And from this newness we walk and show the work of Christ in (Philippians 2:13 (KJV) and (NRSV)) and through us (Philippians 4:13).

We must walk the walk as well as talk the talk. Yes, it is important to share the word, but it's just as important to lead by example. You can tell your children something until you are blue in the face but if you do something different than you are telling them, they will pick up on your actions instead of your words. If you live the word, you will be accomplishing both those things we just talked about: being who you need to be before God and being who you need to be before man will fall into place.

Our victory is through our knowledge of Him and our downfall is our ignorance of Him (Colossians 2:7, Hosea 4:6).

Ephesians 2:10 seeks to answer the fundamental questions related to God's workmanship in us.

Group Picture Taken Today After Service