With Living Stones we want to see you grow in your spiritual life. From Salvation to Baptism to Communion we desire to see believers know what they believe and why they believe it. Part of that process is that of discipleship and Christian education. To help facilitate this initial growth we want to provide you some simple Bible Study Tools of four lessons to get you started. Lesson’s five and six are hosted events that have been held in homes since our founding.
“Take root downward, and bear fruit upward”
Genesis 1 records the decision within the Godhead to create mankind. Since God does not have a physical body, what is implied by the “image” of God?
Moral Likeness – Ecclesiastes 3:11; Romans 2:15
Spiritual Likeness – John 4:24; Acts 7:59
Intellectual Likeness – John 1:1
Social Likeness – Genesis 1:27GOD’S IMAGE CORRUPTED BY SIN
From Eden to Illinois, the history of the world demonstrates that mankind is lost. We remain totally sinful and incapable of ANY right thought or deed. Ephesians 2:1-10; Romans 3:23; 6:23
Our conscience and experience verify this, and that there is no way OUT of this lost condition without outside intervention. And that only came through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Acts 4:12; Romans 5:8-10
And what is the result? The soul that sins will die. And this is not confined to “physical” death any more than our creation in God’s image was physical. Hebrews 9:27; Ezekiel 18:4,20
BUT GOD SHOWS GRACE
Grace means “unmerited favor” or “undeserved loved”. Salvation is 100% of God’s grace alone. If any “works” are required by man, then it is no longer of grace.
Man cannot believe, repent, seek, accept, call or DO anything – apart from a special working of God’s grace. John 1:12-13; Romans 3:10-23; 9:15-16
There are countless religions that include “works” for salvation contrasted to the “grace” of which the Bible speaks.
God gives man the needed ingredients to respond to His grace. Man must have:
When did this happen in your life? Can you remember the time and place when “the light came on” and you put faith in Christ and repented from dead works? This is not something you “grow into” or experience gradually, but is a significant and eternity-changing event. Just look at the pattern in the Book of Acts (2:41; 8:35; 13:48; 14:1-2; 16:15,31; 17:4,11-12)
ASSURANCE OF SALVATIONAssurance is the confidence that Christians are, in fact, “saved”. It is not uncommon for Christians to struggle with doubts over this issue. After all, we are STILL sinners, with a new Spirit within us but still the same old soul (mind, will, volition) and body. Yet God confirms that we really ARE saved! Psalm 130:4 | John 6:37 | I John 5:12 | I John 1:9 |John 5:24 ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE CHILD OF GOD Since salvation is dependent 100% on the grace of God and nothing upon man, salvation is an act of God. Unless God has lied, He promises “eternal” life to those who believe. The payment for my sin was an act between the Son and the Father, through His blood, and does not involve man. Man is simply the recipient of this divine action called “grace”. John 3:16,36 But can a believer ever sin so much that he might “lose” this salvation? A person genuinely converted cannot possibly lose it. God, Who cannot lie, has promised that to us! John 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,29-35; 11:29; Philippians 1:6; 2 Timothy 1:12; I Peter 1:5 Remember “salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:10). In the Letter to the Christians at Ephesus, Paul reminded them that salvation was based on: 1:5 His will, not ours 1:6-7 His grace, not ours 1:11 His purpose, not ours 1:12-14 His power, not ours 1:18 His calling, not ours IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY? True or False? Everyone eventually will get to heaven (Matthew 25:41-42) True or False? Only those committing terrible sins like Osama bin Laden will go to hell (Titus 3:5; Matthew 26:74) True or False? All who are sincere will be saved (Acts 17:22-31) True or False? No one can get to heaven except through Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED? Here are some words to help understand what GOD did for you when you repented/believed the Gospel: SAVED REGENERATED REDEEMED JUSTIFIED ADOPTED BORN AGAIN RECONCILED
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