The Good News Story (The Gospel)

By Steven Shaw 

I really want everyone to understand the gospel truth as simple, yet detailed as possible. Here’s my attempt.

In the Beginning:

This story starts with no beginning. Let me explain. There is a Creator. He has no beginning, He has always been and He will be forever. We don’t know what he has done with all His “time” but he decides to create an existence. He starts with creating the full expansion of time and space, and then he creates the world unique. He creates life on only this one planet because he’s got a special plan for it. He is so overflowing with love and glory that he wanted to share it. The rest of the galaxies and worlds all work together to hold this one little planet in an organized working function. He creates life in the world, both animal and human life. He creates man special. He makes him in His image. Man possesses some of His qualities include love, hate, jealousy, passion, creativity etc. He wants a relationship with his creation. He desires to live in fellowship with man for all eternity. He is their God and wants to be glorified rightly. He creates man with freewill, another grace from God. This allows us to love God with all our hearts, might and soul. He creates man to live forever in perfect fellowship with Him.

But God sees that man was not complete. Even with his perfect creation, God sees how he can make it better. God creates a suitable partner for man. God creates woman! A perfect, God ordained match for man. Man and women equal in right but different in duty. Man was now complete. God himself knew the importance of fellowship, as He is 3 in one. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. One God in Three distinct persons. He has shared fellowship with Himself for all of eternity and blesses man with the same treasure. Now all three, man, woman and God living together in perfect fellowship. But it wouldn’t last long. Man wanted more.

The Rebellion:

God has given man the entire world to rule over under His authority. They can eat anything and enjoy everything but one tree God has forbidden. God puts this option in their midst to know if they trust and love Him enough to obey. So what does man do? Deceived by Satan, they eat of the fruit of that forbidden tree. Now sin has entered the world, sin that will curse all of mankind from now on. Man wanted more and that’s what they got. The very thing God was protecting them from is what man ran straight towards. The “more” we desired was the knowledge of good and evil. Evil that man previously had not known. Now there is a major disconnect from God and man. Man now deserves judgment and death. A perfect God that can’t deny Himself, demands perfection and must punish sin. There is no option B. He could have wiped out Adam and Eve and started over. But God knows best. God cares most about His own glory. And redeeming a fallen, rebellious people will bring Him the most glory, and show His love in the most spectacular way.

The New World:

Not only man is cursed by this rebellion, the whole world/universe is heading towards death. Now man sees his own sin. They feel shame and a distance from God they never knew, a distance that God never wanted. They chose their own path, and now they are under the wrath of God. Could God just have forgiven them? Only in his right and perfect way. Could He have wiped them out and started over? He could have done whatever he wanted, but he chose to save them instead. To give them salvation they didn’t deserve. God is perfect and can’t do evil. He can’t deny Himself, meaning, he can’t do what isn’t right. What does that mean? Simply, when you have a perfect God that can only associate with perfection, He cannot be around imperfection. Just as light and darkness can’t be in the same room at the same time, God can’t be anything but perfection. And what ever is not perfect cannot be with Him.

Imperfect Sacrifice: 

God gives man chance after chance to love and trust him, yet they fail and fail. God makes covenants to prophets of old and promises to his people. Now because of sin, there must be atonement made. There can be no forgiveness of sin without the shedding of blood, but God doesn’t leave us to die, he offers a way to not be destroyed by Him. Sacrifice. He gives us priests to go before and offer animal sacrifices, he must take innocent spotless lambs to make a sacrifice for us. They are killed for our sin, not a pretty site. Bloodshed is not pleasant any way you slice it, but it must happen. God needs us to see the seriousness of sin, that’s with bloodshed. And endless death from imperfect priests sacrificing imperfect animals.

So What?

“Why are you telling me this?” because this is the point of the whole story. We are all in the same boat as the people of biblical times. We deserve wrath because that’s the righteous way for God to deal with sin. From birth we are in a sinful nature. Sin being anything that is against this perfect and holy God. God must destroy us. He has created us and now must destroy us because we chose ourselves over Him. We chose death and spat on life. We chose to make ourselves God, how petty. But God being rich in compassion and love decides to save us from Himself. That’s right, He saves us from Himself. God must punish sin, and we all have sinned. From lust to greed, to adultery and murder. It doesn’t matter, all sin must be punished. So what does he do? He sends His Son to this world in human form to live the perfect life we can’t live. Jesus, the second person of the trinity. Jesus both God 100% and man 100%. Then He will take out His wrath on himself for us. Jesus comes as an innocent sacrifice, the Lamb of God. The sacrifice that could never be fulfilled through the blood of animals, must be fulfilled through God Himself. Christ living the life that we could never live. To save us and display His great love for us. By this He will receive the most glory, which is His biggest priority. Jesus lived a life we would never choose to live. Our hearts and minds are so hungry for personal glory and pride that we would never live up to God’s standards. But Jesus did. Being tempted in everyway, yet without sin. And because Jesus is God and lived the perfect life in human form, He was the only One that could take the wrath of God and satisfy God’s wrath. So God as man dies in the form of Jesus. Now those who call Jesus Lord, find salvation and forgiveness with the holy and perfect God that created them.

So what now?:

As we once stood under God’s wrath, now we stand righteous in front of God through the power of what Jesus has done on the cross. God doesn’t see us as filthy sinners anymore. He now looks at us and see’s us holy and blameless because of Jesus. Jesus gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, to give us power in this life. Jesus took off His robes of glory, put them on us and put on our rags of vile. Now our salvation is as sure as His life. Jesus died for us, but more importantly, He rose for us. That insures He will fulfill His promises and come back for us. Once slain by us as a spotless lamb, now returning as conquering King. Not coming for sin but to bring His people home. And deal with the people who have decided to live apart from Him. We who call Him Lord will be with Him for all eternity. We have been adopted into His family and the rest is eternity. Life with Jesus is our point to life. And the gift that was paid for by an ultimate sacrifice is offered to anyone who receives it.

What Next?

God won’t let us rebel forever. Rejecting Him isn’t a free ticket away from Him. It is a one way ticket to the judgment seat of God. This is where you will receive the very life you have chosen, a life without God for eternity. The worst thing God can do is take His presence away from you. That is a life in hell. Hell simply put is a life without God. And that doesn’t mean party time. Hell wasn’t created for you. That is the place that God will destroy Satan and his angels. It will be no good. The only goodness and joy you’ve ever experienced is of God. Yes, even in your rebellion there was uncountable graces in your life, like breathing. Cursing Him with the mouth that He formed and sustained. You want a life without Him, that’s what you’ll receive. He won’t force you to be with Him. And it will be no life at all. With God it’s called eternal life. Peace, joy, love, happiness, complete and utter paradise. “Life” without Him will be an eternal hell, eternal death. Think of dying forever. Sounds odd, but that’s the best way I can say it. The opposite of what’s going to take place in heaven.

It’s Simple:

If you desire to turn from your rebellion and turn to God then it’s never too late (while you’re alive) to do so. No, I’m not asking you to pray some magic prayer. And no, this isn’t something you try. You can try every religion out there. But Christianity is not a religion. You either are in 100% forever, or you’re out forever. If you truly believe and have faith, you’ll know the truth of the Gospel first hand. Trying it out doesn’t work. When you are chosen by God, there is no turning back. If you’re still unsure, you should pray for God to soften your heart. To open your mind to who He is. Belief is a gift from Him anyway. There’s no hope of truly believing without His divine choice. But if you’re ready, then turn from your sin and turn to God. How? Get involved in a bible teaching, God fearing, Christ exalting church. Read your bible to discern if your church is teaching the bible. If you need a starting point and a prayer seems right then pray this.

“Father God, You are good and I’ve been rebellious. Thank you for sending Your Son to live the life I never could, and thank you Jesus for choosing to live and die for me. Forgive me of my sin and create in me a new heart. Give me the Holy Spirit that I may live a life submitted under You. Use me however you chose. I want to live a life dedicated to glorifying You.”

This is just an example of a good prayer to start your new life.

Contact me if you need more info or help. This blog is in hopes that you will pick up a bible and read. You need to behold the glory of God so you will fall on your face in humility and worship him. That’s the only way to salvation. Know the power of God revealed in Christ through the bible. Leave the world behind and follow the only Truth, that is Christ.

Closing.

Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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Pro God, Pro Life, Pro Gun…?

By Steven Shaw

Is that the depth of the American Christian? I hope not, but it seems that is the loudest Christian voice I hear. I saw this sticker on an SUV today and it got me thinking. With all the racial injustices still going on in the world and even closer to home, I don’t see today’s Christians responding the way Christ would lead us to respond. Even worse, most are unaware there is a problem. Not only that, but the silence of the “white” churches is disturbing. If you are like me then I know how easy it is to hear a tragic story of racial injustice, or how angry you can get at the racism you read about, but it’s stops there. Why? The answer is because it is not directly affecting you. It is not your world therefore it is not on your radar. But we are called to put it on our radar, to make diversity part of our life, to seek out the suffering and make change. To seek out people (not pray and wait for it to happen) who are not the same as you and love them like they are your own blood. And straight up, making more friends to share the Gospel with, to do communion and fellowship with. This is what the American church is missing today and throughout our history.

Not standing up and speaking out when you see evil is just as damaging as the person who is committing the sin. If our churches were more racially diverse and our friendships/hearts/minds were more socially aware of the injustice of the kinds of people you love (if your world is racially diverse), your actions would look much more like you actually believe the Gospel.

Did I just lose you? Now I’m talking about something that has nothing to do with you and something you can’t change right? Wrong! You can talk to your average black person and they’ll tell you that they feel very uncomfortable and unwelcome when they go to a “white” church. Not that all churches with a mostly white congregation are explicitly doing something wrong, but most of us aren’t doing what’s right. We are perfectly content to remain in our white bubble and pretend the issues “out there” don’t affect you and never will as long as you don’t get too close. But that is NOT the gospel. That is not the way Christ or Paul or any other God glorifying Christian would live their life at any point in time.

So what? So I just went off on a tangent, who cares? Or maybe you are feeling guilty or motivated to do something. Unfortunately that is probably how far it will go. That is the extent of our attention span. But how can we, you, make a difference? By not being silent. By not being ignorant to the very real racism that is going on all around you and even inside your very heart and mind, as minor as it may be. What our black brothers and sisters need is white people standing up and taking charge of posting their hatred of the sin of racism and their love of diversity. To speak up when they see something or hear something in their world. To let the ignorant white racists know that their world is much smaller then they think and not supported by the true and living Church. Christ doesn’t call us to be comfortable, He calls us to make a change in the world. Not just your church, but also the world around you. Not just to make disciples but grow to a mature Christian that lives their life changing the lives of others to the glory of God. After all, that is what we were all made for. Everything else is idolatry and sin. It takes one voice at a time to create a stadium roar that can’t be silenced. The Gospel can’t be silenced and the Christians standing for the Gospel is the strongest force the world could ever know. But we need everyone, we need you, and most of all we need to pray for the victims and of the persecutors you hear about. Pray for your own heart. God is in the business of transformation. He makes dead people alive, and no one is beyond His reach. Let’s get to work.

Humanistic Worship vs Biblical Worship

By Steven Shaw

As Christians, worship is an integral piece to the foundation of our faith, it encompasses our life and is not merely singing to or about God.

I originally entitled this blog “Disgusting Worship” but was encouraged to make it less of a harsh title. What do I mean by “humanistic worship”? This is worship that glorifies self and/or man. And “worship” is our whole life not just singing. Many times this kind of worship is disguised with lyrics, super-amped sound systems and light shows that don’t glorify God, but instead glorify man. It is easy to assume that walking into a “Christian” church or a “Christian” venue means that all is good, but being a believer requires a biblical understanding of what worship is and how it is used to glorify God. God must be at the center of our worship and the church’s role is to help people grow in God’s truth and to offer up authentic, genuine worship to Him. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating that we become overly-critical or “nit-pick”, however we need to be aware of what is going on around us and we need to be able to recognize the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) deception that is in the church. I have observed the dangers and outcomes of people who have been lead by people whose focus is self-glorification and it is both disturbing and frightening because many are unaware.

Jesus spoke warning to those who would become stumbling blocks to believers (Matthew 18:6-7, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes!). This still applies today to those who are leading people away from God through humanistic worship, those who teach a skewed theology and present a false image of God via a twisted message of the Bible. When God’s truth and His message are watered down it creates confusion and inevitably the focus is placed on the flesh­­— on man rather than on God.

Let’s look at some examples:

 Rockstar Worship Leaders:

 I am addressing this topic first because this is what has spurred me to write this blog, it is an issue close to my heart. I have been a worship leader for over 15 years and I have had to learn the difference between being more interested in myself than in God. I have met worship leaders who have jokingly said, “I failed to make it as a rockstar so I guess I’ll settle on being a worship leader… at least I have a musical outlet for my gifts, right?” Needless to say, being a worship leader has nothing to do with the person per say, it has everything to do with bringing worship to God! How tragic, that this would be the reason someone would decide to be a worship leader.

I have met others who see the position as a stepping-stone to bigger and better things. It’s merely a platform in order to be noticed by more people and praised for their talent. Unfortunately, some of these types of people have actually made it into the Christian music mainstream, and the result has been the production of “Christian worship” that is humanistic and only glorifies man, or a mixture of glorifying man and God. Of course, I am not saying that every worship leader that wears skinny jeans is humanistic, but our awareness of the difference between humanistic and biblical worship is imperative to our faith and our maturity as believers. Our standard of worship must be at the level that exemplifies the pattern of worship that we find in the scriptures and also one that has been a part of our Christian history for hundreds of years.

I am not against musical outlets and achieving greatness in music, but those leading the church in worship must be very careful and intentional in their hearts towards this call to lead. It does not matter how many people love your “worship”, or how many people tell you that your songs have touched them each Sunday. It’s the One who knows the heart and mind and whom you will give an account of all things that God has given to you. The Pharisees and teachers of the law in the times of Jesus were also confused about what it meant to truly honor God and Jesus’ reply to them was, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain, their teachings are merely human rules” (Matthew 5:18).

May we pray daily for guidance and protection in our hearts and minds because we are prone to wander and deception can be subtle, to say the least. Let us raise our own standards to what we are singing from the platform that God has given us and let us be keen to hear worship that is false and honestly, disgusting in the ears of the Father. If you know your heart isn’t right then perhaps it is time to step down from your position, or seek out wise counsel to bring about change. God has given us the abilities to play instruments and use our voices to worship in spirit and in truth, and it is an honor and a blessing to have the opportunity to lead others in spirit and in truth. May we raise the bar for God!

False Teachers:

Today there are many false teachers in the church. We must be growing in knowledge and love of the bible or we will be swept up by things that sound good but rob us of God’s truth. We cannot pick and choose what we want to believe about God and the Bible. We must know God and the biblical pattern for worship or we are deceived and the result will be worship given to the enemy or total self-glorification.

I believe false teachers that produce weak disciples and shallow theologies are the most dangerous to the Body of Christ. Self-obsession, pride and glorifying church leadership can lead to a lethal mix that causes people to become malnourished in their faith and deformed in their maturity in Christ. False teachers do not glorify God, nor do they teach others to do so. They use the joyful truths of the Bible to lift up their own egos and their own congregations and build a false confidence that leads to zero eternal hope. I believe this kind of activity is disgusting to God and He will not accept this kind of worship, ever.

I pray that God would reveal to us all if there are any false teachers in our lives and if so, they would be uncovered and that we would come out from under any deception. I also pray that our hearts would be purified so that our church activities would glorify God at all times and we would live for Him and Him alone.

Church Consumers:

I love seeing people walk into church. Whatever the reason that they are there, God can do a work in them. God doesn’t need the four walls of the building to do His work in people, but our outward display of seeking God and our submission to God’s call to gather together allows us to encounter Him and be blessed by Him in a corporate setting.

I wanted to share this because I don’t want people to think I don’t love the church I truly do. What I am not a fan of is the heart I see more often than not in people who call themselves Christians and show no evidence of it. Going to church does not save you. God finds no pleasure that you go to church if you have not submitted your life to Him. Anything, and I mean anything less than wanting to know Christ more and enjoy Christ more forever is worthless. If Sunday’s worship is our only act of worship, we aren’t truly worshiping and we are fooling ourselves. Sunday is a continuation of worship that we have been having all week. Sunday is reserved for the gathering together of God’s people and to have the opportunity to worship next to and with our eternal family.

Biblical Worship

 We know we are truly worshiping when it really has nothing to do with us. Sure, there are times in corporate and private worship for self-reflection and growth, but nothing is going to change us in the way that pure, unbridled worship to God will. Seeing God for more of who He is allows for more of Him and less of our flesh. Our spirits come alive and we are transformed by His presence. True worship to God is recognizing who He is, what He has done and then falling humbly on our faces to praise Him for his grace in our lives. Sadly, we are not seeing this in many American churches today. I am praying for reformation and revival, that our hearts will be changed. But I also believe it has to start with individuals endeavoring for this kind of beautiful, biblical worship. Without your growth and mine, the church will not move forward in proper worship to God. May we continue in seeking maturity and cultivate a deep desire and understanding for the scriptures. Be thirsty for exalting Christ in your life. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s illumination in everything. Stop just singing about wanting to know God more, or drawing closer to Him, but open you bible and let God’s Word change you from the inside out.

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him” (John 4:23, ESV).

I would encourage you to look up scriptures about worship and study the context and then apply them. This would be a rewarding study!

And pray to illuminate your sin as to kill it, and to illuminate your satisfaction in Christ alone as to draw closer to Him.

Closing.

Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

Contributing editor credit: Lisa M Johnston, Th.M. and Pastor/sozofreedom.com

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The Last Judgment (1689)

By Steven Shaw

The London Baptist Confession of faith is a beautiful and rich confession of the Christian faith. I simply included the scriptures they give after each section but written out. It is a beautiful meditation and devotion time to read through. I pray you are blessed by it and it helps you see the bigness of God, exalt Christ higher and live by the power of the Holy Spirit more each day. This is the last chapter of the confession. I pray these blessed you!

Link to full confession: http://founders.org/1689-confession/

Chapter 32 – The Last Judgment (In Full) 

God has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ, to whom all power and judgment is given by the Father. In that day, the apostate angels will be judged. So also, all people who have lived on the earth will appear before the judgment seat of Christ, to give an account of their thoughts, words, and deeds and to receive a reckoning according to what they have done in the body, whether good or evil.

God’s purpose for appointing this day is to manifest the glory of his mercy in the eternal salvation of the elect, and of his justice in the eternal damnation of the reprobate, who are wicked and disobedient. For at that time the righteous will go into everlasting life and receive fullness of joy and glory with everlasting rewards in the presence of the Lord. But the wicked, who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, will be thrown into everlasting torments and punished with everlasting destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power.

Christ desires that we be firmly convinced that a day of judgment will come, both to deter everyone from sin and to comfort the godly more fully in their adversity. For this reason, he has determined to keep the day secret, to encourage people to shake off any fleshly security and always to be watchful, because they do not know the hour when the Lord will come and so that they may always be prepared to say, “Come Lord Jesus; come quickly. Amen.”

 

Chapter 32 – The Last Judgment (w/ Scripture) ESV

-God has appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by Jesus Christ,

(Acts 17:31, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”)

(John 5:22, For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,)

(John 5:27, And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.)

-to whom all power and judgment is given by the Father. In that day, the apostate angels will be judged.

(1 Corinthians 6:3, Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!)

(Jude 6, And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—)

-So also, all people who have lived on the earth will appear before the judgment seat of Christ, to give an account of their thoughts, words, and deeds and to receive a reckoning according to what they have done in the body, whether good or evil.

(2 Corinthians 5:10, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.)

(Ecclesiastes 12:14, For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.)

(Matthew 12:36, I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,)

(Romans 14:10, Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;)

(Romans 14:12, So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.)

(Matthew 25:32–46, Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”)

-God’s purpose for appointing this day is to manifest the glory of his mercy in the eternal salvation of the elect, and of his justice in the eternal damnation of the reprobate, who are wicked and disobedient.

(Romans 9:22-23, What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—)

-For at that time the righteous will go into everlasting life and receive fullness of joy and glory with everlasting rewards in the presence of the Lord. But the wicked, who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, will be thrown into everlasting torments

(Matthew 25:21, His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’)

(Matthew 25:34, Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.)

(2 Timothy 4:8, Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.)

-and punished with everlasting destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power.

(Matthew 25:46, And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”)

(Mark 9:48, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’)

(2 Thessalonians 1:7–10, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.)

-Christ desires that we be firmly convinced that a day of judgment will come, both to deter everyone from sin

(2 Corinthians 5:10-11, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience.)

-and to comfort the godly more fully in their adversity.

(2 Thessalonians 1:5–7, This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels)

-For this reason, he has determined to keep the day secret, to encourage people to shake off any fleshly security and always to be watchful, because they do not know the hour when the Lord will come

(Mark 13:35–37, Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”)

(Luke 12:35-36, “Stay dressed for action[a] and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.)

-and so that they may always be prepared to say, “Come Lord Jesus; come quickly. Amen.”

(Revelation 22:20, He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!)

Closing.

Please don’t let my word or any mans word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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The State of Humanity after Death and the Resurrection of the Dead (1689)

By Steven Shaw

The London Baptist Confession of faith is a beautiful and rich confession of the Christian faith. I simply included the scriptures they give after each section but written out. It is a beautiful meditation and devotion time to read through. I pray you are blessed by it and it helps you see the bigness of God, exalt Christ higher and live by the power of the Holy Spirit more each day. This is the last chapter of the confession. I pray these blessed you!

Link to full confession: http://founders.org/1689-confession/

Chapter 31 – The State of Humanity after Death and the Resurrection of the Dead (In Full) 

The bodies of those who have died return to dust and undergo destruction. But their souls neither die nor sleep, because they have an immortal character, and immediately return to God who gave them. The souls of the righteous are then made perfect in holiness and are received into paradise. There they are with Christ and behold the face of God in light and glory while they wait for the full redemption of their bodies. The souls of the wicked are thrown into hell, where they remain in torment and utter darkness, reserved for the judgment of the great day. The Scripture recognizes no place other than these two for souls separated from their bodies.

At the last day, those saints who are found alive will not sleep but will be changed. All the dead will be raised up with the very same bodies, not different ones, though they will have different qualities. Their bodies will be united again to their souls forever.

The bodies of the unjust will be raised by the power of Christ to dishonor. By his Spirit the bodies of the just will be raised to honor and will be made like Christ’s own glorious body.

 

Chapter 31 – The State of Humanity after Death and the Resurrection of the Dead (w/ Scripture) ESV

 -The bodies of those who have died return to dust and undergo destruction.

(Genesis 3:19, By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”)

(Acts 13:36, For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption,)

-But their souls neither die nor sleep, because they have an immortal character, and immediately return to God who gave them.

(Ecclesiastes 12:7, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.)

-The souls of the righteous are then made perfect in holiness and are received into paradise. There they are with Christ and behold the face of God in light and glory while they wait for the full redemption of their bodies.

(Luke 23:43, And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”)

(2 Corinthians 5:1, For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.)

(2 Corinthians 5:6, So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord,)

(2 Corinthians 5:8, Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.)

(Philippians 1:23, I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.)

(Hebrews 12:23, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,)

-The souls of the wicked are thrown into hell, where they remain in torment and utter darkness, reserved for the judgment of the great day.

(Jude 6, And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—)

(Jude 7, just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.)

(1 Peter 3:19, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,)

(Luke 16:23-24, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’)

-The Scripture recognizes no place other than these two for souls separated from their bodies. At the last day, those saints who are found alive will not sleep but will be changed.

(1 Corinthians 15:51-52, Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.)

(1 Thessalonians 4:17, Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.)

-All the dead will be raised up with the very same bodies, not different ones,

(Job 19:26-27, And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!)

-though they will have different qualities. Their bodies will be united again to their souls forever.

(1 Corinthians 15:42-43, So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.)

-The bodies of the unjust will be raised by the power of Christ to dishonor. By his Spirit the bodies of the just will be raised to honor and will be made like Christ’s own glorious body.

(Acts 24:15, having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust.)

(John 5:28-29, Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.)

(Philippians 3:21, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.)

Closing.

Please don’t let my word or any mans word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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The Lord’s Supper (1689)

By Steven Shaw

The London Baptist Confession of faith is a beautiful and rich confession of the Christian faith. I simply included the scriptures they give after each section but written out. It is a beautiful meditation and devotion time to read through. I pray you are blessed by it and it helps you see the bigness of God, exalt Christ higher and live by the power of the Holy Spirit more each day. I plan on doing the whole confession so keep checking back or subscribe!

Link to full confession: http://founders.org/1689-confession/

Chapter 30 – The Lord’s Supper (In Full) 

The supper of the Lord Jesus was instituted by him the same night he was betrayed. It is to be observed in his churches to the end of the age as a perpetual remembrance and display of the sacrifice of himself in his death. It is given for the confirmation of the faith of believers in all the benefits of Christ’s death, their spiritual nourishment and growth in him, and their further engagement in and to all the duties they owe him. The supper is to be a bond and pledge of their communion with Christ and each other.

In this ordinance Christ is not offered up to his Father, nor is any real sacrifice made at all for remission of sin of the living or the dead. It is only a memorial of the one offering Christ made of himself on the cross once for all. It is also a spiritual offering of the highest possible praise to God for that sacrifice. Thus, the Roman Catholic sacrifice of the mass (as they call it) is utterly detestable and detracts from Christ’s own sacrifice, which is the only propitiation for all the sins of the elect.

In this ordinance the Lord Jesus has appointed his ministers to pray and to bless the elements of bread and wine and in this way to set them apart from a common to a holy use. They are to take and break the bread, take the cup, and give both to the communicants while also participating themselves.

Denying the cup to the people, worshipping the elements, lifting them up or carrying them around for adoration, or reserving them for some pretended religious use are all contrary to the nature of this ordinance and to the institution of Christ.

The outward elements in this ordinance, properly set apart for the use ordained by Christ, have such a relationship to Christ crucified that they are sometimes called—truly though figuratively—by the names of the things they represent, that is, the body and blood of Christ. However, in substance and nature they still remain truly and only bread and wine, as they were before.

The doctrine commonly called transubstantiation teaches that the substance of bread and wine is changed into the substance of Christ’s body and blood by the consecration of a priest or some other way. This doctrine is hostile not only to Scripture but also to common sense and reason. It destroys the nature of the ordinance and has been and is the cause of many kinds of superstitions and of gross idolatries.

Worthy recipients who outwardly partake of the visible elements in this ordinance also by faith inwardly receive and feed on Christ crucified and all the benefits of his death. They do so really and truly, yet not physically and bodily but spiritually. The body and blood of Christ are not present bodily or physically in the ordinance but spiritually to the faith of believers, just as the elements themselves are present to their outward senses.

All ignorant and ungodly people are unfit to enjoy communion with Christ and are thus unworthy of the Lord’s table. As long as they remain in this condition, they cannot partake of these holy mysteries or be admitted to the Lord’s table without committing a great sin against Christ. All those who receive the supper unworthily are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, eating and drinking judgment on themselves.

 

Chapter 30 – The Lord’s Supper (w/ Scripture) ESV

-The supper of the Lord Jesus was instituted by him the same night he was betrayed. It is to be observed in his churches to the end of the age as a perpetual remembrance and display of the sacrifice of himself in his death.

(1 Corinthians 11:23–26, For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.)

-It is given for the confirmation of the faith of believers in all the benefits of Christ’s death, their spiritual nourishment and growth in him, and their further engagement in and to all the duties they owe him. The supper is to be a bond and pledge of their communion with Christ and each other.

(1 Corinthians 10:16-17, The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.)

(1 Corinthians 10:21, You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.)

-In this ordinance Christ is not offered up to his Father, nor is any real sacrifice made at all for remission of sin of the living or the dead. It is only a memorial of the one offering Christ made of himself on the cross once for all.

(Hebrews 9:25-26, Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.)

(Hebrews 9:28, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.)

-It is also a spiritual offering of the highest possible praise to God for that sacrifice.

(1 Corinthians 11:24, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”)

(Matthew 26:26-27, Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,)

-Thus, the Roman Catholic sacrifice of the mass (as they call it) is utterly detestable and detracts from Christ’s own sacrifice, which is the only propitiation for all the sins of the elect.

-In this ordinance the Lord Jesus has appointed his ministers to pray and to bless the elements of bread and wine and in this way to set them apart from a common to a holy use. They are to take and break the bread, take the cup, and give both to the communicants while also participating themselves.

(1 Corinthians 11:23–26, For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.)

-Denying the cup to the people, worshipping the elements, lifting them up or carrying them around for adoration, or reserving them for some pretended religious use are all contrary to the nature of this ordinance and to the institution of Christ.

(Matthew 26:26–28, Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.)

(Matthew 15:9, in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

(Exodus 20:4-5, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,)

-The outward elements in this ordinance, properly set apart for the use ordained by Christ, have such a relationship to Christ crucified that they are sometimes called—truly though figuratively—by the names of the things they represent, that is, the body and blood of Christ.

(1 Corinthians 11:27, Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.)

-However, in substance and nature they still remain truly and only bread and wine, as they were before.

(1 Corinthians 11:26–28, For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.)

-The doctrine commonly called transubstantiation teaches that the substance of bread and wine is changed into the substance of Christ’s body and blood by the consecration of a priest or some other way. This doctrine is hostile not only to Scripture

(Acts 3:21, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.)

(Luke 24:6, He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,)

(Luke 24:39, See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”)

-but also to common sense and reason. It destroys the nature of the ordinance and has been and is the cause of many kinds of superstitions and of gross idolatries.

(1 Corinthians 11:24-25, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”)

-Worthy recipients who outwardly partake of the visible elements in this ordinance also by faith inwardly receive and feed on Christ crucified and all the benefits of his death. They do so really and truly, yet not physically and bodily but spiritually. The body and blood of Christ are not present bodily or physically in the ordinance but spiritually to the faith of believers, just as the elements themselves are present to their outward senses.

(1 Corinthians 10:16, The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?)

(1 Corinthians 11:23–26, For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.)

-All ignorant and ungodly people are unfit to enjoy communion with Christ and are thus unworthy of the Lord’s table. As long as they remain in this condition, they cannot partake of these holy mysteries or be admitted to the Lord’s table without committing a great sin against Christ.

(2 Corinthians 6:14-15, Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?)

-All those who receive the supper unworthily are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, eating and drinking judgment on themselves.

(1 Corinthians 11:29, For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.)

(Matthew 7:6, “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.)

Closing.

Please don’t let my word or any mans word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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Baptism (1689)

By Steven Shaw

The London Baptist Confession of faith is a beautiful and rich confession of the Christian faith. I simply included the scriptures they give after each section but written out. It is a beautiful meditation and devotion time to read through. I pray you are blessed by it and it helps you see the bigness of God, exalt Christ higher and live by the power of the Holy Spirit more each day. I plan on doing the whole confession so keep checking back or subscribe!

Link to full confession: http://founders.org/1689-confession/

Chapter 29 – Baptism (In Full) 

Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ. To those baptized it is a sign of their fellowship with him in his death and resurrection, of their being grafted into him, of remission of sins, and of submitting themselves to God through Jesus Christ to live and walk in newness of life.

Those who personally profess repentance toward God and faith in and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ are the only proper subjects of this ordinance.

The outward element to be used in this ordinance is water, in which the individual is to be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Immersion, or dipping of the person in water, is necessary for this ordinance to be administered properly.

 

Chapter 29 – Baptism (w/ Scripture) ESV

-Baptism is an ordinance of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ. To those baptized it is a sign of their fellowship with him in his death and resurrection, of their being grafted into him,

(Romans 6:3–5, Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.)

(Colossians 2:12, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.)

(Galatians 3:27, For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.)

-of remission of sins,

(Mark 1:4, John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.)

(Acts 22:16, And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’)

-and of submitting themselves to God through Jesus Christ to live and walk in newness of life.

(Romans 6:4, We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.)

-Those who personally profess repentance toward God and faith in and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ are the only proper subjects of this ordinance.

(Mark 16:16, Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.)

(Acts 8:36-37, And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?”)

(Acts 2:41, So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.)

(Acts 8:12, But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.)

(Acts 18:8, Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.)

-The outward element to be used in this ordinance is water, in which the individual is to be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

(Matthew 28:19-20, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”)

(Acts 8:38, And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.)

-Immersion, or dipping of the person in water, is necessary for this ordinance to be administered properly.

(Matthew 3:16, And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;)

(John 3:23, John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized)

Closing.

Please don’t let my word or any mans word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (1689)

By Steven Shaw

The London Baptist Confession of faith is a beautiful and rich confession of the Christian faith. I simply included the scriptures they give after each section but written out. It is a beautiful meditation and devotion time to read through. I pray you are blessed by it and it helps you see the bigness of God, exalt Christ higher and live by the power of the Holy Spirit more each day. I plan on doing the whole confession so keep checking back or subscribe!

Link to full confession: http://founders.org/1689-confession/

Chapter 28 – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (In Full) 

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of positive and sovereign institution. They are appointed by the Lord Jesus the only lawgiver and are to be continued in his church to the end of the age.

These holy appointments are to be administered only by those who are qualified and called to administer them, according to the commission of Christ.

 

Chapter 28 – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (w/ Scripture) ESV

 -Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of positive and sovereign institution. They are appointed by the Lord Jesus the only lawgiver and are to be continued in his church to the end of the age.

(Matthew 28:19-20, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”)

(1 Corinthians 11:26, For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.)

-These holy appointments are to be administered only by those who are qualified and called to administer them, according to the commission of Christ.

(Matthew 28:19, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,)

(1 Corinthians 4:1, This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.)

Closing.

Please don’t let my word or any mans word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

Music www.TheShawsMusic.com

Podcast www.MisfitMinistry.com

Instagram @theshaws @psalmlife @fitcore