by Andy Gonzalez | Nov 8, 2021
Message by Matt Hessel on November 7, 2021.
Man was created for eternal existence in close relationship with God but sin separated us from Him. Jesus will return one day and on that day everyone will be judged by Him. There will be just punishment and reward. For those who are in Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation, and they will spend eternity in the presence of God. Those who reject Jesus will be separated from Him by their sin in a place of eternal conscious punishment called Hell. Jesus wants everyone to know Him, so that we can spend eternity in His presence.
Matthew 24:44 | John 14:3 | Acts 1:11 | 1 Thessalonians 4:16 | Hebrews 9:28 | Revelation 22:20 | Romans 14:10-12 | Revelation 20:11-15 | Romans 2:5-8 | 2 Corinthians 5:10 | Matthew 25:34 | Romans 8:1 | 2 Peter 3:8-9 | 2 Peter 3:13 | Matthew 25:41 | Matthew 25:46 | Revelation 14:9-11
The Bible teaches that we are saved by grace through faith. Since the Church began in Acts 2, baptism has always been a public confession of that faith in Jesus to God, the church, and the world.
According to Scripture, we practice baptism by immersion. The Greek word used exclusively throughout the New Testament for baptism is “baptizo,” which means to plunge, dip, or immerse. Jesus modeled this form of baptism and commanded it, making baptism an act of obedience and faith. Baptism by immersion represents the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Our old self dying, being buried in the water, and raised as a new creation in Jesus.
Disciples following Jesus’ example and in obedience to the Scriptures, who have professed faith in Jesus, should be baptized.
Ephesians 2:8 | Matthew 10:32 | Matthew 3:13-17 | Matthew 28:19 | Romans 6:3-4 | 2 Corinthians 5:17 | Acts 2:38 | Acts 8:12 | Acts 8:36-38 | Acts 10:44-48 | Acts 22:16 | 1 Peter 3:21 | Titus 3:5-6 | Colossians 2:12-13 | Eph. 4:4-6 | Galatians 3:27
The Church is the community of all disciples of Jesus Christ, set on the mission given by Jesus to make disciples and spread the love and truth of Christ. A disciple is someone who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and committed to the mission of Jesus. This is Jesus’ design for the Church—past, present, and future.
Disciples of Jesus should take an active part in the local church to worship God, to know God more intimately, to pray, to make disciples of Jesus, to serve the needs of others, to give generously, and to be challenged and encouraged to grow in their faith.
Ephesians 5:23 | Matthew 28:18-20 | Acts 1:8 | 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 | Ephesians 1:22-23 | Hebrews 10:25 | Colossians 3:16 | Ephesians 1:12 | Ephesians 5:16-20 | Psalm 9:10 | Jeremiah 9:24 | 2 Corinthians 4:6 | Philippians 3:10 | Colossians 1:9-10 | 1 Thessalonians 5:17 | Matthew 28:19 | Matthew 20:26-28 | Luke 6:35-36 | Acts 14:21-22 | 1 Thessalonians 5:11 | Ephesians 4:12-13 | Colossians 1:28 | Hebrews 13:17
Salvation is God’s plan for us to be delivered from sin and its consequences. It is a gift from God that can never be earned through good works or self-improvement. Salvation is only given by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. This is how we are saved from our sin. Salvation is only attained through the work of Jesus on the cross where He sacrificially died, bearing the sin and punishment of all mankind and paying the price required of sin for all those who believe in Him. All who respond in faith to Jesus do so by the confession and repentance of sin, baptism, and daily obedience to Jesus.
John 1:12 | John 3:16 | Ephesians 1:7 | Ephesians 2:8-9 | Romans 3:23-25 | Romans 5:6-9 | Romans 6:23
Out of all that God created, we are the pinnacle of His creation. Mankind is His treasure and masterpiece. We are the only thing that He created in His image. Through our sin, which is direct opposition to God, we have rebelled against God and separated ourselves from Him. We are in need of redemption and restoration to the intended relationship with God that we were created for. And because of God’s desire for a loving relationship with us, He extends an invitation for redemption and restoration through Jesus.
Genesis 1:27 | Genesis 5:1-2 | Romans 3:23 | Romans 5:12 | 1 Corinthians 15:49 | Colossians 3:10
Jesus is the Son of God. He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him.
The Bible is the authoritative and inerrant Word of God; it is God’s revelation about Himself to man. It is historically accurate and internally consistent, telling one story of redemption pointing to Jesus Christ.
God used over 40 different authors to write the 66 books of the Bible, all being divinely directed by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the living Word of God, applicable and relevant at all times. It is not only the measure and standard of truth, but is truth itself.
Numbers 23:19 | Psalm 12:6 | Proverbs 30:5 | John 17:17 | 2 Timothy 3:16 | 1 Peter 1:20-21 | Hebrews 4:12
The Holy Spirit is promised to those who profess faith in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the presence of God living inside each disciple of Jesus. The Holy Spirit teaches, counsels, and bears witness about Jesus.
He empowers those who follow Jesus in different forms of ministry. He gives different spiritual gifts to followers of Jesus for the purpose of ministry. He empowers prayer. He gives strength and empowers followers of Jesus to overcome spiritual opposition. He sanctifies followers of Jesus. He convicts the believer of sin in order for the believer to experience grace and be led to repentance. He guides. He gives assurance of salvation to followers of Jesus. He brings comfort to the believer.
Acts 2:38 | Romans 8:9-11 | John 14:26 | John 15:26 | John 16:7-15 | Acts 1:8 | 1 Thessalonians 1:5 | 1 Peter 1:12 | 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 | Romans 8:26 | Ephesians 2:18 | Matthew 12:28 | Ephesians 6:10-18 | 1 Corinthians 6:11 | 2 Thessalonians 2:13 | Titus 3:4-7 | Romans 8:14 | Galatians 5:16-18 | Romans 8:16 | Ephesians 1:13-14
He is God in human form who came to Earth as man, both fully God and fully human. He was born of a virgin, Mary, and conceived by the Holy Spirit. He lived a perfect and sinless life in order to be a holy and worthy sacrifice. He was tempted as we are tempted. He suffered as we have suffered. Yet He did not fall into sin.
He came to serve and not to be served. Jesus was betrayed, beaten, mocked, and crucified on the cross where He died. Jesus’ life was not taken from Him by anyone; He gave it as a willing sacrifice for everyone. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and death and showing His power over both.
After He rose from the dead, He was on earth for 40 days before He ascended into Heaven. Jesus will return one day to rule and reign forever, judge the world, and take those who follow Him to live in the presence of God for eternity.
Luke 24:39 | John 1:1 | John 1:18 | Romans 9:5 | Colossians 1:19 | Colossians 2:9 | Matthew 1:18-20 | Luke 1:34-35 | John 15:10 | 2 Corinthians 5:21 | Hebrews 4:15 | Hebrews 9:26 | 1 Peter 3:18 | 1 John 3:5 | Hebrews 2:18 | Hebrews 7:26 | Philippians 2:5-11 | Matthew 27:27-30 | Mark 15:24 | Luke 23:26-49 | John 19:16-37 | John 10:18 | Matthew 28:1-20 | Mark 16:1-8 | Luke 24:1-53 | John 20:1-23 | 1 Corinthians 15:20 | Ephesians 1:19-20 | 1 Peter 1:3 | Luke 24:50-51 | Acts 1:9-11 | Matthew 25:31-46 | John 14:2-3; 6
The first member of the Trinity is God the Father.
God the Father is the Creator, Sustainer, Ruler, and Redeemer of all things. God is sovereign and infinite, meaning there is no one or anything more powerful than Him and He is without limitation. God the Father can be intimately known, but because of His infiniteness, He can never be fully known. But the good news is, God the Father can be known and desires to be known by you, but can only be known through Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1 | Colossians 1:16 | Acts 4:24 | Hebrews 1:3 | Revelation 4:11 | Psalm 145:3 | Jeremiah 9:23-24 | Romans 11:33 | Matthew 11:27 | John 14:6
We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to become the Savior of the lost world. The three distinct persons of the Trinity are all fully God; all of God’s attributes are true of each person and together they are one God. While the word “trinity” never appears in Scripture, it is an accepted doctrine based on the Bible’s teachings as a whole. We see throughout Scripture, evidence of the Trinity.
Genesis 1:26 | Psalm 45:6-7 | Psalm 110:1 | Isaiah 6:8 | Matthew 3:16-17 | Matthew 28:19 | John 1:1-5 | John 13:20 | 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 | 2 Corinthians 13:14 | Ephesians 2:18 | 1 Peter 1:2
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