“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,” (1 Timothy 2:1)
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”(Colossians 3:16)
The Lord’s Supper
“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.”(1 Corinthians 11:26)
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)
Laying By In Store
“On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.” (1 Corinthians 16:2)
DOING BIBLE THINGS IN BIBLE WAYS
This is our first and highest goal. For we do not want to be merely speakers of the word or hearers of the word, but doers of it throughout our lives. (James 1:25, Phil 4:9)
Speak where the Bible speaks
When we teach the Bible we desire to speak as with the utterances of God (1 Peter 4:11). Not as from our own think so, but from the word of God. The Holy Spirit has revealed in the word the bounds and the liberty that God has established for the faith. It is then our ernest desire to “accurately handle the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15) when we speak and know that we are speaking in accordance to God’s will.
Be Silent Where the Bible is Silent
This idea protects the liberty of the Christian. While the church as a collective is bound to operate by its mandate, the Christian is set at liberty to do all good works. We desire then to “not exceed what is written” (1 Cor 4:6) keeping from going too far (2 John 9) and straying from the truth of God. (cf. 2 Timothy 2:16, 23)
Call Bible Things By Bible Names
We seek to honor the will of God, even in how He calls things (Col 3:17). Primarily this protects us from being deceived over time by subtle manipulations of meaning. This requires constant vigilance, but it is worth the effort as this moves us always to look to the text and its context to understand the truth and the terms used to define truth. (cf. Psalm 119:37, 40, 93)
OUR BIBLE STUDIES
If Christ is higher than the prophets and the angels, then why did He suffer so, and why become a man at all?
9that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)
God has always said by what standard the called will be elected. Much how a boss puts out a want ad to hire someone, the standard is set out. In this way, the elected are predestined. The individual is not predestined per se, rather the ones who will come up to the standard that was predestined.
God has pulled out all the stops to get us a route home to Him. He sent His Son to pay the price for our sins. He has revealed His will through the Spirit manifested in the Word of God. He has given us a portion of the Spirit to dwell within us, and the Spirit likewise intercedes on our behalf. What barriers still stand in our way? Only we can choose to be overcome, but with God for us who can truly stand against us in the end?