Daily Confession

I confess today is a good day (Psa 118 24). I proclaim all that is good, all that is blessed of God, all that is in the perfect will of God, all that God has designed for me shall be mine today in Jesus' name (2 Cor 1 20) I am blessed coming in I am blessed going out (De 28 6). I am blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world (1Jn 4 4). There shall no evil befall me, neither shall any plague come nigh my...

Communion

Communion, or the Lord's supper as it is also called, was instituted by Christ while celebrating the Passover with the disciples on the night He was betrayed (CP Mt 26 17-29 TMk 14 12-25 and Lu 22 7-20 also refers ). The Passover itself was a type of which Christ was the anti-type. (Anti-type is the person or thing represented or foreshadowed by an earlier type or symbol.) The Passover was instituted by God and celebrated by the Jews to commemorate their deliverance from the death angel in...

One Another

Loving one another is not an option for Christians -it is a command, and there are no boundaries (CP Jn 13 34-35 15 12-17). Jesus commands us here to love one another with the same love wherewith He loved us. That means that Christians' love for each other is not self-seeking, but unconditional and self-sacrificial as Christ's was for us (CP Jn 13 2-17). Jesus was not instituting a foot-washing ordinance here that the Church has to practice, but was demonstrating the true meaning of servanthood...

Water Baptism

Water baptism is one of two ordinances Jesus left for the Church to practice. The other is communion (which is the subject of Lesson 5 in this course of studies). An ordinance is a rule made by authority, a decree. It is not an optional extra that Christians may or may not choose to do. It has been commanded by Jesus and we do it as an act of obedience to the Lord's command (CP Mt 28 18-20 with Jn 14 15, 21,23). We will be referring to water baptism in this study simply as baptism like the...

Faith

Few words are more central to the Christian message than faith. In the first instance, in the matter of salvation, the Holy Spirit works through God's word to awaken in sinners a response of faith to believe in Jesus and be saved. They rest their faith on the reliability of God's word for their salvation and all the salvation benefits Christ has purchased for them with His blood (CP Ro 10 8-17). Faith implies total reliance upon God and complete obedience to His word (CP Jn 3 16-18). The word...

Baptism In The Spirit

Baptism in the Spirit describes being baptized with the Spirit. Being baptized in, into, unto and with, all refer to the same thing. Baptism in the Spirit is one of the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith. There is so much clear teaching on it in scripture, yet there is no other aspect of biblical truth so misunderstood by Christians. That is why the Church is so devoid of spiritual power in a world where it is so much needed. Most Pentecostal Christians who speak in tongues as the...

Lordship Of Jesus

Right from the outset of this study we need to clearly understand what the Lordship of Jesus really means. If we have not got that right, we have not got our salvation right (CP Lu 14 26-35 Mt 10 3738 also refers ). The word hateth in V26 does not mean that we are to literally hate our fathers and mothers, etc, but that we are to love them less than we love Jesus. Jesus demands that our love and our loyalty for Him be greater than any other attachment we may have, including even our attachment...

What Being Born Again Means

Jesus said except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. (CP Jn 3 1-7). Being born again expresses the change wrought in the life of a repentant sinner by the Holy Spirit after being converted to Christ. It means the sinner has died unto sin and has been born anew unto righteousness. How this happens is that when the gospel is preached the Holy Spirit works through the word exposing sin to awaken in the hearts of those open to receiving the gospel, a consciousness of guilt and...

Lesson 11the Resurrection

In this study we will be examining three resurrections the resurrection of Christ and what it means for believers, the resurrection of the righteous dead which is called the first resurrection and the resurrection of the wicked dead, called the second death. Resurrection means a return to life subsequent to death. There are two types of resurrection referred to in scripture spiritual and physical. Spiritual resurrection is that of the human spirit being quickened - made alive by the Holy Spirit...

Prayer

Right throughout scripture God promises to answer the prayers of believers and fulfil His promises in their lives (CP Psa 34 15-17 145 18-19 Pr 15 8,29 Mt 7 7-11 18 19 21 21-22 Mk 11 22-24 Jn 14 1314 15 7 16 23-26 Eph 3 20 He 11 6 Jas 1 5-8 1Pe 3 12 1Jn 3 21-22 5 14-15). According to the power that worketh in us in Eph 3 20 means by, or as a consequence of, God's power at work within us. We need to be in total agreement with what these scriptures teach, otherwise we will have little chance of...

Healing

There is little consistency in most teaching in the Church on the subject of healing. If salvation was presented with the same inconsistency there would be very few people saved. Christians are not sure God heals they are not sure He always heals, and they are not sure He will heal them. They have been told that sickness is God's chastening of them that it is a blessing in disguise, or that God is glorified in sickness. What do the scriptures say On all questions of doctrine they are the final...

The Rapture

A great many professing Christians dismiss the doctrine of the rapture as a fallacy of fundamentalism because the word rapture is not found in scripture, but neither is the word Trinity, yet they accept the doctrine of the Trinity as a valid scriptural teaching without any reservation whatsoever. It is not crucial to sound Christian doctrine that the word defining it is not in scripture. What is crucial is that the doctrine itself stresses its authority in scripture. Both the doctrines of the...

Sowing And Reaping

Just as surely as everything in nature reproduces after its kind, harvests being as sure as sowings, so every one of us will reap what we sow in this life and be solely responsible for our destiny in eternity (CP Ga 6 7-8). This is God's law of sowing and reaping and it applies to every aspect of our Christian walk - to the giving of ourselves, our finances and our time to others our financial support of the ministry our moral behaviour and our Christian service. V8 clearly teaches that anyone...

The Christian Calling Winning Souls To Christ

It is the responsibility of every believer in the New Testament Church to win souls to Christ. That is the Christian calling. It is not an option for believers, but a command that has to obeyed Christ has commanded it (CP Mt 28 18-20 Mk 16 15-16 Ac 1 6-8 10 42-43). Christ's directive to His followers in Mt 28 and Mk 16 has been termed the Great Commission in the contemporary Church, but that term is a misnomer. Christ's directive is more than a commission - it is a command. A commission can be...

Confessing Gods Word

The word confessing here means assenting to saying the same thing as. It is translated in the New Testament as both confession and profession (CP Ro 10 9-10 1Ti 6 12-13 He 3 1 4 14 10 23). When we confess or profess something we proclaim it to be true we are assenting to its truth. Confessing God's word means saying the same thing as God's word, the Bible, says. Holding fast our confession means continuously saying the same things as God's word says. Thus our confession is what we say all the...