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					         A Recommendation
• Often people will ask for a
  recommendation to a place of
  business when they are in a strange
  town. Usually someone is more than
  willing to give one because they feel
  certain they know of a place just like
  the person is looking to find.
         A Recommendation
• Sometimes we receive requests for
  personal recommendations from people.
  Sometimes we can give them,
  sometimes we cannot. However, at this
  point, I want to unreservedly recommend
  someone to you. But, of course, there
  are some that would not even
  recommend Him. In fact, some have
  despised Him.
           A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Life
  And Character Of Christ
  – He alone has lived the perfect life -
    Heb 4:15

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot
sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all
points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
                                       Heb 4:15
          A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Life
  And Character Of Christ
  – Peter, who knew Him intimately, said
    of Him that he "did no sin, neither
    was guile found in his mouth" - 1 Pet.
    2:22
Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in
His mouth
                                   1 Pet 2:22
         A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Life
  And Character Of Christ
 – Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, and
   Peter himself, were great in the service
   of the Lord
   • But no such statement could be made of
     them.
   • For as noble as these were in many
     respects, not one of them was perfect.
            A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Life And
  Character Of Christ
  – The attitude that Christ had toward God
    would is Your will, take this cup away
Father, if itlead Him to faithful obedience. from
     • Even when He faced will, but Yours, of
Me; nevertheless not My the horrible death bethe
done cross
     • He knew that it was His Father's will - Jno.
       1:29
     • He said, "not saw Jesus coming toward
The next day John My will, but Yours be done" - Lk.
       22:42
him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world! Jn 1:29
             A Recommendation
 • I Want To Recommend The Life
   And Character Of Christ
    – On more than one occasion, God
      to this you were called, because Christ
  For said, "This is my beloved Son, in
      whom I am us, leaving us - example,
  also suffered for well pleased"anMatt. 3:17;
       you
  that17:5 should follow His steps: 1 Pet 2:21
       • So, it is the will of God that webright
                                behold, a should
While he was still speaking, from heaven,
And suddenly a voice came
         look to this noble character as our
cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a am
                   My beloved Son, in whom I
saying, “This is example - Phil. 2:5; 1 Pet. 2:21
         perfect
voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is
well pleased.”                            Matt 3:17
     Let this mind be in you which was also
My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.in
HearChrist Jesus
      Him!”                               Phil 17:5
                                          Matt 2:5
           A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The
  Authority Of Christ
  – All authority belongs to Him - Matt.
    28:18

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying,
"All authority has been given to Me in heaven
and on earth.
                                      Matt 28:18
        A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The
  Authority Of Christ
 – The apostle Paul tells us of the
   authority of Christ - Eph. 1:20-23;
   Phil. 2:9-11
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which He worked in Christ when He raised Him
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and
from the dead and seated Him at His right hand
given heavenly places, 21far above every
in the Him the name which isabove all
name, 10that at power and might and
principality and the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, of those in heaven, and of those
dominion, and every name that is named, not
only in this age but also in that which is to
on earth, and of those under the earth, 11and
come. 22And He put all things under His feet,
that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Him to the glory of all the Father.
and gaveLord,to be head overGodthings to the
church, 23which is His body, the fullness of Him
                                       Phil 2:9-11
who fills all in all.                Eph 1:20-23
          A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Authority
  Of Christ
  – There are many authorities in the world.
    • Civil governments, parents, religious
      authorities (such as -- the pope, councils,
      conventions, conferences, synods, etc.)
    • When we accept completely the authority of
      Christ our relationship with all other
      authorities will fall into place - Rom. 13:1-7
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Let every soul be subject to the governing
for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute
authorities. For there is no authority except from
wrath on him who practices evil. 5Therefore you
God, and the authorities that exist are appointed
must be 2 subject, not only because of wrath but
by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority
also for conscience' sake. 6For because of this
resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist
you also pay taxes, for they are God's ministers
will bring judgment on themselves. 3For rulers are
attending continually to this very thing. 7Render
not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want
therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are
to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good,
due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear,
and you will have praise from the same. 4For he is
honor to whom honor.
God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil,
                                          Rom 13:1-7
be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain;
          A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Authority
  Of Christ
  – There are many authorities in the world.
    • Civil governments, parents, religious
      authorities (such as -- the pope, councils,
      conventions, conferences, synods, etc.)
    • When we accept completely the authority of
      Christ our relationship with all other
      authorities will fall into place - Rom. 13:1-7
    • Some we will accept and obey -- others we
      will of necessity have to reject - Acts 5:28-
      29; 4:17-20
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“But so that it spreads no further among the
people, let us severely threaten them, that from
saying, "Did we notto no man in this name.”
now on they speak strictly command you not
18And they this name? And look, you have filled
to teach in called them and commanded them
not to speak at your doctrine, the intend to
Jerusalem with all nor teach in and name of
Jesus.19But Peter and on us!" 29But Peter and
bring this Man's bloodJohn answered and said
to them, apostles it is right and said: "We
the other“Whether answeredin the sight of God
ought to to you more than than men. judge.
to listen obey God rather to God, you
20For we cannot but speak the things which we
                                    Acts 5:28-29
have seen and heard.”
                                    Acts 4:17-20
           A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Gospel
  Of Christ
  – First of all, it is the power of God unto
    salvation - Rom. 1:16-17
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,
for it is the power of God to salvation for
everyone who believes, for the Jew first and
also for the Greek. 17For in it the righteousness
of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is
written, “The just shall live by faith.”
                                       Rom 1:16-17
           A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Gospel
  Of Christ
  – All men stand in need of salvation
    from sin - Rom. 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
God,
                                         Rom 3:23
        A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Gospel
  Of Christ
 – This gospel was made possible by
   the death, burial and resurrection of
   Christ - 1 Cor. 15:1-4
            A Recommendation
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel
which I preached to you, which also you
received and in which you stand, 2by which
also you are saved, if you hold fast that word
which I preached to you--unless you believed
in vain. 3For I delivered to you first of all that
which I also received: that Christ died for our
sins according to the Scriptures, 4and that He
was buried, and that He rose again the third
day according to the Scriptures,
                                       1 Cor 15:1-4
        A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Gospel
  Of Christ
 – It contains great facts and truths to
   believe, great commands to obey,
   and great promises to be enjoyed.
             A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Gospel Of
  Christ
   – When one obeys this gospel, he will have
     the remission of sins and be led to a higher
     and nobler way of life - Acts 2:38
     • For every requirement that God makes of us is
       for our total good – for our physical, let every
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, andmoral, and
       you be baptized in Deut. 6:24-25
one of spiritual good always -the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38
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And the LORD commanded us to observe all
these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for
our good always, that He might preserve us
alive, as it is this day. 25Then it will be
righteousness for us, if we are careful to
observe all these commandments before the
LORD our God, as He has commanded us.
                                         Deut 6:24-25
           A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Name Of
  Christ
  – Today there are many names worn in
    religion
      • Some of them are any other, for there is
Nor is there salvation inoutrageous - others are
        even silly
no other name under heaven given among men
      • Many of these cannot even be found in the
        word must
by which weof God be saved.             Acts 4:12
     • But the name of Christ can be freely and
       unreservedly recommended - Acts 4:12
            A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Name
  Of Christ
   – The name of Christ is pre-eminent -
     Phil. 2:9-11
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and
given Him the name which is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of
those under the earth, 11and that every tongue
should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.                  Phil 2:9-11
         A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Name
  Of Christ
 – It is the name in which repentance
   and remission of sins should be
   preached throughout the whole world
   - Lk. 24:47
 and that repentance and remission of sins
 should be preached in His name to all
 nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
                                    Lk 24:47
           A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Name
  Of Christ
  – It is the name in which we are to be
    baptized for the remission of sins -
    Acts 2:38
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every
one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38
           A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Name
  Of Christ
  – It is the name in which all things are
    to be done religiously - Col. 3:17

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in
the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to
God the Father through Him.
                                       Col 3:17
         A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Name
  Of Christ
 – Human names, in matters religious,
   are divisive and condemn - Matt.
   15:7-14
   • When the Corinthians identified
     themselves with human names, Paul
     said that they were carnal - 1 Cor. 1:10-
     12; 3:1-4
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And I,plead with you, brethren, by the you as to
Now I brethren, could not speak to name of our
spiritual people but as to carnal, as to same in
Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the babes
Christ. 2I fed you with milk and notamong you,
thing, and that there be no divisions with solid
food; for until now you joinednot able to receive
but that you be perfectly were together in the
same mind and in the are still not able; 3for you
it, and even now yousame judgment. 11For it has
are still carnal. me concerning you, envy, strife,
been declared toFor where there are my brethren,
by those of Chloe's household, that therecarnal
and divisions among you, are you not are
contentions among mere12Now I 4Forthis, that each
and behaving like you. men? say when one
says, says, “I Paul," and or “I am "I Apollos,” or
of you"I am of am of Paul,”another, of am of
“I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.”
Apollos," are you not carnal?
                                         Cor 1:10-12
                                       1 1 Cor 3:1-4
        A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Church
  Of Christ
 – Today, we hear people refer to "my
   church" or "your church" or "Doctor
   So and So's church.”
         A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Church
  Of Christ
 – But the only one that can be truly
   recommended is the one belonging
   to Christ.
   • It is the one that was in the eternal
     purpose of God - Isa. 2:2-4; Eph. 3:8-12
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Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
To me, who am less than the least of all the
That the mountain of the LORD'S house Shall
from Jerusalem. 4He shall judge between the
saints, this grace was given, that I should
the principalities and top of the mountains,
be established on the powers in the heavenly
nations,11And rebuke many the unsearchable
preach among the Gentilespeople; They shall
places, be exalted above the hills; And all
And shallaccording to the eternal purpose
beat theirChrist, 9and to make all see what is
riches of swords into plowshares, And their
nations shall flow to it. 3Many people shall
which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our
spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift
the fellowship of the mystery, which from the
come 12in whom we have boldness and access
Lord, and say, "Come, and let us go up to the
beginning of the nation, Neither shall in God
up sword againstages has been hiddenthey
with confidence through faith house
mountain of the LORD, To the in Him.of the God
learncreated all things through Jesus Christ;
who war anymore.
                                       Eph 3:8-12
of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we
10to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of
                                         Isa 2:2-4
shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall
God might be made known by the church to
go forth the law, And the word of the LORD
            A Recommendation
 • I Want To Recommend The Church
   Of Christ
    – But the only one that can be truly
      recommended is the one belonging
      to Christ.
       • It is the one Christ promised to build -
         Matt. 16:18
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on
this rock I will build My church, and the gates of
Hades shall not prevail against it.      Matt 16:18
           A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Church
  Of Christ
  – But the only one that can be truly
    recommended is the one belonging
    to Christ.
     • It is the one Christ died for - Eph. 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also
loved the church and gave Himself for her,
                                      Eph 5:25
             A Recommendation
 • I Want To Recommend The Church
   Of Christ
    – But the only one that can be truly
      recommended is the one belonging
      to Christ.
        • It is the one He purchased with His own
          blood - Acts 20:28
Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the
flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you
overseers, to shepherd the church of God which
         A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Church
  Of Christ
 – But the only one that can be truly
   recommended is the one belonging
   to Christ.
   • It is His body - Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18-
     24; Eph. 4:4
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And He is the head of the body, the church,
now He has reconciled 22in the body of His
who is the beginning, the firstborn from the
flesh through death, to present you holy, and
dead, that in all things He may have the
blameless, all19above reproach in His sight--23
And He put andthings under His feet, and gave if
preeminence. is lacking in thethe Father that in
my flesh what For it pleased afflictions of
Him tois one body and one Spirit,grounded and
There you continue in things to 20 as you
                                    just
indeed be head over all the faith, the church,
Christ, the fullness should dwell, and by Him
Him all for the sake of His body, which is the
23which is and body, the fullnesscalling; who
were called in are hope of your of from
steadfast, His one not moved away Him the
church,
to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him,
hope of the gospel which you heard, which 4:4
fills all in all.                          Eph
                                       heaven,
whether things on earth or things inCol. 1:18-24
                                      Eph 1:22-23
was preached to every creature under heaven,
having made peace through the blood of His
of which I, Paul, became a minister. 24I now
cross. 21And you, who once were alienated and
rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in
enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet
         A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Church
  Of Christ
 – But the only one that can be truly
   recommended is the one belonging
   to Christ.
   • It is the one of which He is the Savior
     and Head - Eph. 5:23; 1:22-23
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 And He put all things under His feet, and gave
 For the husband is head of the wife, as also
Him to be head over all things to the church,
Christ is head of the church; and He is the
23which is His body, the fullness of Him who
Savior of the body.
fills all in all.
                                        Eph 5:23
                                     Eph 1:22-23
         A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Church
  Of Christ
 – But the only one that can be truly
   recommended is the one belonging
   to Christ.
   • It is His Kingdom - Col. 1:2, 13; Matt.
     16:18-19
           A Recommendation
To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ
who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on
Christ.
                                           Col 1:2
this rock I will build My church, and the gates
of Hades shall not prevail against it.
He has delivered us from the power of  Matt 16:18
darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of
the Son of His love,
                                         Col 1:13
         A Recommendation
• I Want To Recommend The Church
  Of Christ
 – But the only one that can be truly
   recommended is the one belonging
   to Christ.
   • It is the one that He will deliver back to
     His Father when the end comes - 1 Cor.
     15:24
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Then comes the end, when He delivers the
kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an
end to all rule and all authority and power.
                                       1 Cor 15:24
        A Recommendation
• So, without any reservation, we
  can recommend to you the Christ.
• If you will respect His authority,
  obey His gospel, wear His name,
  be a faithful member of His church,
  you will enjoy an abundant life
  here and hereafter.

				
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