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       The Bible Message
Foundations    Bible; God; Spirit
The focus      Jesus Christ
You and me     Sin, evil
Our destiny    Oblivion, immortality
The plan       Great and precious promises
Our world      Israel, the Kingdom
Our response   The way to the Kingdom
   Foundations - The Bible
The revelation of God’s purpose
Given through chosen men
By His Spirit
– Infallible
– Authoritative
    Foundations - The Bible
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways,
God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in
these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,
whom he appointed the heir of all things,
through whom also he created the world.”
(Heb 1:1-2)
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and
profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction,
and for training in righteousness, that the man of
God may be competent, equipped for every
good work.” (2Ti 3:16-17)
          Foundations - God
Creator and sustainer of all things
Unapproachable glory
All powerful and all wise
A God of
–   Love
–   Mercy
–   Holiness
–   Righteousness
–   Truth
A unity
            Foundations - God
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and
the earth.” (Ge 1:1)
“… the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of
kings and Lord of lords, who alone has
immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light,
whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him
be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.”
(1Ti 6:15-16)
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator
between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”
(1Ti 2:5)
Foundations - The Holy Spirit
Spirit - the power of God
– Sustaining
– Everywhere
– Revealing and fulfilling his will
Holy Spirit
– The Spirit when used for any special purpose
– Prophecy
– The conception of Jesus
Foundations - The Holy Spirit
“The earth was without form and void, and
darkness was over the face of the deep. And the
Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the
waters.” (Ge 1:2)
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where
shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to
heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in
Sheol, you are there!” (Ps 139:7-8)
“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath
of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4)
 Foundations - The Holy Spirit
“For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but
men spoke from God as they were carried along by the
Holy Spirit.” (2Pe 1:21)
“And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come
upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow
you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy - the
Son of God.”” (Lu 1:35)
“And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a
mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where
they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to
them and rested on each one of them. And they were all
filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other
tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Ac 2:2-4)
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy
Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not
your own,” (1Co 6:19)
  The Focus - Jesus Christ
The only begotten Son of God
Born of Mary
Shared our human nature
Sinless
The perfect sacrifice
Resurrected
High Priest and Mediator
Destined to return
   The Focus - Jesus Christ
“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary
as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is
from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you
shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his
people from their sins.” (Mt 1:20-21)
“But when the fullness of time had come, God
sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under
the law,” (Ga 4:4)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only Son, that whoever believes in him should
not perish but have eternal life.” (Joh 3:16)
“but God shows his love for us in that while we
were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Ro 5:8)
    The Focus - Jesus Christ
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no
sin, so that in him we might become the
righteousness of God.” (2Co 5:21)
“God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death,
because it was not possible for him to be held by
it.” (Ac 2:24)
“We know that Christ being raised from the dead
will never die again; death no longer has dominion
over him.” (Ro 6:9)
“Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a
heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and
high priest of our confession,” (Heb 3:1)
    The Focus - Jesus Christ
“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into
heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you
into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw
him go into heaven.” (Ac 1:11)
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we
await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Php 3:20)
“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ
Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and
by his appearing and his kingdom:” (2Ti 4:1)
           You and me
Mortal
Sinful
The cause of sin
               You and me
“then the LORD God formed the man of dust
from the ground and breathed into his nostrils
the breath of life, and the man became a living
creature.” (Ge 2:7)
“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.” (Ge 3:19)
“Therefore, just as sin came into the world
through one man, and death through sin, and so
death spread to all men because all sinned”
(Ro 5:12)
                You and me
“For from within, out of the heart of man, come
evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder,
adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit,
sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All
these evil things come from within, and they
defile a person.” (Mr 7:21-23)
“But each person is tempted when he is lured
and enticed by his own desire. Then desire
when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin
when it is fully grown brings forth death.”
(Jas 1:14-15)
             You and me
“Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the
devil, for the devil has been sinning from the
beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared
was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1Jo 3:8)
“Since therefore the children share in flesh and
blood, he himself likewise partook of the same
things, that through death he might destroy the
one who has the power of death, that is, the
devil,” (Heb 2:14)
           Our destiny
Death is an unconscious sleep
Immortality is God’s gift
God’s Kingdom on earth
The responsible raised and judged
              Our destiny
“For in death there is no remembrance of you; in
Sheol who will give you praise?” (Ps 6:5)
“When his breath departs he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.” (Ps 146:4)
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your
might, for there is no work or thought or
knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are
going.” (Ec 9:10)
“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the
earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and
some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
(Da 12:2)
              Our destiny
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the
earth.” (Mt 5:5)
“No one can come to me unless the Father who
sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the
last day.” (Joh 6:44)
“but those who are considered worthy to attain to
that age and to the resurrection from the dead
neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they
cannot die anymore, because they are equal to
angels and are sons of God, being sons of the
resurrection.” (Lu 20:35-36)
              Our destiny
“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.” (2Co 5:10)
“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,” (2Th 1:7-9)
             The plan
God has made promises
Sin to be overcome
Blessings through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
Promises to David
The promise of the Kingdom
                The plan
“His divine power has granted to us all things
that pertain to life and godliness, through the
knowledge of him who called us to his own glory
and excellence, by which he has granted to us
his precious and very great promises, so that
through them you may become partakers of the
divine nature, having escaped from the
corruption that is in the world because of sinful
desire.” (2Pe 1:3-4)
“I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring; he
shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his
heel.” (Ge 3:15)
                 The plan
“Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your
country and your kindred and your father’s
house to the land that I will show you. And I will
make of you a great nation, and I will bless you
and make your name great, so that you will be a
blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and
him who dishonours you I will curse, and in you
all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
(Ge 12:1-3)
“I tell you, many will come from east and west
and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,” (Mt 8:11)
                 The plan
“And all these, though commended through their
faith, did not receive what was promised, since
God had provided something better for us, that
apart from us they should not be made perfect.”
(Heb 11:39-40)
“He will be great and will be called the Son of the
Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the
throne of his father David, and he will reign over
the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom
there will be no end.” (Lu 1:32-33)
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the
son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Mt 1:1)
             Our world
Salvation is from the Jews
Israel to be restored to God
Jerusalem will be Christ’s capital
God’s Kingdom will replace all nations
Sin and death will be abolished
God will be all in all
This Kingdom is the Gospel message
                Our world
“You worship what you do not know; we worship
what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.”
(Joh 4:22)
“They will fall by the edge of the sword and be
led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem
will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until
the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.” (Lu 21:24)
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: behold, I will
save my people from the east country and from
the west country, and I will bring them to dwell in
the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be my
people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness
and in righteousness.” (Zec 8:7-8)
                   Our world
“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain
of the house of the LORD shall be established as the
highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above
the hills; and peoples shall flow to it, and many nations
shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the
mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of
Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may
walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall
judge between many peoples, and shall decide for
strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords
into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall
they learn war anymore;” (Mic 4:1-3)
                Our world
“So when they had come together, they asked
him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the
kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for
you to know times or seasons that the Father
has fixed by his own authority.” (Ac 1:6-7)
“And in the days of those kings the God of
heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be
destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to
another people. It shall break in pieces all these
kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall
stand forever,” (Da 2:44)
                 Our world
“Then comes the end, when he delivers the
kingdom to God the Father after destroying
every rule and every authority and power. For he
must reign until he has put all his enemies under
his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is
death. For “God has put all things in subjection
under his feet.” … When all things are subjected
to him, then the Son himself will also be
subjected to him who put all things in subjection
under him, that God may be all in all.”
(1Co 15:24-28)
“And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On
that day the LORD will be one and his name
one.” (Zec 14:9)
                Our world
“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into
Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God,” (Mr 1:14)
“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.” (Ac 8:12)
“And he entered the synagogue and for three
months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading
them about the kingdom of God.” (Ac 19:8)
          Our response
Accept God’s invitation to be in the Kingdom
Accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord
Repentance
Baptism
Live a new life
                Our response
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to
give you the kingdom.” (Lu 12:32)
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand;
repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mr 1:15)
“The Lord is not slow to fulfil his promise as some count
slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any
should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
(2Pe 3:9)
“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every
one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
(Ac 2:38)
            Our response
“But you were washed, you were sanctified, you
were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
and by the Spirit of our God.” (1Co 6:11)
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your
God with all your heart and with all your soul and
with all your mind. This is the great and first
commandment. And a second is like it: You shall
love your neighbour as yourself. On these two
commandments depend all the Law and the
Prophets.” (Mt 22:37-40)
“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good
to everyone, and especially to those who are of
the household of faith.” (Ga 6:10)
            Our response
“do not be anxious about anything, but in
everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to
God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all
understanding, will guard your hearts and your
minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever
is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is
anything worthy of praise, think about these
things.” (Php 4:6-8)
              Our response
“And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he
broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body,
which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This
cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my
blood.”” (Lu 22:19-20)
“not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,
but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see
the Day drawing near.” (Heb 10:25)
“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season;
reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and
teaching.” (2Ti 4:2)
       The Bible Message
Bold, consistent, broad and profound
A God who loves his creation
A world broken by sin and subject to death
Jesus sent to bring us back to God
The Bible message is a message of hope
– Forgiveness
– A new life
– A new world
– Eternal life
   The Bible Message

“For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who looks on the
Son and believes in him should
have eternal life, and I will raise
    him up on the last day.”

           (John 6:40)

				
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