Mt.28:19 Therefore go and
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
baptize you with water for repentance.
But after me will come one who is more powerful than
I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He
will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
believes and is baptized will be saved, but
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than
I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will
baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Jn 7:38-9 Whoever
believes in me, as the Scripture has said,
streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the
Spirit, whom those who believed in him were
later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit
had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.
John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the
replied, "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.
who accepted his message were baptized, and
about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Ac.8:12 But when
they believed Philip as he preached the good
news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they
were baptized, both men and women.
Ac.8:13 Simon himself believed
and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere,
astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been
baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
Ac.9:18 Immediately, something
like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He
got up and was baptized,
anyone keep these people from being baptized with water?
the Holy Spirit just as we have." So he
ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked
Peter to stay with them for a few days.
Ac 11:15-17 "As I began to
speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.
Then I remembered what the Lord had said:
'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'
So if God gave them the same gift as he gave
us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could
Ac 19:1-6 While Apollos was
at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus.
There he found some disciples and asked them, "Did
you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They
answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." So
Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?" "John's baptism," they
replied. Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told
the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus." On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When
Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke
in tongues and prophesied.
Ac.16:15 When she and the
members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. "If
you consider me a believer in the Lord," she said, "come and stay at my
house." And she persuaded us.
Ac.16:33 At that hour of
the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then
immediately he and all his family were baptized.
Ac.18:8 Crispus, the synagogue
ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians
who heard him believed and were baptized.
Ac.18:25 He had been instructed
in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about
Jesus accurately, though he knew only the
baptism of John.
hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
And now what are you waiting for?
Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.'
Ro.6:3 Or don't you know
that all of us who were baptized into Christ
Jesus were baptized into his death?
Ro.6:4 We were therefore
buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ
was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live
a new life.
1Co.12:13 For we
were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether
Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to
Ga.3:27 for all
of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
one Lord, one faith,
buried with him in baptism and raised with him through
your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
and this water
symbolizes baptism that now saves you also--not
the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward
God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
JESUS IS YOUR LORD
acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father
Mt.14:33 Then those who were
in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly
you are the Son of God."
Mt.16:16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living
Mk.8:29 "But what about you?"
he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You
are the Christ."
Jn.11:27 "Yes, Lord," she
told him, "I believe that you are the Christ,
the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
Jn.20:28 Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Ro.10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your
heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with
your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Ph.2:11 and every
tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Heb.3:1 Therefore, holy brothers,
who share in the heavenly calling, fix your
thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
Heb.13:15 Through Jesus,
therefore, let us continually offer to God
a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that
confess his name.
1Ti.6:12 Fight the good fight
of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life
to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence
of many witnesses.
No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son
has the Father also.
1Jn.4:2 This is how you can
recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit
that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and
he in God.
I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one
can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word
and have not denied my name.
CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD
you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."
Lu.18:1 Then Jesus told his
disciples a parable to show them that they
should always pray and not give up.
Lu.21:36 Be always on the
watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you
may be able to stand before the Son of Man."
Lu.22:46 "Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you
will not fall into temptation."
Ac.2:21 And everyone
who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Ac.8:22 Repent of this wickedness
and pray to the Lord.
Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.
Ro.10:13 for, "Everyone
who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Ep.6:18 And pray
in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying
for all the saints.
FIRM UNTIL THE END
Mt.10:22 All men will hate
you because of me, but he who stands firm
to the end will be saved.
but he who
stands firm to the end will be saved.
Mk.13:13 All men will hate
you because of me, but he who stands firm
to the end will be saved.
standing firm you will gain life.
To those who by
persistence in doing good seek
glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!
on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly
to the word I preached to you. Otherwise,
you have believed in vain.
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed
2Co.1:24 Not that we lord
it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because
it is by faith you stand firm.
Ga.5:1 It is for freedom
that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then,
and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled
around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
Ph.1:27 Whatever happens,
conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether
I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence,
I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for
the faith of the gospel
we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed,
but of those who believe and are saved.
Ja.5:8 You too, be
patient and stand firm, because the Lord's
coming is near.
him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout
the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after
you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you
strong, firm and steadfast.
IF YOU EXPECT GOD TO FORGIVE YOU!
us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father
will also forgive you.
if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your
Mat 18:21 Then Peter
came to Jesus and asked, "Lord,
how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to
seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven
times, but seventy-seven times.
Mat 18:35 "This
is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your
brother from your heart."
when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him,
so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."
not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not
be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead
us not into temptation.'"
Luke 17:3 So
watch yourselves. "If your brother sins,
rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.
Luke 17:4 If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back
to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him."
Luke 23:34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not
know what they are doing." And they divided
up his clothes by casting lots.
John 20:23 If
you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven;
if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."
2 Cor 2:7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him,
so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
2 Cor 2:10
If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And
what I have forgiven--if there was anything to forgive--I have forgiven
in the sight of Christ for your sake,
Col 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against
one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave
ASK GOD TO REVEAL
HIMSELF TO YOU, TO GIVE YOU HIS SPIRIT, TO MAKE YOU HIS CHILD
Mat 7:7 "Ask
and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door
will be opened to you.
Luke 11:9 "So
I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
Luke 11:13 If you then, though
you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how
much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who
OPEN YOURSELF TO HIM
Rev 3:20 Here
I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens
the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD FIRST
seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will
be given to you as well.
Lu 18:22 When Jesus heard
this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have
and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come,
For whoever wants to save his life will lose
it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.
whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life
for me will save it.
Peter said to
him, "We have left all we had to follow you!" I tell you the truth,"
Jesus said to them, "no one who has left home or
wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of
God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age
to come, eternal life."
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He
who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,
man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in
this world will keep it for eternal life.
EARN SALVATION; NOBODY DESERVES IT BECAUSE ALL HAVE SINNED
No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved,
just as they are."
Ep.2:5 made us alive with
Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it
is by grace you have been saved.
it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God--
saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his
mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy
has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have
done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us
in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be
justified from by the law of Moses.
we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
Ro.5:1 Therefore, since we
have been justified through faith, we
have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Ro.9:32 Why not? Because
they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They
stumbled over the "stumbling stone."
it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus
Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified
by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the
law no one will be justified.
no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will
live by faith."
NEED TO BEAR
FRUIT - THANKFULLY GOD IS PATIENT AND MERCIFUL (BUT NOT FOREVER)
fruit in keeping with repentance.
ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce
good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes,
or figs from thistles?
every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the
Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
Mt.12:33 "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its
fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.
I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given
to a people who will produce its fruit.
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves,
'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones
God can raise up children for Abraham.
ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce
good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."
Lu.6:43 "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch
that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it
must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in
Jn.15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him,
he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves
to be my disciples.
did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit
that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law.
the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to
the glory and praise of God.
good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?
Can such faith save him?
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is
Ja.2:18 But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show
me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless
You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
BY THE NARROW GATE - CHRIST
every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you,
will try to enter and will not be able to.
Jn.5:39 You diligently study
the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life.
These are the Scriptures that testify about me,
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in
and go out, and find pasture
Jn 14:6 Jesus
answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through me.
is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given
to men by which we must be saved."
WITH ALL YOUR HEART - THIS IS THE FIRST AND THE MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDMENT.
Mt.22:37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your mind.'
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with
all your mind and with all your strength.'
Lu.10:27 He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love
your neighbor as yourself.'"
Paul answered, "Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not
only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord
and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish
because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
AWAY FROM SIN AND TURN TOWARDS GOD) STOP SINNING!
their sins, they were baptized by him in the
Mk.1:5 The whole Judean countryside
and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing
their sins, they were baptized by him in the
I tell you, no!
But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you
too will all perish."
Ac 2: 38 Peter replied, "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.
of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.
Ja.5:16 Therefore confess
your sins to each other and pray for each other so
that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our
sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Ja.1:21 Therefore, get
rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent
and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
2Ti.2:19 Nevertheless, God's
solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows
those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses
the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."
for the Kingdom of Heaven is near
We must repent before Christ
comes back or before we die, whichever is first
As long as we are alive, it
is never too late to repent
Mt.28:20 and teaching
them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with
you always, to the very end of the age."
you love me, you will obey what I command.
Jn.14:23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will
obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and
make our home with him.
who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These
words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed
my Father's commands and remain in his love.
Acts 5:32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has
given to those who obey him."
know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.
receive from him anything we ask, because
we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how
we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,
IN THE LIGHT
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your
good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Mat 6:22 "The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body
will be full of light.
But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If
then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
Luke 2:32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
Luke 8:16 "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead,
he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.
"No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or
under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in
may see the light.
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole
body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full
Luke 11:35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.
Luke 11:36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark,
it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you."
John 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through
him all men might believe.
The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
John 3:19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness
instead of light because their deeds were evil.
John 3:20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light
for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
John 3:21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be
seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."
John 5:35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to
enjoy his light.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light
John 9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
John 11:10 It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light."
John 12:35 Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while
longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The
man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going.
John 12:46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me
should stay in darkness.
Acts 13:47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us: "'I have made you a light for
the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'"
Rom 13:12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the
deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
1 Cor 3:13
his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to
light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality
of each man's work.
1 Cor 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes.
He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives
of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.
2 Cor 4:6
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine
in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God
in the face of Christ.
2 Cor 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and
wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as
children of light
(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and
Eph 5:13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: "Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."
Col 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance
of the saints in the kingdom of light.
1 Th 5:5
You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to
the night or to the darkness.
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you
stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.
1 Pet 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people
belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you
out of darkness into his wonderful light.
2 Pet 1:19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do
well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until
the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light;
in him there is no darkness at all.
1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship
with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all
1 John 2:8
Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because
the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
1 John 2:9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in
1 John 2:10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him
to make him stumble.