13. Is Jesus Really Coming Back? (Revelation 22:12)
We all wonder where this world is headed and what the future holds? Scripture teaches us we shouldn’t be surprised when we turn on the TV or computer and read of crimes, terrorism, wars, violence and wickedness. But rather, we should praise God because it’s getting close to time for Jesus to return! Here is what we believe: We believe in the blessed hope, the personal, and the pre-millennial and the imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Christian who truly looks for the return of the Lord will live a transformed life! I pray the next time someone asks you “Is Jesus really coming back?” You can say, He absolutely is and He is coming for me!
12. Will there really be a Judgment Day? (Psalms 9:7, 8)
God has appointed a day when He will judge the world with perfect justice through Jesus Christ, to whom He has given all power and authority. Throughout God’s eternal plan there are 8 major judgments spoken of. In today’s message I want us to survey these judgments for the purpose of understanding and preparation for the day we will stand before the Lord.
I pray the next time someone asks you; “Will there really be a judgment day?” You can answer, Yes indeed and I’m ready to meet and stand before my God and give an account for all I have done with Jesus and for Him!
11. Is the Devil Real?? (1 Peter 5:8)
One of the greatest hopes of the devil is that he will deceive many into believing he does not exist. That he is just some product of a wild imagination. Or, that he is just something for some to obsess over or blame for their faults and failures. The devil and his demons do not want to be exposed. Because they despise the truth, they wish to remain obscure and hate it when their activity is publically proclaimed. Which leads to today’s question is, “Is the devil real?” Does the devil exist? (What do you know about him?) We believe, the devil is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his creator and he took one third of the angels with him in his fall. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man but he was defeated through the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. And he will one day be cast for all of eternity into a lake of fire. The Bible teaches that Satan is real and the more we know about him and his evil schemes the better equipped we will be to resist him.
The devil is for real – And he poses a great danger to anyone who does not know who he is and what he is doing in the world today. I pray that the next time some asks you, “Is the devil real?” You will be able to say, “Yes, the devil is very real and he is an enemy of God and God’s children. But God has defeated him in the person of Christ! And we who are in Christ can walk in victory over him, as we walk with Christ.
10. What is the Church? (Matthew 16:18)
“What is the Church?” As we answer this question, let it to just remind ourselves why we do what we do. Why would we all get out of bed this morning and come to church? What is the church to us that we want to do this? We believe that all the saved are the church and are called into a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices, and are go into all the world by life and word to proclaim the truth of the good news of the Gospel. (Romans 12:1; 2 Corinthians 5:14-18; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8) More people will be in church this weekend than will go to all the sporting events combined in America in an entire year. But why are you here? What is the church to you? Is it because you have personal relationship with God? Is it because you understand you are the Body of Christ? Is it because you love the Lord as the bride of Christ?
I pray the next time someone asks you, “What is the church?” You can say, “We the believers are the church, we are Christ’s body and bride and I am excited to represent Christ’s church in the word today!”
9. Who is the Holy Spirit? (John 14:16)
“Who is the Holy Spirit?” He is the Spirit of truth, who will show us the truth, so we can know the truth and grow in truth! We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, He is God the Holy Spirit possessing all the attributes of personality and deity as God. He is coequal with the Father and the Son. All who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ, are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and preserved unto the Day of Redemption. The most transforming truth any believer can ever get a hold of is this: The person of the Holy Spirit has taken up a position inside of every believer that will produce the ability to live a successful Christian life.
“Who is the Holy Spirit?” He is God living in me and the power that produces the ability in me to live for Christ!”
8.What is Salvation? (Romans 6:23)
Scripture stresses that fallen human beings are cut off from God on account of their sin. All need to be saved, if they are to enter into a new relationship with God as their creator and redeemer. Salvation is not the result of human achievement, privilege or wisdom, but depends totally upon the graciousness and mercy of a loving God that is supremely expressed in the cross of Jesus Christ.
Scripture tell us People must respond to God’s offer of salvation in repentance and faith if they are to benefit from God’s offer of salvation in Christ. Paul tells us in our test “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God (or salvation) is eternal life through Christ, Jesus.” So, “What is salvation?”
We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ, are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and preserved unto the Day of Redemption. (John 3:5; 10:28; 1Peter 1:23; Romans 8:35-39)
Salvation is the benefit man receives from Christ’s finished work on the cross…
What is salvation? Salvation is the work of God whereby He saves men from the eternal death and gives them the gift of new and eternal life.
7. Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? (1 Corinthians 15:14)
As we continue our sermon series 13 Questions every believer should be able to answer. We come to question 7, “Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?” This topic is usually discussed during Easter. The time we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But, every day is Easter when you know Christ! Paul makes the amazing and startling statement that Jesus was alive, and He was seen by a great multitude of people and His resurrection was confirmed by a great number of witnesses. Still today, nearly 2,000 years later, no other doctrine of the Scriptures has been more persistently attacked than the bodily resurrection of our Lord. So, did Jesus really rise from the dead? We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there seated at the right hand of the Father for us as High Priest and Advocate. (Luke 24:1-43; Acts 2:32; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1) We believe He did and listen to the sermon and learn why!
6. What’s the Deal with the Cross? (Matthew 27:27-35)
Have you ever wondered why we have a cross as the symbol of our faith? We identify not with the cross; but with the “cross of Jesus!” We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His Shed Blood. (Acts 13:38; Romans 4:5,25; Galatians 2:16) Therefore, the cross is the symbol of our faith. It is because of the cross of Christ, my sins are forgiven and I am made one with God! And, that is why it is a symbol of my faith today!
5. Where did Jesus Come From? (Luke 1:26-35)
Try to imagine what the world would be like without the birth of Jesus Christ. We certainly wouldn’t know God as we know Him. But when Jesus came, all that changed! The Bible says, when Jesus Christ came, He was Immanuel… “God with us.” The Apostle Paul tells us, “Jesus, is the image of the invisible God.” (Col. 1:15) But where did Jesus come from? We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of Mary while she was yet a virgin, and is God and true man.
4. Who is Jesus? (Matthew 16:14, 15)
Today we come to our 4th question in our current sermon series; “Who is Jesus?” In spite of all the interest, media coverage, books movies etc. there are still millions of men and woman all over the world who are still wrestling with this question. We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of Mary while she was yet a virgin, and is God and true man. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23; Colossians 2:9) In our text, Jesus asks His disciples (followers) two questions, “Who do men say I am?” and “who do you say I am?” This has been declared life’s most important question. Who do you say Jesus is? In order for aperson to answer that question we must settle the issues of His identity, eternity and deity. The scriptures are clear about who this Jesus is – He is not only the world’s most interesting man – Jesus is the greatest person to ever live! He alone stands supreme. He is the messiah, the Christ, our eternal God, savior, Lord and king! My friend, what does your life say about who Jesus is to you today?
3. What is Man? (Gen 1:26, 27)
Man has been asking since the beginning of time, “Who am I” “Where did I come from?” “Where am I going?” Job asked, “W
hat is man that You (God) make so much of Him?” (Jb. 7:17) The psalmist asked, “What is man that you (God) are mindful of Him? (Ps. 8:4) Another Psalms asks, “What is man that you (God) care for him? (Ps. 144:3) Today we come to our third question: “What is man?”
We believe that man was created in the image of God and that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God. Also that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in word, thought and deed. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12; 3:23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:22)
What is man? – That God is so mindful of him, loves and cares for him so much? Next time someone asks you that, I pray you can tell them: man is created in the image of God, corrupted by sin but is completed in Christ! Our beauty and worth is not about what comes out of us – but what God has put in us!
2. What is God Like? (John 4:24)
“What do you believe about God?” If someone were to ask you today, “What is God like?” how would you answer them? Accurate or not – Our idea of God will determine our behavior, our outlook on life, our destiny (both in this world and the next). We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; John 10:30; Matthew 28:19) But what is He like?
The question today isn’t do you believe in God? It is “What do you believe about God?” God desires to be known for who He is and how He is – And those who worship Him must do so in spirit and truth. Do you know God personally? Are you walking with Him faithfully? Do others see His reflection in you?
1 What is the Bible? (2 Tim. 3:16)
In 1 Peter 3:15, we are instructed to “….Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. …with gentleness and respect,”
We begin our study with the question, “What is the Bible and what makes it so important to us and our faith?” We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writing, and that they are of Supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16,17) In other words, we believe the Bible is God’s word to us and the authority over our lives!