13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
These next scriptural references I hope help address some of the questions you might have about the truth about faith and the body (the church) of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord's church is the body of faithful baptized believers in Christ that have been called out of the world to represent the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ as priests on earth serving our Lord Christ Jesus waiting to be called home to enter into the heavenly Kingdom of Christ and God (Daniel 7:13-14, Daniel 7:27, Roman's 3:22-27, Romans 6:3-5, Romans 7:4-6, Romans 8:1-4, 1 Corinthians 15:24-25, Ephesians 5:3-5 KJV, Colossians 1:8-14, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10, 2 Timothy 4:1-2, 2 Timothy 4:16-18, 2 Peter 1:3-11, Revelation 1:5-6, Revelation 5:9-10).
We come together to worship God in spirit and in truth by singing, praying, partaking in the Lord's supper, to share from our prosperity for the ministry of the Gospel, to aid missionaries, to aid communities visited by calamity or disaster, to learn and understand of His inspired word, to strengthen and be strengthened, to encourage and be encouraged, to fellowship, and to invite others to become part of the body (the church) of Christ (Psalms 55:14, Acts 2:42, Acts 20:7, Romans 12:1-2, Romans 12:13, 1 Corinthians 1:4-10, 1 Corinthians 11:20-34, 1 Corinthians 16:2, 2 Corinthians 8:8-15, 2 Corinthians 9:5-15, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Galatians 2:7-10, Ephesians 5:1-6:4, Philippians 2:1-5, Colossians 3:1-17, 1 Timothy 2:1-15, Hebrews 13:16, James 2:14-18, 1 John 1:1-10, 1 John 3:17-18).
We worship God our Father, Jesus our Lord and King and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17 NASB, John 1:1 NASB, John 5:20 NASB, John 5:22-27 NASB, Ephesians 4:4-6 NASB, Hebrews 1:8 NASB) in spirit (in utmost sincerity, reverence, understanding and fervently from the heart and as directed by the word of God) and in truth, in truth as the bible commands it (John 1:17, John 4:24, John 17:17).
We come together to honor our Lord Christ Jesus and partake in the “Lord's supper” that was instituted by our Lord Christ Jesus for it is the celebration of His death, burial and resurrection. The bread represents the shame, the humiliation, and the suffering that Christ endured by coming in the form of a man and allowing His creation to put Him to death. The fruit of the vine is for remembrance of the new covenant of His blood that He shed for us to redeem us, for the forgiveness of our sins, to ransom from our futile ways, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and to purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God, These are the truths surrounding the Lord's supper they are given to us in the inspired written word of God, (Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:14-20, Acts 20:28, Romans 3:24-26, Romans 5:1-11, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 2 Corinthians 5:18, Ephesians 1:7-8, Ephesians 2:13-22 NASB, Titus 2:11-15, Hebrews 9:11-24, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, 1 Peter 1:18-19, 1 John 1:7).
We come together to share in our prosperity for the collection for the ministry of the Gospel and for those in need. (Proverbs 3:27, Matthew 25:31-40, Romans 12:13, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, 2 Corinthians 8:8-15, 2 Corinthians 9:5-15, Galatians 6:2-10, Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 4:10, 1 Thessalonians 5.15, Titus 2:14, Titus 3:8, Hebrews 6:10, Hebrews 13:16, James 2:14-18, 1 John 3:16-24).
There is an invitation to visitor's and listeners to be part of the body (the church) of Christ, to repent of their sins, confess Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God and baptized for the forgiveness for their sins and become part of a wonderful family and future in eternity. (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:12, Romans 5:17-21, 1 John 1:3).
The day of celebration that has been given to us as written in the New Testament consists of one day that is celebrated fifty-two times a year known as the Lords Day, the First Day of the Week, Sunday.
(Matthew 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-16, Luke 24:1-26, John 20:1-20, Acts 2:42, Acts 20:7, Romans 12:10-13, Romans 16:17, 1 Corinthians 11:17-31, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, 2 Corinthians 8:1-4, 2 Corinthians 9:6-13, Galatians1:8-9, Philippians 1:5-6, Hebrews 10:24-25, Revelation 1:10).
This is a day that brings about a Joy and that Joy comes from the Lord. This is a wonderful day to be thankful for all that God our Father, His Son our Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit has done, as well as each day we are to be thankful, helpful, sharing the faith bringing Glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31-33, Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 3:17, Colossians 3:23-24) we need to be of sound in judgement for the purpose of prayer, and striving to live a life closer to the honor and glory that we should reflect being part of the body (the church) of Christ (Romans 2:6-7) along with keeping fervent in our love for one another (1Peter 4:7-9).
In Matthew 5:13 our Lord Christ Jesus has given us guidance about being the salt of the earth and in
Matthew 5:14-16 we are to become the light of our Lord Christ Jesus to others.
In 1 Timothy 2:1-3 we are to strive to lead a peaceful and quite life, godly and dignified in every way.
Our Lord gives us guidance to walk on the path of this life through His commands and teachings that were given by Him and through the Apostles and Lord's brothers James and Jude. These can be found within the inspired written word of God in the New Covenant or New Testament.
These next scriptural verses and passages are just but a few of the scriptural verses and passages that give guidance about what we need to strive at as we try to follow the examples that our Lord Jesus has given us to follow.
12 So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and give no opportunity to the devil.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37 For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay;38 but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.”39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
1What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? 6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?
We need to keep the faith, resist the devil, seek to please God and hope for an eternal future with God the Father, His Son our Lord and King and the Holy Spirit with all the ones blessed that will be living together in the new heavens and new earth as a people that belong to God.
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