First Principles

If the bible says in several places that no one person can be punished for another’s sins, and that the sins debts of the father cannot be passed to the son, as the righteousness of the father doesn’t either… then why do we believe in The Indwelling Sin Curse of Adam that passes to all humanity from birth?

Before I start, I’m going to say that the person who asked these questions indeed knows the answers. He’s shown by his own words that he’s an experienced Christian. But he’s making several blunders, and he knows not to make them.

So, yes, this is going to take a little while. He asks a lot of questions, and I’m not drawing any conclusions about his state. He’s right now needing help… and he’s even asking for it! So, I’m helping.

His sin was, in one word, disobedience, Rom 5:19; disobedience to a plain, easy, and express command. He had no corrupt nature within, to betray him; but had a freedom of will…

Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary, WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 3”.

As Matthew Henry points out above, Eve sinned willingly, and Adam did as well. The sin was, in a word, rebellion. At that time the curse of death entered the world.

That’s not an arguable proposition. The Bible says it. What I’m hearing is someone a step away from Agnosticism, who questions even the very Bible. If I have to back it up that much, that’s fine. But we have questions dealing with Soteriology, and hamartiology. The study of salvation and the study of sin are two sides of the coin.

Sin brought death into the world: if Adam had not sinned, he had not died

Matthew Henry, Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary, WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 3”.

Adam would have lived forever, but Eve chose the fruit of the tree. Adam accepted it, and promptly blamed Eve when things went wrong.

So God pronounced the curse, and thus all creation was cursed.

Now for the “Why”.

I am glad there are things in the Bible I do not understand. If I could take that book up and read it as I would any other book, I might think I could write a book like that. —D.L. Moody, Christian History, no. 25.

God is pure holiness, rightness and truth. Man sinned, rebelled, fixed blame, desired that which was forbidden simply because it was bad for us.

When you are pure holiness, you cannot look upon sin. Sin is the opposite of holiness. God sentenced them to death, but also told them the way out of it, as we see later that Abel made sin offerings unto God. How did he know how to do that? God told Adam and Eve. So he is holiness, and mighty in power. Rebellion requires punishment. God is also pure love and mercy, so He gave them a way out of it.

These are all answers you know, but you’re asking, so I’m answering.

We all are sentenced to death, because of that sin. And unless we can find salvation (the same one God provided for), we cannot avoid the punishment for it.

Is this just?

Yes. Because we are rebellious to our core. My Proof? Find me one child who has not had a temper tantrum, taken something that did not belong to them, etc. Our very nature is fallen. Our imaginations are only evil continually. Our heart is desperately wicked, and who can know it? These are all things the Bible bears witness to.

You have to first accept that God must be pure holiness. And if God is God, omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, then God would have to be COMPLETE holiness. And unHoliness would require correction. And when you enter God as the judge of the Universe into the equation, sin would have to be punished.

Getting back to your first question, you erred in the one step you already knew to do… compare Scripture with Scripture. If you’d taken every Scripture on sin and compared them, you’d know that the “original sin” concept we are under is that of death.

12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:12 (KJV)

You see that the Bible is placing JUST as much responsibility upon us as you are. So, you’re correct. What you’re having a problem with is the Roman Catholic interpretation, and I can’t (and won’t) defend that.

Tune un tomorrow for the next question and answer


Church Planting and Gospel Overhaul

I understand that sermon illustrations are the windows that let in light into the sermon.

Okay, let’s try one – mostly because I need the practice, but what have you. It’s an oldie but goodie.

A painter is hired to paint a church. As he’s finishing the last wall, he realizes he didn’t buy enough paint. “I’ll thin the paint with water, and it’ll last.” he thinks.

He adds water, and starts painting. But it’s still not enough, and now the paint isn’t covering well. He adds more water, but now it’s running, it’s not covering, and he still doesn’t have enough paint.

Finally the pastor walks by, and apprises the situation. “Repaint.” He orders. “and thin no more.”

Okay, I was just going through my voluminous research stuff. When I entered second year of Seminary (a traumatic year, because you finish the first year thinking, “now I have all the answers!” By the end of the second year, you’re convinced you don’t know ANYTHING!) I began researching church planting, in case that was the way the Lord wanted me to go. I hope not, because that seems like an awful lot of hard work, and years before you get the returns – but I didn’t want to find myself unprepared if that’s what the Lord orders.

I’ve written several blog posts on the material I’ve dug up, and a few days ago I wrote one up on steps for your church…

…but today I’d like to revisit that with some extra points.

I was going through a powerpoint on church planting, and it was talking about “21 church planting models”.

Me, I thought there was just one. But okay…

It of course starts by recommending the Purpose Driven Church model. right away, I was thinking, we got a problem.

Whatever happened to – start a church?

“Well, what program model are you using?”

“I was thinking, I don’t know, the Biblical model, like Paul talks about a lot.”

“Oh, no, that’s not going to work…”

“Well, it worked for 2,000 years…”

The issue is – we’re fighting so hard to make a church that the unSaved will feel comfortable in. I know, the loud rock music is enjoyable. Hey, so is alcohol! We could put a bar with bartenders in the church, too!

And a bakery! Why, everyone likes cake!

Wow, I hate to say it, but the last idea actually sounded good to me! Because inside my slightly overweight body is a fat man just screaming for cake, with inch thick frosting.

Everyone likes frosting.

You could have a football church, a baseball church, a rodeo church, and a GI Joe church!

Except these things have nothing to do with God.

I’m going to lay it out, very simple. Everyone out there who’s thinking of how to get the unsaved comfortable in their church. The issue is really this – I don’t want them comfortable!

I want them SAVED.

If they’re comfortable, they’re not going to get SAVED. They’re too busy being entertained, enjoying the loud music and dance numbers, the rappers, the DJ’s, the acrobats and juggling walruses…

So, here’s some more action plan stuff.

Point Number One: GET STRONG ON BIBLE DOCTRINE. THe Pastor has to be strong on Bible doctrine. So, your first step should be… to get strong on Bible doctrine.

If anyone’s confused on the first step, let me know. I’ll put it up there again.

Point Number Two: PREACH THE GOSPEL. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The Wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ out Lord. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. All who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Christ was crucified, buried, and rose again. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the light – no man cometh not the Father but by Him.

That’s the Gospel. If you’ve been whitewashing it – repaint, and thin no more.

Point Number Three – start a church. Tell people its a church. Evangelize the community.

What kind of church? Probably a nice church, painted. Or not painted. You could stain the wood. Try New England Architecture. I don’t care. Stained glass, no glass, broken glass. I don’t care. Whatever. Make it a church. Christ is preached, and Him crucified. You know, Bible stuff.

When your unSaved person comes in, explain the Gospel and put forward the invitation. If they don’t accept it… here’s the hard part – oh well.

That’s hard for me. If I could give cake away to get people saved, I’d do it. If all it took was giving people money, I’d do it.

it’s not about rock bands, pop tarts, GI Joes or cake… or money. It’s about a person realizing their need to be saved. If they don’t understand that, they’re not saved. They’re just saying whatever it takes to get cake.

People talk about, “Hey, that’s the kind of church I want to attend – loud music and a light show!” Great. You know, if it was in the Bible, hey, I’m all for it. But it’s not.

4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:4-10 (KJV)

Really think about those verses. What kind of abomination has the churches become in this day? Hasn’t anyone ever read Revelation 3?

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:19-22 (KJV)

Think about that! The Lord is showing that in the Laodecian age, He is SHUT OUT of our churches!!!

Look at your watch. uh-oh, it’s half past Laodecian.

Rapture’s coming, people. If you want to do something for the LORD, Get busy. But first… repent. And sin no more. Seek the LORD while He may be found.

We don’t have time for you to be backsliding. There’s too much for each and every one of you to do, and time’s ticking. It’s only an hour to closing time, and we want to be able to say to the Lord, “Lord, I made a terrible mess of things… but at least I tried,”

Every one of you reading this – get busy.

for those of you who aren’t saved that are reading the blog – time’s running out. The seven years after the Rapture are going to be horrific. I cannot emphasize the fact that you stand less than a 25% chance of surviving it. Get saved. Do not get left behind.

How much time is left?

I don’t know. You don’t know. Only the LORD knows, and He will not tell us.

If we knew it was seventeen years and three months… what would we do? Answer – same thing we’re doing right now: Nothing.

For 2,000 years, what has Christianity done? We’ve done a lot – but in this age of instant communications, we have done very little. It’s as if the ability to instantly transmit the Gospel has robbed us of the desire to do so.

If the Rapture was two minutes from now… and I had to answer what I’VE done for the LORD, I’m afraid to say, after spending time working on this blog almost every day, my answer would be – I have not done enough. I would be ashamed over my inactivity.

In the time it took for me to complete seminary, enough souls went into Hell to populate three countries. That’s horrific. How many have been saved reading Narrow is the Way?


I have not done enough.

Have you done enough? Will the LORD say to you, “Well done, Good and faithful servant!”

Well, probably, because we have a very Forgiving Lord. He places no restrictions, and freely forgives if you but ASK!!!

But how will you feel? How many of us will stand before Him, weeping in regret, saying “Lord, I wish I had done more!”

Please get busy. Pass out some tracts. Start a Bible study. Start Studying your Bible! Reach out to a friend, an enemy… the cruelest thing you can do is… nothing. Let them tumble into Hell. They run faster and faster every day towards an ending that is horrific.

Do something.

Narrow is the way 3

I truly wish that people like Rob Bell, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, , T. D. Jakes, Kenneth & Gloria Copeland, Myles Munroe, Crefloe Dollar, and many others were not false teachers.

I wish I didn’t have to write about this stuff! I could just write happy Christian “you need to know Jesus” blog posts, and post happy one paragraph stuff about Ephesians 2.

Unfortunately, today, if you’re not warning about false teachers, if you’re not warning about doctrinal errors, if you’re not rebuking heresy and cults at every turn… you are derelict in your duties as a man of God.

Why? Because if I ever am called to pastor a church, I would absolutely lose it if I saw one of my deacons carry in a book by T. D. Jakes, a Trinity-denying man who tries to convince everyone who believes the Trinity now – but still adds clauses and definitions to what he believes so he can keep everyone happy!

I remember when I first started attending a church, I remember the Pastor teaching some doctrine, and to support it  he quoted some Bible verse that had nothing to do with that subject.

I remember thinking that I couldn’t WAIT to go to Bible college  so that I would understand what Bible verses had to do with what subject! Why, that must be amazing!

Now I understand my first pastor was a false teacher. Everything he’d taught he’d absorbed from Kenneth Copeland, who got it from Kenneth Hagin, who plagiarized it from E. W. Kenyon.

My first pastor was at least well read, in that he actually spent the time reading and studying Kenneth Hagin and E. W. Kenyon. He apparently never noticed that entire pages of Hagin’s writings were word for word the same as Kenyon’s.

Nobody warned me about the Copelands being false teachers. Nobody warned me about the “little god” doctrine and the heresy that it is. This was in the 90’s. If anyone had taken a Bible and shown me ANYTHING that I have taught in the last 2 1/2 years,… I might have been spared a lot of trouble.

I’m worried about those caught in it.

My first pastor was sincere, but sincerely wrong.

That’s what makes this hard, sometimes. Some of these people sincerely believe what they are teaching is Biblical.

But… teaching heresy is teaching heresy. You can be sincere, and sincerely wrong. Sincerity will not change that.

If you are to be a pastor, you are OBLIGATED to read your Bible, to regularly study it.

We are taught in Seminary that the text means what it says. There’s no magical hidden meaning in the Bible. People have searched for it, and found only their own damnation. Edgar Cayce read the Bible through every year, and there’s no mistaking that he is not saved.

If you believe something the Bible does not teach, or teaches against, you own that. During your studies of the Bible, it should be obvious that what you believe is heresy.

Case in point, the teaching that we are “little gods”. You know, it kind of makes logical sense, when you examine it solely from Copeland’s teachings. Yes, we are all sons of God. and yes, dogs produce dogs and cats produce cats but…

we’re not gods. We’re men. The Bible does not teach we are gods.

So… where did Kenneth Hagin get this from?

6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. Psalm 82:6 (KJV)

Ah! We MUST be gods, then!

Uh… no… cardinal mistake… you didn’t read it in context.

1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. 2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. 5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. 6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations. Psalm 82:1-8 (KJV)

Its clear this is talking about men, not gods. How do I know this? The Bible says there is no other God.

8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. Isaiah 44:8 (KJV)

Sooo… Psalm 82 has to be talking about men.

Ye are gods… but you will die like men.

It’s sarcasm. The psalm is talking about men, rulers, who oppress the poor, and do not help them. It’s  a warning that they will face judgment for their sins, and it’s not going to be good.

33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. John 10:33-38 (KJV)

Again, this is sarcasm.  we know that there is no God except God. Since we see here that Jesus Christ is God, this gives us the Trinity.

After the first read through, you can make this mistake. By the second or third read through at the most, you cannot make that excuse. These verses should start to stick in your head. We’ve got one, only one verse saying we are gods, and it’s clearly sarcastic, and in judgment. When the Lord quotes it, it clearly is sarcastic as well.

Most seminaries will not ordain anyone who has not been a christian 3 years or more. so, to be a pastor, by that time you should have read through your Bible four times.

Anyone who teaches this has no excuse. You can repent of this, but otherwise… you may have some ‘splaining to do at the very least.

If not more.

Narrow is the way 2

Yesterday I was explaining I take absolutely no pleasure in unmasking false teachers.

One of the big problems I see is that so few are ready to do it.

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)

The Bible doesn’t give me any choice at all. I have to.

So if you’re upset I’m doing it… read your Bible.

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 (KJV)

The point I raised yesterday is that the bible does not speak well of man.

Beware any Bible teacher who does speak well of man. Joel Osteen has made millions taking Norman Vincent Peale’s books and recycling them as one basic sermon that he gives over and over again. Yes we know – when Mr Osteen senior die,d Joel was chosen as the new pastor, or volunteered, we’re not sure which – the story changes. Yes, we know – Sr. Osteen was kicked out of the SBC for preaching prosperity and speaking in tongues. And rightly so!

Yes, we know – they bought the compaq center. Yes, we know… momma Osteen was miraculously healed of cancer… after the full regimen of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation treatments.

It’s the same sermon every week. If you’ve seen Osteen once, you;ve seen him every time. Same sermon, just re-arranged.

Osteen says that we’re so great God is amazed by us.

I’m sure if any word could be used to describe the way God feels about unrepentant mankind, “Amazed” is not the word.

According to Osteen if we just thank God for doing something for us, before He does it – we force God to do it.

How many Osteen watchers live in a house bigger than Joel’s? Drive Bentley’s or Mercedes? How’s that working out for you?

Have we EVER read the Bible to find a single example of that in Scripture? No??? Then we should stop that.

We should get our theology from the Bible, not from pop psychology of the 1950’s, Napoleon Hill “think and grow rich” (but disguising it as Christianity by adding the word “god” in there once in a while).

Rick Warren fans? You’re no better. Re-read in the Purpose Driven life about Noah. It’s all based upon a single verse from the Message from hell bible mis-translation.

Genesis 6:8(TMSG)
But Noah was different. God liked what he saw in Noah.

uh.. that’s not what My Bible says!!!!

8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. Genesis 6:8 (KJV)

The meaning is different. God gave undeserved grace to Noah because Noah was repentant. He wanted to follow the Lord, and the Bible says he preached over a century for people to repent, while he built the Ark.

Any teacher that has a man-based message, who praises mankind, is perverting the message of the real Bible – repent, or ye shall likewise perish.

Narrow Is The Way

One of the subjects I have to write  about from time to time I do with a heavy heart.

Christianity used to be a lot stronger. Men called to the ministry used to take it seriously, and would preach the Bible and nothing but.

Then poison crept in. I can’t think of any other words to describe it.

The philosophy of the world began creeping into pulpits.

The salvation message began to be whitewashed. You see, Biblically – have you ever read yours??? – the Bible really doesn’t have a lot of good to say about men.

We’re problematic at best. King David writes the psalms, praises the Lord, does many mighty things – and still sins greatly. It costs him greatly.

Moses is called the friend of God, and yet he loses his cool, and sins against God. It costs him his life.

Mankind is not praised in the Bible.

Today, he’s praised in the pulpit.

“God has a WONDERFUL plan for your life! Did you know that God loves you? But we’ve all done or thought things wrong, and the Bible calls that sin…”

Um… no. That’s not quite how it goes.
Psalms 7:11(KJV)
God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:3 (KJV)

33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Matthew 23:33 (KJV)

When is the last time we preached like this? We fear the deacons, for they can reprimand the Pastors. That’s not Biblical.

If my deacons came to me and said, “Pastor, we’ve got a problem with you preaching so much about heresy…” I’d ask, “are you coming to me out of concern, or are you ordering me to stop? That’s fine if you are… but i’d like to see where the Bible allows you to order me to stop preaching the Bible.”

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV)

Have a problem with that? The Bible says it… more than once.

We’re rife with apostasy, if heretics like Joel Osteen can preach, and few call him out. We’re rife with apostasy, if Billy Graham can question hell and nobody pauses to rebuke him. Or claims belief in Baptismal regeneration, and nobody knows.

We should have stood up and decried the teachings of many of the apostates who stand in pulpits.

I’ve seen a deacon carrying a book by a man who denies the trinity, and nobody said anything. I’ve heard Christians quote faith preachers, who should know better.

If you cannot tell the difference between bad teachers and good, I’m telling you, with all assurance, that we are overrun with wolves, false teachers, hypocrites, Satan’s ministers masquerading as Godly ministers.

We should be on our faces in repentance that these issues are overrunning us. WE should be praying, “oh Lord forgive us!”

We have gotten the kind of pastors we’ve deserved.

We need to repent. We need to seek the Lord.

What’s the answer to what I’ve brought up? You are a sinner. A sin is not a “mistake” or an “error”, it’s not an “oopsie!”, it is a grievious offense against God.

One sin is enough to condemn you to hell. Forever.

You deserve an eternity of unending torment for sinning against the Lord your God.

But God loves you. Deeply. God loves us with a love we cannot comprehend. He will not interfere if we choose to continue our plunge into Hell.

But He provided an escape.

He came to die in our place. He made it free. All you have to do is repent, ask, confess, receive.  It’s that easy.

That’s the gospel. If you couldn’t spot the problems in the “four Spiritual Laws” approach, I put it to you this way…

…you’re not reading your Bible.

Question… can you name the book below which is NOT in the Bible?

  1. Obadiah
  2. Hosea
  3. Hezekiah
  4. Isaiah
  5. Nahum

If you couldn’t spot it… you’re seriously deficient in your knowledge of the Bible.

If God cared enough to write it down, and preserve it despite many attempts to destroy it… shouldn’t you read it? Study it?

Study to shew thyself Approved

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. John 17:17-18 (KJV)

Every one of you are sent and called.

Every Christian is important. Every Christian has a ministry.

Every Christian – that means you – is called to be an ambassador for Christ. The Great Commission was meant for you.

To be ready for this, you need ot learn to read the Bible. Not just read, but study.

Every Christian needs a steady dose of Bible in your life. TIm Laheye likes to say that the Bible will keep you from Sin, or Sin will keep you from the Bible. He’s right.

So, some helpful tools for Bible study. I’ve given these before, but it helps to give them again.

  1. Strong’s Concordance
  2. Nave’s topical Bible
  3. Torrey’s New Topical Textbook
  4. Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge
  5. Bible markers
  6. pen

I’ve got all kinds of different methods for marking the Bible. When I got the Bible i had now, I made it a priority to try to read through the bible and mark all the important passages.

Remember that both Nave and Torrey tended to have their doctrinal viewpoints color their thinking, so you’ll run into their prejudices as you read things. For instance, read Nave’s entry on hell. It’s obvious he was offended by Hell.

You’re going to need to perhaps make a cheat sheet of scripture references you find important.

for instance, can you immediately think of a reference on Hell? Try Luke 16. That should be an immediate association in your mind. Hell- Luke 16. It’s not the only one, but I have that association memorized. It’s like when people try to say that the church was started in Acts 2 and I immediately reply, “Matthew 16 and 18”. Matthew 16 the church is future tense – it’s obvious its about to be something that the Lord is about to immediately start. By Matthew 18, it’s past tense. So when was the church started? Acts 2, or Matthew 16? if it’s present/past tense in Matthew 18, then obviously it was started in Matthew 16.

So then, what is Acts Chapter 2???

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8 (KJV)

“ye shall receive power.” Power to what? Power to witness and work miracles. That was given only to the early Apostles, and the miracle power is gone for now. But we are still empowered to share the Gospel.

So, acts chapter 2 is not the start of the church, but rather, the empowering of the churches.

What tools will you need to study to begin sharing? Well, how about the verses on eternal life?

  • 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)
  • 36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. John 3:36 (KJV)
  • 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39 (KJV)
  • 40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40 (KJV)
  • 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John 6:47 (KJV)

There you go. I just looked up the words Eternal and Everlasting. I found these right away. Now of course, I know that John 3 is the Salvation chapter, and you’ll do well to make that mental association.

John 3 Salvation

Acts 2 empowerment to share gospel

Matthew 16 start of the churches

Luke 16 Hell

These are mental associations I’ve made. When you’re talking to someone about Jesus, and they make some objection, there’s NOTHING more frustrating than trying to search through 1,189 chapters to try to find the very quote you’re looking for. You need to KNOW where to find the answers.

The Matthew 16 and Acts 2 associations won’t help you share the Gospel, but it’ll help you mentally to understand you have been chosen. Yup, you. Sitting right there. You. Get busy.

You actually have all the tools you need to begin sharing the Gospel. John 3, Luke 16. Heaven, Hell.

Really want to get someone? Another mental association. You’ll need to take these one per day to get them straight.

Luke 15. The prodigal son. If you know the chapter, it won’t be hard to find where it starts. Explain to every sinner you meet they personally are the Prodigal son.

Luke 15 prodigal son

Luke 16 Hell

John 3 salvation

Got it? You have enough to get started.