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KEY BELIEFS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH (Part 3)

  1. DOCTRINE OF SIN

Hamartiology is derived from the Greek word hamartia, meaning “Sin.” Hamartiology is the doctrine of sin. Sin is the transgression of the law, unrighteousness, disobedience, iniquity, evil-doing, breaking of God’s principles and instructions.

  • Satan introduced sin to the Earth; (Ezek 28:11-19) when he was Lucifer, his heart was lifted against God v.17
  • Sin entered into the Human Race through Eve (I Tim. 2:14). Satan deceived the woman; hence, she disobeyed divine instruction that God gave Adam.
  • All have sinned. Rom. 8:22-23
  • God loves sinners, but He hates sin.
  • Man’s confession is needed for forgiveness. In all, we have seen men acknowledge and confess their sin.

Saints have owned up to it: Job said “I am vile I abhor myself “Isaiah said” Woe is me, I amundone” Jeremiah confessed, “I am black” Peter cried “depart from me, I am a sinful man.”

Sinners have also owned up to it: Pharaoh declared “I have sinned this time” Ex 9:27b, Achan answered “Indeed  I have sinned,  Balaam admitted “I have sinned.” Even Judas who betrayed the Lord said “I have sinned,”Matt 27:4.

  • There is forgiveness for a repentant sinner Rom 6:23; Rom 5:8; Rom 8:1; 1John 1:9
  • You can sin against God or sin against a fellow man (Sin can be of commission or Omission) Luke 15:11-32 (Prodigal son).
  • The penalty of sin is Death (Rom. 6:23) and even eternal death (eternal separation from the Almighty God).
  • A man cannot save himself from sin or with the power of the flesh live above sin. Our victory over sin only comes from the finished work of Christ on the cross! (Romans 7:24-25; Hebrews 9:22)
  • Whosoever that is born of God does not commit sin, that is; does not make it a habit to continue to live in sin (I John 3: 1-8 Amp)
  • The grace of God does not give us permission to continue in sin; rather, it empowers us to live above it, flee from it, and overcome it. (Romans 6:1-2, Titus 2: 11-12).
  • 2. THE GREAT COMMISSION:

What has come to be known as “The Great Commission,” is found in Mk.16:15-18. The Great Commission is one of the most significant passages in the Holy Bible. First, it’s the last recorded personal instruction given by Jesus to His disciples. Second, it’s a special calling from Jesus Christ to all His followers to take specific actions while on this earth (Matthew 28:18-20, Mk.16:15-18). The Lord commissioning “them that believe” to “go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

Now, that assignment is clear enough. The question is: “are you carrying out the Master’s mandate in all your world?” Beloved, our salvation is like the deliverance of the children of Israel from the bondage and captivity of Egypt. “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and speak to him.” ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve Me,”  Exod. 9:1. So if you’re not serving God after you’ve been born again, you’re really not fulfilling the purpose for which God saved you. Thank God if you’re already serving in a church role, but if you are not involved in soul-winning, then you’re missing the mark. For you see, the great commission is our primary duty (as believers). All other services are secondary! Do you know that God had others in mind when He saved you, beginning with members of your household?  (Acts 16:30-32).

As powerful as angels are, they were not given the assignment of preaching the gospel. Remember Cornelius? He saw an angel, but the angel couldn’t preach to him. He said to him: “Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved,” – (Acts 11:13-14, Rom.10:14).

Any consequence for continued disobedience to the Great Commission by a believer? See Ezekiel 3:17-19

Why Must We Preach the Gospel?

1. We must be involved in the Great Commission to experience the power of God (Matt. 28:18).

2. For the glory of God in Christ (Matt. 28:18). The Lord’s words in verse 18 take us back to that wonderful vision of Daniel in Dan 7:13-14. The transfer of “authority, glory and sovereign power” that Daniel foresaw is completed in our Lord’s post-resurrection commission to His Church. The bringing of nations to worship Christ spreads the glory of God in His Son.

3. To express and show our obedience and love to God (Matt. 28:19). Participating in the Great Commission is, in a sense, the simultaneous way we both obey and teach others to obey. The Lord knows our love for Him by our obedience to Him (John 14:15, 21, 23).

4. We Must Preach the Gospel because of its eternal significance (Matt. 28:19). Really, we cannot give our lives to any greater purpose! There is no human pursuit that will echo louder in the halls of heaven than the conversion of sinners and salvation of the lost. The bible says that God rejoices in heaven every time a sinner is saved (Luke 15:7,10).

5. Those who give themselves to the Great Commission work for the joy of the nations (Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 1:24).

6. For abiding presence and fellowship of Jesus (Matt. 28:20). “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The Lord promises His presence with His Church.  That presence is felt most when we’re on a mission for and with Him.

7. God wants every one of us to be involved in the great commission because He cares (Matt. 28:18-20). To tell you the truth, God cares about the nations and the Great Commission, and because the Lord cares, we should care, too.

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