SEVEN COMMANDS OF CHRIST
Baptize New Believers, Give Joyfully
· Repent and Believe - Come to Faith in Christ
· Baptize New Believers - Be Set Apart
· Pray and Meditate on God’s Word - Life in God and His Word
· Love God, your Neighbor and Your Enemy - Christ likeness
· Partake of the Lord’s Supper - Remembering and Celebrating
· Give Joyfully – Trust and Surrender
· Make Disciples for Jesus Christ – The Mission
Baptize New Believers/Give Generously
Ordinances of the Church (Christ directed practices)
· Partake of the Lord’s Supper
· Baptize New Believers – Set Apart
· Give Joyfully – Trust and Surrender
Baptize New Believers
· Water baptism is a public, outward testimony that indicates a personal, inward faith.
· It is a sign of being “Set Apart”
Acts 8:12 But now the people believed Philip’s message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized.
Jesus Was Baptized As Our Example
Matthew 3:15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.” So John agreed to baptize him. 16 After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”
Romans 6:1-5 So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should hope not! If we've left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn't you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land! 3-5 That's what baptism into the life of Jesus means. When we are lowered into the water, it is like the burial of Jesus; when we are raised up out of the water, it is like the resurrection of Jesus. Each of us is raised into a light-filled world by our Father so that we can see where we're going in our new grace-sovereign country.
Luke 6:37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
· Giving is directly tied to..
· Giving is a reflection of
Matthew 6:19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor.Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”
· A generous heart reflects God’s heart
Mark 12:41 Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins.43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”
Giving is about presenting our best.
Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord with your wealthand with the best part of everything you produce.10 Then he will fill your barns with grain,and your vats will overflow with good wine.
Exodus 23:19 “As you harvest your crops, bring the very best of the first harvest to the house of the Lord your God.