While in prayer on the isle of Patmos, the apostle John was lifted into heaven and set before the throne of God. Here he witnessed God's awesome majesty. splendor and power and heard the heavenly crescendos of heartfelt worship and praise that rise to Him continuously. The following scripture is some of what he saw.
Behold, a throne set in heaven and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald... and around the throne were four living creatures...and they do not rest day or night, saying, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!" ...The twenty four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever...saying "You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created (Rev. 2,3,6b,8b,10,ll)."
Worship to God is a natural response to the revelation of who He is and what He has done for us. God is our creator and desires each one of us to know Him personally and to enjoy His presence and blessings forever.
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By Using a Two Question Test Booth-Over the past twenty years, churches around the world have constructed and used Two Question Test booths as an effective means of outreach. These booths have been set up at a variety of places, including county fairs, college campuses, and special, local festival sites. Thousands have prayed to receive Jesus using these booths, and Christians have been greatly blessed as unbelievers have come to them wanting to hear the gospel.
Any local church can construct and use a Two Question Test booth. This article will outline some helpful guidelines for such an outreach. We encourage you to seek God for specific application for your situation.
In the Book of Acts, there were four main methods God used to convert men to Christ. The preaching of the gospel was the sole agent of conversion used in most of the situations (32 out of 56 total situations recorded). Today, God also mainly uses this method. However, as in the Book of Acts, people are converted through other means as well.
For example, on 13 separate occasions in the Book of Acts, the miraculous accompanied the preaching of the gospel. Mark 16:20 says, "...and they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word through the accompanying signs and wonders." To exclude the miraculous is to limit effectiveness in evangelism. There are people who need a power encounter with God to convince them of the Gospel message.
On ten other occasions in the Book of Acts, signs and wonders occurred without the mention of the gospel being preached. These cases all resulted in someone becoming a Christian. The gospel could have been preached on these occasions but the Biblical accounts mention no record of this happening.
The fourth way conversion took place was by direct intervention from God. This was perhaps the case of Saul of Tarsus in Acts 9. The charts that follow list each of these conversion occasions.
The Four Ways People Became Christians in The Book of Acts:
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The Holy Spirit and You
Understanding and Releasing the Holy Spirit in Your Life
One of the greatest problems among God's people today is that they do not have a proper understanding of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. An incomplete relationship with Him results in a subnormal Christian experience. It renders us unable to appreciate the extent of His involvement and influence in our life. It causes us to confuse His leadings with our own thoughts and inclinations. We find ourselves unable to move in the power that God has made available to us. We may substitute a vital dynamic Christian experience for one overly weighted toward principle and program.
On the other hand, understanding and receiving the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives is liberating and transforming. Our daily mundane human experience is brought into contact with the spiritual realm. We walk in a consciousness that God is with us, even in us, providing constant care, comfort, conviction and
guidance. In time, our sensitivity and obedience to the Holy Spirit will provide us with a personal history of spiritual progress manifested in Christian maturity, spiritual gifting, and fruitfulness.
Christians maintain that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. However, they often accept this fact without a basic understanding of how we received the Bible.
Although God was the divine architect and author of the sacred scriptures, He chose to use a variety of selected individuals, over a 1600-year period, to communicate God's revelation to mankind through both the Old and New Testaments. We call this unique revelation the Holy Bible.
This teaching offers a concise yet comprehensive examination of how we got the Bible. It carefully explains the origins, translation, preservation, and gradual evolution of the Word of God.