Precepts from Pentecost

What do we know about and what can we learn from Pentecost? In this lesson, Brother Holloway discusses 1) The Day, 2) The Disciples, and 3) The Dwelling of Deity.

Acts 2:1-4 (ESV):  When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Respecting and Revering Our Father God, For He Is Good

Our God is worth of respect, fear, reverence and awe. In this lesson, Brother Shannon Pfleiderer explains why we should humble ourselves before our God.

Genesis 1:1 (ESV):  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Revelation 22:18-19 (ESV):  I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

The Yearning for Unity

As Christians, we must yearn for unity. In this lesson, we are given seven behaviors that demonstrate that yearning for unity.

Ephesians 4:25-32 (ESV):  Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

The Improvements To Maintain Unity

Unity is God’s plan, Christ’s prayer, and the Spirit’s plea. It should also be the Church’s practice. In this lesson, discover the three P’s of unity in the church: Philanthropist, People, and Passion.

Ephesians 4:7-16 (ESV):  But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
    and he gave gifts to men.”
(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 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, so 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. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 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.

The Non-Negotiables of Unity

Christians must be united and cannot compromise what is intended and thoroughly taught by the one Body, Spirit, Hope, Lord, Faith, Baptism, and God.

Ephesians 4:4-6 (ESV):  There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

The Urgency of Unity – Part Two

The Father is pleased with unity, and it is urgent that we try to achieve it. The second part of this lesson deals with the conduct of unity and the craving for unity.

Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV):  I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The Urgency of Unity – Part One

The Father is pleased with unity, and it is urgent that we try to achieve it. Part one of this lesson addresses the definition of unity, the call to unity, and the conduct of unity.

Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV):  I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Biblical Baptism

What is baptism? What is it for? Here is a look at what others say about it and what the Bible says about baptism.

1 Peter 3:18-22 (ESV):  For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
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