1 Tim. 4:12 (NCV) Do not let anyone treat you as if you are unimportant because you are young. Instead, be an example to the believers with your words, your actions, your love, your faith, and your pure life.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. 2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. Heb. 12:1-2 (NLT)
Psalm 8:1, 3-6 (NKJV)
1 O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than £ the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:12 (NKJV)
“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me—that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NLT)
We live in an age where most people are looking for easy living, easy money and easy gratification. The prevailing view is, “if it isn’t easy and user-friendly… it won’t work! We are bombarded with hassle-free ads, worry-free merchandise and guilt-free rhetoric. Everyone is trying to eliminate or at least minimize anything that requires effort, tenacity or diligence when it comes to personal responsibility.
The epistle of 1 John was written to give true believers assurance of their salvation (1 John 5:13). John gives several marks to distinguish a true believer. These are:
* True believers have the Holy Spirit ( 4:13; 5:10-11). This is the test summing up all the other tests. Is there evidence that the fruit of the Spirit is present in your life? (Galatians 5:22-23)?
Probably the number one concern among new believers is “How can I be sure of my salvation”? The Bible provides two important questions an individual must answer to determine whether or not he or she is a true believer:
The purpose of this paper is to test your knowledge of the things you believe and hold dear. You would be amazed at how many people come to church Sunday after Sunday and have no understanding about the foundation of their faith. Do you know what you believe? Do you understand your faith in Christ well enough to share it with unsaved people? Can you hold your own against a Jehovah’s Witness or a Mormon? Do you know with absolute certainty where you will spend eternity after you die? The Bible tells that we should always be ready to defend our faith: