First Baptist Church of Niles
YOUR NEW LIFE IN CHRIST
Can you say for sure you have received the Lord Jesus Christ into your life as your Lord and Savior? If you have, then you have begun your new life in Christ. Let us take some time to examine this new life you have received.
YOU HAVE BECOME A NEW CREATION
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away. Behold, all thing are become new.” 2 Cor 5:17
Something wonderful happened when you became a Christian. You became a new creation.
God, who created all things, has made you new in Christ Jesus. Did you know that? The Bible calls it a new birth. The Lord did not just add something to your old life style, or simply reform certain areas of your life. All things have become new. Understanding who you are in Christ is a key to spiritual growth. Eternal life is a personal, unending living relationship with God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ. John 17:3: He has come to live his life in you and to fellowship with you. You once were in darkness, and without God, but now you are called a child of God and are a part of His eternal kingdom, which will last forever.
Question: What impressions come to your mind as you as you consider “God has made me a new creation?”
YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN A NEW PURPOSE
“The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” Prov.4:18
When you received the Lord Jesus Christ, it was just the beginning of your Christian life. We read here that the path of the true believer is like the sun as it rises over the horizon. The dark shadows gradually are dispelled until it reaches its zenith in the sky. This is what God wants for your new life in Christ. He calls each of us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 3:18 We love little children, but we want them to grow; and become mature. This is God's purpose for you.
Roman 8:29 tells God wants for you is to be conformed to the image of His Son.
Question: What do you now see as God's purpose for your life?
YOU HAVE RECEIVED A NEW ASSURANCE
Jesus said, ”My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish, neither shall any may pluck them out of my hand. ”John 10:27-28
These are wonderful words of comfort and assurance. God wants us to be sure we are saved and safe forever. But how can we be sure all of our sins are forgiven and that we truly are one of His sheep who will never perish? We must take a look at our Salvation to see how we can be sure.
THE BLOOD OF CHRIST MAKES US SAFE
“Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” Heb 9:22 “The blood of Jesus Christ , His Son cleanses us from all sin. I John 1:7
The blood of Christ is the basis, or the grounds of our faith.
The LORD JESUS CHRIST WHO DIED AND ROSE AGAIN IS THE OBJECT OF OUR FAITH.
In the Old Testament, when they were in bondage, God told His people Israel to apply the blood of a spotless lamb to the door posts and over the door of their houses. On a certain night His death angel would pass over and there would be death in every Egyptian household. But, He said, ”when I see the blood I will pass over you.” Their safety did not depend upon their feelings or good deeds. Wherever the blood was applied there was safety and where it was not, there was death.
Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He became our substitute. When the merit of His sacrifice is applied by trusting Him, eternal judgment cannot touch us.
Imagine two families that night, who had applied the blood. One was worried. One was not. Which was the safest?
Both were equally safe. Our salvation does not depend on our feelings or merit. It depends upon His sacrifice for us and our acceptance of Him. It is the blood that makes us safe.
THE WORD OF GOD MAKES US SURE
Jesus said, “verily verily , I say unto you, he that heareth my word and believeth on him that sent me shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death into life .”John 5:24
THE WORD OF GOD IS THE CONFIDENCE OF OUR FAITH.
We know we are saved because He says so. This is an objective confidence. God promises eternal life to anyone who will repent and place their trust in the Christ. God says;
John 3; 36 “Whoever believes in him has everlasting life.”
John 6:37” the one who comes to me, I will in no wise cast him out.”
Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”
Let me ask you this “are you trusting In the Lord Jesus Christ alone for your salvation?”
What does the Bible say about this?
THE HOLY SPIRIT MAKES US SECURE
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Christ.” Phil 1:6
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE EVIDENCE OF OUR FAITH
When you received Christ, the Holy Spirit came to live His life in you... You were born again. The word of God gives us objective confidence. . The Holy Spirit gives us subjective confidence..
The Bible says, ”after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance. Ephesians 1:13-14
A seal was an official mark put on a document that indicated ownership. A stamp on a letter is an assurance that it will get to its destination. The Spirit Himself is God's seal of ownership. He is the “down payment of our future inheritance, the guarantee of our future life in heaven.
When traveling we sometimes see a sign “men working” When we see this we l soon see the evidence. Perhaps we should carry a sign saying, “God working here.” The Holy Spirit began a good work in you and promises to continue it all the way to heaven. He is the one who convicted you of sin. He brought you to faith in Christ. He continues His work within each of us, teaching, guiding, encouraging and bearing godly fruit in our lives. There are many evidences of His presence in the Christian's life.
Of course, because of sin that remains in us there is a tug of war that goes on inside. However, God has fixed our “want to” and produces a change in us. If there is no change we need to be concerned, for the Bible says “if any man has not the Spirit of Christ he is none of his” Romans 8:9.
However, you must be aware of the changes he is making in your life since you have been saved. You can count on him to continue His work in you.
Question: Now that Christ lives his life in you, what changes are you aware of that He is seeking to make in you?
YOU HAVE RECEIVED A NEW IDENTITY
Matthew 28:29,”Jesus said, ”Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”
The first command the Lord has given for the new believer is to be baptized. The Lord told the church to baptize those who became believers. Baptism is the immersion of a follower of Christ in water to openly declare that he or she has received Christ as Savior and Lord
Why do people wear uniforms? Does wearing a uniform make a person a soldier? No, but it identifies him or her as one. Baptism is like putting on the uniform of the Christian life. It does not make you a Christian but it identifies you as one. It declares it.
When two people are married and exchange wedding rings, the rings become a symbol of their pledge. Baptism, it does not make you a Christian, but it declares your allegiance.
Your baptism declares in a picture the great facts of the gospel. The death of Christ for our sins, His burial and resurrection are the central truths upon which our salvation depends. In baptism you declare your faith in His atoning work for you. It pictures the most precious truths of the gospel.
Your baptism declares the most precious facts of your new life. You are saying,” through faith in Christ I am dead to sin and my old life and I am risen with Christ to live a new life of righteousness.”. Baptism is a beautiful way of declaring to the world what has actually taken place in you.
Your baptism identifies you with the people of God. Baptism is simply loving obedience to Christ by which we identify with God's people. God has not left you alone in the world. You have a family, your church, where you can find love, encouragement, instruction, fellowship and participation. You are saying ”I belong”. For the church it gives recognition that says ”you belong”. You are a part of the family now,
Your baptism declares in a picture you confidence that even if you die, you too shall rise as He did to live with him forever.
Question: Have you decided to follow him in believer's baptism? What does that mean to you?
YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN A NEW RESOURCE
2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
God has given you a wonderful new resource to help you grow in your Christian life. The fact is, He has given you three vital resources: the Bible, prayer and your church. If you neglect any one of them, it is like cutting off one leg of a three legged stool. It is very difficult to keep your balance. We need them all. The Bible is God's number one resource for living. Inspiration means the Bible was “God breathed” It is the revelation of the mind of God given to meet your need. The Bible is your owner's manual to help you become the person you were meant to be.
Come to it regularly
Open it prayerfully
Trust it implicitly
Obey it faithfully
Live it constantly
The Bible that is falling apart is usually owned by someone who isn't. The most important thing to do with your Bible is to read it, for it can transform your life. God spoke His word and created everything. The more of God's word that we get into our lives, the more power for living we will discover.
Every section of the Bible has something to say to you and every passage is important. Find a quiet time to read your bible and pray. Make this your priority. Start with prayer, and read a specific portion. It may be well to begin with the gospel of John, then read the whole New Testament and then the whole Bible. After you read, meditate on it. Think about what it means and what God wants you to do about it. Say, ”what if I let the Bible lead me or apply what I read to this situation in my life? Never stop learning and growing in the word of God This is how you will progress in your knowledge of God.
Question: Will you make a decision to find a time to read your bible thoughtfully and prayerfully every day?
PLEASE MEDITATE ON PSALM 1
YOU NOW HAVE A NEW ACCESS
“Heb 4:18 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
This is the second part of that three legged stool. It is astounding and exciting that God invites us into His Throne room to present to Him our requests. You will grow in your Christian life to the extent that you grow in your prayer life. The best way to get to know a new friend is to spend time with them. Prayer is simply talking to God. You can pray whenever you want to, but it is important to establish a special time to be alone with God to pray and read your Bible. When you pray, you talk with God, when you read your Bible, He talks with you. Do not be concerned that your prayers are polished. God prefers sincerity. The Bible teaches that The Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit helps us in our prayer life. Learn to come to the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer. He wants you to bring all of your petitions to Him. Here are some thoughtful ideas about prayer: Pray throughout the day; seek to live in God's presence; keep a book to record your answers to prayer; be specific in prayer, and don't give up.
Question: What are your impressions concerning the importance of prayer in your life? It would be well to keep a record of answered prayer.
YOU HAVE BEEN BROUGHT INTO A NEW FELLOWSHIP
Matthew 16:18 Jesus said ”I will build my church”
Ephesians 3:21 ”Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.”
The church is very precious to the Lord .He changes the world through the church, which HE calls His body, His masterpiece, His family, His bride His temple and the pillar and ground of the truth.
Being a part of a church is a great privilege and is extremely important. In the first century, the church met together constantly. They praised God, worshipped Him, learned about Him and contributed in every way they could. While we are in church, our spiritual batteries are being recharged, The Bible says, “do not forsake the assembling together” When we go to church, we find fellowship, instruction, encouragement and worship. We all have been given distinct gifts through which we may serve our Lord together. God brings us together that we may minister to one another and to those who are not yet Christians that they may be saved.
Question: What are some of the ways you that God can use you to advance His cause through your church? Please read Acts 2:41-47
For New Believers