Saturday, 12 April 2008
Today I did a lot of jumping around in the bible. I have been looking for trailmarkers if you will. Below is what I found. Please forgive the long post. All verses come from Bible Gateway and are New Century Version.
Love your neighbor
Mark 12:29 Jesus answered, “The most important command is this: ‘Listen, people of Israel! The Lord our God is the only Lord. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’[a] 31 The second command is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’[b] There are no commands more important than these.”
Go out – Make disciples
Mathew 28:19 So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Why: because I love them and so should you
Ephesians 1:5 Because of his love, God had already decided to make us his own children through Jesus Christ. That was what he wanted and what pleased him,6 and it brings praise to God because of his wonderful grace. God gave that grace to us freely, in Christ, the One he loves.7 In Christ we are set free by the blood of his death, and so we have forgiveness of sins. How rich is God’s grace,8 which he has given to us so fully and freely. God, with full wisdom and understanding,9 let us know his secret purpose. This was what God wanted, and he planned to do it through Christ.10 His goal was to carry out his plan, when the right time came, that all things in heaven and on earth would be joined together in Christ as the head.
Remember who we are fighting
Ephesians 6:12 Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.
We must be on the offensive: go to them
John 3:20 All who do evil hate the light and will not come to the light, because it will show all the evil things they do.
If we love God then we do what He says
Ephesians 2:2 Yes, in the past you lived the way the world lives, following the ruler of the evil powers that are above the earth. That same spirit is now working in those who refuse to obey God.
Remember, God planned this
Ephesians 2:8 I mean that you have been saved by grace through believing. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God.9 It was not the result of your own efforts, so you cannot brag about it.10 God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.