Scriptures: John 1:12: Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God. Rom.10:9: If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Eph. 2:8: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Advantages of Using This Method – The Four Spiritual Laws method has advantages in that it uses a biblically base reference point.
These teachings are parallel to the teachings in the Bible. According to Exodus 20:2, God says, “I am the lord, your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery and thus, you shall have no other gods but Me” (Naqvi 28). The Holy Koran and the Holy Bible also shares some similarities on their teachings about the remembrance of God. They both command their followers to remember God in all phases, try to get closer to Him and submit themselves to His service. According to Quran 2: 112, whoever submits his whole self to Allah and is a doer of good, will get a reward from Allah; on such they shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve.
Stewardship is the product of one’s new worldview that is brought about by one’s conversion. For example, how to most effectively use one’s opportunities, how one works and why, what one think and does, promoting the Gospel, living as a slave to righteous, and being a living sacrifice (Miller, n.d). Everything one has, including time, assets, effort, works, mental and physical abilities, etc. belongs to God and one is to skillfully manage it; for God’s glory and not for one’s lustful cravings. Stewards are to be trustworthy (Holy Bible, NIV, l Cor 10:26).
However, John 3:16 clearly states “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. (New International Version Bible, 2014) With that being said, I feel that belief is the only way to heaven, or should I say your gateway into heaven. You have to believe that Jesus died for your sins; you have to believe that Jesus rose from the dead, lastly and most importantly you have
Why do we exist? The purpose of mankind according to Christianity, is to know God. Deuteronomy 11:13 states that Man is to serve and to love God with all your heart and all your soul. Christianity is a relationship with God, not just following the tenants of a religion. Religion is seen as mans attempt to reach God.
What God expects of His children and their environment is clearly stated throughout the Bible. There is no question with God; He has perfectly-good purpose for everything He commands. So why are individuals unsure about what is preferred in a Christian environment? The answers for these questions can be found in the Bible and should be obvious according to the definition of a Christian? Well no matter how a Christian is defined, the golden rule supports every human being deserves the same manner of respect desired.
Believing that God is searching for leaders to bring about changes on the earth, he begins the book by highlighting the principle: true greatness, true leadership, is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in manipulating others to serve you, admonishing, “we must put more into life that we take out," and that history will only remember a man for "the quality of his deeds and the character of his mind and heart" (15). Somewhere in the midst of this tension a true Christian leader will develop themselves and their abilities to be in service of God’s purpose. In the end, he writes, “Spiritual leadership is not a calling we choose to pursue; it is a calling we choose to answer. We don’t decide to become leaders; we decide to respond and keep responding to God’s call in our lives. Along the way, whether we like it or not, that involves us in leadership.” Although we can learn about leadership skills or develop and refine natural talents, spiritual leadership is a gift or grace of God bestowed to us, which we can accept or reject.
I. SERMON ON THE MOUNT: CORE VALUES OF THE KINGDOM A. The Sermon on the Mount is the constitution of God’s kingdom. It is Jesus’ most comprehensive statement on a believer’s role in cooperating with the grace of God and is the “litmus test” to measure our spiritual development and ministry impact. In this sermon, Jesus calls His people to perfect obedience and to make this their primary goal in life. We do this by seeking to walk in all the light that the Spirit gives us.
Deuteronomy Principle: Great leader has to obey the Lord and live by his commandments in order to receive the Lord’s promises. Key Verse: Deuteronomy 11:26-27: Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today. Explanation/Illustration of the Principle Obedience helps a leader grow closer to God. A leader must be obedient in order to grow and know God’s will.