Last Things

In His own time and way, God will bring this current world to an end when Jesus will return as King to judge all those (living and dead).

The Dead will be raised and Christ will judge all men in Righteousness. Those displaying Christ Righteousness will be given their reward of eternal life with God where they will Marvel in His Majesty forever. Those counting on their own Righteousness and goodness will be sent to everlasting punishment in hell (separation from God for eternity) where they will experience Meaningless Misery forever.

For the followers of Jesus, final victory in my life will be met with these words from my Savior “Well done, My good and faithful servant”. The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Isaiah 2:411:9Matthew 16:2718:8-919:2824:27,30,36,4425:31-4626:64Mark 8:389:43-48Luke 12:40,4816:19-2617:22-3721:27-28John 14:1-3Acts 1:1117:31Romans 14:101 Corinthians 4:515:24-28,35-582 Corinthians 5:10Philippians 3:20-21Colossians 1:53:41 Thessalonians 4:14-185:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 21 Timothy 6:142 Timothy 4:1,8Titus 2:13Hebrews 9:27-28James 5:82 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:283:2Jude 14Revelation 1:183:1120:1-22:13.

Grace and Assurance

God’s grace is displayed in God’s goodness to us.

- It is God’s Common Grace to give all people life.
- It is God’s Saving Grace to give us the offer of salvation through His Son - Jesus.

Once we accept God’s gracious salvation in Christ, we are to endure to the end as accepted and sanctified followers. We may fall into sin through spiritual neglect but will never fall away from God’s grace if we have been truly saved.

When saved followers of Jesus fall into sin:

- They grieve the Spirit,
- They impair their graces and comforts,
- They bring reproach on the cause of Christ
- They bring temporal judgments on themselves

Yet the truly saved will be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

Genesis 12:1-3Exodus 19:5-81 Samuel 8:4-7,19-22Isaiah 5:1-7Jeremiah 31:31ff.; Matthew 16:18-1921:28-4524:22,3125:34Luke 1:68-792:29-3219:41-4424:44-48John 1:12-143:165:246:44-45,6510:27-2915:1617:6,12,17-18Acts 20:32Romans 5:9-108:28-3910:12-1511:5-7,26-361 Corinthians 1:1-215:24-28Ephesians 1:4-232:1-103:1-11Colossians 1:12-142 Thessalonians 2:13-142 Timothy 1:122:10,19Hebrews 11:39–12:2James 1:121 Peter 1:2-5,132:4-101 John 1:7-92:193:2.

Baptism

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.

  • When we truly believe the Gospel and commit to Christ as our Lord and our Savior, then Jesus would have us declare publicly our Faith in Him. Matthew 10:32-33

  • Jesus Commands Baptism. It is not a suggestion or an option for His followers. If we are not baptized then we are in a position of disobedience. Matthew 28:19-20

  • Jesus set the example by being baptized Himself where He identified with sinful humanity. Matt 3:13-17

  • Since baptism is a command of God, then baptism is an act of obedience that declares your faith in God -1 John

    2:3

  • When you follow the Commandments of God, you express Your Love for Jesus - John 14:21

  • New Followers of Christ were baptized in the early church - Acts 2:37-47 and Acts 8:26-40

  • Baptism is a picture of two things. The first is what Jesus did for you - He died for your sins, was buried and came

    back to life - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. The second is what has happened to you - You died to an old way of life and

    have been raised to live a new life in Jesus - Romans 6:1-5

  • We do not believe that baptism is required for salvation because salvation does not come by works - Ephesians

    2:1-10. However, if a person claims to be a follower of Christ and is disobedient in His first command of baptism

    then that person should question whether they have genuinely come to saving faith in Christ.

  • Prior to the life of Jesus there was the baptism of John (Mark 1:4) – as John the Baptist preached repentance of

    sins in preparation for the coming of the Messiah, he baptized people in the Jordan. Those who were baptized by John were showing their faith in John’s message and their need to confess their sin. In Acts 18:24–25, a disciple of John’s named Apollos preaches in Ephesus; however, only knowing the baptism of John and the need for repentance, he needed to be further instructed in the death and resurrection of Christ. Later in the same city, Acts 19:1–7, Paul encounters some more followers of John. These disciples had been baptized for repentance, but they had not heard of the new birth or the Holy Spirit. Paul taught them the whole message of salvation in Christ, and they received the message and were subsequently baptized in Jesus’ name.

  • The baptism of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13–14; 1 Corinthians 12:13) – John also predicted that Jesus would baptize men with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11). This is a spiritual baptism, and it is the baptism that saves us. At salvation, we are “immersed” in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit covers us, indwells us, fills us, and makes us a part of the spiritual body of Christ. The baptism of the Spirit is what initiates us into new life in Christ. The first people to experience the baptism of the Spirit were the believers in Acts 2 on the Day of Pentecost. The spiritual entity known as the body of Christ is formed by this baptism: “We were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body” (1 Corinthians 12:13).

  • Water baptism is for believers. Before we are baptized, we must come to believe that we are sinners in need of salvation (Romans 3:23). We must also believe that Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins, that He was buried, and that He was resurrected to assure our place in heaven (1 Corinthians 15:1–4). When we turn to Jesus, asking Him to forgive our sins and be our Lord and Savior, we are born again by the power of the Holy Spirit. Our eternal salvation is guaranteed, and we begin to die to ourselves and live for Christ (1 Peter 1:3–5). At that time we are scripturally qualified to be baptized.

  • The fact that water baptism is not a prerequisite for salvation is best seen in the example of a saved man who was not baptized in water—the criminal on the cross (Luke 23:39–43). This self-confessed sinner acknowledged Jesus as his Lord while dying on a cross next to Him. The thief asked for salvation and was forgiven of his sins.

 

Your Life Matters

Ephesians 2:10 - We are God’s Masterpiece, God has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

God created me for His purposes not my desires. (Isaiah 43:7)

I serve God Almighty and my life is not my own. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Because of my brokenness, my desires tempt me. (1 John 2:16)

With God’s Spirit’s help I will override and overcome my desires and live every day to accomplish His will. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

I gain my security, success and significance thru my surrender to God’s plan. (Mark 8:35)

My obedience to Him and His Word is the key to my joy. (John 12:26)

My time, talents and treasure are 100% His to use as He guides me to obey so I will glorify God in how I steward these blessings. (Romans 12:6-8)

God Made us to Know, Love & Serve Him. Our Fall into Sin, Marred us so that must be Mended by Christ to live in His Light, Love and Life. Once Mended, we are given the gift of God’s Holy Spirit to Morph us as we surrender to Him. A Morphed person recognizes that Your Life Matters and that it belongs to God. From that vantage, you will steward every resource for His Glory and purpose.

Genesis 14:20Leviticus 27:30-32Deuteronomy 8:18Malachi 3:8-12Matthew 6:1-4,19-2119:2123:2325:14-29Luke 12:16-21,4216:1-13Acts 2:44-475:1-1117:24-2520:35Romans 6:6-2212:1-21 Corinthians 4:1-26:19-201216:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 12:15; Philippians 4:10-191 Peter 1:18-19.

Man & Sin

WindCity’s Doctrinal Statement

Man is the special creation of God and made in God’s image. Man was created without sin but did sin by his free choice and caused all generations afterward to live within the curse of sin. God’s redemptive plan of bringing man out of that curse and back into right relationship with Him is the Good News of Jesus Christ. Apart from God man can do nothing and has no goodness.

Additional Insights from the Baptist Faith & Message Doctrinal Statement

  • He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation.

  • In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race.

  • Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin.

  • Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under

    condemnation.

  • Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God.

  • The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

God Made people so that we would come to know, love and serve Him as His children. Being Marred by Sin, we lost relationship with our Father. Being Mended by Christ, we can be re-connected to God the Father through the God-Man, Jesus Christ the Son.

Genesis 1:26-302:5,7,18-2239:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5Jeremiah 17:5Matthew 16:26Acts 17:26-31Romans 1:19-323:10-18,235:6,12,196:67:14-258:14-18,291 Corinthians 1:21-3115:19,21-22Ephesians 2:1-22Colossians 1:21-223:9-11.

Trinity - God The Holy Spirit

God the Holy Spirit is that comforter that was promised by Jesus to come after He had ascended. That Holy Spirit resides in the believer at salvation and works in us and through us to bring about change.

  • The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine.

  • He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures.

  • Through illumination He enables men to understand truth.

  • He exalts Christ.

  • He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.

  • He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration.

  • At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ.

  • He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve

    God through His church.

  • He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption.

  • His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the

    stature of Christ.

  • He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

God Made us to Know, Love & Serve Him. Our Fall into Sin, Marred us so that must be Mended by Christ to live in His Light, Love and Life. Once Mended, we are given to gift of God’s Holy Spirit to Morph us as we surrender to Him yet many continue to be Misled by the Enemy. Choose a Spirit Filled Life each day!

Genesis 1:2Judges 14:6Job 26:13Psalms 51:11139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3Joel 2:28-32Matthew 1:183:164:112:28-3228:19Mark 1:10,12Luke 1:354:1,18-1911:1312:1224:49John 4:2414:16-17,2615:2616:7-14Acts 1:82:1-4,384:315:36:37:558:17,3910:4413:215:2816:619:1-6Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-271 Corinthians 2:10-143:1612:3-11,13Galatians 4:6Ephesians 1:13-144:305:181 Thessalonians 5:191 Timothy 3:164:12 Timothy 1:143:16Hebrews 9:8,142 Peter 1:211 John 4:135:6-7Revelation 1:1022:17.

Trinity - God the Son - Jesus & Salvation

God the Son is Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God. Jesus was perfectly revealed as a man and did the will of God by living a sinless life and then taking human sin upon Himself and giving His life as a ransom for that sin by suffering death on the cross and then rising from the dead with power and victory of death, hell and the grave for all mankind who believe on Him and confess Him as Lord. Salvation is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior who obtained eternal redemption for the believer by His own blood. There is no salvation apart from faith in Jesus Christ.

• Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
• Jesus took upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identified Himself completely with mankind yet without sin.
• He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of

men from sin.
• He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion.
• He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is

effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive

mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
• Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own

blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes:
• Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart

wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.

  • Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. It brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.

  • Sanctification is the experience, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.

  • Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14Isaiah 53:1-12Matthew 1:18-233:178:2911:2714:3316:16,2717:52728:1-6,19Mark 1:13:11Luke 1:354:4122:7024:46John 1:1-18,2910:30,3811:25-2712:44-5014:7-1116:15-16,2817:1-521-2220:1-20,28Acts 1:92:22-247:55-569:4-5,20Romans 1:3-43:23-265:6-218:1-3,3410:41 Corinthians 1:302:28:615:1-8,24-282 Corinthians 5:19-218:9Galatians 4:4-5Ephesians 1:203:114:7-10Philippians 2:5-11Colossians 1:13-222:91 Thessalonians 4:14-181 Timothy 2:5-63:16Titus 2:13-14Hebrews 1:1-34:14-157:14-289:12-15,24-2812:213:81 Peter 2:21-253:221 John 1:7-93:24:14-155:92 John 7-9Revelation 1:13-165:9-1412:10-1113:819:16.