Galatians ; 2 Corinthians , God has established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive union between one genetic male and one genetic female. Genesis ; Matthew Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith. Ephesians ,24; Colossians God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures, and for mutual encouragement.
Hebrews ,25; 1 Corinthians ; Matthew ; Colossians At physical death the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing. At physical death the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to judgment and everlasting condemnation.
Jesus Christ will come again to the earth—personally, visibly, and bodily—to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. Philippians ,21; Ephesians ,10; 1 Corinthians ; Revelation ; Revelation , The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation.
If you are a Christian, then the statements below are true of you. John As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ. Romans I have been justified. Ephesians I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child. Colossians I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. Colossians I am complete in Christ. Hebrews I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ. I am secure… Romans I am free from condemnation. Romans I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
Romans I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God. Colossians I am hidden with Christ in God. Philippians I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me. Philippians I am a citizen of heaven. John I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit. Ephesians I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm. Ephesians I may approach God with freedom and confidence. Philippians I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
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To view and purchase an artistic print of these statements click here. Perhaps you have believed in the existence of God and His Son and have tried to live a good life, but have never consciously invited Him to be your Savior and Lord. No matter who you are or what you have done, at this very moment, you too can make the decision of a lifetime. Right now Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. He offers you the same wonderful life which millions through the centuries have received with life-changing results.
He has already paid the penalty for your sin. He is asking you, in the quiet of your heart, to put your trust in Him. Here are four spiritual points that will help you discover how to know God personally and experience the full life He promises. God wants you to know Him. Why is it that most people do not have a personal relationship with God?
Our sin cuts us off from God so we cannot have a personal relationship with Him and experience His love. We have all sinned. We were all created to have a personal relationship with God, because we all choose to go our own independent way, our relationship with God was broken.
God is holy pure and sinless and we are sinful. A great gap cuts us off from God because He cannot tolerate sin. People often try to find a full and meaningful life through their own efforts. They try to live a good life or be religious. But the Bible clearly teaches that there is only one way to bridge this gap. Through Him you can know God personally and experience His love. Jesus died in our place. Jesus rose from the dead. He was buried.
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He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. He appeared to Cephas [Peter], then to the twelve.
After that He appeared to more than five hundred. Jesus is the only way to God. God has done the work to bridge the gap which cuts us off from Him. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sin. But it is not enough just to know these truths.
We must take the next step. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love. We must receive Christ. We receive Christ by personal invitation. Thus, receiving Christ involves turning to God from self repentance and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins so that we can begin our personal relationship with Him.
Just to know in your mind that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will. You can receive Jesus Christ right now by faith through prayer.
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God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Millions of people all around the world have already found new life in Christ. Here is a suggested prayer which can help you express your trust in Jesus, too:. That has never changed. What has changed and is new since is the vehicle by which people across the nation can be trained to not only help individuals find freedom, but also start and grow a healthy, viable freedom ministry in their home church or hometown. Neil T. Anderson began teaching this message of our identity, position, authority and victory in Christ in churches across the nation and around the world.
Out of this growing ministry, two best-selling books: Victory Over the Darkness and The Bondage Breaker were published in and updated in Since that time scores of other freedom resources have been written, published, translated and used around the world. FICM is now an international ministry with offices in the UK, India, Switzerland and Canada and has many representatives throughout the rest of the world.
Biblical churches in America have done a great job of preaching the gospel from their pulpits, and many people have been saved. In other words, evangelism has been strong. There is an overlooked link, a missing ingredient…a bypassed bridge…between salvation in Christ and maturity in Christ. Without discovering the truth that sets us free, we cannot grow to full maturity in Christ. Some are painfully aware of their struggles and yearn to be free from the guilt, shame, anxiety, fear, abuse and addictions that are suffocating their souls. Others are largely clueless … even complacent about their struggles … having accepted as normal a subnormal life in Christ, where faith is lived out on Sunday mornings but is largely irrelevant the rest of the week.
Jesus Christ has come to bind up broken hearts and set captives free Isaiah to become growing, fruitful disciples. George A. Williams, BS; Judith E. Reprint requests to George A. Supported by Grants from Watson W. None of the authors have any commercial interest in Freedom in Christ Ministries, Ministry of Healing, or materials mentioned in the manuscript. The questionnaires were completed before and after the administration of the Steps to Freedom.
The Wilcoxon Matched Pairs Test was used to measure the significance of the findings for the item questionnaire. A comparison group who did not attend the conference or receive counseling showed no significant changes during the same period. In , according to the U. Surgeon General, one in five adult Americans experienced a mental health disorder each year.
Sadly, less than a third of these adults and even fewer children receive any mental health services. Mood disorders depression and anxiety disorders, the two most common mental illnesses, affect A review of studies of organic religion revealed that a higher religious involvement is associated with: less depression, reduced likelihood of suicide, as well as other health and social benefits. Examples would be faith-based programs to combat delinquency or drug use among teens,9 and to reduce recidivism rates in post release prisoners.
Steps to Freedom, when utilized by a counselor to facilitate the use of model prayers with a client, has been described as Discipleship Counseling. The three and one-half day conferences dealt with issues relating to resolving personal and spiritual conflicts. Client Selection Announcements were made in the general session offering conference attendees an opportunity to make an individual appointment with a counselor. The conference staff verified the information and interviewed each group member. The process resulted in the selection of 38 clients in Oklahoma and 40 clients in Texas from the larger groups by the coordinator.
The selection was made on the basis of the following priorities: 1 presence of significant depression including suicidal tendencies, anxiety and other typical presenting problems; 2 availability of the client during the three days following the conference. The clients were matched women with women counselors with trained lay un-licensed counselors. These individuals had not attended the conference and had never gone through the Steps to Freedom. Study participants were asked to read and sign an Adult Consent Form.
Steps to Freedom Format Each Step to Freedom appointment utilizes prayers to ask forgiveness and have faith in God to enable clients to address and resolve past and present personal and spiritual problems. Steps to Freedom appointments were offered free of charge and lasted approximately 6 or 7 hours. In Discipleship Counseling literature, the lay counselors are referred to as encouragers and clients are referred to as counselees. Study Design A item questionnaire was completed before the appointment.
At the conclusion of the Steps to Freedom session the client was given a post appointment questionnaire and a self-addressed stamped envelope and asked to return the questionnaire in 7 days. Another post appointment questionnaire with a self-addressed stamped envelope was mailed months later to each client. In Texas, each client and comparison control member was also given the SCLR questionnaire along with the item questionnaire. The lengthy SCLR questionnaire has been subjected to extensive research, and has demonstrated scientifically acceptable validity and reliability.
The item study questionnaire refined and expanded a item questionnaire developed by coauthor JEK. Items reflect Function status in emotional, relational, physical, and spiritual areas of life. Pilot studies using both the 10 item and item questionnaires were carried out in Michigan. The changes in the pre- and post- mos. This test is a nonparametric analog to the paired-sample t test and was used because the data provided the magnitude and direction of the changes.
Results Data from 33 clients at months are depicted in Table 1.
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The comparison group, which received no counseling Table 1 , showed some changes at 3 months which were not significant. Anxiety, Habits and Behavior scores increased. The appointment length is designed to assist the client to explore every important area of beliefs and practices and to identify and resolve the hurts in their life. Secondary study benefits were: the demonstration of the validity of the short item questionnaire and that trained laypersons can serve as counselors.
There were study limitations including: possible client selection bias, the absence of a randomized control group, lack of clinical information regarding clients, and decreasing survey response from post 1 week to months. Therefore, these preliminary results need further confirmation. We cannot with certainty attribute all positive results to what the client accomplished during the counseling session. Treatments for Anxiety disorders are benzodiazepines and anti-depression medications, especially those that increase serotonin SSRI.
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