Elementary Truths (Part 4.1)

Further Instruction (but still elementary)

About Baptisms

a.  It’s plural because it involves two spheres — the physical and the spiritual (Rom. 6:1-4).

b.  The Gospel is not just about Christ dying for our sins (Rom. 5:6-7); it’s also about us, dying with Christ (Rom. 6:5-14).

c.  Our death in Christ sets us free from (or we die to) three powerful spiritual forces:

  • The power of sin (Rom. 6:15-23)
  • The power of the Law (Rom. 7:1-6)
  • The power of the flesh (Rom. 7:7-24)

d.  Consequently we no longer belong to…

  • Satan (Eph. 2:1-3)
  • The world (Gal. 6:14)
*Reference:  Class notes of Prof. J.I. Baylon in the Dynamics of Personal Spiritual Growth (LS 501).  Greenhills Christian Fellowship South Metro Leadership Institute.

Elementary Truths (Part 3)

Repentance and Faith

1.  The Gospel confronts people’s wrong beliefs about righteousness and offers a better solution (Romans 1:16-17).

a.  It is by faith alone in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:21-26).

b. It is the only solution offered by God and is available for all sinful men (Rom. 3:27-31).

2.  The Gospel brings us into the realm of grace and provides for everything we need to have a relationship with God (Rom. 5:1-5).

a.  It brings about complete forgiveness of sins (Rom. 5:6-11).

b.  It brings about complete righteousness before God (Rom. 5:12-21).

3.  All of these is in the realm of the unseen and requires and repentance from dead works and faith in God to become effective (Rom. 10:1-13).

Elementary Truths (Part 2)

Elementary Truths about our Personal Salvation

1.  Many Christians have incomplete knowledge of their personal salvation (Eph. 1:15-23) because of three reasons…

a.  We don’t need to know everything in order to be saved. (i.e. Acts 2: 22-36)

b.  God wants us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Pet. 3:17-18)

c.  Revelation is progressive. (Phil. 3:15-16)

2.  It is our personal responsibility to learn the elementary truths of our salvation in order to go on to maturity. (Heb. 5:11-14)

3.  The elementary truths of our salvation (based on Heb. 6:1-3) include the following:

a.  Repentance from acts that lead to death (or dead works) and faith in God

b.  Instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment (i.e. doctrine, “didache”)

*Reference:  Class notes of Prof. J.I. Baylon in the Dynamics of Personal Spiritual Growth (LS 501).  Greenhills Christian Fellowship South Metro Leadership Institute.

Elementary Truths (Part 1)

What is personal spiritual growth?

It is the process in which we, in personal obedience to God and not to people, work out our salvation with fear and trembling, because we know that it is God who is at work in us through His Spirit to will and to do according to His good purpose and for His glory.  (Phil. 2:12-13; John 15:8; Eph. 3:14-19)

Why do we need to learn about personal spiritual growth?

a. So that we will not remain infants (Eph. 4:14-16)

b. So that our lives will have an impact on others (1 Tim. 4:15-16)

c.  So that we can finish and win the race faithfully (2 Tim. 4:6-8)

d.  So that we can glorify God by completing/fulfilling the work He wants us to do (John 17:4)

What must we learn about personal spiritual growth?

a.  The starting point — personal salvation (Heb. 6:1-3)

b.  The ending point (direction) — maturity in Christ (Phil. 3:12-4:1)

c.  The process — godly habits (1 Tim. 4:6-8)

*Reference:  Class notes of Prof. J.I. Baylon in the Dynamics of Personal Spiritual Growth (LS 501).  Greenhills Christian Fellowship South Metro Leadership Institute.