Back to the Basics: Where to Begin your Study of God

 Occasionally, I will share with you other peoples writings, especially if it based on importance or relevant to following God. I have had a few ask where do I begin? This is the understanding of the basic principles needed to begin to comprehend and live our a life long relationship with Jesus Christ. It is my hope that this enlightens you and gives you a place to start in finding the answers to what Jesus is all about. This is the writings of Bishop B. Courtney McBath, my Bishop at my church Calvary Revival Church.

Basic Biblical Principles

Definition of Principle:

Greek: Fundamental, initial, something orderly in arrangement, element, rudiment.

Latin: A beginning

English Dictionary: A general truth or law, basic to other truths. A rule of personal conduct, that which is inherent in anything, determining its nature. A primary source or fundamental cause .(example: principle of gravity or relativity.)

Therefore, we define biblical principle as: that beginning, primary source of truth which results in Godly character, or determines our nature. (The Bible or Word of God is our source, our principle.)

The secret is receiving in good ground, “for the earth bringeth fort fruit of herself. Mark 4:28

Things to Remember:

The Word of God is our Beginning (seed) source of truth that will shape in us Godly Character and solid biblical principles.

The Word of God is our foundation. There are two types of foundations: rock and sand. (Matt 7:24-27, Luke 6:47-49. The Word is that Rock.

Soul winning and bearing the fruit of the Spirit are two signs of solid basic principles. In the beginning, it is not soul winning, that is reproductive result of bearing fruit, while bearing fruit is the result of receiveing basic biblical principles (Word) in good ground.

We are to produce the Fruit of theSpirit, (gal. 5:22-24) If we produce the fruit (the spirit,) then we will reproduce souls after our own kind. example: Love

Love is a beginning principle. 1 John 3:11

Is our fruit remaining? (John 15:16) Determine if the Word is still there. (Mark 4:15-19)

The fruit will not remain if the Word does not.

Are we receiving the Word? if we are not producing fruit and if our fruit is temporary this indicates a lack of receiving.

Remember:

The Word of God is our beginning (seed) source of truth that will shape in us Godly Character and solid biblical principles.

The Word of God is our foundation: sand and rock.

Taken from Calvary Revival Church Foundation Book.

B. Courtney McBath. http://www.crcglobal.org

All Bible verses are from the NIV

Mark 4:28-29

28All by itself the soil produces grain–first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

Mark 7:24-27 and Luke 6:47-49

24Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre.G He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 25In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evilH spirit came and fell at his feet. 26The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.

27″First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” (sand example)

Luke 6:47-49

47I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (rock example)

Mark 4:14 14The farmer sows the word

Mark 4:20. 20Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop–thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

John 15:2 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunesA so that it will be even more fruitful.

John 15:5 5″I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing

Mark 4:14-19

14The farmer sows the word. 15Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

John 15:4 . 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

Galations 5:22-26 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

1 John 3:11

11This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another

John 15:8-9

8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9″As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love

John 15:16-17

16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17This is my command: Love each other.

Hebrew 5:12-14

. 12In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

Sanctifying Grace, What is it?

I read a really interesting chapter today referring to Paul, he stated ” For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them- yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. (1 Cor. 15:9-10)

Because Paul knew that he did not deserve and could never earn the privileges given him, the pressure was off him, Paul was freed to be exactly who he was and do precisely what he was called to do. Grace covered him, as undeserving as he, and all of us God’s grace constantly covers up daily, weekly….

We are also undeserving, and we keep falling, holiness causes us to get back up, repent, and continue marching for God’s Glory.

Our hope is this promise: “Where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ” Romans 5:20-21

“By divine grace, we will grow into godly persons. As we submit ourselves to God and yield our will to His, the holiness he desires of us will gradually come.

Spiritual Journey Day 4- I am getting it!

The last couple of days I have been really digging into what God defines as “Holiness.” In a great desire to please HIM, I am really seeking what His Word says about this, His thoughts, His aspirations for us, all of that.

Reading 2 Peter 3:8, it says,” But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day. 9. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” He goes on to say but the day is coming, and we are to live our lives, “Holy and Godly as we look forward to the day that HE comes for us.

I wasn’t sure what Holiness to him meant, and what qualities should I be seeking out. 2 Peter 2:5 states “For this very reason, (to participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption of the world caused by evil) , make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6. and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness. 7. and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Seems pretty simple right? Okay, I admit, its going to be a lifelong process. I read something yesterday that your life is a journey. Your past is your past, and although will not change the road already taken, your future with God’s Grace and Mercy could change the outcome. I know that because of His grace, I don’t have to dwell in yesterday’s past. I use it as a teaching tool, but have learned to move on to “bigger and better things” that the Lord has for me.

Sanctification, ah such a big word with so much meaning. Its a journey, a life long journey, of the process of Holiness, but deeper than that. It is described as, “more than a mere moral reformation of character, brought about by the power of the truth, it is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature more and more under the influence of the new gracious principles implanted in the soul of regeneration.” The office of the Holy Spirit, in the plan of redemption to carry on this work. (1 Cor 6:11, 2 Thes. 2:13).  Perfect sanctification is not attainable in this life ( 1 Kings 8:46, Prov 20:9, Eccl. 7:20, James 3:2,1 and 1 John 1:8). “The more holy a man is, the more humble, self-renouncing, self-abhorring, and the more sensitive to every sin he becomes, and the more closely he clings to Christ.”

Will I ever come even remotely close a fraction of what I seek to be? I don’t know, but I am going to keep trying, praying, seeking him, repenting when I have to, and Glorifying His name. I know that it is a daily walk, but I also realize that God purposely made it that way, so that you would continuously  seek him daily!

Just a few notes I thought I would share.
Peace