THE HOPEDALE CHURCH OF CHRIST

EACH ONE REACH ONE...MATTHEW 28:18-20

Classification of the Bible's Subject Matter

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IV.  Classification of the Bible's Subject Matter
          A.  Facts to be Believed
             1.  The Bible is full of facts, spiritual, historical, practical
             2.  The Bible introduces the reader to the fact that God is
             3.  The Bible traces Israel of the Old Testament as a nation led
                   and blessed of God and the Church of the New Testament
                   led and blessed as God's chosen
             4.  The Bible in the Old Testament declares that Christ is 
                   coming, in the New Testament that He has come and 
                   is coming again
             5.  The Bible in the New Testament reveals that the Gospel
                   preached and obeyed brings eternal life
 
       B.  Commands to be Obeyed
             1.  God does not ask man to do something he cannot do
             2.  God does not make commands that are to be ignored
             3.  God's commands are to direct men morally and spiritually
             4.  The Old Testament commands were exacting
                   a)  The Israelites were to gather manna each day, and
                         enough for two days on the sixth day [Exodus 16:13-30]
                   b)  No one was to touch the ark of the covenant - Uzzah
                         died  [II Samuel 6:6-7]
             5.  God's commands in the New Testament have not changed
 
       C.  Promises to be Received
             1.  They are to be received by those who have obeyed God's
                   commands
             2.  When man meets the condition, God keeps His promise
             3.  When man meets the conditions of salvation, his sins
                   are forgiven
                   a)  'He who has believed and has been baptized shall be
                         saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned'
                          [Mark 16:16]
                         b)  "And Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let each of you be
                           baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
                           of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy
                           Spirit'"  [Acts 2:38]
             4.  When a man dies as a Christian, he goes to be with God
                   a)  'In the future there is laid up for me the crown of
                         righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge,
                         will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but
                         also to all who have loved His appearing'  [II Timothy 4:8]
 
       D.  Warnings to be Heeded
             1.  The Lord is a God of love
                   a)  Because of God's love, He has warnings or danger signs
                         along the journey
                   b)  God wants us to stay out of trouble
                   c)  God wants to protect us
                   d)  God is not willing that any perish [II Peter 3:9]
             2.  God gave us His Law, the testimony of the prophets, the
                   life and teaching of Jesus Christ, the sum total of the Old
                   and New Testaments to guide the way to heaven
                   a)  The Scripture tells us how to live right
                   b)  The Bible leads us to the truth so that no one need be lost