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APPLICATION: The Book of Acts tells the stories of men & women who were not pleased with their lives or than answers that others were giving them - they wanted to GET OUT of the lives they were in and GET INTO what God had to offer them.
When they heard the message the apostles preached they repeatedly asked the same question: "What must I do (to get out)?"
I. When someone wants to become a Christian here, one of the 1st things we ask is that they repeat "the good confession."
Youíll find it in Matthew 16:15-18 (read)
Jesus asked: "Who do you say that I am?" and finally Peter responds: "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." Thatís the "good confession."
REPEAT that good confession with me now (do it in unison).
Did you realize that when you said "I believe" you were saying some very significant things?
When you said "I believe... in GOD":
you were saying you were not an atheist, who says God doesnít exist.
you were declaring you werenít an agnostic, who says, "I donít know if God exists."
When you said you believed in "the Living God" you were declaring that:
Youíre not an idolater, that worships images made of wood, stone or gold.
Youíre not a worshipper of dead ancestors (Buddha, Confucius, Taoism, Shintoism).
Youíre not a nature worshipper (Hindu).
Youíre not a fire worshipper (Zoroastrianism).
When you professed to believe in "THE living God" you were professing that
Youíre no polytheist, who says there are many gods.
When you declared your faith in "The Son of the living God" you were saying you were:
Not a pantheist, that says, "all is God" (Sikhism).
Not a deist, that thinks God created the world and never involved Himself in its problems.
Not a uniformist, who believes that all things continue as they were in the beginning.
Not a modernist, who denies the virgin birth.
When you said you believed in "The Christ" you were saying:
Youíre not an unbelieving Jew, who denies Jesus as the Messiah.
Youíre not a futurist, who yet looks for a Messiah.
Youíre not a Theosophist or a follower of the Bahaíi or Mohammedan cults that
think Jesus is only one of Godís many witnesses.
When you said you believed in "Jesus" you were saying your faith was based on Jesus alone:
Nor Ma Havira
Nor Reverend Moon
When you said "I Believe" you were saying you accepted the Scriptures; for faith in Jesus is the direct result of the testimony of Scripture.
When you said "I" you were declaring that this was a personal faith, neither inherited, nor forced, but fully confessed.
(adapted from an unknown source)
Jesus declared that this "good confession" was SO IMPORTANT that it was "upon this rock" that He would build His kingdom and "the gates of hell would not prevail against it." Thatís part of the reason churches across the land ask their converts to repeat it.
II. But there as powerful as the "good confession" is, we canít stop there.
Heb. 6:1-3 speaks of foundational truths as "elementary teachings" that we should eventually "leave."
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