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Summary: A call for salvation, descipleship, and evangelism.

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Back To The Basics

Introduction

I find that today in our lives and in our churches, that we can learn from the studies done in the educational system. Recent studies have proven that for a child to move forward in intelligently he must, first, be grounded in the basics. Before he can appreciate literature, history, or science he must be able to read. Before he can achieve proficient skills in calculus he must know math, (how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.)

This is so true in the spiritual life too. To reach the final destination, which is heaven, and experience a full rich life during our current life we must be grounded in the basic spiritual needs. Before we can find peace and joy we must open our life up to God. We must realize that we need salvation, be willing to accept Christ as our redeemer and follow God by being obedient to His teachings. I have chosen what I believe to be three steps that are the basics of a successful life. These steps are Salvation, Discipleship, and Evangelism.

I. Salvation

a. Conviction

b. Repentance

c. Belief

d. Redemption

II. Discipleship

a. Bible Study

b. Prayer

c. Training

d. Worship

III. Evangelism

a. Personal Witness

b. Public Witness

Conclusion

It is a fact, to be successful in life; we must be active in all areas of our lives, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Failing to take care of ourselves physically can lead to sickness and an early death. Failing to fulfill our emotional needs can lead to depression and mental illness. Failing to fill our spiritual needs can lead to all of the above. God never intended for us to be defeated. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Before you can experience this life you must be grounded in the basics. You must be willing to repent of your sins, accept Jesus Christ as your savior, and be obedient to His teachings. If you are grounded in these basic principals then you will be active in the other two steps. You will have a strong devotional life and your life will be a witness for Christ. Tell me, if someone was observing your life, and they are, what would they be learning? Are you building on a solid foundation? Christ is the answer! I heard at a meeting this week and I am sorry but I have forgotten which speaker said it but what was said is this, “Man says I have a problem, it’s me. Christ says I have an answer, Its Me.” Will you accept the answer to your problems today?


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