Apostles of Christ - that original and unique group who were all eye witnesses of Jesus' resurrection and were chosen by Him as the foundation of the church. Their teaching is now found in the New Testament. When we say we are apostolic, we mean we submit to the apostolic teaching in the New Testament.
Apostles of the Church - messengers sent out by a church with authority to proclaim the Gospel, to plant churches and/or to encourage and build up other local churches (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Baptism and the Holy Spirit - Mark 1:8 and Matthew 3:11 speak of "Baptism with the Holy Spirit". This is referring to the giving of the Holy Spirit to the individual when they put their faith in Christ. It is Christ who baptises us with the Holy Spirit.
Some Christians use the phrase "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" to refer to those further experiences of empowering for ministry that the Holy Spirit gives to Christians from time to time. The New Testament encourages us to "go on being filled with the Spirit" throughout our Christian life. We are encouraged to ask for the Spirit's empowering, filling and gifting - and not to grieve or quench the Spirit's work in our lives (Ephesians 4:30, 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Luke 11:13. See 'Holy Spirit' following).
Positive fear. "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10). This kind of fear starts with a revelation of the awesomeness of God and the smallness of humankind. It leads us to a right relationship with God, based on reverence and deep loyalty - because we have gained new insight into something of what God is like. Godly fear generates love, respect and humility. To come into God's holy presence is a fearful thing because of our unworthiness. Only in Christ and His cross can we have confidence to approach God (Hebrews 10:19-25). His holiness and majesty and power are like a refining fire (Hebrews 12:29).
Negative fear. This is a debilitating descent into darkness, losing hope and courage, imagining the worst, losing perspective and out of proportion. This is the kind of fear Satan puts on people. It may be based on doubts, unbelief and disobedience, or it could be a result of deception. This kind of destructiveness is not of God. Faith in the Cross is God's remedy.
Under the New Covenant, God undertakes to place His laws in our hearts - that is in our deepest spiritual motivation. In response we do not strive after unattainable human perfection, but allow His holiness to permeate our lives as a result of our relationship with him. We acknowledge the completeness of the work of the cross and desire to allow it to work in our lives without restriction. Our attitude should be to focus on the magnificence of God - and in response to seek to live out a commitment of no compromise with sin. Holiness is not attained in our own strength - but by allowing His strength to work in us as we open up all aspects of our lives to him. (2 Corinthians 7:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 1 John 3:3, Hebrews 12:10-14).
Positive ~ taking a selfless pleasure in something of good report with which we are identified; enjoying an understanding of what produced something creative or excellent, e.g. God was pleased with His creation (Genesis 1:31).
Negative ~ Is when "I" become the object and focus of importance. Pride can be likened to theft, in the sense of stealing from God the credit that is his. Everything we have, whether it be a gift, a talent or an ability has been given to us by God (Psalms 24:1). Our protection from false pride is in giving all the glory back to God, deflecting all praise and thanks to him. (John 15:5, 2 Corinthians 12:9, 1 Corinthians 4:7 and 10:12).
It was without blemish or defect;
Only the best was acceptable for God;
It represented the first fruits, not the unwanted or left-overs; and
The sacrifice was both to obtain purification from sin, and to establish in the life of the believer the principle that there is nothing more important than God. God is to be the first priority, anything less is idolatry.
Sacrifice - NT
Jesus was God's sacrifice for us, fulfilling all the requirements of the law and O.T. sacrifice. For example, where Abraham's hand was stayed from sacrificing Isaac at the last moment - God in turn completed this act in the life of His own son (Isaiah_54:7-8, prophecy of Jesus). God gave His most precious for us. As in the O.T. sacrifice, our sins are transferred onto Christ as our sacrificial lamb - and His death purchases our deliverance from the death warrant - which otherwise results from our sin. His perfect life is our perfect offering. His perfect sacrifice liberates us from the bondage of sin. Our part is to respond in faith by honouring this supreme act of love. This makes it effective in our own lives.
Sacrifice - Us
We are called, in response to God's love and provision, to offer our lives as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). This means discipleship (following in the ways of Christ) is loving God and putting Him as our first priority. It means putting others ahead of ourselves and not complaining. We are to offer to God a sacrifice of praise in all circumstances. (Hebrews 13:15). In addition there will come times of testing in our practical circumstances ~ where God establishes for us that He is our first priority. If we can't offer something to God ~ it's an idol!
God's deliverance for those who have faith in Christ's death and resurrection - from the just judgment of the law upon our sin. God's salvation delivers us from the kingdom of darkness and places us in His kingdom. Our new status before God is secure because we belong to Christ. However it has to gradually and progressively work its way through all aspects of how we live.
Salvation and wholeness are closely linked. We can expect God to bring a greater degree of wholeness to every aspect of our lives, as we serve him. Salvation works redemptively in every area of our lives - including sin, rebelliousness, infirmities, anxiety, calamity, disease, grief, sickness, weakness and distress (Isaiah 53:4-7). Having said this, it is also true that we will never be totally free from suffering in this life. Whilst the work of the Cross is total and complete, our experience of it will only be completed when we go to be with Christ (after death), or when He returns to complete His kingdom.
God's process of progressive change in the believers' lives so that they become more Christ-like. Allowing Christ freedom in all aspects of our lives. Maturing in Christ so that we follow the Spirit's prompting in all things.
The Devil, a fallen angel, a spiritual being opposed to God, who exercises leadership over evil spirits who work to deceive people into rebellious opposition to God. The prince of evil - His name means adversary. Jesus also called Him the deceiver, the father of lies. He suffered eternal defeat in His conflict with Christ - a defeat which can never be overturned. The Christian is now empowered to have victory over the Devil "by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony" (Revelation 12:11), ie: through Christ's death and their faith. The Devil's only way of keeping us apart from the triumph of Christ is to deceive us into rebellion.
Rebellion against God.
Every thought, word or deed contrary to the will of God.
A thought or circumstance designed to cause us to disobey God and His ways. Temptation itself is not sin. It becomes sin when we give in to it. Don't play with the Devil's toys!
We worship one God in three persons - who are in unity. The three persons of the Trinity are God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. They are in perfect unity together and yet are individually knowable. To relate to one member of the Trinity is to relate to all three. By faith we recognise this truth, yet our minds can never completely comprehend because we are finite and God is almighty, (if we understood all things we would be God!). One analogy which may be helpful is the three states of water: fluid, steam and ice - yet all being the same substance. (Check Ephesians 1:1-14 to identify each person of the Trinity).
To trust in God is to rely on Him alone for all our needs. Our trust is based on our knowing that God keeps His word.
Bringing glory to God by living Godly lives (Matthew 5:16 and John 13:35) so that others may be inspired to search out God for themselves. We can be a witness to Jesus by sharing our faith in Him with others in many ways. This can include the example of our lives, our love for one another, by verbal testimony, by caring and ministry, by prayer, or by any combination of these (Acts 1:8).
God's written word to us is the Bible. Not that it contains God's word, but that it is God's word - His divine revelation of Himself to us (2 Peter 1:19-21). This can be seen in the way Jesus used God's word to deal with the Devil (Matthew 4). It is our reference point for life and our supreme authority. Jesus was also described as God's word to us. In other words, the perfect expression of God to mankind (John 1)