1. seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. (2 Peter 1:3, NAS95).
Yes—No Has God given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness?
Yes—No If all has been provided, do we need additional revelations or directions from God?
2. by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, (Ephesians 2:15, NAS95).
Yes—No Has God abolished the law of the commandments?
3. Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter. (Romans 7:4-6, NAS95).
Yes—No Are we dead to the law and discharged from the law?
4. What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “YOU SHALL NOT COVET.” (Romans 7:7, NAS95).
Yes—No Did the law that we are dead to and delivered from say, “Thou shalt not covet?”
5. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:17, NAS95).
Yes—No Did the Ten Commandment law say, “Thou shalt not covet?”
Yes—No Are we dead to and delivered from the Ten Commandment law?
6. and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:13, 14, NAS95).
Yes—No Has the Old Testament (including the Ten Commandment law) been done away in Christ?
7. having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Colossians 2:14, NAS95).
Yes—No Was the law of the commandments taken out of the way at the time Jesus died on the cross?
Yes—No Should we continue to serve that law?
8. For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives. (Hebrews 9:15-17, NAS95).
Yes—No Was the New Testament in effect before Jesus died on the cross?
Yes—No Could individuals be saved under the New Testament before Jesus died on the cross?
9. “He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. (John 12:48, NAS95).
Yes—No Will the words of Jesus (New Testament) RATHER THAN THE WORDS of the Prophets (Old Testament) judge you in the last day?
10. I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18, 19, NAS95).
Yes—No Would you be punished if you added anything to God’s word?
Yes—No Would you be punished if you took away from God’s word?
11. I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! (Galatians 1:6-9, NAS95).
Yes—No If an Apostle, Angel or any man (Rabbi, Preacher or Priest) taught anything other than what can be found in the New Testament, would he be accursed?
Yes—No Is it your understanding that the New Testament is the complete Law now spiritually binding?
12. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. (2 John 1:9-11, NAS95).
Yes—No Can we Scripturally claim to have God if we do not abide in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ?
Yes—No Can we scripturally be spiritually affiliated with those who teach other than the doctrine of Christ?
13. Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4, NAS95).
Yes—No Is a sinner one who transgresses the Law (New Testament)?
14. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17, NAS95).
Yes—No Is one who knows to do good, and does not do it, a sinner?
15. “Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch. (Genesis 6:14, NAS95).
Yes—No Did God command Noah to build an ark out of gopher wood?
Yes—No Would Noah have sinned had he built the ark of oak, cherry, pine?
Yes—No If God had told Noah to build an ark of wood, could Noah have selected the type of wood to be used?
Yes—No Did God exclude all other woods when he specifically commanded gopher wood?
Yes—No Can we add to, subtract from or substitute for God’s word today?
Yes—No Can we add to, subtract from or substitute for God’s way of salvation as provided in the New Testament?
Yes—No Can we add to, subtract from or substitute for God’s commands which govern our worship to Him?
16. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23, NAS95).
Yes—No Does the Bible teach that all have sinned?
17. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, NAS95).
Yes—No Does the Bible teach that the wages (results) of sin is death?
18. And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, (Ephesians 2:1, NAS95).
Yes—No When a person is in trespasses and sins, is he spiritually dead?
19. Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. (Isaiah 59:1, 2, NAS95).
Yes—No When a person is dead in trespasses and sins (iniquities), is he separated from God?
20. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:20, 21, NAS95).
Yes—No Must you be reconciled (come back) to God in order to be made the righteousness of God in Christ?
21. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12, NAS95).
Yes—No Can you go to any other than Jesus to be saved?
22. “You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created Until unrighteousness was found in you. (Ezekiel 28:15, NAS95).
Yes—No Is a person born in iniquity (sin)?
23. “The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. (Ezekiel 18:20, NAS95).
Yes—No Does the son inherit the sin of the father?
Yes—No Are infants sinful and separated from God?
24. “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13, 14, NAS95).
Yes—No Will the majority of people be saved and enter heaven?
Yes—No Would it be safe to follow the majority as a guide in our spiritual lives?
25. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ (Matthew 7:21-23, NAS95).
Yes—No Can you enter heaven without doing the will of the Father?
Yes—No Even if you are sincere in your religious practices and do “many wonderful works,” could Jesus on judgment day still say, “Depart from me.”?
Yes—No Is it enough then to just be sincere in your religious practices?
26. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. “And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. “The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell–and great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:24-27, NAS95).
Yes—No Must your religious practices, in addition to your sincerity, be based totally upon God’s word?
27. teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20, NAS95).
Yes—No Is it God’s will for us to observe all of God’s will to be pleasing to Him?
28. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. (James 2:10, NAS95).
Yes—No If we keep the whole law except for one part, are we guilty of all?
29. “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) *said to Him, “Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me. (John 14:21-24, NAS95).
Yes—No Do you truly love God if you do not keep His commandments?
30. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NAS95).
Yes—No Is it God’s will that you believe in Jesus?
31. “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” (John 8:24, NAS95).
Yes—No Is it possible to enter heaven if you fail to believe in Jesus Christ?
32. What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. (James 2:14, 17, 20, 24, 26, NAS95).
Yes—No Can you be saved by believing (having faith) only?
33. “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3, NAS95).
Yes—No In addition to believing, it is God’s will that you repent?
34. For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. (2 Corinthians 7:10, NAS95).
Yes—No Is repenting merely being sorry or just saying, “I repent.” ?
35. “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ “And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. “The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. “Which of the two did the will of his father?” They *said, “The first.” Jesus *said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. (Matthew 21:28-31, NAS95).
Yes—No Does repentance involve doing something on your part?
36. that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (Romans 10:9, 10, NAS95).
Yes—No In addition to belief AND repentance, is it God’s will that you confess with the mouth that Jesus is Lord?
37. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. (Mark 16:15, 16, NAS95).
Yes—No Is salvation promised to those who believe AND are baptized?
Yes—No In addition to believing, repenting, confessing—is it God’s will that you be baptized?
38. Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:37-47, NAS95).
Yes—No Did these sinners gladly receive the word and obey the command of baptism?
Yes—No Were these saved persons added to the church that Christ built?
Yes—No Is baptism for the remission of sins?
39. for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:28, NAS95).
Yes—No Was Christ’s blood shed for the remission of sins?
40. ‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’ (Acts 22:16, NAS95).
Yes—No Are your sins washed away in baptism?
41. and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood– (Revelation 1:5, NAS95).
Yes—No Does Christ’s blood wash away your sins?
42. Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? (Romans 6:3, NAS95).
Yes—No When we are baptized into Christ, are we baptized into His death?
43. John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being baptized– (John 3:23, NAS95).
Yes—No Does baptism require much water?
44. After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, (Matthew 3:16, NAS95).
Yes—No Did Jesus go up out of the water?
Yes—No Had He been down in the water?
45. Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing. (Acts 8:35-39, NAS95).
Yes—No Did both Philip and the eunuch go down into the water and come up out of the water?
46. Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, (Romans 6:3-5, NAS95).
Yes—No Does baptism put you into Christ?
Yes—No Is baptism a burial in water?
Yes—No Would one be obedient to God if he was sprinkled or poured?
Yes—No Can we add to, subtract from or substitute for God’s way of salvation as provided by the New Testament?
Yes—No Is it your understanding that you must believe, repent, confess and be baptized (immersed) in order to have your sins washed away?
Yes—No Is it your understanding that Christ’s blood will wash away your sins when you are obedient in baptism?
47. that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. (John 17:21, NAS95).
Yes—No Does Jesus want His followers (baptized believers) to be one?
48. Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Corinthians 1:10-13, NAS95).
Yes—No Does the Lord approve of denominationalism and wearing different names religiously?
Yes—No Does the Lord approve of “Apollosite Christians” or “Cephas Christians” or “Paulite Christians”?
Yes—No Does the Lord approve of “________ Christians” or “_________ Christians” or “__________ Christians”?
49. For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men? What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. (1 Corinthians 3:4, 5, NAS95).
Yes—No Would it be a sin for you to say, “I am of Paul” or “I am of Apollos” or “I am of Cephas.”?
50. and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. (Acts 11:26, NAS95)
Yes—No Were Christ’s followers called Christians only in the Bible?
Yes—No Can we add to, subtract from or substitute for God’s word today?
Yes—No Should His followers today be called anything other than just Christians?
51. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-6, NAS95).
Yes—No Does the Bible reveal there is only one body?
52. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:22, 23, NAS95).
Yes—No Is the body the church?
Yes—No If there is only one body, and if the body is the church, is there more than one church?
53. “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. (Matthew 16:18, NAS95).
Yes—No Did Jesus promise to build many churches?
Yes—No Did Jesus promise to build His church?
54. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. (Romans 16:16, NAS95).
Yes—No Do you read of any approved denominations in the Bible?
Yes—No Do you read of the church of Christ in the Bible?
Yes—No Can we add to, subtract from or substitute for God’s word today?
Yes—No Since the church was built by Christ and since it belongs to Him, should it wear only His name today, as in the Bible?
55. So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:41, 42, NAS95).
Yes—No Did those who were baptized in the first century continue steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread and in prayers?
Yes—No Should those who are baptized into Christ in this century continue steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread and in prayers?
56. On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight. (Acts 20:7, NAS95).
Yes—No Did the first century Christians partake of the Lord’s supper on Sunday, the first day of the week?
Yes—No Should Christians in this century partake of the Lord’s supper on any other day?
Yes—No Should Christians, who are continuing steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine, partake of the Lord’s supper on the first day of each week?
57. Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come. (1 Corinthians 16:1, 2, NAS95).
Yes—No Were Christians in this passage admonished to make a contribution on the same day as Christians in the preceding passage (Acts 20:7) partook of the Lord’s supper?
Yes—No Should Christians in this century contribute as they have prospered on any other day?
Yes—No Should Christians who are continuing steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine contribute as they have been prospered on the first day of each week?
58. not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:25, NAS95).
Yes—No Is it the Lord’s will for you to be absent from the assembly of the saints?
Yes—No If God wills that we not forsake the assembly, would it be a sin to do so?
59. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, NAS95).
Yes—No Does God want you to continue to study diligently?
60. pray without ceasing; (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NAS95).
Yes—No Is it God’s will that you pray to Him without ceasing?
61. Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! (Psalms 150:1-6, NAS95).
Yes—No Were mechanical instruments used to make music in worship in the Old Testament?
Yes—No Has the Old Testament (including the Ten Commandments) been done away in Christ?
62. speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16, NAS95).
Yes—No Were mechanical instruments used to make music in worship in the New Testament?
Yes—No Does the New Testament teach that as we “sing” and make melody in the heart, that we are to “teach,” “admonish” and “speak?”
Yes—No Can a mechanical instrument accomplish any of the above?
Yes—No Can we add to, subtract from or substitute for God’s word today?
Yes—No Did God exclude mechanical music when He specifically commanded vocal music?
Yes—No Did God exclude milk and cake from the Lord’s supper when He specifically commanded unleavened bread and fruit of the vine?
Yes—No Would it be a sin to add milk and cake to the Lord’s supper in our worship service to Him?
Yes—No Would it be a sin to add the mechanical instrument to our singing in our worship service to Him?
63. Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1, 2, NAS95).
Yes—No Should Christians present their bodies as a living sacrifice to the service of God?
64. instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. (Titus 2:12-14, NAS95).
Yes—No Are you, as a follower of the Lord, permitted to live unrighteously or as you please?
Yes—No Are Christians described in the New Testament as peculiar and zealous?
65. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:19-24, NAS95).
Yes—No Must we, as Christians, abstain from the works of the flesh in order to inherit the kingdom of God?
66. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you. (2 Peter 1:5-11, NAS95).
Yes—No Must we, are Christians, add to our faith in order to make our calling and election sure and to enter into the kingdom of God?
67. ‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10, NAS95).
Yes—No Must you be faithful unto death in order to be saved eternally?
Yes—No Will the words of Christ (New Testament) judge you in the last day?
Yes—No Do you want to love God with all your mind, heart and soul?
Yes—No Are you sorry for past sins and ready to turn from them?
Yes—No Have you been buried in water (baptized) for the remission of your sins?
Yes—No Will the Lord add you to a denomination when you are baptized?
Yes—No Do you now wear the name of Christ only?
Yes—No Do you partake of the Lord’s supper, using unleavened bread and fruit of the vine on the first day of every week?
Yes—No Do you now worship with the church you can read about in the New Testament?
Yes—No Do you now have a close, happy and peaceful relationship with Christ?
Yes—No Do you have the faith, determination and love which will cause you to depend upon God and His word for help and strength to be faithful unto death?
68. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17, NAS95).
Yes—No Would it do you any good to know to do God’s will and then not do it?
Yes—No Should you obey all of God’s will?
69. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. (John 14:15, NAS95).
Yes—No Will you keep the commandments of Christ if you love Him?
70. ‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’ (Acts 22:16, NAS95).
Yes—No Was Paul commanded to obey the Lord immediately?
71. And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. (Acts 2:40, 41, NAS95).
Yes—No Were the people who heard Peter preach baptized the same day they received the word?
72. for He says, “AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”– (2 Corinthians 6:2, NAS95).
Yes—No Should you obey the will of God and be saved today?
The open bible study (above) was written by Ivan Stewart.
(read your Bible and fill in the blanks)
1. Why must you be Baptized?
Matthew 3:7 To flee the ____________________ of God.
Mark 16:16 To be ______________________.
Luke 7:29 To acknowledge God’s ______________________.
Luke 7:30 To accept God’s _____________________ for themselves.
John 3:5 To be __________________ again.
Acts 2:38 To have your _________________ forgiven.
Acts 22:16 To __________________ away your sins.
Romans 6:3-7 To ___________________ our old self (or man). (verse 6)
Romans 6:4 To be ___________________ with Jesus into death.
Romans 6:4 To walk in ___________________ of life.
1 Corinthians 12:13 To enter _________________ body.
Galatians 3:26-27 To __________________ yourself with Christ.
1 Peter 3:21 To be _____________________.
1 Peter 3:21 To have a ____________________ conscience.
2. What is in Christ? (read the verse and find the word that fits in the blank space)
_______________________ in Christ: Romans 3:24
_______________________ in Christ: Romans 8:39
_______________________ in Christ: 2 Corinthians 1:20
_______________________ in Christ: Ephesians 1:3
_______________________ in Christ: Ephesians 1:11
_______________________ in Christ: Colossians 1:14
_______________________ in Christ: 2 Timothy 2:1
_______________________ in Christ: 2 Timothy 2:10
_______________________ in Christ: 1 John 5:11
3. How do you get into Christ?
Galatians 3:27 ______________________ into Christ
1 Corinthians 12:13___________________ into Christ
Romans 6:3-4 ______________________ into Christ
4. What is your condition if you are not in Christ?
5. What DOES Jesus’ BLOOD and baptism DO?
Blood of Christ In Common Baptism
Matthew 26:28 …compare… Acts 2:38 ____________________
Romans 5:9 …compare… Mark 16:16 ____________________
Revelation 1:5 …compare… Acts 22:16 ____________________
Hebrews 9:14 …compare… 1 Peter 3:21 ____________________
FIVE ESSENTIALS OF SALVATION*
1. FAITH…..changes our Intellect (mind) – Acts 16:31
2. REPENTANCE…..changes our Will (direction) – Acts 3:19
3. CONFESSION…..changes our Allegiance (loyalty) – Romans 10:9,10
4. BAPTISM…..changes our Relationship (position) – Acts 2:38
5. REMAIN FAITHFUL…..stay changed until death (assurance) – Revelation 2:10
* The order or proper sequence is important.
* All are essential and need to be met.
* Each does it’s particular work and cannot be interchanged for another.