Santa Rosa First Church of God Introduction
We are Disciple of Christ:
The great importance of keeping all of Christ’s commands before our eyes is indicated by the marvelous rewards He promises to those who do it. Notice the foundatioal areas of the Christian life and of our relationship to the Lord that result from keeping His commandments. Showing Our Love for Christ: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Abiding in God’s Love: “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). Perfecting God’s Love: “Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him” (I John 2:5). Having God Live Within Us: “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). Experiencing God’s Love: “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father…” (John 14:21). Knowing Christ Intimately: …And I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). “Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments” (I John 2:3). Being a Truthful Witness: “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (I John 2:4).
Being a Friend of Jesus: “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants… for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you” (John 15:14–15). Having All Prayers Answered: “Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (I John 3:22). Bearing Much Fruit: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples” (John 15:7–8). Being Joyful at All Times: “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). Cleansing the Heart and Soul: “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you” (John 15:3–4). “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Loving One Another: “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (I John 5:2–3). Being a True Disciple: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:34–35). Demonstrating Ultimate Love: “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:12–13). Obeying the Great Commission: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20).
A Gospel Church: Romans 1 v. 1-17 Galatians 1 v. 1-10 Ephesians 1 v. 13
A Bible Church: 2 Timothy 3 v. 14-17 Colossians 4 v. 16 Luke 24 v. 13-49
A Born-Again Church: John 3 v. 1-10 2 Corinthians 5 v. 16-17 Acts 9 v. 1-19; 22 v. 6-16; 26 v. 12-18
A Holiness Church: Acts 2 v. 1-4 1 Thessalonians 5 v. 23-24 Romans 12 v. 1-2 1 John 4 v. 7-21
A Unity Church: John 17 v. 20-26 1 Corinthians 12 v. 12-31 Ephesians 4 v. 1-16
A Kingdom of God Church: Luke 9 v. 1-2 Romans 14 v. 17
A Missionary Church: Matthew 28 v. 18-20 Acts 1 v. 8; 2 v. 1-4, 37-47 Romans 1 v. 14-16