Nine Marks of a Healthy Church
Answer: No, God drove them out of Paradise.
Answer: They disobeyed God.
Answer: They ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Answer: Because God told them not to eat of it.
Answer: Satan, a wicked, fallen angel.
Answer: He use the serpent to talk to Eve.
Answer: Yes, she ate of the tree and gave to Adam also.
Answer: Yes, we are all dead in sin.
Answer: A Savior, to save us from our sins.
Answer: Adam and Eve.
Answer: From the dust of the Earth.
Answer: God made Him in His own image.
Answer: In paradise, a beautiful garden.
Answer: The Tree of Life.
Answer: From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Answer: He took care of the garden as its king.
Answer: He named the animals.
Answer: Yes, because the served God in love.
Answer: Of heaven, which is far more wonderful.
Answer: There is only one God.
Answer: Yes, in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Answer: The heaven and the earth, and also light.
Answer: The firmament. (Sky, space)
Answer: The dry land, the grass, the trees, and the flowers
Answer: The sun, the moon, and the stars
Answer: The fish and the birds, the animals and man.
Answer: God rested, and gave us our Sabbath.
Answer: God tells us about it in His word, the bible.
For those who have moved, or are moving, from skeptic, pagan or unbeliever to a disciple of Jesus Christ, four characteristics are present.
Also referred to as salvation, justification, being born again, or simply believing, conversion is the transition of the individual who has heard the gospel of Christ, been moved to understanding, repents and is spiritually awakened and reborn by the Spirit of God into the Kingdom of Christ so that they might conform to His image and will.
Baptism is initiation into the family of God for one who has been converted. This washing signifies multiple new statuses as a believer.
All who enter into the body of Christ through baptism, are joined not only with Him but also with all others that have also joined together with him. Collectively, this church, or assembly, is the the universal body, the temple, where Christ continues His work throughout all the world.
Traditionally, members of that body covenant together in local areas for the purpose of accountability and edification of each other.
Also referred to as The Lord's Supper, the meal (along with baptism) is one of two ordained practices that Jesus Himself has commanded us to continue. As He broke bread and gave wine the night He was sentenced to death, we are commanded with the church to commune with Christ physically and spiritual by the replication of this meal.
Unites us in love with Christ
Unites us in love with our brothers and sisters
Spiritually refreshes and recommits us to the New Covenant
Recalls our hope in the resurrection
Because humans were made in the image of God (imago dei), they reflect their Creator with the same characteristics, four of which are the desires God has to give and to receive.
Glory is the celebration of ones qualities, character, person, deeds. It is the centerpiece, the spotlight on whatever is good and weighty and valuable.
To seek to glorify God and to have ones glory found in God is right and good.
To seek to receive glory from man is to be prideful and to steal glory away from God.
Honor is the rightful giving of due respect, title, position or adulation to one on whom glory rests. This respect recognizes human dignity in our neighbor as well as our own selves.
It is right to give honor to God, to those in authority and to those to whom is is due. This is humble and orderly to God. It is also just to seek honor from God, who bestows it upon those who place themselves in a position of service to Christ.
It is unrighteous to seek honor at the expense of our fellow man, to lower him so that we may rise, to sacrifice service for praise.
Power is authority, dominion, influence, right and strength.
It is just to ascribe all power to Christ. He alone has authority among men. All other power is derived from His. It is right also to desire dominion over ones own sin, the strength to overcome temptation and the rights of the oppressed.
It is unjust to seek power over others to oppress them or steal from them. It is sin to resist the authority of the Holy Spirit. It is pride to seek authority for ones own glory rather than for service.
Pleasure is the sincere enjoyment of the created world and of God.
It is honorable to seek enjoyment at the hand of God, in sexual relations as He has intended, in food and drink, in nature and in beauty.
It is dishonorable to take pleasure in sin, in adultery and drunkeness and in the misfortunes of our neighbors as well as the sinfulness of others.
Temptation is the arousal toward a sin through the promise of some pleasure or product.
Also referred to as "the lust of the flesh", hedonism is all temptation that is concerned with our feelings of pleasure. Whether in body or mind, hedonism calls us to do that which most pleases us or satisfies us, separating us from doing the will of God which is deferring to the well being of another.
It is the opposite of love, ethical treatment of others, purity, mercy, suffering, fortitude and courage. It is the sin of the heart.
Also known as "the pride of life", egoism tempts us to abandon obedience in search of personal might and success with no regard for God's kingdom or man's needs.
It is the opposite of faith, truth, obedience, humbleness, service, prudence and caution. It is the sin of the mind.
Also referred to as "the lust of the eyes", materialism is the desire for wealth, money and status that rejects the need for God or the giving away of ones self. It never rests in Christ because it is insatiable in it's desire for more.
It is the opposite of hope, beauty, poverty, sufficiency, giving, temperance and self-control. It is the sin of the soul.
6:00 AM or first prayer upon awakening
6:00 PM or after the workday has ended
9:00 PM or at the conclusion of the before bed
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The Daily Examin is a time at the conclusion of our day when we invite the Spirit of God to reflect with us on the previous 12-16 hours to see where we obeyed him, rejected him, bent our will to his or stubbornly continued in our own fallen and destructive tendencies. Have we thrived in love or have we collapsed in our own selves feeding our lust and pride and desires? Jesus calls us to commune with him, allowing him to cleanse us of unrighteousness and continue to make us born again.
My Relationship with God
My Relationship with Others
In the spirit of Romans 12:1-2...
And in obedience to the command of Christ in Matthew 28:18-20...
We strive toward our own Spiritual Formation...
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If you're a regular in IDP and want to let us know about some growth you've experienced, service that you or your partner completed together, or any other updates, please let us know below.
The Growth Spiral is the method of growth that a disciple of Jesus takes, beginning at conversion and moving through the expansion of knowledge and practice of all things that He taught us.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Jesus' announcement that the Kingdom of God had burst onto earth, not in places of conventional wisdom like governments, militaries or in circles of people of high social status. Rather, the Kingdom of God, the reign of God restoring justice, equality and good, had begun in the hearts of men and women through the teachings of Christ.
(Read "What is the Gospel?")
This announcement was realized by the early hearers and became a disruptive, creative and transformative message that grew from the bottom up; the weak and poor and needy along with the willing, the hungry and the obedient bound together as a single entity and became salt and light in a world of brokenness, oppression, violence and death.
Christ's final and great assignment was what we know as "The Great Commission". To His disciples then and now, Jesus said,
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
In today's vernacular, He told us what to do with this announcement of the Kingdom, this Gospel.
Go into all the world...
Being baptized, we move to becoming a student, or a disciple in Christ's words.
Anything that has no movement eventually stagnates. Jesus' teaching was always full of invitations. If we are to have a successful doctrine, practice, program and outcome, we must continually be inviting ourselves into cultivating that teaching of Christ in order to further deepen and strengthen our maturity and actions.
Let's Get Practical:
What will this look like? This needs to be our filter for everything. From sermons to lessons to bible studies to activities to prayer meetings to personal development to one on one discipleship, everything goes through these invitations. What are you inviting yourself/your disciple to today?
The Seed is that basic knowledge of Christ's teaching around which we call ourselves to invitation. The early church was able to make disciples in short periods of time because they didn't learn in a linear fashion. They learned at once at the beginning the essential spiritual DNA that would slowly expand over time into a deep and mature understanding.
Let's Get Practical:
We will endeavor to provide that spiritual DNA from the onset of a disciple's journey. This will look like.
The Path is the program that the church organizes so that those who are being invited to consider some portion of the seed of their faith have an outlet through which they can practice it and master it.
Let's Get Practical:
We see a simple structure of 5 relationships that the church had with each other in the New Testament. With each person involved in each relationship, the seed of God's word was able to take root and expand rapidly and deeply within the disciples. Here we define them...
(Read "The Five Relationships" for even more understanding about each relationship)
The Fruit is the end or the expectation of spiritual maturity. Christ, Paul, Peter, John and others who wrote the New Testament never wonder where they were going in their faith journey. Scripture is clear where we should be maturing, what should be added to our character, how we should be experiencing God and who we are in Christ as His body.
Let's Get Practical:
We don't passively journey through Christianity, but actively practice our faith toward a specific end. The New Testament lays out clearly some of the objectives of our spiritual growth.
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