Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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These are quotes from the first night of the New Testament study with Pastor John (6/14/08):
“God creates within us the right desires we have by writing His law on our heart.”
“The Spirit will let you know what is right and what is wrong in every situation. The law of Moses could not do that.”
“God despises ceremonies behind which unclean spirits hide. And the most unclean spirits hide behind the most beautiful religious ceremonies.”
“Believing in Jesus does not make you a child of God, it gives you the right to become one (Jn. 1:12). ‘He who comes to God must first believe that He exists, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him’ ” (Heb. 11:6).
“God is your God if you have His Spirit.”
“Holiness is not contrary to common sense; it gives you common sense.”
“Live as if we are thankful.”
“With this knowledge comes responsibility.”
“Nobody can do more damage to God’s truth than those who have been given it and yet are unfaithful to the Giver of truth. Nobody can turn people away from the light more effectively than those who have been given it and do not walk in it.”
These quotes are from the next morning’s gathering (6/15/08).
“You condemn the world by not living the way it does.”
“We are not debtors to the flesh, to live after the flesh” (Rom. 8:12), even to our fleshly, natural parents. God got you here. He chose your parents; they did not choose you. You owe everything to Jesus. We do owe a debt of gratitude and kindness to parents, of respect and fear to governors, and a debt of goodness to anyone who has given us a helping hand along the way, but we do not owe them so much that they have a right to influence the way we live, to pull us into sin. We are not debtors in the flesh to anyone, to live after the flesh.”