salvation

Be Prepared for Christ’s Return

Jesus is coming back for His church, which is comprised of those who are saved. What makes you saved? Does repeating a prayer save you? Peter told those on the day of Pentecost that all men must repent, and be baptized of water, in the name of The Lord Jesus Christ, and of the spirit. Pentecost started the “end times.” Now is the time to prepare for Christ’s return so we don’t have to face the Tribulation.
We are the salt of the earth. Just as salt preserves and protects food, the church is to protect God’s people. Sometimes we put too much focus on the Tribulation when we should focus more on the “end times.”
Revelation 19:11-21
God has it set up so the church won’t have to be involved in this. It should give us an incentive to be saved. No one should hope they survive the tribulation. Embrace the grace and mercy of God that is available now. The church’s responsibility is to bring others into the kingdom of God. Even once you are baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost, you are still responsible for continuing your walk with God until the end.
God is merciful and is giving us an opportunity to get right with Him. There are consequences for not following God. The Lord has already given us warning and instructions for living in His word.
We must take our walk with God seriously. If you confess to be saved, your lifestyle should line up with the word of God. Attitudes, behaviors, and activities should change. (Hebrews 2:3) There has never been so crucial a time as now for us to prepare to go back with God. Don’t let anyone take you out of the safety God provides. (Proverbs 18:10)
2 Peter 3
Peter is reminding them to stir up what God put in them and what they have been taught. You can’t base your walk with God on what other people are doing. Base it on the word of God. Carry yourself in a way that no one can condemn your walk with God.

Elder Johnny James on the signs of the End Times

Designed to be different
Not everyone has the same amount of the Holy Ghost. God saved you and filled you with enough Holy Ghost to do your assignment and get the job done. In John 14:16, Jesus said He would send us another (Greek means different) comforter. The entire God is in the Godhead. If you want to know God, know the Father, if you want to see God, see Jesus, if you want to feel God, get filled with the Holy Ghost. We are designed to be different, to be sanctified. An End Time sign is when the church goes worldly. Don’t be like the world. God saved you to be different. Walk, talk, think and be different.

When you examine the scriptures, you will see the Rapture (which means snatched away suddenly) takes place before the Tribulation, because Jesus is going to take us away before all hell breaks loose on Earth. When He comes the church of God – past, present and future – will be unified. (more…)

Elder Johnny James: ‘Jesus hung for your hangup’

Join us on Livestream.com/GraceApostolic or on our Facebook page (and go to the Livestream tab) for Revival with Bible expert Elder Johnny James, Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. ET. Read the updates on Twitter.com/Grace_Apostolic. Here are the notes from the second night session on Friday, May 13:

There is nobody like Jesus. He is in a class by himself. The church’s message is about Jesus. He must be preached and talked about. He must be the center of the faith. Our message is about Him. Second Corinthians 5:21 says God has made Him to be sin. God hates sin and had Jesus killed to get you off the hook. God was made the addiction but not the abuser, homosexuality but not the homosexual, et cetera. It doesn’t matter what your hang up is Jesus was hung for your hangup! He came to deal with sin. He will save you from the practice, penalty and presence of sin.

You cannot get saved until you use the Book of Acts. You cannot be saved unless you get there first. The New covenant is water baptism in Jesus’ name and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That’s what they did in Acts. They spoke in other tongues, as in tongues that they weren’t trained to speak. When the Holy Ghost comes you’re going to speak in languages you’ve never spoken before. Tongues is not the Holy Ghost, but comes with the Holy Ghost. You’re not going to act saved or be saved until you obey the book of Acts.

The church is named after Jesus, located in Jesus and the message is all about Jesus! Don’t play with eternity.

Allow the Word to take root in you

Scripture: Matthew 13: 1-9

Notes: God established us in Him so we can set trends. We are supposed to show the world how to: deal with trouble and pain, solve problems and show others what real happiness and joy is. That’s why we are here. He created us so the world can see these things in us. That’s why we are a chosen generation and a holy people. When He brought us out of darkness into His marvelous light we became His ambassadors. Don’t ever take your salvation lightly. He has given you what you need to show the world Christ.

The pattern has already been set for who we are. In the first chapter of Corinthians, Paul explained to the church who they are. We are God’s righteousness and we are called to be holy and can be confident in whose and whom we are. You have to know who you are. He has given you everything you need to be holy and it comes with having the Holy Ghost. Its important for us to be sure we have the Spirit of God and that the Spirit is active in our lives.

Having the Holy Ghost
The Spirit of God helps you to be aware and evaluate yourself. God knows who we are and has given us help to counteract the flesh. When the flesh rises up the Spirit helps you to modify it. God knew we would miss the mark, but don’t stay there. Get up quickly. If you sin we have an advocate. You can tell when the test comes you will definitely know. However, it is His desire that we all come to repentance. That is why we have to allow the word to take root in us. That word should bear fruit, some 100, some 60, some 30.

Open thread: ‘You better save yourself!’

PTL (Praise the Lord)!

This open thread is for you! Share random church-, faith- and Christianity-related curiosities with other blog readers.

Need a topic? Here’s a clip from this week’s sermon to get you started. Bishop Pendleton admonished the congregation for blaming others for their shortcomings.


“Save yourself,” he preached from the following passage:

For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. (Acts 2:39-41, King James Version)

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