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Contents:    "A Disciple's Resolve"    "How Can I Sin Against God?"    "Rules on Going to Church"

A Disciple's Resolve

(Written by a young pastor in Zimbabwe, Africa, before his martyrdom for his faith in Jesus Christ)

"I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed.  The dye is cast.  I have stepped over the line.

The decision has been made--I am a disciple of His.  I will not look back, let up. slow down, back away, or be still.  My past is redeemed; my present makes sense; my future is secure.  I am finished and done with low living, sight-walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.  I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.  I do not have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.  I now live by faith, lean on His Presence, walk by patience, and am uplifted by prayer.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear.  I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.  I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I will not give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up. prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ.  I am a disciple of Jesus.  I must go until He comes, give until I drop, preach till all know, and work until He stops me.  And when He comes for His own He will have no problem recognizing me--my banner will be clear."

How Can I Sin Against God?

1. Is this temptation a violation of Scripture?

2. What have been the consequences in the lives of other people who yielded to this sin?

3. If I yield to this temptation, how will it affect my life?

4. How will it affect God's plan for my life?

5. How will it affect my family, friends, and those that respect me?

6. How will it affect my future?

7. Am I willing to pay the consequences of yielding to this temptation?

8. Will yielding to this temptation satisfy me or only stir up stronger desires?

9. Is yielding to this temptation a wise decision?

10. How then could I do this evil and sin against God?

Rules on Going to Church (Independent Baptist of course!)

1. Go early to church.  Not only be punctual, but be in your place before the hour announced for the service to begin.
2. Go in a reverent spirit.  On the way remember whither you go.  Avoid lightness of manner and conversation on worldly topics.
3. Before you  enter and as you  enter the church breathe a  silent prayer of invocation for the influences of the Holy Spirit.
4. As you take your place, bow your head reverently in prayer for yourself and for all others who enter the sanctuary.
5. Resolve that you will foster no thought, fix your eyes on no object, utter no word, that will tend to divert your mind from the holy purpose for which you have come into this place.
6. As the preacher enters the pulpit, offer an earnest silent prayer in his behalf.
7. In all the service take an active part, as hearer, as worshiper.
8. A the close of the service, after a moment of prayerful silence, greet with cheerfulness and good will all whom you hapen to meet, remembering that Christian fellowship is a part of Christian worship.

"Whosoever thou art that enterest this church, remember it is the house of God. 
Be reverent, be silent, be thoughtful.
And leave it not without a prayer to God,
for thyself, for him who ministers, and for those who worship here."

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