Obedient Followers of God

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Members of the United Church of God, an International Association, the publisher of this Bible Study Course, are committed to living by every word of God (Matthew 4:4 Matthew 4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
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), including His instructions to assemble on His annual festivals. Through these festivals God, through His written Word, regularly reminds us of His awesome and loving plan for humanity.

Members of the United Church of God are committed to proclaiming the truth about God’s plan and His coming Kingdom to the world (Matthew 24:14 Matthew 24:14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come.
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). They are part of the family God is building—His own children—who will receive eternal life at Christ’s return (1 John 3:1-2 1 John 3:1-2 1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 1 Corinthians 15:51-53 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
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As children of God, members of the Church anticipate a “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13 2 Peter 3:13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness.
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). They eagerly await Jesus’ return so they can assist Him in bringing true repentance and salvation to the world (Luke 11:2 Luke 11:2And he said to them, When you pray, say, Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
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; Revelation 3:21 Revelation 3:21To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
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To fulfill their mission and maintain the closeness and unity Christ expects of them, members of His Church regularly assemble together as commanded in the Scriptures (Exodus 20:8-11 Exodus 20:8-11 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: why the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
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). They take seriously the admonition: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25 Hebrews 10:24-25 24 And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching.
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The Church assembles together on the seventh-day Sabbath, as was the custom of Jesus and the apostles (Luke 4:16 Luke 4:16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
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, Luke 4:31-32 Luke 4:31-32 31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. 32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
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; Acts 13:14 Acts 13:14But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.
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, Acts 13:42-44 Acts 13:42-44 42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles sought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. 43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
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). Its members strive to follow the example of Jesus and the apostles in all things (1 John 2:6 1 John 2:6He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
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; 1 Corinthians 11:1 1 Corinthians 11:1Be you followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
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Members of the United Church of God are dedicated to preserving and proclaiming “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 1:3 Jude 1:3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write to you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints.
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, NRSV). They meet in many cities around the world. They are zealously committed to obeying God, loving one another and completing the Church’s mission of spreading the true gospel of the Kingdom of God.

All who desire to learn the truth, obey God and fellowship with others of like mind and spirit are always welcome at services.