Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People

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Gary Petty

Beyond Today Presenter, United Church of God Pastor

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    Kim,
    I’m glad you found this helpful. I would recommend you watch a Beyond Today program titled “Why Were You Born?”

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    Barry, There are times when we need to confess a specific sin to God because it is creating a break in our relationship with Him. Repentance is more general when we first realize our need for God, accept Christ as the sacrifice for our sins and ask God for forgiveness. We might confess some specific sins, but it would be impossible to confess all of them. At that time, we need to acknowledge that we are sinners, that sin has become embedded into our human nature, and desire God's mercy and change through the power of His Spirit. After we have been forgiven by God we will sometimes fall back into sin. Then we need to confess the specific sin and seek God's restoration. Always remember, it is God's nature to want us to repent and He desires to forgive us.
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    Maria,
    This is a good question. Jesus said that no man has ascended into heaven except Himself (John 3:13). Paul says that death is sleep, as does Jesus, yet Paul wanted to be absent from his physical body and be with Christ.

    Read 1 Corinthians 15 where Paul gives a clear teaching on the resurrection. He is writing in 2 Corinthians 5:8 of his desire to “sleep” and awake in the “twinkling of an eye” to be with Jesus Christ. He didn’t say that he wanted to leave his physical body and go to heaven, but that he wanted to be with the Lord. According to 1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6 Jesus returns to earth to resurrect those who are “dead in Christ” and then they will be with Him.

    Paul is simply stating that he wants to be in the resurrection.

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    Carl, Thank you for your encouraging comments. The purpose for the Beyond Today program is to reach out to people whom God is calling. We also want to warn them of the serious consequences of turning their backs on God. We hope they respond by requesting the literature offered or by searching the UCG website where they will be able to find deeper spiritual messages. Once they come to a basic understanding of God's purpose for their lives they will then desire to visit one of the UCG congregations where they can continue to grow. One of the difficulties we face today is that we are living in an increasing biblical-illiterate society. Like the Apostle Paul speaking to the pagans in Athens, we must try to reach people "where they are." Please continue to pray that God will guide our efforts to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.
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    This is exactly what is taught in this program. Thanks for commenting. I hope you find these old programs helpful.
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    Tanja, The issues you are facing are difficult. As we learn to obey God as our loving Father, we find ourselves out of step with the rest of society. Ask God to help you not only in understanding the truth, but in growing in faith. Sometimes it can be helpful to do a Bible study of the promises God makes to us and His faithfulness to fulfill those promises. When we trust in His faithfulness then we can step out on faith, expecting His help.
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    John, Every person has different gifts and opportunities to serve God by serving others in a local congregation and in their community. We can't always think of service in terms of organized church activity. It may be a wonderful blessing to others to work with fellow members of a congregation at a Thanksgiving food bank, but it may be of greater service for one person to take time to serve a neighbor who is sick and needs regular visiting and encouragement. Christian service must be a way of life that finds expression in everyday actions in the kindness we show to all people whether in participation of a church activity or because we see a private opportunity. to simply help someone.
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    You are correct that Satan introduced the false idea of the immortal soul to Eve. The Old Testament doesn't contain any teachings from God's servants about an immortal soul. In fact, what they teach is the exact opposite which is that human beings are mortal.
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    The Day of Atonement contains many wonderful lessons. Fasting and the necessity for Christ's atonement and understanding His role as High Priest.
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    Margaret, There is some information on the UCG website about baptism for the dead. Just type "baptism for the dead" in the search box.
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    It was a wonderful experience to do this program in Germany. Martin Luther was a courageous man who stood up to corrupt Catholicism. Unfortunately, he also misinterpreted some Scripture to create some wrong doctrine.
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    I'm glad you found it helpful. The resurrection doctrine is a great comfort when we lose a loved one.
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    Dorthy, Sometimes it can be impossible for a person to travel to a place where they can attend Sabbath services. Modern technology allows us to bring Sabbath services to you. Through the UCG website you can connect to live weekly services and watch recorded sermons anytime. You can also request for a minister to come visit you at your home. God understands our limitations. Ultimately, the Sabbath is about us spending time with Him.
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    Gary, You make a good point. I've visited many older men who felt alone and needed encouragement. When I was a child my Dad would take me with him to visit a widower who was alone. I still treasure the memories of listening to them share stories. Sometimes it helps when you are alone to reach out to someone who is just as isolated as you are. This way both of you can benefit from each other's company. We live in a high paced, technological world where it is easy for people to feel isolated. Fortunately, God says He will never leave us.
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    Cathie, We were not able to record the laying on of hands study. I plan on giving the sermon on baptisms and study on laying on of hands in Nashville on August 11. It should be recorded then.