Iran expanding military base in eastern Syria, satellite images show

Images released by ImageSat International indicate Iran, whose IRGC forces are deployed in Syria extensively, is building a new weapons storage facility at the Imam Ali military base in the country’s east. Construction includes a tunnel capable of holding advanced weapons systems.

New satellite images released Wednesday suggest that Iran is building a new underground weapons storage facility in a military base in eastern Syria.

Photos by ImageSat International show extensive construction at the Imam Ali military base in the al-Bukamal region in eastern Syria, near the Iraqi border.

Work apparently includes the construction of a tunnel, as images captured on May 12 show bulldozers at the entrance of the structure estimated to be around 15 feet wide.

Such a tunnel would be capable of holding advanced weapons systems, shipments of which to the region Israel has previously admitted to foiling.

Iran has been heavily invested in Syria since the civil war erupted there in 2011. Iranian military forces, including its Revolutionary Guard Corps, have been deployed in the country for years, with aim of expanding the Islamic republic’s grip on the Middle East.

Israel has stated that it will not tolerate Iranian presence on its northern border and has, in the past, admitted to mounting hundreds of strikes targeting Iranian and IRGC assets in Syria.

According to Fox News, ImageSat analysts’ conclusion that the tunnel can be used for the storage of advanced weapons systems was drawn from looking at similar tunnels that were dug over the past nine months on the same complex.

One such tunnel, 2 miles away, was bombed in March, forcing the Iranians to abruptly stop construction, the report said.

“The tunnel is fit to be used as a shelter and storage for trucks and vehicles, including vehicles carrying advanced missile weapon systems,” the report quoted ImageSat’s assessment.

Also on Wednesday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah taunted Israel’s Defense Minister Naftali Bennett over his ambition to drive Iran out of Syria by the end of 2020.

“Bennett said stupidly that by the end of 2020 he will expel Iran from Syria. Take notice of that date – end of 2020 – and we shall see,” the head of the Lebanon-based Iranian-backed terrorist group said.

“Bennet tried to create a false narrative and lie to the Israeli public when he talked about Israel’s achievements in Syria at the expense of Syria and Iran.

“Israel sees the missile production capability on Syrian soil a threat, which is why it attacks everything connected with missile production in Syria,” he said.

Last week after a series of alleged Israeli airstrikes in Syria, Bennett declared Israel will continue to pursue operations in Syria until Iran withdraws all of its forces from the country.

Muslim astonished by Jesus’ healing touch

As a Muslim, Khaleed Matmati was skeptical that Jesus would take away the pain from his mouth infection. But after prayer he was so astonished when the pain was gone the next morning.

“I started punching myself in my face, trying to make some kind of pain in my teeth and my face,” Khaleed says on a CBN video. “I realized Jesus was God. I just told Him, ‘Okay, Jesus, I give you my life.’”

Khaleed grew up as a Muslim immigrant who wasn’t particularly drawn to the rigorous disciplines of Islam. What drew him was music.

“I always believed that Allah was God,” he says. “But growing up in high school I wanted to have fun. I saw everybody else having fun. What’s fun about not smoking pot? What’s fun about not drinking? What’s fun about not partying? I thought, ‘Later on when I become a parent and have children, then I’ll be a good Muslim.’”

When worship leader Eddie James met Khaleed, the Lord spoke to him about taking Khaleed on the road with him. Even though Khaleed wasn’t Christian, Eddie James hired him because God had told him that Khaleed would convert.

“It was right after 9/11 had happened, and Eddie was not trying to take no Muslim into his ministry,” Khaleed says now laughing.

Khaleed didn’t care for the religion. What he liked was the chance to learn music. ”I thought this was my big break,” he says. “I wanted to learn what I could from Eddie and go and do my own thing.”

His initial sign from God was on his first stop in Nashville Tennessee.

It started off with his friend David, who got bitten by a bug, which later began to swell.

They were staying in a Christian’s house and the mother of the household announced she would pray for David.

“This lady has gotta be out of her mind,” Khaleed thought to himself at the time. “Jesus healing a hand? That’s the stuff they do on TV. Who believes that crap?”

She prayed, and then — to Khaleed’s astonishment — the swelling went down.

“Right in front of my face, the swelling goes away,” Khaleed remembers. “You couldn’t even tell anything was wrong with his hand.”

After he saw that, Khaleed wondered if he himself could be healed. He had been experiencing pain due to an infection in his mouth and gums.

“Can you do for my mouth what I saw you do for his hand?” he asked.

“When she started praying for me, the pain was gone,” he recalls. “I needed a minute to comes to grips with what just happened. I remember sitting in the chair after she prayed for me thinking, ‘Oh my God, my whole life is going to change.’”

Still, Khaleed was not ready to ditch Islam. So he thought that perhaps the painkillers he’d been taking had finally kicked in. They asked him if he was healed. He responded: “Let me tell you in the morning” after the painkillers will have worn off.

The next morning, he woke up and began munching sugar molasses cookies. As he savored them, he swished them around in his mouth trying to re-provoke the pain.

“There was absolutely no pain,” he says. “I began to really start freaking out. I began to start punching myself in the face, trying to make some kind of pain in my teeth and in my mouth. I realized that Jesus was God.

“I never knew that God would be involved in a human life so personally that he would set them free and deliver them and care enough to heal them,” he says.

A month later on the road in Alabama, God impressed this on his heart: If you want to know if this is real, stand up and see for yourself.

“Okay, Lord, just show me whatever you want to show me,” he responded.

People prayed for him.

“My knees just turned like rubber,” he says.

He fell under the power of God.

“God, Jesus, Whoever you are, I really want to know who you are,” he prayed. “I want to have all that you got.”

Then he felt God take him up to Heaven — apparently in a vision.

“The best way for me to describe it is that if love had a color it’s all that I saw,” he remembers. “I never experienced a love and peace like I felt at that moment. I just had an encounter with Him.”

The rest of his family is slow to respond to Jesus.

“I’m just so happy that I found Christ and that I have a Heavenly Father,” he says

American Missionary Pilot Dies in Plane Crash While Delivering Humanitarian Aid

Died: Joyce Lin, Missionary Pilot Transporting Coronavirus Supplies

On Tuesday morning, an American missionary pilot perished in a plane crash.

According to The Christian Post, Joyce Lin, 40, was en route to deliver supplies to remote Indonesian villages battling the novel coronavirus when her plane went down.

Lin worked as a pilot for The Mission Aviation Fellowship delivering humanitarian aid, Bible translators and missionaries to some of the world’s most remote areas. She also worked as an IT specialist for the ministry.

“The Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) family is deeply saddened by the loss of their colleague and friend, Joyce Lin”, MAF said in a statement Tuesday.

Reportedly, Lin had taken off from the Sentani, Papua, Indonesia airport Tuesday morning to deliver goods to “the village of Mamit in the Papua highlands.” The plane was carrying “COVID-19 rapid test kits for the local clinic.”

Despite travel restrictions in Indonesia due to COVID-19, MAF was granted permission in flying cargo and helping people with medical emergencies.

According to the statement from MAF, “within minutes of takeoff, [Lin] reported an emergency and the aircraft descended into Lake Sentani. Joyce was the only person on the airplane.”

According to police spokesman Ahmad Musthofa Kamal Papua, Lin reported having technical issues two minutes after takeoff, NBC 4 reports.

The pilot had requested to return to the airport, but the control tower had lost contact with Lin. She crashed only moments later.

According to a local source, Papua is known for its challenging flying conditions due to its rugged terrain and unstable weather.

MAF President David Holsten noted that Lin’s crash was MAF’s first fatal accident in 23 years, Christianity Today reports.

The crash is currently under investigation.

According to The Christian Post, Lin earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s of Engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She also earned a Master’s of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Lin was raised in Colorado and Maryland. She is survived by her two sisters and her parents.

tribute to Lin can be found on MAF’s website.

Christian Families Slain in Their Homes in Kaduna State, Nigeria

JOSNigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen slaughtered families in Christian areas of Nigeria on Monday (May 11), killing 17 men, women and children in Kaduna state days after a pastor and missionary were abducted, sources said.

“Armed Fulani militia” struck predominantly Christian Gonan Rogo village, Kajuru County, less than 40 miles from the city of Kaduna in the southern part of the state, at 11:30 p.m., said Luka Binniyat, spokesman for the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), in a press statement. Muslim Fulani residents of the village had slipped away the night before, he said.

“They broke into the home of Jonathan Yakubu, 40, and slaughtered him,” Binniyat said. “They also killed his wife, Sheba Yakubu, 32, and hacked to death their only three children, Patience, 13; Revelation, 6; and Rejoice, 4, thus wiping out the entire Yakubu household. We met relations of the Yakubu’s who were sobbing beyond consolation in front of the house Yakubu had built.”

Six others were injured in the overnight attack, and the Fulani also stole seven head of cattle, he said.

“From this compound, trails of blood led to another gory scene, where Kauna Magaji was killed along with her daughter, Faith Magaji, who died of grisly cutlass cuts to their heads,” Binniyat said. “Still not done, the killers went to another compound, where they met Saraunia Lucky, 25, newly married and who had given birth to her baby three months ago. With the baby cuddled in her arms in fear, she was shot dead.”

A bullet also struck her infant girl’s head, who somehow survived, he said.

“When we visited the village, the baby was nursed by its auntie, who also looked helpless,” Binniyat said, adding that the baby was drinking only water. “She told us that where she could buy infant milk [formula] was under lockdown.”

People displaced by violence on Gonan Rogo village, Kaduna state, Nigeria. (Morning Star News)

People displaced by violence on Gonan Rogo village, Kaduna state, Nigeria. (Morning Star News)

Church leaders from Albarka Baptist Church, Gwari Avenue, Kaduna, who came to the village to offer condolences rushed the baby to a hospital, where the bullet was removed, and her aunt also received care in the city of Kaduna, he said.

Surveying the village the day after the attack, Binniyat and his team found 6-year-old John Paul hacked to death. Also killed in their homes, he said, were Asanalo Magaji, 32; Yayo Magaji, 13; Paul Bawa, 27; and his 25-year-old wife, Rahila, 25.

At another property, 60-year-old Mailafia Dalhatu was killed as he tried to flee; at another, Binniyat said, Dalhatu’s younger brother, 56-year-old Yaro Dalhatu, was killed along with his wife, Saratu, 45, and their granddaughter, 14-year-old Blessing Yari.

“Another boy, called Popular Teacher, just 17, was gunned down and killed,” he said. “In total, no fewer than 17 persons were murdered in cold blood for no apparent reason by persons who the villagers indentified as Fulani.”

Six people were receiving treatment at various hospitals, he said. The home of one villager, Liberty Yari, was destroyed, but he managed to escape with his family, Binniyat said.

“Their Fulani neighbors, some who have been living around the community for 40 years, had all quietly left in the night before the attack,” he said. “We left the village while a grave was being dug for the mass burial of the victims. There were no single security personnel in the village.”

The SOKAPU team characterized the slaughter as horror and cruelty inflicted on the village of poor, ethnic Adara residents.

“It is therefore clear that while the Kaduna state government is enforcing the lockdown against COVID-19 with all its might, it has little or no interest in securing our law-abiding, defenseless communities against these unrelenting massacres and ethnic cleansing,” Binniyat said. “We call on all men and women of conscience, groups, organizations and the international community to assist us in persuading the government of Kaduna state and the federal government of Nigeria to save us from the swords and bullets of these outlaws.”

Awema Maisamari, president of the Adara Development Association (ADA), told Morning Star News by text message 12 of the residents were killed in the village, and the bodies of five others were recovered in the bush.

“Some were killed with machetes, some were killed by gunshots,” Maisamari said. “Some houses were burned. Some of those who escaped to the bush are still missing.”

Eight Others Killed

On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning (May 13), Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed eight more people in predominantly Christian Kajuru County in their homes, Maisamari said.

The herdsmen attacked Makyali village at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, killing seven, while attacks on Bakin Kogi and Idanu took place between 7 p.m. the previous evening and 7 a.m. on Wednesday, he said.

“In Makyali village, the herdsmen killed five of our people by shooting them in their houses as they were asleep, while two others were killed in nearby bushes as they tried to escape  from the herdsmen; their corpses were later recovered from the bushes,” Maisamari said. “In Idanu village, one person was killed and two others were injured, while in Bakin Kogi, no life was lost as the villagers escaped, but their houses were burnt.”

He was able to identify five of the Christians killed on Wednesday (May 13) as Luka Paymaster, 80; Yaki Luka, 35; Francis Daniel, 37; Akilu Aruwa, 46; and Laraba Danmori, 70. In addition, 30-year-old Inusa Peter was injured in the attack, he said.

The victims were members of Baptist, Assemblies of God, Catholic and Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) churches, according to Maisamari.

Pastor, Missionary Kidnapped

In Chikun County, herdsmen kidnapped the Rev. Reuben Danbala on Saturday (May 9) from his post at Ungwan Badole, also known as Ungwan Mission, according to missions agency Global Glorious Missions.

Herdsmen had attacked Ungwan Badole the previous night, killing three Christians, and Pastor Danbala had escaped; when he returned on Saturday to retrieve vital missions equipment, the herdsmen abducted him, said Samuel Yahaya, a leader with Global Glorious Missions.

“The herdsmen contacted Danbala’s wife on phone on Sunday, May 10, informing her that they’re holding her husband captive,” Yahaya said. “We solicit your intercession for God’s intervention in rescuing Danbala from his captors.”

Herdsmen the night of May 5 also kidnapped a female missionary from Cameroon in Damishi village, Chikun County, in an attack on a Christian couple training her, according to the Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, president of the Peace Foundation.

Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked Elisha Kureh and his wife Dupe at about 11 p.m, the second time in three years, Pastor Para-Mallam said.

“This time around they thoroughly beat up his wife, who refused to follow them,” Pastor Para-Mallam told Morning Star News. “The Lord gave her courage to dare them by boldly stating that she was ready for heaven should they chose to kill her. Frustrated by her audacity, they used every available object they could lay hands on to use in beating her. Curiously, they did not shoot her.”

She was in pain but recovering, he said.

“Unfortunately, they kidnapped one of the female disciples who came in from Cameroon,” he said. “This Cameroonian lady was kidnapped by these Fulani herdsmen in 2017, and 1 million naira [US$2,560] was paid to secure her release and three others.”

The herdsmen are demanding 7 million naira (US$17,908) for her release this time, he said.

“What a nightmare experience in a mission base,” Pastor Para-Mallam said. “Discussions are now ongoing for the girl’s release. To God’s glory, the husband and other members of the family were shielded. Please pray that God will touch their hearts not to harm this young innocent Cameroonian girl.”

Church Building Bombed

On May 7 in Chikun County, a bomb hit an Assemblies of God Church building in Kabrasha village, destroying it and damaging nearby homes, sources said.

A military spokesman acknowledged that government troops with air support partially damaged the church building and three houses inadvertently while pursuing “bandits,” the government term for Muslim Fulani herdsmen, but stopped short of saying the damage came from a bomb from a military helicopter.

An area leader, however, said the church building was destroyed by a bomb from a helicopter that had been hovering in the area for days. Local community leader Peter Aboki, president of the Gbagyi Development Association (GDA), said in a statement that there were no casualties as many villagers were working in farm fields when the bomb hit around 2 p.m.

“Hours after the incident, a group of people numbering about 100 passed through the village carrying guns,” Aboki said. “One of them was carrying a flag which is not a Nigerian flag, one other person was making some incantations in Arabic. We suspect that this flag could be an insurgents’ flag. For somebody to be carrying a flag other than the Nigeria flag means something.”

Maj. Gen. John Eneche, the military spokesman, said the operation targeted “bandits’ hideouts around Mashigi Galbi, Damba Community and Kabarasha villages” in Gwagwada District. He said a panel will investigate the incident in collaboration with Kaduna state government, and that compensation would be given to the owners of the buildings.

On Jan. 30, Christian Solidarity International (CSI) issued a genocide warning for Nigeria, calling on the Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council to take action. CSI issued the call in response to “a rising tide of violence directed against Nigerian Christians and others classified as ‘infidels’ by Islamist militants in the country’s north and middle belt regions.’”

Nigeria ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution but second in the number of Christians killed for their faith, behind Pakistan.

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Into His Wonderful Path

2ways

By George C Duke

HOW TO RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE NEW TESTAMENT
There are two paths that people walk in this life. Both are eternal . One leads to eternal death and the other leads to eternal life . Let it be realized at this point that death in the bible never was defined as ceasing to exist. The Greek word for death was “Thanatos”. It always meant separation. Natural death is separation of the Body and Spirit. Spiritual death is separation of man and God. Eternal spiritual death means the eternal separation of man and God. Life ( Greek word “zoe” ) as defined in the bible means union. Spiritual eternal life then means a eternal union between man and God. This is only brought about by careful selection of the path that you travel.
This bible study is designed to help you to get onto the right path by
1-Righly dividing the word of God, 2-Revealing the importance of believing the apostles doctrine for Christians today. 3-and revealing what the apostles taught about a: Salvation b: Jesus Christ.
Read 2 Timothy 2:15
Paul writing to Timothy says that we must rightly divide the word of God.
Read Hebrews 9:16-17
What must occur before a testament is in effect? (Death of the Testator) Testament is the same as a will so the writer of the will must die for it to be placed in effect.

In rightly dividing the word of God we find there are four divisions ofthe New Testament.
1-The first division is THE GOSPELS which covers the birth, life, death of John the Baptist, birth and the life, words, and works of Jesus Christ as well as his death, burial,and resurrection. Since the testator dies at the end of these books there is no New Testament church established in the gospels. Read the opening of the book of Acts.
Why are there 4 different books in the Gospel? The answer is that the gospels were written for people of different cultures to be able to understand them. The Gospels were Written to the following cultures:
The book of Matthew who was the Jewish tax collector an Apostle was written to the Jews
The book of Mark which is his Roman name was written to the Romans
The book of Luke a physician was written to the Gentiles
The book of John was written to the church that we might know that Jesus Christ was the son of God.

2-The second division is the book of THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES which covers the actions, teaching and preaching of the Apostles. Jesus Christ had personally trained these men to establish the New Testament church and this is a record of them fulfilling the task. This book could be called the book for salvation.

3-The third division is called THE EPISTLES and covers the letters written by the Apostles to either Churches or Christian Individuals. Since these people were already saved they were not for the purpose of salvation. They were written to teach
Christians how to: 1-Live for God 2- How to Worship 3-Church Discipline 4-How to develop the fruit of the spirit. 5-To encourage and to strengthen them and their faith.

4-The fourth division is the book of PROPHECY which is the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ This book contains prophetical writings that Jesus Christ revealed to John.

Part 2
              THE IMPORTANCE OF BELIEVING THE APOSTLES DOCTRINE
PLEASE READ SCRIPTURES AND FILL IN THE BLANKS
NOTICE THE IMPORTANCE OF WORD
MATT 18:16
How many witness’s are required for every word to be established? _____ or ______. Other references 2 Co. 13:1 Deut 19:15
M’t:18:16: But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
2 Timothy 3:15-16
How much scripture is given by inspiration of God? ____
Paul said it is profitable for __________,for__________ for _________for_____________in righteousness.
2Tm:3:15: And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
John 17:17
What is Truth?______________________________________.
Joh:17:17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
John 1:1,14
Who is the living word________________________________
John:1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Joh:1:14: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 4:23-24
John says true worshiper must worship in ______&______.
John:4:23: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John:4:24: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
WHAT DID JESUS TEACH ABOUT SALVATION??
John 3:16-21
Jesus said that whosoever________ in him _______ not perish but have eternal life. Is there a difference between would and should? ____________
John:3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 7:38-39
If we believe on him according to ___ __________ We will receive the _________________. Notice Spirit and Holy Ghost are the same.
John:7:38: He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39: (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
John 3:1-8
Lord told Nicodemus that a man must be born again of the _________ and the _________ to see or enter the Kingdom of God.
Jooh:3:1: There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
Joh:3:2: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4: Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5: Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6: That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7: Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8: The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Matt 7:13-24
Enter ye in at the _______ gate. Beware of false _______ which come to you in ________ clothing.
M’t:7:13: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 15: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16: Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17: Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18: A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19: Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20: Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22: Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23: And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Who builds upon the rock? He who hears the sayings of Jesus and _____ them. Notice the word strait which refers to a narrow waterway.

NOTICE IMPORTANCE OF THE APOSTLES DOCTRINE TODAY
Luke 24:45-49
What did Jesus open? ____________that they might understand the ________________. What would be preached in his name? _________________ and ______________ of sins. What is his name?__________
Lu:24:45: Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Lu:24:46: And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: :47: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48: And ye are witnesses of these things. 49: And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
GAL. 1:6-12
Must obey what the Apostles preached or we are accursed. Word we includes all the Apostles. Some will pervert it ( Change it ). They are the ones to fear. That’s how you can tell a false prophet.
Ga:1:6: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ 8: But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9: As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10: For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11: But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12: For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
ACTS 2:42
Who’s doctrine did they continue in? ___________.
Ac:2:42: And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

2 EPHESIANS 2:18-22
The Church is built upon the foundation of the __________ and the ___________.
Why them?
Eph:2:18: For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19: Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20: And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21: In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Timothy 4:1-4
Paul says to preach the time will come when men will not endure sound ____________. They will turn their ears from hearing the truth. What truth? The one taught by the Apostles.
2Tm:4:1: I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3: For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4: And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
1 Timothy 1:3
Teach no other doctrine. What doctrine? The One taught by the Apostles. The Apostle Paul is doing the writing.
1Tm:1:3: As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
1 Timothy 4:13-16
Giving heed to __________ will save both thyself and them that heareth thee.
1Tm:4:13: Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14: Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15: Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16: Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
1 JOHN 4:6
Apostles are of God, he that is of God heareth them. This is how we know truth from error.
1Jo:4:6: We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
WERE THE APOSTLES BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS??
Acts 2:1-4
This is a description of how the Apostles received the Holy Ghost. How many were filled with the Holy Ghost? ____. What did they speak? In ______ ______as the Spirit gave them________.
Ac:2:1: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2: And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3: And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

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                        WHAT DID THE APOSTLES TEACH ABOUT SALVATION
JUDE 3
They preached a common plan of salvation-all had the same message- One once delivered to Saints.
Jude:1:3: Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Acts 1:4-5
As we enter the book of Acts we discover almost immediately that the promise of the Father is the __________ of the _______ ________.
Ac:1:4: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5: For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Acts 2:36-39
When the people felt sorry for their sins and asked Peter and the Apostles what they should do, what was Peters reply? ____________ and be _____________ every one of you in the _______of _________ _______ for the _____________ of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the __________ ___________. Does this fulfill Luke 24:45-49
Ac:2:36: Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 37: Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39: 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.
Does these scriptures fulfill the requirement of John 3:5.
Joh:3:5: Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

STUDY THESE OTHER EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE BEING BORN AGAIN BY THE TEACHING OF THE APOSTLES AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS

PHILIP PREACHING TO THE SAMARITANS IN ACTS 8—
Some people say when they experienced joy, or when they believed in Jesus, or when they were baptized, they were automatically filled with the Holy Ghost. What does the word say?
Acts 8:5-8
Did they have great joy? yes__no___ vs.12 Did they believe in Jesus Christ? yes__no___ vs 14-17 Were they baptized in his name? yes__no___ Did they receive the Holy Ghost as a separate and distinct experience? yes__no___

PETER PREACHING TO THE GENTILES IN ACTS 10
Some people say they are religious enough or that the Spirit-baptism evidenced by tongues was only for the Day of Pentecost. If the word says this then it is true but if the Word through Cornelius’experience reveals that this is not true -then it is not.
10:vs 1-2 -Was Cornelius a religious man? yes__no__
vs. 5-6 -Did God have more for him to do? yes__no__
vs.44-46 -Did they receive the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues after the day of Pentecost? yes__no__
vs. 47-48 -Did they still have to be baptized in the name of Jesus? yes__no__

PAUL PREACHING TO JOHN’S DISCIPLES IN ACTS 19—
Some say you do not have to be baptized or rebaptized. Many people who are believers have not heard of the Holy Ghost that is promised to them. Others say it does not matter what was spoken over them. What does the bible show us about this?

Acts 19:1-2 -They were believers, but had they heard of, or received the Holy Ghost? yes__no__
vs.3-5 -Did those baptized by John the Baptist have to be rebaptized in Jesus Name? yes__no__

HERE ARE SOME REFERENCES TO HELP YOU IN THIS BIBLE STUDY

CANNEY ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION ,page 53 -The early church baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus until the second century.

HASTINGS ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION ,vol 2-christian baptism was administered using the words,”in the name of Jesus.” page 377. Baptism was always in the name of Jesus until time of Justin Martyr.Page 389

SCHAFF-HERZOG RELIGIOUS ENCYCLOPEDIA. Vol. 1 pg. 435- The new testament knows only the baptism in the name of Jesus.

CATHOLIC ENCYLOPEDIA . Vol 2 page 263 -Here the authors acknowledge that the baptismal formula was changed by their church.

DOES THE ABOVE CONTRADICT MATTHEW 28:19?
____! The word name in this scripture is in the singular denoting
one name. That name was Jesus.

WHAT DID THE APOSTLES TEACH ABOUT WHO JESUS WAS?
EPHESIANS 4:5
Apostle Paul says there is only one Lord.
ACT 2:36
Luke says he has been made both Lord and Christ
JOHN 1:1,14
John says he was the god (word) made flesh.
WHO DID THE PROPHETS SAY JESUS WOULD BE??
ISAIAH 9:6
He would be called ______________, _____________, ______
_________ ________, _____ _____________ __________ The Prince of
peace.
ZECHARIAH 14:9
In that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.
JOB 13:6-10
How many Persons should we accept? _______
From the above scriptures we conclude that we must, Believe in Jesus Christ, believe the word of God, follow the teaching of the Apostles, and be born again of the water and the Spirit.

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