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Foundations for Evangelism:  8/6/10 
Men’s Bible Fellowship,
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 6 PM
Contact:  Ken Smith, 896-8937 (shared supper)

The Holy Trinity

( Almighty Father - Word/Christ/Son/Jesus - Holy Spirit )
Think Water, ( liquid, solid, vapor )

 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
Genesis 1:26

 6This is he that came by  water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but  by  water (body) and blood (soul). And it is the Spirit that beareth  witness,
because the Spirit is truth.
 7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 John 5:6-7 (King James Version)

Almighty Father:
Most of our Holy Bible is the revelation of the Word of God who invaded His own creation and becomes one of us in Christ Jesus.  There are only few scriptures that give us a rather simple concept of our Almighty Father.  First: None of the appearances of God in the O.T. were of the Almighty Father.  No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.  John 1:17-19  Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.  John 6:45-47

But we have heard Him:  And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:16-17  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. Matthew 17:4-6  And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. Mark 9,  And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. Luke 9:34-36

For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.  Deut. 4:23-25,  Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is He which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire He shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.  Deut. 9:2-4,   For our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29,  And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. Exodus 33:19-21

Christ - Word - Son of God - Jesus
Old Testament Appearance of Christ, The Word of God:  Adam (Genesis 3:8-21), Abraham (Genesis 18:2-33),  Jacob, at Beth-el (Genesis 35:7,9)  Moses, in the flaming bush (Exodus 3:2),   Moses, at Sinai (Exodus 19:16-24;24:10),  Moses and Joshua (Deuteronomy 31:14,15),  Israel (Judges 2:1-5)  Gideon (Judges 6:11-24),  Solomon (1 Kings 3:5;9:2;11:9; 2 Chronicles 1:7-12;7:12-22),  Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-5),  Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:26-28)

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  Jn.1:10
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; Hebrews 1:2 And ih in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 10And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

Our Holy Bible is truly the revelation of the Word of God, Christ who became the Lamb of God in Christ Jesus to set us free to Love Him and to be with Him.

Holy Spirit:
In my book, “Keys To The Kingdom” ( I made the following notes that I feel are worth restating here: Page 79:  First it is needful to find out what is God's design plan is for men and women. Starting with God Himself it is very obvious that in Adam, God's created His image and likeness and in God's image and likeness were both male and female. Then Eve was taken from Adam so it is clear that God has feminine facets to His nature. As I look through the Scriptures, It seems that God's feminine nature is always associated very closely with the Holy Spirit. At this writing, I am coming to the point of view that the Holy Spirit is the role model for women. I am open to further exploration of  this position but from Genesis with, "The Holy Spirit of God moved (brooded) upon the face of the waters" (Gen. 1:2) to the nature of the Holy Spirit as revealed in the New Testament. I see, Mother, Wife, Help Meet and Great Authority as very unique to the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ ministered with the Holy Spirit in great power and perfect unity.

Today the Holy Spirit is extreamly important to the life of the Church of Jesus Christ.  The Last words of our Lord Jesus as He left He told His “Saved” Apostles, “Acts 1:5  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Could it be that we need to learn more about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in saving Kona?

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