Articles of Faith, A to Z
by Tim Pickl
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Articles of Faith, A to Z
Acknowledge the Bible is the Truth, the infallible Word of God. Repent:
Be baptized, believing Jesus--Immanuel--died on the cross for your sin.
Choose to receive the gift of the resurrecting power of the Holy Spirit—now,
Deepen your relationship with Jesus in love—for He is love. Then
Express your testimony in all you say and do. Like a child believes: live by
Faith. Blessed are you who haven't seen Him, yet believe.
Greet your brothers and sisters in Christ with love and compassion:
Help one another. Others will see Christ in you.
Intercede in prayer—pray in the Spirit often.
Justify no sin or evil thinking:
Kick all dark thoughts out of your heart and mind: temptation is at the door.
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds.
Mostly, Rejoice! You were called into His wonderful light! Jesus will
Never fail you, or abandon you. Be like Him: remember to keep the
Obligations you promise--for He is faithful that promised.
Press on to win the heavenly prize which God has called you! Soak up the
Quiet times, be still, hearing His still, small voice.
Repent every day: Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord.
Stand in the evil day:
Take up the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit!
United with your brothers and sisters, and
Victoriously worship and praise The King of all kings!
Win by working: Realize you are not a
Xerox copy of someone else. You are
You: yearning, praying, fasting, asking, seeking, knocking and achieving. Be
Zealous therefore, watching for Christ's triumphant return!
Submitted as an example for FaithWriters Mini-Challenge #3: The A to Z Challenge. Here is the link:
--bro. tim pickl
Saturday March 29, 2008 A.D.
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Fruit is a VERB
“In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
God sent a man, John the Baptist to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”
John 1:1-14 (NLT)
“To them also He showed Himself alive after His passion (His suffering in the garden and on the cross) by [a series of] many convincing demonstrations [unquestionable evidences and infallible proofs], appearing to them during forty days and talking [to them] about the things of the kingdom of God.”
Acts 1:3 (Amplified)
Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”
Mark 1:14-15 (NLT)
“And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 2:38 (Amplified)
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
Mark 16:16 (KJV)
"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us."
Matthew 1:23 (NIV)
“People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. But God released him from the horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.”
Acts 2:22-24 (NLT)
“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15 (NLT)
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
“And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.”
Romans 8:11 (NIV)
“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
1 John 4:8 (KJV)
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Revelation 12:11 (KJV)
“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.”
2 Peter 3:10-12 (NIV)
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
John 20:29 (NIV)
“Greet all the brothers and sisters with Christian love.”
1 Thessalonians 5:26 (NLT)
“My love to all of you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Corinthians 16:24 (NLT)
“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in Cenchrea. Welcome her in the Lord as one who is worthy of honor among God’s people. Help her in whatever she needs, for she has been helpful to many, and especially to me.”
Romans 16:1-2 (NLT)
“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Colossians 1:26-28 (KJV)
“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.”
Romans 8:25-27 (NIV)
“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
Ephesians 6:18 (NLT)
“Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit, and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand.”
1 Corinthians 14:15 (NLT)
“And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
Luke 16:15 (KJV)
What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night,
thinking up evil plans.
You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out,
simply because you have the power to do so.
Micah 2:1 (NLT)
Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you have such evil thoughts in your hearts?
Matthew 9:4 (NLT)
“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
1 Corinthians 10:12 (KJV)
“But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.”
1 Timothy 6:9 (NLT)
“You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”
Genesis 4:7 (NLT)
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:15-16 (NIV)
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”
Philippians 4:4 (KJV)
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said,
“I will never fail you.
I will never abandon you.”
Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)
“But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the Lord, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.”
Numbers 32:23 (NLT)
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”
Hebrews 10:23 (KJV)
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:14 (NIV)
“When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.”
Hebrews 6:7-8 (NLT)
“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
“And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”
1 Kings 19:12 (KJV)
“Yes, I am afraid that when I come again, God will humble me in your presence. And I will be grieved because many of you have not given up your old sins. You have not repented of your impurity, sexual immorality, and eagerness for lustful pleasure.”
2 Corinthians 12:21 (NLT)
“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.”
1 Peter 5:6 (NLT)
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:13 (KJV)
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
Ephesians 6:14-18 (KJV)
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
Psalm 133:1 (KJV)
“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Ephesians 4:3 (KJV)
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”
“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God.”
“Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,”
Psalm 95:6 (NLT)
“Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
Praise him for his mighty works;
praise his unequaled greatness!
Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
praise him with the lyre and harp!
Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
praise him with strings and flutes!
Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!
Praise the Lord!”
Psalm 150 (NLT)
Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. And they sang in a mighty chorus:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing.”
And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power
belong to the one sitting on the throne
and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
Revelation 5:11-13 (NLT)
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT)
“My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”
Psalm 84:2 (NIV)
“So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.”
Acts 13:3 (NLT)
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
Luke 11:9 (NLT)
“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”
1 John 5:3-5 (NLT)
“It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you.”
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NLT)
“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.”
Mark 13:32-34 (KJV)
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Great work on this document, "Articles of Faith" and it comes complete with references! How cool that a complete gospel message can come from an alphabet acrostic. Your lists of (verses) references are wonderful!
SO creative and wonderful. Love the references for all of it too. Excellent!
This is THE SERMON and I loved it. What a unique way to outline it. A-Z. He said I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS. GOD BLESS YOU.
This is great. Amen. God bless you. Keeping writing for the Lord Jesus.
Excellent, Tim! The "alphabet" part would make a great poster or card.
Nice job, Tim. This should be on a poster. I loved that you had scriptures for everything as well. Great job.