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Wednesday, 24 June 2009
How To Start A New Testament Church
In our last post, we described how to start a church the American Way, which includes or involves advertising, organization, development, marketing, a building, cashflow, and promotion.
Using the Book of Acts as our model, we will observe a number of churches as they are birthed by the followers of Jesus as He had told Peter "upon this Rock, I will build my church". "Church", the ekklēsia, is never a building. It is the people.
The original Christian church began in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost in Acts chapter 2, as the disciples waited "for the promise of the Father" as Jesus had instructed them to do. When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the approximately 150 people, the church of Jesus Christ was brought forth. So far, most would agree.
(Scriptures that pointed to this are found in Luke 24:47-49, Acts 1:8, and Acts 2:1-4.)
As we find 3,000 converts on Pentecost and 5,000 added days later, there is no mention of a building project, an ecclesiastical structure organized, HIRED pastors put in charge, or even a fundraiser. They met in homes, "from house to house", and some of them gathered in the Jewish Temple outdoors to hear Peter and apostles teach. Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
The believers are told to repent, be baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, those who did were added to the church.
As the disciples numbers increased, a persecution arose and the disciples were scattered, and the gospel began to spread, which meant more churches were established.
In Acts 8 Philip went to the city of Samaria and preached the true gospel resulting in faith, devils cast out, people healed, and baptized. The apostles then came from Jerusalem to confirm them and pray for these new believers to receive the Holy Spirit, which happened.
5 And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ.
6 And the multitudes gave heed with one accord unto the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard, and saw the signs which he did.
7 For from many of those that had unclean spirits, they came out, crying with a loud voice: and many that were palsied, and that were lame, were healed.
12 But when they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
|A New Church in Samaria:
There was no building program, no church board, no pastor was voted in or hired, no denominational hierarchy was involved, no titles, no program, not even any tracts but with great power did the disciples give witness and the people saw and believed the gospel. This was not your typical dead, formal church of today.
But they were not complete in the faith yet. See why.
14 Now when the apostles that were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15 who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit:
16 as yet it was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
They did not mention a building to go put everybody in right away.
There was no special day set for gathering, nothing mentioned about keeping the sabbath, a doctrinal statement, or even the "Apostles Creed" which someone invented a couple hundred years later. But they were the church.
We find another church planted in Caesarea, Acts 10.
This one involved a gentile (non-Jew) named Cornelius an Italian soldier, his friends and family. Peter got a call from God in a vision to go find Cornelius and give him the gospel, which Peter did. Cornelius, his family and friends were all there and when Peter ministered Jesus Christ to them.
The Holy Ghost was poured out on them (they spoke in tongues like the Jewish disciples did in Acts 2), and immediately they were commanded to be baptized by Peter.
-all this took place in Cornelius' home and afterwards Peter stayed for a few days. Nothing was said of a church growth program, advertising, promotion, Holy Ghost Miracle Crusade, voting in or hiring a pastor from the mother church in Jerusalem.
Antioch. (not the one in California).
Acts 11: men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number that believed turned unto the Lord. In vs 24 "..MUCH people were added unto the Lord".
-no building is mentioned to gather the folks into. There was a "great number", (a "mega-church) with NO special building??? No choir, no music leader, no ushers, no sign over the door, no one searching for a meeting hall or Community Center?
A few more important notes about the church (God's people), at Antioch, from Acts 13.
1 Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers, Barnabas, and Symeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen the foster-brother of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
Notice there is no pastor(s) mentioned as being in charge, although we might assume there were pastors among the people (not over them), no tithes or salaries, and there were prophets and teachers. The church at Antioch was not dominated by the one man show, like the churches today.
2 And as they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them
Now we see the true evangelistic pattern, the Lord's Spirit directs the church to send Saul and Barnabbas to go out and spread the gospel. They also had a specific Word from God, as opposed to the modern church in which denominations plant churches, and/or men decide to go out of their own good intentions. The Word is confirmed by signs and wonders like Jesus said it would be.
From Antioch the gospel went further to places like Lystra and Iconium. In Acts 14 we get some detail of church growth:
21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch,
22 confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God.
23 And when they had appointed for them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they had believed
|The New Church in Antioch:
Notice, in Acts 14, there was no tacky robed bishops or ecclesiastical hierarchy organized, no pastor or priest given sole oversight of these churches, no tithes or salaries. No pope, rosary beads, prayers to statues, worship of Mary, and nothing in the Bible about Purgatory
No building programs, no rented meeting halls, they sure did not try to use the Jewish synagogues from which they had suffered persecution. (verses 1 and 2)
And it came to pass in Iconium that they entered together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake that a great multitude both of Jews and of Greeks believed. 2 But the Jews that were disobedient stirred up the souls of the Gentiles, and made them evil affected against the brethren.
Acts 16: Philipi of Macedonia.
14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple of the city of Thyatira, one that worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened to give heed unto the things which were spoken by Paul.
15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide
This is also where the Philipian jailer gets saved and baptized at midnight, along with his house. (16:31-33). And this is the very church Paul later writes to as the epistle to the Philippians.
"Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus that are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons".
|In that epistle to the Philippians, no pastor is mentioned, nothing about the nice building they were meeting in, nothing about fundraisers, no tithe reminders from Malachi,
no church board, choir, or music minister, no asisstant pastor, church board, or special day to meet on, no fancy titles,
no Reverends, and not one reminder to keep the sabbath day or go back to the law and ordinances of the Old Testament.
Phil. 3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith:.
Acts 17, Thessalonica.
It began here with Paul going into a Jewish Synagogue (what we might call a "church"), for three sabbaths, (the Jews met on the sabbath as found in the Old Testament). A few Jewish converts were made and many gentiles: 4) And some of them (Jews) were persuaded, and consorted with Paul and Silas, and of the devout Greeks a great multitude
The epistles of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians were written to these disciples, both Jews and Greeks who believed. Paul never reminded them to tithe or keep the sabbath, asked about their building, or mention the pastor, other than exhorting ALL of them to work with their hands.
Acts 18 The next major church planting was in Corinth (there were others, but few details given).
As was Paul's custom, he usually went to the local synagogue to start with the Jews because they needed to hear the gospel as the law could no longer sanctify them. As usual, the hardest people to serve the gospel to were the church people who were happy to follow their traditions.
18:6 And when they (the Jews and proselytes) opposed themselves and blasphemed, he shook out his raiment and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.
Their complaint? 13 saying, This man (Paul) persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
(Paul preached we are saved through faith by grace). So Paul stayed with the Corinthinans for 1.5 years and wrote them two epistles.
He never mentioned the pastors or priests running the church, sending him their tithes, encouraging their building program, setting up a youth ministry, worship team, or a church deacon board...
He did encourage them to continue in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, love, giving to meet the needs of the brethren, and to walk in holiness and repentance from immorality, covetousness, and drunkeness.
Our last church planting of note was in Ephesus, Acts 19.
A lot of details are included and we might take careful study of them. Paul spoke to them in Acts 20 also, as he had a leadership meeting with the overseers.
1 Paul ... came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples (converts of John the Baptist):
2 and he said unto them, Did ye receive the Holy Spirit when ye believed? And they said unto him, Nay, we did not so much as hear whether the Holy Spirit was given.
3 And he said, Into what then were ye baptized? And they said, Into John`s baptism.
4 And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him that should come after him, that is, on Jesus.
5 And when they heard this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
7 And they were in all about twelve men.
10 and this continued for the space of two years; so that all they that dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
18 Many also of them that had believed came, confessing, and declaring their deeds. (repenting)19 And not a few of them that practised magical arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all; (they cleaned out ungodly "stuff", like our modern day movies, magazines, and what TV promotes)
So the Ephesus church is planted when 12 repentant men are baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues and prophesying. In this related article, Paul spoke to the elders and overseers with some good instruction, and that is good reading from Acts 20. Here is our article about that chapter.
Here is the gospel that when believed, brings about the power for us to become a son of God:
Now I make known unto you brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, wherein also ye stand 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 and that he was buried; and that he hath been raised on the third day according to the scriptures
Jesus said to go and preach the gospel. When the gospel is freely preached, Jesus said in Mark:16
16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.
17 And these signs shall accompany them that believe: in my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall in no wise hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Unfortunately for our generation, most churches substitute community works, a Sunday entertainment program, classes, some parts of Old Testament Law, and the things we spoke of in Part One instead of the real gospel.
Is it any wonder so many are leaving the whitewashed tombs called "churches" with a softball version of the gospel, focus on scheduled, programmed meetings, getting or building a comfy church facility, and the Sunday monologue called a sermon?
Study the churches in Acts, how they began, what they did, the results they got. Church is not a building, nor is it always a group of people that claim to be Christian. And the majority of them today bear no resemblance to the ones in scripture.
If they are not producing the fruit the early church had, it is a church in name only.
It is better to stay home, pray and read your Bible, gather with those that God has spoken to you to assemble with. If you do not hear from Him who to meet with, wait upon the Lord until you do and avoid presumtuous good intentions.
The churches raised up in Acts preached a gospel that was confirmed by God with signs and wonders, believers believed the Word and were quickly baptized.
They were FILLED with the Holy Spirit and met mostly in homes without any hired preacher. The preachers (apostles, evangelists, prophets, teachers, and pastors) were ordained and sent by God, not the Bible colleges or denominations, and they lived the faith of Jesus Christ of scripture, not their denomination or peer group.
They preached the gospel freely, without feeding their own ego and need to be esteemed by the world. Most of them worked and supported the needy rather than make a living from them and striving to build a nice church facility.
The blueprints for church are found in the book of Acts.
Thursday, 11 June 2009
How To Build and Start A Church (Part 1)
Economy got you down? Looking for a rewarding career? Maybe you are a church goer that wants to do more than sit on a pew or teach the 10 year olds on Sunday. There is great opportunity out there in the Kingdom of Christianity. Just a quick peek at TBN television and a google search of "church career ministry" may open up a WORLD of choices for which google showed 28+ MILLION search returns!
We're talking people, becoming a hireling, i.e., opportunity, uhh reward, or as referred to in church-speak, "blessings".. or a "calling"..
Seriously, folks, why not start a church? It is pretty easy nowdays, just apply for a business license with the local City office, rent a building, hotel meeting room, or rec hall, put out a few ads in the local paper and bulletin boards, and ... like the wise man said "if you build it they will come.."
Put out some coffee and rolls, have your brother-in-law dress in a white shirt and slacks and be a "greeter", hand out a softball approach "bulletin", offer marriage, parenting, and financial classes, and you will be surprised who will show. I guarantee in your city their are hundreds of "church floaters" who will come sample your "message".
If you are blessed with a nice face, attractive wife, are well read and have a Bible College certificate, it will speed the process.
What? -no Cerificate from a Bible School?, -no problem, you can get a DEGREE, and become a Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) online without even leaving home and incurring the expense of a Bible College . Start out as a "Pastor", hopefully with your wife as "co-pastor".
This sounds real homey and and family-ish, and is usually pretty true for a few years. (never mind the word "pastor" is a masculine noun, like "se~nor" is in Spanish)
Perhaps you have the backing of your denomination, if so, they may send you, help you, and help set you up to compete with the other 37 churches within a two-mile radius. That alone will attract the couple hundred of disgruntled, former members of that sect and may help jump start your work as you save them an hours drive to the same kind of church in another town.
Prepare to become BUSY!
Now that you have your Certificate or Degree from MEN, a City License, a meeting place, some local advertising, you're off! Start preaching a schmoozy "Best Life Now" message about how God loves you and wants to PROSPER you if you just "accept Christ into your heart", trust me, you can easily do these things and have a church supporting you in a matter of months.
Next, you will need recognition. Put your picture advertising your ministry in the Yellow pages, join the local ministerial association (they will not like the idea of another "church" opening up in competition with them but they will pretend to LOVE you) and attend some church-growth conferences. Simply google "church growth strategies" and you will have 65 million returns to peruse!
You may want to get involved in local politics, get your name out there, and make sure you get PUBLICITY for "good works", like passing out turkeys for the holidays. An Easter program always brings in visitors, SPECIAL SPEAKERS from out of town add credibility, and get on good terms with the local newspapers. Prophets and healers are especially good for the folks and greatly enhance that not-to-be-missed "LOVE offering". Advertise your "church"!, there are so many, you need to market yourself.
"Reverend"s are outdated, "Bishops" are too churchy sounding, but glitzy, flashy, "anointed Evangelists" are "in".
(the "good" ones will need airfare, a nice hotel room, fine restaurant dining, and maybe a game of golf. The No-Names or 3rd tier types will probably get by on $500-$1,000 per weekend).
At this point, you better set up a church OFFICE, possibly a secretary or your wife to schedule appointments, make sure your church checking accounts are set up, and perhaps a 501c3 Tax-exempt Corporation will help, (so you can tell folks their giving is "tax-deductable").
Develop people into "leadership" so you can "grow the kingdom" and have fund raisers.
Google "church leadership conference", -now we are climbing up the leadership ladder; there are only 1,320,000 returns.
As the tithes, offerings, and giving flow in, you may be able to offer PAID STAFF positions, TITLES, and Christmas gifts to those favored folks as rewards for "faithfulness" and 'loyalty".
Take them out to nice restaurants and entertainment so they will feel special and also feel obligated to defend "the church".
Maybe you can find an out-of-work pastor to put on staff, elevate women into authority over the people, and create titled positions to stroke their ego and elevate them in the sight of the membership.
Some churches even have paid "prayer warriors" on staff.
We know of a prophet who was offered a nice salaried position as an "associate pastor", and of a man with sexual perversion problems offered a job as a music minister because he was so "gifted" in music. If you cannot yet afford to hire one, the PROMISE of future "greatness" or music ministry will usually keep them around for another year or three.
Another man we knew had his heart's desire to be on a paid church staff position. (He was not good at holding a job and supporting his family). Today he is an "associate pastor", on staff, and loving it.
Good churches have good music, this is where you can really make an impact. Choices abound in the world of music ministry, choirs, chorales, trios, Contemporary (whatever that means) worship, country gospel, traditional, ROCK!, a live band, or recorded music purchased from the thriving Christian Music industry. Many Music Ministers are actually PAID for their "ministries", so if you have children, raise them up to be musicians and leaders.
We repeat, do not overlook the power of advertising. And make sure your services are smooth and entertaining with no messy demons getting cast out or tasteless personal testimonies, (unless they relate to the blessings of tithing and the wisdom of the leaders).
Remember, people WANT someone to fight their battles, counsel them, reward them, reassure them, intercede for them, preach to them, pray their requests for them, visit them, smile at them, return their phone calls, and they will pay them for the privilege. It is actually easier to hire a pastor to do most of this than it is to study the Scriptures, pray, and do some of the hard things Jesus said His disciples would do. You will learn to love people, except when they disagree with you, question your teaching, or are habitualy needy.
Make sure you control and choreograph the service and involve your new leaders. Keep your message positive, happy, and avoid subjects like hell, sin, and judgement which might upset some folks. Popular teachings like "pre-trib rapture", "Christmas", women pastors, or "ask Jesus into your heart" salvation sound "Christian" even if they are not in the Bible.
Have follow-up cards and visitor cards prepared and pay special attention to those who seem to be middle class or have signs of success. Those are the folks you can build your ministry on... Before you know it, you will be wearing Italian suits and have a comfy lifestyle of regular dining out (courtesy of the offering plate), staying up late and sleeping in (unless there is an early golf game), and enjoying movies and other life pleasures.
|Let yourself be convinced that everything you are doing is for God, for souls, for the Lord, and not for the personal benefit of your own lifestyle.
There you have it!
The American Babylonish Church Model (ABC). IT WORKS! -just check the local phone directory, newspaper church directory, and drive around making note of the nice "churches" (that is, buildings that advertise themselves as churches).
This is what Jesus described as the "broad is the way..." the majority would take, but it leads to destruction. "Lord, did we not prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name do many mighty works".
How do we know?
Well, for 24 years my wife and I were part of that world, we helped it, built it, supported it, sacrificed to it, defended it, gave it our loyalty, and overlooked blatant apostasy and corruption of most of the leaders we knew, including ourselves.
The truth is, we were part of the HARLOT, Mystery Babylon the Great, untill God by His grace and mercy brought us out of the corrupt, apostate church system that masquerades as belonging to Christ.
You do not know much about your walk with God UNTIL you walk away from church...
Isaiah 35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
In part 2, we will show you a different "How to Start a Church" model.
Monday, 08 June 2009
This weekend we were part of two Get-Togethers: on Saturday we were blessed to assemble with spiritual "family" as the Body of Christ from around 2:30 -11 pm. We talked, ate, prayed, discussed the Bible, testified, and shared what the Lord is doing in our lives.
We were blessed, encouraged, challenged, our faith in the Lord edified, and felt excited about Jesus. The next morning, Sunday, we awoke with the sense of God's Presence and thankfulness, and a desire to share the Word and faith of Jesus Christ with others.
On Sunday we met with family to celebrate the graduation of our niece from High School.
We ate, talked about sports, people, gardening, politics, personal stuff, and medical issues. In the group of relatives, one was in a wheelchair, one could not use his right arm and was in pain, another with back pain and other unhealed health issues, another has been wearing either a cast or brace for so long, I cannot remember when he was not lame. Everyone in this group was either Catholic or professed some kind of belief in God.
The second gathering left me spiritualy drained, saddened, and grieved for their unbelief. We had hoped to have an open door to minister faith and healing according to the scripture, but instead we marveled at their unbelief. Like the woman with "an issue of blood" in Luke 8:43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any (of the doctors), several of these relatives have run out of medical options and treatments and now they are stuck with pain and infirmity.
One year ago the Lord brought me into physical brokeness and pain (broken ribs, wrist bones, leg and hip a shattered hip socket). After leaving the hospital June 24th after 9 days (see "My Walk Thru The Valley of Death") by God's grace, I have not returned once to see any of the doctors as God has healed my body.
How sad it is today that the many have more faith in "doctors' and "pharmacists" rather than in the Living God. One of the many reasons Christians need to LEAVE their "church" is because there is no faith and there are no role models that talk the talk and walk the walk of faith.
And so it was in Jesus' day, among the "church" people of Israel. Mark 6:6 And He marvelled because of their unbelief.
unbelief is defined:
want of faith, unbelief
weakness of faith unfaithful, faithless, (not to be trusted, perfidious)
incredible of things, unbelieving, incredulous, without trust (in God)
Why did Jesus "wonder" at their UNBELIEF? I am convinced that it was because the people that had a salvation covenant with God did not walk in or believe the promises they had been given.
The evidence of that was the woman with the issue of blood. Despite the efforts of physicians and treatments she was unhealed. (Just like the church with our Doctors of Divinity, etc.). Remember she was an Israelite to whom the promises of God were given.
(When we left "church", we realized there was little to no faith in our works driven assembly. Faith was exercised in the pastor's sermon, his/her prayer, his/her counseling, church "faithfulness" in tithing and attendence, and participation in church activities. Sickness and even death were all around our assembly.)
Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
James 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save (heal) the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
Matthew 8:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
The GOSPEL is the GOOD NEWS! -God has freely given a wonderful salvation to them that will believe, trust in, rely upon, and put their faith in "what is written" in the scriptures.
The real problem with sickness and infirmity is that in most cases it is because of sin:
Micah 6:13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.
And God requires us to repent, forgive others, and exercise faith in His Word and promises. He called unbelief "evil". Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
How good it is to know that when we suffer affliction, Jesus Christ took it from us upon Himself and that we may appropriate the promises through faith in what God says in scripture. God made provision for us that if we keep our part (faith and repentence), He keeps His part, (healing and salvation). That is Good News!
May He also grant us repentence from our unbelief and may our afflictions drive us to the foot of the cross to be delivered. May He forgive us for our unbelief.
May those who suffer find the reason and cause for their affliction and turn to Jesus.
May we come to maturity in the "faith once delivered to the saints".
May we understand that "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst! All things are possible to him that believeth."
May God raise up role models who live the faith that they claim to represent.
May God take away the idols of Egypt: the reliance upon the gods of this world who cannot heal, save, or deliver.
May we become the "believers" that You have called us to be: Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thy house.
The Promise of God to "SAVE" as in Jesus saves:
gr. "sozo" Strongs 4982. Definition:
to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
one (from injury or peril)
to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue
and here are some of the 103 verses that use "sozo":
Mt 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Mr 5:23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
Mr 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Ac 14:9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,
Ac 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
1Ti 4:16 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
Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him
Mr 5:28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
Mr 5:23 ... My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
Lu 8:36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.
Lu 8:48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
Lu 8:50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
These are words from God that are forever true and are from our Covenant.
"Heaven and earth shall pass away but MY Words shall not pass away".