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Directory of Free Booklets - Humanitarianism of Jesus

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Swaddled

No. 30     SWADDLED:   At the time of Jesus' birth the term "wrapped in swaddling clothes" was used from ancient times. Christians today may not know that to be swaddled had special significance attached to it: it was not just an act of covering a new born child. This booklet explains this special covering of a new born and what it's meaning was. 

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Purification

No. 31     PURIFICATION:   Among the Jews, purification rites were, for many different reasons. Why did Mary, the motherof Jesus, have to go through the rite of purification if Jesus was conceived by a virgin birth and she remained a perpetual virgin? The purification rite for women, after giving birth, was for the showing of blood. Women were forbidden from attending any sacred rite until her purification had ended.

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The Women in Matthew's Genealogy

No. 32     THE WOMEN IN MATTHEW'S GENEALOGY:   The genealogy of Jesus in the book of Matthew mentions the names of four women. Some critics of Matthew's genealogy have suggested all kinds of explanations for the appearance of these women. Some have had the audacity to try and use the names of these women to try and discredit Matthew's genealogy.

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The Overshadowing of the Holy Spirit

No. 33     THE OVERSHADOWING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:   Present day Christianity has no knowledge of the understanding as to how the Jews and early Oriental Christians viewed the birth of sons, especially the first born. Children, to the Orientals, were a gift from God: that the Spirit of God participated in the development of the child.

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Joseph, Father of Jesus, by the Seed of David

No. 34     JOSEPH, FATHER OF JESUS, BY THE SEED OF DAVID:   This booklet will cause much controversy, such that many people will close their mind to the reading of its content. It shows and proves that Joseph descended from the seed of David and has many biblical verses which prove that Joseph was the natural father, by the flesh, to the Christ of God, the man, Jesus of Nazareth.

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Roots

No. 35     ROOTS:   The Old Testament continuously speaks about the coming of the Messiah, and tells us from out of whose loins (seed) he would come. None of the writers of the New Testament deny this truth. The error, of those people who do not know the Jewish thoughts about the Messiah, is due to the lack of study of the Old Testament text which shows the attributes of God's chosen.

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Directory of Free Booklets - Baptism

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Repentance Before Baptism

No. 75     REPENTANCE BEFORE BAPTISM:   Most churches in Christianity have forgotten the meaning and condition of baptism. That meaning and condition is of a spiritually changed individual: being repentant of their past life of sin and sorry for the things done against God and our neighbour. 

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Infant Baptism

No. 76     INFANT BAPTISM:   During the time of Jesus and John the Baptist, only mature adults were baptized, usually around the age of thirty, after many years of scriptural studying. By the third century, the practice of baptizing children had become common. This practice has caused controversy from its introduction to this day.

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Modes of Baptism

No. 77     MODES OF BAPTISM:   The early church had one form of baptism that was by total immersion of the whole body, including the head. There was a symbolic reason for full immersion (burial). In the late second and third century, other forms were introduced, such as pouring or sprinkling and, as a result, baptism, in most churches, has lost its true meaning.

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Prerequisite to Baptism

No. 78     PREREQUISITE TO BAPTISM:   To be baptized into the Christian today, one must make a confessional oath to observe its doctinal beliefs. In the early church, one had to accept Jesus as the promised Christ. Jews and proselytes understood through whom the Christ would come. Gentiles, having no knowledge of the background of the Jewish religion, brought in their own heathen traditions to form a false background of Jesus' birth.

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Baptism

No. 79     BAPTISM:   Baptism, to the children of God, is to be buried, meaning that the old person of sin becomes dead and buried by the water. When they rise from the water, they emerge resurrected in the newness of life: having all their past sins forgiven, they have been born again, by the grace of God, to begin a new life.

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Fundamental Principles - Church Polity

The Church of God cherishes the liberty of free thought as an essential condition for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. However, there are certain fundamental truths taught such as God's Ten Words (commandments) and Jesus' testimony which are binding upon all of God's children. Therefore, these Words and teachings we affirm as the fundamental principles of the Christian faith.

  1. POLITY

    The Church of God is historically autonomous. Each local church was given the freedom of managing its own financial affairs. But Jesus is "the head over all things to the church." Every church cooperates as "one body" and "one mind" in Christ. "There shall be one flock and one shepherd."

  2. THE BIBLE

    The Bible, including both the Old and New Testaments, contains the revelation of God's Word given to mankind through the prophets and the Son of God, Jesus the Christ. (Romans 15:4; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:15).

  3. GOD

    There is only one true God our heavenly Father, YHVH who is the eternal and supreme deity alone. He is omnipotent in His wisdom, love and power, the Creator of heaven and earth. (Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 40:28; I Timothy 1:1; Psalm 90:2).

  4. JESUS

    As the first century Christians believed, we also believe in the humanitarianism of Jesus, the Christ of God. In other words Jesus was not divine and was tempted as all men (God cannot be tempted), also he was from a natural birth, having been born from the copulation of a husband and wife, Joseph and Mary. And he, Jesus, was descended from the kingship line of David through Joseph's seed. The virgin-birth myth was always a strong belief among the heathen long before the time of Jesus. We believe that Jesus is the world's only Christ (word) of God, who was chosen of God, by being endowed with the holy Spirit (word) without measure due to his faith and obedience towards the Will of God the Father even unto death.

  5. HOLY SPIRIT

    The promised comforter, the Spirit of truth which is the agency of the Father, referred to also in scripture as that power which proceeds forth from the Father by the means of His Word. (John 1:1; Psalm 104:30; 139:7; John 14:26)

  6. MORTALITY

    Mankind by nature, is mortal. He is a creature formed of the dust of the ground who at death loses all consciousness and returns to the dust of the ground. (Genesis 3:19)

  7. DEATH

    Death is that condition of total unconsciousness that occurs to all persons, the just and the unjust, a condition that all the dead remains in until the first fruits of the resurrection occurs at Christ's coming. In death, thoughts of love and hatred cease. (Ecclesiastes 9:5,6; Job 14:12; Psalm 146:6)

  8. JESUS' CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION

    The time Jesus spent in the tomb (sepulcher) was three days and three nights. He was placed in the tomb before sundown late on Wednesday afternoon and was resurrected by the power of God at the end of the Sabbath [Saturday]. (Matthew 12:40)

  9. RESURRECTION

    The resurrection of the righteous dead occurs at Christ's return at which time they receive eternal life, while the wicked, at their appointed time, will suffer the complete extinction of being. This is the second death. (John 5:28,29; Job 14:l4, l5)

  10. THE SECOND COMING

    The return of Jesus to this earth will be literal, visible and in bodily form at God's appointed time. (Acts 1:11; Matthew 25:31; I Thessalonians 4:16)

  11. THE ASSEMBLY NAME

    The common biblical name of God's church is the "Church of God" and that church is established upon the foundation of the apostles with Jesus the Christ being the chief corner stone. (Acts 20:28; I Corinthians 15:9; Galatians 1:13)

  12. THE SAINTS

    The saints of God are named after the name of God's anointed being called "Christian" which means "Christ follower" or "Christ believer" (Acts 11:26; I Peter 4:16; Acts 26:28)

  13. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

    We are to keep all ten commandments including the 7th day Sabbath to inherit eternal life. If we break any one of these commandments the truth is not in us and we are guilty of breaking them all. (Exodus 20:1 to 17; Deuteronomy 9:10; Matthew 5:17; I John 5:3; Romans 3:20; James 2:10)

  14. JESUS' TESTIMONY

    We are instructed by scripture that the saints shall not only observe the commandments of God, but also the testimony (teaching) of Jesus, the Christ of God. (Revelations 12:17; 14:12)

  15. REPENTANCE

    Precedes baptism by belief in the Christ and repentance of past sins. Before baptism you must have the desire of repentance and if you have done wrong to your brother/sister, reconcile that wrong with an open repentance. (Acts 26:20; II Corinthians 7:9,10; Luke 17:3, 4)

  16. BAPTISM

    By baptism we enter into a covenant with God through Jesus the Christ. It is a symbol of death to sin, we are buried by complete immersion and raised again (resurrected) with the pledge to walk in the "newness of life" in the Christ. (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3 to 6)

  17. THE LORD'S SUPPER

    Commemorates the death of our Lord, Jesus the Christ "Till he comes". It is a memorial that should be held yearly on the 14th day of Nisan (Abib) with unleavened bread and the "fruit of the vine", which represents the broken body and shed blood of Jesus. (I Corinthians l l:23 to 26)

  18. FOOT WASHING

    This is held in connection with the Lord's Supper, being an act of humility among the brethren. (John 13:4 to 17)

  19. MARRIAGE

    A holy ordinance instituted by God with one partner for life. When entering the body of the Christ, all members should abide by the sacred institution of marriage. Only upon the death of one of the partners is the other permitted to remarry. This is acceptable to God. (Matthew 19:3 to 6; Mark 10:11,12: Luke 16:18; I Corinthians 7:10, 11)

  20. CARNAL WARFARE

    We, as Christians, stand opposed to carnal warfare on the basis that war is contrary to the teachings of God and Jesus. Killing in any form, is against the law of God. (Matthew 26:52; Revelations 13:10; Genesis 9:6)

  21. OFFERINGS AND DONATIONS

    Freewill giving of our offering and donations is the practice of the New Covenant church leader God's Christ. The Church of God opposes the practice of being made to give by an obligatory system such as the Levitical tithing system. Giving must come from a willing and loving heart. (I Corinthians 16:1,2; II Corinthians 9:7)

  22. MEDIATOR

    There is only one mediator between God and man, and that is the man, Jesus of Nazareth the Christ of God. (I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 12:24).

Directory of Free Booklets - Sabbath

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Creation and the Sabbath

No. 1     CREATION AND THE SABBATH:   The fact that the seventh day Sabbath preceded all other days of holy rest is presented in the creation story. Also explained is the reason why the early people of the earth would have known about the Sabbath and kept it, if they were obedient to the God (YHVH) who blessed and sanctified it.

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The Sabbath Before Sinai

No. 2     THE SABBATH BEFORE SINAI:   Was the seventh day Sabbath known before the giving of the tables of stone at Sinai? The answer is yes! And this booklet gives scriptural proof of the Sabbath existing before the giving of the Decalogue to Moses at Mount Sinai.

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The 24 Hour Sabbath

No. 3     THE 24 HOUR SABBATH:   Was the seventh day Sabbath to be held only during the daylight hours? Some people say that it should be because day time represents only the daylight hours. Read the answers given about this notion showing the fallacy of the theory.

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The Gates of Jerusalem

No. 4     THE GATES OF JERUSALEM:   The argument that when Nehemiah ordered the gates of Jerusalem to be closed at dark proves that work can be done on the dark hours of the Sabbath is proven an incorrect notion. Because the word for dark was mistranslated and should have been translated dusk or just twilight.

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Paul's Sabbath Observance

No. 5     PAUL'S SABBATH OBSERVANCE:   For a man who is supposed to have spoken about the end of the law (Ten Commandments) of God, Paul was an ardent observer of the fourth commandment, the seventh day Sabbath and wherever he went to preach the Christ, he regularly kept the Sabbath.

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The First Day of the Week

No. 6     THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK:   Sunday, since the fourth century, has been held as the Christian Sabbath even though the scriptures never mention the day of the week replacing the seventh day of the week which was instituted by God. This writing shows from the scriptures that Sunday never replaced God's Holy Sabbath.

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No Time Lost

No. 7     NO TIME LOST:   When you read this booklet, you will see there were no days lost causing a change in time. the first day of the week is still the first day and the seventh day still the seventh day of the week that God sanctified. The proof of fact is clearly evident in this writing.

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