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1 1 A message to the users of this show from Leon Bates… Over the years, the material in this show has been very helpful to believers who desire a Victorious Christian Life. Missionaries have also given feedback about how much it helped them and those to whom they ministered. Many churches and other Christian organizations have used this material for Believers Bible Classes and as part of their “follow up” for new converts. We encourage viewers of this show to the take time to see the Scriptures in their own Bibles. This show can be a helpful supplemental teaching to the “Projection For Survival” Power Point Show. We’re making it available separately from that show for your ease of use. May God bless your use of this Power Point Show for His glory. Please share it with others off our web page. This “Christian Walk” Power Point Show starts on page 4, just after the blank page for your cueing. Bible Believers’ Evangelistic Association, Inc. 189 Old Perrin Rd. Sherman, TX 75092 Click arrow keys to advance slides. Click Esc key to stop. 101705 Visit For 100’s of free powerpoints

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4 4 The Christian Walk

5 5 Many times when people get saved, they think their life will be a “bed of roses” thereafter. WRONG! 1 ST Peter 5:8 WARNS: “Be sober, be vigilant (be on guard); because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:” Praise the Lord, the devil CAN NOT rob you of your salvation, but HE CAN try to mess up your Christian walk and life. And he has a good reason to try to do that!

6 6 BATTLES in your Christian walk and life will not be uncommon. All Christians will face BATTLES with the devil in their life, but God gives protection and help for their VICTORY. 1 st Peter 1:9 tells us what to do about the devil’s fight against us… “Whom resist in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” The BATTLES may be so subtle, often the Christian may not even realize he is being deceived and misled by the devil.

7 7 BALANCE is critical in our Christian lives. One way the devil can foul up our lives is to get us OFF BALANCE, one way or another. 1. Bible Study. This is our spiritual FOOD. Without this, we can not grow strong in our Christian walk and faith. 2. Prayer. This is our intimate fellowship with God, expressing our heart’s desires to Him. 3. Worship. God deserves our regular worship, both privately and publicly in church. 4. Witnessing. This is like our exercise for a healthy, balanced Christian walk and life.

8 8 The balanced Christian life is like a WHEEL. 1. BIBLE 2. PRAYER 3. WORSHIP 4. WITNESS The devil doesn’t care HOW we are OFF BALANCE. ANY WAY WILL DO! He just wants our focus off of Christ. Christ is to be the center or HUB, with 4 spokes for support. C

9 9 WHY does God warn us about the devil’s attempt to fight against believers in their Christian walk and life. WHY does the devil “walk around like a ROARING LION”… trying to weaken our faith and obedience to God. The devil wants to drag as many unsaved people off into Hell as possible. One effective way is through his BATTLES with Christians.

10 10 God has a Chain of Operation for evangelism. God Jesus The Holy Spirit God’s Word Lost People He sent Jesus to die to pay for their sins. Jesus obeyed God and later He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in the saved people. Among other jobs, the Holy Spirit authored the Word of God through human writers. God wants to save the lost.

11 11 God Jesus The Holy Spirit God’s Word Lost People The job is to get Lost People exposed to God’s Word… So the Holy Spirit working through The Word can bring them to Jesus… And give them a right relationship with God. Whose job is this? All believers in all nations are to be “Ambassadors for Christ” (Matt. 28:18-20; 2 nd Cor. 5:20; 1 st Pet. 3:15) BELIEVERS

12 12 S a t a n God Jesus Holy Spirit God’s Word Lost People Believers Satan is the enemy of God. He wants to rob God of the glory of saving the lost. is more powerful. (1 st John 4:4) is protected. (Matt. 24:35) Satan fought against God but Satan was kicked out of heaven. Fought against Christ, but Satan was defeated at the cross & resurrection. Satan can’t rob believers of their salvation, so he fights their walk to hinder or stop evangelism.

13 13 At the instant you trusted Christ alone as your SAVIOR, you are guaranteed Eternal Life with God by many promises like: John 3:15,16, 36, 5:24, 10:27-29, Titus 1:2, Heb. 13:5, 1 st John 5:11-13 However, you will still have CHALLENGES in your daily life on earth between now and the time you go to Heaven. (1 st Pet. 5:8-10) Be Aware! Satan WILL try to discourage you, destroy your Bible study, prayer, church and worship life and ruin your witness for Christ.

14 14 This study will share practical Biblical truths and tips… to help you in your daily life. GOOD NEWS: God has made provision for victory in your daily life… your Christian Walk... for the JOY that Jesus gives. Satan wants to keep your mouth shut about Jesus Christ, to help keep unsaved people lost. That’s one main reason why you will have BATTLES in your Christian walk.

15 15 The “Battle Map – For The Christian Walk” tract and inside chart shows and explains the FOUR categories of people. Every person on earth is one of these... 1. The NATURAL man 2. The BABY Christian 3. The VICTORIOUS Christian 4. The DEFEATED Christian

16 16 The NATURAL Man can not live the Christian life because he is spiritually dead. He is on the “Broad Road” to the Lake of Fire. The “Broad Road” is GOOD WORKS people are trusting to help earn their salvation. They chose that road instead of the “Narrow Road” which is faith in the shed blood (death) of Christ alone as the only payment for their sins.

17 17 Salvation of the “Natural Man” is a four step process, Concern, Repentance (change of mind), Understanding and Faith. 1. God puts the concern into the hearts of unsaved people. Jesus said, “No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him.” (John 6:44) 2. As they respond to that concern and have a change of mind concerning God (needing God) He continues to work in their hearts.

18 18 One surprise is that many people who think they are saved, are actually stuck here. They have been convicted by the Holy Spirit and they have had a change of mind from “I don’t need God” to “I DO need God.” But they have not yet understood salvation by grace through faith.

19 19 A. HUMAN EFFORTS as: YES NO “Living a good life” “Good Works, good deeds” “Church Membership” B. OTHER (Be Specific) ___________________ X X X Also Christ They often answer… “Also Christ” which is a combination of good works AND Christ. MANY people answer what they are trusting for their salvation like these answers…

20 20 Any combination % also CONFIRMS they have not yet understood the Gospel and God’s plan of salvation by grace alone. What % of YOUR trust for salvation is in: A. HUMAN EFFORTS ____ B. OTHER ____ Examples: 50/50, 70/30, 100/0, etc. 7030 Any combination % here CONFIRMS they are trusting a combination of human efforts AND Christ.

21 21 3. As they hear God’s Word, they can come to understand God’s terms for salvation by GRACE alone, by FAITH in Christ alone. (Eph. 2:8, 9) 4. When they respond to God’s Holy Spirit, they can use the faith God gives them to trust Christ alone for their salvation. (Rom. 10:17; Eph. 1:13) They are taking the “Narrow Road” of Christ alone to their “Spiritual BIRTH” and eternal life (John 14:6, Acts 4:12; 1 st Pet. 1:23).

22 22 Here are some Facts about “Spiritual Birth”… #1. Spiritual Birth is REQUIRED. Jesus said, we MUST be Born Again (born spiritually) to enter into the Kingdom of God. (John 3:3 - 7) #2. Spiritual Birth is BY FAITH (not human efforts). “For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:26) #3. Once born into God’s family, we CAN NOT BECOME UNBORN. God’s Word promises us everlasting life, we shall not come into condemnation and we have passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)

23 23 Our daily FELLOWSHIP with God Our eternal RELATIONSHIP with God Spiritual Relationship and Fellowship with God are much like our Physical Relationship and Fellowship with our parents. Relationship Fellowship

24 24 Relationship is established by BIRTH. There is no way you can become “unborn” and cease to exist. They are your parents, you are their child. It’s a permanent Relationship. Relationship Fellowship is established by OBEDIENCE. If you obey, there will be benefits for your life. Fellowship and benefits may fluctuate. Fellowship

25 25 Relationship Fellowship Your Fellowship is affected, but not your Relationship. They are still your parents, you are still their child, obedient or disobedient. If you disobey your parents, they may take away your car keys, take away your TV and send you to your room without your supper.

26 26 Relationship Fellowship When you decide to get right with your parents, broken Fellowship can be restored. Question: What is the one thing that can break your Relationship with your parents (or God)? Answer: NOTHING. Relationship is permanent. Only Fellowship is affected by our obedience or disobedience

27 27 Our daily FELLOWSHIP with God Our eternal RELATIONSHIP with God is forever and as SECURE and guaranteed as the promises of God who can not lie. (John 10:27-29; Titus 1:2; 1 st John 5:11-13) Our eternal RELATIONSHIP with God Our daily FELLOWSHIP with God fluctuates based on our OBEDIENCE to God’s Word. (See Col. 1:9,10; 2:6,7 3:16,17; 4;5,6; 1 st John 1:3-7)

28 28 Our eternal RELATIONSHIP with God Our daily FELLOWSHIP with God Here, Christ becomes our SAVIOR. We trusted Him and committed our SOUL to Him for our salvation and Eternal Life. Here, Christ becomes our LORD. We are to daily trust our BODY to Him as our boss, our ruler… for His best in all aspects of our life.

29 29 Our eternal RELATIONSHIP with God Our daily FELLOWSHIP with God Relationship is our POSITION. Fellowship is our WALK. Paul wrote to the believers, “I beseech you therefore, brethren (already saved people)… that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1) They are SEPARATE ISSUES.

30 30 Question: What does it mean to be “saved?” Answer: There are three phases of salvation: Justification, Sanctification and Glorification. 1. Justification: When we trust Christ 100% as our Savior, we are “Declared Righteous.” For He (God) has made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin (Christ); that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (2 nd Cor. 5:21) Christ’s righteousness is “imputed” (given) to us. His righteousness makes us perfect in God’s eyes. That’s our “Justification.”

31 31 When we trust Christ 100% as our Savior, God credits us with the very righteousness of Christ. God took all our sins (past, present & future) and placed them on Christ on the cross. He died to pay sin’s death penalty FOR US. This gets us to Heaven.

32 32 This is our Relationship (position) with God. JUSTIFICATION is our salvation from the PENALTY of sin. This is the past tense phase of our salvation. When we trusted Christ 100%, we were saved from Hell and promised Eternal Life in Heaven with God. Our sins are forgiven, past, present and future. Our position is perfect in Christ and we have been sealed by the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 1:13,14)

33 33 2. Sanctification: Salvation from the POWER of sin. This is the present tense phase of salvation, where God progressively cleans up our lives. Sanctification means “set apart for God.” We are in the world, but not to be corrupted by the world, not isolated but insulated. (John 17:15) How are we, the church, the body of believers, to be insulated, cleansed, set apart? By obedience to God’s Word.

34 34 Jesus prayed for the disciples (and us): “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. (Eph. 5:25, 26) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: (God’s Word) that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature… (2 nd Peter 1:4)

35 35 Here is a major tip for success in our Christian walk… “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in Him.” (Col. 2:6) What is in common about how we received Him and how we are to walk in Him? (Discuss) We received Him by appropriating God’s promises by faith concerning our salvation from the Penalty of Sin. Example: John 3:16 We are to walk in Him by appropriating God’s promises by faith concerning our salvation from the Power of Sin. Examples: James 4:7; 1 st Peter 5:8-10

36 36 Here’s another tip for our victorious walk… Most of God’s promises are “conditional promises.” Just like a contract, we must meet the terms before we can claim the promise. Example of a Contract : To purchase new car: Terms: 60 monthly $300 payments. Promise: Clear Title. Example of God’s Promises : James 4:7 Terms: (2) A. Submit yourself to God. B. Resist the devil. Promise: He will flee from you. Meet the terms and claim the promise!

37 37 Example (True Story): James 4:7 was shown to a Christian lady who wanted to quit smoking. Terms: A. Submit yourself to God. Ask God in prayer to help you. B. Resist the devil. Get cigarettes out of your life, car and home. Later the Christian lady was asked about her problem. She said, “God gave me the victory. I did as James 4:7 said. A. I asked God in prayer to help me. B. I threw away the cigarettes in my house and car. I even threw away a purse because it smelled like tobacco.” Meet the terms and claim the promise!

38 38 3. Glorification: Salvation from the PRESENCE of sin. Future tense, never to be exposed to sin again. Glorification is promised to the saved. (Rom. 8:30) When will this happen? When we get our new Glorified body at the RAPTURE. (1 st Thes. 4:15-17) Our new body will be incorruptible and there will be no sin in Heaven. (1 st Cor. 15:51, 52; Rev. 21:23-27)

39 39 Question: What does it mean to be “saved?” Answer: We have been saved (Justified) from the Penalty of sin, We will be saved (Glorified) from the Presence of sin, never to be exposed to sin again. We are being saved (Sanctified, set apart) from the Power of sin,

40 40 We are “saints” (our position) We who have been Justified (past tense) We may or may not have much Sanctification in our Christian walk (present tense). Are guaranteed Glorification (future tense). But are we always “saintly” (obedient in our walk)?

41 41 Much of the New Testament (Romans through Jude) is to believers about our Fellowship (our walk, our progressive Sanctification, our salvation from the Power of Sin). We need to always look at the context & see which phase of salvation the verse refers to. Context: Who is it talking to and what is it talking about? Relationship or Fellowship? Context: Does the verse apply to our Justification, Sanctification or Glorification? Many who don’t determine that, often get confused and misapply Scriptures.

42 42 Example: See 1 st John 1:9. This is sometimes shown to lost people for salvation. Is this a correct Scripture to use for unsaved people? Context: It’s to saved people. See 1 st John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 st John 2:1) “These things” (the previous verses) are written to “my little children” saved people… about sin in their walk (Fellowship, not Relationship)

43 43 Some passages talk about Relationship AND Fellowship. Example, see Eph. 2:8-10. Vs. 8,9 are Relationship. Vs. 10 is Fellowship (walk). How do we know 1 st John 1:9 is about our Fellowship rather than our Relationship? Look at the previous verses, 1st John 1:3-7. Fellowship, fellowship, fellowship, fellowship… It’s used FOUR times in these verses. Some verses talk about ALL three phases of our salvation. See 2 nd Cor. 1:9,10. (KJV) He delivered (past tense), doth deliver (present tense) and He will yet deliver (future tense) us from the sentence of death.

44 44 It’s normal for new Christians to start their Christian WALK (Fellowship) as spiritually immature, but it’s not normal to stay there. They must learn how to walk in Christ by reading, studying and obeying the Bible. Maximum JOY comes as they grow from spiritual immaturity towards Christ likeness. This is God’s goal for all believers. Victorious Christian

45 45 WHY should we CHOOSE to obey Christ and seek to live Victorious Christian lives? 1. We should choose to obey Christ because of His love for us. He loved us enough to die for us. Wouldn’t it be the least we can do (in gratitude), to live for Him, that is live for His glory? And He died for all that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again. (2 nd Cor. 5:15)

46 46 2. We should choose to obey Christ to please the indwelling Holy Spirit. Eph. 4:30 says: And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed until the day of redemption. 3. We should choose to obey Christ because His commands are for our good. Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psa. 119:11) His commands help protect us from the dangers and consequences of sin.

47 47 4. We should choose to obey Christ because sin is very destructive. It often leaves scars. The damage may be: A. Emotional (guilt, shame and fear) B. Mental (memory flash backs) C. Physical (illness and pain, loss of property or even loss of life) and D. Spiritual (damage to our testimony and grieving the Holy Spirit of God within us.) Even after a Christian’s sin is forgiven by God, Satan may use the memory of sins to try to discourage the believer in their faith and walk.

48 48 5. We should choose to obey Christ because HE IS WORTHY ! God has highly exalted Christ above every name. (Phil. 2:7-9) Since God has exalted Christ, is Christ not worthy of our obedience? Every knee will eventually bow before Christ and confess that He IS LORD. (Phil. 2:10,11) Eventually, why not now? Millions in Heaven will proclaim, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain…” (Rev. 4:10,11; 5:11,12) Eventually, why not now?

49 49 Victorious Christian Defeated Christian They are carnal, slaves to sinful desires and habits, they lack real joy and will be ashamed when they meet Christ. (1 st John 2:28) Defeated Christians have trusted Christ as their Savior but they’re NOT trusting Him as LORD. Victorious Christians have trusted Christ as Savior AND LORD. They’re learning & claiming God’s promises for victory over sin and Satan.

50 50 Paul told some saved people (brethren, babes in Christ) they were carnal (1 st Cor. 3:1-4) Defeated Christian Carnal A Delayed Dedication and Walk with God could salvage some wasted time and spiritual growth potential… but what a shame for the waste. Delayed Dedication When Christians are asked why they delayed trusting Christ as their LORD (boss, ruler) most reply they did not understand about the Bible’s teaching of the Victorious Christian Walk.

51 51 Here’s a tip for success… What to do when a Christian sins… Let’s take a look at what this guy just went through… He’s living the walk, then let’s say he loses his temper and falls into the pit of rebellion. Now, he has a choice. He can continue to REBEL or… he can get right with God.

52 52 Let’s say he chooses to REBEL and tries to justify his sin. He may say “I had a right to lose my temper, he stepped on my foot!” Eventually (the sooner the better), he swallows his pride and rebellion and decides to obey God’s terms for forgiveness… In rebellion, his fellowship & walk with God is affected. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 st John 1:9)

53 53 To “confess” our sins to God means we agree with God about sins He convicts us of, THEN BELIEVE God’s promise in 1 st John 1:9. Immediately upon our confession of that sin to God… we should believe His promise and experience His forgiveness! This is the process whereby we learn to hate ANY sin as much as God does. Over time, God progressively cleans us up, from the inside out. Our fellowship and walk with God is resumed.

54 54 Positionally, in our Relationship with God, born again believers are totally forgiven and totally righteous in God’s sight through Christ. But we don’t experience that forgiveness to it’s fullness without agreeing with God regarding sin and sins He reveals to us as we journey through life. If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with the another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son (continually) cleanses us from all sin. (1 st John 1:7)

55 55 The light of God’s Word illuminates our life and walk and reveals sin to us. The blood of Christ has cleansed us for our Relationship to God. We should also want the daily cleansing His blood provides for our Fellowship with God. As His light makes us aware of sin, we should admit that to God. Then thank Him and believe that He has already forgiven us. His love for us should motivate our gratitude and obedience by His power in us… to please Him in our Father to child Relationship and Fellowship.

56 56 WARNING: While God does forgive confessed sin in believer’s lives, He will not tolerate on- going deliberate rebellion, sin and hypocrisy. As a good father, God promises chastisement for correction in our lives… “that we might be partakers of His holiness.” (Hebrews 12:3-15) God does not punish Christians, He corrects us for our good and for His glory. He convicts us of our sins. If we choose to rebel, He speaks louder… with correction until we confess the sin to Him, restoring our fellowship and corrected Christian walk.

57 57 Compare: Punishment Vs. Chastisement Source God’s Wrath God’s Love Purpose Avenge Wrong Correct Wrong Result Alienation Restoration Effect Guilt Righteous Lifestyle Unsaved people would be wise to AVOID God’s Eternal Punishment in Hell… by trusting Christ as their SAVIOR before it’s too late! Saved people would be wise to AVOID God’s Discipline (chastisement) by trusting and obeying Christ daily… as their LORD. Toward Non-believers His children

58 58 Christians will not be judged at the final Great White Throne Judgment described in Rev. 20:11-15. They will ALL be found GUILTY and separated from God forever in the Lake of Fire (HELL). (Rev. 20:15) That will be the judgment of the UNSAVED people of all ages resurrected then and there.

59 59 Judgment Seat of Christ Christians will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ. It will NOT be for salvation. If they are not saved, they will not even be there. It’s believed this event will be in Heaven, after the Rapture, sometime while the 7 Year Tribulation Judgments are occurring on Earth. Judgment Seat of Christ

60 60 Judgment Seat of Christ To the believers, God’s Word says… For we shall all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. (Rom. 14:10-12) For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad. (2 nd Cor. 5:10)

61 61 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire: and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. (1 st Cor. 3:13) Our Christian lives and motives will be revealed. Will the motives for our Christian life and service be for God’s glory alone? The fire of God’s judgment will test our Christian life and work and reveal “what sort it was.” Judgment Seat of Christ

62 62 Judgment Seat of Christ In any man’s work abide which he has built thereupon (the foundation of Christ), he shall received a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (1 st Cor. 3:14, 15) Note: There will be rewards given and for others, loss of rewards, but no loss of salvation. All Christians should live daily in light of this coming event when we will stand before Christ and give account of our life since our salvation.

63 63 Tribulation Judgments on Earth Judgment Seat of Christ In addition to the Judgment Seat of Christ, there are 2 other events to happen after the Rapture, to do with “The BRIDE of Christ.” The Bride of Christ…

64 64 The Bride of Christ Her Identity The Bride is the Church, the world wide body of believers, called out and set apart for God’s glory. It’s every person saved during this age we are now living in.

65 65 The Bride of Christ Her Identity The Bride of Christ, the church, is not any denomination, not any religion. It is every BORN-AGAIN PERSON… world-wide. When Scofield Bible Church in Dallas burned down a few years ago, a newsman interviewed Pastor Ashcraft, “How do you feel about this historic church burning?” He replied, “The church did not burn, only the building burned.” A lady said, “Pastor, Pastor, come quick, the children are chewing gum in the sanctuary.” He said, “Lady, the children are the sanctuary.”

66 66 The Bride of Christ Her Security were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, (US), unto the praise of His glory. (Eph. 1:13, 14) In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: In whom also after that you believed, you Believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit at our salvation… unto the redemption of the purchased possession. WHEN will that redemption be? At the Rapture.

67 67 The Bride of Christ Her Mission Matt. 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Matt. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Our relationship and fellowship with Christ should allow His light to shine through us everyday (not just on Sunday) everywhere we go… to everyone we meet.

68 68 The Bride of Christ Her Mission Matt. 28:19,20 GO ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Christ’s command for the Bride, the Church, is to GO. We are to TAKE the Gospel to the lost. And He promised to be with those who obey His GO command.

69 69 The Bride of Christ Her Mission Phil. 2:14 -16 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life… 2 nd Cor. 5:18-20 teaches us that the WE, the bride (church) have been given the ministry (job) and word (tool) of reconciliation. We are Ambassadors for Christ, as though God is making his appeal (to the lost) through us.

70 70 The Bride of Christ Her Destiny Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. “keep” The Greek word is ek = “out of” not dia = “through” From the “hour” the very “TIME” of the judgment, the coming 7 year Tribulation Judgment which will come upon all them dwelling on the earth. Gone from the Earth

71 71 The Bride of Christ Her Destiny Rev. 2 and 3 contain letters to the early churches. Then John wrote: The church is not mentioned again until Rev. 19:7,8. WHY NOT? Because the church was Raptured before the Tribulation Judgments. Rev. 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold a door was opened in heaven; and the first voice which I heard was as it were a trumpet talking to me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter.

72 72 Two other events after the Rapture are when the bride (church) is united with the bride groom (Christ) and the Marriage Supper will follow. Tribulation Judgments on Earth Judgment Seat of Christ Marriage of the Lamb and Marriage Supper in Heaven

73 73 Rev. 19: 7,8 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Rev. 19:9 And He said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb… Judgment Seat of Christ Marriage of the Lamb Marriage Supper of the Lamb

74 74 The Bride of Christ 1. Are you a member of the church (not just a local church, but the true church, the body of believers in Christ), the future Bride of Christ? Evangelist D.L. Moody said, “Walking into a church won’t make you a Christian any more than walking into a garage will make you an automobile.” Are you as sure as you’d like to be, that you are saved? If you’re not, you can make sure NOW by trusting Christ 100% for your salvation. Questions for your consideration:

75 75 The Bride of Christ Do people you know and meet see the light of Christ shining through you… Mon., Tue., Wed., Thur., Fri., Sat., as well as on Sunday? What are you doing as your part of carrying out the command to all of us believers, to GO and TAKE the Gospel to the world? How will you feel about your response to this when you meet Christ, your future bride groom, at the Marriage and the Marriage Supper? If you are a member of the future Bride of Christ, how is your light?

76 76 The Bride of Christ Can you imagine the GLORY of these unique events… the Marriage of the Lamb and the Marriage Supper, when all the believers of all ages from all over the world will be united together with their bride groom, the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you looking forward to the Marriage of the Lamb, when you will meet your bride groom, the Lord Jesus Christ, and be united with Him? Marriage of the Lamb Marriage Supper of the Lamb

77 77 Which represents your present life? 1. NATURAL 2. BABY 3. VICTORIOUS 4. DEFEATED If you are experiencing or WANT the “Victorious Christian Life”… (unsaved, trusting good works) (saved, but spiritually immature) (saved, growing, fruitful) (saved, but not victorious) the primary KEY is… our OBEDIENCE to God’s Word.

78 78 After our salvation we should be baptized as an outward testimony that we are trusting Christ alone for our salvation and that we are not ashamed to be publicly identified with Him as our Savior. Baptism by immersion is a picture that we have been buried with Christ and raised to walk in the newness of His life. Christ gave a clear command about this, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 28:19) Here are some items for our obedience…

79 79 Find and join a good Bible teaching church that teaches salvation by grace alone… through faith alone… in Christ alone. Regular Bible study, worship and fellowship with that body of believers can be one of the BIGGEST KEYS for success in your Victorious walk God’s Word reveals this wisdom to believers… “…Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.” (Heb. 10:25) Here’s another MAJOR help for our Victorious Christian walk and life…

80 80 Many churches and Bible classes use the material on the BACK of the “Battle Map for The Christian Walk” for Bible Studies. Here are some of the subjects for study… What are Satan’s maneuvers against us? How does Satan try to brainwash us? What are God’s “Victory Promises?” What are God’s “Combat Instructions?”

81 81 As you study and apply God’s Word to your life, you will become more and more controlled by the Holy Spirit. Desires, motives, morals, language, attitudes, actions and habits will become more Christ like. Christ as your Savior and Lord will bring more and more JOY and meaning to your life. The greatest JOY will be as you “walk the talk” and see God use YOU to help other people believe on (trust) the death (shed blood) of Christ as the total payment for their salvation.

82 82 An even greater JOY will be when you meet Jesus Christ… in person… and hear… “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

83 83 If you are saved, do you realize YOU are God’s “PURCHASED POSSESSION?” What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 st Cor. 6:19, 20) You are God’s REDEEMED child… blood- bought back from the slave market of sin. YOU are very precious to God.

84 84 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people (people for His possession); that you should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 st Peter 2:9) If you are saved, do you realize YOU are God’s “PRIZED POSSESSION?” YOU are one of His CHOSEN, His blood- bought ROYALTY and HOLY unto Him.

85 85 As God’s Chosen, Blood-Bought, Prized, Purchased Possession, Royalty and Holy unto Him…

86 86 May God bless you so much, you will be overcome with joy, praise, worship and obedience to Him, as your heavenly Father.

87 87 The Christian Walk End of this show… but not the end of your understanding and Bible study for your on-going Victory in…

88 88 END OF SHOW The following pages have additional information in small fonts (not for projection) but just for the presenters, teachers or viewers to read.

89 89 Much of the basic visual material used in this presentation is in the tracts shown above, the “Bible Map – God’s Plan of the Ages,” the “Tribulation Map” (with the Rapture Picture in it), “Battle Map for the Christian Walk” and the “Eternity Map.” (They are Pre - Millennial, Pre -Tribulation Rapture, Salvation by Grace and use KJV Scriptures.) We hope this show helps you and others better understand God’s Word and appreciate His wonderful love and grace. It’s well known that we understand and remember up to 70% more when we hear teaching and SEE VISUALS along with it. In addition to English, we also have some of these printed materials available from our ministry offices in Spanish and Russian. The visuals in these materials have helped thousands of people in many languages since 1970.

90 90 If you do choose to get some of our printed materials, it’s best to order them at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance of your classes so we can get them to you in time for your advanced preparation and use. However, you may want to get some of these tracts for use in your classes along with your teaching. If so, they could help your viewers in their further Bible study, to share the Gospel with others and to bring more people to your classes. You can see more about them and our other Bible teaching charts and get a FREE “Sample Pack” which includes a sample of these tracts, at: http://www.bbea.org You are very welcome to use this Power Point Show without the printed materials. In addition to our web page, you can usually reach one of our ministry staff members at our Texas office… Mondays and Wednesdays… 10 am to 3 pm (CST)… (toll free) at 1-888-624-5366. Please also note that we can only ship our materials to addresses in the U.S.A.

91 91 I am working on “STUDY SUPPLEMENTS” for BOTH Power Point Shows, “Projection For Survival” & “The Christian Walk.” These contain additional material, Scriptures, questions and answers to aid teachers. When finished, the “Study Supplements” will not be added to the CD’s but they will be on our web page for FREE download worldwide as Adobe PDF documents. Nearly everyone can easily and quickly download, save and print PDF documents. If you don’t have the Adobe Reader installed on your computer, you can and should get and install it FREE from: Check back on our web page from time to time to see if the “STUDY SUPPLEMENTS” or other new materials are there.

92 92 Final note from Leon Bates… Thank you for being our ministry partners for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. We hope you enjoy using these free Power Point Shows and the other materials. We’d enjoy hearing from you and sharing how you are using the shows and materials, or ask any questions. You can e-mail me directly (until my “graduation” or the Rapture) at:

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