CHRIST’S AMBASSADORS – II Corinthians 5:17-20
Ambassador: In Hebrew – “Malak” [Mal-awk]
In Greek – “Presbeuo” [Pres-byoo-o]
Meaning : Representative, Angel, Prophet, Priest, Teacher, Minister, King, Messenger
1. Who is an Ambassador? II Cor. 5:17, 20; John 3:3-6; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Galatians 2:20; Rom. 8:14-17
- New Creation; New Heart; New Nature, Adopted as God’s child
- Old things are passed away: Old thoughts; Old principles; Old practices; Self life; [Canal nature].
- S/he that is sent of God for a particular Mission – Isaiah 6:8; Romans 10:15; John 20:21
2. Where does s/he derive his/her power?
- I Cor. 3:21-22
- I John 4:17
- John 20:22-23
3. How is s/he prepared?
- Galatians 1:15-18
- Philippians 3:13-14
- Romans 9:15-26
- II Timothy 2:19-21
4. What are his/her attributes?
– How can I know this Ambassador?
– What makes one an Ambassador?
- II Timothy 2:24-26;
- Titus 2:7-8
- Matthew 7:15-20
5. Who/where is s/he sent to?
- Matthew 28:19
- Matthew 10:5-6
- II Corinthians 5:19
6. What are his/her mandates?
- Matthew 28:18-20
- Matthew 10:7-8
- II Corinthians 5:18-19
- I John 4:17
7. What if s/he is not accepted or is persecuted?
- Mark 6:10-11
- Matthew 10:16-32
- I Peter 4:12-16
- SW3 [i.e. Some Will, Some Won’t, So What? Move on]
We also believe, teach and uphold…
1. The utter depravity of human nature, Gen. 3: 23-24; The necessity for repentance and regeneration, John 3:3 & 5; and the eternal doom of the finally unrepentant. – Matthew 25: 44-46; John 3:18-20
2. The Virgin Birth, Matt. 1: 18; Sinless Life, I Peter 2: 21-22; Atoning death, l John 2:1-2; Triumphant Resurrection, Mark 16: 6; 1 Cor.15: 20; Ascension, Acts 1: 9-11; The abiding intercession of our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 John 2: 1; His second coming and millennial reign upon the Earth. – I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Rev. 20: 4-6
3. Justification and Sanctification of believers through the finished work of Jesus Christ. 1Cor. 6: 11
4. The Sacraments of Baptism by Immersion and of the Lord’s Supper. – Mark 16:16; Matt. 26: 26-29; John 6: 53; 1 Cor.10: 16; 1 Cor.11: 23-34
5. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost for believers, with signs following. Matt.3: 11; Mark 16: 17
6. The nine gifts of the Holy Ghost for the edification, exhortation, and comfort of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. – I Cor.12: 8-10
7. Church Government by Apostles, Evangelists, Pastors, Prophets, Teachers. Eph.4:1-13
8. The obligatory nature of Tithes and Offerings. Mal. 3: 8-12; Matt. 23: 23
9. (i) The possibility of falling from Grace, if we fail to walk in faith and in the Word of God. – Heb. 6: 4-6; I Cor.10:12
(ii) The Assurance of Christ’s return. John 14:3
(iii) Rapture of Believers to be with Him. 1 Thess.4:15-17
10. Divine healing through obedience to the commands of our LORD JESUS CHRIST and FAITH in HIS NAME, trusting only in the merit of JESUS’ BLOOD – for all sicknesses, diseases, and infirmities. Mark 16: 17-18; Acts. 3: 1 -11; 4: 12; 5:12-16
11. The eternal life of the Saints with CHRIST in Heaven and the eternal doom and punishment for the wicked in hell. Matt. 25:46; John 5: 29
12. Faith in God as “The Jehovah Jireh” Who blesses the works of our hands; Who supplies all our needs and gives food and raiment to His children. Phil. 4: 19.; I Tim. 6: 8
13. The Divine inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures: 2 Tim. 3:16
14. The unity of the God-Head and the Trinity of the Persons therein: I John 5:7; Matt. 28:19; 2Cor. 13:14
However, we ensure that…
- In all essential beliefs — we have unity.
“There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:4-6
- In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty.
“Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.” Romans 14:1,4,12,22 And…
- In all our beliefs — we show charity.
“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.” 1 Cor. 13:2
What we practice/ our lifestyle…
Beliefs are not worth much unless they are translated into actions. Based on what the Bible teaches, we feel very strongly about the following practices:
1. That the BIBLE is our sole authority.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Since God’s Word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
2. That every Believer is a Priest.
“He…hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father…” Revelation 1:6
“ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Unlike under the Old Testament, every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.
3. That we are commanded to Tithe all our substance/income.
“…all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’s: it is holy unto the LORD…” Leviticus 27:30
At Christ’s Ambassadors we practice tithing in obedience to God’s command and for the support of the body of Christ – the church. We recognize that giving 10% of our income is the Biblical standard of giving.
4. Beyond tithing, we believe in the necessity for sacrificial giving – Acts. 4:32-35; Romans 12:1 and that giving precedes getting – Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:5-10.
5. That as believers, we can only be baptized by immersion — the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands..
“Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12
6. That we should be led by the Spirit of God in all matters.
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:12-14
7. That it is very important each believer should tell their testimony of salvation to others.
“…be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15
It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News of their salvation with whom God may bring us in contact. We practice personal sharing about Christ and invite as many that the Lord would call to Church. I Corinthians 1:9; Acts 2:46-47