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(i) Amos pronounced God’s judgment against Damascus the capital city of Syria. They had mistreated expectant mothers who according to the law were not to be attacked during wars, God was therefore going to send fire on the nation.
(ii) God would send fire to destroy Philistia for selling their citizens as slaves to Edom.
(iii) Tyre was to be destroyed with fire for selling Israelites as slaves to Edom.
(iv) Edom were also to be destroyed with fire for killing and enslaving citizens of Jerusalem
(i) This was the choosing of Israel by God as a special people through whom humankind could know God
(ii) Amos taught that God chose Israel out of the love for her forefathers and so they were not to be proud of that because God could have chosen another nation.
(iii) Israelites were called to serve Yahweh failure of which meant punishment.
According to Matthew, Jesus came from Galilee to be baptized by John the Baptist to baptize him so as to fulfill all righteousness. Therefore, when Jesus met John the Baptist for baptism, he(John) was astonished OR surprised for seeing Jesus coming to him for baptism and wanted to stop the baptism of Jesus Christ but Jesus insisted that John the Baptist must baptise him and John agreed to do so.
Later, John the Baptist took Jesus down to river Jordan and there Jesus was baptised and after the baptism, as they were coming up from the river, Heaven were opened and a dove descended on the head of Jesus and a voice from heaven stated that Jesus is a beloved Son of God with whom God is well pleased with.
In conclusion, after the baptism of Jesus, Jesus came down to Galilee while John the Baptist continuing baptising at river Jordan.
(i) Christians have to accept Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.
(ii) Christians should at all time confess their sins to God and ask God for forgiveness
(iii) Christians should be born again ie born of the water and of the spirit.
(iv) Christians should at all time have faith and trust in God.
James in his letter buttressed the importance of faith in Christianity. He asserts that a Christian’s faith should reflect through his or her work. For instance, if one should see another naked or hungry and instead of offering clothing or food to the person, and rather he or she is abandoned. How then can the person prove it boast about his faith in Christ.
He aggressively that such a fellow that does not exhibit good works does not have faith. Furthermore, even the idol. Worshippers and some other unbelievers also know that there is God, but since their works does not portray good Christian living; Their evil works has disannuled their faith. Hence, their faith is dead. More so he added that Abraham was justified by his works when he had offered Issac his son in the altar. Hence not just by faith.
Rehab, the harlot was also justified by works when she delivered the people of God who were about being killed.
Conclusively, according to James, faith not backed up with works is dead.
(i) It makes one fearless
(ii) It makes a Christian to trust and have confidence in God.
(iii) It makes a Christian to fulfill his destiny.
(iv) it brings the blessings of God to someone.
(v) It makes one justified before God.
Peter in his letter to Christians living in a community first reminded them that they are chosen people to proclaim the good name of God who called them out of darkness to light so as to give light to the world wherever they are.
Again, Peter told them to abstain themselves from passions of the flesh which are also at work against their soul. On the otherhand, Peter said that Christian should for God sake submit themselves to every human authority such as the emperors, the leaders and others in authority.
Furthermore, he told the Christians not to use their freedom to cover up any evil, rather Christian should love as God’s people thereby respecting everyone, loving one another, fearing God and respecting the emperors or those in authority.
Moreover, Peter warned the slave Christians or the servants that they must submit to their master and bear the name of Christ. Again he told Christians that when their faith is been tested, let them be glad because the purpose is to prove that their fathers genuine and he use gold which can be destroyed by fire as an example. So their faith must be tested to keep them know other.
In conclusion, Peter warned Christians to be obedient children and not to conform to the passions of their formal ignorant but they should be holy since God himself their father is holy.
(i) A Christian must be a humble person because Christ himself is humble.
(ii) Every Christian must be honest.
(iii) Every Christian must be God fearing and obedient to God’s words.