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We invite you to scroll with us through a partial list of "215 things that are true of me [or any believer] now that I am saved":
  • I have been saved by His grace (Ephesians 2:1-10)
  • I have the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:17)
  • I am a child of God (John 1:12, Romans 8:16, Galatians 3:26, 1 John 3:1-2)
  • I am an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17, Titus 3:7)
  • I am blessed with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
  • I am a new creature (creation) in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:10; 4:24, Colossians 3:10)
  • I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)
  • I am chastened and disciplined by my Heavenly Father (Hebrews 12:6-7)
  • I died to sin (Romans 6:2)
  • I was identified with Christ in His death (Romans 6:3-6, 2 Corinthians 5:14; Colossians 2:12,20; 3:3)
  • I was identified with Christ in His resurrection (Romans 6:5,8,11; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Galatians 2:20; Colossians 2:12; 3:1)
  • I am alive unto God (Romans 6:11, 13; Galatians 2:19-20)
  • Christ is my life (Philippians 1:21; Colossians 3:4)
  • I am being perfected (Philippians 1:6)
  • My inward man is being renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16)
  • I am a saint (1 Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2; Romans 1:7)
  • I am faultless in Christ (Ephesians 5:27; Colossians 1:22; Jude 24)
  • I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
  • I have all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3)
  • I have peace with God (Romans 5:1)
  • Christ is my peace (Ephesians 2:14)
  • I am a laborer together with Christ (1 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 6:1)
And the list goes on....
 
Click here to view the document: "215 Things That Are True Of Me Now That I Am Saved" - Middletown Bible Church
We were introduced to this document in our Christian Life class last semester at New Tribes Bible Institute (now Ethnos360 Bible Institute), and I think Middletown Bible Church did a great job of compiling these truths. (Note that the first part of the document also includes "61 things that were true of me before I was saved".) I encourage you to download this document, save it, print it, paste it, review it, staple it to our foreheads (just kidding)! We mustn't lose sight of God's amazing grace.
 
If humility is having a biblically accurate view of ourselves, of God, and of others; then believing what God's Word says about me as a believer glorifies Him and enables me to "do" the Christian life. It is necessary and healthy to bathe in God's grace. It is humble to be motivated by His love and to understand who we are as new creations in Christ, because there is absolutely nothing we did or can do to merit or earn God's favor or grace. It would be fair and just for God to condemn us to eternal torment in hell as punishment for our sins, but instead God initiated a plan to fully satisfy His own justice through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. So now, a believer's first "task" is to know and understand who he/she is in Christ, and to continue to unwrap His "indescribable gift" (2 Corin 9:15). This is the concept of "being" before "doing"; both of which are equally important, but "being" must precede "doing". Be encouraged by His provisions!
 

So we arrived at the Ethnos360 Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Roach, Missouri about a week ago, and we are settling in just fine. The kids are registered in the Camdenton public school system (which begins on 21 Aug), and our own MTC orientation begins on 14 Aug. The MTC property is large and quite beautiful, sitting on the Lake of the Ozarks. I'm sure we'll share a few more pictures and details in our next update. 

Our Summer 2017 was full, enjoyable, and productive. We enjoyed being able to connect with our own families as well as friends at Grace Community Church. We're especially grateful to Devon's parents for letting us live with them for 1.5 months :-) Jonathan had the opportunity to work on maintenance/projects at Aletheia Christian Academy. And we got to help out with VBS at church early in the summer.
Isaac helping me change out a ballast at Aletheia.
Jackson helping out too!
In conjunction with our niece's wedding celebration (congratulations, Jacob and Charis!), we also had the privilege of celebrating Jonathan's parents' 50th anniversary with a nostalgic Senegalese shish kabob family reunion picnic. Thanks, Mom and Dad, for being faithful to each other all these years!
We also had an opportunity to share some of our story at Grace Community Church, as well as a short message on how "God Enables What He Requires Or Commands Of Us".
We don't know what some of the acronyms mean yet either, but below is a snapshot of our upcoming semester at the MTC. :-)
Please be praying with us as we:
  • seek God’s direction over the next year (especially) as to where He would have us to go geographically with Ethnos 360, and in what capacity He would have us to serve.
  • for the health of our marriage, parenting wisdom, and diligence in school studies
  • that our kids will always feel like they are a part of our team, as they navigate their own adjustments; and that we'll be faithful to disciple them
  • to continue to learn to trust, believe, know, and depend on God each day
  • for opportunities and boldness to share the good news with others along the way
  • for more laborers (Luke 10:2)
Thanks for allowing us to be an extension of God's ministry in reaching the unreached through His church.

Grace and peace,
Jonathan & Devon
Copyright © 2017 Jonathan and Devon Ames, All rights reserved.

Jonathan's email: jonathan_ames@ntm.org
Devon's email: devonames@gmail.com

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