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People and nations may be blessed by showing honor to God (1 Sam. 2: 30);  and such shall be judged one day on how they regarded Him (Matt. 25: 31-34);  however, blessings and mercies should not be viewed as salvation of the soul, and the Gospels must be regarded.   Let us "earnestly contend for the faith"  (Jude 3)
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Christian Counsel Collection
CCC Subjects
By Robert L. DeWitt - Update 11/11 

INTRODUCTION
Due to volume this CCC listing is limited to subjects rather than individual papers, so readers can choose a subject that is of some interest to them. Various papers and discussion on a subject can be sent, and of course correspondence about clarification and additional subjects is always welcome. 

In requesting a subject here, please also state the category where it is listed (e.g. R-Gospel, etc.), or state your particular interest, or request any other subjects of interest. Please note that the writer makes no claim to know all things about God's Word and His mind, but is happy to share what he has been given through the years and can appreciate. –RLD  

Christian Counsel Introduction (paper on purpose of this ministry)
A Threefold Foundation (thoughts on John 14:6, which seem to encompass Christian experience)
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REDEMPTION WAY:  This concerns God and His ways with man from the beginning to the end. It is about heaven, salvation, eternal life, blessing, man's course, judgments; the Lord's sacrifice, coming reign, kingdom, glory and purposes for man, etc. Some general subjects addressed are shown here, and readers might have others. Readers might also compare with ministry under Correspondence and Miscellany.

Redemption – Gospel – RG  concerns that primary hope of God's redemption for man, and about the way of salvation and eternal life. It sets forth the way to be saved and assured of heaven, and speaks also of the urgency of it, and the certainty and danger of condemnation in hell forever, if one neglects so great salvation.

R-Gospel -Subjects (good news of salvation): 1.Thoughts about believing; 2.Understanding salvation; 3.Hindrances; 4.Following Jesus; 5.God's view; 6.Original sin; 7.Assurance of salvation; 8.Eternal security; 9.Urgency of the gospel; 10.How to be saved; 11.Hope; 12.New birth; 13.Spiritual states; 14.The good life; Etc.  
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Redemption – Prophecy – RP  is foretelling what will happen in the end times concerning God’s coming judgment on man and this world , the translation of the church, conditions in the world, etc.

R-Prophecy -Subjects (future conditions & events): 1.Coming judgments; 2.Signs of the end; 3.Rapture (translation of the church); 4.Meaning of Babylon; 5.Christ's return; 6.Conditions on earth; 7.Eternity; 8.Studies of Revelation; Etc.  
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Redemption – Kingdom - RK  concerns ministry about God's plan and purposes for mankind and the world from the beginning; and time for man, existing conditions, eternal state. 

R-Kingdom -Subjects (overall work & rule of God): 1.God's plan for man; 2.Origins & creation; 3.Good Samaritan picture; 4.A second chance?; 5.Lordship of Christ and His reign; 6.The Bride; 7.Hades & Hell; 8.Satan and his end; 9.Heaven; 10.People of God; 11.Manifestations of Christ; 12.Eternal blessings; 13.Sin from Adam; 14.Time for man; 15.Christianity; 16.Changing times; 17.The kingdoms; Etc.  
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Redemption – Miscellany & Thoughts - RM  are general papers about the process of redemption for mankind, and some thoughts toward the world. Benefits are explained and views are presented as to meanings of such as grace, eternal security, the soul of man, sin, our standing and state, etc.

R-Miscellany -Subjects (some related matters & issues): 1.Feelings & faith; 2.Eternal security; 3.Redemption process; 4.Profession & possession; 5.Grace thoughts; 6.Person & work of Christ; 7.Chosen in Christ; 8.Birthright; 9.Sin in man; 10.John 14 thoughts; 11.Choices to believe; 12.Standing & state; 13.Perfect Christians; 14.Spirit & soul; 15.Knowing God; Etc.  
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Redemption-Correspondence - RC  are letters on many of the above subjects and other matters, which respond to questions and concerns.  

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CHURCH TRUTH:  This is the sphere of light and obedience, and God's counsel and expectations for the saints. It is about such as baptism, the gathering of believers and collective testimony locally and worldwide, unity of the faith, Godly walk, the Lord's glory and honor, etc. Some general subjects addressed are shown here, and readers might have others. Readers might also see ministry on these subjects under Correspondence and Miscellany.

Church Form & History – CF, CH is about the establishment of the church by God, the form, the purpose; some history in general, and much about the revival of the early 1800's known as the "brethren movement". It includes the innovations of men, failure, divisions and sectarianism which have corrupted God's testimony; God’s recovery in revival. See also letters about these matters.  

CF-Church Form -Subjects (the beginning & God’s intent): 1.Understanding God’s church; 2.Basic scriptural form and expectations; 3.Viewing the church; 4.Truth of “one body”; 5.Purpose and testimony; 6.Foundation guide; Etc. 

CH-Church History -Subjects (collective failures, divisions & recovery): 1.Apostolic and post-Apostolic church; 2.Religionists and persecutions; 3.Gospel revival and early Christian gatherings; 4.Church truth recovery; 5.Divisions & sectarianism; 6.Defenders of the faith; 7.Brethren movement; 6.Church status & condition; Etc.  
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Church Assembly & Life – CA, CL does not speak about government so much as expectations of God for His purposes and testimony, unity, the welfare of the saints, and pleasing God. It concerns Christian life within the assembly according to the Word, and the responsibilities of all for the good of all and God's honor. 

CA-Church Assembly -Subjects (proper assembly processes, functions, & meetings): 1.Ground of gathering and Reception; 2.Gathering thoughts; 3.Remote gatherings; 4.A scriptural assembly; 5. Meaning and obedience of baptism; 6.Lord’s table and supper; 7.Various meetings as Acts 2:42; 8.Holiness; 9.Appreciating the “one body”; 10.Unity; 11.The priesthood of believers; 12.The gifts; 13.Fulltime servants; 14.Elders-overseers; 15.Balanced ministry; 16.Applying the Word; Etc.

CL-Church Life -Subjects (assembly fellowship): 1.Examining self; 2.Participation; 3.Fellowship and social activities; 4.Godly care and assistance; 5.Honoring God; 6.Shepherds and helpers; Etc.  
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Church Government & Order -CG, CO  speaks of the scriptural way --- corrections, and governmental actions within a Godly testimony; setting forth essential understandings and maintaining the truth locally in order and honor to God.  

CG-Church Government -Subjects (assembly responsibilities): 1. Maintaining God’s testimony, and the unity of “one body”; 2.Resolving problems; 3.Corrections as Mt. 18:15-20; 4.Avoiding and judging evil; 5.Collective judgments; 6.Esteeming Scripture and church truth; 7.Judgments in other assemblies; 8.Honoring other assemblies; Etc.
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Church Miscellany & Thoughts - CM  includes general information and views about the church in the world and thoughts about God's intentions and expectations for the collective testimony; some priorities, features, effects, and things not listed under other titles in the Christian Counsel Collection. 

C-Miscellany -Subjects (some related matters, issues & thoughts): Considering baptism & circumcision; Woman's calling; 21 principles; Old paths; Perfection; Priorities; God's testimony; Fund. of faith; Self-evaluation; How divisions occur; A church view; True expression; Church age; House churches; No more divisions; Back to basics; Ideas about church; Israel in typology; Naming the church; Some comparisons with sects; Etc.
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 Church Correspondence – CC  are letters on many of the above subjects and other matters.  

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SPIRITUAL LIFE:  There is a new life in Christ which God expects us to live, not after our own ideas, but in holiness, communion and conformity to Him for blessing. Some general subjects addressed are shown here, and readers might have others. Readers might also see ministry on these subjects under Correspondence and Miscellany.  

Spiritual - Faithfulness -SF  refers to the importance of believers being faithful and devoted to Christ; and about the rewards and commendations in heaven, blessings, the right ways, etc.

S-Faithfulness -Subjects (devotion, honor, & trust): Abiding in Christ; Crowns; Devotion; Peace & joy; Struggle of Job; Understanding faith; Blessings; Right things; Trouble of heresies; Carnality & vanity; Five fundamentals; Communion; Etc.  
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Spiritual - State - SS  speaks of spiritual maturity, and learning patience, forgiveness, responsibilities, and growing in conformity to God and learning His mind, etc. 

S-State -Subjects (growing in our soul): Learning holiness; Dependence; Forgiveness; Spiritual maturity; Wiles of Satan; Fullness in Christ; Growth process; Rewards of obedience; Report card; Overcomer; Etc.
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Spiritual - Trials - ST  is about trials and their purpose; enduring with a right attitude, understanding trials and trouble for a believer; and appreciating why God allows them for a saint. 

S-Trials -Subjects (understanding & living a trial): Times of trouble; A State of soul; Handling difficulties; Overwhelmed with life; Etc.  
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Spiritual - Worship - SW  concerns attitudes about communion with God, prayer, and praise; and speaks of the Lord's supper as collective worship as well as personal devotions. God indwells believers by the Holy Spirit as a temple prepared by God, besides dwelling in the midst of His gathered company. 

S-Worship -Subjects (from the heart): Worship & worshipping; Attitudes of prayer; Lord's supper; Etc.         
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Spiritual – Miscellany & Thoughts - SM  is general papers not covered in other sections. It addresses various spiritual subjects to show degrees of spiritual matters, and contrasts carnal reasoning with that which is of God and beyond the understanding of natural men. 

S-Miscellany -Subjects (some related matters & issues): Issues of life; No offense; Counsel of God's will; Liberals & conservatives; Ambassadors of Christ; Leprosy & leaven; Image of God; View of sacrifice; Seeing no evil; Spiritual powers; A vortex; Etc.
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Spiritual Correspondence - SC  are letters on many of the above subjects and other matters.

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GENERAL MINISTRY: Some other ministry and thoughts concerning Christianity, God's ways, Bible studies, and eternal truths are presented for consideration here. Readers might also see ministry on these subjects under Correspondence and Miscellany.  

General - Bible - GB  About the Bible and lessons. Subjects include such as versions, study, harmony of God's Word, the books, balancing the Word, meanings of Scripture, etc. 

G-Bible -Subjects (he Biblos -the Books): The inerrant Word; Bible versions; Searching the Scriptures; Old & new testament differences; Israel and their religion; Christian balance; The unlearned; Spiritual gifts; Revelation studies; Regeneration; Seven churches; Genesis considerations; Appreciating the Word; Etc. 
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General - Deity - GD speaks of deity, the trinity, beliefs in a supreme Creator, etc. 

G-Deity -Subjects (appreciating the Godhead): Trinity; Pursuit of belief; Marvel of the trinity; God everywhere; The Creator; Origins; Etc. 
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General - Philosophy - GP are thoughts on such as humanism and religious ideas of men. 

G-Philosophies -Subjects (man's reasoning): Humanism; Various beliefs about life; Thoughts on origins; Santa Claus; Wizards; Etc. 
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General - Sects & Cults - GS  are about various sects formed by professing Christians; and cults by agents of Satan.

G-Sects & Cults -Subjects (Christian & Satanic): Extremism; Elitism; Apostasy; Pentecostalism; Nee-Lee movement; Promise keeping; Calvinism; Tongues; Denominationalism; Campbell movement; SDA in brief; Mormon doctrine; Roman Catholic Religion; Laodicea & sects; Ravenism; Etc. 
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General - Young Believers - GY is ministry and subjects especially for new believers in Christ. Readers might also see ministry under Correspondence, Miscellany, and other titles that applies to young believers and youth.

G-Young Believers -Subjects (young in the faith & some practical things): Boy-Girl relations; Experimental acts; Marriage; Careers; Coping with life; Dangers; Etc. 
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General – Miscellany & Thoughts - GM addresses general information and subjects about honoring God, Christianity, God's people, Christendom in general, God's mind and purposes, etc.

G-Miscellany -Subjects (some related matters & issues): Study subjects; Recommended readings; A missing day; Christian burial; The age factor; First steps; Marital abuse; Tithes; Life courses; Marriage inventory; Divorce; Mental health; Christian service; Association with sin; Head coverings; God's standards; Exercising our will; Faithful defenders; The dispensations; Israelites; About angels; About truth; Stress & burdens; Doers of the Word; The priesthood; The common good; Darby & Luther; Within & without; Standard bearers; Ministry schools; Training a child; Etc.  
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General Correspondence - GL are letters on many of the above subjects and other matters. 

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SUMMARY: It seems so very important to maintain a balance in these things. Believers often become so occupied with one area that the others are neglected. It not only is personal loss, but harms the universal testimony. The monthly editions at the Bible Counsel web site show most of the CCC available papers on various subjects over time (see www.biblecounsel.homestead.com). One can always request commentary on Christianity or other biblical subject. -RLD  
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Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet,
And a light unto my path

[Psa. 119:105]
Some thoughts here on understandings and viewpoints, and letters on Christian life and some information on godliness and living for God.  See also CHRISTIAN COUNSEL COLLECTION listing below to find various papers on biblical issues.  E-mail: aninterface@hotmail.com
RESPONSIBILITIES IN BAPTISM
The Walk Of One Who Is Baptized
Thoughts By R. DeWitt, 2008; add: 12/17

Some papers which are written to describe Christian baptism and explain the meaning of it, do not speak of the expectations and how the recipient should regard it thereafter. This writing seeks to share some thoughts on this for blessing to one who is baptized, and it is not supposed that this is the final word on the subject. Readers ought to pray over this and see what God shows them.  

One may read a fuller paper on the subject of baptism in the Christian Counsel Collection at the Biblecounsel web site, for the subject here concerns only our responsibility to it and desire to honor God. One might first consider the thoughts here from another paper as an introduction:

  "Christian baptism is unto God the Father in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ (as also shown in Acts 19: 1-5). This appears to be the truth in all baptism today: 
1) For one who is mature, it is at least confessing the Lord Jesus as the Son of God, and is a personal desire to be faithful. It is standing apart from the unbelieving world, and association with Christ's death for sin and resurrection to new life (Rom.6:3-4), whether or not one fully comprehends. The one performing the baptism ought to feel satisfied with the sincerity of the desire (note Acts 10:44-48). God alone knows the heart and our weakness. Baptism does not save a soul, but should show a sincere desire to honor the Lord.

2) Household baptism refers to real Christians dedicating their children unto the Lord (like unto circumcision of olden times Gen.17: 12-13; Ex.12:48-49), and as owning God's word to save (keep) their house and bless them (Acts 11:14; Acts 16:15,31). When the child who is baptized is older they should be helped by faithful parents to appreciate what their baptism represents and live for the Lord. This baptism is not the same as what some call 'infant baptism', which is non-believers baptizing infants for salvation, which is not possible.  

  3) One should understand that water baptism speaks only of desire, but places one under responsibility to at least seek to honor the Lord. It is explained in Romans 6:3-4 & 11. See also Matt.28:19. - ref. Christian Counsel Collection at the Biblecounsel web site - CF25 ".

A. The first consideration is the fairly mature or older applicant for baptism ---usually from about adolescence and older, though sometimes younger, who is sincere in a desire to honor the Lord and seek to obey Him. That seems to be a work of the Holy Spirit in one to awaken him to God (quickening). It does not require that one know all the Scripture, or even understand the fulness of redemption, but be honest and willing to learn the truth and try to follow the Lord. The emphasis should be on sincere desire as a first step to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord will honor such a one in their life as being submissive and taking this stand.  
B. The next step after baptism is the expectation that he or she will seek to live with the thought of learning more about the Lord and His mind as one goes on in the world. It means to begin to read God's Holy Word, and seek spiritual answers from older and experienced believers, who manifest real devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. It does not speak of perfection in the faith or even the same devotion of one who knows the Lord personally. Failure to act on the leading of the Spirit does not void the baptism, but will likely forfeit blessing. Baptism should only be undertaken sincerely, for they then are not considered ignorant of the Lord and His claims on us. Turning away and forgetting the Lord would be rejection of grace and a wrong spirit. 

C. Sometime along the way the Lord will stir up this sincere seeker to come to Him in a personal way, and then the serious soul will "enter into (his) closet" alone (Matt. 6:5-7), as it were, open His heart, thank the Lord Jesus Christ for dying for his sins, and receive Him as his Savior. He or she will then be "born again" by the indwelling and sealing of the Holy Spirit. This is salvation of the soul. The beauty of the grace of God, is also seen in the fact that some earnest seekers will come to the Lord and receive Him in faith without A and B above; then will want to be baptized thereafter as a true believer ---which is good, expected, and proper. One should know that real communion with the Lord Jesus Christ and receiving Him into the heart, will truly bring His presence into one's life and the greatest joy of fellowship with Him. This is not just an intellectual thing, but a relationship and reality. One must have this personal relationship with Christ to be saved, not just following doctrines ---the believer can then walk and talk with the Savior. 

D. Further consideration is the child who is baptized by his or her parents, and has only little remembrance of it. This dedication by the parents is like unto a promise to "train up a child in the way he should go" for the Lord (Prov. 22:6). The end result is the same, in that as the child grows he or she needs to be helped to appreciate this privilege (perhaps somewhat like a "nazarite" of olden times set apart for the Lord) and seek to honor the Lord as in B above. As with the older person, failure to act on the leading of the Spirit does not void the baptism, but will likely forfeit much blessing as forgetting God. Parents who give their young child to baptism must not fail in their responsibilites to the child's spiritual growth. 

Let it be said again that baptism is not salvation of the soul , but a precious act of honor to the Lord that is ordained by God and well-pleasing to Him ---whether before or after salvation by a spiritual new birth; and God will bless this one and highly esteem the stand as we also should. This is important for a first step in submission to God, but one MUST then receive His Son, as stated above, for salvation of the soul. - RLD: SS12