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First Principles
Mike Connell
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First Principles
The Foundational Principles of Christianity, according to Hebrews 6:1 -3.
Jesus is saying we need to get off foundations and move into maturity, not laying again the foundation. Then he
begins to describe the foundations, which are explained in depth through this seven -part teaching.
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation
of: repentance from dead works; and of faith toward God; of the doctrine of b aptisms; and of laying on of hands; and
of resurrection of the dead; and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.”
Repentance from Dead Works (1 of 7) This is not talking about repentance from sin, but from living a self-
centred life at the core of our being, a life lived out of duty, obligation, legalism, my efforts to be loved, needed,
valued, feel good. The life of God flows out of a vital love relationship with God. He is the centre, not us. Our identity
is with him. His life flows through a life that's yielded and open, and in love with God as a father.
Faith towards God (2 of 7) What is Faith? How would I know if I had it? How do I get it? Can it be grown and
developed? How can I grow and develop it? Turn towards God to receive his love, receive identity in Him, receive
positioning in Him, so you can bring forth good works , living works.
Baptised into Christ, Baptism in Water (3 of 7) A foundation of believing that causes you to step up to the reality
of who Jesus says you are. I am immersed into something that I was not in before. I am a totally new person,
connected to God vitally, and connected to the body of Christ. Water Baptism is my testimony to the world that to the
spiritual powers, that old person died, I'm joined to the living God, the power of sin is broken. I'm a free man, there's a
new person risen up, born again.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit (4 of 7) Immersion into the person, and power and presence of the Holy Spirit, so it
lives around you, and is on you, and flows freely from within you. The entrance into a supernatural living.
Laying on of Hands (5 of 7) In the laying on of hands, in the spirit, there is a flow from one person to another. God
has called you not just to experience Him, but to connect to people tangibly, and release what He has given you.