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     Virtuafranchise Rules & Bylaws                              
 

Become Workers Approved By God

  • Make an effort to present yourself to God as a tried-and-true worker, who doesnít need to be ashamed but is one who interprets the message of truth correctly. 
  • Avoid their godless discussions, because they will lead many people into ungodly behavior, and their ideas will spread like an infection.
  • The Lord knows the people who belong to him, and everyone who confesses the Lordís name must avoid wickedness.  
  • There arenít just gold and silver bowls but also some bowls that are made of wood and clay.  Some are meant for special uses, some for garbage.  Be set apart as a ďspecial bowl.Ē  Be useful for every sort of good work.
  • Pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace together with those who confess the Lord with a clean heart.
  • Avoid foolish and thoughtless discussions, since you know that they produce conflicts. 
 

Instructions On Worship

  • Pray for kings and everyone who is in authority so that we can live a quiet and peaceful life in complete godliness and dignity. 
  • This is right and it pleases God our savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 
  • Train yourself for a holy life! While physical training has some value, training in holy living is useful for everything.  It has promise for this life now and the life to come. 
  • Set an example for the believers through your speech, behavior, love, faith, and by being sexually pure. 
  • Practice these things, and live by them so that your progress will be visible to all. 
  • Focus on working on your own development and on what you teach.  If you do this, you will save yourself and those who hear you.
 

Live A Resurrected Life

  • You are saved by Godís grace because of your faith.   This salvation is Godís gift.  Itís not something you possessed.  Itís not something you did that you can be proud of. 
  • We are Godís accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things.  God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.
  • Christ is our peace. He made both Jews and Gentiles into one group.  With his body, he broke down the barrier of hatred that divided us. 
  • We both have access to the Father through Christ by the one Spirit. 
  • You are no longer strangers and aliens. Rather, you are fellow citizens with Godís people, and you belong to Godís household. 
  • As Godís household, you are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 
  • The whole building is joined together in him, and it grows up into a temple that is dedicated to the Lord. 
  • Christ is building you into a place where God lives through the Spirit.
 
      The Supremacy Of Christ
  • The Son is the image of the invisible God
  • He existed before all things, and all things are held together in him.
  • Present yourselves before God as a people who are holy, faultless, and without blame. 
  • Remain well established and rooted in faith.
 

Unity Of The Body Of Christ

  • Live as people worthy of the call you received from God. 
  • Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. 
  • Accept each other with love, and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together. 
  • You are one body and one spirit just as God also called you in one hope.  
  •  There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all who is over all, through all, and in all.
  • God has given his grace to each one of us measured out by the gift that is given by Christ. His purpose was to equip Godís people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of Godís Son.
  • Godís goal is for us to become mature adultsóto be fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ. 
  • By speaking the truth with love, letís grow in every way into Christ, who is the head.
  • Renew the thinking in your mind by the Spirit and clothe yourself with the new person created according to Godís image in justice and true holiness.
  • Tell the truth to your neighbor because we are parts of each other in the same body. 
  •  Donít let the sun set on your anger.  Donít provide an opportunity for the devil.
  • Donít let any foul words come out of your mouth. 
  • Donít make the Holy Spirit of God unhappyóyou were sealed by him for the day of redemption.
  • Put aside all bitterness, losing your temper, anger, shouting, and slander, along with every other evil.   
  • Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ.
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    Freedom From Human Regulations

    • Live in Christ Jesus the Lord in the same way as you received him.  
    • Be rooted and built up in him, be established in faith, and overflow with thanksgiving just as you were taught.  
    • See to it that nobody enslaves you with philosophy and foolish deception, which conform to human traditions and the way the world thinks and acts rather than Christ.
    • God made you alive with Christ and forgave all the things you had done wrong.
    • Donít let anyone who wants to practice harsh self-denial and worship angels rob you of the prize.
     

    Rules For Holy Living

    • Look for the things that are above where Christ is sitting at Godís right side.  Think about the things above and not things on earth.
    • When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
    • Put to death the parts of your life that belong to the earth, such as sexual immorality, moral corruption, lust, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 
    • Set aside anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene language.  
    • Take off the old human nature and put on the new nature, which is renewed in knowledge by conforming to the image of the one who created it.
    • Christ is all things and in all people.
    • As Godís choice, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  
    • Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other.
    • And over all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.   
    • The peace of Christ must control your heartsóa peace into which you were called in one body.
    • Be a thankful people.   The word of Christ must live in you richly.
    •  Teach and warn each other with all wisdom by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  Sing to God with gratitude in your hearts.   
    • Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him.
     

          Teach All People To Be Godly

    • You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. 
    • Teach the older men to be sober, dignified, sensible, and healthy in respect to their faith, love, and patience.
    • Teach the older women to be reverent in their behavior, teaching what is good, rather than being gossips or addicted to heavy drinking.  
    • Encourage the younger men to be sensible in every way.  
    • Offer yourself as a role model of good actions.  Show integrity, seriousness, and a sound message that is above criticism when you teach.
    • Show that we are completely reliable in everything so that we might make the teaching about God our savior attractive in every way.
    • The grace of God educates us so that we can live sensible, ethical, and godly lives right now by rejecting ungodly lives and the desires of this world.  
    • Wait for the blessed hope and the glorious appearance of our great God and savior Jesus Christ.  He gave himself for us in order to rescue us from every kind of lawless behavior, and cleanse a special people for himself who are eager to do good actions.
    • Encourage and correct with complete authority.  Donít let anyone disrespect you.

    Be Imitators of God

    • Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, following the example of Christ, who loved us and gave himself for us. 
    • Sexual immorality, and any kind of impurity or greed, shouldnít even be mentioned among you, which is right for holy persons. 
    • Obscene language, silly talk, or vulgar jokes arenít acceptable for believers.  Instead, there should be thanksgiving. 
    • Nobody should deceive you with stupid ideas. Godís anger comes down on those who are disobedient because of this kind of thing. 
    • You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, so live your life as children of light.
    • Light produces fruit that consists of every sort of goodness, justice, and truth. 
    • Therefore test everything to see whatís pleasing to the Lord, and donít participate in the unfruitful actions of darkness.
    • Be careful to live your life wisely, not foolishly. 
    • Donít be ignorant, but understand the Lordís will. 
    • Donít get drunk on wine, which produces depravity. 
    • Be filled with the Spirit in the following ways:  speak to each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts; always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;  and submit to each other out of respect for Christ.
     
          Leave The Elementary Teachings About Christ
    • By the time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of Godís word all over again, you need milk, not solid food! 
    • Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. 
    • Leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity.
    • God isnít unjust so that he forgets your efforts and the love you have shown for his nameís sake when you served and continue to serve Godís holy people.  
    • Show the same effort to make your hope sure until the end.  
    • Follow the example of the ones who inherit the promises through faith and patience. 
     
    Put On The Armor of God
    • Be strengthened by the Lord and his powerful strength.  
    • Put on Godís armor so that you can make a stand against the tricks of the devil.  
    • We arenít fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens.  
    • Pick up the full armor of God so that you can stand your ground on the evil day and after you have done everything possible to still stand. 
    • Stand with the Belt of Truth buckled around your waist, the Breastplate of Righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace
    • Carry the Shield of Faith so that you can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. 
    • Take the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
    • Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. 
    • Stay alert by hanging in there and praying for all believers. 
    • Make this secret plan of the gospel known. 
     
     
      
                 
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