Lesson. 1. The Bible
The sailors were frightened.
There had been a terrible storm and some of their friends had drowned.
They were lost and many unanswered questions trouble them. Where were
they going? How long would this trip last? Would they ever find their
It was 1492 and the captain of these men, Christopher Columbus, could not answer
their questions. He had taken them on an uncharted course across the
Atlantic Ocean. Looking for India instead, he found an island in the
Americas. There he and his sailors found fresh water and their lives
A similar story would not
likely be repeated today. With accurate charts and maps to direct their
course, ship captains need loose their way.
Though still on land, many people feel as if they are lost on a storm-tossed
ocean. They are asking themselves questions. Where am I going? Am I
lost? Will I ever find the right way? God has heard our questions and
he has already given us a book to guide our lives.
Before searching for the answers, let’s look together at the great book. We
will see how it was written and how it was given to us.
THE ORIGIN AND STRUCTURE OF THE BIBLE
Objective 1. Describe the origin
and basic structure of the bible.
The Holy Bible, made up of 66 books, is like a small library that god has given
us. The first part of the bible – The Old Testament – contains 27 books.
Over a period of 1600 years approximately 40 men were involved in writing these
books. The bible tells us that these men were holy men of God. They
were kings and peasants, poets and merchants, military and religious
leaders. They were different backgrounds, different cities, and of different
The book of the bible cover many different subjects like history, prophecy,
and poetry. It has songs and wise sayings called proverbs. It contains
stories to interest the young and the old. Yet it all fits together
because it has one central theme the relationship between god and man.
THE PURPOSE OF THE BIBLE.
2. Recognize aspects of divine inspiration.
Perhaps in the first part of this lesson. It says that god gave us the bible,
but it also says that men wrote it how can this be?
The forty men who wrote the Bible were divinely inspired. This means that the
Holy Spirit put in the authors’ minds the thoughts that God wanted them
to write. Second Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is inspired by God.”
This verse also tells why the bible was given for teaching, rebuking,
correcting, and giving instruction.
God has given us instructions for right living because he desires our highest
good. He knows that when we do not live according to his principles
we hurt ourselves. Our minds, our bodies, and especially our spirit
suffer. The best way to avoid hurting ourselves is to follow his word
closely. Through it we get to know him personally, we understand that
his ways are best for us. Like a chart or a guide book, his word was
written for us to turn to for help and strength. How wonderful that
we can have his personal instructions to s always at our side!
Lesson 2. God
I was a little child when my mother taught me how to enjoy storms. She would
put her arms around me as we stood at the window of our house.
The wind would ship through the banana threes in out front yard. It was magnificent
to see the tossing leaves, wet with rain, shining when the lightning
flashed. The thunder sounded like drums telling the story of how the
grass and flowers loved the refreshing rain.
People can enjoy or fear a storm, depending on what they have been taught about
it. It is also important to know what kind of a storm it is – beneficial
How can you understand a storm? What is the shape of the wind and rain and lightning?
Can you put storm in a bottle? Of course not. A storm is understood
when we study its parts; for example, the cold air meeting the hot.
We can study its effects what it does to the land or the sea.
In a way, god can be compared to a storm. Some people fear him and others love
him depending on what they have been told what they do about it.
You cannot see God, but you can study what he does. In lesson we learned that
it is the bible that tell us all about god about his qualities and how
he deals with mankind. In the lesson we will look into the bible and
explore a few of the many things it has to say about god.
RELATIONSHIP TO US.
Objective 1. Name at least five attributes of god.
The bible says in John 4:24 that God is a spirit. The dictionary says that a
spirit is the vital principle that gives life. Since god is the Creator,
this means that he is the supernatural force that gives life to all
of his creation. Because he is a spirit he cannot be seen unless he
chooses to show himself in some visible form.
He did show himself through his son. John 1:14 says, “The word became a human
being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory,
the glory which he received as the Father’s only son.”
God has revealed himself as father, son, and Holy Spirit, three persons, which
are called the Godhead or trinity. The three are referred to in many
places, one of which is Matthew 28:19: “Go, then, to all peoples every
where and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
One good way to learn more about god is by studying his attributes or qualities.
God is good, holy, just, all-powerful, all –knowing, and eternal. Let’s
look at a series of verses that mention these qualities and others as
Exodus 34:6 Starts, “I, the Lord, am a god who is full of compassion and pity,
who is not easily angered and who shows great love and faithfulness.”
Leviticus 11:44 says: “I am the Lord your god, and you must keep yourselves
holy, because I am holy.”
The fact that is all-powerful can be seen
in Daniel 4:35 . It says, “No one can oppose his will or questions
what he does.”
God knows everything.
There is nothing that can be hid from god; everything in all creation is exposed
and lies open before his eyes. And it is to him that we must all give
and account of ourselves (Hebrews 4:13).
Revelation 10:6 tells us that God is eternal. An angel “ “took a vow in the
name of God, who lives forever and ever, who created heaven, earth,
and the sea, and everything in them.”
The few verses that we have read, verses that give
a little description of God, help us to realize how great he is. He
is powerful and he is strong – but he is also merciful and kind. And
he wants to have a close relationship with us, his creation.
RELATIONSHIP TO HIM.
2. Recognize that your first responsibility is toward God.
In Matthew 22:37 Jesus said, “lord the Lord your God with all your heart, with
all your soul, and with all your mind.”
There are various ways of showing god that we love him. Our worship and praise
can put our love in to words said directly to him. But we should also
show our love.
Now… listen to what the Lord your god demands of you; have reverence for the
Lord and do all that he commands. Love him, serve him with all your
heart, and obey all his laws. (Deuteronomy 10:12-13).
But whoever obeys his word in the one whose love for God has really been made
perfect” (1 John 2:5). If instructions he gives us in his word.
Another way to show our love to God is by giving and sharing with others. 1
John 3:17-18 says;
If a rich person sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against his
brother, how can he claim that he loves God? My children, our love should
no be just words and talk it must be true love, which shows itself in
The love that is obedient and sharing will be a satisfying and rewarding love.
Jesus says in Luke 10:28 that if we love god above all else we “will
live.” Some people think that “real living’ is wealth, power, and position.
But these things in themselves will never satisfy because we were made
in God’s likeness and for his glory. Our spirits must be satisfied with
Real living loves God. Jesus said, “Be concerned above everything else with
the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide
you, with all these other things” (Matthew 6:33)
Don’t limit yourself to the less important things. Love god with all your heart.
Lesson. 3 - MAN
There is a children’s story about a famous wood carver who one day carved the
figure or a little boy. It was a beautiful carving and the man called
it Pinocchio. He was proud of his work but there was no way their carving
could love him in return.
What would have happened
if the carver had put a little talking-machine inside the wooden boy?
Maybe he could have made the little figure move and say, “I love you.”
Would that have satisfied the carver? Would he have been thrilled and
said, “Now I know my carving loves me?” no, because that would not be
an expression of love, it would be only a mechanical phrase with no
The story says that somehow the wooden boy came alive. He had a mind of his
own and when he would say, “I love you.” It did thrill the carver, why?
Because the wooden boy wasn’t forced to say it he said it with love.
We know the story is just a fable, but it gives us a little picture of how god
felt when he made man. He made him beautifully and, most important,
with the power to make his own choices.
God made man, but not carved from a block
of wood. How did he make him? What qualities did he put in man? In
the last lesson we studied some of the qualities of God and our attitude
toward him. Now let’s look at how god made man and the responsibility
He gave him.
MAN’S CONDITION AT CREATION
1. State how man was made and identify a reason for his being created.
God created a beautiful world with trees, flowers, and animals. The bible says
that God was pleased with what he say, but it wasn’t complete. There
were no people to enjoy and share that beauty.
Genesis 1:26-27 tells us:
Then God said, “And now we will make human beings they will be like us and resemble
us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all the animals
domestic and wild, large and small. So God created human beings, making
them like himself.
Man was different from the animals already created because he was made in God’s
likeness. He was glorious creation; perfect in body, soul, and spirit
further details of the story are given in Genesis 2 where it tells how
god formed man out of the soil of the ground. Then he breathed life-giving
breath into man’s nostrils and man began to live.
With life came responsibility. Man could make his own decisions. He could glorify
god in his everyday living. Isaiah 43:7 give us God’s words, “They are
my own people, and I created them to bring me glory.”
The bible says that in the cool of the evening god would walk and talk with
man in the beautiful garden where they lived. God loved those first
people, Adam and Eve, and wanted their perfect fellowship to continue
forever. But he knew it could not be perfect if it were forced, if Adam
and eve had no choice but to fellowship with him.
Because God has the freedom to choose and he made man like himself, he gave
man the freedom to decide whether that fellowship should continue as
it has unbroken and beautiful. Perhaps Adam and eave wanted to keep
it that way, but they wanted some other thing too. One day they would
come to a place of having to decide what they wanted most of all.
2. Recognize the condition of man as a result of man’s fall.
What a joy the heart of God must have felt having communion with his creation.
Then Adam and Eve chose to break that precious fellowship with god.
That is how man fell from his perfect state. He made the wrong choice and became
sinful. Romans 5:19 says, “All people were made sinners as the result
of the result or the disobedience of one man.”
The justice of God could not ignore sin. God cannot lie and go against his word.
He had said that disobedience would cause man to become mortal. Adam
and Eve had to leave that paradise garden of Eden and be separated from
the presence of God.
Man’s condition today is still sinful. Romans 3:23 says, “Everyone has sinned
and is far away from God’s saving presence.” Man has never lost the
ability to choose. Wrong choice still keep people away from god.
Lesson 4. Sin
Let us imagine a friend
has given you palace full of beautiful things. It is yours to enjoy.
The only request he make is, “Please don’t jump from the tower because
you will die.
Then an enemy comes to your palace. He says, “Who told you not to jump? Go ahead.
You’ will be able to see your place from a different view.
Don’t worry about what happens when you hit bottom; just think about all the
new things you’ will learn on the way down”
Would you run to the top of your tower and jump? Of course not. It would be
stupid to trust you enemy and do as he says.
Adam and eve had a similar experience. God put them in a beautiful garden and
made them masters over everything. He gave them permission to eat of
every tree but one. Along came the enemy, Satan, who told them to eat
the fruit of the tree anyway – that it wouldn’t hurt them. They trusted
his word instead of god’s. How foolish!
As we studied in the previous lesson, man was made perfect but through disobedience
sin entered his life. How would we define sin? Did Adam bring it into
the escape? The bible verses in this lesson will give us the answers.
DIFFINITION OF SIN.
1. Recognize descriptions of sin.
Sin is disobeying God’s laws. It is saying to God. I am more important than
you. I don’t take your word as my final authority.” Sin is rebellion.
“No one has a right to limit me, you might say,’ “I” will do what I please”
The limits God has set for us were made for one reason our highest good.
For instance, god knows that bitterness and hate can cause severe headaches;
a desire for revenge can cause ulcers. These attitudes hurt other people
too. God showed his love for us by setting certain limits, or laws,
as protection. For us to go outside these limits is to sin. First John
3:4 say, “Whoever sins is guilty of breaking God’s law, because sin
is a breaking of the law.”
“Is it all right then to do anything that doesn’t hurt me or others?” No, everything
is lawful ONLY if it is inside the limits that God has set. We might
think that something doesn’t hurt others or us and be mistaken in our
belief. For example, there were parents who thought they shouldn’t obey
God’s law of correcting their children because that would frustrate
or confuse them. Now a recent magazine article informs us, “It’s time
to discipline our children.” Man’s opinions change.
For a while he thinks one thing won’t hurt us and late he says it will. The
only safe conduct for us is obedience to the laws that God has set,
whether we understand the reason for them or not.
ORIGIN OF SIN.
2. Identify statements showing how sin entered the world.
Satan tempted man to sin,
and man yielded to that temptation. First John 3:8 says, “Whoever continues
to sin belongs to the Devil, because the Devil has sinned from the very
beginning.” It was Satan that brought sin into the world, but this does
not free man from blames. Man is responsible too.
Adam did not have to yield to temptation form Satan. We know that temptations
do not come from God. James 1:13-14 tells us:
If a person is tempted by such trials, he must not say, “This temptation comes
from god.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts
It is not sin to be tempted. Even Jesus was tempted by the devil. But it is
sin to yield. How different the world die. He didn’t die immediately
as we know death, but he immediately became mortal. Death began to work
in his body, soul, and spirit.
Sin came into the world through one man, and his sin brought death with it.
As a result, death has spread to the whole human race because everyone
has sinned (Romans 5:12).
Yes, all people are sinners. Everyone has
sinned and is far away from God’s saving presence” (Romans 3:23).
The penalty for sin today is the same penalty
that was given to Adam and Eve – death. Romans 5:12 expresses its wage
– death.” No, the sinner doesn’t physically die the moment he commits
sin! Sometimes it even looks
As though he prospers. But death is working there
nevertheless, and eventually he will not only die physically but spiritually
also. Spiritual death means eternal separation.
THE SOLUTION FOR SIN.
Objective 3. Explain how a sinner can
escape penalty of sin.
Do you remember the story that I told you
at the beginning of this lesson? The person who jumps from the palaces
tower will surely die. But that if a friend was near and stretched out
a strong net just below the window? If the one who jumped caught the
net, his life could be saved.
God has given us a way to escape the punishment
of sin, which is spiritual death and everlasting separation from him.
the way is through accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior. In a future
lesson we will learn the verses that tell us how to reach out and be
saved. For now, it would be good to memorize two verses that show us
how to escape the punishment of sin.
God has shown us how much he loves us –
it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us! (Romans
If we confess our sins to God, he will keep
his promise and do what is right; he will forgive us our sins and purify
from all our wrongdoing (1 John)
Lesson. 5 - Jesus Christ.
“Yes, of course I believe in Jesus Christ,”
said my new friend.” He was a great prophet, a man sent from God who
gave us many teachings that we should follow.”
“That’s wonderful,” I replied, “but it’s
not enough. You must not only believe that he was a great prophet, but
that he is god. You must know him as divine, as a savior.
This was difficult for my friend to accept
he had learned something about Jesus but had never established communion
with him trough reading his word or through prayer. It was hard for
him to believe that all men are sinners (as we studies in Lesson 4),
or that there is an escape from sin.
He asked me many questions that day. Who
is Jesus? How can he be human and divine at the same time? if he died,
why do Christians say he is living? What is he doing not?
The best answers that I could find were in the bible,
the word of God. In this lesson we will look at those same questions
and find the answers that my friend wanted to know.
Objective 1. Recognize biblical descriptions
Jesus Christ is the visible manifestation
of God to man. He chose to become like men so that we would be able
to understand him better and learn his plan of salvation for us. This
choosing to become like a man meant that Jesus would have two natures
in one person, both human and divine. Romans 1:3-4 says:
It is about his son, our Lord Christ: as
to his humanity, he was born a descendent of David; as to his divine
holiness, he was shown with great power to be the son of God by being
raised from death.
To have a human nature, Jesus was born of
a virgin named Mary.
The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid,
Mary; God has been gracious to you. You wll become pregnant and give
birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will
be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a
king, as his ancestor David was, and he will be the kingdom of the descendants
of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end! (Luke 1:30-33)
The word became a human being and, full
of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which
he received as the Father’s only Son (John 1:14)
Who is the Father mentioned in John 1:14?
God is the Father of Jesus. Second Peter 1:17 tells us.
He was given honor and glory by God the
Father, when the voice came to him from the supreme Glory, saying, “This
is my own dear son, with whom I am well pleased!
That name “Jesus Christ” also tells us of
his divinity. When the angel said that the baby’s name would be Jesus,
it was for a very special reason. Jesus means Savior. Matthew 1:21 says,
“She will have a son and you will name him Jesus because he will save
his people from their sins.”
The name Christ has a special meaning too.
It means “the anointed one” or “the Messiah.” Many years ago when a
man was chosen to be king, oil was poured over his head as part of the
ceremony. This pouring on of oil was called “anointing.” To call the
lord “Christ” or “the anointed one” meant that he was royalty. Messiah
was the name the Jews gave to the king and deliverer for whom they waited.
Simon Peter recognized him as king and said, “You are the Messiah, the
Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).
Objective 2. Identify statements showing
why Jesus died on the cross and what he is doing today.
Jesus came into the world to wave man from
sin. Luke 19:10 says, “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
There was only one way he could save us by giving his life. “The Son
of man. Did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life
to redeem many people” (Mark 10:45)
Redeem means to set free, rescue, save or
delivers. This is a wonderful promise to all mankind. But why did Jesus
have to die to redeem us? If we remember the story of Adam and even,
we will recall that God has told them that sin is followed by death.
God cannot go against his own judgment against sin. If there is sin
someone has to die. So Jesus Christ came to die in sinner’s place. No
one else could do it because he was the only one who could conquer death.
Yet it was not easy – even for our Lord.
he, who had been sitting on his throne with angels to carry out every
command, who created heavens and earth and man, became a servant. He
permitted his creation to hurt him, despise him, and crucify him on
the cross of Calvary that they might be saved. In 1 Peter 1:18-19 we
You know what was paid to set you free…it
was not something that can be destroyed, such as silver or gold; it
was the costly sacrifice of Christ, who was like a lamb without defect
Are all men now saved since Jesus died for
them? No, God never took away the privilege of Choice. Each man still
has to make his own decision. He has to accept Jesus as his personal
Savior. Jesus said to his followers.
Go throughout the whole world and preach
the gospel to all mankind. Whoever believes and is baptized wall be
saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned (Mark 16: 15-16)
For god loved the world so much that he
gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die
but have eternal life. For God did not sent his son into the world to
be its judge, but to be its savior. Whoever believes in the son is not
judged. But whoever does not believer has already been judged because
he has not believed in God’s only Son (John 3:16-18)
Jesus died for us. There would have been
no hope of salvation for man, however, if he had remained the grave.
Many religions have built shrines at the
tombs of their leaders. Inside are the revered bones of their dead but
the tome of Jesus is empty because of the miracle hat took place three
days after his crucifixion. Jesus rose from the dead and was seen many
times after his resurrection.
That he was buried and that he was raised
to life three days later, as written in the scriptures; that he appeared
to Peter and then to all twelve apostles Then he appeared to more than
five hundred or his followers at once, most of whom are still alive
although some have died. Then he appeared to James, and afterward to
all the apostles (1 Corinthians 15:4-7).
Jesus resurrection is one evidence that
point to his being the Son of God. Romans 1:4 says, “He (Jesus Christ)
was shown with great power to be the Son of God by being raised form
After he showed himself to many people and
spoke words of encouragement to them, he ascended into heaven,. This,
also, was no secret because he ascended whiled his disciples were watching.
Then he led them out of the city as far
as Bethany, where he raised his hands and blessed them. As he was blessing
them, he departed from them and was taken up into heaven. (Luke 24:50-51)
What is Jesus doing now? When he ascended
he took his rightful place at the right hand of his father. He talks
to his father about our needs. Let’s look at three verses that tell
what he is doing now.
“We have such a high priest, who sits at
the right of the throne of the Divine Majesty in heaven.” (Hebrews 8:1)
“If anyone does sin, we have someone who
pleads with the father on our behalf – Jesus Christ, the righteous one”
(1 John 2:1).
“And so he is able, now and always, to save
those who come to God through him, because he lives forever to pled
with god for them” (Hebrews 7:25)
How wonderful that the costly price has
been paid for our redemption! After dying on the cross, rising from
the grave, and ascending to be with his father, he does not forget us.
He is interested in us every day and wants to help us whenever we will
allow him to do so.
Objective 3: State at least five events
that will take place at the time of the Rapture.
Jesus Christ will come back to earth again.
We all his second coming. The bible tells us that before this takes
place. His church (all who have ever believed on him) is caught up to
meet him in the air. This is called the Rapture. Sometime after the
Rapture he will come to earth again and establish his kingdom.
Believers look forward to the Rapture because
it is them that we will be caught up to be with him and to receive our
reward of eternal life. Acts 1:11 says, “This Jesus, who was taken up
from you into heaven, will come back in the same way that you saw him
go to heaven.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 also states:
There will be the shout of command, the
archangel’s voice, the sound of God’s trumpet, and the Lord himself
will come down from heaven. Those who have died believing in Christ
will rise to life first; then we who are living at that time will be
gathered up along with them in the clouds to meet the lord in the air.
And so we will always be with the Lord.
We will learn more about the Rapture and
other future events when we study Lesson 10.
6 - Salvation
I was sitting in her little house when 95-year-old
Amelia told me how she came to accept Jesus as her savior.
Many years before she had stood at the doorway
of a church in Latin America. She was afraid to enter, but listened
intently as the preacher said, “Jesus is your savior. He will save you
from your sins. When you are in need, call on Jesus.”
That day she walked back up the hill and
when she entered her room she heard a rustle. Suddenly, before she could
run, a large boa constrictor snake wrapped itself around her. She could
see the large head in front of her face as it began to squeeze. She
remembered that preacher’s words and in desperation she cried out, “Jesus,
save me! Jesus, save me!” The snake loosened its coils, fell from her
and slithered out of the room.
Needless to say, that day Amelia not only
thanked the Lord Jesus for saving her physically, but asked him to save
her spiritually as well.
The same lord Jesus that saved Amelia can
save you. Lets study about this precious salvation and what you can
do to obtain if.
DEFINITON OF SALVATION
Objective 1: Recognize the biblical definition
One day a young man from a university said
to me, “There are many roads to salvation and heaven. Sincerity is the
key to reaching heaven. You may believe whatever you wish as long as
you are sincere.”
Was he right? Is being sincere enough? Or
can a person be sincerely mistaken?
The bible is very clear in saying that freedom
from sin comes only through Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:5 says, “He (Jesus
Christ) loves us, and by his death he has freed us from our sins.”
Acts 4:12 states; “Salvation is to be found
through him (Christ) alone; in all the world there is no one else whom
God has given who can save us.”
So, in defining salvation we can say that
it is pardon from sin, but we must add. “through the death of Jesus
Who needs this salvation? As we previously
studied, everyone has sinned and been sentenced to eternal death or
separation from God. Ezekiel 18:4 says, “The person who sins is the
one who will die.” And in Romans 3:23 we read, “Everyone has sinned
and is far away from God’s saving presence.” All mankind is in need
of forgiveness of sin and pardon through Jesus Christ.
INITIATION INTO SALVATION
Objective 2. Identify statements showing
the bas is for salvation.
A few years after the resurrection of Jesus, the
writer of Acts tells the story of a jailer who was very frightened because
there had been an earthquake and he thought some of his prisoners were
escaping. Two of them. Paul and Silas, were followers of Christ.
Paul and Silas quickly assured the jailer
that no prisoners were getting away. Then the jailer, seeing that god
had worked a miracle, asked how he could be saved. The answer the believers
gave him was very simple. It is found in Acts 16:31, “Believe in the
Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” So the first step that must be taken
to enter salvation is to believe in the Lord Jesus.
In what way must we believe? Again the Bible
has the answer. It says that we must accept him as our lord and savior,
and depend on him to take us to heaven.
These have been written in order that you
may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through
your faith in him you may have life. (John 20:31)
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior
we must also turn from sin. we must repent and ask God, for Jesus sake,
to forgive us and make us clean. if we ask him to do this, we must
also trust that he does forgive and cleanse us. Remember 1 John 1:9,
“If we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what
is right; he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.”
This acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior
is done simply by talking to him as you would to a friend. If you have
never taken this step, just tell god that you want to accept the forgiveness
he offers. Perhaps you could say in your own words something like:
I recognize that I am a sinner.
I’m sorry for my sin and ask your forgiveness.
Cleanse me and keep me from all wrongdoing.
I accept the sacrifice of your son, Jesus
who died for me.
I take him now as my Lord and savior.
Thank you. Amen.”
Once you have sincerely prayed this, you
can trust that your sins are forgiven! You can praise and thank God
that you belong to him, that you are his child.
RESULT OF SALVATION
Objective 3. Recognize five results of
What happens to you when you accept salvation?
A definite spiritual change, a transformation, takes place. Sometimes
this is called a change of heart.
Second Corinthians 7:10 says, “For the sadness
that is used by god brings a change of heart that leads to salvation.”
Second Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “When anyone is joined to Christ,
he is a new being; the old is several ways. Sometimes a person’s attitude
toward life changes from sad to happy, or perhaps he now loves someone
he couldn’t love before.
There can also be physical transformations.
Those who have been bound b habits such as alcoholism can be set free.
The lord is powerful to make any changes necessary in the person who
now believes in him.
To accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
also means to be born into the family of God. this is what Jesus meant
when he said in John 3:3 that we should be “born again.”
John 1:12-13 says:
Some, however, did receive him and believed
in him: so he gave them the right to become God’s children. They did
not become god’s children by natural means, that is, by being born as
the children of a human father; god himself was their father.
The bible also speaks of adoption, which
brings out similar relationship. By adoption we are received into God’s
family. God makes us his children, giving us all the rights of inheritance
that belong to the sons of god, God’s spirits joins himself tour spirits
to declare that we will possess the blessings he keeps for his people.
And we will also possess with Christ what god has kept for him; for
if we share in Christ’s suffering we will also share his glory (Romans
Being in the family of God is special. This
is why you will hear Christians call each other “brother” or “sister.”
This is a way of saying, “we belong to the same family.”
Can we be sure of our salvation? One day
a young woman asked for prayer. She told me that when she accepted Christ
as her savior she had left so wonderful, so full of joy. Now the didn’t
feel that way and wanted to know why she had “lost her salvation.” We
know that we are not saved by feeling, but by taking god at his word.
If we have met the conditions that the Bible
gives us for salvation, we must believe we are saved no matter what
we feel. The Holy Spirit can speak this assurance to our hearts also.
We can find reassurance from our brothers and sisters in Christ, too,
like my friend did the day she came to me.
“We know that we have left death and come
over into life: we know it because we love our brothers.” (1 John 3:14)
perhaps you have heard Christians use the
words justification and sanctification. What do these means?
Justification means being free from sin,
made righteous. It is a result of salvation. god forgives our sin, takes
away all guilt, and says that we are now righteous – just as if we had
never done anything wrong. Roman 5:1 tells us, “Now that we have been
put right with God through faith, we have been put right with God through
faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Being
put right with God is justification.
Sanctification means being made holy, that
is, clean from sin and dedicated to God.
May the God who gives us peace make you
holy in every way and keep your whole being – spirit, soul, and body
free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians
God wants all Christians to be sanctified,
made holy. “God wants you to be holy and completely free from sexual
immorality” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Try to be at peace with everyone,
and try to live a holy life, because no one will see the lord without
it” (Hebrews 12:!4)
There is another point that should be touched
upon while talking of the results of Jesus death on the cross. This
is divine healing. Divine healing was included in the benefits Jesus
bought for us on Calvary.
People brought to Jesus may who had demons
in them. Jesus drove out the evil spirits with a word and healed all
who were sick. he did this to make come true what the prophet Isaiah
had said, “he himself took our sickness and carried away our diseases”
“We are healed by the punishment he suffered
made whole by the blows he received’ (Isaiah 53:5). Divine healing is
the supernatural power of God bringing health to the human body. James
5:14-15 tells us how we can claim this healing.
Is there anyone who is sick? he should sent
for the church elders, who will pray for him and rub olive oil on him
in the name of the Lord. this prayer made in faith will heal the sick
person; the Lord will restore him to health, and the sins he has committed
will be forgiven.
Lesson. 7 - THE HOLY SPIRIT.
The disciple knew that Jesus was going away he had
told them so. At first it didn’t sound like good news and their hearts
were trouble. They loved Jesus they had walked three years with Jesus.
How could they live without him?
Jesus read their hearts and he assured them
that it was best for them that he returns to his father in heaven. His
father would send the Holy Spirit (part of the trinity we read about
in Lesson 2 ) and they would never be left alone.
God’s spirit wouldn’t be felt in just one
country or minister to just one race of people but over the whole earth.
On the day of Pentecost Peter spoke to the crowd representing at least
15 different language groups. Acts 2:16-17 tells us what he said: “This
is what the prophet Joel spoke about: this is I will do in the last
days; God says: I will pour out my spirit on everyone.”
In lesson 6 we studies about salvations.
Did you know that we are brought to salvation through the work of the
Holy Spirit? Let’s study about the Holy Spirit and his work in us.
THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
objective: 1. describe who the Holy Spirit
is and state at least five of his qualities.
The Holy Spirit is God. He is the third
Person in the Godhead, called the Holy Trinity. Like the Father and
the son, he also has other names. Some are the Holy Ghost, the spirit
of God, the Spirit of Truth, and the comforter. Matthew 28:19 mentions
all three persons. “Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them
my disciples: baptize them in the name of the father, the son, and the
The Holy Spirit is like God the father.
He is eternal all-powerful, all knowing, and everywhere. He works together
with the Father and the son and was with them at creation. Let’s look
at some verses that tell us about the Holy Spirit.
“Though the eternal Spirit he offered himself
as a perfect sacrifice to God.”(Hebrews 9:14)
“The Spirit searches everything, even the
hidden depths of God’s purposes” (1 Corinthians 2:10).
“God’s spirit made me and gave me life”(Job
the Holy Spirit moved on prophets and priests
in Old Testament times. He helped men and women serve God. Of Joseph
who was sold as a slave into Egypt it was said, “We will never find
a better man than Joseph, a man who has God’s spirit in him (Genesis
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Objective 2. identify six functions of
the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Bible.
The Holy Spirit plays an essential part
in our salvation, he shows us how wrong our sins are and helps us accept
Jesus us our savior. He changes our lives.
And when he comes [the Holy Spirit], he
will prove to the people of the world that they are wrong about God’s
judgment (John 16:8)
“I am telling you truth, “replied Jesus,
“that no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born physically
of human parents, but spiritually of the spirit.” (John 3:5-6)
the Holy Spirit dwells in every believers.
He enters the heart when conversion takes place. “To show you that you
are his sons, god sent the spirit of his son into our hearts, the spirit
who cries out, father, my father” (Galatians 4:6). Romans 8:9 says further,
“Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.”
if we belong to the family of God. His Spirit within us.
For the spirit that God has given you does
not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the spirit
makes you God’s children, and y the spirit’s power we cry out to God,
“Father! ,my Father!” (Romans 8:15-16).
We have talked about the indwelling of the
Holy Spirit and we may also have the infilling of the Holy Spirit which
occurs after conversion. It is sometimes called the Baptism in the Holy
Spirit. Not every believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit, but it is
an experience God wants all his children to have.
He [Jesus] has been raised to the right
side of God, his Father, and has received from him the Holy Spirit,
as he had promised. What you now see and hear is his gift that he has
poured out on us (Acts 2:33)
Peter said unto them, “Each one of you must
turn away from his sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ,
so that your sins will be forgiven; and you wll receive God’s gift,
the Holy Spirit” (Acts 3:38).
The Holy Spirit, is our Comforter, our helper.
He teaches, gives us love and fellowship, and guides us into truth.
He has fruits, like joy, peace, patience, humility and self-control
(Galatians 5:22) and spiritual gifts with which to minister unto the
Lord and to our fellowman ( 1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
Lesson. 8 - THE CHURCH
There are beautiful buildings and cathedrals,
humble adobe mission sand huts that have on them the name “Church.”
They have steeples and crosses, bells and towers that have their own
way of announcing to passers-by , “This is a church.” These man-made
structures are churches in one sense of the word, but the church spoken
of in the New Testament is something more.
The church in its larger sense is made up
of all believers. It is called the body of Christ. God dwells among
these believers by his spirit. In Lesson 7 we studied about the Holy
Spirit and some of his Functions. One of the functions we did not mention
is that he unites the church. Ephesians 4:3 says, “Do your best preserve
the unity which the Spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you
In this lesson we will study what the church
is, what it should be doing, and what is going to happen to it. Again,
it is the Bible that will give us the right answers.
Objective 1. List several names for the
When you hear the words body,building,bridge, family,
do they suggest something in common? All relate to people and in biblical
language these words refer to a specific group of people – those who
make up God’s family.
The church is compared to a body of which
church is the head. Colossians 1:18 says, “He is the head of his body,
the church; he is the source of the body’s life.”
God put all things under Christ’s feet and
gave him to church as supreme lord over all things. The church is Christ’s
body, the completion of him who himself completes all thing everywhere
“All of you are Christ’s body, and each
one a part of it’ (1 Corinthians 12:23). The bible also likens the church
to a building, a temple dedicated to the lord, church to a building,
a temple dedicated to the lord.
you, too, are built upon the foundation
laid by the apostle and prophets, the cornerstone being Christ Jesus
himself. He is the one who holds the whole building together and makes
it grow into a sacred temple dedicated to the Lord. in union with him
you too are being built together with all the others into a place where
God lives through his Spirit (Ephesians 2:20-22).
Another name given to the church is the
bride of Christ. The bible calls Jesus the Lamb and states that the
church is the bride that will be married to him. revelation 21:9 says,
“Come, and I will show you the Bride, the wire of the Lamb.” And his
bride has prepared herself for it.” (Revelation 19:7). Christ is compared
to the husband and the church to the wife in Ephesians 5:25. “Husbands
love your wives just as Christ loved the Church and gave his life for
As you read the Bible you will find other
comparisons. The important thing to remember is that the church is made
up of all those who are truly born- again followers of Christ. It’s
a growing group, “praising and every day the lord added to their group
these who were being saved” (Acts 2:47)
Objective 2. Name the two ordinances
of the church.
Now that we know who the church is, it is important
to understand its ordinances. An ordinance is a rule made by an authority.
The ordinances of the church are water baptism and communion, which
we also call the Lord’s Supper.
Jesus himself instituted these two ordinances.
His final command to all his disciples was, “Go, then, to all peoples
everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the
father, the son, and the Holy Spirit’ (Matthew 28:19). Water baptism
has a special significance:
For when you were baptized, you were buried
with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ through
you faith in the active power of god, who raised him from death (Colossians
As a believer you will want to be water
baptized as a testimony of your new life in Christ. You will also want
to take part in communion.
Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or last supper,
was the last meeting Jesus had with the 12 disciples before he was arrested
by the Roman soldiers. We take communion to commemorate Jesus death.
“This means that every time you eat and drink form this cup you proclaim
the Lord’s death until he comes” ( 1 Corinthians 11:26)
For I received form the lord the teaching
that I had passed on the you; that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was
betrayed, took the bread, gave thanks to God, broke it, and said, “This
is my body, which is for you. Do this in memory of me.” In the same
way, after the supper he took the cup and said, ‘This is god’s new covenant,
sealed with my blood. Whenever you drink it do so in memory of me.”
(1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
Objective 3. Identify the mission of
The mission of the church is to preach the gospel
to all mankind. Jesus himself gave this commission before he went back
to his father.
Then the opened their minds to understand
the scriptures, and said to them, “This is what is written: the Messiah
must suffer and must rise from death three days later, and in his name
the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached
to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:45-46)
Objective 4. Select statements describing
the future Christ loved the church and gave his life for it. For what
He did this to dedicate the church to god
by his word, after making it clean by washing it in water, in order
to present the church to himself in all its beauty pure and faultless,
without spot or wrinkle or any other imperfection. (Ephesians 5:26-27).
The church will be praising God both in heaven and
on earth where they will reign with Christ.
You have made them a kingdom of priests to serve
our God, and they shall rule on earth… And I heard every creature in
heaven, on earth, in the universe and they were singing; to him who
sits on the throne and to the Lamb, be praise and honor, glory and might,
forever and ever! (Revelation 5:10,13).
Lesson 9 - THE SPIRIT
“The spirit who is in you is more powerful
than the spirit in those who belong to the World” (John 4:4)
Marina was teenager when she became a spirititats
medium. When I met her, she was 25 and already bound by Satan and evil
spirits. The first three weeks of those months that several other believers
and I lived with marina and her husband were a time of terrible spiritual
Every evening we laid hands on Marina, praying
for her deliverance. The evil spirits tried to kill her and also to
harm us, but they couldn’t we resisted the Satanic forces and pleaded
the protection of the blood of Jesus. Slowly the evil spirits left.
The power of God was greater and soon Marina was completely free! She
could tell everyone, “Greater is God that is in me, than Satan or any
evil spirit in the world!”
Marina became a member of God’s family,
part of the church that we have just studied about. Only god controlled
her and only the Holy Spirit lived in her.
Perhaps you too, have seen the power of
Satan working. But you don’t have to be afraid. The power of God is
greater! In this lesson we will learn about the forces of the spirit
world and the protection that we as believers have in Christ.
SATAN AND EVILSPIRIT.
Objective 1. State who Satan is and
what is his destiny and that of his evil spirits.
Satan is a wicked angel who was cast out
of heaven because he wanted to exalt himself above God. Isaiah 14:14,
You said you would climb to the tops of
the clouds and be like the Almighty. But instead, you have been brought
down to the deepest part of the world of the dead.
The bad angels who followed him met a like
“God did not spare the angels who sinned,
but threw them into hell” ( 2 Peter 2.4) Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall
like lightning from heaven.” (Luke 10:18)
Satan (Sometimes called Lucifer of the devil)
tries to turn men and women away from serving the living God. 1 Peter
5:8 warns us, “Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around
like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
Evil spirits work with Satan to hurt and
destroy people. Matthew 8:28-34 tells of two men who were driven insane
because they were possessed by evil spirits or demons. But the power
of the devil. Jesus showed that power by casting the demons out of the
When evening came, people brought to Jesus
many who had demons in them. Jesus drove out the evil spirits with a
word and healed all who were sick. he did this to make come true what
the prophet Isaiah had said, “He himself took our sickness and carried
away our disease” (Matthew 8:16-17).
When Christ comes to set up his kingdom
on earth, Satan will be cast into hell.
Then the Devil, who deceived them, was thrown
into the lake of fire and sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet
had already been thrown; and they will be tormented day and night forever
and ever (Revelation 20:10).
When you are faced by temptation from Satan
or are in danger because of evil spirits, you can stand against him.
James 4:7 says, “Resist the Devil, and he will run away from you. One
way to resist the devil is to say it out loud. You could say something
like this” “I resist the devil. He has no power over me because I am
a child of God. I am covered and protected by the blood of Jesus that
has over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the truth which they proclaimed.”
As we will study in the next section, God
sends his angles to be of service to you. You have nothing to fear if
you are a child of God!
Objection 2. Identify three functions
“What are angels, then? They are spirits
who serve god and are sent by him to help those who are to receive salvation”
have you heard about guardian angels? They
are real. The Bible says, “His angels guards those who have reverence
for the lord and rescues them from danger” (Psalm 34:7)
Angels have much function, the first of
which is to serve God, their Creator. Angels worship god at all times.
Nehemiah 9:6 states, “The heavenly powers bow down and worship you.”
They do not act on their own, but are under Christ’s authority. 1 Peter
3:22 tells us that Jesus” has gone to heaven and is at the right side
of God, ruling over all angels and heavenly authorities and powers.”
Angels participated in the living of the
old law (Galatians 3:19) and later sang over the Judean hills, announcing
the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:13, 14). We have all heard their song, singing
their words over every glad Christmas.
They ministered to Jesus while he was here
on earth. Luke 4:11 tells us that after his temptation in the wilderness,
angels helped him. When Jesus prayed in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane,
an angel came to strengthen him.
The bible tells that angels minister to
us as well. though they aren’t often see, they watch over us keeping
us, and protecting us from danger. We have no way of knowing the accidents
and other kinds of trouble that we have been spared because of their
ministry in our behalf.
Yet we know they have been sent to help
us because the bible says so. Examples also are given to encourage us
to believe. When Daniel was kept in the lions’ den, he testified to
the king, “God sent his angel to shut the mouths of the lions so that
they would not hurt me” (Daniel 6:22).
First Kings 19:5 tells us that an angel brought
food to the prophet Elijah When he was so tired he thought he would
die. And angel freed the apostle Peter from prison when he was being
persecuted for the gospel’s sake. (Acts 12:7).
Whether angels are seen or whether they
are invisible, we know they are sent to minister to us. How comforting
to know they are ready to do whatever God tells them.
As we have already learned, they do not
act except under divine authority. Nor do they accept praise. John the
beloved was so overwhelmed with a message given him by an angel stopped
him “Don’t do it! He said, “I am a fellow servant of yours and of your
brothers, all those who hold to the truth that Jesus revealed worship
god1 (Revelation 19:10).
You must not worship angels, but you can
give them cause for rejoicing. If you have given your life to Christ,
you have already given them joy. Jesus said, “I tell you, the angels
of God rejoice over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10). As a child
of God, you can count on their continued help. “God will put his angels
in charge of you to protect you wherever you go” (Psalm 91:11)
10 - THE FUTURE.
Everyone is interested in the future. Books, both
good and bad, have been written about what people think is going to
happen. Scientists and government leaders are asked for their ideas
about what lies ahead for their nation.
People have always been anxious about the
future, consulting tea leaves, horoscopes, crystal balls and other forms
of “Fortune-telling.” One day a lady came running to me, asking if she
could read my palm and tell me my future. She was quite surprised when
I told her that I had a little book that told me my future and it told
her future too! Then I gave her a copy of the New Testament.
The bible is the one source of true predictions.
Through his word God gives us all that we need to know. There is no
need to” read” tea leaves, or tarot cards. In fact, these and other
forms of “magic” are forbidden by God.
If you have wondered about your future and
about what will happen when Jesus comes again, you will be interested
in studying this lesson. We will study about future judgments and the
time of the Lord’s coming. Even the angels we studies about in the last
lesson are interested in knowing when the Lord will return to earth.
Let’s look into the Bible and see what it says about our future!
THE RAPTURE OF BIBLIEVERS.
Objective 1. Describe and identify events
surrounding the Rapture.
In Lesson 5 we studies the meaning of the word Rapture.
It refers to the future coming of the Lord when he will meet his church
in the air. No one can tell us when the Rapture will take place because
only God the Father knows.
“No one knows, however, when that day and
hour will come neither the angels in heaven nor the son; the Father
alone knows.” (Matthew 24:36)
But there are signs telling us that the
Rapture is drawing near. Jesus said that just before his return there
would be an increase in worldliness, wickedness, and violence. False
Christs and false prophet would arise; there would be earthquakes, famine,
and pestilences. There would be wars and rumors of wars. All these signs
spoken of in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 are happening in our day.
Not everything, however, is negative. Inspite
of terrible times many people will seek the Lord and find him. Joel
2:28,29 tells us about it!
Afterward I will pour out my spirit on everyone;
your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your old men will
have dreams, and your young men will see visions. At that time I pour
out my spirit even on servants, both men and women.
Christian look forward to the Rapture with
joy. Those who have died will be resurrected and those who are alive
will be changed. All will be caught up together to meet the lord in
Listen to this secret truth; we shall not
all die but when the last trumpet sounds, we shall all be changed in
an instant, as quickly as he blinking of an eye. For when the trumpet
sounds, the dead will be raised, never to die again, and we shall all
be changed. For what is mortal must be changed into what cannot die.
(A Corinthians 15:51-53).
After the Rapture Christians will be judged
and rewarded according to their faithfulness to Christ. Then they will
go to the marriage supper of the Lamb when Christ, the Lamb of God,
welcomes the church as his bride.
For all of us must appear before Christ,
to be judged by him. Each one will receive what he deserves, according
to everything he has done, good or bad, in his bodily life. (2 Corinthians
We know that our sins have been covered
by the blood of Jesus and we will not have to answer for them. But we
will be rewarded according to our faithfulness. When trials come our
way it is good to remind ourselves that the Lord sees everything.
Let us rejoice and be glad let us praise
his greatness for the time has come for the wedding of the Lamb, and
his bride has prepared herself for it. She has been given clean shining
linen to wear. (The linen is the good deeds of God’s people). Then the
angel said to me, “Write this; happy are those who have been invited
to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And the angel added, “These are the
true words of God. (Revelation 19:7-9)
THE EARTHLY RULE OF JESUS
Objective 2. recognize events that define
the Christian term “Millennium.”
The lord will return with his people to
rule over the earth a thousand years. This period of time has been called
millennium (taken from the Latin mile meaning a thousand.)
The bible talks of this era as a time of
great joy and peace on earth. Jude 14 says, “The Lord will come with
many thousands of his holy angels.”
Happy and greatly blessed are those who
are included in this first raising of the dead. The second death has
no power over them; they shall be priests god and of Christ, and they
will rule with him for a thousand years (Revelation 20:6)
Wolves and sheep will live together in peace,
and leopards will lie down with young goats. Calves and lion cubs will
feed together, and little children will take care of them. (Isaiah 11:6)
THE JUDGEMENT OF UNBELIEVERS
Objective 3 Define Great white throne
After Jesus has ruled a thousand years,
the wicked dead will be raised to stand before God in judgment. Then
Satan, his angels, and all the wicked will be cast into hell. This judgment
is called the Great white Throne judgment. Several verses from Revelation
20 tell us why it is called by this name.
Then I saw a great white throne and the
one sits on it. Earth and heaven fled from his presence and were seen
no more. And I saw the dead, great and small alike, standing before
the throne, books were opened, and then another book was opened, the
book of the living. The dead were judged according to what they had
done, as recorded in the books, then the sea gave up its dead. Death
and the world of the dead also gave up the dead they held and all were
judged according to what they had done. Then death and the world of
the dead were thrown into the lake of fire. (This lake of fire is the
second death.) Whoever did not have his name written in the book of
the living was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20; 11-15)
Those whose names are written in the book
of the living are the believers in Christ. They have nothing to fear
because they will be with Christ forever. Revelation 21:2-3 tells us
what john w\saw in a vision. And I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God, prepared and ready, loud voice speaking
from the throne; “Now God’s home is with mankind! he will live with
them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them, and
he will be their god.
After the Great white Throne Judgment, God’s
children will be with him. he will prepare for them a new heaven and
a new earth.
He will wipe away all tears from their eyes.
There will be no more death, no more grief or crying of pain. The old
things have disappeared (Revelation 21:4)
11 - THE LAW OF GOD.
Worship no god but me.
- Do not make for yourselves images
- Do not use my name for evil purposes.
- Observe the Sabbath and keep it
- Respect your father and your mother.
- Do not commit murder.
- Do not commit adultery.
- Don not commit steal.
- Do not accuse anyone falsely.
- Do not desire anything another
In lesson 10 we studied about what we will
do in the future; in this lesson we will study what we must be doing
in the present. God wrote the Ten Commandments on two tables of stone
and gave them to the great leader of Israel, Moses, for his people.
Even though they are ancient laws, they can be applied today.
MEANING AND PURPOSE OF THE LAW.
Objective 1. List the Ten Commandments
with their references.
The lord, said to Moses, Cut two stone tablets
like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on
the first tablets, which you broke.” (Exodus 34:1)
In Exodus 20 the Ten Commandments that God wrote
are written for us. He gave them as laws and guidelines for his children
to follow. Let’s look at each law individually.
no god but me.
As we learned in Lesson 2, we are to give
God first place in our lives. This commandment is repeated in Matthew
4:10; “Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!
- Do not make for yourselves
images of anything.
our allegiance is to God – we cannot have
divided loyalties. Jesus said that no man can serve two masters (Luke
16:13), for he will love one and despise the other we want to be true
to the Lord, loving him with our whole heart.
- Do not use my name for evil
People break the third commandment by causing
and using God’s name in vain. We will always give that name which is
above all names a place of love, honor, and respect.
Do not use harmful word, but only helpful
words the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what
you say will do good to those who hear you. (Ephesians 4:29).
Do not swear by heaven, because it is God’s
throne.’ Nor by earth, because it is the resting place for his feet;
nor my Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great king (Matthew
Observe the Sabbath and
keep it holy
This is the only commandment not repeated
in the New Testament. Most Christians do not observe the Hebrew Sabbath.
They keep Sunday instead because it was on the first day of the week
that Jesus rose from the death. Every Lord’s Day can remind us of the
Resurrection! It is important that we set aside a day for rest and worship,
but which day we choose is secondary. Colossians 2:16 say, “So let no
one make rules about what you eat or drink or about holy days or the
New Moon Festival or the Sabbath”
One person thinks that a certain day is
more important than other days, while someone else thinks that all days
are the same. Each one should firmly make up his won mind (Romans 14:5).
- Respect your father and your
Exodus 20:12 gives a special promise to
obedient children” “Respect your father and your mother, so that you
may live a long time in the land that I am giving you” the New Testament
reinforces the commandment.
“Children, it is your Christians duty to
obey your parents, for this is the right thing to do” (Ephesians 6:1)
- Do not commit murder.
The first murderer was Cain who killed his brother
Abel. Perhaps Cain thought no one saw what happened, but God did. He
said to Cain, “Why have you done this terrible thing? Your brother’s
blood is crying out to me from the ground, like a voice calling for
revenge” (Genesis 4:10). Murder is a sin with chain reactions it hurts
the families and friends of both the murderer and he who was murdered.
It is also a grave offense against God who made man in his own image.
- Do not commit adultery.
Adultery is the sin of breaking the marriage
vow by having sexual relation with someone other than the marriage partner.
Hebrews 13:4 says, “Marriage is to be honored by all, and husbands and
wives must be faithful to each other. God will judge those who are immoral
and those who commit adultery.”
- Do not steal.
It is wrong to take anything that doesn’t
belong to you, even if the person you took it from is rich and doesn’t
need it. The man who used to rob must stop robbing and start working,
in order to earn an honest living for himself and to be able to help
the poor (Ephesians 4:28).
- Do not accuse anyone falsely:
The ninth Commandment includes all lying
in word or deed. God does not make a difference between “good” lies
and “bad” lies all false accusations are wrong. Psalm 101:7 says, “No
liar will live in my palace; no hypocrite will remain in my presence.”
But cowards, traitors, perverts, murderers,
the immoral, those who practice magic, those who worship idols, and
all liars the place for them is the lake burning with fire and sulphur,
which is the second death (Revelation 21:8)
- Do not desire anything another
To wrongly desire what belongs to anther
is often called covering. Luke 12:15 puts it this way; “Watch our and
guard yourselves from every kind of greed;
“For our love for God means that we obey
his commands. And his commands are not too hard for us” (1 John 5:3).
We already know that keeping commandments
won’t save us. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:8-9 confirms it!
For it is by God’s grace that you have been
saved through faith. it is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s
gift, so that no one can boast about it.
However we do obey the Lord because as his
children we want above all else to please him. If we do break one of
his commandments, we have someone who pleads with the Father on our
behalf – Jesus Christ the righteous one. And Christ himself is the means,
by which our sins are forgiven, and not our sins only but the sins of
everyone (1 John 2:1-2)
Have you sometimes felt weak and maybe even
disobedient? The Lord Jesus can give you the help and strength that
you need. Would you like to bow your head and ask for his help right
Heavenly father, I ask forgiveness of failing
to love you, as I should. Help me not to sin and disobey you when I
Lord, I want to love you and defend your
name even more than I would love and defend my own family. Give me your
strength, I pray, because I ask in the name of Jesus who gave his life
for me. Amen.
12 - OUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD.
We have learned that our main responsibility as
Christian believers is to love God. As we studied in Lesson 11, we
keep his commandments because we love hi. So, our relationship with
God is one of love.
First Corinthians 13 gives us a beautiful
description of love. Verses 4-8 tell us that love is patient and kind,
not jealous, conceited. Proud, ill-mannered, selfish, or irritable.
It does not keep a record of wrongs nor is it happy with evil, but with
truth. Love never gives up it is eternal. This may sound like a very
ideal picture of love. But it is this kind of love that every Christian
believer should have for God and his fellow man. It is this unconditional
kind of love that God gives to us.
It is no accident that the chapters before
and after chapter 13 are about God’s gifts to believers. The chapter
on love is tied in with the chapters on gifts together because when
we love others we want to give them what will please them most.
GOD’S GIFTS TO US.
Objective 1. Identify several gifts
from God for his children.
The first gift that god gives us when we
choose to believe on him is the gift of salvation.
For it is by God’s grace that you have been
saved through faith. it is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s
gifts, so that no one can boast about it (Ephesians 2:8-9).
If we are believers, God is our Heavenly
Father and we are his children. Matthew 5:16 give God this precious
name. “Your light must shine before people, so that they will see the
good things you do and praise to your Father in heaven.” It is wonderful
that we can talk to God as we would to loving father. Jesus taught us
to talk to him that way when he said, “our father in heaven: may your
holy name be honored” (Matthew 6:9)
Although God is the greater, he is Father
of only those who have been born into his family.
Here is the clear difference between god’s
children and he Devil’s children: anyone who does not do what it rights
or does not love his brother is not God’s child ( 1 John 3:10).
To be part of the family of God we must accept his
son Jesus Christ as our savior and Lord. Then new life beings. “Some…did
receive him and believed in him: so he gave them the right to become
God’s children.” (John 1:12)
Every loving father enjoys supplying the
needs of his children. Our heavenly father supplies all our needs.
“And with all his abundant wealth through Christ Jesus, my God will
supply all your needs” (Philippians 4:19)
God watches over us as his children. He
watches day and night. “He will not let your fall; your protector over
the righteous and listens to their cries” (Psa;, 34”15). There are many
verses like this in Psalms that tell us of God’s care for us.
When our father tells us in his word that
he will do certain things for us, we call those verse promises. Promises
are a gift from god. We can receive blessing and have god’s promises
through prayer and believing name, so that father’s glory will be shown
through the son,” are words from Jesus Christ in John 14:13.
Christians can also receive blessings from
God by helping others. Psalm 41:1 states. “Happy are those them when
they are in trouble.”
We can receive many gifts from god if we
will believe and ask him for them. This act of believing is called faith.
Our faith pleases god and brings not only salvation and other gifts
we have mentioned, but also healing and the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
“No one can please God without faith, for
whoever comes to god must have faith that god exists and rewards those
who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
That we receive healing through faith is
found in James 5:15. “This prayer made in faith will heal the sick person;
the Lord will restore him to health, and the sins he has committed will
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is also received
Christ did this in order that the blessing
which god promised to Abraham might be given to he Gentiles by means
of Christ Jesus, so that through faith we might receive the spirit promised
by God (Galatians 3:14)
The greatest gift, however, is found in
Romans 6:23, “God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus
“Every good gift and every perfect present
comes from heaven; it comes down from God, the Creator” (James 1:17)
OUR GIFTS TO GOD
Objective 2. Recognize at least six
gifts that believers can give to God.
Does it seem strange to give something to
God who has everything? In his word god himself tells us what we can
We can give god our worship. Psalm 95:6 says, “Come,
let us bow down and worship him; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.”
Worship can be given by praying, by thinking God for his blessings,
by praising him and giving to his work. Colossians 3:16 tells us to
“sing to God with thanksgiving.”
We also worship when we give ourselves to
god without any holding back.
Because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal
to you; offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to
his service and pleasing to him. this is the true worship that you should
offer. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but
let god transform you inwards by a complete change of your mind. Then
you will be able to know the will of god what is good and is pleasing
to him and is perfect (Roman 12:1-2)
Giving our money is another way to worship.
And when we give, we also receive. God promised in Malachi 3:10
Bring the amount of your tithes to the Temple
put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of
heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things. A
tithe is ten percent of your income.
As Christians, everything we do can be as
to the Lord. Jesus gives an interesting account in Matthew 25 of people
who received rewards for giving food and drink to him and for visiting
him in prison. When they asked when they has ever done that, he replied.”
I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of
these brothers of mine, you did it for me! In other words, our giving
becomes a way of life.
Continuous worship does not mean being no
our knees continually in prayer. If we will live each day in a manner
pleasing to the Lord he will count it as “Always give thanks for everything
to God Father” (Ephesians 5:20), for he is worthy.
Lesson 13 - OUR RELATIONSHIP TO OTHERS
It was testimony time in the Monday morning chapel
service at the Bible School. A gift named Olga stood to testify.
She and a fellow student had gone to work
in one of the local churches the day before. While thy ministered, several
drunk men entered the church and began to fight. As the believers fled,
one of the men accidentally stabbed his own son who was also drunk her
friend stopped and began to help him. Their own lives were in danger
but they saved the life of an enemy. “Let’s pray,” she said, “that the
young man will live and find Christ as his savior.”
We bowed our heads in prayer, but I wasn’t
praying only for the young man. I was also thanking god for Olga and
her love for others even her enemies!
Olga had learned what we learned in Lesson
12. One way to show our love to God is by loving and helping others.
Let’s see what God’s word says about our relationship to others.
Objective 1. Identify whom a believer must
honor and obey.
Everyone at one time or another has had
someone in authority over him. Children have parents over them; parents
have religious and political leaders over them. Even those leaders have
others who tell them what to do. What does the Bible say about our relationship
to those who are over us?
Parents should be loved, honored, and obeyed.
You will remember this as one of the commandments that we studied in
Lesson 11. Ephesians 6:1-2 also tells us, “Children, it is your Christian
duty to obey your parents, for this is the right thing to do. Respect
your father and mother.”
Rulers such as policemen, judges, and governors
should also be obeyed. “Everyone must obey state authorities because
no authority exists without God’s permission, and the existing authorities
have been put there by God.” (Roman 13:1).
As believers we have leaders like our pastor,
the church board, and Sunday school teachers. They should be respected
and obeyed in matters pertaining to their responsibilities.
Obey your leaders and follow their orders.
They watch over your soul without resting, since they must give to god
and account of their work gladly; if not, they will do it with sadness,
and that would be of no help to you (Hebrew 13:17).
Only the authority of god higher than that
of the leaders over us. The only time that obedience is not required
is when they would ask us to do something that is expressly against
God’s commandments or will. This happened to Peter and the other apostle
when. They were forbidden to preach. Peter knew that God must be obeyed
above all else. Acts 5:29 says, “Peter and the other apostles answered,
“We must obey God, not men.”
THOSE AROUND US
Objective 2. Recognize correct applications
of the biblical principle of loving others.
One day a friend said to me, “If unbelievers
treat me badly I can still love them. But, I will not tolerate bad treatment
from another Christian. They know better!”
What would have happened to Peter and the
other apostles if Jesus had felt that way? They knew better and yet
they all failed him when he was arrested and taken to his trials. Even
so, when he arose, he appeared to them and assured them of his love.
We have failed the Lord many times and yet
he continues to love us. The lord asks us to love other Christians as
he loves us. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John
Our friends and neighbors should be treated
as we would like to be treated. Luke 6:31 says, “Do for others just
what you want them to do for you.” Love your neighbor as you love yourself”
is found in Romans 13:9/
Our relationship to the unsaved is also
one of love we should show them by the way we act that Christ lives
Richard Wurmbrant, a Christian pastor who
was jailed for his faith, tells the story or a fellow-prisoner outstanding
Later, a young communist was jailed and
put in the same cells as these pastors. The pastors witnessed to him,
told him to accept Jesus as his savior. But the young man refused.
One day the young man was arguing. “How
can I accept someone as my Savior, “He said,” if I’ve never met him
and don’t met him and don’t know what he’s like?
“I’ll tell you who Jesus is like, “Replied
the pastor “He’s like me!
Without hesitation, the man answered, if
he’s like you, I’ll accept him as my savior right now!
What a marvelous testimony that pastor had.
I’m afraid there are very few believers who would dare to say, “Jesus
is like me! But, this is what the lord wants that we be so much like
him, that people can see him in us! Matthew 5:16 says. “Your light must
shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and
praise your father in heaven.”
Let’s tell the Lord every day that we want to be
more like him! Then, it’s time to put action to our words and begin
to be like him.
THOSE AGAINST US
Objective 3 compare your own actions
to the biblical principle of loving others.
Remember that story of Olga at the beginning
of this lesson? Did Olga love those who wronged her? Instead of asking
prayer that the injured man be healed, Olga could have asked that God
punish them for their wicked ways.
Would that have been a Christ-like attitude?
No, what did Jesus do the night he was arrested and Peter cut off the
ear of the high priest’s slave? That slave was an enemy of Jesus, but
Luke tells us, “But Jesus said, “Enough of this! He touched the man’s
ear and healed him” (Luke 22:51).
We want to be like Jesus who loved his enemies
and forgave them. In Matthew 5:44 he said, “Love your enemies and pray
for those who persecute you.” And again in Matthew 6:15, if you do not
forgive others, then your Father in heaven will not forgive the wrongs
you have done.”
Love is the greatest Christian virtue. First
Corinthians 13:13 tells us, “Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope,
and love; and the greatest of these is love.”
Christians should love God first. He will
in turn put his love in our hearts so we can love both friends and enemies.
“Jesus answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all
your should, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37)
“And now I give you a new commandment: Love one
another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34).
Memorize this verse and repeat it often, remembering that a believer’s
most important responsibility to God and his fellowman is love.
Lesson 14 - A CHRISTIAN
The small country was in a civil was and
the guerillas were fighting everywhere. A young man was captured by
them and his life threaded if he didn’t renounce Christianity.
In a moment of desperation he yielded and
renounced his faith. he was then forced to accompany the guerillas who
also expected him to work for them. He became their leader and led the
killers to the homes of Christians he had known!
Months passed. Then one day he was in a
terrible fight and one of his own men killed him. what a loss both in
this life and in the one to come!
How much better it would have been if the
man had stood true to his convictions. He might have lost his life,
but he would have gained eternal life. he failed in his responsibility
toward God and toward others. He also failed in his responsibility toward
This chapter will help us understand what
we owe ourselves, and how to obey God who wants our lives to count for
both time and eternity.
Objective 1. Identify that “denying
ourselves” means to Christian.
A Christian believer’s life is not his own.
The Lord owns the life of a Christian because he bought it with his
You know that was paid to set free. It was
not something that can be destroyed, such as silver or gold; it was
the costly sacrifice of Christ who was like a lamb without defect or
flaw. (1Peter 1:18-19)
First Corinthians 6:20 also tells us that
about the sacrifice that Jesus paid on the cross. “He bought you for
a price.” If Christ paid a price for us, we must also pay a price. The
bible tells us that to be a Christian 9:23 the Lord’s words are “If
anyone wants to come every day, and follow me.”
We forget our selves we do god’s will rather
than have our own way, Jesus Christ se the example for us and his words
in John 6:38 are “Because I have come down from heaven to do not my
own will but the will of him who sent me.”
Not every person who calls me “Lord, Lord’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven wants them to do (Matthew 7:21).
As Christians we must choose to do right
every day even though it goes against our own wishes. “But take up the
weapons of the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop paying attention to your
sinful nature and satisfying its desires” (Romans 13:14).
Does denying ourselves sound negative? I
hope not, because the Lord never asks us for anything without giving
us something better in its like the story of the dog and became angry
and growled. The bone was all he had and he didn’t want to give it up.
But when his master put down a large steak, the dog gave up his bone
Sometimes we are too concerned with hanging
on to “bones” the things we think we want. We need to realize that the
Lord is offering us something better. When the disciples were a bit
concerned about what they had to give up, Jesus gave them a clear answer.
Everyone who has left houses or brothers
or sisters or father of mother of children or fields for my sake, will
receive a hundred times more and will be given eternal life. (Matthew
Jesus said in another place that He came
“in order that you might have life-life in all its fullness” (John 10:10)
Life in all its fullness! That is what the
world is seeking, but only God can give it.
Yes, may you come to know his love although it can
never be fully known and so be completely filled with the very nature
of God. To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do
so much more than we can ever ask for or even think of: to God be the
glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever!
Amen. (Ephesians 3:19-21)
Objective 2. Decide on appropriate
Christian behavior regarding keeping body and mind clean
A Christian should keep his body mind pure
and clean. The bible tells us why.
Don’t you know that your body is the temple
of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God?
You do not belong to yourselves but to God (1Corinthians 6:19).
Such habits as smoking and using drugs injure
a person’s health, can harm both his body and his mind, and shorten
his life. The user may think he can stop whenever he wants to, but isn’t
true he becomes a salve to his habits.
Surely you know that when you surrender
yourselves as slaves to obey someone, you are in fact the slaves of
the master you obey either of sin, which results in being put right
with God (Roman 6:16).
Perhaps some temptations have overcome you.
Do you go to places that are not pleasing to the Lord, or red books
or magazines that you would be ashamed for him to see? Harmful habits
can be broken by asking God to help us change our ways.
Tell the Lord that you cannot conquer evil
in your own strength and he will help you. Ask for his healing within
you. Then learn the following verse and repeat it whenever you are tempted.
“I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ
gives me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Give yourself to the Lord;
Trust in him, and he will help you;
He will make your righteousness
Shine like the noonday sun (Psalm 37:5)
Lesson 15 - THE
My father has been a missionary for many
years has been in a number of trying situations. He has been held at
gunpoint, threatened and jailed for his faith. But he never wavered.
His most trying experience, however, happened just a few years ago.
A man who claimed to be a believer, but
was actually in rebellion against God, decided to slander and insult
my father. The man told terrible lies. But instead of planning vengeance,
my father prayer and left the matter in God’s hands. Within a few months
the man was found guilty of the very sins he attributed to others.
My father’s story is repeated in the lives
of thousands of believers all over the world. They aren’t born strong
Christians, but they let God work in their lives and develop character
through the years. Like tall trees, they put their roots down deep and
the winds cannot blow them over.
Would you like to be a better person, one
who trusts God and holds steady in all situations/ we can put to use
that which we have already studied and, like the tree, “grow tall.”
RECEIVING AND SHARING
Objective 1. Identify at least two
steps essential to Christian growth.
We have already learned who gives us eternal
life and how we receive it; but it is good to remind ourselves often
so we will never forget that our source of life is Jesus.
Whoever drinks the water that I will give
him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will
become in him a spring which will provide him with life-giving water
and give him eternal life (John 4:14).
It is wonderful to be part of God’s family.
It makes us want to share the good news with others so they can become
part of the family too. Jesus said in Matthew 10:32, “if anyone declares
publicly that he belongs to me, I will do the same for him before my
father in heaven. Isn’t that a beautiful promise?
But have reverence for Christ in your hearts, and
honor him as lord. Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you
to explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect.
Keep your conscience clear, so that when you are insulted, those who
speak evil of your good conduct as followers of Christ will become ashamed
of what they say (1 Peter 3:15-16).
We share Christ because we want to and because
the bible encourages us to tell others about him. When we take our stand
for Christ we grow stronger.
Another way to declare publicly that we
belong to Christ is by being baptized in water. Water baptism is an
important step-in your Christian growth. Jesus himself was baptized
not because he needed to be, but because he is our perfect example.
You can read about it in Matthew 3.
Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and
make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the
son, and the holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
Becoming a member of a church, joining a local group,
is not necessary for our salvation, but it does give us a closer tie
to our Christian family. We become responsible to and for those around
us. We learn to care more for each other. Just as the natural family
is part of God’s plan, so it the spiritual family - a group with whom
we can share and learn from each other.
Acts2: 47 says that the Lord added those
who were saved to the group of believers.
Objective 2. Identify two activities
most helpful for Christian growth.
There is more than one kind of hunger. We
may longer for news from someone who has gone away or we may hunger
for few opportunities. Folks have been starved for love and affection.
And certainly our hearts, our spirits, have reached out for more than
this world can offer.
After you are saved you will feel another
kind of hunger a hunger for God’s word. “Be like newborn babies, always
thirsty for the pure spiritual milk.” (1 Peter 2:2). Jesus said, “Man
cannot live on bread alone, but needs every word that God speaks.” (Matthew
A Christian needs to read his bible every
day Israel’s king David set a good example. He said, “Happy are those
who reject the advice of evil men… Instead, they find joy in obeying
the Law of the Lord, and they study it day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2.
“How I love your law! I think about it all day long” (Psalm 119:97).
It is important not only to read God’s Word,
but to memorize it and hide its precepts in our hearts. What we have
learned the Holy Spirit can bring to our remembrance in times of need
when we must have guidance and direction in our lives.
The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the father
will sent in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember
all that I have told you (John 14:26)
Our daily Bible reading should be accompanied
by prayer. Jesus who knew the glories of heaven before he came to this
earth felt of prayer. He spent the whole night in prayer before choosing
his disciples (Luke 6:12). Paul and Silas were praying and signing when
they were set free from their prison chains (Acts 16). Christ told his
disciples, “Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock,
and the door will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9).
First Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray at
all times.” Even though we are in school where our minds are kept busy,
or on a job that requires our full emergency arises we know how to call
on God; we take advantage of a pause in our work to lift a note of praise
to the Lord. In this way we are continually worshipping him.
Thoughts and actions
Objective 3. Identify how a believer’s
thought can be protected and controlled.
“Be careful how you think: your life is
shaped by your thoughts” (Proverbs 4:23).
The lord can help us control our thoughts.
Philippians 4:7 says, “And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding,
will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.” Our
thoughts please God when they are clean and pure.
In conclusion, my brothers, fill your minds
with those things that are good and that deserve praise, things that
true, right, pure, lovely, and honorable (Philippians 4:8)
To keep our minds n that which is pleasing
to God requires constant discipline. As long as we are in this world
we will be exposed to sin and temptation, but with the Lord’s help we
do not have to yield. An old proverb says, “The birds may be all around
you’ but you don’t have to let it become sin in your mind and actions.”
The birds may pass overhead, but you don’t have to let it become sin
in your mind and actions.” The best way to control our thoughts, to
keep our minds free from evil, is to be careful what we see, hear, say,
Be careful what you see.” The eyes are like
a lamp for the body. If your eyes are sound, your whole body will be
full of light” (Matthew 6:22).
What we hear also influences our thoughts.
Mark 4:24 says, “Pay attention to what you hear! “ are the conversations
you enjoy or the music you listen to helping you to love the Lord more?
Are they building healthy thoughts? If your answer is negative perhaps
you need to discipline your listening.
Listening in hearing our own words as well
as the words of others. What we say can be a strong influence for good
or for evil. If someone wrongs us we can forget it more easily if we
haven’t answered the person harshly. Proverbs 15:1 says it like this,
“A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.” Our goal
could be the fulfillment of Proverbs 25:11. “An idea well-expressed
is like a design of gold, set in a Christian should be careful of what
he does because God requires him to do what is right.
The lord has told us what is good. What
he requires of us is this; to do what is just, to show contact love,
and to love in humble fellowship with our God (Micah 4:8).
Our response can be words of the Psalmist
we said, “ May my thoughts be acceptable to you, O Lord, my refuge and
my redeemer! (Psalm 19:4)
Objective 4. State the purpose of
having Christian fellowship and supporting God’s work
As we have already learned, we must share
the good news of the gospel with anyone including unbelievers whom we
count as friends. But our closest friends should be chosen carefully.
Our free time must be balanced with the right Christian influence, with
those who can help us as we grow in the Lord and seek to do his will.
Happy are those who reject the reject the
advice of evil men. Who do not follow the example of sinners or join
those who have no use for God. Instead, they find joy in obeying the
Law of the Lord, and they study it day and night (Psalm 1:1-2).
We want to study the Bible by ourselves
and with Christian friends. We also need to hear God’s word preached,
“So then, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes
through preaching Christ.” (Romans 10:17).
Let us not give up the habit of meeting
together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all
the more, since you see that the day of the Lord is coming nearer (Hebrews
When believers gather together they should
be supportive one of another. There is strength in unity, strength in
singing and praising the Lord together.
And so there is no division in the body,
but all its different parts have the same concern for one another. If
one part of the body suffers, all the other parts share its happiness
(1 Corinthians 12:25-26).
God has a plan whereby we can share in the
financial concerns of the local body and at the same time reach out
to others. Hebrews 7:2-9 gives us an example from the life of Abraham
who gave one tenth (a tithe) of everything he had. Yet giving tithes
may not be enough.
The Pharisees, religious leaders of their
day, paid lithes, but Jesus said that our standard of giving should
be far above theirs. He said, they were giving a tenth even of their
seasoning herbs, such as mint, dill, and cumin, but neglecting the really
important teachings of the Law, such as justice and mercy and honesty
(Matthew 23:23). Jesus went on to explain that we must be faithful in
all that god has asked.
We want to give generously of our money
and at the same time listen for more of our time, our talents even our
plans for the future. Whatever it might be, we can lay it down as an
offering of love to him who first loves us.
Lesson 16 - THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE.
A spirit filled life should be the goal
of every believer. Being filled with God’s spirit is another step or
progression that should take place in the experience of every Christian.
A spirit-filled life is one that is completely yielded and consecrated
to the Lord.
Jesus promised his disciples that when he
went back to his father he would send the comforter, the Holy Spirit.
I will ask the father, and he will give
you another helper, who will stay with you forever,. He is the spirit,
who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him, because
it cannot see him or know him. But you know him, because he remains
with you and is in you (John 14:16-17).
The coming of the Holy Spirit happened on the Day
of Pentecost. The story is in Acts 2. Since then it has been possible
for every believer to live the Spirit filled life.
In this lesson we will learn what it means
to have a spirit-filled life. We will also learn something of the reward,
which comes with being filled with the Holy Spirit.
BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.
Objective 1. Identify some of the
characteristics of a spirit-filled life.
Ephesians 5:18 instructs us, “Be filled
with the Spirit.” This can happen by becoming a born –again Christian
and by being baptized in the Holy Spirit, Jesus used these words, baptized
in the Holy Spirit, to indicate a beautiful spiritual experience his
disciples were going to have. He said in Acts 1:5, “John baptized with
water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
As believers we can be baptized in the Holy
Spirit just as the first disciples who waited in faith, thanking and
praising God. They obeyed the instructions Jesus gave when my father
has promised, but you must wait until the power from above comes down
upon you (Luke 24:49).
One of the ways we can know we have been
filled it that God’s power will come upon us as it did on the believers
on the Day of Pentecost. They Holy Spirit will speak through us in languages,
which we have not learned. “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to talk in other languages, as the spirit enabled them to
speak (Acts 2:4).
It is important that a spirit-filled life show resulting
character traits or “fruits” as they are sometimes called. “But the
spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
humility and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
If we think we are Spirit-filled and we
are not showing these characteristics, we should go to the Lord and
ask him what is wrong. If we do not have these traits, we can hinder
the work is wrong. If we do not have these traits, we can hinder the
work of the Holy Spirit in and through us.
And do not make God’s Holy Spirit sad; for
the Spirit is God’s mark of ownership on you, a guarantee that the Day
will come when God will set you free (Ephesians 4:30).
We can keep filled with the Spirit. Speak
to one another with the words of psalm, hymns, and sacred songs; sing
hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts. In the name
of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the
Father (Ephesians 5:18-20).
These scriptures help us to understand what
is meant by living in the Spirit. When we allow the Holy Spirit direct
our lives, we grow and develop into mature Christians (Galatians 5:16).
The Holy Spirit keeps us alive and active. We feel strong and ready
to do our work for him. This idea is stated in 2 Corinthians 4:16 “Even
though our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being
is renewed day after day.”
SUSTAINED BY THE SPIRIT
Objective 2. Identify how the Holy Spirit
sustains a believer and relate Christian behavior to the gifts of the
The Holy Spirit was sent to be our helper.
One of his titles is the comforter. When someone comforts us, he makes
our lives easier. He holds us up when we are under pressure. That is
what we mean when we say we are sustained by the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit sustains us. He helps us
in every aspect of our Christian growth. The Holy Spirit helps us in
our prayer life. “We do not know how we ought to pray; the spirit himself
pleads with God for us in groans that words cannot express” (Romans
The Holy Spirit also guides us. Romans 8:14
says, “Those who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons.”
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth.
“The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the father will sent in my name,
will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told
you” (John 14:26). “When, however, the spirit comes, who reveals the
truth about God, he will lead you into all truth” (John 16:13).
Among the results of the spirit filled life
are the gifts that he Holy Spirit brings us. These gifts can become
tools to mark our work for God easier and more effective than it could
be otherwise. One of the first gifts is power for Christian service.
But when the Holy Spirit comes you, you
will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem,
in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)
The Holy Spirit makes available to us his
gifts, which are special provisions for Christian service. “There are
different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them”
(1 Corinthians 12:4). Gifts of the Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-11
are; the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles,
prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues.
There are also other gifts and abilities that God through his spirit
wants to give us.
So we are to us our different gifts in accordance
with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak god’s
message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; if it
is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should tech; if
it is to encourage others, we should do so. Whoever shares with others
should do it generously whoever has authority should work hard; whoever
shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully (Roman 12:6-8).
The Holy Spirit also has blessings and glory
for God’s children.
God’s spirit himself to our spirit to declare
that we are God’s children. Since we are his children, we will possess
the blessings he keeps for his people, and we will also possess with
Christ what God has kept for him; for if we share Christ’s sufferings,
we will also hare his glory (Romans 8:16-17).
The marvelous outpouring of the Holy Spirit
comes in modern times just as it has in the past. God is baptizing many
Christians in the Holy Spirit. Let’s pray that this will continue. Pray
for your church that your pastor, deacons, and all of the members may
be filled with God’s spirit and be used of Him.
It is this spirit that will sustain us even
if we face problems, hunger, hardship, persecution, poverty, or death.”
In all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!”(Romans
May the Lord help us to understand all these
sixteen doctrines and put our faith in the word of God and have a sound
growth in our lives. Amen.
Rev. T. Marcus Devasahayam