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BIBLE COURSE FOR NEW CHRISTIANS #1

 

LESSON 1

THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FAITH

 

The foundation of the Christian faith is the Bible, God’s word to mankind.  All true believers (Christians) rely on what the Bible has to say about their salvation and the hope of eternal life.

1.  FACTS ABOUT THE BIBLE

1.  The Bible is a library of books divided into two sections, The Old Testament with 39 books and The New Testament with 27 books making a total of 66 books.

2.  The Author is God and forty Holy Men of God were guided by the Holy Spirit as they wrote each book.

      “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”  2 Timothy 3:16.

3.  The books were written over a period of about 1,500 years by about 40 different human authors.

4.  There are no scientific, historical, grammatical, theological, medical or geographical errors in at all.

2.  WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT ITSELF

1.  It is God’s word, the Word of God.  Forty-eight times we read this claim in the Bible.  An example is:

      “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe  1 Thessalonians 2:13.

2. God’s word is powerful and a discerner of men’s thoughts.

      “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”     Hebrews 4:12.

3.  The entire Bible was inspired by God and there were no private interpretations by the human authors.

     “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” 1 Peter 1:2-21.

4. Every word in the Bible is pure (unadulterated, untainted, wholesome, uncorrupted and authentic).

      “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him”  Proverbs 30:5

3. WHAT JESUS HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE BIBLE

1.   Those who reject the words of Jesus and the Bible will be judged in the last day.

      “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day”  John 12:48

2.   The Words of the Bible are established forever.

      “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled”  Matthew 5:18

3.   God’s word is eternal and will never pass away.

      “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”  Matthew 24:35.

      “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven”  Psalm 119:89.

4.  REASONS WHY THE BIBLE WAS GIVEN TO US

1.  That we might have the assurance of Salvation.

      “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name”  John 20:31

      “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”  1 John 5:13

2.  That we might have instructions for the Christian life.

     “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope” Romans 15:4.

3.  That we might learn by example.

     “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come”  1 Corinthians 10:11.

5.  WHAT WE SHOULD DO WITH OUR BIBLE

1.  Meditate upon it to prosper and have good success.

      “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”  Joshua 1:8.

2.  Follow the light it gives

     “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path“ Psalm 119:105.

3.  Do what is written in the Bible

     “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”  James 1:22.

4.  Hide God’s word in our hearts

      “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”   Psalm 119:11

6.  WHAT WE SHOULD NOT DO TO THE BIBLE

1.  We should not add or change what is written in God’s word.   Deuteronomy 4:2,  Revelation 22:18-19

7.  QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE

1. What has God done to His Word? Psalm 138:2

       ____________________________________________

2. How much of God’s word it true? John 17:17

       ____________________________________________

3. How long will the Bible exist?  1 Peter 1:23, Psalm 119:89

      _____________________________________________

4. What is true about all Scripture?  2 Timothy 3:16

      _____________________________________________

5.   What did Jesus say about the Scriptures?  John 10:35

      _____________________________________________

6. Why was the Bible written?  John 20:31

      _____________________________________________  

7.   Who cannot understand the Bible?  1 Corinthians 2:14

      _____________________________________________

 

A TRIBUTE TO THE BIBLE

This book is the Word of God. 

It contains the Way of Redemption, the Doom of Sinners

and the Joy of Believers throughout eternity.

 It’s doctrine is Holy.  It’s precepts Binding.

It’s histories are True, and it’s Teachings are unchangeable.

 Read it to be Wise,  Believe it to be Pure.

Live it to be Holy,  Truest it to be True.

 It contains Light to Direct you.  Food to sustain you.

Words to Uplift you, and Comfort to Cheer you.

 It is the Traveler’s Map, The Pilot’s Compass.

The Soldiers Sword, The Pilgrims Staff and the Believers Guide.

 In it Heaven is Opened.  The Gates of Hell Disclosed.

The Law and the Messiah it’s Subjects.

Our Good it’s Design, and the Glory of God it’s End.

 It should Fill the Memory, Cleanse the Soul,

Rule the Heart and always Guide the Feet.

 Read it Slowly, Fervently, Frequently and Prayerfully.

It is a Mine of Wealth, A River of Pleasure and a Treasure of Hope.

 It is given you here in this Life, so that you

May know your Creator and Reap His Blessings.

 It will be Opened at the final Judgment, and 

It’s Words are Established forever.                                Author Unknown

 

POSITION WANTED

      I would like a job as tutor, teacher and advisor to your family. I will never take a vacation. I will never be out of humor.

     I don't drink or smoke. I won't borrow your clothes or raid your refrigerator.

     I will be up in the morning as early as anyone in the household and will stay up as late as anyone wishes.

     I will help solve any problems your children might have. I will give you the satisfaction of knowing that no question your children ask will go unanswered. For that matter, I will answer any of your own questions on subjects that range from "How we got here?" to "Where are we headed?"

      I will help settle bets and differences of opinion. I will give you information that will help you with your job, your family and all of your other interests.

      In short, I will give you the knowledge that will insure the continued success of your family.

                Sincerely yours,   The Bible.    Do I get the job?

WHAT MEN HAVE SAID ABOUT THE BIBLE

Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States

“In regard to this great book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man.  All the good Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book.  But for it we could not know right from wrong.  All tings desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it”.

Douglas McArthur,  A former U. S. Army General.

“Believe me, sir, never a night goes by, be I ever so tired, but I read the Word of God before I go to bed”.

Herbert Hoover,  31st president of the United States.

“The whole of the inspirations of our civilization springs from the teachings of Christ and the lessons of the prophets. To read the Bible for these fundamentals is a necessity of American life”. 

 

HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE

      Martin Luther said he studied his Bible as he gathered apples. First he shook the whole tree, that the ripest might fall; then he shook each limb, and when he had shaken each limb, he shook each branch, and after each branch, every twig; and then he looked under every leaf.

     Search the Bible as a whole, shaking the whole tree. Read it rapidly, as you would any other book. Then shake every limb -- study book after book. Then shake every branch, giving attention to the chapters when they do not break the sense. Then shake each twig, by a careful study of the paragraphs and sentences and you will be rewarded if you will look under each leaf, by searching the meaning of the words.

 NEVER OPENED

      The Bible is actually a beautiful "love letter" from God, and the writer of Psalm 119 admonishes us to delight in its message and to meditate upon its contents. How sad that many Christians neglect it!! Sadder still is that countless lost souls have never opened the Book at all and learned of God’s love.

       When Elizabeth Barrett became the wife of Robert Browning, the now famous poet, her parents disowned her because they disapproved of the marriage. The daughter, however, wrote almost every week, telling them that she loved them and longed for a reconciliation. After 10 years she received a huge box in the mail that contained all the notes she had sent. Not one had been opened! Although these "love letters" have become an invaluable part of classical English literature, it's really pathetic to think that they were never read by Elizabeth Barrett's parents. Had they looked at just one, the broken relationship with their daughter might have been restored.

 

 

LESSON 2

 SALVATION

1. WHY DOES MANKIND NEED TO BE SAVED

1.  Because we are all sinners and need a New Birth.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23.

“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not”  Ecclesiastes 7:20.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all”  Isaiah 53:6.

2. Because unconfessed sin leads to eternal condemnation (physical and spiritual death).

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”  Romans 6:23

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”  Romans 5:12

3.  Because we were born dead spiritually.

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins”  Ephesians2:1.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”.  Romans 5:12

4.  Because the unsaved are blinded by Satan.

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4.

5. Because we were lost, not knowing the way to Heaven.

“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” Matthew 18:11.

“And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost”  Luke 15:6.

6.  Because a lost person is without:

1.  Strength - “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly”.  Romans 5:6

2. Peace - “There is no peace, saith my God, to the             wicked”  Isaiah 57:22.

3. Hope and God - “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world”  Ephesians 2:12.

4.  Desire to seek God - “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts”  Psalm 10:4

5.  Unable to change - “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil”  Jeremiah 13:23.

2. WHY MAN DOES NOT GET SAVED

1. Because of unbelief -  “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”  John 3:18.

2. Because of social pressure - “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” Acts 26:28.

3. Because of the love of sin - “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil”  John 3:19.

4. Because of the Fear of people - “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe”  Proverbs 29:25.

5. Because of Procrastination - “And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee”  Acts 24:25.

3. HOW MEN ARE NOT SAVED

1. Not by works - “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”  Ephesians 2:8-9

2. Not by sincerity - “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” Proverbs 14:12

3. Not by family - “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”  John 1:13.

4. Not by being religious - John 3:1-7 (Nicodemus).

Nicodemus was a ruler of the Jews and member of the Jewish counsel and a Pharisee..

5. Not by baptism - “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?   And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God”  Acts 8:36-37

3. HOW MEN ARE SAVED

1. By hearing the Word of God - “  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Romans 10:17.

      In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise”  Ephesians 1:13.

2. By believing - “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” Acts 16:30-31.

3. By Confession and belief, calling on the Lord - “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.    For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”  Romans 10:13.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”  John 1:12.

  

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LESSON

1. What has every person done?  Romans 3:23

       ____________________________________________

2.  What do the lost lack and not have?  Isaiah 57:21

      _____________________________________________

3.  Can a man change himself?  Jeremiah 13:23

      _____________________________________________

4. How does a lost person receive Christ as his Saviour? 

      Romans 10:13? _______________________________

5.  Can baptism in water save a person?   Acts 8:36-37

      ____ yes     _____no

6. Are men condemned before coming to Christ?  John 3:18

    ______________________________________________

7.  Why do men hate light and prefer darkness?  John 3:19

      _____________________________________________

8. Who blinds men’s eyes to keep them from being saved?2 Corinthians 4:3-4 ____________________________

9.   What does unforgiven sin lead to?  Romans 6:23

         _________________________

10. Will being sincere get you to Heaven?  Proverbs 14:12

 

       yes ____     No ____

 

VERSES FOR LEADING A PERSON TO CHRIST

1.  We are all sinners and need a Saviour.

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”    Romans 3:10

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

2.  The consequences (wages) of sin—it’s final result.

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”  Romans 5:12

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”  Romans 6:23.

3.  Jesus took our place - Jesus died so that we might live

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”  Romans 5:8.

4.  Salvation comes by confession and believing.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”  Romans 10:9-10.

5.  Confession is calling on the name of the Lord.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”  Romans 10:13.

Sample prayer:  Dear Lord, please forgive my sins and come into my heart.  I accept Christ as my Saviour. Thank you for coming into my heart and saving me.  Amen

 If you prayed this prayer sincerely you are now saved.

 

LESSON 3

BAPTISM

1.  THE WORD BAPTISM —

The word “baptism” is not a translation of the Greek word “baptizo”, but a transliteration which according to the dictionary is: “to represent letters or words written in one language using corresponding letters of another language.  The Greek word “baptizo” was not translated into English to not offend certain churches that “sprinkle water on ones head” and call this baptism instead of accepting the true meaning of the Greek word “baptizo”.

The Greek word “baptizo” means to put under, immerse, dip in and bury.   It can never mean to sprinkle.

In the Bible baptism is always where there is much water “And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim,    because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized”   John 3:23.

In Jordan “And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins”  Matthew 3:6.

Out of the water  “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him”  Matthew 3:16.

Went down both into the water  “And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the    water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him” Acts 8:38.

The only Bible method of baptism is by complete immersion under the water whether in a river or in a bapistry.

2.  WHY IS BAPTISM IMPORTANT?

Jesus gave the command to His church to baptize those who have been discipled (saved, born again, believers) Matthew 28:19-20.

Baptism is an act of obedience to God’s command.  It comes after salvation and in no way saves or adds to our salvation.

Baptism is a public testimony of our salvation experience.  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only two ordinances given to the local church. 

In Romans 6:1-6 the apostle Paul gives us the purpose of baptism.  It is a picture of our death, burial and resurrection with Christ.

1. It is a picture of the death of Christ—standing in the water.

2. It is a picture of his burial—placed under the water.

3. It is a picture of His resurrection– coming up out of the water.

In Romans 6:1-7 and especially in verses 3-4 show us the purpose of baptism.   It is a public testimony of our being identified with Christ and our new walk with the Lord.  We are not baptized to be saved but to show that we are saved

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”  Romans 6:3-4.

3. EXAMPLES OF THOSE BAPTISED

Jesus himself gave us an example by being baptized publicly by John the Baptist before beginning his public ministry. This is recorded in Matthew 3:13-17,  Mark 1:9-11 and Luke 3:21-22.  Jesus was God from His birth and lived a perfect life. 

We should follow the example of people in the New Testament who were baptized after they were saved.

1.  The Ethopian Eunuch.  Acts 8:36-39

2.  The Apostle Paul   Acts 9:18

3.  The Philippian jailer   Acts 16:25-33

               4.  Lydia   Acts 16:14-15

               5.  3,000 who received His word  Acts 2:41

 4. What   church   leaders   said   about  Baptism

Martin Luther:  “Baptism is a Greek word and may be translated immersion.  I would have those who are to be baptized to be altogether dipped in water”. 

John Calvin:  “The very word baptize means to immerse.  It is certain that immersion was practiced by the early church”

John Wesley:  “. . . buried with Him by baptism, alluding to the ancient method of immersion.

 

QUESTIONS

1.  Was Jesus baptized as an example for us? 

      Yes _____     No ____

2.  Does water baptism have anything  to do with our

     salvation?  Yes ____    No ____

3.  Did Jesus command his church to baptize their converts?

     Matthew 28:19-20  Yes ——    No ——

4.  Is water baptism a picture of our dying to the old life and our desire to live in newness of life?  Romans 6:1-6

      Yes ____    No ____

 

 

LESSON 4

THE LOCAL CHURCH

 

 

1.  WHAT IS A CHURCH?

The word church comes from the Greek word “Ekklesia” which means an “assembly of people who have been called out of the community for a specific purpose” 

“Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused; and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together”  Acts 19:32.

“For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment”  James 2:2.

A church then is a group of saved, baptized believers with pastors, deacons and elders (spiritual leaders). Therefore the church of Jesus Christ is an assembly of believers called out from the world and gathered together for worship, fellowship, prayer, missions and evangelism.

2.  WHO STARTED THE CHURCH?

Jesus himself is the founder of church.  Durante His earthly ministry He was training and preparing his Apostles and disciples to be the leaders of His church after He went back to Heaven.

“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”  Matthew 16:16-18.

“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone”  Ephesians 2:20.

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ”  1 Corinthians 3:11.

3.  WHY SHOULD EVERY CHRISTIAN BELONG TO A LOCAL CHURCH.

“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers”  Acts 2:41-42

After people were saved they “added unto them” (The church).

The apostle Paul was part of the church at Antioch.

“Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch” Acts 11:25-26.

When Paul went to Jerusalem he sought to join the church there.

“And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple”  Acts 9:26.

Every Christian should faithfully attend church.

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” Hebrews 10:25

  

LESSON 5

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

 

Giving to your church is a privilege that every Christian should avail himself of.   When we give to the Lord he has promised to bless us and give back more that we give.

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again”  Luke 6:38.

Many good Christians don’t understand what the Bible teaches about this subject.

The Lord doesn’t need our money since he owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10-12), but He wants to bless us through our giving to His church.

In this lesson we will learn what the Lord says first about giving our lives to Him and then our responsibility to give a portion of what he has blessed us with materially.

1. Before we talk about giving our money,  we should be sure that we have given ourselves to the Lord

1. The Lord bought us so we belong to Him.  We should be sure we have given ourselves to Him.

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's”.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

2.  The Lord ask us  to give our bodies to Him.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”.  Romans 12:1

When we give our bodies to the Lord all that we have will be given also since our soul and spirit live in our bodies.

3.  An example from the churches of Macedonia.

“Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God”.  2 Corinthians 8:4-5

 2.  Why should we give

God has designed a wonderful plan to finance the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is God’s will that all the world have a chance to accept this Gospel.  For this to happen, churches must be built, missionaries must be sent and many other ministries must be financed to get the Gospel to a lost and dying world.  The way these needs are met is by Christians giving their tithes and offerings to their local church.

1.  We should give because God ordained it.

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again”.  Luke 6:38

2.  Giving to God’s work is an investment that pays eternal dividends.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”.  Matthew 6:19-21

3.  Jesus said we ought to give the tithe with the right spirit.

“But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone”.  Luke 11:42

Tithing is the scriptural way of giving to God and his work.

 3.  WHERE SHOULD WE GIVE OUR TITHE AND OFFERINGS

1. Jesus loved the church and gave himself for it.

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”.  Ephesians 5:25

If Christ loved the church enough to die for it, we ought to love it also and help support it.

2.  Paul exhorted the Christians to give to their church.

“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come”.  1 Corinthians 16:1-2

3.  In the Old Testament God’s storehouse was the Temple but in the New Testament it is the church.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”. Malachi 3:10

 4. HOW MUCH SHOULD WE GIVE           

 1. It is God who gives us our jobs and health to work for the money we earn.  It is the Lord who gives us our homes and every material blessing that we have.

 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”.  James 1:17

 2.  From the beginning, even before the Law of Moses which was given to the Jews the tithe was God’s plan for giving.

 Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedec, (who was a type of Christ)

 “For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;    Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually”.  Hebrews 7:1-3

 3.  Jacob had learned this principle from his father Isaac and his grandfather Abraham.

 “And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee”.  Genesis 28:20-22

 God expects every believer to give one-tenth of his income to the church where he belongs.  After this he is free to give whatever offering he wants to.   We are free to give to other good causes as the Lord directs but our main emphasis should be to our local church.

 4.  We should always remember the law of sowing and    reaping.

 “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work”.  2 Corinthians 9:6-8

 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”.  Galatians 6:7

 One of the greatest privileges God has given you and me is to be able to give our tithes and offerings.  Only as we give can God’s work continue in this world.

 SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT GIVING

1.  How much did Abraham give to God in Genesis 14:17-20?   ____________________________________

2.  How much did Jacob promise to give to God? ________

3. Where should we give our tithe? ___________________

4. How does God promise to bless those who give according to Luke 6:38?  ______________________________

5.  Who was the first man in the Bible to pay tithes?      _________________________

6.  What does the Lord say to those who don’t give to His work?  Malahci 3:8-10  They are __________________

 

 

LESSON 6

THE BAPTIST CHURCH

 

1.  INTRODUCTION

1.  Baptist are somewhat different from many other denominations.  Most Baptist hold to the infallibility of the Bible as the final authority on doctrine and practice.  Baptist believe that only saved, born again people should be baptized as a testimony of their faith in Christ.  Baptists are not the only ones going to Heaven but we believe their doctrine is the closest to the teachings of the New Testament.

2.   There have been many people down through history called by many different names who have held to the teachings of the New Testament and were Baptist in practice.

3.   Baptist historically, are not strictly speaking Protestants. Protestant churches began at the Reformation in1517 when Martin Luther protested against the false teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic church.  Most denominations can trace their beginning to men who joined the protest. Martin Luther started the Lutheran church, John Wesley the Methodist church and John Calvin the Presbyterian church.

4.  Almost all false cults (Mormons, Jehovahs Witnesses, etc.) trace their beginnings to men who did not accept the Bible as the final authority on Doctrine and Practice. 

5.  Almost all Oriental  and Arabic religions were started by men and are a mixture of vain philosophy (Colossians 2:8) and misinterpretations of the Bible (2 Peter 1:20).

 2. THINGS THAT BAPTIST HAVE IN COMMON WITH SOME OTHER DENOMINATIONS

1.  These five basic doctrines.

1. The Virgin Birth of Christ - Isaiah 7:14,  Matthew 1:23

2. The Deity of Jesus - John 1:1, John 20:28

3. The Substitutionary Death of Christ - 1 Peter 1:24

4. The Resurrection and Imminent Return of Christ - John 20:27, Romans 1:4,  Jon 14:1-6.

5. The Inerrancy of the Scriptures - 2 Timothy 3:16

2.  Some other doctrines that other churches also have.

1. The Trinity - Matthew 28:19

2. Salvation by Faith Alone - Ephesians 2:8-9

3. Prophetic teachings of the End Time - Matthew 24-25

4. The Reality of a Literal Heaven and Hell - Luke 16

5. God’s Great Commission to Evangelize the World - Matthew 28:19-2

3. DOCRINES THAT DISTINGUISH BAPTIST FROM OTHER DENOMINATIONS

7.   Baptism for Believers Only

Down through the ages Baptists have always baptized only believers.  They were once called Anabaptists meaning that they did not accept the baptism of infants as Scriptural Baptism and rebaptized their converts.  The word Anabaptists means to rebaptize.  Baptists believe that Baptism is only for those who have accepted Christ as their Saviour   (Acts 8:36-39). 

2.  The only method of Baptism is by Immersion

1.  John the Baptist baptized by immersion in the Jordan River ( Mark 1:10).

2.  Jesus was baptized by immersion (Mark 3:16).

3.  The Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:38).

3.   Only two Ordinances  given to the Church

1. The Lord’s Supper.  To the New Testament church, the Lord’s Supper is a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord.  It is a memorial and nothing more.  Jesus himself  Luke 22:19,  The Apostle Paul later gave instructions on it’s celebration  1Corinthians 11:20-34.

2. Baptism.  Jesus last orders to the church in Matthew 28:19-20 were to make disciples and then baptize them.

4.  The Independence of each Local Church

1. Every New Testament church was totally independent and never lorded over by an authority outside of itself.

2. Each church had it’s own pastor, elders (spiritual leaders) and deacons (those who cared for the material needs of the church) Acts 14:23 Ephesians 4:11, Acts 6.

3. Each church was to resolve any problems it had.  Matthew 18:15-17.

5.  The Priesthood of all Believers.

1. The Lord has made all believers kings and priests Revelation 1:5-6,  1 Peter 2:5.  Some churches have priests and teach that you have to confess you sins to them, but the   Bible clearly teaches that there is only Mediator between God and men 1 Timothy 2:5.  Since Jesus death we are to come boldly to the Throne of Grace  Hebrews 4:16.

6.  The Eternal Salvation of all Believers

      Baptists believe that once one has been saved, he can never be lost and saved the second time.  Jesus said: “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son”. 

      A Christian can backslide, but never be lost again.

 

 

BIBLE COURSE FOR NEW CHRISTIANS  # 2

 

LESSON 1

SALVATION

 

What happened when I was saved?

 and

 What is my new relationship with the Lord?

 

When you accepted Christ as your personal Saviour it was the most important decision that you have ever made. But you probably didn’t understand all that happened in your life at that moment. The purpose of this lesson is to explain briefly what happened when you accepted Christ into your heart and life and what it means to born into the family of God.

I.  There are only two families in the world.

            A.   The family of the Devil also known as Satan.

1. “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”.  John 8:44  See also John 8:38

    “I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

2. You became a part of this family when you were born physically since your father is a descendent of Adam. 

    “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth”.  Genesis 5:3

3. We all inherited the sin nature of Adam since we are his descendents.

    “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”.  Romans 5:12

We also find a similar statement in:

a. Romans 6:23“For the wages of sin is death . . .”.

b. 1 Corinthians 15:22:  “For as in Adam all die, . . .”

B.   The Family of God  

1.   We enter into the family of God by simple faith.       John 1:12-13 says: 

    “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name, which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God”.

2.  We become a part of God’s family by being born into His family spiritually.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”.  John 3:3

3.  This new spiritual birth puts you into the family of God just as your physical birth put you into your father’s family.  You are now a son of God by birth.

4.  As a result of this new birth, you inherited a new nature, a diving nature from God your Father and you have eternal life.  

a. John 6:47:  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life”.

b. John 3:36:  “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life”.

c. 1 Juan 5:12:  “He that hath the Son hath life”.

II.  When you become a part of the family of God you are no longer a part of the family of Satan.          

A. Your body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God who now lives in your body.

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own”?  1 Corinthians 6:19

B. The Bible exhorts us to be separated from unbelievers and their evil habits. 

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?    And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people”.   1 Corinthians 6:14-16

C. This new life in Christ is clearly explained in 2 Corinthians 5:17 

      “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”.

III.  ¿What is our new relationship with the Lord?

A. God is now our Father and we are his children. 

      “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God . .” 1 John 3:1            

B.  Now that you are saved, God doesn’t treat you as a  sinner but as his son.

      “Beloved, now are we the sons of God . . .”   1 John 3:2

C. This new relationship can be compared to a relationship between an earthly father and his son.                

1.  A good father will love and care for his son.      

     “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you”.   1 Pedro 5:7

2.   A good father will watch and protect his child.

      “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven”.   Matthew 18:10

3.  A good father will provide for his son.

      “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.  Philippians 4:19

4.   A good father will guide and teach his son.

      “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your  remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”.  Juan 14:26

5.   A good father will help his son.

      “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”.   Psalm 46:1

6.   A good father will encourage his son.

      “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.   Philippians 4:13

7.   A good father will correct and discipline his son.

      “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth”.    Hebrews 12:6

8.  A good father will feed his children.

“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things”.  Matthew 6:31-32      

9.  A good father has a plan for his son.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called  according to his purpose”.      Romans 8:28

D. A good father would never do anything with the purpose of hurting his son.  He would do things that would help him to mature and become the man he wants him to be.  Our heavenly Father works in the same way and his ways are  perfect.  The difference between our natural father and our heavenly Father is that they sometimes fail and make  mistakes, but our heavenly Father is perfect and only does what he knows is best for his children.

      “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him”?   Matthew 7:11

IV.   We didn't lose our old nature when we were born again.             

      A.  This is obvious because we still sin and make mistakes!

      B.  The Bible teaches that we now have two natures..

            1. The old nature - physical, prone to sin, carnal desires.

 2. The new nature - spiritual, perfect, image of God.

 C. The two natures are always present.  The one we feed the most is the one that will control us.

                        1. Colossians 3:5-10

                        2. 2 Corinthians 4:14-18

V.  Some questions to think about and discuss.

            A.  Can a Christian sin after he is saved?          

      Yes, we continue to sin, but a Christian has someone to help him overcome temptation and live a new life.    

“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin”.   Romans 7:25.

      “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”.  1 John 4:4

            B.   How does my sin affect my relationship with the Lord?  

      The Lord doesn’t disown us or cast us out of his family, but disciplines us so we will repent of our sin. 

      “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth”.  Hebrews 12:6

            C.   What should a Christian do when he sins?

      We should confess our sin and repent, knowing that the Lord is merciful and ready to help us overcome our weaknesses.

      “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.        1 John 1:9

      “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy”.       Proverbs 28:13

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS LESSON

1.  Who are the two fathers mentioned in John 8:38?  “my father”  and “your father”.

            A.  __________________________    See John 8:44

            B.  __________________________    See John 8:42

2.  How does a person enter into the family of the Devil?

    __________________________________________________

3.  How does a person enter into the family of God?

    __________________________________________________

4.  Why are people condemned to die when they have only be born once (physically)? Romans 6:23,  John 3:18

      _________________________________________________

5.         Write three verses that promise eternal life.

            A.  ____________________________

            B.  ____________________________

            C.  ____________________________

6.  Why is a Christian in the family of God different from a lost person, one who has never been saved.  2 Corinthians 5:17

             __________________________________________________

7.   After we are saved the Lord treats us as his ____________ and not as a  _____________ .   Galatians 4:5

8.   After we are saved we have a new relationship with God.  He treats us as a good father should his son.  Write a verse for each one from pages three and four of this lesson.

            A.  _______________________

            B.  _______________________

            C.  _______________________

            D.  _______________________

            E.         _______________________

            F.   _______________________

            G.  _______________________

            H.  _______________________

            I.   _______________________

9.  Write  the  name  of  the two natures that we have after we are  saved, sometimes represented by two men.  Ephesians 4:22-24

            A.  _______________________________________________

            B.  _______________________________________________

10. Why does one nature sometimes get the victory over the other nature?  Ephesians 4:26-27

       _________________________________________________

11. If a born again Christian continues to live in sin, what can he expect from God?   Hebrews 12:6

     __________________________________________________

12. According to 1 John 1:9 when we confess our sins, he will “_______________  and cleanse us from ___________  __________________”

Some good verses to memorize: 

Romans 5:12;  John 3:3;  1 John 1:9

What have you learned from this lesson?  

Please answer each question with a  T  for true  or an  F  for false in the blank space.

_____  1. Everybody is part of the family of God.

_____  2. Every person must work to gain entrance into heaven.

_____  3. Anybody can get to heaven by attending any church and believing whatever he wants.                

_____  4.         If we sin, we should confess our sins to another man.

_____  5. If we sin we can lose our salvation and no longer be a part of the family of God.

 

 

LESSON 2

 

BAPTISM  

 

NOW THAT I AM SAVED, WHERE

SHOULD I BEGIN?

 

 Almost every religious denomination teaches some form of  baptism as part of their doctrine.  There are many variations and teachings about this subject.   The purpose of this lesson is to give a clear teaching of what the Bible teaches on the subject and what God’s purpose is for this act of obedience in the life of a Christian.

 

1.    Why does the Lord order every Christian to be baptized?

 

A.  Baptism is our first act of obedience to the Lord.  It is for every Christian and doesn’t require special talents or an understanding of all the doctrines of the Bible.

 

B. Jesus himself gave us an example by being baptized publicly by John the Baptist before beginning his public ministry.   This is recorded in Matthew 3:13-17,  Mark 1:9-11 and Luke 3:21-22

C. In Matthew 3:13-15,  it is clear that Jesus was baptized in obedience to God’s plan.  In verse 15 we read, “And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him”.  This act of obedience is the most  important lesson we can learn about baptism.

D. We should follow the example of other people in the new Testament who were baptized after they were saved.

 

1. The Ethopian Eunuch.  Acts 8:36-39

2. The Apostle Paul   Acts 9:18

3. The Philippian jailer   Acts 16:25-33

4. Lydia   Acts 16:14-15

 

2. What is the purpose of baptism?

 

      There are a number of baptisms mentioned in the New Testament but the one we are considering in this lesson is our baptism by immersion in water in the same manner as Jesus was baptized.

     

      In Romans 6:1-7 and especially in verses 3-4 show us the purpose of baptism.   It is a public testimony of our being identified with Christ and our new walk with the Lord.  We are not baptized to be saved but to show that we are saved. 

 

      “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”.   Romans 6:3-4

 

3. Who should be baptized?

 

A. The most clear example of who is qualified to be baptized is the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 8:26-29.  After Philip gave him the plan of salvation the eunuch asked what would be necessary to be baptized. 

     

      “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized”?  Verse 36

 

      Philip answered him very clearly in verse 37

 

      “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God”.  Verse 37

 

      The requirements for salvation and baptism are found in Romans 10:9-10, 13.

 

      “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. . . .Vs. 13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.

     

      We must believe in our heart the message of salvation and confess with our mouth that we have been saved.

 

B. There is not a single example in the Bible of a person being baptized who wasn’t a Christian.

 

C. No where in the Bible do we see baby’s being baptized.

 

4. What is the Bible method of baptism?

 

A. We can look again at the example of Philip baptizing the eunuch.  In verses 38-39 we read:  “And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.   And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing”. 

 

B.  Jesus was baptized in the same way.  In Matthew 3:16 we read:  “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water . . .”

 

C. As we have seen before baptism is a symbol of our salvation, our new life in Christ.  Just as Christ died, was buried and then arose from the dead so when we are saved we are to die to our old life, bury it in baptism and then when we come out of the water, walk in our new life in Christ. Just as one is buried in the cemetery, one would not just sprinkle a little dirt and call that a burial.  And so it is with baptism, there is nowhere in the Bible where someone was sprinkled on the head with water and said to have been baptized.  The only Bible method of baptism is by complete immersion in water.

 

5. Why is it important to be baptized?

 

A. We know that baptism or any other human effort will not save our soul.

     

      “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast”.   Ephesians 2:8-9

 

B. It is important to be baptized because Jesus in his last words to his church told them to baptize their converts. In the Great Commission our Saviour told them to baptize and then teach them his words. 

     

      “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”.  Matthew 28:19-20

 

C. If we really love the Lord, Jesus said we should keep his commandments.

 

      “If ye love me, keep my commandments”.  John 14:15

 

      If a person refuses to be baptized, it is a sign of disobedience and rebellion and possibly a sign that they have never really been saved.

 

 

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS LESSON

 

 

1.  Give a reason why we should be baptized according to John 14:15.

 

     _________________________________________________

 

2. In Matthew 3:13-15 Jesus was baptized to show his obedience and willingness to do his

 

      Father’s will.  He did this             before beginning his _____________  ________________.

 

3. Write the names of three people who were baptized after they were saved in the New Testament.

     

       P_________         L__________   Philippian ____________

 

4. According to Acts 8:36-37 what was necessary for the Eunuch to do before he could be baptized?

      _________________________________________________

 

5. What does our baptism in water represent?  _______________________________________

       _________________________________________________

6. Is it necessary for a person to be baptized for him to be saved and enter heaven?  ____yes     ____no.

 

 

 

LESSON 3

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

 

WHAT IS THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

AND HIS MINISTRY IN MY LIFE?

  

 

The day that you received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour,  the Holy Spirit came to live permanently in your heart and body.  This third person of the Holy Trinity is many times misunderstood and not given the proper attention that the Scriptures give to Him.  The purpose of this lesson is to give you a basic understanding of His work and ministry in your life.

 

 1.    Where does the Holy Spirit live today?

 

A. The Holy Spirit lives in your body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit from the moment that you were saved.  He is there permanently and will never leave you.

     

      “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own”?   1 Corinthians 6:19

 

      “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you”.  John 14:17

 

2. What is the work of the Holy Spirit?

 

      A.  His first work is to convince of sin.

      “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe not on me;  Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged”.   John 16:8-11 

 

1.  He convinces and convicts lost sinners of their need for salvation.

 

2. In Christians he convinces and convicts when we sin and teaches us of our need to live a consecrated life.

 

3.   We should understand the difference between conviction and guilt.

 

a. Conviction is the Lord trying to show us where we have done wrong so we will confess our faults and receive forgiveness.   1 John 1:9

     

      “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. 1 John 1:9

 

b. Guilt is from the Devil who accuses us before the Lord trying to make us think we are not worthy of the Lord’s forgiveness and blessing.  

     

      “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night”.   Revelation 12:10

 

B. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit to show us that we are saved.

 

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”.  Romans 8:16

 

C. The Holy Spirit seals us (guarantees) our salvation.  It is like the down payment,  a sign that we will pay.

 

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory”. Ephesians 1:13-14

D. Another work of the Holy Spirit is to teach us.

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”.   John 14:26

 

E.  The Holy Spirit helps us pray and intercedes for us.

 

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God”.  Romans 8:26-27

 

D.       He comforts us in time of need.

 

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you”.   John 14:16-17

 

E. The Holy Spirit gives us power to serve the Lord.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you . . .”.  Acts 1:8

“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts”.  Zechariah 4:6

 

3. The Holy Spirit desires to produce fruit in our lives.

 

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”.   Ephesians 5:22-25

 

The fruit of the Spirit will manifest itself in one degree or another through the nine qualities mentions in these verses.

 

Love,        Joy,           Peace,        Longsuffering,       Gentleness,  

 

Goodness,          Faith,        Meekness,        Temperance

 

4. The Baptism and the filling of the Holy Spirit

 

There is much confusion in the world today about these two works of the Holy Spirit.   The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at the moment of salvation and the filling by the Holy Spirit comes as we yield our lives to the Saviour and obey His word.

 

A. The baptism of the Holy Spirit.

 

This is a spiritual baptism that places us into the Body of Christ, the true church that is made up of every born again believer from all over the world.

 

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit”.  1 Corinthians 12:13

“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular”.  1 Corinthians 12:27

 

It is sad that many churches teach that only after you have spoken in an unknown tongue are you baptized by the Holy Spirit.  Some early Christians did speak in tongues after they were baptized by the Spirit as on the day of Pentecost, but it was before we had all the books of the Bible.  The gift of tongues was for a sign to the unbelievers until we had all the written word (1 Corinthians 14:22).  In the later letters of the apostle Paul there is no mention of  the Holy Spirit being manifested in this way.

 

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away”.  1 Corinthians 13:8-10

 

B. The filling of the Holy Spirit.

 

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit”.  Ephesians 5:18

 

This is an experience that every Christian should desire to have. The more we empty our lives of the carnal and worldly desires of this world, the more room there is for the Holy Spirit to fill our lives with his power and blessing.

 

It is not they we get more of the Spirit of the Lord, but that we allow the Holy Spirit to get more of us.

 

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit men will not be able to resist our testimony.

 

“And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake”.   Acts 6:10

 

When we are filled with the Spirit He will speak to us.

“Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot”.  Acts 8:29

 

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we should walk in the Spirit.

 

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”.   Galatians 5:16

 

 

 

Some questions about the Holy Spirit

 

1. Where is the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit today?

 

     __________________________________________________

 

2. When does the Holy Spirit enter the life of a Christian?

 

      _________________________________________________

 

3. Why does the Holy Spirit convict a Christian when he sins?

 

     __________________________________________________

 

4. Name one work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Christian.

 

      _________________________________________________

 

5. Name three ways the fruit of the Holy Spirit manifests itself in the life of a Christian.

 

      ________________________    _______________________

 

     _________________________

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson4

 

THE BIBLE

 

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFANCE OF THE

 WORD OF GOD IN MY LIFE?

 

What separates Christianity from all other religions is that we have a written message directly from God.  The Holy Bible is an infallible book that the Lord gave to mankind to show his history and the need of a divine way to reach heaven and how to have a right relationship with our maker while we are here on earth.

 

The Bible contains 66 individual books written by at least 40   different authors during a period of about 1,600 years.  The continuity of the Bible is so exact that it could not have been written by individuals who weren’t inspired by the Lord.  It is absolutely accurate in relation to historic and scientific facts.  Hundreds of prophesies in the Old Testament have already been literally fulfilled and many others are being fulfilled at this very time.  There are no contradictions between any of the books of the   Bible. 

 

Someone has written this about the Bible.

 

“The Bible contains the mind of God, the condition of man, the way of salvation, the judgment of lost sinners and the happiness of Christians.  It’s doctrines are holy, it’s precepts without fault and it’s pronouncements unchangeable.  It should be read to be wise, believed on to be saved and it’s teachings practiced to be holy.  It is the map of the traveler, the staff of the pilgrim, the compass of the sailor, the weapon of the soldier and the Magna Carta of the Christian.  It opens the way to Heaven and reveals  the doors to hell.   Christ is the central theme, our good it’s object and the glory of God it’s purpose.  It should fill our minds, guide our paths and govern our hearts.  It should be read slowly and often with an open heart and mind.  It is a goldmine of riches, a paradise for the weary and a spring of everlasting joy to the Christian.   It was given to us in life, it will be present in the final judgment and remembered throughout all eternity.  When practiced it brings out the highest in mankind, promises a reward for the faithful and condemns all who reject it’s holy message”.

 

1. How did we get the Bible?

 

Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible under the inspiration of God.

 

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.  2 Timothy 3:16

 

When Moses died God raised up prophets and leaders who continued to record God’s word as He gave it to them by his Spirit.

 

“For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”.  2 Peter 1:21

 

When Christ was on earth the Jewish nation already had the Old Testament books as we have them today. Christ quoted from many of these during his ministry. When the four Gospel’s were written and later the other books of the New Testament the early church examined each one closely and only accepted the books that were in agreement with the Old Testament teachings and in agreement with each other.

 

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual”.  1 Corinthians 2:13

 

The apostle Paul warned about false teachers and their erroneous doctrines.

 

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed”.  Galatians 1:8-9

 

Peter also warned against false teachers and their doctrines.

 

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction”.  1 Peter 2:1

 

2.  Our Salvation is based on the Word of God

 

A.  By God’s Word we are born again.

 

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever”.  1 Peter 1:23

 

B.  Saving faith comes by hearing the Word of God.

 

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”.  Ephesians 2:8

 

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.  Romans 10:17

 

God’s word is quick and powerful and able to bring salvation to a lost soul.

 

“Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls”.  James 1:21

 

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”.  Hebrews 4:12

 

3.  Since the Bible is the basis of our Salvation, it should be our unfailing and perfect guide for our lives.

 

A. When you buy a car or any other major appliance, it comes with a book of instructions.  And so it is in the life of a Christian, the Bible is our guide book.  If we follow it’s instructions we will be blessed and have a fruitful life of service for our Saviour.

 

King David said:  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.  Psalm 119:105

 

Paul told Timothy these words:  “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.  2 Timothy 2:15

 

The Lord wants every Christian to prosper in his spiritual life and have the equipment necessary to live the Christian life.

 

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

4.  The Bible is our spiritual food to feed our souls and spirits.

 

Just as we need food to maintain our physical health, we need God’s word to keep us strong spiritually.

 

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”.  Psalm 119:105

 

“And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by  bread only, but  by  every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live”. Deuteronomy 8:3

 

In the Bible God’s word is compared to several kinds of food and drink.

 

Milk -  “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”.  1 Peter 2:2

 

Honey - “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”  Psalm 119:103

 

Bread - “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God”. Luke 4:4

 

Meat - “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, [even] as unto babes in Christ.  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able”.  1 Corinthians 3:1-2

 

Someone has said:  “God’s word will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from God’s word”.

 

Dr. Scofield, the author of the famous Scofield Study Bible had written on the front of his auditorium this phrase:

 

“The Bible as it is, for men as they are”.

 

 

Some questions about this lesson

 

1.  How are we born again according to 1 Peter 1:23? ________________________________

_____________________

 

 

2.  Name two kinds of food the Bible is compared to.

 

______________________    ____________________________

 

3.  Is the Bible just a collection of writings by different men that sometimes don’t agree with each other? True _____ False _____

 

4.  To understand the Bible one needs to be highly educated or be a priest or religious leader?   True _______   False ______

 

 

 

LESSON 5

 

PRAYER 

 

 

WHY IS PRAYER IMPORTANT

IN THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN?

 

 

Someone has said that a Christian is only as strong as his life of prayer.  This is a great truth, since prayer is our means of  communicating directly with God.  When we read the Bible, God speaks to us; and when we pray we talk to God.  Our relationship with the Lord can only grow when we have a proper perspective of our communication with our Saviour.

 

The purpose of this lesson is to teach us some basic principles for our prayer life.  We should desire that these lines of communication are effective and open in our lives.  The Lord has ordained that by prayer our needs can be met.

 

Some verses about prayer.

 

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”.  Jeremiah 33:3

 

“I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it”.  Psalm 81:10

 

1.  What is the purpose of prayer?

 

When our prayer life is what the Lord desires, it will bring peace in the life of a Christian.

 

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:6-7

 

2.  Prayer is not talking to God so we can change his mind so we can do we want, but it is seeking his face so that we will better understand his will for our lives.

 

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is”.    Ephesians 5:17

 

3.  Prayer is talking to God, but it is also asking Him for what we need, not always our desires.

 

“And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened”.  Luke 11:9-10

 

In the New Testament we find the word ask more than thirty times in reference to prayer.

 

4.  Prayer is also giving thanks to God for his salvation and   blessings.

 

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving”.  Colossians 4:2

 

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”.  Philippians 4:4

 

“And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the       exceeding grace of God in you. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift”.  2 Corinthians 9:14-15

 

2.  How should we pray?

 

Many people think of prayer as a position of the body: kneeling, folding the hands or standing.  All of these are good but have very little to do with real prayer.  When we pray we must first have a right attitude and have our heart in tune with God’s desires for us.

 

1.  We should pray according to God’s word, the Bible.

 

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you”.  John 15:7

 

2.  We should pray with faith.

 

“Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”.  Mark 9:23

 

“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you”.  Matthew 17:20

3.  We should pray in Jesus name.

 

“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it”  John 14:13-14.

 

3.  How often should a Christian pray?

 

King David said these words.

 

“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice”.  Psalm 55:17

 

The prophet Daniel prayed three times a day.

 

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime”.   Daniel 6:10

 

Abraham had a time early when he prayed.

 

“And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD”.  Genesis 19:27

 

Prayer ought to be a part of our daily schedule.  Jesus told the disciples that we ought always to pray.

 

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint”.  Luke 18:1

 

We should pray everyday alone with God, with our family, with other Christians, at meal time and any other time there is a need.

 

4.  Some hindrances to prayer.

 

1.  Unconfessed sin

 

“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear”.  Isaiah 59:2

 

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:  But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer”.  Psalm 66:18-19

 

2.  Unwillingness to hear and obey God’s word.

 

“He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination”.  Proverbs 28:9

 

3.  An unforgiving spirit with our fellow man.

 

“Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift”.  Matthew 5:23-24

 

 4.   Prayer not according to God’s will.

 

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts”.   James 4:3

 

5.  Why should we pray?

 

1.  We should pray to have fellowship with our Saviour.

 

“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord”.  1 Corinthians 1:9

 

2.  We should pray because God commands it.

 

“Pray without ceasing”.  1 Thessalonians 5:17

 

3.  We should pray to be a help to others.

 

“Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift      bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf”.  2 Corinthians 1:11

 

 

SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT PRAYER

 

1.  Is it necessary to pray in a certain position?  ___yes    ___no

 

2.  Should we pray asking God to do things our way or pray that His will be done?  ___yes    ___no

 

3.  Do we need a mediator or can we pray directly to God?  The answer is in 2 Timothy 2:5.  ___yes   ___no

 

4.  Does the Bible say that we should pray at any specific time or place?    ___yes    ___no

 

 

 

LESSON 6

 

Giving 

 

 

 

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH

ABOUT CHRISTIAN GIVING

 

 

Giving is a somewhat controversial theme among Christians today as there are so many good causes where one can give their money.  Many good Christians don’t understand what the Bible teaches about this subject.

 

The Lord doesn’t need our money since he owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10-12), but He wants to bless us through our giving to His church.

 

In this lesson we will learn what the Lord says first about giving our lives to Him and then our responsibility to give a portion of what he has blessed us with materially.

 

1. Before we talk about giving our money, we should be sure that we have given ourselves to the Lord

 

      A. The Lord bought us so we belong to Him.  We should be sure we have given ourselves to Him.

 

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's”.  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

 

B. The Lord ask us to give our bodies to Him.

 

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service”.  Romans 12:1

 

When we give our bodies to the Lord all that we have will be given also since our soul and spirit live in our bodies.

 

C.  An example from the churches of Macedonia.

 

“Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God”.  2 Corinthians 8:4-5

 

2.  Why should we give

 

God has designed a wonderful plan to finance the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is God’s will that all the world have a chance to accept this Gospel.  For this to happen, churches must be built, missionaries must be sent and many other ministries must be financed to get the Gospel to a lost and dying world.  The way these needs are met is by Christians giving their tithes and offerings to their local church.

 

1.  We should give because God ordained it.

 

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again”.  Luke 6:38

 

2.  Giving to God’s work is an investment that pays eternal dividends.

 

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:    But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”.  Matthew 6:19-21

 

3.  Jesus said we ought to give the tithe with the right spirit.

 

“But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone”.  Luke 11:42

 

Tithing is the scriptural way of giving to God and his work.

 

3. WHERE SHOULD WE GIVE OUR TITHE AND OFFERINGS

 

      A. Jesus loved the church and gave himself for it.

 

      “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”.  Ephesians 5:25

 

      If Christ loved the church enough to die for it, we ought to love it also and help support it.

 

      B.  Paul exhorted the Christians to give to their church.

     

      “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come”.  1 Corinthians 16:1-2

 

      C.  In the Old Testament God’s storehouse was the Temple but in the New Testament it is the church.

 

      “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it”. Malachi 3:10

 

4.   HOW MUCH SHOULD WE GIVE

 

1. It is God who gives us our jobs and health to work for the money we earn.  It is the Lord who gives us our homes and every material blessing that we have.

 

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning”.  James 1:17

 

2.  From the beginning, even before the Law of Moses which was given to the Jews the tithe was God’s plan for giving.

 

Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedec, (who was a type of Christ)

 

“For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually”.  Hebrews 7:1-3

 

3.  Jacob had learned this principle from his father Isaac and his grandfather Abraham.

 

“And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee”.  Genesis 28:20-22

 

God expects every believer to give one-tenth of his income to the church where he belongs.  After this he is free to give whatever offering he wants to.   We are free to give to other good causes as the Lord directs but our main emphasis should be to our local church.

 

4.  We should always remember the law of sowing and    giving.

 

“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work”.  2 Corinthians 9:6-8

 

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”.  Galatians 6:7

 

One of the greatest privileges God has given you and me is to be able to give our tithes and offerings.  Only as we give can God’s work continue in this world.

 

 

SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT GIVING

 

1.  How much did Abraham give to God in Genesis 14:17-20?

 

     ______________________________

 

2.  How much did Jacob promise to give to God? ____________

 

3.  Where should we give our tithe? _______________________

 

4.  How does God promise to bless those who give according to Luke 6:38. 

 

__________________________________________

 

 

 

 

LESSON 7

 

Our Possessions

 

 

 

WHAT SHOULD BE OUR ATTITUDE

TOWARD MONEY AND OUR POSSESSIONS?

 

 

One of the temptations that we encounter as Christians is the materialism in our culture.  Many people think that the measure of success is how much money we have in the bank and how big is the house we live in.  Real success for a Christian should be how we live the Christian life what we are doing for the Lord.

 

The Bible has a lot to say about our attitude toward the material things of this world.  In this lesson we will try to learn some basic Bible principles about our possessions.

 

1.  You don’t have to be poor to please God.

 

      A.  The Lord doesn’t measure our spiritual life by what we have or do not have.   Nowhere in the Bible does the Lord condemn those who are rich, but we do find that we should have the right attitude toward our possessions.

 

      B.  The Bible doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil, but that the love of money is the problem.

 

      “For the love of money is the root of all evil”.  I Timothy 6:10

 

      C.  Many Christians in the Bible were rich.

 

      Solomon was one of the richest men of his time and yet he is remembered for his wisdom. 

      Abraham had many possessions of cattle and gold.

 

      “And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things”.  Genesis 24:1

 

      Job was one of the richest men of his time.

 

      “His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east”.  Job 1:3

 

      Even the Lord Jesus received gifts from some rich women

 

      “And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance”.  Luke 8:2-3

 

2.  When do our possessions interfere with our relationship with the Lord?

 

      A.  When we trust in our riches to gain our salvation.

 

      “And the disciples were astonished at his words. But  Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God”!   Mark 10:24

 

      B.  When we earthly things take the place of heavenly things.

 

      “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth”.  Colosians 3:1-2

 

      C. When earthly possession keep us from following the Lord.

 

      “But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions”.  Matthew 19:22

 

      D.  When our desire for wealth takes first place in our lives.

 

      “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven”.  Proverbs 23:4-5

 

      “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.  Matthew 6:33

 

3.  What should be our attitude toward our possessions?

 

A.  The most important thing is to be content with what the Lord has given to us.

 

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”.  Hebrews 13:5

 

“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content”.  1 Timothy 6:8

 

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content”.  Phillip. 4:11

 

B.  We should understand that there are many things more important then money and possessions in this life.

 Proverbs 16:16

Wisdom -

 

“How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!”  

 

An honest life -

 

“A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked”.  Psalm 37:16

 

Knowledge of God’s Word -

 

“The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver”.  Psalm 119:72

 

 Peace and harmony -

 

“Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith”.  Proverbs 15:16

 

3.   Some lessons about our possessions.

 

      A.  When the Lord blesses us we should not forget Him.

 

      “And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good [things], which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;   Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage”.  Deuteronomy 6:10-12

 

      B.  If the Lord takes all that we have we should accept this.

 

      “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD”.  Job 1:20-21

 

      C.  We should understand that our culture is controlled by the advertising industry.  Something new is constantly being  offered and many Christians have debts hard to pay.  When we trust in the Lord and seek to do His will he will give us all the things that we need.

 

      “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.  Matthew 6:33

 

There are many good things in this world and the Lord will give us what we need, not always what we desire.

 

 

 

 

SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS LESSON

 

1. Is it a sin to be rich?    Yes_____     No______

 

 

2. Name someone who was rich in the Bible _______________

 

 

3. Is there a difference between what we need and what we desire to have?   Yes _____    No_____

 

 

4. What does the Bible say about the love of money in 1 Timothy 6:10?    It is the root of what? _________________

 

 

5. Should a Christian be content with what he has?   Yes _____  No______

 

 

6.   Can you think of something that money won’t buy? _________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

LESSON 8

 

The Local Church

 

 

WHY SHOULD EVERY CHRISTIAN

BELONG TO AND ATTEND A

LOCAL CHURCH?

 

In the Bible we learn that the Lord established three principle institutions in this world:  the family, civil government and the local church.

The local church has been commissioned by God to carry out his plans for this world.  These plans include winning the lost to Christ, incorporating them into the local church and then teaching them the doctrines of the Bible.

The purpose of this lesson is to show the importance of the local church and it’s place in the life of a Christian.

1.  What is a local church

      A.  A building of any kind is not the church.

      “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet”.  Acts 7:48

      The dwelling place of the Lord today is in the bodies of every Christian.  He no longer dwells in a temple as He did in the Old Testament.

      B.  The church is not a denomination or fellowship of churches.   Each local church is to be self governing, self propagating and self supporting.

      C.  The local church is a group of men and women who have been saved and called of God to serve in a local area.

      1.  The members of a local church are the body of Christ in that area.

       “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular . . .”  1 Corinthians 12:27

      2.  Paul compares the local church to our human body.  It has many members, but each one having a particular    function, but all working together so that we can function as a person.

      Some comparisons between our bodies and the local church by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.

      a.  Each member has a different function - Vs. 14-20

 b. Each member depends on the others to function       properly.  Vs. 21

      c.  The work of each member is important.  Vs. 22-24

 d. When the body is working as it should, it will work as one body.  Vs. 25-27

2.  What is the work and purpose of the local church.

      “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers”.  Acts 2:41-42

      This early church functioned in four areas.

      A. “the apostles' doctrine”

      They grounded the people in Bible doctrines.  The purpose of the church is to teach people sound doctrine.  The apostles got their teaching directly from Jesus and ours should come directly from the Bible..

      B.  “fellowship”

      The word fellowship comes from the word used to describe sailors on a ship.  They all had to live and work together in order for the ship to sail.  Today we refer to our time spent together worshiping the Lord as a time of fellowship.  For a church to function properly every member must work together for the common good of the church.

      C.  “breaking of bread”

      This phrase refers to the Lord’s supper in the New Testament.

      “And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread”.  Luke 24:35

      In 1 Corinthians 11 Paul tells us more about how to observe this ordinance of the church.

      D.  “prayers”.

      Prayer was a vital part of this early church.  When needs arose they prayed.  Paul gave much emphasis to praying and this important part of the Christian life.

      “Pray without ceasing”  1 Thessalonians 5:17

When a local church gives emphasis to these four main purposes they will be blessed of the Lord.

“Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”.  Vs. 47

3.  Since the church is not a building but an organism, how are the members to grow and function as a body.

1.  The Christian life begins with the new birth (John 3:3), and as a baby grows, so should the normal Christian.

      A child grows by observation and practice.  A baby soon learns that when he cries he will get fed and receive attention.  New Christians should desire the sincere milk of the Word and cry out to the Lord for help. 

      “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”.  1 Peter 2:2

      Older Christians should be an example to new members by being a good example in the church and in their personal lives.

      “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity”.  1 Timothy 4:12

 2. As a Christian grows in the Lord he should begin to take part in the church.  He should ask the pastor where he might be able serve and help.

      “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men”.  Matthew 4:19

      “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”.  James 1:22

 3.  After a Christian has attended church for sometime and has proven himself to the pastor and other members he should be willing to serve as a teacher or deacon in the church.  The Lord doesn’t call everyone to be a pastor or missionary but we should all be listening if the Lord should call us to some ministry.

      “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.    As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them”.  Acts 13:1-2

Someone has compared these three stages in the life of a Christian to the three growth periods of a normal person.  Childhood, youth and adulthood.   Not all people grow at the same speed and   every parent knows that patience is required in raising a family.

3.  How can a new Christian know he is in the right church.

      A. First of all he should pray to the Lord for direction and     wisdom. 

      “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”.   James 1:5

      B.  Secondly he should visit the church several times and observe if they use the Bible and accept all it’s teachings.  Many churches today only believe and practice the teachings that are suitable to them.

      “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world”.  1 John 4:1

      C.  Are the members friendly and do they seem to see the needs of other members of the church.  Does the church have a visitation program.

      D.  Does the church have an active missionary program and have personal contact with the missionaries they support?  A church that regularly prays for their missionaries is following the pattern of the New Testament.  Paul said that the church in Corinth was helping him by their prayers.

      “Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf”.   2 Corinthians 1:11

 

 

SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS LESSON

 

1.  What is a local church? ____________________________________________________

 

 

2.  Did the apostle Paul compare a local church to our bodies”

     Yes__________    No _______

 

3.  What are two purposes of the local church? There are four.

 

_________________________   _______________________________________________

 

 

 

 

LESSON 9

 

The Judgment Seat of Christ

 

 

WILL THERE BE A REWARD

FOR CHRISTIANS AND WHAT

WILL THIS REWARD BE

BASED ON?

 

The Word of God clearly teaches that the Lord is keeping an account of all that we do and one day we will be rewarded.

“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works”.  Matthew 16:27

There will be no punishment for the Christian since Christ took all our punishment for sin on himself when he died on the cross.

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,  that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed”.  1 Peter 2:24

There will be two resurrections,  the first being the resurrection of the Christians and then the second resurrection of those who have rejected Christ in this life.

“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation”.   John 5:28-29

“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years”.

Revelation 20:6

For the Christian this will be a time of reward for what they have done for the Lord during this life, but for the lost at the second resurrection they will be a judged at the Great White Throne and each one will suffer eternal punishment in the “Lake of Fire”.  Revelation 20:11-15

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”.  Revelation 20:15

In this lesson we will study about the rewards the Lord has for his children at the “Judgment Seat of Christ”.

1.  What is the “The Judgment Seat of Christ?

 

This event is not a court to see who will go to heaven or a place where Christians who have failed the Lord in this life will be punished.  It will be a place of reward for those who have faithfully served the Lord during this lifetime.

A person must chose during this lifetime where he wants to spend eternity. There is no second chance after death to have ones sins forgiven or purged as some religions teach.  The idea of purgatory is not in the Bible. 

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”.  Hebrews 9:27

The “Judgment Seat of Christ” is mentioned in two places in the Bible. Romans 14:10-12 and 2 Corinthians 5:10.  This is not a place of judgment but a place of reward.   Paul used the word “Bema” which was the place where the rewards were given at the ancient Olympic Games for those who were winners. 

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be”. Revelation 22:12

2.  What Rewards Will be Given at this Event?

There are five crowns mentioned in the New Testament that we can gain for our service in the work of the Lord.

1.  The Crown of Righteousness

“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing”  2 Timothy 4:8.

This crown is for those who have lived righteous lives and are ready for the Lord’s return.

“Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not”.  Luke 12:40

2.  The Crown of Life

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life”.  Revelation 2:10

This is a crown for those who have suffered for the Saviour and many who have given their lives as martyrs.

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him”.  James 1:12

3.  The Incorruptible Crown

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible”.  1 Corinthians 9:24-25

This is a crown and reward for those who have faithfully run the Christian race.  How sad that today many are content to be a spectator and not a participant in the work of our Saviour.

4.  The Crown of Rejoicing

“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming”?  1 Thessalonians 2:19

This is a crown for those who have won others to our Saviour.

Paul said to those who he had led to our Saviour in the church at Philippi that they were his crown.

“Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved”.  Philippians 4:1

It may be called the Crown of Rejoicing because there is joy and rejoicing in heaven over one soul that is saved.

“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance”.  Luke 15:7

5.  The Crown of Glory

“And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away”.  1 Peter 5:4

Here Peter is talking to the pastors and leaders in the church.  Many pastors who have had little recognition in this world will certainly be rewarded by the Chief Shepherd at the “Judgment seat of Christ”. 

3.  Those who have failed to serve the Lord

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire”.  ! Corinthians 3:11-15

A Christian cannot lose his salvation and place in Heaven, but he can lose a reward that would have been his if he had been faithful to serve our Saviour.

Some will be ashamed when the Lord comes again.

“And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming”! John 2:28

 

 SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS LESSON

1.  Who will be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ?  ___________________________

 

2.  Name two crowns that will be given at this event. _____________________________

    __________________________________

 

3.  Will Christians be judged to see if they can go to heaven at this place of rewards?   Yes_____    No _____

4.  Will lost people have another chance to have their sins  forgiven after they die?  Yes ____   No _____

 

 

 

 

               

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