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NEW LIFE IN CHRIST SERIES

 

NEW LIFE IN CHRIST SERIES                                                                                                            4th May 2011

 

THEME:           NEW BIRTH

TEXT:               John 3: 1-21                                         M.V: Jn. 3:3

 

New birth is an experience when the Holy Spirit creates new life in individuals (2Cor 5:17). New birth is not just reformation of self life neither is it a self improved attitude of bad manners; but is the conversion, or turning point from the old way of sin to new life in Christ (Mt 18:3, Col.3: 1-3); a man must repent before his experience of the new birth. Further explanations could be found in Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus in John 3:3-7 and in the exhortation of Peter in his first epistle 1:3 and 23.

 

1.                   OTHER NAMES FOR NEW BIRTH

Ø  Second Birth

Ø  Cleansing Process

Ø  New Creation. 2Cor 5:17

Ø  Spiritual Restoration

Ø  Regeneration

2.                   THE NECESSITY OF NEW BIRTH

1.       Unless one is born again, he cannot see (enter) the kingdom of God (Jn.3:3).

2.       To be in the kingdom is to be saved from powers of darkness. Col 1: 13

3.       Salvation requires a rebirth, regeneration. Tit 3:5

4.       To improve our moral life. Rom 12:1

5.       Nature of human heart. Rom 8: 6-8, etc.

3.                   HOW TO OBTAIN NEW BIRTH:

a.       Acknowledgement of sinfulness (Ps.51: 5).

b.       Realization of inability to save oneself (Isa. 64: 6).

c.       Repentance from your sin. (Lk.13: 3)

d.       Confession of sin before God (Prov.28: 13).

e.       Believe in Jesus (Rom.10: 8-10).

f.        Accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour. 1 Tim 2:5-6, Rev.3: 20

g.       Decision to live above sin (Jn.8: 11, Rom.6:1)

Deduce on new birth from the following:

i. Mk 16:16……………………………………ii. John 3:14…………………………………………

iii. 1 John 4:9-10, John 3:16-17………………………..…………………………………………………

 

4.                   THE BASIS OF THE NEW BIRTH:  How would you respond  to the following?

a)       Born of water and spirit (i.e., a washing of the regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit)?

b)       Born through the word of God (i.e., by responding to the gospel message)?

c)       Responding to God’s love and Christ’s sacrifice by expressing your faith in baptism?

CONCLUSION: What about you? Have you had a new birth? Can we see evidence of your new birth? Act now!

 

                                          11th May 2011

 

THEME:           EVIDENCE OF NEW LIFE

TEXT:               Col.3: 1-4

 

One basic requirement of God from anyone who must make heaven is that repentance from sin and evil must be done. Repentance is different from sorrow for sin. Most times people are only sorry when caught in the act but do not actually repent. Repentance is the deep inward experience which signifies total and complete turning away from sin by an individual. It is developing change of mind, purpose, action and possessing hatred for sin. A common slogan in our world today is, ’I am born again, I’m a child of God,

 I am a Christian’, etc without evidences to show that those statements are true. What signs or evidences should we look for in our lives or those of others who profess that they have received Christ into their lives? These are issues to be considered in this study today.

 

SIGNS AND EVIDENCES OF NEW LIFE IN CHRIST

1.      Hatred for sin: one major trait of new life in Christ is love for righteousness and hatred for sin. Anyone who claims to have repented must not treat sin with levity (2 Sam.12: 13a, Ps. 38: 18, 51: 17).

2.      New character: When a man receives new life; he/she begins to live new life. There would be departure from old sinful habits, friends and ungodly aspirations (2 Cor.5: 17).

3.      Passion to know God: A regenerated soul develops passion to get closer to God on a daily basis (Phil.3: 10-14).

4.      Transformation of tongue: The conversion experience has a direct implication on the speech/conversation of the redeemed (Ps.39: 1, Prov.31: 26). No corrupt word should proceed from us except we have not met the Lord (Isa.50: 4, Eph.4: 28-29).

5.      Pursuit after spiritual knowledge: A new born baby in the Lord would be eager to understand spiritual matters hence would do all that is humanly possible to acquire divine insights (Prov.4: 7, Jn.6: 66-69).

6.      Heavenly consciousness: Another evidence of new life is heavenly consciousness. A new believer’s mind, focus and aspirations are on celestial matters (Col.3: 1-2).

7.      Eagerness to obey God: No one is spiritually transformed without first possessing an enthusiasm for obeying God irrespective of the cost (Isa.1: 19).

8.      Willingness to face persecutions and trials-Dan.1: 8, 2 Tim.3: 12

9.      Enthusiasm to share the gospel with others: New believers in Christ always want to preach the gospel of the Saviour they have just met (Act. 9; 19-22).

10.  Prayer: all those who find faith in Christ always want to speak to their heavenly Father (Mk.1: 35).

11.  Fellowship: New babies in Christ must possess passion for fellowshipping with brethren. They desire spiritual milk and are never satisfied to pray alone. They want to be in the company of fellow believers (Act.2: 42, 46, Heb.10: 25).

12.  Unity: All Bible believers must have excellent inter personal relation spirit (Act.2: 44, 4: 32).

13.  Spiritual dependence: Infants in Christ must learn to look up to God for all things (Dan.3; 16-18, Heb.12: 2).

14.  Scripture oriented: He/she searches deeply into the Scriptures (Jn.5: 37, Act.17: 10-11).

15.  Renunciation of the world and non-conformity to its practices (Gal.1: 4, 6: 14, Jam.4: 4). New believers wish that they be taken to heaven immediately. They view the world as nothing (Ps.90: 9, Jam.4: 14).

 

CONCLUSION: A good tree is known by its fruits and vice versa. Are the evidences above visible in your life? Please ponder and pray on these.

 

 

                                        18th May 2011

THEME:     NEW HEART (1)

TEXT:       Ezel.36: 22-27

When a man hears the message of new birth and responds positively to it; we say that person is born again. That is not the end of the story. To live a consistent victorious Christian life; the regenerated transformed believer must go further than just confessing his/her sin. He/she must pray for a new heart (Ezek.36: 26). Possession of a new heart which only God gives is also known as sanctification. Every believer in Christ must pray for this definite experience because the flesh would not give up easily; there is constant war between the flesh and the spirit (Gal.5: 16-17). It is unfortunate to cite the cases of Samson, David and Solomon amongst other beloved persons who defeated their physical enemies but fell to the flesh. All these persons succumb to the temptations and dictates of the flesh. What a pity! You and I must therefore pray to possess new hearts so that we can see God on the last day.

 

1.    SALVATION VERSUS SANCTIFICATION: Ps.24: 3-4, 51: 1-4

It is important to clearly state some differences between salvation and sanctification (new heart experience) because these two subjects are major Christian experiences that every one must possess to see God. Salvation deals with the committed sin (outward sin) while sanctification deals with inward depravity or inbred sin. Salvation is the first step to divine regeneration while sanctification is the second step. Salvation may make our character and personality look good and descent outwardly while sanctification deals with the thoughts and sinful desires of our hearts. External change of character which salvation deals with is not enough; we need sanctification to deal with the stubborn, stiff-neck and rebellious heart.

 

QUESTION:

Why must we have new hearts?

1.................................................................................2…………………………………………………………………………………..

3…………………………………………………………………………….4………………………………………………………………………………

 

2.    NEW HEART: GOD’S PROMISE TO BELIEVERS: Deut.30: 6, Heb.13; 12

God promised to give new hearts to the converted souls as stated in Ezekiel 36 verse 26. For the Israelites; possessing new hearts is a future expectation hence Moses prophesied; ‘The Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart….’(Deut.30: 6). The promise is also for our children (Deut.30: 6b) meaning that new heart cannot be inherited but it is an individual experience for believers in Christ. Zechariah also prophesied that God will make us holy (Lk.1: 72-75). Jesus already prayed for our salnctification (Jn.17: 15-17).

 

CONCLUSION: Sin is a double-fold problem that can be dealt with through double cure of salvation and sanctification. Where do you stand? Watch out for part 2.


                                                 1st June 2011

THEME:           NEW HEART (2)

TEXT:             Eph.5: 25-27

      The first part of this study enlightens us on the meaning of new heart; the struggle for superiority between the flesh and the spirit; the differences between salvation and sanctification and the promise of God to give willing believers new heart. It is important to state that the process of receiving new heart from God (called sanctification) is the gracious work of the Holy Spirit. This experience is such that the believer is free from sin, ungodliness and all works of evil.

      Sanctification is a definite Christian experience and not a gradual progression or advancement as some allege. It is like salvation which is obtained at once. This experience which is divine surgical operation to remove the old heart and replace it with a new heart is available only for believers in Christ; sinners are to repent first before they aspire for this experience (Ezek. 18: 31-32, Act. 17: 30). The Bible shows the pictures of several personalities who had received new life but at the time in question needed new hearts (Peter-Matt.16: 21-23, the family of the Zebedee- Matt.20: 20-26, The Disciples of Christ-Matt. 26: 6-11, etc.). If you are a new creature; don’t stay on that experience, move higher and as you receive the new heart experience; be cautious to maintain it.

 

1.  EVIDENCES OF NEW HEART: 1 Cor. 13: 4-7

When a man receives new heart; evidences must follow. There is inner and outward holiness (Ps. 15: 1-5, 24: 3-4). Believers enjoy inner victory over sin and all worldly struggles (Jn.8: 36, Heb.4: 9). Love is the major evidence of new heart (Jn.15: 12-13, 1 Jn.4: 17-21). Believers operate with right motives possessing single eye to please God in all things (Gal.1: 10, Phil. 1: 21, 2: 5).

 

2.  RECEIVING NEW HEART: Ezek. 36: 37

The major way of receiving this experience is by praying with determination, focus, understanding and persistence. For prayer to be effective; you must desire the experience (Ps. 42: 1-3, Matt.5: 6-8). When earnest believers possess faith in the God of all possibilities; the Sanctifier Himself hears the cry of the believer for new heart (Jer.32; 17, Mk.11: 24). He’s willing to do more than we ask of Him (Matt.7: 7-11, Eph.3: 20).

3.  MAINTAINING NEW HEART EXPERIENCE: Jn.15: 1-2

All spiritual experiences could be lost if recipients permit sin (Heb. 10: 38-39). However; to keep this experience; we must not toy with sin (Rom.6: 1-6), we must be glued to our Bible (Josh.1; 8), we must be watchful and maintain consistent prayer life (Mk.1: 35, Lk.18: 1,

1 Cor.10: 12-13). We must abide in Christ daily (Jn.15: 1-5).

 

CONCLUSION: What length of time does confession of sins take in your prayer? Are you truly free from lust, worldly allurement, covetousness, foolish talks, etc? Act now! Delay is dangerous!

 

                                             8th June 2011

THEME:           NEW POWER (1)

TEXT:             Act.2: 1-4

      When a Church/Christian is not endued with the Holy Ghost, that Church/individual experiences weakness, powerlessness, no unction, lack of anointing, no spiritual strength, scarcity of supernatural ability to do what God has called us to do. The spiritual dryness and famine that believers who do not have new power experience are unimaginable. A preacher without God’s power will only shouts and uses the energy of the flesh to accomplish close to nothing. When we give our lives to Christ, receive new hearts and submit our will completely to Him; He fills our life with His Spirit in a process called Holy Ghost baptism. This experience is what the believers in Christ in our text received. It is what is called New Power or spiritual dynamite. The experience is for those who desire exciting and refreshing presence and fellowship of the third person of the Godhead (Holy Spirit).

 

1.     THE PROMISE OF NEW POWER: Act.2: 17

Moses prophesied that God’s Spirit would descend on Israel to make many of them become Prophets (Num.11: 29). Ezekiel corroborated God’s design to baptize His people with His power (Ezek.36: 26, 37). John the Baptist announced the manifesto of Jesus as the ‘Baptizer in the Holy Ghost’ (Matt.3: 11).Jesus commanded His disciples to tarry at Jerusalem for this new power (Lk.24: 49). It is worthy to note that Old Testament saints had the Holy Spirit upon them for specific assignments but never had the continuous  abiding presence as we have today (Judg.3: 10, 6: 34, 1 Sam.10: 9-10, 16: 13).

 

Discussion-What can you deduce on the subject matter from the following?

a.          Prov.1: 23…………………………………b. Joel 2: 28-29…………………………………

c. Jn.14: 16-17……………………………………d. Jn.15: 26,16:13…………………………………….

 

2.    THE PURPOSE OF NEW POWER: Act. 1: 8, 10: 38

The New power promised by God to all thirsty believers is not for fun. The power is to enhance our soul winning tasks and make it effective (Act.1; 8). The power would enable us to manifest supernatural powers to deal with the devil and challenging situations (Act.4: 33, 10: 38). The power if for boldness (Act.4: 31). It is to assist our prayer life (Rom.8: 26). The Holy Spirit teaches us (1 Cor.2; 13) and continually enlightens us in His Word (Jn.14: 26,        1 Cor.2:12), comforts us in time of crises (Jn.15: 26) and brings forth spiritual fruits and gifts in our lives (Gal.5: 22-26, 1 Cor.12: 4). The Holy Spirit helps to break yokes, remove mountains, full down walls of oppression and obtain what ordinary men could not accomplish.

 

CONCLUSION: 0ur lives need regeneration, rejuvenation and revival which are possible through the infilling of the Holy Spirit. All things are ready (Jn.7: 37-39).

 

                                                                                                15th June 2011

THEME:           NEW POWER (2)

TEXT:             Act.2: 1-4, 17-18, 39

      Part one of this study revealed to us that Christianity without the Spirit baptism is mere religion and mechanical waste of time. The New Power experience promised by God to believers in Christ is available to all persons irrespective of age, sex or class (Joel 2; 28-29). At salvation; everyone has a measure of the Holy Spirit but at Spirit baptism; recipients are immersed into full measure of God’s power.

 

1.  RECEIVING NEW POWER: Jn.7: 37-39

a.    Patience: those who need this power must not be in a hurry (Lk.24: 49).

b.    Spiritual hunger: God delights in seeing believers who earnestly thirst and hunger after His power (Ps.42: 1-2, Isa. 55:1, Matt.5: 6).

c.    Seek the Lord genuinely (2 Chron.15; 15, Jer.29: 13).

d.    Develop right motive-why do you need the power? (Act.8: 18-21, Jam.4; 3).

e.    Ask God in faith (Matt.7: 7, Lk.11: 9-13, Jam.4:2)

Let us be reminded that it is the will of God that all Christians receive this power so that we are not incapacitated nor limited in our service to God.

 

2.  EVIDENCES OF NEW POWER: Act. 2; 4

When a life receives Holy Ghost baptism; that life is ignited with spiritual fire and would be likened to dynamite. A few of the following evidences would be visible:

a)    Speaking in tongues: the most visible of the evidences is speaking in tongues. This evidence is different from the gift of divers tongues stated in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 verse 10 (The one in 1 Cor.12: 10 require interpretation). All persons that received New Power in the New Testament spoke in tongues. Why would yours’ be different? (Act.2: 4, 10: 44-46, 19: 6).

b)   Comfort: The New Power comforts us (Jn.15: 26; 16: 13).

c)    Boldness, fearlessness and effectiveness in witnessing-This new experience pushes us all out to win souls for Christ (Act.1: 8).

d)   Deeper personal relationship with God: Rom.12; 1-2.

e)   Spiritual rejuvenation and enlightenment: Jn.16:7-15.

f)    Spiritual gifts become evident: 1 Cor.12: 4-10

 

CONCLUSION: The ball is in your court. Develop strong desire for this experience. If you already have this experience; cry to God for re-filling. The hour to be visited by God is now!

 

      22nd June 2011

 

THEME:                    FORGIVENESS

TEXT:                        Matt.18:21-35

 

The term forgiveness is a common word that could make or mar the life of someone if care is not taken. To forgive is to cease to feel angry or resentful towards someone. Forgiveness is to pardon a person who offends us. It is very clear that when we interact with each other; we offend ourselves. Offending each other is not a strange thing at all even though we might be living right in the sight of God. The Scripture acknowledges that offences would come but at the same time God expects us to be kind hearted and possess heart of forgiveness even when the offenders do not acknowledge it (Matt 18:7, 1Cor. 10:32; 2 Cor 6:3). Man has a natural tendency to revenge or refuse to forgive but believers in Christ are not taught to possess the habit of keeping grudges. May God plant into us the spirit and grace of forgiveness in Jesus name!

 

1.                 FORGIVENESS IN GOD’S PERSPECTIVE:                     LK.6: 35-37

Since offences are bound to come; the command of God is that Christians should keep forgiven up to the 490th time a day (Matt.18:21-22). Believers are not to wait till those who offend us apologize. Our forgiveness is contingent on forgiving others. (Matt.5: 43-47, 6; 14- 15 Mk.11; 25-26, Jam.2: 13).

 

DISCUSSION A: Give your comments on forgiveness according to the following:

a.      Mk. 11:25 …………………………..b .Lk 11:4 ……………………………………

c.   Lk 17:4 ……………………………..d. Eph 4:32 …………………………………..

 

2.                 BIBLICAL INSTANCES OF FORGIVENESS:      Act. 7:60, 2Tim. 4:16

Esau forgave Jacob (Gen. 33:4, 11); Joseph forgave his brothers (Gen. 45:5-15; 50:19-21). Moses also did not hold on to the sins of the Israelites but forgave them (Num. 12:1-13). Despite the cruel attitude of Saul to the young boy; David still forgave the shameless king Saul (1Sam. 24:10-12; 26: 9, 23; 2 Sam. 1: 14-17). Shimei should have received several lashes from the King but David forgave him (2 Sam. 16:5-13; 19: 16-18, 23). Solomon forgave Adonijah (1Kg. 1:51- 53) while our Lord Jesus Christ forgives his enemies (Lk. 23:34).

 

3.                 FORGIVING SPIRIT-EVIDENCE OF NEW LIFE:

When we do not forgive; we provide avenue by which the devil stops or steals our blessing. Forgiving spirit is an evidence of new heart. The motives of forgiveness is based on the mercy of God (Lk. 6:36); our need of forgiveness (Mk. 11:25); God's forgiveness of our sins (Eph 4:32) and Christ's forgiveness of us (Col 3:13).

 

CONCLUSION: A life style of forgiveness is a must if we want to make heaven. Forgiveness should be accompanied by forbearance (Col 3:13), kindness (Gen. 45:5-11; Rom 12:20), blessing and prayer (Matt 5:44).

 

 6th July 2011

THEME:                    RESTITUTION (1)

TEXT:                        Exd.22:1-7

It is expected that everyone who desires to live eternally with God must have a complete (3600) turning away from all known sins including its deceitful pleasures. When a sinner becomes regenerated by the precious blood of Jesus; he/she needs to make necessary amends if indeed he/she must have clear and clean conscience towards God and men (Act.24; 16). The process of amending our old ways and making wrongs right (known as restitution) is our focus in this study.

 

1.     RESTITUTION: GOD’S DEMAND FROM ALL- Num.5: 5-8

Restitution is a biblical doctrine that involves the process of making amends for wrongs done against our fellow men. It is restoring stolen items to the rightful owners and releasing back things illegally taken from people (Ezek.33: 14-16). Restitution is given back what one has defrauded (Prov.6: 30-31); making confessions to the offended and apologizing to those slandered (Gen.20: 1-8, 14-18, Matt.5; 23-24, Act.23; 1-5). God demands restitution in all areas of our human relationship especially if we must make heaven. A few of such instances are exemplified below:

a.      Polygamy is sinful. First wives/first husbands are the legitimate persons recognized by God. Everyone wrongly married must restitute (Gen.20: 1-8, 14-18).

b.      If you stole monies/items in the past that you can remember; you must restitute (Ezek.33: 14-16).

c.      All dishonest gains must be paid back. Have you robed your landlord before packing out? Did you ever defraud bus conductors by evading payment? You must restitute.

d.      If you ever cheated your spouse be having extra-marital relationship; you must confess to your partner. What injury have your lies, false report, backbiting, etc caused to other person’s career, marriage of business? You must make correction.

e.      What gifts did you receive from someone on the pretence of marrying him/her whereas you married someone else? Restitution is mandatory.

f.        How have you been fraudulent to your employers, neighbours, spouse, and parents?

g.      Which certificates did you acquired falsely without sitting for the exams? Falsified certificates must be denounced.

h.      What about false age falsification, marital status lies, false information to obtain scholarship, visa or any thing done to get undue advantage? Amendments must be done.

 

2.     RESTITUTION: BIBLICAL INJUNCTIONS- Lev.6; 1-5

The teaching on restitution is as old as the Bible itself. God demanded for restitution before the law (Gen.20: 1-8, 14-18), during the dispensation of the law (Exd.22:1-7, Lev.6: 1-7, Num.5: 5-8), during the prophets (1 Sam.12: 1-6, Ezek.33: 14-16) and He requires same during this current dispensation of grace (Matt.5: 23-24, Jam.5: 16). King Abimelech returned Sarah to her husband (Gen.20: 14-18), Zaccheus did restitution (Lk.19: 8-9), Paul apologized for insulting a high Priest (Act.23: 1-5), etc. What are you waiting for? What other evidences do you need before amending your ways?

 

CONCLUSION: We should note that, God’s love does not cancel His holiness. God cannot bless us while we are hurting others. We must have clear consciences especially before men (Act. 24; 16). Action is now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 13th July 2011

THEME:                    RESTITUTION (2)

TEXT:                        Exd.22:1-7

Restitution is one of the least understood, yet most important, Bible teachings. This important principle is taught in both the Old and New Testaments as discussed in part one of this study. Yet today in the Church of God, it is commonly taught that "When a person repents and is baptized, his sins are forgiven. Therefore, he is not required to perform any restitution at all." Genuine repentance leads to a desire to redress wrongs. Believers in Christ must restitute as a point of necessity. If we are to enjoy memorable relationship with God, we must be open to things he may put his finger on that need attention. Restitution is to be a result of our salvation—it is not a requirement for salvation. In fact, the restitution that Zacchaeus made according to Luke 19: 8-9 was not simply to even out things in making wrongs right. He returned four for one in the spirit of the Old Testament restitution requirement.  There are a number of reasons for restitution as a part of our becoming disciples of Christ: Restitution will have a cleansing effect on my soul, making restitution will strengthen my integrity as a Christian; making restitution will give me opportunities to witness to those who knew me before I met Christ. May the Holy Spirit deal with us to make our wrongs right.

1.                  RESTITUTING FOR HEAVEN SAKE: Lev.6: 1-7

Repentance without restitution is like faith without works! There are several things to notice about Leviticus chapter 6. Firstly: God spoke the Word. Secondly: sin committed against a neighbor is unfaithfulness to the LORD. Thirdly, He specifically mentions deception, stealing, cheating, lying about finding lost property and swearing falsely, but he adds the all-inclusive “any such sin that people may do.” In the passage we are then told how to rectify the situation to God, our neighbor and ourselves. It is very simple solution. It is simply returning what we have stolen, taking it back, plus 20% interest, and offering a guilt offering to the Lord. These two things are to be done on the same day. The result is that “he will be forgiven for any of these things he did that made him guilty.” What do you think we should not do to gain eternity with God? For heaven sake; we should make restitution.

 

2.      RESTITUTING: APPLYING DIVINE WISDOM- Prov. 1:5; 9:9

As scriptural as restitution is, caution must be taken before we go ahead to right our wrongs. Some restitution will implicate other persons. Oftentimes, other restitution will invite injury or harm on others especially non-believers who would not seem to understand our stand. Some restitution will inflict physical torture, punishment or imprisonment on us. Godly counsel must be sought from our spiritual leaders who have similar faith before we go ahead to restitute. We must pray to God for divine guidance before proceeding to restitute. When God takes charge; He’ll go ahead to soften the hearts of the offended before we get there. (Prov. 11:14; 12:15; 15:22; 19:20; 20:18; 24:6).

CONCLUSION: Restitution must be done to the injured whether the injured is aware of the injury or not. The time of action is now! (2 Cor.6; 1-2).

 

20th July 2011

THEME:                   ETERNAL SECURITY (1)

TEXT:                        Ezek. 18: 24-29

The teaching on believer’s eternal security as postulated by some scholars and churches are that the moment someone surrenders his/her life to Jesus; he/she is saved forever irrespective of the life that fellow lives. These false teachers preach ’once saved always saved’, which is in variance with the teachings of Scripture. Our text emphasizes that the eternal security of believers is contingent on daily life of obedience to God and that it is very possible for a believer to fall from grace (Gal.5: 4, 2 Pt. 2: 20-22).

1.  BELIEVERS’ SECURITY: THE BIBLE SPEAKS- John 15: 4-7

     The Bible tells us that God is able to save us through the propitiation of Christ

 (1 Tim.1: 15, Jam.1: 21) and will even save us to the uttermost (Heb.7: 25). However, on the issue of ‘once saved ever saved’; the Bible frowns at that but has the following to say:

a.  Anyone who sins whose name was initially written in God’s Book will have his/her name forfeited (Exd.33: 32-33).

b.  God will personally turn against those who backslide to become idolaters (Josh.24: 20).

c.  God will cast off for ever those who backslide (1 Chron. 28: 9, Matt.5: 13).

d.  The goodness of God is conditional-based on our continuous obedience (Rom.11: 22).

e.  Our God cannot be tolerant with immorality (1 Cor. 3: 16-17).

f.   Believers would be partakers of heavenly glory if we hold on to the end (Heb.3: 12-14).

g.  Those who will reign with Christ must live reverently in godly fear (Heb.3: 25-29).

 

2.  BIBLICAL INJUNCTIONS ON BACKSLIDING: Heb.10: 38-39

The Bible states categorically that believers in Christ must always live in obedience to God. One major reason for this is the possibility of spiritual deterioration or backsliding. Our sweet spiritual lives should not become sour (Isa.1: 22). The Lord proposes that His children enjoy eternity with Him; hence He warns against spiritual sliding. Backsliding may be as a result of: evil associations (1 Kg.11: 4, 1 Cor.15: 33), spiritual shallowness (Lk.8: 13), absence of spiritual leaders (Exd.32: 1, 8), lack of spiritual activity (Lk.11: 24-26), worldliness (1 Jn.2: 15-17), etc.

 

DISCUSSION: What can you say on believers’ security from the following passages?

a.  2 Chron.15: 2…………………………….b. Jer.18: 9-10…………………………………..

c. Gal.5: 4…………………. ………………d. Heb.12: 15…………………………………….

 

CONCLUSION:

There is no security for believers who are hooked in sin (1 Jn.3:8). Righteousness must be our continuous lifestyle if we must enjoy eternal security (Heb.12: 14).

 

27th July 2011

THEME:                   ETERNAL SECURITY (2)

TEXT:                        John 15: 1-8

 

The first part of this study emphasized that believers’ eternal security is conditional on doing the willing of God. The study stated that no believer is given a blanket security to live anyhow but that continuous lifestyle of holiness is expected from heavenly pilgrims. The Bible states categorically that the doctrine of ‘once saved forever saved’ is erroneous and satanic. There are several continuous conditions that we must meet regularly to remain in touch with God. Believers in Christ face temptations and persecutions from Satan and the way and manner we react or respond to these determine to a large extent how God classifies us. The possibility of backsliding is also a challenge to those who affirm that irrespective of the life you live, once you are saved by Jesus; you are forever saved. We are therefore enjoined to watch our lives and our conduct on a regular basis.

 

1.      CATALOGUE OF FALLEN BELIEVERS: Heb.11: 32

The doctrine of unconditional eternal security of believers falls short of numerous testimonies of the Scriptures. The Pentateuch, Old Testament writers, Our Lord Jesus Christ and the early Church authors recorded for us a catalogue of persons who were once marvelous fire brand spiritual giants but who lost their place because of carelessness of their high estate and the permission they gave to sin. Adam began the story. He permitted disobedience and eventually imported the calamity of God upon the whole human race (Gen.2: 16-17, 3: 6-19). King Saul started well but later allowed spiritual drowsiness, fear of man and spiritual lethargy. He later died a disgraceful death (1 Sam.10:9-24, 13: 8-13, 15:3, 9, 1 Chron.10: 13-14). You and I will remember how Lucifer and one third of the heavenly host were driven away from heaven because of pride and lack of submission to God (Isa.14: 12-15, Ezek.28: 11-19). What of Judas Iscariot? (Ps.41: 9, Matt. 26:  24, 47-50, Jn.13: 18, Act.1: 15-20). Many early Christians in Paul’s dispensation also misbehaved and lost their spiritual fervency (1 Tim.1: 19-20, 5: 12-13, 6: 9-10, 2 Tim.2: 17-18). Demas’ case was peculiar; he was driven away by the world (Col.4: 14, Phil.24, 2 Tim.4; 10). We cannot forget the backsliding of many Galatians as well (Gal.1: 6-9,5: 4, 6: 7-8).

 

2.      CONDITIONS FOR ETERNAL SECURITY: Jn.8: 31

Those who hold unto the doctrine of eternal security do frequently quote John chapter ten verses twenty seven to twenty nine but they forget that believers are free moral agents who could decide to walk out of the grace of God. Some of the numerous conditions for our eternal security include but not limited to: continuous obedience (Jn.8: 31), abiding in Christ (Jn.15: 1-8), hatred for sin (Jn 8: 34, 44, 1 Jn.3; 8), consistent lifestyle of holiness (Ezek.18: 24), hearing the voice of God (Jn.7: 27), conscientious Christian life (Act.14: 22), doggedness to follow God irrespective of troubles (Rom.8: 35-39), etc.

DISCUSSION: What attitude should believers put on with respect to this study?

a.      Mk.14: 38……………………………………b.1 Cor.10:12…………………………….

c. 1 Thes.5: 21-22………………………………d.1 Pt.5:8…………………………………

 

CONCLUSION: Our relationship with God is sustained only when we live in continuous obedience to Him. If we obey him; He’s able to keep us to the end (2 Tim.1: 12, Jude 24).

 

3rd Aug. 2011

THEME:                   SPIRITUAL GROWTH (1)

TEXT:                        2 Peter 3: 17-18

 

Our last study on believers’ eternal security is directly connected to today’s study. Our text warns us to be careful so that we do not fall from grace. The Apostle Peter thereby challenges us (as he concludes his epistle) to make effort to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Saviour. Growth is meant for living things. The same is applicable to believers in Christ. When we surrender our lives to Christ; we become new born babes in spiritual matters (1 Pt.2; 2). New born babies do not have total guarantee of existence except there is conscious effort on the part of their guardians to provide adequate care, caution and vigilance on these new beings. The babes must also cooperate with God as well as the care providers in order to grow. This is also applicable to spiritual growth which is the subject of our deliberation. The Bible shows several persons who grew spiritually. A few of such were; the boy Samuel (1Sam. 2:26), John the Baptist (Lu 1:80), the Boy Christ (Lu 2:40,52),

Paul (Ac 9:22), the Thessalonians (2Thes. 1:3), etc

 

1.     PASSION TO GROW  SPIRITUALLY: Ps.63: 1-2, Prov.2: 1-5

Passion is eagerness, enthusiasm and love for something. If any Christian must attain spiritual stature; he/she must possess a burning zeal and an inner drive. There must be spiritual hunger and thirst for spiritual things (Matt.5 6). Pilgrims must be willing to burn the bridges and draw closer to God notwithstanding roadblocks and oppositions.  Mere wishes and day dreaming to become spiritual giants without corresponding actions would not make any sense.

 

Discussion 1: What does it take to develop passion for spiritual growth?

a.  Matt.13:45-46………………………………b.Lk.9: 51……………………………………

c.Jn.6: 66-68…………………………………..d.Phil.3:14…………………………………..

 

2.     PSEUDO-GROWTH: 1 Cor.3: 1-3, Heb.5: 11-13

Pseudo is false or in-genuine experience. When growth is pretence; we say there is stagnation which calls for serious concern. Many believers today are on standstill which will later result in backsliding. We are sad when we do not see growth and progress in important areas of our life. In the same vein, our Lord is saddened when our spiritual life is stinking (stagnant water stinks). Evidences of spiritual stagnancy include; carnality (1 Cor.3: 1-3), worldliness

 (1 Jn.2: 15-17), withdrawal from strong meat (1 Cor.3: 1-2), spiritual dullness (Heb.5: 11), halfhearted obedience (2 Chron.25: 2), etc.

 

Discussion 2: What can you say on spiritual growth according to the following?

a.  Eph.4:15………………………………….b.Col.1:10………………………………………

c.1 Thes.4:10………………………………..d.Heb.6:1………………………………………..

 

CONCLUSION: Growth is essential for our spiritual life. We must develop strong passion to know the Lord more than before. We must continually watch our conducts to ensure that we are not static.

 

10th Aug. 2011

 

THEME:                   SPIRITUAL GROWTH (2)

TEXT:                        2 Peter 3: 17-18

 

All persons who have met with the Lord must desire to grow spiritually and know the Lord intimately and deeply. Part one of this study revealed to us that everyone will be disturbed when there is stagnancy in any aspect of our lives. It further stated that God is also saddened when we make no progress in our walk with Him. It challenged us to reject false growth while we develop great passion for spiritual growth. All of us must make spiritual progress at all cost (Deut.1: 6, 2: 3). God anticipates that we grow unto maturity leaving behind all forms of childishness (1 Cor. 13: 11, 14: 20).

 

1. HINDRANCES TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH: Song of Sol.2: 15

As man aspires to draw closer to his Creator; obstacles and hindrances present themselves. For all heavenly pilgrims; the following hurdles should be fought headlong: a) inability to profess & confess Christ before friends, families and acquaintances (Mk.5: 19-20, 8: 38),

b) harboring secret sins (Ps.19: 12) c) Absenteeism from fellowship (Acts 2: 42) d) Non observance of personal quiet time (Mk.1; 35) e) Keeping old sinful friends (Hos.7: 8) f) Lack of personal passion to grow (Ps.42: 1-2) g) Measuring spirituality with material possession (Rev.3: 17) h) feeling of spiritual satisfaction (Gen.33: 9, 11) i) involvement in occultism not renounced j) prayerlessness k) hypocrisy l) worldliness m) love of pleasure (1 Tim.5: 6), etc.

 

2. STEPS TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH: 2 Pt.1: 5-6

The following are the things we should embrace to grow spiritually: i) concrete evidence of new life in Christ (1 Pt.2: 1-2) ii) passion & eagerness to know the Lord deeper (Ps. 42; 1-2, Phil.3: 10) iii) Genuine quest to acquire higher Christian experiences like sanctification, Holy Ghost baptism, etc. (Heb.6: 1) iv) eating spiritual diet-the Word of God (Ps.119: 9-11, 105,   2 Tim.2: 15) v) constant fervent prayer life (Ps.63: 1-2) vi)eagerness to share the Gospel with others (Act.9: 22) vii) Detachments from old sinful acquaintances (2 Cor.5: 17, 2 Cor.6: 14) viii)Developing hatred for  sin (2 cor.7: 1) ix) continuous daily consecration (Rom.12: 1-2),  x) regular attendance of fellowship (Heb.10: 25),etc.

 

DISCUSSION: What counsel can we deduce on the subject matter from the following?

a.        Job 17: 9………………..….b.Ps.84:7………………………………………….

c.        Hos.7: 8-9…………………………….d.Rom.6:4…………………………………………

e.         1 Tim.4:7……………………….…….f.2 Pt.3: 18………………………………….……..

 

CONCLUSION: All things are ready. Jesus has paid the price. The decision to grow daily is for me to make. May God make us increase daily (1 Thes.3: 12).

 

 

 17th Aug. 2011

 THEME:            TRIALS OF FAITH (1)

TEXT:                1 Peter 1: 6-7

 

The journey of Christians is not always smooth or free from troubles; there are rough paths and unpleasant stories on the road to heaven (Job 14: 1). The faiths of believers are tried regularly by the tempter for various reasons and in divers’ forms. However, we are to display some godly attributes when our faiths are tried if we must wear the crown of life.

 

1.                  CAUSES FOR TRIALS OF FAITH:

There is no curse without a cause (Prov.26: 2). Man’s faith is tried because of his new faith in Christ (Gal.4: 29).We are tried when we as new babes in Christ are posed to declare nothing but the truth. Joseph was thrown into prison because he would not go along the evil suggestion of Potiphar’s wife (Gen.39: 21). As long as our lifestyle is in variance with the actions, words, plans and dressing of the world; there would be persecution (Jn.15: 19). As long as there are people who are given to pleasures, selfish ambitions, vanities, etc; persecution would not cease.

 

2.               AGENTS OF PERSECUTION: Matt.4; 1

The devil is the master behind trials of believers. Unbelieving parents, guardians and spouses are also stirred up by the devil as agents of persecution. Some careless believers might sponsor persecutions when they allowed themselves to be used by the devil. Atimes, our immaturity and ignorance of the Scriptures might promote trials of our faiths in the court of our enemies (Gen.49: 22-24).

 

3.               FORMS OF TRIALS: 1 Pt.3: 16

Trials of faith come in divers’ forms. It could appear in form of opposition/hatred from colleagues/work places (1 Jn.3; 13). It could come in form of denial of basic needs from unbelieving parents/guardians/boss/sponsors. Persecution can take the form of slander (Jer.18: 18). Atimes, it may come in form of criticisms (1 Pt.2; 12), name-calling (Matt.10; 25), false accusation/blatant lies, frame-up or conspiracy.

The master tempter brings temptation to people in different styles. In the case of Eve, it was the forbidden fruit. For Joseph, it was free sex. The case of Miriam was to gossip about her leader while Ahab was to possess another man’s vineyard. The Rechabites were to taste small wine before a prophet while Abraham was to marry a second wife so as to be productive. For James and John; they were to lobby through their mother for position in the Church while Simeon was to offer bribe to possess spiritual gift.

 

DISCUSSION: What insights can we derive on persecution from the following?

a.   Matt.5: 10……………………………………b.Jn.15: 18…………………………….…………….

c.      Act.14: 22………………………………d. 2 Tim.3: 12……………………………………….…

 

CONCLUSION: Persecution is certain for all believers in Christ. However, we must recall that the sufferings of today are called light afflictions which are working for our better tomorrow (2 Cor.4: 17-18).

 

 24th Aug. 2011

 

THEME:         TRIALS OF FAITH (2)

TEXT:           Matt. 5: 10-12

 

Trials of faith also called persecution is a certainty for all who must live godly lives in Christ (2 Tim.3; 12). Part one of this study highlighted causes, agents and forms of persecutions. It is pertinent to note that God promised to supply needed grace to all those undergoing trials and had also reserved numerous rewards for those who triumph. However; God requires that believers must display uncompromising stand while undergoing trials of faith.

 

1.    PURPOSE OF BELIEVERS’ TRIALS: Jam.1: 1-4

God approves times of trials for us for a number of reasons. When we are tried; it is to draw us nearer and closer to God (Jer.24: 7). Persecution is to test our sincerity and commitment to follow Christ (Phil.1: 12). It is intended to humble and correct us as well as refine and purify us (Jam.1: 3). Trials of faith are meant to increase our fruitfulness (Jn.15: 2) and multiply our maturity in spiritual matters (Ps.119; 71). Persecution is meant to strengthen and develop our spiritual muscles. It should make us to be more prayerful and studious thereby drawing our minds away from the world (Ps. 119; 98-100). It is through tests and examinations that abilities of students are assessed and their promotion attained, the same could be applied to spiritual matters.

 

2.    PROMISE TO THE AFFLICTED: 1 Cor.10; 13, Heb.2; 18

All followers of Christ have been promised precious things by God (2 Pt.1; 3). The afflicted have the promise of Divine comfort (Isa.51: 12-13), Divine presence even in the midst of fire (Dan.3: 16-17, 24-25) and deliverance from the lions’ dens (Dan.6: 16, 22). The Lord hath promised deliverance from the prison yard of the enemy (Act 12: 8-11, 16: 25-26), Divine encouragement when man flees from us (2 Tim.4; 16-17) and sufficient grace (Ps. 34: 19, 2 Cor.9: 8, 12: 9).

 

DISCUSSION: What are the promises available for us during trials as stated in the references below?

a.  Job 34: 28……………………….………….b. Isa.41; 10…………………………………………

c. Isa.43: 21……………………………………d. ICor.10:1……………………………………………

 

3.  BELIEVERS’ ATTITUDE IN TRIAL: Matt.5: 12, 44

We must be watchful and prayerful (Matt.24: 42, 44), read our Bibles regularly for spiritual insights (Josh.1: 8). Do not hate your persecutors (Matt.5: 44) and keep rejoicing as you suffer for Christ (Matt.5: 12). Do not murmur, complain or talk rashly (Prov.4: 23, 21: 23). Commit your soul to the Lord for shielding and protection (1 Pt.4: 19), endure persecutions with gladness (Jam.1:12).

 

CONCLUSION: Whatever we are going through; we must be steadfast in the Lord because eternal joy, everlasting rewards and heavenly splendor await all those who endure persecution and cheerfully bear their cross to the end.

 

7th Sept. 2011

 

THEME:  PERSONAL EVANGELISM

TEXT:                 John 1: 40-45

 

The moment a man gives his/her life to Christ; the Spirit of God begins to push him/her to share the gospel message to his/her fellow men especially those who are still in the dark. Personal Evangelism is one on one, friendship evangelism by which believers win others to Christ on one-on-one basis. Personal evangelism is the quickest and most effective method of soul winning. The Samaritan woman ran to the city to invite the whole city to Jesus (Jn.4: 28-30); Andrew brought Peter, Philip brought Nathaniel (Jn.1: 40-45). Our Lord commissions us to ‘go ye into the world’ and also He said,’ as My Father hath sent me even so send I you’. This study is a charge to you and me. Who will you bring?

 

1.       REASONS FOR PERSONAL WITNESSING: Heb.9: 27

The major reason for personal evangelism is that it is the Lord’s command directed to all believers (Matt.28: 19). Our world is full of perversion, deception and all forms of ungodliness for which reason we must reach out (Rom.1: 21-25). There is increase in occultism from primary school to the highest level that we can imagine. Drug addiction, immorality, worldly amusements, fashions and unimaginable philosophical thinking have taken the centre stage in the world which call for urgent witnessing tactics from spirit filled  Christians (Gal.5: 19-21, Jam.3: 14-16). The devil is employing sophisticated methods to recruit unsuspecting men and in multiplying disciples. We must act fast!

 

2.       THE URGENCY OF THE TASK: Jn.9: 4

The task of personal witnessing cannot be delayed any further. The time to act is now. In the language of Jesus; …’the harvest truly is plenteous..’(Jn.9:37);;…’say not there are four months….’(Jn.4:35). Can you consider increase in death roll through accidents, bomb blasts, ritual killings, kidnapping, unrest/riot, terminal diseases/sicknesses, demonic oppression, etc?

 

Discussion 1:       Highlight reasons for personal witnessing

i………………………………………………….ii…………………………………..…………………………………iii………………………………………………………………

iv………………………………………………….v……………………………………………………………………..vi……………………………………………………………..

 

3.       REQUIREMENTS FOR SOUL WINNERS: 2 Tim.4: 2

To be involved in personal evangelism; the soul winner must first experience and show forth evidence of new birth (Isa. 52: 11, 2 Tim.2: 6-7, 19-21). How can you proclaim a Saviour whom you have never met? A soul winner must have a strong, unshakable conviction about God and the Bible (Act 21:8-14, 26: 22-24, 1 Cor.9: 16). We need passion, divine wisdom, perseverance, prevailing prayer and adequate knowledge of the Scriptures to be effective in personal evangelism.

 

Discussion 2:      Identify necessary tools for soul winning

a.Ps.126: 5-6…………………………..……..….b. Prov.11: 30……………………………………

c. Matt.9: 39……………………………………….d. Act.1:8………………………………………..

 

CONCLUSION: Our Lord paid the highest price to rescue us. What do you think we can do to rescue others than to passionately pray for their salvation and reach out to them?

 

 14th Sept. 2011

THEME:              GROUP EVANGELISM

TEXT:                 Acts 2: 37-41

 

The Great Commission is one of the last commands that the Risen Christ gave unto all believers. However, the Church has been busy and preoccupied with very many unnecessary things (I kg. 20; 39-40). It is rather unfortunate that the Church had been holding her peace instead of reaching out. (2 Kg.7: 9) We must repent of our sins and receive fresh burning zeal like our Lord (Mk.1: 38). Group Evangelism also called Mass Evangelism is a task involving reaching out to crowd and winning them to Christ within a short while.

 

1.                     THE CHALLENGES BEFORE US: 2 Tim.3; 1-5

The task of reaching out to many people at a time would be well articulated if we remind ourselves of certain sterling challenges facing us. Have you noticed massive increase in the activities of night clubs, secret societies and internet racketing? What of increase in religiosity and number of Churches but decline in true Christianity? (2 Tim. 3: 5). What about shortness of time and nearness of eternity? (Jn.9: 4, 1 cor.7: 9-21, Heb.9: 27). We must recall that except sinners repent (irrespective of their affluent, age or education); they shall perish (Lk.13; 3, 5). We stand the danger of condemnation if we fail to reach out to sinners (Judg.5; 23, Ezek.3: 17-21, 1 Cor. 9: 16). Also, there is hell awaiting the wicked (Rev.20: 15, 21: 8).

 

2.                   THE STRATEGIES FOR GROUP EVANGELISM: Lk.9: 1-3, 6, 14: 23

Reaching out to many people at once is a task that we must embark upon as soon as possible. Effective and result oriented strategies are expected from us. Some basic requirements to be possessed are burden for the work and compassion for the sinners (Mk.9: 36, 15: 32, Rom.1: 6, 16) but these must follow been born again and been Spirit filled. We must conduct survey of the environment to be reached. Is it a campus community/GRA/elite society/jungle or ghetto community etc? What is the most popular language of the people? What programmes are likely to attract their attention-films, crusades, music, sports, medical issues, group discussion, free  meals, banquets, love feast, public lectures/talks like success/career/marriage seminars, etc? We could reach out through the internet (Facebook, E: mails twitter, etc), mass media (Radio, Television), print media (magazines, newspapers), drama (Mount Zion, Afa Sule), morning cry, bus/train Evangelism, social gatherings (marriage, funeral, convocation, etc), market evangelism, inviting sinners to special Church programmes (revival services, anointing services, morning dew, vigil, tea/breakfast fellowship, etc.). We should think of reaching out where crowd congregate; at least a few of them would be touched by God.

 

Discussion:         What can you deduce on Evangelism from the following?

a. Matt.24: 14………………………….....….b. Mark 1: 38……………………………………...…

c. Jn. 20: 21…………………………………..d. Act.5:32…………………………………………..

e. Act.8: 4……………………………………..f. 1 Cor.4:2…………………………………………..

 

CONCLUSION: God has given all believers the responsibility of using spiritual dragnets to win multiple souls. We dare not neglect our duty (Prov.24: 11-12).

 

 21st Sept. 2011

 

THEME:           WINNING SOULS

TEXT:             Matt. 28: 18-20

 

The main assignment that Jesus gave the Church is to preach the gospel and win souls. All Disciples of Christ are to become ‘fishers of men’, fishing either with a great net (mass evangelism) or with single hook at a time (personal evangelism). The will of God is that we ‘be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth’ (Gen. 1: 27-28). The Church is to pray for divine wisdom and grace to carry out this assignment and establish the kingdom of Christ to the uttermost part of the earth. If we obey God’s voice in this respect; blessings abound but if we rebel and kick against this; the will of God will still be done but to our shame, sorrow and suffering. It is therefore better if we commence actions now!

 

1.  HINDRANCES TO SOUL WINNING: Matt.13: 20-22

 a) Disobedience (Eph.2:2, 5:6) b) Lack of Scriptural understanding (Isa.5: 13, Hos.4: 6)

c) Excuses (Exd.3:11, 4: 1, 10) d) Selfishness and I don’t care attitude (Prov.24: 11-12)

e) Unwillingness to suffer for the salvation of others (Act. 20: 20-24) f) Lack of compassion (1 Cor.9: 19-26) g) Prayerlessness (Jam.1: 5-8) h) Wrong motives (Phil.1: 15-16) i) Pride (1 Cor.4: 7)  j) Shame (2 Tim. 2: 15) k) Worldliness (1 Tim.6: 6-12).

 

2.  HINTS TO SOUL WINNING: Matt.13: 20-22

a.  Winning souls have no geographical limitations-we are to go to the entire world (Mark 16: 15).

b.  Witnessing about Christ should begin from our Jerusalem (Act. 1: 8)

c.  Soul winning might involve and  result in total healing (Lk.9: 2)

d.  An active soul winner is someone with a high sense  of responsibility (Jn. 15: 16, 20; 21)

e.  Not much could be achieved when prayer is lacking.

f.   Is any price too high to pay considering what Jesus did on the cross? (Heb.9: 28).

g.   The Apostles of old obeyed the commission. Why are we disobedient today? (Mk.16: 20, Act. 8: 4, 17: 16-17)

h.  Every gift God gives us is meant to be used to be our brother’s keeper (Gen.4: 9, 45: 7)

i.   We need wisdom (application of the most effective method) to win souls (Prov.11: 30b).

 

3.  REWARDS FOR SOUL WINNERS: 1 Cor.3: 8, 14

i)   Divine wisdom (Prov.11: 30b) ii) Shinning life (Dan. 12; 3) iii) Eternal wages (Jn.4: 36) iv) Heavenly celebration (Lk.15: 7, 10) v) Certainty of rewards (1 Cor.15: 58) vi) Harvest (Gal.6: 9) vii) Unforgettable rewards (Heb.6: 10), etc.

 

CONCLUSION: Pay day is at hand. Crowns await the faithful. Start to win souls now. Delay is dangerous!

 

 

 

THE CHRISTIAN HOME SERIES                                                                                             5th Oct. 2011

 

THEME:                      SUCCESSFUL PARENTING

TEXT:                           Prov. 22: 6

 

God loves His creatures and from onset planned that children be born and nurtured in the home; no wonder He permitted that Christ be conceived of the Holy Spirit but brought up in a home. Every parent must therefore understand that as a ‘caretaker’ of the children entrusted unto them; so much is expected from them. This study is therefore a necessity for all parents and intending parents.

 

  1. UNDERSTANDING PARENTING: Deut.6: 7

We must understand that parenting is serious business that God places high premium upon. It is a responsibility from our Creator (Prov. 22; 6). Parenting is a full time work until the children also become parents. It is an assignment that cannot be delegated to school/lesson/Church teachers or to neighbours as the case may be. Parenting is a specific call to serve. The reason God demands for oneness between couples is for godly children to come out from their union so that those children could carry out God’s design on earth (Mal.2; 15, Mk.14: 21). Parenting is not to be done only by one parent except when sudden death takes the other partner. All parents should see their responsibilities as privilege and so should not take this grace for granted.

 

  1. UNDERSTANDING CHILD UPBRINGING: Eph.6: 1

The process of child birth is not as tedious as child upbringing. Child upbringing is the totality of the process of nurturing a child until he/she can stand up for God. Parents are reminded that children are God’s properties (Ps.127; 3, Isa. 8; 18). There are possessions of parents which would be duly inherited by children when they are properly brought up (Gal.4: 1-2). Parents are to assist their children to discern the purpose of God for them (1 Sam.1: 11, 20, 24, 3; 8-9). Parents must understand that a child left to him/herself would invite shame (Prov.22: 15, 29: 15).

Discussion 1: What counsel did the Bible give to children from the following?

  1. Ps.8: 2…………………………….…….b.Prov.22: 15……………………………………….

c. Prov.23: 14……………………………………..….…d.Gal.4:1-2…………………………………….

 

Parents would succeed in parenting if they are genuine Christians (Lk.6: 39). Praying constantly for every stage of the children cannot be bartered with anything. Love your children unconditionally. Parents must descend to the level of their children atimes for effectiveness; you might play, eat, and watch cartoons together. Children must feel their parents’ presence-create time for them; let them be able to talk freely with you. Parents should be involved in their school assignment, reading of Scripture and praying together.

 

  1. UNDERSTANDING PARENTAL ROLES: Ps. 127: 3-4

Manoah asked the Lord ‘how shall we order the child…’ (Judg.13: 12-13). Parents are to instruct their children in the way of God; house keeping, courtesies, relationships, sex education, honesty, etc. (Prov.1: 8-9, Col.3: 21). Parents are to command their children to act rightly (Gen.18: 19). The job of correcting (Prov.23: 13), discipline/chastising (Heb.12: 7-8), teaching (Deut.6: 6-7), praying for them (Job 1; 5), leading them to Christ (Mk.10: 13-14), showing them godly examples (1 Tim.4: 12), etc. are to be done religiously.

Discussion 2: What counsel did the Bible give to parents/guardians from the following?

a.      Deut.6: 7…………………………….…….b.Prov.19: 18…………………………………

c. Prov.19: 18……………….……………...d.      Prov.23:14…………………………….….

e. Eph. 6.4…………………………………...…f. 1 Tim.5: 8…………………….………........

 

Conclusion: Parenting needs firmness and fairness. The good news about successful parenting is that great worldly and eternal rewards await faithful parents. May we never be condemned because of our children!

 

 

 

12th Oct. 2011

 

THEME:                       ENJOYING MARITAL BLISS

TEXT:                         Gen. 2:18, 21-24

Marriage institution was established by God. Before God created the first couple on earth; He has provided all things they needed to be comfortable. He gave this couple dominion over all that He created and thereafter blessed them (Gen. 1:27-28). The will of God for man is to live in comfort, but alas, one thing led to another, this privilege was taken away from them. Most marriage nowadays is in shambles. Most husbands and wives live together; yet, they are far from each other. This is not the will of God for Man at all, hence this study.

1. Definition of terms:

Marriage is the union of a man and a woman by a legal ceremony, or joining together of a man and a woman as husband and wife. To enjoy bliss is to experience complete happiness.

 

2. Keys to Marriage fulfillment:            In order to enjoy marital bliss, the following must be available;

i. Salvation: the couple must be genuine children of God i.e. they must be born again (Jn. 3:3)

ii. Love: There must be unfeigned love between them (Rom 12:9, 1 Cor. 13; 4-7, 16:14)

iii. Prayer: All couples must make it a habit to pray together and pray for each other (1 Thess. 5:17)

iv. Trust: They must trust God and each other (Prov. 3:5)

v. Patience: Impatience is enemy of success. Patience is very necessary in marital life. (Col. 3:13a)

vi. Endurance: We must learn to tolerate, endure and understand each other, remembering that we emanate from different backgrounds (Ps. 133:1-3).

vii. Humility: The wife should humble herself before her husband, take care of him and see him as the head of the home likewise, the husband should not Lord it over his wife; he must take her as his help mate and partner. He needs to cherish and love her. He must see her as his indispensable part ( 5:21-33).

viii. Forgiveness: This is an indispensable tool in marriage. We must continue to forgive each other (Eph. 4:32b).

ix. Kindness: We must be kind to each other (Eph. 4:32a, Cot. 3:13).

x. The children should be loved equally. Husband and wife shouldn’t love any of their children more than others. Remember Isaac and Rebecca’s bad precept (Gen. 27)

xi. Communication: Couples must communicate effectively and be close to each other. Learn to talk things out sincerely and lovingly. Decisions on money and sex must be taken together.

xii. Good manners: The attitude of listening without interrupting or saying ‘Please’, ‘thank you’, and I‘m sorry’, should not be missing in our relationship. Husband should assist in domestic affairs as practicably as possible.

xiii. Sexuality: Sex is a major factor in marriage that should be discussed and practiced regularly with understanding (Prov.5: 15-20, 1 cor.7: 3-5).

 

Questions:       What can we infer concerning marriage from the following scriptures?

i. Matt. 19:5-6……………………………………ii.     Mark 12:25………………………………

iii.Luke 16:18…………………………………….iv.     1 Cor. 7:3………………………………

Conclusion: Marriage was instituted by God to be blissful for His children. The couple must allow Jesus to be the Head of their home and not give Satan any chance in their relationship.

 

 

  19th Oct. 2011

 

THEME:           Courtship & honeymoon(for singles)

TEXT:               Lk. 14:28-29

The term courtship is said to be the gap between when a brother and a sister agrees to start a relationship. It is a proven fact that courtship and the day of wedding should not be entered into until both parties are matured and should be at least 20 years old. Honeymoon however, is a vacation taken by a couple who have just got married. It is supposed to be a period of blissful harmony, supreme happiness, utter joy and relaxation. The couple must plan for some days off work and other activities to go for their honeymoon. A period of one week to one month should be okay as the case may be. The couple should travel away from where they normally live to enjoy honeymoon.

A          CONDUCT & OBJECTIVES OF COURTSHIP:

A Christian courtship is supposed to be focused on building each other up. It should be a period to encouraging each other on life matters and our work with God. Maintenance of sexual purity must be at the top of your commitment to each other. Be committed to integrity and honesty. Never try to be someone you are not; tell the truth at all times. Those in courtship must do the following:

1. Be dependable: Be there for each other during the good time and the bad even when things get rough.

2. Listen: Give the person your ears and thought (Prov. 17:28).

3. Keep your words: Your words must be kept in order to fulfill your promise (Prov. 11:13).

4. Smile: Turn that frown upside down, the gesture may be small, but it tracks a powerful punch.

5. Abstain from fornication (2 Cor 3: 16-17, l Thes.4:3-7). The period of courtship must be spent in holiness. Do not rush into sex because anyone who does that is destroying his/her future.

6. The period is to lay a proper foundation for a singular focus and for mutual trust in God and in each other (Prov.10:1, Lk.14:28-29).

7. During courtship; would-be couples should be involved in personal and corporate study of the Bible and prayers (Jn.5: 39, 1 Thes.5:17).

8. There should be frank talk on how to handle finances, how to treat parents, who to accommodate, etc.

9. When the courtship is established, be prayerful before reveling sensitive information like past sexual life, ailments, etc.

10. The devil is vigilant; avoid visiting each other at night or behind closed doors (Eph 5:12, Phil 1:27, 1 Thes.5:17).

11. Utilize this period to assist each other to overcome weaknesses and fortify strengths.

12. Courtship could break when unfaithfulness, lack of trust, consistent sin and unbrokeness are prevalent. Broken courtship is better than broken marriage.

DISCUSSION A: What can you infer from the following passages?

a.         Ps 119:9……………………………. b.  Prov. 8:13……………………………………………

c.         I Cor 13:14………… ………………d.   Heb 10:25………………………………………….  

 

B. HONEYMOON: A MUST FOR ALL NEWLY WEDDED COUPLES:  Deut. 24:5

Honeymoon is biblical; it allows the couple to have maximum privacy. During honeymoon, couples begin to discover and explore this whole new era of marriage as they relate more intimately together in one place. It is a period to experience new act (Deut 22:28-29). During honeymoon, say nice words to each other, talk to each other often on any matter of interest, so as to enhance fellowship and friendship. Let there be intimacy, have your quiet time, pray and read Bible individually and collectively, share your quiet time with other, pray together from time to time.

DISCUSSION B: What are the duties of couples from the following references?

a.                   Prov.5:15………………………………b. Prov.5:18-19………………………………

c. Matt.6: 23……………………………………………..d.Phil.2:3……………………………………

e. 2 Tim.2:22……………………………………………………………………………………………….

CONCLUSION: In all things; righteousness should be our key.

 

                                                                                            19th Oct. 2011

 

THEME:        Preventing Marital Separation (for the married)

TEXT:           Gen.2: 18, 24, 1 Cor.7: 10

The devil is aware that when the home is in shambles; the nation is on fire, so he puts into action, machineries by which marriage would collapse. It is unfortunate that marital separation is rampant in our world today. This fact does not exclude Christians except we want to deceive ourselves. God is not happy when couples separate under any circumstance; His will is that marriage should last for life. What are those things couples are to do to avoid/ prevent separation and divorce? These would be x-rayed in this study. Shalom!

  1. Causes of Separation: Mal.2; 13-16

The following are some reasons for separation/divorce:

a.  Selfishness: 1 Cor.13:5. This is the root of all problems. Selfishness is the greatest single enemy of marriage. In the aspect of finances, courtesy, sex, friendship, etc, selfishness wants to take over.

b.  Failure to leave and cleave: Matt.19:4-6, Eph.5: 28-31. Most men are still in the apron of their parents. Some women are fond of going back to their parents to report their husbands.

c.  Unwillingness to forgive: When couples harbor resentments, hatred and offenses of their spouses in their heart; the home is gradually disintegrating (Eph 4:32, Col.3: 13).

d.  Secrecy; When couples are not open to each other, divorce is not far away from them.

e.  Communication problem: when marriage experiences partial or total communication breakdown; problem is looming (Acts 4:20).

f.   Withdrawal: Due to certain reasons known to one partner; he/she may result to self withdrawal rather than speak up prayerfully and with wisdom.

g.  Sexual starvation: Marriage counselors agree that 80% of marital crises are bedroom made. Sex is the engine and power of marriage. When one of the partners is starving the other with sex, divorce or promiscuity is near (1 Cor.7:2-4).

h.  Worldliness: Many homes have gone apart because of evil comparison, impulse buying and extravagancy (1 sam8: 4-7, 2 Kg.17:33).

i.   Childlessness: There are pressures from families when children are yet to be born (Lk.1: 13,   Mk.9: 23).

j.   Carnality: Impatience, strife, animosity, malice, nagging, etc. are spoilers of marriage (Prov.21:9, 19; 25:24).

k.  Money: We are to control money and not allow it to be lord over us. Most women want to take over the headship of the home when the man is financially incapacitated (Lk.16: 10, Phil.4: 19).

l.   Staying long outside the home: this is common with men.

m.                Individualism: separating rooms and possessing things differently are not good for Christian couples.

n.  Relaxing outward look: Many couples use their wedding certificate as excuse to look rough, untidy and unpresentable (1 Sam.16: 7).

o.  Courtesy: Most men do not treat their wives as ladies. Respect is reciprocal.

 

  1. Cure for Separation: 1 Cor.13: 4-7

The Word of God has answers to all challenges anyone could think about. The opposite of the causes highlighted above are cures for blissful marriage. In addition, couples should be honest with each other (Eph 4:25). Couples must schedule time just for the two of them alone at regular intervals. This would assist to fuel the relationship. Important decisions should be made together (Amos 3: 3). Couples should tackle problems together and never go to bed angry (Eph 4:26, Tit 1:7). Make it a point of duty to kiss your spouse regularly (Song 1: 2). Women should also initiate sex-it should not only be the man asking for it (Song.3: 1-2). Praying together is crucial-you can’t quarrel with the spouse you just prayed with. All of us must work on making Jesus the Chief Executive officer of our lives and homes.

 

 9th Nov. 2011

 

THEME:                 THE ACT OF SUPPLICATION

TEXT:                    1 Tim.2: 1-4

 

The Apostle Paul gives us insight into different types of prayer that we must be actively engaged in first of all-Supplications, Prayers, Intercessions and Giving of thanks (1Tim.2:1). Supplications are prayers for averting evils of every kind. Prayers in our context of verse 1 are prayers for obtaining the good things, spiritual and temporal, which ourselves need while intercessions involve prayers on behalf of others. Giving of thanks are giving praises to God, as the parent of all good, for all the blessings which we and others have received. The subject of this study-supplication is an act of asking something from God on behalf of ourselves. Our God knows that we might be carried away by the need of others and forget to speak of our own need to Him that is why in several Scriptures He beckon on us to present our petition unto Him with faith and thanksgiving. A crucial information we must note is that our God is more willing to hear us than we are willing to speak (Isa.65: 24, Jer.33: 3).

 

1.           THE MINISTRY OF SUPPLICATION:Jam.5: 13

The act of supplication is presenting our afflictions, difficulties, persecutions, challenges, conflicts, trouble, joy, sickness, trials, etc. to God through prayer. A number of believers are currently carrying loads that the Lord should be carrying for them. The reason is that they do not make enough use of the privilege of praying that God gave them (Phil.4: 6). Several things have the tendency to disturb our lives, weigh us down, frustrate us, distract us and take our eyes away from the Master in so much that we begin to worry and be anxious. We are to be careful for nothing (Phil.4: 6, 1 Pt.5: 7). Our calling is that of absolute dependence upon God. We are not expected to carry the burdens of our life, career, education, health, marriage, business, etc alone but we are to take them to the Lord and leave them there (Matt.11: 28-30, Act.12: 5-10). This would be achieved through act of praying called supplication.

 

DISCUSSION: What lessons can we derive on supplications from the following references?

  1. Dan. 9:23…………………………….…….2. Hos 12:4……………….……………………….

3.  Zec 12:10………………………………………4. Act. 1:14…..………………………………………

5.  Eph 6:18 ………………………………………6. 1Tim. 2:1…………………………………………

7. 1Tim. 5:5 ………………………………………8. Heb.5:7……………………………………………

 

2.           CONDITIONS FOR ANSWERED PRAYERS: 2 Chron.7: 12-14, Isa.58: 9-14

The conditions for answered prayers are not too difficult nor are they beyond our reach. We must turn away from sins, fault-finding, high-mindedness, lying, backbiting, unforgiving spirit, malice, bitter quarrels, oppression, pride and lack of faith in God. If we will abide in Christ (Jn.15: 1-2), keep His commandments (Jn.14: 15), treat our spouses/neighbours with tenderness, gentleness and love; the Lord will hear us. We need to understand the will of God covering our happiness, healing, marriage, and business/education/career. Righteousness is a major key to receiving answer from God (Gen.18: 19). It gives us boldness and power more than we can ever get through fasting and any other prayer formula.

 

CONCLUSION: What a friend we have in Jesus? Why are you suffering and gradually dying in silence when you have with you the potent weapon of supplication? Begin now! Take all your burdens to God right away and make this your regular habit.

 

 16th Nov. 2011

 

THEME:                   EFFICIENCY OF PRAYER                    

TEXT:                       Luke 18:1-8                                                                         

 

Prayer is conversation with God. Prayer is the master key that opens doors in life. Our Lord Jesus Christ started His ministry with prayer and ended it with prayer. Prayer is very important in the life of every Christian. Without prayer we are nothing and cannot achieve any thing good. Prayer opens the gate of heaven. Our Pentecostal fathers tell us that prayer is the staff to walk with God and to confront the enemy.

 

1.             POTENCY OF PRAYER – James 5:16

We fail to pray because we are ignorant of great possibilities that could be achieved through prayers. It is necessary to note that no impossibility can stand before anyone who prays (Lk.1:37). When sinners pray for pardon, it amazes us of how such persons instantly received divine mercy. Through prayers; we can control natural forces (Josh. 10:12-14, James. 5:17-18). Victory over death could be achieved when we pray (2King 4:33-36, 20:1-5). Prayers could control political and government decision and actions (Esth 4:16, 5:1-3, Dan. 6:10-11, 25-28). Through prayer we could obtain victory over physical assailants and difficult circumstances (2 King. 19:14-20, 2 Chron. 20:1-3, 18-20, 24, Acts 16:25-26). Church growth can be easily achieved through effective prayer (Acts 4:31-33, 6:4). Deliverance from affliction, captivity, famine and pestilence are possible through prayer (Exd. 3:7-8, Judge 6:1-6, 12-14)

 

2.      PRAYING EFFECTIVE PRAYER

Prayers could be fervent, effective, powerful and efficient if we observe the following:

a.      Salvation in Christ  - Prov. 15:8-9, Jn. 3:3

b.      Love for God – I Sam. 12:23, I King 19:14

c.       Clean & clear conscience  - I Sam 12:3, Acts 24:16

d.      Sanctification (Holy living) – Ps. 4:3-4

e.      Holy Ghost baptism – Acts 1:8

f.        Constant study of God’s Word – Joshua 1:8, Rev. 12:11

g.      Be a bold believer – Prov. 28:1, Dan. 6:4-13

h.      Consistency and persistence – Lk. 18:1

i.        A spiritual wrestler and agoniser – Lk. 22:41-44

j.        Purposeful and prevailing – Acts 16:25-31

 

DISCUSSION: What other elements must we add to our prayers to make it effective?

i.  Isa. 53:12.................................................ii. Matt. 18:18-19.............................................

iii.                Mark 11:22-24............................iv. Acts 12:5.....................................................

v.    Acts 16:25..............................................vi. Eph. 5:20..................................................

CONCLUSION: No believer can succeed without effective prayer. Preachers become story tellers and comedians when prayer in ineffective. Avoid sin and see how sickness, starvation, dryness, affliction, failure, poverty and barrenness disappear.

 

 

 

 23rd Nov. 2011

 

THEME:                    FAITH IN GOD                   

TEXT:                        Mark 11:22-24                                                                                  

 

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb. 11:1) Jesus commands; have faith in God... (Mk11:22-24) Most people pray a little and doubt much. Doubt cancels the immediate and future. Whatever God promises; a believer can only receive by an act of faith. It could be physical or spiritual blessings; healing, materials things, deliverance, spiritual and physical breakthroughs etc. Everything that God promised can be received by an act of faith. The Bible says “by faith are you saved through grace”. The Bible also tells us that by faith we are justified and preserved. Also, by faith, we overcome satan and the world, and have access to God. No man has ever seen God at any time but by faith we know that He exists. Therefore, my beloved, faith is needed to make us get to where God wants us and to get what He wants us to receive. With our faith we must claim and ask for the promises of God in prayer, our faith must be backed up with actions not just mere words.

 

A. CATALOGUE OF FAITH

1.    Abraham was a man of faith. God said he should offer his son as sacrifice, and he was about to do it before a miracle occurred. Hebrew 11:8 tells us that ‘by faith Abraham when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an inheritance went out not knowing where he was going’. No wonder, the Bible described him as the father of faith (Gen. 22:1-14).

2.    Noah built an ark for about 12 years; he stuck to the promise of God. All kinds of people were laughing him to scorn and it seemed he was engaged in a fruitless exercise but it did not bother him. He went on and completed the project. When the rains came, the man of faith was rescued and those who doubted got drowned (Gen. 7:1-24).

3.    Jericho came down as a result of an act of faith by Joshua. The walls normally could not have been broken with hammer. However, by going round it, the walls came tumbling down (Jos.6:20).

4.    When Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal, he did not doubt for one second that fire would fall. In many instances, Elijah displayed great faith (I King 18:36-38).

5.    The widow of Zarephath had abundance in the midst of lack because she did not doubt the word of God through the prophet (II King 4:1-6).

6.    The woman with the issue of blood had wasted all her money and time until one day when she made up her mind that if she could only touch the hem of the Lord’s garment, she would be healed. Today you too can touch the Lord and you would be made whole (Mark 5:25-30).

7.    David energized by the power of the Holy Spirit slew a giant with a stone. The stone located the unprotected forehead of Goliath (I Sam. 17:37, 45-57).

8.    Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego believed that God whom they serve is able to deliver them. These three refused to worship the golden image, and the Lord saved them (Daniel 3:16-28).

 

DISCUSSION:        What lessons can we learn from the following verses?

     i.        Ps. 125:1..............................................ii.Ps.146:3................................................

   ii.        Mark 9:23................................................iv.  John 14:1...........................................

  iii.        Heb. 11:6...........................................

B.     INGREDIENTS THAT AID FAITH

1.     The Word – Rom. 10:17 – The Bible is the greatest aid that we need to expand our faith

2.     Fellowshipping - Heb. 10:25 – When we fellowship with brethren; our faiths are enhanced

3.     Testimonies – Rev. 12:11 – The testimonies other believers give are good omen and lubricants for our faith.

 

CONCLUSION: Learn to stand on His Unfailing promises at all times and you will be pleased to find that He never disappoints those who fully depend on Him.

 

 

 30th Nov. 2011

 

THEME:          FAITH FOR LIFE’S BATTLE                                                            

TEXT:              Heb. 11:1, 17, James 1: 3

 

Life is always full of challenges; just when we think that everything is going smoothly and according to God’s plan, then the battle of life may surface. These battles might be something that cause us to feel inadequate, or that makes us to seek His direction and strength. The children of Israel were free from bondage and ready for a new life in a new land. They were praising God and singing songs to Him, until there was a slight problem; unavailability of water to drink. The Israelites began to grumble instead of praying (Exod. 25: 22-27). The Christian individual and the Church in general are in the midst of war (between good and evil). Each battle places our life on the line. Yet, the word of God compels us with the message that trials, battles, are but for a moment (Psalm 34:5c). The Bible speaks of faith of the harlot called Rahab, Gideon, Deborah, Barak, Samson, David, Samuel etc who fought life’s battle with godly faith and conquered (Heb. 11:30-40). As Christians, when we undergo trials, afflictions, battles, let us count it as part of our Christian life; but never to be defeated by them.

 

1.                   TEST OF FAITH: Jam. 1: 3, 12; 1 Pet 1:7

At times, we think that the life of faith is a life free from battles. Instead; the life of faith is a life that overcomes. Victory assumes that there were battles and troubles; because you cannot say ‘I won’ when you did not have an opponent. There is a sure victory by our faith (1 John 5: 4). You may have recently become a Christian and you are living by faith; standing on the promises of God. It may also seem that all is not well concerning you. Sickness may be your regular visitor. You may need a spouse but nothing is yet to come; your family may be living a cat and dog life. Poverty may be your current friend coupled with unfulfilled dreams. All these problems may be happening to you probably because the devil is at work. Apostle Paul affirms: ‘We must go through much tribulation to enter into the blessings of Calvary’ (Acts 14:22).

 

2.         STANDING FIRM IN FAITH: 2 Cor. 1:8-10

Faith in life’s battle is a strong shield to all believers. We are hopeful through faith even when arrows come from the enemy. We are supposed to put up the shield of faith so that the devil’s arrows (sickness, poverty, and series of problems) do not pierce through. God wants to help us get rid of our trials, battles, afflictions etc. (Ps 34:19, John 16:33). Trials battle our faith. If our faith is not fighting back, we may not win. Some believers run helter-skelter, and seek help there is none. God permits trials to come, so that we will exercise our faith; thereby become stronger in the Lord. Our faith becomes stronger when we deal with the battle squarely through studying the Word, prayer & fasting!

 

Discussion: What are the results of exercising our faith?

a.       Ps. 30:5b -----------------------------------    b. Ps. 40:1-2------------------------------------------

c.       Eph 6:16 ………………………………  d. Heb. 10:36-37 -------------------------------

 

CONCLUSION:  We should count it pure joy, when we face life’s battle of many kinds. The testing of our faith develops perseverance. The Word of God must constantly dwell in our hearts so that we may stand firm in God. Trials, troubles, tribulations, and battles will certainly come, but we must not be afraid. Our faith will overcome!