Session One: Salvation, The Beginning
I. The Record; Read John 3:3-8
A. What does God require of a man to see heaven? __________________________ B. When one is born again, he is given the power to become what (John 1:12)? ____ As God's child, we may need ________________ (Hebrews 12:5-8), but we will never stop being His child. C. What are some characteristics of being born again? II Corinthians 5:17 1. ________________2. __________________3. __________________
II. Why did Jesus come into the world (I Timothy 1:15)? ___________________________
III. The Bible was written so we could "know" what (I John 5:13)? ___________________
IV. The Believer's Security
A. Whom does Jesus promise to accept and keep (John 6:37)? _________________ B. Can a Christian ever perish (John 10:27-30)? ____________________________ C. Once a person is saved, he is kept by who's power (I Peter 1:5)? _____________ D. How long are Christians sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30)? __________ E. What cannot separate the Christian from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39)? ____________________________________________________________________ G. How many of a Christian's trespasses are forgiven by God (Colossians 2:13)? ___
1) When were you born again? If you have not been born again, would you like to be?
2) What changes has God made in your life since you were born again?
3) Has Satan brought doubts into your mind about your salvation? What do you believe is the solution when those doubts come?
Session Two: How To Grow, The Bible and Prayer
I. The Bible
All God wanted us to know about Himself, the way to heaven, and how to live the Christian life is recorded in God's Word, the Bible. He so supervised the writing that even the very words are inspired (God-breathed) and without error. (see II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21).
II. The Importance of the Bible
A. God does not want the Bible _______ or _________. Revelation 22:18-19 B. What will judge man in the last day? ____________________ John 12:48 C. We are ____________ by the incorruptible seed of the Word. I Peter 1:23 D. The Word of God can discern the _____ and ______ of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
III. What the Bible Will Do For A Christian
Christians are commanded to study the Bible (II Timothy 2:15). According to the Bible, only Christians can understand it (see I Corinthians 2:14). The Holy Ghost, who lives inside of a Christian, guides him into truth (John 14:26; 16:13-14). Why don't you pray as David did in Psalms 119:18, "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law," each time before you study or read God's Word.
A. As new babes with milk, we __________ by the Word of God. I Peter 2:2 B. ______ cometh by hearing, and hearing by the _________. Romans 10:17 C. If we will know, meditate in, and do God's Word, we will have _____. Joshua 1:8 D. As we hide God's Word in our ____, it keeps us from ____. Psalms 119:11 E. The Word of God gives _________________________. Psalms 119:99 F. The Word of God _______________________________. Psalms 119:105
Through the Bible, God speaks to you...in prayer, you speak to God. Prayer is the most wonderful and
powerful tool in the Christian's life. Every believer has access to God Himself through prayer. When we have a need, God is always there waiting to hear from us and to grant our request. You should determine to be a Christian of prayer. If you don't ask, He can't answer, "Ye have not, because ye ask not." James 4:2
V. Some Bible promises about prayer.
A. Matthew 7:8 says that if we ______, we shall receive. B. John 14:13-14 tells us that the things we ask _________, we shall receive. C. According to I John 5:14 , anything we ask ______________ He will hear. D. One of the keys to answered prayer is to ask _______________ , according to Matthew 21:22. We must have ____________ (Hebrews 11:6). E. God promises the _______ of God to those who take everything to Him in prayer. Philippians 4:6-7
VI. How to Pray
When we pray, the position of the body is unimportant compared to the attitude of the heart. We must realise that our hearts must be in a right relationship with God: "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." Psalms 66:18.
In Matthew 6:5-15, Jesus Christ taught a lesson on prayer. Let's look at it:
A. In verses 5-6, the Lord tells us to pray where? _____________________ God wants us to meet Him in a private place every day. You should set aside that special time and place for you. B. In verse 7-8, the Lord says not to use ___________________________. C. In verse 9, the Lord shows how we are to approach God, recognising who He is, our heavenly Father. In Colossians 4:2 and Philippians 4:6, we are told to pray with ____________________. D. In verse 10, the Lord teaches that our prayers must be consistent with what? __________________ E. In verse 11, the Lord is teaching us to pray for our daily _____________. (see I Timothy 6:8) F. In verse 12, He is teaching us to ask for _____________. From I John 1:9, what must we do to get our daily sins taken care of so our fellowship with the Father is not hindered? _________. G. Verse 12 also teaches us to _____________ others. (also see Mark 11:25). From Ephesians 6:18, we should also ____________ for others. H. In verse 13, we are taught to pray about the area of _______________. (also see Matthew 26:41)
1) Has the Bible been an important part of your life since you were born again?
2) Do you read or study the Bible every day?
3) Do you believe that a Christian can grow without the Bible?
4) Do you spend time with God every morning in prayer?
5) What have you resolved to do as a result of studying this lesson?
Session Three: Public Profession and Baptism
I. Public Profession
The first thing the Lord wants us to do after we are saved is to confess Him. "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." Romans 10:10-11. You should immediately tell your friends and loved ones of your salvation; and the best place to make your salvation public is in church, where people will understand what has happened to you. If you have not already done so, plan to go forward at the next church service invitation, and ask the pastor to make it public that you have been born again. Follow Paul's example and say, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ", Romans 1:16.
The first command for a believer to obey after being born again is baptism (see Acts 10:47-48). Baptism is a picture of what has happened inside. Just as a wedding ring does not make one married, but shows others that one is married; baptism does not save, but shows others that one is saved.
A. In Matthew 28:18-19, what is commanded after teaching all nations?
B. When the first sermon was preached after Christ went to heaven, what was the very next thing the people did who "received the Word" in Acts 2:41?
C. What was the condition for being baptized, as given to the eunuch by Philip in
D. How soon after salvation was the jailor baptized in Acts 16:30-33?
Every baptism in the Bible was by immersion. It had to be to properly picture Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. The word baptize means "to immerse".
E. When Jesus, our example (John 13:15), was baptized, how do we know He was immersed in Matthew 3:16 and Mark 1:9-10?
F. Why was John baptizing in Aenon in John 3:23?
G. What should be our motive for obeying the Lord and getting baptized according to John 14:15?
1) Have you been baptized by immersion since you were saved?
2) If not, why not?
3) Have you made your profession public?
4) What have you resolved to do as a result of studying this lesson?
Session Four: The Local 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.
Church attendance may be the single most important item for growth in a Christian's life. Jesus Christ founded the church and said, "upon this rock I will build my church," Matthew 16:18. God expects us to be faithful to church, "It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful." I Corinthians 4:2. Someday our rewards in heaven will be based on our "faithfulness", and we should strive to have Christ say on judgment day, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant," Matthew 25:21.
I. The Importance of the Local Church - God refers to the local church as the "house of God" and the "pillar and ground of the truth" in I Timothy 3:15.
A. When the church came together in Acts 20:7, Paul ______________ unto them.
B. According to Romans 10:17, our faith will grow as we hear ____________________.
C. We go to church to ___________ praises unto the Lord, according to Hebrews 2:12.
D. The church of God is to __________ together, according to Acts 12:5.
E. At church we are to be _______________ (encouraging) one another, according to Hebrews 10:25.
F. We also attend church to _________________, according to Malachi 3:10,
I Corinthians 16:1-3, and II Corinthians 9:6-8.
II. Church Membership and Service
Will you be "added to the church", Acts 2:47? If you have been saved and baptized by immersion, you should join the church at the next service and become a working member of the local church.
A. God wants you to be always abounding in the _____ of the Lord, according to
I Corinthians 15:58.
B. What are some of the gifts that the Spirit gives to the church through it's members? Romans 12:4-9
C. In I Corinthians 16:10, Paul was commending Timotheus because he _____ the ____ of the Lord.
D. Jesus redeemed us so we would be zealous of __________, according to Titus 2:14.
E. In Ephesians 2:10, we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto
III. The Pastor
God gave the Pastor (Ephesians 4:11) to the church for many purposes. Let's look at some of these.
A. The Pastor, or Overseer, is to ______ the flock of God, according to Acts 20:28.
B. The Pastor, or elder, is to ______ the flock of God, and be _________ to the flock, according to I Peter 5:2-3. If you, as one of the flock, are not present in the services, then the Lord cannot properly feed you through His Pastor as He desires to.
C. The Pastor protects the flock, for he is to___________ for your souls, according to Hebrews 13:17.
1) Have you joined your local church?
2) Are you serving in your local church?
Session Five: Temptation, Separation, and Victory
The Bible tells us to "Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." This will only happen as we recognise temptation and it's source (Satan, the world, and our flesh), as we separate from worldliness, and as we continually live the Spirit-filled life.
A. According to I Peter 5:8, what does Satan want to do to you? ________________ B. Satan can appear as an angel of ____________ (II Corinthians 11:14-15). C. God promised that ______ is He that is in you, than he that is ______ (I John 4:4). D. What are the three basic sources of temptation according to I John 2:16? ___________________________________________________________ E. In Ephesians 6:10-18, the Bible gives the armour necessary to fight Satan. In verse 11, we are told about the __________ of the devil. Who do we wrestle against in verse 12? ____________________________ What are the pieces of armour necessary for a Christian to stand against the devil, according to verses 14 through 17? ___________________________________________________________ The armour will only be effective as we are _________ always, from verse 18. F. What did Jesus say to do that we enter not into temptation (Matthew 26:41)? ____ G. ________ the devil and he will ________ from you (James 4:7). H. Who tempted Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11 and how did Jesus combat him? ________ I. One should _______ when he falls into divers temptations and the trying of one's faith results in _________ (James 1:2-3). J. What does God promise to those who are tempted in I Corinthians 10:13? _______
A. We are to ___________ from _______ appearances of evil (I Thessalonians 5:22). B. The Bible says to be not __________ to this world (Romans 12:2). C. We're not to ______ the world, neither the ___ that are in the world (I John 2:15). D. James 4:4 says that the ________ of the world is __________ with God. E. What things can choke the Word of God in our lives (Mark 4:19)? ____________
A. To experience victory, what two things must we do?
___________ your bodies a _________________ Romans 12:1. Be _____________ with the Spirit, Ephesians 5:18; and __________ in the Spirit, Galatians 5:16.
B. We must reckon ourselves to be _____ indeed unto sin, let not _____ reign in our mortal body, and yield ourselves unto _______ (Romans 6:11-13)?
C. Who do we belong to and what should we therefore do at all times and in all situations with our body and spirit, according to I Corinthians 6:19-20? ______________________________
D. What fruit will a spirit-filled Christian exhibit? Gal 5:22-23 _______________________
E. What happened when the believers were filled with the Spirit in Acts 4:31?
1) Have you had trouble with temptation since you were born again?
2) What have you found to be the best way to avoid temptation?
3) What are some practical areas where Biblical separation can be implemented today?
4) Do you know what it means to “walk in the Spirit”?
5) Do you live a life of victory most of the time?
Session Six: Using the Tongue for Bad or Good
I. The power of the tongue.
A. The Bible says that ___________ are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). B. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his ________, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain (James 1:26). C. Give God’s description of the negative potential of the tongue of man (James 3:6). D. God says that wrong words come from the ___________ (Luke 6:45).
II. The Tongue Can Be Used To Hurt Friendships:
A. Proverbs 16:28 says that a ____________ separateth chief friends. B. The Bibles tells us that he that he that ____________ a matter, separateth friends in Proverbs 17:9.
III. The Tongue Can Be Used To Help Friendships
A. One can ____________ the countenance of his friend (Proverbs 27:17). B. Faithful are the __________ of a friend (Proverbs 27:6). Explain this.
C. The tongue should be used for ______________ that it may minister grace unto the hearers (Ephesians 4:29).
IV. We Are Answerable to God for our Tongue
A. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give _____________ thereof in the day of judgment (Matthew 12:36). B. We need God's help with our tongue, we should pray, “Set a watch, _______ before my mouth (Psalms 141:3).
V. Witnessing – The Greatest Use of Our Tongue
God commands us as His people to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15. Nothing will bring more joy in your Christian life than winning others to the Saviour, so they can know the wonderful new life that you have found!
A. Witnessing - God's Command 1. God wants us to go out into the ________ and _______, and _______ them to come in (Luke 14:23). 2. We should not be ______________ of the gospel of Christ (Romans 1:16). 3. Christ said that if we follow Him, He will make us ___ in Matthew 4:19.
VI. Witnessing - God's Promises
A. God promises that those who have compassion (pictured by tears), and sow the seed of God's Word, will __________________________ (Psalms 126:5-6). B. Don't be _____ in well doing, for in due season we shall ______ if we faint not (Galatians 6:9). C. He that ____________________________ is wise (Proverbs 11:30). D. God hath not given us the spirit of ________; but of __________. Be not thou therefore ________ of the testimony of our Lord. (II Timothy 1:7-8)
VII. Witnessing - You Need God's Power
A. Christ said that we are to be ___________ (Acts 1:8). According to this verse, we need the _______ that comes from the Holy Ghost to be an effective witness. B. Why do some Christians not witness? (Proverbs 29:25) ____________________
VIII. Witnessing - You Need A Plan
It is important that you tell as many people as you can about their need for Jesus Christ. To do this you should tell what has happened to you, and you need a PLAN.
A simple plan for witnessing to others is to tell them that all are sinners (Romans 3:10,23) and cannot save themselves (Ephesians 2:8-9); that there is a penalty for sin (Romans 6:23), which is eternity in Hell (Revelation 20:14-15); that Jesus Christ paid the penalty that all men owe (Romans 5:8); and that by trusting Jesus Christ as their only hope for heaven (believing ON Him - John 6:47, and receiving Him - John 1:12) they can be saved (Romans 10:9-10,13), and become children of God (John 1:12).
Remember that God's Word has the power (Hebrews 4:12), and that the Holy Ghost will convict the hearts (John 16:8-11). Use the Word, be filled with the Spirit, and trust the results to God!
1) Have you ever been hurt as a result of someone’s tongue?
2) Do you ask God for help with your tongue?
3) Do you use your tongue for mostly good or bad during each week?
4) Are you using your tongue to witness of Jesus Christ to others?
5) Would you like to know more about how to win someone to Jesus Christ?