|written by Pastor David Wood|
Life in Christ Studies
Study #1— What happened to you?
As a believer, you are alive in Christ! You are born again! You have taken that first breath of believing in Christ's finished work of salvation for you. You were dead in your sins, but now you are made alive in Christ!
Stop to consider all that Christ has done for you the instant you trusted Him as Savior. What happened to you when you trusted Christ?
Read I Peter 1:3-5.
God did much for you the instant that you were born again. Just as you did not realize all that was happening around you the instant you were born physically, you probably were not aware of all God was doing for you at the moment of your salvation. However, it is important for you to begin to understand all God did and is doing for you. Only through a thorough study of the Bible will you learn the great details of this work of God in salvation, yet a brief introduction to the wonderful work of God here at the beginning of your Christian life will prove to be a great encouragement and comfort. These works of God are not external emotional sensations that you will feel. They are accepted by faith as completed accomplishments of God's grace.
1. God promised to give you
2. God promised to love you.
3. God promised to be with
1. He regenerated you.
3. God gave you reconciliation
At the moment of your salvation, God began to dwell in you:
1. The Holy Spirit now lives
2. The Holy Spirit serves
as the " earnest " of your salvation.
3. The Holy Spirit will bear
witness in your spirit.
4. The Holy Spirit will fill
At the moment of your salvation, God made you into something special:
1. You became a part of God's
2. You became an adopted
3. You became a friend of
4. You became an heir of
5. You became a representative
of Christ here on earth.
6. You became a royal priest
At the moment of your salvation, God did these things in heaven for you:
1. God established your name
2. God prepared a place for
3. You were given heavenly
4. You were seated with Christ
in the heavenlies.
At the moment of your salvation, God provided for you:
1. God delivered you from
the power of darkness.
2. God gave you the power
of prayer .
3. God gave you peace .
4. God granted you hope .
5. God provided you with
spiritual understanding .
Make a special effort this
week to memorize Romans 10:13
Study Number Two
The Bible says the devil is a "roaring lion seeking whom he may devour." One of the devil's first attacks on you will be to convince you that you are not really saved. If he can keep you from being confident that you are a child of the King, then he will be able to keep you from serving the Lord. How can you really know that you are saved?
I. Focus on your position
A. God keeps His promises
B. God has power to keep
C. God's love for you is
D. God accepts you as His
own child .
II. Acknowledge the presence
of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Read and study Ephesians 1:13,14. When you believed in Christ, you were "sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise--Which is the earnest of our inheritance . . . "
What does "sealed with the Holy Spirit" mean?
The presence of the Spirit gives assurance of salvation (Rom. 8:16), and His very presence constitutes the evidence that we are sealed unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). The sealing of the Spirit is not a work of the Spirit in the ordinary sense, and is not something that occurs subsequent to salvation. It is rather that the Holy Spirit Himself is the seal, and His presence is the evidence that is needed to assure the child of God that he really belongs to God and is secure in that relationship until he is completely renewed in body and spirit in the presence of the Lord.(1)
III. Identify with Christ by the way you live.
Read I John 2:3-5. If you are a child of God what will you do?
Read I John 3:18-21. What will happen if you are not loving and obedient?
What needs to happen so that your heart will not condemn you?
How does II Timothy 2:19 apply?
Though a faulty assurance of salvation sometimes results from dependence upon experience, the Scriptures make clear that the true child of God may expect certain confirming experiences. The child of God who is filled with the Spirit and manifesting the fruit and normal experiences of the Spirit-filled life has little difficulty with the question of assurance. Christians, however, who are unyielded to God and in whose life there is sin grieving the Spirit of God may often come under a cloud in which their assurance of salvation is subject to question. Often a lack of assurance is an indication not of an unsaved condition but rather the evidence that the believer is out of fellowship with God.(2)
Biblical assurance of salvation comes as the believer trusts that God is able to and will keep His word. The Holy Spirit will add to that assurance based on faith by witnessing to the fact that the believer belongs to God. When the believer responds to Christ by loving and obeying Him, the believer enjoys a wonderful reality of assurance. When the believer is not right with God it is impossible for him to enjoy the assurance of his salvation.
Lesson Number Three
Memory Verse: Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Psalm 86:2 I Corinthians
Why does God need us to glorify Him?
How can you glorify God?
What is agape love? " unconditional unselfishness "
In what ways can you begin to actualize your unconditional unselfishness in your relationship with God?
Love is a command given
to us by God. Read Matthew 22:37
Self-righteous service requires external rewards. It needs to know that people see and appreciate the effort. It seeks human applause--with proper religious modesty of course . . . Self-righteous service is highly concerned about results. It eagerly wants to see if the person served will reciprocate in kind . . . The flesh whines against service but screams against hidden service. It strains and pulls for honor and recognition. It will devise subtle, religiously acceptable means to call attention to the service rendered.(3)
Service = Real Worship
Concepts of worship
2. Motivated to serve: Another New Testament term for worship means to actively serve (Hebrews 12:28). We get our English word "liturgy" from this Greek word for worship that means service.
What was Isaiah's response
to his contact with God?
A humble response to a Holy God is a servant's heart.
We tend to view worship in America as an entertainment (i.e., a feeling of excitement) or a ritual (i.e., a sense of respect). However, while worship may result in a sensation of excitement or a sense of respect, it must go much deeper than that. In real worship of God, one hears from God and he in turn responds humbly to God and wants to serve God.
Discipline Number Two
Speaking of God = Witnessing
Discipline Number Three
Obedience means you are actively
hearing and doing .
Submitting = A Way of Living Obediently
(1) John Walvoord, "Contemporary
Issues in Doctrine of Holy Spirit-Part II: Spiritual Renewal" Bibliotheca
Sacra 130, #518 (April, 1973): 125.
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