Life In Christ

Disicipleship Bible Studies
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written by Pastor David Wood

Life in Christ Studies

A three-week study in the basics of your new life in Christ answering these questions:
Study #1 What happened to you?
Study #2 Will God keep you?
Study #3 What does God expect of you?

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.

At the moment of your salvation, God promised to:

1. God promised to give you eternal life.
Read John 6:47

2. God promised to love you.
Romans 8:38,39

3. God promised to be with you.
Read Matthew 28:20b

At the moment of your salvation, God accomplished several important measures in you:

1. He regenerated you.
Read John 3:1-7
What does regenerated mean?

2. God redeemed you.
Read Colossians 1:14
Redeemed means to "buy back."
What did God buy you back from?

3. God gave you reconciliation .
Read Romans 5:10
No longer does there exist a barrier between you and God!

At the moment of your salvation, God began to dwell in you:

1. The Holy Spirit now lives in you.
Read I Corinthians 6:19

2. The Holy Spirit serves as the " earnest " of your salvation.
This means that God is going to keep His promise about saving you.

3. The Holy Spirit will bear witness in your spirit.
Read Romans 8:16
What will the Holy Spirit bear witness to in you?

4. The Holy Spirit will fill you.
Read Ephesians 5:18

At the moment of your salvation, God made you into something special:

1. You became a part of God's family .
Read John 1:12; I John 3:1

2. You became an adopted son.
Romans 8:14,15

3. You became a friend of Jesus.
Read John 15:15

4. You became an heir of Christ's kingdom.
Read Romans 8:17

5. You became a representative of Christ here on earth.
Read II Corinthians 5:20

6. You became a royal priest .
Read I Peter 2:5,9

At the moment of your salvation, God did these things in heaven for you:

1. God established your name in heaven.
Read Luke 10:29

2. God prepared a place for you.
John 14:1-3

3. You were given heavenly citizenship .
Philippians 3:20

4. You were seated with Christ in the heavenlies.
Ephesians 2:6 In a sense you could say that you have season tickets. You have the best seats available.

At the moment of your salvation, God provided for you:

1. God delivered you from the power of darkness.
Read Colossians 1:13

2. God gave you the power of prayer .
Hebrews 4:16

3. God gave you peace .
Peace with God Romans 5:1 Peace of God Philippians 4:7

4. God granted you hope .
Read I Peter 1:3

5. God provided you with spiritual understanding .
I Corinthians 2:10,13,14

Make a special effort this week to memorize Romans 10:13
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Daily Thought From God
Scripture verse or thought:

Prayer of Application:

Adjustment God wants me to make:

Study Number Two
Will God keep you?
Assurance of Salvation

Memory Verse:
II Timothy 1:12
"For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day." II Timothy 1:12

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 in Christ.
You can gain great confidence only when you recognize what God has done for you. Note these grounds for confidence in God and the salvation He has provided you.

A. God keeps His promises .
John 6:37,47; Titus 1:2

B. God has power to keep you.
John 10:28-30; Jude 25; Romans 16:25; I Peter 1:5

C. God's love for you is unchanging .
Romans 8:38,38

D. God accepts you as His own child .
John 1:12

II. Acknowledge the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Read Romans 8:16. What does "bears witness" mean?

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?

What does "earnest" 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?

Who knows the real answer regarding whether you are saved or not?

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.

Daily Thought From God
Scripture verse or thought:

Prayer of Application:

Adjustment God wants me to make:


Lesson Number Three
What does God expect of you?

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 10:31
Your purpose in living is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

Why does God need us to glorify Him?

How can you glorify God?

You will glorify God when you actualize your love for God. The grounds for any action you take for God must be love! If love is not the foundational motive, your works will not glorify God. I Corinthians 13:1-3
What other verses can you find that challenge you to love 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
Love is a discipline of your heart. If you really love God, discipline your life in these three areas.

Three disciplines:
Discipline Number One
I. Make your daily discipline to serve God.
Luke 22:24-26 John 13:2-17 Psalm 100:2 Galatians 5:13

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
1. Humility: The Old Testament term for worship means to sink down.
New Testament terms for worship means to fall prostrate before and in humility bow.

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?
Read Isaiah 6:1-8

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
II. Make your daily discipline to speak of God.
Write out these verses:

Mark 16:15

Acts 1:8

Romans 1:16

Romans 10:13,14

Speaking of God = Witnessing
In one sense, "we are like the postal service. Success is measured by the careful and accurate delivery of the message, not by the response of the recipient."(4)

Discipline Number Three
III. Make your daily discipline to submit to God.

Obedience means you are actively hearing and doing .
Luke 11:28
James 1:22-25
I John 2:3-5

Submitting = A Way of Living Obediently

Daily Thought From God
Scripture verse or thought:

Prayer of Application:

Adjustment God wants me to make:


(1) John Walvoord, "Contemporary Issues in Doctrine of Holy Spirit-Part II: Spiritual Renewal" Bibliotheca Sacra 130, #518 (April, 1973): 125.
(2) John Walvoord, "Part III: The Doctrine of Assurance in Contemporary Theology" Bibliotheca Sacra 116, #463 (July, 1959): 204.
(3) Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline (San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row, 1978), 110.
(4) Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1991) 97

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