A. DEVOTIONAL STUDY (To be used in teaching)
Go directly to the Blble and read over a few times the portion to be taught. Then try answering the following questions:
1. What does this portion teach about God the Father...the Son...the Holy Spirit?
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Matthew 13:44 - The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure a man discovered in a field. In his excitement, he sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field - and get the treasure, too!
What is this "Gospel of the Kingdom"? It is the whole message of Jesus Christ. It is more demanding, more fulfilling, and more holy and more powerful than the "gospel" of typical American Christianity.…Continue
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1 John 4:17 - As He is, so are we in this world.
At the Azuza Street revival, the fire department was called to extinguish a blaze, only to discover that the people inside were worshiping Jesus. Water couldn't put it out as it was not a natural fire.
If the Father filled the Old Testament houses with His glory, though they were built by human hands, how much more will He fill the place that He builds with…Continue
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Romans 12:2 - "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- His good, pleasing and perfect will."
THE PLACE WHERE JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED WAS CALLED "GOLGOTHA", WHICH MEANT "PLACE OF THE SKULL". IF I WILL BE EFFECTIVE IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE, THE FIRST FIELD OF CONFLICT…Continue
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Matthew 16:6 -- "Watch out! Jesus warned them. 'Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.'"
Ephesians 1:17 -- "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him."
The Pharisees emphasized knowledge over revelation and their blatant disregard for God's voice. Of all the people that Jesus…Continue
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Acts 3:6,7 - But Peter said, Silver and gold I do not have; but what I do have, that I give to you: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk! Then he took hold of the man's right hand with a firm grip and raised him up. And at once his feet and ankle bones became strong and steady.
PART OF OUR PROBLEM IS THIS: WE ARE ACCUSTOMED ONLY TO DOING THINGS FOR GOD THAT ARE NOT IMPOSSIBLE. IF GOD DOESN'T SHOW UP AND HELP US, WE CAN STILL…Continue
1 Samuel 17:46 - This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and He will give you into our…Continue
Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
All fear is rooted in the notion the God's promises won't come to pass. Fear of poverty is really fear that Philippians 4:19 (concerning God providing all my needs) won't work. Fear of sickness is really the fear that 1 Peter 2:24 (concerning God's…Continue
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(Read Matthew 3:1-11; 4:17-25; Mark 1:8-18 and 1 Corinthians 1:17-24)
Matthew 28:18-20 18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19…Continue
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Matthew 9:37,38 - "Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."
The Greek word translated "send out" is "ekballo", which at the root level means to "drive out." "Ballo" is where we derive the English word for "ballistic." There is force and sense of urgency, a driving out, a thrusting out of laborers into His…Continue
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Ephesians 1:3 - "According as he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love."
God knew us before we were born.
Ephesians 2:8,9 - "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."…Continue
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Some people that attend church are looking for "Christian Counseling" but what would be more beneficial in most circumstances would be discipleship equipping. That would involve focusing on their spiritual condition rather than their personal problems.
Areas that involve discipling are:
1. Understanding their inheritance in Christ and who they are in Christ.
2. Understand their "Right Standing…
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I love You, God, because You first loved me. (1 John 4:19)
You sent Your only begotten Son, Jesus, to this earth out of Your love for me and for others. I have believed on Him and now, I will not perish - I have everlasting life. You did not send Jesus to condemn me, but to save me, and I thank You for that! (John 3:16,17)
God, if You loved me that much, I…Continue
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Colossians 3:15 - 'Let the peace of God rule in your heart...'
A very fundamental way God speaks to individual believers is through His peace. Too often we take the peace of God for granted. God's peace is that eternal tranquilizer that governs our being.
Romans 5:1 -- 'Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace WITH GOD through our Lord Jesus…Continue
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As Christians, we need to spend more time listening to God than anything else. When we do hear the Lord, creative power and life flow through His words.
Every word God speaks is creative.
Psalm 107:20 -- "He sent His Word and He Healed them."
One of the most crucial areas in which believers fall short in is pressing into God. Many pray…Continue
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Clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desire of the sinful nature. Romans 13:14
Put on the new self , which is being…
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Ephesians 5:14-18 - "Wake up from your sleep, and arise from the dead, And Christ shall shine upon you. Live life with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the evils of these days. Don't be vague but grasp firmly what you know to be the will of the Lord."
As believers, we are…
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2 Corinthians 4:18 -- "While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
We have two sets of ears and two sets of eyes. We have the natural set that we are born with, and we have a spiritual set, that is activated when we are born again.…Continue
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John 13:13-15 -- Jesus said, "You call me 'Teacher and Lord' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I , your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. You also should wash one another's feet. I have set you and example that you shoud do as I have done for you."
John 20:21 -- Just as the Father has sent me forth so I am sending you.
This is certainly a command of…Continue
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Philippians 3:17 -- "Brethern, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us."
Paul faced a major problem in the first century. False teachers had slipped into the Church. The apostle warned the Philippians, and us by extension, to recognize the differences between a true man of God and a deceptive teacher or prophet. Without any sense of false humility, Paul declared that both his…Continue
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