A Guide to Know God (English Version)

 

TABLE OF CONTENT

Ø HEART OF GRATITUDE

Ø THE PURPOSE OF LIVING

Ø FULFILLING PURPOSE

Ø CONSISTENT CHRISTIAN L IVING

Ø GUIDE YOUR HEART

Ø STAND OUT

Ø THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL

Ø CHILDREN OF LIGHT OR DARKNESS

Ø KNOW YOUR CALLING

Ø MEANINGFUL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

Ø CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE

Ø RAISING GODLY CHILDREN

Ø FAMILY CHALLENGES AND REMEDIES

Ø FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER

Ø DESCRIPTION OF GRACE

Ø MANAGING GRACE

Ø TEMPTATION

Ø OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

Ø DISCRIBING RAPTURE

Ø RAPTURE : - PURPOSE AND QUALIFICATION

Ø HEAVEN

 

 

 

 

CAPTER ONE   HEART OF GRATITUDE

Memory Verse “And Jesus answering said, were there not ten cleansed? but where the nine?” Luke 17:17

Bible passage Luke 17:11-12

INTRODUCTION: Proverb 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it spring the issues of life? Unkempt heart is an ungrateful one, but whosoever keepeth his heart on the faithfulness of God will know how to appreciate Him for the little he receives. GRATITUDE is an act of appreciation for what God or man do to us, it means to be thankful. Why are people not showing appreciation to God? Is it that God has not done anything? Jesus Christ appreciates thanksgiving. He was surprised that only one of the ten lepers come back to express appreciation. All of them were in need, all cry for mercy, all believed and obeyed but only one returned to express appreciation after the healing. Luke 17:17-18.

LESSON OUTLINES

I.            Only one come back

II.          The Christian approach

ONLY ONE COME BACK

Only one of the ten lepers come back to express appreciation and he was a Samaritan. It is like saying that out of every ten members of a church, only one person who does not even know much about Jesus, gives thanks, the rest may see no reason to thank God because of:-

1.   Discouragement and tribulations. Psalms 42:3 -5

2.   Lack of knowledge of God’s word. Colossians 4:2

3.   Taking God for granted and using thanksgiving as a substitute for obedience Like 18:9-14.

4.   Fellowship with the wrong crowd. Ephesians 5:1-5

5.    Refusal to take account of what God has done. Luke 17:18

NOW THE CHRISTIAN APPROACH

Real Christian should find time to thank God for the following reasons among others:-

1.   It is a command. Psalm 100:4, Ephesians 5:2.

2.   For the salvation of our souls and hope of eternal life. Exodus 15:1-21 Luke 10:17-21

3.   I t is a show of appreciation for what the Lord has done. Luke 17:11-19, 1:46.

4.   It is a means of praying by faith. ( in the case of Lazarus) John 11:412.

5.   It is a potent weapon of warfare. 2Chronocle 20:20-27.

6.   It puts a seal of perfection on our testimonies. Like 17:19.

7.   Showing forth His praise. 1Peter 2:2.

8.   It is an evangelistic tool. Psalm 57:4-11, 2 Samuel 22:1-2.

9.   It is the will of God in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:19.

Conclusion: We have no reason to disobey the call to give thanks always, giving of thanks open another door of God’s blessing, miracle and kindness. Make it a habit to always give thanks for everything.

CHAPTER TWO                THE PURPOSE OF LIVING

Memory verse “And that he died for all, that they should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again”. 2 Corinthian 5:15

Bible passage Luke 12:13-21

INTRODUCITON: We see from the scripture that our God is a God of purpose. Ephesians 1:11. He has a purpose for everything created by Him and for Him alone. Colossian 1:16. He has a purpose for our life right from the womb. Jeremiah 1:4-6. However, since the fall of Adam, survival and preservation become the strongest instincts of the natural man. At the same time, the natural man wants to make a name for himself. Genesis 11:4. These tendencies manifest in the desire to posses. It shows that the natural man is living for himself. However, there is the need for us to discover the purpose of living now that Christ has come.

LESSON OUTLINE

1.   The purpose of living by the natural man

2.   The purpose of living for the regenerated soul

1.  THE PURPOSE OF LIVING FOR THE NATURAL MAN

The natural man is known to be the unregenerate human being. He cannot be controlled by the Holy Spirit of God. 1 Corinthian 3:3. For He can’t have the spirit of God, this makes him to live for himself, considering everything including spouse, children, land, status, power, house, education etc. as possession and achievement. Luke 12:13-21; Mathew 6:31-32; 19:27-30. He can take advantage of people or even kill to get anything. James 4:1-3. It’s called the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life. 1 John 2:15-17. All these are all the ways of a natural man. That is why Jesus admonished the believer in Luke 12:15

2.  THE PURPOSE OF LIVING FOR THE REGENERATED SOUL

Now that Christ has come. John 8:42. God expects that:-

1-   Everyone would come to Him and be saved. John 3:16, 6:37.

2-   The saved soul would not live for self but for Him. Philippians 1:21 , 2 Corinthians 5:15.

3-   Believers should be dead to the demands of the natural life. Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:3.

4-   Believers should be like Christ in this present world. Roman 8:29; Titus 2:11, 12.  By seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness above all things. Mathew 6:33).

5-   Believers should be filled with the word of God. Colossians 3:16. and with the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 5:18.

6-   Believers should abide in CHRIST in order to bear fruit. John 15:5,6. and stay protected. Psalm 91:1.

7-   Believers should worship, glorify, reverence God in all things and at all times. Eccl 12:13; Colossians 3:17.

CONCLUSION:

When a person is regenerated, his purpose of living if changed, completely to living for Christ, in all his life endeavours, Christ will be glorified. To live for Christ, the ambitions of the natural man must die. Galatians 2:20. Acquire skills to shape and sharpen your potential. Acts 7:22.

CHAPTER THREE             FULFILLING PURPOSE

Memory verse: “That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spoke, of them which thou give to me have I lost none. John 18:9

Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 4:3 - 8.

INTRODUCTION: In the previous lesson, we discovered that the purpose of living for the natural man is for himself. Luke 12:15. While the purpose of living for the regenerated man is to live for CHRIST. 2 Corinthians 5:15.

The word fulfil is at the end of every journey, no man can claim he is a fulfilled man once he has not gotten to his destination and no one can get to destination, if he fail to discover his destiny. God does not waste resources; everything He created is for a purpose. The sun gives light and never ceases to shine. Psalm 136:7-9. The cloud gives rain in season, land produce food. Leviticus 26:4. All animal play their role without hesitation. Amazingly, man struggles to understand and fulfil his purpose for living. The discovery, as well as fulfilment of divine purpose is the focus of today’s lesson.

LESSON OUTLINES

1-   Discover your purpose in life  

2-   Live to fulfil it

DISCOVER YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE

Like Apostle Pau, once you become a new creation in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:1&. You most begin to crave for the understanding of your purpose for living on earth. Philipians 3:12. That purpose has been predetermined by God before you were born. Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 1:15. It is your duty to discover and fulfil it. Here are some practical pointers to your purpose for living:-

ð Potential: you need to identify your inbuilt ability, your talents and God givens gifts. Eph.4:7. Find out the things you do with less stress. Acquire skills to shape and sharpen your potential. Acts 7:22.

ð Passion: Things you exceptionally gave flare or zeal, for and do often and often, build your vocation or career on such things, things that get you excited, satisfactory. (Psalm 69:9, Colossians 4:12-13).  

ð Prayer: pray till you discover God purpose, pray for divine guidance and direction so that the world and enemy will not truncate your life and purpose (Acts 9:1-2, 10:9-20).

LIVE TO FULFIL IT

These seven things will help every child of God fulfil purpose in lifse

ð Ask God for revelation. Jeremiah 1:4-5. Then draw a vision and mission statement. Proverbs 29:18, Heb.2:2.

ð Set goals and pursue them. Psalm 57:7. Take a step at a time and do not be a mediocre. Psalm 37:23, Heb. 6:1.

ð Identify and relate with people of like passion, learn from their mistake and build on their success. 2 Kings 2:1-2; 14.

ð Submit yourself to monitoring and counselling, claim not to know it all. proverb 11:14, 15:22.

ð Do not procrastinate. Luke 9:61. Live each day taking practical and positive steps that will lead you to fulfilling your purpose.

ð Focus your attention on God. Hebrews 12:2. Don’t be distracted

ð Always return all the glory to God, do not ascribe anything to yourself. (aniel 4:30-34; Malachi 2:2,; John 3:27.

CONCLUSION: So many people live and die without leaving any positive mark. Be different, you are not a nonentity

CHAPTER FOUR               CONSISTANT CHRISTIAN LIVING

Memory verse  “ Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear, fruits of itself, except it abide in vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me”. John 15:4

Bible passage John 15:4 to 8.

INTRODUCITON: Today’s scripture reading reveals a great secret of not only fruitfulness but also of God being with us. Emmanuel is not real to many so –called children of God because they are on their own. This is why they are caught in many horrible acts and terrible things attend to their daily living. He has promised not to leave nor forsake us, and He is forever faithful to His words and even to His creation! What is our part in this bargain? “We must abide in Him” meaning we must consistently live our lives as Christians,. We should never take a break from living Holy 1Johnm 2:18-28)

LESSON OUTLINE

1-   How do we abide in Him?

2-   Things that separate us from Him?

1.  How do take abide in Him:- In light of this revealed truth, it is pertinent for all children of God who want to enjoy the presence of Emmanuel, to abide in Him so that the ever willing Heavenly father may be with them. These are ways to abide in Him:-

1.   Having consistent love of God in your heart (proverbs 8:17, John  15:2) with His fear proverbs 8:13.

2.   Constant keeping of his commandment in your heart and died 1John 3:24, 2John 1:9, 1 John 2:24, 14.

3.   Stay away from sin and any form of ungodliness.  1John 3:6; Roman 6:1.

4.   Having constant fellowship with him. After salvation. 1 Peter 1:23; 1 Corinthians 7:24.

5.   Through fasting and prayer in His name. 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 11:27; 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

6.   Evangelism the gospel of our Lord Jesus. Mathew 28:20.

Things That Separate Us From Him:- We all know that sin is the only thing that can separate us from this ever abide present, but there are some sin His presence can never over look:

1.  The sin of pride, in the side of man. Psalms 10:4; Proverb 16; 18 29:23.

2. Forsaking the knowledge of the Most High. Roman 1:28; Titus 1:16. In another word, “Backsliders in heart”. Jeremiah 2:18.

3. Sin of disobedience. 1kings 13:26.

4. Blaspheming the Holy Ghost. Mathew 12:31.

5. Wilful sin. Hebrews 6:4-6.

CONCLUSION

When we experience God as “God with us” this attracts multiple blessings, such as prayers answer. John 15:7. Thus let us abide in Him because He is willing to make His abode with us and give us comfort.

CHAPTER FIVE                GUARD YOUR HEART

Memory verse “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverb 4:23.

Bible passage Psalm 24:3-6.

INTRODUCTION:- Guiding once heart is a personal doing by the help of the Holy spirit. As far as God is concerned, what happens in the heart if of greater consequence than anything else because the heart is meant to be His throne. Every good or bad thought begins in the heart, and God behold every man according to His hear before Him. Proverb 23:7; Genesis 6:5. The Lord does not look at outward appearance or at physical stature, but at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:6). Any man that draw back. Proverb 14:14. In his heart form serving the Lord, the Lord have no pleasure in him anymore. Hebre3ws 10:38.

LESSON OUTLINE

1.   How can man guide his heart?

2.   What to know about heart.

1.   How can man guide his heart|? The heart of man is like a room having doors that open up the room, to guided this room you must keep a watchman in each doors. The doors are in the flesh called sense organ, namely the eyes, ear, tongue, skin, nose and I believe we all know the basic function of this organs.

Some preventive measures to guide the heart are:-

ð Giving your life to Jesus Christ, by confessing, believing and making Him the lord of your life. Roman 10:9 to 10.

ð Praying to be sanctified from any form of impurity. Psalm 51:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7

ð Daily fellowship with Him in His word. Psalms 119:9-11; Colossian 3:16; 1 John 1:5-7.

ð Keep a godly company, and stay with the saints. 1 Corinthians 15:33; Acts 2:42-44; 1 Corinthian 10:20-21.

ð Daily mortify your members. Colossians 3:5; James 4:1; Romans 6:19. Examine the state of your heart at every point in time. 2 Corinthians 13:5-6; Galatians 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 11:28.

How to know about heart:- Knowledge is meritable in the life of whosoever that want to please God.

ð Jesus said pleasing God is more than acting on the old laws, He upgraded the law to grace in Mathew 5:27 – 30. Explaining the sense of seeing (eyes).

ð Jesus said what goes out of man is what corrupts a man. Mathew 15:11. And man is the product of what he takes in.

ð The man heaven call good is a man that guides his heart. Mathew 12:35.

ð Heart is the home of Holy Spirit and demon, it depend on the one you open up to. Revelation 3:20.

CONCLUSION: You must be careful what goes into your heart through your ears, eyes gates, what kind of music, movies do you watch. If you want to pure hear, you must keep evil away from your eyes and ears. Feed o the word of God and live by the word.

CHAPTER SIX          STAND OUT

Memory verse “ Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate saith the Lord and touch not the unclean things; and I will receive you”. 2 Corinthians 6:17.

 Bible passage 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.

INTRODUCTION: Another word for “stand out” is to be separate or to depart. Isaiah 52:11. In 1 John 2:15, we are told not to love the world, Ephesians 5:1-8, admonishes us to live as children of light. We must shine as light in a world filled with darkness as imitators and representatives of God on earth. In Exodus 23:2, the Lord said “Thou shalt not follow multitude to do evil”. In another words, stand out of them “for their feet ran to mischief”. Proverb 4:16; 6:14.

LESSON OUTLINES

1.   Stand out as a believer in Christ

2.   Why and How.

 

STAND OUT AS A BELIEVER IN CHRIST

Believers in Christ are to stand out from all forms of sin, worldly pleasures and be separate unto God. Basically a believer must defend the name of the Lord among the gentiles. Few things a believers most avoid:

ð All form of sin such as fornication, adultery alcoholism, Smoking, etc. Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 4:22.

ð All works of darkness. Ephesians 5:8,11.

ð Stand out from heresies, false doctrines and their perpetrators. 2 John 9:11; 1Timothy 6:5.

ð From customs and tradition of men that contradict scriptures. Colossians 2:8.

ð Never marry an unbeliever, it is forbidden. 2 Corinthians 6:12 -17.

ð From, relationship, association, business partner, that Christ is not glorified.

WHY AND HOW?

To gain divine acceptance and approval as a son or daughter of God, every believers in Christ must stand out. 2 Corinthians 6:17-18. Hence, it is important to know how to really stand out. Here are some steps to take:-

ð Study and meditate on the word of God, to know His plan and purpose for your life. 2 Timothy 2:15; Joshua 1:8.

ð Examine and renew your mind daily. Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 13:5;

ð Be productive: bear the fruit of the spirit and win souls (Mathew, 12:33, Galatians 5:22-23.

ð Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Corinthians 15:33; 1 Thessalonians 5:22.

ð Be sober, vigilant and prayerful. 1 peter 5:8; Mathew 26:41.

CONCLUSION:

If you stand out completely from sin and worldly amusement and are separate unit God, you shall be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 3:18. The Lord shall receive you, and you shall be a vessel unto honour fit for the master’s use. 2Timothy 2:20-21.

Question

Explain the situation that can foster a believer to join himself with unbeliever.

CHAPTER SEVEN             THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL.

Memory verse: “1 Corinthians 9:16“. For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe, is unto me, if I preach not the gospel.

Bible passage Mark 16:15-20.

INTRODUCTION

Shortly after the baptism and wilderness experiences of Jesus Christ, His earthly ministry started with the preaching of the gospel and ended with the commissioning of the disciples for the same assignment. Mark 1:9-14; Mathew 28:18-20. Without doubt, this must have been an issue top most in the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ for all generations. Roman 1:15 -16. May the Holy Spirit teach and help us to obey the Master today by listening to Him through His word and commandment, in Jesus name.

LESSON OUTLINES

1.   A Must for all believers

2.   The message is simple.

A MUST FOR ALL BELIEVERS

The Lord commands the believer to go and preach the gospel. Mathew 28:18-20. The power and the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:24.  A refusal to preach, as Apostle Paul was concerned is a curse. 1 Corinthians 9:16. It is a duty that is not limited by seasonal societal, spiritual or marital status. 2 Timothy 4:2; Acts 18:26.

The Lord does not want anyone to perish. 2 Peter 3:9; 1Timothy 2:4. He promises rest for the weary, rescue for the perishing soul and everlasting life for the repentant sinner. Mathew 11:28; John 3:36. He remains our Advocate with the heavenly father. 1 John 2:1-2. And His blood still cleans from all sins. 1John 1:7. Therefore every believer must see the task of preaching the gospel and soul wining as an meritable one, do not shy away from it. Titus 1:16.

THE MASSAGE IS SIMPLE:- The word from the beginning. John 1:1-14. In Ezekiel 18:4, it is stated clearly that all souls are His, and human souls have all sinned through Adam. Romans 5:12; 3:23; Proverb 28:13; 1 John 1:8-10. Whosoever confesses and forsakes his or her sins will obtain mercy, since the grace of God in Christ Jesus will grant him or her eternal life. Romans 6:23. This is a new covenant in the blood of Jesus, which alone can atone for the sins of the whole world. Hebrew 9:14.

CONCLUSION: If the Lord Jesus Christ saw the preaching of the gospel as unavoidable then, believer therefore, have no excuse. He has promised that we will do greater works. John 14:12. And that He will be with us always. Mathew 28:20. Pray and obey now. The Lord sends us help from his Sanctuary.

Questions According to Romans 10:15 “Are all send to preach the gospel?

Without preaching the gospel after salvation, can the person get to heaven?

CHAPTER EIGHT             CHILDREN OF LIGHT ON DARKNESS

Memory verse “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deed were evil. John 3:19.

Bible passage “Ephesians 5:8-14

INTRODUCTION:- According to 1 Thessalonians 5:5, There are two children, children of darkness and children of light. Why do we have thieves, harlots, extra- marital affairs, drunkard in the church today? The answer are not farfetched; children of light are becoming children of darkness also, children of darkness are disguising as children of light. Children of light now are making the spiritual environment (the church) comfortable for evil doers. Sobriety is no longer popular; if you live soberly nowadays, you belong to the “old school”, you are looked upon as a stupid or uncivilised especially among the youth. Among the adult if you cannot dole money out like those who are fraudulent, they think God is not good to you, underestimating your holiness and righteous life because you can’t compromise God standard.

LESSON OUTLINE

I.            Way out of this mixture

II.          Notable sign to differentiate them.

Way out of this mixture: How can get out of our spiritual black – out, for light and darkness have now been fellowshipping together, do the church may decrease in number but the will increase in heavenly candidate.

ð Reproved any form or manifestation of the children of darkness but this must be done in love not condemnation. Ephesians 5:13; Proverbs 15:10; 2 Timothy 3:16.

ð Prayer and watchfulness for spiritual awakening. Ephesians 5:14; Mark 13:37; 14:38; Luke 21:36.

ð Take heed, all you that are in the light. Luke 11:35. And supply light to the people in darkness. Luke 1:79; 2:32; Mathew 4:16.

ð Always abide with the source of light to rekindle your light. John 8:12; John 15:5; John 1:4; 5, 7-9.

ð Walk always in the light of His word. John 12:35-36.

ð Note, Light begotten light and darkness do the same, meaning minister of God that are genuine, birth genuine child of God.

 

NOTABLE SIGN TO DIFFERENTIATE THEM: According to 2 Corinthians 5:16, we know no man after the flesh. 1 Corinthians 2:11.

ð  We cannot know them by physical look, but by the spirit of God.

ð There conversation will be filthy. Eph. 5:4-5.

ð They lost interest when it comes to the subject of holiness.

ð They live title, rewards more than service.

ð They live a mixed life.

CONCLUSION: Children of God are the light of the world Mathew. 5:14. representing their father on earth, children of devil are darkness of the world playing the role of their father. 1 John 2:8 -11.

Question Are you light in your world or darkness what did yo8 understand by children of light and children of darkness.

CHAPTER NINE           KNOW YOUR CALLING

Memory verse: “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called”. 1Corinthians 7:20.

Bible passage 1 Corinthians 12:1-7

INTRODUCTION:- The Bible in songs of Solomon 1:6 says “...my mother’s children were  angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not keep”. A lot are not standing and working in their own vineyard but on another man’s land. Roman 15:20; 1 Cor. 3:10. This is due to ignorance, self desire, and particular love for a gift, office, or title, forgetting God rewards faithfulness not position. 1Cor. 4:2.

LESSON OUTLINE

1.   Danger of ignorance

2.   Lesson to learn

DANGER OF IGNORANCE:- According to Hosea 4:6, Our Lord Jesus Christ also emphasized the importance of knowing the truth for perfection. John 8:32. “... and the truth shall make you free”.  Paul said he would not want us to be ignorant of the truth concerning our calling as children and workers in the vineyard. Proverb 22:29 “In His own business”. What happens if a person is found in other people’s business? No doubt it will be an exercise in futility or unprofitable venture, you have to know and be deligent in your own business, which is where you will be rewarded. Example, from Saul when he played the role of Samuel was he rewarded or condemn? 1 Samuel 13:8-13. A lot fail to know where they are called; they started doing foolishly like Saul before God. Read Romans 12:4 -8.

LESSON TO LEARN:- Take to heart the following lessons from today’s Bible reading 1 Corinthians 12: 1-8.

ð It is possible for Christians to be  ignorant of facts about spiritual gifts

ð There are many gifts in the body of Christ, but no one can or should lay claim to having all of the gifts.

ð It is the Holy Spirit who distributes gifts to every believer as He chooses, not as we want or need.

ð There are differences in administration of the gifts, so also is there division of labour among those gifts are administered to. A believer should therefore beware of arrogating all the activities in the church to himself because it will be counterproductive.

ð Though there are differences in operations from believer to believer, the same Holy spirit works in all genuine believers.

ð The Holy Spirit gives different assignments to different believers to profit with.

ð No gift is superior to another; neither is any inferior to another.

CONCLUSION For this reason, Paul further warn us against discriminating in the use of spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:15-17. Therefore, let us work together as many member, but as one indivisible body of Christ with everyone playing his or he role as enabled by the Lord.

Question. Who shall miss is reward in the day of reckoning?

CHAPTER TEN         MEANINGFUL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

Memory verse: “And they continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart”. Acts 2:46.

Bible Passage Acts 2:44-47.

INTRODUCTION:- A soldier cannot make up an army. 2 Timothy 2:3-4. Neither can a tree make a forest. There has always been a crucial need for relational interaction among Christians alike. For fellowship to be meaningful and beneficial, it must go beyond the realms of preaching, teaching, fasting, studying, praise and worship and other spiritual activities. It must be full of deep felt concern and care for the emotional and physical wellbeing of one another in the household of God. James 2:15-16. Effective fellowship is putting oneself in the shoes of others to feel what they are passing through. Romans 12:15.

LESSON OUTLINES

1.   Meaning of Christians fellowship

2.   Benefit of Christian fellowship

MEANING OF CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

Fellowship means spending time together in sharing of personal experiences and learning from them. Psalm 133:1-3. Christians are enjoined to have fellowship with God and also with one another. Hebrew 10:25. However, Christian interaction should transcend the confines of spirituality, it should extend to all areas of human physical, physiological and emotional needs. Acts 2:42-46. Through genuine fellowship, Christians will understand each other’s strengths and weakness rather than being judgmental. Roman 14:1-13. Believer must support one another when rejoicing or facing challenges. Proverb 27:17; 18:24. All these most be done without selfish or ulterior motives but in line with the will of God. Colossian 3:23.

BENEFITS OF CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

Some of the benefits of Christian fellowship are summarily thus:

ð It brings about effective monitoring to avert worldly influence. 1Timothy 6:20.

ð It brings about answers to ones prayers and the prayer of others. 1 Thess. 3:11-13.

ð It helps one to render and to receive support from one another, e.g job opportunities, sharing ideas and important information. Galatians 6:10.

ð It allows personal and collective growth and accountability. Eph.4:15.

ð It creates opportunity for joy, mutual comfort, unity, encouragement and peace. 2 Corinthians 13:11.

ð It is an atmosphere to share personal day to day experiences for individual learning. Proverb 27:17.

CONCLUSION: Fellowship is crucial to bother spiritual and physiological growth of church. The household of God should be a safe haven for support and encouragement in times of need. Hence, all efforts must be geared to making adequate provision for the spiritual as well as the physical needs of the worshippers within the confines of the church (Eph. 2:19).

Questions.

1.   Can anyone list disadvantages in Christian fellowship?

2.   List likely behaviour that is un-healthy in Christian fellowship?

CHAPTER ELEVEN           CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE

Memory verse: “And Adam said, this is bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh, she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man”. Genesis 2:23.

Bible passage: Genesis 2:21-25.

INTRODUCTION:- The marriage institution was ordained by God as part of the essential process of life. It is one of the fundamental and basic sacraments in the Christian church. It is the oldest institution which God Himself established at the beginning of creation. It is the bedrock of the church. We should approach marriage with dignity as a sacred and divine institution. Heb, 13:4.

LESSON OUTLINE

1.   The reason for marriage

2.   Marriage is for adults

THE REASON FOR MARRIAGE

There are various reasons people go into marriage relationship, the first principal, reasons for Christian marriage is for mutual fellowship. Loneliness is not good. It is dangerous. The Lord saw that the man needed companionship, hence, the creation of woman. Genesis 2:18-22,24. There are exceptions according to the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:32. Secondly, God made it with sexual desires that are good, holy and legitimate but must only be satisfied in marriage. This will also check the sinful life of adultery or fornication. 1Corinthian7:21. Thirdly, to obey the command of God, which is to be fruitful, multiply, propagate the human race and replenish the earth through child bearing/rearing in the fear of God. Genesis 1:28, 9:1; Proverb 22:6. Fourthly, two are better than one because they have a good reward for their labour. Ecclesiastes 4:9-11. Lastly, it takes two (a man and a woman) to make “one flesh”. Genesis 2:24.

MARRIAGE IS FOR ADULTS.

Anyone who wants to marry must be matured physically and should have attained the age of accountability. Financially, the intending couple, especially the man, should be strong enough to provide for a household. 1 Timothy 5:8. They should also be mentally and emotionally balanced. Titus 1:8. Marriage requires a separation from parents. Mark 10:6-9. It carries a lot of responsibilities that childish minded persons cannot bear. 1 Samuel  25:18-25. A good Christian marriage also requires the consent and blessing of parents of both parties. Genesis 24:50-51; 59-60.

 

CONCLUSION: Marriage is a holy institution and God is the author. He has set the ideas in the Bible. Anyone who fails to apply these will surely have problems with their homes. Let us pray for the success of all Christina marriages worldwide.

Questions.

1.   Give reasons for marriage?

2.   Who is qualified to marry?

CHAPTER TWELVE  RAISING GODLY CHILDREN

Memory verse: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. Proverbs 22:6.

Bible passage Deuteronomy 6:6-9

INTRODUCTION: Raising a godly generation in the midst of a godless society is a challenging task. While the responsibility of nurturing godly children falls primarily on parents it is not confined to them only but to the entire believers community. Notice the sequence according to Deuteronomy 6:6-9. Gods commandments must be central in the lives of fathers and mothers first before they are taught to the children.

LESSON OUTLINES

1.   Good and Godly children

2.   Examples of Godly children

GOOD AND GODLY CHILDREN

Too often, if a father spends anytime with his children it is on things like sports and other technicalities. His principal concern is that the children get good college degrees and high paying jobs. Mothers on the other hand, are concerned about things like clothes, fashion, beauty, cooking.etc. Such things are good but are potentially harmful without the knowledge of fear of God. In proverbs 4:1-7, Solomon shared some insight into what his father, David, taught him when he was young. Above all, he instructed him to seek wisdom and understanding. No wonder Solomon asked only for divine wisdom. 2 Chronicles 1:6-12.

Hence, Christian parents should lay more emphasis on godly living than achieving good success in human endeavours. It is godliness with contentment that gives great gain (1 Timothy 6:6) .

EXAMPLE OF GODLY CHILDREN RAISED IN THE BIBLE

ð Josiah walked in the ways of his father, David and did not deviate. 2 Chronicles 34:1-3.

ð Timothy was blessed to have godly grandmother who taught him the scriptures as a child. 2 Timothy 1:5, 3:15.

ð Sons of Rehab kept the instructions of their father for generations even when persuaded to do contrary by a reportable prophet of God. Jeremiah 35:1-6; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4; Gal 1:8.

ð Daniel and the three Hebrew boys upheld the godly training they had received and refused to compromise with others even in a strange land. Daniel 1:4-8; 3:16-18, 28; 6:3-10.

ð Samuel grew in knowledge and fear of God. 1 Samuel 2:26; 3:1, 19.

CONCLUSION: We should remember that a godly child is more than a virtuous child or well trained child. A godly child has those qualities, but he also has a great affection for God, His word and His ways.

Questions

1.   God and godly virtues should be instilled in children. Discuss.

2.   Mention five characters in the Bible who maintained their godly virtues all through their life time. discuss how they were able to achieve these facts

 

CHAPTER THIRTEEN               FAMILY CHALLENGES AND REMEDIES

Memory verse: “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife and they two shall be one flesh”. Ephesians 5:31.

Bible Passage Mathew 19:3-14.

INTRODUCTION:- Having discovered that marriage and family relationship should be precious with the various responsibilities of the husband, wife and even children, (that is what make up a family, father, mother and their children), sometimes, some marriages still hit the rock, it is a known fact that life as well as marriage is not always a bed of roses. However, if Christ is permitted to reign in the “Ship” of any family/marriage, no storm will be able to overcome it. In this lesson we would be discussing some fundamental challenges truncating the will of God for mankind in family relationship.

LESSON OUTLINE

1.   Divorce and God’s remedy

2.   Other family challenges and remedies

3.   Separation

DIVORCE AND GOD’S REMEDY

Divorce is not the will of God for the family. Malachi 2:16. Many things could be responsible for divorce among which are:-

1.   Failure to actually leave and cleave to the wife as instructed. Genesis 2:24; Mathew 19:4-6.

2.   Giving the devil a place in the home. Ephesians 4:27; 1 Peter 5:7-9. Through gossip, false prophecy and suspicion. 1 John 4:1.

3.   Extravagance and worldliness. Ephesians 5:22-31; Romans 12:1-2. Comparing your family with others.

4.   Criticism and failure to forgive. 2corinthians 12:5; John 17:20.

5.   Lack of love and affection. Ephesians 5:25-28; Titus 2:4.

6.   Ignorance and poor knowledge of the aftermath or consequences of our actions. Hosea 4:6.

OTHER CHALLENGES AND REMEDIAL

Other challenges include the wife usurping the duty of the husband. This is not God’s pattern. 1 peter 3:4-7; Colossians 3:18-20.

1.   The head of the family is the seat of duty. When the headship of the husband is challenged he should turn to the Lord in prayer, otherwise pride sets in.

2.   Polygamy is another challenge. It is not allowed by God. Genesis 29:29-32.

3.   Family income budgeting can also be a challenge. Roman 13:8.

4.   Differences in the subject of want, love and ways.

SEPARATION

Marriage is intended by God to be a lifetime affairs, but in case of fornication or life threatening confrontations, separation may occur. Mathew 5:31-32. Romans 7:2-3. Temporarily, while the underlying factor is being addressed through proper monitoring, prayer and solution.

CONCLUSION

Jesus can make all things right, if it is properly cast upon Him.

Question Mention other challenges, (Not listed in the manual ) and remedial in marriages and Christian home?

CHAPTER FOURTEEN              FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER

Memory verse “And be ye kind one to another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ‘s sake hath forgiven you”. Ephesians 4:32.

Bible passage Colossians 3:12-13.

INTRODUCTION:- To forgive means to pardon, to wave any negative feeling or desire for punishment. Mathew 18:25-27. In other words forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which the offender undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offence, let go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, bitterness, malice, etc, with an increased ability to wish the offender well. Mathew 5:44; Luke 17:3. Regardless of the offence the Lord said you do yourself good by forgiving self and others.

LESSON OUTLINES

1.   Why should we forgive one another?

2.   Evidences of forgiveness

WHY SHOULD WE FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER?

In our dealing as humans, there is tendency to step on one another’s toes, but we must learn to forgive one another even as God forgive us. Mark 11:25-26. The reason why we should forgive one another includes the fact that:-

1.   It’s a command from God. Luke 17:3-4; Col 3:13.

2.   It’s a condition for answered prayers by God. James 5:16.

3.   It’s the one who forgives that God defends. Roman 12:19.

4.   It helps to gain our brethren. Mathew 18:15.

5.   Unforgiveness leads to bitterness, in turn result to ill-health. Proverb. 17:22.

6.   Unforgiveness open door for demonic attack. Eccl. 10:8; 1 Samuel 18:8-11.

EVIDENCES OF FORGIVENESS

1-   Anyone who genuinely forgives from the heart will not seek revenge. Romans 12:19; Genesis 45:4-5.

2-   He will always seek peace and occasion for re-union. Roman 12:18.

3-   Such individual will show love and be willing to pray for the offender. Romans 12:20; Acts 7:59-60.

4-   He does not keep record of wrong doing. Hebrews 8:12; Jeremiah 31:34.

CONCLUSION:

The world would have be a home of beauty, if we all forgive ourselves of offences. As beloved children of God, we should show good examples especially as our God has commanded us (Titus 2:7, 1 Timothy 4:12).

Question

ð Is it possible to forgive and forget? Explain.

ð Mention offence difficult to forgive.

CHAPTER FIFTEEN:         DESCRIPTION OF GRACE

Memory verse: “I do not frustrate the grace of God; for if righteousness come by the law, the Christ is dead in vain”. Galatians 2:21.

Bible Passage: Ephesians 2:4-9.

INTRODUCTION:- The doctrine of grace is the centre piece of our faith as Christians. It is by the grace of God that we are what we are, that is – Christians. 1 Corinthians 15:10a. it is grace that has declared us righteous before God Almighty not our works. Titus 3:7; Ephesians 2:8-9. Our Lord Jesus came and fulfilled all the Law and enacted a new order, called Grace. John 1:17. May the Holy Spirit give us understanding as we study this very important doctrine.

LESSON OUTLINES

1.   GRACE DESCRIBED

2.   TYPES OF GRACE

GRACE DESCRIBED.

The Hebrew and Greek words for grace are “chen” and “charis” respectively meaning favour, mercy, kindness etc. Divine grace is the free and undeserved love and favour of God towards man as a sinner especially as exhibited in the plan of redemption through Jesus Christ. Romans 5:8. Grace can also be described as divine enablement to please God. Romans 8:8; 1 Thess. 4:1. This is what the law could not do because it was weak. Romans 8:3; Galatians 2:16.

Grace is also the divine power that teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts but to live righteously, soberly and godly in this present world. Titus 2:12. Grace was brought by the Lord Jesus Christ. John 1:17. So when we receive the Lord Jesus into our lives, we receive grace, that is divine enablement to live a holy and righteous. Romans 3:24-26. Grace works by and with the faith of the son of God. Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 2:20.

TYPES OF GRACE

To help us process the magnitude of God’s grace, we need to point out the varying kinds of grace He pours on us daily. This is not comprehensive by any means. But it should help to get us thinking and appreciating God’s grace.

1.   Common Grace: God loves everyone, so, there is a common grace that He gives all people whether they acknowledge Him of not. Mathew 5:45.

2.   Saving Grace: By His saving grace, God has paid the ransom for everyone who will receive His gift of salvation. Ephesians 2:8. This alone is overwhelming.

3.   Sanctifying Grace: After salvation, God’s grace immediately goes to work to purify and sanctify us. You play a part in your purification through obedience but ultimately you have to count on his sanctifying grace. Philipians 1:6.

4.   Provisional Grace: Through His provisional grace, God provides for all our needs. James 1:17. When you get a better job or an unexpected gift, count it as grace from God.

5.   Miraculous Grace: through His grace, God still does miraculous things everyday He does not have to do this. He does it because he is full of grace. Acts 6:8.

6.   Serving Grace: Every believer is freely given spiritual gifts to serve others and strengthen their faith. 1peter 4:10.

7.   Sustaining Grace: God sustains us by the grace on the journey to eternal life, and through the trials and temptations in this present world. 2 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 4:16.

CONCLUSION:- God gives us unmerited favour in so many different forms, His grace and mercy and limitless.

Questions

1.   Describe grace in three different ways?

2.   Mention and discuss the types of grace?

CHAPTER SIXTEEN          MANAGING GRACE

Memory verse: “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen”. 2 Peter 3:18

Bible passage: 2 Peter 1:2-7

 

INTRODUCTION:- The grace of God is available to everyone. Ephesians 4:7. Grace is not just available for salvation. Titus 2:11. But also for the total wellbeing of those who receive it. 2 Corinthians 9:8. However, what you do with the grace of God available to you will determine who and what you become in life. 1 Corinthians 15:10. It is important for every believer to embrace the grace of God and run with it. Ephesians 3:8. We shall therefore, be considering what grace can do in the life of the recipient as well as what the recipient can do with or against grace

LESSON OUTLINES

1.   What can grace do?

2.   What can one do with or against grace?

WHAT CAN GRACE DO?

Grace can do numerous things but for the purpose of this study, we shall mention a few for instance.

1.   Grace can save the world. Genesis 6:8; Titus 2:11.

2.   Grace can make one God’s elect. Romans 11:5-6.

3.   Grace gives boldness. Romans 15:15.

4.   Grace gives endurance. 2 Corinthians 12:7.

5.   Grace imparts riches. Ephesians 2:7.

6.   Grace brings hope. 2 Thess. 2:16.

7.   Grace changes lives. 1 Corinthians 15:9-10.

WHAT CAN ONE DO WITH OR AGAINST GRACE

Individuals can respond to grace in the following ways among others:

1.   Receive it. James 4:6.

2.   Work with it. 2Peter 1:5-7; Colossians 1:29

3.   Continue or discontinue in it. Acts 13:43; 1 Corinthians 15:58.

4.   Minister it to others. 1 Peter 4:10.

5.   Grow in it. 2 peter 3:18.

There are also negative responses to grace by some individuals. Such actions against grace include:-

1.   Receiving it in vain. 2 Corinthians 6:1-3.

2.   Frustrating it in one’s life. Galatians 2:21.

3.   Falling from it. Galatians 1:6.

4.   Sinning in spite of it. Romans 6:1.

5.   Turning it into filthiness. Jude 4

CONCLUSION To marriage grace is to accept and appropriate it for God’s glory.

Questions

1.   What can grace do for you?

2.   What can you do with our against grace?

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN     TEMPTATION

Memory verse “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man, but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted a way to escape, that ye maybe able to bear it. 1 Corinthians. 10:18.

Bible Passage James 1:12 – 27.

INTRODUCTION: Temptation is the desire to have, commit or do something that is against the will of God. This comes in form of enticement, seduction that it might seem right or good. Temptation is one of the most familiar experiences of a true child of God and no one can totally escape from it. Even our Lord Jesus Christ was tempted. Mathew 4:1; Hebrews 4:15. This is why the Lord taught us to include in our daily prayer the petition, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”.

LESSON OUTLINES

1.   Sources of and reason for temptation

2.   How does temptation arise?

SOURCES OF AND REASONS FOR TEMPTATION

God never tempts any man although He may give permission to the devil to do so when He is certain that the end result would be to His glory. James 1:13. In which case, He sets the boundaries. Job 1:1-12; 2:6. The actual sources of temptation are:-

ð Satan. Mathew 4:1.

ð The flesh. James 1:14.

ð Evil association. Proverb 1:10.

ð Anybody even Christian friends. Mathew 16:22-23.

When can God allow temptation to come our way?

1.   When He wants to test our faith. James 1:2-3

2.   When He wants to test our obedience. Genesis 22:1-3.

God tests man to know the depth of their live and sincerity of their heart. It is easy to say that we live God and that He can do all things. It is only at the time of sever trials that we can discover if we mean what we say or not. Deuteronomy 8:2-3. However, in all these cases, God always provides a way for us to overcome. 1 Corinthians 10:13. Although, there are temptations we brought on ourselves through the lust of the flesh. 1 John 2:15-17.

HOW DOES TEMPTATIONS ARISE?

Temptations can come through many arveours; we shall list a few of them to know how to watch out. Temptations can come through:-

1.   Poverty or prosperity. Proverb 30:9

2.   Pride. Isaiah 14:12; Daniel 4:30.

3.   Pleasure. 2 Timothy 4:10.

4.   Desire for power, fame, affluence. Acts 8:19.

5.   Materialism. Joshua 7:20 -22.

6.   Love of women. Nehemiah 13:26; 2 Samuel 11:2-4.

7.   Love of money. 1 Timothy 6:9; John 13:21 -30.

8.   Arrow from the pit of hell. Psalm 11:2; 43:11.

CONCLUSION Temptation itself is not a sin, to be tempted is not a sin.

But when you yield to temptation, it makes you sinner

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN               OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

Memory verse “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempter, he is able to succour them that are tempter”. Hebrews 2:18.

Bible Passage Hebrews 4:14-16.

INTRODUCTION:- Temptation cannot be stopped, but can be avoided by keeping away from any form of ungodliness. Just as we cannot stop birds from flying over our heads but can stop them from nesting in our hair, so also can we not stop evil thoughts from passing through our minds. However, we need not accept them or allow them to take a stronghold. The consequence of yielding to temptation can be disastrous whereas resisting it, births victory.

LESSON OUTLINES

1.   The result of temptations

2.   How can one overcome?”

THE RESULT OF TEMPTATIONS

There are two possible outcomes of temptations, we either yield to it or we resist it and overcome. If a Christian yields to temptation, it becomes sin. 1 Timothy 6:9. The result then is that the Christian’s testimony is badly affected and he becomes spiritually weak. Mathew 26:41. If the temptation is resisted, the Lord is glorified and the Christian grows spiritually stronger and is thus able to resist other temptations in the future. James 1:2-4. The victorious Christians grow in faith and maturity. God is happy because the determination of the Christian to obey Him is confirmed.

HOW CAN ONE OVERCOME?

There are several ways of overcoming temptations. We shall mention some of them:-

1.   By trusting God. We can rely on God’s faithfulness. He changes not. 1 Corinthians 1:9; 10:13.

2.   By memorizing the word of God and quoting them when the need  arises, like Jesus did in Mathew 4.

3.   By constant prayer and carefulness. Mathew 26: 41. The man who knows that his weakness is alcoholic drinks should not be frequent in beer parlours, you know yours is an opposite sex don’t stay alone with one in a solitary place.

4.   By fleeing. 2 Timothy 2:22. When Joseph found himself cornered by Potiphar’s wife, he ran.

5.   By resisting. James 4:7. The devil is a coward, if we resist him, he flees, he runs away in terror.

NOTE: Daily growth in is word, prayer and conscious life you have in Him will help you so far. Luke 9:23, Acts 2:46.

CONCLUSION: Avoid falling into temptation whenever it come, absolutely rely on Jesus Christ who is constantly praying for us (Luke 22:31 -32) Beware of yielding to sin, to fall is easy but the scars often remain. Remember we can do all things through Christ including resisting temptations.

Questions:

1.   List seven possible ways of escape from temptation?

2.   What are the results of temptation?

CHAPTER NINTEEN         DESCRIBING RAPTURE

Memory verse “Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed”. 1 Corinthians 15:51.

Bible Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:13 -18.

INTRODUCTION: The second coming of Christ prophesied by Daniel in Daniel 7:13 is a sound Biblical fact. This return shall be in two stages. The first is to receive unto Himself His Church. This is popularly called the rapture. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. The second stage is Christ’s coming with His saints to set up the millennium reign. 1 Thessasolians 3:13. In Zachariah 14: 4-9, He identifies through prophecy the location of the second coming as the Mount of Olives. If Isaiah predicted His birth and it came to be, so also His second coming will surely come to pass for all that was prophecy of Him came to fulfilment. May the Holy Spirit guide us into all truth of His second coming. “Amen”

LESSON OUTLINES

1.   What is the Rapture and when?

2.   What will happen at the Rapture and How?

WHAT IS THE RAPTURE AND WHEN?

The word, Rapture, is not found anywhere in the Bible although it is used to describe this great upcoming and memorable event.

The rapture is the sudden catching up or sudden disappearance of faithful and holy saints from the earth to meet with the Lord and Saviour in the air. 1Thess. 4:16-17; 1 Cor.15:51-58.

Examples are: Enoch. Genesis 5:22-24; Heb. 11:5, Elijah. 2 Kings 2:11.

The exact timing of the occurrence of the rapture is Mathew 24:36. We, however, know that it shall precede the tribulation. 1Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE RAPTURE AND HOW?

The following are to be expected at the rapture.

ð The trumpet of God shall sound. 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thess. 4:16.

ð There will be glorious appearing of Angel. Titus 2:13.

ð The dead in Christ shall rise first. John 5:25.

ð Saints which are alive shall be “caught up” to meet our Lord in the air. 1 Thess. 4:17.

ð There shall be extraordinary chaos on the earth. 1 Thess. 5:2-3. The sudden vacancies produced by such disappearance shall give birth to the chaos.

HOW?

ð It shall happen suddenly, like an accident or coming of thief in the night. Mathew 24:43-44; 1 Thess. 5:3.

ð The power of God shall make all saints bodies immortal. Philipians 3:21.

CONCLUSION Amos 5:18 to 20 “The greatest calamity that could befall anyone who claims to be a believer is to be on earth a second after the rapture. The one who is coming back for His own “suddenly”, warned us to be prepared at least six times in different parables. Are you ready? Mark 13:32-37.

Questions

Explain three out of the six parables telling us to prepare for His second coming.

CHAPTER TWENTY          RAPTURE: PURPOSE AND QUALIFICATION

Memory verse: “In my father’s house are many mansions if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you”. John 14:2.

Bible Passage John 14:1-6

INTRODUCITON: There is no smoke without fire, our previous lesson revealed the meaning of the word, “Rapture” we also discovered events surrounding the rapture as regards timing and other issues. Today’s lesson will show us the reasons and the qualification for rapture. May the Lord in His infinites mercy teach our heart and bless our lives with His truth by His spirit, in Jesus Name, Amen.

LESSON OUTLINES

1.   Why will the Rapture take place?

2.   Who will be Rapture?

WHY WILL THE RAPTURE TAKE PLACE?

ð To resurrect the just of all ages from among the dead. 1Thess 4:13-17.

ð To take the saints out of the world before the tribulation. 1Thess 1:10; 2Thess 2:7-8.

ð That Jesus might present us back to the father without spots or wrinkles. Ephesians 5:27; John 14:1-3.

ð Changing mortality to immortality. Philippians 3:20-21; Corinthians 15:42-44; 51-52.

ð To make the saints become like Christ. 1 John 3:2-3.

ð To present saints to God the father. Jude 2:4.

ð To feast saints at the marriage supper of the lamb. Revelation 19:7-9.

WHO WILL BE RAPTURABLE?

ð Those who will live holy even as He is holy. 1 Peter 1:15-16; Hebrews 12:14; 1John 3:1-3.

ð Those whose citizenship is in Heaven. Philippians 3:20-21; Ephesians 2:19.

ð Those who love the Lord wholeheartedly. Phil. 3:7-10; John 21:15-17.

ð Those who earnestly desire His appearance. Titus 2:13. Phil. 3:20.

ð Those who are abiding in Him (Christ) at His coming. 2 Corinthians 5:17.

CONCLUSION Let us be sober I watchfulness, always fellowshipping together and keeping ourselves pure by His blood, keeping the unity of faith in the bond of peace.

Question

Explain the role of MERCY in the light of God’s word about Rapture.

CHAPTER TWENTY ONE          HEAVEN

Memory verse “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not make with hands, eternal in the Heavens”. 2 Corinthians 5:1.

Bible Passage Revelation 21:1-8

INTRODUCTION: God created the heaven and the earth in the beginning. Genesis 1:1. According to the Jewish notion, there are three heavens. 2 Corinthians 12:8. Heaven is indeed a real place, God’s throne. Isaiah 66:1; Acts 7: 48-49; Mathew 5:34 -35. After resurrection Jesus ascended to Heaven in God’s presence. Hebrew 9:24. The tabernacle made by God. Hebrews 6:19-20; 8:1-2. With many rooms. John 14:1-4. when people deny the existence of heaven, they deny not only the written word of God, but they also deny the innermost longings of their own heart just as God has put in men’s hearts. Eccl. 3:11. The knowledge that He exists. Roman 1:19-2. The key to open the door of Heaven is Jesus Christ. John 14:6. And it is a prepared placed for prepared people. john 14:2.

LESSON OUTLINES

1.   What is Heaven Like?

2.   Who are the inhabitants of Heaven?

WHAT IS HEAVEN LIKE?

The word “Heaven” is found 276 times in New Testament alone, Heaven is a building of God and not man – made. 2 Corinthians 5:1. It is also called the Kingdom of God and of Christ. Ephesians 5:5. Surely, it is the father’s House. John 14:2. It is a place of rest. Hebrews 4:9. Heaven cannot be measured. Jeremiah 31:37. Heaven is a High place. Isaiah 57:15. A holy place. Psalm 20:6. A happy place. Revelations 7:17. A place without death, tears, sorrows, crying or pain. Revelations 21:4. Heaven is a place without night or darkness Rev. 22: 3-5. A place without hunger, thirst, or excessive heat or cold. Rev.7:16. Heaven is a perfect satisfaction. Rev. 22:1-2. It is also a place of perfect righteousness, a place of perfect government, ruled by God, the just one and the lamb, it is a place of perfect communion. Rev. 22:4. Where we shall behold His face and His name shall be on our foreheads. A place of perfect glory. Rev. 22:5.

WHO ARE THE INHABITANTS OF HEAVEN?

Let us start by listing those who can never be there.

1.   The devil and the fallen angels will never enter there. Rev. 20:10; Jude 6.

2.   The unrighteous 1 Cor. 6:9-10. Thieves. Like 12:33. liars, whoremongers and the fearful will not enter. Rev. 21:18. And anyone in whose life is found the works of the flesh. Gal. 5:19-21.

3.   Careless Christians and everyone whose name is not found in the book of life. Mathew 25:24-30; Rev. 20:15.

The following are already there:

1.   God the father. Mathew 6:9. Jesus Christ our Lord. Acts 3:20-21. and Holy angels. Mathew 18:10.

2.   Heaven are sure for the following people:- Enoch, Elijah, Moses Abraham, thief at the right hand of Jesus. Genesis 5:24; Mathew 17:3; Luke 16:23; 1 Thess. 4:14.

3.   Workout your own salvation with fear and trembling and make it sure for yourself while you are living.

CONCLUSION: Heaven is the holy abode of the Holy God only, holy people will get there. Heb. 12:14. Do you want to get to Heaven? Live Holy.

 

 

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