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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

THE GOOD NEWS IN COLOR

 

Psalm 62:2 NKJV
“Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.”

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Jesus is our rock and through Him we have salvation. We are going to look at nine different colors and discuss what each color represents, and how it relates to God or His plan for us.
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Yellow – represents creation.
God made the world, and all that is in the world, and the entire universe out of nothing. He spoke His Word, and everything came into existence. This is referred to as creation.
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Genesis 1:1 NKJV
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

In the beginning the world was beautiful and perfect.

Genesis 1:31 NKJV
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”

God’s most special creation was man. He created man to share a special friendship (fellowship / intimacy) with Him. The first man and woman (Adam and Eve) shared a very special friendship with God.

Black – represents sin.
When sin entered the world, through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, it stood between them and God. Man could no longer enjoy the special friendship (intimacy) that he once had with God.

God still loved man, and desired for the intimacy He once had with man to be restored. God is a holy God and sin cannot come into His holy presence therefore sin separated man from God.

Romans 3:23 NKJV
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”

Red – represents the blood of Jesus.
God knew that sin had to be punished and that someone who had never sinned would be needed to take the punishment. Jesus Christ was the only person that never sinned, therefore He was the only person that would be acceptable as a sacrifice. Jesus made a way to God by dying on the cross for our sins.

We have been saved, delivered, healed and set free through the blood of Jesus. We have been saved from the punishment of sin by Jesus’ blood. Jesus was punished for our sins. He took our place.

Romans 5:8-9 NKJV
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him”

The blood that Jesus shed was for man’s sin. His precious blood provides atonement for our sins. Through His blood we can be restored into right fellowship with God. Because of His sacrifice we can once again experience the intimacy with God that He desires to have with us.

Jesus made a way for man to have a relationship with God again. The Bible describes Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

John 1:29 NKJV
“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

The blood that Jesus shed on he cross washes away our sin.

White – represents forgiveness.
The Bible tells us that everyone has sinned. However, when we confess our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us, He will.

1 John 1:9 NKJV
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

When we ask for forgiveness we are made clean – our sins are forgiven and forgotten. We become a new creation. We are restored by Jesus to what God had originally created us to be. Everything about our lives change, because we are transformed into the likeness of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Just like a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, we too are changed when we accept Jesus as our Savior.

Blue – represents water baptism.
Water baptism is an important part of a believer’s life. As a believer we should follow Jesus’ example in water baptism.

Matthew 3:13-17 NKJV
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Those who accepted Jesus as Savior in the time of the New Testament were baptized in water to show that they were Jesus’ followers. Jesus established the command and the Church obeyed it. We, too, should obey it. When we are baptized we are obeying Jesus, and it is a milestone (memorial) in our life. It is a time that we can return to in our memories as a specific moment that we know we declared to others that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer.

We are baptized to show others that we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and want to follow Him and live for Him. Water baptism is also an illustration of our dying to sin and being raised to new life in Christ Jesus.

Before Jesus left to go to heaven, He left instructions about baptism.

Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Orange – represents baptism in the Holy Spirit.

John 16:5-11 NKJV
“But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”

After Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, He stayed on earth for 40 days, appearing to many different people, then He ascended into heaven. During this time Jesus told His followers that He would send them a Helper, the Holy Spirit, after He left.

Acts 2:1-4 NKJV
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

Being baptized with the Holy Spirit will fill you with power to live for God, to be a witness for Jesus and to draw closer to God. Being baptized with the Holy Spirit will make you a better you! Being baptized with the Holy Spirit is a wonderful gift that Jesus promised to you. As a Christian you should greatly desire to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Next to salvation it is the most precious gift that you can receive from God. Just like salvation, you must believe that it is promised to you and you must ask for it.

Green – represents growing in Christ.
Every believer needs to grow spiritually.

2 Peter 3:18 NKJV
“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Two things that will help you grow spiritually are reading the Bible (God’s letter to you) and praying (talking and listening to God.) We are not to study the Word of God just for the sake of acquiring more knowledge. We are to mature and be doers of the Word not just hearers. Growing (mature) in our faith is not an option. God does not want us to stay babies forever. Every aspect of our lives should experience growth.

God wants us to grow and bear fruit in His garden. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we spend with God – in prayer and in His Word.

John 15:1-6 NKJV
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

As we draw closer to Jesus our lives will have certain fruit. This doesn’t mean that we will start sprouting fruit, but that the more time we spend getting to know Jesus, the stronger our spirit will become and the easier our fruit will be seen and like by other people. The Bible tells us that there are nine fruits of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Purple – represents the blessed hope.

Titus 2:11-14 NKJV
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”

The blessed hope is referred to as the rapture. It is when Jesus will return to take the true Christians home to heaven.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NKJV
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus is coming again. One day He will appear in the sky and a trumpet will sound and those who are true Christians will go to be with Him in heaven.

John 14:1-3 NKJV
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

Jesus is in heaven right now preparing a home for us. He is also sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding, praying, for us.

Hebrews 10:12 NKJV
“But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God”

We should be ready at all times for Jesus to return because we do not know when He will come.

Matthew 24:44 NKJV
“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Pink – represents resurrection.
One day both the saved and the lost will be resurrected. The saved to everlasting life with God and the lost to everlasting damnation.

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

In the end everything in the world will be beautiful and perfect again. God promised He would make a new heaven, a new Jerusalem, and a new earth.

2 Peter 3:10-13 NKJV
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Revelation 21:1-2 NKJV
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

The new Jerusalem, will come down out of heaven and will shine with the glory of God. The city will be made of gold and will be decorated with precious jewels, and the streets will be made of pure gold, as transparent glass.

Revelation 21:18-21 NKJV
“The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”

It will have a great wall with 12 gates made of pearls. The city will not need any light from the sun or moon because Jesus, the Lamb of God will be the light.

Revelation 21:22-23 NKJV
“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.”

Revelation 22:1-5 NKJV
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”

Down the middle of the city will flow the river of life, and on each side of it will grow trees of life. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will worship God forever. There is so much more about heaven that we don’t know, and it will be far better than we could ever imagine.

God’s ultimate plan for man:

Revelation 21:3-5 NKJV
“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

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Paul Praises God In Prison

paul praises God in prisionMemory Verse: Acts 16:26

Life Application: Others are effected by our worship to God.

Bible Text:

Acts 16:22-25

Ephesians 5:19-20

Colossians 3:16

Isaiah 26:3

Psalm 5:11-12

Psalm 94:22-23

Psalm 18:6

Psalm 56:3-4

Psalm 118:10-11

2 Timothy 4:17-18

Psalm 118:14-18

Isaiah 12:2

Psalm 118:19-21

Psalm 118:22-24

Psalm 118:25-29

Acts 16:26

Paul and Silas had been arrested, beaten and thrown into jail. The jailer was instructed to keep them securely locked up. He put them in the inner prison and fastened their feet in stocks.

Acts 16:22-25 NKJV

“Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.”

From the deepest, darkest part of the prison at the darkest time of the night, a song of praise and honor unto God arose. Paul and Silas began singing a hymn to God. Not about God, but to God. They were ministering to the Lord in their time of need. They were desperate men. They knew what they facing. But they also knew that they were not alone – God was with them.

Ephesians 5:19-20 NKJV

“…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”

Paul was no stranger to praising God in every situation and in every circumstance. In Ephesus he encouraged the Christians to sing (and say) psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. In his letter to the church at Colosse, Paul instructed them to teach and admonish each other in psalms, hymns and in spiritual songs.

Colossians 3:16 NKJV

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Paul had an intimate relationship with God. He knew that the Holy Spirit was living in him and that he was God’s dwelling place. He was at perfect peace, knowing that God was with them, even in the midst of their troubles

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

God delivers His people from bondage and He provides for their needs. He gives salvation and physical blessings. Paul knew and believed beyond a shadow of doubt that God was able to deliver them with miraculous intervention, just as He had in the past. Paul was committed to the Lord and he placed his trust solely in Him.

Psalm 5:11-12 NKJV

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You: Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name

Be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”

Like Paul, we must place our trust in God alone. God protects and cares for His people. He is our help, refuge and shield.

Psalm 94:22-23 NKJV

“But the Lord has been my defense,

And my God the rock of my refuge. He has brought on them their own iniquity,

And shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The Lord our God shall cut them off.”

We should praise God because He is our shelter and protection. Paul was able to praise because he knew that the Lord was his shelter and protection from danger and trouble.

Psalm 18:6 NKJV

“In my distress I called upon the Lord,

And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple,

And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.”

The Lord hears our cries and our prayers. God always meets the needs of His people. When we are surrounded by the enemy, and overtaken by trouble and sorrow we must remember to cry out to the one who can deliver us.

Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV

“Whenever I am afraid,

I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word),

In God I will put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”

We should praise God because He is on our side. Paul was able to praise because he knew that God was on his side, that God was for him and not against him. He praised God for who He was, despite being locked up in a dirty, dark dungeon. Even though it might have seemed that they was all alone, Paul and Silas knew that God was there with them.

Psalm 118:10-11 NKJV

“All nations surround me,

But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. They surrounded me,

Yes, they surrounded me; But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.”

We should praise God because He will triumph. Paul was able to praise because he knew that the Lord would triumph. The Lord will destroy our enemies. Even when we are completely encircled by our enemies, we can rest in the peace of knowing that our Lord will triumph over our enemies. Our help comes from the Lord. Because of His help we will triumph.

Psalm 118:12-13 NKJV

“They surround me like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. You pushed me violently, that I might fall,

But the Lord helped me.”

We should praise God because He is our help. Paul was able to praise because he knew the Lord as his help. No matter how difficult the circumstance, God will empower us and give us strength to triumph over our adversary. Throughout Paul’s life, God continually empowered him and gave him strength to preach the truth.

2 Timothy 4:17-18 NKJV

“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and forever. Amen!”

We should praise God because He is our song of strength. Paul was able to praise because he knew the Lord was his song of strength. He was able to praise God and rejoice because he knew that the Lord would deliver him and that he would live to declare the works of the Lord.

Psalm 118:14-18 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation

Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. I shall not die, but live,

And declare the works of the Lord. The Lord has chastened me severely,

But He has not given me over to death.”

Exodus 15:2 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will exalt Him. My Father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

Isaiah 12:2 NKJV

“Behold, God is my salvation,

I will trust and not be afraid; For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song;

He also has become by salvation.”

We should praise God because He is our salvation. Paul was able to praise because he knew that the Lord was his salvation.

Psalm 118:19-21 NKJV

“Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them,

And I will praise the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord,

Through which the righteous shall enter. I will praise You,

For You have answered me, And have become my salvation.”

He was able to praise because he knew Jesus as his Savior. He knew that Jesus was the gate or door to salvation. We can praise God because we know that Jesus saves us from the penalty of sin and He rescues us from an eternity separated from God.

We should praise God because He is our Chief Cornerstone. Paul was able to praise because he knew the Lord was his chief cornerstone.

Psalm 118:22-24

“The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

He was able to praise because he knew that God can turn rejection into direction. When people refuse to believe you or believe in you, God can turn the situation around. When faced with rejection for Christ’s sake we can still rejoice because we know that God will use it for His glory, if we keep our eyes on Him.

We should praise God because He is God and worthy of our praise. Paul was able to praise because he knew the Lord was God and that his praise blessed the Lord. He declared in the chains of the enemy that the Lord God was his God, and that he was going to exalt His name. Nothing was going to stop him from honoring and lifting up the name of the Lord. Paul glorified the Lord even in his darkest hours. He knew that the mercy of God never runs out.

Psalm 118:25-29 NKJV

“Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.

God is the Lord, And He has given us light; Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horn of the altar. You are my God, and I will praise You: You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

For His mercy endures forever.”

As Paul and Silas began to minister to God by telling Him what He meant to them and how much they loved Him, power was released. Power to break chains and shackles, power to open doors, power to save, power to heal, and power to restore. Our praise (blessing the name of the Lord) not only has an effect on us, it effects those around us. Through praise, chains and shackles are broken, doors are opened and freedom (salvation) comes.

Paul and Silas were not the only ones in the deep, dark dungeon. There were other men there also. It is quiet possible that many of them had lost all hope. Not only were the other prisoners physically in bondage, but they were also in emotional and spiritual bondage. They were depressed and oppressed by the enemy – they were in the chains of the enemy. When Paul and Silas began to pray and to sing a song of praise to God (hymn) the other prisoners were listening. As they sat there in the dark listening to Paul and Silas minister to God their faith was renewed. Hope began to replace despair. Even though everything around them still looked dark, the light of God began to fill the place.

Acts 16:26 NKJV

“Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”

In the Light of God, evil cannot stay. Doors will be opened and chains will be broken. Not only will we be set free but those that are depressed and oppressed will be set free also.

Review

1. From the deepest, darkest part of the prison Paul and Silas began singing a hymn to God – not about God, but ____ ______.

2. Paul and Silas were ______________________ to the Lord in their time of need.

3. Paul and Silas were desperate men. What does desperate mean?

4. Paul had an _______________ ___________________________ with God.

5. God was with Paul and Silas even in the ____________ of their troubles.

6. God delivers His people from bondage, _________________ for their needs, gives _____________________ and physical blessings.

7.Does the Lord hear your prayers?

8. Does God always meets the needs of His people?

9. God is on your side -He is for you and not __________________ you.

10. The Lord will ________________ your enemies.

11. We can rest in peace knowing that our ___________ comes from the Lord.

12. No matter how difficult the circumstance, God will _________________ us and give us strength to triumph over our adversary.

13. What does deliver mean?

14. Jesus is the gate or door to salvation. What does that mean?

15. God can turn ___________________ into direction.

16. When faced with rejection for Christ’s sake we can still rejoice because we know that God will use it for His ______________.

17. As Paul and Silas began to minister to God what happened?

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Living In An Ungodly World

living in an ungodly worldMemory Verse: Daniel 1:8

Life Application: We must purpose in our heart to obey God.

Bible Text

Daniel 1:1-9

Daniel 1:6

Daniel 1:8

Daniel 1:15

Daniel 1:17-20

Daniel 6:26-27

Daniel 1:1-9 NKJV

“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god. Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs”

Many Israelites were taken to the ungodly kingdom of Babylon to become slaves. Some of these men were chosen to serve in the king’s palace. These men were to be young men without physical defect, handsome, intelligent, educated, quick to understand. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were among those chosen to be the king’s servants.

Daniel 1:6 NKJV

“Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.”

Daniel and his friends obeyed God, and God was with them, even though they were surrounded by people who did not know about God. Daniel decided to obey God’s laws and not defile himself with the king’s food and wine. He made a deliberate choice to obey God.

Daniel 1:8 NKJV

“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

Daniel’s love for God led him to request a special diet of the chief of the eunuchs for his friends and himself. He showed great courage, boldness, and a desire to do what was right. Daniel also had faith that God would help him and his friends. The chief of the eunuchs agreed to Daniel’s request and at the end of the ten day period Daniel and his friends looked healthier than anyone who had eaten the king’s food.

Daniel 1:15 NKJV

“And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies.”

God blessed Daniel and his friends for doing right. He gave them knowledge, wisdom, the ability to interpret dreams and visions, and the king found them 10 times better than all the wise men in his kingdom.

Daniel 1:17-20 NKJV

“As for these four young men, god gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.

Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king.

And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.”

As a result of standing strong for God, the king recognized Daniel and his friends served a powerful and living God. Their lives were a powerful witness to everyone around them.

Daniel 6:26-27 NKJV

“I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.

For He is the living God,

And steadfast forever;

His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed,

And His dominion shall endure to the end.

He delivers and rescues,

And He works signs and wonders

In heaven and on earth,

Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”

Review

1. When Jehoiakim was king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon __________________ Jerusalem.

2. Some of the children of Israel, some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles were taken ______________.

3. Many Israelites were taken to the ungodly kingdom of Babylon to become ______________.

4. Some of these men were chosen to serve in the king’s palace. These men were to be young men without _______________ _____________, handsome, ___________________, educated, quick to ___________________.

5. The chief of the eunuchs gave the young men new names. What new names were the following young men given?

Daniel – _________________________________

Hananiah – _________________________________

Mishael – _________________________________

Azariah – _________________________________

6. Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with what?

7. Daniel and his friends obeyed God, and God was with them, even though they were ____________________ by people who did not know about God.

8. Daniel made a deliberate _______________ to obey God.

9. What does deliberate mean?

10. Daniel showed great __________________, boldness, and a desire to do what was right.

11. The chief of the eunuchs agreed to Daniel’s request and at the end of the ten day period Daniel and his friends looked ________________ than anyone who had eaten the king’s food.

12. God ________________ Daniel and his friends for doing right.

13. How did God bless Daniel and his friends?

14. As a result of standing strong for God, the king recognized Daniel and his friends served a ____________________ and ______________ God.

15. Their lives were a powerful witness to everyone around them. What does witness mean?

16. How can you can be a witness to the unsaved around you?

17. What would have happed to Daniel and his friends if they had chosen to disregard God’s laws and do what everyone else was doing?

18. What do you think might happen to a person, a group of people or a nation that disregards God’s laws?

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Genuine Or Counterfeit

genuine of counterfeitMemory Verse: Matthew 13:29

Life Application: The church is God’s field and in it there are both wheat and tares.

Bible Text:

Matthew 13:24-30

Jesus gave the parable of the wheat and tares in order make a point about the individuals in the church, the body of Christ. In the parable a man sowed good seed in his field, however unknown to the man, while he was asleep his enemy came and sowed tares in his field. Tares, darnel, are poisonous weeds that closely resemble wheat. When the wheat and tares first began to grow they looked alike. The two are almost indistinguishable until fully mature at harvest time. When the tares began to mature the servants went to the owner and asked him if they should go and gather them up. But the owner said, ‘No, if you gather up the tares you will also uproot the wheat with them.” He told them to let both grow together until the harvest. At the harvest they were to gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them. After that they were to gather the wheat.

Matthew 13:24-30 NKJV

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”

The church is God’s field and in it there are both wheat and tares. He places the “wheat” in the field, however, His enemy (Satan) sows “tares” in God’s field. The genuine believers are the wheat and the tares are counterfeit believers (those who reject Christ). God will allow both to remain in the church and in the world until it is time for harvest. If the counterfeit believers were pulled out before harvest it could hurt, wound, the true believers.

Prior to Jesus’ return to the earth those who reject Christ (publicly or privately) will become more hardened, and those who believe will begin to look more like Christ. Just like the wheat and tares, God will allow both to grow together. At the time of harvest He will say to the reapers (angels), “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” The believers will be gathered into heaven and the counterfeit believers will be bound and thrown into the lake of fire.

Review

1. What is the parable of the wheat and tares about?

2. What are tares?

3. Wheat and tares looked _________ when they first began to grow.

4. Why did the farmer want the wheat and tears to be left alone until the harvest?

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5. The church is God’s ___________ and in it there are both wheat and tares.

6. The genuine believers are the wheat and the tares are _________________ believers (those who reject Christ).

7. If the counterfeit believers were pulled out before harvest what could happen?

8. Prior to Jesus’ return to the earth those who reject Christ (publicly or privately) will become more ________________, and those who believe will begin to look more like Christ.

9. What does it mean when a person’s heart becomes hardened?

10. At the time of harvest Jesus will say what to the reapers?

11. The _________________ will be gathered into heaven and the _______________ ______________ will be bound and thrown into the lake of fire.

12. “But ____ said, ‘No, lest __________ you gather up the ___________ you also ____________ the _____________ with them.” Matthew 13:29 NKJV

13. The church is God’s _________ and in it there are both __________ and ___________.

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Gifts Of The Spirit

gifts of the spirit bible lesson  Memory Verse: 1 Peter 4:10

Life Application:  Believers should eagerly desire spiritual gifts and use them faithfully.

Bible Text:

1 Corinthians 12:31

1 Corinthians 14:1

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

Romans 12:6-8

1 Corinthians 14:1

1 Peter 4:10

Ephesians 5:18

Galatians 5:16-25

Galatians 5:16-25

1 John 1:9

1 John 4:4

1 Corinthians 14:4

Ephesians 2:10

1 Peter 4:10 NIV

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

1 Corinthians 12:31 NIV

“But eagerly desire the greater gifts.”

God has given the gifts of the Spirit to the Church to strengthen, encourage, and comfort His people. He wants each believer to desire the greater gifts. He also wants each believer to be willing to be used by the Holy Spirit in helping others.

1 Corinthians 14:1 NIV

“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.”

There are nine supernatural gifts that come from the Holy Spirit. These gifts are also called manifestations of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives gifts for the common good. The nine gifts are: wisdom, knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, miraculous powers (miracles), prophecy, the ability to distinguish between spirits, different kinds of tongues, the interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NIV

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another the ability to speak in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines.”

These nine supernatural gifts that come from the Holy Spirit are for the purpose of ministering or helping people and they can be put in three categories.

(1) The gifts to know something in a supernatural way are:

the gift of wisdom

the gift of knowledge

the gift of distinguish between spirits

(2) The gifts to speak in a supernatural way are:

the gift of prophecy

the gift of tongues

the gift of interpretation of tongues

(3) The gifts to act in a supernatural way are:

the gift of gifts of healing

the gift of special faith

the gift of miracles

The Holy Spirit also gives other gifts of ministry. Some ministry gifts are: prophesying, serving, teaching, encouraging, contributing to the needs of others, leadership, and showing mercy. These ministry gifts are not as obviously supernatural as the gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12, but they still require the Holy Spirit’s enabling.

Romans 12:6-8 NIV

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve, if it is teaching, let him teach, if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

No matter what the gift is, the one who ministers is guided and led by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 14:1 NIV

“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.”

Review

1. Each one should use whatever ________ we have received to serve others.

2. Why did God give the gifts of the Spirit to the Church?

3. God wants each believer to ___________ the greater gifts and to be ____________ to be used by the Holy Spirit in helping others.

4. What does willing mean?

5. There are _________ supernatural gifts that come from the Holy Spirit.

6. List the nine supernatural gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11.

9. These nine supernatural gifts can be put in ________ categories.

10. What are the gifts to know something in a supernatural way?

11. What are the gifts to speak in a supernatural way?

12. What are the gifts to act in a supernatural way?

13. What are some of the ministry gifts that the Holy Spirit gives?

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14. Ministry gifts are not as obviously _____________________ as the gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12, but they still require the Holy Spirit’s enabling.

15. No matter what the gift is, the one who ministers is ___________ and led by the Holy Spirit.

16. Believers should eagerly desire spiritual gifts and use them faithfully. What does that mean to you personally?

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God’s Garden

god's garden

Memory Verse: Psalm 92:12

 

Life Application: I grow when I am in rightstanding with God.

 

Bible Text:

Psalm 92:12

John 15:1-6

Psalm 92:12-15

Deuteronomy 6:5

Deuteronomy 11:1

1 Samuel 15:22

John 14:15

Galatians 5:22-23

Matthew 28:19-20

Ephesians 2:10

 

God’s Garden

God wants us to bear fruit in His garden. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we spend with God – in prayer and in His Word.

John 15:1-6 NKJV

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

We must abide in Christ if we desire to bear fruit. The Bible tells us that the righteous will flourish.

 

Psalm 92:12-15 NKJV

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing,
To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”

We are known by our fruit and our fruit will be judged.

Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

 

Fruit

God wants the fruit of our love toward Him.

We are to love the Lord with everything within us.

Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”

Deuteronomy 11:1 NKJV

“Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and keep His charge, His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments always.”

God wants the fruit of obedience in our lives.

Obedience is important to God. He tells us in His Word that obeying is better than sacrifices.

 

1 Samuel 15:22 NKJV

“So Samuel said:

“Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices,

As in obeying the voice of the Lord?

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice”

Jesus tells us that if we really love Him we will obey His words.

John 14:15 NKJV

“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

God wants the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

Believers should have spiritual fruit in their lives.

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

God wants the fruit of reproduction in our lives.

God wants us to win souls for Christ. As a Christian we should “produce” other Christians.

Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age”

We are instructed to go into all the world and make other disciples (followers of Christ), and we are to teach them to obey God’s commands, laws and words.

 

God wants the fruit of good works and deeds in our lives.

Works and deeds do not save us, however our works and deeds will show what we believe.

Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Review

1. According to Psalm 92:12 the righteous will do what?

 

2. What does righteous mean?

 

3. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we ___________ __________ ________ .

 

4. We must ______________ in Christ if we desire to bear fruit.

 

5. We are known by our fruit and our fruit will be ________________.

 
6. A ___________ tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a _________ tree bear good fruit.

 
7. What will happen to a tree that does not bear good fruit?

 

8. We are to love the Lord with _______________________ within us.

 

9. What does Deuteronomy 6:5 mean to you?

 

10. What is obedience?

 

11. What did Samuel mean in 1 Samuel 15:22?

 

12. Jesus tells us that if we really ______________ Him we will obey His words.

 

13. Believers should have spiritual fruit in their lives. List the fruit of the Spirit.

 

14. We are instructed to go into all the world and make other disciples. What are we to teach them?

 

15. “For we are His _________________________, created in Christ Jesus for ____________ ___________, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

 

16. What are some good works?

 

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Abiding In Christ

ABIDING IN THE VINE

Memory Verse: John 15:5

 

Life Application: I must abide in Christ to produce fruit.

 

Bible Text:

John 15:5

John 15:4-5

1 John 2:6

John 15:1-2

John 15:6-8

Galatians 5:22

Abide means to dwell, to live or reside in a place. As a believer we must abide in Christ in order to experience normal Christian growth and maturity. If we abide in Christ we will produce (bear) much fruit.

John 15:4-5 NKJV

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

When a person abides in Christ, He is their source of life and strength. They live in Him and that gives them the power to resist Satan. Abiding in Christ is a person’s only source of power and strength. As a Christian abides in Christ they begin to take on His nature – they begin to walk as He walked. They like the things that He liked, they hate the things that He hated, they have the same burdens, desires, love and compassion that He had.

1 John 2:6 NKJV

“He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

The Gardner

A gardener takes care of his flowers, trees, and plants. He will give them whatever they need in order to thrive and produce good fruit.

* Pruning

A gardener prunes his trees and plants so that they will grow more and produce much fruit. And for the branches that are producing, they are pruned so that they will bear even more fruit.

John 15:1-2 NKJV

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

God is the Vinedresser (Gardener) and He prunes us so that we will grow more (and stronger) and so that we will produce more fruit in our lives. In our lives there are, and will be, things that God prunes away in order for us to grow closer to Him. These things are not always sin. They can just be things that are a hindrance to our relationship with Him and to our fruit bearing in our lives.

 

* Light

A gardener gives his plants and trees the proper amount of light in order for them to live and grow. God is the Vinedresser (Gardener) and He gave us His Son to be our light. Jesus Christ, is the Light of the World. We need Him in our lives in order to truly live and grow.

 

*Water

A gardener gives his plants and trees water. Without water they would shrivel up and die. Water is essential for their growth. God is the Vinedresser (Gardener) and He gave us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is like water to us. He is the Living Water. We need Him raining down upon and in our lives. We need His presence every day and everywhere.

 

*Nourishment

A gardener ensure that his plants and trees have good soil and nourishment. God is the Vinedresser (Gardener) and He gave us His Word. The Word of God (the Bible) is our nourishment. It is our spiritual food.

Blessings and Dangers Of Not Abiding In Christ

John 15:6-8 NKJV

“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

When a believer truly abides in Christ, and His Words abide in them, their prayers will be answered. God will be made known (glorified) by our fruit when we abide in Christ. The world will know that you are a disciple of Christ by your fruit.

 

Galatians 5:22 NKJV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control.”

A branch that is cut off from the vine will wither and die. The same is true with man. If a person is cut off from the vine (Jesus Christ) they will wither and die also. Eventually they will be cast away from the presence of God.

We Must G.R.O.W.

* G – Go to church. We are instructed to meet with fellow believers. This meeting does not always have to take place in a “church building”. Believers are the body of Christ, they are the Church and you can meet with each other anywhere and at anytime.

* R – Read God’s Word and pray.

* O – Obey God’s Word.

* W – Watch for a way to be a witness.

 

Review

1. What does abide mean?

 

2. Where should believers abide?

 

3. Abiding in Christ is a person’s only source of __________________ and _____________________.

 

4. What does 1 John 2:6 say about abiding in Christ?

 

5. A gardener will give his plants ______________________ they need in order to thrive and produce good fruit.

 

6. Why does a gardener prune his plants and trees?

 

7. Why does pruning take place in our lives?

 

8. Some things are a _______________________ to our relationship with God and to our fruit bearing in our lives.

 

9.. ______________ ___________________, is the Light of the World.

 

10. We need the _____________ _____________ raining down upon and in our lives.

 

11. The _________________ of God is our spiritual food.

 

12. The world will know that you are a disciple of Christ by your _________________.

 

13. If a person is cut off from the vine (Jesus Christ) what will happen?

 

14. Believers are the body of Christ, they are the ________________ and they can meet with each other anywhere and at anytime.

 

 

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White As Snow

WHITE AS SNOW

Memory Verse: Isaiah 1:18

Life Application: My sins can be forgiven.

 

Bible Text:

Isaiah 1:18

John 14:6

1 John 1:8

Romans 3:23

James 4:17

Romans 3:23

John 3:16-17

Romans 5:8

1 Peter 2:24

Acts 16:31

1 John 1:9

Romans 10:9

Isaiah 1:18 NKJV

“ ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the Lord,

‘Though your sins are like scarlet,

They shall be as white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They shall be as wool’ ”

God does not compromise with us concerning our sin and the seriousness of it. Because of His great love for us He is willing to forgive (pardon) us. Before we can be forgiven we must come to a realization that we have sinned against a holy God – that we have disregarded and broken His commandments. We must admit that we are at fault. God is waiting, willing and able to forgive us of our sins.

When we turn to Him in true repentance He will forgive us. The forgiveness that God offers us is made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. There is no way to heaven but by Jesus. He is the only way – the way, the truth and the life.

John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

When Jesus willingly laid down His life on the cross it made salvation available to every person that had ever lived and every person that would live. All we have to do is repent of our sins. When we do we will experience the miracle of salvation. You can receive the miracle of salvation by:

Admitting that you have sinned against God.

1 John 1:8 NKJV

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

James 4:17 NKJV

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

 

Believing In Jesus Christ.

John 3:16-17 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Romans 5:8 NKJV

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

Acts 16:31

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

Confessing your sins to God.

1 John 1:9 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

Romans 10:9 NKJV

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Review

1. What is sin according to James 4:17?

 

2. What does forgiven and pardon mean?

 

3. God does not compromise with us concerning our sin. What does compromise mean?

 

4. When we turn to God in true _______________________ He will forgive us.

 

5. The forgiveness that God offers us is made possible by the ______________________ of Jesus Christ.

 

6. How many ways are there to God and to heaven?

 

7. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. What does that mean?

 

8. When Jesus willingly laid down His life on the cross it made salvation available to _____________ person that had ever lived and _______________ person that would live.

 

9. You can receive the miracle of salvation by:

* Admitting that you have ____________________ against God.

* Believing In _______________ _________________.

* Confessing your ___________ to God.

 

10. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8 NKJV

How does this verse apply to your life?

 

11. What does “fall short of the glory of God” mean?

 

12. Why did God send His Son to this world?

 

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13. How did God demonstrate His love toward us?

 

14. What does confess mean?

 

 

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Never Thirst Again

NEVER THIRST AGAINMemory Verse: John 4:14

Life Application: Jesus supplies our spiritual need forever.

Bible Text:

John 4:14

John 7:37-38

John 4:1-6

John 4:7-11
John 4:12-16

John 4:17-26
John 4:27-42

Rivers Of Living Water

During the temple times the custom was to draw water from the Siloam spring as a ‘libation” to accompany the offerings. This was done with great rejoicing and expressions of thanksgiving. It was on this day that Jesus told the people if they were thirsty to come to Him and drink. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring – that He was the source of living water.

John 7:37-38 NKJV

“On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ”

Jesus told the people that were gathered, as the High Priest poured water from the pool of Siloam into the basin, that if they believed in Him rivers of living water would flow out of them. By this Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit. The water the High Priest would pour out was just a symbol of God’s Spirit but Jesus offered them the real thing, the Holy Spirit (rivers of living water).

In the natural realm when a person is thirsty they have a desire or need for drink. They have a strong desire to quench their thirst. The same is true in the spiritual realm. When we are spiritually thirsty we have a need for living water. Jesus invites every person that is thirsty to go to Him, the only one that can truly satisfy their thirst.

 

Never Thirst Again

Jesus and His disciples visited a city in Samaria. Jesus was a Jew and usually Jews and Samaritans did not like each other. Many Jews would travel far out of their way to avoid going through Samaria. But Jesus loved the Samaritans, so He took His disciples to visit them. Just outside the city, Jesus sat down to rest near a well while His disciples went into the town to get something to eat.

John 4:1-6 NKJV

Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John
(though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But He needed to go through Samaria.
So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.”

While resting, Jesus met a woman who needed “living water.” This woman, a Samaritan woman, came to the well and Jesus asked her to give Him a drink. The woman was surprised that Jesus had spoken to her. The customs of the area prohibited public conversations between men and women who were strangers. The woman asked Him why He asked her, a Samaritan to give Him a drink. Jesus responded to her question by telling her that if she knew who He was she would have asked Him for a drink. Jesus continued to talk to the woman about living water.

John 4:7-11 NKJV

“A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

After a period of time the woman asked Jesus to give her the water that He was talking about. At this point Jesus began to tell her about her life. Jesus challenged the woman to consider her own sinful condition by telling her to bring her husband to Him.

John 4:12-16 NKJV

“The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”

Before the woman could believe in Jesus as the One who could give her living water she had to recognize that she was a sinner. Thinking that Jesus was just a prophet she began to discuss worship to God with Him.

John 4:17-26 NKJV
“The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’
for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

As Jesus talked to her about God the woman realized who Jesus really was and she believed Him. She ran back to the city and began to tell everyone about Jesus. She asked them to come with her and she would show them the “man who knew everything I did.” Because the woman told people about Jesus, many of the people of the city went out to meet Jesus for themselves. When the people had listened to Jesus, they also believed Jesus as the Messiah, the Savior of the world.

John 4:27-42 NKJV
“And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?” The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men, “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Him. In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.
Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’
I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

Review

1. During the temple times the custom was to draw water from the Siloam spring. Why?

 

2. What did Jesus tell the people?

 

3. Jesus declared Himself to be the source of the spring – that He was the source of _______________ ______________.

 

4. When Jesus spoke of living water, whom was He speaking about?

 

5. What is a symbol?

 

6.Why did the Jewish people travel far out of their way to avoid going through Samaria?

 

7. Just outside Samaria, Jesus sat down to rest near a ______________ while His disciples went into the town to get something to eat.

 

8. While resting, Jesus met a ______________ who needed _______________ ________________.

 

9. What did Jesus ask this woman for?

 

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10. The woman was surprised that Jesus had spoken to her. Why?

 

11. What did Jesus talk to the woman about?

 

12. Jesus challenged the woman to consider her own sinful condition by telling her to bring her to do what?

 

13. Before the woman could believe in Jesus as the One who could give her living water she had to recognize that she was a _______________________.

 

14. The woman thought Jesus was a prophet so she began to discuss ____________________ to God with Him.

 

15. The woman realized who Jesus really was and she believed Him. What did she do?

 

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16. Many of the people of the _________________ went out to meet Jesus.

 

17. When the people had listened to Jesus, they also believed Jesus as the ________________, the _______________ of the world.

 

18. Jesus supplies our spiritual need _________________.

 

 

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