Foundational Truths for New & Growing Followers of Christ

 

Essentials

Foundational Truths for New &

 

Growing Followers of Christ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written and taught by Stacy Hill

Table of Contents

 

 

Session #1  Everything Changes

I.  The Gospel 

II.  The Role of the Holy Spirit

III.  Dependent Living 

 

Session#2  You follow a Person

I.    Religion follows rule; you follow a Person

II.   His Sheep know His Voice

III.  How to be a Good Follower

IV.  Trusting or Trying

V.   Full Identification with Jesus 

 

Session #3 Your Inheritance

I.   Describe your inheritance

II.  The struggle that remain (Old nature/New nature)

III.  Life in the Spirit

IV.  Transforming Process 

 

Session#4 The Church is Rising

I.  The Church is born

II.  Synonyms for “Believers”

III. We are in the days...

IV.  Exhortations for the Church

V.  This is our moment 

 

Session #5 Enemies

I.  What is an enemy?

II.  Who are my enemies?

III. How easy prey are you?

IV. Common traits of my enemies

V.  How do we fight

VI. Becoming an overcomer

 

Session #6  Perspective

I.   Perspective matters

II.  Perspective involves comparing

III. The Great Saturation

IV.  Overview of history

 

 

EVERYTHING CHANGES

I. The Gospel    (Progression of the gospel)

 

A. The state of humanity

1. We are all born into sin...it is our nature

 

2. We are separated from God   

  • Yes made in His image but unable to relate with Him because of our nature

3. The Bible also refers to this nature as the flesh

 

4.  The Bible also uses the word flesh referring to our tent, our mortal bodies, our clay vessels

 

5.  Galatians 5:19-21 list some of the acts of the sinful nature 

Sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like...

 
  • These are the seeds that dwell in all of this.  Some experience greater maturity in the seeds depending on where it was planted and how it was nurtured.
 
 

6.You are under the power of the sinful nature.  This means it has dominion over you.

 

 

 

B. The law was given for several reasons:

1. To restrain evil

 

 

2.  To provoke or reveal the wickedness of the heart

 

 

3. To diagnose the problem 

 

The law reveals God’s standard and my inability to reach that standard MYSELF

 
 

 

EVERYTHING CHANGES

C. God Awakens

 

1. We are dead to who we were originally created to be.  Our Spirits were dead; no life   (death is separation from God)

Eph 2:1-3

You were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of

  • this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient
  • All of us lived among them at one time:
  • gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature, following its desires and following its thoughts
  • Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath
 

2. God awakened us and revealed at least these 3 things:

  • He is God and you are not

  • Our sin and lack

  • JESUS: the One who made the way

Sometimes the awakening happens quickly, sometimes slowly 
 
 

D.  Surrender

 

1. By faith you were saved.  You trusted Jesus to do what you could not do.

 

2. You saw= You believed = You trusted

 

3. You were swallowed up by Jesus Himself...You are now In Him

  • “In Him” is where your life will now be lived out.

 

4. Read Ephesians 2:4:10

  • Jesus did all the work.  You brought nothing to the table.

5. Gospel is Jesus!  The false gospel is Jesus + _______ 

 
 
 

                        ****Refer to diagram of the cross****

 

The cross divides history and it divides my life.