The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent The Most Excellent Way The Christian Solution to Chemical Dependency Becoming GOD Dependent Ten Attitudes of Victorious Living Leader s Guides Bible Studies for Fellowship Support Meeting Discussions 800 548 8854 www tmewcf org
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDES BIBLE STUDIES FOR FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT MEETINGS CONTENTS Introduction 3 1 Choices 4 2 The Way 9 3 The Truth 14 4 The Life 18 5 Humility 23 6 Penitence 26 7 Meekness 30 8 Spiritual Hunger 33 9 Mercy 37 10 Inward Purity 40 11 Peacemaker 44 12 Witness 48 13 Assurance of Salvation 51 Additional Worksheets require a Bible for answering questions 14 Prayer 54 15 God s Word 57 16 The Resurrection and Ascension of Christ 60 17 The Return of Christ 62 Scriptures taken from the New International Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted APRIL 2013
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDES BIBLE STUDY WORKSHEETS FOR FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT MEETINGS INTRODUCTION There are 12 Leader s Guides with Bible Study Worksheets The Leader s Guide will help you prepare for the topic You will do your own additional study including incorporating illustrations or stories related to each topic etc The Bible Study Worksheets should be reproduced and copies given to each meeting attendee The first 12 Bible Study Worksheets include related Scriptures printed out in case Bibles are not available The goal of the Bible Study Worksheets is to guide the meeting dialogue and help keep the focus on the specific idea or topic Completing the Worksheet is not the goal conversation and listening to one another are more important than completing the study As you move along discern when to get back to answering the questions on the Bible Study Worksheets The attendees can take them home to finish them if they wish There are five additional Bible Study Worksheets one with Scriptures four without that do not have corresponding Leader s Guides These are designed and intended to help attendees get familiar with looking up verses and reading from the Biblical context As the Leader go through each of these with the group and lead them in discovering the answers Remember the focus is Jesus Discussion should point attendees to His love acceptance and forgiveness which leads to spiritual life and spiritual maturity where we have the choice and power to follow Him and obey His Word May the Lord richly bless you as disciple others in His Word INTRODUCTION 3 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDE 1 CHOICES The choices we make do have consequences good and bad Some related topics to discuss might be the will or conscience When we choose to compromise and make wrong choices we weaken our will power to do right Soon our will power is non existent and our conscience is silent Our conscience is that small voice that tells us right from wrong and brings guilt and shame for disobedience Of course the most important choice we can make is for Jesus Spiritual life and spiritual understanding is not available to us until we first say yes to Jesus He who has the Son has life he who does not have the Son of God does not have life 1 John 5 12 When we say yes to Jesus the Holy Spirit indwells us and illuminates our spiritual understanding The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned I Corinthians 2 14 Invite those who come to The Most Excellent Way to make the choice to become a Christian The call for this decision should be made as often as possible Teach the benefits of Christian life and the danger of unbelief For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord Romans 6 23 Suggested additional references Proverbs 3 and 4 Proverbs 8 10 Isaiah 56 4 Romans 8 LEADER S GUIDE 1 CHOICES 4 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 1 CHOICES LIFE IS FILLED WITH CHOICES everything from what to wear what to eat where to go and what to do Making the right choices is called wisdom See if you can discover on these pages what the wisest choice a person can make 1 LUKE 10 38 42 As Jesus and His disciples were on their way He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him 39She had a sister called Mary who sat at the Lord s feet listening to what He said 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made She came to Him and asked Lord don t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself Tell her to help me 41 Martha Martha the Lord answered you are worried and upset about many things 42but only one thing is needed Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her 38 2 Where did Mary choose to sit and what was she doing vs 39 __________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What distracted Martha from making the same choice as Mary vs 40 ____________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What does Jesus tell Martha and what does He mean vs 41 42 ________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ John 7 14 17 Not until halfway through the Feast did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach 15The Jews were amazed and asked How did this man get such learning without having studied 16Jesus answered My teaching is not My own It comes from Him who sent Me 17If any one chooses to do God s will he will find out whether My teaching comes from God or whether I speak on My own 14 What did the people think of Jesus teaching vs 15 ___________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What question did they ask vs 15 __________________________________________________ How did Jesus answer vs 16 ______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 1 CHOICES 5 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 3 4 What choices can we make to find out if Jesus teaching comes from God vs 17 Explain _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PROVERBS 1 20 33 20Wisdom calls aloud in the street she raises her voice in the public squares 21at the head of the noisy streets she cries out in the gateways of the city she makes her speech 22 How long will you simple ones love your simple ways How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge 23If you had responded to my rebuke I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you 24But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand 25since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke 26I in turn will laugh at your disaster I will mock when calamity overtakes you 27when calamity overtakes you like a storm when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind when distress and troubles overwhelm you 28Then they will call to me but I will not answer they will look for me but will not find me 29Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord 30since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke 31they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes 32For the waywardness of the simple will kill them and the complacency of fools will destroy them 33but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease without fear of harm What unwise choice have some people made vs 24 25 _______________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ How does God respond to those who reject Him vs 28 _______________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What choices were made to bring God to this decision vs 29 30 _______________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What hope is held out for those who make wise choices vs 33 _________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ HEBREWS 11 24 28 24By faith Moses when he had grown up refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh s daughter 25He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time 26He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt because he was looking ahead to his reward 27By faith he left Egypt not fearing the king s anger 1 CHOICES 6 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible 28By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel 5 In verse 25 what choice did Moses make _____________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ For Moses what was of greater value than the treasure of Egypt vs 26 __________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ How did Moses leave Egypt the world vs 27 _______________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Why did Moses persevere vs 27 ____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 1 PETER 2 9 10 But you are a chosen people a royal priesthood a holy nation a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light 10Once you were not a people but now you are the people of God once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy 9 6 What has Jesus caused believers to become vs 9 _____________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What were these people once vs 10 ________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 1 CORINTHIANS 1 26 31 26Brothers think of what you were when you were called Not many of you were wise by human standards not many were influential not many were of noble birth 27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things and the things that are not to nullify the things that are 29so that no one may boast before him 30It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus who has become for us wisdom from God that is our righteousness holiness and redemption 31Therefore as it is written Let him who boasts boast in the Lord What were believers when they were called vs 26 ____________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What did God choose and why vs 27 28 29 _________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 1 CHOICES 7 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 7 What has Jesus become for us vs 30 ________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Who should we boast in Why ____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ JOSHUA 24 14 15 14 Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt and serve the Lord 15But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living But as for Me and my household we will serve the Lord In what way should we serve the Lord vs 14 _______________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What choice needed to be made vs 15 _____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What was Joshua s choice for himself and his household vs 15 _________________________________________________________________________________ What choice will you make and why Explain _______________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ ROMANS 10 9 11 That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved 11As the Scripture says Everyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame May the Lord richly bless you as you seek to make the right choices 1 CHOICES 8 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDE 2 THE WAY Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life John 14 6 What is the right way is the question we all face There are so many ways a person can choose to go The most important choice we will ever make is whether or not to live God s way to choose the way of a believer or to remain a non believer Even this choice can be confusing when we consider the many religions practiced in the world today The world offers many ways or paths to God and personal salvation Some of the ways endorse multiple gods polytheism and reject the philosophy of one God monotheism Some of the ways suggest that we are in fact our own gods How can a person know how to confidently choose the right way Talk about the authority of Scripture its infallibility and inerrancy with your group Explain that Jesus is the only person in the history of the world to make the claim of resurrection and to have been seen alive again by the witnesses testifying in the Bible Be sure to explain that HIS way is a gift that cannot be earned only received by faith Ephesians 2 8 Reinforce the idea that He is the way His way is a choice we make toward a Christian lifestyle of obedience to His Word Even those who choose to say no to Jesus are in fact choosing a way that has consequences and leads to continued spiritual death Share your testimony about how and why you chose His way then invite your group to do likewise LEADER S GUIDE 2 THE WAY 9 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 2 THE WAY Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life John 14 6 1 2 PSALM 119 9 16 How can a young man keep his way pure By living according to your Word 10I seek You with all my heart do not let me stray from your commands 11I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you 12Praise be to You O Lord teach me Your decrees 13With my lips I recount all the laws that come from Your mouth 14I rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches 15I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways 16I delight in your decrees I will not neglect Your Word How can someone keep his or her way pure vs 9 ____________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Why did David hide the word in his heart vs 11 _________________________________________________________________________________ What did David meditate on and consider vs 15 ____________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PROVERBS 14 12 There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end it leads to death 3 What does man s way eventually lead to ____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ JOB 23 10 12 But He knows the way that I take when He has tested me I will come forth as gold 11My feet have closely followed His steps I have kept to His way without turning aside 12I have not departed from the commands of His lips I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread 10 How did Job say his way would come forth after testing from God vs 10 ________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What did Job treasure more than his daily bread vs 12 _______________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 2 THE WAY 10 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 4 5 6 PSALM 37 5 6 Commit your way to the Lord trust in Him and He will do this He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn the justice of your cause like the noonday sun What will the Lord do if we commit our way to Him vs 5 6 ___________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What does this fact mean to you Explain ____________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ PSALM 32 8 10 8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go I will counsel you and watch over you 9Do not be like the horse or the mule which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you 10Many are the woes of the wicked but the Lord s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him What does God promise to instruct and teach us vs 8 _________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ How do we get horses and mules to do what we want vs 9 ____________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What surrounds the man whose way is to trust in the Lord vs 10 __________________________________________________________________________________ 1 SAMUEL 12 20 24 Do not be afraid Samuel replied You have done all this evil yet do not turn away from the Lord but serve the Lord with all your heart 21Do not turn away after useless idols They can do you no good nor can they rescue you because they are useless 22For the sake of His great name the Lord will not reject His people because the Lord was pleased to make you His own 23As for me far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you And I will teach you the way that is good and right 24But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart consider what great things He has done for you 20 Why were the people afraid vs 20 __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What way did Samuel warn the people not to go vs 21 _______________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 2 THE WAY 11 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 7 8 9 What was the Lord pleased to do vs 22 ____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What did Samuel want to do vs 23 _________________________________________________________________________________ ISAIAH 30 19 21 19O people of Zion who live in Jerusalem you will weep no more How gracious He will be when you cry for help As soon as He hears He will answer you 20Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction your teachers will be hidden no more with your own eyes you will see them 21Whether you turn to the right or to the left your ears will hear a voice behind you saying This is the way walk in it How soon will God answer His people when they cry for help vs 19 ___________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What would the people see with their own eyes vs 20 _______________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Who is saying This is the way walk in it vs 21 _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ ISAIAH 53 6 We all like sheep have gone astray each of us has turned to his own way and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all Who has gone astray _____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What way have each of us turned to ________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Whose iniquity was laid on Him Jesus _____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ ACTS 9 1 6 Meanwhile Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord s disciples He went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way whether men or women he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem 3As he neared Damascus on his journey suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him Saul Saul why do you persecute Me 5 Who are You Lord Saul asked I am Jesus whom you are persecuting He replied 6 Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do 1 Who was Saul threatening vs 1 ___________________________________________________ 2 THE WAY 12 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 11 What did Saul ask the high priest for vs 2 ___________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What did Saul want to do with anybody who belonged to the Way vs 2 _________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What flashed around Saul as he came close to Damascus vs 3 _________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What was Saul s response vs 4 ____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Who was speaking to Saul vs 5 ____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ ACTS 24 14 16 However I admit that I worship the God of our fathers as a follower of the Way which they call a sect I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets 15and I have the same hope in God as these men that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked 16So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man 14 As a follower of the Way what did Paul admit to vs 14 _______________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What was Paul s hope in God vs 15 _______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What did Paul strive to do vs 16 ___________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What will you strive to do _________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you seek His Way 2 THE WAY 13 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDE 3 THE TRUTH Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life John 14 6 There are many truths being taught in today s world How can we know if something is really true God s Word is the authority and standard that we test everything by Truth is that which is in harmony with God s reality If God says it then we know it s true it is impossible for God to lie Hebrews 6 18 The Ten Commandments instruct us not to bear false witness which includes exaggeration and little white lies Adding to or keeping back a portion of the truth is not telling the whole truth nothing but the truth so help me God which is required in court testimonies today and is required by the divine judge God Sometimes the truth can hurt therefore we should be sensitive about speaking the truth in love The Bible says that the wounds of a friend are faithful but we are also taught to do unto others as we would have them do unto us See Matthew 7 12 Why is it that we sometimes lie to ourselves or refuse to accept the truth Knowing that something is true makes us accountable to it doesn t it Explain to your group that they are accountable to the truth of God whether or not they accept it as the truth Explain why God s truth is the Good News and always offer the opportunity to receive the truth Truth is a person Jesus LEADER S GUIDE 3 THE TRUTH 14 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 3 THE TRUTH Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life John 14 6 1 JOHN 14 6 Jesus answered I am the way and the truth and the life No one comes to the Father except through Me 2 3 4 What is the only way for a person to come to God the Father ___________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ JOHN 18 37 You are a king then said Pilate Jesus answered You are right in saying I am a king In fact for this reason I was born and for this I came into the world to testify to the truth Everyone on the side of truth listens to Me What is the reason Jesus came into the world ________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Who listens to Him _______________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ JOHN 1 14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us We have seen His glory the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father full of grace and truth Where did Jesus come from ________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ He is full of grace and what _______________________________________________________ PROVERBS 23 23 Buy the truth and do not sell it get wisdom discipline and understanding What should you buy and what will you get with it ___________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What do you think this Proverb means Explain ______________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 3 THE TRUTH 15 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 5 6 PROVERBS 12 19 Truthful lips endure forever but a lying tongue lasts only a moment What endures forever ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What lasts only a moment _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ ZECHARIAH 8 16 These are the things you are to do Speak the truth to each other and render true and sound judgment in your courts 7 EPHESIANS 6 14 Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist with the breastplate of righteousness in place 8 What must we do ______________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PSALMS 33 4 For the Word of the Lord is right and true he is faithful in all does 10 What should we buckle around our waist ___________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ EPHESIANS 4 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor for we are all members of one body 9 What are the things you are to do __________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What is right and true ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PHILIPPIANS 4 8 Finally brothers whatever is true whatever is noble whatever is right whatever is pure whatever is lovely whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things What kinds of things does Paul encourage us to think about ___________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 3 THE TRUTH 16 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 11 12 PSALMS 119 142 151 160 142 Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true 151 Yet you are near O Lord and all Your commands are true 160 All Your words are true all Your righteous laws are eternal What is true _____________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ How will you handle God s truth Explain ___________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ I JOHN 5 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true Why has Jesus come __________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ PERSONAL NOTES ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you choose to seek His truth 3 THE TRUTH 17 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDE 4 THE LIFE Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life John 14 6 The benefits that Jesus offers through salvation are two fold the powerful promise of eternal life with Him in heaven and the promise of a better and more fulfilling life while we are here on earth As the video depicts the world is full of contrary and competing ideas about the meaning of life We are challenged to make decisions about religion politics ethics morality and the like How are we to know which beliefs and groups are right and which are wrong Moral relativism is the emerging philosophy most people are embracing today What s right for you is right for you and what s right for me is right for me The Bible however stands alone as the one authority we must base all of our beliefs and convictions on because it contains God s truth concerning life The Bible states that The fear of the Lord leads to life Proverbs 19 23 To fear the Lord is to obey Him We can find answers throughout the Bible to any and all of life s questions about how to live and how to obey and please God His promise to those who do so is that He will pour out His blessings in this life and the one to come Talk to your group about the old lifestyles and how they see society at large How does culture tradition ethnic background and education influence the lifestyles we choose How important is being part of a group dressing like others or doing what others do What are the life long dreams or desires of people What life decisions help to reach these goals Remember to always give your group opportunities to choose eternal life LEADER S GUIDE THE LIFE 18 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 4 THE LIFE Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life John 14 6 As Christians we are promised eternal life in heaven with God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ The Bible also has very good instruction for those in this life that are interested in futures full of happiness and fulfillment 1 GALATIANS 6 7 10 Do not be deceived God cannot be mocked A man reaps what he sows 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature from that nature will reap destruction the one who sows to please the Spirit from the Spirit will reap eternal life 9Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up 10Therefore as we have opportunity let us do good to all people especially to those who belong to the family of believers 7 2 What does a man reap vs 7 _______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What does that mean to you _______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ How can someone reap eternal life vs 8 ____________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Why should we not become weary in doing good vs 9 ________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ JAMES 1 12 18 12Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him 13When tempted no one should say God is tempting me For God cannot be tempted by evil nor does He tempt anyone 14but each one is tempted when by his own evil desire he is dragged away and enticed 15Then after desire has conceived it gives birth to sin and sin when it is full grown gives birth to death 16Don t be deceived my dear brothers 17Every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows 18He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created Who will receive the crown of life vs 12 ____________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 4 THE LIFE 19 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 3 What does sin eventually give birth to vs 15 _________________________________________________________________________________ Where does every good and perfect gift come from vs 17 _________________________________________________________________________________ PROVERBS 10 27 28 The fear of the Lord adds length to life but the years of the wicked are cut short 28 The prospect of the righteous is joy but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing 27 4 What kinds of people are promised long lives vs 27 _________________________________________________________________________________ What kinds of people are ensured futures full of happiness vs 28 _________________________________________________________________________________ JOHN 10 7 10 Therefore Jesus said again I tell you the truth I am the gate for the sheep 8 All who ever came before Me were thieves and robbers but the sheep did not listen to them 9 I am the gate whoever enters through Me will be saved He will come in and go out and find pasture 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy I have come that they may have life and have it to the full 7 5 What does Jesus say He is for the sheep vs 7 _________________________________________________________________________________ What was the response of the sheep to those who came before Jesus vs 8 _________________________________________________________________________________ What must each sheep do to find life and good pasture vs 9 _________________________________________________________________________________ Why does Jesus say He came vs 10 _________________________________________________________________________________ DEUTERONOMY 30 15 20 See I set before you today life and prosperity death and destruction 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God to walk in His ways and to keep His commands decrees and laws then you will live and increase and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess 17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them 18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess 19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death blessings and curses Now choose life so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God listen to His voice and hold fast to Him For the Lord is your life and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob 4 THE LIFE 20 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 6 7 What were the two options set before the people vs 15 ________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What things must people do if they want to have lives full of blessings vs 16 ____________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What happens to those who turn away from God vs 17 18 ____________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What are the benefits of choosing life vs 19 20 ______________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 1 PETER 3 10 12 For Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech 11He must turn from evil and do good he must seek peace and pursue it 12For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil If someone loves life and wants to see good days what should they do vs 10 11 __________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Whose prayers is the Lord attentive to vs 12 ________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 2 PETER 1 3 4 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness 4Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires What has given us everything we need for life vs 3 __________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ How can we escape the corruption of the world and participate in the divine nature vs 4 __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 4 THE LIFE 21 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 8 ROMANS 6 20 23 When you were slaves to sin you were free from the control of righteousness 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of Those things result in death 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God the benefit you reap leads to holiness and the result is eternal life 23For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord When believers are set free from sin what do they become vs 22 ______________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ As a believer what do the benefits you reap lead to vs 22 ____________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What is God s gift vs 23 _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Have you accepted His gift of life Explain ___________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you choose to live His life 4 THE LIFE 22 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDE 5 HUMILITY Jesus said Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven Matthew 5 3 This Study and the next six are inspired by the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5 3 10 Verses 3 and 10 use the term the kingdom of heaven this is a literary style called an inclusive An inclusive is like a set of brackets everything between the inclusive is relative to the topic the kingdom of heaven In this case all the Beatitudes are a description of those who live in God s Kingdom We see the character and attitudes of Christian life portrayed We also see a blessing given in response to living out these attitudes in everyday life Explain to your group how these attitudes are a natural outcome of being filled with and led by the Holy Spirit These attitudes are available to us by free will choice just as the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5 22 Just as every seed has its genetic code within itself it knows whether it s a tomato pumpkin or apple so the incorruptible seed given 1 Peter 1 23 to Christians knows what kind of fruit attitudes to bear It only needs to be watered with the Word and faith Teach that these Beatitudes are already possessed by born again Christians and that each Christian is responsible for expressing these attitudes in their reactions to everyday circumstances The first Beatitude or principle is humility Matthew 5 3 Humility is the opposite of pride and an attitude every person must possess to enter the kingdom of heaven We all must humble ourselves before God ask His forgiveness for our sin and accept Jesus as our Lord Be sure to offer an opportunity for those in your group to humble themselves and become followers of Jesus and citizens of His kingdom LEADER S GUIDE 5 HUMILITY 23 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 5 HUMILITY Jesus said Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven Matthew 5 3 The meaning of the Greek word for poor in spirit ptochus implies a beggar someone who is poor in class or caste system empty of all pride or boasting 1 ISAIAH 57 15 For this is what the high and lofty One says He who lives forever whose name is holy I live in a high and holy place but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite 2 PROVERBS 16 19 Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud 3 What brings wealth and honor _____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PROVERBS 29 23 A man s pride brings him low but a man of lowly spirit gains honor 5 Which attitude is better ___________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PROVERBS 22 4 Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life 4 Who does God dwell with and what does He do _____________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ In the above Proverb what is the promise concerning humility _________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ MATTHEW 18 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven ________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 5 HUMILITY 24 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 6 7 PHILIPPIANS 2 3 8 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit but in humility consider others better than yourselves 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also the interests of others 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus 6 Who being in very nature God did not consider equality with God something to be grasped 7 but made Himself nothing taking the very nature of a servant being made in human likeness 8 And being found in appearance as a man He humbled Himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross How should we think about others vs 3 ____________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Whose interests should we look out for vs 4 __________________________________________________________________________________ What attitude should we have vs 5 __________________________________________________________________________________ What examples of Jesus humility are given in verses 6 8 __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ JAMES 4 6 Scripture says God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble 8 Who does God resist ____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ LUKE 14 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted Who shall be exalted ______________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What does being humble mean to you Explain _______________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you choose to follow Him 5 HUMILITY 25 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDE 6 PENITENCE Jesus said Blessed are those who mourn Matthew 5 4 The principle or attitude of this Beatitude is penitence Penitence is personal grief over personal sin a mourning or sorrow we feel when we recognize the sinfulness of our own state as we are exposed to the purity of God and His Word Penitence always precedes repentance Paul said in Romans 7 24 What a wretched man I am Who will rescue me from this body of death Likewise Isaiah cried Woe to me I am a man of unclean lips 6 5 These words express the deep realization and heartfelt grief they felt about their sinfulness Conviction must precede conversion We must experience a true sense of our sinful state before we can experience the true joy of salvation Penitence works to bring us to true repentance the choice of turning away from sin and ungodliness and choosing obedience to God s will and God s commands Penitence is the grief we might feel over the conditions of life or the consequences brought about by sin Divorce and broken homes lives ruined by drug and alcohol abuse wars and violence sexual immorality and sickness of every kind are all results of the fall of man and of sin Jesus wept over the condition of man Sin should likewise break our hearts before God Ask your group to share experiences they know about that typify the devastation of sin Be sure to give them the opportunity to repent of their sin and follow Jesus LEADER S GUIDE 6 PENITENCE 26 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     LEADER   S GUIDE  6     PENITENCE Jesus said     Blessed are those ...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 6 PENITENCE Jesus said Blessed are those who mourn Matthew 5 4 1 LUKE 23 39 43 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him Aren t you the Christ Save yourself and us 40But the other criminal rebuked him Don t you fear God he said since you are under the same sentence 41We are punished justly for we are getting what our deeds deserve But this man has done nothing wrong 42Then he said Jesus remember me when you come into Your kingdom 43Jesus answered him I tell you the truth today you will be with Me in paradise This story about the penitent thief who died on the cross with Jesus is a model of God s grace 2 3 How did the thief feel about his companion vs 40 ____________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ How did he feel about himself About Jesus vs 41 ___________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What was his prayer Did he have faith vs 42 _______________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What was Jesus answer vs 43 ____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ ACTS 3 19 Repent then and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out that times of refreshing may come from the Lord What happens to your sins if you repent _____________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Have you repented for your sins ____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Acts 8 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart Why should we repent and pray ____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 6 PENITENCE 27 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 4 ACTS 17 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance but now He commands all people everywhere to repent 5 2 CHRONICLES 7 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land 6 8 What promise is there for Christians if we turn from ungodliness and seek God ___________ _________________________________________________________________________________ EZEKIEL 18 21 But if a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right he will surely live he will not die 7 What is God s command all people _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What promise is here for each person who will turn from sin to God ____________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ REVELATION 2 4 5 4 Yet I hold this against you You have forsaken your first love 5 Remember the height from which you have fallen Repent and do the things you did at first If you do not repent I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place What does Jesus have against the church of Ephesus vs 4 _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What are they to do vs 5 _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Mark 6 12 13 They went out and preached that people should repent They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them What did these guys preach vs 12 _________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What else did they do vs 13 _______________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 6 PENITENCE 28 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 9 10 MATTHEW 3 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance What kind of fruit is John the Baptist saying to produce ________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What does he mean _______________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ ACTS 2 38 Peter replied Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit What free gift does God offer __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ How can we receive it __________________________________________________________________________________ Have you received God s gift Explain __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you choose to please Him 6 PENITENCE 29 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDE 7 MEEKNESS Jesus said Blessed are the meek Matthew 5 5 Meekness is a lack of self centeredness being others centered or Christ centered Doing His will and being like Him is priority number one for the person who is meek The idea of meekness directly opposes the world s philosophy The world thinks in terms of strength power ability self assurance aggressiveness competitiveness self reliance and the like The values of the world are contradictory and opposite of the kingdom s spiritual values and principles Meekness is the ability to forfeit all of our personal rights for the benefits of others As servants of the Lord we are to deny self will or self assertiveness An inward awareness of who we are in Jesus allows an outward expression of gentleness and constraint Meekness is the controlled desire to see another s interest advance ahead of our own When we are without selfish ambition and exemplify Biblical meekness God can then trust us with everything We inherit the earth or the use of all God has at His disposal to accomplish His will We give Him all the glory not self Discuss with your group how deeply the roots of SELF penetrate each of our lives How much do we talk about ourselves How often do we use the pronoun I This beatitude follows penitence because we cannot be truly meek until we first repent and finish with our self centeredness Maybe someone in the group is ready to make that decision today LEADER S GUIDE 7 MEEKNESS 30 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     LEADER   S GUIDE  7     MEEKNESS Jesus said     Blessed are the mee...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 7 MEEKNESS Jesus said Blessed are the meek Matthew 5 5 1 2 MATTHEW 11 29 KJV Jesus said Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls What does Jesus say about Himself ________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What will His yoke bring _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ TITUS 3 2 KJV To speak evil of no man to be no brawlers but gentle showing all meekness unto all men 3 What are we to do and not do in this verse __________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 1 PETER 2 23 When they hurled their insults at Him He did not retaliate when He suffered He made no threats Instead He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly ISAIAH 53 7 He was oppressed and afflicted yet He did not open His mouth He was led like a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is silent so He did not open his mouth 4 In these two passages how does Jesus demonstrate His meekness ______________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ ZEPHANIAH 2 3 KJV Seek ye the Lord all ye meek of the earth which have wrought His judgment seek righteousness seek meekness it may be ye shall be His in the day of the Lord s anger Why should we seek meekness ____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What else should we seek after ____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 7 MEEKNESS 31 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 5 6 GALATIANS 5 22 23 KJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love joy peace longsuffering gentleness goodness faith 23 meekness temperance against such there is no law Meekness is the fruit of what _______________________________________________________ What is the attitude of each fruit ___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ JAMES 1 21 KJV Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness and receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your souls 7 How are we to receive the Word of God _____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 1 Peter 3 4 KJV But let it be the hidden man of the heart in that which is not corruptible even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit which is in the sight of God of great price What is of great value in the sight of God ____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PERSONAL NOTES ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you choose to follow His example 7 MEEKNESS 32 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDE 8 SPIRITUAL HUNGER Jesus said Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness Matthew 5 6 Notice we are not told to hunger and thirst after happiness Happiness is the pursuit of the world Only in pursuing righteousness can we truly find happiness Everlasting and eternal happiness is what God offers Hunger and thirst What does this mean It s a conscience awareness of our need for right standing with God The feelings of thirst and hunger are not relieved until they are satisfied It s not just a passion need or desire but a craving that persists until it is satisfied Only God can satisfy our spiritual thirst and hunger It is the doctrine of grace a free gift of God Jesus said All that the Father gives Me will come to Me and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away John 6 37 Ask your group to share times when they may have been really hungry or thirsty How did it feel When did the feelings stop and how Relate the answers to spiritual hunger and fan their desire to be righteous in God s sight Explain how our spiritual hunger can be satisfied through reading and studying the Bible through worship and even through service and ministry work Explain Ephesians 2 10 all Christians are created to do good works in Christ Jesus and how this service is part of satisfying our hunger and thirst Jesus said that by first seeking after righteousness everything we desire to be whole is added unto us But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well Matthew 6 33 LEADER S GUIDE 8 SPIRITUAL HUNGER 33 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     LEADER   S GUIDE  8     SPIRITUAL HUNGER Jesus said     Blessed are...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 8 SPIRITUAL HUNGER Jesus said Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled Matthew 5 6 1 II CORINTHIANS 5 21 God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God 2 What did God make Jesus become and why _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ ROMANS 5 17 19 For if by the trespass of the one man death reigned through that one man how much more will those who receive God s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One Man Jesus Christ 18Consequently just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners so also through the obedience of the One Man the many will be made righteous 17 3 By whom do we receive the abundance of grace vs 17 _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ How do we receive righteousness vs 17 _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PSALM 107 9 for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things What does God fill the hungry soul with _________________________________________________________________________________ How have you filled yourself in the past Explain _____________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 8 SPIRITUAL HUNGER 34 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 4 5 6 JOHN 4 14 Jesus said but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst Indeed the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life What does Jesus say is the result of His water ________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ How thirsty will we be after we drink His water ______________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ JOHN 7 37 On the last and greatest day of the Feast Jesus stood and said in a loud voice If a man is thirsty let him come to Me and drink What should we do if we thirst _____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Are you thirsty now Explain _____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ REVELATION 7 16 Never again will they hunger never again will they thirst The sun will not beat upon them nor any scorching heat 7 8 What does this verse say about people who are in heaven ______________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ REVELATION 22 17 The Spirit and the bride say Come And let him who hears say Come Whoever is thirsty let him come and whoever wishes let him take the free gift of the water of life This is the last invitation in the Bible Who is it given to _______________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What can they do _________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ PSALMS 73 25 Whom have I in heaven but you And earth has nothing I desire besides you What does the psalmist say he desired from the earth _________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Is God your desire ________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 8 SPIRITUAL HUNGER 35 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 9 ISAIAH 26 9 My soul yearns for You in the night in the morning my spirit longs for You When Your judgments come upon the earth the people of the world learn righteousness 10 11 12 I PETER 2 2 Like newborn babies crave pure spiritual milk so that by it you many grow up in your salvation What should we crave ____________________________________________________________ Why ____________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PSALMS 63 1 O God you are my God earnestly I seek you my soul thirst for you my body longs for you in a dry and weary land where there is no water What does the psalmist earnestly seek ______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What does he long for _____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PSALMS 36 7 8 How priceless is your unfailing love Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings 8 They feast on the abundance of your house you give them drink from your river of delights 13 How does Isaiah describe his hunger and thirst _______________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Who finds rivers of delight and where _______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Describe spiritual hunger and thirst in your own words _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you choose His spiritual provisions 8 SPIRITUAL HUNGER 36 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     9.  ISAIAH 26 9 My soul yearns for You in the night  in the morning...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDE 9 MERCY Jesus said Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy Matthew 5 7 Before we can examine this Beatitude we must realize the principle a Christian person is something before he does something We must be a Christian before we can act like one Being is always more important than doing Taking it a step further we are not meant to control our Christianity rather our Christianity is meant to control us The question is are we merciful Mercy is a descriptive adjective that is applied especially and specifically to God an attribute of Himself What is mercy Grace is associated with people in their sins Mercy is associated with people in their misery the result of their sin While grace looks at sin as a whole mercy deals with its consequences Mercy is a sense of pity with a desire to relieve suffering The supreme example is God sending Jesus into the world Because we have been shown such great mercy we should now in turn show mercy to others Grace is getting what we don t deserve while mercy is not getting what we do deserve Mercy is what people plead for in the face of justice Though they know they may legally or rightly deserve the consequence just punishment for their behavior the plea for mercy comes forth Ask your group to share times when they hoped for mercy when they faced justice or punishment Be sure to explain that the Gospel is the good news of God s mercy and grace Perhaps some in your group need to make the choice to accept God s mercy LEADER S GUIDE 9 MERCY 37 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     LEADER   S GUIDE  9     MERCY Jesus said     Blessed are the mercif...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 9 MERCY Jesus said Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy Matthew 5 7 1 2 EPHESIANS 2 4 5 But because of His great love for us God who is rich in mercy 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions it is by grace you have been saved What is God rich in vs 4 __________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ How has He shown us His mercy vs 5 _____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ LAMENTATIONS 3 22 Because of the Lord s great love we are not consumed for His compassions never fail 3 4 5 Why are we not consumed ________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ MICAH 7 18 Who is a God like You who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy What does God delight in _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What does God pardon ___________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ TITUS 3 5 He saved us not because of righteous things we had done but because of His mercy He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit How has God saved us according to His mercy _______________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ How has God saved you according to His mercy ______________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PSALMS 103 17 But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord s love is with those who fear Him and His righteousness with their children s children How long does the mercy of God last _______________________________________________ RAPSHEET MERCY 9 MERCY 38 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 6 MICAH 6 8 He has showed you O man what is good And what does the Lord require of you To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God What does the Lord require of us ____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What does the Lord require of you Explain __________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you seek His mercy 9 MERCY 39 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDE 10 INWARD PURITY Jesus said Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God Matthew 5 8 This Beatitude is what being a Christian is all about Holiness The Lord puts the emphasis upon the heart not the head The Pharisees and religious leaders were always ready to reduce the way of life and righteousness to a matter of outward conduct and behavior The heart is the center of our personality it is the total of our being and character Jesus said that out of the heart pours evil thoughts murders adulteries fornications thefts and false witnesses Man thinks his troubles are due to his environment However it was in a perfect environment that man first sinned The trouble is in the heart Some people have a problem with pornography or the lust of the eyes Notice the promise of this Beatitude that the pure in heart will see God If we choose to purify our hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to control our desire to see or do immoral things then we will see the most incredible and awesome sight imaginable God Himself The Bible does not invite us to transform the heart but rather Jesus said we must be born again John 3 This is the only way we can obey the command to love God with our whole heart mind and soul Talk with your group about conscience and knowing right from wrong in their heart Take a good look at Romans 10 9 10 and see if any hearts are ready to believe and be born again That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved Romans 10 9 10 LEADER S GUIDE 10 INWARD PURITY 40 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     LEADER   S GUIDE  10     INWARD PURITY Jesus said     Blessed are t...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 10 INWARD PURITY Jesus said Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God Matthew 5 8 Having a pure heart only results from our willingness to receive a new heart from God through faith in Jesus 1 2 3 MARK 7 20 23 He went on What comes out of a man is what makes him unclean 21 For from within out of men s hearts come evil thoughts sexual immorality theft murder adultery 22 greed malice deceit lewdness envy slander arrogance and folly 23 All these evils come from inside and make a man unclean What makes a person unclean vs 20 23 _________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ What comes out of a man s heart vs 21 22 ________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ PSALM 24 3 4 Who may ascend the hill of the Lord Who may stand in His holy place He who has clean hands and a pure heart who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false Where does a pure heart allow you to stand ________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Have you ever lifted up your soul to an idol or sworn by what is false Explain __________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 2 TIMOTHY 2 22 Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness faith love and peace along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart What actions are we encouraged to take Explain ___________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 10 INWARD PURITY 41 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 4 5 JAMES 4 8 10 8 Come near to God and He will come near to you Wash your hands you sinners and purify your hearts you double minded 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up What must you do to come near to God _____________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What must you do to be lifted up ___________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ I PETER 1 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers love one another deeply from the heart 6 7 II PETER 3 13 14 But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth the home of righteousness 14 So then dear friends since you are looking forward to this make every effort to be found spotless blameless and at peace with Him How should we be as we wait for new things ________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ How should we be found __________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ MATTHEW 5 8 Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God 8 How should we love one another __________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What is promised to those with pure hearts __________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ EPHESIANS 5 26 27 to make her holy cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word 27 and to present her to Himself as a radiant church without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish but holy and blameless How does Jesus make the church holy vs 26 _______________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What is the result vs 27 __________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 10 INWARD PURITY 42 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 9 JOB 11 13 15 Yet if you devote your heart to Him and stretch out your hands to Him 14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent 15 then you will lift up your face without shame you will stand firm and without fear 10 What happens if you devote your heart to God __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ JAMES 1 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world Have you been polluted by the world Explain _______________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What does God accept as pure religion ______________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you choose to be purified by Him 10 INWARD PURITY 43 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     9.  JOB 11 13-15    Yet if you devote your heart to Him and stretch...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDE 11 PEACEMAKER Jesus said Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God Matthew 5 9 Peace is an activity of grace We as Christians are not indifferent to the evils of this world We re involved We are to interfere for the betterment of society Peace is the greatest interest of nations and neighborhoods even of family units and individuals We need our police peace officers and our priesthood to maintain peace Blessed are those who bring peace Great is their reward because they are counted as children of God The Bible reveals that every man s nature is convulsed We have sinful imaginations that confuse our passions Passion will override reason cause us to be unsettled and without peace Action takes place and we commit sin Reason is restored and guilt is revived to again take away peace This is the cycle of an unregenerate society This is also humankind at war with itself A community of convulsed natures opposing themselves can never realize peace The Gospel is the ultimate message of peace peace with God and the peace of God producing peace with oneself Be sure to always explain the peace of God and the peace with God available to us through Jesus Chances are someone in your group is looking for real peace Peace is an important part of the free gift of God salvation through Jesus and one of the fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5 22 Blessed are you for being a peacemaker LEADER S GUIDE 11 PEACEMAKER 44 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     LEADER   S GUIDE  11     PEACEMAKER Jesus said     Blessed are the ...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 11 PEACEMAKER Jesus said Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God Matthew 5 9 1 2 LUKE 1 76 79 And you My child John the Baptist will be called a prophet of the Most High for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him 77 to give His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins 78 because of the tender mercy of our God by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death to guide our feet into the path of peace Who does Jesus give light to _______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Where does He guide our feet ______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ LUKE 2 13 14 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel praising God and saying Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests 3 ROMANS 8 6 The mind of sinful man is death but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace 4 What is the result of being spiritually minded ________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ ROMANS 14 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness peace and joy in the Holy Spirit 5 What is the message from God sung by the angels at Jesus birth ________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What does God s kingdom consist of ________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Psalm 29 11 The Lord gives strength to His people the Lord blesses His people with peace What does the Lord give his people _________________________________________________ 11 PEACEMAKER 45 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     BIBLE STUDY  11     PEACEMAKER Jesus said     Blessed are the peace...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 6 ISAIAH 26 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in You 7 8 9 10 JOHN 14 27 Peace I leave with you my peace I give you I do not give to you as the world gives Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid What did Jesus leave and give to us ________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What did He say about our hearts __________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ JOHN 16 33 Jesus said I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace In this world you will have trouble But take heart I have overcome the world Why did Jesus tell us the things He did ______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What will we have in the world and how should we think about it ______________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What has Jesus done with the world ________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PHILIPPIANS 4 7 And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus What will guard our hearts and minds ______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What does it transcend ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PROVERBS 17 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out 11 Who is kept in perfect peace and why _______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ When should we drop a matter _____________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ PROVERBS 20 3 It is to a man s honor to avoid strife but every fool is quick to quarrel Who is quick to quarrel ___________________________________________________________ 11 PEACEMAKER 46 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     6.  ISAIAH 26 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is st...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 12 13 2 TIMOTHY 2 24 And the Lord s servant must not quarrel instead he must be kind to everyone able to teach not resentful What must the Lord s servant not do ________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Who must we be kind to ___________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ ROMANS 5 1 2 Therefore since we have been justified through faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through Whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God How will your peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ affect your attitudes and actions toward others _____________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Why Explain ____________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you choose His peace 11 PEACEMAKER 47 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent LEADER S GUIDE 12 WITNESS You are the salt of the earth but if the salt loses its flavor how shall it be seasoned It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men 14You are the light of the world A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden 15Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand and it gives light to all who are in the house 16Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven Matthew 5 13 16 NKJV We know that John the Baptist baptized with water and the issue was repentance But Jesus baptized with the Holy Spirit and the issue is power Acts 1 5 Power to be His witness It is very important that we teach new disciples to be faithful witnesses to the Lord and His work in their lives Often peer pressure or family pressure makes us ashamed or afraid to talk about our decision to follow Jesus These feelings need to be talked about and worked through Tell your group stories and antidotes of people you know personally and historically who were dramatically used by God because of their faithfulness to be witnesses The story of Peter s denial of Christ is a good example of God s forgiveness and empowering for service Even today we see examples of Christian martyrs i e Columbine High School willing to die rather than deny their Lord Give your testimony or bring someone to your meeting to give a dynamic witness LEADER S GUIDE 12 WITNESS 48 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     LEADER   S GUIDE  12     WITNESS    You are the salt of the earth  ...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 12 WITNESS 13 1 2 3 ACTS 1 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth What will you receive _____________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ What will you be __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ MARK 5 19 Jesus did not let him but said Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you What did Jesus tell the man he healed to do ___________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ Has Jesus healed you If so who will you tell ________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ II TIMOTHY 1 8 So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord or ashamed of me his prisoner But join with me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God 4 You are the salt of the earth but if the salt loses its flavor how shall it be seasoned It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men 14You are the light of the world A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden 15Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand and it gives light to all who are in the house 16Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven Matthew 5 13 16 NKJV What does the apostle Paul say about being a witness __________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ I PETER 3 15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have But do this with gentleness and respect What does Peter say about giving an answer to people who ask about our hope __________ __________________________________________________________________________________ How should we do it ______________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 12 WITNESS 49 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 5 ISAIAH 43 10 You are My witnesses declares the Lord and My servant whom I have chosen so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He Before Me no god was formed nor will there be one after Me 6 What is to be done with that same spirit of faith _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ ACTS 22 15 You will be His witnesses to all men of what you have seen and heard 8 What do the Lord s witnesses and servants know ____________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 2 CORINTHIANS 4 13 It is written I believed therefore I have spoken With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak 7 What is your reason for hope Explain _______________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ What did God choose both Paul and you to be ________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ ROMANS 8 16 NKJV The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God How will the knowledge that you are a child of God affect your willingness to witness for Jesus ____________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you choose to be His witness 12 WITNESS 50 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent          5.  ISAIAH 43 10    You are My witnesses,    declares the Lord...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY 13 ASSURANCE OF SALVATION Having assurance of salvation means being certain in your mind to put beyond all doubt Satan would love to have you doubt your salvation It is one of his tricks You don t really believe you re saved and your sins are forgiven do you Do you really think all you need to do is believe and you will receive Christ s power and eternal life Surely that isn t enough How will you respond to the enemy s challenges to your faith What will your answer be Your hope of successfully resisting such attacks is to know the Word of God 1 2 Read and memorize 1 JOHN 5 11 12 And this is the testimony God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son He who has the Son has life he who does not have the Son of God does not have life Who gives eternal life ___________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Where is eternal life found _______________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Who does not have eternal life ___________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 1 JOHN 5 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life JOHN 20 30 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in His name 3 ROMANS 5 8 But God demonstrates His own love for us in this While we were still sinners Christ died for us 4 Why did John say that he wrote his gospel _________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ How has God shown that He loves you ____________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ISAIAH 59 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God your sins have hidden His face from you so that He will not hear What results of man s sinfulness are listed __________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 13 ASSURANCE OF SALVATION 51 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     BIBLE STUDY  13     ASSURANCE OF SALVATION Having assurance of salv...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 5 EPHESIANS 2 8 9 For it is by grace you have been saved through faith and this not from yourselves it is the gift of God not by works so that no one can boast 6 1 PETER 3 18 For Christ died for sins once for all the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit 7 How did Peter explain what God has done to bring men to Himself ____________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ JOHN 1 12 Yet to all who received Him to those who believed in His name He gave the right to become children of God 8 Why do human efforts always fail to reach God _____________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ When you become a Christian you also become what ________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 1 PETER 2 24 25 He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness by His wounds you have been healed For you were like sheep going astray but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls COLOSSIANS 2 13 14 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature God made you alive with Christ He forgave us all our sins having canceled the written code with its regulations that was against us and that stood opposed to us He took it away nailing it to the cross ISAIAH 1 18 Come now let us reason together says the LORD Though your sins are like scarlet they shall be as white as snow though they are red as crimson they shall be like wool List from the above Scriptures what did Christ with our sins __________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 13 ASSURANCE OF SALVATION 52 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     5.  EPHESIANS 2 8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 9 JOHN 5 24 Jesus said I tell you the truth whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned he has crossed over from death to life 10 JOHN 10 27 29 Jesus said My sheep listen to My voice I know them and they follow Me 28I give them eternal life and they shall never perish no one can snatch them out of My hand 29My Father who has given them to Me is greater than all no one can snatch them out of My Father s hand 30I and the Father are one 11 What three things are the result of hearing and believing Present ________________________________________________________________________ Future _________________________________________________________________________ Past __________________________________________________________________________ What did God promise His followers ______________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 2 CORINTHIANS 5 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation the old has gone the new has come What happens when a person becomes a Christian __________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you with the assurance of your salvation as you choose to follow Jesus 13 ASSURANCE OF SALVATION 53 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     9.  JOHN 5 24 Jesus said     I tell you the truth, whoever hears My...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY TO COMPLETE YOUR STUDY FIND THE ANSWERS IN THE BIBLE 14 PRAYER Prayer is one of the most important privileges of Christian life and yet it is so often neglected and pushed aside Prayer is the means by which we enter into the presence of God Through prayer we have a direct line to the Creator and sustainer of all God is not concerned about the position of the body when we pray He s interested in the condition of the heart We pray so we can talk to God but also to allow God to talk back to us We are able to express our love and needs to Him and ask for His guidance and leading in our lives 1 2 3 How are we to come to God when we pray HEBREW 4 16 ____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ JAMES 1 6 ______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ What do these verses say to you about prayer PSALM 28 6 7 ___________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ PSALM 30 4 _____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ PSALM 34 1 3 ___________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ PSALM 118 1 ____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ According to the following Scriptures what does God give us PHILIPPIANS 4 6 7 ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ PSALM 50 15 ____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 14 PRAYER 54 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 4 In LUKE 18 1 and MATTHEW 26 41 why does Jesus command us to pray ________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ 5 In JOHN 16 23 24 why does Jesus tell us to pray ________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ 6 What reason did God give Jeremiah to pray 7 JEREMIAH 33 3 __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ How does prayer change lives and events in everyday life JAMES 5 17 18 __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ EXODUS 15 24 25 ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 1 SAMUEL 1 27 __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ JUDGES 6 39 40 __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Were these men any different than you Explain why or why not ______________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Recall specific things you have prayed for and how God responded Explain ___________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 14 PRAYER 55 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     4.  In LUKE 18 1 and MATTHEW 26 41, why does Jesus command us to pr...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 8 Prayer increases our love for those who are seemingly difficult to love 9 Prayer glorifies God Why do we pray in Jesus name 10 According to Luke 6 27 28 why does praying for people cause us to love them more ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ John 14 13 14 ___________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ What four things does God say in Psalm 91 15 about those who call upon Him ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 11 How does Jesus instruct us to pray in Matthew 6 5 8 ____________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 12 What is the attitude for each phrase of the Lord s prayer in Matthew 6 9 13 13 ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Read the prayer of Jesus in John 17 Notice in verse 20 that everything Jesus asked for in this prayer was for you also Jesus also prays for all future believers May the Lord richly bless you as you choose to fellowship with Him through prayer 14 PRAYER 56 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     8.  Prayer increases our love for those who are seemingly difficult...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY TO COMPLETE YOUR STUDY FIND THE ANSWERS IN THE BIBLE 15 GOD S WORD Today many people believe the Bible is just another good book full of interesting stories The Bible is considered just another classic great for pass time reading but not relevant to or valuable for people living in today s world Nothing could be further from the truth The Bible IS the inspired authoritative inerrant free from error and indisputable Word of God for all people for all times 1 What importance does God place on His Word 2 What did Paul write about the divine authorship of the Scriptures 3 4 PSALMS 138 2 ___________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ II TIMOTHY 3 16 _________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ In the following passages how do these other writers attribute their words to God DEUTERONOMY 28 1 2 ___________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ II SAMUEL 23 1 3 ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ I THESSALONIANS 2 13 ___________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ MATTHEW 4 1 11 How did Jesus reply to the temptations of Satan _____________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ If Jesus placed Himself under the authority of the Scriptures what meaning does this have for us today ____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 15 GOD S WORD 57 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 5 6 7 How did Jesus use the Word of God in the following situations MARK 7 6 9 _____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ MARK 12 24 27 __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ LUKE 10 25 28 ___________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ What does Jesus say about the Word of God in these verses MATTHEW 5 17 18 _______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ JOHN 17 17 ______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ What do the following passages say about the reliability of God s Word JOSHUA 23 14 ___________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ PSALMS 33 11 ____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ PROVERBS 30 5 6 _________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 8 From Luke 1 1 4 what conclusion can be drawn about the trustworthiness of God s Word ____ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 9 Read 2 Peter 1 15 21 What did Peter believe was more reliable than a voice from heaven _____ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Why did he think the Bible was reliable vs 20 21 ______________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 15 GOD S WORD 58 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 10 What is one main reason the Bible was written 11 12 13 JOHN 20 30 31 ___________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Psalm 119 gives many benefits derived from God s Word List four benefits ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ What disappointed Jesus about the people of His day LUKE 6 46 ______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ LUKE 24 25 _____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ What happens as we study the Bible PSALM 1 1 3 ___________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ JOSHUA 1 7 8 ___________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ II KINGS 23 2 4 _________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you choose to read believe and obey His Word 15 GOD S WORD 59 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY TO COMPLETE YOUR STUDY FIND THE ANSWERS IN THE BIBLE 16 THE RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION OF CHRIST Christianity stands or falls on the REsurrection If Jesus was not raised from the dead then we are still in our sins and our faith is meaningless But the greatest miracle of all time was the Resurrection of Jesus He conquered sin and death sin and death no longer have any hold over us because of Jesus Resurrection 1 Read JOHN 2 18 22 What did Jesus say would happen to Him after He was killed __________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 2 What were the disciples reminded of three days after Christ s death 3 LUKE 24 6 ______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ What did Peter proclaim in ACTS 3 15 and Mary in JOHN 20 18 ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 4 According to ROMANS 1 4 what did the resurrection demonstrate about Christ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 5 For a period of six weeks after His resurrection Jesus walked and talked to many individuals and groups of people As recorded in 1 CORINTHIANS 15 3 8 who saw Jesus ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 6 Why is the Jesus resurrection so important for each of us 7 2 CORINTHIANS 15 17 ____________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Read ACTS 1 9 11 Where did Jesus ascend to __________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 16 THE RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION OF CHRIST 60 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 8 What reason did Jesus give His disciples for going to heaven in JOHN 14 1 2 ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ 9 In JOHN 14 3 what else did Jesus promise ______________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ 10 According to EPHESIANS 1 18 23 over what did and does Jesus rule ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ 11 According to ROMANS 8 34 what is Christ doing right now ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ 12 From Jesus prayer of JOHN 17 list some of the things He asked for His followers 13 ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ According to ROMANS 8 35 39 what can cut us off from Christ s love ______________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord richly bless you as you choose to live with an eternal perspective 16 THE RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION OF CHRIST 61 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     8.  What reason did Jesus give His disciples for going to heaven in...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent BIBLE STUDY TO COMPLETE YOUR STUDY FIND THE ANSWERS IN THE BIBLE 17 THE RETURN OF CHRIST Since the time of the first Christians the return of Christ has been the hope of every believer Every generation has wondered Will it be soon Every New Testament writer mentions the return of Jesus and these writers refer to it over 300 times in twenty different books 1 What did Jesus promise His disciples in JOHN 14 2 3 ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ 2 What does Jesus say about His return in the following verses 3 MATTHEW 16 27 _________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ MATTHEW 24 27 _________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ LUKE 12 40 _____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ MARK 13 26 27 __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ How did the two angels describe Jesus return after He ascended 4 ACTS 1 9 11 _____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ How does Paul refer to the return of the Lord in 1 THESSALONIANS Vss 1 9 10 ______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Vs 2 19 _________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Vss 3 12 13 _____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 17 THE RETURN OF CHRIST 62 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent Vss 4 16 18 _____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Vss 5 2 6 _______________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Can we see these things happening today Explain _____________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ 5 According to 1 TIMOTHY 4 1 2 what will characterize people living in the last days ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ 6 Read MATTHEW 24 and 25 to learn the details and warnings Jesus gives us about His return According to MATTHEW 24 6 7 what events will take place on the earth before He comes again _________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ What does MATTHEW 24 12 14 say Christians will be doing in spite of widespread evil ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 7 According to MATTHEW 24 23 36 how should you respond if someone tells you Christ has returned and is performing great miracles in another city ________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ 8 In MATTHEW 24 29 what signs will there be in the sky __________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ 9 In MATTHEW 24 36 who knows the exact time of Christ s return __________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ 17 THE RETURN OF CHRIST 63 OF 65
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The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent 10 According to MATTHEW 24 37 40 and GENESIS 6 5 11 13 what will people be doing ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Interestingly Christ s return will happen in a single period of time all at once simultaneously in all the earth s time zones 11 Read 2 PETER 3 3 4 and 1 THESSALONIANS 5 3 What ideas will be popular in the last days ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Have you seen any of these teachings in the world today Explain _________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ As believers we eagerly await the time of the Jesus second coming which is nearer than when we first believed The future is in God s hands This means the future is filled with fear and uncertainty for the unbeliever but with hope and certainty for the believer 12 13 Read HEBREWS 9 26 28 What will Jesus bring with Him bring when He appears the second time _______________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ What is your attitude about His second coming ______________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ Read ROMANS 13 11 14 What does this passage tell us not to do _____________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 17 THE RETURN OF CHRIST 64 OF 65
The Most Excellent Way      Becoming GOD-Dependent     10.  According to MATTHEW 24 37-40 and GENESIS 6 5, 11-13, what wil...
The Most Excellent Way Becoming GOD Dependent What does it tell us to do ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ May the Lord bless you as you abide in Christ and await His return He who is the faithful witness to all these things says Yes I am coming soon Amen Come Lord Jesus The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all Revelation 22 20 21 New Living Translation 17 THE RETURN OF CHRIST 65 OF 65
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