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2004 Csar Castellanos D.

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Unless otherwise noted, all scriptures quotations are from:
The HOLY BIBLE, New International Version
Copyright 1984

My Corner
I have questions:

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Things I think would hinder me from attending the Encounter:

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When did you seriously start to serve the Lord?

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Much of the material in this booklet was adapted from
Pre-Encounter Lessons
By Csar Castellanos D.
of ICM, Bogota, Colombia
and was revised for Buhangin Community Church
and now adapted at Living Praise of Zion

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What are your expectations in the Encounter?

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Encounter

Welcome !

Date ............:___________________
Venue...........:__________________
Assembly Time..... ______________
Assembly Place .... ______________
Registration Fee ...._______________

We praise and thank God for your desire to grow in your relationship with Him.

THINGS TO BRING:
1. Bible, Journal, Notebook, Pen
2. Casual clothes for two days and two nights
3. Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste)
4. Flashlight
5. Extra money
6. Snacks (optional)
7. Others: ________________________________

In this study, we would like to guide you in your journey of


growth in a Christian life as we look deeper to some basic issues
such as:

WHAT NOT TO BRING:


1. Guitar/mp3/mp4 player/i-pod/laptop/PSP
2. Books/magazines
3. Kids
4. Work-related materials
5. Others: ________________________________

Knowing Our Enemy

The Bible says that the moment you accept Jesus Christ as your
personal Lord and Savior, you begin a new life.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old
has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

The New Birth


Benefits of the New Birth
The New Birth and Life In The Spirit

What You need to Know About An Encounter


Our prayer is that after this brief study, you would fly free like a
butterfly newly hatched from its cocoon, ready to explore the
beauty of its new world.
May you enjoy your new life as the Master Creator fashion you
into THE NEW YOU.

Note: Cell phones will be collected before at the beginning of the Encounter and returned after the last session.
With Much Love,
Your LPZ Family
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Lesson

FOUR WONDERFUL
OPPORTUNITIES

Life is full of opportunities, but the best opportunity you can


ever have is meeting Jesus.
1. The _____________________
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all
of your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
No matter how far you may have strayed from God, you can
stop right now turn back to Him. Just like the prodigal son.
(Luke 15:11-20), decide to have an encounter with your
Father God.
2. The ______________________
The young man in the parable decides not to stay in his fallen condition, but to take risk in order to find a new positive opportunity.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and
just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
unrighteousness.

3. The _____________________
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we
were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
All of our sins deserve punishment, but God allowed His
Son Jesus Christ to take our place and pay for our sin.
Sacrifice is the only way to redemption. Ephesians 1:7 says
In whom we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins.

Paul Encounter
Saul of Tarsus was a bitter persecutor of Christians before he had
an encounter with Jesus. After experiencing a transformation, it
changed his name, and caused him to defend the very doctrine
he once condemned.
I want to know Christ and the Power of his resurrection and
fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his
death, and so somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Philippians 3:10
In his encounter, Paul beheld the light, which was the
manifestation of the glory of the Lord. He saw that all of his
actions against Christianity were actually committed against the
Lord himself.
By attending the Encounter, you will:
1. ___________________to open you eyes...
2. Experience a __________________ so they may turn from
darkness to light. It necessitates a change of lifestyle.
3. Understand that you have gone from Satans control to
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4. Understand that through faith in Jesus, you will receive
______________________
5. Understand your ______________________

If God gave up what he loved most- His


own Son-so we could be saved by simply
believing in Him, wont He provide everything else we need?
Remember:
God asked His people to go to an Encounter (Exodus 5:3)
Pauls encounter resulted in evident changes.
God transforms lives completely at the Encounter.
Starting today, make a decision to:
receive a vision
experience a genuine conversion
receive forgiveness of sins.

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Lesson

WHAT YOU NEED TO


KNOW ABOUT AN ENCOUNTER

The importance of an Encounter


The encounter is a three-day event during which time God will be
imparting life to each person who participates. Those in
attendance will receive each direction and understand Gods true
purpose for their lives.
All participants must attend the Encounter with a
______________and with purity and simplicity of a child, in order
to receive
everything God wants to give them.
The Children of Israel Had An Encounter
The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a
three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD
our God or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword.
Exodus 5:3

Pharaohs Craftiness
I will let you go to offer sacrifices to the LORD your God in the
desert, but you must not go very far. Now pray for me. Exodus
8:28. But Pharaoh wasnt true to his word. He hardened his
heart.
Remember what Jesus said
Jesus said, Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three
days. John 2:19
In the three-day Encounter, allow God to do a deep work of
transformation in your life. Experience the death of the old nature
and the resurrection to newness of life in Christ.

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4. The ________________________
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
God treats us His loving children and entrusts us once again with
the privileges we had lost because of sin. 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.
A face-to-face encounter will change our lives!
What does it mean to have a true encounter with God?
See Revelation 3:20
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What were some opportunities in the past that you regretted letting by?

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Would you still let this opportunity get by?

In an encounter

True repentance is the door to salvation!


Only at the cross will you be able to experience benefits of Jesus sacrifice and begin to walk in freedom he purchased for you.
You can experience inner healing from all the wounds of your past.

Starting today, make a decision to:


Have an encounter with Jesus Christ by accepting Him and experiencing Gods most beautiful gift of your life!
Repent of all sin and be reconciled to God.
Receive Gods gift of redemption.
Repent of all sins.
Receive Gods full provision for your life.
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Lesson

THE BENEFITS OF THE


CROSS

The Incomparable Christ


In all of human time and history, Jesus Christ is the one person
who has impacted the world more than anyone else. Jesus Christ
is God himself who chose to come to earth & live in a human
body. 2 Corinthians 8:9- For you know the grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he
became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

Jesus is _______
Jesus has always existed; He is from eternity to eternity. He had
to become one of us-to show us the way to salvation.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with
God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
Philippians 2:6-7
Jesus is _________
Jesus humbled himself to the point of dying on the cross among
thieves. Thats why God exalted Him to the highest place and
gave Him the Name above all names.
Jesus is the ___________________________
John 1:14 says, the word became flesh and made his dwelling
among us... And if Jesus is God himself, then its worth getting
to know Him and making Him known because, as scripture says.
For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the
LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate
me love death . Prov. 8:35-36

When people are full of God, their words are always words of
faith and optimism, full of hope. They always lead to success.
Cancel all _______________ against you.

Dont let the enemy attack you with them. Joshua said in Joshua
24:15b, ...as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. He
made a decision that his whole house will consecrate their lives
to the Lord.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of
evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground... Ephesians
6:13

PREPARATION FOR DELIVERANCE


1. ________________to live freedom. (Matthew 11:28)
2. ________________of the bondage (Psalm 139:23-24)
3. ________________does not replace repentance
4. ________________(Hebrew 11:6)
5. ________________________________(John 8:31-32,36)
6. ___________________________ (Matthew 17:21)

Remember:
We should understand who our battle is against-Satan.
HIS GREAT TRICK IS TO MAKE LIGHTLY OF SIN TO
SEE IT AS A GAME

Starve the flesh, feed the Spirit.

Starting today, make a decision to:

Use your authority to bind the strong man


Live with integrity.
Watch your words, because your fruit depends on them.
Cancel all arguments that may exist against you in the spiritual realm.

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Lesson

KNOWING OUR
ENEMY

The Power of Redemption


The redemptive work was all done on Calvarys Cross, and each
aspect of the crucifixion teaches us great lessons.

Satans primary purpose is to cause a person to harden his heart


toward God and block his mind so that the message of salvation
will not be heard or accepted.

THE CROSS: ____________


--Where God took away our curse so that He could give us His
blessing.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives
in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Satans Organization & Character


Satan imposes a reign of fear in the hearts of people. He is characterized as being:

THE CROWN OF THORNS: __________________

SLY OR CRAFTY (Genesis 3:1)


A MURDERER (John 8:44)
A LIAR (Genesis 3:1-3)
THE FATHER OF ALL LIES (John 8:44)
VENGEFUL (Psalm 8:2)
THE DRAGON (Revelation 12:7-9)
DESTRUCTIVE (ISAIAH 54:16) A ROARING LION (1 Peter 5:8)
TEMPTING (Matthew 12:24)
AN ACCUSER (Revelation 12:10)
PRINCE OF DEMONS (Matthew 12:24)
PRINCE OF THE KINGDOM OF THE AIR (Ephesians 2:2)
ONE WHO DISGUISES HIMSELF AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT
(2 Corinthians 11:14)

Satan is ________________________
When believers understand the redemptive work of Jesus on the
Cross of Calvary, a veil is removed from their mind
________________and bind the strong man
The Word of God declares that no one can enter a strong mans
house unless they first bind him. (Matthew 12:29)
Live a Life of ______________________
Make a tree good and its fruit will be good. Or make a tree bad
and its fruit will be bad. For a tree is recognized by its fruit. Matthew 12:33

Watch your_________________
For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The
good man brings good things out of the good stored up in
him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored
up in him. Matthew 12:34b-35
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THE WHIPPING OF HIS BACK: ________________________


By His wounds we are healed.. ISAIAH 53:5
THE NAILS: _________________________________
NAIL 1: _____________________________________
NAIL 2: _____________________________________
NAIL 3: _____________________________________
THE SPEAR: ___________________________
All the punishment that we deserved as sinners fell upon that man
called Jesus, who had not committed any sin. And all the good Jesus should have received then came upon us. When God looks at
us, He looks at us through Jesus.
Remember:
Eternal life is received when Jesus is received as Saviour. He who
believes that Jesus has redeemed Him is freed from all oppression.
( Colossians 2:14-15)
ONLY JESUS CAN FREE US FROM THE CURSE OF SIN AND
DEATH (Galatians 3:13)
Starting today, make a decision to:
Give Jesus all your weaknesses.
Give up your sins through repentance.
Give up all sicknesses by receiving health and healing.
Give up all anguish by receiving his perfect peace.
Give up your human knowledge by receiving His divine wisdom
Give up your will and receive the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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Lesson

The New Birth

Mans Free Will


It pleased God, the Creator of the Universe, in all His infinite
wisdom, for everything to be governed by laws, both in
spiritual realm. The Lord did not want man to obey Him
mechanically, like a robot, but desired for him to obey out of
his own free will, using the complete freedom of choice that
God has given him.
The New Birth is ____________________
Jesus answered him saying, I tell you the truth, no one can
see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. John 3:3
You can see _______________________
In the same way that we experienced physical birth when we
came into this world, we must also experience as spiritual
birth in order to have spiritual life. The new birth only happens
when we accept Jesus Christ in our heart as Lord and Savior.

The physical birth is simply a step that should lead us to the


next one -the birth of our spiritual nature.
God desires _________________________
James 1:18 He chose to give us birth through the word of
truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
The new birth simply implies a separation from our sinful
nature, so that the spirit can be fruitful in the spiritual kingdom.
You can have ________________________
Ezekiel 36:26-27 I will give you a new heart and put a new
spirit in you; remove from you your heart of stone and give
you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move
you to follow my decrees and be careful to follow my laws.

THE PRIVILEGES OF LIFE IN THE SPIRIT


The privilege of _________________________
Only spiritual people have the ability to see the kingdom of
God; their spiritual eyes are opened and they can perceive
what is hidden from the natural man.
The privilege of _________________________
Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message
is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
The privilege of _________________________
The Lord longs to share His thoughts with us, but we can
only understand the Word of God when the Holy Spirit
reveals it to us. If you had responded to my rebuke, I would
have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts
known to you. Proverbs 1:23

Remember:

The word of God is not subject to time or space and is not


governed by human laws. Time and space were
established by God, but they do not limit God.
When the Word of God leaves our mouths, it will not return
until it has fulfilled the purpose for which it was sent out.
Isaiah 55:11

SALVATION BRINGS OUT


Justification
Sanctification

Regeneration
Redemption

Starting today, make a decision to:

.Accept the privilege of seeing (1 Corinthians 2:9)


Accept the privilege of believing (Romans 10:17)
Accept the privilege of giving the Word of Authority
(Proverbs 1:23)

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Lesson

The New Birth and


Life in the Spirit

Many studies have attempted to define and identify the source


of mans problems, and everything has been blamed on social
crisis, the heart of the matter lies in a spiritual battle. It is
important to understand that change must first come from within, before it is visible on the outside. Therefore, if we
prioritize the spiritual solution, then the spiritual victory will impact all
the different areas of society.
The new birth is a creative event in which God takes the
believers faith and joins it to the power of the Holy spirit, which
produces the miracle of a new heart and spirit.
BUT THE SPIRIT GIVES BIRTH TO SPIRIT John 3:6b
THE PROVISIONS OF SALVATION
The plan of salvation, as designed by God, provides for the
following:

JUSTIFICATION means _____________________________.


It is the act by which God declares the sinner, who believes in
Jesus and confesses his faith accepting His sacrifice for sin on
the Cross, goes on to be made just and acceptable before
Him.
SANCTIFICATION
____________________________.
It is consecrating yourself completely to God.

means

REGENERATION means _____________________________


so that your mind can be open to the things of
God, especially to the incarnation of His son and His redemptive work.

A Life of Holiness
The Holy Spirit becomes part of us when we receive Jesus
as Lord and Savior, thereby becoming part of God. He is a
gentleman and He will never try to force things upon us. He
will not enter anyones life uninvited. He will only move
through our faith in the Word of God.
By simply believing in scripture and desiring its
fulfilment in us, the Holy Spirit will cover us with his
shadow and conceive a holy life that will be born in us.
A ________________ experience
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound,
but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.
So it is everyone born of the Spirit. John 3:8
A New Person
The Holy Spirit sows within us the life of Jesus when we are
born again. The seed germinates and develops,
manifesting itself progressively in us.

Remember:

God created a man with the opportunity to choose


The new birth allows us to see the kingdom of God. (John
3:5)
God desires us to experience the new birth. (James 1:18)

Starting today, make a decision to:


Surrender yourself to the Lord so He can give you
a new heart.
Let the new birth conceive something holy in your
life
Let the new birth lead you to the certainty and
security given by the Holy Spirit.

REDEMPTION means ____________________ for someone


who is enslaved.
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Lesson

The Benefits of The


New Birth

Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His


name, He gave the right to become children of God. John
1:12
God has given us the privilege of being born into a new life, a
life in the Spirit, where we discover that those things that did not
get our attention in the past, such as praying, reading the Bible,
going to Christian meetings, etc., have now become a part of our
daily lives.

Life becomes more interesting because we find a


world ready to be conquered.

Just as a newborn needs the milk the mother provides, a spiritual


infant needs to nourish himself with the Word of God because its
the only thing that can help him grow.
Like newborn babies, crave for spiritual milk, so that by it you
may grow up in your salvation. 1 Peter 2:2

We should love the Word and its teachings, obeying its directions
just as the captain of a ship does with a compass.

The Bible is the greatest of treasures, having answers to all


our needs. It contains Gods voice and the revelation of
Christ. (John 1:1-2;14)
It contains the divine laws (Psalm 119:17-19)
The Bible is the revelation of God to man (John 14:6-10)
It reveals the plan of salvation for man (John 3:16)
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HOW TO GET CLOSER TO THE WORD


Listen closely to the voice of God _____________________________
Deuteronomy 11:18-20)
Read it with the right attitude and obey (Deuteronomy 13:4)
Meditate on it after searching it out (Joshua 1:8)
Put its commandments to practice (Psalm 119:105)
Share its message to others, confessing it. (Mark 16:15, Psalm 71:15)
HOW TO STUDY THE WORD
1. Pick an appropriate place.
2. Establish a study habit.
3. Start a devotional Notebook.
Include: Gods _____________________for me today
____________________to keep
____________________ to obey
_____________________to be taken account
The_____________________
The ______________________to memorize.
BENEFITS OF GETTING CLOSE TO THE WORD
it __________________________________(doctrine)
It __________________________________(reproof)
It _________________________________(restores to a correct state)
It __________________________________(guides)
Remember:
Feed yourself with spiritual food.
Have daily contact with spiritual food.
Communicate with God through prayer.
Share to others what God has done in your life.
allow God to use your life.
Learn to handle lifes worries.
Starting today, make a decision to:
Get close to the Word of God.
Study it daily.
Communicate with God continually through prayer.
Obey God, so that your strength can be continually renewed.