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of Christ's followers. Learning Goals: By the end of this "Spiritual Gifts Bible Study", each learner should be able to. . . (Know) Know the origin and purpose of spiritual gifts in the Body of Christ. (Feel) Feel a sense of belonging to the church - Christ's body (Do) Surrender your will to God so He can use you in the way He chooses Hook "How many of you have played on a baseball team? Or at least watch baseball? You know that there are nine players on a team. When the team is in the field, there are nine different jobs. Which is the most important? Discuss this with the people around you." After a few minutes, ask some people to share their answers. "In reality, every position is important. The same is true in the Body of Christ. We all have one or more spiritual gifts - gifts given by the Holy Spirit. In this "Spiritual Gifts Bible Study", we'll learn that we are each a part of the Body of Christ - an indispensable part.
Transition In our Spiritual Gifts Bible Study, we'll look at I Corinthians 12-14 where Paul instructs the Corinthians regarding spiritual gifts. Chapter 12 - The Gifts of the Spirit Chapter 13 - The Fruit of the Spirit (which is love) Chapter 14 - The Desire of the Spirit These concepts were of extreme interest to the believers in Corinth and they are still important to us today. But, frankly this is a complex subject and it raises complex questions. As we begin our spiritual gifts Bible study, I want you to commit yourself to this principle: I will not let truths I don't understand keep me from the truths I do understand. Any spiritual gifts Bible study brings up truths that are hard to understand. Bible Input Let's read I Corinthians 12:1-31. First, we need to note that Paul is probably talking about more than just spiritual gifts: v.1 Literally read: "now about the spirituals" it doesn't say "gifts" -- Bible translators added that word because of the context "spirituals" are things, people, matters, gifts, and spirituality in general In v.2-3 Paul clarifies the basis for being a spiritual person. Paul's point is that true spirituality becomes a reality when the Holy Spirit Himself takes up residence within our human spirits. Before they were believers, the Corinthians were following idols that couldn't speak.
Now they were inhabited by the true Spirit of God and God's Spirit can and does speak. The mark that a person has truly heard the voice of the spirit of God was found in how he spoke about his relationship with Jesus. In Acts 26 - before Paul became a Christian, he said that not only was he a blasphemer, he went into different synagogues and tried to force Christians to blaspheme. That probably meant to get them to say, "Jesus be cursed." If they did, he'd leave them alone. If not, he'd arrest, imprison, and persecute them. Paul knew that until the Spirit of God showed Him that Jesus was alive and was Lord, he was only practicing religion. He was a religious person, but not a spiritual person. Paul's point is that there is no way a person can be spiritual without the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit breaks the heart of a man, the man surrenders and says: "Jesus is Lord." At this juncture I want to belabor a simple point that is often ignored and that I believe is desperately needed in any spiritual gifts Bible study. The Holy Spirit is a Person - not a force or an impersonal influence. The Holy Spirit is always referred to as He True, He is described as: wind (John 3) spring and river (John 4 and 7) fire (Matthew 3 and Acts 2) BUT He is not an impersonal force like nature, but the Invisible Spirit of God Himself.That's why in v. 4, 5, 6 Paul talks about the same Spirit, the same Lord Jesus, and the same God. God is a divine person. Jesus is a divine person. The Holy Spirit is a divine person. One role of the Holy Spirit on earth today is to take the place of Jesus on earth. Jesus taught His disciples that it was better that he go away
Frankly. loving person . apart from Him you will be able to do nothing.Our first priority is to know the person of the Holy Spirit. Then.because then He could send another Divine Person.He'll remind you of everything I taught you and lead you into all truth. the Holy Spirit to take His place on the earth. He will be a: real person . indispensable person . You'll never be alone in any circumstance or situation.He'll be your friend and make His home with you and love within you. if you were the 12 apostles.He would come directly from My Father. would you really think anyone could have taken Jesus' place? But Jesus insisted and tried to teach them these truths about the personality of the Holy Spirit. They often . He'll be permanently sealed within your spirit. Continue this "Spiritual Gifts Bible Holy Spirit in Study" by learning more about the What's Missing Inside You? Holy Spirit . many people have that backwar We offer three lessons on the ds. It's not the force be with you.Worthy of your love.He'll be able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you could ask or dream faithful person . He's a person! . learn about the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit.He will be able to think.He'll never leave you or forsake you. divine person . and your all. your confidence. your hope.Just as with Me. but misguided notions about the Holy Spirit and His spiritual gifts. wise person .through Sermons and a Sunday School Lesson One of the main reason many people need a spiritual gifts Bible study is that they often come up with sincere. . coequal with God and Jesus. decide just like Me. feel. It's He'll be with you Because of that He will be worthy. strong person . Now.
He's the same. teachers then. workers of miracles gifts of healing helps administration tongues Life Application Now. let's try to be practical in our spiritual gifts Bible study: A spiritual gift is a divine enablement that makes you valuable to the body of Christ. at the end of the chapter Paul describes roles in what seems to be a priority order: First. not a refined personality. Your giftedness comes from the Spirit of God. apostles Second. It is this Divine Person who has given Himself to you and gifted you to be a functioning member within His Body. but His gifts are different and vary from believer to believer. It involves your personality. In I Corinthians 12:7-11 Paul stresses that the Person who lives in you and has given you spiritual gifts lives in all believers and has gifted them. but is much deeper.think of Him as a force and not a person. You cannot define and discover your spiritual . Let's continue our spiritual gifts Bible study by listing some of the different spiritual gifts: word of wisdom word of knowledge special faith healing miraculous power prophecy distinguishing of spirits tongues interpretation of tongues Then. prophets Third. too.
important functions to work together to make every single body function. it still forms only one body. Now I'll continue this spiritual gifts Bible study with examining three of Paul's clear and practical points for the Corinthians and us. Yet.a figurative description of their salvation and deliverance from Egypt. In the church. How many parts are in a human body? The Lever 2000 commercial says that there are 2001! I don't know if that's correct. Though a physical body has many different parts. the Church. He decides how you will be gifted and how you will contribute to the spiritual health of the Body of Christ.gifts in personality traits alone. With Christ we are all included in His body.the Holy Spirit does. The Church is one body. but you don't decide your role in the Body of Christ . The Point is . 1. They receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. many parts. but I do know that the American board of Specialities and Subspecialties lists 145 physician specialities and subspecialties for taking care of those many. . he simply lists them. One of the most amazing and sometimes frustrating realities of this text is that Paul doesn't spend any time defining or describing these gifts. all the parts of our bodies have unique. when a person acknowledges that Jesus is his Lord they receive the forgiveness of sins. They are added to the Lord's Body. He assumed that the Corinthians believers knew what he meant.the Israelites were baptized into Moses -. I Corinthians 10:1 .You may discover and recognize your gift. We were all baptized by one Spirit We were all given one Spirit to drink This happened when they became followers of Jesus. He will choose your purpose and place in His Kingdom.
Every member of the body belongs. Peggy vividly remembers the humiliation of always being the last chosen. she had exactly the opposite experience when the class had spelling contests. I don't really belong here. God designed the body of Christ to have an immense variety of members and everyone belongs. Now. The teacher would choose two students to be captains of the teams. Some people serve in another country. When my wife was in grade school. We call this new birth. One simple way is to simply ask several people who know you well." We need to affirm each other and help each other feel safe and secure in the church. regeneration. Some people serve within the four walls of a church building. 2. we are naturally curious as to what it is. The captains would choose their teams . No one can look down on another member and say. her class would play softball in physical education. Every member of the body is indispensable. Now that we know that we have a spiritual gift. so she wasn't wanted on anyone's team. "They don't need me. Peggy was the first person chosen. "We don't really need you!" It is also equally wrong to think. being baptized by the Holy Spirit. "What am I good . no one should compare himself to someone else and say. You have no double.They are baptized into the Lord's body and they are inhabited by the Lord's Spirit. How do we find out what spiritual gifts we have? There are many questionaires and studies designed to do this." God designed the body so that every member would play a vital role. However.one student at a time. Some people serve in their communities. 3. No one can take your place. She definitely didn't feel that she belonged. All are needed. she belonged on that team! What she lacked in softball she had in spelling. "Because I'm not like them. In the Body of Christ. She didn't have softball skills.
'Well done. Discussion Questions: 1. but quite another thing if the line mapped out for you by God means being a door-mat under other people's feet. He decides what you'll be given and how you'll use it. Consider this quote from Oswald Chambers' book. He will give you the skills and the heart that are necessary. Every spiritual gifts Bible study should emphasize that a person's gifting can change through their lives. A spiritual gift is from the Holy Spirit. I do not want God to choose my work. He is also developing the fruit of the Spirit in you."I'm not going to be offered up just yet. "I know how to be abased" are you ready to be offered up like that? Are you ready to be not so much as a drop in a bucket . Ask God to show you where He can use you to His glory. That's because God has a unique purpose for you. not seeking to be ministered unto. What was part of this "Spiritual Gifts Bible Study" applied the most to you? . but to minister? Some saints cannot do menial work and remain saints because it is beneath their dignity. that's a good indication that God has gifted you in that area. Suppose God wants to teach you to say. then gives us the necessary skills to do the job! Can you imagine a parent who says. Think about the places where you have served where you "felt God's blessing.to be so hopelessly insignficant that you are never thought of again in connection with the life you served? Are you willing to spend and be spent. My Utmost for His Highest." Keep in mind that many times God puts us in a situation. I want to choose the scenery of my own sacrifice.to pour out your life blood as a libation on the sacrifice of the faith of others? Or do you say. "I don't have the spiritual gift of child-raising"? If God has given you children. I want to have the right kind of people watching and saying. . Are you willing to be offered for the work of the faithful .' " It is one thing to go on the lonely way with dignified heroism.at?" If there is a concensus of opinion.
How does comparing yourself to others hinder your acceptance of your spiritual gifts? . How does realizing that the Holy Spirit is a person. How does this "Spiritual Gifts Bible Study" help you answer a person who doesn't think he is vital to the Lord's ministry? 5. How you find out how the Holy Spirit has gifted you? 4. not a force help you? 3.2.
and raise the dead. participants are doers. share some individual thoughts around these two statements. Hook Think about two words: Spectators & Participants. heal the sick. Know: Understand that Jesus leads all disciples into personal ministry jobs. Name an activity that you dislike doing yourself. But today. Sadly.Dynamic Ministry Jobs Bible Passage: Luke 9:1-17 The human need this passage meets is: all ministry jobs can influence others through depending on God. each learner should be able to. . we are going to see a turning point in their spiritual development. Name an activity that you enjoy doing yourself. . For the first year or so within Jesus‟ 3½ year ministry on earth. unchallenging and boring. But the truth is. They saw Him preach. Feel: Feel the desire to have a miraculous influence on others. We all know that spectators are watchers. but enjoy watching others do. unless you let Jesus lead you into ministry jobs your Christian life will be unfulfilling. 2. many believers never read that point. . There comes a point in every Christian's life when he must stop being a spectator. but dislike watching others do. Learning Goals: By the end of this session. Transition There are two reasons I wanted us to think along these lines this morning: 1. Do: Either begin or continue a personal ministry through reliance upon God. Instead of merely watching Him minister. he is going to send them out for a brief ministry tour to do what they had seen Him do. and start being a participant. At your tables. teach. his disciples were primarily spectators.
In other words. though that‟s important It‟s finding a personal ministry where He uses you to influence the world for Him. By miraculous. A miracle is merely something that has no possible explanation apart from God.influence. preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere. . supernatural influence. we‟re only existing for ourselves. It was a miraculous. that‟s pretty spectacular. But to Jesus. and enjoy our fellowship. you can only listen and watch so long. it‟s not a miracle. with Jesus. the way Jesus would look at our Sunday School Class would be to ask -- is your class a holding tank or a launching pad? is your class a Christian club or a ministry team? Habitually coming together and turning inward -. All ministry jobs should have a miraculous influence on others In modern Christianity.without habitually going back into the world and turning outward is not real Christianity. But. Success usually involves numbers. NASA can send a man to the moon. we don‟t mean something that is spectacular. Luke 9:2 He sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and heal the sick. but without personal ministries. though that‟s important is not enjoying the fellowship of the church. The ultimate goal that Jesus has for your life and mine - is not learning more about the Bible. or sensational. it was more than mere human influence. Luke 9:6 So they went from village to village. buildings and programs. learn a lot. Bible Input Let's read: Luke 9:1-17 Life Application Let’s discover two truths about all ministry jobs: 1. We might have fun. If it can be explained in human terms. So. success means one word .
David Copperfield can make people disappear & reappear.” But.“A community of people who present living proof of a loving God to a watching world. We can’t afford many spectators. isn‟t that what the 12 disciples were doing? Jesus merely equipped them to present living proof of a loving God to a watching world. Jesus replied. 2.000 men plus women and children. “Send the crowd away. sensational. whom he had beheaded. Herod was perplexed because people were saying that John the Baptist. “You give them something to eat. This is the only miracle of Jesus recorded in all four gospels. in Luke 9:13. All ministry jobs require dependence on God In Luke 9:12-17.” Now. In Robert Lewis‟ book The Church of Irresistible Influence he says that a fitting description for the church would be -. Verse 12 says that it was getting late and the apostles came to Jesus and said. we don‟t have to be able to “heal the sick” to present living proof to a watching world. Others wondered whether Elijah or another prophet had appeared. What was the vital principle that Jesus wanted the disciples to learn? I believe it is found in v.but not miraculous. we see the miracle of how Jesus fed 5. had been raised from the dead. 12 .13. We need people available to be His salt & His light in His world. Everyone who heard about what Jesus and the apostles were doing knew that these things were humanly impossible. not miraculous In this text everyone recognized this influence as supernatural. But we do have to: connect with people invest time in people show concern for people It is going to take all of us. Jesus can equip you and me to do the very same thing! Today.” The disciples' reaction to those words illustrated how unreasonable they thought that idea was. .
but how far will they go among so many?” In other words. Acts 2:22 Jesus of Nazareth was a man. When Jesus came into the world he became a man. in his book The Saving Life of Christ tells this illustration. He perfectly depended on His father as God. “eight months wages would not be enough money to buy bread for this crowd. As you know. which God did among you through him. Luke 9:16 Taking the loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven. you are wrong. approved of God to you by miracles. So. is that in everything He did. If we can’t feed all of them. When you learn to depend on God. nothing is impossible Our tendency is to get a little cynical and say. it’s very late in the day and my disciples want me to send the people home. he gave thanks and broke them. he’s expecting us to count on him to produce the results. was. their only resource was one boy with a small lunch. “Excuse me are you an atheist?” "Yes" "Good. NOT in saying that Jesus was God (for God he is. The reason that Jesus could perform miracles as man. but I want to feed them. He simply wanted them. “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish. But I want you to realize that you think that way. Suppose Jesus found an atheist in the crowd and said to him. John 14:10 It is the Father. This is the secret Jesus kept trying to reveal to His disciples. Jesus never intended for the 12 disciples to perform this miracle by their own power. the only resources he ever considered . "Sure that was easy for him to say because He was God. because he never intended to do the miracle by His own power. wonders and signs.First. and us to recognize that nothing is impossible for the person who depends on Jesus the way Jesus depended on His Father. You are just the person I’m looking for. why feed any of them? Finally Jesus showed them the principle he was trying to teach them. when Jesus gives us a personal ministry. What do you suggest?" What is the first question the atheist would ask Jesus? "Well.” Secondly. Philip said. it’s still impossible. Major Ian Thomas. That was the principle he wanted them to learn and the principle he wants us to learn. Andrew said. living in me who is doing His work. and always will be) but wrong in saying the reason he was able to perform a miracle was because he was God. how much money do you have?” Since the atheist didn’t believe in God. We have a little dilemma here and I want your advice.
What does it mean to depend on Jesus as He depended on His Father? How do you know that you are not relying on yourself and your resources? 2. Unbelieving Believers. yet for that situation He was irrelevant. I knew that you can handle this situation. “Lord. how do you know that you are totally depending on him? When you pray the prayer Jesus prayed here in Luke 9:16. past year. What ministry jobs are you now involved in or want to be involved in? What steps will you take this week? . And that’s what we still have today.” Discussion Questions 1. Think about your own life today. 4. Believers who are professing Christians but practicing atheists. Christ Himself is living within you. this past month.either influencing someone or being influenced? 3. That’s the kind of faith Jesus is looking for -. What miraculous influences have you experienced . Thank you.counting on were resources he could see. this past week.the kind that simply says. but the disciples had Christ himself standing right in front of them. Can you count on Him or is He irrelevant? Finally. It’s easy to explain how an atheist would think God was irrelevant for any situation. Are you facing a situation where you feel that your human resources are inadequate? If you are a Christian. How do people get involved in their personal ministry jobs? How do you know what ministry God wants you to be involved in? Is it true that Christianity without a personal ministry is boring? Need help in motivating believers to fulfill their ministry jobs? Kingdom-Driven Discipleship will meet this need.
The important thing is for people to pray regardless of who or what they think God is. But in reality the crowds were not on the same page as Jesus. and Buddah.To Follow Jesus Disciples Must Obey Bible Passage: Luke 14:25-35 By the end of this session. a she. They realized what little they had in common with Him. No matter what you call your God. In Luke 14 large crowds began following following Jesus. Some call him Allah. Jesus spells out in the clearest language possible. is that the longer the large crowds listened to Jesus the more they realized that to follow Jesus disciples had to make choices. . whether you call Him he. I believe in peace and Humanity. each learner should be able to. . and that everyone should be praying. His reputation had spread." Initially. . you discover religious beliefs that are inconsistent with the teachings of Christ. His popularity had grown. I believe in including everyone. What we will notice from our Bible text today. some Christ. we are going to focus on the teaching that in following Jesus disciples must obey his commands. . But beyond that. (Know) Understand the difference between being a believer and being a disciple (Feel) Recognize the questions that a disciple of Christ must address (Do) Demonstrate loyalty to Jesus through your obedience Hook Ask each member of the class to ask their neighbor the following question: What is the difference between joining a club and being an active member? Transition Today. you should pray. We have all seen interviews on television or in the newspaper that go something like this: "I believe there‟s only one Creator. what must happen to be his disciple. the idea of one Creator and the importance of prayer sounds good. or it.
they went to take charge of him.yes. I would meet Jesus disciples. and makes no demand. A disciple is totally willing. even his own life – he cannot be my disciple. he often said.If anyone does not hate his father and mother. totally confident and totally obedient. And today.” “Who are my mother and my brothers?" he asked. But on Monday.When Jesus’ family heard about this. I would always meet the church goers. his wife and children. totally available. “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.A crowd was sitting around him.Bible Input Read: Luke 14:25-35 Just because a person was traveling with Jesus. just because people attend church doesn‟t mean they are following Jesus. When Major Ian Thomas would hold his week-long meetings in various congregations. A disciple claims no rights. his brothers and sisters -. Jesus wants us to place him above our closest relationships. Can anything be more emotionally difficult to accept than the notion of risking the approval of your family? Even Jesus understood the opposition that can come from family members. and they told him. Life Application Jesus asks his "would be" disciples four questions that we must also ask ourselves: First question for Jesus disciples: Where’s your loyalty? Luke 14:26 . "On Sunday. “He is out of his mind.” Mark 3:32 . Mark 3:21 ." Being a disciple assumes that a relationship with Christ exists. for they said. doesn‟t mean he wanted to become one of Jesus disciples. They he looked at those seated around him and . Luke 14 teaches us that the essence of being Christ‟s disciple is a willingness to give up everything for Him.
. he may not be able to finish to task." Second question for Jesus disciples: Will you let Me lead your life? Luke 14:27 . Every future plan that would be contrary to Christ’s leading. “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. The two key words are “cross” and "Me". “What are you doing tomorrow?” Every disciple of Jesus must ask and answer this question: "Will you let me lead your life? OR will you insist on being in charge?" Third question for Jesus disciples: Do you understand the cost? Luke 14:28-30 . Read a devotional about being loyal to God.The Apostle Paul said. I no longer live. Jesus was crucified between two thieves. Luke 14:31-33 . We‟re simply talking about dying to your own plans and giving Jesus credit for knowing how best to use you.If a king is about to go to war. The cost of being Jesus' disciple is giving up anything and everything that would come between you and Him: Every human relationship that would compete for your loyalty. The cross represents death.If a builder doesn’t estimate the cost of building a tower.said. Can you imagine one of them turning to the other and saying. Following “ME” refers to who will be determining the direction of your life.he has made no further plans. but then realizes that he is outnumbered. I am crucified with Christ. One thing true of a person hanging on a cross -. he should stop the war before it ever begins. In Gal. 2:20 .
"Who are you influencing for Jesus? Who you are discipling?" There is a very serious warning in these final verses. or just pretending. a program. but if it loses its saltiness. a need. When we say to ourselves. Examine your dedication tospiritual disciplines. Simply ask them. Jesus doesn‟t want you to begin something only to later say. How could that happen? If his loyalty was wavering If he was unwilling to let Jesus lead If he was beginning to give up or give in Learn to be a disciple through practicing the Christian disciplines." But why? Very likely because they were giving everything they had to an organization. not to Christ Himself. Everything else that doesn’t come under those two areas. Life is long & unpredictable." I‟m not sure there‟s a way to totally eliminate every possibility of doubt. or to a pastor. don‟t give your life to a cause. Fourth question for Jesus disciples: Who are you influencing? Luke 14:34 . "it wasn‟t worth it. But the one thing you can do that will minimize any regret. A disciple could easily lose his influence.the cost will be worth it. Jesus is warning us to be careful. an organization. This is perhaps the simplest litmus test of see if someone is really following Jesus.Salt is good. how can it be made salty again? It is thrown out. He wants us to be convinced that if we give up everything -. "It‟s not worth it. . “I‟m never gonna get involved like that again. is to make sure you're giving up everything to Christ.” What they are saying is. The true follower of Jesus influences others. In other words.
Give examples of being an influence for Jesus.If all of that was happening. This is the picture of the Apostle Peter in the courtyard right after Jesus was arrested.followers and learners. . our loyalty our submission to His leading a cost to be paid an influence to others He isn't asking us to just "join a club. but in that Who are we moment. How does the presence of God‟s Spirit provide the power to live the life described in Luke 14? 4. there would be nothing distinctive about his life. Discussion Questions 1. influencing? Learn more about influencing We can easily see that when Jesus asks others through friendships and for: relationships. dedication. he lost his influence. He's asking us to be disciples . For that moment. Which of these questions have you been struggling with in your own relationship with Jesus? 2. Being Jesus‟ disciple is not based on our enthusiasm. or will power. He was more loyal to protecting himself than identifying himself with Jesus. If a believer is interested in pursuing a discipling relationship with Jesus. He felt the pressure and decided that giving up his life was not worth it. He relied on his own will power rather than listening to Jesus." He's asking us to be active. how would he/she go about it? 3. Peter did not lose his relationship with Jesus. Which one of the four questions of discipleship presented today is most relevant to your life? Why? Ask several members of your group to share. his influence would be gone.
but Moses begged God not to do that. which I am giving to the Israelites. Everyone who is age 20 and over will die in the wilderness – except Joshua and Caleb because they have a devoted spirit. God‟s initial response was to destroy all of them and start over. “Ok Moses. ten of the twelve leaders said. They have followed me wholeheartedly.” “Why not?” the speaker asked. The people are too big. in effect God said.” (Numbers 14:4) The Israelites were in effect saying “We don‟t want to and you can‟t make us. “We can‟t do it. tell the people that I am not abandoning them.Are You Devoted to Following God? One of our Short Devotions Joshua and Caleb faced this same attitude I heard a business consultant tell about the training he was doing for a company‟s employees.” (Numbers 13:1) When they returned and gave their report to the people. and they can‟t make us.” God's Response In light of this. No Way! God told Moses to “send some men to explore the land of Canaan. They have tested my patience ten times. He stopped his session and said to the entire group. . “Because we don‟t want to.” What they probably didn‟t realize is that God took that personally. The employee said. “They have treated me with contempt. God said to Moses. They have lost confidence in my power and my leading. So. After 15 minutes. “You aren‟t going to implement any of these ideas are you?” Finally one employee said. “No we‟re not.” Joshua and Caleb were the only two who knew what God wanted and were willing to follow His leadership. God concluded that they had quit following Him. he could tell that everyone was totally disinterested.” All of the people believed this bad report and said. They were devoted to God despite being in the minority.” In no way were they devoted to the consultant's cause. “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt. but I‟m done leading them.
They tell you what you‟re supposed to do and you‟re supposed to do it. Nebraska football player Phillip Dillard was quoted in the Omaha World Herald on what Bo Pelini and the other defensive coaches at Nebraska were expecting. People learn by doing. In August 2008. Following Jesus is a choice that requires wholehearted commitment. but after a while he stops leading them.What does God do with a Christian who has quit following Him? He never stops loving him. he stops leading him. Discipleship Training is like Training for a Marathon Illustrated with Inspirational Sports Quotes One of our Short Devotions Just like training for a marathon or a football game. but after a while. What does God do with a nation that has quit following Him? He never stops loving that nation. they‟re just coaching their defense. God sees our hearts. discipleship training requires practice. He knows who is devoted to his purposes. What does God do with a church that has quit following Him? He never stops loving that church. but after a while." . Are you willing to stand for what God wants regardless of the opposition? He is worthy of our trust and devotion. No one becomes like Jesus by merely thinking about him. Trust and Devotion Perhaps many people in the United States who claim to be Christians have quit following Jesus. and who has quit following. “They‟re not really trying to correct stuff from last year. he stops leading them.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me. . Race officials immediately began to question her victory and eventually she was disqualified. Bible study. Are you practicing them? The infamous Rosie Ruiz In 1981.photo courtesy of Kiley Learn by practicing Is learning how to live the Christian life any different? Jesus told his disciples what to do and they were supposed to do it. it appears that soon after the race began. We mature by practicing a godly lifestyle. etc. When the truth came out. or seen in me. Jesus healed (Matthew 4:23) then sent the apostles out to heal. Of course they didn‟t do things perfectly at first. put into practice. and neither do we. jumped back into the race and positioned herself to be the winner. (Philippians 4:9) Just like training for a marathon. took the subway to a point near the finish line. She achieved the third fastest time ever recorded for a female runner. What are these disciplines? They are the practices that bring us more in fellowship with each other and obedience to Jesus.(Matthew 10:1) Jesus demonstrated his miraculous power in feeding 5. service to others. That is the object of Christian disciplines. (Matthew 26:40) Just do what I'm told? I'm sure you can think of many more examples. she was barely sweating.(Matthew 15:32-33) Jesus modeled a consistent prayer life (Matthew 14:23) and then asked the apostles to pray in the garden. Let's examine how Jesus encouraged the twelve to practice what they learned from him. Paul taught the Philippian christian in the same way .000 (Matthew 14:15-20) and then presented a similar task to the apostles. That‟s why we practice. training in Christian disciplines is necessary. Rosie intentionally got off the course. Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. The key to spiritual growth is more than learning Bible facts. You know them prayer. worship. The post is: Jesus expects us to do what he says. But ironically.
We aren't training for a sprint . But the question I have to ask myself now is. “What‟s a spiritual discipline?" photo courtesy of Paul Keleher The key to spiritual maturity US Marathoner. I have finished the race.we're training for a marathon! Who are you training for a marathon? Who are you discipling? What spiritual disciplines are you modeling and asking of your disciple? Jesus said.bible-study-lesson-plans. Do you plan to go for the gold medal again in 1980?” Frank calmly looked at the reporter and said. What practices did Jesus model for his apostles? . a reporter asked him. The Apostle Paul said it best I have fought the fight. for the next 4 years?‟” The reporter was looking at the end result.In the interview between Rosie and a sports reporter (before she was found out). „Will I commit myself to running 10 miles per day. What skills are you currently practicing? 2. a reporter asked Rosie. I have kept the faith. “I know you must be disappointed with the silver. “A wise man hears my words and puts them into practice. Frank Shorter said it best. “As you prepared for the race. Literally minutes after Frank finished second in the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Frank Shorter was looking at the process. Discipleship training leads to spiritual maturity. every day. what kind of intervals did you run?” Rosie said.” Author: Paul Schlieker www. He knew that there is a vast difference between commiting to running a marathon and training for a marathon. “What‟s an interval?” Can you imagine a follower of Jesus asking. “Well of course I wanted to win the gold medal. There are no short cuts.com Discussion ideas for your small group or Sunday School class: 1.
How has practicing godly behaviors brought you more into fellowship and obedience to Jesus? 7.3. Who will help you in your journey? Who is your spiritual mentor? Who are youmentoring? 8. 6. Just as any skill.in the Christian life? . Are you training for a marathon . 5. Name one Christian discipline that is easy for you to do. some spiritual conduct comes more naturally to you than others. In what situations were the apostles asked to practice these Christian disciplines? 4. Now name one spiritual discipline that you need to improve.
and Texas politics. (know) Understand the source of true generous giving. She employed a hard-working Italian laborer as her gardener for 34 years. . pornography. (do) Make a plan to show generous giving. Learning Goals: By the end of this session. . Once she tried to forge the signature of her deceased aunt in a vain attempt to accumulate a million dollars more. (feel) Gratitude to God for allowing you to give Him praise through your generous giving. coins.Generous Giving Bible Passage: II Corinthians 8-9 The human need this passage meets is: to develop generous giving that is based upon a person's relationship to God. She had two children: Ned and Sylvia. each learner should be able to. Sylvia kept $31 million dollars in a bank that paid no interest. orchid culture. Her own son's leg had to be amputated because she was too cheap to take him to a doctor. she searched half the night for a lost 2 cent postage stamp. stamps. the richest and most detested female in America. She had $100 million dollars in the bank. She died in 1916. female teenage "wards". The last 20 years of her life she lived with a painful hernia because she would not spend the $150 for an operation. Ned spent $3 million dollars a year on: yachts. In all that time she spoke to him twice: Once to tell him that he would be docked an hour's pay (40 . but ate crackers and cold oatmeal because she was too cheap to buy good food. She cheated her employees and even withheld payment from her attorneys until they took her to court. One one occasion. Hook In The Day They Shook the Plum Tree Arthur H. Lewis tells the strange. but true story of Hetty Green. diamond studded chastity belts.
The first offering taken to help the Jewish brothers in Judea came from the church in Antioch. The book of Acts and Paul's own letters tell of his efforts to maintain a flow of funds to the people in Judea. Letting Jesus change us and transform us to be like Him requires a kind of surrender that often feels like death. Paul describes the source of generous giving in II Corinthians 8. As a result it seems easier to become a Christian than it does to be transformed into the likeness of Christ. I'm simply talking about being self-centered instead of Christ-centered. Ned and Sylvia. peace. Receiving the grace of God often provides a wonderful sense of relief. Transition The truth is that many Christians keep some places within their hearts off limits to Christ's control.Hetty. And no where is this more true than in the area of being a person known for generous giving. these millions were distributed where they were least needed and where they accomplished a minimum of good. With this concern in mind. being stingy instead of generous. Want to know the privilege and purpose of being God's child? What's Missing Inside You? is a Bible study with numerous real-life stories. Paul teaches the "New Covenant Theology of Giving" everywhere he went. The other time to tell him to keep his daughter off the premises because she didn't like children. Bible Input Read II Corinthians 8:1-7 In Acts 11 the Bible tells of a severe famine that devastated Jerusalem and the surrounding area. joy and hope. Almost without exception. . To help us. Generally speaking many Christians (when it comes to their attitude toward money) are more like Hetty Green and her children than like Christ.cents) for being late to work. The offering was sent to the elders by Barnabas and Paul. They're all dead now -.
their extreme poverty v. Christians do more than confess sins. That is why most people dislike discussions on stewardship -. not our guilt.the severe trials they were experiencing v.. This is the #1 problem in sermons. 2 . Grace. 3 . then to us in keeping with God's will There are two significant truths we need to see from verse 5: 1. they offer God themselves..it makes them feel guilty. 5 . the grace of God was greater than. is God's incredible and unearnable love toward the unworthy and undeserving .In II Corinthians 8 Paul explains that the only way poverty stricken people could be changed into selfless. not a need. v. generous giving people was the work of the grace of God in their lives. is being accepted by God just as you are. a person who is a Christian is taught to offer God himself we become a Christian by repentance and faith. 2. known or felt. then to the need at hand.they gave themselves first to the Lord..their own ability to give Paul gives us the insight as to how exactly the transformation occurred. v. Simply put. A framework of grace is not seen. The Macedonians' focused on the Lord. they gave themselves first to the Lord. The result is that average believers gives their money to relieve their guilt and to get God to like like them. 2 . We are motivated to give because of God's grace.. studies and programs on giving. sacrificing.
God commanded the Jews to give 10% because they had been in Egypt as slaves for 400 years. God's Spirit is transforming us from being a "bucket" to becoming a "funnel".not the mature. . measurable amount. it cannot be to repay God for what He has done for you. They were spiritual children who had no discipline. because from God's perspective. it cannot be to get God to love and accept you. there's no debt owed. When you give God your money. The "New Covenant" reason to give is to honor the Lord and demonstrate generosity. it cannot be to atone for your guilt. my parents gave me 50 cents a week for my allowance. Christians' generous giving comes out of gratitude. God is changing us into people who will be a channel that flows into the lives of others. no religious habits. because you can't pay God back for giving you His Son. They told me that I had to put a nickle in the offering plate every week. It is a free gift from God to us. It is not done out of guilt. They had to rebuild their whole religious identity. and no sense of sacrifice. Life Application Here are five common traps related to money: 1. because that was done by Christ's blood.. Tithing Trap Tithing becomes a spiritual trap for us when we believe that God will not be pleased with us until we give 10%. When I was 8 years old. Why? Because I was a child and had no sense of what giving meant! The focus was on a specific. Tithing is for spiritual infants and spiritual children . because He has already done that through Christ. can never be earned or repaid..
The notion of tithing leads some people to conclude that 10% of their money belongs to God and 90% belongs to them.There are wonderful benefits to tithing Tithing teaches us the discipline of giving. bad things won't happen to you.Command those who are rich to be generous and willing to share Can you imagine God asking Hetty Green to give $10 million and to do her best to struggle along with the other $90 million? Tithing teaches us the importance of trusting God. "If I give all I have to the poor. but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. 10%? Are you kidding? Tithing teaches us how to lay a foundation for learning generous giving. and took care of widows. I Timothy 6:17 -.Insurance Trap The notion that if you regularly give your money. we merely manage his property. The reality is that God owns everything. In Matthew 23 Jesus condemned the Pharisees for being so preoccupied with the legal tithe that they completely neglected the more important matters of justice. Tithing is only a foundational concept. Yet we all know what happened to him. In Isaiah's day their offerings had become so ritual that God said they were meaningless. mercy and faithfulness. We brought nothing into this world and we will take nothing out of it. He knew the principle of generous giving. The goal is generous giving. . Tithing is often a difficult concept to accept." (I Corinthians 13:3) 2. It is a starting point. In Job 29. but have not love. not tithing! That is especially true for the rich. Generous giving is not an insurance policy against difficulties and disappointments. the Bible says that Job was a father to the needy. Man doesn't live by bread alone. not money Matthew 4:4 . Tithing teaches us the reality that God owns everything.Jesus said. Paul said. rescued the poor. I gain nothing.
3. 5. "Why don't you show me how much you are willing to give out of the money I already let you have?" generous. Generous people always have a plan for giving v. In II Corinthians 9 Paul describes the marks of generous people. . 2-7 they had been planning this gift for over a year they had promised to give it each person should give what they had planned in his heart to give Generosity is planned. Our income doesn't matter as much as we think. I would be more Years ago I remember telling God how much I would give Him. I sensed God saying. real sacrifice is for ministers. Super Christian Trap This trap is based on the belief that real generous giving. not for normal people. More Income Trap This trap assumes that if I made more money. It's often the way that people deal with their guilt for not being involved. Luke 14:33 . In Luke 21 Jesus commend a poor widow who gave two copper coins at the temple. Money for Time Trap This is the concept that generous giving relieves you from having to give your time.Any of you that does not give up everything He has cannot be my disciple. 4. if he let me win the Reader's Digest Sweepstakes. Read II Corinthians 9:1-14 1. The Macedonians had virtually nothing and yet found a way to be generous. Many a parent has bought his child an extravagant gift (out of guilt) to make-up for his absence. missionaries. and other super-Christians. It is usually not given at the last minute.
giving to God's work would be listed under miscellaneous. It's for the kingdom of God.that God's people will have their needs met Do we give because God is short of cash? No. If we give a check to God's work. "Reaping generously" doesn't necessarily mean that God rewards us with money. 6-11 Paul describes the principle behind New Covenant giving .the law of the harvest." 2. On this list.fixed expenses. He who sows generously reaps generously.that God's name will be thanked and praised (Hold up a blank check. what would we write on this line? God's people -. The budget page I saw had four major sections -. business expenses. Generous people always understand the principle of giving v. Then it had a category for everything else -. He who sows sparingly reaps sparingly. He knows that as he shovels out. . 3. In the lower left corner of a check we usually write what the check is for. and savings. There are many blessings other than cash.) This is a check. The purpose is to help people see where their money is going and plan where they want it to go. 13.We have all seen financial budget books. living expenses. Perhaps you use one for your household budget. 11. it's for the name of God. 12. 15 These verses teach that our generosity achieves two basic purposes: God's name -. Generous people always know the purpose of giving v. God will shovel in and God's shovel is bigger than his. This is what permits the Christian to be a cheerful giver.Miscellaneous. Do we put giving to spiritual things under "miscellaneous?" Giving people do not consider their generosity as "miscellaneous.
NOT for a tax deduction NOT to relieve guilt We give that God's name on earth may be exalted and expanded. Why do many Christians feel guilty every time the subject of giving comes up? 2.bible-study-lesson-plans. encouraged and served by our generous giving.Seven Spiritual Truths Principle of Stewardship . How do you move beyond focusing on a percentage to the concept of generosity? 3. What spiritual tips concerning giving have you learned? 4.It's for the glory of God.Luke 12 Discussion questions: 1. More adult Sunday School lessons about money Scriptures on Wealth . We give that God's people may be helped. How would you counsel a new believer on the importance of giving? Author:Paul Schlieker www. The Wise Men also worshiped NOT to meet the church budget with their generous giving. NOT the building payment NOT to impress someone.com A short devotion on Christian giving .
God expect his followers to understand and reflect his view of money. It would not be an over-statement to say that many people actually worship money. Then tell one thing you'd love to have if you could afford it. . Mark 12:41. (Do) Name one way he/she will manage God's property to honor Him. Transition We live in a world that is obsessed with money.Seven Spiritual Truths Bible Passages: Genesis 1:1. Deuteronomy 8:17. "Tell your neighbor one thing you would never buy. . and spend it on themselves. The human need this passage meets is: the need to view and handle our money in a way that is consistent to reality and pleases God. (Feel) Feel that he has not viewed his money in a way consistent with God's commands. On the other hand. Ecclesiastes 5:19. Luke 16:13. . Malachi 3:10. Learning Goals: By the end of this session. As a whole: People love money People live for money People believe that money will solve all. They love to make it. II Corinthians 9:6. Hook Ask the members. Matthew 26:14. Matthew 6:19. Luke 12:42. each learner should be able to." Continue after a couple of minutes. I Timothy 6:7. have it. Proverbs 3:9. or at least most of their problems. Psalm 49:16. I Timothy 6:6. That's why thousands keep trying to win the powerball jackpot. Luke 18:22. Ecclesiastes 5:10.Scriptures on Wealth . (Know) Identify the teaching of the scriptures on wealth. Matthew 6:21. Psalm 50:10.
and riches are used about 116 times. The relationship between owner and manager was the theme of many of Jesus' parables. In the Old Testament. Luke 12:42 . Man's role is manager of God's property. the same words are used over 300 times. and the creatures of the field are mine. we don't. Whatever we think we own. Moses warned the children of Israel before . everything we see comes from God's hand. God owns: The concept of God's ownership is introduced in the very first verse of the Bible. God is the source of all wealth. Man Manages: While God's role is owner.Bible Input and Life Application There are numerous scriptures on wealth both Old and New Testaments: God's view of Christian Giving In the New Testament. Second spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth: 2. The tendency is to think otherwise. We are merely managing the property that belongs to God.Who then is the faithful and wise manager. wealth. Here's a brief summary of the scriptures on wealth: First spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth: 1. Genesis 1:1 God created the heavens and the earth. Asaph (leader of the temple choir) quotes God in Psalm 50:10 Every animal of the forest is mine (God's) and the cattle on a thousand hills. The world is mine and all that is in it. God owns everything and man manages His property. rich. Since God owns everything. who the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. I know every bird in the mountains. the words money. All our possessions are on loan from God.
for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth. Jesus looked at him and said. and enables him to enjoy them. Fourth spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth: 4. because he was a man of great wealth.When God gives any man wealth and possessions. I have given my life to one thing: Success. Third spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth: 3." But remember the Lord your God." People give themselves to many things other than God. Ecclesiastes 5:19 . No man can have two masters. Jesus saw people struggle with this choice. "Sell everything you have and give it to the poor. I'll do it. You cannot serve both God and wealth. It is not a sin to be successful. You cannot serve both God and money. the wealthiest person. to accept his lot and be happy in his work. "Good teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus said to him. this is a gift of God. "Whatever it takes.No servant can serve two masters. The love of money is a root cause of many problems. ." When he heard this he became very sad.You may say to yourself." God expects us to have money without becoming addicted to it. Luke 16:13 . There is more to making money than our hard work.A certain ruler asked him. "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me. Deuteronomy 8:17 -. it is a sin to worship success. Luke 18:22 .they entered the promised land that days of prosperity were coming. Several years ago I interviewed a young man for a job. acknowledged this." Then he elaborated. However long it takes. "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. follow me. "Because I have given myself to success. Then come. Either he will hate the one and love the other or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. why should I choose you?" He said. Solomon. All wealth ultimately comes from the hand of God. I'll pay the price. I asked him. "If it came down to you and another qualified candidate.
God blesses the man who honors Him with his wealth. Judas loved money more than he loved Jesus. A specific promise Malachi 3:10 . God teaches us to invest our money in His kingdom. "bring the whole tithe into the storehouse and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have enough room for it.Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests and asked. Nowhere is this more vividly illustrated than in the life of Judas." . and your vats will brim over with new wine. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. In the end. the Apostle who betrayed Jesus. Fifth spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth: 5.People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap.Whoever loves money never has enough.The love of money robs you of contentment. "What will you give me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. A general promise Proverbs 3:9 . Ecclesiastes 5:10 . have wandered from the faith. Some people. Matthew 26:14 . Many people rationalize and justify their behavior to satisfy their love of money. whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income." says the Lord Almighty.Honor the Lord with your wealth. I Timothy 6:7 ."Test me in this. then your barns will be filled to overflowing. The love of money hurts your relationship with God. eager for money. with the fruitfruits of your crops.
" Here's Jesus' version of it: Matthew 6:19 . and we can take nothing out of it. He wants us to give and share our money to honor Him. treasures in heaven are eternal.Do not be overawed when a man grows rich. "I think he left it all. We've all heard the investment principle: "Don't put all your eggs in one basket. where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give. where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. "How much do you think he left behind?" The other one quietly replied. God wants you to be a "funnel".Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly.We brought nothing into the world. Anything in the "earthly basket" will be destroyed. not a "bucket". Earthly riches are temporal. Two friends were attending the funeral of a multi-millionaire. I Timothy 6:6 . The goal of the game is to get as much money as you can and make . As they were sitting in the chapel before the service. for he will take nothing with him when he dies." I know that many of us have played the game.A personal promise II Corinthians 9:6 . and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. From this perspective. Psalms 49:16 . Monopoly. anything in the "heavenly basket" cannot be destroyed. for God loves a cheerful giver.Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth. Sixth spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth: 6. one asked. we are encouraged. But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven.
You can't take it with you. It's not real. You leave it all. But. but they gave out of their wealth. but she. don't think that it's the amount of money that God is examining. it all goes back into the box. Jesus said. not our stuff. It's just a game.all she had to live on. .Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. but he expects us to ultimately trust HIM. the board is folded up and all the money and houses go back in the box. One proof that God has your heart. She trusted him to take care of her. It doesn't matter how much you have when you die. You buy houses and hotels and accumulate money.the other players go bankrupt. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins. out of her poverty put in everything . "This poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others." The rich gave very large amounts. Many rich people threw in large amounts. They gave out of their wealth. Seventh spiritual truth of the scriptures on wealth: 7. but she gave out of her heart. The widow gave less than a penny. there your heart will be also. She gave all she had to live on and placed her life in God's hands. That's what God wants. He gives us many things. When God has your money. He has your heart. When it comes to material things. when the game is over. The money and possessions aren't real. is that he has your money. But. worth only a fraction of a penny. Mark 12:41 . Matthew 6:21 Where your treasure is. life is one big Monopoly game.
Discussion Questions: 1. How do these truths help you be honest and ethical in your dealings involving money? . Which two truths about money do you find most difficult to believe? 3. Which two truths about money do you find most difficult to practice? 4. What blessings that "money can't buy" has God blessed you with? 5. Which of the scriptures on wealth help you realize that God is the owner and source of your wealth? 2.
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