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His direct clarms o . r Messiah (Mark 14:61-62) Son of God (Mark 14: 61) God the Son o...beforeAbraham was, I am" (/ohn 8: 58) "My Lord and my God' (lohn 2O: 28) oclaim to be God' (/ohn 1O:33)

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"A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things he'd either be Jesus said wouldn't be a great moral teacher, -a lunatic - on a.level with a man who sayshe's a poached eg - or else he'd be the devil of hell. You must make your iioice. Either this man was and is the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse...But don't let us come up with any patronising nonsenseabout his being a great human-teacher. He hasn't left that open to us. He didn't intend to'" c.S.Lewis

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we ,,we are faced then with a frightening alternative' The.man a or else lunaticor whil He said are talkingabout*"'iiiiiiiiTtt to me obvious that He was neither something worse' Now it seelns however strange or a lunatic nor a fiend; and consequentlv' t iave to'accept the view that He i''^iy terrifying or untitcel"y '"'*' on this enemy occupied world in was and is God. G;;'i;;i^dei human form'' c.S.Lewis

Title WhyJesus?

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The cross lies at the heart of the Christian faith (I Corinthians 2:2) (1 Corinthians I : 23-24)
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from God'(Romans 3:22) (Isaiah 53:6) "Righteousness He died for you and me (Galatians 2: 2O)

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reading Recommended
Title Questions of Life Basic ChristianitY Mere ChristianitY Is Anyone There? The Crossof Christ

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HOW CANI BESURE zFMY FAITH?
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"When someone becomesa Christian he becomesa brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun." (2 Corinthians 5: 17, Liuing Bible) But experiencesvary... some imrnedratelyknow the difference... for others it is more gradual.

When we receivedChrist, we becamea chlld of God (N.8. believed + received) Qohn 1: 12) God wants us to be sure "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." (Ilohn 5: 13)
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We nrust not trust our feelings,which arc changeableand but tather God'spromises cleceptive ,,1will come in" (Revelation3:20) ,,1am with you always" (Matthew 28: 2O)

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WecannotearnGod'sforgiveness,butJesusChristdiedonthe cross so that we might be reconciled to cod . God loves us and died to Prove it (lohn 3: 16) - He took our sins uPon himself (Isaiah 53: 6) l4 (I Peter 2: 24)
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When somecnebecomes Christian,God'sHoly Spirit comesto a dwell within them (RomansS: g) He transforms us from within Our characters (Galatians5:22-23) Our relationships Which of the following changeshave you alreadyexperienced in your life? - new love for God - desire to rcad the Bible - senseof forgiveness - new concern for others - enjoyrnent of worshipping God - desire to meet with other Christians
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(Matthew 6: 5-13) The most rmpottant activity of our lives The whole TrinitY involved a) To the Fathet "To your father" (v.6):lmmanence "in heaven" (v.9) : Ttanscendence (Matthew 6) Through the Son (Eqhesians2: 18) In the SPirit (Romans8: 26)
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Recommended reading Title Not TooBusy to Pray there bon't JustStand PraySomething How to Pray Praver Author Bill Hybels Publisher IVP 0851108458

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WnO IS THEHOLY SPIMT?

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At Pentecost discipleswere filled with the Spirit and received: the new languages (Acts 2:4-12) newboldness (Acts2: 14) new power (Acts 2: 37-41)

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Recornmendedreading
Title The God who changes Lives Author Publisher ISBN

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Reality of spiritual warfare Satan = Fallen angel? (Isaiah 14) Old Testament: New Testament (/ob 1, I Chronicles 21: I) A personal, spirrtual being who is in active rebellion against God and has the leadership of many demons like himself

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> "PLrton the full armour of God so that you may take yoar stand the deuil's schemes" (Ephesians6: 11)

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Belt of truth (v.14) a groundtng in Christian docttrne/ truth to counter Satan's lies (/ohn 8: 32) Breastplate of righteou sness(v. I 4) the righteousnessof Christ given to us (Phifippians 3:9) to protect theheatt against gutlt andcondemnation Bootsofthe gosPel ofPeace (v.15) the readinessto speak of Christ (Isaiah 52: 7- 1O) Shield of fatth (v.16) the oppositeof cynicism and scepticism

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"the whole world is under the control of the euil one" (lJohn 5: 19) The kingdom of God advances through: a) Prayer 'Ihe weapons we fight with are not the weapons of tlte world. On the contrary, they have diuine pwrer to demolish strongholds." (I Corinthians 1O:4) Acfion (Luke 7:2? Preacffingf,he gospel Cdfurgout&mrs Healing the sick, etc.

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HOW DOESGOD GUIDEUS?
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Decisionse.g maffrage, job, home, money, giving, holidays, use of etc. time, possessions
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need for testing (l John 4: I) - is it loving? (l John 4: 16) - is it streng thening, encour aging and comf orttng? (I hrinthians b) Strong desire to do something oboth to w!!! and to act for his good putpose" (Philippians 2: 13) I ;3)

Howdoes Godgaide us?

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He Sometimes guides in more unusual ways r r prophecy e.g. Agabus(Acts 11:27-28;21: IO-11) dreams (Matthew 1:20) visions/pictures (Acts I6: 1O) angels (Genesis18) (Matthew2: 19) (Acts 12:7) audlble voice (I Samuel 3: 4- 14)

3. Common Sense
"Do not be like the horse or the mule, which has not understanding but must be controlled by bit and btidle" (Psalm32:8-9) "Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into Q TimothY 2: 7) all this.' problem "God's promises of guidance were notgiven to save us the John Stoft of thinking" e.g mawiage, job/ career (t Corinthians 7: I7-24)

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How does Godguide us?

"The wise man listens to aduice' (Proverbs 12: I5) they "Plans fail for lack of counsel bat with many aduisors succeed" (Proverbs I 5: 22) oMakeplans by seeking aduice" (Proverbs 2O: 18) BUT: . . who is responsible? Whom should we consult?

5. Circumstanfial SiSns
determines his "In his heart, a nan plans his course, but the Iprd (Proverbs 16: 9) steps" SometimesHe closesdoors (Acts 16: 7) SometimesGod oPensdoors (1 Corinthians 16:9)

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watch the circumstancesbut don't put too much weight on them sometimeswe need to persevereinspite of all the circumstances

Conclusion
a) Don't be in a hurry 'Abraham, after waiting patiently, received what was promised' (Hebrews 6: 15) D We all make mistakes- God forgives (loel 2: 25)

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1. Presence
(Matthew 5: 13-16) We are called to be salt andhght (v.13- I4) When people know we are Christians, they watch our lives (v.16) e.8 spouses "...if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behauiour of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives' (I Peter 3: 1-2)

2. Persuasion
"Knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men" (2 Corinthians 5: 11) (Acts I7: 2-4) Work out answers to common questions e.g "What aboat other religions?" "How can a God of love allow suffering?"

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3. Proclamation
(/ohn 1:40-42) a) "Come and see" We are not calledtobe *evangelists"but we are all called to be ttwitnessest'(v. 41) b) Explain ourselves (Seenotes at end of chapter)

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Conclusion
Don't give up (Romans 1: 16)

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Notes

LordJesus Christ, (Take a few I am sorryfor the things I have done wrong in my lile' pafircular that is on ask His folgiveness for anything *o*."trio pleise forgive me. I now turn from everything ;;;;;;;r.ience). which I know is wrong. Thankyou that you died on the ctoss for me so that I could be forgiven and set free. your Thankyou thatyou now offer me thisgift of forgiveness and Spirit. I now receive thatgift. PleasecomeintomylifebyyourHolySpirittobewithmeforever. Thank you, LordJesus. Amen.

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Dots GoDHEAL TzDAY?
Introduction
Introduction of healing to this church Our own experience

I. Biblical Basis
a) Old Testament I Promisesof God e.g (Exodus 23: 25-26) (Psalm 4I: 3) .

The character of God "I am the Inrd who heals you" (Exodus 15: 26)

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Examplesof God heahng (2 Kings 5) (Isaiah 38,39)

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The ministry of Jesus . His teaching The kingdom of God (Mark 1: 14) Proclaimedand demonstrated His healings of 25o/o the Gospels His commissions Commissionof the 1,2 (Matthew 9: 35-10;8) Commissionof the 72 (Luke IO: 1-2O) Commissionof the disciples (Matthew 28: I7-20) (Mark 16: 15-20) (/ohn 14: 9- 14 - especially v.I 2)

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The early Church Many examples of healtng and mfuacles (Acts 3: I - 1O;Acts 5: 12- 16) Early Church history e.g. Irenaeus(1,4O-2Og) Origen (c.1,85-254) Augustine (354-430)

2. Practice
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Introduction
: Popular misconcePtionso r ; r Church = services Church = clergy Church= aparticulardenomination Church= theburlding

What is the Church?

Greek word "EkHesia" = an assemblyor gathettng of people Chwch/Kngdom

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What about the Church?

Baptism- markof entry

cleansing from sin (1 Corinthians 6: I I) incorporation into Christ's death and resurrection (Romans 6: 3-5) (Colossians2: 12) I sealing of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12: I3)

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3: UniversalChurch (Ephesians 10,21; 5:23,25) 1,700 million Christiansin the world today persecutedchurch third world free world

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Local churches Galatianchurches (I Corinthians 16: 1)

What about the Charch?

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Cell - small grovp - close friends - kelmotes

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2. The famillr of God (Ephesians2: 14- l8l
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"makeevery effort to keep the unity of the Spirit" (Ephesians 3) 4:

What about the Charch?

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the questionable points, "On the necessarypoints, unity; on Iiberty; in everYthing, IoYe." RupertusMeldenius

Brothers and sistersto eachother (l John 4: 19 - 5: 1) Faithfulness(Galatians6: lO) (Matthew 18: 15,35) (Matthew 5:23-24) Forgiveness Fellowship (Acts2: 42-47) - fellowship with God - Fathet,Sonand Holy Spirit (1/ohn 1:3) 2 Corinthians 13: 14) - and with one anothet (l John 1: 7) (Hebrews10:24-25)

oSaul,Saul, why do you persecute me?" (Acts 9" 4)

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What about the Church?

Unity (v.4-6) "the unity of the Spirit" Diversity (u 7- I 1, 28-30) "to each one of usgrace has been given" Mutual dependence (v. I 4 -2 6) obuilt up in love as each part does its work"

Built on foundatron of apostlesandprophets (v.2O) New Testament Jesusas the Cornerstone (v.2O) Indwelt by God's Spirit (v.22) 2 holyTemple"

Whatabout the Church?

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Christ's purpose for His Church (v.27) (Revelation21:2) Our response (1 Peter 2: 9) - holiness - worship - witness

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RESTOFMY LIFE?
Romans 12: 1-21

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'Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world' (v.2)

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3. "Present vour bodies..."
Act of will ooffer vour bodies' (v.1) . t r ears eyes mouths

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