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Again we want to mention that the purpose of the S.P.A.C.E.

program is not to rush through it and get it over with to go on to the next lesson. The purposes are many and eternal. To accomplish these purposes will take some kind of a schedule to live by. It won't be done by accident. As parents we have that responsibility to disciple ourselves and our children. So the purpose of this schedule is to help us to develop a daily relationship with Christ. SCHEDULE FOR REMAINING SERIES IN THE S.P.A.C.E. PROGRAM SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY PICK UP LESSON. Adults ONLY pick-up lesson. Go thru the Pastor. READ OVER ENTIRE LESSON WITH THE QUESTIONS Give instructions to family. READ OVER AND STUDY EACH SCRIPTURE REFERENCES Look-up and read each scripture. "Check Children’s Progress." CHURCH SERVICES No lesson today.

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THURSDAY ANSWER HALF OF THE QUESTIONS AT THE END OF LESSON "Check Children's Progress." FRIDAY REVIEW AND FINISH ANSWERING ALL THE QUESTIONS. "Check Children's Progress."

SATURDAY FAMILY MEETING NIGHT Go over lesson together. Check all answers. Each member of the family pray. Start with a parent praying and end with a parent praying.

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THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION OUTLINE I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. CHANGE. CERTAINTY. SECURITY. VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION. A DESIRE TO DO THE WILL OF GOD. OBEDIENCE. A PRAYER ATTITUDE. SINGLENESS OF PURPOSE.

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Lesson l THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION CHANGE John 3:1-7 INTRODUCTION What actually happens when a person is born again (regenerated)? In the first place, we must understand that at the moment we repent of sin and believe on Christ, we are born again. We receive eternal life from God. But that is only a small part of the story. It is just the beginning. We learn from the Bible that many other wonderful changes occur when God saves a sinner. I. WE ARE ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED. Ephesians 1:6

This means that we stand before God in all the acceptability of his beloved Son. God sees us “in Christ” (II Corin 5:17). It also means that we are welcome in God's presence as long as Christ is welcome and that is forever. Ephesians 2:4-7. II. WE BECOME A CHILD OF GOD. John 1:12

You can imagine how honored you would feel if you were the child of some worldfamous ruler. How much greater honor it is to be the child of the mighty ruler of the universe, before whom angels bow. Galatians 3:26. III. WE ARE JUSTIFIED. Romans 5:1 God, the Judge, declares the believing sinner to be "not guilty" and looks upon him as if he had never sinned. He can do this because Christ has died as a substitute and has borne all the punishment which the Christian should have borne. Thus, the Christian stands without guilt in God's sight and he will never come into condemnation. Romans 8:1; John 5:24. IV. WE ARE INDWELT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. I Corin 6:19 The Bible plainly teaches that God, the Holy Spirit, actually dwells within each believer. I John 4:13; Romans 8:9. The body of the Christian is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Because of this sacred privilege, the child of God should be careful what he says, where he goes and what he does.

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Lesson 1 (cont’d) V. WE BECOME AN HEIR OF GOD. Romans 8:17

God is the creator of the universe and he owns all things. God's children are promised that they will one day reign with Christ over all the earth and they will then possess all things. VI. WE RECEIVE THE DIVINE NATURE. II Peter 1:4

We have new desires, new ambitions, a new hatred of sin and a new love for our fellow Christians. God's purpose for every one of his children is that we become more and more like the Lord Jesus. Colossians 3:10; II Corinth 3:18. VII. WE ENJOY THE CONSTANT PROTECTION OF GOD. Romans 8:28

Nothing happens to the Christian, no matter how terrible or tragic, that God cannot overrule and make something good come from it. Every trial, test and discipline works for our spiritual benefit. Romans 5:3-5. CONCLUSION In view of these marvelous provisions which God has made, every Christian should show his appreciation in at least two ways: a. He should never cease to praise and worship God for his salvation. b. He should give his life in willing service to the one who gave his life on Calvary's cross. Romans 12:1. Answer the following questions: 1. Give the two meanings of what it means to be accepted in the beloved. a. b. 2. How can God declare the believer not guilty? (Give the two-fold answer). 3. Can a believer come into condemnation? 4. What dwells within the believer and what is the body of the Christian? 5. If we are ________ __ ___, we are heirs of God. 6. Who are we to become more like? 7. If we love God, we know what? Romans 8:28.

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Lesson #l Answer Key THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION CHANGE 1. a. We stand before God in all the acceptability of his beloved son. b. That we are welcome in God's presence as long as Christ is welcome. 2. a. Christ died as our substitute. b. Has borne all the punishment which we should have borne. 3. 4. No. a. Holy Spirit. b. Temple 5. 6. 7. Children of God. Christ. That all things work together for good.

Lesson 2 THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION CERTAINTY I John 5:13 INTRODUCTION The question, "How may I know I am saved?" has baffled many people through the years. But the scriptures indicate we can know definitely how we stand before God. The trouble with some is that they depend on their feelings rather than the Bible. They say, "I do not feel saved." They expect some mysterious emotional experience and when they do not receive it they doubt they were ever really saved. The person who bases his assurance of salvation on his feelings is certain to have difficulty, because feelings change from moment to moment. God's Word, however, never changes. Learn to trust the Bible and not your feelings. I. WE KNOW WE ARE SAVED BY THE EVIDENCE OF CHANGE. II Corinthians 5:17 The Apostle Paul, who wrote these words, was speaking out of personal experience. Before he trusted Christ for salvation, he was a proud, arrogant, selfish person. After the miracle of the new birth, he was transformed into a humble, compassionate, meek, unselfish saint. Consider the thousands today who give clear, positive testimony to the power of Christ to transform lives. They declare with one voice as did Paul, "Old things are passed away, behold all things are become new." II. WE KNOW WE ARE SAVED BECAUSE WE LOVE THE BRETHREN. I John 3:14 The person who is saved possesses love for all those in the family of God. Although before his conversion he may have been bored in the company of those who loved Christ, he now finds his greatest joy in fellowship with those who love the Lord (I John 4:7-8). III. WE KNOW WE ARE SAVED BY THE EVIDENCE OF GOD'S ABIDING SPIRIT. I John 4:13 Before we were saved, the spirit of the Devil dwelled in our hearts (John 8:44). When we were born again, a new spirit was given us. The old spirit of antagonism against God and Godly things was taken away and the Holy Spirit of God took up his abode in our hearts (I Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9). He is there to guide us and help us understand the Scriptures and our relationship with our Heavenly Father (Romans 8:16). IV. WE KNOW WE ARE SAVED BY THE TESTIMONY OF THE WORD. I John 5:13 If the Bible is not the Word of God it should be banned and burned. But, if it is the Word of God then we would do well to trust its promises, obey its commands and practice its precepts. Of all the evidences of our salvation, faith in the Word of God is the most trustworthy. The Christian who bases his faith upon the trustworthiness of the Word and trusts God completely is the true disciple (John 5:24). God said it, that settles it!

Lesson 2 (cont’d) V. WE KNOW WE ARE SAVED BY OUR DESIRE TO OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS I John 2:3-5 In his natural state man is incapable of obeying God's commandments. His nature is to do the works of sin and unrighteousness. So our desire to obey and carry out his every wish and command becomes ample evidence of our being saved. Christians make mistakes and often grieve the heart of God. But, when they realize they are wrong, they confess their sin and find ready forgiveness of their Heavenly Father (I John 1:9). This promise is to the Christian and not to the unsaved. It is for those who in a moment of weakness break one of God's commandments. God is just as willing to forgive as a true Christian is willing to ask for forgiveness (Psalms 130:3-4). CONCLUSION If you are not sure that you have ever been saved, tell the Lord about it. Tell him right now that you know you are a lost sinner and if you were to die in your present condition you would go to Hell. Then receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. Believe that he died on the cross to pay the penalty of your sins and that he is able and willing to save you now (Acts 16:31). Answer the following questions. 1. Can we know for sure we are saved according to God's Word? 2. Why can't we base our assurance of salvation on our feelings? 3. Give the five evidences of salvation. a. b. d. c. 4. What happens to the “old things?” 5. The Holy Spirit abides in us. He is there to do three things; name them. a. b. c. 6. What three things should we do well with the Word of God? a. b. c. 7. What should the desire of every Christian be? 8. I John 1:9 is to the Christian or the unsaved? c.

Lesson #2 Answer Key THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION CERTAINTY 1. 2. 3. a. b. c. d. e. 4. Yes. Because they change from moment to moment. Change We love the brethren God's abiding Spirit. Testimony of the word Our desire to obey his commandments. They pass away -- all things become new.

5. a. Guide us. b. Help us to understand the scriptures. c. Help us with our relationship with our Father. 6. a. Trust its promises. b. Obey its commands c. Practice its precepts. 7. 8. To obey and carry out God's every wish and command. To the Christian.

Lesson 3 THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION SECURITY Jude 1:24-25 INTRODUCTION Is it true that Christians are eternally secure? Perhaps we should first answer the question, what is a true Christian? We do not mean every person who professes to be a Christian. Countless thousands have raised the hand or "come forward" in church services and signed cards, and even shed tears, who have never been saved. The Bible does not teach the security of religious professors. On the contrary; it solemnly and repeatedly warns against having such a false hope (Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 13-24-27). That true Christians are eternally secure is made clear from the following reasons: I. THE NEW BIRTH.

It is not possible to be born a Christian. You must be re-born a Christian as Jesus told Nicodemus (John 3:3). You are not saved by natural birth. Your parents’ faith does not save you (John 1:12-13). Just as you were born physically, so you must be born a second time; born of the Spirit to have existence in the spiritual world of the Kingdom of God. Once we are reborn, a new life is imparted (I Peter 1:3-5). It is true the old nature is still there, but a new life has been granted. God is often compelled to use the rod on us. But as his dear children, he shall protect and preserve us unto the end (Philippians 1:6). II. WE ARE SEALED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. Ephesians 1:13-14

The seal is legal evidence of a consummated purchase and is proof of ownership. When a rancher brands his cattle with a red-hot iron he is denoting and establishing his ownership of these cattle. When one is purchased with the blood of Christ he is sealed or branded as God's property. III. WE ARE KEPT BY THE POWER OF GOD.

We may read occasionally of a parent abandoning a child. However, the prophet Isaiah says that God will never forget one of his children (Isaiah 49:15-16). We may not understand how a mother could forsake her baby. It seems to us that she would try to protect it against all harm. Yet, this does happen, as we all know. If you are a child of God, washed in his blood, born of his Spirit, he will never forsake you (I Peter 1:5; Psalms 37:28).

Lesson 3 (cont’d) IV. CHRIST'S FINISHED WORK

The New Testament emphasizes the eternal value and acceptability of the one offering of the Lord Jesus Christ for sin. His offering, unlike the many offerings of bulls and goats under the law, needs never to be repeated. The Jewish priest always stood in his ministry in the ancient tabernacle, for his work was never finished. Christ, on the other hand, is seated at the right hand of God because his work is finished (Hebrews 10:12). Consider the emphasis which the Holy Spirit places on the one offering of Christ for sin (Hebrews 9:12; 26-28; Romans 6:10; I Peter 3:18). In Hebrews 10:14, we see that every child of God is perfected forever because the one allsufficient, never to be repeated sacrifice of the Lord Jesus on the cross. “Perfected forever.” Here we have two of the strongest words in the English language. Perfection cannot be improved, and we cannot extend a thought of forever. This is the standing of every believer in the sight of the Holy God. V. THE PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE. John 5:24; John 10:27-30

Forty-five times the term eternal life and everlasting life can be found in the Bible. Many other terms, such as eternal redemption, eternal glory, eternal salvation and eternal inheritance are used. If eternal life could be lost or forfeited, it would be temporary life, not eternal. ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURE REFERENCES: Romans 8:28-39; II Timothy 1:12; John 3:18; Ephesians 4:30; I John 2:19; I John 3:9; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 7:25. Answer the following questions. 1. List the two ways a Christian is born. a. b. 2. By what are we sealed and what does it mean? 3. Will God ever forsake even one of his children? 4. Does the offering Christ made for our sins need to be repeated? 5. Was the priest’s work ever finished? 6. Christ is sitting on God’s right hand; is his work finished? 7. In our lesson we have two of the strongest words in the English language. What are they? a. b. 8. How many times can the term eternal life and everlasting life be found in the Bible?

Lesson #3 Answer Key THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION SECURITY 1. a. Natural b . Spiritual 2. By the Holy Spirit - We are sealed or branded as God's property. 3. No. 4. No. 5. No. 6. Yes. 7. a. Perfected b. Forever 8. 45.

Lesson 4 THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION Victory Over Temptation I Corinthians 10:13 INTRODUCTION: When a person is saved, a great struggle begins. He still has the old nature. He still has the sinful nature of Adam which will try to drag him into sin all the time. But, he also has the new nature, the life from God, which hates sin and wants to do what is right. The two natures fight against each other continually (Galatians 5:16-17; Romans 8 5-8). The new nature inspires the Christian to victory over temptation. There is no reason why a Christian should continually be a slave to his old nature. God has promised a way out for us. According to the words of the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 10:13, God will not suffer you to be tried above the strength he gives you. But, as the trial comes he will provide you with sufficient strength to resist it. As the trial comes in he will open up the way so that you can get out. God always makes a breach in Satan's otherwise impregnable fortification. Should temptation close in upon you, you may rest assured there is a way out, as there was a way in, and that the temptation shall never be above the strength that God shall give you to bare it. How is the Christian to resist temptation? By saying "NO" to the flesh, or to the old nature, and by nourishing the new life that is within. Here are some practical suggestions: I. READ AND OBEY THE WORD OF GOD. The Psalmist said that God's Word is like a cleansing agent in Psalms 119:9 & 11. The Word of God helps us to keep from yielding to temptation. This we know from a study of the temptation of our Lord in Matthew 4:1-11. II. PRAY WITHOUT CEASING. Whenever you are faced with temptation ask God for help (Hebrews 4:16). He will give you the strength to overcome. If you try to resist by your own strength, you will surely fail. III. SEEK THE COMPANIONSHIP OF FELLOW BELIEVERS. See Proverbs 1:10-16; Hebrews 10:24-25. It is often necessary to work and live with unbelievers and in such cases we should witness to them with our lips as well as our lives, but we should not join with them in their worldly pleasures and amusements (I Corinthians 15:33). He who frequents the company of evil or corrupt men will soon be as they are. IV. CONFESS YOUR SINS IMMEDIATELY. As soon as you are conscious that you have grieved your Heavenly Father by a thought, word or deed, ask his forgiveness immediately (Proverbs 28:13). True confession means that we no longer desire to indulge in the sin we are confessing.

Lesson 4 (cont’d) V. KEEP BUSY FOR THE LORD. You have heard it said, "An idle mind is the Devil's workshop." The same is true of an idle body. Give your body to the Lord to use it as he desires (Romans 6:19). There is plenty of work to be done in the church. VI. STARVE THE OLD NATURE. Be careful what you read, what you watch, where you go and what you listen to (Colossians 3:5-9). VII. FEED THE NEW NATURE. Occupy yourself with thoughts of Christ. When you are thinking about him you cannot be thinking about sin (Colossians 3:10-14). This is the secret of holy living, occupation with Christ. It is a fixed rule in life that we become like the object of our affections. II Corinthians teaches that we become like the Lord Jesus as we behold him in the mirror (glass) of his Word. CONCLUSION: Deliverance from temptation is not a “once-and-for-all” experience, but a continual process of depending upon God. No matter how old we get or how much we learn about the Bible we are still in danger of yielding to temptation if we take our eyes off the Lord. The secret is expressed in Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Answer the following questions: 1. List seven ways to get victory over temptation? a. b. c. e. f. g. 2. What will the old nature try to do? 3. How many nature's does a Christian have? 4. Will God allow you to be tried above your strength? 5. What did Christ use against the devil's temptation? 6. What will happen if a believer fellowships with the company of evil or corrupt men? 7. Are we still in danger of temptation no matter how old we are or how learned? 8. What is our secret? d.

Lesson #4 Answer Key THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION 1. a. Read and obey God's word. b. Pray. c. Seek companionship with other believers. d. Confess sin immediately. e. Keep busy for the Lord. f. Starve the old nature. g. Feed the new nature. 2. Drag you into sin all the time. 3. Two. 4. No. 5. Scripture 6. He will become as they are. 7. Yes. 8. Looking unto Jesus - Keep your eyes on Jesus.

Lesson 5 THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION A DESIRE TO DO THE WILL OF GOD Psalms 143:10; James 4:13-15; Colossians 4:12 INTRODUCTION: Before we become Christians we are not really interested in God's will. We are only concerned with our own will and doing our own thing (Isaiah 53:6; Judges 17:6). But once we are saved we find ourselves praying the prayer of David, "Teach me to do thy will." One of the fundamental things that accompanies salvation is the desire to know and do God's will. Here are three simple and clearly stated conditions: a. There must be a teachable attitude. This is indicated by David s prayer, "Teach me ....." b. There must be an intense desire to know God's will. When the Lord said, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" in Hosea 4:6, He meant the knowledge of his will. c. There must be a willingness to do his will whatever it involves. Notice that David prayed, “Teach me to do thy will,” not simply “Teach me to know thy will.” These three simple conditions provoke the question, “How does the Lord teach us to do his will?" The answer is very clear. The Lord does it in five ways: I. THROUGH THE WORD. I Thessalonians 4:3; 5:18; I Peter 2:13-15. The scriptures give direction in two ways. First of all they definitely prohibit certain courses of action. For instance, if a Christian were praying for guidance as to whether he should marry an unsaved girl, he could get God's answer in II Corinthians 6:14. On the other hand, God often uses other verses of Scripture to guide us to take a certain definite course of action. A verse that you had never noticed before may take on new meaning because it tells you what to do at the very time when you are praying for direction. II. THROUGH PRAYER. James 1:5. This means we must come before the Lord regularly, asking for his direction. We should claim his promise for guidance, asking him to do as he has said. Our prayers should have his glory as their chief aim (Colossians 1:9; and 4:12). III. THROUGH THE DIRECT INFLUENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. The Spirit of God, which lives within us, influences our convictions, our desires or our inclinations in such a way as to make God's will clear. Read John 16:13. He is a reliable guide, but we must yield to him and not grieve him (Ephesians 4:30). IV. THROUGH THE ADVICE OF MATURE CHRISTIANS. It is sometimes helpful to seek the advice of mature, spiritual Christians. Their experience and counsel can often save a new believer from serious pitfalls (Hebrews 13:7 & 17).

Lesson 5 (cont’d) V. THROUGH CIRCUMSTANCES Since God controls the entire universe, he can and often does, plan the circumstances of our lives to reveal his will (Judges 6:36-40). CONCLUSION It is important to note that to be sure of finding the will of God, these five must agree. They must harmonize. They must all say to us, "This is the way, walk ye in it" (Isaiah 30:21). We need to distinguish between the "directive" and the "permissive" will of God. By his permissive will, we mean that which he may allow and yet not really approve. Often he permits that which he does not direct. You have the choice of making your own plans and insisting on your own choice. God may allow you to do this. He may even grant you some measure of blessing, but it will be a most serious mistake. Answer the following questions: 1. Name the three conditions in doing God's will. a. b. c.

2. List the five ways the Lord teaches us to do his will. a. b. c. d. e. 3. The scriptures give us direction in two ways. Name them. a. b. 4. In praying we should claim _________________ and have his_____________ as our chief aim. 5. The Holy Spirit is our reliable guide, but what must we do in order for him to guide us? a. b. 6. What kind of a Christian are we to seek advice from? 7. Name the two wills of God for us. a. b. 8. What are their meanings. a. b.

Lesson #5 Answer Key THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION A DESIRE TO DO THE WILL OF GOD 1. a. A teachable attitude. b. An intense desire to know God's will. c. A willingness to do his will. a. b. c. d. e. Through the word. Prayer Direct influence of the Holy Spirit. Advice of mature Christians. Circumstances.

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a. Definite prohibited certain course of action. b. To take a certain definite course of action. a. His promise. b. Glory.

a. Must yield to him. B. Not grieve Him. A mature, spiritual Christian. a. Directive. b. Permissive. a. Directive is God's will. b. Permissive is our will allowed by God and will lead to a very serious mistake.

Lesson 6 THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION OBEDIENCE I Samuel 15:1-23 INTRODUCTION The story of King Saul's disobedience to the Lord's command is a forceful illustration of our own tendency to disregard the commands of God and the sorrowful consequences of such rebellion. Obedience was the first law given to man in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2:15-17; 3:9-11. Obedience to God's command was the one condition of man's abiding there. Nothing is said of faith, humility or love, though they are essential virtues in the Godly person. Obedience is the one thing that will decide his destiny. I. OBEDIENCE MUST BE PROMPT. There is no reason for delay when it comes to following Christ and doing what he says. When Jesus called four fishermen to be his disciples, they instantly left their nets and followed him in Matthew 4:18-22. Immediately after his conversion, Saul of Tarsus made known his willingness to follow the Lord in complete obedience. See Acts 9:3-6. When a person believes on Jesus Christ, he should be baptized at the earliest opportunity. By such an act he demonstrates his obedience to the command of Christ as illustrated in Acts 8:36-38. The whole of our Christian life should be characterized by acts of ready obedience to our Master's voice. II. OBEDIENCE MUST BE EXACT. The commands of God leave nothing to our discretion. We are not at liberty to change or restrict any one of them. Partial obedience will not suffice. Our obedience must be complete and unreserved, as well as unaffected by the dictates of men. Refer to Acts 5:29. It might seem a small thing for Saul to spare Agag and the best of the cattle; and his vindication of himself to Samuel has an air of plausibility about it. I Samuel 15:15. The command which had been given was extremely plain and strong in I Samuel 15:3. Notice the minuteness of it. All this showed that there was no option left him. When God says "pay", he means to the last penny. When he says "Go to Nineveh", he doesn't mean to Tarshish. See Jonah 1:1-3. III. OBEDIENCE SHOULD BE UNQUESTIONING.

If ever a man was excused for "wanting to know," it was Saul. He had been commanded to completely exterminate the Amalekites. Was the requirement just? Was it humane? One of the first and most important lessons for God's people to learn is that we are not to sit in judgement upon the Scriptures or attempt to lower their demands. Nor are we to question the Word of God or give credence to those who do. Genesis 3:1-5. Unquestioning obedience is the ideal towards which we should strive.

Lesson 6 (cont’d) IV. OBEDIENCE SHOULD BE CHEERFUL.

Duty and obligation are part of the Christian experience, but we must not forget the joy and privilege of service. The Lord is said to love those whose service is rendered cheerfully, as in II Corinthians 9:7. Whatever it is we do, we are to do it "heartily," as unto the Lord. See Colossians 3:23. CONCLUSION The sure test of love is not emotion but obedience, John 14:23. The supreme example of obedience is Jesus Christ himself. Romans 5:19; Philippians 2:8. Answer the following questions: 1. What was the first law given to man? 2. What will decide your destiny? 3. What should be the whole of our Christian life? 4. Our obedience must be what? List three. a. b. c. 5. First and most important lesson God’s people want to learn? List four. a. b. c. d. 6. Whatever we do we are to do it _____________to the Lord. 7. What is the sure test of love toward Christ? 8. Who is our supreme example of obedience?

Lesson #6 Answer Key THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION OBEDIENCE 1. 2. 3. 4. Obedience Obedience to God's word. Be characterized by acts of ready obedience to our Master's word. a. Complete b. Unreserved. c. Unaffected by the dictates of men. 5. a. Not to sit in judgement upon the scriptures. b. Or attempt to lower their demands. c. Nor to question the word of God. d. Nor give credit to those who do. 6. 7. 8. Heartily - - - cheerfully Obedience Jesus Christ himself.

Lesson 7 THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION A PRAYER ATTITUDE Luke 11:1-13 The Christian life begins with a prayer to God (Romans 10:13). To be truly effective, the Christian life must continually be bathed in prayer. Jesus was a man of prayer. It was not unusual for him to pray all night (Luke 6:12). It was because he believed so much in prayer and because his disciples could see the effectiveness of his praying, they asked him to teach them to pray. The more we study the life of our Lord and the teachings of his apostles the better we are able to pray. I. A. B. C. D. II. WHY SHOULD WE PRAY? The Bible commands us to do so. I Timothy 2:8. It is sinful to neglect it. I Samuel 12-23. It is essential to gain victory over the forces of evil. Ephes 6:12-18 Because of the obligation imposed by Christ's example. Mark 1:35.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE PRAY? Needless to say, we should always be in an attitude of prayer. Luke 18:1; I Thessalonians 5:17. We should pray at set times each day and in between those times. It is a good plan to pray upon arising in the morning and upon retiring at night. Then during the day we should look to the Lord when problems arise, when help is needed or when we want to thank him for something. Certainly every Christian should give thanks before eating his meals. John 6:11. III. FOR WHAT ARE WE TO PRAY? See Philippians 4:6; I Timothy 2 1-3, and Matthew 9:38. There is nothing too small or too great to bring to our Heavenly Father in prayer. You may find it helpful to keep a prayer list. Where your requests are specific you will see specific answers. If you pray for people in general, without naming them, you will have no way of knowing if your prayers are answered. IV. A. B. C. D. E. WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR ANSWERED PRAYER? If we abide in Christ, our request will be answered. See John 15:7. Abiding in Christ means keeping his commandments. I John 3:22. Our prayers should be according to his will. I John 5:14. Since God’s will is found in the Bible, our requests should be scriptural. Our requests should be offered in the name of Christ. John 16:23. Our motives must be pure. James 4:3. If our motives are selfish and sinful we cannot expect an answer. Our lives must be clean. Psalms 66:18.

Lesson 7 (cont’d) CONCLUSION: It is easy to pray for ourselves and those we love dearly, but our Christian duty does not end here. See I Timothy 2:1-2. In this day of restlessness and confusion when wars and rumors of wars are engulfing our earth, we need to pray often for those in places of world leadership, for our president, the heads of foreign powers, members of Congress, the Supreme Court and all governmental directors, both great and small. Let us ask God to direct their minds and their hearts in this crucial hour. Let us pray, too, for our church leaders, our missionaries, national workers, evangelists, pastors and educators, for all those in eminent positions of spiritual leadership. It is easy to criticize, it is another thing to give thanks for those in a place of authority and offer our petitions, intercessions and supplications in their behalf. ILLUSTRATION: Isaac Newton, one of the greatest scientists who ever lived, and a dedicated Christian, gave this witness to his reliance on prayer: “I can take my telescope and look millions of miles into space, but I can lay my telescope aside, go into my room and shut the door, get down on my knees in earnest prayer, and I can see more of heaven and get closer to God than I can when assisted by all the telescopes and material agencies on earth.” Answer the following questions: 1. Did Jesus pray much and at times all night? 2. How did Jesus’ praying affect the disciples? 3. How many reasons are listed for why should we pray? Write the scripture reference for each reason. a. b. 4. In lesson six; The Bible commands us to pray, so we should ___________________ . 5. According to Luke 18:1; Men ought to always pray, but what does "not to faint" mean? 6. Is it helpful to keep a prayer list? Why? a. b. 7. List the five conditions for getting your prayers answered? a. b. c. d. e.

Lesson #7 Answer Key THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION A PRAYER ATTITUDE 1. 2. 3. Yes. They wanted him to teach them to pray like he did. a. Four. b. I Timothy 2:8 - I Samuel 12:23 - Ephesians 6:12-18 - Mark 1:35 4. 5. 6. Obey. Not to give up or stop praying. a. Yes b. So we can see the answers. 7. a. Abide in Christ. b. In his will. c. Be offered in his name. d. Pure motives. e. Clean lives.

Lesson 8 THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION SINGLENESS OF PURPOSE Philippians 1:12-21 INTRODUCTION Whether our interests lie in the realm of athletics, music, business or whatever, if we see someone who succeeds in those realms we are desirous of knowing what it was that brought him to that plateau of success. No one would deny that Paul reached the heights of success as a Christian. Although hundreds of his words are recorded in the New Testament, no single verse pinpoints the secret of his life any more than Philippians 1:21. Paul's aim in life was not honor, learning, money, pleasure; rather it was to glorify the Lord Jesus. This was the single purpose of his life, the purpose to which he devoted himself with as much singleness of mind and enthusiasm as any person ever did in history. This statement implied the following things: A purpose to know as much of Christ as it was possible to know - to become as much acquainted as he could with his character, his plans, with the relations which he sustained to the Father and with the claims and influences of his teachings. Philippians 3:10 & Ephesians 3:19. A purpose to imitate Christ - to make him the model of his life. A purpose to make his teachings known as far as possible among all mankind. To this end Paul gave his life and devoted his great talents. His aim was to see how many of the human family who had never heard of Jesus Christ he could reach with the Gospel. Never was there a man who gave himself with more enthusiasm to winning souls for Christ than Paul did. A purpose to enjoy Christ. It was in communion with the Savior and endeavoring to please him that Paul found his greatest happiness. The amazing thing is that when he came to die he did not wish that his purpose had been different. If it was Paul's duty to live in this manner, it is no less the duty of every Christian. No believer, when he comes to die, will regret that he has lived for Christ. But how many when they come to die regret this has not been the aim and purpose of their lives. How may we live with singleness of purpose as Paul did? I. WE MUST COUNT THE COST OF BEING A TRUE DISCIPLE OF CHRIST. All believers are children of God, but not all are disciples in the truest sense of the word. The terms of discipleship are given in Luke 14:25-35. To be a genuine disciple means a life of self-denial. It means forsaking all to follow the Lord Jesus. II. WE MUST BURN OUR BRIDGES BEHIND US. Make it as difficult as possible for you to turn back by severing all connections that would keep you from a life of full-hearted obedience and devotion to your Lord. Luke 9:23.

Lesson 8 (cont’d) III. WE MUST NOT BE SIDE-TRACKED. So many start off well but then they lose the vision and slip back into the old routine. Interesting careers lure some away. Good paying jobs divert others. Unwise marriages have been the downfall of many would-be-disciples. The Lord Jesus said once we put our hand to the plow we must not look back. Luke 9:62. IV. WE MUST LIVE TO SERVE. Our example in this is Jesus himself. See Matthew 10:28. True greatness lies in serving others. Don't try to be on the receiving line. Acts 20:35. V. WE MUST CROWN JESUS LORD OF ALL. If Christ rules in our lives our days will count for eternity. This is not to imply that Christianity is an easy life. It is not. It is a struggle. It costs nothing to become a Christian, but it costs everything to be one. It is not popularity, but persecution. Not comfort, but a cross. At the same time it is the best of all lives. You serve the best of masters, your wages are good, but you like your work even better than your wages. Your rewards are wonderful, both now and in eternity. Therefore, give Christ your very best. Hold nothing back. May it be your supreme joy to hear him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” Matthew 25:21. Answer the following questions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. What was Paul's main single purpose of life? Reread the list of four statements that implies the reason of Paul's singleness of purpose, and is that your desire as well? Do you believe that at the end of the Christian’s life, he will regret he has lived for Christ? What does it mean to be a genuine disciple? a. b. It is not important to sever all connections that would keep you from a devoted, obedient life to Christ. TRUE or FALSE. Can you be side-tracked from following the Lord by careers, jobs and marriages? Can you list any other ways? True greatness lies in what? Is Christianity an easy life? What will be our supreme joy?

Lesson #8 Answer Key THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION SINGLENESS OF PURPOSE 1. 2. 3. 4. To glorify the Lord Jesus. Yes. No. a. A Life of self-denial b. Forsaking all to follow the Lord Jesus. 5. 6. 7. 8. False Yes. In serving others No --- To hear him say “Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”