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DIRECTIVES

FOR THE

TEACHERS

n preparing for the Bible Study Class, all Bible study class teachers should personally study the outline in preparation

  • I for the cell meeting. You can also visit the Pastor Chris Digital

Library to listen to the audio/video message.

DIRECTIVES FOR THE TEACHERS n preparing for the Bible Study Class, all Bible study class teachers

During the meeting, please ensure your members have their Bibles and all the Scriptures in the outline are read; members have to look into their Bibles while the Scriptures are read for proper assimila- tion.

DIRECTIVES FOR THE TEACHERS n preparing for the Bible Study Class, all Bible study class teachers

In addition, don’t rush through the subject as you teach; remember that our intention is to have every member of the class understand the subject matter so that they can understand what the Bible teaches on the subject.

Last month, we studied on the topic 7 Gifts of God in Christ. This month, we would study The 7 Factors for Spiritual Advancement; this topic is timely because it’s our year of the Supernatural and to function completely in the grace of this year, you have to grow spiritually. The topic would be covered in two classes as stated be- low:

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(March Week 2) This part focusses on the importance of making Spiritual Advancement and a

Part 1 (March Week 2)

This part focusses on the importance of making Spiritual

Advancement and a study of the first three (3) Factors, which

are:

  • 1. Demonstrate

your

love

(Christ’s

love)

copiously

in

knowledge and discernment.

  • 2. Approve and prize excellence.

  • 3. Be sincere, untainted, unsullied.

(March Week 2) This part focusses on the importance of making Spiritual Advancement and a

Part 2 (March Week 3)

This part focusses on the completion of our study of the topic ‘‘7 Factors for Spiritual Advancement’’ by learning the remain- ing four (4) factors, which are:

  • 4. Give no offence or cause anyone to stumble.

  • 5. Be filled with the fruits of righteousness.

  • 6. Stand firm and strive together in partnership for the success

of the gospel.

  • 7. Never be frightened by your adversaries.

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Part 1

(March Week 2)

Making spiritual advancement as a Christian is very important and this is because the spiritual controls
Making spiritual advancement as a Christian is very important and this is
because the spiritual controls the physical. It doesn’t matter how wonderful your
life is, if you have problems spiritually, it won’t be long before every other area
is jeopardized, because your spiritual life controls everything about you. This is
why our study today: “7 Factors for Spiritual Advancement” is so important.
The first three Factors for Spiritual Advancement are clearly stated in Philippians
1:9-10 (KJV) which says: “And this I pray that your love may abound yet more
and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are
excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ”.
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DEMONSTRATE

YOUR LOVE (CHRIST’S LOVE)

COPIOUSLY IN KNOWLEDGE AND DISCERNMENT

Philippians 1:9a (AMP): “And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more
Philippians 1:9a (AMP): “And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more
and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight
[that your love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more
comprehensive discernment].”

C hristianity is walking in the Love of Christ: expressing and manifesting

His Love in a dark and cynical world; howbeit, with the knowledge of

God’s Word and discernment. Sometimes it may seem difficult to love, but in

Luke Chapter 6:35 (KJV), the Bible says: “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall

be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”

This scripture encapsulates God’s expectation when he instructs us to love.

Consciously express the Love of Jesus to those around you. The Bible says in John 13:35 (NLT), “Your love for one another would prove to the world that you are my disciples”. Preaching the Gospel isn’t only when you talk to a sinner; you preach the Gospel with your life every day, no matter who you’re dealing with. And the Gospel is Christ alive in you: His Love seen, heard, expressed and expe- rienced by others through you.

APPROVE AND PRIZE EXCELLENCE

Philippians 1:10a (KJV): “…That ye may approve things that are excellent…”
Philippians 1:10a (KJV): “…That ye may approve things that are excellent…”

E xcellence is to distinguish oneself; to stand out and surpass laid down stan- dards; to do something to a greater degree than the normal or required

standards. Excellence separates you from others; we see this in Daniel 6:3 (KJV)- “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an ex- cellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.”

Choose to be excellent in all that you do; make a conscious effort to improve your mind by studying the right materials and going the extra mile to get things done perfectly. The Holy Spirit is in you to make you excellent. Jesus said, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he

shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” John 14:26 (KJV). As long as you yield to Him and do the things He tells you, your life will be excellent and full of glory.

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BE SINCERE, UNTAINTED, UNSULLIED Philippians 1:10 (KJV): “ day of Christ”. ... that ye may be
BE SINCERE, UNTAINTED, UNSULLIED
Philippians 1:10 (KJV): “
day of Christ”.
...
that
ye may be sincere and without offence till the

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ow that you are a new man in Christ, put away the old nature. 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 (KJV) says: “Therefore seeing we have this ministry,

as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of

dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s con-

science in the sight of God.” Base your life and daily activities on the things of God. Don’t find yourself behaving like an unbeliever; let there be a distinction

between you and others who have not received Christ.

2 Peter 3:14 (KJV) says “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blame- less.” The scripture above shows us the expected character of a believer, telling us to be diligent. Diligence means to be faithful, careful and efficient.

Remember that you are the light of the world; therefore, let your light shine out everywhere you go such that people would see Christ in you. Let your colleagues, friends, neighbors and all who are associated with you know you as a person of integrity. This way they can rely on your words and judgment, which would lead to prosperity.

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CONCLUSION

T hese things are very easy to do if only we walk in the Spirit and in accordance with the Word of God. Consciously appreciate those around you and express the love of Jesus to them. Never use words that hurt and demean people. Communicate excellently with others without destroying their self-image or making them feel sorry for themselves.

In addition to this be exceptional and industrious; do not follow short cuts just to complete a Job on time. These are the simple things that have great impact on your Spiritual Advancement.

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