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CHAPTER I

RELATIONSHIP
WITH GOD

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WEEK 1. WHO IS GOD?
Objective: To demonstrate an understanding of who God is

WEEK 1 // DAY 1
1. UNDERSTANDING THE RELATIONSHIP WITHIN GOD
The first thing to understand about your faith is knowing the God you worship. This God in
His very core is a God of relationship. Understanding the relationship God has in Himself is
one of the most important aspects of the Christian faith. It answers the question:

What is God like in Himself?


Christian Scholars use the word “trinity” to describe this relationship in God. Although the
word ‘Trinity’ does not appear in the Bible, the idea of the trinity is found in many places
throughout the Bible. He is three persons yet one God and there is a relationship between
these 3 persons. But it goes further than that, each person is fully God and together they
are God.
The doctrine of the Trinity may be defined as follows:

God exists as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and each person is fully God, and
they are One God.(see diagram below)

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


Read
•Gen. 1:26, 3:22a, 11:17
•Isa 6:8a (look out for the plural verbs and/or pronouns)
•Matt. 3:16-17 (Jesus’ baptism),
•Matt 28:19 (The Great Commission),
•2 Cor. 13:14

What do these passages imply?


What is your understanding of the Trinity?

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WEEK 1 // DAY 2
Look below and take time today to dig into the Bible to understand the Trinity
Three statements summarize the UNDERSTANDING OF THE TRINITY:

1. God is three persons 2. Each person is fully God 3. And they are one God

The fact that God is not The Father is clearly fully There is One God
one person, but God is God: The three distinct persons
three persons means that • Is 64:8 O Lord you are our of the Trinity are one in life,
the Father is not the Son; Father…. we are all the work being and in purpose. In
the Father is not the Holy of your hand. other words, God is only
Spirit, and the Son is not the • Rom 1:7; 1 Cor 1:3 Grace one being. There are not
Holy Spirit. They are distinct and peace to you from God three Gods.
persons. our Father • Deut. 6:4 ‘Hear O Israel:
• e.g. John 1:1-2 “In the The Son is fully God: the Lord our God, the
beginning was the Word, • John 20:28 My Lord ,my Lord is one’’
and the Word was with God. • Isaiah 45:21’’ there is no
God, and the Word was • Rom 9:5 …Christ, who is God apart from me’’
God. He was in the begin- God over all. • Isa 44:6-8; Rom 3:30; 1Cor
ning with God.” • Col 2:9 In Christ all the full- 8:6; Mark 12:29.
• John 17:24 Father, I want ness of deity lives in bodily
those you have given me form.
to be with me where I am, • Phil 2:6 Jesus is in the very
and to see my glory, the nature of God.
glory you have given me.’ The Holy Spirit is fully God:
• Matt 28:19; Eph. 2:18 For • Acts 5:3-4
through him we both have • 1 Cor 3:16-17
access to the Father by
one Spirit.

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WEEK 1 // DAY 3
2. SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE FATHER, SON & HOLY SPIRIT.
From the verses which you have read have you noticed any similarities in characteristics
between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Write them down

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Write down some of the Divine activities of all three, where Scripture shows that the Father,
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3. RELATIONSHIP AND ROLES OF THE FATHER, SON & HOLY SPIRIT


The Father, Son and Holy Spirit were involved in creating the Universe (Gen 1). The Father
created through the Son (John 1:3; 1 Cor 8:6; Col 1:16; Heb 1:2), and the Father planned re-
demption and sent the Son into the world (John 3:16; Romans 8:29; Gal 4:4).

The Son obeyed the Father and accomplished redemption for us (John 4:34; 5:19; Heb 10:5-7;
1 Cor 15:28). The Father did not come to die for our sins, nor did the Holy Spirit, but that
was the role of the Son.

The Father and Son both sent the Holy Spirit in a new way after Pentecost (John 14:26; 15:26).
If Jesus had stayed on earth, his physical presence would have been limited but once He
was taken to Heaven He and the Father would be present everywhere through the Holy
Spirit. The Holy Spirit was sent so that God would be with and within His people after Christ
returned to heaven. The Spirit would comfort them, guide them to know His truth, remind
them of Jesus’ word and fill them with power (John 14-16).

When we look at the relationship and roles in God Himself, it gives us a picture of how God
wants human relationships to be. Although there are differences in roles, there is still unity
and a working together. This is how God wants His body, the church, to be like.

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FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF
What is your understanding of the Trinity so far?

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Where do some of your questions lie about the Trinity?

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What are some of the natural illustrations of Tri-unity that we see in nature?

e.g. Water: water is one substance – unity

Water is manifested in 3 forms – water, ice and steam

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WEEK 1 // DAY 4
4. SOME MISUNDERSTANDINGS OF WHO GOD IS
1. The 1st ERROR: God is not really 3 distinct persons; God is only one person who ap-
pears to people in different “modes” or roles at different times.
• e.g.: Some Churches are known for its “Jesus only” doctrine, i.e. to be saved one must
be baptized in the name of Jesus only, not in the names of the Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit.

2. The 2nd ERROR: God the Son was at one point created by God the Father first before
the rest of creation, so that there was a time when the Son did not exist, nor did the
Holy Spirit, but the Father only. The Son is not of the same substance as the Father,
but rather is only “like the Father” or “similar to the Father.”
• Jehovah’s Witnesses are in this category and deny the deity of Christ.
The danger is that if Jesus was not completely, fully and truly God, but merely a cre-
ated being, then he would not be an adequate sacrifice for our sins and satisfy the
wrath of God against all our sin. In that case, our salvation by grace through faith in
Christ would be lost. Christianity would be just another pagan religion, with a hierarchy
of gods positioned at various levels between God and humans.

3. The 3rd ERROR: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three separate Gods.
• This is what the Muslims and Jews wrongly accuse Christians about. The error is similar
to other religions which believe in a number of gods. It leads to confusion, since there
would be no reason to give absolute loyalty, worship, allegiance or devotion to one
God.
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Are there any other errors that you have heard about the Trinity? Write them below:

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PERSONAL GROWTH PROJECT 1


Write an essay of about 500 words on how God as the Trinity affects your everyday
living? What have you learnt about God that you can apply into your life?

This project is due the week after this lesson has been taught.

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WEEK 2 // DAY 1
1. BIBLICAL DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD
The Bible describes God as:

1.1. God is alive: He is the ‘living’ God (Deut. 5:26; Josh. 3:10; 1Sam. 17:26; Ps 84:2; Matt.
16:16 etc). In contrast with dead idols (Ps 115:3-9; Acts 14:15; 1Thess. 1:9) who cannot
love, see, hear, or speak, and should not be worshipped.

1.2 God is eternal: In Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you
are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God is without beginning or
end. He transcends the present as well as the past and the future. He has always been
and will always be. Deut 33:27; 1 Tim 1:17.

1.3 God is a person: One can have a relationship with the living God, love him, commune
or fellowship with him and Obey him. (Gen 3). He is not some impersonal force. God
speaks (Gen 1:3) and can be approached and interacted with. He sees (Gen 11:5),
hears (Ps. 94:9); God grieves (Gen. 6:6). God can become angry (Deut 1:37) and jeal-
ous (Ex. 20:5). He is compassionate (Ps 111:4)

1.4. God is Spirit (John 4:24): God’s being spirit means that He is not made of any matter
or a physical body and is not perceived by our physical senses.
• He is not limited to a particular geographical location. He is present everywhere at the
same time (Ps.139:7-10).
• Since God is Spirit, he has given us spirits in which we worship him (John 4:24; 1 Cor.
14:14; Phil. 3:3).

1.5. God is light (1 John 1:5): This refers to the glory and majesty of God. He is absolutely
pure and impossible to be defiled.

1.6. God is a Consuming Fire (Hebrews 12:29)


This refers to the holiness of Gods nature. Fire is not God, but God is a consuming fire.
This relates to the definition that God is light. One of the most frequent symbols used
of God in the Bible is that of fire. It signifies His holiness and absolute righteousness as
demonstrated in his judgment against sin. Genesis 15:17; Exodus 3:1-6; 1 Kings 18:24, 38.

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WEEK 2 // DAY 2
2. THE CHARACTER OF GOD
Attributes of God are divided into two categories:

(i) INCOMMUNICABLE ATTRIBUTES: These are qualities that God does not share with or
pass onto others.
(ii)COMMUNICABLE ATTRIBUTES: These are characteristics of God that people can also
possess.

INCOMMUNICABLE ATTRIBUTES:
2.1 God is all-knowing. He perfectly knows everything and has all wisdom (Ps. 139:1-4;
Prov 15: 3, Ps 147:5; Isa 29:15-16, 1 John 3:20). God’s wisdom means that His will is per-
fect hence whatever he chooses to do to fulfill his purposes is always the best.

The fact that God knows everything and his wisdom brings the best results gives us
comfort that He is doing good work in our lives to conform us into the image of Christ
(Rom. 8:28). It pleases God when we have faith to trust him in our trials even when we
do not understand what he is doing (1 Pet. 4:19; Prov. 3:5-6).

2.2 God is the all-powerful: God is all-powerful and able to do whatever he wills, as long
as it is in accordance to His holy character: He is the Almighty (2 Cor. 6:18; Rev. 1:8), a
term which suggests the possession of all power and authority. With God nothing is
impossible (Luke 1:37; Matt. 19:26; Job 42:2)

2.3 God is present everywhere He is omnipresent meaning he is present, everywhere at


the same time. He is not limited with respect to space.
(Ps 139: 7-10; Jer. 23:23-24; Isa 6:3). His presence is with all believers at all times (Josh.
1:5; Heb 13:5; Isa 43:2).

2.4 God is unchangeable in who He is, His character, His purposes, His ways and Word.
He never ceases to love, to be good, and faithful. His promises are yes and Amen (2
Cor. 1:20; Num 23:19) and his purposes will definitely come to pass.

Look at the Incommunicable attributes of God. How would these attributes effect our
everyday lives?

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WEEK 2 // DAY 3
COMMUNICABLE ATTRIBUTES
2.5 God is holy (Rev. 16:15; Ex. 15:11; 1 Sam. 2:2; Isa. 57:15).)- meaning that He is absolutely
separate from and exalted above all His creation (unique), He is separate from all
moral evil and sin (impurity)..

2.6 God is righteous (Dan. 9:7, 14; Isa 11:4-5, 45:21; John 17:25) which means that God
always acts in accordance with what is right and is himself the final standard of what
is right. Righteousness shows us a holy God acting in justice and an upright manner
against sin. The holiness of God demands that sin be judged and the sinner punished.

2.7 God is faithful (2 Tim. 2:3; 1 Cor. 1:9) – absolutely trustworthy, loyal reliable and true.
God is faithful to his character, to his word and to his people. His word is truth (Isa
25:1, 49:7; Deut. 7:9, 32:4). He cannot lie, he is the only true God

2.8 God is good in that he providentially cares for all his creatures
(Psalm 145:9, 15, 16; Matt 5:45; Acts 14:7).

2.9 God is patient (Matt. 18:26-27) - Slow to anger, forbearance towards sinful men
(2 Pet 3:9; 1 Pet 3:20)

2.10 God is gracious- He shows His favour (Rom. 9:15; Eph 2:4; Jam. 5:11)) - God is merciful
(Rom 9:15; Eph 2:4; James 5:11).

2.11 God is Love (I John 4:16)


Love refers to the very heart of God’s nature. God does not just have love. He is Love
(John 3:16).
Love involves the grace, mercy, kindness, goodness and benevolence of God toward
all His creation.
God eternally gives of himself to others, he is self-giving. God’s love was demonstrat-
ed on the cross to enable us have a relationship with him. God’s love should motivate
us to share the gospel with others (2 Cor. 5:14).

2.12 God is also compassionate (Ps 86:15; Ps 111:4) - He has sorrow for the sufferings of
people with the urge to help. Jesus was moved with compassion in his ministry. In His
love.

2.13 God is a jealous God, (Ex 20:5) not wanting us to turn to other gods as He knows
right relationship with Him is where unconditional love is found.
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2.14 God is true and just in his judgment (Rev. 16:7). He does not practice favouritism (1
Peter 1:17). Justice is seen both in punishment and in reward. We are to treat others
fairly and justly (Amos 5:15, 24; Jam. 2:9).

In which part of the Gods character do you need to see yourself imitate more in your life?

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Which of these characteristics did you feel least familiar with, in your relationship with
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What questions do you still have about the Character of God?

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Which of these attributes did you feel least familiar with, in your relationship with God?
Why?

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What questions do you still have about the Nature, Attributes and Character of God?

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WEEK 2 // DAY 4: GOD THE FATHER
Objective: To understand that God is Our Father.

3. THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD


We call God our Father because we are adopted into his family as His children. He loves,
protects, nurtures us and he is always good to us. God’s Spirit testifies with our spirits that
we are children of God and so God is our Father (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6; 1 John 3:1).

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. How does God reveal himself to us? (Heb. 1:1-3; Rom. 1:19-20; 2:15; John 14:26)
2. How was the Fatherhood of God revealed to us here on earth, especially his love,
unity and authority? (John 14:6-11)

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WEEK 2 // DAY 5
As a father, God cares and provides for our needs (1 Pet. 5:7; Matt. 6:25-33), protects
(Psalms 73:24), comforts (2 Cor. 1:3-4), blesses with every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3), for-
gives (1 John 1:9), corrects and disciplines (Heb. 12:5-11) .

The Father is always willing to answer our prayer (Isa 62:24; Matt. 7:11), gives us abundant
life (John 10:10), sets us free from fear (John 14:1, 16:33; 1 John 4:18; Ps 118:5-9), has an eter-
nal home for us (John 14:2-3). Though we are all sinners, God does not reject and condemn
those who trust in him for salvation. He has washed us, made us his sons and daughters
through Jesus’ death.

PERSONAL GROWTH PROJECT 2


The name of God the Father functions as a perfect father who loves us, his children
and has a relationship with us through Jesus. When we come to God through Jesus
we do not only get eternal life but we also get a Father who is God who loves us
and proves it through Jesus.

1. What is your picture of God the Father?


2. How has your relationship with your earthly Father impacted the way you see God?
3. What do you think God the Father is like? (John 3:16; Rom 8:15; Gal. 4:6)
4. Take some time and write down the way your earthly father has treated you, then
read in the Bible and write down on the opposite side of the page who Father God
is to you.

EARTHLY FATHER GOD OUR FATHER


Eg. My father was never there for me God says “I will never leave you nor
forsake you” Josh 1:5, Heb 13:5

5. Think of how God the Father has revealed himself to you in practical ways in
your life.
6. Finding security in God the Father is key. Read Matthew 6:32-33

This project is due the week after this lesson has been taught.
If you want to keep Question 4 confidential, don’t hand that part of assignment in.

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WEEK 3: JESUS: HIS LIFE AND LOVE
OBJECTIVE: To learn about Jesus Christ’s life, love and the salvation He made possible
for mankind

WEEK 3 // DAY 1

PERSONAL GROWTH PROJECT 3


In this section your project is to read through the Gospel of John in this week.
There are 21 chapters, meaning that you will have to read 3chapters per day.
As you read these tick off completion table at the end of this section.
Enjoy it and write down what sticks out to you in each chapter.

This project is due the week after this lesson has been taught.

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He existed before anything else with the Father
and Holy Spirit. By incarnation He became man and was revealed as God-Man. His person
consists of two distinguishable but inseparable natures: human and divine. He is truly God
and truly man, and because of the union of two natures in Him, He is the perfect mediator
between God and man.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. Read John 1: 1- 3
What does this Scripture say about Christ?
2. Read John 1:14
What nature of Christ is being referred to in this Scripture?
3. Read Luke 1: 26-37
How did Mary respond to the message about Jesus’ birth that the angel delivered to
her?
If you were Mary how would you have responded?
4. Read Matthew 27:1-8
What did Judas do after realizing that Jesus had been condemned?
What was the response of the religious leaders to Judas’ decision.
5. Read Mark 16: 1-12
On which day of the week did Jesus resurrect?
To whom did he appear first after resurrecting?

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WEEK 3 // DAY 2
1. OUR LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Each of us was created for a love relationship with God. The love relationship for
which you were created was a God-centered love relationship.
This all started in the Garden of Eden. READ: Genesis 1, 2 & 3. Notice the love rela-
tionship, as God entrusted Adam and Eve with His creation and walked with Adam and
Eve in the cool of the day.
But this relationship was abruptly brought to an end when Satan tempted Adam and
Eve to eat the fruit from the tree which God forbide them to eat from.

2. HOW SIN ENTERED THE WORLD & GODS PLAN OF SALVATION


Gen 3:1
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had
made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in
the garden’?”

TEMPTATION: DOUBTING GODS WORD


It’s interesting that the first sin originates with a question about God’s Word.
Satan twists the truth of what God said in order to bring doubt into Eve. Eve relates
back to what God had said but Satan contradicts saying in verse 4 ‘You wont die.’ Here
Satan denies Gods Word.

CHOICE
Now two opposing views stood in sharp contrast, God’s and Satans, and a choice had
to be made. Once Adam and Eve ate the fruit, sin entered their world. There was a
drastic change in their relationship with God. Immediately they became aware of their
deception by the serpent and their disobedience to God. Shame (v7b) and fear (v8)
followed quickly.
They tried to hide their shame with fig leaves. Face to face with God all parties were
judged because of their choice of disobedience.

SALVATION
But then a promise was given from God:
Gen 3:15‘ and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your off-
spring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
This is the first Gospel declared in the Bible: the good news that the woman’s seed
(Christ) would ultimately defeat Satan and his seed (Gal 4:4-5). Adam accepts this as
he calls his wife Eve, meaning ‘Life giver.’
We then see God do something very significant, he kills animals to clothe Adam and
Eve. This was the first shedding of blood in the Bible. Throughout the Bible you will
see this ‘shedding of innocent blood’ for the guilty. Throughout the Old Testament
this is the offering to God, killing a ram or goat. When we go into the New Testament
we see Jesus having the final say on this as He sheds His own blood for our sins.
The coats of skins in Gen 3: 21 are pictures of the salvation we have in Christ. Adam
and Eve had tried to cover their sin and shame with leaves (3:7), but these good works
were not accepted by God. Nor does He accept such works today! Salvation is from
Christ alone and never from our good works.

RELIGIONS
Gen 3:22-24 show a strange action of the grace of God: He drove the man and woman
out of the garden! They had forfeited their right to the tree of life by disobeying
God. If they had eaten of that tree, they would have lived forever in their sinful state.
This would mean that the Savior, the Second Adam, could not come to die to deliver
people from sin. Thus, in driving Adam and Eve out of paradise, God was showing His
grace and mercy to the whole human race. The sword that God placed at the garden
barred the way. It is possible to translate this “a sword-like flame” — the fire of God
that speaks of His holiness (Heb 12:29).
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3. TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT SIN:
There is evidence that something is wrong in the universe, with both the earth and it’s
inhabitants, it is crystal clear. Hence the source of all chaos, disharmony, and strife in
the world can be traced back to the existence of sin

What is Sin?
Sin can be defined as any failure to conform to the moral law of God in actions, at-
titudes or the moral nature.
Use the illustration of the word ‘S.I.N.’ Take away the ‘S’ and the ‘N’ and we are left
with ‘I’. That is what sin is, ‘I, Me, Self-centeredness, living life the way I want to live it,
not the way God wants me to live it.’

Scriptural Definitions of Sin


The Bible defines sin as:
1. Rebellion - Psalm 78:17; Isaiah 65:2; Hebrews 3:8. When Adam and Eve listened to Sa-
tan’s idea that they would become like God after eating the fruit of the forbidden tree
in Genesis 3:1-7, they acted in rebellion against God
2. Transgression of Law - I John 3:4. Transgress means “to pass across”, to go across a
forbidden territory line. Adam and Eve transgressed God’s law when they ate the fruit
of the forbidden tree
3. Unrighteousness - 1 John 5:17; Romans 1:18. Unrighteousness is wickedness, immorality
or evildoing.
4. Not doing good - James 4:17. Adam knew the good thing they ought to have done but
they did not do it.
5. Unbelief - Hebrews 3:19; Revelation 21:8. Adam and Eve did not believe the word of
God yet they believed the word of the serpent. They fell from faith in God’s word to
unbelief

Entrance of Sin into Humanity


Genesis 3: 1-6 Man was confronted with a choice of obedience and disobedience to God’s
will and was aware of the consequences of his choice. Thus it would either be life or death
depending on his choice. As a freewill creature, he had the power of choice.
This choice is key to our everyday living. We have choices everyday to choose Gods will,
but we are able to turn the other way and choose our will.

Consequence of Sin
1. Physical death (separation of the spirit from the body). Death began in Adam’s body
the moment he sinned and consummated 930 years later – Genesis 2:17; 5:3-4; Ecclesi-
astes 12:7
2. Spiritual death (separation of the spirit from God). This implies that man is dead in sin
and out of fellowship with God-Isaiah 59; 2; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians2:1, 5
3. Eternal death (separation of spirit and soul from God for all eternity in the lake of fire).
This death is not cessation of existence nor annihilation, but eternal separation from
God because of sin- Matthew 25:41; 10:38; 11 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation; 20:11-15; 21:8

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. What is your attitude toward sin now? Is there any sin in your life you need to
confess?
2. Do you think committing sin is a choice we make rather than something beyond
our control?

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WEEK 3 // DAY 3
2. LIFE AND MINISTRY OF JESUS
The Gospels present two of the most important questions related to the Lord Jesus Christ.
These questions were asked by Christ Himself of the religious leaders of His day, and by
Pilate of the multitude seeking to bring about the crucifixion of Jesus.
Matthew 22:42 ‘What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?’
Matthew 27:22 ‘What shall I do with Jesus which is called Christ?’

The plan of salvation, as revealed by God in Jesus Christ is dependent on the answers to
these two questions. What a man believes about Jesus Christ will determine how he relates
to Christ. This will in turn determine that person’s eternal destiny.

2.1. HIS BIRTH


The birth of Jesus Christ is a historical fact whose details are recorded in the Bible. The sig-
nificance of his birth is that God took on the human form or clothed himself with flesh in the
virgin birth. In other words, He became man in Jesus by the work of the Holy Spirit so that
he could identify with humanity.

2.2. HIS DEATH


Why did Christ come to earth to die for our sins?
The answer to this question lies in the character of God. Two things symbolize God’s char-
acter: love and justice.
Because of his love he gave his only Son so that “whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life” (John 3: 16). But his justice also demanded that the penalty due us for
our sins would be paid hence Jesus died in our place (Romans 3:25).

What did Christ’s death achieve for us?


The outcome of his death on the cross is the salvation of mankind from sin. The reason he
came to this world was to save us from our sins- Matthew 1:21; Luke 19:10; John 12:47. He
took our place so we could have a Love relationship with God and not be distanced by our
sin.

What does Salvation involve?


a. Forgiveness through repentance - The essence of the gospel is God’s forgiveness that
a sinner receives upon repenting of his or her sins- Acts 10:43; Ephesians 1:7; Colos-
sians 1:14.
What is Repentance? According to Wayne Grudem, a renowned evangelical theolo-
gian, “Repentance may be defined as a heartfelt sorrow for sin, a renouncing of it and
a sincere commitment to forsake it and walk in obedience to Christ”. However, mere
sorrow for one’s actions or even deep remorse over sin, does not mean genuine repen-
tance unless a person leave the sin, taking a 180 degree turn and walk Gods way.
Luke 24:46-47; Acts 3:37-38; 17:30; 20:21; Romans 2:4.

b. Eternal life - When we believe in Christ as our Saviour we receive eternal life - John
5:24
What is eternal life?
It is the life of Eternal God that the believer presently possesses based on the relation-
ship with Jesus Christ that will continue after life on earth.
It is a gift of God to those who put their faith in Jesus Christ and hence enter into
communion or fellowship with God here on earth and in eternity
The heart of eternal life is for you to KNOW GOD and to KNOW JESUS CHRIST whom
He sent.

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How is eternal life received?
Through faith in Jesus Christ- John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8, not in trying to do good works.
But it is important to understand that faith for salvation is not mere mental consent or
agreement that Jesus saves us from our sins. Faith is the trust we put in Jesus Christ
as our Saviour that is demonstrated in our obedience and surrender to him as the Lord
of our lives.
c. Adoption. This is an act of God whereby he makes us members of his family- John 1:12;
Romans 8:14-17. It is a privilege we receive when we become Christians and implies
that we are no longer his enemies. As a result, we speak and relate to God as our
Father (Matthew 6:9; Galatians 4:7, we receive the Holy Spirit to comfort and empower
us for Christian living (Luke11:13), and we become co- heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17)

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. How do you respond to the fact that Christ died for you?
2. Have you put your trust in Christ personally for salvation? If you have not yet
believed, what is holding you back?
3. How do you feel about belonging to Gods family?

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WEEK 3 // DAY 4
REMEMBERING JESUS DEATH: THE LORDS SUPPER
This is one of the ordinances Jesus instituted to be observed repeatedly by the church as a
sign of continuing fellowship with him- Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25

The meaning of Communion, The Lord’s Supper


The Lord’s Supper symbolizes and affirms several things:
1. Christ’s Death. Our participation in the Lord’s Supper symbolizes Christ’s death be-
cause our actions give a picture of his death for us. Thus, bread is broken to symbolize
the breaking of his body and the cup is poured out to represent the pouring out of his
blood
2. Spiritual Nourishment. Bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper picture the fact that Christ
gives our souls spiritual nourishment- John 6:53-57. Spiritual nurture is symbolized and
experienced when we participate in the Lord’s Supper
3. The Unity of believers. When Christians participate in the Lord’s Supper together they
also give a clear sign of unity with one another- 1 Corinthians 10:17
4. Christ’s love for a Christian is affirmed- Participating in the Lord’s Supper reminds a
Christian vividly and visually reassures him or her that Jesus loves him or her individu-
ally and personally
5. Affirmation of faith in Christ. As Christians participate in the breaking of bread and
pouring out of the cup, they proclaim that their sins caused Jesus to suffer and die. In
that way, sorrow and gratitude intermingle in the beauty of the Lord’s Supper

Who participates in Communion?


Any one who believes in Christ and therefore has a personal relationship with him is entitled
to participate in the Lord’s Supper because it is a sign of being a Christian and continuing in
the Christian life- 1 Corinthians 11:29-30

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WEEK 3 // DAY 5
3. HIS RESURRECTION: RISING FROM THE DEAD
The resurrection of Christ is one of the great fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.
The Gospels contain abundant testimony to the resurrection of Christ-Matthew 28:1-20;
Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 20:1-21.

Why did He have to rise from the dead?


1. To fulfill prophecy. Christ’s resurrection was clearly foretold in the Old Testament-
Psalm 16:8-11; 21:4; 110:1 Isaiah 53: 10-12
Christ’s character necessitated His Resurrection. Because Jesus was the holy and sin-
less one, and death had no power over him, it was not possible for death to hold him
(Psalm 16:10; John 10:15-18; Acts 2:24; 1Timothy 3:16)
2. Christ foretold his own resurrection. It was necessary for Christ to rise from the dead
to confirm his own statements about his resurrection-Matthew 12:39-40; Mark 8:31;
10:45 John 2:18-22; 10:15-18
3. Redemption’s plan necessitated Resurrection- In order to complete the redemptive
work of Christ, his resurrection was absolutely necessary- 1 Corinthians 15: 16-20. His
death alone does not save people. It is his death and his resurrection that brings salva-
tion to mankind-Romans 5:8-10. If he was to be our Redeemer then he must conquer
death as well. Death could only be conquered by resurrection (Hebrews 2:9-14).
4. Christ’s resurrection guarantees our resurrection. The New Testament several times
connects Jesus’ resurrection to our final bodily resurrection- 1 Corinthians 6:14; 15: 12-
58. At resurrection, our bodies will be made perfect and whole

BAPTISM: Why must I get baptised?
This is another of the ordinances that Jesus commanded his church to perform. It is ob-
served once by each person as a sign of the beginning of the Christian life. It is a symbolic
act of Jesus’ death and resurrection and is the most powerful way that you as a new be-
liever can identify yourself with Christ. Water Baptism is an act of obedience through which
believers publicly express their faith and commitment to Christ.

What does baptism mean?


The word ‘baptism’ comes from the Greek word ‘Baptizo’, which means being fully im-
mersed under water. We have our example from Christ who was baptised by John the Bap-
tist in the Jordan River. In baptism, the new believer through immersion identifies himself/
herself with the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The water signifies a grave
and is symbolic of the death of the old sin-nature and a resurrection into a new life and walk
with Christ. (Rom 6:1-6)

Who must be baptized?


Jesus said that it is very important for all believers to be baptized. (Mark 16:16). Though one
can be saved without being baptized there are many Christians who have not been bap-
tized since they became believers and they need to understand that it is an act of obedi-
ence. Failing to do this can and will always be a spiritual hindrance in the life of a believer. In
the New Testament we see that baptism always follows conversion.
(Acts 2:38,41; 8:35-38; 16:14,15,33; 18:8; 19:5)

Does Baptism need to be done publicly?


Water baptism is to make a declaration before people and before the spiritual realm of your
faith in Christ. This public demonstration will always remind you and others that you began
your new life with a clear conscience before God.
1 Peter 3:21 says, “There is also an antitype which now saves us – baptism (not the removal
of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God),through the res-
urrection of Jesus Christ.”

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FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF
1. What was your view of baptism previously? Have you been baptized?

PERSONAL GROWTH PROJECT 4


Tick off the chapters which you have read this week in the Gospel of John.
We would like to challenge you to read all the chapters.

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3


Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6
Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9
Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12
Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15
Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18
Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21

This project is due the week after this lesson has been taught.

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WEEK 4 HOLY SPIRIT
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate an understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in transform-
ing believers and empowering them for service.

WEEK 4 // DAY 1
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, fully God, who was sent to continue the
ministry of Jesus after his departure from earth. That is why He is called the paraclete or
helper, the counselor, the comforter or advocate who Jesus promised to send to us to work
in his stead (John 14:16). He is now available to all God’s people abundantly and permanently
(Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2)

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. What do you think of when you hear the name Holy Spirit?
2. Who do you believe the Holy Spirit to be?
3. List the roles of the Holy Spirit from scriptures below

Acts 1:8; Romans 8:4, 14; John 16:13; John 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:12; John 14:16
Romans 8:16; 1 John 4:13; John 16:8-11; 1 Cor 6:11; Titus 3:5; Rom 8:4,13-16
John 3:6-7; 6:63; Acts 2:44-47; Phil 2:1-2

1. WHAT DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT DO?:


He empowers us for service (Acts 1:8), guides and leads us into all truths, counsels/
teaches us, he reminds us all that Jesus taught and illuminates scripture so as to help us
understand.
He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment John 14:26; 16:1-10. He gives us
assurance that we are children of God (Rom 8:15-16) He helps us to mature in Christ
(Gal 5:22-23). He cleanses, renews and gives us life (Titus 3:5; Rom 8:13).

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WEEK 4 // DAY 2
2. IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HOLY SPIRIT LIVING IN YOU AND BEING
BAPTIZED OR FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?

The Holy Spirit living in you:


When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are born again of the Spirit … John 3:5-
8. That means the Holy Spirit comes to live in us. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit before he
left earth, that he would be our Counselor and be with us forever… John 14:15-20

‘We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of His Spirit… If anyone
acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.’ 1 John 4:13-16.

Baptism with the Holy Spirit:


This experience is available to all believers. Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem to
be clothed with power from on High…therefore to be baptized with the Holy Spirit -Luke
24:49; Acts1:4-6. It is an empowerment we receive to equip us for service

An Example from the disciples that shows the difference between being indwelt by the Holy
Spirit and being baptized with the Holy Spirit:

In John 14:14-20, Jesus spoke about the Holy Spirit coming to be with the disciples since He
was going away. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples before ascending to
heaven and breathed on them the Holy Spirit- John 20:22. Hence the disciples were indwelt
by the Holy Spirit

In Acts 1:4-6 tells us that just before Jesus was taken up into heaven, He gave his disciples a
command to wait in Jerusalem for a gift from the Father thus until they were filled with the
Holy Spirit.
Once Jesus ascended into heaven the disciples went and waited in Jerusalem. In Acts 2:4,
we see the disciples being filled with the Holy Spirit. This indicates to us that there is a sec-
ond experience with the Holy Spirit apart from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at salvation.
This is called Baptism with the Holy Spirit

Definitions
The Bible uses the term “indwelling of the Holy Spirit” do describe what happens at
conversion.

Baptism with the Holy Spirit in the Bible refers to an experience enjoyed by those
who put their faith in Jesus for the promise of the Holy Spirit. It is an over flow of
the Holy Spirit within us to such an extent that one is submerged in the Holy Spirit.
It uses ‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit’ to describe a once-for-all experience of endow-
ment of power (Acts 1:5; 11:16). In scripture its clear that Baptism with Holy Spirit is a
specific experience following salvation. Acts 8:17; Acts 19:1-6; Acts 9:17-18

The Bible uses ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 2:4; 4:8,31; 9:17, 13:9,52); ‘receiving
the Holy Spirit’ (Acts 2:38; 8:17; 10:47; 19:2) and ‘giving the gift of the Holy Spirit’
(Acts 2:4; 8:18; 11:17; 15:8) to describe both initial and the repetitive in-fillings of the
Holy Spirit.

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WEEK 4 // DAY 3
3. IS THE HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM FOR ME?
In Matthew 3:11 John the Baptist said, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after
me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will
baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”

Jesus spoke in Luke 11:9-13 about a son asking his earthly father for various items. He ends
this portion of scripture with the following: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good
gifts to your children, HOW MUCH MORE will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to
those who ask Him!” You are God’s child and He is your Heavenly Father. On the basis of this
Scripture, you now qualify to receive the Holy Spirit.

Jesus promised that His disciples would receive the “promise of My Father” that would “en-
due them with power from high”…Luke 24:49. This promise was repeated in Acts 1:8… “But
you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and you shall be witnesses
to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”.

Being filled with the Spirit is not something abnormal or strange for the believer. It is some-
thing that should be expected to happen to every believer. If Jesus himself did not enter his
ministry until he was “anointed with the Holy Spirit and power” (Acts 10:38; Luke 4:1, 18),
then who are we to think we can do without the Spirit’s empowerment?

WHAT WORD STANDS OUT HERE


IN THESE SCRIPTURES?
Acts 2:4
Acts 10:44-47
Acts 2:17,39

Anyone who is saved qualifies to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Some people think
there are certain things they have to do to qualify to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The blood of Jesus qualifies us. All we have to do is repent, accept Jesus as Saviour and
Lord and we can receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

4. WHY SHOULD WE BE BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT


a. Power to witness (Acts1:8). This power to witness involves both
motivation or courage and ability to become actively involved in the work of the Lord.

b. Power to Pray and Worship. An effective prayer life should be the desire of every dis-
ciple. In Acts we see Spirit-baptized believers praying with great power and effective-
ness (Rom 8:26-27, 2:42; 3:1; 4:23-31).

c. Impartation of Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. 12:7). Gifts are given to Spirit-filled Christians to
enable them to effectively accomplish the will of God or serve.

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WEEK 4 // DAY 4
5. HOW YOU CAN BE BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT TODAY?

DESIRING ASKING FOR EXERCISING RECEIVING,


THE SPIRIT THE SPIRIT FAITH SPEAKING

Luke 11:9 Luke 11:10 John 7:38-39 Luke 11:10-11


Ps 37:4

Once you have, by an act of faith, received the Holy Spirit, you should now begin to boldly
speak out, allowing the Spirit to take control and speak through you. Expect and begin to
speak in a new language that the Holy Spirit gives. The Bible says that on the day of Pen-
tecost and at the home of Cornelius “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to
speak . . .” (Acts. 2:4; 10:46). What were they speaking? They were declaring “the wonderful
works of God” (2:11) and “speaking in tongues and praising God” (10:46)

The language will not come from your mind, but from deep inside your spirit. Jesus said,
“He who believes in me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of
living water’” (John 7:38, NASB).

6. SIGNS OF BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT


The following signs can be evidence of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. But also
understand that it is by faith that the Baptism with the Holy Spirit happens:-

1. Speaking in Tongues: - All be lievers should desire to have this manifestation. Speak-
ing in tongues is certainly one of the initial physical evidences of the outpouring of the
Holy Spirit on mankind at Pentecost.
Three of five instances in Acts explicitly state that tongues was the initial physical
evidence (Acts 2:1-4; 10:44-46; 19:6. Though other “signs” follow, no other sign is pre-
sented as the initial physical evidence.

2. An emotional experience: - The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is no less effective if it


seems “uneventful”. In some instances people experience great joy, or weeping, other
times there is no emotion attached but rather an inward assurance of the Lords pres-
ence in the receiver.

3. A physical experience: - Some may feel a tangible presence of God or want to clap
and dance or fall down.

PLEASE NOTE: There is nothing to be afraid of. God will never force Himself on you or make
you do things you don’t want to. Remember, He is your loving Father.

REASONS WHY EVERY BELIEVER


SHOULD SPEAK IN TONGUES
a)___________________________ Corinthians 14:2-4
b)___________________________ Romans 8:26-27
c)___________________________ Jude 20
d)___________________________ 1 Corinthians 14:15-17

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7. COMMON MISUNDERSTANDINGS CONCERNING THE BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

a) Thinking That God Is Going to Force the Seeker to Speak in Tongues


Some seekers believe that at some point while they are praying in their own language,
or not praying at all, God is going to forcibly take over their vocal chords and speak
through them. But this will never happen. God will not force the Holy Spirit upon any-
one. Neither will He force anyone to speak in tongues. On the Day of Pentecost “they
[the 120 believers] began to speak in tongues.” It was the disciples who were speak-
ing, but it was the Spirit who “enabled them” (Acts. 2:4).
Remember it will be you speaking even though God gives you the words or utterance.

b) Being More Focused on Speaking in Tongues than on Experiencing God


Most people who desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit expect to speak in tongues
when they are filled. This is good... However, some people are more interested in
speaking in tongues than allowing God to work in their lives through the Holy Spirit.
More important to God than anything else is his purpose to transform you into his
likeness. (Rom 8:28-29). Seek to be filled with God’s Spirit rather than speaking in
tongues. Speaking in tongues is the outflow of God’s presence in your life.

c) Fear of Receiving an Evil Spirit


Some people fear to be filled with The Holy Spirit because they think they will receive
an evil spirit or that they will fake the experience. Such fear is misleading because if
we ask, the Father will give us only “good gifts” (Matt. 6:11). If you are truly seeking
God, then He will not give you an evil spirit.
If you ask for the Holy Spirit, God will give you the Holy Spirit. He will not give you
something else. He will give you what you ask for—the blessed Holy Spirit. Don’t be
afraid. Ask today, and God will give you His Spirit (Luke 11:10-13).

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WEEK 4 // DAY 5
8. LIVING A SPIRIT FILLED LIFE
Living a Spirit filled life refers to being filled with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis; to be filled
with the presence of God or having daily fellowship with the Holy Spirit. It also means to be
led by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:14; Gal 5:18), and walking according to the Spirit (Rom 8:4; Gal
5:16)

What are some of the evidences of living a Spirit filled life?


Read:

1 Thess 5:17-19_____________________________________________________________________

Eph 6:18; _________________________________________________________________________

Matt 4:4; _________________________________________________________________________

James 1:22; _______________________________________________________________________

Heb 3:15-16; _______________________________________________________________________

1 Cor 12:7-9; _______________________________________________________________________

1 Cor 14:3-5; _______________________________________________________________________

Romans 12:3-13;____________________________________________________________________

Gal 5:22-26; _______________________________________________________________________

Matt 5:15-23; ______________________________________________________________________

Gal 5:16; __________________________________________________________________________

2 Cor 13:14;________________________________________________________________________

John 15:5; _________________________________________________________________________

Phil 1:11___________________________________________________________________________

God has given us everything we need to live a Spirit filled life; all we need to do is train
ourselves to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. This can be achieved by obeying
His word, His still small voice within our spirit and thoughts on top of exercising the gifts He
has given us.
Remember that the primary purpose God has given all this is to win people into his king-
dom. Acts 1:8

PERSONAL GROWTH PROJECT 5


Write a paragraph describing what a Christian who is living a Spirit-filled life would
look like.

This project is due the week after this lesson has been taught.

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WEEK 5
BUILDING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Objective: To understand practical ways we can build our relationship with God
(Growing up in Christ)

WEEK 5 // DAY 1
Your relationship with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is the single most important aspect
of your life. If it is not right, everything else goes wrong.
If you knew that all you had was a relationship with Him, would you be totally and com-
pletely satisfied? Many people would say, ‘Well, I would like to have that relationship, but I
sure would like Him to do this for me’ or ‘I sure would like for Him to give me a ministry or
something to do.’ We are ‘doing’ people. We feel worthless or useless if we are not busy do-
ing something. The scripture leads us to understand that God is saying, ‘I want you to love
me above everything else. When you are in a relationship of love with Me, you have every-
thing there is’. Henry Blackaby

To be loved by God is the highest relationship, the highest achievement, and the highest
position in life.

We need to see that God Himself pursues a love relationship with us. He is the One who
takes the initiative to bring us into this kind of relationship. He created you for a love rela-
tionship with Himself. That is the very purpose of your life.
As we spend time with God, as you would in any other relationship, you find that you begin
to grow in our relationship with Him. We want to grow so that we can become more like
Christ.
Growing as a Christian is perhaps one of the most basic yet difficult things to do. The reason
for this is because we often get the idea that we grow ourselves and thus we try to facilitate
our own growth. The problem with this is that, it is impossible for an imperfect being to
make itself perfect. So basically put, we try to do a job that we cannot do, because we like
to be in control of our lives. So we come to church every Sunday, hear a message and go
home trying to change ourselves to be what we heard we should be. At some point we end
up failing and feeling guilty wondering what we missed.

However when we find Jesus talking about growth we find a completely different outlook
to it. In John 15:5, we find the key that Jesus gives to spiritual growth and that is to abide/
remain in Him, its not about the doing.

So with this outlook of spiritual growth we find Jesus being the One who is growing us and
all we are doing is stepping into position to be grown. This means we need to get into Gods
Word and spend time with God wherever we are. Through this we get to know God and God
does the work of growing us. And when we struggle with this, we have the benefit of having
a God who when we say “hi, I’m struggling,” says, “Hey I’m listening.”
So through this be encouraged that God loves you and has always loved you more than you
could ever know, and He wants to make you great in Him. So get rid of guilt, pull up your
socks and position yourself and start walking with your God and friend (John 15:15) and see
how time with Jesus will change your life.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


READ: John 15:1-17; 1 Peter 2:1-3
1. What is the hardest thing about trying to abide in Jesus?
2. What do you understand by “Crave Pure Spiritual Milk”?
3. How do I apply the message from this scripture to my life?

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WEEK 5 // DAY 2
5.1. PRAYER: SPENDING TIME WITH GOD
As in any relationship that is of value and that is going to grow and develop, communication
is essential. This happens best when we spend time with the person. The same with God,
we need to talk to and listen to the Lord in order to grow spiritually. In this way we will be
building relationships with the source of life and truth, i.e. God the Father, God the Son and
God the Holy Spirit.

WHAT IS PRAYER?
Simply put, prayer is talking to God and hearing Him talk to you.
It is not a one-way conversation. Prayer is a relationship, not just a religious activity.
It is a TWO WAY communication

HOW DOES GOD SPEAK TO US? HOW DO WE SPEAK TO GOD?


• The most common way that God speaks • Interceding: praying for others
is through His written Word (Ezek. 22:30; Isa. 59:16)
Psalm 1; Psalm 119; Luke 24:13-35 • Petition: Asking God to provide what we
need (Matt. 7:7-11; 1 Samuel 1:9-13)
• He speaks through the Holy Spirit, in an • Engaging in Spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:10-18)
internal voice also referred to as the ‘inner • Thanksgiving (1 Thess. 5:18; 1 Tim 2:1)
witness’ or impressions. • Offering praise to God as a sacrifice
Romans 8:26-27; Mark 2:8; Nehemiah 7:5 (Heb. 13:15)
• Confession/ repentance - Asking God to for-
• He speaks through visions and dreams give our sins (1 Jn. 1:9; Matt. 6:12; Psalm 51)
Revelation 1; Acts 9; Job 33:13-18;
Acts 22:17-18 THE FOUNDATION FOR CONFIDENCE IN
PRAYER
• He sends angels to speak to us. •God’s character (Jer. 32:17; Ps. 115:1)
Acts 5: 19-20; 8:26; 10:3-6 •Our Sonship (Psa. 2:8; Math. 7:7-11; Eph. 2:18
•The Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26-27; 1 Cor. 2:10-16)
• He speaks in an audible voice. •Our authority in Christ (John 14:13-14)
Deuteronomy 4:9-14
Exodus 3:1 and following HINDRANCES TO EFFECTIVE PRAYER
Acts 9:4-6 •Unforgiveness (Mark 11:25)
1 Samuel 3; Acts 22:9 •Unbelief (Heb. 11:6)
•Doubt/lack of Faith (Jas. 1:6-8)
• He speaks through nature •Laziness (Jas. 4:2)
Romans 1:19-20, a revelation of the nature •Wrong motives (Jas. 4:3)
of God Proverbs 6:6-11, •Unconfessed sin (Psalm 66:18-20; Isa. 591-2)

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FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF
Read: Joshua 1:7-8; James 1:22-25; Exodus 34:29; Luke 5:16

Take this list of questions to your cell group and ask the Cell leader if you could ask
them to the cell. Write down their answers:

1. Is a Quiet Time necessary?

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2. How long should it be?

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3. Where should I have it?

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WEEK 5 // DAY 3
5.2. STUDYING THE WORD OF GOD
As disciples we need to learn to feed on the Scriptures on a daily basis and gain under-
standing so as to grow (2 Tim. 2:15; Matt 4: 3-4; Josh 1:8-9))

Why should we study the Bible?


• Gain wisdom (Psa. 119:98-104) and revelation (John 5:39)
• It teaches, rebukes, corrects and trains us (2 Tim 3:16-17)
• For guidance (Ps 119:105)
• To live a godly life (Ps 119:9,11)
• For success in life (Josh 1:8-9)

• Ways to know the Word of God

Hearing eg: sermon/teach- Reading the Bible with a Studying the Bible with an
ings. Bible reading plan aim or goal (eg: analysis of
a passage of Bible, study
a Bible character, study a
theme like gifts of the Holy
Spirit)
Meditating and thinking Memorising scripture Discussing with other be-
over a scripture and how (Deut 6:5-9; Prov 7:1-3; Matt lievers issues related to God
you can apply to your life 4:4; Psalm 119:105; eph 6:17) and His Word.
(Joshua 1:8)

Tools for studying the Bible


i) Read different Bible translations
ii) Use a Bible concordance
iii) Get a Bible which has cross-referencing
iv) Download E-Sword from Internet. Free Bible study program
v) Two helpful bible study tools:

Read a chapter in the Bible then focus on scripture which stands out to you in that chapter.
Use either of the methods below to dig into scripture.

SOAP RRMM
Scripture (write down the scripture that •Read scripture
sticks out) •Research scripture using chapter
around it.
Observation (write down what you observe •Memorise the scripture
happening around the scripture) •Meditate: tale time to think how you can
apply it to your life.
Application (write down how can this scrip-
ture apply to me in my everyday living)

Prayer (write and pray to God to help you


in these things you have learnt & need to
apply to your life

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Understanding the Nine Historical Chapters of the Bible:

1. The Beginnings 2. The Patriarchs of 3. Moses & Exodus


Gen 1-11 (Creation, Fall, Jewish nation Exodus, Leviticus, Num-
Flood, Babel) Gen 12-50 (Abraham, bers (Travels in Wilder-
Isaac, Jacob, Joseph) ness) Approx 1280BC
Approx 1800BC

4. Conquest & 5. Monarchy 6. Divided Kingdoms


Settlement in established 1, 2 Kings, 2 Chron
Promised Land. 1, 2 Samuel, 1 Chron (Northern Kingdom)
Deut, Joshua, Judges Samuel, Saul, David (Southern Kingdom)
Approx 1050BC Approx 930-597

7. Exile & Restoration 8. Jesus: His Life and 9. Growth & Teaching of
Ezra, Nehemiah, Hag- Ministry Church
gai, Zechariah, Malachi New Testament Gos- Acts - Revelation
Approx 539BC pels tells who Jesus is Tells us who we are in
Approx 30/33AD Christ

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WEEK 5 // DAY 4
5.3. FASTING
What is fasting? It is the act of willingly abstaining from some or all of food, drink or both for
a period of time
The purpose of fasting is to take our eyes off the things of this world and instead focus on
God in order to draw closer to him. What you fast or how long you fast is not as important
as why you fast. People can abstain from things such as food, television, hobbies or any-
thing they enjoy so as to seek God.
However, it is important to understand that fasting is NOT
a) A religious obligation that one must fulfil for its own sake. It is a biblical spiritual disci-
pline that helps a Christian develop a closer walk with God
c) A “dieting method”
d) A one-time act of humility and self-denial before God. True fasting is a lifestyle of god-
liness (Isa. 58)

Some examples of fasting:


a) Abstaining from all food, solid or liquid, but not from water: Luke 4:2
b) A restriction of diet but not total abstention. E.g.: Daniel 10:3 ‘ I ate no delicacies, no
meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all.’ Or you could abstain
from a meal or two a day.
c) Abstaining from something that takes your time and energy and instead focusing that
time and energy on God. e.g.: Fasting from TV.

5.4. WORSHIP
WHAT IS WORSHIP? Worship = worth-ship = adoring God because He is worthy or because
of His worth. (Ps 18:3; 95:6; 96:7-9; 100:1-5; Rev. 4:11; 5:12; Ex 34:14).

Why do we Worship? We exist for God’s pleasure (Col 1:16; Rev 4:11)
The Hebrew words for ‘worship’ are ‘segyid’ The main Greek word translated as ‘wor-
and shachah’ and these mean ‘to bow down’. ship’ is ‘proskueneo’ and it means, ‘to kiss
the hand; to pay homage or reverence.’
They also carry in their meaning the thought
of a relationship between a dog and his mas-
ter, i.e. adoring love.

• Worship is not just singing songs but should be a lifestyle that brings God glory.
Everything we do should be viewed as an act of worship to God- I Cor. 10: 31, “So
whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”
Rom 12:1-2, Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies
as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.

• In what ways can we offer worship to God:


With music and singing By bowing down With clapping of hands
(Ps. 98:4-6; 100:2, 150; Eph. (Psa. 95:6) (Ps 47:1)
5:19-20; 1 Cor 14:15)

Speaking and shouting By surrendering our lives to With dancing (Ps 149:3;
praise (Ps. 9:1; 145:21; 66:1; God (Rom. 12:1; Phil. 1:20; 1 150;4)
Rev 4:8) Cor. 6:20)

Being quite and still (Ps With raised hands,


46:10; 48:9) expressing dependence on
the Lord or victory in the
Lord (Ps. 28:2; 63:4; 134:2 )

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Important aspects of Worship
1. It is an act. It is something you do (Is 6:3; Rev 4:6-11).
2. It is a heart attitude. It is not an event (Ps 100:4; John 4:23-24).
3. It is costly. It requires us to give of ourselves and our possessions 1 Chr 21:24).
4. It is emotional (Ps 100:1-2; 71:23).
5. It is a place we go to (Ps 100:4; 66:13)

Notes

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WEEK 5 // DAY 5
5.6. SERVICE
• Key Scriptures: Eph. 2:10; Eph. 4:12-13

Every believer is a minister. God calls all believers to minister to the world and the
church. Service in the body of Christ isn’t optional for Christians. In God’s army, there
are no volunteers – he’s drafted all of us into service.

• The key word is ‘Service = Servant.’


QUESTION: What is a servant? In your own words write a definition of a servant.

Often our answers to this question is that a servant finds out what his Master wants
and goes and does it by himself and does it.
The Biblical understanding of a servant is different. Read Jeremiah 18:1-6
The clay needs to be molded. The clay has to be responsive to the potter, so the pot-
ter can make the instrument of his choosing. Then the clay has to do a second thing
- it has to remain in the potters hands. When the potter has finished making the instru-
ment of his choosing, that instrument has no ability to do anything whatsoever. It now
has to remain in the potters hand. Suppose the potter molds the clay into a cup. The
cup has no remain in the potters hands, so the potter can use that cup in anyway he
chooses.

We are His clay and should be ready for service wherever and whenever God needs us.
When you come to God as His servant then He can take your life and put it where He
wills and work through it to accomplish His purposes.

• Every Christian is

Created for ministry Saved for ministry Called ministry


(Eph. 2:10) (2 Tim. 1:19) (1 Pet. 2:9-10)

Commanded to Authorised for Gifted for ministry


minister ministry (1 Pet. 4:10)
(Matt. 20:26-28) (Matt. 28:18-20)

To be prepared for Nedded for Accountable for


ministry. Be
ministry ministry rewarded according
(Eph. 4:11-12) (1 Cor. 12:27) to ministry
(Col. 3:23-24)

Service is a privilege to act on Christ’s behalf in his mission of reaching the lost. Church
members will be given opportunity to service both at church premises through the different
ministries, in the small home cell groups, and in outreaches to the world.

In the latter two, once every three months members of each small group in collaboration
with the local authorities (village councils) will identify a need in the community where they
reside, and carry out a seed project to meet that need as a demonstration of the love of
Jesus to the community.

At such events members can share the love of Jesus. Service draws people closer to Christ
as they sense the privilege of acting on His behalf. Lawrenz says that “The sense of being a
part of something much larger than yourself is a soul-searching experience

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WEEK 5 // DAY 6

PERSONAL GROWTH PROJECT 6


Each of us need to grow in these areas of our lives to build our relationship with
God stronger.
Rate yourself after reading the material. Then on each area write a paragraph on
how you practically think you can grow.

How can I practically grow in this


Area to build your relationship with God Rate
area?
1. Establishing a daily time with God

2. Studying the Word of God

3. Prayer

4. Fasting

5. Worship

6. Serving

RESOURCES TO READ:
• The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren
• The Foundations of Christian Living, Bob Gordon
• Experiencing God, Henry T. Blackably & Claude V. King
• Foundations of Christian Doctrine, Kevin J Conner
• Hearing Gods Voice, Blackaby
• Celebrating Discipline, Richard Foster
• Knowing God, J.I. Packer
• Questions of Life, Nicky Gumbel
• Evidence that demands a verdict, Josh Mcdowell
• Mcdowells guide to understanding the Bible, Josh Mcdowell.
• Evidence for Resurrection, Josh Mcdowell books
• The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel
• The Case for Faith, Lee Strobel

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CHAPTER II
RELATIONSHIP
WITH YOURSELF

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WEEK 1 // WHO AM I?
Objective: To Understand who God has created me to be, a child of God.

(A) WHERE DO I COME FROM?

Each of us has earthly families or relatives. We come from a certain place, grow up with
certain people and learn certain cultures, behaviours, norms and values. These are all im-
portant as we are often shaped by the experiences and people around us.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF:


Read:
1Peter 1:3b, Romans 10:15-16, Galatians 3:26, Ephesians 3:14-15, 1 John 3:1,
Romans 8:29

1. What are the values that I have learnt from my human family?
2. What’s my culture like and does it add value to my day to day lifestyle?
3. Am I what God created me to be?
4. How can I treat other members of God’s family like my own family?

However, despite all our background we need to know that we come from God and there’s a
reason why He created us and that’s what we need to understand and live for. You became
part of the human family by your first birth but you became part of God’s family by your
second birth. God has given us the privilege of being born again, so that we are now mem-
bers of God’s own family.

The invitation to be part of God’s family is universal, but there is one condition: Faith in Jesus.
The Bible says, ‘Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the
right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human deci-
sion or a husband’s will, but born of God.’ John 1:12

Our families on earth are wonderful gifts from God but they are temporary and fragile, often
broken by divorce, polygamy, distance, adultery, immorality, growing old, and inevitable,
death. On the other hand, our spiritual family – our relationship to others believers – will
continue throughout eternity. It is a much stronger union, a more permanent bond, than
blood relationships.

The moment you were spiritually born into God’s family, you were given some astounding
birthday gifts: the family name, the family likeness, family intimate access and the family
inheritance. The Bible says “ Since you are his child, everything he has belongs to you”

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FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF
Read these scriptures and check out your inheritance as a Child of God

Col 1:10, 14

Romans 2 Cor
8:14-17 5:17-20

Romans Phil
8:35-39 3:20

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WEEK 1 // DAY 2
(B) YOUR IDENTITY AS A CHRISTIAN

As a Christian, your understanding of who you are is a critical foundation for your belief
structure and your behaviour patterns.
Often our external appearances put up a false front disguising what we feel about ourselves.
Media feeds us the belief that if we are attractive, successful or have a certain status then
inside we’ll have it all together, but yet still within ourselves we are at a place of incredible
loneliness, as we often dislike certain aspects of ourselves and struggle to understand who
we are and why are we here.

When becoming a Christian, we need to understand that we are children of God. We cannot
do anything to qualify for the by-product of being loved unconditionally and voluntarily.’
This unconditional love comes from our Father God and the act of sacrificing His Son, Jesus,
for our sinful state.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF:


1. If you could describe yourself in 3 words what would they be?
How would God describe you? John 1:12; Psalm 139:13-15; 1 Corinthians 3:16
2. Because you are now a Child of God, how would God treat you? Romans 8:12-17;
Hebrews 12:7-11
3. Where does wholeness come from? What determines your identity? Eph 1:3-10

Wholeness and meaning in life are not the products of what you have or don’t have, what
you’ve done or haven’t done. You are already a whole person and possess a life of infinite
meaning and purpose because of who you are – a child of God.

So often we think that if we do sinful things that we are evil, ungodly and have lost our
wholeness and meaning. We base our identity on the wrong equation. Dr Neil T. Anderson
says, ‘We fail, so we see ourselves as failures, which only causes us to fail more. We sin, so
we see ourselves as sinners, which only causes us to sin more. We’ve been sucked into the
devils futile equation. We’ve been tricked into believing that what we do makes us what we
are. And that false belief sends us into a tailspin of hopelessness and defeat.’

We need to continually remind ourselves that WHO I AM (a child of God) brings wholeness
and meaning, not WHAT I DO.

Let’s take a look at our CHRIST-LIKE IDENTITY verses a SINFUL HUMAN IDENTITY. Notice
that since the fall we all have 3 specific glaring needs in our lives, Significance, Security and
Self-worth. Often we try and get our needs met by parents, friends, family, our occupation,
possessions etc. and we hardly ever turn to Christ for fulfillment.
We need to know that when we become a Christian we adopt the Christ-like Identity being
able to find our needs fulfilled in Him.

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SINFUL HUMAN IDENTITY CHRIST-LIKE IDENTITY
Significance is a need Significance becomes our identity
Authority as child of God is replaced by our Part of your inheritance in Christ is your au-
own strength of trying to control ourselves thority over satan. Satan has no authority
and others, but there is no authority. over you, even though he will try to deceive
you into believing that he has. Because of
your position in Christ and you are signifi-
cant, you have authority over him. It’s part
of your identity.

Security is a need Security & Belonging becomes our


Acceptance was replaced by rejection, identity
therefore we have a need to belong and It is part of our inheritance in Christ. He
feel safe. In the garden Adams need was promises us that He will supply all our
fulfilled by His intimate relationship with needs and we have the riches of His king-
God and with Eve. Since the Fall Adam dom at our disposal. Phil 4:19.
and Eve’s sin alienated them from God and Dr Neil T. Anderson says, ‘I believe that a
introduced strife into human relationships. true sense of belonging today comes not
We now experience a deep need to belong only from knowing that we belong to God,
to people but also from belonging to each other.
When God created Eve He established
human community. It’s not good for us to
be alone. Aloneness can lead to loneliness.
God’s preventative for loneliness is intimacy
– meaningful, open, sharing relationships
with one another. In Christ we have the ca-
pacity for the fulfilling sense of belonging
which comes from intimate fellowship with
God and with other believers.’

Self-worth is a need Self worth becomes a characteristic


Innocence was replaced by guilt and Is not an issue of giftedness, talent, intel-
shame, therefore we have a need for self- ligence or beauty. Self-worth is an identity
worth to be restored. issue. Your sense of personal worth comes
from knowing who you are: a child of God
made in His image.

When looking at this we often wonder how to live in this Christ-like identity everyday as
often as we feel like we are going back to our sinful human identity when we encounter
certain situations. This is where we need to meditate and apply scripture into our lives to
renew our mindset, so that our behavior can be controlled by the Word of God. We have
been stuck in a certain mindset for many years and changing it takes time by Word of God.

Rom 12:2
‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of
your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and
perfect will.‘

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WEEK 1 // DAY 3 WEE
Have a look at these scriptures and spend some devotional time at home this week reading
them through discovering who we are IN CHRIST.
IN CHRIST
I AM SIGNIFICANT:
I am the salt of the earth Matthew 5:13
I am the light of the earth Matthew 5:14
I am God’s child John 1:12; Rom 8:14-16; 1Jn 3:1-3
I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life John 15:1,5
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit John 15:16
I am a personal witness of Christ Acts 1:8
I am God’s temple 1 Corinthians 3:16
I am a member of Christ’s body 1 Corinthians 12:27
I am a minister of reconciliation for God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
I am God’s co-worker 1 Corinthians 6:1; 3:9
I am a saint Ephesians 1:1
I have been raised up and I am seated with Christ Ephesians 2:6
I am God’s workmanship Ephesians 2:10
I am a citizen of heaven Phil 3:20; Eph 2:6

I AM ACCEPTED:
I am Christ’s friend John 15:15
I have been justified Romans 5:1
I am joined to the Lord and I am one spirit with Him 1 Corinthians 6:17
I have been bought with a price. 1 Corinthians 6:20
I belong to God
I am a member of Christ’s body 1 Corinthians 12:27
I have been made righteous 2 Corinthians 5:21
I have been adopted as God’s child Ephesians 1:5
I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit Ephesians 2:18
I am of Gods household Ephesians 2:19
I am a fellow citizen with the rest of the saints Ephesians 2:19
I may approach God with boldness and confidence. Ephesians 3:12
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins Colossians 1:14
I am complete in Christ Colossians 2:10

I AM SECURE:
I am a child of God (Gal 3:26-28) John 1:12
I am assured that all things work together for good Romans 8:28
I cannot be separated from the love of God Romans 8:35
I am free forever from condemnation Romans 8:1
I am free from any condemning charges against me Romans 8:33
I have been established, anointed and sealed by God 2 Corinthians 1:21
I have been given the Holy Spirit as a pledge, Ephesians 1:13-14
guaranteeing my inheritance to come
I have been delivered from the Colossians 1:13
domain of darkness and transferred
to the kingdom of Christ.
I am hidden with Christ in God Colossians 3:3
I am confident that the good work that God has Philippians 1:6
begun in me will be perfected.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, 2 Timothy 1:7
love and sound mind
I can find grace and mercy in time of need Hebrews 4:16
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me 1 John 5:1

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WEEK 1 // DAY 4
We need to realise that if we are a Christian we are significant, secure and have worth in
Christ. He brings that wholeness and meaning in our lives.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. Why did God the Father choose you?
2. If our adoption is not by chance, why do you think God has placed you
where you are and what can you do for Him there?
3. Discuss the similarities and differences between natural adoption into a
family and spiritual adoption into the family of God.
4. What practical things can we do to put the truth of our adoption as a son/
daughter of God into effect in our daily lives?

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WEEK 1 // DAY 5
(C) YOUR AUTHORITY AS A CHRISTIAN

1. WHAT IS AUTHORITY?

DEFINITION FOR AUTHORITY:


‘Authority is delegated power.’

Traffic officers exert delegated power every day. They raise a hand and the traffic will stop
or take another direction. They are using the authority that has been given to them by a
higher governmental power. These men and women don’t use their own strength to stop
the cars heading toward them but they are strong in the power that has been invested in
them by the government. People recognise the authority and pay attention.

As a Christ follower we have the authority and power which Christ has given us. ‘ Now pay
attention to what I’m about to say. I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions,
and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.’ Luke 10:19

Paul told the Ephesian church to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might… Ephe-
sians 6:10. It is not our strength that we are trusting in but rather Jesus Christ’s. He has
defeated the enemy and when we are ‘in Christ’ we walk in that authority.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF:


1. What do we have authority over? Eph 6:12, 1 Peter 5:8-9
2. How can we have authority over Satan, evil, false prophets, curses etc? 1
John 4:4
3. Is Satan actually there? 1 Peter 5:8-9, John 10:10
4. Who is Satan/ Lucifer/ devil that the Bible speaks about?
Eph 2:2, 1 John 5:19, 1 John 3:8, Job 1:10-12, 2 Corinthians 2:11,
5. When was the very beginning of this evil? How did Satan end up evil?
Wasn’t he one of God’s angels? Ezekiel 28.
6. Does he have power over us? James 4:7; Heb 2:4

Here I’ve written down some biblical titles that are given to Satan. I’ve also put down bibli-
cal titles that have been given to Jesus, for you to see the vast difference between them.

SATAN IS: JESUS IS:


The accuser Excuser
Adversary Advocate
God of this world Desire of the nations
Murderer from the beginning Giver of Life
Hate Love
Ruler of Darkness Light of the world
Tempter Deliverer from temptations
Destroyer Restorer
Liar and father of lies Truth
Unclean spirit Spirit of holiness
Created angel Only begotten Son of God
Author of sin, sicknesses, death Author of eternal salvation, health, life
Nothing First, last and all between
Condemner Forgiver

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WEEK 1 // DAY 6
2. THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS:

Jesus acted with authority when He:


• Calmed the sea. Mark 4:39
• Healed the sick and afflicted. Mark 2:10-13
• Expelled evil spirits. Mark 1:23-27
• Raised people from the dead. Luke 7:12-15
• Fed the hungry crowds. Matthew 14:16-20
• Forgave sinners. Mark 2:10

In His authority Jesus handed this over to His Body, the Church.
‘ Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also, and
greater works than shall he do, because I go to the Father’…John 14:12.

The only qualification here being ‘ Whoever believes in me.’


All authority that was given to Jesus has been given to us, that we may exercise it. We can
see in the early church, the disciples stood up in their authority and faith.

3. THE AUTHORITY OF THE DISCIPLES

Mark 16:15-18
‘And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He
who believes and is baptised will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they
will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it
will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick; and they will recover.’

Just as the early church took up their authority, so must we.


But we need to know that with great power comes great responsibility. Jesus knew this
and was submitted to God the Father, living a life that was continuously in relationship with
Him…John 10:30
Jesus only did what the Father told Him. His relationship with the Father was what fuelled
Him and kept Him walking in Gods will.

4. THREE WAYS TO FIGHT AGAINST THE ENEMY:

4.1. Resist the devil… James 4:7


To be able to resist the devil, we need to be ready for the spiritual attacks that will come.
So often we are so caught up in the worries of this world that if satan were to attack us we
wouldn’t even see it coming. We need to keep focused on what is important. We need to let
all the worldly worries fall by the wayside, as we trust God with our lives…Matthew 6:33-34

When we are focused it is easier to resist as you can see where the attack is coming from.
Often in our lives we have weak areas that lead us often into sin (eg: lust, pride, sexual
sins, greed, anger, jealousy etc.) It is important that if you struggle with a specific sin and
it is a continuous downfall, to have someone, a Cell leader or a strong Christian friend, to
hold you accountable to keeping this area submitted to Christ. This will help you to resist
the devil in that area.

‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seek-
ing whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that the same sufferings
are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.’ 1 Peter 5:8-9

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4.2. Put on the Armour of God… Ephesians 6:10-17
The different parts of this Armour symbolises certain spiritual truths that belong to the be-
liever. Its up to the believer to, in faith, keep their Armour tight around themselves and use
it in this spiritual battle.
• Belt of truth – Clear understanding of Gods truth, His Word
• Breastplate of righteousness – Scripture says that Jesus is our righteousness but we
need to be obedient to His commands/ His word.
• Boots of readiness to proclaim the Gospel.
• Shield of Faith – A shield covers the entire body representing our complete safety in
God, where no enemy can penetrate.
• Helmet of salvation – The helmet protects the mind from turning away from salvation.
• Sword of the Spirit – Word of God (in a later chapter we will be talking about how to
effectively use this active weapon).

4.3. Having done all, STAND… Ephesians 6:13,18


Standing against temptation gets more and more difficult each day as often it stares us in
the face of media, advertising etc. Also our pasts and things we have been involved in be-
fore becoming a Christian can affect us even when we become a Christian. Here are some
tips to help you with temptation:
• Identify your weaknesses
• Work toward overcoming those weaknesses with a mature Christian, Cell Leader, Pastor,
Counsellor.
• Don’t be in situations that would tempt you in your weak areas
• Talk with someone and get someone you can be accountable too.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. Like Jesus, we should reflect God’s authority. Do you? Are you under
God’s authority, submitting to His will and doing it rather than your own
will? Is your life handed over to Him? Do you submit to the authority of
the Word of God and obey it?
2. How does prayer play a part with authority? What is your prayer life like?
3. Is there anything that you fear in your life? How can you use your authority
as a Child of God to break this fear? What does this mean practically?
4. What does it mean to actively put on the Armour of God?

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WEEK 2 // WHAT CAN I DO?
Objective: To understand that God has a unique purpose for my life

(A) THE PURPOSES AND PLANS OF GOD

God has a purpose for which he created you. Everything about you was planned by Him
before your conception: where you were born, your height, your colour, your tribe, sex and
others. It is important for you to know that he ultimately created you for his pleasure and
enjoyment.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF:


Jeremiah 29:11, Revelations 4:11, Psalm 149:4a, 1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:23,
Romans 12:1-5; Psalm 113:3

1. Are you giving God honour through your everyday living?


2. How do you find out God’s will for your life?
3. What are some of things that you can do to fulfill your purpose in life?
4. How can you use your unique purpose in life to further the growth of God’s
kingdom? And are you doing that currently?

The moment you were born into the world, God was there as an unseen witness, smiling at
your birth. He wanted you alive and your arrival gave Him great pleasure. God didn’t need to
create you, but He chose to create you for his own enjoyment. You exist for his benefit, His
glory, his purpose, and His delight. Bringing enjoyment to God, living for His pleasure is the
ultimate purpose for your life.

‘He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his
pleasure and in accordance with his pleasure and will.’ Ephesians 1:5

(B) THE CALL OF GOD


Everyone who is a Christian has responded to a call from God to (2 Thess. 2:13, 14). We
have been called out of the kingdom of darkness into Gods Kingdom (1 Peter 2:9) and God
wants us to play a part in it. There is no unemployment in the Kingdom of God. He has work
for all of us to do. Sometimes we may not have a clear ‘job description’ but get serving in
Gods house, He has called us all to that, and from there He will direct you.

We must understand that we are all servants. A servant is a person who is not his own mas-
ter- he serves another master. Servants of God are those who have dethroned themselves
and everything else in their life and experience, and enthroned Jesus and made Him Lord
of their life. When you hear that God has called you, you must know that in whatever and
wherever He has called you, you are to be a servant.

Mark 10:42-45
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of
the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so
with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and
whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to
be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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(C) FINDING WHERE YOU FIT
This section is going to help you find out a bit more about yourself and what God has called
you too. We will be looking at your Passions, your Spiritual Gifts and your Personal style.
We trust by the time you have finished this session you will have a clearer view of the call
God has on your life and the direction that you need to start serving in Gods house and
Kingdom.
Before we begin, get into groups of 4 with people that you possibly know. This is a time of
self-discovery and those that are around you will possibly be able to help you with direc-
tion. Here we go:

1. FINDING MY PASSIONS: WHERE DO I SERVE?

DIRECTIONS:
1. Prayerfully consider your answers to the question
2. Complete the assessment on your own
3. There are no right or wrong responses
4. Don’t be concerned about ‘whether’ you can do it or ‘how’ it can be done
5. Complete the assessment as it you have no obstacles to fulfilling your hearts desire.

QUESTIONS: (Parts used from Network Course: Willow Creek)

1. If I could snap my fingers and know that I couldn’t fail and knowing that I have the re-
sources and time at my disposal, what would I like to achieve?

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

2. At the end of my life, I’d love to be able to look back and know that I’d done something
about:

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

3. What would those closest to you say you were really interested in or passionate about?

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

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4. What conversation would keep you talking late into the night?

_________________________________________________________________________________

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5. What I would most like to do for others is:

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

6. The people I would most like to help are:

Infants Teen moms Divorced Career women Parents


Unemployed Prisoner Orphans Children Single parents
Widowed Young marrieds Empty nesters Elderly Widows
Poor Youth College students Singles Refugees
Homeless Disabled Hospitalised OTHER

7. The issues or causes I feel strongly about are:

Environment Discipleship Violence Education Economic


Health care Abortion Church Child care AIDS
Injustice Addictions Reaching the Poverty Hunger
lost
Homosexuality Politics Racism International Technological
Family Literacy OTHER

8. Take time and read through what you have written. Is there a common theme that has
come up or something that you have realised you love doing or an area where you could
make the most significant contribution Write down below.

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

9. Based on my answers to the above questions, I sense I have a passion for:

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

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2. FINDING MY SPIRITUAL GIFTS: WHAT WILL I DO WHEN I SERVE?

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering
God’s grace in its various forms – 1 Peter 4:10

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF:


1. What thoughts and images come to mind when you think of the term Spiri-
tual Gifts?
2. Discuss what is the best definition for Spiritual gifts
3. Discuss how the following verses relate to spiritual gifts. Look in a fresh
way at each passage, searching especially for (a) God’s commands and
standards to keep, (b) someone’s example to learn from, (c) a promise from
God to believe, (d) a warning to heed, or (e) a challenge to face.
•John 16:13-15
• Rom 12:6-8
• 1 Cor 12; 14
• Gal 5:22
• Eph 4:11
• 2 Tim 1:6-7
• 1 Peter 4:11
4. What vital, fundamental principles can you see in these passages (principles
which are consistent with other Scriptures you know)?

What is a Spiritual Gift?


The word ‘charisma’, with a single exception (1 Peter 4:10), occurs in the New Testament
only in the Pauline Epistles, and is used to explain ‘Special gifts bestowed by the Holy Spirit
upon Christians for the purpose of building up the church and the work of ministry.’

What should I know about Spiritual Gifts?

SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Given to all believers to make a unique contribution 1 Cor 12:7
Spiritual gifts are different from natural talents or abilities. We are endowed with natural
gifts or abilities genetically and they need to be developed into talents or skills.
Given to only believers by the Holy Spirit
Romans 12:3,6
Eagerly desire spiritual gifts. God will give as needed
For works of service Eph 4:12
Benefits at spiritual level
From conversion
Given for the common good of edifying and building the church to glorify God 1 Cor 12:1-22
Useless if not used with Love. 1 Cor 13
There seems to be ‘greater gifts’ but Paul writes this to bring across the point that the
greater gifts are those that build up the church.1 Corinthians 14:12
Each member of the Body of Christ does not have the same function, so don’t try and be
someone else, God has made you and given you specific gifts for his service and this will
fit perfectly into the rest of the body.

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FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF
1. How have you seen people use their spiritual gifts that are different from
the teaching above?
2. What are your thoughts on Spiritual gifts?

What are some of the Spiritual Gifts?

NAME DESCRIPTION

Romans 12:3-8 Gifts of service


Serving Ministering to others by meeting whatever needs they have

Teaching Equipping the body of Christ to know and obey Gods Word.
Shinning light and developing God’s Word in such a way that it is
easily understood
Encouraging Sharing the Word, challenging others to act.
Inspiring, exhorting, strengthening people with God’s word.
Giving Generously sharing resources so that God’s work can advance and
to meet the needs of others
Mercy Expressing God’s kindness in practical ways to those who are
suffering. Having a heart of compassion for the destitute
Leadership Providing vision, direction and empowerment to others

Ephesians 4:11 Gifts of Office/ Ministry Gifts


Apostle This is a man or woman with the divine ability to start and oversee
the development of new churches or ministry structures. He/She
may function in many or all the ministry gifts
Prophet This is a man or woman proclaiming a warning or a word from
God for a group of people. This prophecy leads to conviction,
repentance and restoration. He functions as God’s mouth piece,
speaking forth or declaring God’s word that points to the future or
points out sin
Evangelism A man or woman who preaches the word of God and shares the
gospel of the love of God with other people. He or she is a witness
for Christ who leads people to Him and works with the church to
disciple them
Teacher A teacher is concerned with the teaching of sound doctrine in the
body of Christ and is able to transfer it to others. He or she lays
the foundation and good at expounding the Word with clarity and
accuracy
Pastor He or she is a shepherd entrusted by God to look after His sheep-
Gods people and lays down his or her life for them

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1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Gifts of Revelation
Wisdom This is a supernatural gift enabling an individual to find divine
solutions in complex situations eg: 1 Kings 3:16-28
Knowledge Having the revelation of God’s knowledge in circumstance. Acts
5:1-11. It is the supernatural knowledge of facts and information
revealed by God for the purpose of applying His word
Discerning of The supernatural ability to know what spirit is being manifested or
spirits what spirit is motivating an action
Gifts of Inspiration/ Utterance

Interpretation of The supernatural ability to interpret a message given in tongues to


tongues edify the hearers
Prophecy The ability to speak out a message from God for now or the future
and what the church should do about it, in a language known to
the speaker. It is usually for the edification, strengthening and
encouragement of believers although it can declare God’s word in
particular circumstances and in rare cases predict future events
Different kinds of A Spirit-inspired speaking forth of a message from God in a
tongues language not understood by the speaker.
Gifts of power
Faith A spirit-energised surge of faith to accomplish a God-given task.
The ability to believe God for impossible situations – miraculous
faith for a special situation or opportunity eg: 1Kings 18:22-45
Miracles The ability to perform miracles to accomplish God’s given task
using supernatural power, such as the blind seeing, dead coming
back to life.
Healing The supernatural ability to pray and minister healing of diseases
and infirmities to the sick

Steps to discover and develop your gifts


• Explore the possibilities
• Experiment as much as possible
• Examine how you feel
• Evaluate your effectiveness
• Expect confirmation from the body of Christ

Another tool that we have to help you identify your gifts is the Spiritual Gifts Questionnaire
which we will be using now.

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SPIRITUAL GIFTS QUESTIONAIRE:

Directions:
1. Please remember to answer the questions based upon who you are at this moment,
not who you want to be or who people expect you to be.
2. This is not a test. There are no right or wrong answers – only true facts about your
experience and preference according to the following statements below.
3. Read the 72 statements, rating each one from 0-4 on the statement that is true in your
life
Select the value from 0- 4 that the statement is true in your life.
0 – Not at all
1 – Little
2 – Moderately
3 – Considerably
4 – Strongly

4. For best results, do not review the Gift Key until you have answered all the statements.
5. When you find a statement with two or more parts, and you rate any one as not true
in your life, then mark the whole question with a low number. In other words, if you
think one part is true, but another part is not, rate the whole question with a low num-
ber.

Spiritual Gifts Discovery:


1. I enjoy working behind the scenes, taking care of little details
2. I usually step forward and assume leadership in a group where none exists.
3. When in a group, I tend to notice those who are alone and help them feel part of the
group
4. I have the ability to recognize a need and to get the job done no matter how small the
task.
5. I have the ability to organize ideas, people and projects to reach a specific goal.
6. People often say I have good spiritual judgment.
7. I am very confident of achieving great things for the glory of God.
8. I enjoy giving money to those in serious financial need.
9. I enjoy ministering to people in hospitals, prisons, or rest homes to comfort them.
10. I often have insights that offer practical solutions to difficult problems.
11. I enjoy encouraging and giving counsel to those who are discouraged.
12. I have an ability to thoroughly study a passage of Scripture and then share it with others.
13. I presently have the responsibility to the spiritual growth of one or more young Christians.
14. Other people respect me as an authority in spiritual matters.
15. I have an ability to learn foreign languages.
16. God often reveals to me the direction He desires the Body of Christ to move.
17. I enjoy developing relationships with non-Christians with the hope of telling them
about Jesus.
18. Whenever I hear about needy situations, I am burdened to pray.
19. I would like to assist pastors or other leaders so they can focus on their priority ministries.
20. When I ask people to help me with an important ministry for the church, they usually
say yes.
21. I enjoy entertaining guests and making them feel “at home” when they visit.
22. I take initiative to serve and enjoy serving others, no mater how small the task.
23. I am a very organized person who sets goals, makes plans, and achieves goals.
24. I am a good judge of character and can spot a spiritual phony.
25. I often step out and start projects that other people won’t attempt, and I usually succeed.
26. I joyfully give money well above my tithe to the church.

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27. I feel compassion for people who are hurting and lonely, and I like to spend consider-
able time with them to cheer them up.
28. God has enabled me to choose correctly between several complex options in an im-
portant decision, when no one else knew what to do.
29. I am very fulfilled when I encourage others, especially if it is about their spiritual
growth.
30. I enjoy studying difficult questions about God’s Word, and I usually find the answers
quickly.
31. I enjoy being involved in people’s lives and helping them grow spiritually.
32. I would be willing and excited to start a new church.
33. I can adapt easily to cultures, languages, and lifestyles, other than my own, and would
like to use my adaptability to minister in foreign countries.
34. I will always speak up for Christian principles with conviction, even when it is not
popular.
35. I find it easy to invite a person to accept Jesus as their Savior.
36. I have a passion to pray for the significant issues of God’s kingdom and His will for
Christians.
37. I enjoy relieving others of routine tasks so they can get important projects done.
38. I can guide and motivate a group of people toward achieving a specific goal.
39. I enjoy meeting new people and introducing them to others in the group.
40. I am very dependable for getting things done on time, and I don’t need much praise or
thanks.
41. I easily delegate significant responsibilities to other people.
42. I am able to distinguish between right and wrong in complex spiritual matters when
other people can’t seem to figure it out.
43. I trust in God’s faithfulness for a bright future even when facing significant problems.
44. I wouldn’t mind lowering my standard of living to give more to the church and others
in need.
45. I want to do whatever I can for the needy people around me, even if I have to give up
something.
46. People often seek my advice when they don’t know what to do in a situation.
47. I feel a need to challenge others to better themselves, especially in their spiritual
growth, in an uplifting, rather than condemning way.
48. Others listen and enjoy my teaching of Scriptures.
49. I care about the spiritual welfare of people, and do my best to guide them toward a
godly lifestyle.
50. I am accepted as a spiritual authority in other parts of the country or world.
51. I would like to present the Gospel in a foreign language, in a country different than my own.
52. I feel a need to speak God’s biblical messages so people will know what God expects
of them.
53. I like to tell others how to become a Christian and invite them to receive Jesus into
their life.
54. Many of my prayers for others have been answered by the Lord.
55. I enjoy helping others get their work done, and I don’t need a lot of public recognition.
56. People respect my opinion and follow my direction.
57. I would like to use my home to get acquainted with newcomers and visitors to the
church.
58. I enjoy helping people in any type of need and feel a sense of satisfaction in meeting
that need.
59. I am comfortable making important decisions, even under pressure.
60. People come to me for help in distinguishing between spiritual truth and error.
61. I often exercise my faith through prayer, and God answers my prayers in powerful ways.
62. When I give money to someone, I don’t expect anything in return, and I often give
anonymously.

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63. When I hear of people without jobs who can’t pay their bills, I do what I can to help them.
64. God enables me to make appropriate application of biblical truth to practical situations.
65. People respond well to my encouragement to become all they can be for God.
66. I am systematic in my approach to presenting bible lessons to a group of people.
67. I help Christians, who have wandered away from the Lord, find their way back to a
growing relationship with Him and get involved in a local church.
68. I would be excited to share the Gospel and form new groups of Christians in areas
where there aren’t many churches.
69. I have no racial prejudice and have a sincere appreciation for people very different
from myself.
70. I find it relatively easy to apply biblical promises to present day situations, and I’m will-
ing to confront in love, if necessary.
71. I have a strong desire to help non-Christians find salvation through Jesus Christ.
72. Prayer is my favourite ministry in the church and I consistently spend a great deal of
time at it.

NOW:
• Add up the 18 rows of 4 numbers and enter the totals in the “total” column.
• Turn to the GIFTS KEY page and find the 18 gifts listed from A to R.
• On your answer sheet, write in the name of the gifts corresponding with your high
scores
• There is not a specific number needed to “get the gift!” Your highest scores indicate
which gifts are yours. For example, if you have two 7’s, and 8 and two 9’s as your
highest scores, then those are your gifts. If you have four 16’s those are your gifts.
• You may wish to write in all 18 gift names on your answer sheet to compare your
strong gifts with those that are not your strongest.

REMEMBER:
• There are no ‘better than’ gifts each is a GIFT from God to use it for His service.
• You must know that this is a human developed tool to help you and therefore it is not
the final say. God has the final say on which gifts He would want you to have.

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Answers Totals Row Gift
1 19 37 55   A  
2 20 38 56   B  
3 21 39 57   C  
4 22 40 58   D  
5 23 41 59   E  
6 24 42 60   F  
7 25 43 61   G  
8 26 44 62   H  
9 27 45 63   I  
10 28 46 64   J  
11 29 47 65   K  
12 30 48 66   L  
13 31 49 67   M  
14 32 50 68   N  
15 33 51 69   O  
16 34 52 70   P  
17 35 53 71   Q  
18 36 54 72   R  

SPIRITUAL GIFTS DISCOVERY TOOL

GIFTS KEY: (A-R) Definitions and Scriptural References

While not meant to be dogmatic or final, these definitions and supporting Scriptures do
correspond to characteristics of the gifts as expressed in the Spiritual gifts Discovery Tool.

A. Helps – The ability to work with and support other Christians’ ministry efforts
• Mark 15:40-41 • Acts 9:36
• Romans 16:1-2 • 1 Corinthians 12:28

B. Leadership – The ability to influence others according to a “big picture” purpose,


mission, or plan
• Romans 12:8 • 1 Timothy 3:1-13
• 1 Timothy 5:17 • Hebrews 13:17

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C. Hospitality – The ability to make people feel “at home,” welcome, cared for, and part
of the group
• Acts 16: 14-15 • Romans 12:13 • 1 Peter 4:9
• Romans 16:23 • Hebrews 13: 1-2

D. Service – The ability to identify and meet the practical needs of others
• Acts 6: 1-7 • Romans 12:7 • Titus 3:14
• Galatians 6:10 • II Timothy 1: 16-18

E. Administration – The ability to coordinate and organize people and projects


• Luke 14: 28 – 30 • Acts 6: 1-7
• 1 Corinthians 12: 28

F. Discernment – The ability to perceive whether a person’s actions originate from


godly, satanic, or merely human sources
• Mathew 16: 21-23 • Acts 5: 1-11 • 1 John 4: 1-6
• Acts 16: 16-18 • 1 Corinthians 12:10

G. Faith – The ability to believe God with confidence for things unseen, for spiritual
growth and for the acceptance of the will of God
• Acts 11: 22-24 • Romans 4: 18-21
• 1 Corinthians 12:9 • Hebrews 11

H. Giving – The ability to cheerfully and generously contribute personal resources to


God’s work
• Mark 12: 41-44 • Romans 12:8
• II Corinthians 8: 1-7 • II Corinthians 9: 2-7

I. Mercy – The ability to feel sincere empathy and compassion in a way that results in
practical relief for people’s hurts, pain and suffering
• Mathew 9: 35, 36 • Mark 9:41
• Romans 12:8 • I Thessalonians 5:14
J. Wisdom – The ability to discern the mind of Christ and apply Scriptural truth to a
specific situation in order to make the right choices and help others move in the
right direction
• Acts 6:3,10 • I Corinthians 2: 6-13
• I Corinthians 12:8

K. Exhortation – The ability to appropriately communicate words of encouragement,


challenge, or rebuke in the Body of Christ
• Acts 14:22 • Romans 12:8
• I Timothy 4:13 • Hebrews 10: 24-25

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L. Teaching – The ability to employ a logical, systematic approach to biblical study in
preparation for clearly communicating practical truth to the Body of Christ
• Acts 18: 24-28 • Acts 20: 20-21
• I Corinthians 12:28 • Ephesians 4: 11-14

M. Pastor/Shepherd – The ability to assume responsibility for the spiritual growth and
Christian community of a group of believers
• John 10:1-18 • Ephesians 4: 11-14
• I Timothy 3: 1-7 • I Peter 5:1-3

N. Apostleship – The ability to pioneer ministries and to provide spiritual leadership


over a number of churches that results in fruitful ministry.
• Acts 15:22-35 • I Corinthians 12:28 • Ephesians 4:
• II Corinthians 12:12 • Galatians 2: 7-10 11-14

O. Missionary – The ability to minister effectively in cultures beyond your own.


• Acts 8:4 • Acts 13: 2-3
• Acts 22: 21 • Romans 10:15

P. Prophecy – The ability to boldly declare the truth of God, regardless of the
consequences, calling people to righteous living.
• Acts 2: 37-40 • Acts 7: 51:53 • I Thessalonians
• Acts 26: 24-29 • I Corinthians 14:1-4 1:5

Q. Evangelism – The ability to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others in such
a way that many non-Christians believe in Christ and are converted to Christianity
• Acts 8:5-6 • Acts 8: 26-40 • Ephesians
• Acts 14:21 • Acts 21:8 4:11-14

R. Intercession – The ability to pray for significant lengths of time on a regular basis,
often observing specific answers to those prayers
• Colossians 1:9-12 • Colossians 4:12-13
• James 5:14-16

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WEEK 3 // WHAT CAN I DO?
3. IDENTIFYING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE: HOW DO I SERVE?

3.1. CHARACTERISTICS OF PERSONAL STYLE


Ever noticed how different people respond to the same situation in different ways?
That’s because we all have a different way of doing things called Personal Style.
Personal Style is God-given. There is no right or wrong Personal Style.

We will assess personal style using the DISC behavioural analysis.


DISC does not measure:
Intelligence OR Values OR Skills and experience OR Education and training

DISC does measure:


Behavior and emotions
Each person has strength AND weaknesses.
We are most effective when we are in situations which build on our strengths.

3.2 DISC BEHAVIOUR SURVEY


3 = Very true ; 2 = Most of the time true ; 1 = Sometimes true; 0 = Never true

Forceful
Lively Modest Tactful
Aggressive
Emotional Accommodating Consistent
Direct
Animated Agreeable Accurate
Tough
People-oriented Gentle Perfectionist
Daring
Impulsive Kind Cautious
Competitive
Expressive Supportive Precise
Risk-taker
Talkative Gentle Factual
Argumentative
Fun-loving Patient Logical
Bold
Spontaneous Stable Organised
Take charge
Optimistic Peaceful Conscientious
Candid
Cheerful Loyal Serious
Independent
Enthusiastic Good Listener High standards

TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL TOTAL

SCORING: LOW = 12-28


MIDDLE = 28-32
STRONG = 32-40
EXTREME = 40-48

My Personal Style: _______________________

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3.3 DEFINITION OF DISC STYLES

Dominant Styles: Focus on achieving goals and results; they function best in an active, chal-
lenging environment.

Influencing Styles: Focus on relating to people through verbal persuasion; they function
best in friendly, favourable environment.

Steadiness Styles: Focus on supporting and cooperating with others; they function best in a
supportive, harmonious environment.

Compliance Styles: Focus on details and doing things right; they function best in a struc-
tured, orderly environment

3.4. DIFFERENT STYLES DEFINED

THE HIGH “D” STYLE: THE IDEAL SITUATION


Many new and varied activities
The dominant director, the driver, the “D” Opportunity to get things done
Unconquerable, demanding, aggressive, free Continual Challenges
Brave, decisive, competitive, tough Difficult assignments
Up to the task, direct, sometimes rough! Freedom to act
Control over situations
Quick to the draw, flip with the lip Direct answers from others
You’ll get it direct, straight from the hip
They’ll climb any mountain, nothing’s too high WEAKNESSES: TENDECIES
They aim to success, whatever they try! Insensitivity towards others
Impatience
Results is the focus, press on to new heights Overlooks risks and cautions
Along the way, expect a few fights Inflexible and unyielding
Don’t take it personal, they just speak their Taking on too much
mind Being inattentive to detail
So pick up the pace, or get left behind! Resenting restrictions
Being too demanding of others
You may smirk a little when you hear them rant
Of all they’ll win if their wish you grant NEED OTHERS TO PROVIDE:
Give them a challenge that’s brave and bold Follow-through on routine tasks
Stand back and watch them “bring home the Caution
gold’ Details and facts

STRENGTHS: TENDECIES INCLUDE GROWTH AREAS:


Getting Immediate results Greater patience
Making quick decisions/ Accepting challenges Sensitivity to the needs of others
Persistence Being more flexible
Solving problems
Taking charge
Self-reliance

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THE HIGH” I” STYLE: A desire to help others
Creating an entertaining climate
The Influencer, expressive, sanguine, the “I”
Life’s full of hope, the limit’s the sky
Enthusiastic, fun, trusting, charming THE IDEAL SITUATION INCLUDES:
Confident, optimistic, popular, disarming. A friendly atmosphere
Freedom from control and detail
Words smooth as cream as they talk to you Opportunity to influence others
Winning you over to their point of view Public recognition of ability
A sparkling eye, smile that’s bright Opportunity to verbalize
In the dark of night, the “I” sees the light. Positive reinforcement and praise
Enthusiastic response to ideas
A people person with a need to be liked
Inspiring the team to continue the fight WEAKNESSES: TENDECIES MAY INCLUDE:
Talking a lot while getting work done Lack of follow through
Don’t worry a bit, work should be fun. Over-estimating anticipated results
Misjudging capabilities
A joke or two, expect a high five Taking too much
The High I adds humor, keeps things alive Acting impulsively / Jumping to conclusions
Turn them loose and watch what’s done Over-committing
The team is inspired to work as ONE.
NEED OTHERS TO PROVIDE:
STRENGTHS: TENDENCIES INCLUDE Follow-through on details
Optimism A logical approach
Enthusiasm/ Friendly Concentration on the task
Being personable
Making a good impression PERSONAL GROWTH AREAS:
Being verbally articulate Better control of time
Objectivity in decision making
Pausing before acting

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THE HIGH “S” STYLE: THE IDEAL SITUATION INCLUDES:
Sincere appreciation
The steady relater, amiable, High “S” Minimal conflict
Mild, laid back, patient, no stress Security
Stable, sincere, passive, serene Acknowledgement of work
Great listening skills, an “ace” on the team. Limited territory
Traditional way of doing things
Hard at work behind the scenes Opportunity to develop relationships
Helping to do what’s best for the team
Others will tire, the “S” will finish WEAKNESSES: TENDENCIES
Determined to stay till the task has diminished. MAY INCLUDE:
Resisting change
Loyal, devoted, they’ll be here a while Trouble meeting deadlines
Jumping around just isn’t their style Being overly lenient
Won’t leave a job until it is over Procrastinating
Finish one first, you’re not a rover Being indecisive
Holding a grudge
Acutely aware of people’s needs Being overly possessive
Responding to personal hurts on the team Lack of initiative
Although appearing slow in the jobs they do
When it comes to team, the “S” is the ‘glue’. NEED OTHERS TO PROVIDE:
Stretch toward new challenges
STRENGTHS: TENDENCIES INCLUDE: Help in solving difficult problems
Being supportive Initiative and change
Being agreeable
Loyalty PERSONAL GROWTH AREAS:
Self control Facing confrontation
Consistency Initiating more
Being a good listener Increasing pace
Performing established work patterns

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THE HIGH “C” STYLE:
THE IDEAL SITUATION INCLUDES:
Complaint, analytical, melancholic, the “C” Being able to concentrate on details
Methodical, courteous, complete accuracy Opportunities to critique
Restrained, diplomatic, mature and precise Stable surroundings
Accurate, systematic, those standards are nice. An exact job description
Opportunities for careful planning
Planning and organizing done to perfection Time to de things right
The smallest detail is not exception Opportunities for reassurance
Consistently clear and objective thinking
Gives to the team top notch results without WEAKNESSES: TENDECIES INCLUDE:
blinking. Indecisiveness
Getting bogged down in detail
And when it comes times to make decision Rigidness on how-to’s
You’d best have the facts to accomplish the Avoiding controversy
mission Low self-esteem
The C at your side with all the correct facts Being hesitant to try new things
Will assure the return on your investment won’t Sensitivity to criticism
lack Pessimism

Go by the book, follow the rules NEED OTHERS TO PROVIDE:


Procedures are written, use the right tools Quick decision making
Standards are crucial, both now and later Optimism
In God we trust, all others USE DATA! Help in persuading others

STRENGTHS: TENDENCIES INCLUDE: PERSONAL GROWTH AREAS:


Orderliness Being more open with feelings
Conscientiousness Developing self-confidence
Discipline Being more optimistic
Preciseness
Thoroughness
Being diplomatic with people
Being analytical

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4. BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

Now that you have had a discovery of what your Passions, Spiritual Gifts and Personal style
is, its time to bring it together and see where you can use the three to serve in Gods King-
dom and House.

My Passions: Where Will Serve:



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My Spiritual Gifts : What I Will Do When I Serve

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My Personal Style: How Will I Serve:



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Where could I serve within the church? Discuss this with the 4people in your group.

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Who should I speak too?

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PERSONAL GROWTH PROJECT 1


Take the questions above and write the answers to hand in
for this Personal Growth Project

This project is due the week after this lesson has been taught.

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WEEK 4 // WHOLESOME LIVING (PERSONAL)
Objective: To help a believer understand God’s will for them to live a whole life

(A) YOUR COMPLETE HEALING

If each of us were to take a look beneath the surface of our lives it would be clear to see
that there is more going on than loving God and loving our neighbours. Honestly, no matter
how much we have changed, there are often things going on the inside that no one is see-
ing from the outside.

When we become a Christian and things are going well, we often ignore what is happen-
ing on the inside. As months pass by we find these things still impacting us… our thoughts,
behaviours, habits that no one else knows.
Dr Larry Crabb in his book, ‘Inside Out’ describes this well.
‘ When we ignore whats happening on the inside, we lose all power to change what we do
on the outside in any meaningful way. We rearrange rather than change, and in so doing,
we never become the transformed person God calls us to be. We never experience freedom
from destructive patterns of living.’

Read and see Jesus’ rebuke to the Pharisees.


Jesus doesn’t approve of pretense. He wants us to face who we are and then seek healing
from there. He taught in Matthew about this.

Matt 6:22-23
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.
But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you
is darkness, how great is that darkness!’’

We need to clear our insides out instead of just covering up our insides. Take time to work
through issues. First you need to identify what’s happening inside. Secondly see what the
Bible and God has to say about these things. Then get advice, speak to someone, read a
book or dvd that will give you tools to help you deal with these issues. Then be accountable
to someone to keep you focused on God while working through areas that you are strug-
gling with.

In this section we will talk about healing in every area of your life. Work through the ques-
tions, scriptures and content to solidify healing in your life.

Where does healing start?


Isa 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions,he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment
that brought us peace was upon him,and by his wounds we are healed.‘

God sees man as an integrated whole because man is made up of spirit, soul and body.  The
cross is the center of the salvation of the total man thus spirit, soul and body.  Jesus died on
the cross not only to save man’s spirit but also his soul and body.
Therefore when we come to Christ He wants to heal us in every area of our lives. It is holistic
healing that takes place in our spirits, souls, bodies, relationships and others.

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FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF:
Ask yourself these questions:
1. a) Do you agree that things are not as they should be in your personal life?
b) What is going on in your life – thoughts, desires, behaviours, attitudes –
that surprises or frustrates you?
2. a) What are some of your destructive patterns of living – that others may
or may not be aware of?
b) What are some ways you’ve rearranged your behavior rather than
changed on the inside?
3. What is the next step to start getting your insides changed?

What do the following verses tell us about who is ultimately in control of


whatever efforts we make to change from the inside out?
- 2 Chronicles 20:17
- Psalm 57:2
- Proverbs 16:9
- 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

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WEEK 4 // DAY 2
Holistic healing: Areas we need healing in.
1. In our spirits (Caused mainly through sin)
2. In our soul (Emotions, Will, Mind)
3. Physically
4. Socially - In relationships
5. Our culture

1. IN OUR SPIRITS
The spirit is referred to as the inner man in the Bible. This is the part which is in God’s image.
Gen 1:26. It is that part of us that yearns to connect with God and responds to spiritual
things.

The spirit comprises of three parts


i) Conscience: the knowledge of good and evil. It is engraved within us from birth, it is a
moral guide in our lives
ii) Intuition: a supernatural perception of what is happening, a way that cannot be ex-
plained physically or naturally.
iii) Devotion: surrender to an object of Worship. God created us to worship Him through
an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and if we don’t, we end up worshipping
other things.

HEALING COMES IN YOUR SPIRIT: When we get born again it is the spirit that is changed
instantly. Spirit gives birth to spirit (John 3:6) and wholeness comes to our spirits.

2. IN OUR SOUL
a) Our emotions
We need to know that bad things do happen to good people. You may have been severely
affected by something that happened in your childhood, or involved in a painful relationship
or experienced a death of a loved one. Any traumatic events in your past clutter your soul
with emotional baggage. These may limit your growth in Christ and therefore needs to be
worked through and dealt with.

Here are some points which I have taken out of Dr Neil T. Andersons book, ‘Victory over the
Darkness’, that deals with our freedom in Christ.

• Learn to resolve Primary Emotions


Primary emotions are the long-term emotions that lurk beneath the surface of our
lives. The intensity of your primary emotions is determined by your previous life his-
tory. Therefore the more traumatic, the more intense.
Often you may not have control over these primary emotions when they are triggered,
but you need to learn to remind yourself of the present reality.
If these emotions are too intense it’s a good idea to see a Christian psychologist or
counsellor, as they will help you deal with primary emotions.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. Can you identify primary emotions in your life which have been attached to
a situation in your past?
2. What is the best way that you can deal with it? Maybe you need to talk to
someone about this and get guidance. Is there anyone in mind? If not, then
chat to your facilitator to connect with someone.

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WEEK 4 // DAY 3
• See your past in light of who you are
Evaluate your past experience in the light of who you are now and not who you were
then. The intensity of the primary emotion was established by how you perceived the
event at the time it happened.
Remember: Your emotions now are a product of how you perceived the event, not the
event itself. Refuse to believe that you are just the product of your past experiences.
As a Christian, you are primarily the product of the work of Christ on the cross. You
are literally a new creature in Christ.

When a present event activates the primary emotion, most people believe what they
feel instead of believing what is true. For example, people who have been verbally
abused by their parents have a hard time believing that Father God unconditionally
loves them. Their primary emotions argue that they are unlovable to a parent figure.
If they have been told all their lives that they will never amount to anything, they find
it hard to believe that they are of great value in Christ. They believe what they feel
and their walk is off course. Believing the truth and walking by faith is what sets us
free.
The flesh, which represents how you processed those events according to the world
and without Christ, remains. But you are able to render it inoperative.
Perceiving those events from the perspective of your new identity in Christ is what
starts the process of healing those damaged emotions.

• Forgive those who hurt you in the past

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. What is your definition of forgiveness?
2. What comes to mind when you think of forgiveness?

The question that come to mind are, ‘How can I forgive them? What he/she did was wrong.’
Remember that forgiving is not forgetting. Neil Anderson definition is: Forgiveness means
resolving to live with the consequences of another person’s sin.
But consider these few points as mentioned by Neil Anderson.
• God requires forgiveness…Matt 6:14-15. We must base our relationships with others
on the same criteria on which God bases his relationship with us: love, acceptance and
forgiveness…Matt 18:21-35
• Forgiveness is necessary to avoid entrapment by Satan. 2 Cor 2:11
• Unforgiveness is an open invitation to Satan’s bondage in our lives.
• Forgiveness is to be standard operating procedure among all believers… Eph 4:31-32
• Forgiveness does not mean that you must tolerate sin.
• Forgiving someone doesn’t mean that you must be a doormat to someone’s continual
sin.
• Forgiveness does not demand revenge or repayment for offenses suffered. Remem-
ber that God is the just Judge who will make things right…Rom 12:19
• Forgiveness means resolving to live with the consequences of another persons sin.
You can either choose to live in bitterness and unforgiveness or in peace and forgive-
ness by deciding to use the offense against him/her.

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PERSONAL PLAN
A practical exercise on forgiveness (do it with someone if you can’t by yourself)
Write down names of specific people who hurt you and describe what they
specifically did wrong to you (e.g. rejection, physical abuse, unfairness)
1. Face the hurt and hate by writing down how you feel about these people
and their offenses.
2. Remember the significance of the cross. Jesus took on our sin as well as
that persons sin –and He died ‘once and for all’ (Heb 10:10) the justice is in
the cross.
3. Decide to forgive. It’s a conscious choice to let the person off the hook
and free yourself from the past. Since God tells you to, you can choose to.
The other person may be truly wrong and subject to church discipline or
even legal action, but that’s not your primary concern at the moment. Your
responsibility is to let him/her off your hook. Make that decision now; your
feelings of forgiveness will follow in time.
4. Take the list to God and pray: ‘I forgive (name) for (list of offenses). You
can get your Cell leader or a trusted Christian friend to pray with you…
James 5:16.
5. Destroy the list, symbolic that you are free. Your forgiveness is between
you and God.
6. Pray for the people that hurt you that they may find freedom in Christ
(Matt 5:44).
7. Expect positive results of forgiveness in you. In time you’ll be able to
think about people who have offended you without feeling hurt, anger or
resentment.
8. Thank God for the lessons that you have learnt and maturity you have
gained as a result of the offences… Romans 8:28-29

b) In our mind & will

An area in our lives that the devil loves to get into, is the mind. “For the weapons of our
warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for the pulling down strongholds, casting down ar-
guments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every
thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (NKJ)
The strongholds in 2 Cor 10:4 refers to fortresses in the mind that Satan has erected.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. How do we get back the control of our minds?
2. Romans 12:2-3. What does this mean practically?
3. What did Jesus do? Matthew 4:1-10

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WEEK 4 // DAY 4
The importance of renewing your mind with the Word of God.
In Ephesians 6:10-18, we read about the spiritual battle that we are in and how God has
equipped us with spiritual armour that protects us from the attack of the enemy. The piece
of armour that is an offensive weapon is the ‘sword of the Spirit’, which is the Word of God.
This piece is offensive, to fight against the enemy. Here are some ways to renew your mind:

1. Taking Every Thought Captive:


We see a perfect example of how to fight the spiritual battle for the mind with Jesus in
Matthew 4:1-10. This portion of scripture has been called ‘The Temptation of Jesus.’ The
context is that Jesus had just been baptized by John the Baptist and now was being led into
the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting for forty days and forty nights Jesus
was tempted in three ways and each time He captured the words that were being said and
counteracted it with the Word of God… Verse 4, 7, 10.
We need to learn to change our thought patterns (lies from Satan) by capturing them and
exchanging them for the truth, Gods Word.

So renewing your mind (the thoughts, pictures, images, and beliefs) takes place through the
study and consistent use of the Word of God, replacing the lies with the truth within your
mind.

2. Self-Control:
Another facet to renewing your mind is mentioned in David Sherman’s book, ‘Born to Win’.
He says that, ‘ Self-control of our words, thoughts, emotions and actions is therefore the
secret to the renewed mind. Self-control must be exercised not only to avoid the pitfalls of
sin in life’s journey, but also to spur us into positive action.’ We must be disciplined in our
self-control, not letting our minds run away with us on ‘what could happen’, but rather sub-
mitting the worries and anxieties to God. We cannot use the excuse that ‘I cant’ because in
Galatians 5:22-23 we are promised that if we are born again the fruit of the Spirit, one being
self-control, can grow in our lives.

3. Taming your tongue:


Remember that your tongue, what you say, can have a negative or a positive effect. In
Proverbs 18:21 it says, ‘The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will
eat its fruit.’ Also, ‘Whoever of you love life and desires to see many good days keep your
tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.’ Psalm 34:12-13.

It’s so easy to be careless with your speech and its becomes normal to gossip about other
people or speak rudely to people. Little do we realise how much damage a harsh or unkind
word can bring. The truth is that, ‘Reckless words pierce like a sword.’ Proverbs 12:18. Not
only in other people’s lives but also our own. Words shape the thoughts we think and
therefore can have a devastating effect on mindset. We need to put a guard on our mouths
against negative thinking.

In Romans 12:2-3 we can see that the process of renewing your mind is an important one.
So often I hear people saying that they don’t know how to test what God’s will is. But if
we renew our minds this scripture tells us that we are able to test and approve what God’s
good, pleasing and perfect WILL is.

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c) Can the Devil have power over us in our mind, will or emotions?

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. When you think of the devil and demons, what comes to mind?
2. Is it scriptural or have we learnt it from movies, cultures etc?
3. Read these scriptures and find out what the Bible says about it
•Matthew 8:16; 10:1; 12:43-45
•Luke 4:41
•Ephesians 6:12
•Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:7-9
4. Do demons still have an influence on people today?
5. What is our response to the devil, demons, curses? See session: ‘Your
authority as a Christian.’ Eph 6:10-18

In Jesus’ and the early churches’ day, we see in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
and Acts, there were many instances when Jesus or the disciples had to deal with a person
who had been possessed by a demon/demons… Matthew 8:28-29; Mark 5:1-5; 9:17-27.
The demons exercised an influence over the souls and bodies of the person, inflicting all
kinds of harm and often speaking through the person… Mark 1:23-24. This kind of influence
clearly was different from the ordinary power of corruption and of temptation over men and
women. The person who was possessed by the demon seemed to have their personality
destroyed and their actions, words, and even thoughts to be overborne by this evil spirit…
Acts 19:15

Do demons still influence humanity today?


When Jesus commissioned the disciples in Mark 16:15-18, He told them to ‘Go, preaching the
gospel, baptising, healing, and casting out demons. It was a commission for all Christians
throughout the ages. This indicates to us that demons can still have a hold in people’s lives
as we give them footholds through our sinful behaviour.

When you become a Christian but you have previously been involved in activities that are
ungodly, it is wise to speak to your Cell leader or Christian counsellor or a Pastor and go
through a time of ‘cleaning out all the rooms’ in your life so that the Devil won’t have a foot-
hold into your mind, your will or emotions.

Can a Christian be possessed by a demon?


The Bible does not explicitly state whether a Christian can be possessed by a demon. How-
ever, since a Christian is indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19), it
would seem unlikely that the Holy Spirit would allow a demon to possess the same person
He is indwelling. This is a controversial issue but we strongly hold to the belief that a Chris-
tian cannot be possessed by a demon. We believe there is a sharp difference between being
possessed by a demon, and being oppressed / influenced by a demon.

Demon possession involves a demon having direct control over the thoughts and/or actions
of a person (Luke 4:33-35; 8:27-33; Matthew 17:14-18).

Demon oppression or influence involves a demon or demons attacking a person spiritually


and/or encouraging him/her to indulge in sinful behavior (1 Peter 5:8-9; James 4:7). You will
notice that in all the New Testament passages dealing with spiritual warfare, we are never
told to cast a demon out of a believer (Ephesians 6:10-18). We are told to resist the devil (1
Peter 5:8-9; James 4:7), not to cast him out. Would God allow one of His children, whom He
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purchased with the blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19) and made into a new creation (2 Corin-
thians 5:17) – to be possessed and controlled by a demon?

As believers, we wage warfare with the Devil and his demons, but not from within ourselves.
1 John 4:4 declares, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because
the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” Who is the One in us?
The Holy Spirit. Who is the one in the world? It is Satan and his demons.

What would I do if I think there is an influence/ oppression of Devil/demon in my life?


Col 1:13… “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the king-
dom of the Son of His love.”
a) Is there a pattern of sinful behaviour? Decide whether you want to be set free from it.
Then become accountable to a mature Christian or Cell Leader about it.
b) Use the following guidelines to help you to get rid of any demonic influence in your life.
Submit to God; humble yourself. Confess your need to Him clearly.
Be very honest; call your problem what God calls it.
Confess and repent of all sin.
Stop sin or occult practices.
You must forgive – by confession and honesty with all your heart.
Renounce and command any demon that influencing you to stop in the name of Jesus
Christ.
Close spiritual doors in your life. (Seal off the old doors that you may have opened in your
past by the power of the blood of Jesus Christ).
c) Commit your life fully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
d) Put on the full armour of God… Eph 6:10-18
e) Pray regularly to God and maintain a sound relationship with Him and continue to be ac-
countable to someone.
Remember we have authority over the devil, demons or any other curses
Matt 10:1… Jesus gave the disciples power to cast out unclean spirits.
Luke 10:17-19… The seventy returned with joy at casting out devils and Jesus further revealed their
authority over all power of the enemy.
Acts 8:5-7… During Philip’s ministry unclean spirits came out and the demon possessed were
delivered.

4. PHYSICALLY

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. What has been your experience of physical healing?
2. Have you seen someone being healed?
3. Have you seen people not get healed?
4. What are some of the things that we are told to do with someone that is sick?
John 14:13; Matthew 18:19; James 5:14-15; Mark 16:18

How to treat someone that is struggling with sickness?


1. Understand what they are struggling with. Take some time to hear from them.
2. When praying, pray with faith, even if the sick person struggles to lift their faith be-
cause of lack of hope, you lift your faith for them.
3. If there isn’t a miraculous healing, encourage the person with scriptures they can go
home with to meditate on. Let the person know that God could do it anytime and for
them not to fell discouraged.
4. If the person gets miraculously healed get them to go to a doctor and get it con-
firmed, then share the testimony.
5. Always let the person walk away feeling loved by God and encouraged irrespective of
outcome from the prayer.

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What the Bible says we must do?
a) Ask the Father in Jesus name and believe for healing…John 14:13, 16:23
b) Pray a prayer of agreement…Matt 18:19
c) Anoint with oil by leaders / elders…James 5:14-15
d) Laying on of hands…Mark 16:18

Remember that healing maybe miraculous and instantaneous or it could take a process of time.

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WEEK 5 // WHOLESOME LIVING (OTHERS)
5. SOCIALLY IN RELATIONSHIPS
Human beings are social creatures. At the time of creation, God said it was not good for
human beings to be alone. He gave Adam a companion, instructed the human race to
multiply, and has permitted us to expand into the billions of people who now occupy planet
Earth.

Relationships are worth the time and effort to restore. God wants us to have healthy valu-
able relationships with those around us. Paul instructs us in Phil 2:1-2 ‘If you have gotten
anything at all out of following Christ, if His love has made any difference in your life, if be-
ing in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, …Agree with each other, love each
other, be deep-spirited friends.’ (Message translation).

But this isn’t always what happens. Often, interpersonal relations are strained and marked
by conflict. In this section we will discuss how we find healing in these types of relationship.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. What do you do if you have a conflict with someone?
2. What does the Bible say we should do? Matthew 18:15-17

How to restore a interpersonal relationship


(This section is taken out of ‘A Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren)
Here are Seven Biblical steps to restoring a relationship.

1. Talk to God before talking to the person. Pray for them.


If you will pray about the conflict first instead of gossiping to a friend, you will often
discover that either God changes your heart or he changes the other person without
your help. All our relationships would often go smoother if we took the time to bring
them before God.

2. Always take initiative


It doesn’t matter whether you are the offender or offended: God expects you to make
the first move. Broken fellowship is so important. Jesus commanded that it even takes
priority over group worship… Matt 5:23-25. Don’t procrastinate, do it as soon as pos-
sible and speak to the person before anyone else.

3. Sympathize with their feelings


Use your ears more than your mouth. Before attempting to solve any disagreement
you must first listen to peoples feelings. Paul advised in Philippians 2:4, ’Look out for
one another’s interests, not just your own.’
The cliché is true: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much
you care.

4. Confess your part in the conflict


If you are serious about restoring a relationship, you should begin with admitting your
own mistakes or sin. Jesus said it’s the way to see more clearly in Matthew 7:5. Since
we all have blind spots, ask God to show you how much of the problem is your fault.
You may need a third party to help you evaluate your own actions before meeting with
the person with whom you have a conflict. But make sure that this third party person
is a mature Christian that can look at the situation objectively and not just from your
side.

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5. Attack the problem, not the person
You cannot fix the problem if you’re consumed with fixing the blame. You must
choose between the two. The Bible says in Proverbs 15:1 (The Message translation), ‘A
gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.’
In resolving conflict, how you say it is as important as what you say. If you say it offen-
sively, it will be received defensively. Nagging never works. You are never persuasive
when you are abrasive. Paul sums it up in Ephesians 4:29, ‘Do not use harmful words,
but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that
what you say will do good to those who hear you.’

6. Cooperate as much as possible


‘Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody.’ Romans 12:18.
Peace always has a price tag. Sometimes it costs our pride; it often costs our self-cen-
teredness. How far are you willing give up your own agenda and what’s best for you,
for the sake of fellowship and peace?
7. Emphasize reconciliation, not resolution
It is unrealistic to expect everyone to agree about everything. Reconciliation focuses
on the relationship, while resolution focuses on the problem. When we focus on
reconciliation, the problem loses significance and often becomes irrelevant. We need
to be able to reestablish a relationship even when we are unable to resolve our differ-
ences. God expects unity, not uniformity, and we can walk arm-in-arm without seeing
eye-to-eye on every issue.
This doesn’t mean you give up on finding a solution. You may need to continue dis-
cussing and even debating – but you do it in a spirit of harmony. Reconciliation means
you bury the hatchet, not necessarily the issue.

Now that we have been given some tips on how to restore a relationship, what do you do
when the person doesn’t want to have the relationship restored? Matthew 18:15-17

PERSONAL PLAN
1. Is there a relationship in your life that needs restoration?
2. How are you going to go about it?

SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS apart from marriage: Finding healing

‘Sexuality like everything else created, has fallen into trouble. We are more vulnerable than
ever, living in a society that crowds sexual innuendoes into every available space, whether
billboards or office conversations.’ Christianity Today

It is true that sex apart from marriage is widely accepted in the world as well as homosexual
relationships, prostitution and cohabitation. But what does God have to say about these
things. Is the advice given from the Bible null and void in the 21st Century?

Read: Exodus 20:14; Lev 18; Matt 5:27-30; 1 Cor 6:9; Heb 13:4; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:12-20;
Gen 2:24; 1 Thess 4:3-8

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The question you need to always ask is: What is the example that is set throughout the
Bible? What is modelled in Scripture? As you search the scriptures you will find that God
sets up a model of sex being had only in the confines of a hetrosexual marriage. Anything
outside of that may still be pleasurable but also have consequences to you and others
involved.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


Take time to read these questions and find the answers from the Bible. If you
get stuck, ask your cell leader or another mature Christian to help you

1. How would you date someone and keep your eyes on honouring God in the
relationship?
2. Is it ok to be in a sexual relationship before marriage? What does God say?
3. What does God say about Homosexuality? What should our response be?

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WEEK 5 // DAY 2
Not being yoked with unbelievers:

2 Corinthians 6:14… ‘Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellow-
ship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?
And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever.
And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living
God.’

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. What does the Bible say about a Christian going into a physical relationship
with someone that doesn’t believe in God?

The concept of the “unequal yoke” comes from Deut 22:10, “You shall not plow with an ox
and an ass together.” The ox was a clean animal to the Jews, but the ass was not (Deut
14:1-8); and it would be wrong to yoke them together. Furthermore, they have two opposite
natures and would not even work well together in partnership. It would be cruel to bind
them to each other. In the same way, it is wrong for believers to be yoked together with
unbelievers.

Holiness requires that we live for Gods standard and not the standard of the world. Part-
nerships are serious and a believer needs to guard about going into a partnership with an
unbeliever. Especially with regards to sexual relationships, and marriage relationships. To
many Christians go into physical relationships with an unbeliever and think that they can
get them saved. This is often not the outcome and instead the Christian is pulled down.

Remember this verse is talking about a partnership not just social relationships. God wants
us to mix with non-believers (when we are strong enough to stand for Him), but we need to
be careful in partnering with them as mentioned above.

PERSONAL PLAN
1. Are you in a relationship with a non-Christian?
2. What is your understanding of what needs to be happen in this relationship?
3. What is your next step?
4. Are you honouring God in every relationship you are in?

HOW DO YOU RELATE TO YOUR UNSAVED FAMILY WHEN YOU SAVED?


We need to understand that when we get saved, not everyone will support you in it or
understand what has happened to you, and very often this maybe your family. As you try
to tell them what has happened to you, they may not rejoice with you and may even reject
you. In this situation you need to remember that you are now a disciple of Christ. Jesus
was rejected by family and friends but also understood that His Heavenly Father loved Him
and loved those that were rejecting Him. So to show Gods love we need to be a witness to
your family. Not forcing God on your family or Bible bashing them, its about caring for your
family and being who Jesus would be to your family, His witness of the Fathers love.

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WEEK 5 // DAY 3
e) IN OUR CULTURE

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. What do you think is culture?
2. What are some of the things that happen in your culture and or what purposes?
3. Is God being glorified in these things? Can He be? Is it lined up with the Word
of God?

What is culture?
John M. Frame in his lecture given at the Pensacola Theological Institute explained culture
as this, ‘ We use the term culture to describe anything that human beings work to achieve.
So culture is not only what we grow, but also what we make, both with our hands and with
our minds. It includes our houses, our cities and towns, our arts and crafts. It also includes
the systems of ideas that we build up: science, philosophy, economics, politics, theol-
ogy, history, and the means of teaching them, education: schools, universities, seminaries.
Indeed, it includes all our corporate bodies and institutions: families, churches, and govern-
ments. And culture also includes our customs, our games, sports, entertainment, music,
literature, and cuisine.’

Gods desire for culture


By reading this it seems that culture is everything but it is not.

‘Creation is what God makes; culture is what we, as humans, make.’ John Frame

Culture began when God gave Adam and Eve their mandate. Scripture doesn’t say that God
makes or creates culture. But we see that after God created Adam and Eve, He commanded
Adam and Eve to make culture. “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and in-
crease in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of
the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground,” Gen. 1:28.

‘God’s original purpose is to fill the world with human culture that glorifies Him’

‘Culture is what we make, and it began right after creation, in response to God’s command.
Once we see that, we must expand our definition of culture a bit. Culture is not only a fact,
but also a value. It is not only something that happens; it is something God desires, some-
thing God values. So culture is based on a divine command. Adam must develop culture
because that is God’s desire. Culture is for God’s sake. So it is subject to God’s commands,
God’s desires, God’s norms, God’s values.’

The breakdown of culture


Scripture teaches us in Genesis 3 that when Adam and Eve sinned, humanity fell into sin
with the result of our cultures reflecting that Fall. But today, we see people filling and ruling
the earth in human cultures that often express hatred for the Creator.’

Does that mean that no good can come out of culture?


Throughout the Old Testament we see that culture can still bring God glory. ‘In Samuel,
Kings, and Chronicles, we read about Hiram, king of Tyre (called “Huram” in Chronicles).
Tyre and Sidon in Scripture are usually examples of wicked cities. But some citizens of these
places were expert carpenters and stonemasons. David accepted their help in building his
palace, and Solomon accepted their help in building the temple of the Lord. 1 Kings 5:6 says
that nobody in Israel could fell timber like the Sidonians. Now that’s good. That’s a good
skill, and God used it in producing his temple.’
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How does Christ and Culture fit together?
‘Christians should be seeking to transform culture according to the standards of God’s
Word. This simply means that if you are a Christian artist, car repairman, government of-
ficial, you should be seeking to do this work as a Christian, to apply God’s standards to your
work. As Paul says, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of
God.”
Christians have always sought to do this, and in seeking to do this, they have had a huge
impact on culture.’

‘To apply Christian standards to art, for example, does not mean that we must turn our
artistic works into salvation tracts. I do believe that the gospel of salvation is a fit subject,
indeed a glorious subject for artistic treatment. But art should deal with all aspects of God’s
creation.’
It also does not mean that every human activity practiced by a Christian (e.g. plumbing,
car repair) must be obviously, externally different from the same activities practiced by non-
Christians. There is always a difference, but often the difference is that of motive, goal, and
standard, rather than anything external. The Christian seeks to change his tires to the glory
of God, and the non- Christian does not. But that’s a difference that couldn’t be captured in
a photograph. When changing tires, Christian and non-Christian may look very much alike.

Christianity is to be a faith for all cultures, “for every nation, tribe, people, and language”
(Rev. 7:9). Cultural differences are not to obstruct Christian unity, as the controversies in
Acts and the Epistles over the status of gentile believers demonstrate. Though Jesus tells
his followers to be salt, light, and leaven in the world, he also warns that the world will hate
them (Mat. 5). Christian freedom and service extend to every dimension of life, yet Chris-
tians are warned about the temptation of worldliness.

‘God’s original purpose is to fill the world with human culture that glorifies Him’

In John 17:6-20, Jesus prays for his disciples and says that although they are “in” the world,
they must not be “of” the world. ‘That balance, of being “in” but not “of” the world, is
sometimes difficult to maintain. One’s choices in this area should be based in part upon his
or her own moral and spiritual maturity. Some people, especially children, or those young in
the faith, or those with special problems like alcohol addiction or unusual susceptibility to
sexual temptation, should limit their exposure to secular culture in appropriate ways. But at
the same time they should be trained in Christian maturity, so that eventually they can enter
more fully the secular arena, not fearing that they will be compromised by the culture, but
expecting to influence the culture positively for Christ.’

Can a Christian take part in the expressions of the surrounding culture?


Yes. Christians are still part of their culture and can be expected to share the tastes of their
neighbours. A Christian can enjoy, perform, and get involved in secular art forms; they need
not be religious, but they are subject to God’s law. Christians need to draw the line at music,
entertainment, cultural practices such as ancestral worship that violates God’s canons of
morality by tempting us to sin and disobey God.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. How can you bring God more into your culture?
2. Where in your culture do you think that you need to draw the line as it goes
against Gods Word?

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WEEK 5 // DAY 4
(B) GROWING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Read Eccles 4:9-12.
This is a great scripture because it encourages relationships:
‘Two are better than one…’ This is true because:
• They have a good return for their labour (v9) Mutual effort
• One will lift u his companion (v10) Mutual support
• They will keep [Each other] warm (v11) Mutual encouragement
• They can resist an attack (v12) Mutual strength

Even in God, there is a relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit and when God cre-
ated man, He then created woman to have a relationship with him. God is all about relation-
ships and the scripture that gives us guidance in LOVE is 1 Corinthians 13:1.

Write down each aspect of LOVE from this scripture and an example of how this can be ap-
plied into your life:

Eg: Love is Patient The times I feel impatient with a person, I need to calm
myself and not react with immediate emotions

Here are some practical tips for healthy relationships

1. Keep expectations realistic. No one can be everything we might want him or her to
be. Sometimes people disappoint us. It’s not all-or-nothing, though. Healthy relation-
ships mean accepting people as they are and not trying to change them!
2. Talk with each other. It can’t be said enough: communication is essential in healthy
relationships! It means— take time to genuinely listen
3. Be flexible. Most of us try to keep people and situations just the way we like them to
be. It’s natural to feel apprehensive, even sad or angry, when people or things change
and we’re not ready for it. Healthy relationships mean change and growth are allowed!
4. Take care of you. Healthy relationships are mutual!
5. Be dependable. If you make plans with someone, follow through. Its about trust
6. Fight fair. Most relationships have some conflict. It only means you disagree about
something, it doesn’t have to mean you don’t like each other! When you have a prob-
lem take time to talk it through. Don’t criticize or attack the person and say ‘sorry’
when you are wrong. If you cant find a resolution decide together on chatting to a
Cell leader or a strong Christian.
8. Keep your life balanced. In healthy relationships friends don’t become solely depen-
dent on each other. Be careful not to become possessive of the other person and
demand their time. Balance is key for each person.
9. Be yourself! It’s much easier and much more fun to be you than to pretend to be
something or someone else. Sooner or later, it catches up anyway. Healthy relation-
ships are made of real people, not images

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In Watoto Church we are a relational church and our main place of relational growth is in our
Cell groups. This is a place you can connect with God, people and the community. Within
these relationships we find the true understanding of purpose. If you are not in one contact
the church for details.

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WEEK 5 // DAY 5
(C) DISCIPLESHIP, MENTORING AND ACCOUNTABILITY

DISCIPLESHIP

MENTORING ACCOUNTABILITY

Part of growing in God is finding someone that input into your life. This is the same role
that Jesus played with His disciples, and the growth in their lives changed the world. Lets
take a deeper look at this topic of Discipleship, Mentoring and Accountability.

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF:


Purpose Way it can be done How long? Examples in Bible
Discipleship

Mentoring

Accountability

a) WHY DISCIPLESHIP?
• To be equipped and mentored for personal growth and ministry to others. Disciple-
ship is about walking alongside someone and imparting to them everything that has
been imparted to you. Matthew 28:19-20. It focuses primarily on enhancement of
intimacy with God.
• We discover our role in life through our relationship with others
• Key for character formation
• To bring about competent leadership to carry on church work i.e continuity.

Examples of Discipleship in the Bible


Ruth: Took the initiative to be discipled / mentored by her mother-in-law.
A study of these two women will give you all kinds of examples on mentoring.

Mordecai: Trained his beautiful young orphan cousin Esther to become a queen of great
strength and character. At the risk of her own life she saved the Jewish Nation from annihi-
lation.

Jesus: demonstrated discipleship with the twelve.


He modeled and taught them ,God’s Word. He shared His life and ministry with them. He
taught them how to pray.
He modeled servanthood and called them ‘friends’. He taught them to trust God for their
daily provision.
He gave them the power of the Holy Spirit to carry out their work.
Then, He told them go! There is a time to let them go! Your mentee is God’s possession –
not yours!

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Paul: He discipled Timothy, and Titus to be mature believers but also responsible leaders/
pastors who established successful churches.
Each Christian needs someone to disciple them. The best place to start looking for some-
one to disciple you is in your Cell group.

Other examples:
Jethro: discipled Moses
Eli: discipled Samuel
Elisha: discipled Elijah
Barnabus: discipled Paul and John Mark

b) MENTORING

Definitions: A mentor is a coach, role-model, spiritual guide or discipler.

Mentoring falls under discipleship but focuses specifically with someone coaching you to
grow in a specific area of their life. You can even be mentored in indirectly by someone
which you get resources from and through the resources/conferences you grow in an area
of your life. This is very beneficial for your grow.
The aim of this is maturity in a specific area in your life.

c) ACCOUNTABILITY

What is accountability?
Developing relationships with other Christians that help to understand the persons spiritual
reality, their struggles, areas of growth and a genuine evaluations of one’s walk and relation-
ship with God and with others. It’s through relationships that help believers change with the
Spirit of God and the truth of the Word of God through inward spiritual conviction and faith.

What accountability is NOT:


Accountability is not talking about coercive tactics, the invasion of privacy, or bringing
others under the weight of someone’s taboos or legalism or manipulative or dominating
tactics.

The Purpose of accountability:


• Living simple & open-lives. It does mean, however, that you are open to Christ, learning
and growing and actively pursuing your own completeness in Him
• The focus is obedience and responsibility in specific areas of your life that you are
weaker in.
• Accountability is protective to both leaders and to the flock. The biblical model for
church leadership is a collective leadership of elders which provides a structure for
genuine accountability. Heb 13:17.

Things that will help you develop an Accountability partnership


Study – Spending time in the Word of God together
Prayer – become prayer partners
Schedule – Do life together and meet regularly
Updates – Update each other with what is happening in your life.

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PERSONAL PLAN
1. Are you being discipled? If not, ask God who you should approach to disciple
you.
2. Is anyone mentoring/coaching you at the moment? Do you need to be mentored
in any area of your life? Who do you see that could help you with this?
3. To whom do you confess and reveal your deepest struggles, challenges, anxiet-
ies, and sins?
4. How does this person help you overcome your shortcomings and grow in your
walk with Christ?
5. If you do not have a person like this in your life, what will you do, beginning now,
to find him and ask for an accountability relationship?
6. What is the most difficult obstacle in your character that hinders you from seek-
ing true biblical accountability?

RESOURCES TO READ
Inside Out, 1990, Dr Larry Crabb
Boundaries, 1992, Dr Henry Cloud & Dr John Townsend
The Network Course, 1994, Bruce Bugbee, Willow Creek
The Art of Forgiving, 1996, Lewis B. Smedes
Boundaries Face to Face, 2003, Henry Cloud & John Townsend

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CHAPTER III
RELATIONSHIP
WITH YOUR
CHURCH / CELL

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WEEK 1 // WATOTO CHURCH VISION & VALUES
Objective: To demonstrate an understanding of the vision and values of Watoto Church
by getting involved.

1. THE WATOTO CHURCH VISION


“We are an English Speaking Cell Based Community Church, Celebrating Christ, Growing
and Multiplying as Each Reaches One, Touching Those Around Us With the Love of Jesus,
Bringing Healing To The Cities And To The Nations”.

The vision recognizes that a church is not a building but people who live in community;
that it is Christ we worship (celebrate); that every believer has a responsibility to win others
to Christ and disciple them so that we can grow and multiply, express Christ’s love to the
community in practical ways and thereby bring healing (transformation) to the cities and
nations.

2. THE CORE VALUES OF WATOTO CHURCH

2.1. CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is the center of everything we do. We make it our goal to honour Him
because it is all about Him.

2.2. THE WORD


We believe that the Bible is the final authority regarding all matters of life. Therefore, what
we believe and practice must be based on it.

2.3. CHARACTER
We believe that character is critical to a person’s success in life. Hence our focus is on the
development and demonstration of the Christ-like character in a person’s life.

2.4. COMMUNITY
We want to be a church that is relevant to the community hence it is our responsibility to be
involved in the affairs of the community so as to realize the much needed transformation.

2.5. VISION
Since we are a vision driven church, we ensure that everything we do aligns with the vision
God has given us

2.6. WORSHIP
Worship is not just something we do but our way of life that must bring glory to God.

2.7. EXCELLENCE
We strive for excellence in everything. Hence we will give and do our best in everything we
do and not settle for mediocrity.

2.8. UNITY
We are one church meeting at different celebration points within and outside Uganda. This
is a key ingredient for our success in fulfilling our vision. Therefore, it is every member’s
responsibility to promote and protect it.

3. WHAT IS A CELL CHURCH?


A Cell group based church is a church that fulfils its vision and carries out its ministry
activities through its basic units in the community referred to as home cells/ cell groups.
Simply, a cell based church unlike a programme based church, operates on the basis of cells
as its lifeblood. Cell groups are its building blocks.

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Biblical Foundation
First, Jesus taught that the greatest commandments are: ‘Love the Lord your God with
all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbour as
yourself’. (Mt 22:37-39).
It is in a Cell Group we learn to love each other genuinely and to care for the community in
practical ways. Involvement in a cell exposes the needs of individuals and community to us.
Secondly, it’s based on the idea of Jesus’ small group of 12 followers, a cell church
recognizes that life changing discipleship occurs best through relationships fostered in small
groups rather than in large gatherings such as weekend celebration services. That is why a
Cell Church emphasizes Cell groups as a way of life. .

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WEEK 2 // PURPOSE OF A CELL GROUP
Thirdly, it is clear in the Scriptures that the early church regularly met in homes besides
meeting in the temple. It was not an activity that was conducted once in a while, but a way
of life (Acts 2:46-47; 5:42; 20:20; Phil 1:2; Romans 16:5). While meeting in homes, believers
enjoyed fellowship, care, favour and experienced numerical growth.

1. WHAT IS A CELL GROUP AND WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE?


A Cell Group is a small group of people who are committed to first of all building up one
another by establishing strong relationships (edification), and secondly to fulfill the great
commission in reaching out to the lost (evangelism). They meet together weekly. The Cell
is like a larger family than just your own. It is comparable to the cells in a human body that
provide protection, communication, life, sustenance etc.

The purpose of the cell is to provide an environment where believers are connecting with
God and connecting with each other while growing and doing the work of ministry, as they
stir each other up to ‘love and good works’ and as they connect with the community around
them. See below.

UP
TO GOD
Prayer, Fellowship, Body Ministry

OUT CONNECTING WITH EACH OTHER


TO YOUR COMMUNITY
Fellowship
Evangelism Pastoral Care
Seed Projects Discipleship

Living Hope Follow-up

DOWN
To the next leader
Training Leaders, Equipping Lay Ministers

UP to GOD
To successfully navigate the uncharted waters ahead, you need a guide, one that knows
the way, the people involved and how best to impact and change their lives. The more you
develop your relationship with God, the more you can hear Him better for your life, your cell
members and community. Developing our relationship with God should be the priority of
every Cell member and Cell leader.

1. PRAYER
The cell is meant to be a major fountain of prayer for the church. Prayer is a major focus of
the Home Cells as someone once said “ Prayer is the ministry”. Cell group members will be
mobilized to participate in congregational prayer meetings such as the lunch time prayer
meeting on Wednesdays and church prayer rallies and overnight prayer meetings.

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2. BODY MINISTRY

i. To provide an opportunity for INDIVIDUAL EXPRESSION in worship and ministry. There


are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them, there are different
ways of serving, but the same LORD is served. Home Cells will therefore provide the
environment where operation in the gifts of the spirit can be realized.
ii. To be a place for expression and involvement. Home Cells ensure participation by all,
“encouraging one another” – NOT JUST SOME. This means not allowing anyone to
hide during the meeting but gently helping them to feel at home, as there should be
no exceptions. God gives ability to everyone for their particular service. The outcome
of the generous gifts from the SPIRIT and the LORD is that every believer shares in
and becomes a minister (Ephesians 4:11-12), a worshiper (I Cor 14: 26), a servant (1
Peter 2:9), etc. there are no passengers or spectators only participants ( Romans 12:6-
18).
iii. A place to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Although a person can be baptized in the
Holy Spirit anywhere and anytime, small group meetings offer unique opportunities.
Cornelius and all the members of his household were all baptized into the Holy Spirit
in a house meeting (Acts 10:24-48). Similarly, twelve people in Ephesus received the
baptism into the Holy Spirit during a Home Cell type meeting ( Acts 19:1-7). Given
this avenue, believers will be prayed for with the laying on of hands during cell group
meetings to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
‘Jesus said, ‘But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth, He will
not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to
come’ (Jo 16:13).

PERSONAL PLAN
(Also Refer to Session 5: Building Your Relationship with God)
1. What is your relationship with God like?
2. Do you schedule a regular time to pray and read the word and meditate on the
word?
3. Are you increasingly able to hear and discern God’s voice in your day to day life?
4. How do you think you can further grow in your relationship with God?

WITH EACH OTHER (Edification)


A Cell is a place of protection, edification, acceptance and support. Edification is the
building up of one another so that you can become a stronger and more effective Christian.
God never intended that you be alone in your relationship with Him. He desired that each
believer be connected to other believers in His body (Eph 4:16). This is accomplished
through the following.

1. FELLOWSHIP
Small groups of between 3 - 10 persons are the basic units which constitute the
membership of Watoto Church. The Cell provides an opportunity for FELLOWSHIP and
the interaction between the believers enables them to develop committed relationships.
Fellowship actually means sharing in common (Acts 2:42-47).
Strength and unity are realized when believers meet together in small groups. The bible
encourages this unity (Ps 133; Mt 18:19,20; Jo 17:20,21) and it is also one of the core values
of Watoto Church. The Cell promotes UNITY and bonding as a family, and provides a place
where believers can feel part of the body of Christ.

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2. PASTORAL CARE
Cell groups provide PASTORAL CARE for every member of the church so that they can
receive special personal attention, encouragement, instruction, edification, exhortation, etc.,
to meet the needs of believers on every level, i.e. spiritual, social, intellectual and physical.
A cell meeting isn’t just another program once a week but rather an interactive group who
become friends as they build relationships throughout the week.

3. DISCIPLESHIP
A goal of a Cell group is To DISCIPLE believers to a point where they will in turn be able
to disciple others more effectively. This involves teaching converts the basic truths and
principles of the Word of God as well as walking with the cell members as they learn how
to live as Christians and as they see how you live. Discipleship isn’t a class; it’s a way of
life. A disciple is a learner, one who follows both the teaching and the teacher. It is the
responsibility of the leaders to model the life of a true disciple of Jesus Christ from which
the members will emulate (2 Tim 2:2; Eph 4:11-16).

Your Contribution to the group


You are a valuable member of your group. God expects you to be actively involved in
the growth of other Cell members. The Holy Spirit will give you spiritual gifts to help you
minister to the rest of the group (1Corinthians12:7-12). You can also help your Cell Group by
doing practical things for them and using your talents or abilities to help them. We do not
join a cell for what we can get from it, but we join the cell to serve and to be a blessing to
the cell.

PERSONAL PLAN
Are you a member of a cell?
Do you regularly attend cell meetings? If not, why not?
Do you consciously and prayerfully live as salt and light in your community?
How can you better be a blessing to the cell and your community?

OUT TO THE COMMUNITY (EVANGELISM)


The Watoto Church vision emphasizes reaching out to the community as an overflow of
thanksgiving and celebration of what God has done in our lives. Community is also one of
the core values of Watoto Church.

We need to release the love of God that has been shed abroad in our hearts when we were
saved. We need to now go and share it. Having a passion for the lost is more about living
Gods love out everyday with those around you,

We are a ‘Cell - based community church.’ Connection to the community is done through:
•Seed Projects: 1 day activity, carried out by a cell group to meet a specific need in the
community, planting a seed of Christs love in a practical way.
•Prayer for the community: These include prayer walks and your Focus 10.
•Care for the needy in our community.
Living Hope: To reach out to People Living with HIV/AIDS and enable them experience the
mercy and grace of Jesus
Adopting an HIV/AIDS person in need and a poor muslim family to bless, support and care
for them.
Watoto Child Care Ministries: is a holistic care programme that was initiated in Uganda as a
response to the overwhelming number of orphaned and vulnerable children and women in
Uganda. It is positioned to rescue an individual, raise each one to be a leader in their chosen
sphere of life so that they in turn build their nation. As a Cell we are aware of this community
transformation through orphaned children and women and connect and support it.
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Connection to the community is the focus Discipleship 4 where we will look more closely at
this.

DOWN TO NEXT LEADER (EXPANDING LEADERSHIP)

1. EQUIPPING LEADERS
Watoto church vision emphasizes the need to equip the saints for the work of the ministry
particularly through leadership training.

The cell is a place for equipping members to minister. This encourages believers to BECOME
DOERS of the Word and be used of the Lord so that they can be a blessing and a testimony
to the local community. Timothy grew in godliness and ministry by traveling with Paul.
Knowing the value of this, Paul exhorted the Philippians that “Whatever you have learned,
or received, or heard from me or seen in me, put it into practice” (Philippians 4:9). The Cell
leader teaches members by word and example in evangelism, praying for the sick, visitation
and follow- up, counseling, prayer and fasting.

According to the New Testament teachings, every believer (lay person) is a minister.
Therefore full participation of all lay people is the norm. Lack of it threatens the life and
functioning of the church.

The church of today is failing to fulfill it’s purposes largely because it has ceased to be an
organism. A church in which one person preaches , a few teach, and a few others work
in administration ministry, but the vast majority simply listen, learn, and follow without
becoming functioning members of the body, is not an integrated organism. Too many of the
members are forced to become parasitic, taking energy from, rather than contributing to,
the life of the organism (Kenneth Kilisiki).

2. THE ROLE OF A CELL LEADER


• The Home Cell Leader is responsible for a cell group consisting of 3-12 people
(Averaging 10). The cell leader has the following qualities:
• Demonstrates willingness to serve
• Has completed the Discipleship courses
• Has experienced leading people to Christ.
• Has shown potential to be a leader

The Cell leader’s role falls into 3 categories:


1. Leader
a) One who has the ability to direct a course of action, the ability to bring a desired end.
b) Sets the pace for the cell in all areas
c) Promotes and rallies people around the vision of the Church.
d) Selects and trains a cell leader intern.
e) Oversees out reaches in the community
f) Stimulates growth in terms of cells giving birth to new cells.
g) Required to attend leadership meetings with his section leader

2. Manager
a) watches and guards for the sake of proper control of directions
b) Empowerment of the cell members
c) makes decisions
d) monitors progress
e) mobilizes people to serve in church ministries, attend district and church activities
and community activities
f) Completes and submits weekly reports
g) Facilitates weekly cell meetings.

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3. Shepherds
a) ability to provide pastoral care
b) Builds relationships with cell members
c) Cares for the needs of the group i.e. minister to the needs of cell members and cell
host
d) Models Christian lifestyle.
e) Follow up prayer requests and to pray for your Cell members and host, Section
leader, Zone leader, District Pastor and the Pastoral Team Leader.
f) Organizes visitations and follow ups of cell members, visitors, and new converts

Practical implementation of responsibilities


1. Plans and organizes cell group activities
• Evangelism activities
• Times for fun and fellowship-building relationships
• Prayer meetings
• Prayer walks
2. Spends quality time in visitation and follow up
• Visiting cell members and spending quality time with them
• Follow up of new believers
• Making time to visit unbelievers that have visited the cell.
3. Performs pastoral duties
• Listening and loving
• Hospital and home visits
• Imparts vision
4. Attends all required meetings
• Should be prepared to be involved in ministry during celebration services especially
when the alter call is made.

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WEEK 3 // WATOTO CHURCH MINISTRIES &
ACTIVITIES
1. WHAT ELSE HAPPENS AT WATOTO CHURCH?

WATOTO CHILDCARE MINISTRIES


a ministry of the church that cares for MEN OF VALOUR: Mens Ministry
orphans and widows
LIVING HOPE: a Ministry that cares for DAUGHTERS OF DESTINY: Womens
vulnerable women with HIV/AIDS Ministry

BIBLE STUDY MEETINGS PRISON MINISTRY

CELEBRATION SERVICES
DISCIPLESHIP & LEADERSHIP TRAINING Find out the times from your closest
campus to you

YOUTH MINISTRY CHILDRENS CHURCH

WORSHIP & CREATIVE ARTS

2. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?


a) JOIN A CELL
This is a basic unit of Watoto church that meets regularly in your community that helps you
grow spiritually. It also provides you with opportunities for ministry in your community.

b) SERVE
We believe that after this discipleship class you have learnt about ministry, your passion,
and purpose in life hence you are ready to join any ministry you are passionate about. If
you have identified your passion/area of interest, you can approach the person in charge of
that particular ministry and get involved.

c) ATTEND CELEBRATION SERVICES


This happens every weekend. Contact your Watoto Church in your district to find out times

d) GIVING
The Bible clearly teaches that a Christian should give to support the work of God on
earth. Malachi 3:6-11, makes it clear that the Believer has an obligation to give back unto
God a portion of what God has blessed him with. But people often ask, “How much should I
give?”  The answer to this question is that a Christian has an obligation to give:

(i) What is a tithe?


A tithe is the tenth of all that God gives to you whether it is earned income or unearned
gifts. A tenth of it belongs to God in the form of tithes. It is not yours to give to God; it is
God’s for you to give to Him. “We call it returning the Lord’s tithe”.
Abraham was the first man ever recorded in the bible to give tithes to God. Read the full
account in Genesis 14.

(ii) What is an offering?


An offering is what is given above the tithes. Offerings are gifts brought to God in addition
to tithes. The amount of what you give as offerings is not fixed. It is you to determine how
much you can give when. That is why they are called freewill offerings.
In the Old Testament, God gave His people some discretion as to the amount or number
of offerings to bring. Their financial situation in life and the depth of their zeal for God was
shown by their choices concerning offerings. Paul in 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7 told the Corinthian

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church that, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever
sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his
heart to give, for God loves a cheerful give”

(iii) Promise of Giving


Within the text in Malachi, you find two promises of giving for those who are faithful to
honor God with their tithes and offerings.

a. Provision
The first promise of giving is that of provision.  Malachi 3:10.
God has promised an abundant blessing for those who trust Him by giving their tithes and
their offerings.  Will you not prove God?

b. Protection
Another important promise of this text is that of protection.  Malachi 3:11
Giving tithes and offerings demonstrates our acceptance of God as our Lord. It is a way
of saying thank you to God. It has nothing to do with the law but everything to do with a
grateful heart and a love for God. Failure to honor God with your tithes and offerings can be
a hindrance to your spiritual growth.  So give that you might grow!

e) GO ON MISSIONS
This can be done through the Missions Department of the church.

f) PARTNER WITH WATOTO


Watoto is a holistic care programme that was initiated as a response to the overwhelming
number of orphaned and vulnerable children and women in Africa. It is positioned to
RESCUE an individual, RAISE each one as a leader in their chosen sphere of life so that they
in turn will REBUILD their nation.

•SPONSOR A CHILD
Watoto’s sponsorship program makes it possible for you to sponsor a Watoto child or
another member of the program. Your partnership will rescue a parentless child from
poverty and destitution and give them hope for a brighter future. Each sponsored child has
multiple sponsors in order to provide the holistic care which is a critical component of the
Watoto vision.
Watoto sponsorship is done on a monthly basis. Your monthly gift will cover clothing,
education and food. You will receive regular correspondence and you are welcome to visit
the child/children you sponsor through the sponsorship office

•VISIT A VILLAGE
The beautiful and well planned Children’s Villages are established in Uganda: Kampala, Gulu
and South Africa. We encourage people to visit a village to see the larger vision of Watoto
Childcare and to get involved where you can.

•SUPPORT LIVING HOPE


Living Hope started from Watoto Child care and its purpose is to restore dignity to Africa’s
vulnerable women. Many of the women have been empowered with life skills and have
learnt to make necklaces, bags etc so be on the look out for Living Hope merchandise to
support the woman.

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CHAPTER IV
RELATIONSHIP
WITH YOUR
COMMUNITY

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WEEK 1 // YOU ARE YOUR COMMUNITY
(A) A PASSION FOR THE LOST: GOD’S HEARTBEAT

Rom 10:13-15… ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can
they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of
whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet
of those who bring good news?’

We need to release the love of God that has been shed abroad in our hearts when we were
saved. We need to go and share it. Having a passion for the lost is more about living Gods
love out everyday with those around you, than having to go from door to door trying to
evangelise. Jesus came firstly to give His life and as He moved through the people, He min-
istered to them out of love and truth. We need to do the same.

God loves:
Every sinner:
Luke 15:7… “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who
repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” (NKJ)

Every family:
Exodus 12:3… Every household had to prepare the lamb, and the blood of the lamb brought
protection to every family member. Jesus is the Lamb that brought salvation to the whole
world…Acts 16:31

Every city and nation:


Luke 19:41… “As He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it.”

If you are struggling to feel Gods love, ask God to give you His heart. He is waiting for each
of us to ask and seek Him in this.

(B) LIFESTYLE EVANGELISM

As Christians we must realize that our life is a book for the world to read. Many unbeliev-
ers may never read the Bible but will see it reflected in our lifestyles. The way we live, talk,
and treat people must reflect the glory of God in our lives. The joy of the Lord must attract
people and create a longing and desire to inquire further.

Jesus said to His disciples in John 13:35 ‘By this all men will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another.” This means that other people will know we are children of God
when we begin to love those around us. This is within our own homes, with our next door
neighbours and the communities we live in.
It’s all about love and setting that example. Read 1 Corinthians 13 and make it applicable to
every area of your life not just when you come to Church. Let your lifestyle be like Christs.

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1 Corinthians 13:3-8
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a
martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I be-
lieve, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always, Always looks for the best,
Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.

(from THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language)

When you begin to live like Jesus lived, you will find many opportunities to share what God
has done in your life. This is where your personal testimony becomes a tool of influence.

MY PERSONAL TESTIMONY
Revelation 12:11
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and
they did not love their lives to the death”.

Your personal testimony is how you received Jesus as your Saviour and Lord is one of the
most powerful evangelism tools you possess.
When you testify about the saving, providing or healing grace of the Lord from your heart it
has a tremendous impact on your hearers, because it is genuine!

The Proper Use of your Testimony


We are going to give you easy steps to follow that will assist you in presenting a short yet
powerful and effective testimony.
A testimony can be presented in three steps.
1. My life before I received eternal life.
2. My born-again experience.
3. How my salvation has changed my life.

Step 1 – My Life Before I Received Eternal Life.


In order to identify with the person you are witnessing to, it is important to relate your past,
before salvation.
Do not labour the point or give unnecessary and gory details. It is very important to pray
before the time and ask the Holy Spirit to help you discern the area of need this person has.
Be sensitive and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you.
It is important to first find out what kind of person you are dealing with as this will help you
select truthful and relevant situations out of your past without giving them your whole bor-
ing history. Look for areas you can identify with. Find out if the person is or was a church-
goer, an atheist, whether there is a physical or relationship problem. Take the time to find
out about them so that you can then talk relevantly into the situation.

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Step 2 – My Born-again Experience
This point varies from person to person. Some people have incredible experiences and oth-
ers cannot remember exactly how it happened. It is important to stress that certain changes
took place and you KNOW you have changed. The most important elements of the born-
again experience is that sin consciousness was awakened and a realization that we needed
a Saviour. This point is connected to step 3. You can spend between 5-10 minutes on these
two points.

Step 3 – How His Salvation Has Changed My Life (you can use information in the next sec-
tion to help)
The following elements must be present, as these are factors that reflect the born-again
spirit:
• I discovered my Lord and Saviour.
• I learnt of the incredible price Jesus paid for my Salvation.
• I found a Person whom I could trust with all my heart.
• I discovered the GRACE of God (unmerited favour).
• The grace of God can be defined as follows – God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.
• My lifestyle and value systems dramatically changed. I became conscious of my old sin
nature and the Holy Spirit started leading me into areas of holiness and righteousness.
• I no longer wanted to do the things I did in the past. Parties, drinking, wrong movies,
bad language etc. (Be careful with this point, as this is an inward witness of the Holy
Spirit and not a legalistic church law.)
• I discovered a new family who loves me and are ready to stand by me.

PERSONAL GROWTH PROJECT 1


Share your testimony with 2 people this week using the structure above.
Once you have done this write a paragraph on how you felt it went. How did you
feel?
What was person’s reaction? What could you have done differently?

This project is due the week after this lesson has been taught.

(C) 5 CATEGORIES OF UNBELIEVERS

Unbelievers can most likely be found in one of the following 5 categories. The reason for
these divisions is to help and enable you to identify the different categories of unbelievers
in your “oikos” and how to reach them effectively for Christ. Remember this section is sim-
ply an aid. There are no hard and fast rules. People are individuals and the Holy Spirit, when
dealing with people, must lead us.

These categories are as follows:

1. The Yielded Heart


2. The Open, Receptive Heart
3. The Trusting Heart
4. The Aware but Wary Heart
5. The Ignorant Heart

The first two categories have a basic “Christian” background and will be prepared to listen
to the Gospel message. Some of these people may even think they are true believers
even though they have not had a born-again experience or truly committed their lives to
the Lord. Most of the traditional evangelism courses are targeted towards these first two
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categories. They know of the God of the Bible, and are aware of heaven and hell. They have
also heard of Jesus, although they don’t know Him as their personal Saviour. These people
have visited churches before and are good for following up if they have visited your own lo-
cal church. The visitors’ address list is good indication and source of follow up for this type
of person.

A summary of the characteristics of the persons in the five categories:

1. THE YIELDED HEART


This person has heard the gospel of Jesus, and is ready for a commitment, but does not
know how to receive Him into their hearts. They may believe in their hearts but have not yet
confessed Him with their mouths – they are the “ripe harvest”…
John 4:35… “Do you not say? “There are still four months and then comes the harvest”?
Behold I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for
harvest!” (NKJ)

2 Cor 6:2…’For he says, “In the time of my favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I
helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation.’

These people are seekers, whose hearts have been prepared by the seed of the Word.
Someone else may have planted the seed…1 Cor 3:6. You are now in a privileged position of
watering the plant and leading them to Christ. This may just happen by sharing your testi-
mony with them. Be open to that.
People that have responded to an altar call in church are also in this category. They have
visited the church because they were invited or because there is a searching in their hearts
and they have heard that people’s lives are changed as a result of the message going forth.
These people are ready to be introduced into a Life Group.

2. THE OPEN, RECEPTIVE HEART


This person is not ready to make a commitment to Christ, but is open to the message of the
Gospel. They may even be members of a church but they have not realised that they must
make a total commitment (nominal Christians – in name only). They have been exposed to a
small portion of the Bible, but it has never been a revelation to them. They need special at-
tention and can be taken to a Cell Group. If the Cell Leader cannot help them, then appoint
a mature Cell Member who has had fairly good exposure to the Word to arrange a short
weekly Bible study until they are ready to accept the Lord. …Rom 10:17… “So then faith
comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (NKJ)

If one cannot get this person to attend a Cell Group, then try a special harvest event or
evangelistic rally. They can also be given Bible tracts, videos, books or CDs. Do not be per-
sistent or expect these people to make an immediate commitment to the Lord. Just plant
the seed and pray that God will give the increase. A visit to this category of unbeliever is
very important and this will be covered in a later section.

The last 3 categories are the “hard to reach” unbelievers.

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 9:22 that Christians have an “obligation” toward unbelievers to
preach the Good News. 1 Cor 9:22… “To the weak I became as weak, that I might win the
weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all save some.”

Reaching out to unbelievers


• Although we practice separation from sin, we must not isolate ourselves from unbe-
lievers. We must seek ways and means to communicate with them without compro-
mising with sin. We represent the light of the world and the salt of the earth and must
keep communication channels open to these people. Although we are in this world, we

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are not of it and therefore except to testify and fellowship, we must not compromise
our value systems… 2 Cor 6:14

This is where Lifestyle evangelism is of utmost importance. Live a life like Christ did
and you will see people begin to share their lives with you.

• The Bible tells us that unbelievers are blinded by the evil one to do his will in their
lives… 2 Cor 3:14, they are slaves to him…Eph 2:2, and can only be set free by the Holy
Spirit working through caring Christians. We have all been saved by the grace of God
and this must drive us to want to become ‘agents of grace’ and see the same happen-
ing to others.

• These last three categories of unbelievers can only be reached through much prayer
and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and Love. Look for a gap like a crisis or some other
form of contact. A Christian must first penetrate the ‘oikos’ and trust must be built up
in the ‘messenger’ before they will listen to the ‘message’.

3. THE TRUSTING HEART


‘These persons can be reached by Christians consciously building a relationship with
them, praying regularly for them and then leading them gently to Category 2. They will
be prepared to participate in activities of mutual interest with other Christians away from
the church building. The person in this group is not yet open for the message but open for
friendship. He is not yet prepared to go to CellGroup or Church but will visit your home or
attend an informal gathering where there are others present with common interests e.g.
fishing interests, hobbies and sport events etc. REMEMBER the purpose of your contact
with this person is to eventually get them into your Cell Group with the purpose of becom-
ing an effective disciple (use a lot of tact and wisdom).

4. THE AWARE BUT WARY HEART


This person is aware of the gospel, perhaps from hearsay but not receptive. Because of
negative exposure to Christians not walking in integrity, there is a distrust and misconcep-
tion toward all Christians.

This person on the other hand may not have met any re-born Christians. They may have
distorted ideas and prejudices in their mind toward Christianity. Every person has a frame of
reference from which he interprets situations and circumstances. Everything about Christi-
anity is interpreted through this frame of reference that has been built up from childhood. If
he has had a number of negative experiences with Christians everything he now hears and
sees about Christians is distorted in his mind. We must bear in mind that their perceptions
of certain words, ideas, people and objects are perceived differently than from a Christian
perspective. They have not experienced Christian love and there is, therefore, no reason or
desire to spend time with them.

It is our duty as Christians to address these false perceptions after having built a very good
relationship with them. The key is to find out what the person enjoys doing most, and then
if possible and acceptable to your Christian conviction, be prepared to join the person in
the activity. Befriend him/her and slowly introduce him/her to your Christian friends so that
he/she can change his/her frame of reference concerning ‘Christians’ and eventually move
on to Categories 3 and 2.

5. THE IGNORANT HEART


These are the most difficult people to reach because they are totally unaware of the Gospel
of Jesus. They may be trapped in a cult or even think that all religions lead to heaven.
The only way to reach these people is through common interests, special relationships or
perhaps a pressing need that may give you an open door to offer assistance. They may

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have heard of Christianity and be totally hostile towards Christians without any just cause.
They may be caught up in ‘good works’ and believe that based on their good deeds they
will get to ‘heaven’ whatever they perceive that to be. Remember they have no knowledge
of Christianity whatsoever. Your own testimony is very important, especially emphasiz-
ing the fact that Christianity is not a religion, but a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
The unbeliever may dislike or distrust you and be very wary about communicating with you.
Reaching this type of unbeliever will require a lot of prayer, patience, time, effort and love.

(D) YOU AND YOUR OIKOS

WHAT DOES “OIKOS” MEAN?


This is a Greek word found in the New Testament of the Bible and it means “dwelling, house” – by
implication, “family” (See Acts 16:31, Luke 19:9).
A person’s “Oikos” can consist of family members as well as friends and working acquaintances, in
fact anyone with whom we spend at least one hour or more per week.
It is a noted fact that Christians tend to spend more time with other Christians, rather than pen-
etrate the world of the unbelievers. The result is that unbelievers may never have the opportunity
of hearing the Good News of the Gospel.
It is therefore vital that we as Christians establish “Oikos” connections outside of our comfort
zones and build bridges with unbelievers or we will never accomplish the task of saving the lost.
Every Cell must have strategies on how to penetrate and target unbelievers.
When new members enter the Cells and they are not given the proper caring treatment or do not
feel part of the “oikos” they will backslide and return to their unbelieving “oikos”.

REACHING BEYOND OUR “OIKOS”!


There will come a time when we run out of “oikos” connections, then we must look to penetrate
other “oikoses” linked to out “oikos” eg. My sister has an “oikos” and there are many unsaved in
her circle and my dressmaker has an “oikos” and with her help I can penetrate her circle. By doing
this I can potentially touch at least another two hundred people by just extending beyond my
present “oikos”. If we are sensitive to the Holy Spirit, He will guide us and open up people’s hearts
and minds to receive the Good News.

PERSONAL GROWTH PROJECT 2


MY PERSONAL “OIKOS” CONNECTIONS

Who are the people in your Oikos? Write their names below in this table and tick
the spiritual condition of each one:

This project is due the week after this lesson has been taught.

(E) PRAYING FOR YOUR COMMUNITY

Prayer Walks
Prayer walking is getting your Cell to penetrate their environment with prayer and has the
following characteristics;
• It is a different method of praying for your neighborhood.
• It helps move your Church into the community.
• It can provide your Cell with unexpected contacts with unbelievers.
• It helps your Cell increase their awareness of the neighborhood
• It helps the Cell .obtain vision for the neighborhood.
• The Cell invades satans territory.
• It demonstrates a visible banner of righteousness in the streets.
• It encourages and strengthens Cell fellowship and participation and unity

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Focus 10
Get the Focus 10 Card from church and list the names of 10 people in your area of influence
and write them down on this card.
Pray for them daily to get saved
Pray for the Lord to give you divine opportunity to share the gospel with.
Use creative ways to win them to Christ e.g. Socials, Cell, Harvest Events, Celebration Services.

CATEGORIES OF
UNBELIEVERS
BORN AGAIN 1 2 3 4 5
FAMILY

FRIENDS

NEIGHBOURS

COLLEAGUES

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(A) SEED PROJECTS
One thing which is very clear in our vision is that we are “a cell based community church”.
We are here to love and reach the community. We are to bring the light of Christ to the
community. God is depending on us to bring healing to the hurting community in which He
has placed us. Our godly influence must be felt in the community.

For a long time Christians have witnessed to the community through the conventional
means such as open air crusades, street evangelism, door to door evangelism, and others.
These methods are good and have helped in winning souls to Christ.

However, God has been challenging us as a Church to focus on the community. The goal
is the transformation of the community. We aim at changing the peoples’ lives not just by
preaching at people but by demonstrating the love of Christ in a practical way. This is the
idea of a “Seed Project”.

A seed project is a one day activity, carried out by a Cell Group in collaboration with the
community to meet a specific need in the community. The purpose is to plant a seed of
Christ’s love in a practical way.

Besides occasional seed projects, each cell group is encouraged to care for the needy. (e.g:
Each cell in Uganda has to adopt a poor Muslim family and someone who is needy and liv-
ing with HIV/AIDS)

(B) HOMOGENEOUS GROUPS


These comprise members who share the same interest, for example, hobbies, professional
fields, work in the same organization/office, attend the same school or do the same course,
etc. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, politicians, engineers, business people fall in that category.
They do not have to stay within the same locality.

(C) INTEREST GROUP


An interest group is a group of people who have something in common that binds them
together. Examples of interest groups are married people, single people, single parents,
widows and others. Activities of interest groups include relationship building, discipleship/
mentoring, counseling, evangelism etc.

The difference between a homogeneous group and an Interest Group is that an Interest
Group doesn’t specifically run on a cell agenda. Interest Groups, as well as homogeneous
groups, are very evangelistic as members invite non-Christians to it. Non-Christians will be
drawn firstly by the interest but as you get to know them, relationships will be built and
God will give you an opportunity to share with them about Jesus or invite them to church.
Encourage Cell Group members to go ahead and start interest groups.

(D) IMPORTANCE OF DISCIPLESHIP

FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF


1. What is Discipleship?
2. What is the purpose of Discipleship?
3. Where does Discipleship take place?
4. Who should you disciple?

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WEEK 2 // YOU AND YOUR CELL
Discipleship is the best method to reach our world for God. The impact that Jesus’ twelve
disciples and Paul had on the world shows us the value of discipleship. A small number of
committed disciples, who have been well trained, will achieve far more for God than a large
numbers of converts who lack spiritual depth. In fact, discipleship is Gods chosen strategy
to reach the world. If one disciple led just one other person to Christ, and devoted a whole
year of training him, and the following year both disciple and disciple each made one new
disciple apiece, and the next year those four made four more (one each), in 32 years the
whole world’s population would be saved – according to plain mathematics.

The end result is spiritually mature Christians. Maturity does not come automatically with
increase in age, knowledge or experience, but is the result of gradual spiritual growth on
basis of obedience to Jesus and His word.

Jesus Christ began His mission with a personal ministry of a little more than three years.
One of the key aspects of that time was His training of the twelve disciples, whom He
named apostles. That training was the foundation of His whole ministry. Much of his time
during those three-plus years was concentrated on these men. His knew that in order for His
mission to succeed, much would depend on the dedication, loyalty, courage, and faith of the
men whom He had chosen and trained.

Matt 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to
me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Fa-
ther and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

With the authority given him Jesus commissioned the disciples to go out and teach others
what He had taught them. This is the heart of Discipleship. Its about DISCIPLING believers
to a point where they will in turn be able to disciple others more effectively. This involves
teaching converts the basic truths and principles of the Word of God. The command of
making disciples Jesus gave his disciples equally applies to the church today. A Disciple is a
learner. One who follows both the teaching and the teacher.

Christ’s words to the disciples in Matt 16 and 28 give us direction for our lives. “If anyone
would come after Me,” He told the Twelve, “he must deny himself and take up his cross and
follow Me” (16:24). Discipleship may not always be easy as it takes time to pour into some-
one else’s life, but we need to follow the example of Jesus.

It is the responsibility of every Christian to model the life of a true disciple of Jesus that oth-
ers can emulate.

PERSONAL PLAN
1. Are you discipling anyone?
2. If not, is there anyone that God is putting on your heart to disciple?
Before Jesus chose His disciples, He spent time in prayer. Take that time if you
are not sure yet. But don’t procrastinate and leave it for another day.

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