Text: I COR 13: 4-8, I JN 4: 7-21.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LOVE, FORGIVENESS AND MERCY?
WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH THE LOVE OF GOD IN US?
WHY SHOULD WE SHOW MERCY?
WHEN IS THERE A LIMIT TO FORGIVENESS?
WHAT OUR ATTITUDE SHOULD BE TOWARDS ERRING CHRISTIANS
CONCLUSION: LOVE, FORGIVE AND SHOW MERCY ALWAYS!
Text: I COR 13: 4-8, I JN 4.
INTRODUCTION: Without the Love of God, the bible tells us that even if we manifest the entire gifts of the Spirit; it would not profit us anything. Ponder on this! The possession of great knowledge, faith and understanding all mysteries without the Love of God operating within us is also unprofitable. Give all your possession to the poor without this real love is fruitless. Nothing you do will profit you unless it is done from the motive of God’s Love.
The God-kind of Love is so important; it is greater than faith and hope.
WHAT IS LOVE?
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE AGAPE LOVE OF GOD
WHY SHOULD WE LOVE?
HOW SHOULD WE LOVE?
BENEFITS OF EXHIBITING THE AGAPE LOVE OF GOD
TEXT: 1Sam.8: 1Sam.15:22; Matt.7:24-26
DATE: 2nd January, 2010
Introduction: Welcome to my Father’s Dinner Table.
The dinner is set and the meal garnished with dainties.
How hungry are you? Matt.5:6; Isa.55:1
We started this series by trying to understand the basic truth about the Word, and then we progressed to ask what we must do with the Word. Among the things we must do is Speak the Word, Jer. 55:14; meditate the Word Isa.30:15; Josh. 1:8
Tonight we shall be looking at obedience to the Word. In doing the will of God, willingness on our part is important Isa.1:19-20; Phil.2:13; 2Cor.8:12. Willingness to obey is an issue of the heart; your heart must be right with Him.
A MATTER OF THE HEART: It begins from the heart. If a man does not obey from the heart, that obedience is not acceptable. Jer.6:16-17; Matt.21:28; 2Tim; 4:3; Rom.1:28;Obedience: What is obedience? This seems to be an active word. It has to do with taking an action towards something. Between us and God the issue of obedience is a matter of obligation. Ecc. 12:13; Heb. 2:1; 2Pet.1:19
Complete obedience: Our obedience to God must be total, as partial obedience is no obedience, therefore, not acceptable unto Him, Deut. 10:12; Heb. 10:7-9; complete obedience follows a complete surrendrance to His ways and will.
Examples of complete obedience are: Jesus Lk. 22:42; Jn. 4:34; Jn. 5:17. Apostle Paul: Acts 9:5-6; Phil. 3:12; Phil.3:13.
Examples of partial obedience: Partial obedience is incomplete obedience and this is without the right heart. This kind of obedience is from a deceptive and a crooked heart. Samuel 1Sam.15:22-23, The Young Prophet 1Kings 13:11-15. The Composite Couple, Acts 5:1-3
“And when he puts forth his own sheep, he goes in front of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will not follow a stranger, never! But they will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of the strangers, John 10:4-5
TEXT: John 1:1; 2Tim.3:16; 1John 5:7
DATE: 19th January, 2010
Introduction: A word can either be spoken or written. Words are usually for communication, therefore, if a word does not communicate, it does not qualify as a word. In one of our texts (2Tim.3:16) the Scripture enumerated what the words of God are for.
The word is the characteristic means whereby God makes His will to man. The forms may differ
It may be spoken through the prophets (pastors), written in the law and other Scriptures, or living in the person of Jesus Christ. It is also the means by which God accomplishes His providential purposes in the world
Basic truths about the Word:
Note: The word has been divided into two categories.
TEXT: John 1:1; 2Tim.3:16; 1John 5:7
DATE: 26th January, 2010
Introduction: Last week we studied on understanding the Word of God.
In the study we came to the realization that the Word is so many things to the Believer. As we try to finish up on that we shall today look at the things we are instructed to do with the Word. The Holy Spirit Himself will teach us in Jesus mighty name.
What to do with the word
The entire world and the lives therein are sustained by the word of God. Therefore, there is little we are and can do without the Word, Jn 15:1-4; Heb. 1:3.
TEXT: I Kings 4: 29-34; Luke 16: 1-9
The book of Proverbs and several other passages in the Bible talk about the advantages of wisdom and describes wise people. The bible equally calls some people foolish and encourages us to choose to be wise.
The three friends of Job namely Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar discussed their understanding of wisdom with Job: (Eliphaz in Job 4: 7-8; 5: 3, 27; Bildad in Job 8: 8-9, 18: 5-21; Zophar in Job 11: 6, 20: 1-29). But Job himself told them that God is the source of wisdom and that the first step towards wisdom is to fear God (Job 28: 20-28) Verse 28 says
“And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.”
Today, we shall consider the subject of wisdom. Who are the 12 people that the Bible called wise? What do they all have in common and how can we emulate them in being wise?
We shall finally look at the benefits of being wise. May the Lord help us to be wise in Jesus’ name. Amen
1. What is wisdom?
2. People that the Bible calls wise
12 significant people are called wise in the Bible.
3. Characteristics of wise people (Prov. 3-4, 8-9)
4. How can we be wise?
5. The benefits of being wise
Seeing that wisdom is a good and desirable thing to have, what are you doing about getting it? Prov. 4: 5-7
James 1: 5 says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, that giveth to all men liberally.. And it shall be given him.”
Let us ask God for wisdom today
TEXT: PSALM 15:1-3, PROV 18:21, MATT 12:37.
INTRODUCTION: The road to heaven is very narrow. Very few people ultimately get there. However, we are determined to make it and I pray that you will make it also. But one of the greatest weapons of Satan in preventing you from getting there could be your tongue as Psalms 15:3 clearly shows, as we continue with our study may His Word, like a coal of fire touch our tongues today in Jesus name.
WHAT ARE THE EXAMPLES OF NEGATIVE USE OF THE TONGUE?
A.GOSSIPING, BACKBITING AND SLANDER.
HOW TO AVOID CRITICISING AND GOSSIPING ABOUT OTHERS;
B. JUDGING OTHER PEOPLE;
The Scripture warns against judging others; Matt 7:1.
C. ARGUMENTS AND CONTENTIONS
I. What causes arguments and contentions; Pro 10:12a, Prov 13:10, Prov 15:1b, 18a, Prov 18:6, I Tim 6:4, Jam 4:1.
II. Avoid getting into arguments; Pro 17:14, Pro 29:11b, II Tim 2:24, I Pet 3:9.
III. Listen carefully, and think about what you say; Pro 15:28, Pro 18:13, Jam 1:19.
IV. Don’t be provoke and answer rashly; Pro 15:18b, Pro 16:32, Pro 29:20, Eccl 5:2.
D. EVIL, FOOLISH AND CORRUPT SPEECHES;
I. Evil speech comes from an evil heart; Pro 15:2b, 28b, Matt 12:35b.
II. Evil, foolish speeches corrupt and stinks; Eccle 10:1, I Cor 15:33.
CONCLUSION; ISAIAH 6: 5 – 7.
TEXT: LUKE 22: 39-42.
INTRODUCTION: ‘NOT MY WILL, BUT THINE, BE DONE’ these were Jesus’ words. Our father in Heaven desires we live our lives; walking in His will, but on the contrary; this seems to be a great task for us as Christians. Most of us do not even know the will of the Father for our lives, some of desire to know; but we do not know how to find it. Today, it is our prayer that we will find the will of the Father for us and also follow it in Jesus name, Amen.
WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITE TO FINDING THE WILL OF GOD?
HOW DO WE FIND THE WILL OF GOD?
Old testament example: Abraham; Gen 15:12-16, Abimelech; Gen 20:2-7, Jacob; Gen 28: 10-16, Gen 31:10-13, Laban; Gen 31:22-24, Joseph; Gen 37:5-9.
New Testament examples: Joseph; Matt 1:20, 21, 2:13, 19, 20, 22. Wise men; Matt 2:12.
Caution regarding finding God’s will by dreams; Eccl 5:3a, Eccl 5:7, Jer 23:25-27a, Jer 23:32, Jer 29:8b.
Old Testament examples: Abraham; Gen 15:1-5, Ezekiel; Ezek 1:1-4, 8:1-2, 10:1, Daniel; Dan 8:1,2, 10:4-7, Zechariah; Zech 1:7,8.
New Testament examples: Zacharias; Luke 1:11-13,22, Paul; Acts 9:1-7; 26:13-19, Acts 9:12, Acts 16:9, Acts 18:9,10, Peter; Acts 10:9b-16.
Beware of false vision: Jer 14:14, Jer 23:16, Lam 2: 14.
Be careful about false prophesy: Deut 13:1-3, Deut 18:22, Jer 23:26, Ezek 13:6, 7.
CONCLUSION: There is nothing to compare with being in the perfect will of God for your life in all areas. Even today you can return to the will of God for your life; that His purpose for your life may be established. Let us pra
Text: Ephesians 6: 10 – 18.
INTRODUCTION: As we continue in this series today, we shall together look at how we need to “have our loins girt about with TRUTH”, so that we are able to withstand these evil days.
What does the phrase “gird yours loins” mean? – Prepare and strengthen oneself for what is to come. Illustrations-; 1.of street people or a troublesome woman who is ready to fight. 2. A man putting on the belt.
What is the meaning of gird?-; encircle or secure with a belt or band. To bind, to fasten, enclose, confine.
GIRD ONESELF FOR BATTLE-; prepare, make ready, get ready and fortify.
What is the meaning of loins? Poetic/literary; the region of the sexual organs, regarded as the source of erotic or procreative power. Greek-; osphus- os-foos. External (hip), internal by extension (procreative power).
Procreative power-; power (to bring forth). What other part of a person has the power to bring forth? THE MIND-;
Another word that relates to PROCREATE IS CONCEPTION (You cannot bring forth without conception. CONCEPTIONS from CONCEPT from CONCEIVE.
CONCEIVE-; * Being pregnant with a child
CONCEPTION-; * the devising of a plan or idea
What is truth? (From last week)
Why then do you need to gird our loins with TRUTH?
HOW DOES THE DEVIL BATTLE WITH YOUR MIND?
How do you gird your loins with TRUTH?
The process of mind renewal maybe difficult because you are trying to reprogram a very carnal, worldly mind to think as God thinks, but is certainly not impossible.
II Tim2: 15. Abide in the truth, until it becomes a revelation given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
MAY THE LORD GIVE US TOTAL VICTORY OVER THE BATTLES OF OUR MIND IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.
Text: Ephesians 6: 10 – 18.
INTRODUCTION: The armor on the chest (the breastplate) of the Roman soldier was worn to protect his heart, the source of physical life. The armor of the Christian here is called RIGHTEOUSNESS. This armor covers the heart, the motives and the desire of our inner most being. Little wonder, the Word of God tells us to “keep our heart with all diligence for out of it are issues of life”. Prov 4: 23. May the Lord grant us great insight in His Word.
WHY IS RIGHTEOUSNESS VITAL AS CHRISTIAN ARMOR?
When you are unrighteous you become a prey to the devil. 1 Pet 5:8, Eccle 10:8
HOW DO YOU PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS?
Fear God and submit to Him fully. Prov 10:27, Prov 14:27, Prov 3:7, Eccle 12:13, Acts 10:35.
CONCLUSION: Let’s keep this in our heart, we cannot continue in sin and expect God to fight for us in the battles in encounter, the Word of God says; “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? And the answer is God forbids it! Awake to righteousness and allow God deliver you. Remember Job!
Text: EPHESIANS 6: 10 – 18.
INTRODUCTION: The sword is the only weapon of offense in the list of all the Christian armor. There are times when we need to take the offensive against Satan. When we are tempted or going through trials, we need to trust in the truth of the Word of God to see us through. Today, as we study this very vital armor, may we receive more Grace to know His Word, be a doer of this Word and also use it effectively in Jesus name, Amen.
WHY IS GOD’S WORD SO IMPORTANT AS ARMOR?
WHAT DOES THE WORD DO FOR YOU?
WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO WITH THE WORD.
THE WORD OF GOD AS ARMOR AND WEAPON.
CONCLUSION. The engrafted Word of God is able to save our soul from the enemy; let’s imbibe the habit of studying and meditating on this Word of life. With this we will be able to use the sword effectively. May this powerful sword not be a mere decoration in our hands name in Jesus name, Amen!