By Murray C. Wade


1. How To Study the Bible

2. Bible Commands

3. Applying NT Examples

4. Following No Creed But the Bible

5. God's Plan of Salvation

6. Who is Jesus?

7. The Compassion of Jesus

8. Jesus, Our Example

9. How to become a disciple of Christ? Part 1

10. How to become a disciple of Christ? Part 2

11. True Repentance

12. God's Baptism

13. Baptism, Then What?

14. Can we be sure of our salvation?

15. Christian Love

16. Perfect Love

17. The Grace of God

18. The Mercy of God

19. The Holy Spirit

20. Miraculous Gifts

21. Baptism of the Holy Spirit

22. Spiritual Indwelling

23. Faith

24. Work of the Local church

25. New Testament Fellowship

26. Attitudes

27. Helping others

28. Modesty

29. Wholesome Christian Activities

30. Worldliness


Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things shall be added to you."

II Timothy 3:16-17 - "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for training (instruction/discipline) in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."

Points to keep in Mind throughout the class:

1. Do not ever accept my word, anyone's word, or any written material unless you have checked it against the Bible (Galatians 1:6-9, I John 4:1). The Bible is God's standard. This booklet is simply a tool to help you focus on certain topics and point you to the Bible.

2. The material in this booklet is from various sources. Sources outside of our congregation are noted.

3. Since this class is for almost all our classes, each person no matter the age, needs to diligently prepare for each class (i.e., read the lesson and scripture references and answer the questions). The better each one prepares for class the more we can learn from one another. Since this booklet is also to be used as a study reference, some topics may have a lot material to cover, so do the best you can. If it turns out we need more time to finish our discussions on a certain topic we will carry it over to the next class period.

4. If you miss a class, make sure you keep up with the class on your own. We will not review previous classes.

5. This class is a great opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors who are not Christians!

6. If you have a question do not be afraid to ask it. If you are not comfortable speaking in class, write your question on 3 by 5 note cards that are placed on the front pew. Get the note card to one of the teachers, with or without your name on it, and we will make sure it is discussed in class. Remember, your questions help us all learn how to better serve the Master.


1. Timed Study Plan - One could study the Bible one chapter each day and finish in 3 years. One could also study the Bible in a year following a calendar study plan found in many workbooks and Bibles. This method of study is good for beginning Bible students or those wishing to supplement other Bible study.

2. General Overview Study - One can read large sections of scripture at a time to gain a general knowledge of what is found in those sections of scripture (e.g., Old Testament survey, New Testament survey, etc.).

3. Bible Divisions Study - One can study the Bible by books in groups such as the books of O.T. law, poetry or prophesy; or the N.T. gospels or epistles. This kind of study can be accomplished in many different ways.

a. Book Study - The books of each division can be studied separately but consecutively.

b. Harmony Study - The books of each division can be studied simultaneously, comparing parallel passages in each to gain a greater understanding of each account.(e.g., harmony of the gospels, Kings and Chronicles, Acts and epistles).

4. Workbook Study - One can use a workbook or prepared questions as a guide to Bible study. This is helpful for those who are looking for some direction in their study. Care must be taken using this method since these study books are written by man and may include false doctrine.

5. Verse by Verse Study - This type of study is simple in its method. One merely studies a book such as Ephesians one verse at a time. When doing this it would be a good idea to keep the following in mind:

a. Keep in mind the context (the tendency is to not see the forest for the trees). It is probably a good idea to at least study the paragraph in which the scripture is taken.

b. Look up word meanings.

c. Cross reference other scriptures relating to the verse to help clarify its meaning.

6. Topical Study - One can study a particular topic in the scriptures he is interested in such as "How to Become a Christian", "Christian Worship" or "Bible Creation". This type of study is often used to prepare sermon outlines or for individual spiritual growth. A good concordance and encyclopedic index are helpful in this type of study.

7. Word Study - In this type of study, one researches a particular word in the Bible to gain the fullest understanding possible of that word's use in the scriptures. For instance, one could look up the word "baptism" in the dictionary (Hebrew and Greek dictionaries are especially helpful) to find out if it has one or more meanings. Armed with this knowledge one can then use a concordance to look up all the references concerning baptism to find out the Bible concept of what it is.

8. Historical Study - One can study a particular period of Bible history such as the pre-flood period, period of the judges, the life of Christ, etc. A good Bible atlas and/or encyclopedia is helpful in this type of study.

9. Combination Study - You may want to use a combination of more than one of the above methods.

QUESTIONS (give Bible references in your answers!)

1. Why do you read and study the Bible?

2. What are good things that come from individual reading and studying of the Bible?

3. What are good things that come from congregational and class studies of the Bible?

4. What are the benefits of memorizing scripture?

5. What happens if we do not put a priority on studying God's Word?

6. Should we study all of the Bible?


66 BOOKS 36 WRITERS 1500 yrs to Write 4000 Years of History
The Old Testament The New Testament

Genesis, Exodus

Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy


Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel,

I Kings, II Kings

I Chronicles,

II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther


Job, Psalms, Proverbs

Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon


Isaiah, Jeremiah,

Lamentations, Ezekiel,


Smaller Prophets

Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi


Matthew, Mark,

Luke, John


Acts of the Apostles


Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians,

I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John, Jude



It's Origin

God - II Tim. 3:16

Holy Spirit - John 16:13

Holy Men - II Peter 1:21

36 Men - 1500 Years

66 Books Completed 96 A.D.

1200 Languages and Dialects

It's Purpose

Keeps From Sin - Ps 119:11

Lights Our Way - Ps 119:105

Enlightens Us - II Tim 3:15

Instructs Us - II Tim 3:16-17

Purifies Us - I Peter 1:22

Frees Us - John 8:32

Saves Us - James 1:21

It's Completeness

All Truth - John 16:13

All Things - II Peter 1:3

Whole Counsel - Acts 20:27

It's Indestructibility

Lasts Forever - Matt.24:35,

I Peter 1:25

The Bible Warns

Do Not Add To Nor Subtract From - Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:18-19

Do Not Substitute Human Ideas - Mark 7:7-9

Preach and Teach Only God's Word - II Timothy 4:2 and I Peter 4:11

Believe No Other Gospel - Galatians 1:8

His Word Will Judge Us - John 12:48

Abide In The Doctrine of Christ - II John 9

The Bible Answers Three Questions

1. Origin of Life - Where Did I Come From?

2. The Purpose of Life - Why Am I Here?

3. After Death, What Then? - Where Am I Going?

The Bible Contains

The Mind Of God

The State of Man

The Way of Salvation

The Joy of Believers

The Doom of Sinners

LESSON TWO: BIBLE COMMANDS [adapted from Harkrider, 1986]

The New Testament constitutes the will of Christ, positively, perfectly, and finally revealed to man (2 Tim. 3:16-17). All that it authorizes is taught in its pages, and the sum total of its teaching on any subject is God's will on that theme. To add or subtract, change or pervert, twist or distort, is to dishonor God's authority (2 John 9). We therefore must be concerned with the methods of determining what is commanded by the New Testament. The questions of Matt. 21:23-27 should be asked of every religious practice.


A. The Doctrine Of Christ Was Taught By The Apostles And Practiced By The Disciples.

1. Often people have the idea that unless a command was specifically stated by Christ Himself we have no right to bind that command. However, all the commands of Christ were not specifically written, for some must be learned through observing what the apostles taught (Acts 20:35).

a. Christ Commanded (Matt. 28:18-20)-"All" authority is with Him; apostles were to teach all that He had commanded.

b. Apostles Taught (Matt. 18:18)-They did not teach their own doctrine, but Christ's (1 Cor.14:37).

c. Disciples Observed (Phil. 4:9)-inspired history of the N.T. church.

B. Three types Of Scriptural Commands (Illustrated In The Lord's Supper and in Acts 15:6-21).

1. PRECEPT (Expressed Statement)

a. This is a direct, positive command expressly stated.

b. Ex. Observance-"This do in remembrance of me,"Luke 22:19; 1 Cor. 11:23-24.

2. EXAMPLE (Approved By Apostles, 1 Cor. 11:1,23; Phil.4:9; 1 Cor. 4:17; 2 Thes. 3:6-10).

a. The practice of the N.T. church under the apostles guidance was under the authority of God.

b. Ex. Day Of Observance-"And upon the first day of the week...," Acts 20:7.


a. When a command is not expressly stated or there is not a specific example, it may be determined by a logical conclusion. The word "necessary" should be emphasized, for things that are only "probable" or "likely" cannot be binding.

b. Ex. Frequency Of Observance-"The first day of the week...," (Acts 20:7). (1) Compare: "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy," Ex. 20:8. (2) If "the Sabbath day" means every Sabbath as regularly as it comes, why should not "the first day" mean every "first day"?


A. The Difference Between Specific And Generic Commands.

1. SPECIFIC COMMAND-an act is commanded and the method or means of obeying the command is specified. Therefore specific commands exclude human choice because any method or means of carrying out the command, other than what is specified, becomes an addition.

2. GENERIC COMMAND-an act is commanded but the method or means of obeying the command is not specified. Therefore generic commands include commands for AIDS (expediencies) which are for the sole purpose of keeping the command. These must fall within the class, kind, example, or necessary conclusion of the command itself.

B. The Difference Between Aids And Additions.

1. Aids do not alter or change God's command because they fall within the same class or kind of the things commanded. These are allowed though not specifically commanded.

2. Additions change that which is commanded, for they fall within a different class or kind of that which is commanded. These are wrong even though they may not be specifically condemned (2 John 9).


A. Noah Was Commanded To Build An Ark (Gen. 6:14). Had God simply told Noah to build of wood, he would have had a choice as to the kind of wood. However, God specified"gopher wood," thus all other kinds were excluded. As far as we know, the tools were not specified with which to prepare the wood; so they were authorized as aids to obey the command.

B. Christ Commanded Observance Of A Memorial Supper, 1 Cor. 11:23-27.

1. "The first day of the week" is specified thus excluding every other day. However, the specific hour is not stated, thus any hour within the first day is permissible.

2. "Unleavened bread" and "the fruit of the vine" were the elements used, thus excluding all other emblems. However, the number of containers is not specified, only that they "drink the cup"(contents), 1 Cor. 11:25-26. Individual communion cups are an aid within the general command to "drink the cup".

3. A building is authorized as an aid to obey the command to "assemble" for worship (Heb. 10:25) and to "break bread" (Acts 20:7). It serves as an aid for a local church to teach the gospel and edify its members (Heb. 10:24-25; Matt. 28:18-20). However, since the church is not responsible for recreation and social pleasures, the church has no authority to build recreational facilities and kitchens (I Cor. 11:22, 34). On the other hand a church could meet in a rented room or in someone's home (I Cor. 16:19). It is not a command to meet in a purchased building.

C. Christ Commanded Believers To Be Baptized. A baptistery, creek, or river may be used to fulfill this command (Acts 8:36-38, Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12), but to sprinkle is to do another kind of action and is therefore excluded.

D. The Lord Specified "Singing" In His Command To Praise God With Music (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). Books, lights, song leaders, pitch pipes, beating time, etc. are aids to help us sing, but none of these are a different type or kind of music. Instruments (drums, guitars, horns, strings, tambourines, pianos, organs, spoons, etc.) however, are an addition to singing, for it makes another kind of music. An arrangement for only part of the congregation to perform while others listen or are entertained (e.g., choirs, bands, etc.) is also adding to the command to sing.

E. God has ordained congregational organization (Acts 14:23, Phil. 1.1). To unite churches under earthly headquarters or centralize any of the work of several churches under oversight of one church or manmade institution/denomination is contrary to God's pattern. Elders are to oversee the work "among them" (1 Pet. 5:2; Acts 20:28). Their authority starts and ends with the local congregation [i.e., the local congregation is totally autonomous (self-governing)].

QUESTIONS (Use scriptures in your answers)

1. What is the difference between aids and additions?

2. What things did Paul say "do"? (Phil.4:9, see also I Cor. 11:1)

3. Why is the use of instrumental music in worship sinful? (Eph. 5:19)

4. Over how many congregations may elders serve as overseers? (1 Pet. 5:2)

5. What is the condition of one who "transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ"? (2 Jn. 9)

6. List reasons why it would be wrong to use cookies and coke for the Lord's Supper instead of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine? (Luke 22:1,18)

7. Can a Christian fulfill the command to sing if they do not have a voice?

8. When are we commanded to sing?

9. Can we sing praises to God at other times besides worship services with instruments? Should we listen to singing of praises to God with instrumental accompaniment? (e.g, piano, bands, etc.)

Generic Commands

Aids Specific Commands Additions
1. Build Ark

2. Lord's Supper

3. Baptism

4. Make Melody in our hearts

5. Elders

6. Assembling

Tools Necessary to build

Hour of the Day


Place - Building, with

Lights, Pews, Heat

Baptistery, Pool, River

Song Books, Lights

Congregation Meetings

Anytime to study, preaching, singing, praying together

"Gopher Wood" Gen. 6:14

"First Day" Acts 20:7

"Unleavened Bread"

"Fruit of the Vine"

Luke 22:1,18

"Do This In Remembrance"

Luke 22:1,18


Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12

"Sing" - Eph. 5:19;

Col. 3:16

"Feed Flock Among You," 1 Pet. 5:2-3

"In Every Church"

Acts 14:23

"Not forsaking the assembling"

Heb. 10:24-25

Oak, Spruce, Gum, Pine

(Another kind of wood)

Monday, Thursday

(Another Day of the week)

Cookies, Coke

(Another emblem)

Making A Feast

1 Cor. 11:20-34

(Another Purpose)

Sprinkling, Pouring

(Another kind of action)

Playing An Instrument

(Another kind of music)

Councils, Conventions,

Denominations, Sponsoring Churches

(Another Organization)

Church paid for retreats, concerts, cake sales etc. (Another kind of assembly)


When we see that disciples of Christ practiced a particular thing with apostolic approval, no believer would question the same practice today under the same or similar circumstances (I Cor. 11:1, Phil. 4:9). However, a problem arises in applying N.T. examples. How do we determine what is binding from that which is simply incidental? Acts 20:7 is an example stating the day Christians assembled to partake of the Lord's Supper. Then Acts 20:8 speaks of them being in an upper room. Why is the "first day of the week" binding as a commandment, but the "upper room" is considered incidental to their obeying the commandment and not binding? The following questions should help us solve most problems in applying New Testament examples.


A. Uniformity - If the same action is observed without exception in every other example, then the practice is in obedience to God. We understand the apostles were men with their own personal opinions. In matters of choice they probably would have selected different things. However, when one practice was uniformly observed, the conclusion is they were acting under the direction of God, 1 Thess. 2:13-14.

B. Uniformity In Conversion - In every case of conversion recorded, there is no exception to the fact that the conversion was brought about by preaching and teaching of the Word of God (Acts 2:40-41; 8:5, 35; 9:6, 17-18; 22:16). Only through preaching and teaching the word can people be converted today, Rom. 10:17.

C. Uniformity In The Lord's Supper - The fact that the Lord's Supper was observed by the early church on the first day of the week is significant, Acts 20:7. If it established the command to observe the Lord's Supper on the first day, it also established that it can be observed only on the first day, for we have neither command, example, or necessary conclusion of observing it any other day.

II. IS THE ACTION ESSENTIAL TO OBEYING THE COMMANDMENT? We must determine whether or not everything stated is essential to obeying God's will. Some things may be stated which are not essential and not binding as commandments from God.

A. Illustration Of Things Which Are Not Essential

1. THE PLACE OF BAPTISM - Whether people were baptized in a natural stream, an artificial pool, or a reservoir of water in the city of Jerusalem on Pentecost is entirely incidental (Acts 2:38-41). The design, action, and results accomplished are exactly the same in every example of baptism (Acts 8:36-39; 10:47-48). Notice the difference from the story of Naaman (II Kings 5:8-14).

2. THE PLACE FOR PARTAKING OF THE LORD'S SUPPER - Whether Christians assemble under a tree, in a rented room or building, a private home, or in a building owned by the church is not important. The emphasis is placed on assembling (Heb. 10:24-25), not where the assembly is. Jesus taught that worship in spirit and truth is essential; the place is not important (John 4:21-24). Whether the Lord's supper is observed in an upper room or in a house is entirely immaterial (Matt. 18:20).

C. Illustration Of Things Which Are Essential

1. IMMERSION - Whether or not one is immersed is important. Baptism is immersion (Acts 8:36-39). Other scriptures reveal that baptism is designed as a "burial" (Rom. 6:4-5: Col. 2:12). Baptism is how we contact the blood of Christ, how we put on Christ (Gal. 3:27), and wash away our sins (Acts 22:16).

2. ELEMENTS USED IN THE LORD'S SUPPER - Whether unleavened bread and fruit of the vine or ice cream and cake are used is important. By the Lord's example of what He used, we know that anything else could not constitute that Supper (Luke 22:1,18-20).


A. Limited Application - Examples which occurred under special circumstances or conditions cannot be generally applied to all circumstances and conditions. The same situation must exist or be possible of repetition if the example is to be applied (see Matt. 12:1-8).

B. Selling Our Property - The communing of property practiced by the Jerusalem church was practiced under special circumstances (Acts 2:45; 4:32). This was based on the needs of the occasion.

C. Washing The Feet Of Saints

1. When Jesus washed the disciples' feet He was not instituting something new, but was performing a custom

which prevailed long before (1 Sam. 25:41). The act was one commonly performed by servants, thus Jesus taught a lesson of humility (John 13:1-16).

2. The apostles needed this lesson of humility, for some had shown indignation toward one another over who would be the greatest (Lk. 22:24-27; Matt. 20:20-28). Footwashing is nowhere mentioned as an act of worship. Even when Paul retold of that night he did not mention footwashing (1 Cor. 11:20-26). In fact, it is mentioned only once after the cross, and then it was in context with lodging of strangers and other duties of Christian living (1 Tim. 5:10). We conclude that footwashing is right within itself but wrong when enforced as a necessary act of worship. The same circumstances and customs may not prevail today as existed in the first century. However, in any age whatever would be an act of service or humility must be performed.

D. Greet One Another With A Holy Kiss - The act of greeting with an embrace and kiss is a custom which still prevails in some of the eastern countries. When the apostles spoke of this, it was the prevailing custom (Rom. 16:16; 1 Pet. 5:14). The principle involved is that we must receive brethren cordially. That could be shown by a hug, a kind word, a smile, a shake of the hand, or a kiss.


A. Harmony Of Scripture

Each passage must be interpreted in light of all God has said on the subject. Truth is always in harmony with truth (1 Cor. 1:10; 14:33). Any example that violates any precept of truth is not an approved example. This can be illustrated with the matter of supporting preachers. While Paul was at Corinth he did not receive wages of them (2 Cor. 11:7-9). However in other instances Paul received gifts (2 Cor. 8:1-5). These questions are answered by 1 Cor. 9:11-16 where Paul explained that it would be lawful to receive their support. However, he had not done it while with them lest they should falsely charge him with preaching only for the support.

B. Does the scripture support the claim

The evidence must actually be present to support the claim that is made for it. Practices which some are anxious to justify are too often presumed to be right when in fact there is no evidence (1 Thess. 5:21).

1. EXAMPLE - Infant baptism is based on the presumption that examples like that of the household of Lydia included infants being baptized (Acts 16:14-15). However, to conclude this, one would have to reason that probably Lydia was married ("household" may only mean "servants"); that perhaps she had children; likely these children were infants; and probably she had brought them with her to Philippi, a city far distant from her home of Thyatira. The evidence does not exist to support the claim of infant baptism, for it is based on "probably, perhaps, likely, etc." (Compare Acts 8:12).

2. OTHER SIMILAR EXAMPLES - (a) thief on the cross was not a baptized believer, (b) Peter was the first pope, (c) salvation comes from the sinner's prayer.


1. What four questions can we ask when applying N.T. examples?

2. Why is immersion in baptism essential? Provide scriptures for your answer.

3. Why is it not essential that all be baptized in the Jordan River like Jesus? (Matt. 3:13)

4. Why is the example of the disciples meeting in an "upper room" not binding? (Acts 20:7-8)

5. How can we obey the principle involved in the "holy kiss"? (Rom. 16:16)

TRUE AND FALSE (give scriptures for your answers if you can!)

1. All examples in the New Testament (NT) are binding upon us today.

2. NT conversions depended upon the preaching of the gospel.

3. It would be sinful to greet one another with a holy kiss.

4. It is very important which man baptizes you.

5. It is good to follow the practice of fasting today (see chart on fasting).

1. To cleanse the body.

2. To spiritually strengthen (Matt. 4:1-11). Putting our physical wants and desires second to our spiritual needs (I Cot. 9:27).

3. Dedicate to the Lord, such as a Nazerite vow (Numbers 6, I Cor. 18:18).

4. When we need the Lord's help, need to concentrate on a problem or decision, or draw closer to God (James 4:8, I Cor. 7:5).


Moses - Exodus 34:27-28

Israelites - Judges 20:6, I Samuel 7:5-6

David - II Samuel 12:16

Jesus - Luke 4:2

Cornelius - Acts 10:30-31

Church at Antioch - Acts 13:2

Apostles - II Corinthians 6:4-5

Paul - II Corinthians 11:27

Husband and Wife - I Corinthians 7:5

If we are to consider these examples, we need to consider fasting, but for the right reasons:

A. Isaiah 58 - sincere fasting for the Lord

B. Matthew 6:16-18 - Jesus tells us when we do fast to not do it in an obvious showy way; but do it humbly in secret to the Lord and He will reward you openly!

LESSON FOUR: FOLLOWING NO CREED BUT THE BIBLE [adapted from Harkrider, 1986]

Most denominational leaders avoid the problem of doctrinal differences by saying, "It makes no difference what one believes." This sounds soothing; it is appealing; and it certainly relieves the threat of offending someone. But can we accept its ultimate conclusion?


A. Jesus Warned Against False Teachers, Matt. 7:15.

1. The blind lead the blind and both fall into the ditch, Matt. 15:13-14.

2. The devil and his ministers will appear as righteous, 2 Cor. 11:14-15.

3. We must test preachers and teachers whether or not they are of God, 1 John 4:1.

B. The Apostles Warned Against Perverting The Gospel, Gal. 1:6-8.

1. Some corrupt the word, 2 Cor. 2:17.

2. Some will preach "fables" to tickle the ears, 2 Tim. 4:2-4.

3. God allows us to believe a lie if we reject the truth, 2 Thess. 2:10-12.

a. Actually this is a fearful verse when you realize that one can so reject the truth that a lie seems just as real to him as truth.

b. If it makes no difference what one believes, the ultimate conclusion would be that it makes no difference what the Bible says; but this verse alone proves that idea false.


A. The Bible Is God's Final Revelation, A Complete And Perfect Guide.

1. "that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work", 2 Tim. 3:16-17.

2. It reveals "all things that pertain to life and godliness," 2 Pet. 1:3.

3. The gospel is God's "power to salvation," Rom. 1:16-17.

B. Whether Or Not We Obey God's Will Determines Salvation, Matt. 7:21-23 and Eccl. 12:13-14.

1. Being religious or saying, "Lord, Lord" is not enough, Luke 6:46.

2. We must neither add or subtract from His word, Rev. 22:18-19.

3. We must abide in the doctrine of Christ, 2 John 9.

C. Departure From The Faith Causes Division, 1 Tim. 4:1-3.

1. Division brings tension and destroys unity (Romans 16:17-18; 1 Cor. 11:18-19; Eph. 4:3).

2. Religious division cannot be of God (1 Cor. 14:33). We must test our differences by the Bible. If not, we have false security by following man's ways rather than God's, Isa. 55:8-9.

3. Our conscience alone cannot be our guide (see Paul Lived in Good Conscience chart).


A. This Was The Concept Of First Century Christians, 1 Pet. 4:11.

1. This does not mean every detail is specifically stated in the Bible, for obviously modern conveniences enable us to meet in buildings with electricity and read from printed Bibles, etc.

2. However, when we search for the commandments of God, we will seek to obey them within the framework of the kind specified.

a. Example - immersion is specified, Rom. 6:3-5; Acts 8:38-39. To sprinkle or pour for baptism changes the kind of action. However, to choose whether immersion takes place in a river, creek, or baptistery does not change the action of immersion.

b. Example - assembling on the "first day of the week" to partake of the Lord's supper is specified, Acts 20:7. To meet another day of the week for this is to change the day authorized. However, to choose whether we partake early or later on the first day is within that which is commanded.

3. It is important to keep in mind this basic difference:

a. AIDS - help carry out that which is commanded (though not specified).

b. ADDITIONS-make a change in the kind of that which is commanded.

B. Creed Books Of Various Denominations Serve To Keep Us Divided.

1. These are written by "spiritual leaders" (i.e., teachers, preachers, councils, synods, or conventions), but their decisions cannot supersede (override) the authority of Christ, Matt. 28:18-20. Jesus is over all, Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:16-18.

2. Everything from the Bible found in creed books is true, but that which makes one denomination different from another in doctrine and practice is from men. Obviously, one cannot follow a creed book of one denomination and be a faithful follower of another. See the two charts on "The Falling Away" at the end of this lesson.

3. Why not put away these wedges of division and seek to unite on "a thus saith the Lord"? Eph. 4:3.

a. If you find Bible commandments which you have not obeyed, would you obey? James 1:21-25.

b. If you find that you are doing something for which you have no scriptural command, would you cease? Matt. 15:7-9.


1. Look at some warnings in II Peter 2:1-3, 2:18-22, I John 2:18-23, 4:1-3, II John 7-11, III John 9-11, Jude 3-4. Why do you think God warned us of false teachers? Please explain your answer.

2. Where do the false teachers in question 1 come from?

3. What can we show the world from II Tim 3:16-17?

4. What message do we send the world when we are hearers and not doers (James 1:21-25)?

5. Is there any book, magazine, "brotherhood paper", college teacher, preacher, or creed that is OK to follow and be a faithful Christian?


1. Jesus has authority in heaven, but men can make His law on earth. (Matt. 28:18, Eph. 1:22-23)

2. Following commandments of men makes our worship vain. (Matt. 15:7-9)

3. We must speak as the oracles of God. (1 Pet. 4:11)

4. It matters not with God that churches are divided. (Eph. 4:3-6, 1 Tim. 4:1-3)

5. Perverting the gospel makes one accursed. (Gal. 1:6-8)


(ACTS 23:1, 24:16)

Our Conscience Can Be Wrong!

(Acts 26:9, I Tim. 4:1-3, Titus 1:13-16)

One May Have A Weak Conscience

(I Cor. 8:-13, 10:23-33)

The Blood Of Christ Purifies Our Conscience

(Heb. 9:14, 10:2, 19-22, 13:18)

Our Conscience Needs To Be Pure And Sanctified

(I Tim. 1:3-7, 3:8-9, II Tim. 1:3, I Peter 3:15-17)

We Can Be Sure Our Conscience Is Good

(II Cor. 1:12, Heb. 13:18)

Our Conscience Can Convict Us Of Our Sin

(John 8:9, Matt. 27:3)

We Will Suffer Because Of Our Conscience

(II Tim. 3:12, Mark 10:28-31, I Peter 2:18-21, 4:16)

Train up a Child's Conscience

(Proverbs 22:6)


Please study the following points and answer the questions that follow.

I. GOD'S PLAN (Romans 5:12-19, Eph. 1:1-14, 2:1-10, II Thes. 2:13-14)

A. Genesis 3 - Verse 15 gives a prophecy of Christ. Verse 22 indicates that Christ is present and part of God.

B. Jesus is God (John 1:1-5) and Creator (Col. 1:16-18).

C. Jesus gave up His glory for us (John 17:5, Phil. 2:5-8).

D. Jesus became as a man (Luke 2:25-32, John 1:14)

E. Now Jesus is exalted as our King (Phil. 2:9-11, I Tim. 6:14-15, Col. 1:13-14).

F. Jesus is our salvation (Acts 4:12)

1. Propitiation (Romans 3:25)

2. Redeemer (Is. 59:20)

3. Brought us grace (Eph. 2:5-8)

4. Forgiveness (Acts 5:31)

5. Has sanctified (I Cor. 1:2, 6:11)

6. Glorified, justified (Romans 8:30) us once for all (Heb. 10:10)

G. Jesus died on the cross, the perfect sacrifice (Hebrews 9:11-15) to make these things so (I Cor. 1:18-25, Eph 2:14-18, Col 2:11-15)

H. Now we have access to the grace (Romans 5:1-2)

1. Know what sin is and does (Romans 3:23, 6:23)

2. Through obedience [we must confess and believe (Romans 10:9-10)]

3. Repent (Acts 2:38)

4. Be baptized (Acts 22:16)

5. Grow to maturity (Hebrews 5:12-6:2)

6. Live faithfully (John 14:15, I Cor. 15:58, Col. 1:23, Rev. 2:10).

I. We can be in His kingdom (Acts 2:47, Col. 1:13-23).

Most of the Bible is dedicated to how man can get back to the relationship he once had in the Garden of Eden [On a mount, tree of life present, tabernacle of God, etc.]. Sin is what separated man and sin needs to be atoned for.

QUESTIONS (Use scriptures in your answers)

1. Why did God have this Plan?

2. Why was a sacrifice needed?

3. What are the characteristics of the sacrifice?

4. Why do people choose not to access the blessings of God's plan of salvation?

5. Make a list of the things God's salvation gives the believer? [for example; sanctification (Hebrews 10:10)]

6. What would be our condition without God's plan of salvation?

7. Because of God's plan, what manner of persons ought we to be? (see II Peter 3:9-12)



The Second Adam-I Cor. 15:45-47

Advocate-I John 2:1

Almighty-Rev. 19:15

Alpha and Omega-Rev. 21:6


Ancient of Days-Dan.7:9

Angel of his presence-Is.63:9

Anointed above his fellows- Ps. 45:7

Anointed of the Lord-Ps. 2:2

Apostle of our profession-Heb. 3:1

Arm of the Lord-Is. 51:9-10

Author and finisher of our faith-Heb. 12:2

Author of eternal salvation-Heb. 5:9

Beginning and end-Rev. 1:8, 1:11, 21:6

Begotten of God-I John 5:18

Beloved of God-Matt. 12:18, Eph. 1:6

Beloved Son-Mark 1:11

Blessed and only Potentate-I Tim. 6:15

Branch-Zech. 3:8

Branch of righteousness-Jer. 23:5, 33:15

Branch of the root of Jesse-Isa. 11:1

Bread of Life-John 6:41, 6:35

Bridegroom-John 3:29

Bright and morning star-Rev. 22:16

Captain of salvation-Heb. 2:10

Captain of the Lord's host-Josh. 5:15

Carpenter's son-Matt. 13:55

Chief cornerstone-I Pet. 2:6, Mk 12:10, Ps 118:22, Is. 28:16

Chief among ten thousand-Song of Sol 5:10

Chosen of God-I Pet. 2:4

The Christ-John 1:41

Christ a King-Luke 23:2

Christ Jesus our Lord-Rom 8:2, 8:39

Christ of God-Luke 9:20

Christ, the chosen of God-Luke 23:35

Christ, the Lord-Luke 2:11

Christ, the power of God-I Cor. 1:24

Consolation of Israel-Luke 2:25

Counselor-Isa. 9:6

Covenant of the people-Isa. 42:6

Creator-Gen 1:26, 3:22, Jn 1:13, Col. 1:!6-17

Dayspring or Sunrising-Luke 1:78

Morning star-II Pet. 1:19

Deliverer-Rom. 11:26

Desire of all nations-Hag. 2:7

Diadem-Isa. 28:5

Door-John 10:9

Elect-I Pet. 2:6

Eternal life-I John 5:20

Everlasting Father-Isa. 9:6

Faithful and true-Rev. 19:11

Faithful witness-Rev. 1:5

Firstborn-Ps 89:27, Ro 8:29, Heb 1:6, Rev 1:5

First fruits-I Cor. 15:23

First and last-Rev. 1:17, 22:13

Friend of publicans and sinners-Luke 7:34

God-John 1:1, 20:28

God blessed forever-Rom. 9:5

God of Israel-Isa. 45:15

God with us(Immanuel)-Is.1:26,9:6, Matt.1:23

God's dear Son-Ro 1:4, Col. 1:13

Good Master-Mark 10:17, 12:14

Great God-Tit. 2:13

Great High Priest-Heb. 4:14, 5:6, 9:11

Fullness of the Godhead-Col. 2:9

Head-Eph 4:15, 1:22, Col 2:10, 1:18

Heir of all things-Heb. 1:2

He Who Lives, was dead, is alive (Rev. 1:18)

Holy Child-Acts 2:47

Holy One-Is. 37:23, Lk 4:34, Acts 3:14, I Jn 2:20

Hope of Glory-Col. 1:27

I AM-John 8:58

Image of invisible God-II Cor. 4:4, Col. 1:15

Intercessor-Romans 8:34, Heb. 7:25

Jesus-Luke 1:31, Acts 8:35

Jesus Christ our Lord-Rom. 1:3, 6:23, Tit 3:6

Jesus of Nazareth-Luke 24:19

Jesus, the son of Joseph-Luke 3:23

Judge of Israel-Mic. 5:1

Judge of the quick and the dead-Acts 10:42

King-John 12:13

King eternal-I Tim. 1:17

King of glory-Psa. 24:7

King of kings-I Tim. 6:15

King of the Jews-Matt. 27:37, John 12:13

King of Zion-Zech. 9:9

King over all the earth-Zech. 14:9

Lamb of God-John 1:36, Rev. 13:8

The Life-John 14:6

Light of the Gentiles-Acts 13:47

Light of the World-John 1:9, 9:5

Lion of the tribe of Judah-Rev. 5:5

Living bread-John 6:51

Living stone-I Pet. 2:4

Lord-John 21:7

Lord God Almighty-Rev. 4:8

Lord Jesus-Acts 19:7

Lord Jesus Christ-II Thess. 2:1

Lord and Savior Jesus Christ-Col. 3:24, II Pet. 2:20

Lord of both dead and living-Rom. 14:9

Lord of all-Acts 10:36, Romans 10:12

Lord of glory-I Cor. 2:8

Lord of hosts-Isa. 54:5

Lords of lords-I Tim. 6:15

Lord of The Sabbath-Luke 6:5

Lord our righteousness-Jer. 23:6

Lord, your Redeemer-Isa. 43:14

Man of sorrows-Isa. 53:3

Mediator-Heb. 12:24

Messiah-John 4:25-26

Mighty God-Isa. 9:6

Mighty one of Jacob-Isa. 60:16

Most Holy-Dan. 9:24

Most Mighty-Psa. 45:3

Nazarene-Matt. 2:23

Only begotten of the Father-John 1:14, 1:18

Only wise God-I Tim. 1:17

Our Passover-I Cor. 5:7

Our Peace-Eph. 2:14

Physician-Luke 4:23

Power of God-I Cor. 1:24

Prince of life-Acts 3:15, 5:31

Prince of peace-Isa. 9:6

Prince of the kings of the earth-Rev. 1:5

Prophet-Deut. 18:5, 18, Luke 24:19

Propitiation-Rom. 3:25

Rabbi-John 6:25

Rabboni-John 20:16

Ransom-I Tim. 2:6

Redeemer-Isa. 59:20

Resurrection and the life-John 11:25

Righteous judge-II Tim. 4:8

Righteous servant-Isa. 53:11

Rock-I Cor. 10:4

Rock of offense-Rom. 9:33

Root and Offspring of David-Rev. 22:16

Root of Jesse-Isa. 11:10

Savior-I Tim. 4:10

Savior, Jesus Christ-II Pet. 2:20

Savior, God our-I Tim. 2:3, Tit. 1:3

Savior of the world-I John 4:14

Seed of David-John 7:42

Seed of the woman-Gen. 3:15

Shepherd and overseer of souls-John 10:11, I Pet. 2:25, 5:4, Heb. 13:20

Son of the Blessed-Mark 14:61

Son of David-Matt. 9:27

Son of man-Acts 7:56

Son of Mary-Mark 6:3

Son of the Highest-Luke 1:32

Son of Peace-Luke 10:6

Star out of Jacob-Num. 24:17

Stone-Dan. 2:45

Stone rejected-Luke 20:17

Stone of stumbling-Rom. 9:32-33

Son of righteousness-Mal. 4:2

Sure foundation-Isa. 28:16

Teacher from God-John 3:2

True vine-John 15:1

The Truth-John 14:6

The Christ-Acts 9:22

The Way-John 14:6

The Word-John 1:1-2, 1:14, I John 1:1-2

Unspeakable gift-II Cor. 9:15

Wonderful-Isa. 9:6

Word of God-Rev. 19:13


1. After looking at this list of names, answer the following and give your reason why the answer is important.

a. Was Jesus just a man?

b. Was Jesus simply a prophet?

2. Why is it important to you who Jesus is? Use scriptures in your answer.

3. If one does not know Jesus, what situation is he in?

4. If we know who Jesus is, list the activities we should be doing in our life? Use scriptures in your list.

5. How would you respond to someone who does not believe Jesus was who He said He was?

6. Is Jesus ever called the "Lily of the Valley" or "The Rose of Sharon"?


The compassion of Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30). Definition of compassion: suffering with another.


A. Luke 10:30-37 (notice verse 33) - The parable of the good Samaritan (refer also to I John 3:17)

B. Luke 15:11-24 (notice verse 20) - Parable of the prodigal son

C. Matthew 18:21-35 (notice verse 27, 32-33) - Forgiveness


A. Compassion for our trials and temptations (Hebrews 2:18, 4:14-5:2)

B. Compassion for people's physical weaknesses (Matthew 9:35-38, 15:29-39)

C. Compassion for people's infirmities. The healing of the:

1. Blind (Matthew 20:29-34)

2. Leper (Mark 1:40-42)

3. Demon possessed (Mark 5:18-19)

4. Evil spirit [Mark 9:17-27 (especially verse 22)]

D. Compassion for people's grief in death

1. Raised a dead son (Luke 7:12-15)

2. Wept with Mary when Lazarus had died (John 11:32-35)

E. Compassion in judgement (John 8:3-11, 15, 7:24)

F. The Compassion of Jesus is seen in his association with the poor and "unclean" people.

1. Samaritans [John 4:5-42 (especially verses 9, 39-42)

2. He touched a leper (Matthew 8:1-4)

3. Zacchaeus, a chief tax gatherer (Luke 19:1-10)

4. The great physician (Luke 5:27-32, 7:29)

G. Because Jesus told others what they needed to do (had compassion), he suffered

1. The rich young ruler rejected His teaching (Mark 10:17-22)

2. Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37-39)

H. The Compassion of Jesus can be seen during his crucifixion in His attitude toward:

1. His disciples before His death [John 17:12-26 (especially verses 15-17, 20-22, 24)]

2. Those who crucified Him (Luke 23:34)

3. The thief (Luke 23:42-43)

4. His Mother (John 19:26-27)

QUESTIONS (Use scriptures in your answers)

1. How does this lesson on the Compassion of Jesus apply to you in your life every day? Be specific in your answers.

2. List some ways we can show compassion like Jesus did.

3. Why is compassion important?


Jesus is the ultimate example of all Christians. He dealt with every sin we are tempted by and overcame them all (Hebrews 4:15). In this class we will examine the ways Jesus is our great example.

A. Jesus shows us how to suffer without sinning (I Peter 2:19-25)

B. We can learn from Him how to be meek and lowly in heart (Matthew 11:29-30)

C. Jesus teaches how to deny ourselves to help others (Matthew 16:24, II Corinthians 8:8-9, Philippians 2:1-8).

D. Jesus shows us how to love (John 13:34-35, 15:9-14, Mark 10:21, John 3:16-17)

E. Jesus was obedient (John 15:10, Philippians 2:8, Hebrews 12:2, Romans 5:19)

F. Jesus was forgiving beyond imagination (Colossians 3:12-13, Luke 23:34, 42-43)

G. Jesus was pure (I John 3:3)

H. Jesus resisted temptations (Matthew 4:1-11)

I. Jesus led a life filled with prayers to God (Matthew 6:9-15)

1. Intercession for others (John 17)

2. Adoration for the Father (Matthew 11:25-27)

3. Thanksgiving (John 11:41-42)

4. At important occasions and decisions

a. At his baptism (Luke 3:21-22)

b. Before selecting the apostles (Luke 6:12-16)

c. At the transfiguration (Luke 9:27-31)

d. Before His death (Matthew 26:36-44)

J. Jesus was willing to submit to God's will no matter what He had to do (Matthew 26:39-44,

Mark 14:35-36, John 5:30, 6:38)

QUESTIONS (use scriptures in your answers)

1. How does the example of Jesus apply to you in your life every day? Be specific in your answers.

2. List some reasons why our example is important?

3. List some things that can hurt or hinder our example to others.


There are many man-made opinions in the world today about how we go about becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. As with all of our classes, lets see what God's Word tells us we must do.


A. Study (Acts 17:11) and listen (Romans 10:14-17)

B. Believe and confess

1. Believe Jesus to be Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36, 8:37)

2. Confess and believe (Romans 10:8-10)

3. Acknowledge the Son; then we have the Son and the Father (I John 2:23, 4:15)

4. Begin a life of Confession (Matthew 10:32-33)

C. Repent (change of mind; involves both a turning from sin and a turning to God)

1. Turning away from iniquities (Acts 3:13-21, 26, Revelation 2:4-5, 14-16, 22)

2. Turning to God (Acts 26:20)

3. Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation (II Corinthians 7:10)

4. All are commanded to repent (Acts 17:30-31, II Peter 3:9)

D. Obey in baptism [immersion (Acts 8:36-38)]

1. Believe and be baptized > saved (Mark 16:16)

2. Baptism washes away our sins (Acts 22:16)

a. This was first taught by John (Mark 1:4)

b. Then by Peter (Acts 2:38, I Peter 3:21)

3. Faith + baptism = we have put on Christ (Galatians 3:26-27)

4. In baptism we access the blood and grace of Christ (Romans 5:1-2, 6:1-14)



QUESTIONS (Use scriptures in your answers)

1. List what the world says one needs to do to become a disciple of Christ?

2. Does one have to know and understand all of God's Will before they can be baptized? Give reasons for your answers.

3. What is needed before baptism?



A. Work with a local church (assembly) of saints (Christians)

1. Assemble (Matthew 18:20, Acts 11:25-26, 20:7, Hebrews 10:24-25

2. Local church is made up of saints, bishops, and deacons (Philippians 1:1)

3. Local churches have responsibilities (Revelation chapters 2 and 3)

4. Be united in the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:1-6)

B. Grow spiritually (Matthew 17:20)

1. Search the scriptures daily (Acts 17:11, II Timothy 2:15)

2. Grow up spiritually (Hebrews 5:12-6:2, Ephesians 4:14-16)

3. Grow to be LIVING STONES (I Peter 2:1-5)

4. Climbing spiritually to love (II Peter 1:5-8)
II PETER 1:5-11


Giving all diligence! Love
Brotherly kindness

C. Teach the Truth (The Word)

1. Teach all Truth (Matthew 28:18-20)

2. Teach by holding to the Truth (I Timothy 4:12-16, II Timothy 4:2-4)

3. Defend the Truth (I Peter 3:15-16, Ephesians 6:10-17)

4. Test the spirits (Galatians 1:6-10, I John 4:1)

5. Teach to save the lost (James 5:19-20)

D. Be a good example (I Corinthians 11:1, Philippians 3:17, I Timothy 4:12, I Peter 2:21)

E. Use our talents and abilities (Romans 12:3-8, Ephesians 4:11-13, I Peter 4:10)

F. Use our opportunities (Matthew 25:14-30, Acts 17, II Corinthians 2:12, Galatians 6:10)

G. Suffer for Jesus (I Peter 2:18-25, 3:13-17, 4:12-19)

QUESTIONS (Use scriptures in your answers)

1. Can we be saved eternally if we do not progress from baptism? Please explain your answer.

2. What happens to the Lord's Body and the local congregation if each one is not maturing in the things we have covered in this lesson? (see I Corinthians 12:12-27)

3. How does this lesson apply to you in your life? Be specific in your answer.


Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. In class (9) we said that Repentance is a change of mind that involves both a turning from sin and a turning to God. Without having the opportunity for repentance we would all be condemned in our sins before God. In this class we are going to look at the example of David and his sin with Bathsheba to help us understand TRUE REPENTANCE!


A. Bathsheba was at fault also (II Samuel 11:1-4)

B. David does not blame Bathsheba for the sin (II Samuel 12:13)

C. David accepts the blame with Godly sorrow (Psalm 51:1-4)

D. Others who did shift the blame

1. Adam (Gen. 3:12)

2. Eve (Gen. 3:13)

3. Aaron (Ex. 32:21-24)


A. Sinned against his own body (I Cor. 6:18)

B. Sinned against Bathsheba and Uriah (II Sam. 11:4 and 14-17)

C. Sinned against God (Ps. 51:4, I John 3:4)

D. Sin separates from God (Is. 59:2)

1. Brings forth death (Romans 6:23, James 1:15)

2. Sin separated Adam and Eve from the presence of God (Gen. 3:22-24)


A. He humbly asked God for forgiveness (Ps. 51:1, 7-14, James 4:10)

B. He confessed his sin (Psalm 51:3-4, I John 1:9)

C. Godly sorrow produces true repentance, leading to salvation (II Cor. 7:9-10).


A. Gives us something we all need (I John 1:8-10)

B. Sins are blotted out as if they never happened (Acts 3:19)

C. Turns from wickedness to a clean heart (Acts 8:22)

D. Produces life for all people (Acts 11:18)

E. Avoids perishing (Luke 13:1-5)

F. Makes us remember the Lord's commandments (Rev. 2:5, 3:3, 3:19)

G. Gives rewards including being in the Book of Life (Rev. 2:7, 3:3-5)

H. Keeps a commandment (Acts 17:30-31). This applies to disciples and all the world.

I. Obtains mercy that He wants us all to have (Heb. 4:16, II Peter 3:9)

*When disciples of Christ are confronted with sin, we need to do what David did when Nathan confronted him. Do not try to blame someone else, acknowledge the consequences of sin, humbly ask for forgiveness, and resolve to do better (I John 2:1-2).

QUESTIONS (Use scriptures in your answers)

1. How does the example of David and his repentance apply to you?

2. Since David repented, did that take away the consequences of his sin? If not please give examples.

3. After we repent of sin, we need to get up and try harder to fight off sin (James 1:12-15). List, examples from the Bible, of those who made mistakes, repented, and were then profitable servants of the Lord.

4. Did David's repentance [accepting blame, acknowledgment of sin, humbling of himself (confessing and asking for forgiveness)] make him stronger spiritually? Please explain your answer.


Baptism or immersion is taught throughout God's Word and is necessary to become a disciple of Christ. Let us look at the scriptures to be sure that the baptism we teach and practice is the one that the Lord teaches (Eph. 4:4-6).


A. Immersion in water (Acts 8:38)

B. Spiritual and conscience cleansing (I Peter 3:18-22, Heb. 9:14)

C. Symbolic - Burial and death to sin and resurrection to Life (Romans 6:1-6)

D. Baptism puts us in contact with the cleansing blood of Christ (Matt. 26:28, Acts 20:28, Eph. 1:7)


A. Baptized in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:18-20)

B. Sins are removed (Acts 22:16, Col. 2:11-12, Rev. 1:5)

C. One puts on Christ (Gal. 3:26-27)

D. One is given the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38)

E. The obedient are added to the Lord's Church or Body (Acts 2:47)

Scripture Action Baptism Results
Mark 16:16 Believe Baptism Saved
Acts 2:38 Repent Baptism Saved
I Peter 3:21 Baptism Saved
Acts 22:16 Arise Baptism Wash Away Sins
Col. 2:11-12 Dead Baptism Raised
Romans 6:3-4 Dead Baptism Walk In Newness of Life
Galatians 3:26-27 Faith Baptism Put On Christ


Acts 8:13 - Simon

Acts 8:38 - Ethiopian

Acts 10:48 - Household of Cornelius

Acts 16:15 - Household of Lydia

Acts 16:33 - Philippian Jailer

Acts 18:8 - Corinthians

Bronze Serpent



Blind Man

The Ark


Num. 21:8-9, John 3:14-15

II Kings 5:9-15, Luke 4:27

Joshua 6:3-5, 20, Heb. 11:30

John 9:6-11

Gen. 2:5-6, 6:14-17, Heb. 11:7, I Peter 3:20-21

Mark 16:16

QUESTIONS (Use scriptures in your answers)

1. In your own words, how would you answer someone who said that baptism was not necessary for salvation and forgiveness of sins?

2. Why does "baptism washing away our sins", make sense?

3. If baptism does not make sense, list reasons from the scriptures why we would still need to be baptized.

4. Make a list of things that happen at the time of baptism.

5. When does our relationship to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit begin?

6. Through what does God gives us access to His grace and mercy?


During our last class we talked about God's baptism. For the Christian baptism is the start of his/her spiritual journey to Heaven. Let's study God's Word to find out about the Christian after baptism.

Acts 2:1-47 Three Thousand practiced their Christianity and continued to teach at Jerusalem (Acts 2:42) - fulfills John 16:7-15. Acts 4:4, 5:14, 6:1-7, 9:31, 9:42-43
Acts 8:5-12, 25 Samaritans via Philip's teaching were baptized and churches established throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria. Acts 9:31
Acts 8:13-24 Simon was converted, fell, and repented. The Christian's life does not end at baptism. He must continue to battle against sin. I John 1:8-10
Acts 8:26-40 Ethiopian was converted on his way home. He took his new found Christianity back with him - possibly taught others. Rejoiced! Ps. 33, 118:24, Phil. 1:18, 4:4,

I Thes. 5:16-18,

I Peter 1:3-9

Acts 9:1-18, 22:1-16 Saul/Paul - vessel of God/Christ to the Gentiles. Wrote Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Acts 22:21,

Gal. 1:11-2:21

Acts 16:14-15, 40 Lydia was converted with her household. In verse 40 notice that she was there to help fellow Christians. Baptism is only the start. Hospitality

Gal. 6:6

Acts 19:1-7 Disciples at Ephesus - Found out they had only been baptized according to John's teaching. This brought about action on their part. Acts 19:1-20

Eph. 1:13

Rev. 2:1-7


A. The Gospel is one of Action! (James 2:14-26, especially 20-26)

1. Action includes teaching others (Hebrews 5:12-14, James 5:19-20)

2. Christians are to be LIVELY STONES! (I Peter 2:4-17). Notice the actions:

a. Offer up spiritual sacrifices (verse 5)

b. Proclaim praises (verse 9)

c. Abstain from fleshly lusts (verse 11)

d. Submit to man's laws (verse 13)

e. Do good (verse 15)

f. Honor, love, and fear (verse 17)



Saved - Sins Washed Away (Acts 2:38, 22:16) Saved Eternally (I Tim. 4:16, Rev. 2:10)

(II Cor. 5:17, Ro 6:4)


(Matt 10:37 & 22:37)


(I Peter 2:2, I Cor. 3:1-2)


(Acts 17:11, II Tim. 2:15)


(Matt 4:1-11, I Cor. 10:11-13)


(Phil. 4:6-7, I Tim. 2:8)


(Acts 8:17-24, Heb. 3:12-14, Gal. 5:4)


(Col. 3:16-17, Hebrews 10:23-25)


(II Cor. 3:2, I Tim. 4:12)


(I Cor. 16:1-2, II Cor. 8:3-5, 9:6-7)


(Hebrews 12:1-2, I Peter 2:21)


(Mark 16:15-16, James 5:19-20)


1. What are some things that can motivate us to grow in the Lord?

2. What application does this lesson have in your life? Be specific in your answer.

3. What are some things we should consider doing for new converts?

4. What is going to happen if we do not grow after baptism?

5. Can we ever mature to the point we do not need to grow in the Lord? Please explain your answer.


Am I saved? This is a question we think about and need to consider seriously. If the Lord was to return today or if I was to die this moment; Would I be saved eternally? Many are sure they are saved, but are mistaken. Many others are not confident in their condition ("I think so" or "I hope so"). In this class we want to examine how the Bible clearly shows we are to be sure, on a daily basis, we are saved from our past sins and would be on our way to Heaven if we were to die this moment.


A. By feelings or conscience (Acts 23:1, I Tim. 4:2)

B. By assumptions (Prov. 16:25)

C. By the assurance of a preacher or priest (Ro. 16:18, Matt. 7:15, II Cor. 11:13, Eph. 4:14)

D. By doing what the majority wants (Matt. 7:13-14)

E. By approval of our fellow man (John 5:44, Eph. 6:6-7)


A. The Holy Spirit bears witness (Romans 8:1, 16) and reveals we have be forgiven because:

1. Jesus promised it (Mark 16:16, Matt. 28:18-20)

2. We are sons of God through baptism (Gal. 3:26-27)

3. Jesus shed His blood in death (John 19:34) and we are baptized into His death

(Romans 6:3-4) to contact the forgiveness His blood brings.

4. The blood of Jesus washes away our sins (Rev. 1:5, Acts 22:16, 2:38)

5. When we are converted we are added to His Kingdom (i.e., Body, Church) (Acts 2:47)



A. By obeying (I John 1:6-7, 2:3-6, 3:24, 5:18-19)

B. Love the Truth (II Thes. 2:9-12, I John 4:1, II John 9, John 14:16)

C. Love our brother (I John 3:16-33)

D. Give diligence to make our call and election sure (II Peter 1:5-11)

E. Rely on God (Jude 24, I Peter 5:10-11, Heb. 13:20-21)

F. Believe His promises (Ro. 8:35-39, I Cor. 10:13, Heb. 4:16, Phil. 4:6-7, I John 5:11-15)

D. Because Paul was sure of his salvation (II Tim. 1:8-12, 4:7-8)

QUESTIONS (use scriptures in your answers)

1. Consider songs 271 - Near to the Heart of God, 350 - I Know Whom I Have Believed, 495 - We Have An Anchor, 485 - I Know The Lord Will Make A Way For Me, and 360 - Standing On The Promises (We may sing these songs). Why should these songs greatly encourage us?

2. What are some reasons Paul said "Comfort one another with these words" in I Thes. 4:18 and 5:11?

3. What facts about God gives us assurance (or insurance)? (see also Titus 1:2)

4. If we are not sure of our salvation, what should we do?

5. What should we do to help people who are sure they are saved, but are mistaken (e.g., following a false doctrine, following their own conscience that is not based on the Lord, etc.)?


Study the following outline and answer the questions that follow.


A. God the Father teaches us how to love (John 3:16, I John 4:7-19)

B. God the Son teaches us how to love (John 15:12-13, I John 3:16)

C. Love is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)

D. Love is produced in our faith in God's love for us (I John 4:16-17)


A. We are to have love for God (Matt. 22:37-40, Mark 12:30)

B. We are to love our neighbor (Mark 12:31, Romans 13:8-10, Gal. 6:10)

C. We are to love our enemies (Matt. 5:44)

D. We are to love our brethren (John 13:34-35, 15:13, 17; I Peter 1:22, 2:17; I John 3:23, 4:20-21)

1. Requires action when a need is seen (I John 3:17-18)

2. It is provoked by assembling and exhorting one another (Heb. 10:24-25)

E. We are to love our family (Eph. 5:33, Titus 2:4)

F. We are not to love the world (Matt. 6:24, James 4:4, I John 2:15)

G. We are to pray for one another (Luke 6:28, James 5:16)


A. It has to be with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30)

B. It results in obedience (John 14:15, 23-24; I John 5:3)

C. It produces works of faith (Gal. 5:6, Eph. 6:23)

D. It produces labor (I Thes. 1:3)

E. It causes belief, rejoicing, and faith to salvation (I Peter 1:8-9)

F. It causes one to speak the truth (Eph. 4:15)

G. It will root and ground us firmly (Eph. 3:17)

H. It will cause one to love Christ and live for Him (John 8:42, II Cor. 5:14-15, Gal. 2:20)

I. It gives comfort (Phil 2:1)

QUESTIONS (use scriptures in your answers)

1. How does God the Father show us how we ought to love?

2. How does God the Son show us how we ought to love?

3. How does God the Holy Spirit show us how we ought to love?

4a. Using the thoughts of James 2:14-17, give some examples of actions that are of love that we can take for our brethren.

4b. List examples of actions we can take for our fellow man.


"And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love" (I Cor. 13:13). Peter gives the progression of what all Christians should be striving for with the end result being love; "to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love" (II Peter 1:7). Study the scriptures in the outline and answer the questions that follow.


A. Without Love we are nothing (Verses 1-3)

B. Love suffers long and endures (Verses 4-7)

1. Love is patient (Verses 4 and 7)

a. An example is God with the people in Noah's day (I Peter 3:20, II Peter 3:9)

b. Christians are to bear with one another (Eph. 4:1-3)

2. Love is kind (Verse 4, Eph. 4:32)

3. Love does not envy (Verse 4)

a. Opposite of Joseph's brothers (Acts 7:9)

b. Opposite of the mob who killed the Lord (Matt. 27:18)

4. Love is humble (Verse 4, Romans 12:3, Prov. 27:2)

a. If we are humble God will lift us up (James 4:10, I Peter 5:6)

b. Jesus our example of humility (Phil. 2:8, I Peter 2:21)

5. Love does not behave rudely (is courteous) (Verse 5)

6. Love does not seek its own (Verse 5)

a. The Christian is to put others first (Phil. 2:1-4)

b. The husband is to put his wife first (Eph. 5:25, I Peter 3:7)

c. The Macedonians are a great example of putting others first (II Cor. 8:1-5)

d. If we have proper love for God we will seek His will first

(Matt. 6:33, 26:39)

C. Love rejoices in (with) the truth (Verse 6)

1. We can rejoice that others are walking in the truth (III John 3-4)

2. We can rejoice that we are following the Lord who is truth (John 14:6)

D. Love never fails (Verses 8-13)


A. We will use our gifts when we let love control us rather than fear (II Tim. 1:6-7, Romans 12:4-21).

B. "I cannot" will be replaced with "With God's help I can!" (Phil 4:13)

C. In tough situations perfect love will remind us of our hope (love) for others to get to heaven (Gal. 2:11-21, I Peter 3:15, James 5:19-20)

1. Our fear for other's salvation will overcome our fear of rejection (Jude 22-23)

D. Perfect love produces sacrifice (Matt. 10:37-38)

E. Perfect love makes us willing to suffer for Him (Acts 21:13-14, I Peter 4:1-2, I Jn 4:19)

QUESTIONS (use scriptures in your answers)

1. What lessons can you apply from I Corinthians 13 in your life?

2. Give examples of actions you might take as a result of having perfect love for your brethren.

3. Give examples of actions you might take as a result of having perfect love for your fellow man.

4. What are some scriptures that you can think of that show Christ's love for mankind?

5. List some scriptures that show how God is longsuffering to all.

6. Give examples of what Christians should be willing to do because we love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength?


The grace of God is essential. Paul desired the grace of God for others in his salutations at the end of many books (Romans 16:20, 24; I Cor. 16:23; II Cor. 13:14; Gal. 6:18; Phil. 4:23; I Thes. 5:28; II Thes. 3:18; Philemon 25). John ends the book of Revelation; "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen" (Rev. 22:21).

The grace of God can be defined; (1) the free mercy (compassion) of God, or His favor, (2) given for all, and (3) unmerited divine assistance given man. Grace describes God's attitude toward the lawbreaker and the rebel; mercy is His attitude toward those who are in distress. In the order of God's purposes of salvation, grace must come before mercy. Only the forgiven may be blessed.


A. Grace and truth through Jesus (John 1:14-18)

B. Jesus died for all (Romans 3:23-24, Hebrews 10:10)

C. God wants all to access His grace (Romans 5:1-2, II Peter 3:9)


A. The gift is through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:20-21, 11:5-6, Eph. 2:7-8)

B. Not according to works (II Tim. 1:8-11, Eph. 2:8-9)

C. Grace comes according to His mercy (Titus 3:3-7)

D. We have redemption and forgiveness through His grace (Eph. 1:6-7)

E. We have consolation and hope by His grace (II Thes. 2:16)


A. We ALL can be saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:4-10)

B. Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6-11)

C. Without faith the grace of God is wasted (Ro. 3:21-26, Heb. 11:6-7, Gen. 6:8-9)

D. We all need to approach the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:14-16, James 4:6)

E. The grace of God can be abused (Romans 6:1-2, 15, Jude 4)

F. We need to be content with the grace we are given (II Cor. 12:9-10)


A. We are to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus (II Peter 3:17-18)

B. The Word of His grace can build us up (Acts 20:32)

C. The grace of God teaches to live righteously (Titus 2:11-15, I Peter 1:13-16)

D. Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (II Tim. 2:1)


A. Grace toward others can be defined; A Christian virtue on the part of the bestower, the friendly disposition from which a kindly act proceeds, graciousness, lovingkindness, general goodwill toward others.

B. The Macedonians gave grace to others (II Cor. 8:1-9)

C. Grace is a proper attitude (II Cor. 9:6-15, I Peter 4:10)

D. Grace is from the heart (Col. 3:16, 4:6)

QUESTIONS (Use scriptures in your answers)

1. What event represents the ultimate Grace of God toward us? Also be ready to sing song #545, His Grace Reaches Me.

2. If someone asks you if you believe you are saved by grace, how would you answer them?

3. What happens if we do not show the grace of God toward others?

4. Give some Bible examples of people who showed grace (were gracious) to others.

5. Name one way you can apply this lesson in your life.


A definition of mercy is compassion; pity for the undeserving and the guilty. Used both by man and God; lovingkindness; mercy is granted to the faithful. Study the outline below and be ready to discuss it and the questions that follow.


A. God's mercy can deliver (Ps. 109:21-31)

B. God's mercy comes through Jesus (Eph. 2:4-6)

C. God's mercy endures forever (Ps. 138:8)

D. God's mercy is longsuffering (I Timothy 1:13-16)

1. The example of God's mercy toward Nineveh (Jonah 3:1-4:2)

2. The example of God's mercy toward Israel (Matt. 5:10-12, Acts 2:36-39, 3:12-26, 7:35-53)

II. TO OBTAIN MERCY WE MUST SHOW MERCY [Lovingkindness (loving+kind)]

A. Blessed are those who show mercy (Matt. 5:7)

B. Mercy triumphs over judgement (Matt. 9:12-13, 23:23; James 2:13)

C. The example of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37)

D. Peter says that we must do things to obtain mercy (I Peter 1:5-2:10)

1. Through faith (1:5)

2. Faith must be tested (1:7)

3. "Therefore gird up your loins" (1:13)

4. Be holy in conduct (1:15)

5. Believe in God (1:21)

6. Be purified in obeying the truth (1:22)

7. Lay aside all evil (2:1)

8. Come to Him (2:4)

9. Believe on Him (2:6-7)

10. Proclaim praises of Him (2:9)

E. God's mercy is conditional! (Exodus 20:4-6, Luke 1:50)


A. Because of His great love for us He made us alive with Christ (Eph. 2:4-6)

B. The mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life (Jude 20-21)

C. According to His mercy He saved us (Titus 3:1-7)

QUESTIONS (Use scriptures in your answers)

1. Explain your condition without the mercy of God. Also be ready to sing song #154, Near The Cross.

2. Based on your answer to number 1, what is the condition of most people in the world.

3. From this lesson, what can motivate us to be more merciful to others?

4. What are ways we can show mercy to others like God has shown mercy to us [Remember Jonah's reaction to God's mercy toward Nineveh (Jonah 3-4)].


In this class we want to try to answer the question, "Who is the Holy Spirit?". Please study the following material and answer the questions that follow:


A. The Holy Spirit is eternal (Heb. 9:14)

B. The Holy Spirit is omniscient (all knowing, all seeing, all wise) (I Cor. 2:10-12)

C. The Holy Spirit is omnipotent (all powerful, almighty) (Micah 3:8, Luke 1:35)

D. The Holy Spirit is omnipresent (present in all places at all times) (Psalm 139:7, II Cor. 13:14)

E. Other Attributes of the Holy Spirit

1. He instructs (teaches) (Neh. 9:20, John 14:26)

2. He directs (Acts 15:28)

3. He guides (John 16:13-15)

4. He washes, sanctifies, and justifies in the name Jesus Christ (I Cor. 6:9-11, I Jn. 5:6-8)


A. He is deity as are God the Father (I Cor. 8:6) and God the Son (John 1:1)

B. Names given the Holy Spirit

1. Spirit (Mark 1:10; Rev. 2:11, 17, 29)

2. Holy Spirit (Ghost) (Matt. 1:18)

3. Spirit of God (Matt. 3:16)

4. Spirit of Truth (John 14:16-18)

5. The Comforter (Helper) (John 14:26)

6. Holy Spirit of God (Eph. 4:30)

7. Eternal Spirit (Heb. 9:14)

8. Spirit of Grace (Heb. 10:29)

9. Spirit of holiness (Ro. 1:4)

10. Spirit of life (Ro. 8:2)

11. Spirit of Christ (Ro. 8:9)

C. Some things that the Holy Spirit did

1. Created (Gen. 1:1-2, 26)

2. Scattered the people at the tower of Babel (Gen. 11:7-9)

3. Conceived Jesus (Matt. 1:18-20)

4. Appeared as a dove (Matt. 3:16)

5. Led the apostles (Acts 16:6-7)

6. Confirmed the Word (Heb. 2:1-4)

7. Salvation comes through the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-7)


A. Reveals (Eph. 3:1-7)

B. Knows, searches (I Cor.2:7-13)

C. Works, wills (I Cor. 12:11)

D. Commands (Acts 13:2)

E. Teaches, reminds (John 14:26)

F. Convicts the world (John 16:7-11)

G. Guides, hears, speaks, glorifies (Jn 16:13-14)

H. Bears witness (John 15:26, Romans 8:16-17, I John 5:6-8)

I. Can be grieved (Eph. 4:30-32)

J. Can be insulted (Heb. 10:29)

K. Moves men (II Peter 1:20-21)

L. Is Truth (John 14:17, I John 5:6)

M. Seals (Eph. 1:13)

N. Gives life (Gal. 6:8)

O. His name and authority converts (Mt. 28:19)

P. Produces new birth (John 3:3-5)

Q. Given to believers (Acts 2:38, I Thes. 4:8)

R. Makes intercession (Ro. 8:26-27)

S. Comforts (Ro. 15:13, Acts 9:31)

T. Can be quenched (I Thes. 5:19)

U. Brings sanctification (II Thes. 2:13-14)

V. Can be lied to (Acts 5:1-11)

QUESTIONS (Use scriptures in your answers)

1. After studying all these scriptures about the Holy Spirit, why do you think some Christians do not talk about Him very much?

2. Is the statement, "The Holy Spirit does not act separate and apart from the Word", true or false? Give reasons for your answer.

3. If we do not understand something completely about God (in this case the Holy Spirit) do we still need to believe what the Bible says? Also give some Bible examples of people who did not understand the will of God, but had faith in Him and did what he asked them anyway.

4. Can we give honor and praise to God the Holy Spirit? If so how?


Webster's definition of miracle is an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs. Vine's expository dictionary defines miracle as works of a supernatural origin and character, such as could not be produced by natural agents and means. In this class we want to explore the divine supernatural events recorded in the New Testament and why they occurred (Matt. 11:4-6, Acts 2:43).


A. Healing the sick (Matt. 8:1-3, Acts 5:12-16, 19:11-12, 28:8-9)

1. Lame to walk (John 5:1-15, Acts 3:1-8, 14:8-10)

2. Blind to see (Matt. 9:27-31, Luke 18:35-43, John 9:1-12)

3. Healing by His Word (Matt. 8:5-13, 15:21-28)

4. Deaf and speechless (Mark 7:31-37)

B. Feeding the 5,000 (Matt. 14:15-21)

C. Walking on the water (Matt. 14:22-33)

D. Power over weather (Matt. 8:24-27)

E. Catch fish (Luke 5:1-11, John 21:5-7)

F. Casting out demons (Matt. 8:28-34, 9:32-34)

G. Raising the dead

1. Lazarus (John 11:1-44)

2. The widow of Nain's son (Luke 7:11-17)

3. The Ruler's daughter (Luke 8:49-56)

4. Tabitha/Dorcas (Acts 9:36-42)

5. Eutychus (Acts 20:9-12)

H. Prophesying and speaking in Tongues (Acts 10:44-46, 19:1-7, I Cor. 14:27-33)

I. Holy Spirit directed preaching (John 14:26, 16:13, Acts 2:14, 4:8, 7:55-56, 13:9-12)


A. Produced by God

1. God (Acts 15:12)

2. Christ (Matt. 10:1, Acts 2:22)

3. The Holy Spirit (Matt. 12:28, Heb. 2:4)

B. Jesus gave the Power to the Apostles and others (Matt. 10:1, John 14:12, Luke 10:1-24)

C. Apostles gave the power to others (Acts 8:12-20, I Cor. 2:10-16, II Tim. 1:6)

D. Ananias gave the Holy Spirit to Paul (Acts 9:17-18)


A. Purpose fulfilled

1. Confirm the Word; the gospel (Mark 16:15-20, Heb. 2:1-4)

2. Produce belief (John 4:46-54, 12:42, 20:30-31, Luke 5:1-11, Acts 9:42, 13:12)

3. Glorify God (Matt. 9:1-8, Luke 18:43, Acts 3:6-10)

B. No doubt from witnesses (Matt. 8:14-17, 9:35, Luke 13:17, John 2:23, 3:2, Acts 4:13-16, 5:12-16)

C. Event happened immediately (Matt. 8:3, 20:34, Luke 8:44, 13:13, Acts 9:40)

D. Some wanted to kill (John 5:16, 12:9-11)



Holy Spirit to reveal all Truth

Jn. 16:12-14, Eph. 3:1-5

Miracles to confirm

Mk. 16:17-20

II Cor. 12:12


Acts 20:20-27


Holy Spirit directed

II Pet. 1:16-21


II Thes. 2:15

I Cor. 13:8-13


Faith once delivered

Jude 3

Word confirmed

Heb. 2:1-4, Mk. 16:20

Miracles no longer needed

All WRITTEN Jn. 20:30-31

II Tim. 3:16-17

QUESTIONS (Use scriptures in your answers)

1. Was there any doubt when a miraculous event in the NT happened? Is this different than the events you see today? Explain your answer.

2. Do we need miraculous events today? Explain your answer.

3. How long did it take for the miracle to take effect? How long did the effect last?

4. Do we still have miracles today? If so, how are they different or similar to those we have just studied?

5. In what way can we seek God's intervention today?

6. Could Stephen (Acts 6:8) or Philip (Acts 8:6-13) pass on the miraculous powers since they had the powers? How do we know?


Many today say that they must be baptized directly in the Holy Spirit. What they mean is that they miraculously will be given the power to speak in tongues, prophesy, and perform miraculous healings. Let us see what the Bible has to say about baptism(s) of the Holy Spirit. Study the outline below and be ready to discuss the questions following.


A. Direct baptism of the Holy Spirit

1. Scriptural Facts

a. This type of baptism was a promise, not a command (Matt. 3:11, Acts 11:16)

b. Christ would send the promise of the Father upon them (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5)

c. This baptism would fulfill the prophecy of Joel (Joel 2:28-32, Acts 2:15-21)

d. This baptism was from heaven and can't be administered by man (Luke 24:49, Acts 2:1-4)

2. Examples (Only two cases of this recorded in the Bible!)

a. Jews (Apostles and possibly others) on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2)

b. Gentiles (Acts 10:44-48. 11:15-17) - notice called the "gift" as in Acts 2:38

B. Holy Spirit baptism through the laying on of the Apostles Hands

1. Only the Apostles could do this (Acts 8:14-18); no one else could pass this on to others.

2. In this way the disciples could have the miraculous blessings of tongues, knowledge, healing etc. (Acts 8:4-8, I Cor. 14:1-14)

3. Examples

a. Samaritans (Acts 8:14-17)

b. The 12 Ephesians (Acts 19:1-7)

C. The Purpose of the Miraculous Holy Spirit Baptisms

1. Guide the Apostles and those they laid hands on into all truth (John 14:26, 16:13)

2. Give the Apostles and others the miraculous powers (Acts 1:4-5, 8, 2:4, 42-43)

3. Confirm the message (Mark 16:17-20, Heb. 2:1-4)

4. Convince the Jews that repentance had been granted to the Gentiles (Acts 11:15-18)

5. Provide prophecies, tongues, and knowledge to disciples until that which was perfect had come (I Cor. 13:8-11, II Tim. 3:16-17)


A. One baptism today (Ephesians 4:5, I Peter 3:18-21)

B. This baptism is commanded for the remission of our sins (John 3:5-8, Acts 2:38, 22:16)

C. This baptism is in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:18-20)

*Here, at baptism, we begin our relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

D. Our relationship with the Holy Spirit [note: we will dig deeper into this in the next class ["Spiritual Indwelling"]

1. We now are born of the Spirit (John 3:5-8, II Cor. 12:12-13); just like when we begin our relationship with Jesus (Acts 19:4-5, Gal. 3:26-27)

2. We begin walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16-18)

3. At baptism we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-39, 5:32)

4. We are to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18-21, I Cor. 6:19)

QUESTIONS (use scriptures in your answers)

1. Do we have demons today?

2. If Miraculous Holy Spirit baptism, like occurred in Acts 2 and Acts 10, was required for salvation, would that make God a respecter of persons? Read John 11:49-53, Acts 10:34-35, II Peter 3:9 before you answer.

3. Were those in Cornelius' house saved after they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Give reasons for your answer.

4. Do we need to be baptized in Jesus today? Please explain your answer.

5. Do we need to be baptized in the Father today? Please explain your answer.

6. Do we need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit today? Please explain your answer.

7. Who was the Holy Spirit promised to? Please explain your answer.


God (II Cor. 6:16) and Christ Dwell in Christians (Col. 3:16-17, Eph. 3:14-21). Both dwell in us through obedience to the Word (John 14:19-24, II John 9). The Holy Spirit dwells in us in the same way (Romans 8:9-17). These three are united (I John 5:6-8). The Word of God is what is more powerful than any of the miraculous events or gifts we have studied previously.


A. The WORD Created All (Gen. 1, Ps. 33:6-9, Heb. 11:3)

B. Jesus the WORD (John 1:1-14)

C. Overcame Satan with the WORD (Mt. 4:3-11)

D. The Holy Spirit guides FOREVER through the Word (Jn. 14:15-18, I Cor. 13:10, Jude 3, II Tim. 3:16-17)

E. Now Christians have the WORD that is more powerful than miraculous gifts (Romans 1:16, Eph. 6:17-18, Heb.4:11-13)!


A. The Holy Spirit and Jesus intercede as we pray to God (Romans 8:26-39, Heb. 7:22-25)

B. God is active, cares, and is there to help us (I John 5:14-15, Phil. 2:12-13, Col. 1:29)

C. If we choose to follow, God will direct our ways and establish our hearts (I Thes. 3:11-13)

D. The Holy Spirit has been poured out through Jesus Christ on His disciples (Titus 3:4-7)


A. Father, Son, & Holy Spirit, dwell in the people of God (Ro. 8:1-11, Eph.2:17-22, I Cor.3:16-17, 6:19, I John 3:24, 4:13)

B. The child of God dwells in God (I John 4:15-16)

C. Jesus prayed for all believers to be united with God (John 17:20-26)

D. Indwelling is to Walk in the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:16-26)

QUESTIONS (use scriptures in your answers)

1. Make a list of people from the Bible who were filled with the Holy Spirit.

2. Can a Christian sin when he is being led by the Holy Spirit?

3. Do we have anything we must do before the Holy Spirit will dwell within us? See Romans 8:5-11.

4. How can we be filled with the Holy Spirit today?

5. How can we walk in the Holy Spirit today?

Some thoughts on the "Gift of the Holy Spirit" of Acts 2:38

In the past many have asserted that "the gift of the Holy Spirit" mentioned in Acts 2:38 is the promise of eternal life. Nevertheless, when one studies many additional scriptures (Acts 8:20, 10:45, 11:17, Romans 5:5, 1 Cor. 2:12, 2 Tim. 1:6, 1 John 3:24, and 4:13) it is indicated that the gift is more than the promise of eternal life. Obviously, eternal life is included in that great gift (Romans 3:23). However, many of these scriptures refer to the gift as the Holy Spirit's miraculous powers and others talk about the Holy Spirit who was given to you. Passages such as Romans 8:1-11 speak of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in believers. Other passages such as Galatians 5:16 talk of the Christian walk in the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 teaches how we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:26-28 refers to the Holy Spirit interceding in prayer for Christians. This intercession involves help when we pray, understanding and wisdom (James 1:5), and help for anything that comes along in life (I John 5:14-15).

Certainly the promises that the Holy Spirit reveals to us are part of the gift, but He (the Holy Spirit) is our guarantee of these things as written in I Corinthians 5:5 and Ephesians 1:13-14 and 4:30. The same would apply to the gift Christians have in Jesus Christ (Romans 5:18, Galatians 2:20) and the gifts that come from God (Ephesians 2:8).

The study of the gift of the Holy Spirit offers a good illustration of how Christians truly are blessed with innumerable blessings from God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Christians should appreciate these gifts and be thankful always for them. We, as preacher and teachers, need to proclaim the gospel that promises these wonderful gifts when one obeys (2 Cor. 9:15)!


Faith defined: confidence in the testimony of another.

I. Definition from scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3, John 20:29

A. Faith is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)

B. Faith is produced by hearing the gospel (Romans 10:17)

C. Faith comes from the Heart (Romans 10:9-10)

II. Examples of Faith

A. Gideon (Judges 7:7, 8:10, Hebrews 11:32)

B. Abraham (Heb. 11:17-19, Romans 4, Hebrews 11:8-10)

C. Noah (Gen. 6-9, 2 Peter 2:5, Hebrews 11:7)

III. Kinds of Faith

A. Saving or working (Romans 10:9-10, James 2:18, 22)

B. Temporary (Luke 8:13)

C. Intellectual (James 2:19)

D. Dead (James 2:17, 20)

IV. Importance of Faith in a Christian's Life

A. Live by (Romans 1:17)

B. Walk by (2 Corinthians 5:7, Romans 4:12)

C. Pray by (Matt. 21:21-22, James 1:5-6)

D. Resist evil by (Ephesians 6:16)

E. Overcome the world by (1 John 5:4-5)

F. Justified by (Romans 5:1-2)

G. Causes rejoicing (2 Thessalonians 1:3, 1 Peter 1:6-7)

I. Build oneself up in the Lord (Colossians 2:5-7, Jude 20-21)

H. Die in (Hebrews 11:13)

V. Growth of Faith in a Christian's Life

A. Requires humility (James 4:7-10, 1 Peter 5:6-7)

B. Continue in the faith (Acts 14:22)

C. Causes rejoicing (2 Thessalonians 1:3)

D. Pass it on (Psalm 145:4-7, 2 Timothy 1:5)

E. Hold fast to it (1 Corinthians 3:12-17, 1 Timothy 1:19, 2 Timothy 1:13, Rev. 3:17-18)

F. Abound in it (2 Cor. 8:7)

G. Rejoice in trial (1 Peter 1:6-9)

H. Add to it (2 Peter 1:5-8)

I. Feed on the word (1 Peter 2:2)

J. Build oneself up in the Lord (Colossians 2:5-7, Jude 20-21)

QUESTIONS (use scriptures in your answers)

1. The apostles said in Luke 17:5-6, "Increase our faith". What are ways we can increase our faith?

2. How do we know that Gideon, Abraham, and Noah were faithful to God?

3. What happens if our faith grows?

4. Who should we have our complete faith in?

5. Whom or what do many in the world put their faith in?



A. Descriptions

1. Referred to as a church (Ro. 16:5, 2 Thes. 1:1) or churches (Rev. 1:4, Ro. 16:4, 16, 1 Cor. 7:17, 11:16, 16:19, Gal. 1:22).

2. This same Greek word (ekklesia) is also translated assembly (Acts 19:32, 39, James 2:2) or congregation [Heb. 2:12 (NAS), Acts 13:43 (KJV)].

3. Synagogue (Acts 13:43, James 2:2)

4. Also referred to as the flock (Acts 20:28-30, 1 Peter 5:1-3)

5. Please note these Old Testament references (Ps. 111:1, Leviticus 16:33-34).

B. Responsibilities are given to local churches (Revelation 2-3).


A. It is made up of saints, deacons, and elders (Philippians 1:1).

B. Elders have authority over the local church or flock (1 Peter 5:1-2).

C. No Christian is elevated above others in the local church (e.g., clergy, reverend, or priest). The NT does not mention clergy, councils, directors, presidents, or denominations. All Christians are priests (Acts 10:25-26, 14:12-15, 1 Peter 2:4-10, Rev. 1:6).

D. The local church is not part of a denomination

1. Definition of a denomination: a religious organization uniting a number of local congregations into a single legal and administrative body.


A. Works together and enjoys Christian fellowship (Romans 12:4-17)

B. Stands for Truth (Gal. 1:8, 1 Tim. 3:14-15, 2 Tim. 2:2)

C. Helps its own, physically and spiritually (1 Tim. 5:1-18)

D. Needs to makes sure it is faithful (Rev. 2-3, 1 Cor. 5:1-5)

E. Worships in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24, Acts 17:11, 20:7, Eph. 5:17-21, 1 Cor. 16:1-2, Heb. 10:24-25)

F. Teaches (Eph. 4:11-13, Titus 2:3, Heb. 5:12-6:3, James 3:1)

G. Preaches (Acts 5:42, 20:27, 1 Tim. 6:2, 2 Tim. 4:2)


A. We are either with Christ or against Him (Matthew 12:30).

B. When we neglect the assembly we reject fellowship with our Lord (Matthew 18:20). If we do not assemble, the local church falls apart.

C. We need to have a cheerful attitude about doing His will and stirring one another up (Matthew 7:21-22, Hebrews 10:24-25).

*If you are a Christian who is not actively working and committed to a congregation, you need to do so! (Acts 11:26, 18:11, Ephesians 4:7-16) If you are a member of a local church and have not been using your talents to edify the Body; become being active again! (Romans 12:3-8)


Please ask yourself, "Why do I assemble on Sundays, Wednesdays, or for Gospel Meetings, special classes, lectures, etc?" Many people have different reasons for attending church services. Let's see the reasons the Bible gives for God's people to assemble together.

(1) Show love for the Lord (Matt. 6:33, John 14:6, 15)

(2) Commune with our Lord (Matt. 18:20) & with God (John 10:30)

(3) Remember the Lord's death (Acts 20:7, 1 Cor. 11:23)

(4) Sing praises to His name (Ephesians 5:19)

(5) Give thanks for what He has given us (Ephesians 5:20)

(6) Study His Word (Acts 17:11, 20:7)

(7) Pray (James 5:15, 1 Thes. 5:25) and fast together (Acts 1:14, 13:1-3)

(8) To Grow Spiritually (Heb. 5:12-14, James 5:16)

(9) Share our burdens & responsibilities (Eph. 4:16, 32, Gal. 6:2-5)

(10) Stir one another up to good works (Hebrews 10:24-25)

(11) Have fellowship with one another (Acts 2:42, 1 John 1:7)

Now ask yourself, "Do I assemble for the reasons listed above? Or do I assemble so a relative will not hassle me, so I can socialize, so I can appear holy, or just to punch in my time clock?" I think if we look at these reasons (and others from the Bible) we will not have a problem realizing why assembling is so important. It is a God given privilege to gather with the Lord's people at every opportunity.

*Note - If we want to go to heaven to forever be with our Lord and the saved, it would be logical to want to spend as much time as possible with them while on earth.

QUESTIONS (use scriptures in your answers)

1a. Can we be totally committed to the Lord if we do not assemble at each and every opportunity? Please explain your answer.

1b. Can we be committed to the Lord's work if we are always just a visitor, at one or various congregations? Please explain your answer.

2. What are ways we can adjust our priorities in life to allow time to be with our brothers and sisters in Christ and to commune with our Lord at every opportunity?

3. How should Matthew 18:20 affect our thinking?

4. Is it OK to miss Bible classes as long as you come to "worship services"? Please explain your answer.

5a. Is it a good idea to miss assembling on Sunday (AM or PM) or Wednesday when traveling (business, family, vacation trips)?

5b. What negative things can result from not assembling when traveling?

5c. What positive things can result from assembling when traveling?

5d. Is missing worship (including Bible studies) for trips breaking the commandment of not forsaking the assembling (Heb. 10:24-26)?

5e. What types of things could we do to avoid missing services for trips such as these?

6. How can we all prepare to improve our worship service (including Bible studies)?

7. What are basic things that teachers of all our classes (young and old) should do to prepare for teaching their class?

8. If we are unable to be at worship and we have assigned duties, what should we do?

9. What good things happen when we visit other congregations during Gospel meetings?

BONUS QUESTION: List the scriptures that point out what our focus as Christians and as a local congregation should be?


I. IN THE LORD'S BODY OR KINGDOM, CHRIST IS THE ONLY HEAD. (Matt. 16:18, Eph. 1:22-23, 5:23, Col. 1:18, 1 Peter 5:4).

II. THE BODY IS MADE UP OF CHRISTIANS, NOT CONGREGATIONS. (1 Cor. 12:12-27, Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Peter 2:4-10).


1. Not Physical (Matt. 16:19; John 18:36; Romans 14:17)

2. Spiritual (1 Peter 2:5-10)

3. The Kingdom Is Also Heavenly (Phil. 3:20-21)

4. As A Flock Of Sheep (John 10:16)

5. Body Of Christ (Col. 1:24; Eph. 1:22-23)

6. The Kingdom Is The Church (Matt. 16:18-19; Heb. 12:22-29)

7. Jesus Is Head (Eph. 1:22)

8. Purchased With Jesus' Blood (Acts 20:28)

9. Was To Be Preached (Matt. 4:23, 24:14; Acts 8:12)

10. Eternal/Everlasting (2 Peter 1:11)

11. Will Not Pass Away Like Heaven And Earth (Daniel 2:44; Luke 1:32-33)

12. Cannot Be Shaken (Heb. 12:28; Dan. 2:44)

13. Peace Found Within (Isaiah 11:6-8; Col. 3:15)

14. Holy And Without Blemish (Eph. 5:26-27)

15. A Place For The Humble Or Unassuming (Matt. 5:3)

16. Some Would See The Kingdom (Luke 9:27; Matt. 16:28)

17. Some Were Waiting For The Kingdom (Mark 15:43)

18. The Kingdom Was Within Or Among Them (Luke 17:20-21)

19. We Are Now In The Kingdom (Rev. 1:9; Col. 1:13)

20. Seek First The Kingdom (Matt. 6:33, 7:21; 1 Thess. 2:12)

21. In The Kingdom We Should Serve (Matt. 5:19; Luke 22:24-30; Gal. 5:13, Eph. 5:17-21)

22. The bad will be sifted out of the Kingdom (Matthew 13:24-52)



1. Chooses officers and servants (Acts. 6:2-3, 1 Timothy 3:10, Romans 16:1-2)

2. Has messengers (2 Corinthians 8:3)

3. Pays wages or supports (2 Corinthians 11:8-9, Philippians 4:14-18)

4. Relieves and enrolls (1 Timothy 5:9-10, 16)

5. Hears and speaks (Matthew 18:17)

6. Disciplines (1 Corinthians 5:4-5)

7. Greets in letters (1 Corinthians 16:19)

8. Sends out preachers (Acts 11:22)

9. Is reported to (Acts 14:26-27)

10. Worships (1 Corinthians 11:20, 34)

11. Collects offerings (1 Corinthians 16:1-4, 2 Corinthians 11:8-9)

12. Are responsible for their collective actions (Revelation 2 and 3)


Fellowship defined: sharing together

I. Fellowship is based upon a common:

A. Purpose (e.g., eternal life) (Psalm 133:1-3)

B. Belief (Acts 2:42-47)

C. Conviction (one mind) (1 Peter 3:8)

D. Work (Neh. 4:6, 15)

E. Suffering and persecution (Daniel 3:16-18)

F. Need [2 Cor. 8:1-7 (esp. verse 4)]

G. Faith (Titus 1:4)

II. Who do we have fellowship with?

A. The Father and The Son (1 John 1:3)

B. Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:9)

C. Holy Spirit (Phil. 2:1-2)

D. Apostles doctrine (Acts 2:42)

E. One another (1 John 1:7)

III. Christian Fellowship involves being a close knit family of God (Eph. 2:19, 4:15-16)

A. Jesus gives the example (Matthew 12:46-50)

B. Jesus promises the reward of family (Mark 10:29-31)

C. John calls Christians "children" (2 John 4, 3 John 4)

D. Described as babes that need to grow (John 3:3-5, Hebrews 5:12-14)

E. Paul refers to Christians as "brethren" many times (e.g., Ro. 12:1, 15:30, 16:14-17)

F. Peter refers to "the brotherhood" (1 Peter 2:17)

IV. Things shared in New Testament fellowship

A. Material goods (2 Cor. 8:3-4, Acts 2:44-45, 4:32-37)

B. Meals (Acts 2:46, Acts 6:1-6, Luke 8:1-3)

C. Gospel ministry (Gal. 2:9, Phil. 1:5)

D. Suffering (Phil. 3:10, 2 Cor. 1:5, 4:11-12, 1 Peter 3:13-17, 4:12-16)

E. Death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5)

F. Doing good (Gal. 6:10)

F. Christian love (John 14:14-15, Romans 12:9-16)

V. We are not to have fellowship with:

A. Unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14)

B. Devils (1 Cor. 10:20)

C. Unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5:11)

D. Evil company (1 Cor. 15:33)

VI. We cannot have fellowship with God when:

A. We are friends of the world (James 4:4)

B. We do not put Him first (Matt. 6:24, Rev. 3:15-16)

C. We walk in darkness (1 John 1:5-6)

VII. When do we withdraw congregational fellowship?

A. When a brother will not repent from sin (Matt. 18:17, 1 Cor. 5:4-5, 11-13)

B. When one is causing division (Romans 16:17)

C. When one is walking disorderly (2 Thess. 3:6, 14-15)

D. When one is a false teacher (1 Tim. 6:3-5, 2 John 1:9-11)

QUESTIONS (use scriptures in your answers)

1. List some ways we can have spiritual fellowship with God and each other.

2. List some ways you can improve your fellowship with your brothers and sisters and God.

3. Is social fellowship with our brethren important? Please explain why or why not.

4. What is wrong if we are embarrassed to be seen by our brethren when we are in public?

5. Who should be our best friends? Please explain why.

6. If we are not to have fellowship with the world, how can we teach others the gospel? Please explain.

7. Is there a new testament example of one congregation withdrawing fellowship from another congregation?

8. Is there a new testament example of one congregation labeling or marking another congregation (e.g., liberal, conservative, institutional, anti, one cuppers, MDR)? What are the consequences of such labels?

9. If you visited an unfaithful religious group's assembly, would that mean that you were having fellowship with their false teaching? [Think about Paul visiting synagogues (Acts 17:1-4)].

Note. We need to take advantage of every opportunity to teach and preach the gospel (Acts 8:4). However, we need to make it clear that we do not condone false teaching, or extend the right hand of fellowship to false teachers (Galatians 2:9).




1. Tell yourself over and over that since you are not perfect, you would not fit into a perfect congregation; even if one existed.

2. Instead of picking out the worldly members to point to, pick out the sincere, dedicated, spiritual members and thank God for them. You will find what you seek.

3. When you are tempted to criticize others, be sure to pray earnestly for them first. This may not change them, but it will do wonders for your attitude.

4. If you are old, treat the young with the consideration you desired as a young person. If you are young, treat adults with the respect you will want when you are mature.

5. When you see a work neglected, instead of being critical, offer help.

6. Never, never, blame others for your own failures. Every individual can be faithful to God in spite of the bad examples and discouraging attitudes of others if he is determined to be so.

7. Remind yourself every day that the only way you can improve the work of the church is to begin with yourself.

8. Consciously look for the good qualities in every brother and sister in Christ. When you think of a brother or sister, make a mental note of the good qualities each possesses.

9. Constantly strive to increase your circle of associates in the church. Try to do something good for each.

10. Every church has problems. Constantly ask yourself, Am I part of the problem or am I part of the solution? Am I trying to be merely a critical spectator?


1. Live to reach others each day as if you knew that the world was going to come to an end next Sunday night. Think of that feeling of urgency and priority! We do not know when the Lord will come but we need to do what we can now.

2. Be as enthusiastic about worship. The enthusiasm will carry over to your attention to the speaker, your involvement in Bible classes, and in the singing. Others will be edified by your enthusiasm as well as visitors being encouraged.

3. Count your blessings. Make a list of the things you are thankful to God for and thank Him for them one by one as you pray in private. You will soon realize you are richly blessed.

4. Make and maintain a list of your faults, and pray for forgiveness and for help to overcome them (James 5:16).

5. Quiet time. Set aside 30 minutes every day to spend with God in prayer, Bible study, and meditation. If you love God, you will want to spend time alone with Him.

6. Visit someone each week. Some Christian you do not know very well, sick person, visitor to services, a weak brother who needs encouragement, or someone you would like to teach the gospel.

7. Reach another person. Conduct a Bible class in your home and invite your friends, family, and neighbors. The class could simply be to "come read the Bible with us." Dedication of time in this way will help as well as possibly teach the Word to others.


1. Every soul on earth (including each of us) is LOST without the GOSPEL (Mark 16:15-16, II Thess. 1:6-9).

2. We are to be ready to give an answer for all that we teach and do (I Peter 3:15).

3. We are commanded to grow in grace and knowledge (II Peter 3:18).

4. We must produce fruits or be cut off from the vine {Christ} (John 15:2-8).

5. We are taught to lay up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20).

6. Our faith is to work by LOVE (Galatians 5:6).

7. We all shall be lost if we neglect this great salvation (Hebrews 2:3).

8. We all must give an account to God for what we do or do not do in this life (II Cor. 5:10).

9. We are all to use our talents, blessings, and abilities (Matt. 25:24-30, I Tim. 6:17-19, I Peter 4:7-11).

10. Let our light shine (1 Peter 3:1-2, Matthew 5:13-16)

*Adapted from the notes of Ross Berry.

QUESTIONS (use scriptures in your answers)

1. Can your attitude have an impact on your brothers and sisters? If so, how?

2. Can your attitude have an impact on those in the world? If so, how?

3. What should our attitude about priorities be? What was Jesus' priority (Matthew 26:42)?

4. What are some good attitudes we can learn from the Bereans in Acts 17:11-13?


Benevolence: Desire to promote the happiness of others: good will, kindly feeling. Act of kindness: something good that is done: generous gift.


A. Edify one another (Ephesians 4:11-16, 5:18-21)

B. Gospel to be taught

1. Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) - All Need the Gospel!

2. The example of Timothy (1 Timothy 4:15-16)

C. Provide for it's own - Acts 6:1-7, 1 Timothy 5:3-18 - The priority is still to edify and teach; not to be burdened taking care of those who could be taken care of by family.

D. Provide for needy saints in other places (Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-35, 11:27-30, Romans 15:25-27,

2 Cor. 9:5-15, Phil. 4:14-19)

E. Encourage Christians to fulfill their individual and congregational responsibilities (Heb. 10:24-25)


A. Provide for the stranger, the fatherless, the widow (Dt. 24:17, 21, Gal. 6:1-10)

B. Provide for the poor, fatherless, helpless, widow, blind, lame, victim (Job 29:11-17, Malachi 3:5, Gal. 2:10)

C. Provide for the needy (Acts 4:32-37, 6:1-7, Eph. 4:28)

D. Provide food, drink, clothes, shelter (Matt. 25:31-46)

E. Visit orphans, widows, prisoners (Matt. 25:36, James 1:27)

F. Provide for our neighbor (Matt. 5:43, Lk. 6:27-36, 10:36-37, Romans 13:9, Eph. 4:28)

G. Preach and Teach (Acts 5:42, 8:4, 35, 20:20, 28:30-31, James 5:19-20)

H. Give the gospel (2 Tim. 4:2, 1 Peter 3:15-17)

I. Love our enemy (Matthew 5:44)

J. The example of Peter (Acts 3:1-11, Mark 1:29-31)

K. Provide for our own family (1 Tim. 5:8, 2 Thes. 3:10)

L. Give with the love of God (1 John 3:17-18)


A. First we must gives ourselves to the Lord (2 Corinthians 8:5-14)

B. We must share because almost all of us are rich (1 Timothy 6:17-19)

C. When we give it should not only be money

1. individual ability (Acts 11:29-30)

2. love (1 Corinthians 13:3, 13)

3. using opportunity (Galatians 6:10, Acts 3:1-10)

4. give of ourselves (money could be a part but should not be all)

5. time (Jesus - Luke 5:29-32, 7:29-30).

D. Many blessings come from giving to others (Is. 58:10, Acts 20:33-35, Heb. 13:16).


A. A lady lost her husband/had no money/the congregation hesitated to help because they worried they would not have enough money to refurbish the air conditioning for the building. A congregation that spends so much time and money caring for a building/home and yet neglect those who are in need has their priorities in the wrong place.

B. A woman who has a father that requires help. She refuses to visit him or help him and then blame the church for not visiting him enough.

C. Building an orphanage to provide shelter for orphans among the congregation rather than the members providing those children with a home. When the Bible talks about caring for orphans, the emphasis is on the family and the individual. Orphan - like a buffalo calf in a herd - without a mother it will die. Which is better; an orphanage or a good Christian home?

QUESTIONS (use scriptures in your answers)

1. What are ways we can help needy members of our congregation?

2. What are ways we can help needy Christians in other places?

3. What are ways we can help those who are not Christians?

4. What should our attitude be when we give to others?


In this class we are going to see what the Bible tells us about Modesty. Modesty is defined as propriety (that which is proper) in dress, speech, and conduct; orderly, well-arranged, decent, modest, of good behavior, applies to outward appearance and inner life. Opposite - Immodest. Modest in 1 Tim. 2:9 is from the same Greek word as is translated "good behavior" in 1 Tim. 3:2.


II. NT WOMEN ARE TOLD TO ADORN THEMSELVES IN A WAY THAT IS "Professing Godliness" (1 Tim. 2:8-10). This principal would also apply to men (Gen. 9:22-23).

A. Peter describes adorning as "chaste conduct", "not merely outward", "meek (gentle-NKJ) and quiet spirit" (1 Pt 3:1-6). Isaiah (Is. 3:16-23) describes the gaudy dress of the haughty women of his day. Look at the clothing of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:10, 22, 25, and 30.

B. What we wear says something about who we are. Fads will change, but we need to "profess godliness" no matter what the fad (Ro. 12:2, Prov. 7:10, 2 Kings 9:30).

III. WE CAN CREATE DESIRES IN OTHERS (Matt. 5:27-30, 1 John 2:15-16, 1 Thes. 1:6-7, Phil. 2:14-16, 1 Cor. 6:20, 2 Tim. 2:12).

A. In Women - men with no shirts on, with tight pants, or acting a certain way.

B. In Men - certain types of dresses, jeans and tops that women wear can lead to "lust of the heart" (Matt. 5:27-30). A good question to ask ourselves is, "Am I inviting looks with what I am wearing or not wearing?" (2 Samuel 11:2-4)

C. In Both - "lust of the eyes" and "lust of the flesh" (1 John 2:15-16). We do not want to cause one to sin (Ro. 14:21, 1 Cor. 8:7-13)

D. In Marriage - This is the proper place for these desires (1 Cor. 7:1-9, Hebrews 13:4).


A. Walk according to the Spirit or the sinful flesh (Romans 8:1-11)

B. Live and walk by the Spirit or by the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16-26)

C. Walk in the light or in darkness (Ephesians 5:1-14).

V. OUR LIVES (i.e., our dress and behavior)

A. We influence other Christians (1 Thessalonians 1:6-7, 3:7-8)

B. We influence the world (Matthew 5:13-16, Philippians 2:14-16, 1 Peter 2:11-12)


A. Joseph - A good example (Gen. 39:7-12) (Potiphar's wife was immodest in behavior).

B. David - A bad example (2 Sam. 11:2-4)]


A. Why am I wearing this? Ask yourself "What does God think about what I am doing?" or "Am I glorifying God?" (1 Cor. 6:20).

B. When we do not go along with changes in styles that are in the world or go to movies that the world loves because we want to please God, people may make fun of us or treat us badly. Just remember that when we stand up for Jesus (Ephesians 6:10-17, Philippians 1:27), God will reward us (2 Tim. 2:12, Hebrews 11:6).

C. Many today dress like the opposite sex. Notice Deuteronomy 22:5 and 1 Corinthians 10:14.

QUESTIONS (use scriptures in your answer)

1. After studying this lesson, list some places and situations that young people who are dating should avoid and please explain why (see Song of Solomon 2:7).

2a. Is it OK to see (go to or rent) PG rated movies? Why or why not?

2b. Why do you think so many Christians think it is OK to see any PG or R rated movies?

2c. What are the consequences (or results) of seeing movies that are rated PG or R?

3. Is it modest for men to go without shirts when women are present?

4a. Is it professing Godliness for the unmarried to go swimming with the opposite sex?

4b. Is wearing a bathing suit around the opposite sex being modest?

4c. Is it good judgement for ones who are dating to spend long periods of time by themselves? Why or why not?

5. What should we do to prepare for the temptations that we might encounter each day?

6. How should we deal with temptations such as seeing someone who is not dressed modestly or seeing something on TV or in the movies that is immodest?

7. What could David and Bathsheba have done to avoid their sins?

Bonus: What are good qualities to look for in a person you are thinking about dating? Remember you will marry who you date! Ask yourself the question, "Will this person help me and my children get to Heaven?"



A. Know you can overcome the temptation (I Cor. 10:13, James 1:12-14, II Peter 2:9)

"When" suggests we can expect to be tempted! There is no sin in being tempted. The sin is acting upon the temptation!

B. Know that overcoming temptations can make you stronger (James 1:2-5)

C. Avoid the temptations (Prov. 4:14-15, I Cor. 15:33, Eph. 5:11, I Thes 5:22)

D. Flee far from the temptations (I Cor. 6:18, I Tim. 6:9-11, II Tim. 2:22) [Joseph (Gen. 39:7-12)]

E. Remember temptations can lead us to eternal death (Ro. 6:23, I Tim. 6:9, James 1:15)

G. Pray before or during the temptation (Matt. 6:13, 7:7-11, 26:41, Mark 14:38, Ro 8:26-27, 34, Hebrews 2:17-18)

F. Fight the temptation (I Cor. 9:27, James 4:7, I Peter 5:8-9)

G. Draw Near to God (James 4:8, Psalm 73:28, Heb. 4:15-16, 10:21-22)

H. Grow stronger in the Word for the next time temptations come

(Matt. 6:33, II Tim. 2:15, 3:16-17, II Peter 3:18)

I. Practice self-examination (Gal. 6:1, II Cor. 13:5)

J. Do not let your guard down (Luke 21:34-36, I Cor. 16:13, II Tim. 4:2, I Peter 3:15)

K. When you fall; get up! (Micah 7:7-8, Luke 22:31-32, 61-62, Acts 1-11, I & II Peter)

L. Replace tempting activities with wholesome activities (fruits of the Spirit) (Eph 5:15-21, Gal. 5:16, 22-25)

QUESTIONS (please use scriptures in your answers)

1. Make a list of good, wholesome activities for Christians.

2. Why are the activities you have listed in number 1 good for Christians? Prepare to sing song 442, Yield Not to Temptation.

3. Make a list of activities that would not be appropriate or wise for Christians to take part in.

4. Why are the activities listed in number 3 not appropriate or wise for Christians?

5. Who is responsible for making sure young Christians have wholesome activities to take part in?



A. "Lust of the flesh" - the desires that emanate from the carnal part of man (Rom. 7:14,23,25, 8:5-7)

B. "Lust of the eyes" - the desires that originate from what we see (Eccl. 5:11; Matt. 5:28)

C. "Pride of life" - those things which make us proud and make us feel we don't need God (Luke 18:11-12)
TEMPTATION ADAM and EVE (Rom. 5:12) CHRIST (1 Peter 2:22)
Lust of the flesh Genesis 3:6a Matthew 4:3-4
Lust of the eyes Genesis 3:6b Matthew 4:8-10
Pride of life Genesis 3:6c Matthew 4:5-7


A. You cannot be part of both God and the world (James 4:4, Romans 8:7-8)

B. Setting your mind on earthly things makes you an enemy of Christ (Phil. 3:18-19)

C. Satan Can make sins of the world appear harmless (2 Cor. 11:14-15; 2:11)


This can include reading pornographic literature, wearing immodest apparel, tolerating bad language or jokes, watching worldly things, certain forms of dancing, social drinking, and spending too much time with worldly people and in worldly activities (I Pet. 4:1-4).


A. Lack of spiritual love/love of the world (2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15; John 5:42)

B. Lack of spiritual knowledge (Ephesians 4:17-19, 1 Pet. 1:13-14)

C. Lack of spiritual concern (Luke 12:19-21, Romans 1:28-32)

D. Lack of spiritual desire (Matt. 16:24-26)


A. Its pleasures are fleeting, ungratifying, and do not satisfy for long (Heb. 11:24-26; Prov. 23:4-5; 1 John 2:17; Eccl. 1:8,15-18; 2:3-11)

B. It harms the body (1 Cor. 6:18-20; Isa. 5:11-12: Prov. 23:29-35)

C. It ruins one's influence (Matt. 5:13-16; Phil. 2:15-16; Prov. 14:34, 1 Tim. 5:24-25)

D. It destroys the purity of the church (1 Cor. 5:1-7)

E. It destroys the soul (Jude 11; 1 Pet. 2:11)

F. Christians fall away - The Bible warns us of the dangers of false teachers (Phil. 3:17-19, 2 Peter 2:1-3, Jude 3-4)

VI. WORLDLINESS IS AN ATTITUDE OF THE HEART which may show itself in the actions of the body. Therefore, the cure for worldliness is a change of heart (Matt. 12:35).


A. Realize our responsibilities as Christians (Titus 2:11-12)

1. Negatives

a. Deny ungodliness (Titus 2:12, Jude 15-19)

b. Deny worldly lusts (1 Timothy 6:9-11, 2 Timothy 2:21)

2. Positives

a. Live soberly - duty toward self (Gal. 6:4-5)

b. Live righteously - duty toward fellow-man (Phil. 2:2-4)

c. Live godly - duty toward God (Rom. 6:22; Eccl. 12:13)

d. Renew our mind (Rom. 12:1-2, Eph. 4:23)

(1) Humble ourselves before God (James 4:10)

(2) Have sorrow for past sins (2 Cor. 7:9-11)

(3) Have determination for the future (Phil. 3:13-14)

e. Mortify our earthly members (Eph. 4:22-24, Col. 3:5,9-10)

f. Love His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

QUESTIONS (please use scriptures in your answers)

1. What are some signs that a brother or sister may be falling away?

2. Does a Christian first start falling away when they stop assembling? If not, when does it usually happen?

3. Where and when are you most affected by worldliness? Why do you think this is so?

4. Give Bible examples of people who allowed worldliness into their life?

5. Read the Attachment A on Addictions. Come prepared to share any comments or ask any questions about this material.



(I Cor. 6:12, 19-20; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9, 2:12; Rom. 12:1-2; I Cor. 9:27; 2 Pet. 2:19-20)


A. Overseers, deacons, and older women are to be temperate and not given to (not addicted to) wine (1 Timothy 3:2-3, 8, Titus 2:3-5)

B. Christians are to live soberly, righteously, and godly, and they are to escape the pollutions of this world (Romans 12:1, Titus 2:11-14, 2 Peter 2:20).

C. Self-control and discipline are part of a Christian's life (Acts 24:25, 1 Cor. 9:27).

II. ALCOHOL/DRINKING - Gen. 9:20-21 (causes irrational behavior); Gen. 19:31-35 (results in impaired consciousness); Prov. 20:1, 23:29-35 (causes incoherent speech and hallucinations; Prov. 31:4-5 (results in an inability to reason); Isa. 28:7; Rom. 13:13; 1 Cor. 5:11, 6:9-10 (drunkenness is forbidden).

III. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND NON-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS - Gal. 5:20 & Rev. 21:8 condemn "sorcery". The original word is PHARMAKIA which signifies the use of drugs; literally, the act of administering drugs and then giving magical potions. Vine - Primarily signified the use of medicine, drugs, spells,... (Rev. 22:15; Ex. 7:11,22; 8:7,18; Isa. 47:9,12).

A. Three basic classifications of drugs: stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens.

Some use five different classifications: For more information get the chart DRUGS OF ABUSE: USE AND EFFECTS and DRUGS OF ABUSE: ADDICTION LIABILITY.

B. Addictive compounds all have one thing in common - they are all mood changers. They vary a great deal in their potential to addict (for more information get the chart INDEX OF ADDICTABILITY). Addiction usually occurs in two ways: (1) psychological addiction and (2) physical addiction (including genetic changes).

(1) Psychological addiction (a learned behavior) precedes physical addiction. The behavior is to ingest a substance which causes a stimulation of the nerves and a strong pleasant feeling results. The feeling is pleasurable so the behavior is repeated.

(2) Physical addiction is when the cells of the body reach a point where they are physically ill if the chemical is removed. Physical addiction is relatively simple to treat. In a treatment center for heroin addicts in Lexington, KY, the first month is for detoxification (physical addiction) and the other 41 months are to treat the psychological addiction. Physical addiction can lead to genetic changes to the body. These changes can occur during acute intoxication. Alcoholics can pass that tendency on to children. Genetic changes often cause a certain kind of color blindness in alcoholics. LSD is also known to bring about genetic changes. Studies find that all addictive drugs do to some extent.


C. The use of marijuana can harm the heart, kidneys, liver and various other body members. It causes impotency in men and deformity in unborn children.

D. Two million children are being given Ritalin (methylphenidate). The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) reports that prescriptions for the drug are up 600% this decade and that 20% of students are medicated with this drug. This drug is so close to cocaine that it takes a chemist to tell the difference. The effect of the two are virtually the same. The molecular make-up is different but DEA studies show that Ritalin and cocaine cause nearly identical reactions in the same brain cells. Cocaine addicts love Ritalin and can hardly tell the difference. All this so we can control our children at school, home, etc. The drug makes kids who are talking incessantly and bouncing off the walls

begin to sit still, listen, focus and make better grades. Teachers and parents love it, thus doctors prescribe it (The Tennessean, June 8, 1997).


A. Video games/computers/tv/sports - Can be a waste of time to the point that you are no longer redeeming the time the Lord has give us (Ephesians 5:16).

B. Tobacco (nicotine) - Tobacco contains over 4,000 different gases, particles and compounds. These include tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide. "Nicotine is found only in tobacco." Nicotine is "a very poisonous oily liquid with a burning taste, occurring in tobacco. It is also used in water solution as an insecticide" (Webster's Dictionary). It acts as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system and is the substance that makes tobacco addictive (Heaton, Sr. article). 1/3 of a grain of nicotine injected into the bloodstream has been known to kill a man. Few poisons are more powerful. Tests have shown that: (1) smoking lifts blood pressure immediately, (2) smoking raises the pulse as much as 28 beats/minute, (3) death by heart attack is 115% greater in smokers, (4) smoking causes emphysema, (5) smoking causes 80% of lung cancer, (6) smoking by pregnant women causes the growth of the fetus to be retarded (stunted), (7) 1/4 of the total illnesses in the U.S. can be attributed to cigarette smoking. We must remember 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19-20!

C. Caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, pills, cokes) - These can affect you physically and you can become dependent upon them in a similar way to a stimulant, prescription drug, or tobacco.

D. Sugar or food addiction can be similar to caffeine addiction (Prov. 23:1-3, 21; Phil. 3:18-19), but can also lead to other physical problems related to being overweight and obesity.

E. Work/hobbies - A worker can become a "workaholic". A hobby can become an obsession. These things can become idols and replace God as the priority in one's life.

IV. Let us all determine not to be brought under the power (1 Corinthians 6:12) or given (or addicted) (Titus 1:7) to anything that is not prescribed by GOD!