BIBLE STUDY NOTES

January Series: Biblical Fasting 

 

February Series: Learning Mature Speech

 Week 1

Summary: As I was a child I acted as a child, and when I grew up I put away childish things (1 Corinthians 13:11). Immature speech is a sign of poor development. As your speech develops, you become slower to speak, aware of your negative speech, and begin to correct yourself. Mature speech understands that words have the power of life and death. Speech isn’t limited to what we say audibly, but it’s also our inaudible thoughts. For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

  • Maturity is the expectation, not the exception for Believers.
  • Maturity is not a destination, it’s an ongoing process.
  • Your faith increases by hearing the word of God continually, thus your speech should continually change to speak faith
  • We’re responsible for the thoughts and actions that we communicate. How it’s communicated reflects our level of spiritual maturity.
 
Week 2
Summary: What’s your spiritual temperature when entering a conversation? Are you bringing maturity or destructive words that can destroy your brother or sister in Christ? Mature speech begins with a clean and pure heart. When your heart aligns with the True Vine, the Holy Spirit will speak for you. We must always seek God’s presence for positive words and mature speech in our daily walk. Then, and only then, will we be true MATURE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST.

  • Mature speech affirms God’s word and not emotions.
  • Mature speech should strengthen those around you.
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  • We should press to reach maturity not only in speech but in actions.
  • Mature speech is lead, taught and given by the Spirit

Week 3

Summary: Our words, whether openly conveyed or muttered under our breath, can either break or build our walk with God, relationships with family and friends, and individual confidence and self-worth. There is a saying, “We are what we eat,” which may very well be true. However, it is also essential to understand that we are what we speak. Let’s be mindful of the aftereffects of our words–speak life over yourself and others! 

  • Everything about living in sin breaks your life down. Living for God means lifelong opportunities for building up yourself and others.
  • It takes maturity to be concerned about the after-effects of words. You can’t take words back. Once they’re out, it’s out!
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  • Digesting the Word helps govern speech because when we read the word it helps us respond with the word. Scripture is mature, complete, truth—truth is mature. When Believers speak the Word, the atmosphere shifts, including those of immaturity. 

 

 

 

 

Week 4

Summary: Our words have power, but God’s Word is the ultimate
authority. God’s Word has dunamis power. It is an inherent
power by virtue of its nature, it is the power for performing
miracles, the influence of riches and wealth, resources, and
the power to command armies, forces, and hosts. Our words
outside of God’s Word are fickle, flawed, and finite. It is
important to use God’s Word through our words as His Word
is alive and active, flawless, settled, and absolute truth.
Using God’s Words alone apart from faith and action is futile.
Faith pleases God, but not putting in the work renders us
detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work.

  • Speak what God speaks. Our words should be God’s Word.  From the distinctions previously mentioned, we see that our words do not have authentic power.  From previous lessons, we’ve learned that our speech can be immature and can break.  God’s Word has dunamis power.  It is inherent power by virtue of its nature, it is the power for performing miracles, the influence of riches and wealth, resources, and the power to command armies, forces, and hosts.
  • Speak by faith.  Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  • What is NOW faith?  in the time immediately before the present, at the present time or moment, or in the time immediately to follow. “Now” faith believes God before, during, and after! 
  • Speak with action. Our words should have action. Without action, our words are of no effect. 

March Series: Creating a Clean Heart that Obeys God

 Week 1: Wretch Undone: The Mess You Can’t Clean (by Yourself)

Summary: We were born knowing how to do wrong. So it’s natural for humans to defend or justify their mess or actions. But when we do this, it causes internal build up, clogging our hearts spiritually and blocking a free-flowing relationship with God. A free-flowing relationship with God is full of power, anointing and grace. It’s an obedient heart, operating in the will of God, because it’s getting all its nutrients as it follows God’s way.

  • Point 1: We were born knowing how to do wrong. It’s natural for humans to defend or justify their mess or actions.
  • Point 2: Everything starts and ends with the heart; the spiritual place where our thoughts, dreams, desires and actions derive. That’s why it’s so valuable to God and vital for us.
  • Point 3 You can do things to improve spiritual heart health, but without obedience, you won’t see the full benefit.
  • Point 4: Obedience to God filters out spiritually unclean things.
  • Point 5: Obedience helps us link our hearts to God’s heart, making one pulse.

Week 2: Unclogging Spiritual Plaque Part 1, What’s Blocking Your Way to God?

Summary: It takes a while for plaque to build up; removing it can take time. Layer after layer must be shaken, broken up, and discarded. Thinking of the heart and dentist examples we’ve used, patients with severe cases may not be fully restored and released for regular activity after their initial procedures. They must follow a regime (a process) to stay on the road to recovery and reach total healing.

Point 1: Defilement (sin) is blocking your way to God.

Point 2: An obedient heart to God defends your life. Ungodly things don’t penetrate an obedient heart but a defiled one leaves room for anything to happen.

Point 3: The first step in removing spiritual plaque is deciding it has to go! Healing requires pre and post care!

Week 3: Unclogging Spiritual Plaque Part 2, Cleaning Spiritual Plaque and Recognizing The Silent Killers

Summary: Spiritual plaque gains access and builds in our hearts through the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. It is important to understand the 3 main access points and guard them. We often overlook, excuse, or defend some sins, attitudes, and habits. We have somehow adopted the idea of big sin versus little sin. A sin of any sort is a transgression against the laws of God. We should be aware of the importance of the consequences and implications of the spiritual plague that builds in our hearts from the “little foxes”.

Point 1: Unfaithfulness – We often assume unfaithful is only limited to marriage vows, but it extends to other areas of our lives including ministry, employment, entrepreneurship, and friendships.

Point 2: Unforgiveness- All of us need forgiveness as we’ve all fallen short. Romans 3:23
Forgiving others is a prerequisite for our forgiveness. We’ve heard people say:” Forgiveness is for you, not the other person”.

Point 3: Unbelief – Hebrews 11:6 ESV And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Week 4: Maintaining Heart Health, A Clean Heart Is An Obedient Heart, We Can’t Maintain A Healthy Heart Without The Word And The Holy Spirit

Summary: Once you have been cleaned and delivered Our Flesh Is Insufficient, therefore we need the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. We maintenance our natural bodies and things we naturally care about but what about our spiritual well being? The Word of God is the insurance policy to stay clean providing a maintenance plan that if we obey our chances of success of getting into heaving and keeping a clean heart increase. The Holy is our agent helping us review and use our policy and adhere to the plan. One thing we must understand about the Holy Spirit is He is absolute. Surround Yourselves With Honest, Bold Men & Women, Who Will Speak God’s Truth Regardless.

Point 1: Obedience is better than sacrifice

Point Two:You can do things to improve spiritual heart health but without obedience, you won’t see the full benefit

Point Three: Linking your heart to God’s heart, causes one pulse, not two. Why? It’s in that moment, that you agree with the will of God.

Point Four: The word of God is your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, it’s your all encompassing guide to keep you spiritually maintained

Point Five: The Word of God is your sword to fight spiritual battles and your faith behind the word is your shield against spiritual attacks.

Point Six: When you trust the word, you obey the word, when you obey the word you can expect God to move.

April Series: The Study of Soteriology

 Week 1: What is SOTERIOLOGY? What is salvation in Christianity and why do we need to be saved?

Summary: When you hear the word soteriology, what does it mean to you? For many, it’s the study of salvation. For us specifically, we’re studying salvation through Jesus Christ. At some point we need to recognize that we need to be saved from a life of sin that leads to eternal death and grab hold of Christ, who is our lifeline.

Point 1: Salvation can only be found in the person of Jesus Christ.

Point 2: The narrow gate takes us through hardship and difficult decisions. Matthew 7:13-14

Point 3: There is an eternal reward Heaven or Hell
Hard choice one, you must die to your flesh (crucify it) your will to take up God’s will for you. It’s a life for a life. We must die daily.

 Week 2: The Benefits of Salvation (through Jesus Christ)

Summary: The reward of salvation is heaven but the benefits of choosing Jesus as Lord and Savior are what we experience on earth. Think of “favor” or perhaps you’ve heard the saying “favor ain’t fair.” Believers often experience favor (benefit) on earth to help us navigate life’s circumstances but favor isn’t necessary in heaven because we’ve already obtained the reward. You can enjoy many benefits here on earth before getting into heaven, including having a relationship with Jesus. Knowing Jesus grants the privilege of a better life (far better than a life without Him). A better life in Christ includes restoration and being introduced to the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost helps you understand your purpose and other earthly benefits.

  • Point 1: There is a difference between rewards and benefits.
      • The Lord’s prayer – we are instructed to pray heaven on earth. 
        • Matthew 6:8-13 (vs 10) 
      • Heaven manifesting on earth is the benefit because heaven is the reward.
      • Miracles signs and wonders are benefits.
  • Example: The reward for completing high school is graduation. The benefit of a high school diploma is access to college and or scholarships to attend college.
  • Point 2: Salvation grants you access to Jesus.
  • Point 3: Salvation through Jesus provides restoration.
  • Point 4: True salvation through Jesus comes with the Holy Ghost.

Restoration Clip: 

Chosen Series, Mary Magdalene https://youtu.be/UI-PehitKKU?si=PPxl7YQRkq9hUsVp

Week 3: Jesus AND…? Jesus is Enough!

Summary: Another benefit of salvation (there are many) is that Jesus is enough.
Jesus is enough—He needs nothing added or removed from His deity. In every circumstance, Jesus has been, is, and will always be enough. The same Jesus we read about in Scripture, performing miracles and who was raised from the dead is still enough, and He’s equipped to orchestrate, manage, and fulfill your life.

Point 1: Here are other examples: Jesus AND→ crystals, chakras, astrology, horoscopes, tarot cards, palm readings, psychics,  sage, and other ritual herb burnings, polygamy, whatever the AND is you’re placing above or in place of Jesus is a NO. Jesus is enough!

Point 2: The reason people think Jesus is not enough is because they want something(s) more than Him. 

Point 3: When you connect ungodly things to Jesus your spiritual intellect goes out the window. You become susceptible to poor decision-making. You become deaf and bling to wisdom and ignore red flags.

Week 4: Choose ye this Day: Heaven or Hell, the consequences of not choosing Christ

Summary: When you choose to follow fleshly desires, enjoying sin, ignoring the righteousness of God, you become an enemy of God. The devil is working in you when you reject God. At that point our God turns you over to a reprobate mind. Hell is a real place just like heaven is real. God ultimately gives the power to will decide where we will spend eternity. Remember it is God’s will and desire that all make the choice to be saved.

Point 1: God’s Hope For You Is Heaven

Point 2: The Consequence For Not Choosing Jesus is Hell

Point 3: 5 Facts about Hell
1. It is a place of fire – Deut.32:22 (KJV) Luke 16:19-31
2. It was kindled because of Gods wrath on Sin Ps.9:17
3. There are different compartments, one being the lowest hell Deut.32:22
4. Hell shall consume the earths increase of Men who die in rebellion Is.5:14, Is.14:9-10
5. It will set the foundations of the mountains on fire Deut.32:22

Point 4: Things that inherit Hell 

1.  The glory of Men – Isaiah 5:8-10 

2.  The pomp of sinful men   Is.5:11-12 

3.  Great numbers of sinful men

4.  All who rejoice in sin   Isaiah 5:13-14 

Week 5: The Urgency of Salvation: The Hope and Help We All Need

Summary: To understand the richness, function and benefits of salvation, is to understand the urgency of salvation. It is the hope and the help that we ALL need to secure that assurance that we will see God face to face.

Point 1: Why should there be a sense of urgency for Salvation?

Matthew 24:36 NLT

  • “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.
  • Sense of urgency, you don’t know how many days you have, you don’t know what tomorrow holds

Point 2: What immediate changes do you see after accepting Salvation?

  • Transformation and renewal
  • Upgraded and value increases
  • Saved and Rescued
  • Safety, Covered and Protection

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