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Course Outline :
I. Who is Jesus?
II. Why we must come to Christ
III. How to come to Christ
IV. The results of not walking with Christ
V. The exceeding rewards of His kingdom
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Foreword: (Why it's good to start with the basics)
I realize that many of us are on different levels on our journey with
Christ. Some of us may be very strong and mature Christians and
others of us are new to the faith and would love to learn from the
mature Christians. I personally feel that I fall in between these two
categories, but I know also that God has given me a gift to teach His
word in simplicity and understanding. In teaching, I find that I learn so
much, so teaching these lessons are serving a two fold purpose for
me. For that reason, this first lesson of a six part series is a basic
review of the foundational principles of Christianity. Though you may
be tempted to skip Lesson #1, I ask that you don't for several
reasons. First of all, even if for review only, meditating on the basics
on what we believe as Christians is always helpful for our walk in
Christ. Secondly, after reading Lesson #1 you may find that it might
be helpful to pass this information along to a new Christian or an
unbelieving friend. Thirdly, if we are all on the same page, it will be
easier to progress linearly in this lesson and to understand where we
are going as a group.
If you are a new Christian I believe this first lesson will help to keep
you grounded in what's important in our faith. This first lesson will
serve as a catalyst for all the lessons to come and you will have a
better foundation if you start here.
Of course, I will make it less tempting to skip through the first week
since I will be posting only this lesson and no others, but in the weeks
to come as more information is posted it may become more inviting to
start at another point-- and to all new-coming members of Christian
Ladies Connect, I would strongly encourage to start from the
Okay! That said, and all housekeeping out of the way...we can
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Let's say a prayer:
Heavenly Father, we thank you for this time we
are able to come together and study your
Word. We realize that there is no distance in
You, and that our hearts and souls all connect
in You. For those of us who need to grow
stronger in You, or meet You for the first time,
I pray that these lessons will be eye-openers
and words of truth and encouragement that will
bring conviction and correction, life, peace,
knowledge, and joy in You, Jesus. For those of
us who already know You but need a faith-
booster, I ask that You will bring clarity and
spiritual precision in our lives. Let us know who we are in You, and
I know that without You I am nothing, Lord, and I pray that You will
give me the words to say (type) and that your anointing will touch all
those who study Your truths in these lessons.
In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.
No doubt if you’ve ever attended a church service you’ve heard the
phrase “Come to Jesus”. You’ve probably seen billboard ads in front of
churches urging the masses to “come on in and dine”, or maybe
you’ve seen graffiti walls in the inner cities sprayed with messages
such as “Jesus is coming soon”.
Commonplace to most, however, are friends, family, or co-workers
who incessantly talk about their faith, their church, or their spiritual
walk with God.
Imagine this: you’ve never attended church in your life, and you have
no clue what it means to be “lost”, much less “saved”. So what do you
say when someone asks you, “Are you saved?” What does all of this
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mean, this spiritual talk? Why is your spiritual state and moral status
so important to others, namely Christians, and what difference should
it make to them? Furthermore, with the free will that you were born
with, isn’t it your right to decide how you want to live your life, which
god you choose to serve and which religion you
Let’s take another scenario: let’s say you are a
Christian. Or you think you are—maybe not
sure? But you were baptized once. And you
make a conscious effort to follow the Ten
Commandments, at least the big ones: “thou
shalt not kill”, and “thou shalt not steal”. Oh,
and you even attend church regularly, for the
most part. Sunday services are okay, the sermon is fine, worship is
awesome. But—there is still that little nagging doubt, the whole moral
code issue—“as long as I stay true to myself and my own moral
conscience, I should be fine. I’ll go to heaven, and hey, death is a long
call from now”.
Scenario #3: You have definitely realized the life change that
accompanies a Christian lifestyle, and you exhort Jesus Christ as your
Lord and Savior. But you feel miserable almost every day of your life—
bills are due, family relationships are strained, your job is dead-end,
and there is never enough time to concentrate on improving yourself
and your situation, much less time to pray or read your bible. Where is
God now when you need Him? Are you still a Christian? Does God still
recognize you as His child, and if so, why doesn’t He seem to be doing
anything about your situation?
So, what is Christianity, really? What does it mean to be truly
Christian? Can anybody be a Christian? Aren’t everyone God’s
children? HOW do you become a Christian? How hard to do you have
to work at staying a Christian once you become one? Isn’t it too hard?
Wouldn’t it be easier to choose another religion—one with easily
spelled moral codes to follow?
My job in this bible study series is to provide you some insight into
Christianity, and the reasons why we as Christians are so concerned
about the welfare of others around us as well as the reason we should
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be concerned with studying the Bible and encouraging others to do so.
I will discuss these issues from the standpoint of a Christian explaining
the concepts to one who is new to the faith, and attempt to shed light
on some very important scriptural references found in the Holy Bible
that will fully explain what it means to be a Christian. I will serve as a
guide or facilitator and will be available to answer questions you may
have concerning this subject area. Granted, I am still in my own
growth phase in Christianity and am learning quite a lot, but as I grow
I hope to birth insight and wisdom in others, so that all may have the
opportunity to see Christianity for what it truly is.
Please fellow Christians, say a prayer for me as I prepare our lessons
each week. Though the following serves as very introductory material.
I am not a theologian by any means, but I will need your prayers each
week as I dig deeper into uncovering the truths of God's word.
Your Faithful Servant in Christ,
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Lesson 1: Who is Jesus?
In the Beginning:
In the very beginning of time God created both Adam and
Eve. The very intents of their hearts were tested as they
were commanded by God to eat anything in the garden with
the exception of a particular tree- the tree of Good and Evil.
Satan (through the form of a serpent) tempted Eve, and of
course, sin entered her heart, she disobeyed God’s
command, and she ate of the fruit from the tree. Not only
did Eve partake of this fruit, but she offered some to Adam, and then
he ate as well. This is when sin initially entered the world. Adam and
Eve were ashamed, God banned them from the Garden of Eden, and
the future of man would be one of great toil and sweat (Genesis 3).
There would be many days of vanity, unrest, dissatisfaction, and
weariness. The exquisite joy of God’s presence as was evident in the
Garden of Eden would now be extremely hard to attain now that the
curse had entered the world. Through the laws God delivered to the
prophets as revealed in the Old Testament, the people of God (the
Israelites) would learn to please God – by the sacrificial offerings of
animals and completely rigid rules and rituals. (Leviticus 22:17-33;
Jesus Is Born:
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Centuries later, a Child was born in the town of Bethlehem.
The Israelites (the Jews) had been looking for their Messiah
to arrive all these centuries because it had been promised
them from God to the prophets that a Savior would come
into the world: “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come
a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel” (Matthew 1:6).
Jesus had come on the scene.
Jesus touches the world:
When Jesus was thirty years old he began to teach and preach about
the Kingdom of God. He was revered as a prophet and a
teacher (rabbi). But those who knew Him best knew that He
was also the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and their
Messiah manifest in flesh (Matthew 16:13-17).
Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, and blessed
everyone whom he passed by and spoke to. His words gave life, and
multitudes of crowds followed him to hear Him speak. There was
something different about Him. His speech was well learned, and yet
He had never been taught in the Jewish synagogues. The Philistines
and Saduccees wondered how this man who was born from the lowly
town of Bethlehem and who had never had formal training in the
religious laws could understand scriptures so well. They did not
understand where His power came from, to heal the sick and to raise
the dead (Matthew 21:23). The religious leaders were so disturbed by
Jesus’ presence that Jesus had to literally flee from town to town until
the hour that He knew would come had actually come: the hour in
which He would give His life for the world in order to meet God the
Father’s will for humankind to be given an opportunity to be reconciled
or drawn back in to Him.
Remember how the curse had entered the world when Adam and Eve
disobeyed God’s command and ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of
Good and Evil? From that time on, sin had entered the world and had
preeminence over the face of the earth (preeminence just means that
sin prevailed, and ruled over in some ways). Sacrificial animals and
many rituals and rigid rules were to be followed and adhered to if the
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Israelites wanted to remain in good standing with God. God, in His
holy and pure nature, could not stand to look upon or behold sin, and
the blood of the animals’ sacrifices served as a temporary covering for
the sins of God’s people until the hour that Jesus gave up His life on
Jesus Died for our sins:
He hung there on a blood-stained cross, His flesh ripped
from the thorny whips that were slashed on His body by
those who “killed” him—and yet, He was never “killed” but
He humbly bled, and died, giving up His life for the will of
the Father and for every human being on this earth, so that
HIS blood would cover our sins (John 18-19).
Today the very mention of the blood of Jesus Christ is precious—it is in
His blood that we find “remission of sins”. In other words, Christ
has covered our sins.
Imagine that our sins are black, ugly blotches of ink, stained on
a white page. Now imagine that His red blood is dripped over
our blotches and are made white (as white as snow!). Our sins
have disappeared from the pages of our lives! We now have a
clean slate. We can start over.
We can do it over.
There really IS hope for us. Why? Because not only did Jesus Christ
take our sins away, but after His death and His burial, He was
resurrected. (Luke 24:13-45; John 20:19-30; Luke 24:36). Jesus is
not dead any longer! He is alive and seated on the right hand of God
on the throne. He rules and reigns with God and as God—and He has
empowered us to live a life of victorious Christian living in Him.
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1.) Who is Jesus?
2.) What did Jesus do that gives us another chance to start our
lives over when we have sinned?
3.) Jesus died on the cross, but He is not dead any longer. The
fact that Jesus was resurrected and now is seated on the
throne beside God the Father has great implications for us.
How does this supernatural event affect us today? What are the
benefits we reap from Christ being alive today?
4 . ) If you are a Christian, how did this basic review of our
faith help you to remember who you are in Christ? Was this
5 . ) If you are seeking more information about the Christian
faith, please reflect on the person of Jesus, who makes up the
core of our beliefs. Reflect on His life, His words, His actions,
and discover through scripture who Jesus Christ is. You may
find the books of Matthew and John especially helpful.
6 .)Any additional questions? Concerns
I look forward to sharing Lesson 2 with you. This is very
introductory material, I know, but we will begin to go further
into the things of God as we proceed. Each week is a new
journey for me, so pray for me as I prepare these lessons.
Please feel free to pass these lessons along to anyone you
know who may like some introductory material on the bible.
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Lesson 2: Why We Must Come to Christ
The basic logistics of Christianity is this: Jesus Christ is the way, the
truth, and the life. You can find this scripture here:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through me.” John 14:6.
Because Christianity is based around the fact that Jesus Christ is the
only way to eternal salvation, one must come to terms with this
underlying concept first as the very basics and foundation of the
Christian walk. All other facets of Christianity are based around this
first building block, which is the acceptance of Jesus Christ as the only
true way to salvation.
There is no other redemptive way to achieve eternal salvation and
security except through acceptance of Jesus Christ as one’s personal
Savior. In other words, Jesus the Christ is the only true and living God.
The acceptance of Christ in one’s heart and the repentance of sins is
the process of Salvation, and is, in essence, the cleansing of one’s
sins, and the rebirth of one’s spiritual life.
But why would you choose to come to know Christ as your Savior?
Why wouldn’t you choose to be Buddhist, for example, or for that
matter, one of the many new world religions of mysticism and New
Well, besides the fact that Jesus Christ is the only true way to God the
Father and the only way for salvation of one’s soul, let’s explore some
other reasons it is imperative that each individual CHOOSE to follow
the ways of Christ.
We must come to Christ because:
1. Before God, there was nothing. God is the beginning
foundation of this world.
John 1:1 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God.”
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This really causes us to think. If before God, there was nothing, we
can then realize how BIG He is…not so much in demeanor or stature—
but in His presence. If nothing was present before Him, that must
mean God is the beginning.
Revelations 1:11 says “I am the alpha and the omega, the
beginning and the end…”
So if God is the beginning, AND the end, then surely that means He is
everything in between. Whew!
That’s quite a significant span to fill – the beginning of time and the
end of time, and everything in between!
Beginning=God *** God fills the time gap *** End=God
Here is another concept to keep in mind:
Jesus = God.
Jesus is the son of God, and yet He IS God.
Sound confusing? Check out these words that Jesus spoke in John
“I and my Father are one.”
With this is mind, let’s find out more reasons we should come to
2. God is all powerful and Almighty. He is to be feared and
The following scriptures reiterate the majesty of God:
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good
understanding have all those who do His commandments. His
praise endures forever.” Psalm 111:10.
“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
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“Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgment, including every
secret thing whether good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14.
Matthew 10:28, which reads: “And do not fear those who kill
the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is
able to destroy both soul and body in hell”.
Pretty bold, blunt statements, don’t you think? Coming from Jesus, it
sounds pretty sharp. But why shouldn’t it?
Christianity is a faith in which there are absolutely no grey areas. The
Holy Scriptures are sharp, and are powerful:
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful,
and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the
division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The scripture goes on to say in verse 13: “And there is no creature
hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the
eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Because there are really no grey areas in Christianity, many people
choose to follow different faiths, or perhaps create a "variation of
Christianity" to fit their lifestyle’s purpose. Becoming a Christian and
living a Christian life is not a hard task—but the concept of a God who
is all-knowing and all-powerful, who is able to judge even the intent of
our hearts, and who separates evil from good—may be quite a pill to
swallow, and has definitely caused many in today’s society to think
twice about the Christian faith. But perhaps with better understanding
of who God is, and who we are, as well as what God expects from us,
and what we should expect from God—we can come to understand and
appreciate the basic tenets of faith in Jesus Christ. Furthermore, after
understanding fully what Jesus has done for us on the cross and
developing a relationship with Him, we begin to fall in love with a
Savior who cares so much for us-- and we cannot help but to want to
live for Him.
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Let’s look at a few more reasons we should come to Christ:
3. Because God knows us from the very beginning of time.
Before we were ever conceived in the womb of our mothers, He knew
“For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my
mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and
wonderfully made…My frame was not hidden from You, when I
was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts
of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for
me, when as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139: 13-16
4. Because we become weary of the things of this world and
the burdens and stressors of this life are too much to handle
alone. We need a force greater than ourselves-- a God higher than us.
The God who uniquely created us and knows us so well will take our
burdens and lead us through the storms of life, which is something no
other person or thing in this world can do for us.
Matthew 11:28-30 reads: "Come to Me, all you who labor and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take My yoke
upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. (30) For My yoke is easy
and My burden is light."
5. Because God knows our future. We cannot get away from
“Oh Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my
sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar
off. You comprehend my path and my lying down and are
acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my
tongue, but behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You have
hedged me behind and before, and laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot
attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee
from Your presence?” Psalm 139: 1-7.
"I am fearfully and wonderfully made" Psalm 139:14.
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"If I make my bed in hell, you are there..." Psalm 139:8.
"Who can separate me from the love of Christ?" Romans 8:35
Truly everything we are and everything we are meant to be has to be
created and uniquely woven by a Creator greater than ourselves. We
are not here by accident. Each and every one of us has a purpose to
fulfill in our lives. God himself knows every secret of our hearts. He
knows our intentions and our desires. He made us to be able to choose
Him, or not. God gave us the flexibility to make our own choices in the
paths that we follow while living on this earth.
Because of Jesus' great love for us, He died on the cross for our sins,
taking every sin we have committed and will commit, upon Himself.
When we become Christians, we have traded our sorrows for the joy of
the Lord. We have given Him our "filthy rags" and He has in exchange
given us His robe of righteousness. We now have eternal salvation in
This is why we as Christians are so concerned about the welfare of
others. We want the world to know that Jesus Christ really is the
answer. It is not a cliché or church lingo. We are truly spiritually "born
again" in every sense. Having experienced the rebirth in Christ, we
know the joys and the challenges this walk brings. However, it's worth
every moment, because we have victory in Christ to live a Christian
life on this earth. And the future rewards of being with Him forever in
glory are eternal. If you are not a Christian, this, my friend, is the
reason Christians are after you. We love you. Christ loves you. And we
want you to experience the hope in Jesus that is available to you.
There are so many riches in Him. Jesus waits for you and is calling out
to each and every day to come to Him.
If you are already saved, your mission is to reach out to the lost and
preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are all "preachers" by our lives
and our words. Remember that our lives are open books and may be
the only Bible a sinner would ever read.
Accepting Christ as our personal Savior means victorious living on this
earth. Jesus gives us the power to live joyfully no matter our
circumstances, because as our Savior, He takes our burdens and
makes them easy. He also gives us hope in hopeless situations.
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Furthermore, He fulfills His promises of abundant living in Him by
giving us the power to operate in the "fruit of the spirit" (more about
that in Lesson #3). Not to mention that God has promised to "supply
all of our needs according to His riches and glory" (Philippians 4:19)
and that He would give us "exceedingly, abundantly all that we could
ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20), and that includes more than our
spiritual riches in Him.
1.) Name a few reasons it is important to come to Christ.
2.) What did you learn about the majesty (greatness) of God in
3.)If you are not a Christian, how do the concepts of this lesson
help you to understand Christianity better? Do you now see
why you are in need of a Savior who is big enough to handle
the complexities of life and give you peace in the hardest
4.)If you are a Christian, how does this lesson prepare you to
be a witness for Christ?
Now that we have discussed several reasons for coming to Christ, or
becoming a Christian, we'll talk about HOW to come to Christ in the
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Lesson 3: How to come to Christ
If you are a parent, then surely you've experienced the wonder and
beauty of your child running into your open arms for a special hug.
This moment is further heightened when your child asks the most
innocent questions regarding life and nature. For example, "Mommy,
who made the sun?" or "What is heaven like?"
You know what? When we come to Jesus, He wants us to come as little
children, 1.) knowing nothing per se, but in need of His help. When we
come to Him as a little child (Mark 10:15), God is able to reveal
Himself in all of His glory and speak to our hearts in ways that He
never could if we did not humble ourselves. The reason for this is that
pride can get in the way of our experiencing all that God is. In other
words, the Kingdom of God is a mystery, and understanding God's
mysteries are going to be very difficult for one who is proud or
arrogant, or for one who thinks he/she knows so much already about
the things of God (i.e., an adult or mature person). This is why I
believe Jesus uses the analogy of the little child when He says "Let
the little children come unto me, and do not forbid them; for
such is the kingdom of God" (Mark 10:14).
You know, oftentimes as we have grown more mature in the things of
God and understand scripture better daily, we forget what it was like
to first come to Him. We forget the rudimentary things that helped us
in the very beginning. God wants us to “hold fast” to the things we
were first taught. This will help us not to fall into temptations, to be
strong, and to not get caught up in false doctrine. Revelations 2:4
speaks of the “Loveless Church” who had been absolutely perfect in
their walks with Christ with the exception of one thing: they had left
their first love. They were spending so much time and labor fighting
the things of the enemy that they had forsaken to seek the heart of
God, which is their first calling.
When we come to Jesus, we are admitting that all of our righteousness
are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) and that without Him our sins and
transgressions would keep us far away from our destinies in Him. We
are admitting that we do not have the answers to life's problems and
that we realize only He can make our lives what they should be and
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give us eternal hope both on earth and in glory with Him. Though we
don't understand everything about God and what it means to be a
Christian (or follower of Christ), by admitting our sins to Him and
accepting His grace we are saying that God's ways are better than
ours. I like the scripture that further reiterates this in Isaiah 55:8: "
'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My
ways,' says the Lord".
2.) We come to Him as knowing nothing, yet open and ready to
receive brand new revelation and life from Him.
3.) We come expecting and desiring Him to change us to be
more like Him. Being a Christian means you love Jesus. And
when you are in love with your Savior, you will want to be like
Him, live like Him and partake of His love. In Him is found
refuge and strength, peace and joy, and hope for tomorrow.
We must also realize, however, that our coming to Christ is
only the first step of a lifelong journey. The road to holiness
doesn't happen over night, although deliverance from certain
addictions or sins may. But ahead of us remains the process of
deliverance from our flesh, which is a lifelong journey that is to
be taken one day at a time.
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Lesson 4: The Results of Not Walking With Christ
We know why you should walk with Christ. We know how you should
walk with Christ.
But…what if you decided to reject Christ? What if you wanted to find
your own way, spiritually?
I mean, we are all spiritual beings right? Can’t we just find our own
way in life—our own path to Truth? Don’t we all end up on the same
road, on our way to the same Paradise when it’s all said and done?
Surely there is no such thing as devils, demons, and hell right? I
mean, it all sounds so ludicrous…
My Friend…can I call you my Friend? If you are reading this today and
you have not accepted Christ into your heart, then I want to be your
Friend today. Friends tell each other the truth. And I am about to tell
you the one Truth that is missing in your life. It’s the one puzzle piece
that’s missing…the one chord in the orchestra of your life that is out of
tune. It’s the one color in the rainbow that doesn’t appear for you, and
the one song that hummingbirds in your life don’t sing.
The God of the Universe created this world with color! He created you
with gusto, creativity, skill, and grandeur. He created you in HIS
image. He also created you with a need, a desire, and a passion to
have intimate fellowship and relationship with your Creator. Without
this most needed relationship, you will have no color in your rainbow,
no song, no completion of your puzzle…no LIFE.
But this is not the end of the sorrows for those who choose not to
accept Jesus Christ as Savior. Not only will life on this earth be without
joy or victory, but without Christ, we die a long spiritual death as well.
Matthew 22:13 “Then said the king to the servants, Bind him
hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer
darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”
Matthew 25: 30 “And cast the unprofitable servant into outer
darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”
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Matthew 24:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left
hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels…”
Matthew 8:12 “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast
out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing
2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 “And to you who are troubled rest with
us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his
mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that
know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus
Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from
the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power…”
Matthew 26:46 “And these shall go away into everlasting
punishment: but the righteous into life eternal”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
And to answer the question above, no, we do not all travel the same
road in life.
We certainly do not all end up at the same place at the end of our
road. Any philosophy that teaches that all people are children of God,
that we all worship the same God, and that we all travel roads which
end with the same spiritual destiny, is a vain and foolish philosophy,
and not to be trusted. You must measure any philosophy you hear
against the principles and standards of the Word of God, which is
God’s Holy Scriptures.
Remember earlier in the lessons we talked about the validity of God’s
Word. We also covered the basic premise of the Holy Scriptures being
the inspired absolute Word of God. Before we can move on in our
Christian faith and walk with God, we must come to the conclusion and
the acceptance of God’s Word being true, not just for us, but for all
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In Matthew 7: 13-14, scripture says this: “Enter by the narrow gate;
for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and
there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and
difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”
According to the above passage, there are TWO different “ways” and
TWO different “gates”.
Are you on the narrow, difficult gate which leads to life, but on which
there are very few people traveling because of its straightness and its
difficulty? Or are you on the broad way in which the road is wide and
easy to travel and the gate is easy to enter because it is wide as well,
and you would have plenty of company because there are many, many
others on the same road…
Which road are you on?
The narrow, difficult way, is the way of God. It is the way of
righteousness and holiness. The difficulty of this road lies within
ourselves…as we travel this journey and learn to let go of ourselves
and hold on to God, it becomes easier by grace to travel this road. This
road is a lonely one at times, but praise God for the few who are on
this road, because we can encourage each other in Christ and pray for
one another. Our load becomes lighter because we give our baggage
to Christ. We don’t need the baggage—there isn’t room for the
baggage on this narrow road anyway. Jesus Christ sets us free on the
narrow road. He comes to take us into Himself, fellowship with us, and
make our paths straight so that we may enter the narrow gate and be
with Him in Heaven forever.
The wide gate is a way of destruction. There is plenty of room there
for your baggage, but no one to take the load off. There is no rest on
this road. Plenty of people, plenty of partying, business, foolishness,
clowning around…but not true knowledge of where you are headed and
you have no clue why you are traveling the road you are on. You just
know that somehow you got on this road. You took a wrong turn
somewhere. Or maybe you feel that you were born on this road. You
are right…we were all born into sin. That is why we must be saved and
redeemed, and brought on to the right road. The end of the wide road
leads to destruction. Eternal spiritual and physical death and hell are
on the other side of the wide gate.
If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, today I
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talk to you as a friend. I am warning you as a friend. I am asking you
as a friend to consider your ways. Consider your path. Consider the
road you are on today.
Which road are you on: the Narrow way or the Wide way? Are you on
the road to righteousness and everlasting life, or the road to
Destruction , Death, and hell?
Do you realize that we all need a Savior?
I need a Savior. You need a Savior.
When you decide to accept Jesus Christ to become your Savior, you
then become “born again”. It’s a spiritual re-birth in which you are
made brand new because you are now born into the Kingdom of God
as a Child of God. Before you accept Christ as your Savior and Lord,
you are not truly His Child. In fact, if you rejected Christ and died in
your sins, He would say to you before the judgment throne “Depart
from me, I never knew you”…and those are words you NEVER want
Please do not allow yourself to neglect the most important aspect of
our life: your spirit. And please do not fill your spirit with cheap
substitutions for the Real Thing: like Buddhism, Darwinism, crystals
and meditation, and other forms of New Age philosophies, including
yoga, which may cause you to believe that within you lies a god or
goddess, and that you write your own destiny.
You are only in control of your destiny (to some degree) when you
know where you are going to spend your eternal life.
We’ll talk more about the benefits of knowing Christ, and how this
relates to your destiny both on this earth and in the afterlife…in the
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Lesson 5: The Exceeding Rewards of His Kingdom
A life of victory = a life with Christ.
You + Jesus Christ = eternal salvation for you, and a new Child
added to His Kingdom
Heaven rejoices when even just one more soul receives the plan of
salvation and enters the Kingdom of Heaven as a “baby Christian”.
In return for your desire for His 1st place status in your life, Jesus will
free you of the pressures of this world.
No, you will not be freed of the world, but Jesus will take the load off
you, and relieve you of the pressures—if you let Him.
Christianity is not simply an overnight event – it is a lifelong journey.
The first step to becoming a Christian is to:
• accept Jesus Christ into your heart as your Lord and Savior.
You must first realize your need for a Savior, your need for repentance
Many of our new age, new world philosophies tell us that we were born
with a clean slate.
However, research shows us that when we were born, we already had
thousands of mental impressions and great memory of what it was like
being in mother’s womb. The comfort of being swaddled in a soft,
warm blanket and hearing the voice of the mother is due to the
memory, or impression, of what it was like in the womb. So, we
weren’t necessarily born with a clean slate as far as our physical state
and memory is concerned. Now how about our spiritual state? Were
we born with a clean slate spiritually?
While research cannot prove anything about our spiritual states at
birth, God’s Word definitely can. His Word says in John 3:5-8 that we
were born into sin: “Jesus answered, ‘Verily, verily I say unto thee,
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into
the kingdom of God. That which is born of flesh is flesh; and that
which is born of the Spirit is spirit…”
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John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and
only son. That whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have
• After recognizing we need a Savior, and accepting Jesus as that one
True Savior, we must begin to learn His ways and begin walking with
Him on our new journey.
How do we learn the ways of God? By studying God!
How do we study God?
By listening to Him and reading what He has to say in His word. We do
this through communicating with God daily (through prayer) and
studying His words (the Bible).
Drawing closer to God brings many benefits to us:
• We find refuge and safety in His arms (Psalms 57:1)
• We learn the secret things of God’s Kingdom (Ephesians 1:8-9)
• We grow in maturity in our faith and get to know the Lord better ( 2
• Jesus becomes our daily bread, and we need nothing more in life
than His awesome presence (Psalms 23 and John 6:35)
• Though we are in the world which is full of evil and destruction, we
have the power to live victoriously through the power of God
• Jesus has prepared a place for us in Heaven to live with Him
eternally after we die
What a blessing to know that not only does God intend to give us
eternal life through Jesus His son, but He intends for us to live
victoriously on this earth as well.
We will still have our rough times, our situations and problems that we
can’t fix…but the difference between a Christian and one who does not
know Christ as Lord and Savior is that as a Christian, I have not only a
higher power and source of strength to see me through my tough
times, but I have THE ultimate source, THE Creator of the
Universe, THE Creator of my soul, THE and only true and living
God, ON MY SIDE!
Isn’t that awesome?
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If you haven’t already started your spiritual journey with Jesus Christ,
now is the time. NOW is the time for salvation. NOW is the time to
give your old life to Jesus, and to allow Him to give YOU new life.
This requires an act of faith on your part. You need to make the first
step. God requires our first act of faith because coming to Him means
that we came on our own free will. He gave us all a free choice. ….
God says “I set before you this day life and death. Choose life.”
When you are lonely, God will be with you. When you are hungry, He
will feed you. When you are depressed, He will lift your spirit. When
you are happy, He will rejoice with you. When you are cold, He will
warm you up. When you are thirsty, He will provide you drink. When
you need money, He will make a financial way for you. When you need
clothing, God will provide that too!
Jesus says in Matthew 6:25
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you
will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life
more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the
birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into
barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of
more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one
cubit to his stature?
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the
filed, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to
you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one
of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which
today is, and tomorrow is thrown in the oven, will He not much
more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ Or ‘What
shall we drink?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For
your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But
seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all
these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry
about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
You see, Jesus will be everything to you.
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If you are already a Christian, remind yourself daily that He is your
very Best Friend. If you don’t feel His presence in your life, you
If you are spending time daily in communion with your Savior, you will
know His heart and feel His presence.
Sometimes in our journey with the Lord we turn spiritually cold. We
become accustomed to church, church events, church protocol, church
lingo, and church pop culture, that we forget about our personal
relationships with our Savior, and we fail to nourish our
communications with Him. If we failed to communicate with our
spouses, do you think we’d be on the same page in life for very long?
Do you think perhaps we would grow apart, and fail to know each
other as we could?
It is the same with our relationships with our Savior. We grow cold to
Him when we crowd Him out with events or other people and things.
We must constantly stay in communion with Him.
Paul says that we should be “…praying always with all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to the end with all
perseverance and supplication for all the saints…”
That means we need to be praying constantly in communion with Him,
and praying for others as well.
Prayer is essential to our relationships with the Lord as communication
is to our friends and family. It is even more important that we
continue our communion with the Lord, for He is our source and in Him
is everything we need. Without our source we have nothing.
We are not little gods, nor are we goddesses.
We are children of the most High God, in need of help from our Savior
to have victory on this earth and eternal life afterward.
We must come to Him as little children and accept Him as our
Heavenly Father…only then we can we grow into maturity and become
strong in the things of God.
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