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Exploring membership 1


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First session of the Exploring Membership class of Nova Church, Walterboro.

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Exploring membership 1

  1. 1. <ul><li>This 4 week class is designed to introduce participants to: </li></ul><ul><li>Biblical Discipleship – 2 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Nova Church Membership – 2 weeks </li></ul>To the Nova Church EXPLORING MEMBERSHIP Group
  2. 2. Following Jesus <ul><li>is more than an intellectual decision; </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Repentance = change of direction Acts 3:19 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Confession = acknowledging our need John 15:5 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Submission = yielding to God James 4:7 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Availability = glorifying God Matthew 5:13-16 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>is difficult; Matthew 7:13-14 </li></ul><ul><li>is about getting to know God better and becoming more like Jesus; I John 2:5-6; Phil. 2:5-8 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Following Jesus <ul><li>A great definition of a “Disciple” is someone who lives as Jesus lived, loves what Jesus loved, and leaves behind what Jesus left behind; </li></ul><ul><li>Following Jesus is about recognizing God’s ownership of all that we are and have AND making it available to use for His glory; </li></ul>
  4. 4. Relationship is Key <ul><li>Our relationship with Jesus makes us “children of God.” Therefore, the commands of Christ come from a loving Father Who always knows what is best for us; </li></ul><ul><li>His commands are never burdensome: I John 5:3; Matthew 11:28-30 </li></ul>
  5. 5. What does the “Narrow Gate” mean? <ul><ul><ul><li>You can’t bring anything in. Anything you have in heaven must be sent on ahead. Matthew 6:19-21 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You can’t get in with anyone else. Romans 3:10, 23 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You have to be on the list. Luke 10:20; Rev. 13:8; 20:11-15; 21:27 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What Happens When We Surrender to Christ? <ul><li>Our past sins are forgiven; I John 1:9 </li></ul><ul><li>We become “Children of God;” John 1:12 </li></ul><ul><li>We receive Eternal Life; John 3:16; </li></ul><ul><li>We become home to the Holy Spirit; Romans 8:16 </li></ul>
  7. 7. What Didn’t Happen When We Surrendered to Christ? <ul><li>We didn’t lose the “bent toward sin;” Romans 7:13-25 </li></ul><ul><li>As long as we live here, there will be a war within our souls between the “sin nature” and the “nature of Christ;” </li></ul><ul><li>The winner of those battles is determined by our spiritual discipline or lack thereof; </li></ul>
  8. 8. Who IS the Holy Spirit? <ul><li>He IS God! </li></ul><ul><li>He IS the Creator! Genesis 1:2 </li></ul><ul><li>He IS the One Who brings conviction about sin, righteousness, & judgment! John 16:8ff </li></ul>
  9. 9. Who IS the Holy Spirit? <ul><li>He IS the Spirit of Truth! John 14:16-17 </li></ul><ul><li>He IS the Teacher! John 14:26 </li></ul><ul><li>He ALWAYS bears witness to Jesus! John 16:13-14 </li></ul>
  10. 10. What does the Holy Spirit do? <ul><li>He IS the Spirit of Truth! John 14:16-17 </li></ul><ul><li>He IS the Teacher! John 14:26 </li></ul><ul><li>He ALWAYS bears witness to Jesus! John 16:13-14 </li></ul><ul><li>He inspires joyful, celebrative worship; Acts 2:42, 46-47 </li></ul>
  11. 11. What does the Holy Spirit do? <ul><li>He protects, provides, & prospers the faithful for the mission the Father has given His Church; Romans 12:6; John 14:26 </li></ul>
  12. 12. His Relationship with Us <ul><li>We are . . . </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To live by the Spirit Galatians 5:25 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the dwelling place of the Spirit I Corinthians 6:19 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>sealed by the Spirit Ephesians 1:13-14 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>given the down payment of the Spirit 2 Cor. 5:5 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to be filled with the Spirit Ephesians 5:13 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to display the fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to discover, develop, & employ our gift(s) of the Spirit I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11-13 </li></ul></ul></ul>