There seems to be a great difference between knowing about God and knowing Him on a deeply personal level — knowing His Personality and His ways. There is also a difference between God’s ways and His acts. Although it is important to experience His acts (miracles, etc.), it’s better to know His Ways and His Personality. (Matthew 7:20-23) In this lesson we discuss how to develop a personal, intimate relationship with Him.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. (Philippians 3:1-16)
PART 2, THE DISPLESHIP DECISION
What does discipleship, the practical and active adherence to the Word of God, really look like today in everyday life?
The first step in becoming a disciple is the surrender to the Lordship of Jesus. Our will must bow to His in defined and open commitment. This requires a renewing of our way of thinking. (Romans 12:1-2)
The second step is the development of strong Biblical convictions which are basic principles we determine to follow without compromise. It is our heart and our will wholly committed to God’s Principles.
PART 3, THE BELIEVER’S VICTORY (Coming)
God promised Joshua and Israel all the land upon which they set their feet, but they still had to take possession of it. In the same way, believers have the authority to tread upon all the forces of darkness, but they still need to battle against the enemy. How we stand and fight can determine our personal consequences in the battle of the millennium.
We will discuss the Biblical basis for spiritual warfare and the two world views. Understanding our enemy’s kingdom and strategies is critical if we desire to live victoriously in vulnerable areas of conflict. Then we address the issue of becoming a soldier dressed in God’s armor. ( Ephesians 6:10-13)
PART 4, SERVING IN HIS HARVEST (Coming)
The destiny of people and of nations is always being decided. Every generation is strategic. We are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear the full responsibility for the next one; but we do have our present generation. God will hold us responsible as to how we fulfill our responsibilities to this age and take advantage of our opportunities. (Billy Graham) The harvest of souls is clearly at the top of God’s “agenda!”
Other topics include: The mentoring model, Be a Barnabas, pursue a Paul, train a Timothy; the missionary state of the world — from “Jerusalem to the uttermost;” and reaching the unreached and unengaged.