JOSHUA

World Evangelism

 

                      "THE LIFE OF VICTORY"

 

                                     LESSON 5

 

ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY THE WORD

 

                                              By: Hans Hofman

 

Dear friend,

 

In the previous lesson (no 4) we began to see that a Christian is not just someone

who goes to church regularly or someone who tries to live a good life, but that a

Christian is someone "born of God' (born again) and called to be a disciple of the

Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.

A disciple of Jesus Christ is someone who believes in the Word of God, the Bible,

and lives by it. As a Christian you are called to radiate the love and mercy of God

the Father in your own evironment and wherever the Holy Spirit may send you.

This is not just another calling, but a very high and unique calling.

Disciples of Jesus Christ are ambassadors of the kingdom of God.

They (including yourself) ought to have a through knowledge of God's Word,

the Bible. They should know, for instance, what the Bible says about: the origin

of this world and everything that lives upon it, the reason why this world is in

such a mess, who God is, who Jesus is, who the Holy Spirit is, why we are

living in this world, etc., etc.

 

Let us enlarge our knowledge by studying God's Word, the Bible, and allow

God's Spirit to form a clear picture of these things in our hearts and minds, so

that you may know what you believe in and what your faith is based upon.

Without this knowledge of God's Word it is impossible to give a clear and

strong testimony of your faith in God.

 

Every time the Devil came to the Lord Jesus to tempt Him, Jesus SAID

 'IT IS WRITTEN' (Luke 4:4,8 and 12).

The Bible says: "Resist the devil, stand firm in the faith, and he WILL flee from

you." The word of God, the Bible, is the Sword ot the Spirit which God has

given to His bom-again children. Use it in every situation of your life.

For if Jesus Christ, our Creator, needed it during His life on earth, so much more

do we, His creation, need it. Victorious life belongs to a Christian, for "he that

saith he abides in Him ought himself also to walk even as He wa/ked. 

(1 John 2:6) .In all these things we are more than conquerors TROUGH HIM that

LOVED us. 

Questions:

1. Who created heaven and earth, according to Genesis 1:1 ? ...............................

2. Who did so, according to Nehemia 9:6? ...........................................................

3. Who did so, according to Psalms 148:1-5? ......................................................

4. Who did so, according to Psalms 146:5,6 and 96:5? .........................................

5. Who created man, according to Genesis 1 :27? ................................................

6. What is God doing in isaiah 64:8? ...................................................................

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      And whom did He create according to Genesis 5:1,2? ........................................

7. What does John 1:3 say about creation? ..........................................................

8. By whom did God create the world, according to Hebrews 1:1-2? ........................

9. According to Hebrews 1:3, the Lord Jesus is the perfect imprint and very image

   of God the Father. And according to Genesis 1:27 man, too was created after

   God's image and likeness. When God' and the people around look to you,

   WHOM should they be able to see in you? (compare 1 John 2:6) ..........................

 

10. In the Gospel of John we read that Jesus is the Living Word. (read John 1:1-5).

     God created heaven and earth and all life in and upon it through the living Word.

     And through His creation, God shows Himself in all His fulness and splendour.

     What does 2 Corinthians 3:2, 3 say about you as a Christian Disciple?

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11. How do you know, as a Disciple of Jesus Christ, that what God has written in

     His Word, the Bible, about the origin of this world is true? Hebrews 11:3.

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12. What is faith, according to Hebrews 11: 1 ? ......................................................

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13. Faith is an inner certainty brought about by the Spirit of God in the heart of

     man, as soon as he opens up his heart before God.

     The born-again Christian possesses an inner certainty about creation, for

     instance. We call this "FAITH", What kind of people have doubts about

     something like creation? 1 Corinthians 2: 14 .....................................................

14. Which Spirit did you receive as a Christian, according to 1 Corinthians 2:12?

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15. For what PURPOSE did you, as a Christian, receive the Spirit of God?

     1 Corintians 2:12 ............................................................................................

 

16.  16. We received God's Spirit so that "we might know" says the Bible.

            So it is God's Spirit giving the right "knowledge". Hosea, a prophet of God who

            lived in the eighth century before Christ, prophesied about today's current

            problems. Many people are pointing the finger to God and are bitter and angry

            towards God about the decline and the decay of the whole creation.

           They are saying: "If God is love, why etc."

            What reason does Hosea give for : cursing, stealing, murdering, divorce,

            violence, bloodshed, pollution of land, sea and air, etc? Hosea 4:1-3

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17. 2 Chronicles 16:9 speaks about the HEART of man. What is the reason for war,

     according to this text? ....................................................................................

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18. What reason does Hosea give for the defeats suffered by many Christians,

      God's people? Hosea 4:5,6  R.........................................................................

 

19. What can we do to see victory in our lives instead of defeat, as God has

      promised? Joshua 1:8. ...................................................................................

 

20. God promised His disciples to be with them till the end of the world.

     But which command does this promise refer to? Matthew 28:19,20 

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21. What were the disciples doing when God shook the place where they were,

      and all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit? Acts 4:24-31

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22. What appeal did Peter make in Acts 3:19, so that times of relief (redemption,

     new strength, forgive­ness, restoration etc.) would come?  ..................................

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23. According to Acts 4:34, there was never a needy person among the first

     Christians. How was this made possible? Acts 2:44. .........................................

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24. Not only had they received forgiveness of sin, but they had also been SET FREE

     from selfishness  etc.. What was this unity and love rooted in? Acts 2:42

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25. In Genesis 1:26-28, God created man and gave him the authority to rule over 

     the earth and to subject it. In Genesis 3, however, man gave himself over to

    sinful lusts and desires. This caused a separation between God and man,

    and man lost his authority to Satan (they actually gave it away by giving in to

    sin). The cause of the decay ot this earth, therefore, does not lie with God, but

    with man himselt (compare 1 Corinthians 10:13). If you have questions about

    this, there is, in fact, only one clear answer: "being born again".

    Only if the heart ot man is cleaned up by the light of the LORD JESUS CHRIST,

    will any real change take place in the mentality and thinking of man kind and its

   destructive activities and polluting industries, which many times only work to

    satisfy man's vain desires.

 

    What can you do, as a Christian, so that God and the Lord Jesus, wilI again

    become the center of your direct environment and your personallife? Jude 20-23.

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                     ALL THINGS WHERE MADE BY THE WORD

     AND WITHOUT HIM WAS NOT ANYTHING MADE THAT WAS MADE.

                     IN THE WORD WAS LlFE.......... John 1 :3,4a

 

Before you start on lesson 6 next week read Genesis 31 to 50 and Psalms 1 to 30

 

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