Commitment to the Almighty God is the highest priority for the Christian and it cannot be taken lightly because of its eternal implications. There should be assurance of salvation that is Bible based, which lasts forever.
There is a need for an extra spiritual effort on the souls saved to get them established, localized in a church fellowship and mobilized until they too become soul winners.It is not enough for the believer in Christ to go forth and bear fruits in obedience to the Lord’s command but must also ensure that the fruits abide.
This is why the Workers-in-Training programme is packaged to equip believers for service unto God and the edification of the body of Christ. Our prayer is that at the end of these teachings, you would have become a true Christian, on fire for God and ready to take up mountains.
God bless you as you get empowered for the work of ministry.
Pastor E. A. Adeboye
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MEMORY VERSE: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself. Eph. 1:5.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Galatians 4:1-7
INTRODUCTION: When a man is born again, he begins a new life in Jesus Christ. When he is justified, the memory of his past sins is wiped away and he is credited with righteousness of Christ. Adoption admits him into the family of God with all the joys that a son can have in the household of his father. In the new birth, the believer becomes a child of God as a baby in Christ, in adoption that child receives the position of an adult son, and that is, the baby becomes as adult. (Gal. 4:7). A baby is not much different from a servant until he becomes an adult.
WHAT IS THE CONDITION OF ADOPTION?
Adoption has only one condition and that is faith in Christ Jesus. (Gal. 3:26). That is of course if you are already born again and justified by God. Once that is the case, all you have to do to be adopted is to claim your adoption by faith in Christ Jesus.
WHAT IS THE TIME OF ADOPTION?
We do not have to wait till we have been a saint for one year or ten years. Adoption can occur the moment one believes in Jesus Christ or right now (1 John 3:2). However, adoption will only be completed at the resurrection when we enter His presence. (Romans 8:23). Very often in this world, we are not recognized as sons of God. But on the resurrection morning, those of us who remain in the faith will occupy our rightful positions.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT I HAVE BEEN ADOPTED?
You will know that you have been adopted when you begin to be led by the Holy Spirit of God. (Romans 8:14). Guidance by the Holy Spirit in every little thing of life is the proof of adoption. The Holy Spirit will guide any son of God into the truth of God. (John 16:13).
WHAT ARE THE BLESSINGS OF ADOPTION?
There are so many blessings that we cannot list them all. We shall mention just a few. (a) You can now confidently call God your Father (Roman. 8:15). Remember, a slave can only call his master Lord. A slave was never allowed to address his master as “Abba.” But on adoption, you can call Jesus Christ, “My Father and my God.” (b) God loves all His adopted children exactly the same way He loves Jesus Christ (John 17:23). (d) He will also correct you as and when necessary, like any good earthly father does (Heb. 12:5-11). (e) You will have the assurance that one day you will gather with the other sons of God in Heaven. (Jn. 14:14-23), (f) and when you gather, it is to receive your Father’s inheritance (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Is that not wonderful? Should anything in this world attract someone away from God? God forbid!
WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES AS AN ADOPTED CHILD?
As a child of God, I must follow the footsteps of the one who called me. (1 Pet.2:21). As a member of the Royal family of Heaven, I must behave in such a way that people will not have cause to tarnish the image of my Father. (Matt.5:16).Since God chose me due to no merit of mine, I should show my gratitude by continuously praising Him (I Pet. 2:9-10). Finally, I should love and obey Jesus Christ who made it possible for me to become a child of God. Knowing that I can only demonstrate my love for Him by loving my fellowmen (1 John 4:20), therefore I should love my fellowmen also (Jn. 15:17). Are you ready for the blessings and responsibilities of adoption? Will you like to pray about it now?
1. What is the difference between new birth, justification and adoption?
2. What is the condition for adoption?
3. What are the blessings of adoption?
4. What are the responsibilities of adoption?
|ASSURANCE OF SALVATION|
|BATISM OF HOLY SPIRIT|
BIBLE PASSAGE: ACTS 2:1-18
INTRODUCTION: The baptism into the Holy Spirit involves both the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ the Baptizer. Therefore, the baptism is preceded by total surrender and absolute commitment to Jesus. Without this He cannot baptize you in the Holy Spirit. In the case of water baptism, the candidate undergoes total immersion into the river. The candidate does not receive the river, it is the river receiving and overflowing the candidate. When the candidate enters the river, he does not swim about or dive, he walks calmly, resolutely (no going back, I will be baptized today) and keeps going until he stands close to the baptizer. At that point he hands over himself completely to the pastor who will then baptize him. In the case of the HolySpirit baptism, Jesus is the Baptizer, the Holy Spirit is the River, you are the candidate.
WHO CAN BE BAPTIZED?
Anyone who has been born again and sanctified can be baptized into the Holy Spirit. God does not discriminate. He is no respecter of persons. Acts 2:17-18.
WHY DO I NEED TO BE BAPTIZED?
There are several reasons why you need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Here are some of them. Holy Spirit baptism gives you (a) power over sin (Gal. 5:16), (b) power for service (Acts 1:8), (c) power to rebuke evil spirits (Acts 19:13-16), (d) power to rebuke sin (Acts 13:8-11). Also it is the Holy Spirit that bears witness to your spiritual adoption (Rom. 8:16) and leads to dramatic changes in your life. For example, Saul of Tarsus was a great persecutor of Christians (Acts 9:1-2), but after he met the Lord Jesus Christ and he was baptized in the Holy Spirit, he became an entirely new person. (Acts 21:8, 11-13). Above all, it is God’s commandment that you must be baptized in the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). And if God says so, then any true Christian must do what God says.
WHY MUST I SPEAK IN TONGUES?
Why must I speak in tongues when baptized in the Holy Spirit? Can I be baptized without speaking in tongues? The answer is simple. Speaking in tongues is the immediate evidence that you have been baptized. And the reason is that if you surrender your car to a driver, the first thing he does is to take the steering wheel. Surrender your ship to God and the first thing He does is to take the helm to set your life on a new course (James 3:2, 4-5).
When I speak in a new tongue, who speaks, the Spirit or I? The answer is both! You speak as He gives utterance. You talk to God and He understands because you talk to Him with words that He gives upon your lips (Mk. 13:11).
WHAT STEPS DO I HAVE TO TAKE?
To obtain the baptism, there are six steps to take: (a) Confess all your sins to Jesus (1 Jn. 1:9). (b) Renounce these sins (Ps. 66:18). (c) Surrender your life to Him (Rom. 6:13). This is very important. His will must not be at variance with yours. His will must be your will (PS. 40:8). The Holy Spirit is power. And power can be dangerous in the hands of an undisciplined or unsurrendered person. (d) Obey. You must be prepared to obey every command of Jesus Christ henceforth (Acts 5:32). (e) Believe. (James 1:6-7). The Holy Spirit is more anxious to fill you than you are to receive Him. What are you to believe? His promise, of course. Joel (2:28-29). Finally (f) Ask. It is who asks who receives (LK. 11:13).
Are you willing, are you determined? Remember the prodigal son: he said “I will arise and go!” He arose and went. No looking back. If you too are totally determined, then today is your day! Ask and receive the gift of God today.
1. Who is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit?
2. Who can be baptized, a judge or a messenger?
3. Why do you need to be baptized?
4. Why must you speak in tongues?
5. What steps lead to the baptism?
|BE SEPARATE – PART ONE|
|BE SEPARATE – PART TWO|
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF SEPARATION?
If we live a life of separation from sin and worldly amusements and separated unto God, the following blessings shall be ours:
(a) We shall be transformed more and more into the image of Jesus Christ (Rom. 12:2).
(b) We Lord will receive us (11 Cor. 6:17).
(c) We shall be a “Vessel unto honour fit for the Master’s use” (11 Tim. 2:20-21).
In making up your mind whether or not to be separate, always remember Moses and Juda.
(Heb. 11:24-25). May the Lord guide your choice.
1. What is the meaning of the “World” as used in 1 Jn. 2:15?
2. From what things are we definitely to be separate?
3. When in doubt what are we to do?
4. What are the results of a life of separation?
FURTHER READINGS: The following passages will tell you more about this topic: James 4:4, 11 Tim. 4:10. Heb. 11:13, 1 Tim. 4:7, Gal. 3:2.
INTRODUCATION: There are two stages in the confession of Christ, one before salvation and leading to it (Rom. 10:9) and the other after salvation (Matt. 10:32-33). One may ask the question is it possible to be a secret believer? And the answer is yes, for a short time.” In John 19:38, Joseph of Arimathaea was a secret believer, but later he openly confessed Christ by asking for the body of Jesus. Similarly, no one who had been truly born-again can remain for long without letting people know that Christ has taken over his life.
WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO CONFESS CHRIST?
There are six main reasons why a believer must confess Christ. These are:
(a) There are two parts to salvation: believing in the heart and confessing twine the mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord.
(b) Confession of Christ brings real joy to the convert.
(c) Confession of Christ solves many problems. Others know who you are and what you stand for and respect you for a clear- cut stand. The world despises a weak, cowardly and secret Christian. Temptations to worldly places of amusements are halted and invitations to Christian gatherings increase.
(d) A witnessing Christian is not likely to backsliders. Backsliders can trace their downfall to their failure to confess Christ publicly.
(e) If someone does a great thing for you, it is natural to tell everyone about it. We are saved by Christ, and this is the greatest thing anyone can do for us, therefore we should tell the news to everyone, and
(f) We must confess Christ audibly because Christ commanded it in Matt. 10:32-33.
HOW CAN IT BE DONE?
Confessing Christ can be done.
(a) Publicly in a Church gathering, prayer meeting or open air crusade.
(b) Privately to your friends, relatives and neighbours, in daily conversion.
(c) In public baptism, in association with a good, truly spiritual, active Christian church.
(d) By constant attendance at Church services and
(e) To everybody, near and far by letters, phone calls etc. (Acts 1:8).
HOW OFTEN MUST IT BE DONE?
Is one public confession enough for life? No, it is something that we must do repeatedly. The Christian life that is not full of constant Christ confession will not grow. Such a Christian will gradually grow cold and may even die spiritually (Jer. 20:19). How can you hide a fire within your heart!
WHAT ACTUALLY IS CONFESSION OF CHRIST?
Confessing Christ is not necessarily preaching sermons, but telling the simple story of what Christ has done for us. Tell the simple fact of your conversion: what you used to be and what you are now. Tell about answers to prayer that you have received (Ps. 50:15). Tell about the satisfaction that Christ gives you and be sincere about it. Tell about personal victory over sin and temptations. Tell about how God speaks to you today during your private prayer time. Speak of the Saviour’s power to save, heal, bless and se6t free. Speak of His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, second coming and of future judgement.
WHAT PREVENTS PEOPLE FROM CONFESSING CHRIST?
There are three major hindrances to public confession of Christ, namely:
(a) Fear of man: Many people are afraid of what people will say or think about them if they know that they have accepted Christ. The cure for that is in (11 Tim. 1:7).
(b) Shame: Many are ashamed of publicly declaring for Christ. The cure for that is (11 Tim. 1:8).
(c) Impure life: Many are afraid that their personal lives are such that they should not be known as Christians. If that is the case, then may be you are not even saved yet. Then seek salvation first (1 John 1:9).
WHY IS IT DANGEROUS TO KEEP QUIET?
If we do not tell others about Christ and His powers, how then will they come to admire Him and accept Him? Ezek. 33:8 is a solemn warning to the silent believer on the Lord Jesus Christ! Pray for courage so that you may be able to start confessing Christ as from today.
FURTHER READINGS: The following passages will tell you more: 1 Jn. 4:18, Ph. 4:13, 1 Cor. 12:3, Acts 5:20.
|FISHING FOR MEN’S SOULS – PART ONE|
|FISHING FOR MEN’S SOULS – PART TWO|
|GOD THE FATHER|
|GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT|
|GOD THE SON|
|SINS AGAINST THE HOLY SPIRIT|
|THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT|
|THE CHURCH – PART ONE|
|THE CHURCH – PART TWO|
|THE FEAR OF THE LORD|
|THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT|
|THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF CHRIST|
|THE SPIRIT FILLED|
|THE WORKS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT|
|THE LORD’S COMMANDMENTS|
|THE LORD JESUS|
|THE LORD’S WILL|
INTRODUCATION: The Christian is one who has renounced his own will and submits to the will of God for his life in all that he does. The life of Jesus Christ on earth is a perfect illustration of absolute conformity to the will of God (Heb. 10:7). As Jesus was assigned a specific task to perform on earth, so each Christian is similarly assigned a special task. The problem that faces every-Christian then is how to ascertain the will of God for his life. It is our prayer that this lesson will throw some light on this very crucial task of knowing the Lord’s will.
IS THERE A PLAN FOR MY LIFE
Yes, there is a plan for your life. There is a divine plan for each one of God’s people. This plan takes into consideration your personality, talents, needs, potentialities and environment (Eph. 2:10). God has ordained certain specific, tasks, works or race for each individual Christian (Heb. 12:1). Paul could say, “I have finished my course,” only when he had fulfilled his Ministry and his work was completed (11 Tim. 4:7).
WHAT IS THE PLAN LIKE
God’s plan for you is very personal. It is just for you. And the plan is very detailed with every thing worked out step by step (Ps. 37:23). God might not reveal th3e distant future, but His guidance will be continuous (Isa. 58:11). He is always ready to reveal the next step to you but as usual you need to ask before you can receive (Ps. 143:8). One thing you can be sure of is that God’s will for you is always good and perfect (Rom. 12:2). You must also realize that you are incapable of planning your own life (Jere. 10:23) Only God knows the future and He is the one capable of choosing our vacation, life partner or path.
HAVE ALL THE PLANS CERTAIN THINGS IN COMMON
Yes, God’s plans always include certain features. For example, separation from sin into holiness is always in any divine plan (1 Thess. 4:3). Prayer and thanksgiving are always God’s will for us (1 Thess. 5:17-18). Everyone is also expected to do good deeds (1 Pet. 2:15). These three things are basic to every individual plan of God.
WHAT MUST I DO TO BE GUIDED BY GOD
If you are a saved soul and you wish to know God’s plan for your life, there are certain things you must do.
(a) Trust in the Lord (Ps. 37:3, Ps. 32:8). You can only be guided by someone you trust.
(b) Commit everything to Him and Him only. Do not choose first and then ask Him to ratify (Ps. 37:5).
(c) Rest in Him and be patient. God is a King, in fact the King of Kings, therefore honour Him, and not hurry Him (Ps. 37:7). He promises to guide, but not necessarily to reveal His will the same day that you request it.
(d) Surrender to the will of God (Rom. 12:1-2). When He finally reveals His will to you, abide by it.
WHAT METHODS DOES GOD USE IN REVEALING HIS WILL
God is sovereign and does not work according to a set pattern, for He deals with each person differently. However God often guides through portions of Scriptures that keep flashing in to your mind (Ps. 119:105). Caution: Do not close your eyes and point at a random verse, God does not act haphazardly. Saturate yourself with the word of God so that the Lord can bring various portions to your mind as the need arises. God’s will is never contrary to the Bible. Therefore, know the Word. Another method commonly used by God is inner conviction that is given by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:16). Caution: Always ask: “Is it the voice of my own desires or is it what God wants me to do?” (Jn. 16:13). And obstacle may be a stop light so that we can wait for Him!
There are other ways God may use in revealing His will but the above two are the surest. In all cases you surrender your own will and be absolutely neutral if you are to know His will. Pray for guidance, study the Word and wait on God. You only need light for one step at a time. Obey that light and then He will give you further light.
1. When are the plans for you life drawn up?
2. What do we learn about the will of God from Acts 22:14 and Ps. 32:8?
3. Mention three basic features of every plan of God?
4. Mention two guiding lights of guidance?
FURTHER READINGS: The following passages will tell you more: Isa. 30:21. Jn. 17:4, Ps. 37:4, Acts 16:6-10, Judges 6:37:39.
|THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST|
|VICTORY OVER SIN|
|YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN|
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.
Hebrews 13: 8