Lessons

26 Sep Quarter Four Lesson One

Growing into Fatherhood The gospel causes us to grow, to change, to become like Jesus. It’s a slow process but it does happen. In this lesson we learn that it is feeding on the gospel that causes us to grow to be like Christ. We learn that seeing the gospel over and over, in the mysteries of the Old Testament and the clear teaching of the New Testament, produces real growth and maturity in our lives. Come and study this good news, and see how it can take us from being “little children” to becoming “young men” and eventually “fathers” in the faith!

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26 Sep Quarter Four Lesson Two

Going Deeper in the Gospel Those who find gold, or oil, know that they’re initial discovery place is usually just the beginning. Once they discover their treasure they don’t run off and look in other places, they simply go deeper at the same spot. The gospel is not merely for unbelievers or baby Christians; it is for all of life, and it gets richer the more you see it and the more you discover it. Come and find gold in the gospel, and discover afresh the treasure that Jesus Christ is. You’ll find that you want to return again and again, and go deeper right where you discovered Him initially.

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26 Sep Quarter Four Lesson Three

Growing through Finding the Gospel in Parables Jesus told stories. A lot of them. In fact, he didn’t speak without them. And his parables are gospel stories. “A kernel of wheat must fall into the ground and die, in order to produce fruit.” “The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” “A man found treasure in the field and sold all he had to buy that field.” These are gospel stories, and the more we see the gospel and learn how to apply it the more we grow into spiritual parents. Come and look into some parables, those gospel stories, and see how Jesus taught the good news.

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26 Sep Quarter Four Lesson Four

Scripture gives us many things to do in order to grow into spiritual parents, those who have children in the Lord. One such thing is to “restore others gently in a spirit of humility.” But do you see how that admonition is really a gospel promise? Jesus came to this earth and humbled Himself unto death in order to restore us to God. Now we are to have that same attitude, that same mindset. This is how we grow in the Lord and how we win people back to Him. It all comes from the gospel and returns to the gospel.

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26 Sep Quarter Four Lesson Five

Falling from Grace We’ve often heard the term “falling from grace” but what does it mean? Does it mean that we can sin our way out of heaven? Or have our names erased from the Book of Life through stumbles? Actually, it means something quite different. This lesson shows us that as we minister to others we don’t want to fall from grace but rather keep the gospel central. This will help us to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and help those to whom we minister to grow and mature as well. Come learn about how not to fall from grace by embracing the good news about Jesus.

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26 Sep Quarter Four Lesson Six

Keys to Fruitfulness John chapter 15 is all about how to bear fruit in ministry. It’s about how to help others successfully. In this lesson we want to learn these keys to fruitfulness, and see how they relate to the gospel. Growing into a spiritual father or mother requires one special thing, and in this lesson we examine what that one special thing is, and how to apply it in our lives. Come and study the key to fruitfulness as it relates to the gospel, and grow into spiritual parenthood as you apply the truths of this lesson.

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26 Sep Quarter Four Lesson Seven

The Message and the Man Helping others requires us to maintain two important truths; one, is the message of the gospel. It must be kept central in all we do. And the second is our own life, how we live and present ourselves along with the gospel. Both are important. People have stagnated in their growth by focusing on numerous religion teachings apart from the gospel, and they’ve also stunted their growth by not watching their own life and how they come across to others. Come and learn how the gospel is to be kept preeminent, but how our lives are also important in the equation of ministering to others.

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26 Sep Quarter Four Lesson Eight

Patience: one of the Keys to Fruitfulness Patience is an essential character trait when ministering to others. No Christian is a “professional” who gets to claim being an “expert”; we are all “sheep” following our Shepherd, Jesus Christ. If we want to grow into maturity it means growing in patience. And where do we learn patience? From the One Who patiently waited for us to come to Him and bear fruit unto salvation. The One who died on a cross, that He might exalt us to the highest heaven. He is now patiently waiting and working in and through us for His glory. Come study patience from a totally different perspective; the gospel perspective. This will help you grow into spiritual maturity and spiritual fruitfulness.

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26 Sep Quarter Four Lesson Nine

Graciousness of Speech One of the characteristics that is very unChristlike is “harshness.” Jesus was never harsh to anyone, He was always gracious, even when He rebuked or denounced them. While love is the most important characteristic to obtain, and it comes straight from the gospel, graciousness in our actions and speech is so needed to grow into spiritual parenthood and win others to Jesus. Come study Jesus’ graciousness, seeing His actions and speech, and especially His graciousness at the cross. He was most gracious to us in His death, opening up all of heaven to us by it and purchasing our eternal life. That’s gracious!

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26 Sep Quarter Four Lesson Ten

The Importance of Love “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1

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26 Sep Quarter Four Lesson Eleven

Application This lesson gives you a chance to apply all that you have learned about ministering to others. In this lesson we give you the chance to minister to sample people using the gospel, and get feedback from your mentor as to how well you ministered.

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26 Sep Quarter Four Lesson Twelve

This is the final lesson in this series on growing in the Lord through the gospel. Here we give you another opportunity to respond to sample people, applying the gospel to their lives. We take a look at two men from the Old Testament that knew how to live in faith in the promises of God, and see how their faith enabled them to triumph. Growing in the Lord means living in faith, believing the gospel afresh every day.

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20 Sep Quarter Three Lesson One

Overcoming and Motivation What motivation should a believer have for overcoming sin, the flesh, the devil and all other problems in life? The Bible tells us the gospel is a powerful motivation for living life for God. There are many motivators in this world: we’re motivated to diet if we want to look better. We’re motivated to quit smoking if we want to be healthier. We’re motivated to change if we want to impress people. But the Bible tells us the gospel brings with it the most powerful motivation in the world for real life change. Come and study the gospel and experience this powerful motivating force!

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21 Sep Quarter Three Lesson Two

Overcoming and Guilt What is it that keeps us from true life change? What defeats all our New Year’s resolutions and all our vows to do better? The Bible tells us that guilt is like an undertow. It pulls us back out into the ocean of sin. This is why the gospel is such a powerful motivation that enables us to overcome sin. After all, Jesus took on all your sin and removed all your guilt, and therefore there is no more “undertow” pulling us back out into sin. Come and study how the gospel removes our guilt and enables our overcoming.

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22 Sep Quarter Three Lesson Three

Overcome the World, the Flesh and the Devil “Know your enemy” is a famous maxim for soldiers. Believers have three main enemies in this world: the world, the flesh and the devil. What wonderful news to hear that Jesus defeated these enemies when He died on the cross and rose from the dead. Through the gospel we become “more than conquerors” through Him Who loves us. Come and study how Jesus death and resurrection is your victory over the three enemies that defeated human beings for thousands of years. Come and learn how to be victorious through the gospel.

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