Methodist Church Nigeria Diocese of Lagos

Monthly Bible Study Outline-October, 16th, 2011

SOWING AND REAPING                                      BIBLE PASSAGE: 2Corinthians 9:1-15                 MEMORY VERSE: 2Corinthians 9:6

INTRODUCTION

Sowing and reaping is like a cause and effect that must always go together. Jesus said ‘And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Luke 6:31. This means that what we reap is what we had sown. It is therefore an action that produces

 SELF - EXAMINATION

BIBLE PASSAGE: LUKE 15:11-19, 32                  M.V.  2CORINTHIANS 13:5a

INTRODUCTION

Self-examination is the venture of assessing one’s self, life and character without being partial. It is an act of looking inwards and searching within, by the help of the Holy Ghost, to see if there is any iniquity within. It is the ability of a man, to discover his faults with a view to living a better life before men and God .it is an exercise that requires sincerity and deep meditation. Excuse giving, finding other people’s fault, freeing oneself from blame, or blaming others for one’s actions is not acceptable in Holy Spirit  led self –examination. In Hag. 1:5, God told the Jewish remnants “consider your ways.” This is self-examination. Self –examination is needed for spiritual growth. It is the life style of heaven minded Christians. Our text talks about the mistake, meditation, self-examination and progress in the life of the prodigal son. Without self-examination he would not have moved forward.

THE WAY OF SELF-EXAMINATION

The way of self-examination involves the following :

1) Deep thought about one’s way of life. Ps 119:59
2) Critical examination of one’s self. 2Corin. 13:5
3) Impartial judgment of one’s self. 1Corin. 11:31
4) Asking for God’s help in proper self-examination. Ps.26:2, 139:23
5) Silence as we allow the voice of the Holy Spirit to be the dominant voice
6) Objective review of past actions, utterances, motive and way of living.
7) Repentance                           8) Apology where necessary.
9) Restitution                             10) Turning a new leaf i.e. living a better life thereafter.

It must be pointed out that we must ask God to lead us in the path of life. It is only then that self-examination can be meaningful. Ps. 139:24.

Discussion Question 1: Why is it so difficult for us to assess ourselves correctly?

Discussion Question 2: What practical steps can we take in giving ourselves correct assessment?

THE VALUE OF SELF-EXAMINATION

  • It makes one wise. Isa. 44:16-19
  • Secret sins are discovered and repented of before they destroy one. MK. 14:27
  • It delivers one from the condemnation of hell 1Corin. 9:27
  • It brings joy to the humble. Gal. 6:4
  • It is like a guide cautioning one in cases of excessive living, subtle sin creeping  into one’s life or derailing  from the faith of Christ.

CONCLUSION

Every one of us should be concerned about what God thinks about us. As a result, we should examine ourselves from time to time in other to attain God’s standard. Prominent in self-examination is the attempt to answer some heart searching questions such as:

  • DO I REALLY LOVE HIM/HER?
  • WAS I EVER BORN-AGAIN?
  • AM I NOT BECOMING PROUD?
  • IS THIS NOT COMPROMISE?
  • WOULD GOD TRULY ALLOW ME  TO DRESS THIS WAY OR USE THIS THING?
  • WHY AM I SHY?
  • DID I SPEAK THE WHOLE TRUTH?
  • WHY DID I SAY SO?
  • WOULD I GET TO HEAVEN LIKE THIS?
  • AM I STILL A LOVING HUSBAND, WIFE, PRACTICING CHRISTIAN?
  • WHAT WOULD JESUS HAVE DONE IN THIS SITUATION?

The questions can be more but the matter is how to answer them correctly and sincerely. Therefore, children of God let us search and try our ways and turn again to the Lord. Lam. 3:40. Let each of us consider and see if we are doing what God assigned to us as Christians. Are you sure you are contributing your own quota to the progress of the church. EXAMINE YOURSELF.
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Monthly Bible Study-                                   April 17th 2011

                                 PALM SUNDAY

BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 21:1-11                                        M.V. Zech. 9:9

 

INTRODUCTION

The beginning of the journey of Jesus to the cross is what we celebrate today as Palm Sunday. It is the beginning of what the church calls the Holy Week (the week of Christ’s crucifixion). On this day, He rode on a Colt into Jerusalem – the city where He was going to be crucified. What a brave Christ! The Colt had never been ridden by anyone before. This is to depict the sacredness of its task (compare Num.19:2; Deut.21:3, 1Sam.6:7). The crowd received Jesus like a king. They spread their cloaks in front of him and cut down and waved the palm branches. This is where the name ‘Palm Sunday’ originated. As expected, the people expressed their excitement with a shout. They shouted ‘Hosanna’. That great theologian, William Barclay writes on this, ‘They shouted "Hosanna!" We must be careful to see what this word means. Hosanna means Save now! and it was the cry for help which a people in distress addressed to their king or their god. It is really a kind of quotation from Ps.118:25: "Save us, we beseech Thee, O Lord." The phrase, "Hosanna in the highest!" must mean, "Let even the angels in the highest heights of heaven cry unto God, Save now!"’. Interestingly, the event was prophesied years before it happened. Zech. 9:9, John 12:12-15.

WHAT PALM SUNDAY REVEALED ABOUT JESUS

At least the following three things are clearly shown about Jesus for daring to ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday:

1)      HIS COURAGE: Jesus knew full well that He was entering a hostile city. Though the crowd is enthusiastic, the final word was not with them but with their leaders who hated Jesus and are ready to eliminate Him. It is a courageous man like Jesus, who, giving such circumstances will not slip in to town under cover of night. What a courageous Jesus; He entered in the full glare of those who would soon arrange His crucifixion. He seemed to say, ‘here am I, do your worst’. Luke 19: 39-40, Matt. 21:10-11

2)      HIS CLAIM:  Certainly it shows us His claim to be God's Messiah, God's Anointed One. That is why He planned and arranged His triumphal entry to Jerusalem with the pomp and splendour that characterized the occasion. He entered Jerusalem as a king, yea, the King. Matt 21:6-9, Mark 11:7-10, Luke 19:37-38.

3)      HIS APPEAL: It shows us His appeal. It was not the kingship of the throne which He claimed; it was the kingship of the heart. He came humbly and riding upon an Ass. When a king came riding an ass, it was the sign that he came in peace. Otherwise, he rode a Horse. Riding a Horse was the mount of war; the ass was the mount of peace. So when Jesus claimed to be King, He claimed to be the king of peace. He showed that He came, not to destroy, but to love; not to condemn, but to help; not in the might of arms, but in the strength of love.

THE PROBLEM OF PALM SUNDAY

The problem with Palm Sunday is that the excitement of that crowd soon faded, and when Good Friday rolled around, many of the same voices who shouted "Hosanna!" were also shouting "Crucify Him!" Their love for the Lord was shallow and based entirely on their hope of what they can get from Christ. Matt 21:9, Mark 15:13-14, Luke 23:21

THE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF PALM SUNDAY

Each of us should truly examine ourselves, dedicate or rededicate our consecration to God and promise to love HIM wholly without reservation and follow HIM more nearly whether we receive from HIM our desires or not. Men whose love for Christ is genuine are men who can say like Job said, ‘Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him.’ Job 13:15

Discussion Question 1: What message might Jesus have been trying to communicate by entering on a donkey and not on a white horse?

Discussion Question 2: In your own opinion, how should we celebrate Palm Sunday?

Discussion Question 3: What does it mean to have Jesus as our King and Messiah?

CONCLUSION

Let us learn from the Colt. The Colt was pure (never used for any purpose before then). The Colt was obedient and submissive (did not struggle with its owner when untied neither did it struggle with Jesus when He mounted it). The Colt had no will, no desire, no preference, no bidding. The master’s will, desire, preference, bidding was its choice. Who among us will allow Jesus to ride on him/her? It is about submitting our will, desires, preferences and biddings to Him and giving Him the rule over us. 

Prayer: Lord, help me submit my will to you so that I might begin asking your expectations of me, rather than demanding my expectations of you, in Jesus’ name, AMEN.
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Sunday August 21st, 2011

 

CONSISTENT CHRISTIAN LIVING

 

 

BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 5: 21-24                 MEMORY VERSE: Genesis 5:24

INTRODUCTION:

Consistent Christian living is the state of living the Christian life as a Christian at all times and in all circumstances. In all the weathers of life, whether favourable or not, whether in the secret or open, the Christian must always be a Christian. Some Christians are ‘better Christians’ when they are yet unemployed and without fat salaries while some are ‘better Christians’ when surrounded by a host of brethren. We are not supposed to be fair weather Christians. Sadly, that’s what most of us are. How can it be possible to preach against stealing, adultery etc and be guilty of the same. Ha! Great inconsistency.  

STEPS TO CONSISTENT CHRISTIAN LIVING

 

1.      There must be genuine salvation; always the starting point. 1 Thess. 5:9, 1 Pet. 1:9.

2.      The early Christian life must be established and grounded. Colo 2:7, Heb 6:1, 1 Pet. 2:2

3.      There must be Christian growth. 2Peter 1:5-8, 3:18, Ephe. 4:11-15

4.      Diligence is required. 2 Peter 1:10, Heb 2:1 Jude 1:3

5.      Abiding in the assembly of believers. Acts 14:27-28, Heb. 10:25.

6.      There must be conviction on basic Christian principles. Gen. 39:9.

7.      Unashamed and unalloyed commitment to the Lord and kingdom work. Luke 9:57-62.

 

Discussion Question 1: Mention 3 Christian duties that are relevant to consistent Christian living.

 

REASONS FOR INCONSISTENCY IN CHRISTIAN LIVING

Some reasons for inconsistency as recorded in Gala 2:11-14, which we must guard against are:

1.     Compromise of our faith. Gala 2:12, John 6:66

2.     The fear, worship and respect of man rather than God. Gal 2:12, John 16:14

3.      Double standards in our dealings with men. Gal 2:12, Matt 26:14

4.      Forsaking and forgetting the Word of God. Acts 10:34-35, Heb. 10:25

5.      Wrong fellowship. Gal. 2:13, 1 Corin. 1:12-13.

6.       Hypocrisy. Gal. 2:13, Matt 23:27-28.

 

We must be ready to arrest inconsistency in our Christian lives by carefully avoiding the above pitfalls. Open rebuke, godly probing questions and interrogations will help to check the inconsistent Christian. To keep quiet when we find our brother/sister derailing from faith is not to love him/ her.

 

Discussion Question 2: What type of godly interrogations can we direct to a once-upon-a time regular and committed church steward or chorister?

Discussion Question 3: How may we help a derailing minister of the Word?

Discussion Question 4: Why do we as parents, pastors, teachers etc preach and talk against things we are guilty of? How may we be helped?

 

CONCLUSION

The reward for consistent Christian living is abundant life in God from now till eternity. On the other hand, the consequence of inconsistency is eternal damnation. Consistent Christian living is practicable. Take a lead and show the world consistency in good works, righteous living and Christ likeness.
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Sept. 18th 2011

THE SIN OF INCONSISTENCY

BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 7:21-27                                   MEMORY VERSE: Mark 7:6b

INTRODUCTION:

What is Inconsistency? Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines it as - "not persistent, lacking firmness of constitution or character, and lacking harmony of conduct and practice with profession."  Inconsistency is professing what we do not practice. The whole world should have been converted to Christ by now if many of us Christians had been consistent. Inconsistency is deadly and has brought great reproach to the cause of Christ. The gravity of this sin is that it is like a little poison in a large container of water. It poisons the whole. An inconsistent Christian gives the whole lot of us bad names. Once the unbeliever judges one of us for inconsistency, they put the label of inconsistency on all of us. Until the Holy Spirit convicts such unbeliever he/she will refuse to believe any of us. An inconsistent Christian soils the rest of us. No wonder Paul tells the Romans that Christ’s name is blasphemed among the Gentiles through them. Rom 2:21-24

THE FACES OF THE SIN OF INCONSISTENCY
1.      Saying what we do not do – Rom 2:21-23, Isaiah 29:13
2.      Judging others for what we are guilty of – Rom 2:1, Matt. 7:3
3.      Profession without corresponding good action - Titus 1:16, Luke 6:46

Discussion Question 1: Mention practical areas of inconsistency in our dealings at our places of employment or business.

Discussion Question 2: Why are some Christians inconsistent and how can we guard against it?

THE ANTIDOTE FOR THE SIN OF INCONSISTENCY

1.      Deliberately walk in the fear of God – Neh 5:9b, Prov. 8:13, 23:17.
2.      Reckon yourself dead to sin – Rom 6:11-12
3.      Yield yourself to God – Rom 6:13-14
4.      Mortify your body – Colossians 3:5-9,
5.      Put on the new man – Colossians 3:9-10

Discussion Question 3: ‘Gambling is inconsistent with Christian living’ Discuss

CONCLUSION

John Blanchard was noted to have said "What you are in public will never blind God to what you are in private." We must avoid inconsistency as much as we avoid poison. We cannot live the Christian life in its fullness except our professions complement our character. This is the reason Jesus will say to some miracle working ‘Christians’,  ‘I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.’ Matt. 7:21-23. From now on, preach to yourself first, before preaching to others. Advise yourself before advising others. Correct your life before trying to correct others. That’s one way to keep inconsistency outside the door.

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CONVENTION 2011 BIBLE STUDY 1

JESUS: TOTAL HEALING

Acts 10: 38

Memory Verse: ‘’For I am the LORD who heals you (Exd.15: 26d)."

The subject of healings would have been unnecessary if sicknesses, diseases and plagues are not in vogue. After man disobeyed his Creator; trouble began. Man began to experience diverse ailments that were not part of the goodies of Eden initially enjoyed at creation. The situation has not changed. Infact; things are getting worse by the day. However divine healing takes a major position in the manifesto of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Out text shows a picture of what Jesus did for the oppressed; His travail and journeys to divers’ places for the sole purpose of total healing for us.

  1. CATALOGUE OF DISEASES: Deut.7: 17

Diseases are ailments or sicknesses. They are instruments by which God punishes those who go contrary to His Word. (2 Chron.21: 15). A few of these diseases are: HIV/AIDS, anemia, anthrax, appendicitis, arthritis, asthma, beriberi, cancer (breast, tongue, cervix, lung, etc), palsy, chickenpox, cholera, diabetics, ear infections, ebola, epilepsy, gastroenteritis, gonorrhea, heart disease, hepatitis A-E, high blood pressure, infertility, influenza, jaundice,  kwashiorkor, leprosy, leukemia, malaria, measles, meningitis, obesity, plague, fever, rickets, rheumatism, scabies, scurvy, SARS, stomach ulcer, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, warts, etc.

Some of these diseases are recorded in the Bible: barrenness (Gen.16: 1, 20: 1-7), blindness (Gen.27: 1-2, Deut.28: 28), boils (Exd.9: 10, Deut.28: 27), leprosy (Lev.14-15, Matt.8: 1-4), blemishes (Lev.21: 18), crooked back (Lev.21: 20), dwarfed (Lev.21: 20), eczema (Lev.21: 20, Deut.28: 27), fever (Deut.28: 22-27), dysentery (2 Chron.21: 12-19), venereal disease (Ps 38: 3, 5,7), palsy (Matt.4: 24, 10: 1-8), ulcers (Lk.16: 20), impediment of speech (Mk.7: 32), running issue (Matt.9: 32),incurable diseases (2 Chron. 21:18) etc.

Discussion 1: Read the following references and highlight other diseases mentioned in scripture

a.       Lev.21: 18………………………………..b. Lev.26:16…………………c. Deut.28: 22 ………………………….

d. Deut.28: 27, 35……………………………….e.Ps.38:5…………………….…f.Matt.4:24…………………………..……

g.Matt.11:5……………………………………….….h. Jn.5:5………………………..i.Act.12: 23…………………………………

 2. CAUSES OF SICKNESSES: 2 Chron.21: 15

Most sicknesses are consequences of man’s evil, sin and the fall at Eden. Diseases were and are still special curses upon men only when they will not obey God.  The devil sometimes is permitted to inflict men with diseases (Job 2:6, 7; Lk. 9:39; 13:16). At other times, sicknesses are brought on by intemperance (Hos. 7:5). On most occasions, ailments are sent as a punishment of sin (Lev. 26:14-16; 2 Chron. 21:12-15; 1 Cor. 11:30). It is one of God's four sore judgments on a guilty land (Eze.14:19-21). In some instances, taking the Lord’s Supper unworthily invites disease (1 Cor.11: 30).

Discussion 2: What light can we see from the following Biblical quotations with respect to ailments?

  1. Lev. 14:34 …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
  2. Ps 107:17………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
  3. Isa 3:17…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Discussion 3:-Describe the following instances of diseases as a result of sin

a. 1 Sam. 25:38 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

b. 2 Sam 12:15 …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

c. 2 Kg. 5:27 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

d. 2 Chron. 13:20 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

e. 2 Chron. 21:12-19 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

f.  2 Chron. 26:17-19 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Many people turn to Doctors for remedy whereas God is behind their affliction (2 Chron. 16:12; Mk. 5:26). In all our afflictions; there are promises of healing. Jesus gives spiritual, physical, financial, marital, psychological, emotional healings. Run to Him today! (Ps 30:2; 107:18-20).
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BIBLE STUDY 2

JESUS: TOTAL HEALING

Acts 10: 38

Memory Verse: "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land ‘’(2 Cron.7: 14).

Believers in Christ are covenant people whom God described as ‘a kingdom of priests and a holy nation’ (Exd.19: 6). Diseases, sicknesses, plagues, inflammation, ulcers, itching, boils, madness, heart failure as well as nameless and yet to be identified ailments visited the Israelites when they broke His covenant (Deut.28: 15-29, 58-61). However, when Israel repented, prayed and fulfilled the covenant conditions; they were healed (Num.21; 4-9, 2 Chron.7: 14). It is important to remind ourselves of the manifesto of our Lord as stated in Luke chapter four verse eighteen: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised’ (KJV). This same healing power is still available for everyone who can fulfill the conditions.

 

1.      CURE OF DISEASES: Jn.10: 10

Christ came to bear all sicknesses and infirmities. He came to heal all men (Matt.8: 16-17, 1 Pt.2: 24).In Exodus 15 verse 26; God revealed himself as Jehovah-Ropheka (the Great Healer). The implication of that statement is that, no disease is too great for Him to heal-He can handle all manner of sicknesses afflicting man.

Discussion 1: What insights can we derive from the following references?

a. Exd.15: 26…………………….....……b. Exd. 23:25…………....……………c.Deut.7;15………..................…; d. Deut. 28: 60……………….....……..e.2 Kg. 20:5……………...…………….f.  Lu 5:17………....................……

 God loves His children to the intent that He hears the prayers of those in sickness (Ps 30:2; 107:18-20) and preserves the saints in time of sicknesses (Ps 91:3-7). Christ demonstrated compassion on the sick (Isa 53:4; Mt 8:16, 17). According to our text; Christ was busy going to where the oppressed were to heal them. He healed people by being present with them (Mk. 1:31; Mt 4:23), atimes by not being present (Matt 8:13). He healed by imposition of hands          (Mk. 6:5; Lk 13:13), with a touch (Matt 8:3); through the touch of his garment (Matt 14:35, 36; Mk. 5:27-34); with a word (Matt. 8:8, 13), etc.

 Discussion 2: What are the agents of divine healing as stated in the following references?

a. Ps.107: 20……………………………….b.Prov.18:10…………………………

c. Joel 2: 13…………………………………d.Matt.28: 18………………………………

e.Jn.5: 30………………………………….f.Rom.8: 11, 26………………………………….

   2 .         CONDITIONS FOR HEALING: 2 Chron.7: 14

Healing is the bread of the children of God (Matt.7: 7-11, Mk.7: 26-30) and by virtue of our redemption in Christ. However, there are conditions to be fulfilled if anyone would be healed. Some of the conditions include: Salvation in Christ/forgiveness of sin (Matt.9:2), obedience to God’s Word (Exd.15: 26), humility (2 Chron.7: 14), prayer (2 Chron.7: 14, Matt.7: 7), faith (Matt. 9:28, 29; Mk. 5:34; 10:52), dwelling in His secret place (Ps.91:1), etc

We must note that every disciple of Christ called and sent out was given power to heal (Matt.10: 1-8, Act.1: 8). The Holy Spirit had been sent to the world to continue the work of the healing ministry (Act.1:8, 2: 33,1 cor.12). Jesus promised all believers-not only Ministers to do wonders (Matt.17: 20-21, 21: 22, Jn.14: 12, 15: 7, 16).

CONCLUSION: All things are ready. Our health and prosperity are dependent on our obedience to God. The root of all sicknesses could be traced to us. If you have sinned go back to your God now! To maintain your healing, go and sin no more (Jn.8:11).
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HEALING THE HOME

HEALING THE HOME:           (especially for widows & widowers)

Acts 10: 38

Losing a spouse is a devastating event that is real whether we like it or not or whether we expect it or not especially for the spouses who were not sick before their departure. When death occurs; it results in mental distortion, emotional disturbance and financial blow. We must know that grief is not for ever. Clinicians conclude that men grieve harder and longer than women, that is, men suffer more from being bereaved. We are however glad that our Saviour Jesus Christ provides total healing for all kinds of oppression.

Discussion:

Three members of the group should share what lead to the death of their spouse.

1. Widows in Scriptures:
(1)Tamar: Gen 38:1-30.                                   (2).Naomi: Ruth 1: 3                          

(3)Orpah: Ruth 1: 5                                         (4)Ruth:   Ruth 1: 5                

(5)Hiram’s mother: 1 Kg.7: 14                        (6)Zeruah: 1 Kg. 11: 26         

(7)Widow of Zarephath: 1 Kg.17                   (8) Wife of a  prophet: 2 Kg.4: 1-7                

(9) Anna: Lk.2:36-37                                      (10) Poor widow: Mk.12: 41, Lk.21: 2          

(11) Widow of Nain: Lk.7: 11-15                   (12) The importunate widow: Lk.18: 1-8      

(13) Tabitha or Dorcas: Act.9: 36-42.

 2. Case studies:

a)      Tamar: Gen 38:1-30:

Tamar married Er son of Judah who died prematurely and childless because of his wickedness v7. Tamar had sexual intercourse with Onan her brother-in-law who was also killed by God v8-10. What a tragedy for this young widow! She was sent packing to her biological home on a promise that the youngest son of Judah would marry her. The promise was broken. She used her senses to become a mother and was threatened death however she became the mother of twins.

b)      The unfortunate woman who married seven brothers: Matt.22: 25-27

The woman in question was anonymous but was unfortunate that death visited all the seven husbands she married. All were sons of a woman. What a tragedy that she passed through seven husbands in sequence!

 3. Travails & Wounds of widows/widowers

  1. Untimely/sudden death of spouse
  2.  Neglect by in-laws and relatives of the deceased
  3. Accusation that you killed your spouse.
  4. False promises by friends and acquaintances of the deceased
  5. False accusation of promiscuity might be leveled against you
  6. Way world children-1 Kg.11; 26
  7. Poverty/starvation; 1 Kg.17:10
  8. Sickness of children/death of heir-1 Kg.17: 18,20, Lk.7: 12
  9. Oppression by violent men-Job 24; 3
  10. Wickedness: Job 24: 21, Isa.1; 23
  11. Special garments: Gen.38: 14, 19b
  12. Let group members mention more wounds ................................... ..………………………………………………….........................

4. Jesus the great physician:

It is interesting to note that the Bible contains more than a dozen promises for widows; (Exd 22:22, Deut. 14:29, 24:17,19-21, 27:19, Prov. 15:25 , Jer 22:3, etc.). GOD surely hears our cry -Exd 22:23, Judges for us- Deut 10:18; Ps 68:5, Relieves us- Ps 146:9, Establishes our borders- Prov. 15:25, will witness against our oppressors- Mal 3:5. He has promised to heal our wounds and grant us full restoration (Joel 2: 23-27). Since we have all these scriptural promises; we are to trust God for the actualization of His Word (Jer 49:11). We should portray excellent outstanding behaviour worthy of emulation-consider the magnanimity of the widow of Zarephath to the Prophet and the widow’s mite commonly referred to today (I kg.17: 10, Mk 12:41-44; Lu 21:2).

CONCLUSION: Grief is not permanent except if you do not know the Lord. Surrender your life to Jesus totally and be committed in your local Church for active service. Trust in God alone (Prov.3: 5-7, Jer.49: 11)

 Being an outline of a talk presented at the Convention of the Methodist Diocese of Lagos of the Directorate of Evangelism & Discipleship, on Saturday, 24th Sept.2011 at Methodist Boys’ High School, Victoria Island, Lagos by Lady R.A. Adewuyi, 08074996016, 08034101809.

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TOPIC:   CHRISTMAS                                     Memory Verse: Isaiah 9:6

 

Introduction

‘Christmas’ the celebration of the birth of christ, has been celebrated on December 25th annually since A.D. 325. For years, pagans, Christians, and even Jews have been swept away in the season’s festivities. Ever paused to consider the celebration’s intrinsic meaning, history, or origins? Christmas is all about Jesus, how He has affected humanity and what He wants us to do to affect our own generation.   

 

PROPHECIES ABOUT CHRIST’S BIRTH

Hundreds of year before Jesus’birth, Prophets the Bible records the predictions of His birth by prophets of Israel. (Isa 7:10-14; Isa 9:6-7; Micah 5:2). The Bible, written by many inpired people over 1,500 years contains over 300 prophecies about Jesus’ birth.

 

THE ANNUNCIATIONS (Announcements of His Birth).

Just before Christ’s birth, angels heralded His coming. They annouced it to three (3) different persons at different times:

i)                    Zechariah; In announcing the birth of John to his father, (Zechariah) the angel foretold that Johns’ purpose in life was to prepare the way for Christ. Lk 1:5-17

 

ii)                  Mary: Mary had a visit of angel Gabriel, who gave her the fore knowledge of the birth of Christ through her, Lk 1:26-35.

 

iii)                Joseph: Joseph the husband of Mary had need of divine announcement that his wife was pregnant of the Holy Ghost, and was to bring forth a Holy child. Matt 1:18-25. Thus came the birth of the only baby the world has ever known without an earthly father.

 

WHY WAS CHRIST BORN?

it is necessary to ask why He was born so that we can truly celebrate Him without and fit ourselves into His purpose. We can then possibly give Him His rightful place in our celebration. The purpose of Christ’s birth include:-

 

i)              Heb 8:10, 9:7 – To establish a new covenant.

ii)            John 14:1-3 - To prepare a home for us in Heaven after this life.

iii)          John 3:16; John 10:28 – To demonstrate God’s love in giving us eternal life.

iv)          Romans 3:20-22; II Corinthians 5:21 – To input on us God’s righteousness.

v)            I John 3:8 – To destroy Satan’s works.

vi)          John 10:10 – To give abundant life.

vii)        Matthew 1:23 – To bring the understanding and revelation of God.

viii)      Mathew 1:21 – To give salvation ; save men from sin.

 

Discussion Questions:

1)            Is it worthwhile to celebrate Christmas?

2)            How should Christmas be celebrated?

3)            How can our church affect our community at christmas time?

 

CONCLUSION:

The most outstanding personality of all times, the greatest leader and teacher, who has done the most good for mankind is Jesus the Christ. Christmas is about celebrating Him. To meaningfully celebrate Him we must live like he did and follow His virtues  in our generation.  Brethren, let us celebrate Christ this Christmas. If our celebration does not reflect His life in our relationship with people, we are mocking Him. He came to give and give and give. Let us do the same.  Christmas is a special time of praise and rejoicing as we remember the birth of our King, the Son of God. Just as the stars lit the sky on that night in Bethlehem long ago, may our lives be lit with God’s glory this Christmas and beyond. Amen.

 

FEBRUARY 2012

 

Methodist Church Nigeria

Diocese Of Lagos

Monthly Bible Study Outline (Sunday February, 19th, 2012)

 

STUDYING THE BIBLE (2)

 

BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalm 19:7-14                             M.V. 2 Tim. 2:15

 

INTRODUCTION

Needless to say, studying the Bible is essential for healthy christian growth. Daniel, the Berean christians, the euthopian eunuch and Apollos are few examples of people who studied the Bible and received great rewards (Dan 9:2, Acts 17:10, Acts 8:26-39, Acts 18:24). Bible Study in the words of Paul is rightly dividing the Word of truth. In Greek it means ‘orthotomeo, that is ‘to set straight’ or ‘handle right’. In rightly dividing the word of truth therefore the christian is expected to give both the true meaning and true application of the scripture being discussed. The chief fundamental principle of interpreting the Bible is to gather from the scripture itself, the precise meaning the Holy Spirit intends to convey.       

 

RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH

Following are a few ways we can effectively study and understand the Bible

ü  Settle it once and forever that the Bible does not and can never contradict itself. Ps119:89.

ü  Pray for understanding of the Word of God. Job 34:32a.

ü  Purchase and use a complete Bible. Matt 4:4, 2Tim. 3:16.

ü  Meditate on the scripture. Joshua 1:8.

ü  Ask sincere and reasonable questions. Acts 2:37, Acts 8:34.

ü  Seek more proofs and confirmation from the scripture itself. Dan 9:2, Acts 17:11.

ü  Attend Bible Study sessions organized in church. 1 Thess 4:11.

ü  Read and accept the Bible literally. John 2:5.

ü  Get a general knowledge of Bible history,geography and Bible times customs. Matt.2:4-6.

ü  Use Bible concordance and other Bible aids if available. John 5:39

 

Discussion Question 1: What do you think of a church where there is no weekly Bible Study?

Discussion Question 2: What do you think about a Pastor who does not organise weekly Bible Study in his church or fails to attend weekly Bible Study in his church?

Discussion Question 3: What do you think about a ‘christian’ who does not value or attend weekly Bible Study?

 

THE ESSENCE OF STUDYING THE BIBLE

ü  To find eternal life. John 6:63.69.

ü  To prevent and resist heresy. Col 2:8.

ü  To effectively preach and present the Gospel. Col 4:6.

ü  To help us pray effectively. 2 Cor. 1:20.

ü  To set us free from Satan, sin and sickness. John 8:32.

ü  To help us develop strong faith in God. Rom 10:17

ü  To help us apply God’s Word in our everyday life. Ps 119:105

 

Discussion Question 4: How can we know the Christian literatures that are good and healthy for personal Bible Study and spiritual growth?

Discussion Question 5: What is the danger or good in studying other spiritual or religious books apart from the Bible?

 

CONCLUSION

Read your Bible and pray everyday. Dont neglect to study your Bible. Attend weekly Bible Study.

 

Monthly Bible Study Outline -April, 15th, 2012)

                                               STUDYING THE BIBLE (3)

BIBLE PASSAGE: 2Peter 1:13-21                          M.V. 2 Tim. 3:16

INTRODUCTION

The Bible is the Book written by revelation and inspiration. These two words largely characterize how God had the Bible written. Its life-saving content is probably responsible for its sale all around the world. It is the single book with the greatest sales in the world. About 40 Million copies are sold each year. It is read by people of all races and all classes. Revelation and inspiration are not the same thing. We hope to examine these two words in some details.       

 MEANING OF REVELATION AND INSPIRATION

‘Inspiration is the strong conscious inbreathing of God into men, qualifying them to give utterance to divine truth. It is God speaking through men’ William Evans

‘Inspiration means the supernatural control by God over the production of the Old and New Testaments’ Robert Lee.

‘Revelation refers to the content of what God had revealed. Inspiration refers to the transmission of what is made known through a method that keeps it from human error and mistake. This requires the overshadowing power of the Holy Spirit, Psalm 68:11, 2Tim. 3:16, 2Peter 2:21’ Phillip Iyanda Afolabi

 

SOME EXAMPLES OF REVELATION AND INSPIRATION

ü  It was revelation when Moses wrote the first chapter of Genesis. Why? He was not there when God created Heaven and Earth

ü  It was revelation when John wrote Revelation and when Daniel wrote portions of Daniel. Why? It was God who revealed events of thousands of years ahead of its manifestation to them.

ü  It was inspiration when Moses gave personal eye-witness account of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt to Canaan.

ü  It was inspiration when the writers of the Gospel gave eye-witness account of the crucifixion of Christ and other details of His life on earth.

Discussion Question 1: How do you differentiate between inspiration and revelation?

Discussion Question 2: How much of the Bible is inspired and how long will the Bible be relevant? 2Tim. 3:16, Matt 5:18, 1Pet 1:23

THE DYNAMIC QUALITIES OF THE BIBLE

Being a dynamic revelation from God, the Bible has the following dynamic qualities:

ü  The Word of God is powerful. Heb 4:12.

ü  The Word of God is effectual. Isa. 55:10-11.

ü  The Word of God cleanses. Psa 119:9, Eph. 5:26

ü  The Word of God gives wisdom and understanding. Psa 19:7, 119:105,130, 2Tim. 3:15

ü  The Word of God keeps from sin amd error. Psa. 119:11, 37:31, Prov. 6:23

ü  The Word of God gives new life. Psa. 119:25, 1Pet. 1:23

ü  The Word of God brings comfort and peace. Psa. 119:65, Rom 15:4

Discussion Question 3: Give practical examples of how the Word of God did any of the above in your life or others.

Discussion Question 4: How do you react to a man who receives certain revelation today and asks for its inclusion in the Bible?

Discussion Question 5: If God Himself had done the writing of the Bible directly, would it have been more accurate and authoritative than what they are today?

CONCLUSION- The authority of the Bible cannot be questioned. When we are gone, the Bible will remain. Before we are gone let us appropriate its huge inspirational and revelational resources to our advantage.  

Monthly Bible Study Outline (Sunday May, 20th, 2012)

 

PRAYER (1)

BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 11:1-13                             M.V.  1Thess. 5:17

 INTRODUCTION

There is no one on earth who had never prayed before. Prayer in the religious sense is adressing God. The priviledge of payer is one invaluable gift that God gave to His children. 1 Pet. 2:9-10. The right kind of prayer is offered to God, Acts 12:5, in the name of Jesus Christ, John 14:13-14, 16:23-24 and in the utterance of the Holy Spirit, Rom 8:26-27, Eph. 6:18. In one word when we pray, we need God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.       

 WHY SHOULD WE PRAY?

All persons who have repented and are children of God have the right to approach God in prayer. So much is involved within the confines of prayer,because prayer is communication with God. The mere fact that no man has all the solution to his or her problems is a good reason to pray. Beyond this, we need to iterate the reasons why we must pray. These include:

 

ü  God tells us to pray. Luke 18:1, 1 Thess. 5:17, 1 Chro. 16:11, Matt 26:41, 7:7, 1 Tim 2:8, James 5:13, Psa 50:15.

ü  Jesus set the example. Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12, 3:21, 22:41-42

ü  The men and women of old prayed. Abraham (Gen 18:9-13), Jacob (Gen 32:24-29), Moses (Exo. 15:23-25), David (Psalm 51:1-2ff), Elijah (1Kings 17:1, 18:41-46, James 5:17-18, 1 Kings 18:37-39).

ü  Christians in the early Church prayed. Acts 4:23-31, 12:5-6, 17, Eph. 1:15-21, 3:13-21, Col. 4:12

ü  Our needs compel us to pray. Matt 7:7

ü  The attacks from Satan compel us to pray. 2 Corin. 10:3-6

 

Discussion Question 1: Do you think that we have sufficient reasons to pray?

Discussion Question 2: What if we didn’t pray, will there be any significant difference?

WHEN SHOULD WE PRAY?

ü  Always. Luke 18:1, 1 Thess. 5:17

ü  In the morning. Psalm 5:3

ü  Day and night. Psalm 88:1

ü  Thrice a day. Dan 6:10

ü  All night. Gen 32:24, 1 Sam 15:11, Luke 6:12

 

Discussion Question 3: What advice do you have for someone who does not feel like praying?

 

Discussion Question 4: Is it possible to pray always? How?

CONCLUSION

Prayer is a spiritual thing. There should be no restrictions as to how and when to pray. A child of God will be led of the Spirit of God to pray to God through Jesus Christ. The most important thing is, we MUST pray.

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Monthly Bible Study Outline-July, 15th, 2012)

 

TITHES & OFFERINGS (1)

BIBLE PASSAGE: Malachi 3:7-12                          M. V.  Malachi 3:10

 

INTRODUCTION

As a matter of urgency, we need to trace the history and practice of Tithing and giving Offerings,with a view to putting an end to the sleight and cunning craftiness of men who toss believers to and fro on the issue. It is also necessary to bring closer to Christians, the blessing of Tithing and giving Offerings so as to enable us to go into the green pastures of divinely ordained prosperity: a season of plenty and bountifulness which God had provided most graciously.

 

Tracing the History of Tithes Giving

ü  The Principle of Tithing and giving Offerings to the LORD came before the Ten Commandments. It applies to ALL races, ages and dispensations. It was neither a peculiarity of the Law dispensation (brought through Moses), nor a priority of the dispensation of Grace (brought by Jesus). About 430 years before the institution of the Mosaic Law, Abraham (the friend of God) met Melchizedek (the righteous king of Salem), on Abraham’s way from one of his heroic exploits (Gen. 14: 18-20) and he (Abraham) gave tithes Gen 14:20.

ü  Still, before the Ten Commandments, Jacob (Abraham’s grandson) also gave TITHES of ALL his possessions Gen 28:12

ü  In the Law, during Moses’ days, God instituted TITHING and thus gave His authorizing approval to the practice of Abraham and Israel (Jacob). Lev. 27: 20.

ü  In the books of the Prophets, GOD rebuked the WHOLE LAND of Israel for “robbing” HIM. Malachi 3: 8-9.

ü  In the New Testament, Tithes also enjoyed prominent mention (See Matthew 23:23; Luke 11: 42; 18:12 and Hebrews 7: 5-9).

Discussion Question 1: Briefly explain the historical provisions on the issue of ‘Tithing and Giving of Offerings to God’. Who was the first person to pay Tithes, and through whom did he pay such to God?

Discussion Question 2: What are the principles of appropriate Tithing, and Giving to God?

Discussion Question 3: Why do you think it is difficult for some persons to give tithes?

Discussion Question 4: Is it acceptable to give more than 10%? Is it acceptable to give less than 10%?

Discussion Question 5: Do you have a testimony to share on how Malachi 3:10 became real in your life after giving tithes?

CONCLUSION

Tithing is a noble, most rewarding, right, and unquestionable service for the aim of forcefully recovering our prosperity from the tight fist of the devourer. But, keeping the Law on Tithe must be accompanied by deeds of love: un-biased judgment, mercy, and faith. This was why Jesus, rebuked the religious but ungodly leaders, in Matt. 23: 23. A person who finds it difficult to give for God’s cause, would naturally find it difficult to receive from God: Nothing sown, nothing reaped. 

Monthly Bible Study Outline-August, 19th, 2012

                                       TITHES & OFFERINGS (2)

   BIBLE PASSAGE: Malachi 3:7-12                          M. V.  Malachi 3:10

INTRODUCTION

We shall continue our discourse on Tithes & Offering trusting that God will help us to know the real essence of His command on this. Does it not sound as if the main reason we give is to make God, ‘open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it?’ Truly, this is what is contained in Malachi 3:10. However, is it not  a great thing to consider giving as an act of worship? Should our giving not be done whether or not God blesses us immediately or later or even refrains from blessing us? The mature ones will give to God’s course no matter what.  This is not sweet to pursue in an age where devotion to material wealth and possessions at the expense of spiritual or intellectual values is eroding away our commitment to God.Well, brethren, we must discuss the principles behind Tithes and offering.

Principles Of Appropriate Tithing & Offerings

ü  Plan before giving. Don’t give emotionally without calculating, deciding aright and praying on what you have to offer... All it takes to plan is thoughtfulness and focus on God’s Kingdom.

ü  Give to God first, before you start fulfilling your periodical, personal or family responsibilities (Prov. 3:9, 10). God deserves - and requests for- the first fruits of our increase, promotion or  profits. While foot-dragging, some other pressing expenses usually crop up, making it difficult for the defaulting tither to fulfill his or her statutory obligation to God... Let us give to God first. He will take care of our needs (Phil. 4:19).

ü  Give regularly and consistently. It is also hazardous to wait for reminders - or when you have enough to pay and have convenient leftovers for other needs - before paying one’s tithes or offerings. Paying at tough times shows one’s level of faith. It is sacrificial obedience to God that always gets rewarded. In your budget, prioritize what you must give to God weekly, or monthly - depending on how frequently you receive your income.  

ü  Don’t delay payments of Tithes for a little while or use the funds for further business. The Bible gives conditions for Tithes Payment when a tither has defaulted as at when due: A penalty of 20% should be statutorily paid when a tither ‘redeems’ his/her Tithes (Lev. 27: 30-33). If you delay payment till the next harvest/payday/profit, then the tithes should be paid with an extra 20% of the tithes owed. However, it is better to be disciplined and pay on time, than to pay penalties for defaulting?

ü  Give cheerfully without complaints. Pray to God, using your TITHES as a bargaining link. No one is exempted from giving except such person never receives gifts or allowances... Pastors’ tithes are called HEAVE OFFERINGS (Num. 18:26-28 KJV).

ü  Make giving a part of your worship. This makes your service to God less mechanical, but more practical as you enrich your weekly giving. God wants us to minister unto Him, not only in dancing or singing, but also in giving. Make it a resolution not to come before God empty-handed (Deut.16:16).

ü  Graciously give, but with a vision. Do not pretend. Be led by God’s Spirit. Give to those who are in need (alms). Give to Pastors too (Deut. 14:28-29). Give to strangers, the orphans, the less privileged and widows. Let them be satisfied by your generosity so that God may bless the works of your hands and prosper you. If pastors are not exempted from God’s blessings then they are not exempted from giving. Pastors too should give.

Discussion Question 1: According to Num. 18: 26-28, what are ‘Heave Offerings’?

Discussion Question 2: “When they preach Appropriate Tithing and Giving, our Ministers sound like beggars. It is better to stop asking and let people of God do their heart’s bidding!” What is your genuine view on this popular expression?

Discussion Question 3: Advance reasons why we should pay our tithes.

Discussion Question 4: ‘Once we have paid our tithes, paying offering is optional’ Do you think this statement is right scripturally?

CONCLUSION

We need to pay our tithes as an act of worship to God. Seeing that the commands of God are for our ultimate good, we need to obey them. He said we should bring our tithes and offering into the store house. We MUST. In our country a popular TV advert asks, ‘have you paid your tax? Let us ask each other today, have you paid your tithes? 

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Monthly Bible Study Outline (Sun. Jan.19th, 2014)

                         THE SIN OF PRIDE

                                                         Methodist Church Nigeria

Diocese Of Lagos

Monthly Bible Study Outline (Sunday January 19th, 2014)

 

THE SIN OF PRIDE

 BIBLE PASSAGE: Daniel 4:30-37                             M.V. Prov. 16:18

 INTRODUCTION

The word ‘pride’ is a noun and is defined by the Oxford Mini Reference Dictionary as feeling of pleasure or satisfaction about ones actions, qualities or possessions. Its adjective form ‘proud’ means to be full of it (pride). The Bible is clear on God’s feelings about pride; He detests it. James 4:16. The sin of pride is a sin the most people like God abhor. We all hate to see it manifested in others but it is a pity that we unlike God indulge in it knowingly or unknowingly. We are so quick to condemn it in others. This sin is so subtle that when it come into ones heart it is so difficult to recognize. Painfully, when it is pointed out to us or when we are corrected the spirit behind it makes it difficult for us to admit it talk less of repenting from it.

 ATTRIBUTES OF PRIDE

Among the many attributes of Pride, we discuss a few.
1.      SELF: This is the first and major attribute of pride, and brings along with it selfish motives  and tendencies; Tit. 1:7-8, 2 Pt. 3:10.

2.      INSUBORDINATION: Disobedience to laid down rules and regulations as well as constituted authority.

3.       SELF ADULATION / PRAISE: Pride makes one to adulate more than necessary praise to oneself and place more than necessary praise on ones achievements. Dan 4: 30, Prov 16:18, 1Tim 3:6.

4.      CONTENTION and STUBBORNNESS: Pride is evident when we continually argue over issues with no one willing to give in. Prov. 13:10

5. WICKEDNESS: Prov. 6:17

Discussion Question 1: What do you think is the cause of pride among Christians today?

Discussion Question 2: Why do you think people, especially Christians, find it difficult or fail to repent from sin of pride. Mal 3: 15, 1 John 2:16, Prov 16:19.

CONSEQUENCES OF THE SIN OF PRIDE

1. LEADS TO CAPTIVITY / BONDAGE : Jer. 13:17, Ps 10:2

2. DETHRONEMENT / LOSS OF INHERITANCE: Dan 4:30, 31, 37

3. BRINGS ABOUT A FALL: Hos 5:5, 2 Sam 22:28

4. LEADS TO DEATH: Prov 16: 25

Discussion Question 3: What, in your personal view, do you think Christians need to do to be free from the sin of pride? 1 John 2: 16-17,

Discussion Question 4: Give a practical experience or example of swallowing your pride and how you felt when your pride was ‘injured’?

 CONCLUSION

Pride no matter how little destroys more than it elevates. Let us be wary of it. The pride that has eaten deep into the fabric of our family, social, spiritual and national lives is what is tearing us apart now and may destroy us if we are not repentant. Do you know that Lucifer used to be one of God's favorite?. It was pride that got him banished from heaven forever. Isaiah 14:12-19. Brothers and sisters let us take heed lest we fall through the sin of pride.

Monthly Bible Study Outline- December, 16th 2012)

 

TOPIC: CHRISTMAS -THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE      Memory Verse: Isaiah 9:6

Introduction

Since A.D. 325, Christmas had been observed yearly. As years went by it seems that the meaning and reason for the celebration became forgotten. In fact, Christ, whom we remember at Christmas is no longer in the picture of Christmas in most cases. Though the celebration is marked annually on December 25th, it is celebrated in about 1 month with several events like carol services, concerts, parties, bonanzas etc. Ever paused to consider the celebration’s intrinsic meaning, history, or origins? Christmas is all about Jesus, how He has affected humanity and what He wants us to do to affect our own generation.   

PROPHECIES ABOUT CHRIST’S BIRTH

Hundreds of year before Jesus’birth, the Bible records the predictions of His birth by prophets of Israel. (Isa 7:10-14; Isa 9:6-7; Micah 5:2).

 Moments before Christ’s birth, angels heralded His coming. It was announced to three (3) different persons at different times:

i) Zechariah; In announcing the birth of John to his father, (Zechariah) the angel foretold that Johns’ purpose in life was to prepare the way for Christ. Lk 1:5-17

 ii) Mary: Mary had a visit of angel Gabriel, who gave her the fore knowledge of the birth of Christ through her, Lk 1:26-35.

 iii) Joseph: Joseph the husband of Mary had need of divine announcement that his wife was pregnant of the Holy Ghost, and was to bring forth a Holy child. Matt 1:18-25. Thus came the birth of the only baby the world has ever known without an earthly father.

 WHY WAS CHRIST BORN?

it is necessary to ask why He was born so that we can truly celebrate Him without and fit ourselves into His purpose. We can then possibly give Him His rightful place in our celebration. The purpose of Christ’s birth include:-

 i)   Heb 8:10, 9:7 – To establish a new covenant.

ii)   John 14:1-3 - To prepare a home for us in Heaven after this life.

iii)  John 3:16; John 10:28 – To demonstrate God’s love in giving us eternal life.

iv)  Romans 3:20-22; II Corinthians 5:21 – To input on us God’s righteousness.

v)  I John 3:8 – To destroy Satan’s works.

vi)  John 10:10 – To give abundant life.

vii) Matthew 1:23 – To bring the understanding and revelation of God.

viii) Mathew 1:21 – To give salvation ; save men from sin.

 Discussion Questions:

1)   Why is Christ almost forgotten in the celebration of Christmas?

2)   What is the relationship between Christmas and the second coming of Christ?

3)   What should the Christian attitude be towards the celebration of Christmas?

 CONCLUSION: The most outstanding personality of all times, the greatest leader and teacher, who has done the most good for mankind is Jesus the Christ. Christmas is about celebrating Him. To celebrate Him we must live His life, follow His virtues  in our generation.  Brethren, let us celebrate Christ this Christmas. If our celebration does not reflect His life to people, we are mocking Him. He came to give and give and give. Let us do the same.  Christmas is a special time of praise and rejoicing as we remember the birth of our King, the Son of God. Let us do so. Just as the stars lit the sky on that night in Bethlehem long ago, may our lives be lit with God’s glory this Christmas and beyond in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monthly Bible Study Outline (Sunday March 16th, 2014)

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Methodist Church Nigeria

Diocese Of Lagos

Monthly Bible Study Outline (Sunday March 16th, 2014)

 

CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP 2

 

BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 16:1-13                     M.V. :1 Corin. 4:2

 

INTRODUCTION

The centre of our study today is how we can be effective in our stewardship. Having understood stewardship in the first part of our topic, we ought to present the conditions for effective Christian Stewardship and make known the challenges to it.

 

BASIC CONDITIONS FOR EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP

ü  Encounter with Christ - Paul’s encounter with Christ prepared him for Stewardship.  Acts 9: 1-19.

ü  Readiness to submit to whatever comes out of it; knowing and seeing it as a necessity placed on a believer. Romans 8: 35-39; 1 Cor.9:16-18; Matt. 26:42; Dan 3:16-18.

ü  Possession of gift of the Spirit to produce fruit of the Spirit; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Gal 5:22.

ü  Faithfulness. Luke 12:42-48, 1 Corin. 4:2

ü  Godly wisdom & being proactive. Luke 16: 1-8

ü  Above reproach. Titus 1:7

 

Discussion Question 1: Mention other conditions for effective Christian Stewardship.

 

CHALLENGES OR IMPEDIMENTS TO EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP

ü  Lack of in-depth knowledge of the word of God. Romans 10: 1-3; Dan 11: 32-35

ü  Pride and self centeredness. Luke 12: 16-20

ü  Pretense, hypocrisy & faulty motive. Ephesians 6: 6-9; Col 3:22-25. Note: we are bondservants of Christ.

ü  Leadership-gap, lack of accountability and Church management incompetence.

 

Discussion Question 2: Discuss other challenges you have as a steward or observe in the church.

 

CONSEQUENCES OF FAILURE IN CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP

The following examples are striking in sending a clear signal on the consequences of failure in Christian Stewardship

ü  Loss of all including life. Luke 12:20, 16-21.

ü  Loss of true riches Luke 16:10-12

 

Discussion Question 3: ‘The inability of the Church to pay stipends of Ministers, the lack of fund for Evangelism and the lack of prioritization for evangelism are clear examples of failure in Christian Stewardship’ Discuss.

Discussion Question 4: What should the leadership of the Church do to develop and encourage the habit of Christian Stewardship within the flock?

Discussion Question 5: ‘’I DON’T HAVE WHAT TO GIVE BACK TO GOD BECAUSE HE OWNS EVERYTHING’’ Do you agree? If not, Why? Then, mention some things that we can give back to God at the levels of Local Church, Circuit, Diocese and Conference of the Methodist Church Nigeria.

 

CONCLUSION:

Adolphe Monod (1800-1856), said, ‘There is no portion of our time that is our time, and the rest God's; there is no portion of money that is our money, and the rest God's money. It is all His; He made it all, gives it all, and He has simply trusted it to us for His service. A servant has two purses, the master's and his own, but we have only one. Resolve to be effective Christian Steward of God’s properties.