THE CHRISTIAN AGE
ON TO PERFECTION (Part 2)
In this last lesson of our study in the Beginners’ Bible Course, we will look into some scriptures that will help us to live a Christian life which will be pleasing to God after becoming a member of His church.
From the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), we learn how we can pattern our life after the life of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. We see Jesus as a lamb when people spoke against Him but as a lion when they attack the word of God. We should be the same.
The book of Acts teaches us how to become a member of the Lord’s church. We should use the examples given in Arts and obey the commands given there and we will then become members of the church of Christ.
From the book of Romans through the book of Jude, we read letters written to churches and Christians teaching them to live as God would have them in times of trial or tribulation, overcoming sins etc.
The book of Revelation is a book of prophecy. Some of these prophecies have been fulfilled. It is a book that requires much studying to understand for it is full of symbols. We are promised the blessings from God if we read and hear the words that are written in the book of Revelation (Revelation1: 3).
After we have become a member of the Lord’s church, we are to start taking milk (learn the first principles of the teachings of God’s word) as a newborn baby and to grow and prepare ourselves to be ready for the meat (the stronger teachings of God’s word). Hebrews 6:1 says, “Let us leave behind the elementary teaching about Christ and go forward to perfection…”
In Galatians 5:19-21, we learn some things we are not to do. We are taught if we do those things, we will not inherit the kingdom of God (Heaven). They are called the works of the flesh and are these: adultery and fornication (sexual immorality), uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and such like.
The same chapter (Galatians 5:22-23) teaches us about the fruit of the Spirit. Qualities that we can and should have in order to be pleasing to God and they are: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.
God requires Christians to give special attention to their spiritual lives. The apostle Peter explains in 2 Peter 1:5-7 that the Christian is to add to his faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. In this way, the child of God or Christian will “neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:8).
May each of us do our part in obeying the commands of God as we are taught in Revelation 2:10 that if we remain faithful unto death we will receive a crown of life from our Father in heaven.
Section 1 - Fill in the blanks
We have to pattern our life after the life of _______.
We can know how to become a member of the church of _______through a study of the examples given in the book of ______.
From the books of _______through _______, we learn how to live the Christian life as God would want us to.
The book of _______is a book of prophecy and a major part of the contents are in ________.
As newborn baby, we are to start taking ______, which are the first principles of the teachings of God’s word.
Hebrews 6:1 teaches us to grow and leave behind the elementary teaching about Christ and go forward to _______.
If we do the works of the _______recorded in Galatians 5:19-21, then we will _______inherit ________.
To grow to be pleasing in God’s sight, we need to develop the ________of the _______as recorded in Galatians 5:22-23.
The Christian is to add to his faith, ________, knowledge, ________, patience, godliness, _______, kindness and _______ (2 Peter 1:5-7).
If we remain faithful unto death, we will receive a ________ of ________ from our________ in heaven (Revelation 2:10).
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