GIVING THANKS ALWAYS

GIVING THANKS, ALWAYS

It’s that time of the year again. The leaves are falling, the temperature dropping and the light disappears earlier in the afternoon. It’s time again for another triple holiday. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are here again.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday time. A time when we reflect on the nations history and remember the grace of God upon our fore fathers that sacrificed so much to come to this new land to establish a place for us to worship.

Thanksgiving, a time to gather around the family table with uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces enjoying the bounty of God’s good grace toward us for another year. It’s there that we renew the bond of family ties and where old familiar stories are retold and laugh about. And it’s at those family tables where purpose is redefined, visions is enlarged and where the nations foundation is straighten and guaranteed.

Many of us are familiar with that snap shot of Thanksgiving Day. After all, over 44 million of us are on the road, the rails or in the air somewhere today doing just that.“To grandmas house we go”.

But what is the view from God’s side? What does He have to say to us about being thankful and how does it affect our daily life and health?

One of the first scriptures that come to my mind is:

Ps 17:22 “ A merry heart doeth good like a medicine”.

Actually that verse is one of the platforms of truth in the divine healing lesions that we teach. How con one have a merry heart without having a thankful heart?

When a brother in the Lord that I know was diagnosed with a deadly sickness, his doctor listed all of the steps to recovery that he was going to use. Among them the doctor directed the brother to watch a funny movie everyday so that he could laugh out loud. A merry heart dose do gook like a medicine, within a matter of months he was totally cured.

The scripture repeatedly tell me to be thankful, and then warns me what the results are to those who are unthankful.

Paul, in his letter to his son Timothy includes the giving of thanks among the heavy weights of supplications, prayers and intercessions. (I Tim 2: 1)

Colossians 3:17 tells us that giving of thanks must be mixed in with everything that we do and say.

Ephesians then goes as far as to say that we should “ give thanks always for all things”. ( Eph 5:20)

However, herein lies the key:

A merry heart and thanksgiving are not just other words for a positive outlook or a “stiff upper lip” aptitude. Giving of thanks is to be directed to the one who makes it all possible. To the one who has created us and who has a wonderful plan in mind for us to have a successful and full life.

Colossians 1:12 declares that we are “to give thanks unto the Father who has qualified and made us fit to share the portion which is the inheritance of the saints in the light”. (amp)

Then Ephesians 5:4 sets the standard for what thanksgiving is by showing us what it is not. “ Let no obscenity, indecency, silly or corrupt talk or course jesting which is not fitting or becoming, but instead voice your thanksgiving to God.

My prayer for you today is that you also will have a thankful heart as we celebrate this national day of remembering God’s favor on us as a people. In doing so I know that the favor of God will continue to bring you and your family health and prosperity through this coming year.

Remember that David tells us in Ps 100 that we enter His gates or presence with thanksgiving.

It’s the KEY TO EVERY GOOD THING!

Be blessed in all that you do,

George Watkins

 

 

 

 

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Easter Blessings from George and Arlis Watkins,  2012

 

 

Friends and partners,

 

We are missing Easter Sunrise Service on Little Mt again. After meeting for nearly 30 years, with a group from the church to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, on top of one of our local hill top parks. I still find it difficult to experience the full measure of Easter Sunday without beginning it as the sun broke over the hill, cuddled in our coats, worshiping the Lord together.

 

Things have changed some for us since we have said goodbye to the church family in Mt Vernon and accepted a broader challenge to minister to the church at large. I miss the local church body where we raised family and the families of so many others, especially around these special days that we celebrated together.

 

But the Kingdom of God goes on and we continue to build on our experiences and the revelations of Christ and His Gospel that He has given us. Because as wonderful and productive as our former days may have been. In the world of the Kingdom, “resurrection to greater things” is always a possibility to those who embrace the message of His cross.

 

You see, true resurrection is not possible without death because Christ’s death on the cross is as much of a part of Easter as the open tomb itself. For the message of Easter has always been, “ Christ died for my sins and was raised up, by the power of God, for my justification.

 

I know that we have heard this message so many time before but we need to hear it again and again until the power of its message permeates every part of our being. Remember the power of this message that we hold so dear. OUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN!!! Because of His death on the cross the power of sin, which is death, has been done away with.

 

Because of Easter sin no longer has any power over us. No guilt. No condemnation. No fear of punishment. No fear of eternity.

 

Because of Easter we have also been JUSTIFIDED, brought into right standing with the Father. Someone said it this way.

To be justified by God is “just-as-I-had-never-sinned”. I think that’s a wonderful thing to remember and believe.

 

We greet you and bless you at this Easter time and are believing this to be your great year for you family and His Kingdom work.

Thank you for your prayers and support as we continue to press the battle to the gate.

 

 

He is Risen Indeed,

George and Arlis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Five Fold Ministry–Lesson # 19


THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRIES

MEMORY VERSE: Ephesians 4:11 – “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some                                                                                     evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers….”

God has established a pattern for governing the activities of the church.  Every group of people needs one leader.  God gave Jesus to the Church to be its leader or the head, and in turn, Jesus has divided the responsibilities among five main ministries and given them to the Church as a gift, to help it grow and function.  We call it the Five-Fold Ministry.  There are other ministries for the church also but without the Five-Fold there would be confusion.

I.            WHAT ARE THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRIES GOD GAVE TO THE CHURCH?

A.            __________________________

B.            __________________________

C.             __________________________

D.             __________________________

E.            __________________________

The church is important to Jesus and it was meant to play a major part in our lives.    This is why He gave the church these five important ministries.  One person may have  one or more of these ministries or he may start out with one and God will give him more as he matures.  All of the Five-Fold ministries teach the Gospel of Jesus  Christ.

II.            WHAT IS AN APOSTLE AND WHAT DOES HE DO?

A.            “Apostle” comes from the Greek word “apostolos” meaning “one sent forth.”  Missionaries fit into this category.

B.   An apostle is chosen by God not man. Write out Galatians 1:1 ________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _____

C.  An apostle preaches the gospel.

1.              Read Romans 1:1

2.  Write out Luke 6:13_________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ 3.  Also read Romans 1:4-6 and Acts 2:38

D.   In Matthew 28:19, what did Jesus tell the apostles to do? _________________________

E.   An apostle testifies and exhorts.  Read Acts 2:40

F.   What does Matthew 10:1 say that the apostles did? _________________________________

G.      An apostle establishes basic doctrines or beliefs.

1.  Read and meditate on Acts 2:42-47. Why do you think the apostles were able to  work so miraculously                  for the people?  2.  Who did the apostles obey? Read Acts 5:29.__________________________

H.                         An apostle establishes churches and appoints elders over them. Read Acts 14:19-28

I.                        What 3 things did do they willingly and unceasingly? Acts 5:41-42 1.______________________________________

2.______________________________________

3.______________________________________

J.              An apostle encourages and develops those God has “called”, or wants to the ministry, giving guidance                                     and instruction until they are solidly established in their calling.

1.  Read  Acts 14:23.

2.  When elders were ordained they ___________ with _____________ and then  commend them to                                                 the Lord.

K.  An apostle establishes believers in truth that forms a foundation for them to believe and obey.

1.  Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-11

2.  What is that foundation? (verse 11)__________________________________

L.             The proof of a man being an apostle is the “fruit” or results others can see  from his behavior and work.                                       Read 1 Corinthians 9:2.

M.   An apostle has a ministry of “beginnings”.

III.  WHAT IS A PROPHET?

A,            “Prophet” comes from the Greek “prophetes” meaning “one who speaks forth or openly; a proclaimer of                                     a  divine message.”

B.              Speaks the Word of the Lord.

1. Read 1Corinthians 14:29 The Amplified Bible reads in 1 Corinthians 14:31 & 33: 31For in this way you can give testimony – prophesying and thus interpreting the divine will and purpose- one by one, so that all may be instructed and all may be stimulated and encouraged. 33For He (Who is the source of their prophesying) is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace   and order.  As (is the practice) in all the churches of the saints (God’s people).

2.             Shows further revelation of the scriptures. Read 1 Corinthians 14:30.

3.             Predicts and warns of future events. Read Acts 11:27-28; 7:37; Acts 13:12.

4.            Provides direction in ministry, doctrine and worship. Acts 15:29-31. Write out Acts 16:4 __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________

5.            Confirms and imparts spiritual gifts and blessings. Read Act 15:36.

6. Has the ministry of confirming God’s motives and His Will for the church and  his people.

IV.  WHAT IS AN EVANGELIST AND WHAT DOES HE DO?

A.                        Evangelist comes from the Greek “evangelistos” meaning “messenger of good”.

B.                         2 Timothy 4:1-2 commands the evangelist to do some very definite things. Name five:

1.             _________________________________________________________________

2.                        _________________________________________________________________

3.             _________________________________________________________________

4. _________________________________________________________________

5.             _________________________________________________________________

6.             Write out 2 Timothy 4:5 __________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________

C.                         Evangelists spread the message of the gospel to unreached areas. This means they  travel frequently.                                       Write out Acts 8:4 ___________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________

D.            What was the result of their obedience? Acts 11:21_________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________

E.             Evangelists have the ministry of “stirring”, calling men to repent of their sin  and turn back to God.

V. WHAT IS A PASTOR?

A.                         “Pastor comes from the Greek “poimen” meaning “a shepherd, one who tends herds or flocks (not  merely one who feeds them)”.  Generally, pastors stay in one place and take care of day-to-day needs of the church.

B.        Feeds the flock.

1.                        Read1 Peter 5:2-4. Write in your own words how a pastor is to feed the flock.  _________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 2.            Write out John 21:16 ___________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ C.                        Protects the flock.  Read Acts 20:28-31

D.                         Must be willing to lay down his life for his sheep. Read John 10:11-13.

E.                         Guides the flock.  Write out John 10:3-4 _________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________


F.            Watches for the souls of those in his flock.  Read Hebrews 13:17 Why is it important that we obey those                                     that rule over us?   ____________________________________________________________________________ ___ ____________________________________________________________________________________

VI.  WHAT IS A TEACHER?

A.            From the Greek “didaskalos” meaning “a master”.

B.                         Clarifies how to apply truth in our lives so we clearly see what to do to obey the  Word of God.

1.                        Read  Nehemiah 8:7-8.

2.   Write out Galatians 6:6 ____________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ C.    Builds on the foundations laid by the apostle and prophets to establish the saints.  Read 1 Corinthians 3.

D.                        Provides motivation for studying the Scriptures.

E.                         Communicates so we can understand the same truth God has revealed to us.  What is the good advice                                                 given to us in 1 Corinthians 1:10? _________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________                              ____________________________________________________________________________________ F.   Has the ministry of “stabilizing and strengthening.”

VII.  WHY WERE THESE MINISTRIES GIVEN TO THE CHURCH?

A.                         For the perfecting of the saints. Write Ephesians 4:12________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________

B.  For equipping the saints to do the work of the Lord and serve others.  The pastor of a church is only one person.  He cannot be expected to do the work of the ministry by himself.  He is to be a teacher and as he goes about doing the things  a  pastor does, He’s supposed to teach others to do the same thing so that more and more people will be trained to take care of a larger and larger flock.  This may mean  more people in one church, or it may mean starting more churches.  Jesus wants  His  church to keep  on growing.

C.  For the edifying or building up of the body of Christ.

VIII.  HOW LONG WILL THESE MINISTRIES EXIST?    UNTIL WE ALL:  Agree as one that Jesus Christ is                          Lord and have faith in him, agreeing  on this one point together.

A.                        Write Ephesians 4:3-6 ________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________                   ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________

B.   Personally know the Son of God and his character.

C.   Become mature or the “perfect” man.

D.   Live and behave as Jesus did on earth, obeying God the Father in every thought  and deed, full of the                                       power of the Holy Spirit. Read Ephesians 4:13, how long will this take?   ________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________

E.   Meet Jesus face to face.

IX.  The Five-Fold ministry is more of a life-long direction, like a vocation.  All Christians are called to teach and                          preach the word of God, save souls and help one another mature.  But the Five-Fold ministry is meant to be              a focus of a person’s life in one of these five areas of activity.

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Deliverance– Lesson #22

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 22

DELIVERANCE

Called unto liberty – Deliverance – the plan God gave for all men and woman to be free.

The underlying message of the gospel, the one that shakes the iron grip of death and suffering off of men of every generation is that Christ Jesus came to set us free from sin and death and the terrorism of the devil.

To be free then, from the effects of sin and the devil, is a guaranteed promise and reality of those that have put their faith in Jesus Christ for their salvation.

Here is the silver cord of truth weaving through the testaments that declares our liberty that Christ has purchased for us.

I.

A.     Heavenly calling.  Read Hebrews 3:1

B.     High calling.   Read Philippians 3:14

C.     An Holy calling 2 Timothy 1:9

D.     Give diligence to make your calling sure.  2 Peter 1:10

2.      The right to be free.

A.      Ye have been called unto liberty.  Galatians. 5:13

B.      Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.   I Thessalonians. 5:24

C.     The glorious liberty of the children of God.  Romans 8:21.

D.     At that time, thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in the book. Daniel12:2,  Luke 10:20.

1.   Examples – Luke 13:16 Whom satan hath bound.

2.   Who is a daughter of Abraham?  Galatians. 3:7, 29

3.      The source of our liberty.

A.   Galatians. 5:1 The liberty wherewith Christ hath made me free.

1.   Galatians. 2:4.  Those who would bring us unto bondage.

2.   John 8:36 – If the son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

3.   John 8:32:  Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

4.   John 17:17 – Your word is truth.

5.   John 14:6 I am the way the truth and the life.

4.      The price of our liberty

A.     Galatians. 1:4 – Jesus Christ gave Himself for our sins that he might deliver us.

B.     Hebrews 2:14 – That through death He (Jesus) might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil

C.     Verse 15 – And release those who through the fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

D.     Philippians 2:7-8

1.   Incarnation =  God came to earth in bodily form in Jesus Christ.

2.   Crucifixion =  God died for the sins of the world and to break the power of the devil over His creations.

5.      The purpose of our liberty.

A.    Galatians. 5:13 – By love serve one another

B.    To serve God…

1.   I Peter 2:16 – free as bond servants of God.

2.   Luke 1:74-75.

C.   To serve our fellow man.  I Corinthians 9:19 – This liberty is a stewardship.

1.   Luke 4:38 & 39 – Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law of a sickness.

2.   Luke 8:1-2 – Mary Magdalene delivered of seven devils.

6.      The danger of our liberty.

A.    Galatians. 5:13 – Use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh

B.    2 Peter 2:19 – abuse of freedom: using the license of freedom to sin.

7.      The enemy of our liberty – satan.

A.     Galatians. 5:7-8 – who did hinder you.

B.     Some of his tactics:

1.   He hinders – Galatians. 5:7; I Thessalonians. 2:18.

2.   He sends trouble – Galatians. 5:10, 12.

3.   He attempts to take us captive – Galatians. 5:1; 2:4.

4.   He deceives –

a.         Galatians 3:1 – (Bewitch) to keep us from obeying the truth.

b.         Acts 8:9-11

c.         Revelation 12:9-11

d.         Revelation 12:16

8.      The loss of our liberty.

A.     Galatians. 5:1 – Be not entangled (burdened) again with the yoke of bondage (slavery).

B.     Matthew 12:43-45

1.   The need to be free

2.   The need to be filled.

3.   The ability to lose our freedom.

C.     II Peter 2:19-21 – To be overcome and be in greater bondage than when we started.

9.      The defense of our liberty.

A.     Galatians. 5:1 – Stand fast in liberty.

B.     Ephesians. 6:11 – Stand against the wiles of the devil.

C.     Resist – James 4:7

1.   Submit to God.

2.   Resist the devil.

3.   He will flee.

D.     I Peter 5:8-9 – Resist him  steadfast in the truth.

10.   The agent of our liberty – the Holy spirit

A.     II Corinthians. 3:17 – Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

B.     Isaiah. 10:27 – the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing oil.

C.     Isaiah 58:6 – Fasting – to release anointing.

D.     Luke 4:18. Spirit of the Lord is upon me to set men free!

E.     Matthew 12:28 – Cast out demons by the Spirit of God.

F.      Acts 10:30 – Jesus was anointed to heal those who were oppressed by the devil.

LESSON  20—STUDY SHEET

DELIVERANCE

1.     What are the three callings?    ______________________________

2.    What is the price of our liberty?

1.   2. 

3.    What is the purpose of our liberty?

1.  2.        3. 

4.    In Luke 4:18 what was Jesus anointed to do?

1.  

2.  

3.  

4.  

5.  

5.    List some of satan’s tactics:  

6.    _________________ is the source of our liberty, therefore can we lose it?  Yes__   No __

Explain 

7.    What must we do to be a child of Abraham’s?  

8.    How can we misuse our freedom? 

9.    When satan hinders and uses his tactics on us, what are the three things the Bible teaches we can do?

1.  ___2.  ____ 3.

10.  What is destroyed by the anointing?      

11.  Can satan captivate a Christian?           YES               NO

If yes, give example: 

13.  What are some areas in your life that satan has hindered? 

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The Sheep and the Shepherd– Lesson #21

THE LAWS OF THE KINGDOM

LESSON 21

THE SHEEP AND THE SHEPHERD

PART 1

There has been much teaching on the role of the pastor and his relationship to those in his congregation. Many have been hurt by those who have taken this teaching to extreme measures by lording over every aspect of their lives. Others have missed the fullness of God’s purpose for His Church by failing to submit themselves to a local church body and pastor. Let us examine the Scriptures to find God’s balance for our lives in this area.

(1)    WHAT IS A SHEPHERD?

The word “shepherd” is used in both the Old and New Testament. It means “one   who tends herds or flocks” (not merely one who feeds them). Both the Hebrew and                Greek words, translated as “shepherd”, also are translated “pastor”. This is because       they are actually one and the same.

(2)    IS JESUS THE ONLY SHEPHERD?

A.  NO. Jesus is spoken of as the “Chief Shepherd”.

B.  Jeremiah prophesied that the Lord would set up shepherds (plural) over                                            His people (Jeremiah 23:3-4).

C. Pastors (or shepherds) were given to the Church as a gift (Ephesians   4:11).

D. Even though the Bible tells us that the Lord is our shepherd, He has chosen to                      establish under-shepherds to minister to His people.

(3)   WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF A SHEPHERD?

A. We can tell, by the indictment against the Old Testament shepherd, what the Lord                expects of them (Ezekiel 34:2-4).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1.   Feed the flock.

2.   Strengthen the sheep that are diseased.

3.   Heal those that are sick.

4.   Bind up those that are broken.

5.   Bring back those who were driven away.

6.   Seek for those that are lost.

7.   Not rule with force or cruelty.

B.  Jeremiah prophesied (Jeremiah 3:15) that His shepherds would:

1.   Be shepherds after His own heart.

2.   Feed the sheep knowledge and understanding.

C.  Jesus said the following about a shepherd:

1.   He calls his own sheep by name, leads them out and goes before them

(John 10:3-4).

2.   He will be willing to lay down his own life for the sheep (John 10:11-13).

D.  Further New Testament Scriptures tell us:

1.   A shepherd should be on guard, for himself and God’s flock, against

savage wolves (Acts 20:28-29).

2.   A shepherd should take oversight of his flock, not by constraint, but willingly:                                     not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind (I Peter 5:2).                                                                                                                                                                                                                           3.   A shepherd watches for the souls of those who are placed under him, as one                            who will give account for them (Hebrews 13:17).

4.   The pastor/shepherd, along with the other four gift ministries, are to perfect                                        and/or equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12).

(4)    HOW LONG WILL THE MINISTRY OF THE PASTOR/SHEPHERD EXIST?

We can glean from the fourth chapter of Ephesians, verse twelve, that the  “pastor”            and other gift ministries are to remain until we all come into:

A.  The unity of the faith.

B.  The knowledge of the Son of God.

C.   Unto a perfect (mature) man.

D.   Unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

These Scriptures clearly indicate that a pastor or “shepherd” is not only responsible         for preaching, but also is to guard the very lives of those that God has placed in his             congregation. The pastor is responsible for the feeding, gathering, and the leading of     the sheep in his flock. Our next lesson will discuss the role of the congregation, or         sheep in relationship to their pastor.

THE SHEEP AND THE SHEPHERD

PART 2

Throughout the Bible, God’s people are referred to as “sheep” (Psalms 79:13); (100:3).  Isaiah said that “all we like sheep have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6). However, Jeremiah prophesied that the Lord would gather them again into folds and they would be fruitful and increase (Jeremiah 23:3-4).

(1)    WHAT VALUE DOES GOD PLACE ON HIS SHEEP?

A.  We can learn from the parable of “The Lost Sheep” that God considers one sheep               worth enough that, even though he may have 99 others, he will search for the one                     lost sheep until it is found (Luke 15).

B. Jesus looked on the people of His day with compassion, for He saw them as sheep             without a shepherd. And although He is the Chief Shepherd, when He ascended on                    high, He gave the ministry of “a pastor”, that we might have shepherds here on                                     earth (Matthew 9:36); (Ephesians 4:13).

(2)    CAN SHEEP CHOOSE TO FOLLOW ONLY THE CHIEF SHEPHERD?

A.  The Word God God commands us to submit ourselves to, and obey, those that                                  have the rule over us because they watch for our souls (Hebrews 13:17);                                        (I Corinthians 16:16).

B.   Shepherds are exhorted to be examples for the flock.  There would be no reason                   for this if they were not meant to be followed.

(3)   SIX “MUSTS” FOR THE SHEEP.

A.  Must know the voice of the shepherd.

B. Must follow the shepherd.

C.  Must eat what the shepherd feeds.

D.  Must heed the warning of the shepherd.

E.  Must bear fruit.

F.   Must allow the shepherd to shear them.

(4)    FIVE KINDS OF SHEEP.

A. Solitary Sheep

1.   They stay away from the rest of the flock.

2.   They think the rest of the flock is too mature for them.

3.   They are always sick.

B.  Hermit Sheep

1.   They stay away from the flock because they don’t want to be sheared.

2.  They refuse to be clipped by the shepherd.

3.   They don’t want the pruning of the Holy Spirit.

4.   The wool grows over their eyes and they can’t see to protect themselves.                                                                                                                                                                                         5.   The wool weighs them down so that soon, they can’t rise and the wolves come                                 in and devour them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6.   They begin to influence others.

C. Wandering Sheep

1.   Never content with things as they are.

2.   Whatever God is doing, it is never fast enough, big enough, or good enough                               to suit them.

3.   They always talk about the way it “used to be”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     4.   They have a tendency to bring discontentment to other sheep and they                                      themselves can produce “like kind”.

D.  Judas Sheep

1.   They lead others to the slaughter.

2.   They are usually blinded and deceived by their own stubbornness.

3.   They always take the opposite opinion of whatever the shepherd is trying to                                      establish.

4.  They slander the shepherd.

5.   They carry tales abroad.

6.   They are unsavory, unruly, wild and                                                                                                        have no love for the flock.

E.  Contented Sheep

1.   Innocent – they trust the shepherd.

2.  They are mild, tender-hearted and gracious.

3.   Patient – they stick with the flock and they don’t run every time things don’t go                              their way.

4.   They are useful, industrious and get involved.

5.   They obey and are submissive.

(5)   ARE ALL THOSE IN THE FLOCK HIS SHEEP?

A.         (Matthew 7:15) tells us there are wolves who wear                                                                              sheep’s clothing; that is, they put on the appearance                                                                 of a sheep.  We can tell them by their “fruit”.

B.  Some will separate themselves before the coming of                                                                         the Lord (I John 2:19), while others will not be separated                                                                        from the flock until He returns (Matthew 13:30).

C.  There will be those who arise from within the flock, who will speak perverse things,                 to draw away disciples unto themselves (Acts 20:30). And we are warned that there                       will be those who will be deceived and fall away (I Timothy 4:1).

THE LAWS OF THE KINGDOM

LESSON 19—STUDY SHEET

THE SHEEP AND THE SHEPHERD

PART 1 and 2

1.      The word “shepherd” is used in both the Old and New Testament. It means “one           who____________________________ herds or flacks” (not merely one who feeds                    them).

2.     What is another word for shepherd in the Hebrews and Greek? _________________         ___________________________________________________________________

3.     Jeremiah 23:4 And I will set up _________________________________ over them       which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall        they be lacking, saith the Lord.

4.     What are the duties of a shepherd?   1. ___________________________________         2.___________________________  3. ___________________________________         4.___________________________  5.  ___________________________________         6.___________________________         7.  ___________________________________

5.     John 10:11-13 tells us that a shepherd must be willing to lay down ______________      for the sheep.

6.     Ephesians 4:11-13 And he gave some, apostles; and some prophets; and some            evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the           work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ: till we come in the           _____________________ of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto           a perfect man unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

7.    Jesus looked on the people of His day with compassion, for He saw them as                                ____________________________without a _______________________________.

8.    Shepherds are exhorted to be examples for the flock. There would be no reason for          this if they were not meant to be ______________________________________.

9.      What are six “musts” for the sheep?   1. __________________________________                  2. __________________________    3. __________________________________                    4. __________________________    5. __________________________________                    6. __________________________

10.   What does the solitary sheep do? ________________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________

11.   What kind of sheep stay away from the flock because they don’t want to be sheared?          ___________________________________________________________________

12.   What sheep thinks that whatever God is doing, it is never fast enough, big enough, or       good enough to suit them? ______________________________________________

13.     What sheep always take the opposite opinion of whatever the shepherd is trying to establish; slander the shepherd; carry tales abroad? _________________________      ___________________________________________________________________

14.   What is the contented sheep like? ________________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________

15.   How can we tell a wolf from a sheep? Matthew 7:15 __________________________    _______

Personal Questions:

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Local Church Goverment — Lesson # 20

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 20

LOCAL CHURCH GOVERNMENT

There are three areas of government that are clearly defined in the Word of God. They are the home, civil government, and Church government. Within the framework of this lesson, we will consider the government of the local church.

(1)    WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR CHURCH GOVERNMENT?

A.  Church government is necessary to provide order and maintain peace among                                   brethren and to instill obedience to God’s will (I Corinthians 12:38); (Hebrews 13:17).

B.  Christ is the head of the Church, both universal and local (Ephesians 5:23); (Colossians 1:18); (2:19).

C.  Under Christ there are various ministries (I Corinthians 12:28); (Ephesians 4:11-12)               that serve to perfect the body of Christ. But, there are only two ecclesiastical offices               or authorities outlined in     the New Testament: bishops and deacons.

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Û        OVERSEERS

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Û        SERVANTS

1.   Bishops and deacons are the ruling authorities in the local  church                                                             (I Timothy 3:1-7) – bishops; (II Timothy 3:8-11) – deacons;                                                                              (Philippians 1:1) – bishops and deacons).

2.  These offices do not describe the operation of a ministry; they are positions of                               incumbency.

(2) WHAT IS THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP?

A.   The qualifications to meet the office of bishop are outlined in (I Timothy 3:1-7);                                  (Titus 1:5-7).

B.   A bishop must meet high standards of moral, civil, and spiritual qualities.

C.   There are various terms synonymous with the word “bishop” in the New Testament:

1.   Bishop – taken from the Greek “Episcopals”, means “overseer”.  This is the                            actual office, the ruling position (Acts 20:17-38).

2.   Elder – taken from the Greek “Presbyturos”, means “senior”. This refers to                  the personal status of the bishop (I Peter 5:1,5).

a.     The elder’s function is to rule (I Timothy 5:1,17-21).

b.   They have responsibility and accountability for the flock (Hebrews 13:17).

3.   Pastor – taken from the Greek “Poimen”, means “shepherd”. This is one who                          feeds and protects and instructs (Ephesians 4:11).

(3)    WHAT IS THE OFFICE OF A DEACON?

A.  The qualifications to meet the office of deacon are outlined in (Acts 6:3) and                               (I Timothy 3:8-11).

B.  The deacon, like the bishop, must meet the high standards of moral, civil, and                       spiritual qualities.

C.  The word “deacon” is taken from the Greek “diakonos”, meaning “servant” or “helper”.

D.   A deacon is one who serves in church government as an official to carry out                                      various dutiful obligations. He is directly under the authority of the bishop (Acts 6:3).

(4)    WHAT ABOUT LOCAL CHURCH DISCIPLESHIP?

A.  There, must be attendance and participation in the local church assembly in order                   to aid in spiritual growth, both individually and corporately.

1.  No person is a spiritual “loner” (Romans 14:7).

2.  One must not forsake attending, in full participation, the local church assembly                      (Hebrews 10:25).

3.   Christ often went to the synagogue (Mark 1:21); (Luke 4:16); (John 6:59).

B.  All members of the body of Christ are required to be disciples of the Lord Jesus                    Christ. However, not all are spiritual leaders in the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:14-31). Therefore, there must be obedience to God’s ordained leadership.

1.  As a member or disciple of Christ, one must be willing to express one’s loyalty                              to Christ by demonstrating submission to God’s chosen ruling authorities in                                             the local church (I Corinthians 16:16); (Hebrews 13:17); (I Timothy 5:17).

2.  Lack of submission to ruling authorities in the local church is detrimental for individual spiritual growth (Hebrews 13:17).

3.  The local church has the authority to excommunicate and to exhort (Matthew 18:15-17).

CHURCH GOVERNMENT: THE FIVE-FOLD MINISTRIES

In the previous lessons, we have seen that God has established a pattern for government within the Church. God gave Christ to the Church to be its head, and in turn, Christ has given five ministries to the Church, as a gift, to foster its corporate life (Ephesians 4:11-13).

(1)    WHAT ARE THE FIVE MINISTRIES?

A.  Apostles

B.  Prophets

C.  Evangelists

D.  Pastors

E.  Teachers

And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists,         some pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11 – RSV).

(2)   WHAT IS AN APOSTLE?

A.  Comes from the Greek word “APOSTOLOS” meaning “one sent forth”

B.  They are chosen by God, not man (Galatians 1:1); (Romans 1:5-6).

C.  Preaches the Gospel (Acts 2:38);(Romans 1:1).

D.  Testify and exhort (Acts 2:40).

E.  Establish doctrines (Acts 2:42).

F.  Establish churches (Acts 14:22-23).

G.   Bring forth and develop those called to the ministry, giving guidance and           instruction until confirmed into their calling (Acts 14:23).

H.   Establish believers in foundational truths (I Corinthians 3:10).

I.  Seal of apostleship is the fruit he has brought forth (Corinthians 9:2I).

J.   Has the ministry of “beginnings”

(3)    WHAT IS A PROPHET?

A.  Comes from the Greek “PROPHETES” meaning “one who speaks forth or openly        a proclaimer of a divine message”.

B.  Speaks the Word of the Lord (I Corinthians 14:29).

C.  Brings forth revelation of the Scriptures (I Corinthians 14:30).

D.  Predicts and warns of future events (Acts 11:27-28).

E.  Provides direction in ministry, doctrine, and worship (Acts 13:12).

F.  Confirm and impart spiritual gifts and blessings (Acts 15:32).

G.  Has the ministry of confirming God’s motives and will.

(4)    WHAT IS AN EVANGELIST?

A.  Comes from the Greek “EVANGELISTES” meaning “a messenger of good”.

B.   Exhorts men to repent, believe and obey the Gospel (II Timothy 4:2,5).

C.     Extends the message of the Gospel to unreached areas (Acts 8:4);

(Acts 11:19-21).

D.   Has the ministry of stirring.

(5)    WHAT IS A PASTOR?

A.  Comes from the Greek “POIMEN” meaning “a shepherd, one who tends herds or                     flocks (not merely one who feeds them)”.

B.  Feeds the flock (I Peter 5:2-4); (John 21:16).

C.  Protects the flock (Acts 20:28-31).

D.  Guides the flock (John 10:3-4).

E.   Watches for the souls of those in his flock (Hebrews 13:17).

F.   Must be willing to lay down his life for his sheep (John 10:11-13).

G.   Has the ministry of feeding.

(6)    WHAT IS A TEACHER?

A.  Comes from the Greek “DIDASKALOS” meaning “a master”.

B.  Clarifies the application of truth in our lives to enable us to be obedient to the                        Word of God.

C.  Builds on the foundations laid by the apostle and prophets to establish the saints (I Corinthians 3).

D.  Must provide motivation for studying the Scriptures.

E.  Communicates revealed truth to bring unity of the faith through understanding                  (I Corinthians 1:10).

F.  Has the ministry of stabilizing and strengthening.

(7)    WHY WERE THESE MINISTRIES GIVEN TO THE CHURCH?

A.  For the perfecting of the saints (Ephesians 4:12).

B.  For the equipping of the saints for the work of service (Ephesians 4:12).

C.  For the edifying of the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12).

(8)    HOW LONG WILL THESE MINISTRIES EXIST?

Until WE ALL come into:

A.  The unity of the faith.

B.  The knowledge of the Son of God.

C.  Maturity (“perfect” man).

D.  The measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13).

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 18—STUDY SHEET

LOCAL CHURCH GOVERNMENT

Answer these questions and be prepared to discuss this chapter in the next class.

1. Hebrews 13:17 ________________________________ them that have the rule over    you, and submit yourselves: for they _________________________________, as            they that must give _______________________________ that they may do it with      joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

2.      _____________________is the head of the church, both universal and local.

3.     _____________________________ and ___________________________ are the      ruling authorities in the local church.

4.     A bishop must meet high standards of moral, civil, and spiritual qualities. List some of       the standards that are listed in I Timothy 3:1-7. ____________________ __________________________________________________________________              __________________________________________________________________              __________________________________________________________________              __________________________________________________________________              __________________________________________________________________

5.    There are various terms synonymous with the word “bishop” in the New Testament.                    What are three of them? _______________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________              __________________________________________________________________

6.         A ____________________________________ is one who serves in church        government as an official to carry our various dutiful obligations.  He is          _______________ the authority of the ________________________________.

7.    What scripture reference is used here to teach us we are not to be “loners” in the   Body of Christ? ______________________________________________

8.     Hebrews 10:25 tells us not to do what? ____________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________         __________ _

9.    As a member of disciples of Christ, one must be willing to express one’s loyalty  to             Christ by demonstration ________________________________ to God’s chosen                        ruling authorities in the local church.

10.   What does the word “apostle” mean?  ____________________________________     

11.   All of the five fold ministry is chosen by ________________________ not man.

12.   List characteristics of an apostle. ________________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________

13.   List some characteristics of an prophet. ___________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________

14.   What does the Greek word “evangelists” mean? _ ___ _ _________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________

15.   What does a pastor do? _______________________________________________          ___________________________________________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________

16.   Who clarifies the application of truth in our lives and builds on the foundations laid by       the apostles and prophets? ______________________________ _ ___________________________________________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________

17.   Ephesians 4:12 tells us why the five-fold is given to the Body of Christ. Why?

___________________________________________________________________         ___________________________________________________________________         __________ ______

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Eternal Judgement — Lesson #18

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 18

ETERNAL JUDGMENT

The subject before us is a notable one. It is the last foundational truth to be listed in (Hebrew 6:1-2). Some have suggested that a God of love will not judge or punish any person.  We know that our God is a God of love, yet we also know that He is a God of

justice as well.

(1)    WHAT IS MEANT BY ETERNAL JUDGMENT?

A.    Judgment means “the result of judging, trying or

B.    Judgment means “the result of judging trying or passing sentence upon; a judicial decision”.

C.  Eternal does not only mean everlasting, but also “final, or that which has no appeal”.

(2)    WHO WILL DO THE JUDGING AND HOW WILL HE JUDGE?

A.  GOD

1.  God is the judge of all (Hebrews 12:23).

2.  God’s throne has been established for judgment (Psalms 9:7).

B.   Will be administered by Christ:

1.   The Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment, and given                                           authority to judge, unto the Son (John 5:22,27).

2.   Jesus was ordained to be the judge (Acts 10:42).

3.   Jesus will sit in the judgment seat (Romans 14:10), and the secrets of men                                        will be judged by Him (Romans 2:16).

C.  Will be judged in righteousness and with equity (Psalms 9:8); (Psalms 96:13).

(3)    WHY MUST THERE BE A JUDGMENT?

A.  Ungodliness (Jude 15); (II Peter 3:7); (2:6).

B. Disobedience (Romans 2:8-11); (Jude 6); (II Thessalonians 1:7-9); (Hebrews 3:18).

C.  Unrighteousness (II Peter 2:9).

D.  Unbelief (John 3:18,36); (Mark 16:16); (John 5:24).

E.  Sin (Romans 5:12): (I Corinthians 15:21-22).

F.  Transgression (Romans 5:15-18).

G.  Evil Works (John 3:19).

(4)    WHEN WILL JUDGMENT TAKE PLACE?

Eternal judgment, like the resurrection, has three aspects. These aspects are:

A.   PAST

1.    Sin (Isaiah 53:4-6); (John 1:29); (II Corinthians 5:21); (Hebrews 10:1-14).                                                                                                                                                                            2.   Satan (John 16:11); (Colossians 2:15).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     3.   World (John 12:31); (16:11); (3:19); (9:39-41).

4.  Man (John 3:18); (John 5:24); (Romans 5:9); (8:1).

B.   PRESENT

1.  Sinners (Romans 1:18-31); (Ephesians 5:6).

2.  Believers (I Corinthians 11:31-32); (5:5,13); (I Timothy 1:20); (Hebrews 12:8-10).

C.  FUTURE

1.   Believers – judged for their works and rewarded (Revelation 11:18); (Matthew 25:16); (Romans 14:12); (I Corinthians 3:11-15); (4:5); (II Corinthians 5:10).

2.   Sinners – judged for their sin and disobedience and punished (Matthew 25:46); (II Thessalonians 1:8-9); (Revelation 20:15).

(5)    WHEN WILL THIS FUTURE JUDGMENT TAKE PLACE?

A.  After Death (Hebrews 9:27).

B.  Last Day (John 12:48).

C.  The “Day of judgment” (Matthew 10:15); (I John 4:17); (II Peter 2:9).

D.  The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:31); (II Thessalonians 1:7-10); (II Timothy 4:1); (Jude 14,15).

(6) WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF THE JUDGMENT?

A.  Unbelievers – eternal punishment (Matthew 25:41); (John 3:36); (Mark 9:48); (Jude 7); (II Thessalonians 1:8-9).

B.  Believers – eternal life and joy (John 11:25-26); (Philippians 1:23); (Matthew 25:20-23). (James 1:12) says that the believer is to be crowned with life!

(7)    WHAT DOES THE CERTAINTY OF THIS JUDGMENT PRODUCE?

A.  A motive for repentance as seen in (Acts 17:31-32).

B.  Holiness (II Corinthians 5:9-10); (II Peter 3:11,14).

C.  Prayer and Watchfulness (Mark 13:33); (Revelation 3:11).

D.  It should motivate believers to be diligent in presenting the salvation message to          sinners.

PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING

LESSON 17b –STUDY SHEET

ETERNAL JUDGMENT

Answer these questions and be prepared to discuss this chapter in the next class.

1.   We know that our God is a God of ________________________, yet we also know that He is a God of ______________________________ as well.

2.       What does Eternal Judgment mean? _____________________________________________

3.       What does Hebrews 12:23 say about our God? _ ____________________________________________________________________________ _                                                                                                                                                  _

4.    Who will administer the judgement?

5.    Psalms 9:8 And he shall judge the world in _________________________, he shall       minister judgment to the people in .

6. II Thessalonians 1:7-9 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord  Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that __________________ not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting ___________________________ from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.

7.      II Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be ______________________ for us,

who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in __________ .

8.   John 16:11 Of judgment, because the ______________________________ is judged.

9.   I Corinthians 11:31-32 For if we would judge _____________________________ we

should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are ________________________

of the Lord, that we ___________________________ be condemned with the world.

10.   What does Revelation 11:18 tell us about judgment for the believers.

____________________________________________________________________  

See also Romans 14:12; I Corinthians 3:11-15; I Corinthians 4:5 & II Corinthians 5:10 to help you answer this one.

11.    When will this future judgment take place? _______ ____________________________________________________________________         _________ _

12.   What will the results of the judgment be for:

Believers?__________________________________________________________

Unbelievers?  ______________________________________________________

13.   The certainty of this judgment should

believers to be ___________________________________________ in presenting

the salvation message to sinners.

Personal Questions:

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