Bible Study Outline on Living Water

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The first time Jesus mention living water was when he met a Samaritan woman who came to draw some water from the well. Jesus asked the Samaritan woman for a drink but the Samaritan woman question how could he asked for a drink when he is a Jew. In those days, the Jews never associate with the Samaritans. The Samaritans are from Samaria and they are mostly pagans.

Jesus replied to the Samaritan woman if she knew what is the gift of God and who she was speaking to, she would ask for the living water. Jesus stated that she will never be thirsty again if she drink the living water. The Samaritan woman then ask Jesus to give her the living water but Jesus asked her to call her husband. The Samaritan woman lied she had no husband but Jesus revealed her secret by saying she had 5 husbands and the one she is with now is not her husband.

Water is very important to the trees, human beings and animals. Without water, we all living things will die. Just as water is a necessity of life. having Jesus in your life is also a necessity for everyone. Without Jesus in your life, your soul will die. We always try to quench the thirst of our soul with different things such as materialism but we soon get thirsty. The only thing that can quench the thirst of your soul is believing in Jesus Christ and follow him. Believing in Jesus is the only way for you to live eternally with God. You can quench your spiritual thirst by taking up your cross to follow Jesus every day. Christians are to share the living water, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ, with others so that they will also found life.

Jesus always refers to the Holy Spirit as the living water. The Holy Spirit abides in us and guide us to do God’s will. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit seals us for salvation. Those who are led by the Holy Spirit will live a life that brings life into the world. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. We must abide in Christ in order to be fruitful. We are to spend time with Him every day. God is the source of all problems. God is always ready to help us if only we are willing to humble ourselves and bring our problems to him in prayer.

The world can never give you that living water that will make you forever satisfied. When you feel empty in your soul, you should look to Jesus. He can quench the thirst of your soul and give you life if you allow him to enter into your life.

Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. (John 4:13-15 KJV)

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:37-38 KJV)

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. (Revelation 21:6 KJV)

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. (Revelation 22:1 KJV)

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:13 KJV)

For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring (Isaiah 44:3 KJV)

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. (Revelation 7:16-17 KJV)

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17 KJV)

And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (Isaiah 58:11 KJV)

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. (Isaiah 41:17-18 KJV)

Bible Study Outline on Contending for the Faith

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Jude 1:3 states that every genuine follower should contend earnestly for the faith. The church is constantly being threatened for its faith in Jesus. Jude explained the reason why we should fight to preserve the faith. Jude points out that our faith represents our salvation now and in the future. Our faith is complete as it is given to us once and for all. Our faith will always be challenged by false teachers.

In order to contend for the faith, we must take care to abide by God’s commandments so that we can demonstrate the testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives. To love Jesus means to serve God and do his commandments in the bible. The bible is not thought up by the church but it is the word of God the Holy Spirit inspires the apostles to write. Followers of Christ are to abide in God’s love. When you obey God’s commands, you are remaining in his love.

We must make sure we attain maturity in all areas so that we can have a balanced spiritual growth. For example, you must not just spend all your time serving at the church but also have time to read the bible and pray. True Christians will have the spirit of God. Counterfeit leaders including false prophets do not have the Holy Spirit. Many Christians are saved but they are not spiritual maturity. Good Christians demonstrate higher spiritual awareness.

Christianity is actually a personal relationship with Jesus. Unless you have a personal relationship with Christ, you will not be able to get into the kingdom of heaven. As a Christian, you must not be ashamed of acknowledging Jesus Christ before your friends. Theh 21st century see more and more people rejecting Christian values. For example, many places are making homosexuality and same sex marriage legal. Many Christians only go to the church but they do not have a real personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Some who claim to be Christians and go to church cannot even tell the basic beliefs of Christianity.

Contending for the faith means showing no partility. Paul rebuked Peter when he refused to eat with the Gentiles because of the presence of the influential Jews. Paul was bold in pointing out Peter’s wrong. Paul was bold to stand against Peter, a friend, who has committed an error in order to protect the faith.  Contending for the faith does not mean you have to be brutal and violent. It is wrong to discipline the disciples with insults and violence. Instead, we are to be gentle and compassionate when we reprimend a d younger fellow disciple.

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (Jude 1:3-4 KJV)

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15 KJV)

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. (Romans 16:17 KJV)

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. (Titus 1:9 KJV)

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 1:21 KJV)

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. (2 John 1:9 KJV)

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4 KJV)

Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? (James 4:5 KJV)

Bible Study Ouline on Being Born Again

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Being born again in the context of Christianity involves spiritual rebirth. Everyone of us is born in the flesh when we came out of our mother’s wombs. On the other hand, spiritual rebirth means being born again by God’s spirit. Faith itself is insufficient to get saved and obtain eternal life. True spiritual birth requires true repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Born again Christians already die to their own selves by quitting their bad habits and live a new life in Jesus Christ. If you are a born again Christian, you will demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit.

God is a spirit and his children must worship him in truth and spirit. To worship God means to pay respect to God. In order to be born again in Christ, you must meditate on God’s words and live by his commandments. Jesus said that only those who have been born again in Christ will be able to see and enter the kingdom of God.In 1 John 2:29, everyone that do righteousness is born of God. In 1 John 3:9, a person that is born of God will not continue to live in a sinful lifestyle because the seed of God is in him. If you find youself keep on getting trapped in repeating your sin even though you want to change, you should tell it to God and ask him to give you the strength to overcome it.

A person that is born of God will demonstrate love for others (1 John 5:1). Loving others is the most important commandment in the bible as all God’s commandment hang on this commandment. To love others means to be kind, considerate and helpful to those who need your help. Serving at the church by helping in volunteering in different areas of the ministry is one way of loving others. If you love others, you will be humble, tolerant, gentle towards others. You will avoid gossiping, backbiting,grumbling, murmuring, arguing, and yelling at others.

A person who is born of God will never dis-acknowledge God even when he is being persecuted and rejected by others. Jesus said that those who love their family members more than him is not worthy of being his disciple. Anyone that is born of God will be able to overcome worldliness with their faith. Christians are not to compromise with the world in any way but let their life completely being led by the Holy Spirit.
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (John 3:1-8 KJV)

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36 KJV)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3 KJV)

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:11-14 KJV)

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 KJV)

Bible Study Outline on Taking Thoughts Captive

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The devil can attack your mind by corrupting your thoughts with his lies. Philippians 4:8 states that we are to think whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable. If you allow the corrupt thoughts in your mind, you are allowing Satan to control your mind. If Satan is able to control your mind, he will also try to control your physical behaviors and attack your life.

Your mind can be influenced by your circumstances, the people you meet and the shows you watch. Therefore, it is very important not allow anything that is bad influence to enter into your mind. This mean you should not expose yourself to shows, music, books, and people that can give you bad influences and lead you away from God. If you meditate on God’s truth, the Holy Spirit will be able to take your thoughts captive. We have a free will to do whatever we want, to be slave to sin, or to obey God’s commandments. We are to pray and seek God at all times.

You must immediately take actions to stop this if you encounter an attack in the mind from Satan. If you don’t, the devil could be more invasive and attack you further. We can hear two voices, God’s voice or the devil’s voice. God can talk to you in your ear and let you see visions and dream dreams. Satan can do this too so you must be careful of everything that you enters into your mind. Sometimes, you can hear the wrong voices and think it is from God. You must pray for God to give you the ability to discern the right voice and wrong voice.

The devil likes to use your weak points to attack you so you must not give in to temptation otherwise he will have an opportunity. To fight the spiritual warfare, you must spend time to be near to God. Often, when you don’t spend time with God regularly, it opens a doorway for the devil to attack. Spending time with God means doing the things God wants you to do such as reading the bible, worshiping and etc.

Christians must always guard their thoughts and hearts at all time. Whatever you say begins with a thought. For example, if you think negatively of someone, you may be rush in opening your mouth to say bad things behind his back. Gossip can lead to quarrel and argument. We are to root out everything bad in our mind and bring every thought captive in obedience to him. If you have difficulties in bring your though captive into obedience to Christ, you should seek God’s help in prayer.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV)

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (Romans 7:23 KJV)

 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. (Matthew 15:19 KJV)

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:7 KJV)

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. (1 Peter 1:14-15 KJV)

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:21 KJV)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8 KJV)

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17 KJV)

In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. (Titus 2:7-8 KJV)

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer. (Romans 12:9-12 KJV)

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:12 KJV)

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 KJV)

And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23 KJV)

Bible Study Outline on Giving Praises to God in a Storm

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Troubles give you opportunity to experience God and build our faith and strength in Christ. When we face troubles, we will think of turning to God especially when there is no other solution. When you seek God in prayer, you are humbling yourself before him. Some people get mad at God and grumble. They may ask what the purpose that God put troubles in their lives is. God can use troubles to equip and prepare us for doing his ministry in the future. It was the Spirit who led Jesus Christ into the wilderness. Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in the wilderness. Jesus Christ was able to win against the devil’s temptation because he trusted in God.

Satan is always coming up with mischieves. He seizes every opportunity he can to attack and destroy people’s lives. Satan is happy when he see God’s children is being led astray. Satan sought after God’s permission to attack Job by taking away all his children and servants and livestock. Job did not curse God for all the calamities he faced but he praises God in the distress he faced. Satan can also send problems into your life. Satan will hope that you blame God and grumble against him so that he could be glorified in this. He will aim at your weak area and put a deceptive thought in your mind so that you will be discouraged to continue in serving him.

Seeking God in prayer is one way of giving praises to God. When you seek God in prayer, you are acknowledging your need to God. Jesus Christ said everyone who is laden with burden should come to him. During difficult times, you must be strong in Christ and not give up easily. You must continue to give praises to him, believing that he will answer your prayer and help you. If you give in easily, you are letting the devil wins. If you don’t give up and continue to offer praises to God, you will surely be able to have a breakthrough which you can tell others in a testimony afterwards.

We must have faith in God during the storm of troubles. You must believe that God will do what you request in your prayer. Nothing is impossible for anyone who believes. When you praise God in times of difficulties, you are offering a sacrifice of praise. When you continue to praise God in hard times, you will find the Holy Spirit fill your heart with peace and joy.

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. (Psalm 150:1-6 KJV)

Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. (James 5:13 KJV)

Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. (2 Samuel 22:50 KJV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: (Psalm 103:2 KJV)

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah. (Psalm 24:8-10 KJV)

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. (Psalm 34:2 KJV)

And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27 KJV)

Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: (Psalm 144:1 KJV)

O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest. (Psalm 95:1-11 KJV)

Bible Study Outline on Eating Healthy

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There are certain types of food the bible forbid us to eat including food made of blood, strangled animal and food offered to the idols. Besides, we are also to take care of our bodies by eating a healthy diet.

If you know that there is a certain food you can’t eat because of a condition, you should not eat it as it will damage your health. We should avoid eating unhealthy food such as food high in cholesterol, MSG and sugar. Your body is made to what it is right now based on the food you feed it. It may not seem at first that the junk food you eat is harming your heath, because it happens progressively. Everyone needs to eat to live but we should not indulge in eating.

Living on a healthy diet is one testimony of a good Christian. If you claim to be a Christian but often eat junks, you are not showing respect to your body as the temple of God. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Your body does not only belong to you. Our body also belong to God because God created us. Jesus died for us on the cross to redeem us. God desires to live us through the Holy Spirit. God wants us to use our bodies to give glory to him. God said that he will destroy anyone that defile the temple of God and our body is the temple of God.

Daniel would not defile his body with the meat of the king or the wine. Daniel recognized that the meat and wine served on the king’s table are forbidden by God. He challenged the guard to give him and his friends vegetables and water for 10 days. After 10 days, they looked much healthier compared to the others who were served with the royal food. In the same way, God wants us to maintain a healthy diet by eating food that are nutritious.

When God give us our bodies, he also gave us instructions on how we are to maintain it. We can find healthy diet tips recommended by nutritionists on the books and internet. We are to present our body as a living sacrifice to God, holy and acceptable God. If we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God, we cannot also indulge in bad habits that reduce our physical strength. Your emotion can have effect on your health. You should not starve yourself or binge on food because of an emotional problem. The bible says a merry heat is like a medicine but a broken spirit will dry up the bone. We are to stay cheerful, rely on God in prayer, and give thanks to him in all circumstances.

 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well. (Acts 15:29 KJV)

Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. (Proverbs 23:20-21 KJV)

Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. (Genesis 9:3 KJV)

And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. (Proverbs 23:2 KJV)

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV)

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV)

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:29-31 KJV)

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities. (1 Timothy 5:23 KJV)

And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23 KJV)

Bible Study Outline on Carnal Mind

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Carnal mind refers to the inclination of thoughts to the lust of the body. When you live by the flesh, you will do what you naturally want to do according to the lust of the flesh. Examples of a canal mind are greed, wickedness, malice, and hatred. If you have the fruit of the spirit, you will do what Jesus would do. We are to follow the examples of Jesus Christ while he was on earth. If you are led by the spirit, you are the child of God. As a born again Christian, you are supposed to get rid of all kinds of sinful behaviors, attitude and thoughts.   Sin refers to anything that is against God’s commandments.

A Christian cannot live by the flesh and spirit at the same time. God commanded us to fight against the lust of the flesh. We are to fight over every kind of fleshly deed including emotions, thoughts, and decisions. Christians who are compromising with the world will live by the spirit and flesh. These types of Christians are inconsistent. The strength of the spirit and flesh in them are about the same. They will have some victories as well as some defeat in their lives. Backslidden Christian has much stronger fleshly desire compared to compromising Christian. No one will be able to know that a backslidden Christian is saved. Victorious Christians who live by the spirit and will never compromise to the flesh. Everyone will be able to know that he is a Christian led by the spirit.

Christians must not let the flesh to overpower them. It is possible for a Christian to make backward progression when he is not carefully following God. To avoid this, you should do spiritual activities by spending time with God. Examples of activities you can do to be closer with God are prayer, bible, encouraging others and etc. God promises to give the crown of life to anyone who finishes the race of life. We are to die daily in the flesh. Jesus promises to give a new body to the followers who have victoriously finished the race of life.

Satan is the eternal enemy of our soul. Satan is real and active and always looking for vulnerable people to attack. Satan wants us to live in flesh much more than we immerse in the Lord. He does not care what you do but he wants to make sure you are not with God. The devil likes to grab our weakest point to attack us. We must never give any way to the devil so that he cannot carry out his plan on us and destroy our relationship with God.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV)

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. (Romans 16:17 KJV)

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8 KJV)

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:8 KJV)

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16 KJV)

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21 KJV)

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:5-6 KJV)

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV)

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4 KJV)

 

Bible Study Outline on Law Versus Grace

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The Old Testament contains a lot of rules and festivals that God require the Israelite to observe. The Old Testament law is very strict. Anyone that does not obey the law will be punished. In those days, the blood of animal sacrifices is used to atone for the sins of the people of Israelite. This is to show that the blood of animal sacrifices will not be used for sin atonement forever.

Jesus Christ had to come to the earth to die on the cross and make atonement for our sins. Galatians 3:13 records that anyone that is hanged on a tree is cursed. The death and resurrection of Jesus signifies the establishment of the New Testament. By God’s grace, anyone who believe in Jesus Christ can get saved and inherit eternal life. We get saved not as a result of our works, so that we can boast about it. But, salvation is a gift of God. When the New Testament comes into effect, the Law of Moses was abolished so that there is no more need of following them. We are to walk in love and be kind to one another to show that we are good disciples of Jesus Christ.

God says the wages of sin is death. A sinner must repent in order to escape God’s judgment otherwise he will be condemned in hell. There is nothing you can do to please God and get saved except to believe in Jesus and follow him. It can be difficult for a sinner to fulfill the law as he is prone to sin. The seed of sin is in everyone and everyone has a tendency to make mistake. As a result, God had to send his only son, Jesus Christ, to come into the world to die for our sins.

Jesus Christ is God in bodily form while he was on earth. Jesus was vulnerable to all the sufferings just like human. After Jesus Christ was resurrected, he sat at the right hand side of God. Jesus Christ is a mediator between God and men. He intercedes for our sins.

You should not be discouraged if you continue to fall into temptation to sin. Without a conviction, your conscience will become hardened and it will be difficult for you to turn back to God. Waging war with your flesh means that you at least know you are on the good side, fighting against evil. You can pray and ask God to help overcome your sin.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV)

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14 KJV)

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. (Romans 11:6 KJV)

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4:6 KJV)

But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10 KJV)

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 KJV)

Will God Destroy the Earth Again by Flood?

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In Noah days, humankind are so evil that it cause God to regret of creating them. As a result, he decided to destroy them with flood. Only Noah found favor in God’s eyes. Noah is obedient and always do what God says so God decided to spare his life. God commanded Noah to build an ark so that he could save himself, his family members and the animals. Noah is to bring two of every kind of creatures into the ark with him during the floor so that they will be kept alive. Noah is to take every kind of food for himself and the animals. When the flood ended, the ark came to rest on the Ararat mountain.

The first thing that Noah did is to offer a sacrifice of some of the clean animals and birds to God. When God smell the pleasing aroma of the sacrifice, he decided not to destroy all living creatures with flood water again as he has done even though mankind are subjected to sin. Romans 3:23 states that all men have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. The earth needs a savior to save and deliver them from their sins. God put a rainbow in the sky as a sign of the covenant he made with Noah. The rainbow always appear after rain.

However, this does not mean that there will be no more flood again. The covenant that God made with Noah is that he will not destroy the creations in the entire earth with flood waters again. During the last days, those who are left behind from the rapture will have to experience the calamities. Different natural disasters will occur when Jesus comes back for the second time including storm, earthquake, flood, and etc.

God showed his intolerance towards sin via Noah’s flood. He was merciful to Noah an save him and his family because he was righteous. He made the first covenant in the bible with Noah. The flood did not get rid of the sinful nature of humankind. We are all used to be dead in our sins. We used to be slaves to our sins and belong to the devil. Despite that, God loves us and decided to offer his salvation by sending his son, Jesus Christ to come to the earth to die for our sins.

In 2 Peter 3:5-7, Peter prophesied that God will destroy the earth with fire one day just as how God destroyed all living beings by flood in Noah days. This will be the final judgment just as how it was with the deluge that took place globally during Noah days. Now is the time to repent. We should not be like those who die during the days of Noah. They made fun of Noah’s warning and did not prepare for the day the flood came. Noah trusted in God and built the ark.

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (2 Peter 3:5-7 KJV)

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17 KJV)

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23 KJV)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10 KJV)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23 KJV)

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:13-26 KJV)

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 KJV)

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17 KJV)

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (1 John 3:4 KJV)

All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. (1 John 5:17 KJV)

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 3:23 KJV)

And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. (Isaiah 35:8 KJV)

And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine. (Leviticus 20:26 KJV)

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. (2 Timothy 2:21 KJV)

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; (1 Peter 2:9 KJV)

For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. (1 Thessalonians 4:7 KJV)

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV)

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: (Hebrews 12:14 KJV)

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:14-16 KJV)

Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. (1 John 3:6-10 KJV)

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1 KJV)

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV)

 

Does God Forgive Gays?

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The bible clearly tells us to stay away from gay and homosexuality. Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 states that it is a sin for a male to lie with a male as with a woman. Deuteronomy 22:5 states that a woman should not wear man’s clothes and a man should not wear a woman clothes. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 states that the unrighteous will not inherit eternal life and enter into the kingdom of God including homosexuals, fornicators, and adulterers.

Some of the homosexuality verses are from the Old Testament but that is not to say that we don’t have to obey it. Jesus’ death and resurrection has validated the new covenant. According to the new covenant, there is no need to abide by the Moses laws including rituals, festivities and other laws. However, Christians still have to abide by the moral laws in the Old Testaments. for example, the Ten Commandments.

It is also wrong to tolerate against homosexuality and approve it. It is not wrong to talk to a homosexuals and be friendly and kind towards them. However, it is wrong to mix with homosexuals company, for example, going out with them. Bad company can corrupt you. What you do can affect your thoughts. Mixing with bad company can affect your faith in Jesus Christ. Ultimately, it will lead you away from God. We must be careful not to give the devil a footstep. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God because the wickedness of its inhabitants. One of the sins of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah is homosexuality (Jude 1:7).

God will forgive anyone who sincerely repent and confess their sins to him. The parable of the father and his two sons in Luke 15:11-32 shows that the Father God is merciful and forgiving to those who repent and return to him. In the parable, a father has two sons. One day, the father divided his property between the two sons. The younger son accumulate all he had and set out to a distant land. While at the distant country, he squandered away his wealth and spent all he had. There was a severe famine and he began to be in need. Eventually, he hired out himself as a worker who feed the pigs at a farm. He longed to eat the pods that the pigs were eating.

Then, he realized that many of his father’s servants are experiencing starvation and decided to return to him. When he was a long way off, the father ran to him and embraced him and kissed him. The father has the best robe and sandals put on him. The father had a fattened calf slaughtered to celebrate his return. When the older son saw this, he was angry but the father told him that they are to celebrate and be glad because his brother is dead but now alive again. He was once lost but now is found (Luke 15:11-32 KJV).

Jesus died for our sins on the cross so that those who have faith in him can be saved and receive eternal life. However, the gift of salvation is only for those who have repented of their old ways and make a decision to follow God. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior but you continue in your sinful lifestyle, you are still not saved yet.

You can pray and ask God to help you if you find that you cannot overcome the sin of gay and homosexuality. You should pray persistently and patiently. You can also have your pastor or other Christians pray for you. God will hear your prayer as it is written everyone who call on him will be saved.

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. (Leviticus 18:22 KJV)

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13 KJV)

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 KJV)

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (Romans 1:26-28 KJV)

For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.(1 Timothy 1:10)

Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:2 KJV)

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Mark 10:6-9 KJV)

For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn. (1 Corinthians 7:7-9 KJV)

And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. (1 Kings 14:24 KJV)

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (Romans 1:28 KJV)

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:32 KJV)

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Jude 1:7 KJV)

But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. (Genesis 19:4-5 KJV)

Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. (Judges 19:22 KJV)

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (1 Corinthians 15:33 KJV)

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. (Proverbs 13:20 KJV)

But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. (1 Corinthians 5:11 KJV)

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. (Proverbs 14:7 KJV)

I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked. (Psalm 26:4-5 KJV)

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. (Psalm 1:1-4 KJV)

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:5-10 KJV)

Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV)

Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16 KJV)

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians 6:18 KJV)

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:3 KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6 KJV)

I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. (1 Timothy 2:8 KJV)

Neither give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:27 KJV)

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:8-13 KJV)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:16-17 KJV)

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV)

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 KJV)