This Bible study can be used for house groups or individuals. No one must teach, but only ask the Holy Spirit to teach them, and have a sharing together based on John 14:26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Does it mean that you are a Christian because you go to church or a prayer group out of obligation just as a ritual, or has it got to do with loving God, knowing him intimately and seeking to do his will by obeying his Commandments? See Matthew 7:21-23King James Version (KJV) 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
It says to enter the Kingdom of God you have to become like little children Isn’t it all about a relationship with God and depending on him totally like a little child. What does it mean to abandon oneself to God like a little child? see: Mark 10:14-15 King James Version (KJV) 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
Is it right for people to compromise when they want to? Doesn’t it mean that we should not compromise with what is wrong and act differently from the world, so that the gate gets narrower and narrower, even if you are the only one who stands up for what is right and do God’s Will, even if everyone is against you and ridicules you? See Matthew 16:24 (KJV) Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me., and Matthew 7:13 (KJV) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
At what moment do we become a Christian? Isn’t it when we repent of our sins with a determination to turn away from them and have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and become born again, rather than simply just drifting in religion because you have been brought up in it? Mark 1:15 King James Version (KJV) 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. and John 3:16-18King James Version (KJV) 16 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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18 He 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.
Written by Dominic and Marie-Helene Bradshaw