Strength for the Journey

     
     
     
     

    Bible Study Pastor Eric C. Carson

                            Rev. Eric C Carson, Pastor 

                                                                            

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    Why Am I A Christian Series?
    Part 1
    1 John 4:12-19
    Acts 26:1-18
     
    Meaning of Goad—Rod, generally about eight feet long, with a pointed end used to control oxen.
     
    Ways Jesus Christ pricked Saul of Tarsus?
     
    1. Jesus was goading Saul in his mind.
    • Causing turmoil in his mind. Filling it with doubts as to whether Jesus was an impostor or true.
     
     
     
    1. Jesus was goading Saul in his memory.
    • Reminding him of Stephen’s face, words, dignity and death .
     
     
     
    1. Jesus was goading Saul in his conscience.
    • He pricked him in his conscience convicting him of evil desires.
     
     
     
    1. Jesus was goading Saul his spirit.
    • He pricked that vast, empty vacuum of alienation.
     
     
     
    What are some ways you feel that Jesus is pricking at you to draw closer to him.
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    How would you describe Jesus’ pursuit of you?
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    Why Am I A Christian Series
    Part 2
    Luke 4: 16-30
     
    3 Claims of Jesus Christ
     
     
    1. Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of the Old Testament Scripture.
     
    • The Son of Man        Daniel 7:13-14
    • The Suffering servant    Isaiah 53:3,12
    • The Son of Man must suffer many things Mark 8:31
     
     
     
    1. Jesus claimed the unique relationship of “Son”
     
    • The intimacy of Father and Son Relationship Matthew 11:25-30; Luke 2:41-50; Luke 23;46
     
     
    1. Jesus claimed the authority to be their savior and their judge. Mark 2:1-7;
     
    • Jesus set himself apart from everybody else.
    • Everybody else was hungry; he was the bread of life.
    • Everybody else was thirsty; he could quench their thirst.
     
    How have you experiencing the “Claims of Jesus Christ” in your life?
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    How do you make “Claims of Jesus Christ” in your life?
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    Bible Study
    Why I Am a Christian Series
    The Cross of Christ
    Romans 5:1-8
     
    Why the Cross?
     
    Christ Died For the Atonement Of Our Sins:
     
    • Meaning of Atonement—Biblical doctrine that God has reconciled sinners to Himself through the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ.  The concept of atonement spans both testaments, everywhere pointing to the death , burial, and resurrection  of Jesus for the sins of the world.
     
    • The central thrust of the church’s proclamation should be the atoning work of God in Christ 1 Corinthians 1:22-25.
     
    • The Truth of the atonement as the gospel itself 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.
     
    • The atonement the can save a sinner from the wrath of God Acts 2:13-21. 
     
    Christ Died To Reveal The Character of God:     2 Peter 3:15
     
    • God’s justices and God’s Love is reveal.
     
    • Meaning of Forbearance—refraining from the enforcement of a punishment.
     
    • Forbearance refers to God’s patience expressed in God’s willingness to hold back judgment for a time. God’s forbearance does not mean that God condones sin but that God gives opportunity for repentance.
     
    • Because the cross was an effective sacrifice of atonement God’s forbearance is an opportunity for salvation.
     
    Christ Died To Conquer The Powers of Evil:    1 Corinthians 15:57; Romans 8:37
     
    • Christ died not only to atone our sins and to reveal the character of God, He also died to conquer the powers of evil.
     
    How meaningful is the “Cross” to you?
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     Bible Study
    Why I Am A Christian Series
    Part 5
    The Key to Freedom
    John 8:31-36
     
    Meaning:
     
    Salvation- The biblical idea of salvation involves three notions. First salvation is the rescue from sin and death. Second is the renewing of the spirit. Third is the restoration of a right relationship with God.
     
    Spiritual Freedom-refers to a state where a person is prospering spiritually.
     
    3 major areas salvation provides freedom:
     
    Freedom from guilt and from the judgment of God.   Psalm 130:1-4
     
    • The Wrath of God
    • The Forgiveness of God
    • The Payment for the penalty of our sin
     
    Freedom from the cramping bondage of our own self-centeredness Ephesians 1:19-20; Romans 8:11; 2 Corinthians 3:18
     
    • Salvation from self
    • Changed Personality
    • Transformed into His own likeness 
     
    Freedom from our crippling fears. Hebrews 2:14-15; Romans 8:18-25; 2 Peter 3:10-13
     
    • By shinning the light
    • By the living hope
    • By beautiful confidence about the future
     
     
    List ways salvation has freed you from the bondage of sin. Has transformed your mind into the newness of Christ, and has giving you a new perspective of the future.
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