Genesis Lesson 7: “When God Calls”
Motivation: God’s call is upon the life of every Believer. He calls us to salvation. He calls us to minister. Often His major call will be supported by various leadings to specific directions, ministries or people. An examination of the call of Abraham can help us understand His call on our lives.
5-Ephesians Lesson 5-Handout
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Lesson 5 (2-Oct-2013)
Ephesians 1: 15-23 (Praying with Power)
15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Last week: The Work and the Blessings of the Spirit
POINT: The Word of God and the Spirit of God go together!
Verses 1: 15-18 Paul’s confidence in the genuineness faith of those he’s writing to.
“For this reason” (our 2nd thru 4th class)
1) That we were/are ‘called by the Father’
2) That we are destined to be His children
3) That redemption and forgiveness are available to us in the Son
4) That are eyes have been opened to the eternal plan of God
5) That we have been sealed by the Spirit
6) And that the Spirit has guaranteed our inheritance IN CHRIST.
Paul’s heart for prayer for them, for us, is that they/WE need to understand the above truths.
Praying with Power
Signs of Christian faith:
That they have confessed the Lord Jesus Christ & rejected their ‘idols.’
That they have love one for another.
Class questions: What are some of the idols that the world feeds us as being meaningful;
something that we MUST have?
How about us personally? What idols do we have? What idols call out to us?
Love for one another. Stedman: “If your love has not made you a more loving person, it is not genuine
Class question: What hinders our love ‘one for another?’
Know this: Paul is specifically addressing the ‘love of the saints,’ love for other brothers and sisters in the
Lord. Stedman notes: “The truth is that some saints are easy to love – and some aren’t.”
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Stedman reflects upon the two names Paul gives when addressing God:
1) “The God of our Lord Jesus Christ” (verse 17a)
2) “the glorious Father” (verse 17b) (given that there is a 17c…)
The God of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stedman empathizes that ‘God the Father’ is the One to whom the Lord
Jesus prayed. He is the One on whom Jesus deepened for the enlightenment of His own disciples. Jesus
prayed for them that the truth (He is the Truth!) might grip their hearts, and that truth would change their
Consider the above regarding our ‘idols;’ those that the flesh wants to cling to. Consider this in regard to
loving those fellow believers that may not be easy to love. We are to depend upon God just as Jesus did.
This is a radical truth (given that we know, at least intellectually, that Jesus was fully God AND fully man.
The glorious Father: One who originates and radiates glory! (Like the father of the bride at an elegant,
lavish wedding. He who ‘pays the bills’ for the event. (Remember, we are the bride of Christ. This is a good
metaphor for our understanding…. God is the One who makes all this glory possible.
What Paul prays for(vs. 17): illumine and enlighten their hearts
17 “ “Keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of
wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.”
He prays for a special ministry of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
Ask! James 4:2 says that too often the reason we fail to receive is because we fail to ask.
Great quote: “The purpose of the Word of God is to introduce you in a personal way to the God of the
universe, and His Son, Jesus Christ. PRAY BEFORE READING. ASK GOD TO REVEAL HIMSELF. There could be
no other prayer that is more in line with the will of God for our lives.
Insert the triangle from the weekend: The more you… KNOW GOD, the more you will LOVE GOD. The
more you LOVE GOD, the more you will want to obey God. The more you OBEY GOD, the more you will
want to KNOW GOD; a continual drawing closer, more in love, more obedient, more intimately related to
and familiar with our new FATHER, the God of the universe.
The Eyes of our Heart
“Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. Open the eyes of my heart. I want to see You. I want to see You.” The
eyes are the instrument of perception. The ‘eyes of our heart,’ then, are the instruments of the heart’s
Stedman: “Truth comes first to the mind, the seat of the intellect. But for truth to really take hold of us, it
must penetrate all the way to the heart, the seat of our emotions and motivations. The will is never
properly energized and motivated until the heart has been moved as well.”
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Luke 24:32 “They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us
on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?”
Class question: Do you remember such a time in your life?
Think of the many things you intellectually learned in life. As in school, we may comprehend something
well enough to regurgitate it onto a final exam, but did it stick with us any into the next semester, the
next month or two later. ONLY when the heart is TOUCHED by what the mind took in does what
the mind took in stay with us.
Holy Heartburn! Paul desires that our hearts would BURN within us in the same way.
Hope, Riches, and Power
Caution; bumps ahead! Luke-warmness can and will settle in into the lives of many believers. We can lose
motivation in the midst and heat of struggle. “No Christian escapes this in his lifetime.” I PURPOSELY
TYPED THIS HERE TO BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO YOU. You are not alone in this!
If we lose our ‘Vision’ we could sink into indifference. About ‘indifference’ the Word says (Rev. 3:15-16) “‘I
know your deeds; that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are
lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” To reject from the innermost parts.
Prayer for Hope
In the Word, Hope always concerns the future! Hope is an essential for the believer.
Romans 8:19-21 “For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons
of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in
hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption(bondage to decay) into the
freedom of the glory of the children of God.”
Entropy (2nd law of thermodynamics) STUFF goes from a greater state to a lesser state over time. In the
above passage, Paul refers to both the natural world and to our bodies.
Romans 8: 22-25 “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth
together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we
ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already
sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”
NOTE: We are being transformed, slowly, almost imperceptibly, into new creations in Christ.
2 Cor. 4:16-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man
is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of
glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which
are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Trials build character into our lives. They are divinely used to assist in this transformation process. Look
at some of Paul endured:
Paul’s resume: 2 Cor. 11:23-27 “Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; In far
more labors, in far more imprisonments, [c]beaten times without number, often in danger of death. 24 Five
times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned,
three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26 I have been on frequent
journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the
Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;
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27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without
food, in cold and exposure.”
Prayer for God’s Riches
WE are God’s inheritance, His property. God has an inheritance in us. (We’ll someday be the bride of His
Son, His only begotten Son.) Imagine it, God delights in using us. Let’s ‘allow’ that of Him!
Prayer for God’s Power (in the face of whatever fear we may have)
Stedman: “he answer to fear is POWER!” There is limitless power available to us through Jesus Christ, but
we often fail to ‘see it.’
Class question: At such times, what clouds our vision?
Resurrection power works best when we are weak! Declaring the name of Jesus is like ‘feeding this dog’ in
the inner man…
Feed this dog!
No Greater Name!
There is but one name that is above any name. That name is Jesus. Whatever you feel is on you, in you, or
over you declare aloud that there is no other name stronger or above the name of Jesus. Let your
declaration in your time of weakness be “JESUS!”
Stedman: “The only place this kind of power is ever going to be made manifest is in you and me, in the
midst of our pressures and problems. God’s power is the power to be patient in maddening situations. It’s
the power to love a person when he is irritating the socks off of you. It’s the power to be joyful in the midst
of suffering and distress. It’s the power to be thankful in the midst of deprivation.”
Close in prayer.
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4-Ephesians Lesson 4-Handout
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Lesson 4 (25-Sept-2013)
Ephesians 1: 13-14
“In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation-having also
believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our
inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”
Last week: The Work of the Son
We have been redeemed by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Chris! We have been adopted as
beloved children of God and REDEEMED by Jesus Christ. He chose us; He redeemed us! Per Ray Stedman:
“No one can ever stand in the shadow of the cross and argue that God takes a light view of sin.”
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Genesis Lesson 6: “Scattered!”
Motivation: Can a person continue sinning without God issuing punishment? This passage describes the limits of God’s mercy and His provision in grace. (Heb. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:11-17)
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Gospel of John Chapter 4-Lesson 05
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John 4:1-54 (NAS)
4 Therefore when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), 3 He left Judea and went away again into Galilee. 4 And He had to pass through Samaria. 5 So He *came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; 6 and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 There *came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus *said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 Therefore the Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 She *said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”