O.J. Gibson

Lesson 3 Baptism

Our relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ is likened in Scripture to the marriage bond (Romans 7:4; Ephesians 5:30-32). No honest husband or wife would attempt to conceal the fact that he or she is united to another in marriage. It is our glorious privilege to announce to anyone who will listen that we are linked to our wonderful Lord in an eternal union. Think of being one with the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords! There is no proper reason before God to hide this fact. To attempt ...

Lesson 2 Assurance Of Salvation

As a child of God, we have a Father who cannot lie and His words are always true: “Thy Word is truth.” Because He is always consistent with what He says, we can rely on His word totally; we can be sure about a matter that He has stated. 1. We need to be certain of what is true. In court this is established by the testimony of a witness who swears that he knows certainly that something is true. Who is the witness concerning the Son? (1 John 5:9) Where is the record of this witness to be ...

Lesson 1 Becoming A Child Of God

Salvation brings us into a personal relationship with God. Just as we become a part of an earthly family by birth, so we come into God’s family by spiritual or new birth. Then, truly, we can call Him Father. 1. What did Jesus tell a religious man? (John 3:3) God uses two things to bring us to new birth, the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23) and the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5). The Apostle Paul wrote to believers in Corinth and Greece about a message he preached to them that brought them to salvati...

Lesson 12 Doing The Will Of God

Good parents wish to guide their children in a path of wisdom. They love them and want to help them. At the same time the children must be willing to receive and follow their direction. When this is so, things will go much better for all. Our Father in heaven is the best parent of all. Although we were created for His pleasure, not our own (Philippians 2:13), He wants nothing but good for us (Jeremiah 29:11). The wise child of God will want to know God’s will for his daily life (Ephesians 5:...

Lesson 5 Learning To Pray

Children need to know that they can speak freely with their parents. Our heavenly Father provided this opportunity for His children. God emphasizes that He wants us to draw near to Him as a cleansed people (Hebrews 10:22) with boldness and confidence to His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Questions arise about this privilege. 1. Does prayer do any good? (James 5:16) 2. What is His command and His promise? (Matthew 7:7-8) 3. Are there any conditions to prayer? John 14:14 Matthew 21:22; Ja...

Lesson 6 Living The Christian Life Victoriously

It is a great joy to us that in His wonderful love, God has made us one of His children (1 John 3:1). He has made us a new creation. All things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). Jesus came to save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). We are not to continue a sinful life (1 John 3:9). He wants us to have a great new life and has made this possible for us. Believers have strength and help from God they never had before (2 Thessalonians 3:3). 1. What is our source of power for the new life? (Rom...

Lesson 11 Controlled By The Holy Spirit

When we live daily under the authority of Jesus as our Lord, we do whatever He wants (Luke 6:46). Obedience to Him shows that we love Him (John 14:15). The results of this obedience will demonstrate how much He loves us and wants what is best for our lives (John 14:21,23). To live for God rather than self requires a superhuman power. This comes from Him. Without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). He has made a wonderful provision for us to live a growing, fruitful and overcoming life. 1. Who ...

Follow-Up

Follow-up means helping someone who has made a profession of faith in Christ to get started. It is very important in firmly establishing a new believer in the faith. What: Spiritual encouragement and practical counsel by a more mature believer of the same sex following a profession of faith in Christ; involves a series of simple Bible lessons for beginners but also includes prayer, counsel, and other needed help; usually takes an hour one day of the week, supplemented by telephone contact....

Lesson 10 Sharing With Others The Way Of Eternal Life

You have taken a stand as a follower of the Lord Jesus. You are one of the few people in the world that has eternal life now and is now on the road to heaven. All others are on the broad road leading to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). Surely you are concerned about those who are now lost. The Lord Jesus has called you to be His witness in the courtroom of the world (Acts 1:8). As a witness you can tell others what Christ has done in your life and how others can have Him as Lord and Savior. Can ...

Lesson 9 Your Spiritual Family The Local Church

When early believers placed their faith in the Lord Jesus, they were joined by God to one another as well as to Him. “Together” was the word used to describe them (Acts 2:44,46). Fellow believers need one another just as we need the Lord Jesus. We need to live and share our life in Him. As the family of God, we are a spiritual community. Each one of us is a part, or member, of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). This is true in a sense that involves all believers everywhere. It is al...
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