O.J. Gibson

Lesson 8 Obeying Your Lord

When we believed the Gospel message we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We confessed Jesus as Lord before others (Romans 10:9) .Like the disciples of old we know Him as “The Lord.” When we see Him in heaven we will bow down and call Him Lord. That is how we speak to Him now in prayer if we have observed carefully what the Bible teaches. This is a very important truth. Making it a practical reality in our experience is essential for growth and blessing. 1. Who is Jesus? (Acts ...

Lesson 7 Fellowship With God

God has called us to walk in close fellowship with Himself all the days of our life. In His infinite wisdom He knows that there will be times when we fail. Only one sinless person ever walked the face of this earth, the Lord Jesus Christ. The greatest of all God’s men failed at some point or another. Not one of us is likely to be better than they were. 1. What does God say is a false statement? (1 John 1:8,10) God has provided a means of restoring broken fellowship. This is not the same...

Lesson 5 The Shepherds Of The Church

“Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to me flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory” (1 Pet. 5:2-4). The Lord Jesus is the Chief Shepherd of His people (1 Pet. 5:4), not an administrator or executive director. He cares for ...

Lesson 4 The Lord Of The Church

“He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Eph. 1:22,23). What might be the most comprehensive title of our Lord? He is the blessed and only potentate, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Tim. 6:15). Jesus is Lord . He is the ruler of all things and the King of His people. Therefore, He is Lord of the Church, which is His Church. In the Old Testament, Israel was...

Lesson 3 The History Of The Church

“And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20) The eternal plan of the Lord Jesus for His Church is being worked out in history. The record is filled with many ups and downs, sometimes called advances and recessions. The Church will triumph ultimately, but it has not always been triumphant in its history. The power of evil in the world, symbolized as the gates of hell (Matt. 16:18), has resisted and often seduced the Church. True believers, in their lives and gat...

Lesson 2 The Purpose Of The Church

Apostle’s Doctrine Fellowship Breaking Of Bread Prayers “To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Eph. 3:21). One cannot correctly answer the question, “What is the purpose of the church?,” without first asking, “What is the purpose of my life as a believer?” If you feel free to live according to your own preferences, you will find that it is easy to feel open about whatever way the church functions according to conve...

Lesson 1 The Importance And Definition Of The Church

“I will build my church…” (Matt. 16:18) This remarkable statement of purpose by the Lord Jesus Christ shows us that the Church is a divine institution of the greatest significance. The Lord purposed to replace the nation of Israel, men representing God on earth, with an entirely new community. The Israelites were to be a light to the nations so that God’s salvation could reach to the ends of the earth (Isa. 42:6). As His chosen people, Israel was unfaithful to God in this sacred missi...

How To Get The Most Out Of This Course

Your study of “The Dynamic Church” will be the most profitable if you give heed to the following guidelines for personal preparation and class participation. Personal Preparation Before Class Set aside adequate time each week for the completion of your homework. You should take the following steps for each lesson: 1. Pray To God. Ask Him to help you understand and apply His word. Let your prayer be: “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of THY law.” (Psalm 1...

Lesson 7 The Divine Life Of The Church

“That the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body” (2 Cor. 4:10). The church is a living body of people, completely dependent upon the Lord for all spiritual life and power. Christ is our life, both individually and collectively (Col. 3:4). When we abide in Him and draw nourishment from Him, we flourish (John 15:1-5). If we look to Him, we can depend upon Him to faithfully provide all that is necessary for our blessing. God has revealed His character as One who will not practice...

Lesson 8 The Divine Roles In The Church

“But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:3) Order is evident in all that God does. It is evident in creation’s obvious design, and the physical universe with its many laws. God has established an arrangement of things according to His wise judgment. That is the meaning of order. The opposite of order is confusion. We are told in a passage relating to church meetings that, “…for...
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