O.J. Gibson

Lesson 12 The Disciple's Sacrificial Lifestyle

“Do you remember the generosity towards us of Jesus Christ, Lord of us all? He was rich beyond our telling, yet He became poor for your sakes so that His poverty might make you rich” (2 Cor. 8:9 Phillips). When the eternal Son of God stepped into time to be implanted into Mary’s womb, He was in fact saying goodbye to all the wealth, splendor and glory which had been His with the Father for all eternity (John 17:5). He forsook all His possessions, “made Himself of no reputation, and ...

Lesson 11 Spiritual Warfare In Discipleship

“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of darkness, against the spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). The following verse calls upon believers to put on the armor of God. It parts the veil to reveal an unseen world of deadly warfare involving invisible forces of evil working to control people and events on earth. The Bible speaks of weapons of warfare which are not of the flesh (2 Cor. 10:4)....

Lesson 9 The New Birth

“EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN AGAIN, he cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3). It was to a believer in God, a devoutly religious attendee of the synagogue, a moral person who came to pay Him honor, that Jesus Christ uttered these solemn words. All that Nicodemus had was insufficient to prepare for his eternal meeting with God. Are you prepared to meet God? What is Meant by Being Born Again? To be born again is to be regenerated (given new life). When Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed...

Lesson 7 Jesus The Messiah: God's Provision

“I KNOW THAT MESSIAH IS COMING … who is called Christ,” said the woman of Samaria. “Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am He’“ (John 4:25-26 RSV). A short time earlier a Galilean fisherman said to his brother, “We have found the Messiah, which means Christ” (John 1:41 RSV). He was the One who would “bring in everlasting righteousness” by establishing His everlasting kingdom. Jesus of Nazareth was born almost 2,000 years ago and His birth is now the dividing poin...

Lesson 6 Considering Eternity

“BUT MAN DIETH, AND WASTETH AWAY: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?” (Job 14:10). Thoughtful people who are aware of the constant stream of funerals and obituaries realize that their time on earth is limited. They also pause to consider whether they have any hope of living beyond the short time span of this life. Others may try to ignore death and live as if it will never come. Of course, ignoring something will never change reality, but will merely avoid the pain of thinkin...

Lesson 5 The Problem Of Sin

Why is there wickedness, sorrow, suffering, war, hatred in the world? Why is there greed, envy, pride and cruelty? Why do even children act selfishly, lie, disobey and bring grief to those closest to them without having anyone directly teaching them to do so? Is this only due to a bad environment? The Bible tells us that the root of man’s condition begins from birth and is present before there are any outside influences on him (Psalm 51:5; Psalm 58:3). The problems of man cannot be prope...

Lesson 3 The Likeness Of God

“TO WHOM THEN WILL YE LIKEN GOD? Or what likeness will ye compare unto Him?” asked the prophet (Isaiah 40:18). The Bible indicates that He is not exactly like anything or anybody we know. It does use our language to describe Him in human terms. The fact that it speaks of the arm, eye, hand or mouth of the Lord does not mean that He has these organs any more than it means He resembles a fowl when it says, “He shall cover thee with His feathers” (Psalm 91:4). If He could be complete...

Lesson 1 Thy Word Is Truth

“EVERYONE THAT IS OF THE TRUTH HEARETH MY VOICE,” said the Lord Jesus before the Roman governor. “Pilate saith unto Him, What is truth?” (John 18:37-38). There is little value, in a lasting sense, of studying anything if we believe that (1) there is no such thing as truth, or (2) truth is always changing, or (3) it is impossible to know truth with any certainty. Truth has been defined as: conforming to fact or reality; being in accord with what is, has been, or must be; it is the ...

How To Get The Most Out Of SBC

The following suggestions will make this study profitable. 1. Pray to God. Ask God to help you understand His Word. Claim the promise of Psalm 119:130: “The entrance of thy Words giveth light, it giveth understanding unto the simple.” It is impossible to truly understand God’s Word without God’s help (2 Corinthians 2:14). 2. Prepare Before Class. a. Read the Notes. Read and reread the lesson. Underline key thoughts, mark anything that you do not understand or that you have...

Lesson 10 Salvation By Grace

“FOR BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Salvation is by grace, which means that it is the undeserved favor of God. It is a gift, which means that it cannot be bought or earned. Here is a doctrine that is difficult for people of a religious mind to accept. Often it is accepted partially or in some way that denies its truth. The Old Testament word for grace meant “to stoop...
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