O.J. Gibson

Lesson 3 Life More Abundant

"He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water' " (John 7:38 NASB). Thus the Lord Jesus described the life of His people. It is the life that only God gives and it is abundant (John 10:10b). This life is energized by the indwelling presence of the Spirit of Christ which is the portion of all who belong to Him (Rom. 8:9). This life carries with it the blessings of peace (John 14:27), rest (Matt. 11:28), spiritual power (Acts 1:8), and ...

Lesson 2 Understanding The Word

The Psalmist pleaded with God, "Give me understanding" (Psa. 119:34, 125, 169). The danger exists of merely reading words without understanding. The Lord Jesus said, "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63). The Scriptures are the most profound writings in the world. They demand our fullest attention and effort. The life-changing potential in the spiritual intake of them is beyond our calculation. Therefore, we must not be careless in our study. The Ho...

How To Get The Most Out Of ACT

Your study of Advanced Christian Training will be 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" (Psa. 119:1...

Lesson 6 Christ's Character In The Believer

The magnificence of the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ has always attracted people. No earthly life has ever matched His life. He did all things well (Mark 7:37). His life was the light of men (John 1:4). No one loved as He loved, gave as He gave, labored as He labored, or died as He died. None was so patient, so compassionate, so courageous, so humble, so spotless, so wise, so whole-hearted in devotion to the will of the Father. To children, to the needy, to lepers, to outcasts, to the best,...

Lesson 7 Trials And Suffering

"If the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us?" (Judg. 6:13). This wonderment was expressed by the Old Testament warrior Gideon to the angel of the Lord over 3000 years ago. The Psalmist at times also wondered if God had ceased to be concerned about His people (77:1-9). The prophets openly complained to God because they did not understand the ways of the Lord when His people were in difficulty. The suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ, the most godly person who ever walked this eart...

Lesson 8 Grievances And Offenses

The Lord desires that there be no divisions among us as fellow believers (1 Cor. 1:10). "Be at peace among yourselves" is His direct command (1 Thess. 5:13). With humility and patience we are to do all that we can to maintain the "unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:2-3). We are warned against the danger of a root of bitterness springing up in our heart (Heb. 12:15). Strife, quarreling, contention, division, and dissension are but various manifestations of the flesh and are contr...

Lesson 9 Worship

The noblest activity of any human being is divine worship. It occupies the spirit, mind, and mouth of man with the greatest of all subjects, God in all His glory. This unique capacity for considering and adoring God separates man, as a spiritual being, from all of the lower creation. Worship renders to the Supreme Lord and Creator that which is ours truly to give. Thus God considers it most precious. Worship is only for Him. The first and greatest commandment declares that we are to worship no...

Lesson 10 Presenting The Gospel

The Scriptures indicate no single way for presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to another person. Our Savior used various approaches with differing people. However, He always presented Himself as central to salvation. He also stressed the importance of His impending death and resurrection. These truths must be presented when sharing the gospel. The Spirit of the Lord alone can give us perception as to what must be emphasized. For example, do we need to point to God's love when a soul is despa...

Lesson 11 Overcoming Objections To The Gospel

One would imagine that peace with God, forgiveness of sin, abundant and eternal life—all offered as a free gift—would find widespread acceptance. Instead there is resistance. Why? Because "the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned" (1 Cor. 2:14). Men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil (John 3:19). They do not like to retain God in their knowled...

Lesson 12 Another Gospel, Another Jesus

"There are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed" (Gal. 1:7-8 NASB). The Epistle to the Galatians is given to warn believers against human alteration of the divine message. The Apostle Paul elsewhere told about those who would come and preach "another Jesus whom we have not preached," or proclaim "a different gospel which...
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