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Published on January 29, 2008

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Slide1:  Discipleship Of The Heart But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Men’s Adult Sunday School Fall Quarter 2007 Rich Shipe and Bill Parker Slide2:  Discipleship Of The Heart But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. What’s the best gift you ever received? What made that gift so good? Discipleship of the Heart Class Plan (aligns with Vision):  Discipleship of the Heart Class Plan (aligns with Vision) 1. Introduction 2. God's Love for Us 3. Learning to Love Others 4. My Identity in Christ 5. I’m Righteous Forever 6. Spiritual Fruit 7. Grace Life 8. Walking by Faith / Keeping a Pure Heart 9. Spiritual Responses of a Disciplined Heart 10. Ministry 11. Family 12. Evangelism 13. Discipling Others God’s Love for You:  God’s Love for You Proven by His sacrifice: “By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world…” 1 Jn. 4:9 Unconditional: “But God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom. 5:8 Eternal: “…I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.” (Jer.31:3) Infinite: “Just as the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you, abide in My love.”  (Jn.15:9) Tender and Family-Oriented: “See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. (1 Jn.3:1) “Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Gal.4:6) Our Response to God’s Love is to Love Others:  Our Response to God’s Love is to Love Others “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11 We should follow His example “Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Eph.5:1-2 “God is love” “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (4:8) We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (4:16) To know God is to know love My identity before and after Christ (Eph. 2):  My identity before and after Christ (Eph. 2) Made Righteous Forever:  Made Righteous Forever “For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.” (Rom. 5:15-19) Faith that You are Righteous Forever:  Faith that You are Righteous Forever Faith in God’s work through Christ to make you righteous right now makes you feel better about yourself right now It encourages you to pray now and to pray with confidence. It radically impacts your self-image It releases you to worship without compromise It positions you to resist temptation Spiritual Fruit: The Holy Spirit producing within me, and reproducing through me, the character and kingdom of God:  Spiritual Fruit: The Holy Spirit producing within me, and reproducing through me, the character and kingdom of God “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing… “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. “Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. (John 15:5, 8-9) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Gal.5:22-24) If I’m not experiencing the Fruit of the Spirit, I’m probably not abiding in Christ There is no joy in trying to manufacture fruit in the flesh My focus is to be on abiding in Christ and the fruit will happen Grace: :  Grace: God Freely Meeting My Needs Through Himself And His Power For His Glory. What do these verses tell us of the essence of God’s character?:  What do these verses tell us of the essence of God’s character? And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth… For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. (Jn.1:14, 17) After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.  (1 Pet.5:10) Grace is not only God initiated, it is an attribute of God. Grace is not just God giving me something, it is God giving me Himself. The term “Grace of God” or “Grace of our Lord”, or phrases describing grace as a derivative of God appears 50 times in the New Testament. True grace comes from God What does Eph.2:8-10 tell us about grace?:  What does Eph.2:8-10 tell us about grace? “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” What does Col.2:6-7 say about grace and spiritual growth?:  What does Col.2:6-7 say about grace and spiritual growth? “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” 3X Grace in 1 Cor. 15:10 What does God’s grace do for us?:  3X Grace in 1 Cor. 15:10 What does God’s grace do for us? “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”  (1 Cor. 15:10) What is the role of grace in the Christian’s life? Freely meeting my needs:  Freely meeting my needs I do not earn the favor of God, nor do I pay it off after it is given to me. I cannot do anything that will make God give me grace. On top of that, it is the very fact that I need grace that makes it available. If I did not need grace then I would simply be earning a wage. Everything God desires me to be, His grace enables me to be God doesn’t meet my needs so that my needs are met. He does it so that through meeting them He can be glorified in and through my life. Grace is an activity of God. It describes how He works towards us. It is God’s grace that saves us—His power in our lives. It is God’s grace that sanctifies us and it is God’s grace that will ultimately take us to heaven. Serious Problem! Galatians 1:6-9:  Serious Problem! Galatians 1:6-9 “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary what you received, he is to be accursed!” Let’s Look at Galatians 1:6-9:  Let’s Look at Galatians 1:6-9 How big is the error that Paul is correcting? “different gospel” “really not another” gospel “distort the gospel of Christ” How serious is the error that Paul is correcting? “Deserting” God (“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ.”) Preacher “is to be accursed” This is BIG and SERIOUS! But probably not viewed as either by the Galatians The Subtlety of the Error:  The Subtlety of the Error Why is this error so appealing? Embraced a lot of truth. Appealed to their background (Gauls). Appeals to pride. Complications in gospel appeals to intellect. A perversion that is a “different gospel” (6), a “distortion” (7), “contrary” (8); yet it “is not really another” (7)… counterfeit! Perversion appealing to a great number of subtly proud people. The Seriousness of the Error:  The Seriousness of the Error Why stand so strongly against something that is probably improving behavior? Gal.1:4 -> Christ “…gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from the present evil age…” We’re rescued from: Pride. Self-reliance. Rules and regulations to measure our religious attainments, and relative to others. Pharisaism. Saul’s track. God must do the rescuing. (Brokenness) The error makes everything collapse. Yields a product that looks similar on the outside but is counterfeit at the core. Question to ponder…:  Question to ponder… There is probably no temptation for us to turn to Judaism Instead, the temptation will come in the subtle zone of your heart… your heart of hearts…to add little legalisms rather than engage heart-to-Heart with God almighty Is your behavior improving because of your rules, or are you responding to the grace of God in your life? One way there is toil and pride, the other there is joy and peace. Is your behavior improving, but are you not experiencing more joy and more peace? God’s Grace: Gal.3:1:  God’s Grace: Gal.3:1 “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?” God’s Grace: Gal.3:1:  God’s Grace: Gal.3:1 “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?” “Bewitched…” To have grace, and then go back to depending upon your own moral precepts for righteousness is certainly “whacked.” Illogical. Weak. Different gospel which is distorted and represents a desertion of Christ = “Bewitched” God’s Grace: Gal.3:1:  God’s Grace: Gal.3:1 “You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?” The crucifixion of Christ is central to grace. It’s the Way to get grace It’s the amazing act of God to have His beloved Son pay our penalty for sin What could you do to improve on the sacrifice of God’s Son? God’s Grace: Gal.3:2-3:  God’s Grace: Gal.3:2-3 “This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” God’s Grace: Gal.3:2-3:  God’s Grace: Gal.3:2-3 “This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” Think about your salvation experience. What did you bring to Jesus when you were saved? How dependent were you on His grace when you were saved? God’s Grace: Gal.3:2-3:  God’s Grace: Gal.3:2-3 “This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” You received the Spirit at salvation. You were saved by: hearing with faith. Faith in Jesus’ completed work applied to your heart. Faith in His cleansing blood. Faith in His work to make us presentable to God. God’s Grace: Gal.3:2-3:  God’s Grace: Gal.3:2-3 “This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” You are perfected by: …hearing with faith. Faith in Jesus’ completed work applied to your heart. Faith in His cleansing blood. Faith in His work to make us presentable to Holy God. “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil. 1:6 God’s Grace: The Way of the Cross:  God’s Grace: The Way of the Cross Salvation, Justification and Sanctification all happen the same Way. But we keep trying to muddy this up…complicate it…make it our effort…become partial… ”bewitching” it… “Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” Col. 2:6 “Just As I Am” The Bedrock of your faith does not change, or shift its focus. Stick with what you started with. Slide29:  Discipleship Of The Heart But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Next Week: Walking by Faith / Keeping a Pure Heart Live this week aware of His grace in your life! “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”  (1 Cor. 15:10)

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