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LESSON 10: PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN GROWTH 4a

TORCHBEARERS MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE
BY APOSTLE JOSEPH MINTAH

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CENTRAL TEXT: HEBREWS 5:12

INTRODUCTION:
We are still looking at the principles of Christian growth. The author was lamenting about the lack of growth of his readers.  This lesson is on obedience.
MAIN LESSON:
We shall use the word GROWTH as an acronym to explain the various processes that will lead to Spiritual growth.
G-Go to the Lord daily in prayer
R-Read(study) your Bible every day
O-Obey God promptly moment by moment
W-Witness to others about Christ
T-Trust in the Lord
H-Holy Spirit (Your relationship with the Holy Spirit).
WITNESS TO OTHERS ABOUT CHRIST PART 1 (THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION)               
Every Christian has a threefold ministry responsibility. First of all, we must minister to God, then we must minister to one another and finally we must minister to sinners.
MAIN LESSON:
CENTRAL TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 5:18
1)      God sent Jesus to come and die for us because He wanted to reconcile us to Himself. The Word RECONCILIATION means to make together again.
2)      God is not holding anything against the world. This means that the death and resurrection of Jesus has made peace between God and man (Rom 5:1col 1:20-21)
THE NEED FOR A MEDIATOR
3)      In order for reconciliation to take place, there is the need for a mediator between the two parties. Reconciliation has two parts. RE means do it again. Eg Replay etc. TO CONCILIATE means to bring people who are disagreeing into agreement. Therefore, RECONCILIATION means to bring two parties together again.
4)      The two parties that needed to be brought together again were God and Man.
5)      The relationship between God and man was like that of a Father and a Son. It was a relationship of love, peace and goodwill (Gen 3:8).
After the Fall of man, the relationship got marred and needed to be restored.
What was the relationship between God and man like?
i)……….(Ephesians 2:12-13)
ii)………(Colossians 1:21)
6)      The one who qualifies to act as a Mediator between God and man was….(1Timothy  2:5-6). This is because He is the only person who is fully man and fully God.
THE METHOD OF RECONCILIATION
2 CORINTHIANS 5:19
GOD WAS IN………………………RECOBCILING THE WORLD TO…………………………..
7)      God can only connect to a human being through another human being. That is why angel don’t preach.
8)      Therefore, God wants to get inside you and reconcile people to Himself.
THE MANDATE OF RECONCILIATION
2 CORINTHIANS 5:18
He has given unto us the……………………..of Reconciliation. Therefore, we are agents of reconciliation. We stand in the gap between God and men.
9) The mandate to preach to man has been given to man. The angels do not have that mandate. Check these scriptures out: ACTS 11:13-14
10) The responsibility of preaching the gospel is for every Christian (Matthew 28:18-20)
11) We are to snatch them out of hell fire.
MEMORY VERSE
2 Corinthians 5:18

Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. (NKJV)

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