For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes – Romans 1:16
Lesson 4: Spiritual Worship (Jhn 4:23-24)
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (KJV)
God is a spirit; he doesn’t have a body and is not localized by time or space. Our worship of him shouldn’t be tied to a place or an image and shouldn’t be just an offering of our hands and lips. Our worship should involve the lifting up of our souls to him. We can pretend when worshiping with our hands or eyes but we can’t pretend with our souls to him. Our worship should be true and based on his word not on human fables.
Lesson 5; the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-18)
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (KJV)
Jesus is the good shepherd, those who hear his voice are his Sheep. Any other shepherd is fake and counterfeit, he cares for the sheep and lays his life down for them, he leads the sheep in the way they should go and they find pasture. He knows his sheep and speaks to them. We, the sheep are those who hear and obey his voice and don’t follow the voice of a stranger. We are to get so intimate and accustomed with his voice that we recognize it and we can discern a stranger’s voice when it speaks to us. The only way to properly discern his voice is to stay in the word (Acts 17;11)
Lesson 6: Jesus is the way (John 14:6)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
Jesus is the ONLY way to the father, no one can go to the father except through him. That’s why we pray in Jesus name. No Mary/Apostle/Priest/Pastor/Saint can take us to the father; he is the only way of getting there. Jesus is the truth – he is the source and communicator of it. Jesus is the truth, his word are true and above any man’s word, feeling, belief or doctrine.
Christians should endeavor to know God for themselves through his written word and should neglect any doctrine that is not founded in and on the word of God.
Jesus is the giver of all life especially eternal life. Jesus death and blood opened up the way to the father for us, the veil that separated us was torn into 2 (Matt 27:51) signifying free access into the holiest of all. We don’t need priests anymore to pray to God for us or take our sins away as we now have free access to the throne where we can come boldly (Heb 4:16). Jesus has become our high priest (Heb 7:20-28) and he is always before the father making intercession for us. That’s why he is the way to the father and not any man dead or alive (Heb 4:16, 1 Tim 2:5) Jesus has offered the once and for all sacrifice of sins for everyone on earth, there is no sacrifice to be made than the sacrifice of praise (Heb 13:15-16)
Lesson 7: The Vine (John 15:1-8)
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (KJV)
Jesus is the vine and we are the branches on which the fruit would hang. On a tree, the branches are the ones who carry the fruit; we are the fruit bearers in the Kingdom of God. People are to look at our lives and see the fruit we have borne and give glory to the father; after all, when you pluck a mango from its tree and its good then you look upon the tree with admiration. Even though we are the fruit bearers, we can’t bear fruits or carry our fruits to term without being connected with the vine. You can do nothing without Jesus. Many times it seems like we can actually do without Jesus but the truth is you would be operating beneath your potential and you would have no satisfaction. How do we abide in the vine? By keeping his words within us and being in absolute sync with him. When we are at this point of complete sync, we can ask for whatever we wish because we are within his will and it would be done for us.
Lesson 8: Hate (15:18-25)
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (KJV)
The world would and should hate a genuine Christian because you are not like them and they feel judged and condemned by you (Luke 6:26). If the world loves you, you should check yourself to ensure you are still in line with God. This hate would take the form of directly attacking you, mocking you for a belief system (e.g. modest dressing, celibacy, not drinking alcohol and not clubbing), refusing to employ or promote you etc. When we experience this we should rejoice and be happy because they did it to our savior also and our response should be that of love. (Acts 5:41, 1 Pet 4:13)
The gospel is sweet and it’s good to regularly go back to the gospels to re-examine the foundations of our hope.
God bless you!