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New Life: Advanced Book 2, Lesson 1: God in Us

Teacher's comments:
Thought Question No. 2: Why doesn’t God get in a hurry?

Sometimes, I see a pin or button worn on clothes "PBPWMGINFWMY" which means "Please be patient with me, God is not finished with me yet." This would make a great bumper sticker. (sign on car)

"PBPWMGINFWMY"

One student was troubled with concerns about being able to live the Christian life without sin. She didn't think that she could and was reluctant to become a Christian. But, God doesn't get in a hurry. He gives us time to grow in his grace. The following bumper sticker (sign on a car) was helpful to her.

"I'm not perfect, just forgiven"

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New Life: Advanced Book 2, Lesson 2: Crucified With Christ

Teacher's comments:
True/False Question No. 4: (T) F --
We still struggle with sin even after we consider ourselves dead to sin.
The correct answer is (T). A relevant passage is 1 John 2:1, and the original Greek words need to be understood.
I John 2:1
1    My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense -- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

The word "sin" is used twice. In the first usage, "...so that you will not sin," the Greek word "sin" is in the durative tense, which means "continue" in sin. In the second usage "...if anybody does sin," the tense is aorist. This tense is a "point action" tense where the durative tense is a "continuing action" tense. So, the meaning is this:

"My dear children, I write to you so that you will not continue to walk in sin. But, if anybody does commit a sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense -- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One."


This give a special meaning that says we are no longer to walk in sin, but when we do sin, and we do sin, Jesus is there on our side.

In our struggle with sin, Jesus told us how to conquer sin. He told us to "take up our cross daily and follow him."
Luke 9:23-25
23    Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
24    For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.
25    What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?

There is great motivation in his  words recorded in verse 26. It is a matter of submission.
Luke 9:26
26    If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

Often we need hard saying clarified. The ETR (Easy-To-Read) English translation makes it clear.
Luke 9:23

"...If any person wants to follow me, he must say 'No' to the things he wants. That person must accept the cross that is given to him every day, and he must follow me."

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New Life: Advanced Book 2, Lesson 3: Empowered By The Spirit

True/False Question No. 2. T (F) -- Once our old sinful self is crucified, it is dead forever.

The correct answer is (F). Our self dies with Christ, but we are still ourselves -- able to choose. It is entirely possible to deny Christ after we have accepted him, been baptized for the remission of our sins, and have been given the Holy Spirit to lead us. Christians were repeatedly warned and encouraged to "make our calling and election sure." For example,
2 Peter 1:10
"10    Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,"

There is a doctrine, popular among the Baptist, that teaches "Once Saved, Always Saved" which means that there is nothing one can do to be lost after one has accepted Jesus as his (personal) savior. The teaching talks of an "outer man" that can sin and an "inner man" that cannot sin. The "inner man" is not responsible for what the "outer man" does. It teaches that if a child of God, a born again Christian, lies, steals, murders, or commits adultery, God will take him into heaven because it was the "outer man" did these things and the "inner man" is not responsible. This doctrine does not agree with scripture which declares that Christians have fallen from God's grace and will be eternally lost.

Consider the Christians in Galatia. P
aul wrote to them distressed that they had given up the gospel concerning God's grace. He pointed out that some had fallen from grace -- they were no longer in a saved relationship with God. They had fallen from grace. Some say, that these people had never really been saved. But, Paul considered them saved and addressed them as brothers. Note that one cannot fall from grace if they have never been saved previously by grace. You cannot fall from where you have not been. You cannot turn from one gospel to another if you have not first received the first gospel.
Gal 1:6
6    I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel--

The Galatians had fallen from God's grace by turning back to Judaism and circumcision.
Galatians 5:4
4    You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.


A Christian who chooses to walk in the light, will be protected by the Holy Spirit. Yet, he can choose to return to sin continually and be lost. The Spirit gives us power to walk continually in the light; but, it is still our choice to do so. God never takes away our power of choice. We are created to choose and we are admonished to be careful that we do not fall.
1 Corinthians 10:12
12    So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!


Consider the Hebrews. They had "tasted...and shared in the Holy Spirit.." and were instructed concerning falling away.
Hebrews 6:4-6
4    It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,
5    who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age,
6    if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.


True/False Question No. 3. (T) F -- Christians can use their bodies as weapons for good or for evil.

The correct answer is (T). Strangely, Christians are still Christians even when they sin by using their bodies as "instruments of wickedness." (Romans. 6:13). Jesus is our advocate with the Father when we commit a sin, using our bodies incorrectly. (1 John 2:1). Of course, Christians are no longer Christians when they give up Jesus as their Lord to use their bodies continually for sin. The word "Christian" means "belonging to Christ."

What is important to understanding this, is that God never takes away our freedom of choice. We must always choose to cooperate with him. We must become united with Christ, discipline our bodies, and live for him according to his will. The final warning is to those who blaspheme the Holy Spirit. (Mark 3:29) It is possible to be lost previously having been in a saved relationship with Christ.

Thought Question: 2. In what ways does God help his people overcome temptation?

Student Answer:  When we trust God and cooperate with Him, He will provide a way to escape the temptation.

Teacher's comments: The promise of protection from temptation is in Paul’s letter to Corinth.
1 Corinthians 10:11-13
11             These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.
12             So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!
13             No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can


To understand the promised way of escape, the passage must be read in context. The context demands that the examples cited in the earlier verses be read and understood. It is by our reflection upon God's displeasure with sin that we learn to please God, which is our way of escape.

When putting this text into our own words, it says something like this: “When you remember the examples, you have a way to escape temptation." If one doesn't read and remember the examples, temptation becomes a real problem. God doesn't remove temptation. He, by way of the Bible stories, gives us reason for making the right choices. The story of David and Bathsheba is one of those stories.

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New Life: Advanced Book 2, Lesson 4: Spiritual Growth

True/False Question No. 2. (T) F Healthy spiritual growth requires hard times as well as easy times.

The answer is True.

It is true that spiritual growth is much like that of a tree. Fast growth followed by a slow growth strengthens the tree. Now, how do you define "maturity"? In a course in leadership, the teacher asked the question "What is maturity?" and then he gave   the definition -- "maturity" is "the process of one maturing." Think about it.

Unless we are aware of our weaknesses, we may never become strong. Too, without the Holy Spirit, we may never grasp who God really is and we may never have the power to appropriate God's characteristics into our own lives. But, with God's power given to those who deny themselves and put on Christ in baptism, their very personalities mature. We can become a maturing individual in a process involving hardships and advances all guided by the Spirit's power. We eventually develop characteristics like God.

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New Life: Advanced Book 2, Lesson 5: Growing Through Bible Study

How many Bibles do you have? How many translations do you have? Do you have Bible software on your computer?

Translations are different than versions. A translation is an attempt to give the exact meaning of the original Greek or Hebrew words and thoughts into another language. I have a German translation. I have several English translations. Also, I have several versions. A version is an attempt to write a sentence in another language that has the idea, but not the word-for-word equivalent. When I am reading, I like to read a version. When I am studying, I like to read translations and versions. In fact, I benefit by looking up words in the original language. There are several very good references that give the original meaning and usage of Greek and Hebrew words. Consulting all of these is a worthy exercise because in the language where one lives, the copy that is being read may not say exactly what was intended. Cultures, time periods, and even vocabularies vary all over the world. When reading the original language, one need to know how that word or expression was used in the time of the author. This is hard work!

Most English translations and versions are the work of a group of scholars. Some are the work of a single person. When an individual does the work, you can be certain that that person's biases will be reflected in his work. With groups of scholars working together, many biases are avoided; however, there is always bias in the final work. One needs to consult the original where possible.

My Bible software is where I do most of my study. While reading a scripture in my paper Bibles, I will look the reference up on my computer where I can quickly switch between versions. Then, I can open that verse in the original language, Greek for the New Testament or Hebrew in the Old Testament. With the click of a mouse, I can open a dictionary that defines that original word. There, I find many references. These, I may write into the margins of my paper copy, my pocket sized Bible. This gives me the ability to recall the definition and find cross references when I'm away from home.

In my personal library, I have around 20 different Bibles. Some have maps and other helps. In my library,  I have several concordances to use when we are studying in a group and someone wants to find a certain verse. Do you have a concordance? A concordance is on my computer too with the ability to search any of the several versions available on the computer.

Okay, how can I help you in your studies?

2 Timothy 4:1-5
4:1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
NIV (New International Version)

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New Life: Advanced Book 2, Lesson 6: Growing Through Prayer
Teacher's Comment:
In this lesson, you have learned a very important secret to living with others. Even in business, we must learn to forgive those who sin against us and pray for them.

I learned to listen to others instead of judge them. I learned that every person is doing the very best he knows how. Even those who crucified Jesus did not know what they were doing. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them. They don't know what they are doing." Luke 23:34 Instead of blaming others, blame Satan. He is the true enemy.

So, leadership requires that we listen to others and that we help them learn. Then, they can choose right instead of wrong.

Someone observed how we usually talk to each other: we are always telling them as though they don't have a brain to think with; we put them down as though we think that there is something wrong with them; and, we avoid them, thinking that they are not worth anything. Instead of doing these typical things, we can pray for them.


When we pray for others, we see others as God sees them. He loved them enough to die for them, so I must do the same. Jesus, made it simple: "Love your enemies and pray for them." Matthew 5:44

God's power is awesome. It is real. When we choose to follow Jesus, we can call on that power. It makes us more gentle and loving. As we talk with others, we can be loving and gently even when others say bad things to our face. Calling upon God to help us with our family works the same way. When we pray for our wives, God's power takes over. It works!

When we are tempted to sin, prayer to God will give us the correct viewpoint and we can turn away from Satan. God knows our weakness and he will provide an escape from sin when we pray.

When we need comfort, God will provide.

God has a host of angels. One of his names is "Lord of Hosts" which means he is the Lord of a host or a large number of angels. He can send his angels to protect us. God will provide.

A friend ask me how to pray. I pointed him to the scripture "pray continually" in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 which means to never stop praying. Instead of stopping 3 times a day to pray, be in prayer always. See everything from God's point of view by talking to him continually. Be in a prayerful relationship with God at all times.

In death, God is there making all things right. We have nothing to fear when we are his obedient followers and pray continually.

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Student Question: are their special words to use in praying?

On your question about a formal prayer. No, there is no such thing. Some religious groups teach formal prayers, especially Catholics. They also count beads to keep count of how many times they repeat their prayer. Jesus said not to do this. Instead, make your prayer personal -- "go into your closet (a private place) where no one can hear or see you and pray there. Prayer, according to Jesus is very personal.

Jesus had a much better way. His answer to his disciples is given in Matthew 6. This is sometimes call "The Lord's Prayer." It is not a good idea to call it this because it causes us to want to repeat it over and over. The Lord prayed a lot of prayers and even cried out loudly in his prayers.

Matthew 6 is a short answer that gives us the idea of content, what should we pray for:

Our Father who is in heaven -- Talk to the father.
Hallowed (or glory) be your name -- praise God.
Your Kingdom come -- recognizing that the Kingdom is his.
Your will be done on heaven and on earth -- Let God have his way.
Give us today our daily bread -- pray for essentials and trust God to provide.
Forgive our debts -- keep in mind that God forgives you and seek his forgiveness.
as we have forgiven our debtors -- note that we must first forgive others.
And, lead us not into temptation -- depend upon God to lead us.
but deliver us from the evil one -- acknowledge Sa-tan is the enemy.

Someone made up an acronym for us to know what to pray about - "A-C-T-S." This is easy to remember because of the Book of Acts of the Apostles, a book in the New Testament.

A - adoration -- give praise to God
C - confession -- acknowledge our sinfulness
T - thanksgiving -- mention things appropriate for the moment
S - supplication -- ask God to give you what you need
 

  • Father, Dear Father, Our heavenly Father, Dear God -- common expressions of adoration
  • We praise you, We give you all glory and praise -- common expressions of adoration
  • We confess our sins, We need your strength -- common expressions of confession
  • We thank you for the day, your guidance, your love, food, clothing, etc -- all appropriate items
  • We ask you to help us, We ask for jobs, strength, anything personal -- ask for any appropriate item

When you pray in public where others can hear you, you are praying for them as well as for yourself. Make your prayer simple and direct to fit the group.

Prayer is very important. It keeps YOU out of out of the limelight and puts God in charge and in control. When we listen to the needs of others, we can help them. It is God who will help others. We need to ask him for SPECIFIC things. Make your prayers SPECIFIC instead of very, very general in their content and requests.


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New Life: Advanced Book 2, Lesson 7: Growing Through Fellowship>
Teacher's Comment: I
am so pleased that God knows our needs and has provided for them perfectly. In the Bible, we read of the church meeting in homes. Acts 2:46.

There were no church buildings for approximately 250 years. Why? Because, God knew that we need each other and being in another's home is very rewarding.

I love to have people in my home. I love to go to another's home. As Christians, we do this at least once each week. On Sunday, we gather as a large group to sing, to pray, to listen to Bible lessons, to give of our money, and to partake of the Lord's Supper (You will learn about this in Advanced Book 3.) Then, during the week we meet in many homes in the evening. It is in the homes where we get to know each other. We take time to pray with each other to give thanks and to ask for help.

You can look at some scriptures that tell about how we need each other. I looked up the words "one another" in the New International Version, an English translation of the Bible. I printed some of the verses below so you can see that God is really for us. He has made a us to love "one another" just as he love us.

It's wonderful!
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Romans 12:10
10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Romans 12:16
16 Live in harmony with one another.

Romans 13:8-9
8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.

Romans 15:7
7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Romans 15:14-15
14 I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.

Romans 16:16
16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings.

Ephesians 4:2-3
2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:32
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 5:19-21
19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Colossians 3:16
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Hebrews 3:13-14
13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.

Hebrews 10:24-25
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together,

1 Peter 1:22-24
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

1 Peter 4:8-10
9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

1 Peter 5:5
"Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

"God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble."

1 John 1:7
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1 John 3:23-24
23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

1 John 4:11-12
11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

These are all from the New International Version, an English version of the Bible. The same idea is in all translations of the Bible.

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New Life: Advanced Book 2, Lesson 8: Maturity and Fruit-Bearing
Thought Question: 2. What keeps us from bearing fruit? What enables us to bear fruit?

Teacher's comments: The strangest principle is the death principle. It means that we stop trying to do everything by our own wisdom. There is man's wisdom and there is God's wisdom. A man who obeys the death principle follows God's wisdom.

There is a book in the Bible you should read. It's Proverbs, the book of wisdom. Chapter 16 tells us about pride. Verse 18 reads "If a person is proud, he is in danger of destruction. If a person thinks he is better than other people, then he is in danger of defeat." (ETR Bible) Another English version reads "Pride goes before a fall." NIV

Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. We think we are smarter than we really are. We can become "arrogant" and "haughty." These words express being highly pleased with ourselves. Another word is "bragging." When we are proud of ourselves more than we should be, we become arrogant and brag. This is when we are in danger. We are not mature enough to know what to do but we go ahead anyway.

The death principle says for us to stop and ask God what we should do. His answers are always right. He gives us the right direction. When I fear the outcome of difficult situations, I pray and ask God for directions. By stopping to pray, I think about it. I take time to read my Bible. I trust God's answer. I am able to make the right decisions.

To know what God wants, we must study our Bibles. The stories tell us what God wants us to do. By choosing to follow God and by applying the death principle, we are no longer in danger.

The death principle works in being a husband. I die to myself and see the needs of my wife. My wife and I trust God together and become one. Remember in the Garden of Eden that God made Eve for Adam and they became one?

As a parent, I want to give my children all of the answers. By dying to myself, I stop and pray about it. Then, I do what God wants me to do. I listen to God by meditating on his scriptures. This gives me a better understanding of the child. Then, I am able to respond in a healthy, useful way. "Bring up a child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 Read it in the ETR on page 746.

The death principle works in my work. I stop and do what someone else suggest rather than push my own ideas. The result is better team work. My workers follow me when I follow the death principle -- when I give up my selfish ways and do what God wants.

What do you think?

Getting close to God is the message of the Bible. The story of Adam and Eve told us about how they became separated from God. They suffered from pride. They listened to Satan who told them that they would not die if they disobeyed God. They were immature and could not bear fruit. They were told that if they wanted to eat of the Tree of Life and live forever, they would have to come back to God.

God promised that Jesus would overcome Satan. The message is for us. We can have a relationship with God even if we have sinned. This applies to you and me. When we accept Jesus as Lord and follow his commands, he removes all sin forever. We can walk with God again. We can get close to God and his Word. In doing this, we apply the death principle with God. And, we become mature and can bear fruit.

So, the death principle applies to our relationship with God, our spouse, our children, our co-worker, and all others. We must get rid of our pride. We must choose to follow Jesus. Then, we can become fruitful.

The Spirit gives love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23 ETR page 1370)


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New Life: Advanced Book 2, Lesson 9: Living For Eternity
Teacher's comments: Y
ou have completed WEI's Advanced Book No. 2 -- New Life.
You have learned a lot about God and his plan for you and me. When I was younger, I discovered some Bible verses that gave me "insight" -- true perception and discernment of the world around me. Here are those scriptures.

John 1:1 -- ETR page 1236
"Before the world began, the Word was there. The Word was with God. The Word was God. He was there with God in the beginning. All things were made through him (the Word). Nothing was made without him. In him there was life. That light was light for the people of the world. The light shines in the darkness."

14 "The Word became a man and lived among us. We saw his glory -- the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father. The Word was full of grace and truth."

Ephesians 1:4 -- ETR page 1372
"In Christ, he chose us before the world was made."

1 Peter 1:20-21 -- ETR page 1432
"Christ was chosen before the world was made."

2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 -- ETR page 1394
"Brothers and sisters, the Lord loves you. God chose you from the beginning to be saved. So we should always thank God for you. You are saved by the Spirit making you holy and by your faith (believing) in the truth. God called you to have that salvation. He called you by using the Good News that we told you. God called you so that you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, brothers and sisters, stand strong and continue to believe the teachings we gave you. We taught you those things in our speaking and in our letter to you."

Titus 1:1-2 -- ETR page 1406
"Greetings from Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I was sent to help the faith of God's chosen people. I was sent to help those people to know the truth. And that truth shows people how to serve God. That faith and that knowledge come from our hope for life forever. God promised that life to us before time began -- and God does not lie."

From these verses it was apparent that the earth was created for a purpose and so was I. This gave meaning to me. It was time to decide. Who will I follow? Who will be the Lord of my life? I chose Jesus, the creator of the world. And, for proof, there is strong evidence that convinced me that he actually overcame death and is in heaven now preparing a place for me. Jesus will come again. (John 14:2-4. ETR page 1259)

The remainder of the story, you have studied. Who will you choose?


The Bible message:
Jesus is coming. Jesus has come. Jesus is coming again. Be ready!

Teacher's comments: Do you know the song? It is inspiring to sing of heaven.

Heaven is a wonderful place.
Full of glory and grace.
I want to see my Savior's face.
Heaven is a wonderful place.
Gonna go there.


Repeat

Author: Bob Patterson

References to Strong's Greek/Hebrew Dictionary is acknowledged. Scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) except where noted as New American Standard Version (NAV) and HOLY BIBLE: Easy-to-Read Version (ETR) © World Bible Translation Center,Inc. and used by permission.

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The New Life

SUBJECTS

Just forgiven
Empowered
Once Saved
Body a weapon
Translations
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