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Still Excited? or Dead?

“It very often happens that the converts that are born in excitement die when the excitement is over.”

–Charles Spurgeon

This is exactly why a blog site like this exists… To try to help keep that excitement fire going in young Christians and to be the bellows in the fire of the older Christians.  Which ever position you hold, you have a place here.  Check around the site.  There is bound to be a place for you to sit for a while and read.

–Mark Davis, Administrator

©2012,  Mark Davis

Lesson 8 – Entering Into Your Privileges – Assignments

Lesson 8

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1.   Memorize Romans 8:23.   Also, we suggest you memorize John 1:12.

2.   Read John 8 — 14.  Note at least one reference per chapter that reveals Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  Record this information under “NOTES” on a separate page.

3.   Answer the following questions in your own words:

1.   What has Christ shared with us as His friends? (John 15: 15c)




2.   According to John 15: 16, what has Christ chosen for us as His friends?




3.   What is our relationship as sons? (Galatians 4: 6, 7)




4.   Name three or four things the Holy Spirit does for us. (John 16: 13, 14)

a. _____________________________________________________________

b. _____________________________________________________________

c. _____________________________________________________________

d. ___________________________________________________________

5.   What is our right before God since Christ is our High Priest and Advocate? (Hebrews 4: 15, 16)



6.   What encouragement does God give about our labor? (I Corinthians 15: 58)





7.   How are we to labor for the Lord? (I Corinthians 15: 58)




8.   List the order of events in 1 Thessalonians 4: 14 – 17.

a. ___________________________________________

b. ___________________________________________

c. ___________________________________________

d. ___________________________________________


1.   A blessing I received each day as I read John 8 — 14:

Day 1 — John 8 ______________________________________

Day 2 — John 9 ______________________________________

Day 3 — John 10 _____________________________________

Day 4 — John 11 _____________________________________

Day 5 — John 12 _____________________________________

Day 6 — John 13 _____________________________________

Day 7 — John 14 _____________________________________

2.   People to whom I have witnessed this past week:





3.   My check list on my personal spiritual growth:

1.   Am I taking time daily in the Word of God?


2.   Am I spending time daily in prayer?


3.   Have I been faithful in witnessing to others?


4.    Have I begun tithing on a regular basis?


5.   Do I give offerings beyond my tithe to the Lord’s work?


4.   Below I note all of the references I found in John 8 — 14 revealing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God:












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Lesson 8

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We are His sons.

1 John 3:1, 2 - “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God…”

John 1:12 – “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”

God the Father is truly our Father, and we are to enter into the position of “sons” in a definite way. What potential to be His son! This speaks of a son-ship relationship to be entered into by faith (cf. Romans 8:14-17).

We are Christ’s honored friends.

John 15:15 – “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knowest not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”

What an intimate relationship! It is with a friend that we feel at home and can share the most intimate things about our lives. The joys, sorrows, cares, blessings – yea, every aspect of our lives – must be shared with Christ. Learn to bring everything to Him.

We have the Comforter – the Holy Spirit.

John 14:16, 17 – “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth…”

The word Comforter is the Greek word Paraclete, which means one called alongside to help. The Holy Spirit has been given to help us in every trial and circumstance.

The Holy Spirit indwells us as believers and is always present to meet our needs.

1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 – “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

We have a personal teacher – the Holy Spirit.

John 14:26 – “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Praise God, the Holy Spirit will teach us.

1 John 2:27 – “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth within you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

In 1 John 2:27 the “anointing” is referring to the Holy Spirit’ s ministry in our lives. Is our teacher and will make the Word of God a reality to us. We must daily believe that the Holy Spirit will teach us, guide us, lead us, and keep us close to Christ.

We have an advocate before God.

1 John 2:1, 2 – “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And the is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

An advocate is one who pleads our case. Praise God, today our Lord Jesus Christ is at the right hand of God pleading our case before the Father.

Colossians 3:1 – “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”

Hebrews 7:25 – “Wherefore he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

Satan has access before God to accuse us.

Revelation 12:9, 10 – “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven… for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

Job 1:6 – 11 — “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them… Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for naught?  Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house… But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath and he will curse the to thy face.”

Praise God, when Satan comes before God to accuse us, we have Christ, our High Priest, seated at God’s right hand to be our Advocate before the Father, and thus to plead our case.  The reason that we are kept, never to be lost again, is that we have Him as our Advocate.  We can confess sin as children of God and continue to walk with the Lord, knowing that He, as our Advocate, is pleading for us before the throne of God.

The Holy Spirit indwells us and cares for God’s interest in us.  The Lord Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God and cares for our interests before the Father.  Christ pleads our case and our cause when we fall into sin.  He is our able Representative before the Father’s throne.  Thus we have the blessed privilege of immediately confessing sin and knowing His cleansing and continued fellowship.  He paid the price for our sins and does cleanse.

I John 1:9 — “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

We have personal promises.

2 Peter 1:4 — “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: That by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

By claiming the seven promises listed below (and many more we cannot list), we enter into the power of the divine nature upon our lives.  Thus we can experience God’s victory in daily life.  We must try these and prove them in daily application.

1.  His sustaining power in temptation and trials (I Corinthians 10:13; James 1:2 – 12)

2.  His continual presence (Hebrews 13:5, 6)

3.  His sufficient grace (2 Corinthians 12:9)

4.  His promised work in our lives (Philippians 1:6; 2:13)

5.  His promised good for our lives (Romans 8:28, 32)

6.  His promised security for all of life — eternal security of the believer (John 6:37; 10:27, 28; 5:24)

7.  His promise of daily victory (2 Corinthians 2:14; 1 Corinthians 15:57)

We have the promise of reward in labor.

I Corinthians 15:58 — “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Isaiah 40:10 — “Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.”

Colossians 3:24 — “Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”

Every Christian can rejoice that in the midst of labor for the Lord God will reward the faithful servant.  He calls for our faithfulness, but He also promises the remuneration of service (2 Corinthians 5:10).  Someday we will all stand before Him at the “judgment seat of Christ” to receive reward or loss, according to what we have done in our bodies since our loving God will reward such service (1 Corinthians 3:14).  One day we will stand before the throne of Christ and will cast our crowns (rewards) at His feet (Revelation 4:10).  What a privilege that will be!  Therefore, what we are doing in this life for His glory is very important (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:11 – 15).

We know He is coming again for His own.

John 14:3 — “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also.”

Today Christ is in Heaven, interceding for us and preparing a place for us. He is coming again to take us to be with Him.  The Christian has the hope of going into Christ’s presence either because of death or because of the soon return of the Saviour for His own. (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21 – 23.)  Physical death should have no terror for the saved; it is the portal into God’s presence.  It is a joyful privilege and a blessed responsibility to lead others to Christ!

1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17 — “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

In the two verses quoted above we see that at His coming, Christ will raise the believers who have died and will translate the living believers to be with the Lord.  Verse eighteen then states that this truth of His coming again should be a comfort to every believer.   First Thessalonians 5 continues with the truth of His coming again.  Verse eleven again states that believers should be comforted and edified with this truth.

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What Does Your Mouth Say About You?


Many people say words that are seemingly harmless in their own minds, but is there really anything wrong with them? Do they really need to be said?  And, if you say them, what does that say about you?  Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about such things:

James 5:12
“But above all things, my brethren, swear not,
neither by heaven, neither by the earth,
neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea;
and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”

How many times have we said “I swear” that this happened or didn’t happen or whatever?  What are we really saying?

Matthew 5:33-37
33 “Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old-time,
Thou shalt not forswear thyself,
but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

34 “But I say unto you, Swear not at all;
neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

35 “Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem;
for it is the city of the great King.

36 “Neither shalt thou swear by thy head,
because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

37 “But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay:
for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

This passage is telling us that when we say “something”, we need to say the “something” and nothing else.  In other words, when we say “yes”, we should say “yes” and nothing more.  When we say “no”, we should say “no”.  And, when we say “no” forcibly, it should still be “NO”.  Same thing with saying “YES” forcibly.

When we say anything more than that, you automatically go on the offensive and you cause the tension to rise within the situation and most people on the defensive shut down at that point when they hear the other person say such things.  If that would happen to you, you would automatically, either, have to raise your voice/tenor and/or try to make yourself at least as great as the other person or you automatically will shut down and become submissive to the other point of view.

We as Christians are accountable of every word and deed that we say and do.  Foul and excessive language is  both of those things.

And, to top it all off, we are not portraying a Christian profile and living such as Jesus would have done and that He would approve of us doing if He was sitting with us.

Keep in mind, Jesus raised His voice in the temple when He threw out the money changers.  If someone is wrong and you are right, this is not telling you that you always have to be passive.  What it is telling you, though, is that you have to use your best judgment and act as though you were trying to convince them of their eternal salvation. In other words, we need to act wisely in our choices.  Think before we react and do/speak.

Reading in the Proverbs, we read many pros and cons;  if we do this we get that; this is what we reap if we sow that.  Many times it even tells us that some things are wise and if we do the opposite, we are fools.

Proverbs 10:18
“He that hideth hatred with lying lips,
and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.”

I think these verses speak for themselves. Let’s not be fools!

There are many more where that came from.  This is just to show you that the Bible really does teach about such things:

James 5:12; James 3:10; Matthew 5:33-37; Exodus 20:7; Ephesians 4:29; Romans 3:14; 1 John 1:7-8; James 1:1-27; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; Romans 1:1-32; 1 John 3:8; 1 John 2:1-29; James 4:7; James 3:13; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; Colossians 3:22-23; Colossians 1:1-29; Galatians 5:24; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; Romans 13:14; Romans 12:1; Romans 3:10; Acts 16:1-40; John 15:5; etc.

©2012  Mark Davis

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Lesson 7 – Stewardship – Assignments

Lesson 7



1. Memorize Malachi 3:10.  Also, we suggest that you memorize I Corinthians 4:2.

2. Read these chapters in John: 20 – 21; 3 – 7.  Please note any truths concerning our responsibility for witnessing that you find.  Record this information under “NOTES” on a separate page.

3. Answer the following questions in your own words:

1. To whom does our property really belong? (I Corinthians 10:26)

2. To whom does the Christian belong? (Romans 6:22)

3. What should a Christian surrender to God? (Romans 12:1)


4. What did the Lord Jesus mean in His answer to the two men in Luke 9:59 – 62?


5. Does God expect us to do something for which He has not equipped us? Refer to II Corinthians 8:12; 9:8; and Philippians 4:13.


6. What does God want each Christian to do? (Romans 12:3 – 8)


7. What talent or gift do you have that God would desire you to use for Him?


8. What is the bare minimum for a Christian to give to the Lord’s work?


9. Is the tithe ten percent of that which is left over after we pay our bills? (Proverbs 3:9 – 10)


10. What is the promise that God gives to those who honor the Lord with their substance and with the firstfruits of all their increase? (Proverbs 3:9 – 10)


11. With what attitude should a Christian give to God’s work? (II Corinthians 9:7)


12. What is God’s  promise to one who gives faithfully to the Lord’s work? (II Corinthians 9:8)


13. What is one requirement which God makes of stewards? (I Corinthians 4:2)


14. What happened in Israel when the people presented their offerings willingly to the Lord? (Exodus 36:1 – 7)


15. What did Azariah say was the result when God’s people brought the offerings into the house of the Lord? (II Chronicles 31:10)



1. A blessing I received each day as I read John 20 and 21; then John 3 – 7:

Day 1 – John 20________________________________

Day 2 – John 21________________________________

Day 3 – John 3_________________________________

Day 4 – John 4_________________________________

Day 5 – John 5_________________________________

Day 6 – John 6_________________________________

Day 7 – John 7_________________________________

2. Truths I found about witnessing:

John 20______________________________________

John 21______________________________________

John 3_______________________________________

John 4_______________________________________

John 5_______________________________________

John 6_______________________________________

John 7_______________________________________

3. My understanding of my responsibility as a steward for God:





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Lesson 7



I Peter 4:10 – “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. “

Stewardship is one of the most important parts of your Christian life.


The Greek root from which we get our word stewardship means “the keeper of another’s property.” The steward or stewardess on an airliner is managing the passenger compartment of the plane while it is in flight. Some clubs call their manager a steward. The man in charge of the dining car on a train is called the steward.  A steward is the manager of another’s property.

Therefore, when we say that a Christian is a steward for God, we simply mean that a Christian is managing God’s property.


1.  His property is God’s.  Everything I have and everything I am belong to God.

Psalm 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”

Psalm  50:10-12 – “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.  I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.  If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof.”

Haggai 2:8 – “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.”

2.  His body is God’s.

I Corinthians 6:19, 20 – “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

3.  His soul is God’s.

Note I Corinthians 6:19, 20 – in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Romans 14:7, 8 - “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.  For whether you live, we live unto the Lord/ and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.”


In the verses listed below, please note the truth that every one of  the believers is a steward for God.

I Peter 4:10 – “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

Matthew 25:15 – “And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and staightway took his journey.”

Romans 12:3-8 – “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith … So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us … Let us prophesy … ministering … teaching.”

I Corinthians 12:11 – “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”

Every believer has something he can use for God. Matthew 25:14-30 teaches that each one of us must give account of how we have used that which God has given us.

Stewardship is not optional!

When you accepted Christ, you became a steward. You do not decide whether you are going to be a steward. You decide only what kind of steward you are going to be.  You will answer at the Judgement Seat of Christ concerning your stewardship.


I Corinthians 4:2 – “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Faithfulness is all that God requires.  He wants His people to use faithfully what He has given.


1.   His life – Romans 12:3-8.

2.   His God-given talents – Matthew 25:14-30.

God has given talents (abilities) to use for the Lord.  God expects His people to use what He has given for His glory.

3.   His time – Ephesians 5:16.

4.   His money and possessions.

a.   The Bible teaches that the tithe is the minimum standard for the Christian to give.

Leviticus 27:30 - “And all the tithe of the land… is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord.”

The Bible teaches that the tithe is God’s. Not to tithe is literally to steal that which belongs to the Lord.

Malachi 3:8 - “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.”

Tithing is a command of God.

Malachi 3:10 - “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

b. The New Testament Christian should accept tithing as his minimum standard, just as the Old Testament saint accepted tithing as his commandment.

(1)   The Lord Jesus approved of tithing.

Matthew 23:23 - “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith; these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other [tithing] undone.

(2)   The New Testament Christian is under the promise of grace.  Some say that tithing is not a matter of grace but of law.  They forget that Abraham tithed to Melchisedec. Abraham was not living during the age of law, but rather was under the promise of grace.

Hebrews 7:6 - “But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.”

The person mentioned in the verse above to whom Abraham paid tithes is Melchisedec, who was an Old Testament type of the Lord Jesus Christ.

(3)   Therefore, the New Testament Christian should accept tithing as a minimum standard, and then go for beyond the tithe in giving.  The New Testament teaches that believers should give generously.

II Corinthians 8:7 - “Therefore as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.”

When Paul speaks of “this grace” in the verse above, he is speaking of the grace of giving.

II Corinthians 9:7 – “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

Please Note:

Giving offerings begins after a person has tithed.  The tithe belongs to the Lord.  Hebrews 9:7 speaks of Levi paying tithes.  The tithe already is the Lord’s.  When we present it to Him, it really is not a gift.  We are simply returning to the Lord that which is already His.  When we go beyond the tithe, we begin to give.


The tithe is the first 10%, of one’s income.  It is not just 10%, but rather the first 10%.  One who pays all bills and then presents to the Lord the 10% that is left over would not actually be tithing.  To tithe is to recognize that the first 10% is God’s and present that to Him.  To tithe, therefore, is to present to God His 10% before we use any of our income.

Proverbs 3:9 – “Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase.”

These firstfruits belong to God.

What is a practical application of this truth?

For the working individual who draws a salary check, to tithe would be to present to the Lord 10% of his gross income.  Suppose a man makes $300.00 per week, gross income, and he has $230.00 a week “take-home-pay.”  His tithe should be figured on his gross income before his withholding tax, credit union payment, etc. are deducted.  Therefore, his tithe would be $30.00 instead of $23.00.

For the person engaged in business, he would be required to tithe only the profit from the business.  He would not need to figure 10% of the gross income in order to be tithing.


The Bible teaches that the tithe should be given in and through the local church.

1.   In the Old Testament God had a place for the tithe to be presented.

Deuteronomy 12:5, 6 – “But unto the place which the Lord your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come: And thither ye shall bring .. your tithes … and your vows, and your free will offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks.”

The God who had a place in the Old Testament is the same God with whom we deal in the New Testament.  He has not changed; He is still a God of decency and order (I Corinthians 14:40).  Therefore, He must have a proper place for tithing in the New Testament.

2.   The local churches in the New Testament were to account for the tithe.

Second Corinthians 8 and 9 present the challenge for the Christians in Greece to give for the support of the poor saints in Jerusalem. The money that was collected was the responsibility of the churches, not the Apostle Paul.

II Corinthians 8:21-24 – “Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.  And we have sent with them our brother … Whether any do enquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellow helper concerning you: or our brethren be enquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ. Wherefore show ye to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and of our boasting on your behalf.”

The proper place for receiving tithes and offerings in this New Testament church age is the Bible-preaching, local New Testament church.


Malachi 3:10 – “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

As the tithes are presented, there is meat in God’s house and blessing flows into the lives of the Christians.  Today many churches endeavor to support God’s work with bazaars, suppers, raffles, rummage sales, etc. God’s work should be supported by the tithes and offerings of God’s people.

The tithing Christian is:

1.   Seeing that the needs of God’s work are met.

2.   Receiving blessing because he is faithful to the Lord.

And then the tithing Christian can go on to greater blessings by sacrificing to give offerings to the Lord’s work.

©2012 Mark Davis

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What is a witness? A witness is one who is called to testify before others about what he has seen, heard, or known.Paul stated that when he accepted the Lord, Ananias said to him, “For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard” (Acts 22:15).

Acts 1:8, the last words which Jesus spoke before He ascended into Heaven, commanded His disciples to be witnesses - “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

The early church took this commandment literally. As a result thousands were saved, churches were planted, and Christianity grew rapidly.

The Bible teaches that we are saved to tell others. God has given His Son for each of us. Therefore, we should be anxious to tell others of this wonderful love.


1.  Confess Christ to Others – Romans 10:9, 10.

Our salvation requires that we confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. This confession is given when a believer tells others he has accepted the Lord. It is also given by stepping forward during the invitation in a Bible-preaching church and taking a public stand for Christ.

2.  Witness to others to win them to Christ.

In John 1:41, 42 we find an excellent scriptural example of leading a soul to Christ. Andrew had come to know the Lord.  The Scripture says, “He first findeth his own brother Simon… “ (v. 41).  That is, he went out deliberately to find his brother and witness to him about his coming to know the Lord Jesus. He did this by speaking to Simon, by witnessing to him - “…And saith unto him, We have found the Messiah, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.”

First – He found his brother.

Second – He spoke a witness to him.

Third“And he brought him to Jesus…” (v. 42).

This should be the result of our witnessing: That we bring others to know the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is what we call “soulwinning.” It means that we give ourselves to be used to witness so that someone else accepts the Lord Jesus Christ.


1.  The Bible commands us to be witnesses.

I Peter 3:15 – “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”

2.  The Lord Jesus called His disciples to be  “fishers of men.”

Mark 1:17, 18 – “And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straight-way they forsook their nets, and followed him.”

3.  The example of the early church was one that was on fire winning souls to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 5:42 - “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”

4.  The Apostle Paul set us an example.

Acts 20:20, 21 - “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”

5. The soulwinner is wise.

Proverbs 11:30 - “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”

a.  Wise because the soulwinner is laboring with the world’s most priceless possession, the soul of a man (Mark 8:36, 37).
b.  Wise because the only real peace in this world comes through Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:28).
c.  Wise because the soulwinner gains eternal reward (John 4:36).

6.  The soulwinner glorifies God.

John 15:8 – “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit: so shall you be my disciples.”

7.  The soulwinner delivers souls from an eternal Hell.

Ezekiel 3:17, 18 - “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked. Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”

8.  The soulwinner has confidence at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Ezekiel 33:8 – “When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thine hand.”


1.  Personal knowledge of Jesus Christ as Savior (John 1:12)

2.  Assurance of salvation

I John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

3.  Purity of life

II Timothy 2:21 – “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

4.  Yieldedness of life

Romans 12:1 - “I beseech you therefore, brethren  by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

5.  Burden for lost souls

Matthew 9:36 – “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”

6.  A prayer burden for the unsaved – Paul had such a prayer burden.

Romans 10:1 – “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.”

7.  A practical knowledge of the Bible

As a person develops in soulwinning, he needs to learn more and more in the Word of God. But you do not need to have a great knowledge of the Bible to start out in soulwinning work.  In John 9 the blind man had just been healed when he was called upon to give his witness to the unsaved Jewish leaders.  His witness was simple, but it was a wonderful testimony.  He said, “One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see” (v. 25).

He told them what he knew; he gave them a witness without knowledge of the Bible.  You can start winning souls if you will just use John 3:16 and tell others what Jesus Christ has done for you. Then to continue winning souls, you need to grow in the Lord and in a knowledge of His Word.

8.  Boldness without being ashamed

This man in John 9 was bold for the Lord and gave forth a clear-cut witness.

Romans 1:16 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth: to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”


1.  Show him or her the fact of sin.

Romans 3:23 - “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” The first truth that one must see in order to be saved is that he is a sinner.  If a person does not see that he has sinned against God, he will not realize he needs a Saviour. Joe Henry Hankins said, “You must get a person lost before you can get him saved.”

2.  Show him or her the penalty for sin.

Romans 6:23 - “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The second truth the unsaved must see is that there is a penalty for his or her sin.  This penalty is death – not just physical death, but also spiritual death.

3.  Show him or her that Christ paid the penalty for his or her sin.

I Peter 3:18 – “For Christ also hat once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”

4.  Show him or her that salvation comes by receiving Christ.

John 1:12 - “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”  The word “power” in John 1:12 means “right” or “authority.”  Those who receive Christ have the right or authority to be called the sons of God. To receive Christ is to believe on Him.


1. Read good books on soulwinning.
2. Become active in your church visitation program.
3. Go soulwinning with someone who is experienced so that you can get some good training.
4. Watch for opportunities to witness.  You will be amazed at how many there are.
5. Take every opportunity God gives you to present a bold witness for Christ.

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Lesson 6 – Witnessing – Assignments

Lesson 6


1. Memorize Acts 1:8.  Also, we suggest you memorize Matthew 9:36.

2. Read John chapters 1 – 2, 12 – 13, and 17 – 19.  Note the truths you find on witnessing.  Note particularly at least four truths about witnessing in John 1:29 – 51.  Note also the instruction given about our work for the Lord in John 2:5.  Record this information under “NOTES” on a separate page.

3. Answer the following questions in your own words:

1. What example did Andrew set that we should follow? (John 1:40 -42)



2. What is the command the Lord gives in Acts 1:8?


3. Who must be central in all of our witnessing? (John 14:6)



4. Who was central in the witnessing of Philip in Acts 8:35?


5. The disciples in the Book of Acts had real power in their witnessing.  In Acts 4:29 and 31 we are told how they spoke the Word of God. What was it that characterized their witnessing?


6. According to Psalm 126:6, three requirements for soulwinners are:




7. If these three requirements are met, what one thing is absolutely sure, according to Psalm 126:6?


8. What is the condition of those who have not accepted Christ? (John 3:18)


9. What does Jesus promise that should encourage you in witnessing and soulwinning? (Matthew 28:20)


10. Why is it important to keep your life clean? (Matthew 5:16)


11. What are two results of failure to witness? (Ezekiel 3:17, 18)




1. A blessing I received each day as I read John 1 – 2, 12 – 13, and 17 – 19.

Day 1 – John 1 __________________________________

Day 2 – John 2 __________________________________

Day 3 – John 12 _________________________________

Day 4 – John 13 _________________________________

Day 5 – John 17 _________________________________

Day 6 – John 18 _________________________________

Day 7 – John 19 _________________________________

2. Truths I found about witnessing:

John 1:29 – 51 – Four truths

1. ________________________________________

2. ________________________________________

3. ________________________________________

4. ________________________________________

John 2 ________________________________________

John 12 _______________________________________

John 13 _______________________________________

John 17 _______________________________________

John 18 _______________________________________

John 19 _______________________________________

3. Instruction for our work for the Lord in John 2:5



4. List names of some friends or relatives who do not know Christ as Saviour so that you could start praying for them.




5. Assignment: List these names below, be sure to write down the date you see these people saved as an answer to prayer.

Requesting and Rejoicing – A Daily Time of Prayer

Unsaved for Whom I Am Praying:

Name                                                                      Date Saved





6. Other truths I have learned about witnessing and soulwinning (write these down now and as they come to you during your continued study of Growing in Grace.):




























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Our Holy Scriptures – The Bible

Through the sands of time, God has used men/people to chronicle history (mostly of the Children of Israel), from the beginning of time to near the end of the first century A. D.  In this article, I will attempt to show you how we can know that the Holy Bible is our Word from God that we can hold to be true and infallible so that we can use it and ONLY IT as our road map through life.

The Holy Bible is compiled of 66 books, ranging from Genesis to Revelations, including the Old Testament and the New Testament.  We hold that the WHOLE Bible has been compiled by men by the inspiration of God to become the Holy Bible that we hold today.

The Scripture is Verbally Inspired Directly BY God:

Verbally – Verbal means that every word of Scripture is God-given. The idea is that every single word in the Bible is there because God wanted it there.

Plenary – Plenary means that all parts of the Bible are equally authoritative. This includes such things as the genealogies of the Old Testament. All parts of the Bible are of divine origin. Jesus said:

Luke 16:17; “But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.”
Paul wrote: “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

After having that said, I want to emphasize that Scripture contains the exact words, forms of words, and wording that God desired. The fact that a certain word in Scripture is found in the singular rather than the plural is all part of the divine work. Everything in Scripture is there because God wanted it to be.

II Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

It is important to emphasize that the Bible contains the exact wording that God wanted. When the Holy Spirit worked with the various writers of Scripture He moved them in a mysterious way to bring about exactly what God wanted to say.  We have to remember that the inspired words of God are the words that are found in the original manuscripts.

There are many different translations and interpretations today that do NOT convey the words and thoughts that God had in mind when they were originally given.  When choosing a translation that is more “inspired” than the rest, you need to look at the texts and compare them to the original GREEK (New Testament) and HEBREW (Old Testament).  There were no original texts that were written in Aramaic or Latin except for several chapters in Daniel and a brief passage in Ezra, which were written in Aramaic.  These were later translated and, in a lot of cases, adulterated by “not-so-inspired” men that did not believe that God had a reason for putting certain words in certain places.  They changed words, removed words and added words to be able to meet their agenda.  DO NOT be deceived by these translations.  Other supporting scriptures include; I Corinthians 2:13; II Peter 1:19-21; Titus 1:2, 3; Hebrews 6:18).

God’s Word has been preserved down through the ages.

God’s Word is important enough to Him that He would go to any extreme to preserve His Word so that it will say the same thing now as it did 4000 years ago (the originals – not in some translated manuscripts).  We have available to us now, the same truths that the Hebrew children memorized in Torah school and knew by memory by the time they were adults.  In Matthew 5:18 Jesus says, “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled”.  In Matthew 24:35 Jesus also says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”.  And in I Peter 1:25 it says, “But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you”.

God, Himself, has vowed that absolutely nothing, even the end of the heavens and earth, would change His words and that they would be preserved, or stay the same, from the time they were written down the first time to the end of the heavens and earth.  Other supporting scriptures: Psalm 12:6, 7; Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 19:8; Psalm 119:140; Matthew 24:35; Luke 16:17; Revelation 22:18, 19; Deuteronomy 12:32.

The Bible is Truth without any error whatsoever (John 10:35; Matthew 5:18, 19).

It is the complete and final revelation of the Will of God to humanity (Deuteronomy 12:32, Revelations 22:18, 19).

The Purpose of the “Testaments”

In the Old Testament, we see allusions to the coming of a new testament or covenant to mankind.  That being the case, we can see that God never intended for the Old Testament (the Law) to be the final testament or covenant.

The Old Testament was incomplete in the fact that it never provided a way to forgive our sins and to provide a way for us to be able to spend eternity with God in Heaven:

Hebrews 10:1 “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

Hebrews 10:2 “For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

Hebrews 10:3 “But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

Hebrews 10:4 “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” 

The Old Testament foretold the coming of a new testament:

Galatians 3:19; “Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

Galatians 3:20; “Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

Galatians 3:21; “Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

Galatians 3:22; “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

Galatians 3:23; “But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Galatians 3:24; “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”

The Old Testament foretold of the coming of a Messiah which will provide permanent forgiveness of sins:

Isaiah 53:10; “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

Isaiah 53:11; “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.”

Galatians 3:25; “But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”

A final way for mankind to obtain final absolution from our sins:

God, through His Holy Scriptures, has provided a final way for mankind to obtain final absolution from our sins through the sacrifice of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, and His shed blood on the cross:

Acts 5:31 “Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins”.

Acts 13:38; “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

Acts 13:39; “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the Law of Moses.”

Ephesians 1:7; “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

Colossians 1:14; “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”

God has provided a final sacrifice from our sins:

The next statement is made referring to Jesus Christ:

Hebrews 10:9; “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

Hebrews 10:10; “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Hebrews 10:26; “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins”.

The New Testament became the fulfillment of the Law by the shed blood of Christ Jesus, His death, burial and ultimate resurrection. Other supporting scriptures: Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20;  1 Corinthians 11:25; Hebrews 9:15, 20; Psalm 119:105; Proverbs 30:5,6; Isaiah 8:20; II Timothy 3:16; Revelation 22:18, 19.

The Bible is Truth without any error whatsoever.  As we have seen above, if the scriptures were given by God verbal plenarily, and if He has preserved it through the ages, then there is no way the scriptures can change from being the Truth and, as such, would continue to be without errors. (John 10:35; Matthew 5:18-19)

It is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, Christian unity, creeds, philosophies and opinions must be tried:

We have seen that the Word of God (Scripture/Bible) has been inspired by God and that it is perfect in all that it says.  God gave us His Law that gives us a guideline for personal activity – what should be done or not, and if something should not be done what the consequences would be if it is done and sometimes it will tell us that if we actually do something that is good, what the reward will be.

God has given us the ability to choose in all aspects of life.  He has given us these guidelines and tells us the good and the bad of things and lets us make the choice from there.  He then tells us what will happen if we make the wrong choice or what the blessing will be if the correct choice is made.

There are more verses through the Bible giving us these guidelines than I can even begin to list.  Here are just a few for you:

Proverbs 28:26; “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”

1 Thessalonians 5:12; “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

1 Thessalonians 5:13; “And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:14; Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

1 Thessalonians 5:15; “See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

1 Thessalonians 5:16; “Rejoice evermore.

1 Thessalonians 5:17; “Pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:18; “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

1 Thessalonians 5:19; “Quench not the Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:20; “Despise not prophesying (Teachings).

1 Thessalonians 5:21; “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

1 Thessalonians 5:22; “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

This list covers almost everything regarding human behavior.  If it isn’t written here, it is implied within at least one of them.

It is the only unerring canon that determines truth:

Deuteronomy 4:1; “Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.

Deuteronomy 4:2; “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you”.

Deuteronomy 17:19; “And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them”:

Psalm 119:11; “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”.

Psalm 119:105; “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.

Romans 15:4; “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope”.

Hebrews 4:12; “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”.

These scriptures, as well as many prior to this, are excellent statements that prove that the canon of the scriptures (66 books) is the truth.  Yes, there are many books, many authors and many different statements within the Book, but these scriptures have been studied by scientists to verify the manuscripts are from the time period that it would have been written in, scholars have studied the words, statements, phraseology, writing styles, etc. to verify that the works were written by ONE true Author – God – at the hands of humans.  The true manuscripts have been vetted and the false (non-Spirit inspired) manuscripts weeded out so that we finally end up with the final 66 books.  All prophesies made that were to have been fulfilled, have been fulfilled when they were supposed to be fulfilled, save the ones that are still yet to be fulfilled regarding the End Times and the Second Coming of Christ.

We also have to remember that if there were any one place in the Book (The Holy Bible – all 66 books) that contradicts another place/statement therein, then we could not trust anything within the Bible to be true.  If there were any inconsistencies within the covers of the Bible, then we would not be able to trust ANY other words in the Bible to be true.

We have to believe all of the Bible or none of it at all.

©2012  Mark Davis

Lesson 5 – Prayer – Assignments


 Lesson 5


1. Memorize Proverbs 15:8.  Also, we suggest you memorize John 16:24.

2. Read John 8–11. Note the miracles you find in this section.  Also, read John 14, 15 and 16 and note the promises given that God answers prayer.  Record your answers under “NOTES” on your separate sheet.

3. If you have not already done so, begin having a daily “Quiet Time.” Also, begin using your personal daily prayer journal (suggest a notebook of your choosing that you can write in easily).

4. Answer the following questions in your own words:

1.  What privilege does the child of God have that an unbeliever does not? (John 16:24)


2. In whose name should we pray? (John 14:13; 16:24)


3. What is one important qualification for answered prayer? (Hebrews 11:6)


4. What is one important thing we must remember so that we can pray with confidence? (I John 5:14, 15)


5. How often should we pray? (1 Thessalonians 5:17)


6. For how many things should we pray? (Philippians 4:6)


7. What is one simple reason that many Christians do not get answers to prayer? (James 4:2)


8. What should always accompany our prayers? (Psalm 100:4)


9. When is a good time to pray? (Psalm 5:3; 55:17)


10. What will hinder our prayers? (Psalm 66:18)


11. If we sin, how do we get back on praying ground? (Psalm 32:5)


12. Should there be times that we pray with others? Explain. (Matthew 18:19; Acts 1:13, 14)






1.  A blessing I received each day as I read John 8 – 11 and John 14 – 16.

Day 1 – John 8 ___________________________________________

Day 2 – John 9 ___________________________________________

Day 3 – John 10 __________________________________________

Day 4 – John 11 __________________________________________

Day 5 – John 12 __________________________________________

Day 6 – John 13 __________________________________________

Day 7 – John 14 __________________________________________

2. Miracles I found in John 8 – 11:




3. Promises that God answers prayer in John 14 – 16:



4. Please check:

[ ] I have begun a daily “Quiet Time”

[ ] I have begun to use a personal prayer journal

5. Answers to pray I have had in the last two weeks:




6. Further thoughts I received on prayer from this lesson and during the rest of the time that I  study this book, Growing in Grace.










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