FREEDOM IN CHRIST
Essentials of Christianity-
online lesson in the "Essentials of Christianity" class will provide a study of
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Much has been written in popular
literature about developing self-esteem. The Bible says that our positive
self-esteem comes from our position in Christ.
(II Corinthians 5:17) If
anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation; the old has gone and the
new has come!
Jesus said, “If you hold to my
teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the
truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
To experience a positive
self-esteem, we must know truth about God, about ourselves and about our
responsibility in maintaining our freedom.
Truth About God
(John 1:1,14) In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…..The Word
became flesh and dwelt among us.
Question 1. Who is the Word in
this text? What does this text tells us about God’s desire in relationship
(John 10:10-11) The thief
comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life
and have it in full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down
his life for the sheep.
(John 14:6) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one
comes to the Father except through me.”
Question 2. What truths do you learn about God from these texts? Do you
find Jesus’ statement difficult to accept and convey to others?
(II Corinthians 3:17-18) The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the
Lord is, there is freedom…..We are being transformed into his likeness with
Question 3. What else do we learn about God and His desires for us?
(John 8:44) …he (the devil) is a liar and the father of lies.
(Revelation 12:10) the devil is called “the accuser of our brothers.”
Question 4. Based on the description of the devil, what kinds of thoughts
might come from his agents?
(Matthew 28:20) I am with you always, to the end of the age.
(Hebrews 13:5) I will never leave you and I will never forsake you.
Question 5. What opposite thoughts might be planted into your mind from the
(I John 3:1) How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we
should be called children of God.
(I John 4:8-9) God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He
sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.”
(John 15:9) As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you
Question 6. Based on these scriptures, what do we need to continually
remind ourselves when we rejected?
Truth About Ourselves
.It is essential to know and to
maintain our true identity established in us by Jesus Christ.
(Ephesians 2:1-2, 5 You were
dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you
followed the ways of this world and the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the
spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient…but because of His
great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ.
(Hebrews 10:17) Their sins and
their lawless deeds I will remember no more.
Question 7. Describe our life
condition before and after trusting in Christ. What can you confidently say
about your past, present and future sins?
(Ephesians 1:1) Paul, an
apostle of Chris Jesus…..to the saints in Ephesus…
Question 8. What does Paul call
the Christians at Ephesus? This term is used at least 60 times in the New
Testament. How should this insight affect how we think God sees us? What
would be the opposite of the right attitude?
(II Peter 1:3) His divine
power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.
Question 9. Why are we able to
live life according to God’s plan? What might be typical thoughts from the
enemy to convince us otherwise?
Truth About Our Responsibility for Freedom
Our minds are the main
battleground where a war is being fought for control of our thoughts. A
passive approach to the Christian life will not cut it. We must take
responsibility for our thoughts if we want to live the full life in Christ
God has intended for us.
(I Corinthians 2:16) We have
the mind of Christ”
(II Corinthians 10:5) We take
captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Question 10. Based on these
texts and what you know about the enemy forces resisting us, give examples
of what it means to “take captive every thought.”
(Romans 12:2) Do not conform
any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing
of your mind.
Question 11. What are some ways
to be continually renewing our minds to think according to God’s thoughts?
During your quiet times with
God, make a list of areas where you need to correct your thinking about God,
about yourself and about your responsibility to maintain your freedom in
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