Bible Study Guide

Celebrating 10 years

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 5th to 11th July 2015

Series: ‘Celebrating 10 years’

Sermon: God’s blessings and Our Response

Ice breaker: Have members draw their family tree as far back as they can, or describe it as best as possible.

Did you have the privilege of meeting your great grand-parents?

Main Text: 1 Samuel 1

  1. According to 1 Samuel 1:1-8:
    1. What do we observe of Elkanah and his family?
    2. Why do you think the observations in (1) are important to us in the 21st Century?
    3. Briefly share on some of the ways God has blessed you. Would you say that you have been a good steward of these blessings? In what area do you feel you need God’s help to be a better steward?
    4. Ponder on Hannah’s plight and her corresponding actions. React to the statement, we should never use our circumstances to turn our backs to God and reject His ways’.
    5. In spite of violating God’s standards for marriage, we see Elkanah’s family being blessed on account of their wholehearted devotion to God. What does this say about God’s character? How should this knowledge influence the way in which we relate to God?
    6. Discuss practical ways in which we can use God’s blessings to bless others.
  2. Lessons from Hannah
    1. Read verses 9-28. Deliberate on the attitude with which we should approach God as depicted in verses 15 through to 18. What confidence do we have?
    2. What practical thing will you do to accommodate lack/need in an area of your life that aligns to the Biblical teaching from this passage?
    3. Have you made any commitments to God? Have you been faithful in keeping them? If not, what actions are you going to take to ensure that you are faithful?
    4. Spend some time sharing with each other some of the deepest longings or desires that you have. Hannah’s account shows us that we can pour out our souls to God, and that He delights in answering these prayers according to His will and in His time. In response,
    • Pray earnestly for each other, asking that God would grant these requests. Pray especially for those who are trusting God for the blessing of children.
    • Make a commitment to continue praying for one person/family according to what they’ve shared.

Memory Verse : Psalm 84:11

Bible Texts (New International Version)

1 Samuel 1

1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.

2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none. 3 Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the LORD Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the LORD. 4 Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters.

5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb. 6 And because the LORD had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. 7 This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Elkanah her husband would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”

9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the LORD’s temple. 10 In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 12 As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth.

13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine.” 15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” 17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. 19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the LORD for him.”

Hannah Dedicates Samuel

21 When the man Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vow, 22 Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the LORD, and he will live there always.” 23 “Do what seems best to you,” Elkanah her husband told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the LORD make good his word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.

24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. 25 When they had slaughtered the bull, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and she said to him, “As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. 27 I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.
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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 12th July 2015 to 18th July 2015

Series: ‘Celebrating 10 years’

Sermon: “The Supremacy and Centrality of Christ”

Ice Breaker:

We were told of 42 pretensions of Christ Jesus that have existed so far. How many do you know, who were they and what was the story around their claim?

Main Text: John 1:1-18

The Word became flesh ( John 1:1-18)

a. What is this passage about? (V.9-14)

  1. The ultimate desire in every man is to find Christ

    This statement is qualified by observing that the ultimate desire in every man is to live forever joyfully. It therefore follows that Christ is then the ultimate desire in every man, since it is only in Him and through Him does one find joyful eternal life.

    a) The Jews believed that by observing the law they would get eternal life (v.16-17a). John however tells them that Christ is the eternal life (v.4).

    b) What are some examples of things the world pursues in our modern day in seeking to meet this ultimate desire to live joyfully forever?

    c) In addition to Christ, are there things that Christians pursue in our modern day, consciously or unconsciously, in seeking to meet this ultimate desire to live joyfully forever?

    d) The gift of salvation is eternal life (John 3:16). Eternal life is assured for Christians, however some Christians are not assured of their salvation hence other pursuits apart from Christ. Take some time in searching the Scriptures to assure each other of salvation. ( Consider some assurances; remorse after sin that leads to repentance (2 Cor.7:10), new desires (Col.3:1-14, Eph.4:17-25), gradual victory over besetting sins (1 Cor.6:9-11), witness of the Holy Spirit in us by ones continuous plea to God for sustenance through life (Rom.8:14-17), groaning or internal conflict (Gal.5:16-17), hatred for sin (Rom.13:12-14), fruit of perseverance (Matt.24:4-14), etc)

  2. Christ wants to be represented in your day to day life (v.14)

    Gnosticism is an ancient heresy that was practiced by some of the Jews. Its core belief is that matter is sinful and unredeemable but spirit/soul is pure and redeemable. It encouraged indulgences of the flesh as long as one continues to perform religious practices to ‘cleanse the spirit’. It leads to a dualistic/segmented approach towards life where one is pious on Sunday or during church functions but is ungodly when away from the body of believers.

    a) How do you see this dualistic attitude prevailing among today’s Christians?

    b) John says that Christ was made flesh and dwelt among us, implying incarnation. By Christ coming in human form, we see his intention to be involved in our human activities therefore the call to represent Him in our daily activities. In your opinion, do you see many Christians representing Christ in their daily activities? Why? How can we help each other represent Christ continuously?

  3. Prepare the way for Christ (v.6-8,15)

    a) What can we learn from John’s (the baptizer) attitude towards Christ that made him committed to prepare the way for Christ’s coming? (v.26-27)

    b) How can we continuously remind each other of Christ’s Lordship (Master) over our lives so that we can become proactive in obeying and submitting Him?

    c) Just like the preparations our country is making for the coming of the US president, in like manner we were challenged to prepare a way for Christ into people’s lives. Share some of the ways you could go about preparing a way for Christ into a friend, family or colleagues life.

    (Idea: you could attempt a S.W.O.T approach…Strength: Gifts, talents, passions etc for God’s use.Weakness: Limitations, inabilities, struggle with habitual sin, etc in need of God’s help.Opportunities: desire to be better, demotions or promotions at work, performance reviews at work etc. to see God’s guiding hand. Threats: Fear of death, anxieties on job security, etc to view God as our ultimate security.)

    Pray for each other:

    • To find Christ sufficient for joyful eternal life.
    • To find conviction and courage to represent Christ in our daily life.
    • To seize the opportunities God presents to us to introduce (prepare the way) Christ to other people.

    Scripture:
    1. John 1:1-28

    John 1 New International Version (NIV)

    The Word Became Flesh

    1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[ a] it.

    6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

    9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

    14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[ b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

    John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah

    19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders[ c] in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

    21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”

    He said, “I am not.”

    “Are you the Prophet?”

    He answered, “No.”

    22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

    23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”[ d]

    24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

    26 “I baptize with[e] water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”

    28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 12th July 2015 to 18th July 2015

Series: ‘Celebrating 10 years’

Sermon: “The Greatest in God’s Kingdom”

Ice Breaker: People of status wield power. Given veto power to move things and people around FOR ONE DAY, what would be your top three priorities?

Main Text: Matthew 18:1-14

Joe Kipolyo, Zambian theologian writes in the Africa Bible Commentary. “The most significant quality of the child in this story is that he had no status, no importance, except as a responsibility for others to care for. To become like a child is to renounce any notions of self-importance and to embrace insignificance”.

Through this story in the Bible, Jesus showed us the way to greatness (Phil.2:5-8) – and gave us children to constantly remind us of the humility pathway. How can we embrace insignificance?

  1. By admitting that others are smarter than we are. Children know that others are smarter than them.
    1. In your opinion, is it easy for most adults to admit they are not the smartest people around? If yes or no, why?
    2. How would you help a friend or yourself to be freed from the pressure to always appear like they know-it-all?
    3. What are some of the benefits of one SINCERELY admitting and living like they are not the smartest person around?
  2. By admitting that we are in need of help from God. Children know they are powerless. (They own nothing, can’t get a job, can’t drive a car, can earn no money, can’t even tie their shoes. They live constantly aware of their dependence on others, chiefly their parents).
    1. Do you think most adults sincerely believe they are in need of help from God? If yes, what are some common lifestyle choices they make that contradict this belief? Why do you think this contradiction between belief and lifestyle exists?
    2. “God doesn’t want us to spend our lives trying to figure out how to take care of ourselves – he wants us to seek first HIS kingdom –this is the way to greatness – in humility, and insignificance, serve God’s purposes”, said Pst. Jan. (Matt. 6:25-33). How does one practically live out this truth? What are some of the challenges one can expect by living out this truth? How can one overcome these challenges?

Jesus gives four instructions of how we adults are to treat children – because of how HE FEELS about them.

  1. Be welcoming to children. “And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me”.v.5
  2. Do not lead children into sin. “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea”. v.6
  3. Don’t look down on children but be considerate of them. “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven”. v.10
  4. Be delightful of children. Jesus delights in his sheep, and does not want even one of his little ones to be lost. v.13 (Remember the clip shown at church of a shepherd and sheep)

Reflection and Application

Among the four instructions, which one(s) comes natural to you? Share ways in which one could improve on those instructions one performs poorly.

Prayer

The surprising lesson in this teaching is that we are the little ones – God’s children – that Jesus is talking about (John 1:12). He welcomes us, He hates anything that leads us astray, He doesn’t want us to be looked down upon and He delights in us. To unlock the mystery of greatness in the kingdom of God is to be the child of God that you already are if you are born again, humble yourself and embrace insignificance. Pray for each other:

  1. Ask for God to forgive our proud hearts, teach us humility.
  2. Thank God for the blessing of children that He has put in our lives, to be a constant reminder of His love and help us to treat them as He desires, for the sake of His kingdom.

Scripture : Matthew 18:1-14

The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Causing to Stumble

6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! 8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

The Parable of the Wandering Sheep

10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. [11] [ a]

12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

Phil 2:5-8

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ, Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped; rather, he made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Matthew 6:25-33

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[ e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

John 1:12

“To as many as receive him, who believe in his name, he give the right to become children of God”.
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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 9nd August 2015 to 16th August 2015

Series: ‘Celebrating 10 years’

ICE BREAKER:

Main Texts: Luke 18.9-14, Luke 18.18-23 and Luke 19.1-10

The Parable:
Read Luke 18.9-14

  1. According to v 19, what is the purpose of the parable?
  2. What are some of the contrasts between the tax collector and the Pharisee in the parable?
  3. In our modern context, who would you say fits the description of ‘Pharisee’ and ‘tax collector’?
  4. In what ways do you resemble the Pharisee, the tax collector?

The Rich Young Ruler:
Read Luke 18.18-23

1. According to the text, what are some good character traits that the rich young ruler has? What are the pointers to those character traits? From Jesus’
response in V. 19, what can we learn about goodness?

2. What does the rich young ruler’s response to Jesus request in v.22 and 23 tell us his spiritual condition?

3. In the final analysis of this story, do you think the rich young ruler was truly ‘good’? Give reasons for your answer.

4. Do you identify with the rich young ruler? Why?

Zacchaeus:
Read Luke 19.1-10

1. From the story, what kind of person was Zacchaeus? What are some the pointers to this in the text.

2. Jesus asks to stay at his house. What does this reveal about Jesus? What was the result in Zacchaeus’s life of this gesture by Jesus?

3. Have you ever been moved to do something extravagant for Jesus? What?

The conclusion:

1. What are the contrasts between the Rich young Ruler’s story and that of Zacchaeus?

2. Who between Zacchaeus and the Rich young ruler was a true son of Abraham? Why?

3. Is God calling you to lay down a personal treasure that you are finding hard to give up?

SCRIPTURES:

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector:
Luke 18. 9-14

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To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men
went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God,
I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a
week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

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“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble
themselves will be exalted.”

The Rich young Ruler: Luke 18. 18-25

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A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

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“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not
commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’[ a]

21
“All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

22
When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me.”

23
When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy.24 Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the
rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25 Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is
rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Zacchaeus: Luke 9.1-10

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was
wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

5
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

7
All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

8
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of
anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

9
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man
came to seek and to save the lost.”

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 27th Sept. to 3rd Oct. 2015

Series:
The Mercy of God

Focus:
FULL CIRCLE TRUST

Sermon:
The Reality of Sin

ICE BREAKER:
Have members draw up a table with two columns and ten rows. Title the left and the right column as ‘contemporary language’ and ‘Biblical language’
respectively. On the right column, fill in at least seven popular words we use that sanitize a particular kind of sin and alongside each on the left column
write the name for that specific sin as the Bible would call it. E.g.

CONTEMPORARY LANGUAGE

BIBLICAL LANGUAGE

Politically Correct

Lieing

Affair/Cheating

Adultery

1. Romans 1:8-17 – Paul’s longing to visit the Rome

a) Why did Paul long to visit Rome? V.11-12

b) Paul had heartfelt affection towards the Christians in Rome (v.11) and he was also passionate about sharing the gospel v.14-15 with them. Why? V.16-17

c)
Discuss: Paul was not ashamed of the gospel and this attitude motivated him to show genuine concern for God’s people and made him passionate about sharing
the gospel. Is it true to say that the modern day Christian is not as affectionate towards God’s people and their passion for sharing the gospel has grown
cold? If yes or no, Why?

2. Romans 1:18-19 – God’s wrath against sinful humanity

a) Discuss: People are not interested in solutions to problems which they don’t acknowledge as existent.

b) According to v.18, what is sin and what is God’s response to sin?

c) What is the difference between godlessness and wickedness?

d) The doctrine of the wrath of God has fallen on hard times. In today’s world, any concept of God’s wrath upsets our modern sentiments. How should
Christ’s teaching about Sin in Matt.18:7-9 inform our understanding of God’s wrath towards sin?

e) What three effects of sin are clearly revealed in John 3:19-20 when sin resides in the human heart? How have you seen these effects affect your life
when you have entertained sin?

f) Highlight some of the ways in which the modern day Christian has been (and is continuously being) desensitized from the gravity of sin and the horror of
God’s wrath against sin? How can you help each other regain high sensitivity to sin?

Reflection and Prayer

What is your attitude towards sin? Honestly, in what ways do you suppress the truth in order to make room for sinning? Do you feel or think that the gospel
and its application apply to others but don’t apply to you? Is there sorrow and remorse in your heart when you sin or has sin become common place for you?
When you pray, do you confess of actual sins you have committed or do you generalize your confession because you honestly see no sin or sinful attitudes in
your endeavors? Have you become deliberately cold to someone who rebuked you for sinning and would you reach out to them and thank them for saving you from
the wrath of God? Reflect on these things and pray for strength and courage to apply todays study.

Scriptures

Romans 1:8-19

Paul’s Longing to Visit Rome

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First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve in my
spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at
last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.

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I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by
each other’s faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,[ d] that I planned many
times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other
Gentiles.

14
I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you
who are in Rome.

16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[ e] just as it is written:
“The righteous will live by faith.”[ f]

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

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The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.

Matthew 18:7-9

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Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! 8 If
your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or
two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter
life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.

John 3:19-21

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This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who
does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 4th to 10rd Oct. 2015

Series:
In View of God’s Mercy

Focus:
Holy Communion

Sermon:
The Wrath of God

ICE BREAKER:
Have members share a story of a time that they were angry about someone or something. What caused it and how did they resolve it?

Text: Romans 1:18-32

God’s revelation

1. Verse 20 clearly tells us that God has visibly revealed himself to mankind through creation.

a. Read Psalm 19:1-6 then go around the group and have members list ways in which God has revealed himself through creation.

b. React to the statement, “God’s self-disclosure is general, natural and continuous.”

Man’s suppression of God’s truth

2. However, man has consistently suppressed the knowledge of God;

a. According to verse 21, describe how man rejects the knowledge of God.

b. Man didn’t worship God; he created other things to worship. What has now been elevated to a place of worship above God?

c. According to vs. 32; man also approves those who do wrong in his suppression of the truth. How is this visible today?

God’s wrath and judgment

3. Paul goes into great length expounding the reason, nature, subjects and implications of God’s wrath.

a. How is God’s wrath revealed in the text compared to the times of Noah and Sodom & Gomorrah respectively? Check verses 24, 26,27, 28

b. God’s presence preserves a society. What happens when He withdraws His presence? (according to the verses in a)

c. What is God’s alternative to His wrath?

Reflection and Prayer

· In which areas of your life might you have suppressed God’s truth? Confess it before God in repentance.

  • What truths might God be revealing to you today? Have you obeyed them?

· Pray for one another; that each of us may have the grace to obey God’s truth as he reveals it to us.

  • Pray for the society around you; that God’s truth might be embraced.

Scriptures

Romans 1:18-32 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Unbelief and Its Consequences

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For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth [a]in unrighteousness,19 because that which is known about God is evident [b ]within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His
eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.21 For even though they knew God, they did not [c]honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God
for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and [d ]crawling creatures.

24
Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25
For they exchanged the truth of God for [e]a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed [f ]forever. Amen.

26
For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is [g ]unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their
desire toward one another, men with men committing [h]indecent acts and receiving in [i]their own
persons the due penalty of their error.

28
And just as they did not see fit [j ]to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,29
being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,30 slanderers, [k ]haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding,
untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are
worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

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The Counterfeit Gospel

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 26th April to 3rd May 2015

Series: Preachers of a Different Gospel

Sermon:
“The Counterfeit Gospel – Introduction “

Icebreaker:
Have you ever purchased something that was supposedly original that you later discovered was a fake? How did you react on this realization?

Main Text:
Matt 7:13 – 29

Q1. The wide and narrow gates (Matthew 7:13 – 14)

a. Who is being addressed in this passage?

b. What do you think Jesus is referring to when he says the ‘narrow gate’ and the ‘wide gate’?

c. By implication, Jesus’ words indicate that many people are deceived about their faith. How can one know that their faith is real? What passages come to mind that provide a basis for investigating the authenticity of one’s faith?

d. We live in a culture that is proliferated by counterfeit goods – electronics, roads, academic credentials etc. Sadly, even the gospel has been counterfeited. Deliberate on what it would take to avoid being swayed by this counterfeit and ‘enter through the narrow gate’.

Q2. False prophets and false gospels (Matthew 7:15 – 27)

a. What responsibility is given to us in verse 15?

b. According to verses 16 to 20, how are we to identify false prophets? Give illustrations where possible.

c. What do you think is the dominant characteristic of false gospels?

d. Comment on the statement: the average Christian approaches the Bible as a cafeteria menu, choosing what is palatable and rejecting what is not. What remedy is there for
this?

e. In view of verses 21 -23, what is the mandate given to the Christian? How can we as believers fulfill this mandate?

Q3. Read 1 Timothy 4:1 -2 & Micah 3

a. What challenge does 1 Timothy 4:1-2 pose to us today? Take some time to pray for discernment in your own walk of faith.

b. Compare the spiritual climate of Micah’s day with that of today as depicted in Micah 3. What similarities do you see?

c. How different is Micah’s prophecy with that of the false prophets he is called to pronounce judgment on?

d. Note God’s judgment on the leaders and the prophets in question. Ask God for wisdom to see that which is not true for what it is. Take time to pray for your spiritual leaders.

Application:

Pray that God would give you a Berean spirit of searching the Scriptures diligently to find out whether the teaching you are receiving is true. Pray that over the coming weeks, God will enable you to identify those who preach a false gospel and to reject their teaching, as well as any other teaching that does not line up with the Holy Scriptures.

Scriptures (NIV – New International Version):

Matthew 7:13 – 29

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

1 Timothy 4:1-2

1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon their faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

Micah 3

1 Then I said, “Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Should you not know justice, 2 you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin of my people and the flesh from their bones; 3 who eat my peoples’ flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot.”

4 Then they will cry out to the Lord, but he will not answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done. 5 This is what the Lord says: “As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them, they proclaim ‘peace’; if he does not, they prepare to wage war against him. 6 Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them. 7 The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God.” 8 But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. 9 Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel who despise justice and distort all that is right; 10 who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness. 11 Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us.” 12 Therefore because of you, Zion will be ploughed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 26th April to 3rd May 2015

Series: The Counterfeit Gospel

Sermon: “The Counterfeit Gospel – Money for Miracles “

Ice Breaker:

Have members share briefly their response on the modern-day-preachers clip shown during the church service.

Main Text:
Luke 5:1-11

Q1. The Calling of the First Disciples (Luke 5:1-11)

a. What is this passage about?

b. Jesus asks and Simon offers up his boat to him for use while teaching the crowd that had gathered by the lake of Gennesaret.

We are taught to avail our resources to serve God. What are some of the resources at your disposal that you could avail and what would be their possible corresponding ministry use?

c. Luke 5:4 is an example of verses that can be misinterpreted by importing meaning to the scripture and ignoring full context of the passage. What other examples of Scripture can you think of? In what way have they been misinterpreted?

d. On instruction from Jesus, Simon and his partners go back fishing and return with an astonishing catch of fish (vs. 9). What nature of God does this verse bring out? How do the prosperity teachers use this for their gain?

The Trouble with Prosperity Gospel

Q2. Prosperity Gospel displaces God as the object of worship (Luke 5:8)

a. What was Simon’s response to the miracle of Jesus? What teachings can be derived from his reaction? How do these teachings differ from what prosperity teachers propagate?

b. What does Matthew 6:24 warn us against?

c. In what ways do we substitute God for idols and how can we identify idols in our lives?

Q3. Prosperity Gospel disparages/belittles Christ by making Him a means to an end (Philippians 3:7-8)

a. What challenge does Luke 14:26-27 pose to us today? Take some time to ponder on your relationship with Christ in response to these verses.

b. What does God say to the church in Laodicea in regards to their perspective on riches and His judgment on the status of their hearts? (Revelation 3:16-18) How does this challenge you?

Q4. Prosperity Gospel dishonors the Holy Spirit by manipulating the Scriptures that He authors (2 Timothy 3:16)

a. Discuss how this passage supports the fact that the Holy Spirit is the active agent in the giving of Scripture. Read also 2 Peter 1:20-21.

b. What do we risk missing out if we dishonor the Holy Spirit by manipulating the Scriptures? (2 Tim.3:16)

Q5. Prosperity Gospel deceives men as to the nature of their true need

(Luke 5:8)

a. According to the above passage, what is the nature of man’s true need? What things do prosperity teachers substitute this need with?

Application:

· Do you love things more than you love God?

· Is Jesus Christ enough for you? Where is the evidence? What is that thing that if Christ asked for, you would walk away sorrowfully?

· Do you rely more on what the Scriptures say or on the teachings of the ‘man of God’?

· Have you come to terms with your real need – that you’re a sinner facing God’s wrath apart from Christ and therefore in need of repentance and forgiveness from God?

Search your heart and ask God to reveal any of the above. Repent and turn to Christ.

Scriptures (NIV – New International Version):

Luke 5:1-11

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Revelation 3:16-18

16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Luke 14:26-27

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

Philippians 3:7-8
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ.

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

Deuteronomy 8:3

He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of theLord.

1 John 2:15

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

Luke 5:8

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 11th May 2015 to 17th May 2015

Series: Preachers of a Different Gospel

Sermon: “The Counterfeit Gospel – Money for Miracles pt.2 “

Main Text:
Luke 6:20-26

Icebreaker:
In the world today, what qualities or possessions would a man/ woman have for others to call him/ her blessed?

Q1. Who is the man that is truly blessed? (Luke 6:20-26)

a. What is Jesus talking about in this passage?

b. For anyone to be a proponent of prosperity teachings he/she must of necessity:

I. Depart from Christ totally or,

II. Misconstrue/misinterpret Christ.

In what ways have the prosperity teachers; 1) departed from, or, 2) misconstrued Christs’ message in this passage?

Description of the man who is truly blessed:

1. A man is truly blessed whose need for God is met (Luke 6:20)

a. Augustine of Hippo said that God formed us for Himself and our hearts remain restless until they find rest in Him. How true is this?

b. Jesus portrays the state of man’s heart without God as spiritually bankrupt. i.e. as hungry, poor or weeping. In what ways; experiences, reflections, conversations etc have you realized and come to terms with your spiritual bankruptcy? Consider Rom.3:10-23.

c. Christ’s portrayal of man’s heart reveals man’s true need – God. Discuss how man’s true need is met through the Gospel. Bear in mind the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12.

2. A man is truly blessed whose eye is fixed on Heaven, not earth (Luke 6:21)

a. In v.21 Jesus speaks to those who hunger NOW and those who weep NOW. He refers to ‘NOW’ as the PRESENT earthly life to trigger us to think of the future ETERNAL life that is to come. How does this scripture challenge you? Also consider Matthew 6:19-21.

b. Discuss how prosperity preachers could misinterpret the message in Colossians 3:2.

c. What is the importance of prioritizing the eternal over the present? Support your answer with a Bible verse(s).

3. A man is truly blessed who on account of Christ embraces suffering (Luke 6:22-23)

a. In a scale of 1-10, 1 being very low and 10 being very high, what do you think is the willingness level of the modern day Christian to suffer for the sake of Christ? Why?

b. Discuss how this passage supports the fact that suffering and persecution is a promised part of the Christian walk. Refer to other correctly interpreted Bible texts.

c. The followers of Christ in Acts 5:41 rejoiced to be found worthy of suffering for the sake of Christ. What do you think made them REJOICE in suffering? How does this differ from the teachings of the prosperity gospel?

4. A man is truly blessed whose faith follows a rich spiritual legacy (Luke 6:23b)

a. Briefly discuss the history of the true Gospel, dating back from Abel. Consider Hebrews 11.

b. Discuss the origin of the health and wealth doctrines you know and indentify the heresy they were founded on.

Application:

Jesus Christ contrasts the man who is blessed (Luke 6:20-23) with the man who is faces spiritual destruction from God’s wrath (Luke 6:24-26). The first man is humbled and drawn to God by a sincere acknowledgement of his insufficiency while the second man prides himself in self-sufficiency.

Which man are you? The one who Christ says is blessed or that one to whom He says ‘woe unto you’? Which teaching do you subscribe to? Search your heart. If God reveals characteristics of the second type of man, repent and ask God to change your heart.

Scriptures (NIV – New International Version):

Luke 6:20-26

20Looking at his disciples, he said:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
22 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.

23
“Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.

24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
25Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
26Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

Matthew 6:19

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.

Colossians 3:2

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

James 1:2

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

2 Timothy 3:12


In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

Philippians 1:29

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,

Acts 9:16

I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 24th May 2015 to 31th May 2015

Series: The Counterfeit Gospel- ‘Discerning the deception of health and wealth Gospel’

Sermon: “Faith As A Force “


‘Faith as a force’ is a false teaching that claims that faith is a personal force that we discharge through the spoken word to create the reality we want.

ICE BREAKER: Kindly share with other members of the group how you have encountered the above mentioned teaching.

Main Text: Matthew 8.5-13

Supporting text: Psalm 8

a) In vs. 5-6, the centurion came to Jesus seeking his help. Why? What does his situation reveal about our humanity?

b) What do the centurion’s words in v.8 reveal about how he viewed himself in light of Christ?

c) What do vs. 8-9 reveal about how the centurion viewed the words of Christ in contrast to his?

d) In what way did the centurion express faith?

e) From Christ’s response in v.10, what can we learn about the nature of true faith?

f) What is the true meaning of proverbs 18.21. What are some of the negative impacts in Christian’s attitude and outlook in believing that they can ‘create their world with their faith filled words’?

g) The preacher on Sunday said that the problem with ‘faith as a force’ teaching is its Deification of Man and Humanization of God. How does the story of Jesus and the centurion and the words of Psalm 8 show the clear line of demarcation between what God can do and what man can do?

Personal Reflection and prayer:

Think about your understanding and exercise of faith and your words. What do they reveal about how you view yourself and how you view God? Have you exalted yourself to God’s level and reduced God to a merely human level? Have you believed that you could speak things into existence? Have you ever claimed something or decreed and declared something? Kindly repent and ask God’s forgiveness for your error. Ask for Wisdom to walk humbly before God, submitting your-self daily to His will.

Texts:

Matthew 8.5-13

5 When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant,[ a]‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in israel[b] have I found such faith.11 I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings[b] and
crowned him with glory and honor.6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;you have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 31th May 2015 to 6th June 2015

Series: The Counterfeit Gospel- ‘Discerning the deception of health and wealth Gospel’

Sermon: “The big problem with little gods!”

authority with God. It blurs what should be a very crisp line of distinction between God the creator and us His created.

ICE BREAKER:
Kindly share with other members of the group who you wanted to be like growing up and how that influenced how you dressed and behaved.

Main Text: Luke 9

Supporting text: Psalm 82

I.
The issue with ‘little god’s doctrine’
(Have someone read psalm 82)

a. According to verse 1, what difference does it make for God to be the ultimate judge? What judgment of wrongdoing does God bring against the ‘gods’? (vs 2-4) What does this judgment teach you about God’s character?

b. According to vs 5-6, who are the ‘gods’ referenced in this psalm?

c. How does the view that we are ‘little god’s’ distort our view of ourselves, of God and of how we are to relate with God? How is that teaching an affront to the sovereignty of God?

II.
The biblical response to the ‘little god’s doctrine’ (Luke 9)

a. The supremacy and sovereignty of Christ as demonstrated by his works

  • Jesus sends out His apostles (read Luke 9:1-2, 6-10)

1. According to Luke 9:1-2, 6-10, what power did Jesus give His apostles? What work did He send them to do?

2. What did the apostles accomplish? On whose authority did the apostles accomplish these things? What does this reveal about their power vis-à-vis that of Christ?

  • Feeding more than 5,000 people (read 9:11-17)

3. What suggestion did the disciples make to Jesus in verse 12? Would you have made the same suggestion? Why or why not?

4. What did Jesus tell them to do in verse 13? How did the disciples respond to that (13)? How does this show Jesus’ priorities vis-à-vis those of the apostles?

5. How did Jesus go about feeding the multitude (14-16)? What is it that the disciples were to learn from all of this? What are we also to learn from this?

b. The supremacy and sovereignty of Christ as confirmed by his identity

  • Identity of Christ (Have someone read Luke 9:7-9, 18-27)

1. Jesus had been ministering with his disciples for a few years and had seen His mighty acts, heard His powerful words. In verse 18, what does Jesus ask his disciples? Why do you think he asked a general question before his next very personal and very specific question in verse 20?

2. Looking at Peter’s answer in verse 20. What do you think his own words meant to him? What do they mean for us today?

  • The transfiguration (Read 28-36)

3. Explain generally what happened in verses 28-36? What was Jesus, Moses and Elijah’s conversation about (Luke 9:31)? Why is this significant?

4. What did the disciples say once they had woken up (Luke 9:32-33)? Why do you think Luke included the section about the disciples’ response to all this?

5. What did the voice say about Christ in Luke 9:35? Why is this command significant? How can we ensure we keep this command?

III.
Personal reflection and prayers

What a person believes about Jesus is crucial. It influences how one respond to Him and His words. Who do you believe Jesus is? What you truly believe might be different from what you say. In groups of two, pray for each other, ask for God’s forgiven for any inconsistency that you might have about who he is, who you are and how you should relate with him. Commit yourself to “listen to Jesus” everyday!

TEXTS:

Psalm 82

1God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the “gods”:

2 “How long will you[a defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?[b] 3Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

5
“The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6 “I said, ‘You are “gods”; you are all sons of the Most High.’

7But you will die like mere mortals;you will fall like every other ruler.”

8
Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.

Luke 9 (NIV)

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve

9 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3 He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.4Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5 If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” 6 So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.

7Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, 8others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. 9But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him.

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

10When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, 11 but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.

12Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”

13He replied, “You give them something to eat.”

They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” 14 (About five thousand men were there.)

But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. 16Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. 17 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

18Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

19They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

20“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”

Jesus Predicts His Death

21Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

23Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

27“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

The Transfiguration

28About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, [a] which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)

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While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Boy

37The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38 A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. 39A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. 40I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.”

41“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”

42Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.

Jesus Predicts His Death a Second Time

While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, 44“Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.” 45But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.

46An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 48Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”

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[su_spoiler title=”The Prosperity Gospel on Prayer”]

Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 7th June 2015 to 13th June 2015

Series: The Counterfeit Gospel- ‘Discerning the deception of health and wealth Gospel’

Sermon: The Prosperity Gospel on Prayer


Prosperity gospel teaching on prayer attempts to make us believe that through our prayers we give God permission to act. Within the prosperity theology people –rather than God- become the focal point of prayer.

ICE BREAKER:
Kindly share with other members of the group your favorite prayer as a child that you may have recited at bedtime. Who did you learn the prayer from? Did that prayer give you comfort and understanding about God?

Main Text: Matthew 6: 5-15

Study the model prayer as outlined in Matthew 6 passage and reflect on the following questions:

  1. Who do you address in your prayer? Is it God your heavenly father or do you address Him as your equal? What is your attitude as you pray to the heavenly father?
  2. Do you prioritize God’s will over your personal whims? Is God sovereign enough to deserve your unreserved trust?
  3. Do your prayers seek the kingdom of God to come? Do you find yourself praying for the salvation of friends and enemies alike? Do you find yourself asking God for the salvation of nations? Do you desire the return of Christ?
  4. Are you humble enough to trust God to provide your needs both big and small? Or do you find yourself depending on a ‘Man of God’ or self-proclaimed power of naming and claiming?
  5. What about the prayer of forgiveness and deliverance? Do you know that God is sovereign over evil and only He can keep us righteous?

Personal reflection and prayers

Prayers are not just selfish wish lists to get God to cater to our needs and whims; rather their true purpose is for us to be shaped by what He has revealed, and to grow in character, perseverance, and maturity. If you only seek God for your needs, you will never understand God, yourself, or His wonderful plan for you! Your faith will be on your terms only. What can you do to keep your eyes on God? What can you do to get back on track with your prayer life? In groups of two, pray for each other, ask for God’s forgiven for any misuse of prayer that you may have done. Commit yourself to offer up to God the kind of prayer that will please Him!

TEXTS:

Prayer

5“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13And lead us not into temptation,[ a]
but deliver us from the evil one.[ b]

14For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

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[su_spoiler title=”Prosperity and Suffering”]

Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 14th to 20th June 2015

The Counterfeit Gospel- ‘Discerning the deception of health & wealth Gospel’

‘Suffering, Healing and Pain’

Ice breaker:
share a time you lost something (e.g. money) precious. How did that make you feel? Did you ever recover from the loss?

Preamble:
One of the main attractions of the prosperity ‘gospel’ is its message concerning the avoidance and alleviation of suffering. It claims ‘that it is always Gods will for you to be healthy’. Yet this is not our daily reality. We also see suffering of God’s people in the bible! Let us learn from Job 1

Read: Job 1

  1. From vs. 1, 5 and 8, what do we learn about Job’s character?
  2. In your humble estimation, how do you compare to Job’s character?

    (In a separate paper, write: 3 actions and attitudes you need to do and 3 actions and attitudes you need to stop, so that you may increase your obedience to God)
  3. From this passage, what do we learn about Job’s wealth?
  4. If God was to take away your wealth and/or family: How would you feel? In your honest estimation, would you trust God again?
  5. What do you find hard to give up to God?
  6. React to the statement: “God has the right to come into our lives and do as He pleases for His own glory”
  7. Share with each other (pains and/or struggles) you are currently going through.
  8. Are there any lessons you can draw from your current predicament(s)? How is God being glorified in my current struggle?

Pray:

Take considerable time to earnestly pray for each other. Bring your issues before God in prayer pleading for mercy and grace (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Memory verse: Job 1:21

Job 1

1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2He had seven sons and three daughters, 3and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. 4His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

6One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. 7The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” 8Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” 9“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 12The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. 13One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 14a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, 15 and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 16 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 17 While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 18While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, 19when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” 20At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21and said

: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the Lord has taken way; may the name of the Lord be praised
.” 22In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Hebrews 4:14-16
14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

For Extra Personal Reading

Introducing Job

One thing we can count on in this life is trouble! Becoming a Christian, contrary to what some say, does not so much deliver us from problems as delivers us in them. We still get sick, lose jobs, worry about our children and struggle with loneliness. On a deeper level a personal encounter with God brings at the same time exquisite joy and a new set of questions. Sometimes, like Job, we are led through a dark valley without seeing the path out, why we are suffering, whether God has a redeeming purpose in it all and how we are to respond. Are we to just patiently take it all?

Mention the name Job and one immediately thinks of patience, partly because of one misunderstood New Testament reference to this Old Testament saint (James 5:11). Job did suffer, but not patiently. He rebelled.

Job’s saintly friends tried to “explain” his problems by appealing to the logic of good orthodox theology. In the end, Job’s almost irreverent appeal to God for an explanation led to his justification and approval by God. While Job’s orthodox friends were rejected (Job 42:7), he persevered; that is the real point of the New Testament reference. Perhaps among other things, this surprising reversal can be explained by the fact that Job spoke to God about his suffering while Job’s friends spoke about God to Job. But this is not the only mystery encompassed by this fascinating Old Testament book.

Job raises as many questions as it answers. Indeed, when God finally speaks to Job in the whirlwind (chapters 38—41), God himself asks questions! Traditionally theology has wrestled with how a good and all-powerful God could at the same time allow or even cause (as Job claims) suffering and evil in the world. But the usual abstract arguments, spoken smoothly by Job’s three friends—Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar—are not only rejected by God and his beloved Job, they are not even the point of the book.

This is not a book of rational, systematic theology. This is the story of one human being—one very human and very righteous being—who loses his possessions, his family and his health. But it is a story that takes place within the household of faith. And it is faith that rebels and a God who loves the rebel that is the surprise of the story.

Job—and we—have problems with innocent suffering precisely because we have faith in God, whose goodness is known in the land of the living. There is no answer either in jettisoning belief in the goodness of God or in rejecting the hope that in this life there should be both satisfaction and justice. In the end, and only in the end, Job finds peace with God through his sufferings and not in spite of them. Ultimately, Job’s passion points to the death, resurrection and vindication of Jesus as God’s final answer to the problem of the innocent suffering.

Like all biblical stories, this one catches us in its plot and invites us in its mysterious and ironic way to find God not in talking about God, but in talking to him at the point of our deepest questions about the meaning of life and of God himself, not in leisure-time spirituality, but in the middle of life where it is hardest. According to The New Bible Commentary, “The book takes its place in the testimony of the ages that there is a blank in the human heart which Jesus alone can fill.”

Source: http://www.ivpress.com/bible/job/
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[su_spoiler title=”The Counterfeit Christian”]

Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives, Society and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 21st to 27th June 2015

Series: The Counterfeit Gospel- ‘Discerning the deception of health and wealth Gospel’

Sermon: The Counterfeit Christian

Start by reviewing last week’s memory verse Job 1:21

Preamble:
As we come to a close of this sermon series, our prayer is that each one of us will have the courage and sincerity to admit ‘I was wrong’ in matters of the prosperity gospel, change and align to God’s word. What is at stake? Destruction of our souls and missing eternity! We hope that it is abundantly clear that ‘God does not exist for our pleasure and amusement rather He has the divine prerogative to act as He wills’.

Ice breaker:
Share a time when you knowingly bought something counterfeit? What convinced you to buy it? Did it serve you well in the long run?

A. False teachers: their destruction and our responsibility

1. What makes us susceptible to the counterfeit gospel? Why are many deceived?

2. According to 2 Peter 2:1-3, what is your personal responsibility to guard from false prophets?

3. According to Hebrews 4:15-16, what is our true condition? What is our greatest need?

4. According to Hebrews 4:15-16, how are we to approach God in our time(s) of need?

B. For the love of truth

1. Read 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12. In your own estimation, do you intentionally and deliberately work towards loving the truth?

2. What is God’s judgment to those that do not love His truth?

3. What practical thing will you do to adjust your position in view of the biblical teaching against prosperity gospel?

C. True Faith

1. Read 2 Timothy 2:1-3 & 3:10-17 then

2. Pray that you will diligently seek the truth and stand for truth in the market place, among family and friends.

3. Pray that God will give us the courage and sincerity to not only stand for truth but also confront falsehood

Bible Texts – 2 Peter 2:1-3

2 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-12

3Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 5Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11For this reason God
sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have
delighted in wickedness.

2 Timothy 2:1-3; 3:10-17

2 You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 3 Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

10You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

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The Church: Built to Last, Doing my Part

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives Society, and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 19th April to 26th April 2015

Series: The Church – Built to Last, Doing My Part

Sermon:
“Church Discipline – Part 4”

Icebreaker:
Have members share on how their parents disciplined them in their formative years and how that has shaped them to who they are today.

Texts:
1 Timothy 5:17 -21, 1 Samuel 2:12 – 3:21 & Psalm 51

Q1. According to the reading in 1 Samuel;

a. What sin did Eli’s sons commit?

b. How did Eli respond to the report of his son’s actions?

c. Read 1 Sam. 12: 27 & 29. Comment on God’s judgment concerning the matter.

d. In verse 13 of chapter 3, God explains to Samuel the reason for the severe judgment on Eli and his descendants.

i. Why do you think his punishment was so severe? Reflect on the statement, ‘Knowledge equals responsibility’.

ii. How can you pray for those who exercise spiritual authority over you?

e. How are you currently exercising your role as a parent in the area of discipline? How can you prepare yourself for this task in the future, if not yet a parent?

Q2. Read Psalm 51.

a. Contrast David’s response (Psalm 51:1-2) with Eli’s (1 Samuel 3:17-18) when confronted about his sin.

b. Reflect on the statement, those who refuse to repent forfeit a grace that could be theirs.

c. Why does David say, ‘against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil in God’s sight…?’(v.4)

Application:

God will often send correction His children’s way as any good parent does, and as we observe for both David and Eli:

I. Have you been confronted about sin lately, either through a spiritual authority, a friend or as you read your Bible? How did you respond? Take some time in prayer, praying both for yourself and for one another, that your disposition would be to acknowledge your guilt and repent of your sin. Pray that God would restore the joy of salvation where sin has robbed you of joy.

II. Pray for a friend who may be caught up in sin. Ask God to give you wisdom on how to approach them, and to correct them gently and in love (Galatians
6:1-2)

III. Divide into groups of same gender. As far as it is possible, share with one another an instance where you had sinned and found release for your sin when you acknowledged guilt and repented, experiencing the joy that the Psalmist seeks and the confidence to minister to others.

Memory Verse for the week:
Psalm 51:17

Scriptures:

1 Timothy 5:17 -21

The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning. 21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.

1 Samuel 2:12 – 3:21

Eli’s sons were wicked men; they had no regard for the LORD. 13 Now it was the practice of the priests with the people that whenever anyone offered a sacrifice and while the meat was being boiled, the servant of the priest would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand. 14 He would plunge it into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot, and the priest would take for himself whatever the fork brought up. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh.

15 But even before the fat was burned, the servant of the priest would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, “Give the priest some meat to roast; he won’t accept boiled meat from you, but only raw.” 16 If the man said to him, “Let the fat be burned up first, and then take whatever you want,” the servant would then answer, “No, hand it over now; if you don’t, I’ll take it by force.”

17 This sin of the young men was very great in the LORD’s sight, for they were treating the LORD’s offering with contempt.

18 But Samuel was ministering before the LORD–a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19 Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice. 20 Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the LORD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the LORD.” Then they would go home. 21 And the LORD was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.

22 Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 23 So he said to them, “Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours.

24 No, my sons; it is not a good report that I hear spreading among the LORD’s people. 25 If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who will intercede for him?” His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the LORD’s will to put them to death. 26 And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with men.

27 Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Did I not clearly reveal myself to your father’s house when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh? 28 I chose your father out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in my presence. I also gave your father’s house all the offerings made with fire by the Israelites. 29 Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’ 30 “Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and your father’s house would minister before me forever.’ But now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. 31 The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your father’s house, so that there will not be an old man in your family line 32 and you will see distress in my dwelling. Although good will be done to Israel, in your family line there will never be an old man. 33 Every one of you that I do not cut off from my altar will be spared only to blind your eyes with tears and to grieve your heart, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life.

34 ” ‘And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you–they will both die on the same day. 35 I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his house, and he will minister before my anointed one always. 36 Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow down before him for a piece of silver and a crust of bread and plead, “Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat.”

Chapter 3

1 The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.

4 Then the LORD called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

6 Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him. 8 The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 11 And the LORD said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears of it tingle. 12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family–from beginning to end.

13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons made themselves contemptible, and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore, I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’ ”

15 Samuel lay down until morning and then opened the doors of the house of the LORD. He was afraid to tell Eli the vision, 16 but Eli called him and said, “Samuel, my son.” Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 17 “What was it he said to you?” Eli asked. “Do not hide it from me. May God deal with you, be it ever so severely, if you hide from me anything he told you.”

18 So Samuel told him everything, hiding nothing from him. Then Eli said, “He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes.” 19 The LORD was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of his words fall to the ground.

20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the LORD. 21 The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.

Psalms 51

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. 14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 18 In your good pleasure make Zion prosper; build up the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then there will be righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings to delight you; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives Society, and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of 19th April to 26th April 2015

Series: The Church – Built to Last, Doing My Part

Sermon:
“Church Discipline – Part 3: The How of Church Discipline”

Main Scripture Reading:
Matthew 18. 15-20

Principles of Church Discipline:
Read Matthew 18. 15-20

1. Based on the text, what are the steps we must follow in dealing with a conflict?

2. There are two broad principles for church discipline highlighted: a) privacy & confidentiality b) accountability and shared responsibility. What are some of the benefits of honoring these two principles?

3. What is the relationship between Jesus’ words in v. 18 to v. 20 with Church Discipline?

4. Why do you think most people fear or flee from Church discipline? In what ways does this text help allay those fears?

Some cautions in exacting Church Discipline : Read Galatians 6.1-3

‘1. Church discipline is not for personal vendettas, 2. it must be carried out by mature Christians proven over time, 3. it must be exercised in humility and 4. privacy and accountability must be held in good tension’

1. Given these cautions, who are the categories of people in our Mamlaka Community that you suppose qualify to carry out Church discipline?

Some losses to the Church in failing to exercise Discipline: Read Joshua 7.1-12

1. By failing to exercise discipline, the church loses power, purity, purpose and progress. In what ways is this reality illustrated in the story of Israel and Ai?

2. In what ways is the loss of the above four things evident in modern day churches that fail to exercise discipline?

APPLICATION

Are you personally aware of any issue with a fellow Mamlakite that requires the intervention of Church Discipline? Would you consider initiating a process of restoration guided by the principles already given? Pray for any such situations that they made be successful.

Scriptures(ESV):

Matthew 18:15-20:

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Galatians 6:1-3:

​Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Joshua 7:1-12:

​But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the Lord burned against the people of Israel.

Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, “Go up and spy out the land.” And the men went up and spied out Ai. And they returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not have all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and attack Ai. Do not make the whole people toil up there, for they are few.” So about three thousand men went up there from the people. And they fled before the men of Ai, and the men of Ai killed about thirty-six of their men and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became as water.

Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the Lord until the evening, he and the elders of Israel. And they put dust on their heads. And Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord God, why have you brought this people over the Jordan at all, to give us into the hands of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would that we had been content to dwell beyond the Jordan! O Lord, what can I say, when Israel has turned their backs before their enemies! For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it and will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will you do for your great name?”

The Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face? Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings. Therefore the people of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They turn their backs before their enemies, because they have become devoted for destruction. I will be with you no more, unless you destroy the devoted things from among you.

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives Society, and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of Feb 1st – Feb 7th 2015

Series: The Church – Built to Last, Doing My Part

Sermon:
The Church – Built to Last, Doing My Part-Intro

Ice breaker –
Take a brief journey back to your teenage years. Mention one repeated assignment you were required to do at home? Are there times you absconded that duty? How did the rest of the family react to your? Name one consequence you suffered for absconding

1. Who is the church

a) What comes to mind when the term ‘church’ is mentioned?

Read:
Romans 16:3-7; 1 Corinthians 16:19-20; Colossians 4:16; Philemon 4

b) How do you think the early believer’s viewed the church to be? Where did the church meet?

c) What terms and phrases are used to describe the early believer’s relationships?

d) What does it tell us about the quality of their relationships?

e) How do the relationships in your REAL Group compare to those of the early believer’s?

2. Who does the church belong to?

Read:
Matthew 16:15-18

a) What is the description ascribed to Jesus? What is the significance of the description?

b) According to this text, who is the architect and builder of the church?

Read:
Acts 2:42-47

a) According to this text, what is the process of building the church? Name the particular things that the early believer’s did?

b) In view of the passage, are there things that your R.E.A.L Group could start doing?

3. Relating to Christ the Head

Read:
Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:15-16

a) Who did God the Father appoint to be the Head of the church?

b) According to Ephesians 4:15-16, how are we to relate to the Head of the church?

c) According to Colossians 2:16-19, how are we connected? Who causes us to grow?

React to the statement and questions below

a) ‘My view of church should change my conversations, attitudes, approach and do my part’

i. Do you find yourself celebrating other Christian’s and church’s devastation and ruin?

ii. Do you find yourself using statements such us ‘the problem with the church’ or using a ‘we’ versus ‘you’ approach to refer to the church?

iii. What practical thing will you do this week to play your part in building the church?

b) ‘If I understand Christ to be the Head, how am I relating to the Head?’

i. Basis of belonging is to be connected to the Head. The head is Christ, salvation through Christ. Are you connected? Have you accepted Christ as Lord and Savior? If you are a Christian, what are you doing to intentionally grow in Christ and serve the body of Christ?

Application:
Take time to pray for each other

Assignment:
Memory verse for the week (to be recited by each at the beginning of next week’s study):

Hebrews 10:24-25

Romans 16:3-7 …
3Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. 4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. 5Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. 6 Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you. 7Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

1 Corinthians 16:19-20 (Final Greetings) … 19The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. 20All the brothers and sisters here send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

Colossians 4:16 … After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.

Philemon 1:4 (Thanksgiving and Prayer) … 4I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,

Matthew 16:15-18 … 15“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Acts 2:42-47 (The Fellowship of the Believers) … 42they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Ephesians 1:22-23 … 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 4:15-16 … 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Colossians 2:16-19 … 16Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. 19 They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.

Hebrews 10:24-25 …24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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Easter Message

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives Society, and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of Feb 1st – Feb 7th 2015

Series: Easter Series

The Importance of the Death of Christ

Ice –breaker:


How did you first learn that Christ rose form the dead? How did you feel? What does it mean in your daily life? How do you think your life would change if Christ had not been raised from the dead? Why?

Read
1 Cor. 15:3-4

I. Read 1 Cor. 15:3-4 Death and Resurrection of Christ

1. Why did Christ have to die?

2. Did Christ give up His life voluntarily? Read John 10:17-18

3. Discuss why the death of Christ is insignificant without the resurrection.

II. 1 Peter 3:18 Reconciliation

1. What was God’s intention in creating man?

2. How was man separated from God?

3. In what way does Christ’s death bridge the gap created by sin?

III. Read Colossians 1:13-14 Redemption

1. Define the measures God has taken to free you from the bondage of sin?

2. Identify the signs that one has not left the ‘slave market’ (sin)?

3. Explain How God has bought us twice?

Application: Look for a prayer partner and pray for specific areas that have enslaved you in sin.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

John 10:17-18

The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again.18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

1 Peter 3:18

8For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

Colossians 1:13-14

13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

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Mamlaka Hill Chapel

“ Empowered to Transform Lives Society, and the World”

R.E.A.L Group Study for the Week of Feb 1st – Feb 7th 2015

Series: Easter Series

The Significance Of The resurrection Of Jesus Christ

Main text
1 Cor. 15

1. Impact on disciples lives

a. What impact did the resurrection of Jesus have on the lives of His Apostles, eg Peter? (Read Mark 14.66-72, Acts 2, 3, 4)

b. Why do you suppose that the resurrection of Christ had such a profound effect on Peter and the other apostles?

2. Validating the claims of Christ

a. What are some of the claims that Christ made which would be disproved had he not risen?

b. According to 1 Cor 15. 14-17, what is the relationship between the resurrection of Christ and the Christian message faith?

3. Basis of our hope for our own future resurrection

a.
According to 1 Cor 15. 18-23, How does the resurrection of Christ give us hope for a future resurrection?

b.
Based on 1 cor 15.35-58, what will be the nature of our own resurrection? How is it mirrored in the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

4. Application:

Pray together in thanksgiving to God for all the wonderful gifts that come to us because Christ is risen.

Main Scripture:

1 Corinthians 15 (NIV)

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast [a]the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

3For I delivered to you [b]as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4and that He was buried,
and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but somehave fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to [c]James, then to all the apostles;8 and last of all, as [d]to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9 For I amthe least of the apostles, [e]and not fit to be called an apostle, because Ipersecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 11Whether then it wasI or they, so we preach and so you believed.

12Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.15Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified[f]against God that He raised [g]Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those whoare asleep. 21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in [h]Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

29Otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? 30 Why are we also in danger every hour? 31I affirm, brethren, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32If [i]from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34 Become sober-minded [j]as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

35But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?” 36 You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; 37 and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of [k]something else. 38But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. 39
All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown[l]a perishable body, it is raised [m]an imperishable body; 43it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;44it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.45So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.47The first man is from the earth, [n]earthy; the second man is from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.49Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, [o]we will also bear the
image of the heavenly.

50Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does[p]the perishable inherit[q]the imperishable. 51Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised [r]imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this[s]perishable must put on [t]the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this [u]perishable will have put on [v]the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

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