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LESSON 1 CHRISTIAN LIVING BIBLE STUDY

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LESSON ONE: CHRISTIAN LIVING - RESULTS OF REGENERATION

1. Results of Regeneration
2. Sure Salvation
3. Permanent Preservation
4. Triumph over Temptation
5. Christian Conduct
6. Buried in Baptism
7. Choosing a Church
8. Wanting God's Will
9. Prayer and Praise
10. Witnessing and Winning
11. Searching the Scriptures
12. The Life that Counts

What actually happens when a person is born again? Here is what takes place when a soul is born again. First, the person realizes that he is a lost sinner and that he deserves to spend eternity in hell. (Only the Holy Spirit can make anyone realize this). He then repents of his sins, that is, he acknowledges to God that he is a sinner and that he needs a Saviour. He accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, and at that moment, he is born again. His sins are forgiven. He receives eternal life from God. That is only a small part of the story. It is Just the beginning. We learn from the Bible that many other wonderful things occur when God saves a man. Here are ten other amazing occurrences:
  1. For one thing, the believer is accepted in the Beloved One (Ephesians 1:6). This means that he stands before God in all the acceptability of His beloved Son. God sees him in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). It also means that the Christian is welcome in God's presence as long as Christ is welcome, and that is clearly forever (Ephesians 2:6-7).
  2. Also, he becomes a child of God (John 1:12). You can imagine how honoured you would feel if you were the child of some world-famous ruler. How much greater honour it is to be the child of the mighty Maker of the universe, before whom angels bow! (Galatians 3:26).
  3. He is justified by God (Romans 5:1, Romans 8:30 and Romans 8:33). God, the Judge, declares the believing sinner to be "NOT GUILTY" and looks upon him as if he had never sinned. He can do this because Christ has died as a substitute and has borne all the punishment, which the Christian should have borne. Thus, the Christian stands without guilt in God's sight, and he will never be punished for his sins (Romans 8:1).
  4. He becomes indwelt by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). The Bible plainly teaches that God, the Holy Spirit, actually dwells within each believer (1 John 4:13). The body of the Christian is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because of this sacred privilege, the child of God should be careful what he says, what he does and where he goes.
  5. He becomes a member of the true church (1 Corinthians 12:13). The church is described as "the body of Christ" (Colossians 1:18 and Colossians 1:24). It is composed of all true believers in the Lord Jesus (Acts 2:47). There is no greater honour on earth than to be a member of the true church.
  6. He becomes an heir of God (Romans 8:15). God is the Creator of the universe and He owns all things. God's children are promised that they will one day reign with Christ over all the earth, and they will then possess all things.
  7. He becomes a saint (Romans 1:7). Those who are saved are spoken of in the Bible as "saints." A saint is one who has been set apart for God by the Holy Spirit (Psalm 4:3). In God's sight, every saint is holy, because God sees him in Christ, and Christ is absolutely holy (1 Corinthians 1:2).
  8. He is complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10). The Christian has a perfect standing before God. He is as near and as dear to God as Christ is. When a person has Christ, he has all that he needs for a happy life and a happy eternity.
  9. He receives the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). He will soon notice that he has new desires, new ambitions, a new hatred of sin, and a new love for his fellow Christians. When the divine nature is encouraged by the believer himself, he will become more and more like the Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:10 and 2 Corinthians 3:18). This is God's purpose for every one of His children.
  10. He immediately begins to enjoy the constant protection of God (Romans 8:28). Nothing can happen to a Christian without God's permission. In other words, there are no accidents in a believer's life. Everything that does happen to a child of God is for his own good. Even trials, tests, and disciplines work for his spiritual benefit (Romans 5:3-5). Thus, a Christian truly leads a "charmed" life.
In view of these marvellous provisions, which God has made, every Christian should show his appreciation~ in at least two ways.

  1. He should never cease to worship God for salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. He should give his life in willing service to the One who gave His life on Calvary's Cross (Romans 12:1).

MICROSOFT WORD FORMAT OF LESSON AND TEST FOR - LESSON 1 (Click on the "Microsoft Word" word in blue to choose this option)


TEST PAGE OF LESSON 1 FROM CHRISTIAN LIVING STUDY

RESULTS OF REGENERATION

Place an X in the block provided by your choice of an answer.

1. The new birth takes place when a person -
a) Feels sorry for his sins.        ..................
b) Determines to lead a better life.     ..................
c) Repents and receives Christ.           ..................

2.  To be accepted in the Beloved One means that -
a) An unbeliever is welcome in God's presence.         ..................
b) A Christian is always accepted by God because he is in Christ ..................
c) A Christian is accepted because of his own merit  ..................

3.  God can justify the believing sinner because -          
a) Each person pays the penalty of his own sins.        ..................
b) Christ lived a sinless life.    ..................
c) Christ has died as a Substitute for the sinner. ..................

4.  When believers are called saints in the New Testament, it means -
a) that they have been set apart for God        ..................
b) That they died for the cause of Christ.       ..................
c) That they served the Church during their lifetime. ..................

5.   We learn that Christians have the divine nature in -
a) Romans 5:1 ..................
b) 2 Peter 1:4 ..................

c) Colossians 1:14      

True or False

6. Romans 8:1 states, that the believer may someday be condemned for his sins. TRUE . FALSE

7.Certain things may happen to a Christian, which God does not permit - TRUE ................ FALSE .................

8.  The believer's new nature creates within him new desires, new ambitions, and a new love for his fellow Christians - TRUE ................ FALSE .................

9. Each believer is a child of God, a joint heir with Christ and has the glorious prospect of reigning with Him - TRUE ................ FALSE .................

10. The only way a Christian can show his appreciation to God is by telling others about Christ. - TRUE ................ FALSE .................

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