Teaching Notes: On The Need For A New Life

Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

These teaching notes are part of a study in the Gospel of John about the need for a “new life.”

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Teaching Notes: On The Sinner

Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

These teaching notes are part of a study about the lost sinner’s need for salvation and the saved sinner’s opportunity for service.

[These notes are from a Bible study taught more than 40 years ago. The notes are in outline form.]

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Teaching Notes: On Dynamic Christianity – The Life!

I was raised by Christian parents and attended both a Christian church and school as a child, but did not understand Christianity until after I became an atheist and investigated the true meaning of Christianity as an adult. It is Christ living in us – “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

It is Christ living in us that enables us to comprehend God’s deep love for us and be filled with all the fullness of God –

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19

Christianity is not dull, it is not lifeless; it is exciting and full of life! Christianity comes to each of us through the power of Christ’s resurrection from the dead –

Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:3-4

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” Philippians 3:10

We continue with the second part of our special series from more than 40 years ago about Dynamic Christianity. We invite you to read and share with others in any way God leads you.

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Teaching Notes: On The Occult

Though I was involved in Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism prior to becoming an atheist, I didn’t think of that as being part of the occult. However, the definition of the word might lead you to think of Eastern religions as being part of the occult –

Definition of “occult” (Dictionary.com, Merriam-Webster, Oxford Dictionary, Cambridge English Dictionary)

  • of or relating to magic, astrology, or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies
  • Mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena
  • relating to mysterious or supernaturalpowers and activities
  • beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious
  • Communicated only to the initiated; esoteric
  • not revealed
  • hidden from view

I saw the connection between Eastern mystical religions and the occult soon after becoming a Christian. As I learned more about that connection, I shared my findings in Bible studies and other speaking opportunities.

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