11: The Christian Life – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Christian Life December 12, 2012] 

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1. The Christian. What is a Christian? By that definition, are you a Christian? Are you saved by your faith as a Christian? or by your works? What did the apostle James think about faith compared to works in the Christian life? Was he a legalist? Why or why not? Read a few verses in 1 Timothy 1. When Paul says the law is not made [...]

11: The Christian Life – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The Christian is to use the gifts of personal and material resources God has given them to reflect His benevolence.

[Teaching plan for The Christian Life December 10, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read I John 3:16.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. How well do we do in helping the poor in our community?
C. Personal Application: Is there anyone inside the church that you would [...]

10: The Law and the Gospel – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Law and the Gospel December 5, 2012]

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1. The law and the gospel. Do the words “law” and “gospel” seem somewhat contradictory? Why? Does the concept of “love” belong to both the law and the gospel? Under all circumstances? Under any circumstances? When you’re in love, deeply in love, with someone, how hard is it to do something that person wants you to do? Do you appreciate the freedom God has [...]

10: The Law and the Gospel – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God’s entire moral law reveals our sin and need of a Savior. The law and the gospel are inseparable.

[Teaching plan for The Law and the Gospel December 3, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read I John 2:3,4.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. What does it mean to know God? How does keeping His commandments help us to know Him better?
C. Personal Application: Does anyone actually [...]

09: The Church: Rites and Rituals – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Church: Rites and Rituals November 28, 2012]

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1. Baptism. How vivid is the memory of your baptism? Did you feel triumphant? courageous? curious? scared? What about the week after your baptism? Had the feelings faded? Did you ever leave the church or become lax in observing key  teachings of your church? If so, do memories of  your “wandering” experience linger with you today? Do they return to you whenever you observe a baptism? Is [...]

09: Church Rites and Rituals – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Baptism, footwashing, and the Lord’s Supper are symbols of sharing Christ’s suffering, death, and life of commitment and service.

[Teaching plan for The Church: Rites and Rituals November 26, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Acts 2:38.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why is repentance necessary before a person is baptized? Is baby baptism a legitimate rite? Share your thoughts.
C. Personal Application: What do you [...]

08: The Church: In Service to Humanity – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Church: In Service to Humanity November 21, 2012]

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1. The essence of church. When did you go to church last? Were you blessed by being there? Were you able to share Christian love with someone who was there? What is church? Do you think Satan goes to church every week? According to the first paragraph of the lesson, is it possible to be a Christian without church? What is contradictory in the [...]

08: The Church: In Service to Humanity – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The church is not a human invention; it was created by God for the purpose of bringing sinners into a saving relationship with Him.

[Teaching plan for The Church: In Service to Humanity November 26, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read I Timothy 3:14,15.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why is the church called the pillar and ground of the truth? If a church claims to [...]

07: Arming for Victory – Thought Starters
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[Thought Questions for Arming for Victory November 14, 2012]

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1. Arming ourselves. Before loading yourself down with shields and helmets, wouldn’t you like to be sure you’re really going to battle? I mean, what’s the use of building up your defenses if nobody is going to attack? Even more important, what kind of a battle would it be if you didn’t have weapons to return the attack? Wouldn’t it be as useful to lie down [...]

07: Arming for Victory – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : We are called to put on God’s armor of truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, and His Word for protection against Satan.

[Teaching plan for Arming for Victory November 12, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Ephesians 6:14-17.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Since there is no armor for the backside of the Christian, what does it mean to flee from the devil?
C. Personal Application: [...]