MHMBC W.A.R. Bible Study – Armor of God – 1/30/18

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

W.A.R. Deeper Bible Study

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Spiritually Equipped for Battle – Lesson #8 

Ephesians 6:18 (KJV)

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

This is our final lesson on the “Armor of God.” The Apostle has listed six pieces of the Roman Soldiers armor. He now urges us to pray “always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” Let’s discover how “prayer” ties into this overall lesson.

Every Christian should know how important prayer is on a day-to-day basis. It is as vital to the Christians growth and strength as oxygen is to the lungs. Prayer is a weapon of spiritual warfare. At the core of every successful spiritual battle is prayer. It is absolutely essential to one’s spiritual survival. Why would Paul place prayer after listing the six pieces of armor?

Thought #1Barnes’ Notes comments, “No matter how complete the armour; no matter how skilled we may be in the science of war; no matter how courageous we may be, we may be certain that without prayer we shall be defeated. God alone can give the victory; and when the Christian soldier goes forth armed completely for the spiritual conflict, if he looks to God by prayer, he may be sure of a triumph” (Heritage Edition, Vol. 12, p. 133).

Questions

  1. Why is it essential to keep a steady line of connection with God?
  2. Explain Luke 18:1-8
  3. What is supplication? (See Philippians 4:6)
  4. What roles does the Spirit play when the Christian prays according to Romans 8:26-27?
  5. What does Acts 2:38 and Romans 8:14 teach us about the Holy Spirit?
  6. Matthew 6:9-13 is a model prayer. How does Relationship, Restoration, Reconciliation and Revelation apply to this prayer?
  7. Explain the A.C.T.S. of prayer?

Thought #2Luke 21:36 says, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”

  1. Why should we pray for ourselves as well as others?
  2. According to James 4:3, how do we pray wrong?
  3. Explain the privilege of prayer given to us in Hebrews 4:16?
  4. How often should we pray?

Thought #3 – “The Church and each of us individually, moves forward on our knees. Praying reminds us of the battle, reminds us of the source of our strength and defense, and reminds God that we are fully committed to following Him as obedient and faithful soldiers. Prayer and Bible study are the most powerful tools for combating Satan’s weapons.”

  1. What does the Apostle mean when he says, “praying in the Spirit?” –
  2. What does the Apostle mean by “watching thereunto?

Group Question

 What do you think our church would be able to accomplish if we prayed together on one accord?

In Him!

Pastor Oscar T. Moses

Praying Black Family 

 

 

 

 

 

MHMBC – W.A.R. Bible Study Jan. 19, 2018

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

W.A.R. Deeper Bible Study

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Spiritually Equipped for Battle – Lesson #7

Ephesians 6:17 (KJV)

17 – And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The sixth piece of armor is the “Sword of the Spirt”, which is the Word of God. The critical question is how does a soldier’s sword apply to our sword, the Bible, and how does it help us win spiritual battles?

The Roman soldier’s sword was called the “gladius.” It has been called “the sword that conquered the world.” It was the weapon, when sharpened and used at close range was most effective. When it’s edge was sharpened it could penetrate heavy metal armor. The Roman soldier would have his sword and also a dagger, the “pugio” but his main means of attack was his sword. The sword is the only WEAPON that Paul lists as part of the Christian arsenal. He symbolizes the sword of the Roman soldier to the sword of the Christian, which is the Word of God.

 Thought #1 – God’s Word is like a sword that is accurate, precise and able to conquer and destroy. God’s Word is straightforward, plain and simple when applied rightly can give us new life and confidence. We can also be destroyed if we have not the “Word.”

  1. Explain how God’s Word gives us life? Give 2 scriptures:
  2. Explain John 17:17 –
  3. How can we be destroyed by not having God’s Word? See Hosea 4:6 and explain.
  4. How does God’s Word help us see? Give a scripture.
  5. How does Luke 11:28 describe we will be blessed?
  6. How does 1 Peter 3:15 encourage us to study God’s Word?

Thought #2 – The all-powerful sword of the living God is able to cut through every defense our enemy can raise—down to the very division of bone and marrow. When wielded by a servant of God, nothing can withstand its ability to cut straight to the core of a matter and uncover the truth.

  1. Explain why Hebrews 4:12 is so important when we are under satanic attack?
  2. How does the Word of God, the Sword, defend us against the lies of the enemy?
  3. How did Jesus defend Himself against Satan in the wilderness in Matthew 4?
  4. How does God’s Word help us fight the battle in our minds according to 2 Corinthians 10:4-5? –

Thought #3 – Paul implies that this is our most valued weapon because there is no enemy the Word of God, with the Spirit cannot defeat. And so, armed only with our sword, we step out to fight our enemies head-on. The struggle is real. We cannot play or become careless about studying and knowing God’s Word. Why? Our future in God’s Kingdom is on the line, and we take up the battle so that we may hold fast to the future He has promised us.

  1. How does Matthew 24:13 apply to this lesson?
  2. Name 3 ways the “Word” helps us win spiritual battles?
  3. Name 3 reasons why Bible Study is so important?

Final Thought

A sword needs to be sharpened if it is to remain useful—and it certainly won’t sharpen itself. Bible Study Is Life!!!

 

In Him!

Pastor Moses

Sword of the Spirit

W.A.R. Bible Study Jan. 9, 2018

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

W.A.R. Deeper Bible Study

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Spiritually Equipped for Battle – Lesson #6 

Ephesians 6:17 (KJV)

The Helmet of Salvation

The fifth piece of armor is the helmet which Paul describes as the “Helmet of Salvation.” The helmet is very vital to the Christian soldier. When one thinks of a helmet it is usually thought of as protective gear for the head. Sports athletes that participate in strenuous physical sports wear helmets. Skateboarders wear helmets, football players wear helmets, and hockey players wear helmets. The purpose for the helmet is to prevent the athlete from serious head injury that can harm or damage the brain and save life.

For the Christian soldier the “Helmet of Salvation” is not a piece of equipment to be discarded. When Paul wrote to the Ephesians about the “Helmet of Salvation” they were familiar with the use of a helmet called the “galea.” “In the book of Isaiah, a description of God shows Him as having put on both the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation. (Isaiah 59:17)”

The Roman Soldier wore a helmet to protect from head attacks against the enemy. All it takes is one blow to the head to render the rest of your armor useless. Paul is relating the helmet to salvation. Here is the very important point. The analogy of the “Helmet of Salvation” is an invisible spiritual helmet to protect the mind against lying (blows) assaults from Satan that attack the assurance of our Salvation in Jesus Christ.

Thought #1: The enemy wants you to doubt your salvation. The helmet helps us fight within the battlefield of the mind.

  1. What is salvation? (See Exodus 14:3 Micah 7:6-8, and Romans 6:23).
  2. Think of a bird trapped in a cage and apply John 8:36 and explain it.
  3. How does one become saved? Give 3 scriptures. See Acts 2:38, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9, Romans 10:13, John 3:16, Romans 5:8.
  4. Can you lose your salvation? Explain – (See John 10:28) –
  5. How does 1 Corinthians 1:18 and Matthew 10:22 apply to the Helmet of Salvation?
  6. What does the helmet have to do with salvation according to 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11?

Thought #2 – Heaven is the ultimate goal for the Christian. The armor to keep our minds focused is the “Helmet of Salvation.”

  1. How does the enemy attack the mind?
  2. How do we put on the Helmet of Salvation? Give 3 scriptures:
    1. Phil 2:5
    2. Romans 12:1-2
    3. Hebrews 12:2
    4. 2 Corinthians 10:5

Thought # 3 – The helmet also protected the eyes of the soldier, enabling him to sustain his physical vision. Likewise, the “Helmet of Salvation” sustains spiritual vision for the Christian solder to keep his or her eyes stayed on portraying Jesus Christ as their example and goal.

  1. How does Hebrews 12:1-2 and Philippians 3:13-16 support the “Helmet of Salvation?”

Because of Him!!!

Pastor Oscar T. Moses

Helmet of Salvtion

 

MHMBC W.A.R. Bible Study 12/19/17

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

W.A.R. Deeper Bible Study

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Spiritually Equipped for Battle – Lesson #5

Ephesians 6:16 (KJV)
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

The Shield of Faith

The Roman soldier carried into battle a fourth piece of armor called the “scutum”. It was a shield, very large, slightly curved, rectangular in shape and within its center was a large piece of metal called a “boss”. The shield was much needed to defend the body. Because it was huge (some 3 ½ feet tall and almost 3 feet wide) the soldier was given a great deal of protection from the enemy’s fiery darts and arrows. It was impressive for the soldier’s defense. The “boss”, the metal knob, allowed the soldier to deflect the more vicious blows and also served in a offensive capacity to knock the opponent backwards.

For the Christian, we must realize that Satan shoots fiery arrows at us that have a desired affect. Satan shoots spiritual darts of doubt, despair, lies, fear, hatred, temptation, indulgences, wrong thinking and wrong behavior. When we experience wrong thought patterns and wrong behavior it is a result of the enemy’s arrows that have been shot our way. When these darts penetrate us the enemy (Satan) is doing a “happy dance”. He is tickled and ecstatic. One of the enemy’s favorite arrows is convincing Christians to interpret the scriptures wrong and casting doubt on the foundation of God’s Word.

Key Thought #1 – To this point, Paul has described armor that we wear. The shield is something we must take up and use. Paul is emphatic that we “take up” this piece of armor. Just holding it will be useless; you must make an effort to use it. The “Shield of Faith” is a crucial piece of armor for the Christian soldier to defend him or herself from injurious attacks that leads to harmful, doubtful and sinful behavior.

Questions

  1. What is faith? Give a scripture defining faith and explain it.
  2. Why does Paul say, “Above All Taking?”
  3. Why is it that faith never seems to come easy?
  4. Where does God’s saving grace come from according to Ephesians 2:8?

Key Thought #2 – If faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” then this has far-reaching implications. Substance is tangible, and evidence is solid proof. Faith is, by definition, not some hazy emotion without any grounding in reality. It is the irrefutable truth. It is real. Faith means believing what God says is true.

Questions

  1. How does God give us deeper faith?
  2. How was the shield of faith applied to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel 3: 1-18?
  3. Describe the difference between the physical shield and the spiritual shield. Give an example.

Key Thought #3 – A shield deflects. Satan is always hurling darts (arrows) of worry, doubt, and fear in our direction. The only time they can hit us is when we let our Shield of Faith down – when we stop believing God is in control.

Questions

  1. Read Matthew 14:28-31 and describe how Peter let down his “Shield of Faith?”
  2. How does James 2:20 teach us that faith cannot just be in our minds?
  3. How do we use our shields under attack? Give 3 Steps or more on how to use the Shield of Faith to protect.

Key Thought #4 – The Roman military had a very effective tactic that made use of their large shields. When the enemy began firing arrows and other projectiles at the army, the soldiers would close ranks into a rectangular array—called the testudo, or “tortoise,” formation—and those on the outside would use their shields to create a wall around the perimeter. Those in the middle would raise their shields over their heads to protect everyone from airborne missiles. The result was a formidable human tank that could be stopped only through a tremendous effort.

Questions

  1. How can the church come together and join shields to guard from attacks? Give Examples.
  2. How does Jude 1:3 and II Timothy 4:7 apply to this lesson?

Final Scripture and Final Thought

Psalm 119:165 (KJV)
165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Our faith is founded on the promises of God. How familiar are we with these promises? Do you know what God has promised you? If our knowledge of and trust in them are unsteady, we will be too.

Keep your faith strong. Stay in the Word. Pray Without Ceasing. Stand.

In Him!

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

Ephesians Sheild of Faith

 

MHMBC W.A.R. Bible Study Dec. 5, 2017

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

W.A.R. Deeper Bible Study

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Spiritually Equipped for Battle – Lesson #4

Ephesians 6:15

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

The Shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace

The second piece of armor Paul mentions is the “Breastplate of Righteousness.” The breastplate provided protection to the Roman soldier for arrows that might “slip through”. This piece of armor protected the vital organs of the soldier in the heat of battle. In spiritual battle the “Breastplate of Righteousness” protects the soldier’s virtues and integrity. It is a reminder to pursue that which is right in the sight of God and to guard his or her heart from sin.

The third piece of armor is the foot gear of the soldier. The Roman soldier’s shoes were called “caligae”. They were designed to keep the soldier’s feet healthy and protect against blisters or disease. The sandals or shoes of the Roman soldier “Often fitted with nails, or armed with spikes, to make the hold firm in the ground’ (Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible). The job of the Christian soldier is to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. We have “marching orders” to spread the good news. “Preparation” is the operative word in this text. It means to be ready and it would be more clear if it read “preparedness.” This means that the state of the mind of the Christian soldier is that his or her mind is prepared to spread the good news.

There were many trying to convince Paul not to make his missionary journeys. They told him of enemies that awaited him and that he should abandon any travel plans. Paul knew that the good news of Christ is peace to those who would receive it.  The Christian soldier has his/her feet prepared with the gospel of peace and says, “I am ready! I have my traveling shoes on and I have prepared myself. I am equipped! I know what I am talking about.”

Group Questions

Key Thought #1:  Try to envision a soldier in the heat of the battle with all armor on except the shoes. The soldier is in big trouble trying to fight on a rocky terrain or a ground filled with sharp objects without shoes. Just imagine a soldier trying to fight barefoot with nothing to protect feet that are hurting. The soldier will become hesitant to take the next step, fighting and watching where the feet land. Think about it. Shoes allow us to move freely without tip toeing and looking down. We can give our attention to the battle without worrying about our feet and we are prepared to move without impediments.

Questions

  1. What is the purpose of a Christian soldier’s shoes?
  2. Why is it called the Gospel of Peace according to Isaiah 52:7 and Luke 2:10?
  3. What is the correlation between the gospel and feet?
  4. How do spiritual shoes help the Christian stand firm according to 1 Corinthians 16:13 and Philippians 1:27?
  5. How does Romans 10:14-15 apply to this passage?
  6. How does Acts 20:24 apply to this passage?
  7. How does Romans 3:10-18 inspire us to put on our “gospel shoes?”

Key Thought #2: Shoes allow us to firmly walk on difficult paths without fear of injury. Having one’s feet shod with the gospel of peace allows otherwise painful experiences we may encounter to be met without fear. The gospel must be firmly stood upon without fear. The believer must stand firmly of his or her testimony of Christ.

  1. How does the gospel prepare us to spread the good news? Give 2 examples.
  2. Why do you think Paul injected the word “preparedness” which means readiness?
  3. What does “standing” have to do with preparedness and spiritual shoes? We need to stand firm against evil and protect our mission.

Key Thought #3: God has given each believer a tremendous responsibility to be prepared to carry the gospel message. Many people within the local church are not prepared. Unfortunately, given the opportunity to share the gospel of peace with family members and friends has been a lost opportunity.

Group Action Steps

Give 1 biblical example of being prepared to deliver the gospel of peace.

Give 3 steps to being prepared to deliver the gospel of peace.

Probing Question

Why is it so difficult to keep the peace in church? 

Final Thought

“If you are going to talk the talk you also have to walk the walk.’

In Him!

Dr. Oscar T. Moses – W.A.R. Bible Studies 2017

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MHMBC W.A.R. Bible Study Nov. 28, 2017

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

MHMBC W.A.R. Deeper Bible Study

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Spiritually Equipped for Battle – Lesson #3

Ephesians 6:14

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 

The Breastplate of Righteousness

 The first piece of armor was the “Belt of Truth” which is embracing (Accepting and Believing) the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Without the “truth” we fall for the “lies” of the enemy and believe his tricks and schemes. We cannot enter a fight that is fought with lies if we have no knowledge of the truth. The “Belt of Truth” is the first piece of armor the Christian is to “put on”.

The second piece of armor Paul mentions is the “Breastplate of Righteousness.” The Roman soldier was aware that war can bring about unexpected blows that could not be blocked by the shield. Aware of this, the soldier is conscious that his vital organs must be protected from enemy darts that might get pass the shield. The breastplate provided protection to the Roman soldier for arrows that might “slip through”. It was generally made of iron or bronze and rested on the hips. This piece of armor protected the vital organs of the soldier in the heat of battle.

Adam Clarke’s Commentary says the following: “As the breast-plate defends the heart and lungs, and all those vital functionaries that are contained in what is called the region of the thorax; so this righteousness defends everything on which the man’s spiritual existence depends.”

Group Questions

Key Thought #1:  In battle you must prepare and brace yourself from unexpected attacks and arrows that may “slip through”. Without a breastplate the soldier is asking for injurious trouble. To not “put on” a breastplate meant the soldier did not take time and proper preparation to protect his vital organs.

Questions

  1. What purpose does the breastplate serve?
  2. How does the breastplate assist the Christian in spiritual battle?
  3. Why is righteousness like a breastplate?
  4. How does Proverbs 11:4 apply to the Breastplate of Righteousness?
  5. How would you define “righteousness”?
  6. Give a scripture that defines righteousness?
  7. How would you explain human righteousness?

Key Thought #2: The bible says that mans righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). This means we have no righteousness of our own (Romans 3:10).

  1. How does one become righteous?
  2. How does Jesus play a role in our righteousness? Give a scripture.
  3. How do we put on the Breastplate of Righteousness according to Psalm 119:72?
  4. What characteristics does Paul compare with the Breastplate of Righteousness in 1 Thessalonians 5:8?
  5. How does faith and love demonstrate righteousness?

Group Action Steps

The devil is constantly attacking with lies, accusations and reminders of past sin. Without the breastplate of righteousness, these will penetrate your heart. Give 3 Steps to Putting On the Breastplate of Righteousness Supported by Scripture.

Probing Question

What can we (bible students) do to help others prepare for spiritual battle besides pray? 

Final Thought 

There is an ancient proverb that says the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In a similar way, the journey to put on the breastplate of righteousness begins with a single choice. Life involves a series of choices; and we can work at this one day at a time, choosing, with God’s help, to make our next choice a righteous one.

In HIM!

Dr. Oscar T. Moses – W.A.R. Bible Studies 2017

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MHMBC W.A.R. Bible Study – July

 

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

W.A.R. Bible Study

July 2017 

A Study of Colossians – Lesson #6

Colossians 3:17-25 – 4:1-18

“Getting The Church On Bible Ground”

 

Paul concludes the “How To’s” in chapter 3 by describing the picture of a Godly home. Here is the apostle’s message translated in The Message Bible.

“Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master. Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don’t take advantage of them. Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end. Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits. Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being Christian doesn’t cover up bad work.”

Colossians 3:18-25 (MSG)

Chapter Questions

  1. What should wives do?
  2. What should husbands do?
  3. How should children respond to parents?
  4. Why does obedience to parents please the Lord?
  5. Of what do fathers need to be careful?
  6. How can children become discouraged?
  7. What directives did Paul give slaves?
  8. How were slaves called on to serve Christ?
  9. How would God mete out full justice in the master-slave relationship?
  10. What instructions did Paul give masters?
  11. What insight did Paul give masters?

Group Application Questions

Discuss the following questions.

  1. Is the family structure God gave in danger today? If so, how?
  2. What are your thoughts about submission in marriage, workplace and church?
  3. How much should the church be involved in your family life?
  4. Does your service for God reflect that which Paul says it should in this text?
  5. Why is it important for a family to be biblically grounded?

Because of Him!

Pastor Moses

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MHMBC W.A.R. Bible Study 5/30/17

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

W.A.R. Bible Study

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 

A Study of Colossians – Lesson #5

Colossians 3:1-17

“Getting The Church On Bible Ground”

 In the chapter 1&2 Paul thanked the church for their faithfulness. However, the apostle also warned the church of Colosse about teachings that were contrary to that which they had learned. Paul was aware of false doctrinal beliefs that were afoot in Colosse rejecting the deity of Jesus and comparing him to any normal man. Therefore, the apostle educates them doctrinally to help them establish a “true ground” to stand on. He assures each believer that everything we need is in Jesus Christ and that Jesus’ death on Calvary and resurrection reconciled us to God. In these prior chapters Paul is insistent and consistent concerning the nature of Christ and His relationship with the Church.

In chapter 3 Paul’s instructions to the church is to stay focused on heavenly things that will keep our minds out of the gutter. Our pursuit in life should be “Kingdom Centered.” We should not become over fixated on time but focused on eternity. Therefore, he teaches believers the “How To’s” of this life. In this chapter Paul tackles “How To” live at home, manage family matters, and how to get along with others. His methodology for believers is to learn “How To” put aside petty situations that become weights on our Christian Journey and prevent the church from sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He concludes this section by narrowing in on the power of forgiveness and the necessity of peace within the heart of each believer.

Chapter Questions

  1. Where did Paul tell the Colossians to turn their attention?
  2. Where did Paul tell the believers to focus their concern?
  3. What was the Colossians’ security?
  4. Why should believers look forward to Christ’s return?
  5. What must die within us?
  6. What evil activities does God seek to eliminate from our lives?
  7. Why is God’s wrath coming?
  8. What had the Colossians taken off?
  9. What had the Colossians put on?
  10. What distinctions are removed in Christ?
  11. What virtues does God seek to plant in us?
  12. How were the Colossian believers called to clothe themselves?
  13. Why did Paul call on the believers to be peaceful and thankful?
  14. What should we do? How?
  15. What is one principle that ought to guide everything we do?

Application

(EACH PERSON ANSWER THE BEST YOU CAN)

  1. We often say people are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good. That statement does not excuse us from being heavenly minded. What happens when you make God the center of everything for you? For example: How does life change when you are “heavenly minded?” By that I mean when you are consistent in church, prayer, reading scriptures, thankfulness and doing that which helps others and bring you closer to Him.
  2. What stops you from living the life Paul talks about in this passage?

Because of Him!

Pastor Moses

Open Bible, with textured granite background.

 

 

MHMBC W.A.R. Bible Study May 02, 2017

W.A.R. Bible Study

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

 A Study of Colossians – Lesson #4

Colossians 2:11-23

“Getting The Church On Bible Ground”

The Symbolisms of an Anchoring Faith

Circumcision

The Apostle Paul clearly wanted the Saints at Colosse to become anchored in the Word of God. In this passage Paul used circumcision to symbolically and adequately describe how each believer is connected to Jesus Christ. Christian circumcision does not pertain to the cutting of flesh, as Jewish custom, but putting off of the body the sins of the flesh through the circumcision of Christ. It is the spiritual circumcision of ones heart that Paul is emphasizing. (Not an altering of flesh but of spirit)

Baptism

As believers we obey the ordinance of baptism which symbolizes Christ burial and His resurrection. The believer is buried in the water but raised to new life (vivification – new life). The faith of the operation of God means those who believed were changed and saved through faith in Jesus Christ; which faith was produced by the energy of God. Believing is the act of the soul; but the grace or power to believe comes from God himself.

Dead In Sins & Resurrected In Jesus

Paul, theologically, described how we were dead in our sins. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive with Christ! All sins were forgiven; the slate was wiped clear because sin was nailed to the cross.”

WARNINGS for the Church not on Bible Ground

The dangers a church is confronted with when not on Bible Ground. They include but are not limited to the following:

  • Missing the Reward of the Grace of the Gospel of Christ by being fooled and cheated through philosophy and deceitful teachings.
  • Being deceived by those with false humility through the worship of angels, false visions and strict rules that have no value over our war against the flesh.
  • Not ever knowing that in Christ we are made complete because we have undergone a circumcision that has nothing to do with the flesh but a spiritual circumcision of the heart that has brought us alive.
  • Not knowing that Christ has nailed to the cross the “handwritten requirements” that are against us and removed it.
  • No knowing that no one can judge us regarding religious observances that were only pointing to the coming of Christ.

Questions

  1. Why was in not necessary for Gentile Christians to be circumcised and follow Jewish religious customs?
  2. How did the Cross of Calvary cancel the written code?
  3. What did Christ deliver us from? How?
  4. How did Paul encourage the Colossians to practice their freedom in Christ?
  5. How did Christ fulfill what the Old Testament prophesied or foreshadowed? Christ turned the shadow into substance.
  6. Whom did Paul accuse of trying to rob believers of their spiritual rewards?
  7. What were the characteristics of the false teachers?
  8. How did Paul challenge the legalism that had infected the church?
  9. What are the failings of human commands and teachings?

LIFE APPLICATIONS

  1. How clear is your group on what God expects from those who study His Word? Clarity level from 1 to 10. ________
  2. Explain what God wants from those who study His Word.
  3. What “Church Traditions” do you hold dear that have nothing to do with righteousness?
  4. What responsibilities does the Pastor and Congregation have with becoming Bible Grounded? Name 3 for each.
  5. What does “fullness in Christ” mean to you?
  6. Paul’s advice kept the Colossians growing in their faith and on Bible Ground; what keeps you on track spiritually?
  7. How deep are the roots of your faith? Explain.

Make It Personal

  1. This week, how can you best exercise the freedom you have in Christ?
  2. Do you ever feel s though you are missing something God has for you?
  3. Do you feel incomplete in your relationship with Christ?
  4. What does “new life” in Christ mean to you?
  5. Do you really understand grace?
  6. How can you help a Christian friend get rid of his or her false ideas about Christ and His Church?

Because of Him!

Pastor Moses

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MHMBC W.A.R. Bible Study 4/25/17

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

W.A.R. Bible Study 

A Study of Colossians – Lesson #3

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

“Getting The Church On Bible Ground”

Colossians 1:25-29 – Colossians 2:1-10

The suffering Paul endured was imprisonment for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul endured his sufferings because he desired to build the church on “Bible Ground.” Paul wanted to be clear that the Church belongs to Jesus Christ and we, as Christians are to be good stewards of God’s property. Paul’s primary objective was to “fulfill the word of God” through steadfast loyalty to preach the whole counsel of God to all he came in contact with.

Paul informs the reader that until Jesus Christ came the gospel was hidden in the Old Testament. Jesus Christ accomplished man’s salvation through His own sinless life, His sufficient sacrificial death to once and for all time put away sin, His conquering of sin and death through His resurrection, and sending the Holy Spirit to strengthen and established the church. This has been revealed to us, all believers in Christ Jesus, known as His saints.

The Old Testament predicted the coming of Jesus as the Messiah and that Gentiles (non Jews) would partake of salvation. Paul’s intention was to warn everyone that they might be saved in Jesus Christ. He attributes whatever has been accomplished through him as the Work of the Holy Spirit.

In Chapter 2 Paul continued his thought from Colossians 1:29. His aim is to get both the Colossians and Laodiceans on “Bible Ground” that they may come into spiritual maturity. Understanding the full counsel of God would bring understanding and assurance to their salvation.

By understanding God’s Word (Being on Bible Ground) you will learn and understand the following:

  1. All of truth necessary for salvation, sanctification, and glorification that is found in Jesus Christ, who is God.
  2. Not to be deceived by the rhetoric of false teachers.
  3. Conscious of what has been taught about the deity of Christ and His saving sufficiency.
  4. To walk in Christ and to live a life patterned after His.
  5. Spiritual maturity develops by establishing a life foundation of biblical truth.
  6. False teaching is satanic.
  7. In Christ we have everything we need and we are complete in Christ.
  8. Jesus Christ is the Creator and Ruler of the universe and all of its spiritual beings.

Questions

  1. What commission did God give Paul?
  2. What was the mystery Paul referred to?
  3. Whom had God chosen to make known the mystery?
  4. How did Paul help believers become spiritually mature? What was his method?
  5. What kind of effort did Paul expend in preaching and teaching?
  6. In the opening verse of Chapter 2 what did Paul want his audience to know?
  7. What was Paul’s stated purpose?
  8. What is hidden in Christ?
  9. How would a commitment to the full knowledge of Christ protect the Colossians?
  10. How was Paul unified with the church at Colosse?
  11. What delighted Paul?
  12. How did Paul tell the Colossians to continue in Christ?
  13. What false teaching was Paul concerned about?
  14. What did Paul affirm about Christ? How?
  15. What did God give the Colossian believers?

Life Application Questions

  1. How is suffering an essential part of the Christian life?
  2. How can you help others get on Bible Ground?
  3. What do you do when you become tired of your work for the kingdom of God?
  4. What makes a church encouraged and united?
  5. What are some of the things that push people away from the faith?

Making It Personal

  1. What 3 things can we do at MHMBC to grow in our understanding of Christ?
  2. What 3 things can you do to grow in your personal understanding of Christ?

Because of Him!

Pastor Oscar T. Moses

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