Wednesday Night Bible Study

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 2nd, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

Students. Yes YOU students Columbia College, Mizzou, Stephens, Moberly and everywhere else! Are you still using “If-then” statements?? “God if you get me through this test, then I will go to church on Sunday.” Bishop Lester Woods, Jr. taught us how to receive and understand the importance of growing up. The message was to simply GROW UP. And in all our spiritual journey God requires some serious growing up. The Word revealed through the teaching tonight that you can not only just have faith, but you have to have faithfulnesses. As God checks (and already knows) your track record, what does it say and reveal about your character? Are you merely faithful or are you maturing into faithfulness?


“Fast Forward Blessings of God” 
______________________________
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

Habbakuk 2:2-3 (NIV)
The LORD’s Answer

 2 Then the LORD replied:   “Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald
[a] may run with it.
3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it
[b] will certainly come
and will not delay.

Spiritual Success for the Church

1. Unity (Psalms 133:1-3)

Psalm 133:1-3

New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 133

A song of ascents. Of David. 1 How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!

 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the LORD bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore.

2. Spirituality ( 1 Corinthians 3:5-6)

1 Corinthians 3:5-6

New International Version (NIV)

 5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.

3. Mobility (Philippians 3:13)

Philippians 3:13

New International Version (NIV)

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

a. You have to be in the receiving mode.

b. You have to stay in a position of receptivity. 

c. To receive what God has to say.

  • “When God is shifting you have to be ready for the shift.” – Bishop
The characteristics of maturity
1. Application
  • Apply what you know.
2. Affirmation
  • Apply the gifts and receive the fruits of the spirit.
  • Example: “If I apply the gift of knowledge – I will receive the gift of peace.”
  • Example: “Have you ever played sports, and the coach never put you on the team? and the team looses? and you say well if i were on the team would have won?”
  • It is the same thing in body of christ – God has you on the team, and put you in the game but YOU haven’t applied what you know or been receptive to receive the Word God has spoken to you or has for you.
3. Accountability
1 Corinthians 14:20

New International Version (NIV)

 20 Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

  • You will always find yourself operating in the state of a child. 
  • What happens between life and death before you get to heaven?
  • God has given me gifts to help someone else receive salvation.
  • “It takes an effort to grow up.” – Bishop
    • “Wonder why you can’t get a job? – It takes an actual effort.” – Bishop
  • “God will only bless you with what he can trust you with.” – Bishop
  • The process of maturity should forever be in you but as you grow in Christ – evil in my life should become non existent.
  • Are you a spiritual grown-up?
  • Is your statehood/mental ability able to handle the manifold blessings on God?

Matthew 25

New International Version (NIV)


14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.   19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

   21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

   24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

   26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

   28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

  • Faith is responding appropriately to what God told you.
  • “Faithfulness” is responding to what YOU told God. 
  • The reason why we dont receive is because we are not faithful. We dont trust God for the next day and are not actually faithful to God.
  • Are you faithful? Beyond Sunday services? 
  • Can you be faithful beyond church services?
  • This is where maturity lies. 
  • What did you tell God? Are you faithful to what you told God you will do? Or are you always having faith sucking up trying to get God to do something extra for you?

– The Body of Christ has to move into position to remain faithful. – The whole aspect of all of these things is that God wants to move you from a laborer to a ruler.

  • God does this by evaluating your faithfulness. If you have been faithful over a few things, God will make you a ruler over many things.
– What did you step up to do, tell God that you would do and you stopped doing it? Now people are suffering in the Kingdom of God because you were not faithful.


Homework – 

There is 5 Characteristics – marks of maturity in Philippians 3:13. Can you outline them? Bring homework to Bible study next  Wednesday!

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