for a Season Studies
on our Relationship with Christ
relationship with God is a study that builds on the ideas introduced in
the Chapter 1 study guide concerning our identity in Christ. As a
review you should read the book of Ephesians and focus on the passages
that emphasize our position and identity in Christ. Note the
references to spiritual elements -- especially our place in the heavenlies.
study will introduce the idea of what it means to believe God vs.
believing in Him and we will expound on that idea further in the Chapter 7
study guide entitled the same.
the important difference between believing in God and believing God.
Is believing in God more or less important than believing God?
carefully Jeremiah 29:11-14a -- please use the
King James Version for this reading
out the steps of our encounter and interaction with God as He describes it
can you know what God is saying to you for sure?
does waiting on God fit into this process?
THIS CHANGE YOUR REGULAR ENCOUNTER WITH GOD? HOW?
we use this model, can our relationship with God be confined to a
order to have a relationship with God,
for a Season Studies
on Loving God
the following verses and write out the five ways that God says He wants us
to love Him
have used the Strong's Concordance to look up the meaning for each of the
five ways we are to love God and they are defined below (numbers are the
references used by Strong's Concordance)
(2588) and Soul (5590) are the only two ways used in every
(1271) is only used in the New Testament passage
(2479) is added in two New Testament passages
(3966) is only used in the Old Testament passage
look closer at each way we are to love God:
-- thoughts, reasonings, will, inner location [decision, choice]
15:18-19 says that the actions and words of man are evidence of what
is in the heart.
1:14-15 reveals how those actions are decided by the will
14:15 says if you love me you will keep my commandments -- decision of
the will; this how we love Christ with all of our heart
-- immaterial part of man held in common with animals
3:19 says that man and beast are in common that both die, and both
have breath; verse 20 says they both go to the same place -- to the
2:7 says that God breathed the breath of life into man at creation and
he became a "living soul"
10:28 suggests the soul lives beyond physical death.
-- understanding, intellectual faculty, [knowledge]
-- from kata (2596) meaning against; to prevail against
4:10 -- Jesus says "Thou shalt worship [out of love] the Lord
thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve." It was the
powerful Word of God that prevailed against Satan in the temptation of
Jesus (See also Ephesians 6:17 and Hebrews 4:12)
This word strength suggests physical strength and health
Timothy 1:7 says that God did not give us a spirit of fear but power,
love, and a sound mind."
-- speedily, quickly, [immediately, without question]
TAKE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED AND GIVE FEET TO THESE VERSES. WRITE DOWN
WHAT SPECIFIC ACTION IS DESIRED BY GOD AS YOU LOVE HIM WITH ALL OF
YOUR HEART, SOUL, MIND, STRENGTH, AND MIGHT.