Week One - Dead to Self/Alive to Christ
The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans )
This week you will be studying passages in the Scriptures that show us so clearly what the problem is. The problem is the "self" that lives for itself. Christ calls us to crucify the old self and He promises to raise up a new and very different self.
1. Read Luke 9:18-26 several times.
2. Now read Luke 18:28-30. Notice carefully the promise that is attached to discipleship, indeed to the very decision that you have just made. These two passages will become more and more important as you share your life in Christ with others.
3. As you continue to go through this study, remember that everything you learn is something that you will be responsible for passing on to someone else. Don't skim over it. Learn it as you go.
4. Be sure to spend time in prayer at the end of each study session. Learn to deeply communicate with your Father in Heaven. He loves you so very much (1 John 4:9).
1. Read carefully Romans 6:1-14. Now read this passage again, but this time each time you come to the word "ye," "we," or "us," substitute your own name.
2. In your notebook, write down some of the things about your "old self" that could cause you to receive the death sentence.
3. Write down some things about your "new self" that you really want to express.
4. How do you specifically plan today to live out verse 13?
1. As you begin today's study, ask yourself an important question: "Am I staying in close touch with older Christians?" This is crucial, and all next week your Bible study will focus in this area. But we cannot wait until next week to encourage you along this line. If there is anything in you that is not wanting to see or be with other disciples, then you can be sure that is something that is not of God and must be crucified. It is your "old" independent "self," not the "new self" God is giving you.
2. Read Romans 7:14-24. Notice carefully how powerless we are to live this new life alone. Do you now better understand why we must deny the self? Read again verse 24.
3. Now read Romans 8:1-17. You were taught that you received the gift of the Holy Spirit at your baptism (Acts ). As you study Romans 8 take notes as you notice some of what the Holy Spirit means in your life. Remember to keep substituting your own name for the pronouns.
1. As you have questions about things that you are studying or things that are happening to you, seek out some of your older brothers and sisters in Christ and let them help you. They have been through many things you will go through. Lean on their wisdom and understanding.
2. As a new Christian, you are now a babe in Jesus Christ. There is much you don't know and there are some areas where you need correction. All children need to be taught things they don't know, and they need to be corrected when they are wrong. How you take correction is going to make all the difference in your growth in Christ.
3. Read Proverbs 12:1-2, 15. Now read Proverbs 10:17.
4. Write down your own attitude toward being corrected. Distinguish between those things that are left over from your "old self" and those things that Jesus Christ is putting in your heart.
5. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Now answer these questions: "Why should older brothers and sisters in Christ bring the Word of God to you? What is going to be your attitude when they do?"
1. In your new life you will find that "attitude" is everything. If you develop a critical or negative or pessimistic attitude, you will put out the Spirit's fire in your life. Today the Bible study will focus on the reason you can keep a great attitude even in the worst of circumstances.
2. Read and examine carefully each of the following passages: John 16:33; Romans 8:28; Philippians 4:12-13, 19; 1 Thessalonians ; and James 1:2-4. List the attitudes God is giving you.
3. As you put all these passages together in your mind, write down what they promise you about everything in your life. How does this fit with having a good attitude regardless of what is happening?
4. List anything that is tending to cause you to have a bad (negative, complaining, pessimistic) attitude. Confess these right away to another disciple and ask for their prayers and encouragement (James ).
1. By today, you have certainly realized that you are not doing all for Jesus Christ that you determined to do five or six days ago. You want to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, but you have failed in some specific areas. What you will study today will be important in dealing with this for the rest of your life.
2. Read 1 John 1:5-10.
3 Think of the difference in light and darkness. Think of the difference between being in an open room with lots of windows and a totally dark basement area. In one, things are out in the open - you can see them as they really are. In the other, things are hidden and covered by the darkness. With this in mind, write down what God means when He calls us to "walk in the light" (vs. 7). How does this fit with verse 9 where we are called to confess our sins?
4. Look at the two results of walking in the light as described in verse seven. How will these cause a deeper fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ?
5. Remember this trustworthy saying: "Satan's only ground is darkness. When we confess our sins and bring them out into the light, we take away from him his only base of operation."
1. As you come to the end of this first week as a committed disciple of Jesus Christ, let's go back to the most basic idea in discipleship.
2. Read Galatians 2:20. Put your name in place of the pronouns.
3. Every time your old nature tries to assert itself you should say, "I have been crucified with Christ." Write down the things you especially need to say that to today.
4. As you determine what you should do with each day from this day forward remember, "I ______________________________________ (your name) no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Meditate on this great idea and then determine to let each day of your life be used for the very things that Jesus Christ is most interested in.
5. Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Believe with all your heart that "You are not your own!" By His death on the cross, Jesus Christ has purchased you with His blood for His own purposes. Carefully distinguish between your purposes and His purposes, and live as one who has been "bought with a price.”
6. An important reminder: As a new babe, you need to be in daily touch with others who are ready to give you encouragement and guidance. If you have been avoiding that contact, determine now to deal with that wrong attitude that is developing.