MODULE 2 - SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND GOD'S KINGDOM
Welcome to Week 2: September 7th-September 13th, 2021
For the disciple/servant to gain a full/fuller understanding of God’s expectations of godly living for believers, and the possible consequences of a refusal to conform our lives to the Word God.
Things To Do This Week:
- First: Review the correct answers to last week’s questions
- Reading Assignment: Luke 8:5-15; John 15:1-9; 1 Cor. 3:9-17; 1 Cor. 5:1-5;1 Cor. 9:24-27; 2 Cor.6:14-7:1;1 Tim.4:1; Heb.5:5-6:1-8; Heb.10:22-31
- Watch video lecture.
- Review the lesson’s summary.
- Reaction to this week’s lesson. On this week, you won’t have the usual, specific questions to answer concerning the lesson. Instead, you will give your
Sandra Thomas Brown
Summary of Lesson, Week 2
Salvation through faith begins at the point that a person receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and is eternal. It is not of works, but by the grace of God. Yet, we cannot ignore, nor deny the reality that the New Testament, in a number of Scriptures that we examined in this lesson, as well as others, gives us clear warnings that a genuinely born-again Christian can err through willful sin/a sinful lifestyle to the point of becoming “ a castaway”, despite the flawed explanations/arguments of some who believe otherwise. The very term “ castaway”, used by Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:27 to describe someone who is dominated by, and walks in the flesh ( lives/acts carnally), is translated from the Greek to mean “ reprobate”. This verse and passage- 1 Corinthians 9:24-27- does not stand in isolation from other Scriptures on this topic, but are consistent and agree with other passages of Scripture that we read this week.
Christ is the “foundation” that we are to “build” upon, as we talked about in 1 Corinthians 3:9-17.For most true Christians, there will be “gold, silver, precious stones”, or good fruit, such a s love, faith, and a life of holiness. This passage, along with the others that we studied this week, fits into an overall balanced and sound doctrinal message to the church: Salvation comes by a sincere repentance from sin, and a genuine faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. Salvation is eternal; and a believer” passes from death unto [ eternal] life at the point that he or she receives Christ. Salvation is not based on works; but is a free gift to the believer. God expects the believer to conform his or her life to the Word, and develop fruit ,or godly, Christian love, patience, peace, and a life separated unto God . If a believer matures in some areas, even to the “30-fold” level, it seems that God will accept that, though it does not show the greatest of dedication, but only a fair degree of commitment to Him. That person’s unrighteous works ( called “ wood, hay, stubble” in 1 Cor. 3) will be destroyed; and they forfeit, somehow, some of the rewards that they could have had, but will be saved.
However, apparently there are some who will forfeit salvation, altogether. They will do so by either retracting their profession of faith in Christ, or by way of being seduced, doctrinally( 1 Tim.4:1); or by becoming hardened in a sin/sinful lifestyle to the point of reprobation: failing God to the point of rejection *( See Hebrews 6:1-8;10:22-31;.Ch 12).
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