Lesson 3 - Your Response
Living life abundantly—is it really possible? Is Jesus calling us to follow Him in obedience just to make us good, moral people, or is He really trying to show us the true pathway to joy? Are you ready to trust the leadership of the Good Shepherd and make Jesus the Lord of your life? Perhaps the following questions will help you understand more about the joy of truly surrendering your life to God's control.
1. Study 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 and answer three important questions concerning Christ's lordship over your life:
(a) Now that you are a Christian, what has your body become?
(b) Why do you now belong to Christ?
(c) What should now be your purpose in life?
2. Read Luke 6:46-49 and briefly summarize what you think Jesus was teaching in the parable of the wise and foolish builders:
(a) What must we do if we call Jesus our Lord?
(b) What spiritual truth is represented by the house built on the rock? (c) What spiritual truth is represented by the house with no foundation?
3. What does the apostle James say about obeying the Bible? James 1:22-25
4. Obedience to Jesus Christ as Lord is the true test of your commitment to Him. What does the apostle John say about obedience? Find one thing in each verse. 1 John 2:3-6
5. What is another sure way of knowing you belong to Christ? 1 John 3:14
6. As you grow in Christ, there will be times when you fail Him. No one except Christ has ever lived a perfect life. Be willing to admit you have failed and confess your sin. Briefly summarize what each verse in 1 John 1:8-10 teaches about confession and forgiveness.
7. What can you thank God for right now, concerning your need for God's forgiveness? 1 John 2:1-2
1. Memorize these verses for Lesson 3:
Applying God's Word: "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." —Joshua 1:8
Confirmation of My Love for God: "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." —John 14:21
2. Please continue now to your final lesson. This could be the most important lesson of all. It concerns sharing your faith with others.