“The Spiritual Starter Kit”Lesson # 2
What God did.
Here’s one of the most remarkable aspects of your relationship with God.
You are not in this relationship alone.
This is not one-way communication. It’s not merely you worshiping God. He is also very involved.
God pursued you!
I remember the first few days after asking Jesus Christ into my life. I had so many questions:
What is he like? What does he care about?
What does God think about our lives here?
How does he view us? Or me?!
Here’s the surprising thing. In the Bible, he answers those kind of questions! And more!
Now that you have a relationship with God, you will find him speaking individually to you as you read the Bible. He reveals himself through it. He will speak directly to your heart.
Don’t ask me how he does it. He just does.Do you have a Bible? If not, you can get one at any neighborhood Christian bookstore, or on Amazon.com.
When you go to buy a Bible, you’ll find various translations. The King James Version uses “thee” and “thou” which is a tad slow to read (unless you’re someone who speeds through Shakespeare).
If you buy a Bible, I’d recommend any of these:
New Living Translation (NLT)
English Standard Version (ESV)
New International Version (NIV)
Ok,let’s move on to how to read the Bible.There’s really nothing tricky about it.
Let’s say you read this statement that’s in the Bible, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son…”
And I asked you: “How does God feel about people in the world?”
I really wouldn’t want you to get creative. Or imagine how God might feel or should feel.
When you read the Bible, simply look at what it says. “For God so loved the world…” That tells you how God feels about people in the world: He loves us.
Ok, here’s a Bible study I think you’ll enjoy. It shows how God is in this relationship with you!
Study #1: How did we get into this relationship with God?
Begin with prayer: “God, I ask you to speak to methrough your Word, the Bible. Speak to my heart tounderstand what you want to say to me. Amen.”
Study # 1
How did we get into this relationship with God?
The following verses will help you understand what God says is now true of your relationship with Him. After you read the verse, the question that follows will help you notice what that verse says.
(The little numbers in front of each sentence designate “verses” and is simply a numbering system created long ago to help Christians refer to specific sentences in the Bible.)
John 112Yet to all who received Him [Jesus], to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
Q- How does a person become a child of God?You may type your answers here and print the lesson when you finish.
You might think that you chose to believe in Jesus, much like choosing a car to buy or choosing a political viewpoint. But the following shows God’s involvement in your becoming a Christian.
John 15:1616You did not choose me, but I chose you…
1 Corinthians 1:99God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
Ephesians 1:4-54For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. 5In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.
Q- In verse 5, what was God’s motivation for choosing us?
Ephesians 2:4-54But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
Colossians 1:1313For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Q- As you look at this verse, what four things has God done for you?
Romans 59Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!
Q- When the Bible says that Jesus saved us, what did He save us from?
Ephesians 28For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. 9not by works, so that no one can boast.
Q- Is it up to us to earn our salvation?
Q- Can anyone gain salvation by doing good things?
Conclusion: Summarize what these verses have said about God’s involvement in your becoming a Christian:
You’ll see some questions. Look at the verses (statements from the
Bible) that come after the question. Type in your answer. At the end, you can print it out, if you’d like.
As you do this study, just notice what God says.
Next letter: Why God’s love is so unusual!