Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
Theme: The New Creation Realities
The book of Corinthians was written to the Christians at Corinth around 55 AD deliberately to address the heresies promulgated by the false apostles. These teachings questioned the apostleship and the integrity of Paul, his ministry, and his call.
THE ITR FORMULAE:
I. The new creation reality is indwelt by the Holy Spirit
A. You are not alone.
- John 14:15-18
2. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
II. The new creation reality is taught and empowered by the anointing.
A. God has empowered you.
- 1 John 2:27
2. Luke 4:18
III. The new creation reality is ruled by the Law of the Spirit.
A. God has put His Law in your heart through the Spirit.
- Jeremiah 31:31-34
2. Romans 8:1-4
The Christian life is indwelled, taught, and ruled by the Holy Spirit; therefore, Christianity is a relationship as opposed to religion.
Text: Ephesians 1:13 – 14.
Theme: The Inclusion
This teaching is aimed at informing believers how they can develop their Christian identity in Christ and consequently become conformable to Christ’s image in order to exercise their authority in God.
THE HBMS FORMULAE:
I. The Power of Inclusion:
A. Hearing is an element of inclusion (verse 13 a).
- Faith comes through hearing.
i. Romans 10:17
B. Believing (faith) is an element of inclusion (verse 13 b).
- It is impossible to please God and to be saved without faith.
i. Hebrews 11:6
ii. Ephesians 2:8
II. The result of inclusion:
A. You (Christians) are marked in Him with the promised Holy Spirit who guarantees your inheritance (verse 14).
- 2 Peter 1:3-4
B. His divine power has given you everything you need for life and godliness.
- 1 Peter 1: 3-5
C. You are shielded by the power of God.
Believers are included, identified, and sealed with the promised Holy Spirit to enable them exercise their authority in God. God depends on you to send the message to the world that He is God (John 14:12).
Text: Eph 1:3–4)
Topic: The Christian Identity
Being conscious of our identity as Christians, enables us to walk consciously before God thereby defeating temptations in this life of perversion and sin.
The BCHB Formula:
I. God’s initiatives:
A. You are blessed with spiritual blessing (eulogia) (verse 3)
- Acts 2:38; 10:45 (dorea)
2. Eph 4:8–13 (domata)
3. 1 Cor 12:1–11(charismata)
B. You are chosen (eklegomai) (verse 4).
- To be holy (set apart by or for God, sacred, called out)
2. To be blameless (faultless, without blame, unblemished)
You are blessed and chosen to be holy and blameless before God during your Christian journey.
B – Blessed
C – Chosen
H – Holy
B – Blameless
Text: 2 Cor 1:21–22
Theme: The Christian Identity
The success to overcome the enemy is tied to discovering one’s true identity in Christ and thereby living within the confines of the identity sustenance requirement (holiness).
The ES Formula
I. God’s initiatives:
A. God has anointed you (chrio, spiritual empowerment) (verse 21).
- 1 Cor 6:18-20.
2. Psalm 105:15;
3. Chr 16:22
B. God has sealed you (sphragizo, protection as the result of ownership) (verse 22)
- John 14:18
2. Acts 2:1-4
C. Your inheritance is assured.
- 2 Pet 1:3-4
You are empowered and secured for this Christian journey.
Text: 2 Pet 1:3
Theme: The Imparts of God’s Divine Power
Introduction: Believers are provided with credible spiritual ability to live victoriously.
I. Power (dunamis) Explained In Verse 3:
A. God’s ability inherited through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit necessary for the scene of life to grow in sanctification (on earth) and to prepare believers for glorification (in heaven).
- It is the power for salvation (Rom 1:16-17).
2. It is the power for sanctifications (Positional Sanctification (1 Cor 1:2), Progressive Sanctification (Col 3:1–10), and Ultimate Sanctification (1 John 3:2).
3. It is the power for glorification (1 John 3:2).
II. The Imparts Explained In Verse 3:
A. God’s divine power sustains life (Zoe).
Zoe is the life of physical (present) and of a spiritual (particularly future) existence. It comes from God and it is sustained by God’s self-existent. It gives one the capacity to know God in fullness. It is generated through spiritual law operated by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:1–4)
B. God’s divine Power sustains godliness (Eusebeia).
Eusebeia is a godly heart-response that naturally expresses itself in reverence for God. It is the inner response to the things of God that shows itself in Godly piety (Eph 4:22-24).
C. God’s divine power sustains knowledge (epignosis).
Epignosis is the experiential knowledge of God associated with ethical and divine standard of the daily living condition in this world full of sin and conflict.
- Rom 8:18–19
- Phil 3:10
Text: 1 Pet 1:3–4
Theme: The Validities of the Christian’s Faith
There are numerous religions of the world today; therefore, many are confused which religions actually come from God. The characteristics of the true religion of God are living the life of liberty divorced from regulations and characterized with miraculous happenings attested by eyewitnesses and historical accounts.
I. The Validities (truths) Explained in Verse 3:
A. The new birth is actualized in Jesus Christ.
Anagennao is the Greek verb meaning to be born from above through the Holy Spirit. I t refers to God regenerating believer or giving a supernatural, new birth. It is used in verse 3 and 23 of 1 Peter 1.
B. The Holy Spirit initiates, regenerates, and quickens.
- 2 Cor 5:17–20
2. John 3:5–8
3. John 6:63
C. The living hope is actualized in Jesus Christ.
Zoa (life or living) is to live and to experience God’s gift of life and elpis (hope) is an expectation associated with trust or confidence in God in the now and the future.
II. The Guarantees (sureties) Explained in Verse 4:
A. The dead in Christ are resurrected in the future.
- Rom 8:11
2. 1 Cor 15:12–20
B. God gives believers spiritual abilities (inheritances).
- Rom 11:29
2. 1Cor 12:1–10; 14:1 ff.
Christianity is not a religion but it is a relationship as characterized distinctly from the other religions of the world.
Text: 1 Pet 2:4–5
Theme: The Priesthood Ministry of Believers
The running of the church ministry does not only depend on the Pastor and church leadership, but it also depends on all believers in the local church assembly.
The LSHP Formulae:
I. The Identities of Believers in the Priesthood Ministry:
A. Believers are living stones.
Lithoi Zontes (living stones) express the idea that Christians are called to build others up via the act of evangelizing, teaching, and living a lifestyle of praise to God.
- Eph 4:11–13
2. Rom 12:7
3. 1 Pet 2:9
B. Believers are holy priesthood.
Hierateuma (Priesthood) is an act or activity that is associated with the priesthood or the office of the priest. Priests in the Old Testament were called to offer blood sacrifice to God in the temple; nevertheless, this order was changed when Christ eventually became the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world through his death on the cross.
C. Believers are called and sanctified to offer themselves to God as holy living sacrifices as opposed to animal sacrifices.
- Rom 12:1–2
2. Eph 4:22–24
Believers are called into the inclusiveness of ministry’s function and operation.
Text: Ps 127:3–5
Theme: Parental Responsibilities
Parental responsibility cannot be transferred; as the result, parents are held responsible to nurture the physical, moral/spiritual, and the cognitive domains of their children.
I. Children Defined in Three-dimesions:
A. They are heritage from the Lord; therefore, parents have physical responsibility due them. A heritage is a property that is or may be inherited; an inheritance, birthright, or patrimony.
- Rom 4:13
2. Ps 119:111
B. They are fruits of the womb; therefore, parents have moral or spiritual responsibility due them. A fruit is sweet and fleshy product of a tree that contains a seed and can be eaten as food.
- John 15:16
2. Jas 3:13
C. They are arrows in the hand of a warrior; therefore, parents have cognitive responsibility due them. An arrow is a shaft sharpened at the front with feathers or vanes at the back, shot from a bow as a weapon. It is a pointer, a marker, or an indicator.
Parents’ inability to nurture the above areas of a child using biblical guidelines can be detrimental to the nuclear family, the neighborhood, the community, the nation, and the world at large.
Text: Psalm 127:3–5
MAIN IDEA: Can Parental Responsibility Be Dedicated or Transferred?
A. You are stewards of God for oversight responsibility for your children.
B. You have spiritual responsibility because you are entrusted with God’s heritage.
C. You are required to pray for them.
- Matt 19:13–14
2. Phil 4:6–7
3. 1 Cor 10:3–5
D. You have moral responsibility because you are entrusted with God’s heritage.
E. You are required to live as example before them.
- Matt 5:13–16
2. 1 Cor 10:23–24; 8:9
F. You have cognitive responsibility because children are like arrows, therefore, you are required to teach, to train, and to correct them.
- 2 Tim 3:16
2. Prov 1:8; 6:22
3. Deut 11:19; Joel 1:3
- Parental responsibility cannot be transferred because you are stewards of God entrusted to take care of your children.
- You know more about your child than other parents.
- Your child knows your voice well than other voices in the world.
- Your child is an indicator of what you are and he or she cannot be a photocopy of other children.
- If your child fails, it means you have indirectly failed also.
- God will hold responsible if you fail to discharge your stewardship responsibility (1 Samuel 2:12–36).
Text: Eph 1:11–14
Theme: Divine Election
Introduction: The existence of the church on planet was divinely planed and brought into being; therefore, you are called ecclesia by God’s choice.
The CPP Formulae:
- Chosen with divine element explained in verse 11:
Eklathomai is the Greek perfect verb used in the perfect tense derived from the original word kleroo meaning I make a heritage; I cast lots, chosen by lot, assign by lot, assign a portion, or receive a share. It indicates a designation transferred from the Jews in the Old Testament to the Christians in the New Testament (Esther 3:10; Deut 4:20; Eph 1:11).
A. New Birth and indwelling
- John 3:1–7
2. Acts 1:1–8; 2:1–4;
3. John 16:5–16
II. Divine enablement sustained
- 2 Pet 1:3
III. Predestined with divine element explained in verse 11:
Prooristhantes is the Greek predicated verb derived from the original word poorizo meaning I foreordain, I predetermine, or I mark out beforehand. In the New Testament, God has decreed from eternity beforehand (Acts 4:28; 1 Cor 2:7; Rom 8:29; Eph 1:5, 11).
A. The foreknowledge of God is established.
- Rom 8:29; Eph 1:5
2. Jer 1:5
IV. Purposely chosen and predestined explained in verse 11:
Prothesis is a Greek noun meaning purpose that indicates setting forth, predetermination, or purpose, show-bread, a setting forth in advance for a specific purpose (Exod 35:13; 39:18; 1 Kgs 7:48).
A. The priesthood ministry of believers inaugurated.
- 1 Pet 2:9
The church of Jesus Christ is here by virtue of divine assignment.
Texts: Romans 5:1–5; James 1:1–4
Theme: The Work of Grace in Believers
God has created step by step process to mature believers as they live in this world.
I. The Impart of Grace Explained in Verse 3:
A. Believers rejoice in their suffering (verse 3)
Thlipsis is tribulation, affliction, persecution, or distress used in the life of a believer for the maturing process.
- James 1:2–4
2. Job 33
II. The Imparts of suffering explained in verse 3 and 4:
A. Suffering produces perseverance.
Hupomone is endurance, steadfastness, or patient waiting for. God enables believers to remain under challenges he allows in life. Hupomone is associated with faith in the face of provocation and it does not surrender under trial (faith and furnace).
- Daniel 3:1–30
B. Suffering produces character. Dokime is the process or result of trial, proving, or approval as the result of testing; approved character, proof of genuiness.
- Romans 12:1–22
2. Timothy 2:15
C. Suffering produces hope (promise). Elpis is hope, expectation, trust, or confidence expressed in God as the result of the approved character obtained during the character life.
- James 1:12
2. Romans 5:5
3. Ephesians 1:13–141
4. Peter 1:3–5
Heaven is the hope of glory promised to believers through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
TEXT: Prov 4:23
THEME: Guide Your Attitude
The attitude of an individual is determined by the content of what is stored in the heart. The heart of an individual is the seat of intention, will, emotion, and intelligence. It is termed as the soulish ream. The prophet Jeremiah describes the heart as deceitful and desperately wicked (Jer 17:9). The attitude we exhibit on the daily basis is stored in the heart. In this discourse, we will discuss our attitude toward the Kingdom of God, church assembly, character building, and prayer lifestyle.The Greek word for the kingdom of God is basileia signifying kingship, sovereignty, authority, rule, and kingdom especially of God, both in the world and in the heart of man. Man’s submission to the kingdom of God is tied to God’s righteousness (dikaiosune).Our gathering together as a church is tied to time frame. Hemera in Greek signifies the lust day of the present age, the day in which Christ will return from heaven, raise the dead, and hold the final judgment for his kingdom.The Greek word for character transformation is metamorphoo explained in Romans 12:2 known as metamorphostate. The Christian life is the ongoing transformation process leading from instantaneous sanctification, progressive sanctification, and final glorification.Prayer should be a lifestyle of the believer. We are asked to be anxious for mothering but to pray. The Greek word explained in Phil 4:6–7 is merimnao meaning to not be distracted as the result of situation engulfing the believer.
The attitude one exhibits in life determines one’s altitude or how well one becomes successful in the ministry, the Christian life, and even in the educational and the business world.
Text: Luke 15:1-7
Theme: God welcome sinners
We live in a society wherein humans tend to classify people based on their socio-economic status. People will group you based on how they view you not what God sees you. The Pharisees in the days of Jesus were in errors when they accused Jesus of associating with sinners. No matter where you come from, God values you and he has a place for you.
II. God cares (V 4)
A. He sent Jesus into the world.
- To identify with sinners (Romans 5:8)
2. To heal the sick people (Luke 4:18-20)
3. To search for the lost
B. He sent Jesus to sinners (V 5-6)
1. To rescue them from sins (Romans 5:12)
2. To reproduce himself into sinners (II Cor. 5:17)
3. To incorporate them into his Father’s business
C. He sent Jesus to save.(V 7)
- Sinners who come with repentant heart.
2. Sinners who take up the cost of discipleship.
D. God has not changed and will not change (V 7).
E. He is the same yesterday , today, and forevermore (Hebrews 13:8)
We all are lost sheep that the Master came to die for.
Return to Jesus and he will rescue you from the penalty of sins.
God sent Jesus to the world to welcome and rescue sinners.
Text: I Cor. 11:23-28
Theme: The Importance of the Lord Super
Before Jesus could die, he had a supper in the upper room with his disciples. He explained to them the importance of the supper. In conjunction, Paul, the apostle, explained to the Christians at Corinth its significance as well.
A. The Lord’s supper reminds believers of the following (v 23-24)
- Blood covenant
2. The covenant relationship
II. Demonstration of the covenant relationship
A. The cup points to what?
- Jesus’ blood which was shed for us (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
2. Drinking the wine is the demonstration of the covenant relationship we have with God.
III. Believers eat the bread and drink the wine (V 24-26).
A. To proclaim the Lord’s death.
IV. Believers partake of the Lord’s supper consciously:
A. To avoid guilt of sinning against the Lord
B. To avoid judgment
The wine and bread represent the blood and the body of Jesus.
Jesus’ body and blood forgives us our sin, heal us from sicknesses or diseases and gives us satisfaction. He is the bread of life.
Believers partake of the bread and wine to remember the Lord’s death till he comes.