Welcome to the Family of God!

We are assured in the bible that ". . . as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name." So once again welcome to the family of God!

This guide is designed to help you realize how much God loves you and the blessings and privileges that are yours as a child of God. If the richest man in the world decided to adopt you as his son or daughter, you would automatically receive many privileges and blessings just by becoming a member of his family. You would become a millionaire without lifting a finger. In Ephesians 1:5 God says, "having predestined us to adoption as sons of Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will." You see, God has adopted you into His family. And likewise, as a child of God you have automatically received
many blessings and privileges just by becoming a member of His family. We are told in Ephesians 1:3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ." As a child of God you are spiritually rich and as you read the Word of God you will see those spiritual blessings that God has given to you as His child.

It is our desire here at Calvary Chapel of Manitowoc, Wisconsin that you as a child of God, would continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This growth is obtained as you study the Word of God and apply those lessons that He is teaching you to your life. Romans 10:17 says, "So then faith comes be hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." And Jesus said in John 15:3, "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you." God is increasing your faith and making you more like Him as you study the Word of God.

In this guide we will cover 5 important topics relating to your life with Christ. We will be looking at:

1. Salvation
2. Jesus Christ
3. God the Father
4. The Holy Spirit
5. The Bible

 

Salvation

The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." You see, God’s standard is perfection, and no one can attain perfection on their own. We all miss that mark, and the reality is, it doesn’t matter if you miss by a few inches or a few miles, you still come up short.

Thus, sin has separated us from God with no hope of reconciliation by our own efforts. But God provided a way for man to be reconciled to God through the substitutionary death of His Son, Jesus Christ. Paul tells us that God ". . . desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus." I Timothy 2:4-5.

Many people today would have you believe that all roads lead to God, that there are many ways to reach God, but they do not speak the truth. There are not many ways to God, but only one way. Jesus made this point clear when He said, ". . . I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6. It is only through Christ that we can come to the Father, and not on our own good merits or sacrifices.

And so as Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary for our sins, and rose on the third day from the grave, He paid in full the penalty for our sins. As Paul said, "For as in Adam all die, even do in Christ all shall be made alive." I Corinthians 15:22.

We all are born from Adam, and because of that we have inherited the sin nature, we are sinners. Because we are sinners, the penalty is death. But because of the work of Christ applied into our life, He has taken the sting out of death and given us true life!

What do you need to do to receive Jesus Christ into your life and be forgiven of your sins?

1. ADMIT THAT YOU ARE A SINNER.

2. REPENT AND TURN FROM YOUR SIN.

3. BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY.

4. RECEIVE THROUGH PRAYER, JESUS CHRIST INTO YOUR HEART AND LIFE.

Your prayer may go something like this:

"Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, incapable of rectifying that by my own works and so Lord Jesus I come to You and ask that You would forgive me of my sins and cleanse me of all my unrighteousness. Come into my life as my Lord and Savior. Thank you for Your love and forgiveness that You have extended to me. Thank You for saving me. Amen."

1. According to Matthew 18:14, what is the desire of God’s heart of all men?

2. In Luke 19:10 we are told the reason that Jesus Christ became flesh, what is that Reason?

3. Acts 4:11-12 is speaking of Jesus Christ being the "chief cornerstone." What important point is Peter making in these verses?

4. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, what happens to our lives according to II Corinthians 5:17?

5. According to I John 5:13, can we actually know if we are saved or must we wait until we die to be really sure? (Also look-up John 5:24).

6. Look-up Galatians 2:16 and Ephesians 2:8-9. Are we saved by being good before God? If not, then how are we saved?

7. In John 15:4-5 Jesus explains what we can do outside of a relationship with Him. What does He say regarding all the good things we do if we are not saved?

8. Today it seems that everyone has solutions to the stress and anxiety in our lives. What does Jesus Christ call us to do according to Matthew 11:28-30?

9. Look-up the following Scripture verses with what god does when we receive Christ and expound on them.

A. REVELATION 3:20

B. I JOHN 1:9

C. JOHN 1:12

D. JOHN 3:16

E. II TIMOTHY 1:7

10. Now that Christ has come into your heart, what should you do from this point on, according to Acts 2:42 and Colossians 3:1-2?

Salvation is a free gift that God has given to us, and please do not take it lightly, it cost His Son, Jesus Christ, His life, so that we might live. Thank God for his great love for us.

Jesus Christ

In this section we are going to be looking at the person of Jesus Christ. It is important to know His character so that you can draw close to Him by trusting in Him. That can only be done as you study His word, the Bible, and then apply those lessons to your life, allowing the Holy spirit to lead you in all truth.

1. What does Micah 5:2 tells us of Christ?

2. What do the following verses tell us about the pre-existence of Christ?

A. JOHN 8:58

B. II TIMOTHY 1:9

C. JOHN 1:3

3. What do the following verses say regarding the deity of Jesus Christ?

A. ISAIAH 9:6

B. JOHN 14:9-11

C. ROMANS 9:5

4. Look up the following verses that deal with the attributes of God and expound on them.

A. MATTHEW 28:18 and COLOSSIANS 1:16-17

B. MARK 4:22 and HEBREWS 4:13

C. JEREMIAH 23:23-24

D. HEBREWS 13:8 and JAMES 1:17

5. The Bible tells us that Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. We have seen verses that deal with His deity, now, from the following verses, expound on what the Bible teaches us regarding His humanity.

A. GALATIANS 4:4

B. LUKE 2:52

C. HEBREWS 4:15

D. I CORINTHIANS 15:3

6. According to Hebrews 9:24-25 and I Peter 3:18, why did Christ have to die?

7. According to Matthew 16:21, did Jesus know what was going to happen to Him or did this come as a complete surprise to Him?

8. Did Jesus willingly go to the cross according to John 10:17-18?

9. We are some 2,000 years after Christ’s resurrection, can we know for sure Jesus rose from the dead according to I Corinthians 15:3-8?

10. According to Hebrews 10:12-14 and Romans 4:2-5, can anything be added to Christ’s death which will make you more accepted before God?

God the Father

God the Father is the first person of the Holy Trinity. He, like Jesus, is fully God. Interesting enough, in the very first verse of the Bible we read, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1). The word "God" is Elohim in Hebrew, which speaks of a plurality of God. If it was speaking of God in the singular, then the Hebrew word El would have been used.

What becomes confusing to many is that Deuteronomy 6:4 says, "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!" That seems to indicate that there is only one God and yet we have seen Jesus is God, the Father is God, and in our next study we will see that the Holy Spirit is God. That seems to indicate three God’s which contradict the Scriptures.

Let me explain. The word "LORD" is YAHWEH, which speaks of God’s name, and it is singular. But the word "God" is the Hebrew word Elohim which again speaks of the plurality of God. We then see this passage in Dueteronomy close with the word "one" which makesthings very confusing once again.

The Hebrew word that is used for "one" is Echad, which literally means a "united one." The same word for "one" is used in Genesis 11:6, which says, "And the LORD said, ‘Indeed the people are one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.’ " In this verse we see the idea of separate people that are viewed as being unified as "one". It does not mean that they are physically united into a single being but these individuals still retain their personal identity and distinct personage. Thus, here and in Deuteronomy 6:4 the word "one" implies a "compound unity".

Now if the writer of Deuteronomy wanted to speak of one and only one, he would use the Hebrew word Yachiyd. This word means "only one" or "solitary one". Thus, we see God in three distinct persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All three are God and yet they exist as one being and function in perfect harmony. Think of it this way:

No matter what form it is in it is still the same substance!

1. What does John 4:23-24 say regarding the Father?

2. If God is spirit, then what do the following verses tell us? See John 10:30 and John 14:9.

3. How does the Father show His great love for us according to John 3:16?

4. According to Deuteronomy 8:5 and Proverbs 3:11-12, why does God chasten us?

5. Another reason God chastens us is spoken of in Jeremiah 3:22. Expound on this verse.

6. What does Paul tell us has happened in our life when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior according to Galatians 4:6-7?

7. According to Matthew 6:9, who can pray to the Father?

8. According to Ephesians 1:3, what has the Father given to us and what is that likened to?

9. According to Genesis 1:26 and Matthew 3:16-17, does the Bible speak of God being a trinity?

The Holy Spirit

Many today would have you believe that the Holy Spirit is some impersonal force like the wind or electricity. That is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Trinity and is God, just as the Father and Jesus are.

We see the Holy spirit actively engaged in the work of creation, along with the Father and the Son. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit came upon men to empower for service; but when they were disobedient, He departed from them. That is why when David sinned against the Lord, he prayed, "Take not thy Holy Spirit from me." Psalm 51:11.

But in the New Testament, after Pentecost, we see that the Holy Spirit indwells the believer, never to leave him, filling him and empowering him for service. It is extremely important that the new believer understands that the Holy Spirit is God, equal to the Father and the Son.

1. According to John 14:16-17, 26, why was the Holy Spirit sent to us?

2. We have said that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy trinity. Expound on the following verses that describe his personhood, that He is real and not just a force.

A. EPHESIANS 4:30

B. ACTS 7:51

C. HEBREWS 10:29

D. I THESSALONIANS 5:19

E. ACTS 5:3

F. MATTHEW 12:31-32

3. Being the third person of the Holy Trinity, what do the following verses tell us of His deity?

A. JOB 33:4

B. PSALM 139:7-10

C. LUKE 1:35

D. I CORINTHIANS 2:10-11

E. HEBREWS 9:14

F. ACTS 5:3-4

4. Look up the following verses and expound on the work of the Holy Spirit in a believers life.

A. ROMANS 8:16

B. JOHN 16:13

C. ROMANS 8:26

D. JOHN 14:26

E. JOHN 4:24 and PHILIPPIANS 3:3

F. EPHESIANS 6:18

G. GALATIANS 5:22-23

5. What are some of the results of the Holy Spirit’s presence in the life of a believer? See II Timothy 1:7.

6. If we are to live that victorious spirit filled life, what must we do? See Ephesians 5:18 and Galatians 5:16.

Jesus, in speaking of the Holy Spirit, said in John 14:16-17, "And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but youknow Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

The Holy Spirit dwells "with" unbelievers drawing them to Christ. When they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior then the Holy Spirit comes "in" you. That speaks of your salvation through Christ and the Holy Spirit will never leave you.

Then in Acts 1:8 we read, "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." Jesus is telling us here that the Holy Spirit will come "upon" us or empower us for service to be his witnesses. If you are lacking that power in your life, just ask the Father to empower you with His Spirit to be a witness of Him to a world that is dying in their sins!

The Bible

The Bible is God’s progressive revelation of Himself to His creation. You see, from Genesis to Revelation, 66 books, is the one unfolding story of God’s love and salvation to His rebellious creation, telling us who He is, what He is like, what He has done for us, and what we must do in response to what He has done.

Thus, God has revealed Himself through His word. All that we know about God comes from the Bible, which is the only source of specific, personal revelation about God that we have. And understand this, the Bible has only one message. That is Christ and His redemption. From Genesis to Revelation this is the one unfolding message. Many other things are taught, but this is the predominant theme.

We speak of the inerrancy of the Bible, which means that these 66 books, written from 1500 BC to 96 AD by 40 different authors from every walk of life imaginable (shepherds, kings, generals, prime ministers, fishermen, doctors, etc.), writing on three continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe), in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek), with one continuous story without contradiction or errors. The Bible is the Word of God.

1. What does II Timothy 3:16-17 tell us about the Bible?

2. Wasn’t the Bible written by men? See II Peter 1:20-21 and Galatians 1:11-12.

3. How can we as mere men and women understand the Word of God, the Bible? See I Corinthians 2:12-13.

4. Look up the following verses that deal with God’s Word and expound on them.

A. JOHN 17:17

B. MATTHEW 24:35

C. PSALM 138:2

D. HEBREWS 4:12

E. EPHESIANS 6:17

F. PSALM 40:7 and JOHN 5:39

6. According to Matthew 22:29, what rebuke did Jesus give to the Sadducees?

7. What does Peter admonish us to do in I Peter 3:15?

Baptism

The English word "baptize" comes from a nearly identical Greek word "baptizo" which is the language of the original New Testament writings. The simplest meaning of the word is to "soak, plunge, drench or sink in water." It is with this meaning that it appears in the New Testament of the Bible 74 times.

In the Old Testament, the priests were taught to wash themselves before engaging in worship (Leviticus 15:11, 13). In the New Testament, if people wanted to be converted to Jewish belief, they went through a ceremonial washing referred to as baptism (Mark 7:4, Luke11:38, Hebrews 9:10).

The second reference to baptism concerns the work of John the Baptist. This was pre-Christian baptism. It was the outward symbol of a repentant heart (Matthew 3:6, 11; John 1:25).

The most common use of the word baptism in the New Testament is Christian baptism. After Jesus Christ rose from the dead, He appeared to His disciples. In His final charge, known as the "Great Commission", Jesus included a command to baptize. This was not to provide or be a prerequisite of salvation, but was intended as an outward sign and mark of a believer who was obediently following Christ.

The Christians took this seriously. As soon as the church was born, about 3,000 new believers were baptized (Acts 2:41). Belief always comes first, then baptism.

It has been said that, "Baptism signifies that the old self in us is drowned, and the new person is risen to life before God in righteousness and purity forever." Paul said, "and you are complete in Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses." Colossians 2:10, 12,13.

And Jesus said,"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. Matthew 28:19-20

If you have not yet been baptized and would like to be, please contact the church office and we would be happy to make arrangements with you.

Scriptures of Ministry

AFFLICTIONS

ARE OFTEN PROVIDENTIAL........................................PSALM 119:67, 71, 75

GOD WILL DELIVER THROUGH.................................................PSALM 34:19

ANXIETY

IS RELIEVED THROUGH PRAYER...................................PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

REMEMBER, GOD CARES FOR YOU...........................................I PETER 5:7

COMFORT

JESUS - THE GOOD SHEPHERD.....................................................PSALM 23

HE WILL NEVER FORSAKE YOU.................................. ....HEBREWS 13:5-6

DISCOURAGEMENT

DON’T GIVE UP.............................GALATIANS 6:9, I CORINTHIANS 15:58

GOD WILL HELP STRENGTHEN................................................ISAIAH 41:10

EMPTINESS

CHRIST CAN SATISFY............................................................PSALM 107:8-9

HE WILL FULFILL YOUR DESIRES..........................................PSALM 37:4-5

FORGIVENESS

FORGIVENESS AND CLEANSING PROMISE........PSALM 32:5, I JOHN 1:9

GUILT

NO CONDEMNATION...............................................................ROMANS 8:1

NO SIN TOO GREAT.....................................................................ISAIAH 1:18

JUDGEMENT

EVERYONE ACCOUNTABLE.....................ROMANS 14:12, HEBREWS 9:27

LONELINESS

HIS PRESENCE PROMISED.................................................HEBREWS 13:5-6

IN HIS PRESENCE IS JOY...........................................................PSALM 16:11

SUFFERING

SUFFERING HAS PROFIT..................................................HEBREWS 12:6-11

IT DEEPENS THE FAITH..............................................................I PETER 1:6-7

IT’S TO BE EXPECTED............................................................I PETER 2:19-23

GOD’S GRACE IS SUFFICIENT..............................II CORINTHIANS 12:9-10

TEMPTATIONS

HOW TO AVOID THEM..........................................................MATTHEW 26:41

WHAT CAUSES FAILURE...........................................................JAMES 1:13-14

VICTORY

IS IN CHRIST..........................................................................PHILIPPIANS 4:13

YOUR INNER RESOURCE.................................................................I JOHN 4:4

SEEK GOD’S HELP..........................................................I CORINTHIANS 10:13

WORRY

GOD WILL PROVIDE.............................................................PHILIPPIANS 4:19

HAVE FAITH IN HIM...............................................................ROMANS 4:20-21

CLAIM HIS PROMISES...............................................................I JOHN 5:14-15

Through these lessons we pray that you have grown in your relationship with the Lord and that these lessons will be just the stepping stones for you to continue to grow in your relationship with the Lord. As a child of God you can bring your concerns, your questions, directly to the lord and allow Him to comfort and teach you. You can also bring your prayer requests to other brothers or sisters in the Lord so they can pray for you also.

In the years to come you will be faced with many circumstances different than you may have faced before, at least you will be looking at them with a different perspective now. Rest assured in one thing, Jesus loves you, knows you and card for you and is the answer in your changing circumstances. You will find comfort, strength, and direction in Him andthrough the written word (the Bible).

Our heartfelt desire for you is to grow in the knowledge and the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May God continue to bless you as you grow in Him.

If there is any way that we can be of service to you in your new found walk in Christ, please feel free to contact us here at Calvary Chapel of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

In His Love,
Pastor Joseph Guglielmo

Philippians 1:6