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12 Chapters  The Learner I  (12 Week Course)

  Chapter One                        Becoming A Disciple  

 

   Chapter Two                        What is Man?  

   Chapter Three                     Man: From Fall Unto Faith!  

   Chapter Four                       These Three Are One!  

   Chapter Five                        Light Vs. Darkness!  

   Chapter Six                          Who Is Man With Christ?  

   Chapter Seven                    Prayer And Confession  

   Chapter Eight                      Forgiveness  

   Chapter Nine                       How To Handle Hard Times  

   Chapter Ten                        God And Deliverance  

   Chapter Eleven                   Faith In Action  

   Chapter Twelve                   Workers Needed  

 

Chapter Two:  What is Man?

 

Chapter 2 : What Is Man?

Primary Message: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him, male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27

Worldview: Man evolved from apes through the process of evolution. Science will soon be able to clone man!

Evangelistic Emphasis: And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7 “Jesus came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

In the first chapter we learned about the importance of the decision about who we say Jesus is. In this chapter we will address the importance of who man is. Understanding who and what we are as we begin this walk with Jesus is vital. Jesus had selected disciples to walk with him and to learn the ways of God, but often it was difficult for them to understand because they had to mature in the things of God.

Jesus began to teach His Disciples the things of God as they followed Him. Since the beginning, man has had a difficult time understanding the things of God, but God is faithful to us and teaches us through Jesus as we follow Him. Here we will take a look at man and how he was made and why it is difficult for man to walk with God without understanding who man is and what God’s purpose is for his life. The issue of not understanding the things of God is common to us all. Not understanding the difference between the ways of man and the ways of God prevents us from experiencing God’s benefits in life.

Let’s look at what scripture says about man and who man is.

Genesis 1:26, - 2:7

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all creeping things that creepeth upon the earth.

27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28. And God blessed them and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29. And God said, behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2. And on the seventh day God ended his work, which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work, which he had made.

3. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

4. These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

5. And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

6. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

7. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” 

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Cloning is a big topic these days, man has recently successfully cloned sheep and other animals, but there has been ethical and moral issues concerning the cloning of man. Stem Cell research and many scientific things seem to be playing God. All the science in the world could never do what God has done though!

Who we are and who God is are two totally different things. We are created in His image, but we are very limited in many things unlike God who is without limits in anything. When we attempt to play God we soon see how small and powerless man is.

Would you say that man has been the first clone that ever lived since we are created by God in to be in His image and likeness?

Do you believe that science will be able to clone man and if so what might they miss? Can science clone the soul and spirit? If so how would his soul be created and whose image might he eventually evolve into?

Answer the following questions:

Whose image was man created in?

How did God create man?

Why is it important that we should be created in the image and

likeness of God?

When you were a young child who did you want to be like and why?

Did you know if you were to study a sample of the dirt of the earth you would find the same ingredients that we are made of?

For example Phosphorus, iodine, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, chromium, chloride, potassium, nickel, lead, and many more! When God made man from the dust of the earth he made us from the same ingredients that make up the earth and the same ingredients that we take every day called vitamins. Man is created from dirt.

Recently there was a story about an Ethiopian woman who had been selling “dirt pies” to make a living for many years. She would take the dirt from the ground and mix it with some water, salt, and some other flavor and then bake it like bread and then she sold it to hungry buyers as a snack and was very successful!

Wow can you imagine eating dirt! Well that is some of what we are made of, but not all; we also have a soul (the breath of God).

Genesis 3:1-13

1. “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field, which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2. And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3. But of the fruit of the tree, which is in the midst of the garden, God, hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it lest ye die.

4. And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall surely not die:

5. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

6. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

7. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

8. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

9. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10. And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; as I hid myself.

11. And he said, who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, Whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

12. And the man said, the woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

13. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me and I did eat.”

 

Ok, so we have been talking about the image of man, we learned that man was created in the image and likeness of God and that man is a living soul. What has happened to man now? He has disobeyed God’s command because he was tricked, does this now change who he is? Has his image changed, has his identity changed at all? God’s image and likeness is one of purity, perfection, and promise. Mans purity changed when he witnessed his nakedness, his perfection changed when he broke the commandment of God, and his promise was broken when he listened to another. 

 

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

Man falls, what does this do to man’s image?

Does man’s image begin to resemble the serpent now that he tries to hide from God and even trick God by claiming he is not responsible?

God desires us to always live in his image and likeness and whenever we listen to any other than God, we distort our image of purity, the image that he created us in. When we fall into sin our image becomes like that of the serpent and when we follow Jesus and keep his commands our image returns and remains in the likeness of God.

Job 5:6,7

5 “Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground.

7. Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.”

In many ways this has been a hard concept to imagine, that man is born unto trouble, and that a brand new baby would be anything but pure and innocent is a thing that is hard to swallow! Wait! God is not saying that we are trouble when we are born; instead he is saying that we are born into trouble! The world is full of trouble, trouble is already here when we come out of our mother’s womb, the minute that we are born we are born into a troubled world and despite the fact that we are created in God’s image and likeness we can take on a new image that resembles the troubles of this troubled world, a world that is full of a myriad of challenges, many of which we fall captive to without the proper defenses. This has a great deal to do with maintaining our original image in which we were created. How do we maintain this image? Our fallen nature or sin nature is not how it is supposed to be, in fact God’s design is purity, without sin, and living out all of the fruits of the spirit, meaning love, joy peace and so on. That is who we are until we are tempted to listen to another voice and to not follow the voice of God.

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

Trouble doesn’t come from where?

Where does trouble come from?

Romans 3:10-18

10 “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one:

11. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh

after God.

12. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become

unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

13. There throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues have

they used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips.

14. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

15. Their feet are swift to shed blood:

16. Destruction and misery are in their ways:

17. And the way of peace have they not known.

18. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Who is man is our question. It seems a bit harsh to say that we are so terrible and yet who is among us that is good? None! Who can do right by God all the time? Who can keep all of the law? Who can speak such great words that can convince God that we are ok? No one! Does God look at us in such a wretched way? Of course not, in fact he loves us and died for us to prove it, but he must share this talk with us because in truth there are those that think more highly of themselves than they ought, God simply puts things into proper perspective lest any of us think that we got it right. Truth is, it is only his grace that saves us!

All of us are incapable of controlling our lives, our tongues, and our hearts in the way that God requires so we must acknowledge who we are and our insufficiencies before a perfect God! We are imperfect, meant to be perfect, yet perfection only comes through Jesus. We are not born into perfection, but must resist trouble and aspire to walk in God’s image and likeness, and we can do this by accepting Jesus into

our lives. Can you think of anything about you that might be described here in the above verses? What are your imperfections and how might this effect the image that God originally created us in.

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

What is missing from the life of man that causes them to fall?

Why is man’s image different without Jesus?

Romans 1:17 “for therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written. The just shall live by faith.” Since the beginning of man’s creation the great works of many men, women, heroes and the like have been recorded. We can call upon story after story, book after book, and year after year, all the wonderful works of man’s accomplishments so it is true that Man has a “good side” to him, yet it is through the spirit of God that we are able to do anything good as it is written: “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” James 1:17 The Bible tells us that without God all that we do is filthy rags. “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness’ are as filthy rags;” Isaiah 64:6 So which is it? Is man good or not so good?

The answer does not come to us by reflecting on our accomplishments, it comes to us by reflecting on our faith. Only our faith in Jesus our creator makes us righteous. Not one thing that we have done or will ever do will make us more or less righteous, except our belief in who Jesus is, this makes us the man or woman that we were created to be, In his image and likeness. Never have we heard from Jesus that our accomplishments will reserve our place in heaven with the Father. He has not said it and will not! Only faith in Christ will give us access to the Father. We must live by faith and not by our works.

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

How is the righteousness of God revealed?

Can man gain access to heaven by doing great works?

Man’s image is that of an image that has faith in God because

we are created to have faith.

When man attempts to create his image based upon his

achievements does this contradict what God’s original creation

was?

What does this do to his faith?

Does he now believe in himself as a god?

Romans 1:21,22

21 “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”

 

There is a very popular belief in our society that knowledge is power, so many do all to attain as much of it as possible. They promote higher degrees of education and spend lifetimes in study and leave with a darkened heart despite their efforts. They leave their lifetime of studies just like the Bible tells us

“Ever learning, and never able to come into the knowledge of the truth.” 2Timothy 3:7 We are continuous in learning knowledge but knowledge distorts our original design because it puffs our minds up.

1 Corinthians 8:1

“Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies.” Man’s image was created in the image of God and man was created from the dust of the earth as we have previously read, but now that man has taken on this pursuit of knowledge apart from God they have decided that man has evolved from an ape and can soon be cloned thereby making more of these scientific Frankenstein clones that obviously evolved from the ape’s mind and not God’s heart! This is the place the great pursuit of knowledge will bring you to when you forsake the truth of God. You will now become a scientific clone of an ape that has become vain in its imagination instead of the masterwork of the greatest creative designer that ever existed! Jesus Christ our Lord.

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

What is man’s wisdom?

 

Why?

Romans 1:28

28 “And even when they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” “Retain in their knowledge” Have you ever heard that phrase “use it or lose it?” This phrase speaks of retaining what we have always known or have always had. Our image or man’s image has changed in a great way in this new time that we live in. There is a great deal of effort to exclude God from our study and consequentially from our lives. There are huge consequences to pay for the sin of turning away from God. To turn unto this new world thought leaving behind how we were originally created and in who’s image and likeness and teaching our children and their children after them to do the same has nearly erased the benefits of our loving God from this generation and the generations to come. We are now suffering a true “identity crisis” The question “What is man” can no longer be answered, Man is the image of God, but instead it must be answered differently with things such as Man is the image of Ape! As we continue to pursue knowledge we must never lose our identity because when we do our Father will ultimately cast us aside as reprobates just as he has said here! Now, the answer to the question “what is man?” maybe man is the reprobate!

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

Why did God give them up?

Do you think this is fair?

The following message was given at an addiction recovery meeting. The central focus was to take a deeper look inside the heart and mind of the individual person making a fearless inventory of who we are and admit to God and to ourselves our need for help through Jesus the only one that can help us to overcome our weakness.

WHAT MANNER OF MAN?

Have you taken time to look in the mirror lately? I mean really look in the mirror into your soul? Have you tried to see what was inside of you, what you look like on the inside, in your heart, in your mind, and in your soul? You’ve heard of the term “soul searching”. Have you done this lately? Let’s take a few moments to take a look at ourselves. In addiction recovery steps 4 & 5 state that we are to make a fearless moral inventory of ourselves and admit to God, to ourselves and to others the exact nature of our wrongs. This takes courage and honesty, brutal honesty that hurts us many times. We must look at the truth of ourselves no matter how difficult it may be. So let us look in the mirror now and be honest asking, what manner of person am I?

James 1:22-25 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was, but whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” There are great people in the world that know a great deal about a many things, but if one studies history they will find that the greatest of all were those that knew and put what they knew into action for all to see.

What manner are you?

Are you one who will know a great many things or one who will know and do a great many things? Doing what you know instead of just merely saying what you know takes courage and a stand for truth. With the help of Jesus we can say and do the truth.

1Peter 1:13-25

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written , “Be ye holy; For I am holy.”

Here again, as it is in many other scriptures, Jesus leads the way; he is holy, so we are also called to be like him, holy. We are called to holiness! What manner of man? Holy!

Roman 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Have you given yourself over to Jesus as a sacrifice? To do so is to recognize what manner of person you are without Him and to recognize your need for His grace.

Jesus became a sacrifice for us because He saw our need way before we saw it. We need to be acceptable unto God and without Jesus we cannot be. What manner of person does God desire? He desires us to be acceptable, holy, and honest about our condition. 

 Isaiah 35:8,9 “And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called: The way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those wayfaring (travelers) men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there.” With man we often forget what we were, how we were created and who we were created for, we forget yesterday, we forget last week, and we continue to wallow in the dirt of our past forgetting that Jesus blood was shed to wash us and clean us up. But God has called us to a life of holiness.”

1John 2:3-7

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that says I know him and keeps not his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him. He that says he abides in him ought himself also to walk even as he(Jesus) walked.”

Here again Jesus leads. We are to walk even as he walked.

What manner of walk? A Jesus walk.

Are you walking as Jesus walked?

Do you remember what you looked like when you looked in the mirror into your soul? What change have you seen since Jesus entered your heart? And what changes can be made to look more like him when you examine yourself in the mirror again?

1John 3:1-3

“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: Therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not.” Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: But we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.”

This may be my favorite scripture in the entire Bible! Like him, that’s what we will be! When we look at ourselves, deep into our heart, and behold our image in the mirror when Jesus comes, we will see our image clearly and we will be like Jesus! What a glorious day that will be!!!!

Listed below are some Memory verses. It is important to start memorizing scripture as a Disciple of Christ. Jesus is the Word of God and therefore we should make it a point to know His word through memory. Each Chapter will have its own set of memory verses for you to memorize. We encourage you to do so in preparation of taking the Word to the world. Taking this message to the world is everyone’s responsibility!

Memory Verses:

Romans 1:17 “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed…”

Romans 1:21,22 “Because that when they knew God, they glorified…” “Professing themselves to be…”

Romans 1:24 “Wherefore God gave them up to…”

Romans 1:28 “they did not like to retain God…”

 

Chapter Three                     Man: From Fall Unto Faith!