Learn to SHARE

Growing New Believers ©

By: Leonard C. Albert
Session Three
Learn to SHARE

Find the TIME for Daily Devotions

Many new Christians view the Christian life as a long list of “do’s” and “don’ts.” They haven’tcasino france
yet discovered that spending time with God is a privilege that we get to do not a chore or an
obligation that we have to do. Getting started with a daily devotional simply takes a little bit of
planning. There is no set standard of what a daily devotional time should look like.
Research has proven that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Habits are an essential part of our life,
without them we would fail in most things we try to accomplish. They help us to reach specific
goals, stay focused along the way and keep on pushing when the going gets tough. At the same
time, non-supportive habits can keep us from moving forward or even hurt our well-being. It is a
truth that anything you do with repetition and emotion will become your reality.
We need to spend some portion of every day with God—thinking about God, reading His Word,
learning His will, giving of our lives to help others, and understanding what it really means to be
more like Christ in the 21st century. All of this is a part of having daily devotions.
Here are some pointers:
> Choose the best time and place. There is no “right” and “wrong” time of day. I prefer
having my devotions very early in the morning before I exercise or eat. This is the least
likely time of day for an interruption. Whatever time of day you choose, let it be the best
time of day for you.
> Find the best place. Some place quiet. I usually study in a comfortable chair that is in our
family room. It has a nice table beside it and a good reading light. I use a computer or my
iPad to read and study the scripture.
> Decide on a time frame. It can be as brief as 15 minutes or as long as 60 minutes or more.
Begin with a realistic goal that you can meet.
> Select a Bible Reading Plan or Bible Study. We have used the daily reading from Walk Thru
the Bible for years. You can order them at: www.devotionals.org. Your Bible app on your
cell phone or iPad has some great plans. There are many available.
> Spend some time in prayer and worship as part of your daily devotion. It doesn’t have to take
long. Spend some quality time focused on Jesus!
By: Leonard C. Albert
Growing New Believers ©
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The best way to study Bible passages is to ask these questions:
What did the passage mean at the time it was written and to the people who read it?
What does the passage mean to us in our modern time?
How should I change my lifestyle to conform to God’s lesson taught in the passage?
There are numerous passages that tell us the importance of studying and praying the Word of
God.
1. Do you believe that just by reading and remembering God’s Word we can be kept from
sin? (Psalm 119:1)
2. Will the truths of the Bible ever pass away (Matthew 24:35)
3. Read Psalm 119:105 and fill in the missing words:
“Your word is a to my feet and a to my path.”
4. Why do we study the Bible? Choose the correct answer. (2 Timothy 2:15)
5. Romans 12:1-2 is such a powerful scripture on how our lives can be acceptable to God.
Read it and fill in the missing words:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a
living (1) , holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable (2) . And do not
be (3) to this world, but be transformed by the (4) of your mind, that you
may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect (5) of God. (NKJV)
YES NO
YES NO
Gain goodwill with man
Gain approval from God
Gain appreciation from the pastor
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6. How did Jesus answer the devil each time He was tempted (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10)
7. Write down two results which follow in our lives when we claim the promises of God’s
Word. (2 Peter 1:4)
8. What does God say He will do if we will draw near to Him? (James 4:8)
Use Your TALENTS for Ministry
God has not called everyone into fulltime, pulpit ministry—the five-fold ministry positions listed
in Ephesians 4:11: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and
some, pastors and teachers.”
When I first became a believer I thought I might become a preacher because I was so eager to be
a witness for Christ. I found out early in my Christian walk that a person doesn’t have to be a
credentialed minister to do effective work for the Lord. All believers should be working for the
Lord by giving of their talents, gifts, and resources. God has given each one of us different
talents.
Romans 12:4-8 says, “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not
have the same function, (5) so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members
of one another. (6) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use
them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; (7) or ministry, let us use it in
our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; (8) he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives,
with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
If God has not spoken to your heart about a specific ministry, then I suggest asking yourself this
question: “What natural talent do I have that I can use for the Lord to help further the Kingdom
of God?” Whatever your talent is, whether it is doing deeds of kindness, visiting the shut-ins,
ministering to the homeless, conducting music, art, cooking, cleaning, encouraging, or simply in
being a good listener, make yourself available to volunteer in those areas of the church you
attend.
In this portion of our study we will focus on how to share the message of salvation in Christ and
how to win others to Christ.
Some Things God Wants Us to Tell Others
1. In the Bible God tells us some things He expects us to talk about to our friends and
neighbors – and to everyone who does not know Him.
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> He wants us to tell them that all have . (Romans 3:23)
> He wants us to tell them their own works of will not save them.
(Titus 3:5)
> God wants us to tell others that Jesus has already made a way for them to be saved,
and if we believe on Him we shall not . (John 3:16)
> God wants us to explain to others about the ” ” Jesus has made. (John 14:6)
2. What did Christ tell His disciples that they were to be for Him? (Acts 1:8)
3. To whom must the witness be extended before the end of this age? (Matthew 24:14)
4. What does a true witness do by his testimony? (Proverbs 14:25)
5. What should a wise Christian seek to do? (Proverbs 11:30)
6. When the Pharisees questioned the man born blind, what did he answer from his own
experience? (John 9:25)
7. What will happen to lost men and women if we do not give them the gospel so they may
be saved? (Revelation 20:10, 14, 15)
8. To whom are we to preach the gospel? (Mark 16:15)
Servants
Warriors
Witnesses
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> Where are we to preach the gospel? (Mark 16:15)
> Does this mean in schools, homes, jails, and in the market place as well as in the
church?
9. What solemn warning does God give to His people? (Ezekiel 3:17-21)
10. What two ways do Christians overcome the devil? (Revelation 12:11)
11. What is the final reward laid up for all faithful witnesses of Christ (2 Timothy 4:8)
Use Your TREASURE as a Steward
Stewardship is the act of a steward. A steward is presented in the Bible as one to whom
something has been committed and one who is engaged in service for another. Christ has
committed to us the witness of the gospel both by mouth and by example.
This part of the lesson speaks of our stewardship of things material (money and possessions) and
spiritual (the gospel) which God has committed to us. The word “tithe” means one-tenth or a
“tenth part” and has reference to the giving of one-tenth of our income to the work of the Lord.
1. To whom did Abraham pay tithe on one occasion? (Hebrews 7:1, 2; Genesis 14:18-20)
2. What was this man’s position? (Genesis 14:18)
3. Was this before or after the Mosaic law was given? (The commandment to pay tithe by
the law was given in Leviticus 27:30.)
YES NO
Before
After
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4. Name another man who paid tithe to the Lord before the Mosaic law was given. (Genesis
28:16-22)
5. What then would be your reply to those who object to tithing on the basis that it is an old
Mosaic law which no longer needs to be obeyed?
6. How had the people robbed God? (Malachi 3:8)
7. What command and what promise concerning the tithe are given by God in Malachi
3:10?
8. When Jesus pronounced woe upon the scribes and Pharisees, (a) What weighty things did
He say ought to be remembered? (b) What did He say in this same verse ought not to be
left undone? (Matthew 23:23)
9. Is there a difference made between paying tithes and giving offerings? (Malachi 3:8)
10. Offerings to God other than the tithe ought to be given according to what three rules? (2
Corinthians 9:7)
11. What kind of giver does God love? (2 Corinthians 9:7)
A
B
YES NO
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What judgment is pronounced upon those who will not hear the cry of the poor?
(Proverbs 21:13)
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13. What promise is given to those who help the poor? (Proverbs 14:21)
14. What did Jesus say we ought to do when the needy ask for help? (Matthew 5:42) (It is up
to each one of us to determine the need according to our conscience. Everyone who
might ask for money does not especially come under the definition of the needy).
15. Acts 20:35 has a great closing word for us on the power of giving. Read it and fill in the
missing words:
I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must (1) the weak.
And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to (2)
than to (3) .'” (NKJV)
Summary thoughts from Leonard Albert
Congratulations! You finished the third Growing New Believers© study lesson. You are now
over half way through the entire series.
As you have discovered, you are also at the beginning of a new relationship–a relationship with
God that is possible because of Jesus Christ. As with any relationship, your relationship with
God will grow stronger and deeper through communication and experiences. As you learn more
about God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, you will grow to love God and trust Him more
and more. You will develop a great prayer life, you will learn to be an effective witness for
Christ and you will be generous in your giving. In doing these things, you will gain a better
understanding of how Jesus is relevant to the details of your life. Your relationship will grow
also as you see God’s faithfulness in situations in your life, particularly situations that you have
turned over to Him in prayer.
Be careful that you are not deceived into thinking that going to heaven instead of hell is the only
benefit of being a Christian. If you believe this lie, you will tend to think that you have already
received all that there is to receive as a Christian, and view the rest of your life as an obligation
to pay God back for the gift of heaven. This erroneous view leads to the attitude that Christianity
is drudgery, sacrificing all the “fun” things in the world for a life of rigidity and boredom.
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The Christian life is not receiving the gift of heaven and then trying hard from that point forward
to live according to the standards of the Bible. This is the truth: God wanted you to receive
Christ, not only to be forgiven of sin, but to give you abundant life–contentment, joy,
fulfillment, and fruitfulness in Christ. God wants you to know that, because of your faith, Christ
actually lives in you, and has given you a new life–His life. God wants you to see the relevance
of Christ to all issues in your life. Through Christ, the Father has given you an inexhaustible
source of joy, contentment, power, and peace; and equipped you to be a great blessing to other
people.
Discussion topic: money. The purpose of tithing is to secure not the tithe but the tither, not
the gift but the giver, not the possession but the possessor, not your money but you for God.
Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Leonard C. Albert