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  We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

 

 

  Pastor Jasmine Thason 

With the Holy Spirit directing your life, you will experience a deeper relationship with God and you will grow in your ability to trust him.

 

1. What does it mean to grow in your relationship with Jesus?

Growing in your relationship with Jesus means to know him better, to love and obey him more.

“And this is the way to have eternal life-to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth” (John 17:3).

 

 

“Jesus replied: ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).

 

 

 

Your growing love for God will lead you to obey his commandments. Amen

(Jesus speaking) “Those who obey my commandments are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them, and I will love them. And I will reveal myself to each one of them” (John 14:21).

 

Just as it’s natural for a child to grow in a loving relationship with a parent, it’s also natural for you to grow in your love relationship with God.

 

 

2. How can you grow in your relationship with Jesus?

Communication is vital to any relationship. There are four aspects of communication that will help you develop your relationship with Jesus.

 

 

i) God communicates with us in various ways, including through the Bible, revealing his character and his will.

 

ii) “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

 

 

n Which of these benefits of Bible reading would be most helpful to you right now?

 

 

iii) We communicate with God through prayer-sharing our thoughts, our needs and our desire to do his will.

 

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6,7).

 

“And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for” (1 John 5:14-15).

 

These verses tell us we can pray about everything. When we pray according to God’s will, he hears us and answers us. Thanking God is also part of praying.

 

 

“No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”

(1 Thessalonians 5:18).

 

 

“Always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

By thanking God, we express our trust in him.

 

 

What are some things you can be praying about?

 

 

iv) We communicate with Christians through fellowship-encouraging and building up one another.

“Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25).

 

 

It’s important to spend time with other Christians-to encourage each other to love and do good. The Greek word for fellowship, koinonia, means “sharing in common.” There is a famous saying used in the early church in Ireland that a person without a soul friend  is like a body without a head. A soul friend is simply a support person who challenges you to grow-a friend along the spiritual journey who is an equal, not a superior.

 

We need to share our Christian experience with others who love God, and likewise allow them to share with us. God appoints the church as a place for us to meet other Christians and learn about God. Bible studies and other meetings are also helpful.

 

 

v) We communicate with others who don’t know God personally by witnessing-sharing about our relationship with Jesus in word and deed. Jesus is the only name by which we can be saved.

 

“There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them”

(Acts 4:12).

 

 

 

  • What would motivate you to tell another person about Jesus?
  • Who would you like to tell about what Jesus has done in your life?

 

 

Suggestions for Further Growth

Set aside a time and place for daily personal Bible study and prayer. A good book to begin with is the New Testament Book of John. As you read, underline verses you find particularly meaningful. Pray and ask God to show you who he is and how you can respond to him.

 

Study other passages, such as the ones in this lesson and Psalms 1:1-6, Psalm 34:1, Psalm 103:1-22, and Psalm 145:1-21,  Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 9:23-26; John 15:1-7; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; and Colossians 1:9-12.

 

 

This is the beginning of your new life in Christ and there is much more to discover than what’s covered in these four lessons. Take the initiative today to find a church, fellowship, parish, community or prayer group that is Christ-centred and has a focus on the Scriptures and make plans to attend regularly. For additional Christian materials, look in your local bookshop or Christian bookshop.

 

 

Summary

As you rely on the Holy Spirit for power, read the Bible, pray, spend time with other believers and share Jesus with others, God will produce his character in you and you will mature spiritually.

 

This is the best time CHRISTMAS SEASON to WITNESS TO NON BELIVERS and show the LOVE of CHRIST by inviting them to your house for a fellowship … prepare some lite snack or cookies and chit chat….. God bless all of you and this is a very Blessed Season of Joy as we celebrate and remember the birth of JESUS Christ.

 

Blessings and love to you in Jesus Name. Amen

Rev Jasmine Thason

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