Cultivate Lesson 19   

Review from last week
1.   As followers of Christ or "People of the Cross" we live our lives to love God and love people.   One of the ways we fulfill this is by obeying the great commission and going into all the world to preach the Gospel.
3.  Seed thought:  The Bible says blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
 

Students write down the blue questions and the red answers.

Title: THE TRUTH ABOUT BEING HUMAN SESSION 5
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE REDEEMED

GALATIANS 3:13
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law having been made a curse for us.  For cursed is every man that hangs on a tree. 

CLASS QUESTION
Could someone clarify what I mean when I say the Fall? What is the Fall?  What happened to cause it? What were the effects of the fall for mankind?

1. What is the Fall?  is a term used to describe the transition of the first man and woman from a state of innocent obedience to God to a state of guilty disobedience.

Although not named in the Bible, the doctrine of the fall comes from a biblical interpretation of Genesis chapter 3..

GENESIS 3/  1 CORINTHIANS 15:22
The fall refers to Adam’s rebellion in the garden. He ate from the forbidden tree  And unleashed a curse resulting in death and suffering on all of creation. This affects Adam and   All of humanities level of intimacy with God.

We had to review this element in order to discuss and receive revelation on the redemption we have In Christ. The Bible says, if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things have passed away behold all things have become new.

2. What were the effects of the fall for mankind?  Because of the Fall, death became a reality, and all creation was subject to it. All men die, all animals die, all plant life dies. The “whole creation groans” (Romans 8:22), waiting for the time when Christ will return to liberate it from the effects of death. Because of sin, death is an inescapable reality, and no one is immune. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Worse still, we not only die, but if we die without Christ, we experience eternal death.

Another effect of the Fall is that humans have lost sight of the purpose for which they were created. Man’s chief end and highest purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Romans 11:36;1 Corinthians 6:20;1 Corinthians 10:31;Psalm 86:9). Hence, love to God is the core of all morality and goodness. The opposite is the choice of self as supreme. Selfishness is the essence of the Fall, and what follows are all other crimes against God.

When Adam chose to rebel against his Creator, Adam lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of physical and spiritual death, and his mind was darkened by sin, as are the minds of his successors. The apostle Paul said of pagans, “Since they do not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind” (Romans 1:28). He told the Corinthians that “the god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). Jesus said, “I have come into the world as a light so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46). Paul reminded the Ephesians, “You were once in darkness but now you are in the light of the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8). The purpose of salvation is “to open the eyes [of unbelievers] and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God” (Acts 26:18).

The Fall produced in humans a state of depravity. Paul spoke of those “whose consciences are seared” (1 Timothy 4:2) and those whose minds are spiritually darkened as a result of rejecting the truth (Romans 1:21). In this state, man is utterly incapable of doing or choosing that which is acceptable to God, apart from divine grace. “The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so” (Romans 8:7).

Without the supernatural regeneration by the Holy Spirit, all men would remain in their fallen state. But in His grace, mercy and loving-kindness, God sent His Son to die on the cross and take the penalty of our sin, reconciling us to God and making eternal life with Him possible. What was lost at the Fall is reclaimed at the Cross.

GALATIANS 3:13
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law having been made a curse for us  For cursed is every man that hangs on a tree

Lets look at a few passages of Scripture to highlight some of the key elements of our redemption through Christ.

MATHEW 27:51
 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split


The veil of the temple is torn in two

In the Old Testament, starting after the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt, people had to go through a strict procedure to properly connect with God. For the most part only prophets, priest, and kings were allowed to more intimately connect with God through the Holy Spirit.
Priest would walk into the Holy of Holies in the temple which was separated by a veil. Behind this veil housed the manifest or felt presence of God. Only priest could enter and experience this
So it is no small thing that the veil of the temple ripped in two once Jesus drew His final breadth on the cross and declared, “It is finished.”

The veil ripping in two signified that Christ sacrifice redeemed mankind’s ability to connect intimately with God and experience His manifest presence. No longer would this privilege only be granted to certain people namely prophets, priest and kings.

Now anyone who has accepted Christ as their Lord has access to the holy of holies. As redeemed followers of Christ, we house the presence of God. This is why the scripture says, we are the temple of the Holy Ghost.

While we are redeemed from the curse through Christ, we are still undergoing transformation.

ROMANS 12:2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

The Bibles says be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may know that perfect will for which God has sent you.
How do we allow or continue this transformation process?


We renew our minds to the word of God
We submerse ourselves in His presence through worship and prayer
We read literature that helps us understand Biblical concepts
We connect with friends mentors pastors and family that help us grow in Christ

However, when all this is said and done… it takes the resurrection power of God to change us and break remnants of the curse off our lives.

3.  What might be considered a remnant of the curse?     Selfish human nature  Lust/ not just in a sexual sense but a lust for material things, money, power…


Sounds like a rap song…. Honestly a lot of lust is not just about desire, but about power..
Another remnant of the curse or experiencing the effects of the fall would be sexual and gender confusion or oppression
People honestly do feel like they were born homosexual or in the wrong gender. These feelings are real and we should never be insensitive to those who deal with such very real feelings. But we know the truth. And the truth is that all human nature is born into a fallen condition and thus is vulnerable to identity confusion and sexual distortion.  A spirit of confusion can attach itself to a young child or an adult. But praise God, the resurrection power of God is big enough to bring freedom and order to all who are oppressed by demonic forces.

Connecting with the presence of God.. the resurrection power of God… through prayer, worship, and His Word is the key to destroying that old nature and stirring up a redeemed nature in us.
What does it mean to be redeemed? What does God’s nature look like inside of us?
The fruit of the Spirit/ Galatians 5:22-23
The gift of the Spirit/ I Corinthians 12:8-10/ Ephesians 4:7-13/ Romans 12:3-8
A Spirit of power, love, and a sound mind/ 2 Timothy 1:7
All of this is operated a motivated by love
Human nature is selfish
God’s nature is motivated by love/ Galatians 5:6
This love compels us to know God and obey God
This love compels us to make the love of God known to others.

GALATIANS 5:14/  MATHEW 22:37-40
This is why all the law and prophets can be summed up into two things
Love the Lord with all you heart, mind, and soul/ and then love thy neighbor as thyself
MEDIA SEGMENT: SCENCE FROM PASSION OF THE CHRIST
/ FINAL BREATH AND RESURRECTION
Group Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some of examples of fallen human nature? How is this fallen nature transcended through music, television, and movies? Discuss a few songs or films that seems to praise fallen human nature.
  2. What is the significance of the veil being torn in two at the final breadth of Christ on the cross?
  3. Give some examples of what it means or looks like to be redeemed? How do we continue this process of transformation?
  4. Has anyone ever had a special experience with God during worship, prayer, or while reading the Bible? Please share with the group.
  5. A lot of people just got back from missions. Some amazing miracles took place. For example, some of the students who went to Mexico with Pastor John witnessed a tumor dissolve after praying for a woman to be healed. They literally saw the lump go down.

Experiencing the healing power of God is part of living a redeemed life. Some people need physical healings while others need emotional healing or deliverance from an addiction to a sin. The resurrection power of God is more than enough to bring wholeness. The Bible says that the anointing destroys every yoke of bondage off our lives.
And yet, at times it seems like we see more big miracles on missions oversees as opposed to back home in our own surroundings. The problem is unbelief spawned by familiarity
Christ had to deal with this very delimma. In His own hometownChrist was limited in healing people. He said it was because they were too familiar with Him and had a lot of unbelief or skeptism… There is another passage where Christ is about to resurrect a dead girl but first had to kick out all the people who were laughing at him in disbelief. After doing this, He raised the girl back to life.
Living in a country like America, were skepticism and seemingly familiarity with Christ is rampant, how do we guard our hearts against unbelief? What can we do to keep the power of God fresh and flowing in our lives even while we wait for miracles?
Answer: By the word of our testimony/ Keep feeding yourself God’s thoughts on life and seek to understand the power of God/ Read testimonies of those that have receive their healing and or deliverance…. Stay steady in pursuing the presence of God and He will refresh your faith…      Also Pray in the Spirit/ Jude 1:20  When we pray in the Spirit, we build up our most holy faith

 

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Why do we need to know about ?

1.  To let others know what is our perspective.

2.  Helps to guide others toward heaven

3.  then we begin to make the right decisions and form the appropriate responses to questions that effect everyday life. Because, in the end, the truth does set us free.  It is our decisions and actions that reveal what we really believe.

     

 

 

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Small Group Discussion

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