INTRODUCTION: The following "A New Life" studies are used by permission by the author, Thomas Wade Akins.
      Psalms 119:105 says, "Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path." The Bible is the Word of God. The first part is called the Old Testament. The second part is the New Testament. The word "testament" means "a covenant."

      How should you read your Bible? The Bible is a love letter from God to you. Read your Bible using this method:

  1. Begin reading a book, for example, the book of John
  2. Read the first verse
  3. Ask God to show you a spiritual truth in this verse. For example, John 1: 1 says, "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God." 

What are the spiritual truths found in this verse?

a. The world was created by the word.

b. The word was, and is, God (verse 14 later tells us that the word is Jesus).

4. Read each verse or paragraph using this method and let God speak to you about who He is, about the sins in your life, orders for you to obey, etc. 


      God says in Luke 18: 1 that we should pray always and not give up. How can you pray? It is important that you have time alone with God. Begin your time using this method:

  1. Reading of the Bible-Use the method of step 3 for 5 minutes.
  2. Praise-say, "Lord Father, I love you because ... " 
  3. Thanksgiving-"I thank you Lord because ... " 
  4. Intercession-"Lord I pray for my son Jeff, because he needs ... (continue to pray for people who have not received Christ in their lives). Make a list of people. Put some of these names on a list for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc., and pray for them on these days. 
  5. Supplication-Tell God your needs.
  6. Confession-Remain silent for a time, and ask the Lord to bring to your mind any sin, bad thing in your life. First John I :9 says, "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from our unrighteousness." This was written for people who have already received Christ. When you are dirty, you must take a bath. Confession for the Christian is a spiritual bath. 


      Ephesians 1:23 says, "For the church is the body of Christ." Jesus Christ is the head of the church. Ephesians 1:22 says, "And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be the head of everything for the church."
      The word Peter means "rock." Jesus Christ is referred to as a "rock." In Matthew 16: 18 God does not say that Peter is the head of the church, but that Jesus is the chief cornerstone. I Corinthians 3: 11 says, "For no one can lay any other foundation other than the one already laid which is Jesus Christ."

      A church is a group of baptized believers who meet together for the purpose of:

  1. Worship--they will also practice two ordinances-the Lord's Supper and baptism
  2. Evangelism
  3. Discipleship
  4. Human Needs ministries
  5. Fellowship

      Why do you need to belong to a church?

  1. To praise the Lord with other brothers in Christ
  2. To learn the word of God
  3. To have fellowship with other believers in Christ (The church is your spiritual family.)
  4. To serve others
  5. To share with people who have not received Jesus

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