|The Relationship with God||The Body of Christ||Becoming Like Christ||The Attitude in Christ||The Life in Christ||The Heart of God||The Royal Law||Spiritual Warfare|
28-God's Greatest Desires
29-Delivernace Precedes Obedience
30-God as Center and Circumference
31-Trivializing the Sublime
32-There's Something About that Name
33-My Time is His Time
34-God Among the Generations
35-The Value of Human Life
36-Keeping Your Marriage Intact
37-When You Take What Belongs to Another
38-The Pinocchio Syndrome
39-The Envy Trap
40-The Most Excellent Way!
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These study series are designed to last 52 weeks. There are a total of 51 studies available. The ideal way to do this with your congregation is to dedicate an entire year to putting on The Armor of God.
Each study is composed of the main part (2 pages), and the Daily Quiet Times. The Main Part includes a brief Insight, some practical suggestions for daily living, the Sermon Outline and a Discussion Group Script. The Daily Quiet Times are on the third page. When you print each study 3 pages will come out. If you have any problems obtaining these studies please notify us: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you very much!
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In 1994 The Long Island Church of Christ was exceedingly blessed with spiritual growth and maturity as we undertook a year-long study entitled Look at the Man. Put together by Tim Woodroof and Glenn Gray, then elders of the Lincoln Church of Christ in Nebraska, this series of studies deepened our relationship with our Lord Jesus and gave us a more mature perspective on our relationship with Him and our role as His Bride on Earth.
As we concluded the study in December of that year, the more mature members of the body desired to continue with a series of studies that would enable the congregation to put into practice all that it had learned the previous year by taking a close look at the Man. And so The Armor of God... began.
Originally titled C2IT (See to it...), from various passages in Hebrews which denote our accountability to Jesus (namely Heb 3:12 and 12:15,25), the studies are designed to increase awareness of our accountability to our Lord Jesus and to put that accountability into practice by allowing the Holy Spirit of God to mold us and change us according to His will, not our own. The focus of this series is found in the following passages: Eph 5:8-10; Col 1:10 and 1 Thes 4:1.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Eph 5:8-10
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God... Col 1:10
Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 1 Th 4:1
Echoing the words of Paul in this last passage, this series of studies encourages all of us to please the Lord by maturing and being sanctified more and more! Part of the realizations that hit you as you mature is the necessity to continue to be holy, as these passages teach us if you continue on reading the verses after the ones I quote here. How does one do this?
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer 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. Rom 12:1-2
Our spiritual act of continuous worship is to offer our bodies as living, holy sacrifices - pleasing to God because it is a voluntary, eager worship according to the truth as well as with all your heart and soul (John 4:23). The how to in carrying out our spiritual act of worship according to the truth is in the renewing of our mind as we read the word of God and let His Spirit work in us. Discernment between the things that please God and the things that don't come with the maturity by which the Spirit is allowed to work.
At the risk of sounding preachy I suggest to you that the hardest thing for any Christian to give up is his/her own will. Yes, we get baptized and we attend church services and we do a whole lot of other acts of worship, but often we, or should I say more correctly, I, forget the renewing of your mind part. Thats what this series of studies is all about. It boldly and candidly helps us to remember to listen to the Spirit, as opposed to ourselves, so that our worship may truly be pleasing to the Lord because of our sincerity and openness.
If you decide to commit yourself to this course of study, you will notice the first thirteen lessons will have come from a book published by the Church of Christ called Shining Like Stars. It is within this book that these thirteen lessons are collectively called the C2IT series. These lessons are biblically sound and form the foundation for the succeeding lessons. They deal with issues that need to be continuously taught to the young Christians that come into the fold.
Within these lessons you will also find discipleship being addressed. Many congregations are understanding the necesity of practicing this concept. They have realized it is indeed very biblical:
... spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
These care groups are not into extorting, coercing or lording it over the weak or young Christian. The brethren involved in these love groups are expressing and putting into practice the deep love Jesus wants us to have for each other, just like He did for us. If you have no experience with these care groups I suggest you talk about it with a brother or sister that knows about it more in detail or who has participated in such an activity. You can also call us or correspond with us at the Long Island Church of Christ. We have been loving each other by forming these voluntary groups and the many testimonials that continue to surface are proof that they work. I wont get into the biblical support for these because the studies cover it in great detail throughout the year.
Well, if at this point you have any questions or concerns before you continue to pass these studies along to your congregation, feel free to e-mail, fax, or mail your questions, suggestions or concerns to us.
You will find that these studies will teach you, correct you, rebuke you and encourage you with all authority from the Word of God and through the Holy Spirit. My prayer is that your relationship with Jesus will develop into an exquisite intimacy that will speak for itself by your actions as the body of Jesus.
May God bless your efforts and your quest for love and knowledge.
The Armor of God Project Team
Robert Carr, Pedro Gelabert, Roger Wine, Derek Peterson
Editors: Lynn Decker, Suzanne Decker