This is lesson four in a 12 lesson Bible study for believers. This Bible follow up material covers the essentials of the Christian faith including Jesus, the Bible, God’s Word, God, assurances, and what God expects of believers after they come to Christ. This study can be used to teach new believers, to brush up on your Bible basics, or to study on your own. The end of each lesson contains a list of questions and Bible references for further study on the topic of that lesson as well as a suggested memory verse. For more lessons in the series, see the links at the bottom of this page. All lessons can be printed, shared, copied, or distributed.
Bible Follow Up Material – Lesson Four- God’s Promises To Us Continued
Lesson Four: Assurances Continued
(1) Review Assurances
(2) Check 1 Corinthians 10:13
(3) Read Assurances
(4) Assign Self-study Questions
Assurance of Victory
Another attack from Satan may be along this line: He will whisper to you, “You have life, all right, but you are a weakling; you have always been a weakling.” He will remind you of some sin, which has gripped you for years. He will point to something of which you are keenly aware, and say, “You are weak, and you will not be able to stand against this temptation. You may be able to stand against others, but not this one.”
How will you answer him? Will you attempt to reason? Will you try to produce your own arguments? Will you run to see what other people say? Or will you rely on God’s word? The second verse to memorize – 1Corinthians 10:13 – is chosen especially to meet this attack of Satan. “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
This gives Assurance of Victory. God promises victory. It belongs to you as his child. Believe him, and you will see how God does things that are impossible with men. It will thrill you to see chains of lifetime habits broken by his mighty power.
Assurance of Forgiveness
Now let us take a look at the third step of Satan’s attack. Although victory over sin is rightfully yours, there will be times when you miss
the way of escape and you will fail and sin against God. Once you do, your enemy will be on the job immediately: “Now you’ve done it. Aren’t you supposed to be a Christian? Christians don’t do those things.”
But God makes provision in his word for the failures of his children, as we see in the third verse on Assurance of Forgiveness, 1John 1:9:“ If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” In this verse God promises not only to forgive us, but also to cleanse us. What a gracious provision!
Assurance of Answered Prayer
A spiritual babe needs to learn that he can speak directly to his Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. He can confidently enter God’s presence and talk to Him about everything that affects his life (Philippians4:6).In memory verse John 16:24, Jesus gives us the assurance that He will answer our prayers.“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
This is assurance of answered prayer. Jesus spoke these words to His disciples just before going to the cross. Jesus does not say they have never asked for anything before in prayer but that they have never asked for anything in His name. Perhaps you have prayed many times in the past, especially when in trouble, but now as a Christian you can pray in Jesus’ name because you belong to Him. Praying in His name means to rely on His authority and grace and in the same way the Father answered every request of His Son, He will also answer every request of yours.
Remember this assurance and use it so you can experience the joy of answered prayer!
(5) Complete: God’s Protection and Love
(a) Is it more important to spend your life seeking after physical things or eternal things? (Jn 6:27)
2. What did Jesus say was the only acceptable work for receiving eternal life? (Jn 6:29)
3. Having received salvation by God’s grace apart from any works, will Jesus ever cast aside our salvation? (Jn 6:37)
4. If I have heard His Word and believed, then(Jn 5:24)
(a) What do I now possess?
(b) Will I ever be condemned by God and sent to hell?
(c) From what condition have I crossed over from?
5. Who is able to snatch away God’s sheep who have eternal life? (Jn 10:27-28)
6. Who joins with Jesus Christ to safeguard the salvation of the Christian? (Jn 10:29-30; 17:11)
7. According to Jn 14:16-17
(a) Who is the Counselor?
(b) How long does He abide in the believer’s heart?
(c) Does He live in me?
God’s love is so great and so complete that nothing can separate us from it. “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of GOD, which is in CHRIST JESUS or LORD” (Romans 8:38-39)
8. How does God’s love for His only Son compare with God’s love for us? (Jn 17:23)
9. In what way is Christ’s love manifested to us?
(Jn 10:11; 15:13)
10. Does Jesus love me in the midst of sickness and death? (Jn 11:3,36)
11. What happened when Jesus spoke to Lazarus whose body was in the grave? (Jn 11:43-44)
12. Even after death what will happen when Christ calls us?
13. Why should the Christian never fear death? (Jn 11:25)
14. What kind of place has Christ prepared for those who believe in Him? (Jn 14:2-3)
(6) Memorize 1John 1:9
Assurance of Forgiveness
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.