Monthly Archives: April 2016

VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 17TH OF APRIL 2016

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: His Divine Presence
TODAY’S TOPIC: His Caring Presence
KEY TEXT: Jer. 29:11-14
KEY VERSE: Jer. 29:11
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

INTRODUCTION
One of the reasons why devoted Christians greatly enjoy their walk with God is because they see God as Father. Many people only see God as a supreme being. Some funny other only see Him as a Judge. If you want to go far in your Christian walk with God, you must begin to see Him as a Father. Today, we are going to focus on the caring roles of a Dad (or rather, the caring roles of God as a Father). We will not be talking about Provision, Protection, or Guidance, since we already talked about that. These are also caring roles of a dad, although.

Enjoy the lesson!

1. HE DISCIPLINES
Okay, discipline sounds too harsh; maybe we should use “correct” instead. Now, most Christians do not like this part of God—the part that corrects. Any dad, who disciplines his child, loves that child. How do we know? Read Heb. 12:5-11, 2Sam. 7:14 and Rev. 3:19. Many people have died in their sins. However, God chose to correct you instead. Now, which would you prefer, to die or to be corrected?

What are the benefits of discipline you ask…?

  • It is a proof that you are son of God. Carefully read Rom. 1:21-32. From that portion of scripture, you see that God has allowed some other to roam about in their sins. These ones are not sons, but bastards. God does not correct them, and so they are vulnerable to dirty sins and their consequences. Dear brethren, if God punishes you for sin, it is because he loves you and wants you to change.
  • God also wants you to grow. This is one of the reasons why He corrects. Correction gives birth to maturity. Let us look into Heb. 12:10-11. Correction it is that makes you more sensible. Correction shines a man. Confirm this truth from Prov. 13:18; 29:15 & 17. Correction can leave a lasting impression on a child. In Scriptures, God corrected Jonah (Jonah 1:17; 2:1 & 10). He also corrected David (2Sam. 12:13-14), and many others.

ScriptureQuote:
Correction is a lot of the wise and matured!


FURTHER STUDY:
Prov. 15:10; Prov. 17:10; Prov. 3:11; Prov. 22:15; Prov. 13:24

theTASK:
Imagine you are a parent and have a child affected by the cancer virus on the right thigh. Your doctor tells you that the only solution is to get the leg amputated, or the child would die. What would you do?

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for His word
2. Ask that God’s mercy be shown to you
3. Ask God to treat you as His child, correcting and growing you
4. Pray for all members of COD nationwide
5. Bless your week.

NOTE:
** Last week, Sunday 10th April was supposed to be our Social Sunday. This shall now hold on Sunday, 22nd May 2016. This is to enable further orientations and preparations for the event.

GOD BLESS YOU!!!

VIEWPOINTS FOR SUNDAY, 3RD OF APRIL 2016

Bible Study

THEME FOR THE MONTH: His Divine Presence
TODAY’S TOPIC: His Preserving Presence
KEY TEXT: Dan. 3:1-30
KEY VERSE: Gen. 39:2a
“And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man”

INTRODUCTION
The last time, we were looking at the presence of God that could lead. We know that the very presence of Yahweh offers so many benefits. One of such is protection. Jehovah keeps His own. Not one of those who trust in Him shall ever be moved.

Enjoy the lesson!

GOD DOES NOT JUST GRANT SAFETY; GOD IS SAFETY!
Many people run to men for protection. In schools and the society, young males join dirty cliques (sometimes, even cults) for the dual aims of recognition and protection. Scripture have called as foolish, any attempt to seek covering from mortals. Our safety, as Christians, is of the Lord. Read Isaiah 31:1-3. Consider the cry of Nebuchadnezzar, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God” (Dan. 3:25). He noticed four persons in the fire. Because God was with the Hebrew boys, even Nebuchadnezzar observed that the boys had “no hurt”. Check out the story of Daniel in Dan. 6:22. An angel had to come into the den to shut the mouth of lions. Christians must see the God in them as safety. Read Ps. 91:1.

GOD IS SAFETY; THESE VERSES DECLARE IT

    1. Acts 28:3-5
    2. Ps. 91:11-13
    3. Ps. 37:24
    4. Ps. 34:7
    5. Prov. 21:31
    6. Ps. 3:3
    7. Ps. 144:10
    8. Ps. 33:16-18

ScriptureQuote: If God cannot help you, then you can never be helped!


FURTHER STUDY:
Isa. 30:1-7; Isa. 36:6; Ps. 146:3-5

theTASK:
Explain, in your own understanding and with other scriptural references, God’s promise of safety as contained in Ps. 91:1. This is to be done in your I.E Notebook.

PRAYERS:
1. Thank God for His word
2. Ask that God’s mercy be shown to you
3. Ask God to take your trust off any help that man can offer
4. Seek God’s Grace to enable you trust Him for complete covering throughout this year and beyond
5. Pray that the Preserving Presence of Yahweh be the covering of you and yours
6. Pray against every carnal attachment that threatens to steal God’s Presence from you
7. Pray for God’s direction on all COD Plans and Projects in 2016
8. Pray for all April-born
9. Bless your week

NOTE:
Next week Sunday 10th April was supposed to be our Social Sunday. This shall now hold on Sunday, 22nd May 2016. This is to enable further orientations and preparations for the event.

GOD BLESS YOU!!!