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Discovery Lessons

FOREWARD

Is a thorough knowledge of the Bible important for a Christian? The answer is “yes”. The Apostle Peter writes, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:15).

There are many who do not know why they believe a certain way. They are unable to give an answer to those who ask why they are a Christian and why they believe as they do. Answers that are shallow or just clichés fail to impress others. Our answers should be based on the Bible, and they should be logical.

2 Timothy 2:15 tells us to, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Not only should our testimony be based upon the Bible but it should be based upon the Bible rightly divided. All Christian churches claim to use the Bible as their basis for doctrine. But too often they misinterpret the message of God.

A proper understanding of God’s Word will only come as a result of study. These lessons are designed to assist you in understanding the basic doctrines of the Bible. Its goal is to enable you to give a Biblical answer to those who ask you what you believe and why. It should also add confidence and stability to your Christian life. Pray for God’s guidance as you study these lessons. He wants you to learn these lessons, and He will help you learn them.

 


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6 Things God Hates & The Seven-fold Armor of God – Lesson Thirteen – Praying and Watching

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” –Ephesians 6:18

Scripture Reading: Luke 11:1-13

Introduction

It would do a soldier little good to be completely outfitted for battle and then fall asleep when he is fighting or on guard duty. It is our prayer life that keeps us alert and ready to use the other parts of our armor when necessary. Prayer is indispensible to the Christian. “Prayer crowns all lawful efforts with success, and gives a victory when nothing else would. No matter how

6 Things God Hates & The Seven-fold Armor of God – Lesson Twelve – Sword of the Spirit

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” –Romans 15:4

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1-11

Introduction

This lesson may seem to overlap a little with the one on the “Loins Girt About with Truth.” However, there is a major difference. The former dealt with the knowledge of truth, this one will deal with putting it to use.

You will notice in this lesson that the Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. this is not dealing with the various aspects of the Holy

6 Things God Hates & The Seven-fold Armor of God – Lesson Eleven – Helmet of Salvation

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” –John 1:12

Scripture Reading: John 3:1-12

Introduction

There are many Christians who are often perplexed because they feel they will not know whether they are saved until Jesus returns. Yet, a scrutiny of the teachings of Jesus and of the apostles indicate the opposite. The greatest comfort a Christian can have is “knowing” he is saved. The Bible gives this assurance, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” Mark 16:16. “Believe on

6 Things God Hates & The Seven-fold Armor of God – Lesson Ten – Shield of Faith

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” –Hebrews 11:6

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:32-40

Introduction

“Above all” in the context of Ephesians 6:16, is “not above all in point of importance of value, but ‘over-all,’ as a soldier holds his shield to defend himself. It constitutes a protection over every part of his body, as it can be turned in every direction. The idea is, that as the shield covered or protected the other parts

6 Things God Hates & The Seven-fold Armor of God – Lesson Nine – The Shoes of the Gospel

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” –Romans 5:1

Scripture Reading: Romans 10:6-17

Introduction

As a good shoe is important to many things, as in sports, farming, logging, hiking etc., so it was to the ancient warrior. “The protection of the feet and ankles consisted of two parts: 1) the sandals, or shoes, which often were fitted with nails or armed with spikes to make them hold firm in the ground; or 2) with greaves that were fitted to the legs…”(Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan,

6 Things God Hates & The Seven-fold Armor of God – Lesson Eight – Breastplate of Righteousness

“Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness.” –II Corinthians 9:10

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:11-23

Introduction

The breastplate was an important part of a soldier’s armor that covered his vital organs, especially the heart and lungs. The breastplate had two parts, the front and the back, and they went from his neck to his thighs. Most were made of plates or rings of metal, either like the scales of a fish or looped together to allow flexibility of movement, yet offered

6 Things God Hates & The Seven-fold Armor of God – Lesson Seven – The Belt of Truth

“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” –Psalm 51:6

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20

Introduction

The next seven lessons deal with the Christian’s armor, used in daily battle. Paul is emphasizing that our major battles are not against people but against forces that are unseen. He then outlines what is necessary for a Christian to stand against anything Satan can throw at us.

“The word rendered ‘wiles’ means, properly, that which is traced out appropriately here rendered wiles meaning cunning devices, arts, attempts to delude and destroy

6 Things God Hates & The Seven-fold Armor of God – Lesson Six – Sowing Discord Among Brethren

“Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.” –Proverbs 26:20

Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 3:1-9, 18-23

Introduction

The last thing mentioned in Proverbs 6:19 that God hates is one who sows discord among brethren. Brethren would be any group of people who have a close fellowship and common ties that bind them together for the common good.

God is always trying to bring peace and harmony to people’s lives and especially to the church. He is trying to bring all mankind together through Christ. In fact, Christ’s kingdom will

6 Things God Hates & The Seven-fold Armor of God – Lesson 5  -Swiftness to do Evil

“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” –Titus 2:12

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 59:1-8

Introduction

The Bible says that we all have sinned and come short of the grace of God. no matter how gratifying, when sin is finished, it brings forth death. Yet, there are certain sins that are more vile than others, both in showing the condition of the sinner and its effect on others. The same seems to be true about the readiness and willingness of some to do evil.

Again certain notable Bible examples

6 Things God Hates & The Seven-fold Armor of God – Lesson 4  -Wicked Imaginations

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” –Philippians 4:8

Scripture Reading: Mark 7:14-23

Introduction

Some of man’s greatest ingenuity is invested in devising evil. Much of this was to create new battle implements or techniques of torture.

It takes a depraved mind to focus on ways of harming other people. The flood in Noah’s day and the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah in