Spirit of Truth Christian Church

6507 B-2 Old Branch Avenue | Temple Hills, MD 20748

Telephone:  (301) 758-3777


SOTCC Bible Study Sessions

THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST 

Doctrine of God

 

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

 

 

 

Question 1:   Who is Jesus Christ?
     
Answer:  

Jesus Christ is the God-man who appeared on our planet to reveal God (JHN. 1:1-14), to show us how to live (1 JHN. 2:6), and to rescue us from the guilt and power of sin (Rom. 6:1-14). He is Savior (Acts 4:12), Life (JHN. 14:6), and Lord (Rom. 10:9,13) to all who put their trust in Him.

Because of who He is and what He has done for us, Jesus deserves our genuine appreciation, our deepest affection, our complete obedience, and our unconditional loyalty.

 

     
Application: 
(10 minutes)
  Apply the doctrine of Christ to your daily decision-making.  How has this study affected your view of the following:
  1. Loving God "with all your heart"?
  2. Loving God "with all your soul"?
  3. Believing God "with all your mind"?
  4. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or misapplications of scripture you may have to change?
  5. Are you willing to make changes?

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Doctrine of Christ (Continued)

Question 2:

How does the New Testament affirm that Jesus Christ was genuinely human?

   
Answer: 

The Lord Jesus was born of a woman (GAL. 4:4). He had a human body that developed mentally and physically in the same way that other children do (LK. 2:40,52). He became tired (JHN. 4:6-8), hungry (MAT. 4:2), and thirsty (JHN. 19:28). He slept (Mt. 8:24). He wept (JHN. 11:35). He was tested (MAT. 4:1-11; HEB. 2:18; 4:15). He felt anger and grief (MK. 3:5), compassion (MAT. 9:36), and agony (LK. 22:44). 

Because He endured not only what we endure but also far more, He understands and feels what we are going through. Because He lived as a real man, He showed us how to depend on the Holy Spirit for our every need. He modeled the way all of us can depend on God.

 

   
Application: 
(10 minutes)
Apply the doctrine of Christ to your daily decision-making.  How has this study affected your view of the following:
  1. Loving God "with all your heart"?
  2. Loving God "with all your soul"?
  3. Believing God "with all your mind"?
  4. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or misapplications of scripture you may have to change?
  5. Are you willing to make changes?

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Doctrine of Christ (continued)

Question 3: How does the Bible show that Jesus was not only man but also God?
   
Answer: 

The Bible explicitly states that Jesus is God (JHN. 1:1; Rom. 9:5; 1 TIM. 3:16; TIM. 2:13; HEB. 1:8). Jesus possesses attributes that only God could have: eternality (JHN. 8:58), omnipresence (MAT. 18:20), omniscience (JHN. 16:30), omnipotence (REV. 1:8), and immutability (Heb. 1:12). Jesus does what only God can do: forgives sin (MK. 2:1-12), gives life (JHN. 5:21), raises the dead (JHN. 6:39-40,54; 11:38-44), and executes judgment (JHN. 5:22,27). Jesus was given names and titles of deity: Immanuel, meaning "God with us" (MAT. 1:23); King of kings and Lord of lords (REV. 19:16); and Son of God (MAT. 26:63-65). Jesus Himself claimed to be God (JHN. 10:30; cp. v.33).

 In saying that Jesus is God, the Scriptures state more than we could ever understand. What remains is for us to show by our actions that we believe in One whom we can worship and serve, even though we can't fully understand Him.

   
Application: 
(10 minutes)
Apply the doctrine of Christ to your daily decision-making.  How has this study affected your view of the following:
  1. Loving God "with all your heart"?
  2. Loving God "with all your soul"?
  3. Believing God "with all your mind"?
  4. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or misapplications of scripture you may have to change?
  5. Are you willing to make changes?

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Doctrine of Christ (continued)

Question 4:

Why did Jesus die a criminal's death on a Roman cross?

   
Answer:

Since hanging was a token of supreme humiliation, the triune God decreed that Jesus Christ should die in this manner to portray the fact that He bore God's wrath against the sin of the whole human race (1 JHN. 2:2). Through this humiliating death, infinite in value because of Christ's deity, our Lord provided an atoning sacrifice (ISA. 53:4-5; HEB. 9:26), satisfied God's justice (ROM. 3:25), and bought our forgiveness (COL. 1:14).

How can we repay Him? We cannot! We are eternally indebted to Him. All we can do is show our love and gratitude by offering ourselves, and our service as a living sacrifice (ROM. 12:1-2).

   
Application: 
(10 minutes)
Apply the doctrine of Christ to your daily decision-making.  How has this study affected your view of the following:
  1. Loving God "with all your heart"?
  2. Loving God "with all your soul"?
  3. Believing God "with all your mind"?
  4. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or misapplications of scripture you may have to change?
  5. Are you willing to make changes?

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Doctrine of Christ (continued)

Question 5:

How important is Christ's resurrection?

   
Answer:

Through our Lord's resurrection, God confirmed Jesus as His Son (ROM. 1:4), showed His satisfaction with Christ's sacrifice on our behalf (ROM. 4:25), affirmed Christ's power to give life to those who trust Him (ROM. 8:11), and assured us who believe on Him that someday we too will receive resurrection bodies (1 COR. 15:12-21).

   
Application: 
(10 minutes)
Apply the doctrine of Christ to your daily decision-making.  How has this study affected your view of the following:
  1. Loving God "with all your heart"?
  2. Loving God "with all your soul"?
  3. Believing God "with all your mind"?
  4. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or misapplications of scripture you may have to change?
  5. Are you willing to make changes?

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Doctrine of Christ (continued)

Question 6:

Where is Jesus now and what is He doing?

   
Answer:

Jesus Christ ascended to heaven 40 days after His resurrection where He has taken a place of honor (Acts 1:9; 2:33). He will remain there until He returns to "catch up" the church (1 THES. 4:13-18) and then later return to the earth as King to judge the world (MAT. 25:31-46) and rule for 1,000 years (REV. 19:11-20:6).

 In the meantime, He is preparing a place for us (JHN. 14:3), interceding for us as our Advocate (ROM. 8:34; 1 JHN. 2:1), sympathetically responding to our needs (HEB. 4:14-16), and functioning as the Head of the church (EPH. 5:23; Col. 1:18).

 While one person can say to another, "What have you done for me lately?" such a question would reflect mindless ignorance or ingratitude if expressed to Christ. He constantly and effectively works in our behalf.

Application: 
(10 minutes)
Apply the doctrine of Christ to your daily decision-making.  How has this study affected your view of the following:
  1. Loving God "with all your heart"?
  2. Loving God "with all your soul"?
  3. Believing God "with all your mind"?
  4. Are there any attitudes, beliefs, or misapplications of scripture you may have to change?
  5. Are you willing to make changes?

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