Part I – Being a Christian
Lesson II The Nature and Nurture of a Christian
Since a Christian is a child of God there is a need for all Christians to understand their nature and as such and how to grow in this new relationship with their Heavenly Father. If a person understands what has happened and is happening to him, it will bring a sense of peace to his heart.
Thesis statement: It is the goal of this lesson to present Scriptural principles of growth.
So first let’s examine
I. The Nature of a Christian
A. Physical Birth
(John 1:12 13)
A. Spiritual Birth
II. The Nurture of the Christian
All this begs the question: “But how does the Christian develop or grow in this new relationship?”
A. The Goal God Has For Us
B. The Nourishment God Uses to Help Us Grow
Most Christians want to grow, but in order to do so they must have the right nourishment.
1. Since a Christian is a child of God, he will have God’s nature.
2. He is “born again” or “born of God”.
3. Just as in physical birth we bear the traits of our parent, so it si with spiritual birth…we bear our heavenly Father’s characteristics
4. Being a new creature, a spiritual baby, we need to be nurtured in order to insure proper growth.
Therefore, the new Christian should be guided first in the studying of “basic” doctrines, better known as the milk of the word, to grow and survive. And he or she should take advantage of every opportunity to hear and be taught by the pastor/teacher at church by attending classes that will help him or her soon be able to digest the meat – the deeper things of God
Lesson 2 Homework
I. The Nature of a Christian
A. Read the Following Passages of Scripture
1. John 10:25 31
2. I John 2:29; 3:2
3. I John 3:5 10
4. I John 4:7 12
5. I John 5:1 5
B. A child of God (believer) will_________________Christ. (John 10:27)
C. A child of God will share this characteristic with God, His Father. _____________________________. (1 John 2:29)
D. One born of God will_______________________ God’s other children, his brothers.
(1 John 4:7)
E. A Christian cannot habitually live in sin because Gods’ _______________ is _______________ ________________.
(1 John 3:9).
II. The Nurture of a Christian
A. Read the Following Passages
1. I Corinthians 2:12 3:2
2. Ephesians 4:1 16
3. Hebrews 5:11 6:2
4. 1 Peter 1:22 2:3
5. 2 Peter 3:18
6. Hebrews 10:23 25
7. Psalms 119:97 104
B. What should a new Christian’s desire be?_________ _________ ___________ ________________ ________________. (1 Peter 2:2)
C. What is a Christian’s food (milk)?___________ ________ _______________ ______________. (1 Peter 2:2)
D. What two areas are Christian’s to grow in?_____________ and __________________. (2 Peter 3:18)
E. What sort of things are considered milk?
________________________________________________ (Hebrews 5:12; 6:2)
F. As a Christian out grows milk he needs_______________. (Hebrews 5:14)
G. A Christian must be ________________ to eat _________.
(1 Corinthians 2:1 2)
H. For what are Pastors and teachers given to the body, the Church?
(Ephesians 4:11 12)
III. The word of God will be __________________________than _______________ to a hungry Christian. (Psalms 119:103)