This is a letter from the original creator of the "My Spiritual Notebook" from which much of the lesson material is based upon. The last sections includes personal comments regarding the purpose of these lessons.
This document covers the purpose, the qualification to be a discipler and disciple and the outline of the course.
To get best results from the course I suggest you follow these steps;
Follow the weekly schedule and not try to get too far ahead. The idea is to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you through and enlighten you not to rush through it.
1. Make a commitment to God and yourself that you will be faithful to complete the course. Please be careful with this. If you are not seriously led to do this then do not tell God you will.
Ecclesiastes 5:4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; For He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed— 5 Better not to vow than to vow and not pay.
Luke 14:28 (NKJV) 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—
2. This is serious work and should be treated as such. No one is making you do it.
3. Set aside just 1 hour per week at the same time. If you try to do too much you will begin to lose interest and your commitment as well as feeling pressured
4. It would be super good if you could go through it with two more. The advantages of that are tremendous.
- a) You will more likely stay on schedule supporting on another and with accountability.
- .b) b) Consider going through the class with your spouse. It will strengthen your marriage.
- b) You will be able to share with someone the insights the Holy Spirit gives you. Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV) 17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
- c) Both of you will be greatly blessed and ready to be used by God.
5. Understand that you will be tempted and tested. The devil will tempt you to quit. “The devil will tempt you to do wrong and God tests you to do right.”
ONLY when you have completed the course then seek another Christian that you can guide them through the course. Matt 28:19-20.
This will change your life.
I will be available for help and to answer questions. Send me a email if you plan to follow the course so I can encourage you as best I can.
I started keeping a Spiritual notebook back in the 1980’s. Over the years I tried the Notebook and the Journal method then recording into MS Word becausemy hand writing was so bad. I later moved to the Logos Software and they have tools for everything I needed to do. I have been using that method for over 20 years now
This lesson covers some very important habits to incorporate in having an effective quiet times with God
It has been said that the greatest sin of the church is prayerlessness. If this is true, it is probably because the average Christian has little knowledge in the area of prayer. This begins to cover what prayer is,
This lessons covers suggestions for an effective prayer life along with using a prayer and praise list.
Scripture memory is an important aid to spiritual growth because it helps you begin to think as God thinks. Your concepts, values, and priorities become like His. You are cleansed because you begin to pay attention to your life in a new way.
This lesson covers the importance of studying the Bible not just reading it.
This lessons covers some historical information about the Bible, it's development and origins of the different versions.
This lessons covers some Proven methods of studying the Bible.
This lessons covers the importance of mediating on God's word for it to sink in and become part of us. This in how we hide the word of God in our hearts to call upon when needed.
This lessons covers how to give an effective testimony. Many Christians have have many opportunities to give a testimony for the Lord but failed to do so because they did not recognize the opportunity or was not confident enough to do so or worse they give a sermon instead of a testimony. This less covers the different types of testimonies.
This covers the faithfulness of Saint Polycarp, an early martyrdom of the church. The stronger our relationship is with God the stronger we can stand against men and the devil.
Jesus had three areas of ministry. He devoted himself to a public, private and personal ministry. The most important ministry he had, after providing a way to salvation, was to make disciples to carry on the ministries known as the Great Commission.
Many Christians have found themselves with a nonbeliever that is ready to accept Christ as their Savior but they do not know haw to present the plan of salvation. Too often they refer the person to their pastor or may give a confusing example. God uses C hristians to bring in new Christians. We must be ready to step up to the plate when called to do so
The very first command God gave at creation is found in Gen 1:28.
Genesis 1:28 (NKJV) 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” The very first command Jesus gave to His disciples was basically the same. Multiplication will beat addition every time.
As Christians each oneof us should bring one.
Jesus spent more time teaching than He did preaching. Preaching and teaching is not reserved only for the preacher. We all may not be able to teach like a professor but we all can teach what we know. That may just be enough to get the ball rolling some one to salvation or to be a more mature Christian.
It has been said that the greatest testimony we can give for Christ is the life we live. There have been enough people who have died for Christ, now He is looking for those who are willing to live for Him.
The commission that Christ gave to His disciples was for them to make disciples. There is too much focus on making Christians that very few disciples are made. The Bible tells us that Christians were first called disciples. Let's make disciples that Christians will follow.
Acts 11:26 (NKJV) 26 ...And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
The Bible plainly tells us that every Christian is given a spiritual gift, with some ability to serve the church. The body of the church needs a variety of gifts as mentioned in scripture.
What is my spiritual gift is the question most asked when this subject is taught?
What is the difference between the ‘gift of the holy spirit, "gifts coming from the Holy Spirit and the Spiritual office coming from Jesus?
This lesson highlights some typical " Spiritual Gifts" and comments on them.
We will cover three affirmations on this: (1) Assurance is based on the promises in God’s Word; (2) Assurance must not be based on our works; and (3) Assurance is an inseparable part of saving faith. In short, I believe that salvation is assured but that it can also be lost.
The next event on God's calendar is the rapture. This is the beginning of the "End Times."