Here’s the final lesson in the my four week bible study called Giving Yourself Away. You can find the other three on my blog. I will be glad to come lead a bible a session of this for your ladies at your church. Please use this however you want. The book itself is for sale on Amazon.
Lesson Four: Relationship Building 101
Draw a “T” chart below. Using the stories of Daniel and Joseph, list things that both men did that helped foster relationships with lost people. For reference, Joseph’s story can be found in Genesis 37-45. Daniel’s story can be found in obviously, the book of Daniel. As you do, review some points we have talked about during this four week study.
What can we draw from Daniel and Joseph that would be great examples for us to follow?
Key verses in relationship building with kingdom intentions:
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15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[a] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
Key: we must go into the world. We must be in the Word to guard against the enemy.
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
*Jesus liked to speak in paradoxes–He showed no gray area.
Key point: we must be around non Christians.
We must have compassion on the lost.
25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
*Again He uses strong language to convey strong emotion. What if he had said “dislike” instead of ” hate”?
Key point: we must love God with everything we have.
The Christian life involves sacrifice.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
*I believe the third strand is Christ.
Key point: consider having a buddy when you build relationships
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
Key point: Guard your heart!
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
*How to guard your heart? How do you have peace with God? By walking with Him, through prayer, worship, fellowship with Him and fellow Christians.
“To have peace with God, you must get a piece of God”
“Your intimacy with God affects the impact of your life.” Dr Charles Stanley
Key point: Be in the word, be active in your walk with God
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.
1 Corinthians 5:4-5
So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5 hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh,[a][b] so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.
Key point: Sometimes God asks us to move on.
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
Key point: We will not win any popularity contest.
2 Timothy 4:1-8
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4 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
What is God calling you to do? Will you do it regardless of the cost?