RCCG HOUSE FELLOWSHIP MEMBER’S MANUAL 12 JANUARY 2020
TOPIC: STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD
MEMORY VERSE: “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.” 2 John 1:10
BIBLE PASSAGE : 2 Timothy 2:14-19
14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
READ – OPEN HEAVEN 12 JANUARY 2020
One of the simplest definitions of the word “study” is to examine thoughtfully for understanding.
A student is one who studies or a pupil learning for scholarship. However, the student is like a learner, and in early learning environment, there must be a teacher. As children of God (=Born Again) our most qualified teacher is the word of God (Joshua 1:8).
Hence the advice to study to show ourselves approved. One of the major problems in education of people is not to have unqualified learners.
You will always have them. The problem is that no teaching – learning environment can make progress with a teacher that does not have mastery of the subject matter.
False prophets and teachers have been annoying the children of God since the time of the Old Testament, but their role and effect was made clear to the church during the missionary work of Paul – Deuteronomy 13; Titus 3:10-11; Acts 15:24; 2 Corinthians 11:4; Revelation 2:2.
The bible passage referred above said we should study so as to work out our approval before God and not man. When a person studies, he/she learns the truth and helps the learner not to fall for lies or heresies.
WHAT IS DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH?
This is a process of study that helps you to get the truth. It can be classified into three stages:
1. LEARNING: This process requires you to know all you have never known by learning or experience.
2. RE-LEARN: This process helps you to emphasize and get mastery of what you have learned.
3. DE-LEARNING: This is the process of sifting the wheat from the husk. Here the half-truth and untrue concepts are eliminated or removed.
WHERE CAN I GET THESE PROCESSES?
Every educational support of churches, ministries and fellowship make available three learning processes through platforms like Directorate of Christian Education (DCE) in RCCG, Redeemed Christian Bible College (RCBC), School of Disciples (SOD), the Redeemed Christian School of Mission (RECSOM), House Fellowship Leadership Training etc.
A born-again Christian must go through these processes as he/she has to be under studies of the Word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is critical because the bible is only a curriculum, the teacher is the Holy Spirit. No wonder, the way a scripture is revealed to a person, who is spirit filled, is different from the one who looks at it as an ordinary literature book.
You study the word of God intensively with the help of the Holy Spirit. Only then can you discern the truth from falsehood.
Heresies have been predicted over two thousand years ago.
No wonder, they are here, however, you can save yourself from being deceived as an elect, when you study to show yourself approved unto God by dividing the word of truth correctly.
1. Father, please release your fire to strengthen me for the study of Your word.
2. Father, you are the word yourself, please reveal yourself to every area of my life.
3. Father, please make RCCG, always impactful in biblical truth.
4. Father, please release wisdom for the teaching and learning of the truth in Your word.
5. Father, please begin to collapse every tabernacle of heresies in our generation in Jesus name.
GOLDEN DIET FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY: 1 Chronicles 28:8 – All you need to know about your life and destiny is knowing what God says.
TUESDAY: Psalm 119:125 – The word of God is like medicine. The medicine works only when you apply it to the affected areas of your life.
WEDNESDAY: Psalm 119:89 – Gods word never changes; it endures forever.
THURSDAY: Acts 28:28 – The only clean-up for heresies is to teach and to preach the truth.
FRIDAY: Acts 17:11 – Keep the tradition of always comparing the bible teaching or preaching with the word in the bible (God´s word).
SATURDAY: Psalm 78:1-8 – Christian education should begin at homes / at House Fellowship Centres
SUNDAY: Deuteronomy 11:16-21 – Dividing the word of truth should be a continuous practice.