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Bible Study Week 31 – Becoming Like Christ in Excellence

Purpose of This Bible Study Lesson

This lesson will help you to know that it is God’s will that you become Christ-like in the life of faith that you live and that you imitate Christ’s nature of Excellence.

Learning Goals

This lesson will guide the participants to:-

  1. Discover the qualities that distinguished Christ’s character of excellence
  2. Discover the process of becoming a man or woman of excellence
  3. Discover the price and sacrifice of spiritual excellence

Introduction

As you mature and become intimate with God, you will discover the ways of God, as the Psalmist wrote in Psalms 103:7 that “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” God wants very much to reveal His ways to us because we are His children whom He has called unto righteousness and holiness. It will take strict discipline on our part to understand and follow the path of excellence that Christ has set for us. Excellence was a trade mark of the men and women of old listed in Hebrews 11 who walked with God by faith and pleased Him by faith because “without faith, it is impossible to please Him” (Heb 11:6).

Therefore, in order to grow in excellence, we must live a life of faith because it pleases God and also believe that we “can do all things, through Christ which strengthens” us” (Phil 4:13).

Begin Today’s Lesson by Reading: Daniel 6:1-5, Heb 11:1-11

Spiritual Exercise Gives Birth to Spiritual Excellence

Jesus talking to one of his disciples Phillip after he had asked him to show them the Father told him that “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? The person who has seen me has seen the Father. So how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14:9).

In telling this disciple that whoever had seen him had seen the Father, Jesus is teaching his disciples the lesson of faith because they need to believe that Jesus was sent from God, and in John 14:12 Jesus stressed again this fact by saying that “Truly, truly I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater works than these because I am going to the Father”.
The emphasis by Christ himself in this portion of Scripture is that whoever believes in him will do greater works than those that Christ had done while he walked on the face of this earth. There are three things that distinguished Christ’s ministry here on earth:

  1. He always did things to please his Father; i.e. he was not a man-pleaser. When we do ministry, we should not do things to please men, but the One who has called us.
  2. He was a humble man, because he wanted God to get credit or glory for the things that he did. God will not share His glory with anybody and that is why many Christians today lack excellence because they want to do things that bring glory unto themselves and not glory for God.
  3. Jesus withdrew to a lonely place for prayer because a life of spiritual excellence is a life of prayer. Many great men of God like Daniel, Elijah and Moses were disciplined in a life of fasting and prayer. James says that “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”. (Jam 5:17). Prayer strengthens our spiritual muscles and disciplines us to perform the “great works” that Christ has said we will do

Bible Study Questions For Discussion – Week 31

  1. What are the three main things that distinguished Christ’s ministry on earth? Please explain
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  2. Why do you think it is important for us do works that please God as Christians today? Please explain.
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  3. What role do you think humility plays in becoming like Christ in excellence? Please explain
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  4. Why do you think we should become prayer warriors if we are to excel in becoming like Christ? Please explain
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  5. How does faith help us in attaining spiritual excellence? Please explain using Heb 11:1-11
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  6. Why should faith become our trademark in seeking excellence? Please explain using Heb 11:6
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  7. What is the evidence of an excellent life according to Daniel 6:3? Please explain
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  8. In your own words please explain briefly why you think you should cultivate a spirit of excellence in your Christian walk today. Please explain
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Memorize 1 Corinthians 9:24

“Surely you know that many runners take part in a race, but only one of them wins the prize. Run, then, in such a way as to win the prize.”



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