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Post Encounter Lesson
Transcript of Post Encounter Lesson
Decisions During the Encounter,
we welcomed you after
the CROSSING by saying
You finally made it home. Today I say,
“FEEL AT HOME!
HOME SAFE HOME.
It is safe and secure in
the presence of God. Let’s us recall the story of the Prodigal Son. Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, `Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. 13 "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17 "When he came to his senses, he said, `How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! Luke 15:11-24 (NIV) 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20 So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 "The son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22 "But the father said to his servants, `Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. How do you describe the Father before and after prodigal son sinned against Him? Before
sinned After he
home The Father is good
He is full of grace.
He is not
condemning. The Father did
He is still good.
He is full of grace.
He is not condemning.
He did not give up on
His son. What can we learn from the Father in His attitude towards us? 1. In His Grace Let us recall what the son said:
"When he came to his senses,
he said, `How many of my father's
hired men have food to spare, and
here I am starving to death! I will
set out and go back to my father… This is the beauty of His grace We come to Him
and do not hesitate to
reconcile with Him because
He is good and is not condemning. The same with us:
When we realized
that we made a
mistake, we can easily
come to Him because
we know that He is
good and will not condemn us… Let us recall what the son said: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.” This is a statement showing
HONOR & RESPECT &
REVERENCE towards the
Father. - The prodigal son sinned only
once & decided not to go back
to the world/sin but to REMAIN
in the Father because he HONOR
& FEAR Him. 2. In His Being The Father -The same with us: We need to remain in Him and
do not go back to the world. because we honour Him
or we fear Him. King Solomon who had
everything in life said in
his words: Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: FEAR GOD and KEEP his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13) The dictionary
defines fear here as respect or awe for
somebody or something
(example: the fear of God) Reverence: FIRST FIRM DECISION: TO REMAIN IN HIM. Let us enjoy Him in
His grace and goodness. Let us FEAR HIM or HONOR HIM or RESPECT HIM or have REVERENCE in His presence. We have these both in life – we receive His grace and we respect Him or have fear in Him. These two must come together. Some of us might be thinking of his struggle towards past life and sin. How do we deal with that? Let us listen to the
instructions of God in the
Apostle Paul’s letter to the
Ephesians 4:22-24(NIV) 22 - You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 - to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 - and to put
on the new self,
created to be like
God in true
and holiness. SECOND FIRM DECISION: TO LIVE OUR NEW LIFE. Put off our OLD SELF.
It is dead. The old self is DEAD. Bury the past. We do not live backwards but forwards. Put on the new self. We are made in NEW! We are transformed in Christ. By one sacrifice in Christ, we are made complete in Him. We are different. Our life is in Christ. The Apostle Paul said: Gal. 2:20 (NIV)
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live (this is putting off the old self), but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.(this is putting on the new self) Without a doubt the Apostle Paul shows a firm determination of serving Jesus with all his heart. Paul was confronted with
his past (Acts 9:4-5) To the Lord’s question,
“Why do you persecute me?” and knowing the life that Paul lived, his answer could have been very simple, if he had the strength to answer: “Because the zeal for tradition consumes me.” With the powerful experience that Paul had when Jesus revealed himself to him, his whole theology was left without foundation. For the first time, he felt unable to hold on to that which had been his hope in the past. He
revelation of his
(verse 6). He was trembling and sacred. When God confronts us, the hidden things in our hearts come out into the light and we feel ashamed, for we see our own nature clearly, feeling weak and impotent before his Majesty .This scares us and makes us tremble because no one can stand in His presence. He had his first encounter
(verse 9) For three days he
had intimacy with God.
During this time he
had no desire to eat
or drink, all he yearned
for was to pray. A prophet prayed for him (verse 17) He received his vision and the filling of the Holy Spirit in that encounter. He made the decision
of being baptized
(verse 18) Paul, a man knowledgeable in the law, knew that God was a God of covenant. The way in which God would relate to his people would be through the covenant of baptism, which represents death on the cross He spent time being disciple (verse 19) The time he spent sharing with Christian leaders gave him the foundation to be able to develop the ministry God had entrusted him with. Paul preached diligently about
Jesus Christ (verse 20). Paul’s conversion was something that caught the attention of those that knew of his religious zeal and they were amazed that he converted to Christianity. Paul made a real effort (verse 22).
It is imperative that everyone who has genuine encounter with Jesus makes a real effort to share the love of Jesus with others. Later on, Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes,” Now that you have attended an encounter, it is important that you make it evident to others; be it your family, your co-workers or your neighbors. You should share with each one of them your personal experience of how and when you accepted Jesus. Doing this is very important, for it helps us to keep or maintain a good testimony before them. He believed Jesus
was the Christ. Although Paul knew the biblical
prophesies regarding the
Messiah, these were not revealed
to him until he had his encounter with Jesus. His personal experience led him to understand the biblical teaching. On this issue, John says that this same anointing teaches us all things (1 John 2:27). NOTE: One of the strategies the enemy uses after an encounter, when deep and intimate experiences with God have taken place, is to prepare a heavy attack that is cunning and quick. Its purpose is to rob you of everything you received from God during those days. We must understand that it is hard for Satan to accept the fact that those who were once his slaves are now experiencing the freedom of the Christian life and he will try, by all means possible, to cool off your relationship with God. To do this, he will use things that you have desired in the past but were not able to attain, for example: lucrative but illicit business deals, a sudden meeting with a woman who was previously uninterested in you, a raise in salary at work which now demands more of the time which you were dedication to serving God, etc. Some students
experiment once: They placed a frog in a container with water and they started to slowly heat the water. The water finally reached the boiling point but the frog never tried to jump out. Why? Because the changes in the environment were so subtle that the frog didn’t realize it until it was too late. It is so important to maintain for our spiritual
eyes to be alert at all times to avoid falling into the enemy’s trap. When Moses saw Pharaoh’s army coming towards them with the intention of destroying them, which was after they had successfully left Egypt in victory, he threw himself on the ground and called out to God. And the Lord said to him, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward” (Exodus 14:15) TRY NOT TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE PAST AGAIN but MOVE FORWARD LIVING OUR NEW LIFE. WE ARE DEAD IN OUR OLD SELF. BUT WE ARE ALIVE IN OUR NEW SELF. CONCLUSION: As you can see, we are the ones that need to put
off those things, which can become obstacles for
our spiritual development. There are areas in our
lives where God does not intervene. He did his part by taking our sickness and pain upon his body on the cross. He took our rebellions and our sins and that is why He was crushed and punished; but his wounds became our deliverance and our medicine. (Isaiah 53:4-5). Although the spirit of rebellion has already been taken away through the cross of Calvary, we should make an effort to free ourselves of those habits that kept us bound to a past in misery because of wickedness and renew our intimacy with God and His Word daily. APPLICATION: Decide today to make a definite break from your past and start moving forward in living your life of blessing in the presence of God. Group Discussion:
Now that you have had a genuine encounter with Jesus, list at least 3 determining aspects which you know will positively change your life. ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________