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Lesson 1: Salvation (Leadership Seminar) desperation began to scream out for help with all of his might.
Miraculously, God sent someone who helped them to be saved.
Thanks to the wisdom of this man the travelers were rescued and were
Teaching Objectives able to receive any necessary medical treatment.
This experience illustrates the need mankind has to be rescued from
The student must understand the importance of salvation and the the enslavement of sin. This condition leads him to a spiritual death
atoning work of Christ. and it does not allow him to enjoy the riches that God has destined for
him.
Student Objectives When God saw that man was lost, He decided to establish a plan to
free him from the oppression of sin. The sacrifice of His own son, Jesus
1. The student must be able to explain what grace is and what it is Christ, became necessary for this to be fulfilled. In this lesson you will
to be transformed by it. see a clear picture of salvation, the reasons why to take hold of it and
2. The student must be able to explain why each person needs the role that the Son of God played in it. May all of this become a
salvation. reality in your life as well as your family's.

Biblical Foundation Reference Development of the Subject


John 3:16-21
I. Abundant Grace
Corresponding Biblical Foundation We cannot negotiate our salvation, We cannot buy it or sell it
(Ephesians 2:8-9). When Simon the magician offered Peter money
Ephesians 2:8-9 Acts 8:20 Genesis 6:5-8 to receive the anointing that the apostle had, Peter's answer was,
Romans 3:20,24,28 Romans 10:4 Psalm 85:10-11 “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could
Romans 5:8 Romans 10:9-10 Romans 4:4-5 buy the gift of God with money” (Acts 8:20).
Philippians 4:13 Romans 7:14 Colossians 2:14
Galatians 6:14 1 Corinthians 1:30 A. What is Grace
Grace God's mercy given to those who don't deserve it. It is the
Key Text most amazing God-given gift to everyone who desires to
John 3:16,17
receive it and it's priceless.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that B. Description of Grace
whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God
did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save Grace comes from the Greek term CARTS, which means
beauty or attractiveness. Grace originates within God, He does
the world through him."
not see us in our miserable condition. He always looks upon us
favorably, This produces the miracle of transformation. A good
Purpose
example for this is the time when God decided to destroy the
earth with a great flood because of man's wickedness and
One day we were having dinner with a group of friends in a restaurant
and the people at the table next to ours began to recount an corrupt ways, The only thing that preserved mankind's
existence was that "... Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord"
experience that they had while crossing the mighty Magdalena River
(Genesis 6: 5-8).
on a small boat. They talked about how the experience quickly turned
deadly as the boat they were on capsized, throwing them into the In his letter to the Romans, Paul said: "Therefore no one will be
waters leaving them floating about helplessly. At this point, they had declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather,
almost no hope of being rescued, however one of them, out of
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through the law we become conscious of sin” (Romans 3:20). who had committed no sin. And all the good that Jesus should
To that Paul adds "... and are justified freely by his grace have received came to me instead; just because I believed in
through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus" (Romans Him, God looks at me through His Son, Jesus and I
3:24). communicate with God through Jesus Christ as well."
Paul also reaffirmed to the Romans: "Christ is the end of the law By this grace we give Jesus all our weaknesses while we accept
so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes" all His strength for ourselves:
(Romans 10:4). This means that He grants to those who believe
• We surrender our sins and accept His salvation.
in Him what we sometimes want to achieve in our own
strength. • We surrender our sicknesses and accept His healing.
C. Justification by Grace • We surrender our needs and accept His provision.
The law made up part of the Word of God. It exposed divine • We surrender our anguish and accept His peace.
righteousness in the people of Israel. But with Christ's death on
the cross, the law died and grace was reborn. The psalmist • We surrender our will and accept the guidance of the
said: "Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and Holy Spirit.
peace kiss each other, Faithfulness springs forth from the earth • We surrender our human knowledge and accept His
and righteousness looks down from heaven" (Psalm 85:10-11). wisdom.
God's severe righteousness is exact, fair and objective By grace we have absolute trust in the Lord Jesus Christ so we
therefore it does not allow anything that is not perfect. When can say as Paul did: "I can do all things through Christ who
Jesus was on the cross, the proclamation that, "the sinner will strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
die" met with the divine mercy that said: "But God
demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still D. Grace and Sin
sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5: 8).
Paul said: "We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual,
Indeed God had to punish the sinner but in His mercy, He sold as a slave to sin" (Romans 7:14). Our problem is not that the
chose to chastise His own Son instead, in order to save all lost law is spiritual. Our problem is that we have a carnal nature
humanity. and we are slaves to sin.

Paul said: "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart In Rome, slaves were put up on a platform and placed against
from observing the law" (Romans 3:28). a post that had a spear nailed to it. This spear protruded over
their heads as an indicator that that particular slave was for
"Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as sale. Whoever bought the slave had total rights over him and
a gift but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not the slave had no say at all; he could not chose who would buy
work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited him and become ruler and master over him.
as righteousness" (Romans 4:4-5).
The same thing happened to us because of sin. We were
Some people think that in order to yield their lives to the Lord displayed in Satan's market and the spear over our head was
they must first become better than what they already are, so the adversary's accusing finger. It was necessary for us to be
they continue on their futile way, preparing, trying to convince bought by someone. That is why Jesus purchased us with His
themselves that, "tomorrow I will change." What is interesting blood when He died on the cross.
about faith is that the Lord does not demand anything from us
but our belief! Faith allows us to be able to declare that "All the The apostle Paul said: "having canceled the written decree,
chastisement that I, a sinner, deserved, fell on that man Jesus, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed
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to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross" (Colossians 2:14). "It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for
What is the written code or decree ? It is an accumulation of all us wisdom from God - that is, our righteousness, holiness and
the accusations that the adversary has recounted of the times redemption” ( 1Corinthians 1:30).
that we walked in his territory. He uses it against us to capture
In order to receive regeneration we need:
us using a word said, a thought we had, or a negative situation
that we experienced in the past; if we allow sin in our lives • The permanent living Word of God (1 Peter 1:23)
Satan has that legal right. If we do not destroy every one of the
arguments we have raised, taking them to the cross of Calvary, • The work of the Holy Spirit (John 3:5-8)
Satan will continue to have that legal right because of sin • Faith in Jesus (Acts 3:16)
(Revelations 12:10).
The cross is so powerful that the apostle Paul said: "May I never
boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which Conclusion
the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world"
His saving grace is so precious that God, with all His power, could not
(Galatians 6:14).
find any other way to redeem us but through the blessed blood of his
own Son. Through Jesus everything that man lost in Paradise was
restored back to him through faith. However, no man will be able to
II. What is Salvation? enjoy life and spiritual riches without first admitting his condition as a
Salvation is equivalent to rescue. sinner, accepting Christ's sacrifice on the cross, and believing in Him.

As we use the term salvation, we are saying that a ransom will be Application
exchanged, in order to set a person free from enslavement Examine your life thoroughly to see if there are any sinful ways that
imposed on them by someone or something; it may even be remain unconfessed to God. If there are any, renounce them and put
because of a system or an oppressive situation. In this sense, forth every effort to live free from sin and embrace a life of salvation
salvation can be defined as redemption, which clearly implies that that has been planned just for you.
a price is to be paid for freedom to become a reality and for
enslavement to disappear altogether. Evaluation

Summary You can develop a questionnaire that will evaluate the student's
personal experiences as it relates to the indicators in this lesson.
Salvation is the process by which man is ransomed from the
enslavement of sin through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the Recommendations
cross of Calvary.
1. Biblical
There are four parts to God's plan for salvation:
Study in depth this subject in the Bible.
• Justification
2. Methodological
• Regeneration
Use interaction as you teach this lesson.
• Sanctification
3. Bibliographical
• Redemption
As Firm As The Rock, series by Pastor Cesar Castellanos
(Elaborate simply on each one).
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Student’s Assignment How God planned the family:


Make a list of people who are close to you, such as relatives or
Genesis 1:28 shows that marriage was the first institution created
acquaintances that have not yet opened their hearts to Jesus. Pray for
by God.
them and ask the Lord for an opportunity where by you can share the
He chose a couple - Gen. 1:26-27
plan of salvation with them, so that they can also share in God's
He united them in marriage – Gen. 1:28
Grace.
He gave rules for marriage – Gen. 1:28-29; 2:24-25; Matt. 19:6

Lesson 1: The Family – God’s Plan For The Family (Youth Seminar)
Summary

1. Objective • Leaving one’s own family


• Being joined in marriage
The student should understand God’s plan for the family and its
importance in the life of every human being. • Unity
• Permanence

2. Goals • Multiplication and procreation


• He forbade divorce
By the end of this session the student should be able to:
Explain the biblical foundation of the origin of the family. B. Importance of the family

Explain the importance of the family It has been shown that a person’s success of failure in
their adult life has often been defined by their parental
3. Theme Exposition home. In the family one should find:
• Affection between the parents – Song of Solomon 8:7;
A. God’s plan for the family – Prov. 24:3-4; Gen. 1:18 Eph. 5:28; Col. 3:19;

The world is full of families, some beginning, others growing and • Affection towards the children – Titus 2:4
maturing, and others being destroyed. The majority of families • Moral and spiritual direction- Eph. 6:4
are a long way from the vision that God had when He created
them. • Correction – Pro. 13:24; 22:15; 23:13
• Instruction – Pro. 22:6; Deut. 31:13
Our duty is to know God’s will and purpose
• Provision of needs – 2 Cor. 12:14
for the family and to act to model it. In the
• Guidance in God’s ways – Pro. 22:6
Bible we find many families – beginning in
C. Present-day family problems
Genesis with Adam and Eve. • Bad examples – 1 Kings 22:52; 2 Chron. 22:3
• Bad influence – Matt. 14:8
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• Excessive tolerance – 1 Sam. 3:12-13 Key Text


John 3:3
Conclusions
In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the
The family is part of God’s plan for humanity. He created the family at
kingdom of God unless he is born again".
the same time as he created humankind.
Purpose
Assignment
My mother used to have constant problems with one of my brothers
Each student should write an essay about their own families, in who was rebellious and had absolutely no interest in changing his
which they evaluate the importance of their family. ways; any effort that was made toward positive change yielded, to
contrary results more rebellion. One day however, he showed up at
church and when I looked at him I noticed a different look in his eyes;
Lesson 2: The New Birth (Leadership Seminar) his countenance was different. He approached me and said, "I am a
Christian now, Jesus lives in me. You know that I have been rebellious
Teaching Objective and violent but Jesus has changed me; some days ago I prayed to
Him and said, Jesus I am not going to do anything to change. If you
The student must understand and experience the New Birth want to save me, do it by yourself, I'm not going to help you in any
way.' And before I finished praying, I felt as if a very powerful light
consumed me, leaving me face down, flat on the floor. I was almost
Student Objective unconscious! Then I turned and saw myself; my old self peel away from
1. The student must be able to define the Old and New Nature me as if it was some despicable costume that I had been wearing. It
was my old nature leaving from me. The voice of the Lord then spoke
2. The student must be able to explain what the New Birth is. to me and said, 'now I am going to walk with you, but you have to do
whatever I command you to do."
3. The student must be able to explain how someone can be born
again. From that moment on, my brother became a source of inspiration for
many who did not believe that God could change a person's life.
When man lives according to his misdeeds and sins, his actions are
Biblical Foundational Reference
prompted by his old nature; his understanding is darkened and his
John 3:1-6 heart is hardened so that he develops a behavior which opposes
God's will.
Corresponding Biblical Foundation
When an individual realizes that he is a sinner, it is his heart's desire to
John 10:10b Ephesians 4:17-24 James 1:18 be set free for this enslavement. He wants to experience a new life. He
has recognized his need to go through the process of the New Birth, as
John 6:63 John 15:3 John 1:12,13 described for us in the Bible.
2 Corinthians 1:22 Ephesians 1:13 Isaiah 1:6
Development Of The Subject
2 Corinthians 5:1
I. What is the New Birth
It is an experience that one has when he accepts Christ in his heart
as the only sufficient Savior. When a person has separated himself
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from God because of sin, even though he remains in touch with “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his
the external world and is aware of his state, his spiritual nature name, he gave the right to become children of God - children
remains dead. When one open his heart to Jesus his spiritual life born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a
begins to flow with life because Jesus said: "I have come that you husband's will, but born of God" (John 1:12,13).
may have life and have it more abundantly" (John 10:10b).
When we are born again the Holy Spirit plants the life of Christ
The New Birth is a spiritual regeneration that guarantees that man in us. He will also be in charge of sealing it so that it will not be
will be admitted in God's kingdom. In other words, nobody can call revoked, guaranteeing for us eternal life. (2 Corinthians 1:22;
himself a Christian, let alone enter into God's kingdom, through Ephesians 1:13)
works of his own flesh (personal efforts) if he has not been born
III. Old Man And The New Nature
again from above.
II. What does the New Birth consist of? Think of a man with a worn out vehicle for a moment. He wants to
purchase a new one but doesn't have the money to do so. Let's
Jesus told Nicodemus: "I tell you the truth, no one can see the say that he happens to run across a car salesman who has been
kingdom of God unless he is born again" (John 3:3). looking for him and says, "Sir, I have the solution for you. Just give
me your old car and I will give you this new Mercedes Benz free of
When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, he offered himself as a charge."
sacrifice for the restoration and redemption of all mankind. This
opened a door for him to live and experience a new life set apart Of course anyone would say, "This is the best business deal in the
from the world's contaminations such as curses, spiritual, physical world!" A deal like that is quite beneficial, not to mention profitable.
and material poverty and all the burdens that are oppressive to However, God made a better deal by casting away all our ills
man. bringing us complete restoration and goodness in his Son Jesus
Christ.
Jesus made sure that Nicodemus clearly understood that every
human being, regardless of his social, economic or cultural A. Old Man
condition, must allow the Lord to transform his old nature into a
new one designed according to God's purpose. New Birth has to do with leaving the old man totally behind in
order to enjoy a new nature. "From the sole of your foot to the
A. The Role of the Word in the New Birth top of your head there is no soundness - only wounds and welts
and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil"
"He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we
(Isaiah 1:6).
might be a kind of first fruits of all he created" (James 1:18).
When a person receives the Word of God, breath of life from This is the description of our old condition or old nature, which
the Holy Spirit is received as well. The Lord Jesus said: "The Spirit also implies acting according to the desires of the flesh
gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken (Galatians 5:19-21).
to you are spirit and they are life" (John 6:63).
B. New Nature
The Word of God that washes the inner part of each person
When you leave the old man behind, all the sinful burdens that
bestowing upon him, new life (Ephesians 5:26; John 15:31.
came along with it and then you receive Jesus as Lord and
B. The Role Of The Holy Spirit In The New Savior, He puts a new garment on you and fills you with His
presence, giving you a new nature according to His character
Together with the Word, the Holy Spirit intervenes specifically in
and purpose, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
the process of the New Birth. creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians
5:171.
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Conclusion 3. Bibliographical
The Christian life is the best life on earth to live! Through it, you can As Firm As The Rock, Series by Pastor Cesar Castellanos D. (CCD)
experience genuine happiness if you fulfill just one requirement: Do not
Students’ Assignment
step onto the enemy's grounds. Yes, God gives us everything we need
but He demands that we surrender everything that we are to Him. Make a list specifying areas in your life that are still part of the old
nature and confront them with the Word. What does God say about
If someone desires to be known as a Christian and to enter into God's
them ?
kingdom to enjoy the heritage of eternal life, he must experience the
New Birth that consists of giving up being led by the desires of the flesh
and living according to the leading of the Holy Spirit through faith in
God's Word. Lesson 2: The Family – Roles of Family Members (Youth Seminar)
Application
1. Objective
In your New Birth experience, never forget the words that Jesus spoke
to Nicodemus and always count on the Holy Spirit to help inspire you in The student should understand what the duties of each member
your new life. of the family are.
Share with someone about what is to be born again. Talk about how 2. Goals
you lived under influence of your old self. Give examples of how you
By the end of this session the student should be able to:
now have the fruit of the Spirit.
Time of Ministry
• Explain the roles and duties of the father in the family
• Explain the roles and duties of the mother in the family
Minister to the students, encourage them to examine their lives and
see if they still act, or react according to the old nature, and lead • Explain the roles and duties of the children
them to renounce in prayer to all of the sins listed in Ephesians 4:25-32.
3. Roles of the member of the family

Evaluation A. The father


At the end of the class, have a time of questions and answers. As Husband and Father, He is the head and sold base of the
Determine the students’ comprehension of the lessons. family. A father guided by God has different characteristics
Recommendations from those of the world

1. Biblical • A tender warmth: Love should be expressed by words,


touch and attitudes – 2 Sam. 12:16; Mark 5:23; Luke
In order to be sure that the points brought out in this lesson are 15:20
accomplished, it is important to accurately interpret and explain
the biblical passages covered because this lesson contains very • Exemplary life that serves as an inspiration and a
significant theological concepts. challenge for our lives – 1 Kings 9:4; 2 Chron. 26:4.
2. Methodological
• Care and protection that offers security and strengthens
A role-play depicting segments taught this far would be a good self-esteem – Esther 2:19
way to measure the student's comprehension of the lessons.
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• Spiritual authenticity as spiritual leader of the family – 1 Conclusion


Thes. 2:11-12; Eph. 6:4.
God’s plan for the family is fulfilled as each of the members
• Provider for the family – 1 Tim. 5:8 obediently fulfills their roles.

B. The mother Assignment


She represents the tender, gentle and conciliatory side. Identify within your family the attitudes and actions that are proper
and godly and those which are not consistent with God’s word.
• Shatter-proof tenderness and love – Is. 49:15; Titus 2:4 Develop a prayer list of those areas which God can and does want
to change and bless within your family.
• Role model for spiritual life – 1 Sam. 2:19; 2 Tim. 1:5

• Making the house into a home - Pro. 31:27


Lesson 3: The True Repentance

C. The following are duties that both parents should share Teaching Objectives
The student must understand repentance as the only way to restore
• Times of family prayer
our relationship with God.
• Discussion with their children

• Recreation Students’ Objectives


1. The student must be thoroughly acquainted with The Parable of
• Correction
the Lost Son.
• Decision making 2. The student must be able to explain the attitude that we must
have toward sin.

D. The Children Biblical Foundational Reference


Luke 15:11-32
• To give joy to the parents – Pro. 10:1

• To care for them in old age – Pro. 23:22; 28:24; Mark 7:11 Corresponding Biblical Reference
Romans 5:12 Romans 1:21-25 Romans 3:16-18
• To have an ordered life – Ecc. 12:1
Genesis 3:10 Psalm 51 Matthew 27:3-5
• To honor and obey them – Mark 7:10; Eph. 6:13; 1 Tim 3:2
Psalms 32:5 1 John 1:9 Galatians 3:13
• To respect them – Deut. 27:16; Pro. 23:22
Colossians 2:14-15
• To love them Key Text

• To be subject to them – Judges 11:36 Luke 15:17-20


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"...How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I Development of the Subject
am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say
to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no I. What is Repentance
longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired It is not a feeling but a decision of your will, followed by ordained
men. So he got up and went to his father..." action. In the original Greek, repentance is a change of mind. We
must change our thoughts, attitudes and feelings. Repentance is
Purpose
feeling a deep sorrow for having offended God and seeing sin as
A 46 year old man named Antonio desperately wanted to make an God does.
appointment with me. I agreed and we met in my office. In that
Until the Holy Spirit, who works in us, to show us the magnitude of
moment as he entered my office, he began to cry uncontrollably,
how sinful and wicked we really are, it is impossible to practice true
pouring out his heart. He lamented, "I feel guilty because of the deaths
of my two daughters. They were 3 and 5 years old. I know I have failed repentance.
God by allowing improper relationships into my life and now I feel that I Repentance then, must be understood as the process in which an
am the most miserable person on earth" He continued to tell me about individual has committed a wrongful act; and then humbles his
his story. He was shopping in a store in a town near Bogotá, and for a heart completely admitting that he has failed the Almighty.
moment he took his eyes off of his daughters. Through his own Repentance implies, not only admitting the mistake, but making
carelessness, he did not notice that they had gone out of the store the firm decision to not do it again.
and into the traffic riddled street where they were both struck down by
a car with failed brakes. The two girls died instantly. "This has been the When you are repentant, you are not prompted by your feelings
most devastating trauma of my life," Antonio cried, "I wish with all my alone. > From the depths of your soul you have decided that you
heart that I could go back in time to have my daughters again to take could not withstand the pain of causing the Holy Spirit grief
better care of them. Ever since this happened, I have been grieving anymore so you agree to lay aside all that would grieve Him. Your
and crying. It is my own fault that I no longer have my girls here with life now has a totally new meaning.
me." In the Hebrew language, the word used to express repentance is
This was a very traumatic situation. Through it I could see a very clear "metamelomai," implying a feeling of wanting to change a
picture of repentance reflected in this man's life. behavior. In the Greek the word is "epistrophe" which means to turn
to, or making a "U" turn. Repentance is turning your back on sin
• Admitting the fault. and turning your face to God. It is a change of the mindset.
• Being deeply sorrowed due to having failed. (Romans 12:2).

• Wishing time to go backwards not to fail again.


II. Repentance from the prodigal son’s perspective
• Begging for a second chance.
The story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15: 11-32 is one of the most
God is merciful. Through His son, Jesus Christ, He comes to those who
perfect and impressive pictures of repentance. The story is about a
have experienced similar situations like that of Antonio's. He is ready to
wealthy father who had two sons. One day the younger son asked
aid all those who are truly willing to admit their sins and to free us out of
the father for his share of the estate to do as he pleased with it. The
such enslavement. God offers reconciliation to the same degree that
you are repentant before Him. father agreed to give it to him. The son went about his way
spending it with friends so much so that he ended up in a state of
squander. All he had was wasted away leaving him no choice to
work as a laborer feeding pigs.
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"In the midst of his unbearable situation, he came to his senses and 5. He restores the son's authority ("... Put a ring on his
said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and finger.").
here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father
6. He entrusts the son with the biggest ministry - preaching
and ay to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and against
the gospel ("...and sandals on his feet.").
you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like
one of your hired men'. So he got up and went to his father" (Luke Conclusion
15:17-20).
Everyone who desires to have a relationship with the Father and enjoy
What this well-known prodigal son did was make an inner vow to His blessings must have experienced genuine repentance and an
change his outer behavior. It was the act of repentance that understanding that there is a heartfelt sorrow for having offended
drove him to prove himself to God, to himself and to all those who God, and a real willingness of heart to take on a new direction on life,
had been affected by his misbehavior. changing your mind and behavior.

A. The son’s attitude Application


Here listed are four points that expressed his true repentance: Make a list of the sinful actions that you thought you had overcome
but are still hindrances in your life. Express a deep sorrow for having
1. He stopped along the way to reflect on his present
condition. committed them. Confess them to the Lord and renounce them,
breaking every curse, in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. He renewed his mind and decided to ask for a second
chance. Explain what true repentance is to someone and help him, through
your own experience, to take the necessary steps for him to enjoy the
3. He decided in his own will to go back to his father. blessing of God's forgiveness.
4. He made the decision to confess his sins to this father. Time of Ministry
According to the lesson theory, guide your students to restoration with
God if they have failed.
B. The father’s Attitude
The list below typifies the attitude of the good father who has
his arms open, ready to receive us in the heavenly place, once Evaluation
we return to him (Luke 15:20-24).
Applying the concepts and ministering to the student, make up a
1. He sees the son from afar ("But while he was still a long good method of evaluation.
way off, his father saw him.").
Recommendations
2. He is moved with compassion ("... and was filled with
compassion for him."). 1. Methodological

3. He ran to meet him ("... he ran to his son, threw his arms A questionnaire may be useful to carry out the development of the
around him and kissed him."). subject.

4. He has a garment of righteousness prepared ("But the 2. Bibliography


father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe In order to achieve a better development of the subject, it is
and put it on him'."). necessary to read the book Repentance: Entrance Door for the
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Blessing, from the Series, "As Firm As The Rock" by Pastor Cesar
Castellanos.
The following diagram an attempt is made to illustrate just some of
Students’ Assignment the problems and their interconnections; it may be a starting point
to explain some others:
Analyze cases A and B and answer:
a. How would a non Christian person come to repentance? (Write
down a specific case)
b. How would a Christian person in sin come to repentance?
(Write down a specific case)

Lesson 3: The Family – Emotional Healing (Youth Seminar)

1. Objective

The each student would have an understanding of the • Rejection: it may be in open attitudes of contempt
emotional problems which affect families and how to grow and neglect, of not providing for basic needs,
through them in the healing power of Christ. favoritism comparisons.

• Words that bind in the form of a curse – Matt. 5:22


2. Goals
• Words spoken with hatred leave wounds and
By the end of this session the student should be able to: indelible marks that will influence people’s
emotional development and damage their self-
• Identify any emotional problems in his / her life caused by the
image.
family upbringing.
• Explain steps for change with regards to how these problems • Immorality caused by the parent’s selfish decisions such as
affected their lives. infidelity and sexual abuse.

3. Understanding the roots of family problems and how to solve • Physical abuse of the children through correction without
them wisdom or self-control

• Lack of affection – many parents are incapable of


A. Emotional problems related to the family
offering affection because in their own childhood
Imperfect people build imperfect families. There is a they received none
natural tendency to reproduce the home from which we
came with its good and bad qualities. It is necessary to B. How to solve them
recognize that every member is different in their ways of
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be
thinking, feeling and behaving. This difference brings
called the children of God” Mt. 5:9.
problems, frictions and hurts. It is here that God’s help is
needed.
• Bringing every burden before the Lord.
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• In seeking the root of the problem, it is useful to know 2. The student should mention the biblical structure and its
the parent’s story and understand their point of view. characteristics.

• Look for a possible solution and be prepared to yield.


Biblical Foundational Reference
• Propose a time of dialogue in which you listen to all points
of view. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

• If it is necessary to involve a third person, he or she should


be impartial and wise. Corresponding Biblical Foundation

• Be ready to practice forgiveness and show love. 2 Peter 1:19-20 Acts 13:16-40 John 14:9
John 16:13 2 Peter 1:20 1 Peter 2:2
Conclusion: 1 Peter 1:25 Isaiah 55:11
Key Text
It is important that God ministers into our lives and frees us from all
resentment and problems that have to do with our family. It is in this 2 Timothy 3:16-17
way that we become good sons and daughters (and fathers and
mothers). "All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking,
correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may
Assignment: be thoroughly equipped for every good work".

Prayerfully review the diagram above and document how you


and your family may have had some of the issues involved. After Purpose
your finished writing down any hurtful, harmful feelings within the
It is important to recognize that as Christians we have the need to
family, begin a praying for your family and if necessary forgive
share Christ to others and take them to His feet. Many times we do not
other family members and release in forgiveness.
have the foundation to tear down the mental and spiritual arguments
that the persons have because we do not have the basic knowledge
of the Word of God.
Lesson 4: The Bible (Leadership Seminar)
Each one of the truths that are in the scriptures take us to a profound
Teaching Objective knowledge of God and it is through this that we can be firm on Christ
the rock,
The student should understand the reasons why the Bible is the Word of
God and the foundation for the Christian life. Like those men who had to pass the same test, one was sustained
victoriously by the solid foundation of the sacred scriptures and passed
the test. The other one did not sustain himself because he had no
Student Objective foundation therefore his life ended in failure, (Matthew 7:24-271.

1. The student should understand the need to know the Bible as the The reason why you need to know the "Word" is to lead a life of
foundation for Christian life. success, fullness, and to fulfill the purpose of God. You will receive
peace, trust, wisdom, correction and victory to confront difficulties and
adversities.
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Today more than ever I invite you to enjoy the promises for you that to the knowledge that Jesus is the only way to the Father, therefore
are contained in the Word of God, which is the Bible. the only way by which we can be saved.
These are some features that distinguish the Bible from other books:
Development Of The Subject A. The revelation of God to man
Only in the Word of God can the believer find the authority in order to Originally this revelation was transmitted orally from generation
be justified by faith. to generation and then in written form in Hebrew, Aramaic,
and Greek. Little by little it has been brought to a great part of
humanity.
I. What is the Bible? B. In reference to the salvation of man
The word "Bible" comes from the Greek "Biblos" which means books.
The unity of the Bible, as will be noticed later, consists of the
It was considered that these writings, on their own, made up a
fact that all of its contents bring forth the following:
concrete and defined group of works that were superior to any
other literary works in existence. The Bible is known as the Sacred 1. It introduces the person who brings salvation, that is to
Scriptures, containing that which elevates it to the category of the say God through Jesus Christ.
book of excellence,
2. It indicates the way in which salvation can be obtained,
The New Illustrated Biblical Dictionary points out the fact that the which is by the Grace of God, who demands a public
Bible is not merely a book, but a compound of many books. The use confession of faith in His Son and obedience to His
of the term scripture illustrates an important fact; that although they Word.
were written by a diversity of writers they present a marvelous unity
3. It states who receives salvation: those who through faith
that reveals a logical order that has not ceased for thousands of
years. in Jesus, have become the people of God or the
church of Christ (Acts 13:16-40).
The Bible can be defined as the sacred book that contains the
Word of God written by many different authors under the revelation C. In reference to Truth
of the Holy Spirit. A fundamental aspect of the Bible is that it reveals the truth
about life that man so longs to know. In the Holy Bible God
II. Importance of the Bible
shows that the truth about the existence and the destiny of
A. For it contains the word of God and the revelation of Christ. man goes beyond earthly limits. Only He, in His omniscience
and sovereignty, can make it known to man.
B. For it contains the divine laws.
Taking into account the truth that God makes known through
C. For its historical diffusion; compiles 66 books which are the
the Scriptures, all possibility of error are reduced to nothing. The
summary of over 40 writers throughout the ages.
Lord Jesus Christ Himself, making reference to the truth, that
III. Aspects which distinguish the Bible from other books was longed for and needed by humanity, said to His disciples in
a closing prayer:
The Bible is the registry of the divine revelation for man, that is to
say God is the main author. Its ultimate purpose is the salvation of "Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth" (John 17:17).
man. The Bible contains the truth and there are no mistakes in it.
Throughout history the Word of God enclosed in the Bible has
The purpose of the Bible is to provide instruction and to lead man been proved and has been able to come forward,
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overcoming every attack, confirming the words of John the D. Prophetic Books
apostle:
These are the books from Isaiah to Malachi. These books written
"I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but long ago, tell about future events of history.
because you do know it and because no lie comes from the
E. The Gospels
truth." (1 John 2:21)
The first four books of the New Testament. Mathew through
D. Jesus as the main character
John tell about the life of Jesus, including His birth, ministry,
Throughout the 66 books that make it up, the Bible makes teachings, miracles, sufferings, death, resurrection and
reference to the instrument used by God to give salvation to ascension.
man: Jesus Christ. This is continually declared and manifested in
F. Book of Acts
the Old Testament.
It contains the history of Christianity from the first century and it
It is the person of Jesus Christ that allows the cohesion and the
points out how the good news of salvation through Christ was
unity of the biblical writings. In making reference to the plan of
accepted by Jews and Gentiles.
salvation the Holy Scriptures are clear. They indicate that
salvation would only be effective through Jesus Christ; His G. The Epistles
ministry, His sacrifice on the Cross of Calvary and H is
resurrection to justify humanity before the Father. Jesus is Starting with the book to the Romans, ending in the book of
described in the Scriptures as the only way to God. That is why Jude, are the letters addressed specifically to the churches of
He Himself said: that era, as well as their leaders. They were written to tutor the
new churches in the Christian Faith and to set divine
"Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9b). parameters.
H. The Book of Revelation
IV. Basic Structure of the Bible This book demonstrates the divine plans for the end times in a
A. Historical and biographical books symbolic way. It constitutes a specific message to the churches
of the first century and to the believers of all ages. It talks
These include the books from Genesis to Esther including basically about future events.
Leviticus. They state historical facts about the way in which
V. Some Characteristics of the Bible
God progressively revealed Himself and His truth.
B. Books of the Law A. Illumination
B. Inspiration
They include Leviticus, parts of Exodus, Numbers, and
Deuteronomy. Its contents exhibit the laws given to the people C. Revelation
of Israel in the time they lived among the pagan nations.
D. Exactitude
C. Books of Poetry and Wisdom
E. Unity
From Job to the Songs of Solomon Hebrew poetry is evident in
these books. They cover various subjects, especially the book of F. Interest wide spread throughout history and the World
Proverbs which express principles for individual and social G. Actuality, Is for our days
development.
H. Preservation
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I. Fulfilled prophecies of this class.

Lesson 4: The Family – Keys To Communication (Youth Seminar)


Conclusion
It is very fundamental to understand the importance of this book for 1. Objective
your life; don't stay ignorant of what the Word says about you. The
most important thing is that by reading it you will be strengthened That each student would understand what
spiritually so you may strengthen others. communication is and the importance of being a good
communicator

Application
2. Goals
If you have not read it all, set a goal to read it in an orderly fashion,
analyze it and meditate upon it. By the end of this session the student should be able to:
• Define what communication is
Evaluation • Explain the components of communication
A quiz can be useful to evaluate the proposed indicators. Review the • Identify what destroys healthy communication
structure of the Bible with the students.
3. Communication in the family

Recommendations A. Definition
1. Bibliographical To communicate: To give or exchange ideas, feelings,
information, or similar in writing, verbally, or by any other
For a better development of the topic it is necessary to consult the means.
book "Knowing the Truth" by Pastor Cesar Castellanos, "Panorama
of the Bible" by Macquay Eral, It can be described as the process (verbal or non-verbal) by
"Introduction to the Bible" by Demarrar Donald which information is shared with another person, so that the
other understands what is expressed. In the process of
2. Methodological communication speaking, listening, looking and
It is recommended to have a combination of discussion, and understanding are involved.
questions and answers, as well as an applied workshop.
• Words: within a conversation these count for
6%, although some of them will be
unforgettable – Eph. 4:29; Matt. 4:4; Col. 4:6.
Students’ Assignment
• Actions: are what reinforces or demonstrates what I
Learn the order of all the books of the Bible to be better able to handle am saying; they can be divergent from my words.
it. Within a conversation they count for 37% of the
Have the student research the features presentations on point number communication.
5 • Attitudes: are what is really in the heart; they are what
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finally comes out and show the true intention. Within a Conclusion
conversation they count for 57%.
We need to improve as communicators: good communication
is the only way to reduce conflict and to improve family
B. Levels of communication: relationships. Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as a
Paradoxically the worst conversations we have are often communicator.
with the people with live with. That is with our family.
Assignment
• ‘Cliché” conversation: It is superficial. Greeting, Each student is to produce an essay about the influence that this
exchange of words without entering into detail, there seminar has had on his / her emotions and family relationships
is no acquaintance with people. taking into consideration all four classes on the family.
• Conversation about others: Viewpoint is shown but
one talks about circumstances or other people, it can
Lesson 5: Prayer (Leadership Seminar)
be a long conversation but feelings do not emerge.
• Conversation where ideas and judgments intervene. Teaching Objective
Subjects are raised but there are no deep chats.
The student must understand and apply the 10 levels of prayer.
• Frank and sincere conversation where feelings are
seen and one talks in detail. We should aim for this
level. Student Objective

To reach a good level of conversation it is necessary to understand 1. The student must explain the reason why Jesus’ teaching about the
its importance, as it is in this way that parent-children links can really Lord’s Prayer was so important.
be strengthened.
2. The student must explain the levels of prayer.
C. What destroys communication
• Anger Biblical Foundational Reference
• Tears Mathew 6:5-15
• Criticism
• Silence Corresponding Biblical Foundation
• Unending chatter. Hebrews 10:22 Matthew 23:25,26 Isaiah 26:20
• Rejection James 4:3 2 Chronicles 7:14 John 4:23
• Fear Psalm 32 y 51 Nehemiah 1 John 16:24
• Control and manipulation Psalm 100:4
• Falsehood
• Lack of sincerity
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Key Text I. Level of Redemption - `Our Father'


Matthew 6:6 No one can call God "Father" if he has not been redeemed by
Jesus' blood. Jesus could call God "Father" because he had God's
"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to
same divine nature. Far us to be able to do the same, we must be
your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in
adopted as children of God, which we can achieve by having
secret, will reward you".
faith in Jesus Christ (John 1:12-13).
II. Level of authority - ‘in heaven’
Purpose
Through prayer we recognize that the heavens are God's throne. It
Undoubtedly, prayer is the only means that God has established to is believed that the apostle Paul was carried away to the third
change lives, families, cities, nations and continents. If God's people heaven (God's heaven) and that is the reason why in Ephesians
really knew how to pray, our governments would be founded on the 1:17-18 The apostle longs for us as believers to understand the hope
truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, committed and fighting for people's we have been called to, the riches in glory of Christ Jesus, the
social welfare. Throughout all history we find that simple men were inheritance we have acquired as saints and His incomparably
able to believe in God and by their prayers their nations were great power for us who believe. This power raised Christ from the
transformed. They reconciled the people with God and brought a dead and seated him at His right hand in the heavenly places
spiritual awakening. (Ephesians 1:19 -23).

The Lord never taught his disciples how to preach, but He did teach III. Level of worship - ‘Hallowed be your name’
them how to pray. He gathered them and said «This is how you should God's nature is holy, that is, completely separated from
pray» And He gave them simple and precise directions about the way
wickedness, Everything He created was made with the purpose of
they should develop effective prayer If you are a disciple of Christ you
worshiping and glorifying Him. That is the reason why Jesus said to
must learn how to communicate with God.
the Samaritan woman that the Father seeks worshipers who
An example is the fact that you have a specific key that lets you into worship in Spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
the door of your home when you arrive everyday. Well, prayer is the
IV. Level of government - `Your kingdom come'
master key that opens the door and allows you to commune with God
and have direct relationship with Him, Gad has established a government plan. When we understand
this, it fulfills God's divine purpose for our lives. We must accept it
The purpose of this lesson is to teach the levels of prayer thoroughly, so
and spread it throughout the earth. It begins with a person who
that the student can communicate with God and have the windows
grasps it, then gets his family involved (the latter involves other
of heaven open so that God's abundant blessings can be poured out families) until it is established in every social arena. Society is the
upon the student's life.
one in charge of choosing the representatives who make major
decisions on governmental level (Proverbs 29:2). This is the way to
have godly people as authorities.
Development Of The Subject
V. Level of evangelism - 'your will be done on earth as it is in heaven'
The Ten Levels Of Prayer
God's will is that none should perish, but that all turn to him in
Besides showing us how to attain effective praying, the Lord, Jesus repentance (John 6:39). Our commitment must be to spread the
Christ, gave us the Lord's prayer as a model to communicate with manifestation of God's love through his son Jesus Christ, throughout
God, not as a structure of vain repetitions, but as a guide with specific the world. We do this by sharing the Good News of salvation with
levels that embrace every need of daily human life. those who are lost.
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VI. Level of provision - 'Give us today our daily bread' poured out upon our lives. A prayer life must be disciplined since every
Christian depends continually on the Father.
It is God's plan that his children prosper spiritually, physically and
financially. That is why John the apostle said to Gaius: "Dear friend, I
pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with
Application
you, even as your soul is getting along well" (3 John 2).
Determine in your heart to make prayer your lifestyle; something
VII. Level of forgiveness - 'Forgive us our debts, as we also have
inherent to your personality In order to do that:
forgiven our debtors'
• Choose a specific daily hour.
When we pray without having experienced God's forgiveness in
our lives, and without having granted forgiveness to those who • Select a specific place.
have offended us, our prayer has no power, because the lack of
forgiveness becomes a barrier between God and us (Matthew • Use the Bible as your support.
5:23-24). • Journalize the things the Lord has revealed to you according to
VIII. Level of protection - `And lead us not into temptation' your petitions.

Man is in constant danger day after day. Temptation is always near


trying to capture him. His only escape is a strict (disciplined) life of Time Of Ministry
prayer where he is seeking God's protection to keep him far away
from danger (Proverbs 22:3; 1 Corinthians 6:18). Pray for your students that through these levels of prayer they may
experience not only God's presence, but also the answers to their
IX. Level of deliverance - 'But deliver us from the evil one' prayers.
There are two forces that operate in the spirit realm: good and evil.
A person that experienced the new birth has passed from darkness
to light, but must constantly ask God, in prayer, to deliver him from Evaluations
sicknesses, accidents, plagues, poverty, etc. God has promised to
A self-evaluation questionnaire may be a good way to evaluate the
shower us with blessings depending on our attitude towards His
established Student Objectives.
Word (Deuteronomy 28; Psalm 144:2).
X. Level of safety - "For yours is the kingdom and the power and the
glory forever" Reccommendations
The most stable and lasting safety that God has given us is Jesus 1. Methodological
Christ, Although Jesus died in weakness, he rose again in power
and obtained authority in the heavens and in the earth therefore An excellent method to carry out the development of the subject
all things are submitted under his feet. He is the one who gives us is through illustration; teach using graphics or a multimedia
assurance and trust (John 10:27-28). presentation for each one of the levels of prayer.
2. Students’ Assignment

Conclusion Use the model prayer both individually and with your family,
keeping in mind each of its levels. Attend at least one intercession
Prayer is the means provided by God for every believer to establish an service a week.
intimate relationship with Him. It is through our fervent prayers that we
can open the doors of heaven for the blessings to be abundantly
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should, therefore, gain the maximum profit from it,


Lesson 5: Courtship – The Foundation of Healed Emotions enjoying it in holiness without longing anxiously for
(Youth Seminar) what they do or do not have.

1. Objective If you are single and desire to be in a relationship that will


conclude in a happy marriage, you should ensure that
That the student should understand the importance of taking you are free from frustrations, arguments, beliefs and
care of their feelings / emotions in order to have a good feelings from the past that may bind you. Such bondages
engagement. will prevent your growth in this area and defer the
blessing that God has for your lives.

2. Goals
If this is the case, take into account:
By the end of this session the student should be able to:
• A time of solitude is needed to identify the present state of
• Define a Godly courtship / engagement your heart.

• Know how to take care of their feelings in order to enjoy a • God has one person for your and it is not right to “try out”
good engagement. several people.

• Be able to explain what it is to be a suitable sort of person • With without anxiety.


• Ensure that your thoughts and feelings are in line with the
3. Managing feelings and emotions in courtship
Bible, and renew your mind.
A. Definition • Seek inner healing and ministry for wounds from the past
caused by:
Below you will find a definition of what courtship is. We
need to establish a definition that will let each student o Infidelity
understand what this stage of their lives consists of.
o Lack of acceptance
o Physical and verbal abuse
“Courtship is the stage of preparation for marriage in
which a couple order their lives one for another, in
perfect subjection to the will of God” C. Be a suitable sort of person:
When one thinks about a suitable person, one has the
B. Importance of the area of emotions tendency to idealize. But we are the ones who really give
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the the measure of what we may expect.
issues of life” Proverbs 4:23 Therefore:
It’s important that every student understand that the • Have a good self-image and good self esteem
current situation they find themselves in, whether single
or married, is the ideal and perfect one for your life at • Examine yourself and strengthen your weaknesses
this moment. Each one
• Be willing to yield and be reconciled
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• Allow yourself to be corrected Key Text


• Pray fervently and maintain a good relationship with God Matthew 28:19
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
Conclusions
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
We must allow God to restore our feelings and emotions in
order that His plan can be fulfilled in our lives.
Development Of The Subject
Assignment
We can say that in the New Testament we find references concerning
• Pray for each other that you may be healed in the areas of 4 types of baptism.
broken emotions and feelings.
1. The Baptism of John the Baptist
• Write an essay about the importance of feelings and some of
the most frequent problems the student has had in this area. It was performed during the time of the preparation of the way for
Jesus [Matthew 3:7-9 and Mark 1:3-5].
It took place in Jordan where the multitudes headed. It is
Lesson 6: Baptism (Leadership Seminar)
mentioned over and over again as Baptism of Repentance. John
encouraged the ones being baptized to show their repentance
Teaching Objective and to confess their sins. He also encouraged the people to
The student should understand the importance of water baptism for believe in the one who would come after him: Jesus Christ, of
the new believer and make the decision to obey this commandment. whom he gave testimony.
At the time Jesus was baptized, He was anointed by the Holy Spirit
for the beginning of His ministry and it was the time when he
Student Objective received witness of how pleased the Father was.
1. The student will mention the significance, the requirements and the 2. The Baptism of Suffering of Jesus
benefits of being baptized in water.
This indicates that God baptized Jesus in the sins and sicknesses of
2. The student will explain the biblical foundation and the importance man in order to make Him upright and righteous (Luke 12:50).
of water baptism.
3. The Christian's baptism in water
Acts 2:38
Biblical Foundational Reference
4. The Christian's baptism in the Holy Spirit
Matthew 28:19
Acts 8:15
Acts 19:6
Corresponding Bibblical Foundation
Matthew 3:7-8 Mark 1:3-5 Luke 12: 50
Acts 8:15 Acts 19:6 Romans 6:3
Acts 2:37-41 Romans 6:4
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I. Definition We should be baptized in water because:


Baptism comes from the original Greek word "baptizo" and the root • We are disciples of Christ. I John 2:6.
"bapto" means to wet or submerge; this can only be accomplished
• Christ gave us the example. Matthew 3:14-15.
by submerging the person totally in water. This act should be
performed by a person of spiritual authority, such as the pastor, • It is a step of obedience by faith. James 2:17-18.
deacon, or leader who has been granted such authority (Romans
6:3).
• Baptizo is the intensive form of "BAPTIEN" which means to III. Requirements for being baptized
submerge. By being baptized in water we give public testimony that all of our
• In baptism the idea expressed is the union of someone or sins have been washed by the blood of Christ and have been
something. buried with his death to walk in a new life. To reach this experience
that comes after repentance and the confession of our faith in
• Baptism is part of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19). Christ, it is necessary to fulfill various requirements.
• We identify ourselves with Christ in His death, His burial and A. Believe
His resurrection [Romans 6:41.
Belief comes before baptism; no one can be baptized unless
• It is a public confession that states we are dead with Christ he has believed before. In Mark 16:16 the Lord Jesus says,
to our sins. "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved but whoever
II. Importance of Water Baptism does not believe will be condemned" (Mark 16:161.

The first thing we should understand is that it is a commandment B. Recognize the work of the cross
which implies identifying yourself with Christ as Lord, with His death The belief of the person to be baptized is linked to the
and His resurrection to a new life. Additionally, being baptized knowledge of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross of Calvary as
makes us disciples of Jesus. the only way to redemption. Notice the case of the Ethiopian;
he manifests his conviction clearly saying: "I believe Jesus Christ
"He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He
is the Son of God" (Acts 8:371. It is understood that by saying
walked" (I John 2:6).
this he did not only believe in Jesus but also in his work of the
At the age of 30 Jesus descended into the waters of Baptism. This Cross.
was the first experience of his public ministry. John hesitated to
baptize Jesus and said: C. Bring fruit worthy of repentance
Simon the magician believed in Philip's message, he repented
"I have need to be baptized by you, and are you coming to me?
and was baptized. When the multitudes went to John the
But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus
Baptist to be baptized he would say "0 generation of vipers!
it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness" (Matthew 3:14-15).
Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Though Jesus did not need to go through the baptism of
D. "Bring fruit worthy of repentance .." (Luke 3:7-81.
repentance of John because he had not committed sin nor was
their deceit in his mouth, he did it to give us the example of John leads us to understand that repentance and baptism go
obedience and confirm that this was the requirement established together. It is necessary to demonstrate the fruit of repentance.
by God for justification. In 1 Peter 2:24 it says Christ gave us But when asked, "What should we do ?" He responds by saying
examples in all things in order for us to follow in his steps.
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he who has two tunics give one to whoever doesn't have and submerged. He ordained it and the apostles guided by this, taught
he who has food to eat to the same thing. and did the same (Acts 2:37-41).
E. In Acts 2:38 we find this again when Peter finishes his speech to Application
the Jews saying:
In our Christian life it is important to fulfill this commandment and it is
"Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the fundamental that we understand the importance baptism has. If you
remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." have not done so yet, get baptized; and if you have already done so,
To summarize we can say that the steps prior to baptism are: explain its importance to others.
Believing the message of the word, recognizing Christ's sacrifice
Evaluation
on the cross, manifesting it by the confession of our faith. This
makes us realize that it is impossible for infants to be baptized Ask some students to come to the front and explain the importance,
for they are not in the capacity of understanding the the benefits and the requirements to be baptized.
commitment that they are up to take part in.
Recommendations
IV. Benefits of being baptized
1. Biblical
Three significant steps in baptism:
It is necessary to be acquainted with the Scriptures that speak
A. The heavens open about Baptism in water.
This means that our relationship with God becomes more Read the book "Submerged in His Spirit" by Pastor Cesar
direct. Baptism gives us the right to have a constant, personal Castellanos
relationship with the Lord. Our prayers get to his divine
presence without any obstacles. 2. Methodological

B. The Holy spirit comes upon your life Work in groups and have the student do a deeper research on this
subject. All should participate.
The Holy Spirit come; to cloth your inner man of Christ. The
Scripture say: "For all of you who were baptized into Christ have Students’ Assignment
clothed yourselves with Christ"[Galatians 3:27]. Each student should be baptized before level one is complete.
C. The voice of God comes to the heart
Like with Jesus, every person that experiences the baptism of Lesson 6: Courtship – Characteristics of True Love (Youth Seminar)
water has the opportunity to hear the Father say: "You are my
son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased, "through these 1. Objective
words God wants us to know that when we come down to the
waters willing to give up our old nature, He is filled with great This lesson will give you an understanding of the characteristics
joy and He starts seeing us as His children. It is interesting to note of true love that ought to be seen and experienced within a
that Jesus received the Fullness of the Holy Spirit in his life after courtship.
having been baptized.
2. Goals
Conclusion
We should be baptized for as followers of Christ we walk according to By the end of this session the student should be able to:
his example. He was not sprinkled with water but was totally • Explain love, and its true characteristics
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• Identify the difference between a ‘whim’, ‘infatuation’, and • Is committed to resolving conflicts, to remaining
true love and waiting, to sacrificing itself and working.

3. Is it love? • Always increases and is creative in the way it shows itself in


each occasion and circumstance.
A. How to know if it is love

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or B. Lessons in love
proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is
I love you if… love given in exchange for conditions
not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been
is a selfish love, wanting to obtain something in
wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices
exchange.
whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never
loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every
circumstance” (1 Cor. 13:4-7).
I love you because… this makes love conditional on what
Characteristics of true love the other person is, has, or has done. You should see and
accept people as they are.
• Is based on “giving” and satisfying the needs of the
other person, taking into account their feeling and
opinions, without seeking selfish benefits. I love you unconditionally… in spite of whether you
change or not. I love you however you may be. This love
• Shows respect, grants freedom to grow, mature and be is not blind; it is accepting. This is a creative love that
genuine produces changes in the person who receives it.

• Shows consideration and for a persons integrity and


individuality. Conclusion

• Shows a tremendous joy in the company of the one We should not be guided solely by our emotions; we should
whom you love, and a longing to be with them when examine our feelings before God, and identify when they
you are apart. are not in His perfect will.

• Is an act of the will – a decision and not just an Assignment


emotion. Love is a commitment, a promise and a vow.
It is not accompanied by idealistic or unrealistic 1. Write a short essay on the various types of love given in the
fantasies. “Lessons in love” section. Be sure to give several examples of
each. Also include what type of love you believe you are
• Includes emotions of warmth, tenderness and deep walking in and give some examples.
affection for the other person.

• Is protective both in public and in private. It involves


defending the loved one even from your own self.

• Is responsible affirming both its duties and rights.


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Lesson 7: Faith (Leadership Seminar) people, but in you." Then I told him of an anecdote Dr. Norman
Vincent Peale used to tell. Once when he was in China, Dr. Peale
Teaching Objective visited a tattoo parlor. While he was there the phrase "born-to-lose"
caught his attention so he asked one of the parlor attendants, "would
The student must understand the biblical concept of faith and its someone actually have those words tattooed onto their skin?" The
significance for a growing and victorious life. Chinese man told him that some people do indeed. "I can not believe
it!" he thought but Dr. Peale's greatest surprise came when the
attendant tattoo told him that, before a person gets something like
Student Objective that tattooed onto their body, they have already tattooed it into their
mind.
1. The student must define the concept of faith in a biblical and
theoretical way. Looking straight in the pastor's eyes, I told him, "If you think that it is
difficult for people in this city to accept the things of God, that will be
2. The student must give a clear explanation of the different kinds of
the result but, if you believe you will be able to reach them through the
faith.
gospel, then you will see the fruit of your faith."
I once heard a speaker who said that what we think about during the
Biblical Foundational Reference first five minutes after we wake up, determines the course of our day.
Psychologists assert that the first five years of the life of the human
Hebrews 11:1-4 being extremely influence the direction of his destiny. Due to the
negative experiences many people have lived through, some have
allowed the enemy to tattoo "Born-to-lose" or "You-are-a-failure" in their
Corresponding Biblical Foundation minds. On the cross of Calvary the Lord Jesus Christ erased any stamp
that the enemy has printed onto our lives. Then He re-stamped us with,
Genesis 15:6 Psalm 55:22 Psalm 57:1
"You are a child of God" (John 1:12).
Job 13:15 Isaiah 40:31 Luke 5:4,5
This mark or stamp, printed by the very Holy Spirit in our hearts, gives us
Isaiah 1:19,20 1 Peter 1:7 legal rights over the circumstances, since we have become part of
God's family.
Key Text
This lesson will help you to know the principles of a victorious faith, and
Hebrews 11:1, 6 you will find the elements to stir up in your heart.
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we
do not see.., And without faith it is impossible to please God, because
anyone who comes to him must believe that He exists and that He Development Of The Subject
rewards those who earnestly seek him"

I. Faith Makes Us Conquerors


Purpose
No child of God is a failure because even when we have to face
"The spiritual environment of this city is quite difficult. People don't want different adversities, in Christ we are more than conquerors. You
to get involved in the things of God." Those were the words of one of decide what kind of faith you are going to have. John said, "For
the pastors who came to welcome me at the airport of a city in everyone born of God overcomes the world." This is the victory that
Canada. My response to that comment was, "The problem is not in the has overcome the world, even our faith" (1 John 5:41. Who
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overcomes the world? The one who believes that Jesus is the Son confusion in our minds must be bound and submitted to Jesus'
of God. authority.
When the aged Policarpo was carried to the roman circus to be Even when the whole world is under the enemy's control, we
judged because of his faith in Jesus Christ, the proconsul told him, have God's help in that we own the weapons necessary to
"Curse Christ and I will give you back your freedom!" Policarpo overcome the enemy and his armies. Paul reminds us that,
answered, "I have served him for 86 years and He has never "greater is He who is in us than the one that is in the world" (1
harmed me so how could I curse my King and Savior? Since you John 4:4).
seem to ignore who I am, I will be frank with you, I am a Christian."
Faith is the power that steers a man through his Christian life, his
He was not afraid of the emperor's wrath, or of the crowd who walk. This faith comes when you have an absolute
violently cried out, "Burn him!, burn him!" He was not afraid of the dependence on the Word of God. The Bible says: "faith comes
wild beasts, or the stake, or death, because for him Christ was the by way of hearing the message, and the message is heard
all in all. through the word of God" (Romans 10:17). Living the Christian
life means that we submit to and obey divine principles. This is
A. By Faith we overcome the world
how our trust in God increases.
The apostle John said: "We know that we are children of God D. L. Moody once said that he used to close his Bible and then
and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one." [1 ask for faith. Then he realized that to have faith he needed to
John 5:191 There are evil powers in the air that try to control
open his bible and study the Word; since then his faith never
and manipulate individuals, families, businesses, political arenas stopped growing.
and the church world at large etc... That is why it is necessary
to develop an active faith that is able to bring the presence of II. Different Kinds Of Faith
God to our families and to our cities and nations.
A. The creative faith
The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: "For though we live in
the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's
weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was
the contrary, they have divine power to tear down strongholds. visible" (Hebrews 11:3).
We demolish arguments and every high thing that sets itself up God has endowed us with his own nature, and by faith we call
against the knowledge of God and we take captive every things that are not as though they were, In the same way
thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians Abraham believed that God would give him a son, even when
circumstances were opposing. Faith has the ability to see what
10:3-5).
the physical sight cannot see.
B. By Faith we overcome every argument against us
B. Conceiving faith by the word
The human mind is the enemy's primary target because it is
An angel came to the virgin, Mary, to tell her that she would
there that faith is developed. He will make every effort to
conceive a child, She believed and did conceive by the Spirit.
enslave the mind so that we do not take time to consider the
If a Christian believes God and lets His Word become "rhema"
ways of God or search out His truths in the scriptures; but as a
child of God, we must exercise our spiritual authority, identify for his life, he will notice that this Word conceives the miracle in
this argument and pull down any stronghold the adversary has the inner part of his being and then he will see the results.
raised up in our mind. We must cancel every argument that the
adversary has used against us, and do it through the power of
the cross of Calvary. Any thought that is not of God and any
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C. Faith for healing the soul Conclusion


"A happy heart makes a cheerful countenance, but heartache Faith is absolute trust that the believer places in God and in each one
crushes the spirit" (Proverbs 15:13). of His promises, It allows him to declare things that are not as if they
already are. Faith is an agent that, unlike hope, operates in the present
One area that brings us into the dimension of faith is inner
and is the main requirement that God demands of us in order to
healing or healing of the wounded soul. A special dose of faith
approach Him. It operates in all the areas of our lives, helping us to
is required for the soul of a person to be restored.
experience the supernatural.
D. Faith to give an offering
"By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By Application
faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God
spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even What emblem do you have printed in your mind? Remember that as a
though he is dead" (Hebrews 11:4). child of God the Lord printed "born to succeed" in your heart.
The Lord honored Abel's faith above Cain's because when Try to diligently take care of every thought that goes into your mind.
Cain also presented an offering, it was not pleasing to God Set out, deliberately, in your heart not to accept a single negative
since with it came indifference and selfishness. Cain had not thought during a whole day. Once you achieved it, extend it for a
accepted God as his creator. Remember, the faith to offer is week, then a month. You will notice that all the thoughts in your mind
the same faith that enriches. come from the Spirit of God.
E. Faith for (physical) healing
"Surely he took our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we Time Of Ministry
considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for Ask God to renew the faith of your students so that they may not faint
in difficult situations. Pray that God will strengthen them to overcome.
our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon
him, and by his wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:4-5).
Faith is essential for the healing of your body. To obtain it, you Evaluation
must walk in the reality that, whatever ails you, has already
been conquered by Jesus Christ on the cross. A self-evaluation questionnaire may be a good tool to use to find out
how well the students understand and apply the steps for a victorious
III. Characteristics Of Faith life that we established in the lessons.
All along the Scriptures we can find a broad list of features that
emphasize faith as a gift of God.
Recommendations
The following are some of them:
1. Bibliographical
• Faith believes in the words of the Lord (Luke 5:4-5)
In order to achieve a better development of the subject, it is
• Faith is above the senses (Isaiah 1:19-20) necessary to read the book, Entering the Dimension of Faith from
the series, As Firm As The Rock, by Pastor Cesar Castellanos.
• Faith overcomes the doubts and unbelief (1 Peter 1:7)
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2. Biblical • Get to know the other person a little better.


Display significant biblical verses related to the subject. For • Discuss your concern with your leader.
example, Genesis 15:6; 1 Peter 1:7. This may be a good memorizing
exercise. B. How do I know whether I am now ready?
• The number one priority is God and serving Him.
3. Methodological
• Commitment and Fruit in the Work of God.
We recommend question and answer time for students so that we • It is necessary to submit to times of ministry in that area
can access the level of faith of each student. specifically.

C. How to choose the right person?


Students’ Assignment • One must trust in God, since He is the One who chooses.
Students can research two different cases in the Bible portraying true
faith and lack of faith. This way you will be able to determine if the D. Some characteristics
subject was fully understood. Review the STUDENTS' ASSIGNMENT upon • Total surrender to God
the following class. • Has a call to ministry
Lesson 7: Courtship –Relationships FAQ (Youth Seminar) • Acceptance between the two of you

E. Is friendship necessary?
1. Objective
• Utterly. It is a basic time to get to know each other, to
That each student should be able to answer some of the adapt and lay foundations for a future relationship.
frequently asked questions about feelings involved in the
development of a relationship. F. Should I break off my relationships from the past?
• Totally, not just the sentimental relationships, but of any
2. Goals kind (Proverbs 13:20)

By the end of this session the student should be able to: G. How long should one wait?
• Identify and understand the frequently asked questions • Only God know the time, hearts and circumstances
related to the areas of relationships. (Jeremiahs 29:11)
• Everything has its timing, and worrying brings no benefits.
• Give answers to themselves and others with regards to
the many feelings which arise in the growing
relationship and courtship.
H. Will I like the person that God has for me?
• God provides both the will and the way, and know full
well our tastes and needs.
3. Frequently Asked Questions • Is it necessary to talk to the leader?
A. What to do when I like somebody? I. Is it necessary to talk to the leader?
• Take everything to God in prayer and surrender. • One ought to have the backing of the leader as our
• Wait until your feelings and God’s view are clear to you. spiritual head, and get continual advice.
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• It is advisable to have someone to answer to


Biblical Foundational Reference
J. What evidence do I need in order to know whether this is the
person? John 14:15-26
• Peace of heart Acts 1:7-9
• Backing from authority ( the family, the church leader)
• Having a specific word from God
• Spiritual growth Corresponding Biblical Foundation
Acts 2:1-23 Ephesians 1:11-14 Acts 10:33
K. Are stages necessary?
• For a good marriage, solid foundations must be laid; John 16:14-15 John 3:1-15 John 16:13
these are achieved with times of prayer, sharing and 1 Corinthians 2:9,10
resolving difficulties.

Conclusion Key Text


It is important to be under spiritual authority, so that they may help John 14:26
us in our decisions and in examining our feelings.
"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my
Assignment name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have
said to you."
Each student should review all the questions and put writing
your own feelings and responses to each questions. Does what
you are experiencing coincide with the answers given. Purpose
"Lord, how can I know that I did not make a mistake. How can I know
Lesson 8: The Holy Spirit (Leadership Seminar) that I am not with the wrong group of people?" This was part of my
prayer a few days after I was converted to Christianity. Even though I
Teaching Objectives was on my knees at the altar of a small church, I had many doubts. I
had already read enough of the Bible to know that f could ask the
The student must understand the significance of being filled with the Lord for signs. So I did just that. I prayed, "Lord, if you are indeed in this, I
Holy Spirit and the necessary principles to obtain and keep this ask, as a sign, that you allow me to see you. I ask, Lord, that you lay
experience. your hands on my head and anoint me."
Before I had finished my prayer, I felt the presence of a person behind
me. In my spirit I turned around to look and I saw the stature of a
Students’ objectives
glorious being, dressed in white. Slowly, I lifted my eyes because I so
1. The student must be able to explain the necessary steps in order to longed to see His face. But when I did, I experienced something similar
receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit. to what it's like for someone who has spent a long time in darkness and
suddenly opens his eyes to the brightness of a new sunny morning; the
2. The student must be able to describe the Holy Spirit using biblical impact of the brightness was so strong that the eyes could not
references. withstand it, no matter how hard you try. So that's how it is when trying
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to look upon the beauty of the face of the Lord. Our eyes are still not
prepared to stand such brilliance. When I saw him, all the strength of
my body vanished and I fell to the floor as a dead man.
Devlopement of the Subject
The Lord bowed down and laid his hands on my head. In that moment
I felt that my entire being was filling up with a powerful glory coming I. Deepening Your Knowledge Of The Holy Spirit
from the very presence of God. Then, I began to speak in a language I
did not understand, then in another one, then in yet another one and We all must obtain complete knowledge of who the Holy Spirit is
so on. I spoke in about seven different languages. But for me, this was and understand his work. The following features help to identify him
not the most important thing. Knowing that God was within me and in a better way:
that I could feel Him, was. A. He is a person
When I got up from my knees I began to jump and run for joy The Holy Spirit is a person as real as the Lord Jesus Christ is. He is
embracing everybody. In my excitement I exclaimed, "God is in me!" the third person of the Trinity. Jesus was completely confident
Unfortunately, this was unfamiliar to the rest of the people. Nobody in that He could accurately represent him. That is the reason why
that church understood me. My family actually thought that I was Jesus gave this promise to his disciples. However, he is a person
experiencing an emotional breakdown of sorts and considered it to be to whom the world can neither see no receive because the
indicative of my age! But on the inside I knew that I would never be Holy Spirit of God is only given to those who acknowledge
the same because the Holy Spirit of God was dwelling in me and that Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
was the only thing that mattered.
The following reasons help us to confirm that the Holy Spirit is a
When we become Christians and develop a genuine, permanent person:
relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the best privileges of
life are ours to enjoy. • He speaks (Acts 13:2; John 16:13)

In John 20:22 we read, "And with that he breathed on them and said, • He leads and warns (Acts 16:6,7)
'Receive the Holy Spirit." Receiving the Holy Spirit is receiving the seal of
• He offers help and intercedes (Romans 8: 26)
the promise that guarantees we are children of God.
• He guides (Romans 8:14; John 16:13)
For the Lord Jesus it was very important that each one of his followers
would learn to walk with the Holy Spirit. He, being God incarnate, • He testifies (John 15:26)
needed the presence of the Spirit in order to successfully develop the
STUDENT'S ASSIGNMENT that the Father had given him. The absence of • He grieves or is saddened (Ephesians 4:30)
the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer equals to having a body without B. He is God Himself
a spirit. The Spirit of God must be the most important thing for the
Christian because, without Him, the believer will not be able to The Holy Spirit has been at work from the moment of creation
develop the full potential assigned to him by his Creator. When the up until this very moment. His attributes allow us to identify him
believer allows the Holy Spirit to take control, then the Spirit is like an as God himself. The following verses give us direction regarding
indelible seal in his life, distinguishing him as a Christian anointed by the this: Luke 1:35; Psalm 139:7; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11.
power of God.
C. He glorifies Jesus
In this lesson the student will begin to know this interesting person of the
Everything the Holy Spirit does glorifies Jesus. When a person
Trinity. More importantly, the student will experience the need to
stops glorifying Jesus with his actions, his words, etc. the Holy
establish a friendship with Him, understanding that it is about the
Spirit stands still. If we have a close friendship with Him, we will
presence of God in his life.
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have direct access to the divine treasures and the third person completely regenerated lives. The old wineskins represent those
of the Trinity will be in charge of helping us enjoy them. persons who experienced the presence of the Spirit in their lives
for a moment, but due to several circumstances, lost their
In other words, our faith in Jesus Christ gives us the legal rights to
communion (relationship) with God. The new wineskin is the life
His riches but our relationship with the Spirit allows us to enjoy
that has been completely transformed by God (2 Corinthians
them. When we glorify Jesus through our actions the Spirit
5:17).
rejoices and increases His power in us. (John 16:14-15; John
7:38-39) B. Believe
D. Causes us to be born again In the Christian life, we walk in faith and through faith. When we
ask for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we must accept in faith
It is only by the Holy Spirit that we can be considered children
that we already have it and then begin, in that same attitude
of God, since it is His work that allows us to be born again. Don't of faith, speaking to the Lord in new tongues. If a person is filled
forget Nicodemus' question about the new birth and the Lords'
with God he will express it with his words. On the contrary, if he
response in John 3:5-6. In order to be born of the Spirit of God it is filled with hatred and bitterness, he will use his words to show
is necessary to die first; that is, if a person does not die to sin the
that as well, because the mouth expresses evidence of what is
Spirit will not bring new life to him. in the heart (Matthew 12:34).
E. He is our Guide C. Do not yield the body to sin
When Jesus was on the earth He said I am the way, and the
We must constantly remember that the Holy Spirit is the
truth, and the life..., He was and continues to be the only way presence of God in our lives. Paul, the apostle indicates this in 1
to the Father but while leaving, Jesus promised to send the Holy
Corinthians 3:16. Don't you know that you yourselves are God's
Spirit to guide us so that we do not abandon the right path
temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? This text implies that
(John 16:13). He is the one who can perfectly interpret the map
God has chosen our body as the dwelling place of His Spirit
of the Word of God and as Jesus said, it will guide us into all
and He cannot dwell in a house contaminated with sin (See
truth.
Romans 6:13 and James 3:8-12).
The person who does not cultivate an intimate relationship with D. Receive Him Voluntarily
the Holy Spirit might be at risk of doctrinal deviation.
The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He only enters a person's life
F. He reveals the divine secrets
when the person willingly decides to invite him to come in and
The Father and the Son share the infinite riches of their grace when this happens He enters to take over every area of their
but they are clearly revealed to us through the Holy Spirit. As an being, offering power and absolute freedom (2 Corinthians
authorized steward of those blessings, those riches, and all the 3:17).
divine secrets, the Holy Ghost imparts them to those that, by
faith, have surrendered to Jesus and are filled with the Holy
Spirit. (Deuteronomy 29:29; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10) Conclusion
II. Steps to Receive the Infilling of the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy
Spirit) and He is the promise given by Jesus to his disciples made reality,
A. Cleanliness of heart
being the Comforter, He indicated that He would send it as soon as He
The Lord said: "And no one pours new wine into old wineskins" departed. The Spirit of God comes to dwell in the life of the believer as
(Luke 5:37). The wine represents the fresh and vigorous his friend and guide, to endow him with power and take over every
presence of the Holy Spirit that wants to be poured out in area of his life.
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Application the Holy Spirit to fill you in order to establish a more intimate
communion with Him.
Make sure that the Holy Spirit is guiding your life. Examine your daily life
and observe, according to your behavior and accomplishments if you
Lesson 8: Characteristics of a Healthy Courtship (Youth Seminar)
really are accompanied by the Holy Spirit as taught in these lessons.
Time of Ministry
1. Objective
As the teacher, you must evaluate the group to see if there are some
students who have allowed the Holy Spirit to be extinguished from their That each student should know the characteristics of a good
lives. Dedicate time to pray for them in order to revive the Spirit again; courtship.
pray for those who have not yet received the evidence of speaking in
tongues as well. 2. Goals
By the end of this session the student should be able to
explain and discuss the characteristics of a good courtship.
Evaluation
Emphasize all points covered in this class in order to evaluate the
3. Characteristics of a good courtship
objectives. Highlight the main characteristic of the Holy Spirit, that he is
A PERSON. Then review the features of a person filled with the Holy A. Each is the other’s best friend, and sincerely enjoys their
Spirit. company

B. Communication is easy, natural and without awkwardness.


Recommendations C. They share numerous ideals and spiritual valves, and
1. Bibliographical both have shown the firmness of their commitment to
Christ and to other people.
In order to achieve a better development of the subject, it is
necessary to read the book, Immersed in His Spirit, from the series D. They both see marriage as a life-long commitment.
As Firm As The Rock, by Pastor Cesar Castellanos.
E. When there are differences between the two of them, they
2. Biblical are capable of resolving them.

Ephesians 4:23-32 provides the characteristics of the fullness of the F. They enjoy laughing together.
Holy Spirit.
G. You feel that your partner knows you really well and is
3. Methodological interested in you.
We recommend questions and answers in order to know if the H. Both family and friends seem really pleased for your
students are understanding and applying what is being taught. relationship as a couple.
During the class take time to clarify any doubts that the students
may have. I. You have romantic feelings for one another a lot of the time.

Assignment J. In the relationship common sense, security and stability


are dominant features; they feel that on many levels a
Examine every area in your life and point out which areas are solid union exists between them.
controlled by the Holy Spirit. If you find any weak area, take time to ask
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Conclusion: Key Text:

It is important that a sentimental relationship is developed with 2 Timothy 1 : 6


maturity and wisdom. “ For this reason I remindyou to fan the flame of the gift of God, which
is in you through the laying on of my hands.”
Assignment:

Each student should interview a Christian courting couple


and a non-Christian one, a compare the difference. Purpose
An important aspect in the development of the Christian life is the
disposition of the believer to grow in the knowledge of biblical doctrine
Lesson 9: Laying on of Hands (Leadership Seminar)
with the purpose of remaining firm in the ways of God and at the same
time count on the sufficient authority to help others in spiritual matters.
Teaching Objective The basic doctrines you should know can be found in the Hebrews 6 :
The student must understand how the power of God flows through 12. In this text it mentions the imposition of hands, as a fundamental
laying on of hands. doctrine the church should not be careless about it.
Through then laying on of hands, which implies physical contact, the
Lord Jesus Christ performed countless miracles throughout His ministry .
Student Objective Also, the apostle Paul made sure that Timothy was informed of its
significance, pointing out how careful he should be while practicing it.
1. The student must be able to explain the significance of the laying
on of hands as it relates to ministering to others. Applying this doctrine with the knowledge and the delegated
authority by God, a person can be used to minister blessings from
2. The student must be able to explain the purposes for the laying on
Above to others. But , if this practice is performed out of biblical
of hands.
context, the opposite could take place.
3. The student must give three suggestions for not acting hastily when
The purpose of this lesson is to help you understand in a clear manner
laying hands.
not only what is involved in the laying on of hands but to offer you the
necessary tools according to the biblical context and the examples of
Jesus permitting you to be a genuine instrument in the hands of God to
Biblical Foundational Reference minister to others.
1 Timothy 5 : 21 – 22
2 Timothy 1: 6 – 7 Development of the Subject
I. What do we mean by laying on of hands?
Corresponding Biblical Foundation It is one of the basic doctrines of the christian faith. It is an act
Exodus 15 : 6 – 7 Exodus 15 : 12 – 13 Genesis 48 : 11 – 20 whereby a person in spiritual authority lays his hands on another in
order to impart blessings, together with prayer and prophecy.
Matthew 11 : 2 – 5 Mark 5 : 21- 23 ; 35 – 42 Mark 5 : 24 – 34
This definition implies, then, that is the person who lays on his hands
Acts 9 : 10 – 12 Acts 13 : 1 – 3 Proverbs 28 : 3
is not in an adequate spiritual condition, he will not be a channel
John 12 : 24
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for blessings; by which we infer that we must be ministered to A. To impart inner healing and deliverance
before, in order to minister to others.
Inner healing and deliverance are two stages that every
According Psalms 119:73 and Job 10:8-9 we can say that laying on individual has to go through if he desires to be used by God
of hands is a means God uses to give life. and live the Christian life in abundance. The Lord Jesus himself
was anointed to bring inner healing and deliverance,
II. Biblical proof of the practice of this doctrine
according to what He himself said in Luke 4:18. In this text, the
A. In the Old Testament broken-hearted are all those who need healing for their
wounded soul. And the prisoners are those who are oppressed
God used his right precisely during the creation. He does so as by unclean spirits.
well when constantly leading Hid people, blessing them,
performing miracles, and bringing provision and causing the B. To impart blessing
impossible. The following are examples of laying on of hands as In Genesis 48:13-20, the story of Ephraim and Manasseh reminds
recorded in the old testament:
us of the way laying on of hands was done in ancient times, It
1. Jacob blesses Ephraim and Mannaseh (Genesis 48:11-20) was a sign of blessing. In Mark 10:16 we see a similar case in
Jesus' time, when He took the children in his arms, put his hands
Being of old age, Jacob wanted to bless Joseph's sons. The on them and blessed them.
blessing was like a heritage that the father passed to the
new generations and it always came to the one who was C. To impart authority
ON the right hand (Genesis 48:241,
Let us not forget the process of the transfer of authority from
2. Moses anoints his successor (Deuteronomy 34) Moses to Joshua based on the order given by God, through the
laying on of hands. Another similar case happened to Elisha,
From the moment that Moses was called, God told him that who laid his hands on Jehoash, king of Israel (2 Kings 13;15-17).
his purpose was to set the people free, But, when he arrived
at the border of Canaan, the Lord told him to let Joshua D. To impart physical healing
take over and he would now lead the people into the
The spirit of sickness, like every unclean spirit, can be defeated
Promised Land. (Numbers 27:18-231
through laying on of hands in the name of Jesus (Matthew
B. New Testament 16:17-18; James 5:14-15). Laying on of hands encourages
peoples' faith; who ever ministers by this practice must do it in a
In the New Testament, laying on of hands is emphasized in the dimension of absolute faith.
ministry of the Lord Jesus.
E. To impart the baptism of the Holy
In Matthew 11:2-5 we read about the works that Jesus Christ
performed on earth under the authority of His Father God. He God's purpose for every believer is that he experiences the
did it by laying his hands, releasing the anointing poured out on fullness of the Holy Spirit and has an intimate relationship with
him by the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:18-21). Him. As we have already studied, the Holy Spirit is Jesus'
promise fulfilled, to the disciples (Luke 24:49b). He is God's
Afterwards, based on his own experience and acknowledging power working in our lives (Acts 1:8), and His anointing comes
the power in the laying on of hands, Paul supported his ministry to us through the laying on of hands [Acts 8:18).
with signs and wonders performed in the same way (Acts 14:3).
III. Purposes of Laying on of Hands
It is practiced for various purposes:
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F. To impart gifts and commission people In order to better develop the subject it is necessary to read the
book, His Hand Is Upon Me, from the series "As Firm As The Rock" by
We have studied about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and Pastor Cesar Castellanos.
according to the Scriptures, they can be imparted by laying on
of hands. In Romans 1:11 Paul says, I long to see you so that I 2. Biblical
may impart to youre spiritual gifts.... In his book, The Spirit Filled
The book of Acts provides good examples of the laying on of
Believer Handbook, Dr. Derek Prince affirms that a believer has
hands in the ministry of the First Church. A deeper study on the part
the authority, according to the scriptures, to impart spiritual gifts
of the instructor and the student is essential for a better
to another (1 Timothy 4:14, 2 Timothy 1:6). Likewise, laying on of
understanding of the subject, It is a good way to assess the fruit
hands is used to impart authority for someone to perform a
from the teaching as well.
specific students' assignment in the work of ministry. Remember
that Barnabas and Saul were set apart for the work and by 3. Methodological
order of the Holy Spirit, through laying on of hands (Acts 13:1-4).
We suggest that you confer together with your students to develop
this lesson thoroughly. The use of charts and graphics should be
used as a study guideline.
Conclusion
Student’s Assignment
Laying on of hands is included as part of doctrinal basics for Christian
living. As stated before, it is the act by which a person in authority Do a self-evaluation in all areas of your life and observe the needs you
imparts blessings to another person. However, this puts a demand on find that are out of order. If you find that there are some areas out of
the one who is ministering to be in the very best spiritual condition so order, you will need to go to your pastor or your immediate leader for
that they do not yield an opposing effect to God's purpose in the life ministry and deliverance, by the laying on of hands immediately.
of the one being ministered to.
Through the laying on of hands, the Lord imparts life and a significant
blessing that brings deliverance and inner healing to the person that Lesson 9: Abundant Life – 1 (Youth Seminar)
has confessed his faith in Jesus Christ.
Application 1. Objective
Do an in depth study on what can be attained through the laying on That each student should understand how he or she ought
of hands, and prepare yourself spiritually for the Lord to use you as a to live, according to God’s plan for our lives.
channel to bless others.
Time of Ministry
2. Goals
Pray to God for your students to become sensitive to God's voice so
that they can minister to others. By the end of this session the student should be able to:
A self-evaluation questionnaire or a paper written on this subject may • Understand the definition of the Abundant Life in God
be good tools to use to gauge the students progress. See biblical
recommendations. • Explain how to attain the Abundant Life

Recommendations • How to live and abide in the Abundant Life

1. Bibliographical
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3. Living the Abundant Life - 1 • Settle in your heart that the greatest longing ought to
be to supply God’s need, and not to be worried about
A. Definition accumulating wealth.

Abundant Life means to have more than we need, more than


normal. It is to have and enjoy all of God’s blessing in every Conclusion:
area of our lives (spiritual, physical, material, financial, family, Renew your mind and accept the level that God wants to give to
personal, emotional and secular). give to our lives.

Abundant: come from the Greek Perisseia


Assignment
• Superabundance
Each student should memorize the biblical basis for this lesson.
• Fullness
• A super-abounding measure, something above the
ordinary
Lesson 10: How to Overcome obstacles (Leadership Seminar)
B. How to attain it
Teaching Objectives
• Be absolutely dependent on God, for Abundant Life
comes from Him (Job 1:21; Gen 39:3). The student must understand what tools he should use when facing
• Seek first the Kingdom of God, and everything else will be obstacles in his Christian life and how to overcome them.
added (Matt. 6:33).
• Do not be greedy or covetous (Psalm 62:10).
Students’ Objectives
• Understand that God gives as and when He wills (Eph.
3:20; Pro. 28:20). 1. The student must be able to explain how to overcome the
hindrances that the world may place in his way.
• Have full confidence in God (Phil. 4:9).
2. The student must be able to explain what proper attitude to have
• Be good stewards, understanding that nothing when facing obstacles.
belongs to us, but that it is given to us to multiply
and bless others with (2 Cor. 9:8).
• Diligence brings prosperity; indolence brings ruin (Pro. 20:4; Biblical Foundational Reference
19:15).
Romans 8; 35-39
C. How to live it
• Renew the mind and understand that every blessing is
Corresponding Biblical Foundation
an undeserved gift from God. Have an attitude of
humility. John 16:33; John 17:15-16; Philippians 4:8;

• Do not allow abundance to be a reason for drifting away Romans 8:5-6; 2 Corinthians:14-16; Psalm 119:9;
from God (Pro. 30:9; Deut. 8:13-14).
James 5: 19-20; Matthew 26:41; Matthew 10:36
• Do not set your heart on riches (Matt. 16:26).
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meant the social systems of our world because they are the
Key Text things to be used that opposes God’s divine order.

Romans 8:37 In 1 John 2 : 15-17 we find the description of what the world is
and what it can offer us. Things which do not come from the
“ And, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Father, becaome a hindrance for every believer the cravings
who loved us” of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the vain flory of life. Listed
are suggestions that help us to overcome the most common
obstacles we find in the world:
Purpose
• Keep your thoughts subject to God’s will ( Philippians
What would you do if you were in the midst of the sea in a small boat 4:8).
being tossed about by powerful waves and raging winds, struggling
• Dedicate time to the things of the Spirit ( Romans 8 : 5-
with all your might to ensure your safety, much to no avail? Such was
the predicament of the disciples, according to the story we find in 6).
Mathew 8:23-27. Jesus was with them in that same boat, but He was • Avoid alliances with the world ( 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 ).
not distressed or afflicted. On the contrary, he was quietly sleeping, as
if He were testing how the disciples would react facing adversity. • Stay in the Word of God permanently ( psalm 119:9 ).

The experience the apostles lived through is a model lesson for each • Endeavor to win your acquaintances for the Lord (
one of us to hold standard since we all have to encounter difficult James 5: 19-20 ).
situations that will actually help to shape our character. Regardless of B. Temptation
the circumstance, we have to remain steadfast and faithful to our
divine purpose. Great men of God were fashioned by the fiery tests of “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The
difficult times. spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (Matthew 26:41).

Since one of the most frequently asked questions pertains to In this text we find a special recommendation Jesus gave to his
overcoming obstacles, this lesson will serve as a valuable resource to disciples, inviting them to remain in prayer to not give in to daily
answer them specifically. temptations. It is very important to keep In mind that temptaion
is a trial from Satan and it is related with the flesh.
Man’s sin consist in giving in to that temptation which appears
Development of the Subject as bait with which the enemy drags man to violate the divine
I. The most common obstacles the believer must face. commandments.

A. The World You can overcome temptation by:

My prayer I not that you take them out of the world but thay • Keeping in constant communion with the Spirit through
you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, prayer ( Luke 11: 4 ; 1 Thessalonians 5: 17)
even as I am not of it ( john 17: 15-16). • Study the Word to confess it ( Matthew 4).
When Jesus prayed for his disciples, He asked God to protect • Renounce every root of sin that may allow temptations
them from the devil that they would have to face in the world. ( Provers 28:13).
He was well aware of the obstacles that awaited then to throw
them off track. When jesus gave reference to the world, he • Fill your mind with things of the Spirit ( Galatians 5:16 y
25).
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C. The Family Evaluation


“For I have come to turn a man against his father , a daughter This can be part of the final exams.
against her mother, a daughter in-law against her mother in-
Recommendations
law; a man’s enemies will be the members of his own
household. (Matthew 10: 35-36). 1. Bibliographical
For a new believer, it is difficult to suddently understand that his Billy Graham's handbook for Christian workers.
family could be an obstacle in the development of his Christian
life. However, the Lord Jesus warns us about it in the previous Billy Graham's book, Solutions To the Problems of Life.
text. What we must understand here is that when we accept 2. Methodological
Jesus as our personal Savior, he must occupy first place in our
hearts and only when the whole family enters into that same In order to develop this subject, at the end, the class can be
faithdimension in which we are, will they be able in the same divided into two groups for the purpose of a roleplay
spiritual position. demonstration on how to overcome potential obstacles. One
student will be in charge of giving a conclusion, related to each
Does this mean that we must argue with our family and be area, and the instructor/teacher will remove any doubt they may
distant from them? Of course not! It is our job to win our family have.
for Christ.
3. Student’s Assignment
• Win your family through praye.
Make a list of those obstacles that you have dealt with throughout
• Believe in God’s promises. your Christian life. Classify the origin i.e. the world, many
• Have a good testimony before them. temptations or your family. Now, take the time to overcome them
by applying the suggestions in this lesson.
• Persevere until you win them for Christ.
Select the names of your family members that have not yet met
the Lord and claim them for Christ in prayer.
Conclusion
As a rule, man will face several kinds of obstacles that will force him to Lesson 10: Abundant Life – 2
fight in order to overcome them. These obstacles are like brakes or
1. Objective
hafts which get in your path, impeding you from reaching a specific
goal. In the Christian life there are obstacles placed by the enemy to That each student should understand what the Bible
weaken our faith, but in the hand of God these obstacles turn into key promises are, and how they are significant in living an
elements to strengthen our character and prepare us to fulfill the work Abundant Life.
which he has entrusted in us.
Time of Ministry 2. Goals
Have every student make a list of current obstacles and elaborate on By the end of this session the student should be able to:
each one of them. Pray for the students for them to renew their faith. • Explain what a Bible promise is.
• Explain the importance of Bible promises for an abundant life.
• Know scriptures relating to God’s plan for our lives.
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3. Living the Abundant Life - 1 • Romans 6:14 We are not slaves of sin
• Hebrews 4:16 We can approach God with
A. Definition of God’s Promises confidence
• 1 John 1:9 Forgiveness of sins
Before knowing God, we were taught to live according to
what we had, with our worth being dependent on our • Romans 5:5 God pours His love into our hearts
material things. This is not God’s plan and it is important to • Romans 8:11 He gives us spiritual life
know the promises given by God in His Word regarding every • Proverbs 4:18 Our life grow from day to day
area of our lives.
Ministry
A promise of God is: (2 Cor. 1:21).
• 1 Cor. 12:1-10 He equips us with the gifts
• To announce that one is about to do or furnish something
• Eph. 4:11 He gives us ministries
– Thayer
• Acts 1:8 He gives us the power of His Holy Spirit
• Primarily a law term, denoting a summons. An
undertaking to do or give something – W. E. Vines. • Luke 21:15 He gives us boldness in the Word
• A declaration that one will do or refrain from doing • Acts 4:30 Backing from God
something specified. A legally binding declaration • Jeremiah 1:5 He chose us from our mother’s womb
that gives the person to whom it is made a right to
expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of Material
a specified act – Webster • The promises of abundance on a material level are
not long in coming from God (Lev. 26:5 Deut 30:9;
B. That basis for receiving God’s promises Psalm 132:15; Is. 30:23).
• Christ died to pay for our sins and to redeem us from every • God Himself takes charge of reproving the enemy of our
curse (Is 53:5; Gal. 3:13). finances (Mal. 3:11-12).
• He has given us promises which He has undertaken • God supplies all that we lack (Phil. 4:19).
to fulfill (2 Cor. 1:20; 1 Kings 8:56; Rom. 4:21; 1 Peter
1:4). Personal
• Put your faith into operation and see your dreams fulfilled • Genesis 1:26-28 From the beginning we were created
(Mark 9:23). to triumph.
• Claim the promises of God ( Mark 11:24). • Exodus 19:5 We are His special treasure
• Do battle with the enemy and take back everything he • Isaiah 43:2 He takes care of us in the difficult
has stolen from us. moments of our life.
• Psalm 121:3 He protects us.
C. Bible quotations for every area • Philippians 4:13 We can do all things through Christ

Spiritually Conclusion:
• John 1:12 We are children of God We should know the promises of God and confess them
• Romans 8:17 We are heirs of God continually, so that they form part of our mentality and
• 2 Cor. 6:18 God if our Father vocabulary.
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Assignment As soon as you begin to walk in the path of the Christian life, and
become a disciple of Jesus Christ, by following and practicing his
Begin claiming and confess for God’s best and abundance in your teachings, a veil is lifted from your mind, your heart and your sight. Your
lives. Go live the abundant life! perception of life changes because God makes you a visionary.
When God created the world and placed within it a man, it was all a
SCHOOL OF LEADERS 2 result of his matchless creativity. It began with a vision of what he
wanted, which in turn helped him to fulfill his heart's purpose. God first
had a vision of what he desired to establish in creation. This vision
served to reach the purposes in his heart, "We are God's masterpiece"
Lesson 1: The Power of a Vision (Vision)
(Ephesians 2:10).
Teaching Objective
In a like manner, He makes us into his image and likeness. The Lord
The student must understand what a "Vision" is, its characteristics, and gives us a creative capacity which can only become effective in our
the importance that it has in the ministry. lives and our labor within the church in the measure in which we dare
to be visionaries.
Student Objective
The vision determines everything. On the road towards success and
1. The student must be able to define the term vision. throughout biblical history we notice that God, in order to carry out his
2. The student must be able to explain the characteristics of a vision. purposes, chooses a man whom He reveals His will so then He can
show him His plans. Then He surrounds this man with people who feel
3. The student must be able to explain what the G12 vision is. they can identify themselves with him, and decide to support him in
every thing he undertakes, thus becoming the force that moves the
Biblical Foundation Reference
vision.
Habakkuk 2:2-3
The purpose of this lesson is to present clear guidelines regarding the
Genesis 12:2 idea of vision, and to find out the importance of dreaming and
undertaking great things for God. Letting the purpose God has
Corresponding Biblical Foundation designed for your life set the course. At the same time, this lesson will
Philippians 4:8 Ezekiel 37:1-9 Matthew 28:18-20 allow you to know in detail the important aspects of the vision, of your
church in which you are involved with to serve the Lord, is led by
John 15:16-17 Luke 14:25-33 Matthew 9:38

Development of the Subject


Key Verse
I. What is vision?
Habakkuk 2:2
It is God's idea revealed to man's mind for him to execute it.
“And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it
plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it.” Everything that exists was originated by God's vision of creation. In
transferring this ability to man, the Lord desires for man to struggle
to reach and execute his creative idea. The vision itself is what has
propelled outstanding leaders to forge ahead the destiny of a
nation overcoming all kinds of adversities.
Purpose
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We have seen Vision ever since creation. It was God himself that Our task is to adopt this vision and reproduce it in others,
utilized it to execute all things, including his masterpiece: man. sharing the message of salvation (Proverbs 24:11, Habakkuk 2:2-
"Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,..." 3).
(Genesis 1:26).
III. Definition and identification of the vision
Vision means having a clear idea of what God wants me to do
Up to now you have had an overview of what a vision is and what
and what he expects it to be. It is through faith that we enter into
characteristics identify it as a vision from God. It is important for you
the spiritual realm and manage to receive the creative idea of the
to know that the vision is related to leadership and ministry.
vision, and bring it into the natural realm with the help of the Holy
Spirit. This is a specific vision: "To reach your city and the world for Christ,
through the cellular system and the model of the twelve, making
II. Characteristics of a God-given vision
each member of the church a qualified leader to reproduce God's
The following characteristics of God's Vision, will help us to become work. " CCD
involved in the fulfillment of His purpose:
IV. Process to the Core of the Vision
A. It is the motivational force of outstanding leaders
It is developed through the application of a specified process:
God's vision makes conquerors. The real leader doesn't stop
The vision is well developed by going through a process called the
until he finds out the purpose of God for his life and uses all his
abilities in order to fulfill it. Ladder of Success. It comprises the following steps, win,
consolidate, disciple, and send.
Triumph is obtained when man decides to take charge of his
thoughts and makes the effort to have the mind of Christ, A. Win
(Philippians 4:8). This is the stage of evangelism. The first step in the process is
B. It is power that gives life carried out in massive proportions when done through the use
of congregational meetings. Winning the lost for Christ is a task
The vision implies to remain in the spiritual realm and from there, that does not depend on our decision, but it is a request made
to observe what is desired in the natural realm. Only like this by the Lord in the great commission (Mathew 28:18-19).
can things be seen with the eyes of God and can they that are
not, be called as if they were . Thanks to the disciples who began to fulfill this commandment.
The news of salvation has reached our day providing us rescue.
That is how it occurred with the prophet Ezekiel when he had Now, our responsibility is to continue this task (John 17:3,
the vision of the dry bones it is required to understand that the Proverbs 11:30b).
only way to achieve a special change in each of our lives and
Winning souls is like an art that combines God's timing, the
what we endeavor is only achieved through divine
divine anointing and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
intervention.
C. It can be reproduced by a successful leader B. Consolidate

The vision the Lord Jesus Christ had was to redeem mankind This consists of preserving the fruit reached in the stage of
from an assured condemnation. Apart from Him, hope for man, winning. It is the care offered to the new convert and
constitutes an effective process to form disciples, just as the
did not exist. Jesus had the vision of saving us by paying a high
great commission commands (Mathew 28:18-20, John 15:16-
price by shedding his blood and dying on the cross of Calvary.
17).
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During consolidation, the "newborn" reaffirms his personal Application


decision for Jesus Christ. This happens through the care he
receives from the moment of his surrendering to him. It is a work 1. Be willing to be a person of dreams, led by the Holy Spirit. Set goals
and work to attain them in the following areas of your life, spiritual,
that demands dedication, commitment, and effort in order to
personal, family, ministerial, and secular.
see the new believers grow strong in their faith (Galatians 4:19).
2. Be determined to learn and apply, in a disciplined manner, the
C. Disciple
vision in which you are involved with. Visualize yourself fulfilling the
In the development of the vision, one of the main objectives is purposes of God for your life.
to make a leader out of every believer, someone capable of
reproducing Christ's character in him and in others. This requires
a time that we call discipleship training which will ensure good Evaluation
preparation for every individual who will win the lost and
produce more leaders of positive influence. Verify that the student understands the meaning of vision within his
ministry. Encourage them to set of goals and strategies to reach them.
This stage was established in the great commission: "...and
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
(Mathew 28:20) Recommendations
1. Bibliographical
D. Send • Dream and you will win the world, by Cesar Castellanos D.
Every person who has received theological and doctrinal • Successful Leadership Through The Government of 12, by Cesar
training, and has captured the character of Christ during the Castellanos Dominguez
stage of discipleship, will be ready to reproduce himself in
others and thus fulfilling an evangelistic mission (Mathew 9:38). 2. Biblical

During this process, the trained believer understands that he God caused Abraham to dream. He is a good example to use to
has to put his God given talents to work since now they have accompany this lesson.
been perfected during the discipleship sessions (Acts 6:31.

Student’s Assignment
Conclusion
Briefly, describe the process that you have lived within the vision and
The vision is God's creative idea that He reveals in man's mind for him where you are in the process of The Ladder Of Success.
to execute it. It serves as an engine to reach the noblest purposes in
life. Our vision today is to win the world far Christ applying strategies Lesson 1: Moving the Hand of God Through Intercession (Intercession)
such as cell groups, leadership through the model of twelve, thus
fulfilling the great commission. We are all called to be visionaries and
make God's purpose on earth, a reality. Teaching Objective
The student will understand the meaning of intercession, its importance
to the ministry and the purpose behind each biblical teaching.
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Student Objectives III. Moving the Hand of God through Intercession


1. The student will define the word "intercession" "Call out to me and I will respond and will show you great and
2. The student will explain the things on which intercession depends hidden things that you do not know" (Jeremiah 33:3).
on. Throughout history, human beings have had to go through all types
of difficulties. In these adversities, however, they discovered the
secret of intercession and learned how to cause God to move His
Biblical Foundational Reference
hand on their behalf.
Jeremiah 33:3
Hannah, Samuel’s mother, interceded until she received what she
asked for (1 Samuel 1:9-18).
Corresponding Biblical Foundation The troubled widow who persevered (Luke 18:1-81 received favor
1 Samuel 1:9-18 Luke 18:1-8 Luke 6:12-13 from an unjust judge. If this took place with an unjust man, how
John 17:9-24 Hebrews 2:14-15 Hebrews 5:1-10 much more favor might we receive from our God who is merciful?
Mark 2:3-12 Matthew 18:19-20 John 7:1-10
Genesis 18:17-33 Ezekiel 22:30 I Kings 18:30-40 IV. Why intercede?
1 Samuel 7:8-10 2 Chronicles 20:5-12 Daniel 9:15-18 History is full of examples that should motivate us to incorporate
intercession into our lives as we seek to conquer situations for Christ.
We should intercede for many reasons:
Key Verse
• To confirm a team of twelve apostles (Luke 6:12-13).
Ephesians 6:18
• To meet the needs of the group of twelve (John 17:9).
"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and
requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying far all • To receive protection from evil (John 17:15).
the saints" • To be sanctified (John 17:17).
• To build and maintain unity (John 17:21).
Development Of The Subject • To elevate disciples to the same ministerial level as their
I. Definition mentors (John 17:24).
Intercession is the act of bringing one or more requests before V. The Nature of an Intercessor
God and the requests are usually for the sake of other people. The Jesus exemplified what an intercessor should be. He served time
term comes from the Hebrew verb "paga" and the Greek into our humanity and came to destroy the one who holds the
"Entygjano," both mean "to meet someone" The significance is power of death; the devil. Jesus came to free all from the
"seeking help." enslavement of the fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14-15).

II. Intercession Dependes on Two Things Scripture describes what an intercessor should be (Hebrews 4:15)
A. A sense of solidarity which produces a desire for others to be • A priestly ministry.
blessed. • Compassionate and merciful.
B. The intercessor's conviction that God is able to save or bless the • Approved (after having been tempted in every way).
person for whom intercession is being made.
• Holy.
• Hebrews 5:1-10
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o They bring offerings and sacrifices (Hebrews 5:1). If we, however discover intercession and pray vigilantly we can
o They are patient with those who are ignorant and lost avert many judgments over our cities and nations. God seeks
(Hebrews 5:2). people to stand in the gap and have faith to defer judgments
(Ezekiel 22:30).
o They lean on God though surrounded by weakness
(Hebrews 5:2). D. Prayer to reconcile people to god [1 Kings 18:30-40].
o They pray for themselves and for others (Hebrews 5:3). Elijah was a unique man. He was daring in all he did and his
voice did not even tremble when he told the King of Israel that
o They offer up prayers and supplications, crying and tears
it would not rain again over that nation until he said so. That is
and they are heard because they pray with respect
indeed what actually happened. Elijah was a man who had
[Hebrews 5:7).
the same passions as any other human being but the
o They are obedient to God (Hebrews 5:8). difference in his life was the type of faith that he had.
o They know that intercession is the way to perfection and God allowed this drought to occur so that the people who had
accept the responsibility to shape salvation for those who hardened their hearts and were far from Him would listen to
obey the Word (Hebrews 5:9). every word that the prophet said. They had already lived
o If they are faithful, God will honor them by placing them in through a drought that lasted 3 1/2 years and they were not
an apostolic ministry (Hebrews 5:10). willing to go through more of the same. For this reason, Elijah's
VI. Specific Intercessory Prayers life was an inspiration for them.
A. Prayer to heal paralysis [Mark 2:3-12]. This passage establishes several important principles: 1 Kings 18
This story indicates the importance of being in one accord. The
paralytic's four friends felt compassion for him and decided to Vs. 30. The power of convocation: Together the people drew
open up the roof. Their action symbolizes opening up the near to Him and restored the altar of the Lord, which
heavens with our prayers and taking our needs to Jesus so that was in ruins.
He may show mercy. (Matthew 18:19-20). Vs. 31. The government of the twelve: The twelve stones
The paralysis in this story may represent either a life or a ministry represent twelve firm leaders in the work of God over
that cannot stand on its own and needs the faith and the effort which the weight of the ministry may rest.
of intercessors to make the miracle happen. Vs. 33. The cross: The wood represents the cross of Christ. Vs.
B. Prayer tor those who support the ministry [Luke 7:1-10]. 34. The four steps needed to complete his mission:
Although the centurion in this story was not a Jew, he had Many people know these steps as the four steps in the
gained the appreciation of the elders of Israel for his generosity ladder of success: Win, consolidate, disciple and send.
in constructing a synagogue. The elders saw his generous Vs. 36-37. God's support in all of our efforts: Elijah showed us
attitude as an argument in his favor. As leaders, it is your duty to how to ask for this in prayer.
go before God in favor of those who carry the financial weight Vs. 38. Revival: God's fire fell from the sky and consumed
of the ministry in which you participate. everything around it.
C. Prayer against judgment upon the righteous [Genesis 18:18-33]. Vs. 39. Group confession: Elijah lead all the people to confess
Abraham interceded to save the lives of 10 righteous people in that the Lord is God.
Sodom and Gomorrah but there were truly not even 10. E. Prayer for protection from the enemy [1 Samuel 7:8-10].
Calculations place the average population of these two cities
God accepted the prayer of his servant and the heavens
at 10,000 people, so the Lord essentially promised to spare the
thundered on that very day. He struck fear into them and then
city if at least one righteous person could be found among
they were all conquered.
each one thousand inhabitants. Sadly, there was not even one.
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F. The miracle of intercession [2 Chronicles 20:5-12]. Lesson 2: Cellular Vision (Vision)


Jehoshaphat was between a rock and a hard place with no
way out. The most powerful and numerous armies had
surrounded his people and he knew that if God did not Teaching Objective
intervene that none of them would live. God confronted them
The student must understand the importance of cell groups within this
and said, "Be still and know that I am God." The Lord can
vision.
change the circumstances in one instant. He seeks people who
dare to believe Him and are able to move His hand through Student Objectives
intercession.
1. The student must be able to explain the biblical foundation of cell
G. Substitute prayer on behalf of a nation [Daniel 9:15-18].
groups.
Whether we like it or not, it is our duty as leaders to present
ourselves before God on behalf of our people. Jehoshaphat 2. The student must be able to explain what a cell group is.
learned the secret to bringing down legions of angels which 3. The student must be able to explain the purpose of the cell.
have full power to transform circumstances in a positive way (2
Chronicles 20:15-18). Biblical Foundational Reference
Matthew 9:35-38
Evaluation
Evaluate the class in order to find out to what degree are they putting Corresponding Biblical Foundation
intercession into practice. What was taught may also be evaluated in
class. Acts 5:42 Acts 2:42 Acts 6:3-7
It is important for students to do research on the biblical characters Matthew 9:10 Matthew 9:24-26 Acts 18:11
that were used as examples of intercessors in the class.

Key Verse
Recommended Methodology
Matthew 9:35
The question and answer method is an effective way to introduce the
lesson and correct mistaken concepts that the students may have "Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their
concerning intercession. synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing
Lecturing is the best way to explain this lesson. Some type of project every disease and sickness"
that links to the Evangelism Seminar is also recommended.

Purpose
Application
Throughout this week, apply all the concepts learned about By becoming a follower of Jesus, every believer will be able to
intercession to your life. experience the importance of opening his house in order to share the
message of Christ and spread the gospel among his relatives, friends
and neighbors.
Students’ Assignment
The student should do a project concerning the areas in which our God has given a Vision in which the work done in homes is essential
country needs intercession. (cellular vision) as a basic strategy to reach multitudes for Christ. This
vision forms part of the anointing of multiplication given to the church
today, and has a clear biblical foundation.
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Acts chapter 10 refers to the birth of the early church. It speaks of "You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would
events that took place in Cornelius' house. Cornelius was a gentile who be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to
got all his relatives together, his friends and acquaintances in his home house. I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must
to hear the gospel through Peter. Since then, homes have become turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus" (Acts
favorable places in which the message of Christ can be spread, even 20:20-21).
miracles occurred in the name of Jesus, thus strengthening the body of
II. Biblical records of cell groups
Christ.
A. Jesus continually ministered in houses. (Matthew 9:10).
The cellular vision, the main subject of this lesson allows you to
understand the importance of opening homes to share the gospel and B. Jesus performed healings in houses. (Matthew 9:23-24).
put into practice the cellular model.
C. Jesus used houses to train his twelve disciples. (Marks 9:33-35).
This vision produces a great numerical multiplication and spiritual
growth for the church in our days. In time it guarantees the richest D. The Lord's Supper was held for the first time in a house.
blessings to reach the believers who decide to open their houses to (Matthew 26:17-18).
host a cell group. E. The Holy Spirit was first poured out in a house. (Acts 2:2-4).
F. The Church was founded in the homes. (Acts 2:42).
Development of the Subject
I. What are cell groups? III. The Importance of the Cellular Vision
They are "small groups of people who meet once a week, with the Take into account that opening the door of a home for a cell to
purpose of developing their personal growth, centered on the take place means taking the ark of God to that house, so that we
word of God." can bring the light of the gospel to a whole neighborhood. When
These groups are comprised of: being faithful in a few things (a cell), the Lord will put you in charge
of many things.
• The Host: The person who provides the location or home
A. The success of a church is in its cell groups
• The Leader: The person trained to lead the cell
Success will be evident in the measure that the church stands
• The Timothy: The person who is the right hand of the leader firm in the cellular vision and develops it to the fullest. This will
• The Participants: every active member and any person invited show in both numerical and spiritual growth. The cellular vision
to the meeting makes it easy to train and set in place the disciples that will be
in charge of spreading the message of Christ throughout the
The cell groups are small teaching centers where the scriptures are world.
taught in a simple and practical way and where the participants
B. Cell groups allow you to pastor one on one
are edified, including those who, week after week, are won for
Christ. This principle has been in existence since the time of the Jesus always cared about reaching every person's need, so he
early church. The growth of the congregations generated out of developed his ministry by being in touch with people, without
the cells. being limited by a place (Mark 6:341. The cellular vision allows
us to act in the same way Jesus did. Even the simplest of
“so the Word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem
increased rapidly..." (Acts 6:71). believers can gather his family, and the cell leader does a
direct pastoral work with every person.
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Pastoral work is developed in an easier way when the whole


workload does not lie upon one person only. When a pastor
succeeds in getting the church involved in the cellular work, Application
the results are more effective and each member of the 1. If you have not done it yet, start a cell group, keeping in mind that
congregation feels good taken care of. this equals to taking God's ark to your home.
C. Cell groups are small groups that strengthen every person’s 2. Get involved in the cellular vision, inviting your relatives, friends and
need neighbors weekly to take part in the meeting.
Evangelistic work is carried out within the cell since new persons
are invited every week and can be won for Christ. Besides that,
the new believers are edified through the teaching of the word Evaluation
of God, in order to become useful instruments when the cell Each objective must be consciously evaluated because of the
group multiplies (1 Peter 5:10). significance of the topic of leadership. A self-evaluation questionnaire
D. Cell groups are a way to supply every person’s need or written report for review may be viable ways to go about. lt is
necessary for the student to fully understand the biblical foundation of
The members of a congregation have not only spiritual needs the cells and the 4 steps of The Ladder Of Success.
but also emotional and material needs. The cell groups
contribute to meet the needs of its members in the same way
as it used to be in the early church (Acts 2:44-47). Recommendations
A. Cell groups are a source of training for the twelve 1. Bibliographical
The strategy of multiplication that works in parallel to the cell • The book Dream and You Will Win the World by Pastor Cesar
groups is made up of groups of 12 which are based on the Castellanos. It deals with important aspects that explain this
model of Jesus, who chose 12 disciples to develop his ministry. subject well.
The cells are an effective source of training and a place where • Successful Leadership Through the Government of 12, by Cesar
teams of 12 can be chosen. As you meet with groups of people Castellanos Dominguez.
weekly, at a home, the office or in another place, eventually
you will be able to see who is most successful in bearing fruit. 2. Biblical
From those people attending your cells you can make up the
The analysis of the book of Acts is essential for understanding and
basic team of leaders who will support your ministry (Luke 6:12-
explaining the vision. The instructor must study it with great depth.
17).
The biblical foundation of the vision must be explained extensively.
Conclusion
3. Methodological
The cellular vision is one of God's strategies for the multiplication of the
The instructor must stir the students' interest enough to where they
church in these days, is also found in the early church. The cell groups
will become immersed in the biblical foundation of the vision. Use
are small groups of people who meet weekly to share the word of God
visual aids to expound on the subject.
and to worship him. It is there where, every person is pastored and his
needs are being met.
The cellular vision, along with the scriptural history of the first church, is
God's strategy to multiply today's church.
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Student’s Assignment God chose us before the foundation of the world Ephesians 1:41,
so we must understand that we are spiritual beings who live in
Give a written account of your involvement in cell. If you belong to a earthly bodies. In His divine wisdom, God created the spirit first and
cell, state where you meet and give your cell leader's name. Also, tell
then the body. The physical body's five senses should serve the
how this cell has been helpful to you. If you don't attend a cell, explain
spirit and yet we often act to the contrary. Just as the body needs
why.
physical nourishment, the spirit needs spiritual nourishment. We can
Lesson 2: Intercession Part 1 (Intercession) only be nourished and strengthened spiritually according to the
measure that we receive the Word of God and remain alert in
Teaching Objectives prayer. God will restore His covenant with any person, family or
nation that turns to Him in prayer. To such people, He has promised
1. The student will understand that prayer is the key to fruitful ministry.
to be their God and to make them His holy people (Leviticus 26:
2. The student will understand that prayer enables leaders to take 12). There are several kinds of prayer that will help in that process.
their ministries into dimensions that they have never imagined
II. Prayer that takes your disciples to Jesus [Acts 1:14-15].
possible.
Andrew gave us a model when he took Simon Peter to Jesus. Every
leader should do the same thing in prayer. Take each of the twelve
Student Objectives disciples that you are training to Jesus in prayer.
1. The student will cite Bible verses that indicate which kinds of III. Prayer that teaches your disciples how to pray [Luke 1:11,
prayers produce fruit. Deuteronomy 29:29].
2. The student will explain how to obtain victory through prayer. Prayer is a relationship in which .you open your heart to God and in
which He reveals His secrets to you. The best thing you can do for
Biblical Foundational Reference your disciples is to guide them into intimacy with God.
Matthew 26:41 IV. Prayer with a built-in blessing [Acts 10:1-5].
Cornelius prayed so effectively that he received multiple blessings:
Corresponding Biblical Foundation • God sent an angel to speak to him.
Ephesians 1:4 Acts 10:1-5 • God sent someone from the "main 12 team" to go and preach
Revelations 12: 11 to them.
Acts 1:14-15 Matthew 9:37-38 • He had the privilege of hosting the first cell group meeting in his
house.
Luke 11:1 Genesis 12:2
• God used his home as the birthplace of the church.
Genesis 18:18 Psalm 2:8
• The Word of God and the Spirit of God united to bless all of the
Deuteronomy 29:29 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
faithful ones in that meeting.
• They all entered into the covenant of baptism.
Key Verse
V. Prayer for the miraculous fish catch [Luke 5:4-11].
1 Thessalonians 5:17
This kind of prayer should be used in conjunction with any
"Pray continually" evangelistic activity in which the Lord is expected to yield an
abundant harvest of souls. In any ministry where the people desire
Development of the Subject to win souls, they must charge the atmosphere with a cloud of
glory that can only be brought about through prayer and fasting.
I. Prayers That Strengthen Your Ministry
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Reaching the lost is spiritual work. We must use the weapons that • Take every thought captive. One of the enemy's strategies
God has given us to ensure success. is to plant deceitful thoughts in the minds of those who
VI. Prayer for the students in the school of leaders [Matthew 9:37-38]. serve God to sap their strength to overcome.
A leader's success is measured by the number of people that the B. Overcome the enemy [Revelations 12:11]
leader brings to the encounter meetings. If these people Three things will help you succeed:
successfully go through the post-encounter, they will be able 1. The power of the blood of the Lamb. Not only does the
to go on to the school of leaders. The number of students in the blood of Jesus cleanse us from sin but is also a weapon of
school of leaders is an important indicator of how many cell groups warfare to go against the forces of evil.
will be developed in the coming year. 2. The word of your testimony. There should be a strong
VII. Prayer that claims a promise [Genesis 12:2, Psalm 2:8]. connection between what you confess. Our deeds should
Any ministry starts with God burning into our hearts His desire to follow our words.
reach a specific group of people. The nation that God wants to 3. Willingness to sacrifice. Jesus said that he who does not
give us must come from within us just as Isaac came from. despise his own life cannot be His disciple.
Abraham and Sarah, just as Jacob, came from Isaac and then
the twelve tribes came from Jacob. God still works the same way Conclusion
today. To a leader his twelve disciples are like his spiritual children,
You already have in your hand the master key that will open all kinds
from whom will come spiritual grandchildren, totaling one hundred
of doors. Use it effectively, in each stage of your ministry's
and forty-four. Then our spiritual great-grandchildren come,
development.
totaling one thousand seven hundred and twenty-eight. Every
leader should impart this promise to each disciple.
Evaluation
VIII. How to claim victory in prayer? The teacher can evaluate if the students' objectives that were taught
in this lesson were achieved (part by using questions and answers and
To do the work of God requires the use of spiritual weapons that He
part by the homework. If the students are working on a ministry project,
has made available.
this important tool will be especially useful.
A. Take the offensive in prayer [2 Corinthians 10:4-5].
The weapons of God are powerful and will help you do the
following:
Recommended Methodology
• Tear down arguments. Arguments are legal rights that the
enemy holds in his hands; when we ignore them, he uses Introduce the lesson with the question and answer method and learn
them against us. Through prayer, God reveals this the problems that students have had with intercession. Take notes of
deception and 99% of the battle is won. We win the the most frequent problems that students mention (lack of
remaining 1% when we use our faith to destroy those perseverance, fervor, faith, etc.). Then throughout your lecture, explain
arguments on the cross. each point of the lesson, using additional resources.
• Tear down every pretension. That sets itself up against the
knowledge of God. Through prayer, we can tear down Students’ Assignment
every prideful spirit that tries to undermine the lordship of Challenge students to incorporate these fruitful prayers that they have
Jesus. learned into their daily prayer lives. Challenge students to implement
the steps for claiming victory through prayer by tracking the results in
writing so that the teacher can review them.
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Purpose
Application We find ourselves living in times of many demands at a social level,
Throughout this week, dedicate 30 minutes each day to pray and the church must be prepared to effectively resist the attacks and
specifically for your ministry, for the church, for your family and for the challenges of the exterior world. Every believer should be fully
most urgent needs. Write down the response that you receive from committed and should have a clear measure of responsibility to
God during your prayer time. develop the task the Lord has entrusted him to do. This demands solid
and genuine preparation.
Lesson 3: Preparation to Lead a Cell Group (Vision) It is true that God has given us an anointing of multiplication and has
revealed effective strategies to win the world for Christ but this does
not mean we can face the world in an improvised way. Throughout
Teaching Objective the scriptures, we find that God challenges His chosen ones, His
people, to prepare themselves to success. This preparation embraces
The student must understand the need of getting trained as a leader
various areas of life (1 Thessalonians 5:23) it enables us to assume the
of the cell group, and the areas in which he needs to do so.
commitment of preaching the gospel and developing the vision
Student Objective received from God with authority.

1. The student must be able to define the preparation needed for It has been proven that the cellular system guarantees the success of
leadership. church growth. This guarantee comes out from the complete training
of the leaders who will eventually be in charge of the cell group.
2. The student must be able to explain the different areas where he
needs to be trained. Since we are aware of the significance and the need for personal
training, we have developed this lesson, which spells out for you the
Biblical Foundational Reference important measures that you must take in order to obtain the
2 Timothy 2:1-2 and 15 necessary authority to wisely lead a cell group and to achieve success
in your life as a whole.
Corresponding Biblical Foundation
Luke 2:52 1 Thessalonians 5:23 1 Timothy 4:11-16
Development of the Subject
Ephesians 4:12-16 Philippians 3:8 1 Corinthians 6:19
IV. The concept of preparation
Psalm 127:1 Proverbs 9:1 3 John 2
Preparation is the process through which we get ready to reach a
Proverbs 18:24 Ecclesiastes 9:4 specified purpose. It is the intellectual, spiritual, and even physical
disposition that allows us to fulfill a set task. The willingness to be
continually trained with clearly defined concepts is what
Key Verse guarantees success to a person in everything he undertakes.

2 Timothy 2:15 In the Bible there recorded the names of men and women who
understood God's purpose for their lives and who responded to his
"Do your best to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does calling being constantly trained. The apostle Paul is an example of
not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." someone who understood the significance of being trained in
order to reach his goal in the Christian life and carry out his task
effectively.
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"But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for C. Emotional Area
Christ. But indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of
the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss This is one of the areas in which a person must be most
prepared, since his firmness of character and authority to lead
of all things and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ"
others depends on his stability. It is I important for us to be
(Philippians 3:7-8)
willing for God to establish in us a healthy self-esteem. lt will
help us to get rid of roots of bitterness, resentment, and
emotional conflicts.
V. Areas that need improvement
"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander,
Just as our involvement in the vision is total, so should the
along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to
preparation required by each person be.
one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave
The following areas are included; you" (Ephesians 4:31-32).

• Spiritual D. Physical Area

• Intellectual Although many consider the spiritual area to be the only one
that deserves our due attention, we cannot forget that our
• Emotional body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and, therefore, we must
• Physical prepare it and keep it in good condition with regular exercises,
continuous clinical examinations, and healthy nourishment.
• Social
"Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,
A. Spiritual Area who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not
your own" (1 Corinthians 6:19).
The pursuit of holiness is to be fully consecrated to God with the
purpose of remaining in intimacy with him. E. Social Area
"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put The apostle Paul says that we are surrounded by such a great
off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful cloud of witnesses; in other words, society has its eyes fixed on
desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to us. That is she reason why we must be truly prepared to offer
put on the new self, created to be like God in true them our best testimony. Being prepared socially suggests
righteousness and holiness" (Ephesians 4:22-24). having an excellent relationship with our relatives and
cultivating friendships with people who edify us.
B. Intellectual Area
"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy
The leader of the cell group must endeavor to educate himself,
of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and
acquiring knowledge through the reading of the Bible and
gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make
books that will edify him in every area. Training within the scope
every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of
of the intellect demands a renewal of the mind, which must be
peace" (Ephesians 4:1-3).
enriched, with the knowledge of the word of God.
Conclusion
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be The cell groups are a great strategy for multiplication of the church at
able to test and approve what God "s will is - his good, pleasing all levels, but its success resides in the training of the person who is in
perfect will" (Romans 12:2). charge of leading the cell group. His personal acquisition of resources
to strengthen every area of his life is fundamental, however without
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exception, every person must receive training on the spiritual, Student’s Assignment
intellectual, emotional, physical, and social level in order to achieve
complete success. Assess your personal preparation to lead a cell group from 1 to 5.

Area Assessment

Application
1. Examine your life and determine to what extent you are prepared
to lead a cell group. Observe the different areas of your life and
strengthen those that are weak.
2. Organize your time in order to develop a training program. Set
specific goals. Make sure every day you do something that will
bring you a step closer to each one of your goals.

Spiritual, Intellectual, Emotional, Physical and Social


Evaluation
Notice: You, as the teacher, have to check this assignment and
Have the student make up a "preparation program" which will help advice those whose preparation are low or insufficient; or inform those
him bring the discipline and the edification that he needs in the areas that are immediate leaders in the class.
mentioned.
Lesson 3: Intercession Part 2

Recommendations
Teaching Objectives
1. Bibliographical The student will understand that God entrusted fasting to His people
"Successful Leadership Through the Government of 12", by Cesar not only for their health but also as a powerful spiritual weapon.
Castellanos Dominguez Student Objectives
2. Biblical 1. The student will explain the relationship between fasting and
prayer.
The correct biblical foundation needs to be thoroughly explained 2. The student will explain the relationship between the Word of God
in this class. and Prayer.
3. Methodological Biblical Foundational Reference
It is good to introduce this subject by the method of questions and Joel 1:14
answers in order to know the state of your students in each area. Corresponding Biblical Foundation
Psalm 35:13 1 Peter 5:6 Matthew 18:4
Ezra 8:21-23 2 Chronicles 20:2-4 Esther 4:15-17
Esther 5:3 Ephesians 3:20 Acts 1:8
Galatians 5:16-17 Romans 8:7 1 Corinthians 9:22-24
Joel 2:12-17 Psalm 33:6 Hebrews 4:12
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Isaiah 55:11 Colossians 3:16 Hoses 4:6 E. To strengthen the Spirit of God within you [Acts 1:9].
John 5:39 Psalm 119 Jesus said that you would receive power and Paul added,
"according to the power that works in us" [Ephesians 3:20], due
to our carnal nature that dulls and inhibits our spiritual senses
Key Verse
we can and should overcome challenges through fasting.
Hebrews 4:12
"Walk according to the Spirit and do not satisfy the desires of
"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any doubled- the flesh" (Galatians 5:16-17).
edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and
"The intentions of the flesh are enmity towards God" (Romans
marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart".
8:7).
Development of the Subject
"He that fights abstains from all things" [1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
I. Fasting
F. To bring revival [Joel 2:12-32]
A. God established fasting as a practice for His people.
For revival to come, people must first genuinely repent (Joel
Who abstained themselves from food in order to obtain spiritual 2:12-17J. Only then will the blessing come upon the whole
benefits. nation (Joel 2:18-191 and result in revival (Joel 2:28-32).
• It afflicts the soul and reminds you of your need for God
(Psalm 35:13].
II. Studying the Scriptures
• It is an act of humility that affirms your position under the
In intercession, fasting and studying the Word of God come
hand of God (1 Peter 5:6).
together in the most powerful weapon against the enemy. Jesus
• Through humility, you acquire the innocence of a child overcame the adversary by confessing of the Word. For this reason
(Matthew 18:4). we should saturate our minds and hearts with knowledge of the
B. To seek God’s favor [Ezra 8:21-23]. scriptures.
Ezra asked for direction for the people, his children and his III. The Power of the Scriptures
goods. "By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the
C. To seek help [2 Chronicles 20:2-4]. breath of His mouth all their host" (Psalm 33:6). The word breath
When three nations joined to battle against Judah, originally means the Spirit of God. Both (Word and Spirit) created
Jehoshaphat proclaimed fasting for all of Judah. In response to the universe.
this cry came a prophecy: "You will not have to fight this battle. Hebrews 4:12 the Word
Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the • Is Alive - It is active and not monotonous. It has the capacity to
LORD will give you" (2 Chronicles 20:17). Confusion then swept give life (John 6:63).
over these three nations, and they destroyed themselves (2
• Is Effective - (Greek-Energues) which means it is operating or
Chronicles 20:22-24).
dynamic full of divine power and fulfills the purpose for which
D. To avoid destruction [Esther 4:15-17, Esther 5:3]. God sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
In response to Haman's decree of destruction against the Jews, • Is Sharp - More than a double-edged sword (Greek –Makhaira),
Esther and her people proclaimed three days of fasting. After like the scalpel of a surgeon, a surgical knife (Hebrews 4:12).
they fasted and prayed to the Lord, she went to the king and
• Preserves from destruction (Hosea 4:6).
found grace before him. In fact, he promised to give her
everything that she requested. Because of this fast, mourning • Gives testimony of Jesus (John 5:3).
was replaced with joy and destruction was turned into
salvation.
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IV. Ways of using the Bible for more effective intercession. Application
A. Begin regular prayer times by reading the Word of God. Propose a fast for a specific need this week. Find the verses that will
B. Ask God to give you a "rhema" word and apply it to your life. help you claim the promise for that need and record the response
received from God.
C. Claim the promises in the Word for your life.
D. Saturate your mind with the Word to increase your faith.
Lesson 4: Development of a Cell (Vision)
E. Memorize key verses.
F. Worship God by confessing the Word.
G. Understand that the Word: Teaching Objective
• It cleanses your way (Psalm 119:9).
The student must understand the effective way of performing a cell
• It gives understanding (Psalm 119:34). meeting and understand its structure.
• It helps us select our friends (Psalm 119:63).
• It Gives intelligence (PsaIm119:104).
• It produces rejoicing (Psalm 119:1161. Student Objective
• It brings us life (Psalm 119:154). 1. The student must be able to define what a cell meeting is.
• It causes us to praise (Psalm 119:1711. 2. The student must be able to explain the basic structure of a cell
• It causes us to preach (Psalm 119:172). meeting.
Conclusion
3. The student must be able to explain the ten commandments of the
Fasting, the Word of God and intercession combined become a cell group.
powerful and effective weapon.

Evaluation Biblical Foundational Reference


Make a quiz that challenges the students to explain the relationship Acts 2:42
between fasting and prayer and the relationship between the Word of
God and prayer. Acts 5:42

Recommended Methodology
Corresponding Biblical FoundatiON
Through skilled use of questions and answers, the teacher will learn
how the students fast and use the Word of God. A lecture to explain 1 Peter 5:10 Psalm 133:1-3 Colossians 3:16 2
the lesson should focus on fulfilling the goals and then helping the
Timothy 2:16 and 3:17 James 15:16 1 Corinthians 13:2-3
students apply the concepts to their personal lives.
John 15:2 Hebrews 12:14 Romans 15:20
Students’ Assignment Philippians 2:14
As assigned in previous classes students should now adopt a discipline
of fasting and bible study. They should present a written plan that
outlines how they will organize their time to do this and the reasons
behind their willingness to do it.
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Key Verse Perseverance must be evident in studying the word, in fellowship,


testimonies and prayer (Acts 2:42).
Acts 2:42
The cell is a bridge between people and the congregation; in
“They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the
which every member receives greater attention. Every one is
fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer"
evangelized, consolidated and edified, in order to get perfected
and strengthened in their relationship with God and the
knowledge of his word:
Purpose
"And the God of all grace… will himself restore you and make you
A determining factor for the success of the cellular vision is the training strong, firm and steadfast" (1 Peter 5:10b).
every leader must have in the different areas of his life, but besides this
preparation, a specific structure to carry out the cell meeting is II. Structure for each cell meeting
required, so that nothing interferes with its success.
First, consider that the attendance in each cell must be from 6 to
God is a God of order and he asks that we do everything in an orderly 12 persons, and the meeting must last one hour. The leader should
way. "But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way" (1 arrive ten or twenty minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting
Corinthians 14:40). The scriptures also say, "And whatever you do, in order to prepare the atmosphere together with the host.
whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus..."
Time can be structured as follows:
(Colossians 3:17).
A. Welcome (10 minutes)
This makes us aware that our commitment should be far from
improvisation. It is necessary to take care of certain guidelines that During this time, the leader has to stir up interest for the mee-
were observed in the early church. ting. People can briefly greet each other; welcome the new
ones, listen to a short testimony, and emphasize what a blessing
This lesson deals precisely with the structure and development of the it is to be gathered together (Psalm 133:1-31.
cell so that you become an expert with developing your work as a
leader in the meetings. It speaks about taking advantage of the B. Worship (10 minutes)
available time, as well as the commandments, which help you have a
successful cell. This time should contribute in preparing the hearts for the topic
that will be presented that day (Colossians 3:16b).
C. Word: Exposition of the topic (30 minutes)
Development of the Subject
The leader must be self-confident, and demonstrate that he
I. The cell has genuinely prepared himself to handle the topic and
transmit it to the group. He must lay out the teaching with
Remember that the cell group is made up of a group of people
simplicity and use a clear language, which will impact those in
who meet once a week in order to edify each other through the
attendance (2 Timothy 2:16).
study of the word of God and worship. These meetings may be
held at houses, at offices or at a particular place where the group D. Work (5 minutes)
feels comfortable and can share without interruptions.
During this period of time, the leader could present illustrations
An important aspect in the cellular work is perseverance, for it to help give a practical sense to the teaching, encouraging
enables the group to get strengthened and succeed in multiplying every person to apply immediately what has been learned, in
itself, because the cell must contribute to the growth of the church. their daily life (2 Timothy 3:17).
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E. Final Activities (5 minutes) During the days before the meeting, the host, the leader,
and the rest of the members of the group must devote
Make good use of the closing time, worshiping God with the themselves to visit neighbors, relatives, friends, and
offerings praying for the needs of those who are present, and
acquaintances in order to invite them to the meeting, so
focusing your interest on the new ones (James 5:16b).
that they can be in contact every week.
With this structure, it is possible to achieve good results during
5. The cell group must assist in family restoration
the cell meeting.
Every family in the world has crisis, and the cell must be
Avoid making the following mistakes:
prepared to assist in these needs. In the cells we struggle to
• Allowing someone who is not authorized to lead the cell. restore the relationships between children and parents, wife
and husband, etc.
• Ministering deliverance or laying on of hands.
6. Make of each member a leader
• Allowing those in attendance to take over, causing the
leader to lose control of the meeting. Every person who comes to the cell group, regardless of his
or her position, must be seen as a potential leader,
• Allowing discussions someone who, after achieving spiritual development, will
• Neglecting the new person or any member. be an instrument in God's hands.

• Using more time than what was allotted (1 hour). 7. Keep watch over the holiness of the group

• Frequently changing the place, day or time of the meeting. When sin is allowed, tolerated, or consented to, the cell
begins to decline. We have to be radically opposed to sin,
F. Commandments of the cell groups and never trust a cell group to someone who has a double
life because the leader's guarantee is his testimony, and this
1. Love the cellular vision
starts at home. (Hebrews 12:14)
Loving what we have or do removes all doubts and
8. Do not work on somebody else's foundation
prepares the way for success. If we do not love the cellular
work, we will never see the results this vision brings about (1 The members of every cell must be faithful to their own
Corinthians 13:2-3). group. They are not allowed to attend different meetings,
since this may bring confusion and affect the required
2. Do not deviate from the cellular vision
process of training. Leaders must fight to win souls that will
Turning aside from the vision is very easy and it can go be part of their group, without seeking others who already
unnoticed. That is the reason why it is very important to be have a leader (Romans 15:20).
faithful to the established principles and to persevere in
9. Do not allow murmuring within the cell group
them until the expected results are achieved.
When a cell stagnates, gossip, complaints, criticism and
3. Do not allow your cell group to be fruitless
backbiting may arise in the group. We cannot allow
The cells must play an evangelistic role, that is, every anyone to speak bad about another member, the pastor,
member has the responsibility of going out to look for the leader, or the church. It is necessary to be radical with
people and invite them to the meeting, so that those the gossipers within the cell (Philippians 2:14).
persons are won for Christ (John 15:2).
4. Meet once a week
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10. Work on goals strategically 2. Biblical


Both the leader and the members of the group must have Explain the biblical foundation of the cellular work and its effectiveness
specific goals of growth, which imply effort and require in the primitive church
God's supernatural power. These goals must be precise and
3. Methodological
have the purpose of multiplication.
It is recommended to do of a role-play representation of a cell group,
Conclusion
in order to determine the way in which they are being carried out and
The cellular vision is a guarantee for success of church multiplication, then to develop the contents of this lesson through a clear and precise
yet it is conditional to the structure and development of the weekly exposition.
meetings. If indeed we follow the guidelines to have the meetings
Student’s Assignment
within one hour, and if we keep in mind the commandments of the cell
groups, undoubtedly we will be successful. Make it your personal goal to open a cell group.

Lesson 4: Knowing the Holy Spirit: The Key to Effective Intercession


Application (Intercession)
1. If you have not yet joined a cell or decided to develop one
yourself, in accordance wit the guidelines given in this lesson, the Teaching Objectives
time has come for you to do so and watch and see the positive 1. The student will understand who the Spirit of God is.
changes that will occur
2. The student will understand that an individual's level of prayer
2. Examine the ten commandments of the cell groups and take note depends on his or her relationship with the Holy Spirit.
of the ones that you are failing in as it relates to the cell group you Student Objectives
belong to. Meet with your leader and come up with some
1. The student will explain the importance of the Holy Spirit in
practical suggestions in order to overcome the weaknesses.
intercession.
2. The student will describe each aspect of intercession in which the
Evaluation Holy Spirit participates.

Evaluation may be carried out through the assessment of the cell that
Biblical Foundational Reference
you attend caused by the execution of specific suggestions to attain
better results. Romans 8:26-27

Corresponding Biblical Foundation


Recommendations Acts 15:18 John 16:7 Genesis 1:1-3
1. Bibliographical Hebrews 11:3 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 Hebrews 1:1-3
Successful Leadership Through the Government of 12, by Cesar Luke 4:18-21 Matthew 12:28 Luke 4:36
Castellanos Dominguez Matthew 8:16 Acts 10:38 John 15:26
John 16:14-15 John 3:2 John 1:13
Deuteronomy 29:29 Romans 8:26-27 Ezekiel36:25-27
John 7:37-39 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 Jude 1:20
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Key Verse • Jesus testified that the anointing of the Spirit was upon Him
Zechariah 4:6 (Luke 4: 18-21).
"So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel; Not by • Through the Spirit of God He cast out demons (Matthew
might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty" 12:28).
• With authority and power He cast out unclean spirits and
they came out (Luke 4:36).
Purpose
• With the Word He delivered and healed all the sick
The early church was so effective in its ministry because its members
(Matthew 8:16).
would not make decisions without the approval of the Holy Spirit (Acts
15:18). If today's church invites the Holy Spirit to take His proper place, B. The Holy Spirit is a person [acts 10:38].
we could enter into a supernatural ministry and evangelize the world in Jesus said He would not leave us nor forsake us but would give
a short time. In order to develop an effective ministry of intercession, us another Comforter that would be with us forever (John
you must know yourself, know who God is and know how He can help 15:26).
you. Because of having believed in Jesus, God gives us the great
privilege of participating of His very nature allowing the Holy
Development of the Subject Spirit to come and be with us in our lives. This is called "The
anointing" it is experiencing the divine presence in a
I. Knowing Ourselves
permanent way.
We are all spiritual people who live in temporal bodies. Through our
C. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus.
senses we can express ourselves and have contact with the
exterior world. Once we leave the body, we will continue to exist. John 16:14-15 "He will glorify me because He will take from mine
The body will be destroyed but the spirit remains, for the spirit and disclose it to you." The Holy Spirit has legal rights over all
comes from the breath of God and is therefore imperishable. divine resources. He is willing to share them with those who
Death of the spirit means complete separation from God which have decided to glorify Jesus.
leads to eternal suffering and torment. D. The Holy Spirit causes us to be born again [John 3:2].
II. Knowing God Only through the Holy Spirit are we considered children of God.
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth ..." His work in our life allows us to be born again. When we accept
(Genesis 1:1-3). In this passage the word God is Elohim, and in the Jesus, the spirit of life is conceived in us.
Hebrew language this is a plural word. It shows us that the Father, E. The Holy Spirit is our guide.
the Son and the Holy Spirit make up the unity of God. They always The greatest protection to avoid falling into man made
work in mutual accord and live in perfect harmony. They made all doctrines is to maintain a strong relationship with the Holy Spirit.
of creation as a team. The Father designs, the Spirit conceives and He reveals to us the divine secrets and allows us to know future
the Word [Jesus) creates. Only through faith could we fathom the things.
power of creation [Hebrews 11:3) and apply it to intercession.
F. The Holy Spirit reveals divine secrets.
A. The Holy Spirit in Jesus.
"The Secret things belong to the Lord our God but the things
• The Spirit of God is the only who knows the thoughts of God revealed are for us and for our children forever... ". The closest
(1 Corinthians 2:10-11). thing to the heart of Gad is the Spirit of God, who is the one
• In ancient times the Spirit expressed Himself through the who has come to live in our hearts and inspires us to continue
prophets but now He does so through Jesus Christ on (Deuteronomy 29:29).
(Hebrews 1:1-3). G. The Holy Spirit in you.
• The Holy Spirit increases the desire to pray [Romans 8:26).
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• The Holy Spirit brings scripture to memory while you pray. Students’ Assignment
• The Holy Spirit makes us aware of the spiritual goals we The student should evaluate his relationship with the Holy Spirit. He
ought to reach. should desire to have a deeper relationship with Him.
• The Holy Spirit makes us aware of needs that need to be
met. Lesson 5: The Methodology of a cell group (Vision)
• The Holy Spirit will give us a burden to pray.
• The Holy Spirit will call you to prayer in moments of crisis.
• The Holy Spirit will give a special depth, power and faith to Teaching Objective
your prayer. The student must acquire the ability to win, retain and train the
• He gives anointing to preach (Isaiah 61:1). members of his cell group.
• Renews your spirit (Ezekiel 36:25-27). Student Objectives
• Gives strength to overcome (Zechariahs 4:6).
1. The student must be able to explain the effective way of
• Feel His presence like rivers of living water (John 7:37-39).
evangelizing in the cell.
• Intercedes throughout your life (Romans 8:6-271.
2. The student must be able to explain the effective way of retaining
• He is the guarantee that we are His (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
the persons who have been evangelized.
• We should always pray with Him (Judas 20).
3. The student must be able to explain the effective way of training
the members of the cell.
Conclusion
The Holy Spirit longs for your prayer life to be powerful and effective. Biblical Foundational Reference
Acts 4:12-16
Evaluation
Corresponding Biblical Foundation
Evaluate the relationship that your students are having with the Holy
Spirit. Acts 6:7 Mark 6:39-40 Acts 10:24
During the evaluation you should keep in mind the proposed student Exodus 18:21 Ephesians 4:15-16 John 4:7-15
objectives.
John 4:25-29
Give a quiz to evaluate whether or not the students understood the
importance of the Holy Spirit in increasing their level of Intercession. Key Verse
Acts 4:12
Recommended Methodology
"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under
The "Seminar" hour in the School of Leaders is a time designed to
heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
minister the student in a deeper way. Take time to get to know the
students more and let the Holy Spirit use you to minister to them
through prayer.
Purpose
The effect of the cell is far-reaching both, at the evangelistic level and
the believer's edification. The projected growth of a church can be
attained in a fast and solid manner when the leader, the host and all
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the members commit in the task of seeing the group multiply; taking A. How to win?
into account the methodological process that clearly points to the
specific objectives with each of the members of the cell. There are several well-known methods of evangelism, but what
is important to remember is that the cells become a useful
The objectives mentioned refer to the fulfillment of the stages included opportunity to reach others for Christ. In John chapter 4 we find
in the vision such as, winning, retaining the fruit, and edifying the the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman, which is a very
believers in order to be sent out. practical strategy of evangelism by which we can learn the
following steps to evangelize;
The structure of the cell offers the guideline for carrying out the
meeting and taking advantage of that time will enable us fulfill that 1. Break the ice (John 4:7)
task.
Taking advantage of an opportunity or a conversation.
Throughout this lesson you will learn how to use a method that has
been perfected over time, and has rendered awesome results, in the Keep focusing the message despite the objections (John
4:9)
achievement of the goals related to the cellular vision.
As a rule, people have arguments to deviate the message.
Be prepared.
Development of the Subject
Make a list of the most common objections in order to
I. Effective methodology refute them under the light of the word, without entering
into discrepancies.
The Methodology of this vision will show the best way to attain
excellent results. The actual procedures contribute to optimize the
resources available.
2. Detect the person's need (John 4:10)
The cellular vision has projects itself as a preferred strategy that is
Every person has a real need. Sometimes people tend to
used throughout the world because results were obtained from the
hide them, when the message of the Gospel is being
methodology which was designed by the vision itself. It shows the
steps for winning a person to Christ and helping to developed shared. Find it out and offer a solution that is centered in
them into a true disciple with the ability to reproduce himself in the person of Jesus Christ.
others. 3. Create an atmosphere of expectation (John 4:10-15_
It is a simple methodology but effective. It requires attention and The idea is to encourage the person to listen. Generate
commitment. The disciples devoted themselves to spreading the expectation speaking on topics associated with the
gospel, taking into account Jesus' teachings and his method, "...so person's need then steer the conversation to alternatives,
the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem which are interesting for the listener.
increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient
to the faith" (Acts 6:7). 4. Speak about Christ (John 4:05-26)

II. Methodological suggestions In the evangelistic process, Jesus Christ is and must always
be the main theme of conversation. Introduce him as the
With clear reasons to get involved in the vision, consider the only way of salvation, the only way to get to the Father and
following suggestions in order to fulfill the stages of the process in receive His blessings,
every weekly meeting:
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5. Lead the person to accepting Jesus (John 4:27-20) leadership, but it is only when we are convinced of the vision that we
become submerged in it that the methods become effective.
Victory is obtained when the person recognizes his sinful
condition, declares his need for Christ, and invites him to Application
enter into his heart. The conversation must lead him to
1. Establish a plan of evangelism with your fellow disciples. Keep in
make this decision, although the surrender is voluntary.
mind the guidelines found in the passage about Jesus and the
B. How to retain the fruit? – consolidation Samaritan woman. This plan must include the names of relatives
and friends who are non-believers.
When the person accepts Jesus as his Savior and Lord, our task
has just begun, because the true results come out when this 2. Increase your study of the consolidation process, referring to the
new believer reaffirms his decision during the stage called appropriate handbook.
consolidation.
Evaluation
Here are some ways in order to do an effective work of
The teacher should ask the students to write a paper about what they
consolidation through the cell:
have retained from this lesson thus far.
• Call the members regularly especially the new ones.
• Visit the persons at their homes or work places.
Recommendations
• Take care of the disciples' needs, and pray for them.
1. Bibliographical
• Encourage the people to attend a cell meeting and the
church. • The master plan of evangelization, by Robert Coleman

• Encourage the people to attend the encounter-God • The Ladder of Success, by pastor Cesar Castellanos
retreat and post-encounters. • Consolidation, an effective process for making disciples, by
Pastor Claudia Fajardo.
(In order to expand on the subject of «consolidation», consult
the "manual of consolidation" by Claudia de Fajardo) 2. Biblical
Notice: Encourage your students to attend a Consolidation The book of Acts provides examples of evangelism that will help you to
Course. understand the effective way to do this job.
C. How to edify In order to disciple, it is necessary that every leader develop a
Edification consists of nourishing the members of the cell constant, in depth study of the word of God. Every suggestion, in this
groups, especially the new ones, by teachings of the word that respect, will be of value for your students.
spiritually strengthen and help them to know the Father, the 3. Methodological
Son, and the Holy Spirit in a better way.
The method of conference–workshop may be used; to aid in sharing
Conclusion interesting experiences. It will be used by your students to break the ice
and to win souls.
The methodology is a set of procedures that help us to attain the goals
inherent to the cellular vision, The work of winning, keeping and
building the souls are successfully made when we respect the
established parameters, which are common to every ministry and
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Lesson 5: Strengthening the Ministry through Evangelism (Intercession) Purpose


The church must open its eyes, understand the times we live in and
Teacher Objectives reach out to the lost with the same passion the apostle Paul did. He felt
indebted to all people
That the student understands that evangelizing is doing spiritual
warfare because God entrusted us the mission of rescuing those who and that he had to give them the message of Jesus Christ. After Paul's
are taken captive by the adversary. spiritual eyes were opened he was able to see the truth about the
spiritual life. He saw the two paths human beings could walk in with
clarity, one of salvation and the other of perdition. The great majority
Student Objectives of people were going down the wrong path. He understood that the
1. The student will define the word evangelize. mission God entrusted to him was what we may call "an impossible
2. The student will explain what evangelism is. mission". Even then, he accepted the challenge and made a greater
effort than the other apostles to take the Gospel to the ends of the
3. The student will explain the signs that show that a person has been
earth. Because of this, those believers came to be known as, "those
won to Christ.
who turned the world upside down".
4. The student will understand the worth that each soul has before
In the message he sent to his spiritual son Timothy he said:
God and that we should reach out to rescue them with the same
compassion that Jesus did. "So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord or ashamed of me his
prisoner. But join with in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,
who has saved us and called us to a holy life -not because of anything
Biblical Foundational Reference we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace
Matthew 28:19-20 was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. And of this
gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is
why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know
Corresponding Biblical Foundation
whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard
2 Timothy 1:8-12 2 Timothy 2:2 2 Timothy 4:1-5 what I have entrusted to him for that day" (2 Timothy 1:8-9, 11-12).
Isaiah 52 Acts 1:8 Hebrews 2:14-15 Later he said: "What you have heard me say before many witnesses
Luke 10:11 Ephesians 6:10 Romans 3:23 entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others" f2
Romans 6:23 Ephesians 2:8 Acts 2:37-38 Timothy 2:2). He charged him emphatically to: Preach the Word; be
prepared in season and out of season, be sober in all things, endure
2 Corinthians 5:17 Matthew 26:41 Acts 26:19-20
afflictions, do the work of evangelism, and to fulfill his ministry (2Timothy
4:1-5).
Key Verse
"Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to Development of the Subject
preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I preach
voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging I. What is evangelism? Isaiah 52
the trust committed to me. What then is my reward? Just this: that in This whole chapter has to do with the responsibility God has
preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make entrusted every believer to diligently do the work of an evangelist.
use of my rights in preaching it. Though I am free and belong to no A. It is a calling to intercession vs. 1.
man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To When Jonah was running, refusing to preach and embarked to
the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I a place far away from where God had sent him, while
became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law, sleeping, a violent storm came and those on the ship feared for
so as to win those under the law" (1 Corinthians 9:16-20). their lives. Each one cried out to God for a miracle but Jonah
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did not even worry, as if he didn't care about those around III. Practicing self-deliverance.
him. The sailors woke him up and asked: "Why are you Isaiah 52:2b: Loose yourself from the chains around your neck, 0
sleeping? Cry out to your God, can't you see we're losing our captive daughter of Zion".
lives?" Jonah 1:4-14 Unbelievers motivate the believers to wake
This captivity represents demonic oppression which is broken
up and cry out to God because if there is no divine intervention
through Deliverance. Each believer should identify through prayer,
the destruction would overtake them. Only the believers have
the types of bondage's that are oppressing his life and learn to
the answer to transform the circumstances and that is through
perform self-deliverance. This comes as a result of spending time in
prayer.
intimacy with God where He will uncover the hidden work of the
• It is being girded with authority. Dress your self with power: enemy for it to be done away with on the cross.
God gave us authority (Acts 1:8).
IV. Intercession
• Jesus received power after overcoming death [Hebrews
• Giving what we have received: Isaiah 52:3 "You were sold far
2:14-15).
nothing and without money redeemed you will be." Salvation is
• Jesus sent us out and gave us the same power that He had a gift from God. People did not have to pay to be lost. They will
(Matthew 28:18-19). not pay to be saved.
• We have authority to neutralize the kingdom of darkness • A privilege which blesses us: Isaiah 52:7 "How beautiful on the
through faith (Luke 10:19) mountains are the feet of those who bring good news."
• We have responsibility to bring down the presence of God • Good news: We do not preach a message of condemnation.
wherever we are. We need to take hope to the people so they will know that the
• It is using the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10). answer to each one of their needs is in the Gospel, and Jesus is
• It is projecting the type of ministry you will have. the solution to their problems.
• It is to put on the precious garments (Isaiah 52:1). • Announces peace. Restoration of homes, finances, health and
for every area of their life. A message of peace.
• Proclaims that God reigns.
II. We choose the size of our ministerial garments.
• Brings good news: Goodness is the thing. The message that we
• Size 12: When we have acquired our G12 team (cur twelve),
have is that everything will change positively for them.
and God has given us the victory.
• Announces salvation: Salvation means taking them out of the
• Size 144: When we have helped our twelve acquire their own
crisis in which they are and give them a word of hope.
G12 teams.
Note: Each of us should pray for God to make us excellent
• Size 1728: When we have achieved multiplication into the third
communicators of the gospel. There are people who present lies as
generation.
if they were great truths but there are others that expose the
• Size 20736: This is the result of networking. The net is made of greatest truths as if they were lies.
various knots that are interwoven to form squares and these
A good message can be ruined due to poor presentation. To
are the cell groups. If each one of these does its job, we will
proclaim the gospel we don't need many words, just an effective
gain many souls for the kingdom of God. For this reason it is
message. If you want to preach keep these four steps in mind.
important that we concentrate on the cell group project. This is
the best way to cast nets because people who are won in the 1. Be clear
cell groups are more easily consolidated. People you have 2. Be concise
trained will be the ones who multiply. Make a soul winner out of 3. Be precise
each one of them. When we learn to delegate responsibility
4. Preach with anointing
the burden becomes much easier.
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• It is a watchtower. Isaiah 52:8 "Listen! Your watchmen lift up E. Simplicity


their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord F. Surrender to Christ
returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes." Someone
who sees danger, prevents it.
Application
• Keeping a life of holiness. Isaiah 52:11 "... purify yourselves, you
who carry the vessels of the LORD. " Regardless of where you Set the goal to win at least 5 people far Christ in this week.
are in ministry God has called you to a life of holiness.
Evaluation
V. Evidences that a person has been won to christ: Questions:
A. Conviction of Sin [Romans 3:23, 6:23] 1. Can a person be evangelized and yet not won for the Lord?
True understanding that everyone has fallen short of the glory 2. How do we know when a person has been won for Christ?
of God and that sin is what separates us from God and will 3. What comes first, a change of life then salvation, or vice versa?
condemn us for eternity. The conviction of sin brought by the
4. How are we preparing ourselves to become soul winners?
Holy Spirit is for repentance.
B. Faith in Christ [Ephesians 2:8]
Recommended Methodology
Faith in Christ is effective if the person believes that only
through Him can we be reconciled with God and have eternal The open discussion method serves best to introduce the lesson and to
life. discuss the evidences of a person that has been won for the kingdom
of God.
C. Repentance [Acts 2:37,38]
A project can be designed for this lesson along with the one about
A profound pain for having failed results in the desire to
intercession so that the lessons can be learned in a more practical and
change our way of thinking.
hands-on way for increased understanding of the subject matter.
D. Change of Life [2 Corinthians 5:17]
It is necessary that students have a good grasp of the concepts that
True evidence that the person has left the old life, is that of a were taught in this lesson and seek those qualities that God wants us to
new behavior and the desire to grow spiritually. have in order to win souls.
E. Prayer [Matthew 26:41]
Although in the beginning it's not easy, the person will begin Students’ Assignment
acquiring the habit of prayer and understand it to be the
Students should perform an evaluation of their own lives to see if they
means by which we communicate with God.
meet the requirements that God looks for; to be effective soul winners.
F. Obedience [Acts 26:19,20] This assignment can be turned in at the next class.
That the person understands that obedience is fundamental for
a life of holiness and growth.

VI. Requirements god wants us to meet in order to win souls:


A. Holiness
B. Spirituality
C. Humility
D. Faith
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Lesson 6: Strategies for Success (Vision) The cellular vision is in itself a strategy that offers the church success by
solidifying multiplication, But in order to implement the vision
successfully some processes and behaviors need to be followed.
Teaching Objective
The bible tells the story of many men who heard God's calling to carry
The student must understand that in order to have success in the cell a out a specific task, and who reached extraordinary success because
proper strategy has to be followed. they didn't act according to their own opinion but always listened to
the voice of God revealing the steps they should take.
Student Objectives
This lesson offers the cell leader the conviction that success is destined
1. The student must be able to explain the biblical foundation of the to him. God has already defined the strategies for him to obtain
strategies for success. success within the ministry entrusted to him.
2. The student must be able to define the strategy that he will
implement in his work with the cell group.
Development of the Subject
Biblical Foundational Reference
I. What is a strategy?
Joshua 1:1-9
It is a set of rules designed to accomplish a specific goal. In
Corresponding Biblical Foundation addition it allows the best surrendering of man's ability.
1 Corinthians 9:24 John 12:24 Joshua 1:10-18 Strategy leads to obtaining success in any venue. As a rule, the
Joshua 6:1-20 John 6:63; John 14:15-17 term is used within the military, to provide the army of a nation the
confidence to counterattack the enemy forces.
Psalm 104:30 Acts 2:2-4
We can translate this concept into the spiritual realm, by
Key Verse understanding that the believer must act according to God's
strategy to fight against Satan (Ephesians 6:10-18).
Joshua 1:9
Its design consists of elaborating work plans and taking advantage
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be
of resources to obtain a goal.
afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you
wherever you go.” II. How to be a successful person
A strategy will bring about results in the person who is certain of
obtaining success. The cellular vision is designed for men and
Purpose
women, who are willing to renew their minds, visualize a victorious
We know that there is no one in the world who does not desire to be life and channel all their efforts to attain it.
successful. No one has been born with the desire to fail and
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one
consequently prepares for it. In the midst of the processes of life, man
gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize" (1 Corinthians
has a thought that drives him to be in good conditions and to obtain
9:24).
the best results in everything he does,
The apostle Paul compares the Christian life with an athletic race,
The desire for success is something inherent in the very spirit of man,
of having to struggle to obtain the best prize. This is possible
but in order to attain it, it is necessary to act strategically.
through the following steps:
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A. Declare that success is for you III. Look for God's strategy
God has prepared things in such a way that success is A successful person is the one who is attentive to the voice of God
attainable by everyone. He, in his absolute sovereignty, has in order to receive His best strategy. Joshua is a clear example of
decided to make you successful and for this you must fill how to carry out this process.
yourself with a genuine faith; you should think as a conqueror.
After having been selected by God to replace Moses as the leader
Take hold of success and risk experiencing the unknown, which to guide Israel to the promised land (Joshua chapter 1l Joshua had
can give a positive turn to your life, saying as Paul said to face an obstacle, a huge hindrance before reaching success in
"...forgetting what is behind and pressing toward what is his mission: Observe what Joshua does regarding the Jericho walls
ahead" (Philippians 3:13b) (Joshua chapter 6).
B. Be Persevering 1. He stops to listen to God's voice (Joshua 6:2).
Insist in a process until you obtain the set goal. This implies that 2. He remembers the promise God made him (Joshua 6:2).
you remain firm, overcoming the obstacles and challenging
3. He receives the strategy from God (Joshua 6:3-5).
the attacks, while remaining focused on the objective. To
persevere means needing to die, as the seed, to bear fruit. 4. He organizes the people according to God's instructions
(Joshua 6:6-11).
"I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground
and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces 5. He carries out the strategy as God indicated (Joshua 6:12-16).
many seeds" (John 12:24).
Obtaining the strategy from God demands the hard work of prayer
Persevering causes us to withstand any trial and to wait for and reading the word.
God's precise specific timing to see the blessing. If we do not
see the fruit in a month, or two, or in a year, we can't lose heart. "Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate
We must have the certainty that the blessing is there. Many on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything
want to obtain success without experiencing any trials, but the written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful" (Joshua
only thing that gives a person the size of a leader is to maintain 1:8).
firm in the midst of adversity. When God gives us an assignment and reveals to us the strategy in
C. Have dreams order to perform it, (in this case the vision in itself, the cells, and the
groups of twelve) we need to remain in a close relationship with
Only the person who has defined and noble dreams will be him and encourage our people to get involved also (Joshua 1:16-
able to see his life reach a pinnacle of success. He will become 17).
an example for the rest of the people. If you have a big dream,
you will be able to change the history of a whole nation, just as
many determined men have; who dared to believe God. Conclusion
To dream implies that there is a firm commitment in knowing Success is associated with a strategy that allows man to take
God's thoughts and using all your strength combined with a advantage to maximize his human abilities and his work in cellular
good dose of faith for the dream to come true. vision. It comes directly from God as it happened with Joshua when he
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our guided the people towards the Promised Land.
faith..." (Hebrews 12:21
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The divine strategy has the touch of the Holy Spirit that we must have a Students’ Assignment
genuine relationship with because without him the cellular success will
never be evident. According to what we have studied in class and following each step,
write a strategy you would like to put into practice when you open
your cell group.
Application
1. From now on, you must enter into a new dimension in your life Recommendations
which is the dimension of success, because it has been designed
Describe the growth of a person you have won, retained, and edified.
for you. Renounce conformity and mediocrity and begin to dream
doing something big for God. How did you do it based on what you have learned from this class?

2. Identify any obstacles that are preventing you from walking along
the path to success, and look for one of God's strategies in order to Lesson 6: Evangelism Part 1 (Intercession)
overcome it, doing as Joshua did.

Teaching Objectives
Evaluation For the student to understand the key concepts to share the plan of
salvation and the price that needs to be paid as a soul winner.
Have the student write and define the strategy for his cell group in
accordance with the concepts explained in class. Closely review this Student Objectives
work. 1. The student will explain what a new believer needs to understand,
Recommendations 2. The student will explain what a soul winner needs to understand,
3. The student will describe the cost of being a soul winner,
1. Bibliographical
Biblical Foundational Reference
Successful Leadership Through the Government of 12, by Cesar I Corinthians 9:20-23
Castellanos Dominguez
Corresponding Biblical Foundation
2. Biblical Acts 13:1-12 Luke 11:20 John 9:39
It is necessary to study the book of Joshua in great depth since it is John 1:12 Romans 3:23 Romans 6:23
the biblical foundation for this lesson. Study the historical context of I John 1:9
the book, its purpose, its main teachings and the content of the Key Verse
book itself in order to develop a secure knowledge of the book.
Revelayions 3:20
3. Methodological "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice
Wake up an interest for them to desire to know and extract the and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me".
teachings of the book of Joshua.
Development of the Subject
I. How to win souls for Christ?
It is teamwork that consists of the intercession of the church, the
disposition of the leaders, the direction of the Holy Spirit and the
way in which we influence the new believers.
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A. Acts 13:1-12
God is a God of seasons or times. He led the entire church into II. What is Salvation?
fasting and prayer to reveal to them how they should carry out It is a gift from God by which the human being can be saved.
the evangelistic work. They then had to choose the key people
• It is a work of regeneration.
that would go on ahead breaking through in the spiritual realm
and properly preparing the spiritual atmosphere for the • It is a miraculous work.
salvation of people. • It is a work of the Holy Spirit.
V. 2. The Holy Spirit chooses the ones He will use for His glory. The soul winner should understand what his tasks are.
V. 3. The church guards them by the Spirit in prayer and gives • Preaching: Needs to be well prepared.
them support. • Personal preparation: Prayer, study of the Word, understanding
V. 4. The Holy Spirit sends them out. the concepts.
V. 5. Those chosen announce the Word of God wherever • Resources: Handing out booklets, tracts or whatever the
they go. occasion demands.
V. 6-11.They confronted demonic oppression as in the time • Visitation.
when Israel was conquering Canaan and they had to • Discipleship.
confront and defeat Jericho first.
III. The price paid to be a winner of souls:
Paul and Barnabas had to confront Bar-Jesus. This represents
• Identify with God's heart desired.
satanic bondage where people find themselves trapped in the
four walls of a stronghold. • Lifestyle: righteous, blameless, irreproachable he preaches.
B. Paul discerned and identified them as: • Prayer.
1. All deception. • Take time to disciple.
2. All evil.
3. Enemy of all righteousness. Conclusion
4. Opposition against a person's salvation. Winning souls requires not only loving them but also to be spiritually
prepared because we are witnesses and ambassadors of Christ in the
C. Like the walls came tumbling down in Jericho, the apostle's
world.
words of authority broke through demonic powers saying:
a. The hand of God is against them. Jesus said He would cast
out demons by the finger of God (Luke 11:20). Application
b. They remained blind. We should proclaim the demon's eyes Plan activities in order to win more souls for Christ while keeping in mind
to be blinded so that the people's spiritual eyes are opened what the main points of this lesson are.
(John 9:39).
c. They won't see the sun for some time. This means the Evaluation
demons are neutralized for a length of time. This is a time Through a quiz or test you can evaluate the contents discussed in this
that God gives believers to go out and evangelize. The lesson which should also be related to the above-mentioned
result is the conversion of the souls. Like in Jericho, the walls indicators.
came down and the people were killed by the sword.
When the walls come down we can put the seed of the
Word of truth in their hearts.
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Recommended Methodology Key Verse


It is good for the teacher to take the first part of the lesson and discuss Nehemiah 2:18
with the students the biblical foundation of each key point that a new
believer and soul winner should understand. "I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and
The open discussion method is good so that the students can share what the king had said to me. They replied, «let us start rebuilding.» so
what things they believe a new Christian and a soul winner should they began this good work."
understand. The teacher can later explain the purpose of the lesson.

Purpose
Students’ Assignment
The student should write an essay about the cost of being a soul One of the secrets to reaching our goals, at a personal, spiritual or
winner commenting about one's own experiences and the how he ministerial level, is to have a constant motivation to do the job.
can do better job at winning souls. Motivation comes from God. Our authorities, relatives, friends, and co-
workers represent the support that stimulates us to continue working
Lesson 7: Motivation for the Cellular Growth (Vision) until we reach the proposed objectives,
Throughout biblical history, we discovered the way God encouraged
his chosen ones to undertake important tasks and how these leaders
Teaching Objective
dedicated themselves to pass on the same motivation on to the
The student must understand the significance of the motivation within people. Joshua and Nehemiah are two great examples.
ministerial work.
Reaching the desired numbers through multiplication and spiritual
Student Objective strengthening of the congregation depends on the degree of
motivation that the leader has for him and for the rest of the people,
1. The student must be able to define what that motivation is,
This lesson brings an understanding about the importance of
2. The student must be able to describe the strategy used by motivation as an essential factor for success. Here, we discover the
Nehemiah in order to encourage the people for rebuilding the advantages of genuine motivation as seen in Nehemiah, emphasizing
walls. the significance of having the correct attitude as leaders, enable the
Biblical Foundational Reference fulfillment of our objectives,

Nehemiah 2:17-20 Development of the Subject

Corresponding Biblical Foundation I. What is motivation?

Nehemiah 3:1-32 Isaiah 58:13-14 Job 13:15 It is a set of factors; conscious or unconscious that determine an
act or behavior. It is what encourages an individual to move and
Numbers 14:8-9 Proverbs 29:25 Colossians 3:16 work in order to reach a goal.
The motivation is internal when the thrust comes from within. It has
to do with the personal desire to reach something, Motivation is
external when the impulses come from second or third parties such
as; our parents, friends, teachers, leaders, etc., who try to
encourage us to do a specific task.
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In the cellular vision, motivation is essential among leaders’ towards success. Fear appears to be one of the most
disciples and co-workers. "Therefore encourage one another and determinant causes of failure, and its specific mission is to make
build each other up, just as in fact you are doing" (1 Thessalonians people turn aside from the purpose for which God sent them to
5:11). the world (Proverbs 29:25).
II. Motivation and the correct attitude of the leader
We will be able to encourage others only if we adopt the correct D. Facing stress
attitude in the midst of circumstances that we face every day. The
Stress comes because of excess work, lack of rest, or not having
leader who is prepared to face adversity is the one who has the
a clear vision or purpose for your life, thus causing frustration. In
ability to encourage others to go on with the cellular work.
order for a leader to avoid this, he must strategically focus on
The man who has the correct attitude knows what direction he will his purpose, without mistaking activity with productivity. Clear
take. He fosters the spirit of a conqueror and knows that optimism goals and a healthy mind saturated with the word of God and
transforms adverse circumstances. prayer help overcome this situation (Colossians 3:16).
The motivation and the correct attitude of the leader are evident III. Nehemiah: a great example as a motivator
in the following situations:
Nehemiah illustrates the way in which a leader obtains healthy
A. Facing adversity motivation and the ability to encourage others to do the work of
God. The first four chapters of his book are challenging; they teach
The common tendency of people is to get discouraged when
us the strategies he used to encourage his people, defy his
an adverse situation comes that is least expected , In moments enemies, and achieve the objective of rebuilding the walls of
of adversity be mindful that he who comes to comfort you will
Jerusalem.
not bring discouraging words,
Even when the attacks of the adversaries continued throughout
A correct attitude, in spite of adversity, is the one Job had,
the execution of the assignment, Nehemiah always maintained a
even when, so suddenly, he lost everything (Job 13:15). correct attitude, so the people would not get discouraged. What
B. Facing negativism he did before the adverse situation is summed up in the following
steps:
Every winner must learn to move not according circumstances,
but according to what God has already said in his word. Acts A. Detect the abnormal situation and set up a solution
of negativism are like a poisoned arrow producing uncertainty. Being captive in a foreign land, Nehemiah gets to know that his
Every leader that has a triumphant attitude knows the power of people are in great trouble and disgrace, and that the wall of
the word. Jerusalem has broken down (Nehemiah 1:3). When he
The story of Joshua and Caleb is quite inspiring, in that, we can uncovers this problem he believes that the solution is in asking
clearly see that when the ten spies were sent to inspect the permission to rebuild the wall and to look for the resources to
promised land, most of them returned with a negative report get it done. He encourages the people to do it: «you see the
(Numbers 14:8-9) but the ones who acted with a spirit of faith trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have
conquered the promised land. been burned with fire: come, let us rebuild the wall of
Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace» (Nehemiah
C. Facing fear 2:17).
Fear, the most powerful enemy that every person, wishing to B. Involve the whole team in the job
triumph, must face. Anyone who has let fear take control of his
life will not be able to begin, with the basic steps that lead
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One of the advantages of the cellular vision is that it is a job Application


done by a team. This breaks the structure of the traditional
church where all the responsibilities and commitments fell 1. Examine the areas in which a person must assume correct attitudes
in order to be triumphant. Then, examine your own attitudes and
exclusively on the senior pastor. In this vision, everyone plays an
be willing to change those, which get out of your control.
important role in problem solving which is a crucial component.
"They replied, «let us start rebuilding. » so they began this good 2. Purpose in your heart to become an excellent motivator for your
work" (Nehemiah 2:18b). family, for your work team, and purpose to be a person who is
always led by the spirit of faith.
C. Visualize the future blessings as an agent of motivation
When we have clear goals, they become the driving that
impulses to struggle beyond the circumstances: "...and we will Evaluation
no longer be in disgrace... The God of heaven will give us
success" (Nehemiah 2:17 and 20). Quiz the student to see if they understand the strategy God gave to
Nehemiah.
D. Do a vigorous and organized work
The leader must be prepared for the job he is going to carry
out. When Nehemiah's people dared to build, their leader Recommendations
already had a work plan which allowed them to build the wall 1. Bibliographical
in just 52 days (Nehemiah 3:1-32).
• Hand me another brick, by Charles R. Swindoll.
E. Always remember the rhema word from Good
• Successful Leadership Through The Government of 12, by Cesar
For the purpose to be fulfilled, the Lord gives every person a Castellanos Dominguez
specific word for his life, his ministry and the church in general.
This rhema word is an element to encourage the leader and 2. Biblical
the disciples. Its purpose is to prevent those from losing heart
As was the case in the previous lesson, the study and analysis of
during the development of the cellular vision (Nehemiah 2:18).
the book of Nehemiah are important for the development of the
subject. Study the historical context of the book, its purpose, its
main teachings and the notable depths of the book in order to
Conclusion know it well.
The great results of multiplication throughout the development of the 3. Methodological
cellular vision take place because of the leader's motivation and of all
those who are involved in the job. Lead the bible study emphasizing:

Motivation is what encourages us to make an effort above the • The significance of motivation in the process of the strategy
circumstances. This leads us to have the correct attitude according to and its implementation.
the purposes of God, as Nehemiah did with the people in order to
• The direct relationship between this subject and the vision of
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
the ministry.
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Students’ Assignment Development of the Subject


Write down the reasons that you have been discouraged. Then tell I. Why evangelize? Acts 13:38-50
how you found motivation again. Paul strives to persuade the Jews in Antioch so that they will turn
their hearts to Jesus and explains certain things to them:
• The Gospel that he is preaching to them is for forgiveness of sins
Lesson 7: Evangelism Part 2 (V. 38).
• In Jesus, all who believe are justified (V. 39).
Teaching Objectives • Salvation is such a marvelous work that it is hard to understand.
• God entrusted us with the responsibility of taking light and
That the student develops the ability to evangelize effectively. salvation to the ends of the earth through evangelization (V.
47).
Student Objectives • The Word of God was spreading (V. 49).
• It brought joy to the disciples and infilling of the Holy Spirit (V.
50).
1 Have the student give some practical insights for better evangelism.
We should preach the message of repentance(Acts 17:30).
2 Have the student explain how to overcome objections.
Repentance is like when Israel crossed the Jordan to get to
Canaan. It is leaving the old life to take on a new life in Christ. It is
Biblical Foundational Reference abandoning the wilderness to enter into the land that flows with
2 Corinthians 6:2 milk and honey.
We have divine protection (Acts 18:9-10). The Lord wants us not to
be distracted by adversity. Not to give way to fear but to speak
because He will keep us from evil. God has many people to save in
Corresponding Biblical Foundation each city.
Acts 13:38-41 Acts 17:30 Acts 18:9-10 • Paul formed his group of twelve in Ephesus (Acts 19:6-7).
Acts 19:6-10 Acts 26:16-18 John 3:16 • Paul did not move until all had received the gospel (Acts
Romans 3:23 Romans 6:23 John 1:12 19:10).
Ephesians 2:8-9 Isaiah 1:18 Ecclesiastes 12:1 • Paul functioned in the supernatural (Acts 19:6-7).
Proverbs 27:1 Proverbs 29:1 2 Corinthians 6:2 • Paul always went where God called him to go (Acts 23:11). -
Joshua 24:18 1 Corinthians 10-13 1 John 1-9 Paul was very clear in his ministry (Acts 26:16-18).
Isaiah 53:6 John 10:10 Revelations 20:15 He knew that:
• He had to open the people's spiritual eyes.
Key Verse • That they should come out of darkness and into the light.
Matthew 28:19-20 • That he had to take them out from the power of Satan and
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the take them into the Lordship of Christ,
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching • That all this would take place when they received the
them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with forgiveness of sin.
you always, to the very end of the age" • That God would make them participants of the inheritance
prepared for His saints.
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IV. Suggestions
II. How to evangelize? • Create an atmosphere that is easy and trustworthy.
It is very simple. It is important to be guided by the Holy Spirit in • Ask questions to build out whatever knowledge they may have
order to obtain effective results. of God and concerning possible religious practices.
Don't forget to: • Be careful not to judge or cause people shame.
• Prepare yourself daily in prayer to evangelize at any moment. • Avoid giving the impression that you're a know-it-all. Be careful
• "Break the ice." Make a good first impression by showing a about arguments because you may win an argument but lose
genuine interest for people's needs. Speak of Christ using your the opportunity for that person to be saved.
testimony together with biblical concepts of salvation. • Be very natural; avoid giving the impression that you're a
• Speak of Christ using your testimony together with biblical religious or mystic.
concepts of salvation.
• Guide them in the prayer of faith. It is necessary that they take V. Objections
this important step. Some may feel that they have insufficient biblical knowledge.
III. Break the ice. Others may think that they are not worthy, etc. But when a change
The two questions used in "Explosive Evangelism" were essential to has occurred in the heart of the believer the Lord awakens the
breaking the ice. spirit of love and commitment for His work.
If you were to die in this very moment, what would be the eternal • God invites us to get right with Him (Isaiah 1:181. - God gives us
destiny of your soul? Some would probably answer "heaven". the opportunity to serve Him (Ecclesiastes 12:1).
Supposing that you get to heaven and the Father says; "Why do • God wants us to give him all of our days (Proverbs 27:1).
you think you deserve eternal life?" What would you respond? • God called us to serve him willingly [Proverbs 29:1).
Possibly some would speak of their good works. But we are not • Today is the day of salvation [2 Corinthians 6:2).
saved by works but by the grace of God.
• All of our house should be consecrated to the service of God
Others have had a lot of success using the four spiritual laws: (Joshua 24:15).
Introduction: Everything that exists in the universe is governed by
laws. All nature is subject to divine laws, and if we ignored them,
VI. Genuine Obstacles
we would be living in chaos. In the same way, God established
laws to maintain balance in mankind, making it possible for them • I'm afraid of not being faithful [I Corinthians 10:13).
to live in spiritual freedom. • I fear that I have gone too far: God cannot forgive me (I John
• Law #1: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life 1:9).
(John 3:161. • I am not bad (Romans 3:23, Isaiah 53:6).
• Law #2: Man is a sinner and is separated from God. Therefore • I want to enjoy life (John 10:10).
man cannot know the love of God (Romans 3:23- 6:23). • What will my friends think? (Revelations 20:15).
• Law #3: Jesus Christ is the only provision from God for man's sin.
Only in Him can people know and experience the redemptive
VII. Not Knowing How to Receive Christ
love of God (Romans 5:8).
Have them receive Him using the sinner's prayer.
• Law #4: You should accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of
your life in a personal way (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8-9).
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Conclusion Biblical Foundational Reference


It is necessary to become actively involved in the work of evangelism James 1:2-7
in order to improve our skills and do a better job of evangelism.
Corresponding Biblical Foundation
Joshua chapter 7 Matthew 8:23-27 Philippians 4:13
Application 1 Peter 1:7 Luke 22:28 Romans 5:4
Write a list of obstacles you have had during a time of evangelism and
search for solutions in the Word. Key Verse
James 1:5-6
Evaluation "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously
If you are currently working on some evangelistic outreach project, this to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks,
will be the best way to evaluate your students' way of evangelizing. A he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave
quiz or short test will help measure if the students understood the of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind".
lesson.

Recommended Methodology Purpose


Students could share experiences about evangelizing and the Throughout the history of Christianity we see men who were willing to
objections they have run into. This can be the subject you share about. do the work God entrusted to them; but they had to confront diverse
types of problems and difficulties that appeared along the way and
Students’ Assignment the enemy utilizes them as strategies to cause them to fall.
Have your students study these points in order to complete the project. The cellular vision has no problems in itself, because God has given it
to us with all the necessary steps to be implemented for success.
However, situations can arise which might affect the work and impede
Lesson 8: How to Solve Problems in the Cell Groups (Vision)
the fulfillment of the goals set. ,
We all must be prepared to detect those problems and find the
Teaching Objective solution on time. If we dare to defy all the attacks that come against
the vision, and if we decide to be part of the solution instead of the
The student must acquire the ability to solve problems that may arise in problem, we will have the victory and we will listen to the voice of
the development of the ministry Jesus saying, "You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I
Student Objectives confer on you a kingdom, just as my father conferred one on me"
(Luke 22:28-291.
1. The student must be able to explain the parameters to resolve a
problem. This lesson teaches what some of the common problems are that exist
in cellular work and reveals ways to resolve them.
2. The student must be able to thoroughly explain how to solve a
problem.
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Development of the Subject A. God molds our character


I. Problems that may affect the cell group A leader who has no character is as dangerous as a weapon in
a child's hand.
Keep in mind that a cell group is made up of people; therefore, an
abnormal situation of anyone of them can affect the whole group. God has to do a profound and deep work in us, molding us so
that we can fulfill the mission assigned to us. Moses is a clear
Problems can come up in the cells when the established directives
example of a leader whose character was molded by God,
for the cell's development are not being properly fulfilled,
who took him to the desert for 40 years because of the work He
specifically when the ten commandments of the cells are being
was being prepared for (Numbers 12:3).
broken, resulting to the cause of personal and ministerial
stagnation. B. Intense work on the part of every person is required
Summing up, we can list the following problems as the most True leadership requires effort and patience in order to see the
common: desired fruit; if we do not get discouraged, the results will be
extraordinary. David worked with people who required much
• Lack of commitment.
strength of character, but out of them, he obtained the best
• Monotony in the development of the meetings. army (1 Samuel 22:1-2).

• Spiritual coldness/lukewarm. C. There is a relationship between self control and decisions


making
• Hidden sin.
The strength or weakness of character depends on every
• Demonic manifestations. person's self-control understanding it as the ability and skill to
• Lack of vision and projection. control the emotions in a positive manner. It is this characteristic
that helps us make the correct decision in any personal or
• Murmuring. ministerial situation (2 Timothy 1:7).
II. Weaknesses of character D. We fight for a goal: perfection
When a person's character weakens, the leadership that is being A leader today, must be willing to let his character be molded
developed is strongly influenced and even his successes lack by the Lord, and must have a goal of perfection. God does not
meaning. expect us to be close to perfection, but expects total
perfection, which means absolute spiritual maturity. (Matthew
Everyone who is filled with the spirit of God will reflect it in their
5:48)
character and give testimony baring the fruit of the Holy Spirit: "But
the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, IV. Parameters for solving problems
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such
things there is no law" (Galatians 5:22-23). In Joshua chapter 7 we find the story of Achan's sin that brought
about God's wrath against the people of Israel. Joshua's behavior
This fruit is what gives the necessary wisdom to confront problems in a conflicting situation gives us the steps that help to resolve
and solve them according to divine direction. Trials and difficult problems:
situations strengthen the character of each person removing self-
reliance and placing all confidence totally on God. A. Intercession

The leaders of the cell groups can attain the very best position Avoid the mistake of acting in your own strength or trusting in
while facing adverse situations, because of the following: your own ability. Searching for divine direction and for strategic
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revelation from God is a reflection of spiritual maturity. (Joshua Notice the development of your weekly meeting. Be discerning. In so
7:6-9) doing, if you detect anything questionable that needs to be exposed,
remember Joshua's example and act accordingly.
B. Revelation
Every time we genuinely seek God's direction, he reveals
something specific to us about the problem, indicating the Evaluation
appropriate way to proceed in its solution (Joshua 7:13-15).
A constant work by the instructor is required in order to clarify doubts
C. Obedience that may present themselves during group work.
It is useless to have the certainty that God has spoken to us if
we're not willing to carry out his leading. What helped Joshua
Recommendations
and the people of Israel overcome a conflicting situation was
the assurance of acting according to the divine instructions 1. Biblical
(Joshua 7:16-18).
You can explain the context of the passage of Joshua chapter 7,
D. Consult the leaders which is the biblical foundation of the subject.
The Lord has placed us under authority, if we respect that 2. Methodological
authority and let our leader help us we will have the wisdom to
solve our personal problems and the ones that arise in the cells. A work in groups, with specific situations and conclusions directed
The leader, because of his testimony will gain the trust of his by the instructor, will be appropriate for this lesson
disciples to confide in him regarding situations that they are
involved in or have been involved. [Joshua 7: 19-21).
Students’ Assignment
Detect what conflict exists in your personal and ministerial life. Then,
Conclusion according to your experience device a plan of action that will
There are problems which tend to be common within the cell groups produce the solution.
that the leader and the members must act upon with prudence and Note: Pray for the problems that the students are confronting.
wisdom.
If the problems are handled according to the divine parameters, the
cell group will help to reach maturity in the development of the Lesson 8: Evangelism Part 3
cellular vision.
Teaching Objectives
To improve the skills necessary for evangelism through a project or
Application through a workshop.
Make a comparative chart of the way you used to face difficult
situations before studying this lesson. Write the suggestions of how you Student Objectives
would do it now with the knowledge of the appropriate parameters. 1. The student will pray to see the Word of God in this project.
2. The student will practice what has been taught in the lessons on
intercession and on Evangelism.
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IV. Jesus gave her the opportunity for her family to be saved (V.16).
Biblical Foundational Reference • The woman tries to disguise her situation.
John 4:1-42 V. Jesus gives her a word of knowledge that definitely convinces her.
Corresponding Biblical Foundation • The woman answered: She tries to change the subject.
Acts 21:8 Isaiah 61:1 Matthew 4:17, 23 VI. Jesus guides her to true worship (V. 24).
Matthew 9:35 Matthew 26:13 Luke 24:47 • Jesus revealed Himself as God. "I am" (Exodus 3:14).
Romans 15:20 1 Peter 1:12 As a result of this conversation, the woman felt convicted and left her
Key Verse water jar which represented her old life and went back and won her
whole city for Christ.
2 Timothy 4:2
"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct,
rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction" Conclusion
It is necessary to speak in season and out of season as Jesus did; taking
every opportunity that God grants us to share the love of Christ with
Development of the Subject
people.
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman - John 4:1-42
Back then, the resentment and strife between the Jews and the
Recommended Methodology
Samaritans was very great. The Jews saw the Samaritans as impure
because they had intermarried with the Babylonians. For this reason This lesson should be used for:
they would not even come close to greet them nor would they go 1. Completing the project planned at the beginning of the course.
through their cities. The Lord Jesus Christ did so because He came to 2. Evaluating the project developed between the prior lesson and
tear down the wall of separation and to make both peoples into one. this one.
He also came to seek and to save that which was lost.
3. In case the project is not carried out, this lesson should be used for
I. Jesus broke the ice (V. 7). "Give me to drink." Jesus used a phrase a workshop about evangelism to achieve the goal of this lesson.
that became the key to establishing a dialogue with this woman.
Plan your workshop in the way that will most benefit your class. It is
• The woman answered that what Jesus was doing was incorrect important for them to know, in real life, how to break the ice with new
because the custom was that they did not speak with each people or how to overcome objections. The next teaching could be
other. used as a guide for haw a workshop should be.
II. Jesus awoke her curiosity (V. 10). He spoke of a gift that God had
for her (a gift from God but for her to obtain it, she first was to
Application
quench His thirst and then God would quench her thirst.
This week, set the goal to bring out the "evangelistic" characteristics in
• The woman answered: What you are saying does not make
you, by winning at least 5 souls for Christ.
sense.

Students’ Assignment
III. Jesus created a need [V. 14]. Whoever has this water has resolved
their problems forever. Find at least 3 passages in the bible where Jesus and His disciples
evangelized.
• The woman answered: I want it. Jesus led her to a point where
the woman desired her salvation.
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Lesson 9: How to Choose a Team Leader (Vision) if he, being the Son of God gave so much importance to teamwork,
why shouldn't we?
It took Jesus three and a half years to train twelve men. He dug deep
Teaching Objective
into their lives, molding their character, converting them to be
The student must understand what guidelines Joshua followed in order competent to continue with the vision that God had given them: the
to choose a team of twelve. salvation of the world.

Student Objectives Nowadays, we highlight the significance of teamwork, just as Jesus did,
applying the strategy of the model of the twelve to reach the full
1. The student must be able to explain the significance of teamwork. development of the vision.
2. The student must be able to explain the guidelines for choosing a This lesson will give you some suggestions on how to form a good team
team of twelve. that will work well.
Biblical Foundational Reference Development of the Subject
2 Timothy 1:7 I. The importance of teamwork
Luke 6:12-16 Teamwork is imperative, especially within the church, because it
Corresponding Biblical Foundation facilitates the growth, causing it to be continuous and solid. It
allows diverse functions within the same body and all the while
Matthew 16;17-18 Mark 1:16-18 John 1:35-42 focused on a common objective.
John 20:21-22 1 Corinthians 12:11-12 Matthew 20:28 °All these are the work of one and the same spirit, and he gives
them to each one, just as he determines. The body is a unit, though
Jeremiah 18:6 Job 10:9 Luke 2:28
it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they
Key Verse form one body. So it is with Christ" (1 Corinthians 12:11-12).

2 Timothy 2:2 When we work as a team;

"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many • The effort is shared.
witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach
• It guarantees the continuity of the work.
others".
• The work is not detained.
• Motivation perseveres, since some encourage others.
Purpose
• Multiplication is faster.
The implementation of the cellular vision demands on counting on a
well-trained leadership. The vision does away with the traditional • The gifts and talents of each person are appreciated.
schemes of leadership (which is centered only on one person). It gives
the opportunity for every person, who has gone through the process of II. Team work appreciates each person
restoration and training, to be part of a work team. During his life of ministry, the Lord Jesus took into account each
The Lord Jesus Christ gave us the best example of teamwork by person not by what they appeared to be but by the potential he
forming a group of twelve men, into whom he poured his character, knew existed in each of them. When choosing his twelve disciples,
training them to become his coworkers during his earthly ministry. Now, Jesus implanted his character in them and granted them spiritual
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authority to do the evangelistic work throughout the nations of the choosing them. We must first conquer the team in the spiritual
earth (John 20:21-22). realm so that then we can see it in the natural realm (Luke
6:12).
The church of Christ is not a building made of bricks, with carpeted
floors, etc. Instead, it is made of people from every culture, race, B. Select faithful men
and social class. Our task consists of winning them and working
Faithfulness must be a characteristic that stands out in the
carefully with them, just as Jesus did with his disciples (Matthew
members of our team, so that we can entrust to them the vision
16:17-18; 1 Peter 2:5).
that we have received from God. Paul said to Timothy that he
Each person is a leader should entrust the work to suitable people, implying that
faithfulness is very important, Jesus considered faithfulness while
When making up a team, always consider that the key to success
choosing his team. (Mark 1:16-20).
is that each person around us becomes a leader with the ability to
guide others. Jesus chose twelve persons whom he saw had great C. Choose people who long to serve the Lord
leadership potentials.
Willingness to serve is another characteristic that stands out in
(Luke 6:12-16; 2 Timothy 2:2) someone who is part of a team of twelve. The disciples of Jesus
were always willing to serve him in everything. They were
The secret is in the Twelve
moved by their love for God, and by the very example of their
The model of the twelve has always been in God's heart, and this master (John 1:35-42; Matthew 20:28).
number symbolizes government and authority. Jesus did not
D. Select men that have a teachable heart
choose eleven or thirteen people; he selected twelve who were in
charge of going on with the spreading of his vision throughout the The vision can only be developed by men and women who
world. With teams of twelve people, we begin to restore God's are willing to go through a process that will transform their
altar in the world. character and their way of thinking in every area of their lives. lt
will enable them to be useful vessels in the ministry. Everyone
There is something supernatural about the teams of twelve should see themselves as clay in God's hands for him to mold
(Matthew 10:1).
them according to his purposes (Jeremiah 18:6b; Job 10:9).
As a principle this strategy is defined as:
E. Choose people able to be proven
"A revolutionary model of leadership that consists of the head of a
The great leaders stand out in the midst of trial and adversity.
ministry selecting twelve people in order to reproduce his They are prepared and strengthened in the fire. Through these
character and authority in them in order to develop the vision of different situations you can know the heart of the disciples;
the church, thus facilitating multiplication. These twelve persons during this time you can see if they have a faithful heart,
select another twelve, and these select another twelve to do in
because it will surfaces (Luke 22:28).
them what the leader has done in their lives."
Today through the twelve we can do as Jesus did, constructing a
building with human stones. Conclusion
III. We must do what Jesus did: The vision is guaranteed to succeed because the whole team has an
opportunity to work and serve. This breaks down the limitations of the
A. Win them in prayer
traditional system which functions and responsibilities are centered
The Lord remained an entire night praying for those who would upon one person.
make up his team, and the following day he devoted himself to
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Jesus gave us the best example of leadership and teamwork by


choosing twelve men, to whom He dedicated the necessary amount Key Verse
of time to form them with the authority to spread his vision in the whole
Mark 10:45
world.
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and
to give his life as a ransom for many"
Application
Development of the Subject
1. If, currently you are not part of a team of twelve concern yourself
to acquire the necessary merits to be considered. So you can The principle of service comes directly from the life of the Lord Jesus
become someone who spreads and share the vision completely, who decided voluntarily to leave His throne of Glory where all the
angels served and adored Him, to serve His church. If men could
2. If you are already part of a team, begin to win souls with understand this principle, they would treat their wives better, parents
dedication and form each person the same way Jesus did with His would do the same with their children, leaders with their disciples and
team of twelve. the pastors with their flock.
I know that some of those who begin in ministry desire the supernatural
and for the power of God to be manifested through them. But the Lord
Students’ Assignment always looks at the attitude of the heart and entrusts us with simpler
Read and study 1 Chronicles 12, and explain the characteristics of responsibilities to mold our character and test the measure our
David's group. faithfulness. If we are faithful in the little, He will be able to entrust us
with more.

Lesson 9: Serving Others Part 1 (Intercession) I. What is to serve?


• It is an internal attitude that shows its fruit in the external actions
Teaching Objective (Matthew 24:45-46).
That the student would understand what serving others is and biblical • It is being useful (Luke 17:7-10),
examples of its importance in the ministry. • It is a fundamental characteristic in a disciple of Christ
(Matthew 23:11-12).
Student Objectives • It is unconditional. It expects nothing in return (John 5:17).
1. The student is to define service. • It is a determination that we take on (I Corinthians 9:27).
2. The student is to give two examples of people that were role • It motivates people to glorify God (2 Corinthians 9:13).
models in serving others. • It is a work of love (Galatians 5:13, Ephesians 2:10).
Biblical Foundational Reference II. Examples
John 13:1-16 • God honored Joshua because He had served Moses (Joshua
Corresponding Biblical Foundation 1:1).
Deuteronomy 6:13 Joshua 24:15 Psalm 100:2 • Elijah was the authority over Elisha and for his faithfulness he
received a double anointing (2 kings 2:1-3).
Malachi 3:18 Matthew 4:10 Matthew 6:24
• Jesus demonstrated his service offering His life for the
Luke 4:39 John 12:26 Acts 20:19
redemption of many (Matthew 20:28).
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• After the first servants were anointed for this work a great Lesson 10: The Relationship between the Leader and His Disciples
revival came to the church (Acts 6:5,8).
• Paul makes the decision to serve in order to gain the greatest
possible number of people (I Corinthians 9:19). Teaching Objective
Explain how they were serving and how God used each one of The student must understand the basic guidelines in order to maintain
them, a good relationship within a team of leaders.
Student Objective
Conclusion
You can only become a servant, serving others. The student must be able to explain each one of the guidelines to
maintain a good relationship in a team of leaders.

Application Biblical Foundational Reference


Record at least two daily acts of service and write down your John 17:6-26
experience.
Corresponding Biblical Foundation
The definition of service could easily be evaluated in a quiz. In the final
exam, you will need to take the above mentioned students' objectives John 17:21-23 John 15:5 Philippians 3:8, 15-16
into account,
1 Corinthians 9:19 1 Corinthians 3:6 Matthew 11:30

Evaluation Acts 5:14, 5:16 2 Corinthians 11:5-6


The definition of service could be easily evaluated in a quiz. In the final
exam, you will need to take the above mentioned students’ objectives
into account. Key Verse
John 17:12
Recommended Methodology "While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that
Lecturing could be used to define what serving is. Then, to unfold name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to
examples of service, divide the students into groups and assign a destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled".
person, from the bible to be studied. Present the complete research to
the class.
Purpose
Students’ Assignment The cellular vision and the model of the twelve are based on
Students should describe the areas in which the attitude of service relationships between the leader and his disciples. Jesus established
could be developed explaining how it will be done. this principle by his example of relationship with the apostles.
Since the very moment Jesus chose his disciples, he gave special
attention to spending time with them, with the purpose of knowing
them better, training them, and allowing them to fully know him.
The success of Jesus' ministry is established in the disposition he always
had to remain in permanent contact with the father through prayer,
and for the constant, unconditional friendship and fellowship he had
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with the disciples. It was for this reason that they could drink of the spirit A. Teach them to grow
dwelling in Jesus and count on enough authority to continue with the
vision. The disciples grow in grace, knowledge, and spiritual authority
through the teaching that the leader imparts to them. The
The Lord and his disciples shared the same feelings. This unity became leader must train the members of the group with the same care
a testimony to the world (John 17:21-23). with which a father feeds his children. He must possess a
permanent motivation for the growth, and must be himself an
The same spirit of unity that reigned between Jesus and his disciples is
example.
the same spirit that must characterize the leaders, disciples, and
colleagues nowadays. "What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the
surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose
The subject of this lesson will give you some guidelines in order to
sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may
obtain it. gain Christ" (Philippians 3:8).
B. Form Exemplary Leaders
Development of the Subject
The outstanding leaders and disciples are the ones who raise
I. The importance of unity outstanding churches. Initially, people come to church "rough"
but the leader has the commitment to mold them and smooth
Unity of thoughts, feelings and commitments are the characteristics them like an instrument in God's hands.
that reflect the solidity of a team. For instance, victory for a soccer
team is based on the cohesion of criteria and actions among all Paul cared so much that he changed his position to achieve
the players and their trainer at the time of facing their opponent. people's transformation.
Jesus said:
"Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I to everyone, to win as many as possible"(1 Corinthians 9:19).
in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing"
The leader must be willing to serve his disciples. Whoever is not
(John 15:5).
willing to serve, cannot be served.
Likewise, in the cellular vision, the disciples cannot do anything if C. Lead to Success
they are not in touch with their leader; and the leader will not be
able to reach the proposed goals if he does not have support from It is the leader who gives direction to the disciples to become
his team. conscious that success is not destined for a few, but for
everyone who fights to attain it.
Being in unity and in agreement, shows spiritual maturity.
(Philippians 3:15-16) Leading a team of disciples towards success means guiding
them to win others through collaboration, avoiding jealousy
II. Forming the best ones: The leader’s responsibility
and competition. Paul teaches that some preach while others
The leader must maintain an excellent relationship with his gather, but God gives the growth.
disciples, valuing them as persons and taking care of their needs. "I planted the seed Apollos watered it, but God made it grow"
This will encourage them to grow. The following factors are very (1 Corinthians 3:6).
important in reaching this goal:
D. Teach Them Spiritual Discipline
The greatest dimension of growth in a group happens at the
spiritual Ievel. The leader has to grow to such a degree that he
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will then teach those disciplines, passing them to the ones Conclusion
around him.
The cellular vision and the model of twelve are based on relationships
God's disciplines are not oppressive, because they do not between leaders and disciples. The successful leader, in the model of
produce slavery, but absolute freedom. the twelve, is the one who is able to show solid fruit, which is evident in
the ones who have believed from his example, testimony, and
"For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)
teachings.
E. Create an Environment to Attract Others
The environment, in which the leader and his disciples move,
Application
must be full of such motivation that others desire to get
involved under that leadership. The leader and his team must Examine where you are with your leader and disciple according to the
have resources and strategies to facilitate their personal and outline of forming the best ones.
ministerial projections.
"Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in
Evaluation
the Lord and were added to their number" (Acts 5:14).
Evaluate the comprehension of this topic with a quiz.
F. Challenge Them With a Grand Model of Growth
The cellular vision and the model of the twelve do not allow the
structure of conformity. The leader should relate with his Recommendations
disciples through great challenges, and ambitious goals, which
will allow him to explore the immeasurable potential of each 1. Bibliographical
person. Successful Leadership Through the Government of 12, by Cesar
The most excellent leadership is found in the leader who moves Castellanos Dominguez
with great spiritual authority: 2. Biblical
"Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, Study the biblical foundation of each item and explain it in
bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of thoroughly.
them were healed" (Acts 5:16).
3. Methodological
An excellent leadership is characterized by how the leader
implements the vision. There is no leadership without vision Start the class by means of questions and answers to learn the
likewise there is no vision without leadership. The apostle Paul actual condition of the students.
fully dominated the vision of Jesus,
"But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those «super-
Students’ Assignment
apostles.» I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have
knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every Do you have disciples which are people you have won for Christ and
way" (2 Corinthians 11:5-6). are in the process of training? If the answer is yes, write how your
relationship is with the in accordance to what you studied. If you have
In addition, the disciples must know that a high leadership is the
no disciples, explain why.
ability to reproduce himself in others. The vision in which you
are involved has a defined anointing of multiplication.
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Lesson 10: Serving Others Part 2 V. 3. The three requirements of the servants were:
• They should be people of a good testimony.
Teaching Objectives • Filled with the Holy Spirit.
That the student understands the importance of serving others in the • Filled with wisdom.
ministry by looking at Steven's life. Do explain these three concepts to the students.

Student Objectives II. Characteristics of Service and of Servants of God


1. The student will explain who Steven was and the importance of his A. Having a servant’s heart.
ministry in the early church.
• Using our talents to serve God (Ephesians 4:11-13).
2. The student will specifically define the characteristics of a great
• Being patient in adversity (Colossians 1:24).
ministry.
• Consecrating our lives completely to the service of God f2
Biblical Foundational Reference
Timothy 2:1-4).
Acts 6:1-10
• For our mutual edification 1 Peter 2:4).
Corresponding Biblical Foundation
• Giving ourselves tirelessly to people (I Thessalonians 2:9).
Acts 20:19 Romans 9:12 Romans 12:7
B. Mistaken arguments with regards to service.
1 Corinthians 9:13 Galatians 5:13 Colossians 3:24
• Some believe that: It is a dishonorable attitude.
• Those who do not have a ministry are the ones who should
Key Verse serve.
Matthew 20:26 • That it is done to gain favor with the leaders.
"Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you • That it is related to the wearing of certain types of clothing.
must be your servant"
C. Service gives greatness.
• It is a requirement, not an option.
Development of the Subject
• Jesus commanded men to serve their wives as He did with
I. Service His church (Ephesians 5:25).
Is what characterizes great ministries and it is the example that a • Jesus said that he who humbles himself as a child will be
true servant of God shows. great in the Kingdom of God (Matthew 18:4).
A. Stephen, A True Example - Acts 6:1-10
V. 8. He was full of grace and power. God honored him with Conclusion
signs among the people.
Like Stephen, Gad also wants to use us but we should tear down
V. 9. His adversaries could not resist the wisdom or the Spirit arguments in our minds so that we understand that the key to great
with which Stephen spoke. ministries is serving others.
V. 15. His face was like that of an Angel.
V. 14. The secret of his ministry was service Application
• Although he was not counted among the apostles Ask your leader to assign you a task to perform during the Sunday
he was able to develop the work of service with the service. Then write down your experiences and share them with two
same passion that the apostles did. other persons.
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Evaluation DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUBJECT


In the final exam, you can see if the student has understood the God’s desire s that we develop a system of care for the new believers
importance of service in the ministry. who He sees as little lambs and that we continue to follow up with
them until they become sheep that are easily pastured.
Recommended Methodology Paul’s example in Colossians 1:28, 29.
The lecture method may be used to explain the lesson. An exhaustive • Preach the gospel
analysis of Stephen's life is important to the goal of this lesson. Use a • warn every man
study Bible in order to achieve that.
• Teach every man in all wisdom
• To have the perfect plan of Christ is to care for every new
Students’ Assignment
believer
The students should establish principles in their lives in reference to
service in ministry. • To allow God’s power to fully flow through him in his work
PAUL THE CONSOLIDATOR (2 Timothy 1:1-13)
SCHOOL OF LEADERS 3 Paul opened his heart to his spiritual son, Timothy, whom he was
consolidating and had found memories of.
Lesson 1: Consolidation Paul encourages him to:
v.6 Stir up the gift of God which you have received.

BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONAL REFERENCE v.7 Not to give up. God has not given us a spirit of fear but
of self-control.
John 21:15-17
v.8 To testify not being ashamed of our Lord.
CORRESPONDING BIBLICAL FOUNDATION
v.9 Be assured that he was called to (the) ministry.
Colossians 1:28-29
v.13 Hold fast to the sound doctrine you have received.
2 Timothy 1:1-11
Guard the spiritual treasure received from the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9
Romans 1:9
A. THE PURPOSE OF CONSOLIDATING A NEW CONVERT

PURPOSE • To show the benefits of belonging to the family of God


Today people are looking for answers for their spiritual and emotional • To show interest in their needs
needs. For this reason it is necessary to set up a standard by which the
• To offer fellowship
new believers can be cared for. As they begin to attend the church,
they will learn to seek the Lord and find out what purpose He has in • To water the seed that has been sown (1 Corinthians 3:6)
store for them. This process of consolidation is the making of great • To show them Christ, His love and His abundant life
leaders for Christ.
• To make them conscious of their decision for Christ
• To get them involved in the cell group activities
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B.THE WORK OF CONSOLIDATION APPLICATION


We need to understand that: During the semester, purpose in your heart to take one new person
• We are God’s fellow workers (1 Corinthians 3:9) each week to the cell group and put into practice the steps discussed
• Our calling is to produce (win) and retain fruit (John 15:5) in class.
• We must make each new believer an effective leader
(2 Timothy 2:2) STUDENTS’ ASSIGNMENT
The student should search the bible for one example of consolidation
For this to occur it is necessary to: and explain it.
• Pray for those that God has placed under our care (Romans
1:9) QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FURTHER STUDY
• Spend time with them (Acts 19:8) 1. What is consolidation?
• Show interest in their family (Acts 16:31-34) 2. What is the main purpose of consolidation?
• Feel a burden for their needs and problems (Acts 17:16) 3. How could I demonstrate the benefits of belonging to the
• Have time for them when they need it (Acts 19:22-23) family of God?
• Whenever possible, meet their needs (Acts 11:29) 4. How can I be an instrument of God to bring others to Christ?
5. What methods will help me to fulfill the calling of bringing
people into the family of God and retaining them?
In Daniel’s prayer (Daniel 9) for the restoration of his people, it shows us
the steps that every consolidator needs to keep in mind: 6 Where is consolidation in the Ladder of Success?
• To have a profound compassion for the people 7. Consider this:
• To stand in their place How many people have you consolidated since you’ve been in
Christ?
• To confess their sin as if it is your own
How many have remained?
• To beg for divine favor and mercy on their behalf
How many have left?
• To fully trust in the quick restoration of their lives.
How many do you continue caring for?

For consolidation to become more effective it is good to teach each


cell member to adopt consolidation as a lifestyle. Pray about your answers. If you need to ask the Lord for forgiveness for
what you have not done, then do so, make restitution.

CONCLUSION
Consolidation is vital to develop the vision and necessary to fulfill the
goals.
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B. Vision – “A dream is a creative idea from God, revealed to


Lesson 1: What Does It Mean To Be A Leader? the mind of man for him to carry out”

1. Objective Pair up a vision with a leader who wants to implement that


dream, and the movement will commence. People do not
For you to understand the meaning of leadership and its functions follow the dream itself. They follow the leader who has the
within the work of God. dream and has the ability to communicate it effectively
(Pro. 28:18; Joel 2:28).
2. Goals
C. Bold faith – Hebrews 11:7
By the end of this session the student should be able to:
Hebrews 11 is the gallery of men and women that exercised
• Define leadership in one word, as well as other definitions their faith. We walk by faith and not by sight. The just shall
live by faith. “Vision is the gift of faith in action” (Phil Pringle).
• Explain the characteristics of effective leadership
5. Functions of leadership
• Identify the functions of leadership within the word of God
A. It seeks effectiveness:
3. Definition of leadership Efficiency: The Effectiveness: Accomplishment: The
best actions to result of the best
The degree at which
achieve an objective actions and the
There are around 300 different definitions of leadership, but the an action reaches the fulfillment of the goals
expected results
most apt is the one that describes leadership as influence.
Influence is the skill to gain followers. Since it is a skill, it can be
learned.
Since leadership is not a position, it is vital that it is effective
in what it proposes: that the goals are achieved by
“If someone thinks he/she is leading and has no followers,
adequate actions. That is effectiveness. We need effective,
he is only going for a walk”
pragmatic ministries that will impact lives and the society
around us.
4. Characteristics of leadership
B. It lends direction:
During this course the qualities, principles and other
Since he / she is someone who guides others, the leader
characteristics inherent in leadership will be dealt within
shows the way to act and to live, guiding them in the steps
different subjects. Some important ones in relation to the given
to be followed.
definition will be mentioned here.

A. Service – Mark 9:35


C. It always acts:

Thus showing its service, its faith and its example. A leader
Ministry comes from the Greek word “juperetes” which
knows what to do and does it…
means: a subordinate power, anyone who serves with his
hands, whoever helps another on a job, a helper.
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Summary show them understanding that the teaching requires uninterrupted


time.
1. It is important that you grasp the biblical foundation of
influence. For example, Jesus spoke of this in Matthew 5:13-
16. Take the time to look up and study other relevant You should follow these steps:
passages in the Bible. I. EXPLAIN THE PLAN OF SALVATION USING THESE 5 TEACHINGS:

2. Review the biblical value of Servant hood and Faith as


essential characteristics of Christian leadership. A. LOVE (John 3:16 and John 10:10b)
B. SIN (Romans 3:12, 23)
3. Who are today’s well known leaders of influence and seek
to understand the essential skills they walk in as leaders. C. JESUS AS THE ONLY AND SUFFICIENT SAVIOR (John 14:6, Galatians 3:13,
Ephesians 2:8-9 and Isaiah 53)
Lesson 2: How To Consolidate D. REPENTANCE (Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:9, Isaiah 1:18, Proverbs 28:13)
E. ACCEPTING AND RECEIVING (Revelation 3:20 and John 1:12)

BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONAL REFERENCE II. GET TO KNOW HOW TO RESOLVE THEIR DOUBTS OR QUESTIONS
THAT THEY ARE HAVING REGARDING THE BIBLE, THE CHURCH AND
Acts 9:10-18
GOD
CORRESPONDING BIBLICAL FOUNDATION
Answer the people’s questions about:
John 3:16
• Faith
Romans 3:12
• The after-life
Isaiah 53
• Finances
Revelation 3:20
• Family
Acts 3:19
III. IDENTIFY THEIR NEEDS AND PROBLEMS, SHOWING INTEREST IN
1 John 1:9 THEM
• Teach them to ask God in faith, and give you’re your
KEY VERSE prayer support.
“The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and • Provide them with Biblical passages that will strengthen
ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.” (Acts 9:11) them and show them God’s point of view.
• Be motivating and wise in counsel so that they can be
decision-makers.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUBJECT
• If you can, help them financially.
It is recommended that the same person, who evangelized the new
believer, to also do the consolidation because of the pre-established • Get them involved within your ministry activities.
friendship and trust. It is so important that each member of cell group
knows how to consolidate. If you are a leader, you must take time to
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IV. HAVE SUCCESS DURING THE PROCESS QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FURTHER STUDY
• Understand that new believers have doubts and
concerns that must be resolved. 1. What should I do to accomplish an excellent consolidation?
• Not all people respond the same way. Some take more 2. How would you share the plan of salvation with someone?
time than others do.
3. What are the 5 basic teachings about sharing Christ?
• Gain the confidence of their family without having
attitudes that may be taken as abrasive. Guard your 4. Match by drawing a line from the teachings to their matching
image and that of the churches. verses?
• Show respect for everything (work, investments, family, • The teaching on love • John 3:16, John
etc). Later, you will have the opportunity to instruct the • The teaching on sin 10:10, Romans 3:12
person in making godly decisions. • The teaching on Christ and 23
as the only and • John 14:6,
• Show them how important they are as people, not just
sufficient Savior Galatians 3:13,
as numbers to reach a goal.
• The teaching on Ephesians 2:8-9
• Motivate them in faith constantly. and Isaiah 53
repentance
• Do not pressure them; be flexible. • The teaching on • Acts 3:19, 1 John
accepting /receiving 1:9, Isaiah 1:18 and
• Involve them in activities, and make them feel Proverbs 28:13
important. Christ
• Revelations 3:20
• Never make coming to church seem like switching and John 1:12
religion.
5. How would you respond if someone asked these questions?
• Introduce people to them with whom they can
establish friendships. a. Do you believe in the Virgin Mary?

CONCLUSION b. What is the difference between Catholics and Protestants?


The ability to accomplish an excellent consolidation is acquired as we c. Are you talking about another religion?
prepare ourselves and do it constantly.
d. What are tithes and offerings for?
APPLICATION e. What does the Pastor do?
Develop a workshop for your disciples that will teach them the criteria 6. What should I do after I testify to someone?
needed to make effective consolidations.
a.
STUDENTS’ ASSIGNMENT _________________________________________________________________
The students should bring to class information about their consolidation b.
process of one or two people they have won in the past week. _________________________________________________________________
c.
_________________________________________________________________
d.
_________________________________________________________________
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e.
_________________________________________________________________ C. “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of
f. God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).
_________________________________________________________________
D. “Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would
g. count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good
_________________________________________________________________ pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power”
(2 Thes. 1:11).
7. What should I do while in the process of consolidation?
E. “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,
consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ
Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1).

Lesson 2: The Calling Of A Leader


4. What is the calling?
1. Objective
It is a divine act in which God commissions us for a particular
Each G12 leader needs to know the importance of the call of work and / or function within the Body of Christ and His
God upon his or her life and the impact of this calling on their Kingdom.
ministry.
The Apostle Paul lists the five-fold ministry gifts in Ephesians 4:11.
2. Goals

By the end of this session the student should be able to:


• Apostle – An individual who is “sent” and anointed for a
specific ministry.
• Explain each one of the five-fold ministry gifts. • Prophet – An office of one who hears and reveals the mind
and will of God through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
• How to recognize the call of God upon their life and its • Evangelist – An anointing to evangelize, share and preach to
biblical basis. the lost.

• Describe the characteristics of a particular calling using a • Pastor – The heart and anointing to shepherd and care for
biblical example. God’s people.
• Teacher - One in whom the gifts abide to teach and unveil
God’s word to His people.
3. Biblical Foundation

A. “The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans


5. How to recognize the call
11:29).

B. “…who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not A. The conviction of the Holy Spirit – Romans 8:16
according to our works, but according to His own purpose B. The confirmation of the word of God – Luke 4:16-21
and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time C. One’s natural talents and gifts working in conjunction with the
began” (2 Timothy 1:9). Lord’s leading – Romans 12:6-8.
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D. Submission to leadership who will in time recognize and KEY VERSE


discern the call – Ro. 13:1-2. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
E. Based on the need within the Body of Christ – “I sought for a goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control against such things
man to stand in the gap” (Ez. 22:30). there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

6. Possible attitudes you can take considering the call


PURPOSE
A. Coldness: Totally apathetic to God’s will and call on your life. To be able to establish the fruit of the Holy Spirit as a manifestation of
B. Warmth: You’re interested in leadership but take it lightly and the character of God in our lives. Our attitudes should exemplify His
half-heartedly. character.
C. Hot: You understand the call and develop it according to the
will of God. DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUBJECT

“You have to have a burning desire in your heart. If you do not I. THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
have a burning desire, then wait and ask God to impart His The gifts represent the capacity or the power in the believer. The fruit
desire to your heart. God does not like the luke-warm, for He represents the character. Both complement each other.
specializes only in the red hot; if you have that red hot burning
“The fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
desire, then you are going to have results” (Dr. David Yonggi
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things
Cho).
there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Conclusion A. LOVE
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you,
Now that you know how to recognize the call and it’s importance in so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my
your life, take the right attitude, and begin to prepare yourself and disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
develop your ministry.
“Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of
the law.” (Romans 13:10)
Lesson 3: The Fruit of the Holy Spirit “Now the goal of this commandment is love, which comes from a pure
heart and a good conscience, and a sincere faith. Some have
wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk” (1
BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONAL REFERENCE
Timothy 1:5-6)
Galatians 5:22-23
When referring to love, the Greek language uses several different
words some of the ones found in the New Testament are:
CORRESPONDING BIBLICAL FOUNDATION Filia/Phileo (love between friends), Agape (pure and enduring love,
Proverbs 8:19, 10:16 which is the love that was manifested and created by God). There are
other Greek words for love that are not found in the New Testament.
Agape love comes forth from the believer when the Word of God has
been deposited in the heart and has taken the believer to a new birth
(John 15:12-13)
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B. JOY D. PATIENCE
The New Illustrated Bible Dictionary says: “Joy is what man desires and Patience is considered a virtue. Within its definition is the command to
what he seeks. He finds it when he finds God. Only then will he retain it, voluntarily suffer through adversity while waiting for something. This
according to his growth in the knowledge of God” (page 435). This implies that the believer endures trials without murmuring or
means that God is the only source of joy. This “fruit” grows as your complaining.
direct personal relationship with God continues. “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know
that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and
True joy is found when a repented man turns his eyes and heart to character, hope.” (Romans 5:3-4)
God. Then the Holy Spirit allows that person to recognize what it means The development of patience is that human virtue emanating from
to live in the kingdom of God because “For the kingdom of God is not God, through the Holy Spirit. It contributes to the strengthening of
a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in character. To fulfill this objective, it is important for everyone to have
the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). two goals in common: to be firm in enduring problems and slow to
Joy is what allows every believer to stay strong in the midst of the take vengeance against harm received.
pressure brought on by circumstances. (Habakkuk 3:17-18). “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not his
C. PEACE mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before
her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7)
In a general sense, peace can be defined as absence of conflict. But
true peace is that which is obtained and after reconciled. For “But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently this is
example, when there has been a situation of conflict among two commendable before God.” (1 Peter 2:20-23)
people or nations or sides, only when there is a dialogue that leads E. KINDNESS
them to make a pact or to reconcile could we say that everything has Kindness is associated with benevolence, compassion, mercy and
returned to normal and peace has been obtained. godliness. This fruit of the Spirit consists of treating others as we would
“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through like to be treated by them.
him to reconcile to himself all things in heaven, by making peace More than a suggestion, kindness is a mandate from Jesus to His
through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20) disciples and to us.
“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has
destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his
flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was Luke 6:27-31: From this passage we learn various manifestations of the
to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace,” fruit of kindness:
(Ephesians 2:14-15) 1. Love our enemies.
“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.” 2. Do good to those who despise us.
(Isaiah 9:7a)
3. Bless those who curse us.
“If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would
4. Pray for those who slander.
have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”
(Isaiah 48:18) 5. Be willing to be tolerant (offer the other cheek).
6. Give to them what they want to take from us.
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F. GOODNESS H. MEEKNESS
Although there is a relationship between goodness and kindness, the Meekness allows us to have enough will power, (given by the Father)
first makes reference to the way in which we should live because it not to let our circumstances overcome us and affect our enthusiasm.
gives testimony of the existence of God. Derek Prince says, “The Meekness is a special grace given to Christians by the Holy Spirit.
goodness of God in the life of a believer confronts the world with It demonstrates the authority in all those who possess it.
God’s existence.”
“Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper
The biblical concept of goodness includes (moral) excellence. It than one who takes a city.” (Proverbs 16:32)
applies primarily to God because according to what Jesus says, He is
the only one that is good.
In Mark 10:18 Jesus said to the rich young ruler, “Why do you call me “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love
‘good’?” Jesus answered. “No one is good – except God alone. ” In and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
other words, goodness is based on what God is and does because He “Now, Moses was very humble, (meek) more than humble than
is the only one in whom we find moral excellence, together with anyone else on the face of the earth.” (Numbers 12:3) To reach this
perfection due to His integrity and righteousness. level of maturity he had to be broken in the desert.
G. FAITH “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart,
Those who possess the gift of faith can easily move in the supernatural O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17)
dimension. They may call that which is not as if it were. They can “Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
unleash life where there is death and healing where there is sickness.
I. SELF-CONTROL
They can bring prosperity where there is scarcity. It is the means by
which God uses to bring revival to churches, cities and nations. Self-control is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit defined by the capacity
to improve any weakness.
Hebrews 11
Self-control is related to prudence and is distinct in the believer who is
Vs.1 Conceive a miracle in the heart and speak about it as if it
guided by the Holy Spirit. It shows itself in wise behavior.
had already taken place.
(Philippians 2:12b-13) “...continue to work out your salvation with fear
Vs.2 For by faith the elders passed their tests.
and trembling, for it is God who works in you both to will and to act
Vs.3 It brings renewal of the mind so the Word of God can be according to His good purpose.”
revealed.
Self-control originates in God and He expects us to manifest it by
Vs.4 It moves us to give our best to God. showing sobriety which depends on our will.
Vs.5 Without faith it is impossible to please God. “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They
Vs.6 God rewards those who diligently seek Him. do it to get a crown that will not last; forever but we do it to get a
crown that will last forever. ” (1 Corinthians 9:25)
Vs.7 It prepares it an atmosphere for the salvation of your family.
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has
Vs.8 Learn to hear God and obey Him. stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised
Vs.9-0 We are sure that our true citizenship is in His glory. to those who love him.” (James 1:12)
Vs.11 It makes us fathers of a multitude. “I press toward the goal to win the prize which God had called me
Vs.20 We can bless our children and our disciples. heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)
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STUDENTS’ ASSIGNMENT good behavior”


Have the students find out what fruits of the Holy Spirit they have and
which ones they still lack. B. Titus 1:5-7 – “…not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not violent,
hospitable, self-controlled”.

QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FURTHER STUDY C. 2 Timothy 2:15 – “Be diligent to present yourself approved to
God”

1. Who is the Holy Spirit?


4. Definition and understanding of personality
2. What is the Holy Spirit?
3. Are you conscious of the Holy Spirit in your life? A. Personality: A particular blend of attributes, qualities,
4. What has the Holy Spirit done in your life? features, and behaviors that characterize the individuality of
a person and by which, along with their physical attributes,
5. Define the word fruit. this person is known as a unique individual.
6. What is the fruit of the Spirit?
B. Temperament: Which is the outflow of one’s character,
personality and disposition.
Lesson 3: The Personality Of The Leader
C. Character: The basic personality characteristics of an
1. Objective individual specifically related to values and attitudes on the
moral level.
That each student would understand the concept of personality 5. Features that distinguish the personality of the leader
and the features or behaviors that characterize the personality of
a Christian leader. A. Enthusiasm: No pessimist ever became a great leader. The
pessimist sees a difficulty in every opportunity. On the other
2. Goals hand, the optimist sees an opportunity in every difficulty. The
optimist laughs to forget, the pessimist forgets to laugh. A
By the end of this session the student should be able to: good leader knows the value of a contagious smile
B. Integrity: The leader has to be worthy of the confidence of
• Explain the difference between Temperament, Character, his followers, he /or she is a person their word.
and Personality. C. Discipline: The person who is of leadership quality will work
while others waste time, will study while others sleep, will pray
• Explain the relationship between Personality and Fruit of the while others play.
Holy Spirit. D. Confidence (Security): If the leader does not believe in
himself/herself, no-one will believe in them.
• Explain the features that should characterize the Christian E. Decision-making: Indecision in emergency destroys the
Leader. leader’s capacity to lead.
F. Courage: Courage is being able to stay in a dangerous
situation for a further five minutes.
3. Biblical Foundation
G. Loyalty: Expressed through constancy, resolution and
faithfulness.
A. 1 Timothy 3:1-10 – “…blameless, temperate, sober-minded, of
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Conclusion:
H. Generosity: Demonstrated by the leader who can forget their
needs in the interest of others. The leader should know one’s strengths and weaknesses as
I. Desire to achieve: Someone has said that enthusiasm, like measured by the character and personality of the Lord Jesus and
the gasoline in jet can make someone aim for the fruit of His spirit in our lives. Through prayer and fasting one learns
achievements never realized before. and grows into the nature and temperament of the Lord Jesus.
J. Authority: Excellent leadership is sensitive as to when and how
much authority to employ. Lesson 4: The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
K. Creativity: Creative thinking is simply the ability to think in a
novel manner.
L. Delegation: The leader allows the people under him to take BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONAL REFERENCE
responsibility for a determined task.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
M. Resolution: In order to lead others, the person needs to know
what is required and how to achieve it. If there is difficulty in
making decision, the disciples will lose faith and confidence CORRESPONDING BIBLICAL FOUNDATION
and will begin to question his capabilities. When the leader is
certain of the will of God, and knows that his course of 1 Corinthians 12:7-10
action is the correct one, they can make the decision Exodus 18:14-27
immediately regardless of the circumstances.
Acts 6:4
N. Faith and prayer: Faith equals faithfulness. Faithfulness is the
O.T. word for faith. Ecclesiastes 10:10
Proverbs 2:6
6. The leader’s personality and the fruit of the Holy Spirit – Gal. 5:22-
23
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUBJECT
The above features are related one way or another to the Fruit
of the Holy Spirit. Identify and document those features next the I. GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
specific characteristic of the Holy Spirit. Is also known as charisma, a word that comes from the original Greek
CHARIS meaning grace, favor, power, office and mission.
A. Love
The gifts have been given by God to be administered in the church to
B. Joy
the glory of the name of Jesus. (1 Corinthians 12:7-10)
C. Peace
D. Longsuffering The gifts are classified in the following groups:
E. Kindness
F. Goodness A. REVELATION: A word of wisdom, word of knowledge and discernment
G. Faithfulness of spirits.
H. Gentleness
I. Self-control B. POWER: Faith, healing and miracles.
C. INSPIRATION (VERBAL): Prophesy, tongues and interpretation of
tongues.

II.GIFTS OF REVELATION
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A. WORD OF WISDOM By the word of knowledge, God kept the church from divisions and has
In Exodus 18:14-27 God gives Moses a word of wisdom through his maintained all the leadership in unity and harmony. This gift is like a
father-in-law. lighthouse that keeps our lives, homes and ministries from harm.

The apostles taught the same thing and chose deacons to help them
C. DISCERNMENT OF SPIRITS
so that they could focus on the most important part of their ministry:
Prayer, Studying and the Preaching of the Word (Acts 6:4). In the end times the forces of darkness will work like never before to
destroy the greatest number of people ever. One of the schemes that
“If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed
the enemy uses is deception. It is intended to separate the believer
but skill will bring success” (Ecclesiastes 10:10).
from the truth. For this reason the love of many will grow cold.
Wisdom directs. It lets you know the most effective way to complete a Therefore, it is imperative that the gift of the discernment of spirits be
task; having our weapons ready at all times says we are wise. The work revived in the hearts of the leaders so that they are able to keep the
of the preacher is more efficient when his biblical knowledge is purity of the truth and evade any other doctrine of error. (Ephesians
sharpened and his prayer life is specific and on going. 6:10-13)
It means working under the complete direction of the Holy Spirit to
avoid fatigue.
D. DEMONS KNOW THOSE WHO CAN DEFEAT THEM (Mark 1:24)
“For the Lord (Jehovah) gives wisdom and from His mouth come
Being the light of this world, wherever Jesus went, He would uncover
knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6). “But the wisdom that
the works of darkness and the unveiled demon was overcome. When
come from heaven is first pure; then peace loving, considerate,
the gift of discernment of spirits operates inside the church, we will
submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James
easily move according to divine direction. If a demonic power needs
3:17).
to be broken, we do it. If it requires a miracle, we ask God so that it
would occur keeping in mind that God is always leading us. Fear,
B. WORD OF KNOWLEDGE religiosity, oppression, infirmity and divination are some of the spirits
The word of wisdom is directional while the word of knowledge is that should be discerned inside the church so that later we can begin
informative. the process of deliverance for the affected persons. The gift of
discernment of spirits is most critical during the encounters. It helps
make the ministering more effective (Acts 16:17-18).
The prophet Elisha knew each move of the King of Aram and for this
reason he was able to inform the King of Israel, preventing the ambush
that had been prepared for them (2 Kings 6:8-13). III. GIFTS OF POWER

Acts 5:1-10. Peter was able to discern the way Satan had filled the A. THE GIFT OF FAITH
hearts of Ananias and Sapphira of tempting them and to lie to the Holy The Gifts-of-Power group is headed by the gift of faith followed by
Spirit. This could have stalled the growth of the church if it had not healings and miracles. These three manifestations of the Holy Spirit are
been detected, for it had contaminated many, as with the sins of interwoven and have perfect harmony among the three. Faith is
Achan, who lied, stole and deceived. For the same reason, Israel was required in every area of our Christian life. The great enemy of faith is
defeated in battle by the insignificant army of Ai (Joshua 7:11-12). doubt and it is accompanied by fear. God has allowed us all to
Read Acts 5:12 and discover that because of the word of knowledge have access to Him through faith in Jesus Christ. “...without faith it is
brought to Peter by the Holy Spirit the Lord backed all of His apostles impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6).
with signs and wonders. We need faith to relate intimately with the All-powerful (James 2:23).
Jesus said, “Have faith, the faith of God” (Mark 11:22-24).
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The gift of faith takes us outside of a natural state and into a


supernatural way of life that gives our spiritual eyes the capacity to C. GIFT OF MIRACLES
clearly perceive the invisible. At the same time, the Word of God takes There is a narrow relationship between the gift of healings and the gift
on the true worth for our lives. It produces a supernatural strength to of miracles. Sometimes in can be difficult to know the difference.
challenge and conquer even the impossible. It assures us that the Lord
A miracle is a supernatural act that has occurred without human
will give us the victory. This gift kept three Hebrew young men from
intervention.
dying by fire. (Daniel 3:28-29) Romans 8:11 is a portion of scripture
that gave me, Cesar Castellanos life when I was dying. Moses was one of the men of old, most used by God for miracles: The
ten plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea, the miracle of the
By faith, Jesus spoke and the fig tree dried up (Mark 11:14). The Lord
bitter waters, manna raining from heaven for forty years, the water
will back everything we say. (Mark 11:22-23).
flowing from the rock, the quails, etc. None of these things have any
The Lord does not ask for a mountain of faith, only enough faith to other explanation except divine intervention. Exodus 15:26 says if they
move mountains (Luke 17:6-7). obeyed the word, God would heal them.
• Joshua made the sun and the moon stop from moving in
B. GIFTS OF HEALING(S) the battle against Gideon and there has never been another day
This gift is mentioned in a plural tense because it leads us to believe like that one (Joshua 10:12-14).
that it can be manifested in every type of disease. • God caused time to go back by 40 minutes (10 degrees), in
David said that God was interested in healing all of our infirmities response to Ezekiel.
(Psalm 103:1-4). • Jesus changed the water into wine at the wedding of
We know that through sin, the curse of sickness came into mankind. Cana (John 2:1-12).
• The mission of evil (such as sickness) is to kill, steal and • He created eyes for the blind man just by putting mud in his
destroy (John 10:10). eye sockets (John 9:1-12).
• Jesus came to undo the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). • The wind and the sea obeyed the word of authority that
• Jesus had the anointing to heal the sick (Isaiah 61:1-2). came from the lips of Jesus.
• Peter said that Jesus had the anointing to heal all those •
who were oppressed by the devil because God was with Him (Acts IV. GIFTS OF INSPIRATION
10:38). Among the gifts of inspiration are: the gift of prophecy, the gift of
• Isaiah prophetically revealed the victory of the cross (Isaiah tongues, the gift of interpretation of tongues; which the Lord has
53:4-5). permitted to be used by the spoken word.
Only when the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross is understood,
can the gifts of healing operate within an individual. When that veil is A. GIFT OF PROPHECY
removed and the understanding has come into the heart and mind, Jesus came as the fulfillment of the prophetic word (Hebrews 1:1-3)
then everyone can visualize clearly all the miracles that have already
In 2 Peter 1:16-21 the apostle points out:
been conquered by the Lord on the cross.
• The prophetic word is sure.
• Jesus healed all the sick (Luke 4:40).
• We should pay attention to it.
• Jesus gave this same authority to His twelve (Matthew 10:1).
• It is a lamp in the darkness.
• Jesus said these signs will follow those that believe (Mark
16:17-18). • It is not for private interpretation.
• It does not come through human will.
The Lord has always used healing to bless people and likewise has the • Prophets were inspired by the Spirit of God.
door open so that all can receive the message of salvation.
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In 1 Corinthians 14:3, Paul taught that prophecy was for edification, The possibility of interpretation of tongues enriches the gifts of the Spirit
exhortation and comfort. by opening the opportunity for the whole church to be blessed by
1 Corinthians 14:1 declares that it should be one of the most desirable them. Both of these gifts, speaking in tongues and interpretation of
gifts. tongues are basically intertwined and when anointed, a prophetic
1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise manifestation comes forth. The interpretation under the anointing of
prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to the Holy Spirit is for the congregation to understand the language
that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. being spoken by the person that God has chosen.

B. GIFT OF TONGUES 1 Corinthians 14:5 it is for the edification of the church.


The manifestation of the Holy Spirit is evidenced through the gift of 1 Corinthians 14:13 you should pray for the interpretation.
tongues which is defined as the ability to speak in other languages V. WHAT OUR ATTITUDE SHOULD BE TOWARDS THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
that the person speaking has not previously learned. A. DO NOT BE IGNORANT (1 Corinthians 12:1)
B. DO NOT BE CARELESS (1 Timothy 4:14)
Acts 2:1-13: On the day of Pentecost, the 120 were filled with the Holy C. DESIRE THEM AND SEEK THEM (1 Corinthians 12:31 and 14:12)
Spirit and spoke in other tongues. They were together in one accord D. REVIVE THEM (2 Timothy 1:6)
when suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing E. THE HIGHEST MOTIVATION FOR EXERCISING THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS IS LOVE (1
wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Corinthians 13:1 and 12:7 and 31)
Luke 24:49: God promised they would be vested with power from on
high.
CONCLUSION
Acts 1:8: “But you shall receive power.” The purpose of tongues is:
To receive the gifts, the fruit of the spirit needs to control our lives. The
• To have intimate fellowship with God (1 Corinthians 14:2) Holy Spirit is the essence of our ministry because it equips us to function
• For personal edification (1 Corinthians 14:4) with power.
• To edify the whole church (1 Corinthians 14:5)
• To minister to the unbelievers (1 Corinthians 14:22) STUDENTS’ ASSIGNMENT
Paul dedicated most of his time to praying in tongues. The students should examine their own lives to see what gifts are
“I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you” (1 functioning and which ones are not and why.
Corinthians 14:18).

C. GIFT OF INTERPRETATION OF TONGUES QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FURTHER STUDY


The gift of tongues together with the gift of interpretation of tongues 1. What does the word gift mean?
equals prophecy. 2. List the gifts of the Spirit:
1 Corinthians 14: 27-28 explains it like this: If anyone speaks in an
3. How are the gifts divided into groups?
unknown tongue, it should be by two or at most three, each taking his
turn and one must interpret. a. ___________________________________________________________
Paul tried to bring clarity and prevent disorder in the church by b. ___________________________________________________________
providing an explanation. He said that just as the gift of tongues was
c. _____________________________________________________________
given to the church, the Holy Spirit is manifested through the gift of
interpretation of tongues. 4. What are the gifts for?
5. What should our attitude be towards the gifts?
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6. Explain each of the gifts of the Spirit:


7. Who is the giver of the gifts? D. Loneliness: One of the reasons that loneliness is so difficult is
that the leader emotionally needs people. Sometimes you
8. How can I get the gifts of the Holy Spirit? are not allowed to interact in a personal way. As a leader
you are often separated, and this is a great price to pay.
Lesson 4: The Cost of Leadership
E. Identification: To identify with the people, the leader has to
pay the price of taking time to know them: to share one’s
1. Objective emotions, victories and defeats.
F. Unpleasant decisions: A leader is obliged to make decisions
That the student understands the price it costs to be a great
that affect the basic structure of their ministry. Christian
leader, and consequently, to have a great ministry.
organizations have problems on this point because the
leaders naturally are reluctant to wound people.
2. Goals
G. Utilization of time: You have to budget your time as carefully
By the end of this session the student should be able to: as you budget you money.

• Explain how the leader pays the price. H. Rejection: There is always a certain possibility that somebody
will be slandered for their faith or Christian perspective of
• Explain the biblical foundation of paying a price for ministry. things. Jesus went down this path: “He came to His own, and
His own received Him not” (John 1:11).

3. Biblical Foundation
A. Mark 10:21-22 – “Take up the cross and follow Me” Conclusion

B. Pastoral Epistles – Paul’s recommendations to ministry • 2 Corinthians provides a particularly good example of Paul’s
C. 2 Corinthians – The life of the Apostle Paul sufferings as an Apostle of Jesus Christ
– he repeatedly mentions how he has had to pay the price for
the ministry. He shows us how hardship characterized his ministry
4. The price of leadership (2 Cor. 4:8-11, 11:24).

A. Criticism: If one cannot accept criticism, this means that • In the Pastoral Epistles, Paul gives advice concerning the cost of
basically he / she is immature emotionally. The fact that you ministry. Find these passages and show them to your pupils and
are very visible makes you even more vulnerable to criticism. continually remind them of this (2 Tim 1:15; 3:10-12; 4:16-18).

B. Fatigue: The wise leader will find balance and will look for a • A healthy study would be to discover the various biblical
hobby, a slower pace to reduce the tension. Adequate characters and how they were confronted with each of the
care of one’s health, rest and balance will help guard the points mentioned in the lesson. Describe what situations they
longevity of the leader. faced and how they overcame them (i.e., Joseph, Moses,
Joshua, David, Daniel, Peter, Mark, the Apostles).
C. Time to think: The solution is not to work harder but to work
smarter.
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The last days of the original apostles: When Judas was no longer with them, they prayed and chose his
successor.
Peter – crucified in rome.
Andrew – crucified in Eddessa Marvin Vincent notes three qualities of an apostle:
John (Thaddeus) – crucified in Eddessa a. He has had a visible encounter with the resurrected Christ.
John – vanished to the island of Patmos b. He plants or starts churches.
Philip – crucified in Heiroplis c. His ministry is marked by signs, wonders and miracles.
Bartholomew – beaten, slain in India In general, people who have had a supernatural experience, where
Thomas – speared to death in southern India the Lord has revealed Himself to them in a special way, whether in the
James the Less – stoned in Jerusalem beginning when they first converted or later on during their ministry
Matthew – slain in Ethopia training, have had a greater sensibility for being in this type of ministry.
James the Great – slain by Herod The greatest example is the apostle Paul. After Jesus had already
ascended to heaven, he revealed himself to Paul as he was traveling
on the road to Damascus.
Lesson 5: Ministry Gifts

From that day on, the Lord called him. In his testimony before King
BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONAL REFERENCE Agrippa, he said, “So then King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the
Ephesians 4:11 vision from heaven.” (Acts 26:19). None of the other apostles worked
as hard as Paul did to establish Christianity in different places. In his
CORRESPONDING BIBLICAL FOUNDATION
letter to the Corinthians he said, “Even though I may not be an apostle
Acts 26:19 Acts 4:33 to others, surely I am to you! For you are the seal of my apostleship in
the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 9:2).
1 Corinthians 9:2 Acts 5:12
He exercised his apostleship by establishing a firm foundation in the
Hebrews 2:4 Acts 8:18 lives of the people so that later they could reproduce themselves in
John 17 others. This caused the work of God to last. Paul was a leader with
results setting a precedent in the ministry. Leaders who work in the
ministry should show concrete results. Wherever he ministered, signs
and wonders followed him. With just fragments of his clothing, people
PURPOSE
were healed and demons were cast out of their bodies.
To clearly establish the significance of each of the ministry gifts and
know their relationships that exists among them.
In the intercessory prayer written in John 17, Jesus said:
Vs.6 The twelve belonged to the Father and He gave them to
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUBJECT Jesus.
Vs.8 Jesus revealed Himself to them because of their faith.
I. THE APOSTOLIC MINISTRY
Vs.14 They received His Word and this made them different.
“And He gave some as apostles...” (Ephesians 4:11)
Vs.18 In the same way Jesus was sent, they were also sent.
After spending all night in prayer, Jesus chose twelve men to train and
to continue the ministry He had begun. He called them apostles and
they were with the Lord the entire time and it was very clear that they Acts 4:33 They testified with great power.
kept the number twelve in that apostleship.
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Acts 5:12 God worked supernaturally through the hands an evangelist is the grace of God that is upon him to draw people to
of the apostles. God by hearing the message of salvation.
Acts 8:18 The people received the Spirit when the apostles They have a word that is able to destroy the structures that non-
laid hands on them. believers have built up in their minds. The greatest evangelists are
1 Timothy 2:4, 7 Paul’s apostleship was the salvation of all men. those who are in love with Jesus. We call it abiding in their first love
2 Timothy 1:11 Paul knew God had established him as a (Revelation 2: 4-5). The Samaritan woman went and preached the
preacher, apostle and teacher. good news to her city on the very day that she had her personal
encounter with Jesus. As a result, many in the city of Samaria came to
Hebrews 3:1 We should study in detail how the Lord fulfilled
Christ (John 4:39). The main focus of the evangelist is to reach the
His apostleship.
unbelievers with the message of hope and salvation of the gospel.
II. THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY
“…and some as prophets” (Ephesians 4:11)
“Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord
The character of Christ is reflected in the five fold ministries. In the been revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1)
prophetic ministry, Jesus takes the mouth of the prophet and makes it
The first question shows us three parts:
His. In general, the prophet reveals future events. Prophet comes from
a Greek word meaning forward and to speak. Moses was one of the • The one announcing the gospel.
greatest prophets that Israel had. Whenever Moses spoke, he shook • The one receiving the message.
the spiritual realm. His word was powerful enough to break the pride of • The one believing the message.
Egypt and to deliver the Israelites from captivity. God promised Moses
that He would raise up another prophet like himself, putting His words The second question of the prophet is as a result of the first one. To
in his mouth and whoever did not obey would have to give an those who believe, God will reveal Himself with all the benefits of the
account to God (Acts 3:22). Jesus was recognized as the prophet that cross. The arm of the Lord implies the saving, healing, delivering and
God spoke about. He established some as apostles and some as restoring power of God.
prophets. It pleased God to continue revealing His will through His
prophets.
When Phillip, the evangelist, comes close to the eunuch, he is surprised
Acts 10:43 The main message is that if everyone believes in
to find him reading Isaiah 53. Phillip takes advantage of this to preach
Jesus, they will receive forgiveness.
the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a result, this man believed and was
Acts 13:1 The early church was characterized by having baptized and continued on his way with joy. (Acts 8:26-39).
prophets.
Paul also knew of the great responsibility of preaching the gospel
James 5:10 The apostle invites us to persevere by the example of because God had given him that mission. That’s why he said, “Yet
the prophets. when I preach the gospel I cannot boast, for I am compelled to
2 Peter 1:19-21 The most important prophecy of all is the Bible preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! ” (1 Corinthians 9:16).
because the Spirit of God inspired the prophets. God opened the apostle’s spiritual eyes for him to see the devastating
Acts 14:3 The prophet’s message should be for edification, effects that would come upon him if he failed to preach the gospel.
exhortation and comfort. How many souls would perish because of this? Paul accepted this
great challenge and became all of those things, to all men, to win
III. THE MINISTRY OF THE EVANGELIST them to Christ (1 Corinthians 9:22). In his farewell speech to the
believers in Miletus he said, “For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you
“...and some as evangelists” (Ephesians 4:11)
the whole will of God” (Acts 20:27).
Evangelist comes from the Greek language also. It means to
announce the good news of salvation. One of the characteristics of
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IV. THE PASTORAL MINISTRY Vs.25 And God will make a covenant with them and protect
“...and some as pastors” (Ephesians 4:11) them and give them security.
Pastor = shepherd of sheep: The one who cares for, guides, gives Vs.26 God will bless them and all that surrounds them.
affection to and protects. Vs.27 He will prosper them and deliver them from oppression.
The pastoral ministry is very close to the divine character since God has Vs.28 They will live with security.
revealed himself as the shepherd of his people. He shepherded Vs.29 He will honor them and give them abundance.
Israel for forty years in the wilderness. Vs.30 And they will know the Lord is with them.
David, from a young age, shepherded his father’s sheep and got to Vs.31 Sheep are people.
know the different aspects of being a pastor. He said in Psalm 23:
In John 10 Jesus said:
Vs.1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want (permanent
Vs.7 He is the door of the sheep.
provision).
Vs.9 Whoever receives him will be saved.
Vs.2 He leads his flock into satisfaction and prosperity.
Vs.10 He came to give us life and life in abundance.
Vs.3 He knows how to correctly motivate and guide his sheep.
Vs.11 He gives his life for his sheep.
Vs.4 He is with his flock even in difficult times, guiding and
protecting. Vs.14 He knows his sheep.
Vs.5 He prepares his messages carefully for his flock to enjoy a Vs.16 He does not discriminate.
spiritual banquet. Vs.28 He gives eternal life.
Vs.6 He can pastor correctly and with mercy.
According to Hebrews 13:17, believers should obey their pastors and
The Lord told the people of Israel that if they converted, He would give submit to them.
them shepherds after His own heart. (Jeremiah 3:14-15). They would Paul encouraged his disciple in 2 Timothy 2:15-25 to:
feed them, give them security and they would multiply (Jeremiah 23:3- Vs.15 Be diligent presenting yourself approved by God; as a
4). workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately
Through Ezekiel the prophet, the Lord shows us how to pastor correctly: handling the word of truth.
Ezekiel 34: Vs.16 Avoid empty chatter.
Vs.3 Feed the flock. Vs.21 Be purified to be used by God.
Vs.4 Strengthen the sickly, heal the diseased, bind up the Vs.22 Flee from youthful lusts.
broken, do not lord over them and do not be harsh or violent Vs.23 Refuse foolish discussions.
towards them. Vs.24 Be kind, teachable and patient when wronged.
Vs.5 Guide them down the right path, protect them from the Vs.25 Correct with gentleness.
beasts and keep the flock together. 2 Timothy 3:14 Persevere in the teachings you have received.
Vs.6 He has the anointing to rescue the ones who are lost. He 2 Timothy 4:2 Always be ready to preach the word with
searches diligently for them and inquires of their well being. motivation, patience and doctrine.
Vs.7 He knows he must answer to the Lord for every one of those 2 Timothy 4:3-4 Keep people from myths.
sheep God has put in his hands.
Vs.10 They should have a heart like David.
V. THE TEACHING MINISTRY
Vs.24 He should guide the sheep into a solid relationship with
“...and he set some as preachers” (Ephesians 4:11)
God.
This is another one of the gifts that represent an extension of the
character of Christ. Jesus told his disciples: “You call me ‘Teacher’ and
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‘Lord’ rightly so, for that is what I am” (John 13:13). One of the warnings QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FURTHER STUDY
that He gave his disciples was that they not wear the title, Rabbi: “...for 1. What is a ministerial gift?
One is your Teacher” (Matt 23:8). Even the religious leaders recognized
Jesus as the one who had come from God, as a teacher because of 2. What ministerial gift have you been called to?
the signs that followed Him. (John 3:2) 3. What are the characteristics of an Apostle?
In Hebrews 5:12 the writer exhorts them saying that somewhere along 4. What are the characteristics of a Teacher?
their path of life they took a detour and because of this, they have to
start over again with the spiritual milk of the word. James speaks of the 5. What are the characteristics of a Prophet?
responsibility of a teacher in James 3:1. 6. What are the characteristics of an Evangelist?
Apollos’ example: Acts 18:24-28
7. What are the characteristics of a Pastor?
Vs.24 He was both eloquent and mighty in the scriptures.
8. Why are the ministerial gifts important within the church?
Vs.25 He was teachable, he had a fervent spirit.
Vs.26 He spoke boldly. 9. What responsibility do we have towards the calling to ministry?
Vs.27 He was a great help to the brethren.
Vs.28 He powerfully demonstrated by the scriptures, that Lesson 5: Excellence In Leadership
Jesus was the Christ.
1. Objective
In Ephesians 4:21-24 the apostle Paul tells us what effect the teachings
of Christ should bring about in the lives of believers. For each student to grasp the essential principles that are
Lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the characterized by Excellence.
lusts of deceit ... be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the
new self, which in the likeness of God ... created in righteousness and 2. Goals
holiness of the truth.
By the end of this session the student should be able to:
CONCLUSION
• Define the concepts of Principle and Excellence.
The five ministries develop, as the vision is carried out and fulfilled.
• The evangelist wins souls (All believers should know how to win • Explain what the principles are that will lead to excellence.
souls).
• The pastor is the one who consolidates (Encounters). • Propose three more principles (that have not been
• The teacher is the one who teaches (School of Leaders). mentioned) and establish them in their ministry.
• The prophet sets the direction for the disciples.
3. Biblical Foundation - Pastoral Epistles – Paul’s example of
• The apostle opens the way for the new generations. excellence in ministry

STUDENTS’ ASSIGNMENT 4. Definition of terms


Interview some people in church that are actively functioning in a
A. Principle: A standard, norm, or fundamental idea that rules
ministry and ask them how God is using them and what spiritual gifts
thought and/or conduct.
they have seen operating in their lives.
B. Excellence: Superior quality or goodness that makes a thing
worthy of exceptional appreciation and esteem in its type of
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thing. • Being flexible


C. Excellent: That which stands out in goodness, merit, or value
among other things of the same type that are good. • Commitment to my people

• Commitment of my disciples to me
5. Principles of excellent leadership
Write down which principles you will use to ensure that you attain
A. Looking to the future: Excellence requires that you help men
excellent leadership skills.
and women become responsible in the future by
motivating them and giving them responsibilities to fulfill in
the present. Lesson 6: The Importance of Counseling
B. A Problem solver: A leader ably handles problematic
situations and people with tact. This requires that you take
the necessary action to confront and resolve conflict and BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONAL REFERENCE
tension. The Exodus 18:13-26
problems of the people are kept manageably small so as not CORRESPONDING BIBLICAL FOUNDATION
to become large. Therefore, a leader acts quickly and
Exodus 18:13-26
directly when the slightest tension first appears between
individuals. Isaiah 50:4
C. Learn from your error: Thomas Edison is believed to have said Ezekiel 3:20-21
”Don’t call it a mistake, call it an education”. Frequently
success depends upon the leader not making the same 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
mistake twice. 1 Thessalonians 2:7
D. Be flexible: The ability to make changes where necessary.
James 5:18
E. Commitment: Ensure your people make a commitment to
God and to you. John 3:1-5
John 4
Conclusion:
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUBJECT
It is not so much about what leaders thinks about what they are
trying to do, but what the people under them understand what Please note that the counseling information on these pages does in no
they are doing. case take away from or make light of those that are in the actual
profession of counseling. Be reminded that the counsel we offer is
Task: biblical counseling. Do not be misconstrued by the counseling of
licensed professionals outside of our Christian lifestyle.
Is your leadership excellent? Grade it from 1 to 5 according to what
was explained in the lesson.

• Looking to the future

• Managing difficult situations


I. DEFINITION
• Learning from mistakes
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The word used in the New Testament for counsel is NOUTHESIA, which • Instructs with his tongue (Isaiah 50:4).
means to give scriptural direction. In the Old Testament it means to • Helps the righteous ones who fall (Ezekiel 3:20-2).
give counsel or direction. • Shares his experiences (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
To counsel biblically, the counselor needs to know the scriptures well, • Is tender like a nursing mother (1 Thessalonians 2:7).
have the ability to identify problems and know the right techniques to
• Restores the one who has left (James 5:19-20).
achieve the desired outcomes.
• Has a gift to pastor and take care of the flock.
The purpose of counseling is to cause a change in behavior, emotions
and character. • Is good at detecting problems and ministering to specific
needs.
Counseling is a vital component when it is done by the successful care
of disciples. Through it, the leaders will get to know each person well • Helps to develop the character of Christ in others.
and offer them help and minister to them in the various areas of their • Offers support and fellowship to believers.
lives. • Improves the process of restoration.
II. IMPORTANCE • Corrects wrong doctrines.
Without a doubt, one of the best lessons learned from counseling was
the one Moses received from his father-in-law while visiting. He III. COUNSELING SITUATIONS IN THE BIBLE
observed that Moses was wearing himself out by trying to do Jesus with Nicodemus John 3:1-15
everything himself. He counseled Moses based on his own experience
Jesus and the Samaritan woman John 4
in ministry being that as he was a priest in Midian.
Exodus 18:13-26
CONCLUSION
a. Listen to me and I will give you counsel.
Counseling is a biblical practice of great importance in the exercise of
b. Stand for the people before God and submit yourself to the things
leadership.
of God.
Dr. Tim Denton, a noted Christian counselor suggests this: “God loves us
c. Teach them the laws and how they should walk.
and calls us all to serve Him and to serve one another. Whether you
He should delegate responsibilities and choose leaders with the are encouraging a child or caring for an elderly man in deep
following characteristics: depression, helping individuals see beyond their pain and
• Able men circumstances, with the message that God cares about people and
• Who fear God will deliver us is the heart of a caring ministry.”
• Men of truth
• Who hate dishonest gain APPLICATION
These are the qualifications, spelled out by Moses’ father-in-law that Use the people you are winning to Christ, whether it’s your family,
makes up the leaders of thousands, hundreds, fifties and of tens. With friends or co-workers to implement the principles you have learned.
these qualities they would judge the people at all times in small Keep in mind that you are an instrument through which the Holy Spirit
matters while all difficult disputes would be brought to Moses. can work.
And Moses listened to his father-in-law and did all he said. As they
were about to enter the promised land of Canaan, Moses reminded STUDENTS’ ASSIGNMENT
them of the events that had occurred (Deuteronomy 1:12-17) to prove
The students should pick one of the biblical examples of counseling
that he did exactly that.
and study it and make a presentation explaining the importance of
the counsel in that passage.
A counselor should be one who:
QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FURTHER STUDY
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B. Murmuring – “Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses…”


1. What is counseling? (Numbers 12:16).
C. Rebellion – “Korah, Dathan and Abiram rose up before
2. Why is counseling important within the church? Moses… and said to them (Numbers 16:1-50)
D. False revelations – “Some will depart from the faith
giving heed to deceiving spirits”
3. Analyze the advice Jethro gave to Moses according to-Exodus
E. Discouragement – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong
18:13-26:
and of good courage” (Joshua 1:9).
4. Analyze the following counsel and respond: F. Negligence – “He who guards his mouth preserves his life”
Jesus with Nicodemus John 3:1-15 (Proverbs 13:4).
G. Envy – “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition…”
Jesus and the Samaritan woman John 4 (Philippians 2:3).
a. What was their problem? H. Coveting – “When I saw the spoils… I coveted them” (Joshua
7:21).
b. How did the Holy Spirit guide Jesus in counseling or advising
I. Opposite sex – “Do not be unequally yoked…” (2 Corinthians
them?
6:14).
c. What gifts did Jesus need to discern their problems? J. Seeking the praise of men – “Whatever you do, do it heartily,
d. What was the solution proposed by Jesus? as to the Lord” (Col. 3:23).
K. Fear – “God has not given us a spirit of fear” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Conclusion:
Lesson 6: Dangers Of Leadership
Each student should go over each of the previous potential dangers
1. Objective and be able to explain:

That the student understands each one of the possible dangers of 1. To what does it refer?
leadership. 2. Why it signifies a danger for the leader.
3. A deepened biblical foundation
2. Goals 4. How to face the danger and overcome it.

By the end of this session the student should be able to:


Ministry activation:
• Explain why each one of the points explained represents a
A time of prayer and seeking God should accompany this lesson so
danger for the leader.
as to allow each student to renounce and/or repent of any potential
danger to gain an access into their lives.
• That the student will biblically support each danger of
leadership. Lesson 7: The Application of Counseling

3. Dangers of leadership: BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONAL REFERENCE


John 14:6
A. Pride – “do not think of yourself more highly than you ought
to” (Romans 12:3).
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CORRESPONDING BIBLICAL FOUNDATION • Extensive knowledge of the Bible (Isaiah 11:2 and
Colossians 3:16).
John 16:13 Isaiah 11:2 • He should be convinced that the Word is true. Grounded in
John 16:7-8 Colossians 3:16 it he will motivate and build the faith of others. This is important
because it helps us to know the will of God in each case and
Luke 12:12 Proverbs 2:6-7
keeps us in sound doctrine.
1 Corinthians 2:13 Luke 21:15 • Divine Wisdom.
1 John 2:27 James 1:5 (Proverbs 2:6-7, Luke 21:15 and James 1:5). It comes from God and
is useful to applying knowledge in the best possible way, to resolve
conflicts and find solutions. Wisdom is a gift of God (1 Corinthians
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUBJECT 12:8); it increases with experience (Job 32:7) and we acquire it
from prayer and from studying the Bible.
I. PEOPLE INVOLVED IN COUNSELING
• Good will towards others.
The biblical context of counseling always calls for a minimum of three
people: • Have LOVE as the foundation of our relationships with the
brethren in the church. We need to seek out what benefits them,
• The counselor
showing an active interest in trying to help them. Serve others
• The person counseled being interested in what they need.
• The Holy Spirit The Lord can cause that love to grow (1 Thessalonians 3:12)
It should be a sincere love (Romans 12:9).
A. THE HOLY SPIRIT Love your neighbor (Matthew 22:39).
One of the names of (the) Holy Spirit is COMFORTER, which comes Characteristics of a counselor:
from the word PARAKLETOS. It is actually synonymous with intercessor
• Be emotionally sound (Matthew 5:8 and Proverbs 4:23)
or counselor. Given this, we can say that, failing to include Him in
counseling and not depending on Him, is an act of self-sufficiency. • Have general knowledge of human nature.
We should keep in mind that the works of the Holy Spirit relate to • Have willingness to listen (James 1:19).
counseling: • Be intellectually prepared (read books on the subject).
John 14:26 He would teach us and remind us of all • Be available and committed to the person being
things. counseled.
John 16:13 He guides us to all truth. • Have discernment to find solutions to the problems through
John 16:7-5 Convicts us of sin. the Bible.
Luke 12:12 Teaches us what to say. • Be prayerful, seeking divine direction.
1 Corinthians 2:13 We speak with the gifts of the Spirit. • Believe that the person being counseled can change.
1 John 2:27 The anointing teaches us.
C. THE PERSON BEING COUNSELED
B. THE COUNSELOR We should acknowledge that people are simply different from one
another. They each have their way of seeing and living life. They vary
Biblical counseling is a job that requires preparation and wisdom. The
in the areas of their cultural, spiritual, social, economic and
leader should prepare for this role and be in communication with his
educational backgrounds. Therefore, it is necessary to get to know
leaders so that he is always being supervised in this area.
them before offering some useful help for their problem.

Requirements for the counselor:


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You need to believe they can change and you must listen and 9. What attitude should the person being counseled have?
motivate them to do so.

Lesson 7: Growing Healthy Cell Groups


What does the person receiving counsel expect?
• To find a solution to their problem. 1. Objective
• For someone to go to the root of the problem. That the student understands the importance of encouraging,
leading, and assisting their cell leaders in leading healthy,
• To get help in a time of crisis.
growing, and vibrant cell groups filled with the power,
• To help change unwanted behavior. presence and love of the Lord Jesus.
• To be taught the right things.
• To develop growth and maturity.
CONCLUSION 2. Goals
Understand the importance a G12 leader growing healthy
It is important for counseling to be a dynamic process. It is necessary to
be sensitive to the roles played by every person involved. cell leaders.
Understand the essential elements and parts of a healthy cell
STUDENTS’ ASSIGNMENT
meeting
Complete a project about the role of the Holy Spirit.
Be able to impart the encouragement and support necessary
to build cell leaders into G12 leaders.
QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FURTHER STUDY

3. Prepare for the Cell Meeting


1. Who are the people involved in counseling?
Are your leaders doing their homework and planning before the
2. What does the Holy Spirit have to do with counseling?
meeting day:
3. Draw a line connecting the corresponding verses to the proper A. Prepared to teach the lesson.
text: B. Prayed up and ready to minister.
John 14:26 He would teach us and remind us of all C. Prepared for the worship time.
D. Expecting God to move in the meeting.
things. E. Spending time fasting and praying at least during the day
John 16:13 He guides us to all truth. of the cell meeting.
John 16:7-8 He convicts us of sin. F. Meeting with their core group (assistants) ahead of time
for prayer and planning of what each will do in the
Luke 12:12 He teaches us what to say. meeting. Plan for the next meeting as well: where will it
1 Corinthians 2:13 We speak with the gifts of the Spirit. be held and who will attend to the different
responsibilities (food, lesson, childcare, etc.)
1 John 2:27 The anointing teaches us.
G. Have a clean house and a big smile when people arrive.
4. Who is the counselor? H. In particular, make visitors feel welcomed and included
5. What requirements does a counselor need? as they arrive. The gift of hospitality should be stirred up
among the group members at this time.
6. What are the characteristics of a counselor?
7. What does the counseled person expect?
4. Lead the Cell Meeting
8. Who is the counseled person?
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Cell groups work because they are more than just meetings - they Good cell group dynamics to remember:
provide relational environment in which ministry naturally 1. All members share equally in the meeting. Anyone can
operates and where people experience the presence of God. share.
The key to a successful meeting is not structure, but LIFE. Acts 2:42, 2. Sharing should follow the general rules of brevity,
45, 46-47 appropriateness and courtesy. No one is to dominate
the discussion. All should feel free to speak openly and
A. Welcome - "You to me" (10 minutes) 1 Cor 11:33-34 honestly.
Begin with fellowship and food - help people relax and feel 3. The interaction in the group should be kept in line with
comfortable. Welcome new visitors, what Christ is doing in our midst, and we need to refrain
from storytelling that is not relevant to the subject being
discussed.
B. Worship - "Us to God" (10 minutes) Eph 5:19-20 NIV
4. When speaking, members should address the group and
Is the presence of God sensed in the group through
not just the leader.
worship and praise? Two to four songs that edify and exalt
5. All members are responsible for the care of the
the Lord should be appropriate. Make sure everyone has
children in the group and are to help avoid
a song sheet and that CDs or tapes are used if there is no
unnecessary interruptions.
live instruments.
6. Matters shared in the cell group are to be kept in strict
confidence.
C. Word - "God to us" (20 minutes) - Col 3:16
7. We should be consistently reaching out to our family,
• Is the leader prepared to teach and share?
neighbors, and friends.
• Is the word of God shared under the anointing of the Holy
Spirit? 5. Build your cell group between meetings
• Are the group members given the opportunity to Cell group ministry does not end with the meeting. In fact
participate? what you do between the meetings will ultimately
• Is there the impartation of truth that would encourage determine whether your group grows and remains healthy.
and give life to the group? What you do between cell meetings can ensure the
fruitfulness of your cell group - in new believers as well as
new leaders.
D. Work - "God through us" (20 minutes) - Acts 1:8
We want our cell members to have their needs met, and we A. PRAY for your cell members - Romans 1:9
Are your leaders praying for their cell members, those
also want them to be empowered to extend the Kingdom of
they are consolidating and following up with?
God outside the cell meeting. During the works part of the
meeting, we strive to keep balance between ministering to
our group and focusing on the Great Commission to reach
the lost with the Gospel. B. Contact your cell members personally - Prov 27:23
• A shepherd stays in close contact with his sheep.
1. IN-Works - ministry to the group members. Get the cell John 10:3-4, 11, 14-15
members to minister to each other and to encourage one • Are your leaders contacting their members on a
another. regular basis (at least once a week).

2. OUT-Works - focus on outreach – the Prayer for Three and the


C. Follow-up on visitors and new believers - Matt 28:19-20
vision for outreach
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• The church is actively fulfilling the Great Commission


when people show up at a church service or at a cell II. RECOMMENDATIONS
meeting as visitors, or when they make a decision for
Christ. We are called to make disciples, and that Good counseling can be summed up when you know these things:
involves following up on people. 1. What is the specific problem(s)? (You should understand the
• Follow-up on new believers should occur within 48 hours. problem in detail).
The goal during the first visit with a new believer is to: 2. What biblical principles apply? What does the bible say about this
- to verify salvation issue? (It is good for them to be the ones looking up the verses and
- to arrange for the person to attend an Encounter explaining what they understand).
- help new believer get connected to a cell group
3. How to apply the biblical principles to solve this case?
4. Listen attentively to what is being spoken and how. If for example
Lesson 8: The Practice of Biblical Counseling harsh expressions are used that the person may not be aware of, that
can be a way of helping them to discover what the problem may be.
Sometimes the problem is unknown; a word of wisdom or of
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUBJECT
knowledge is needed to discern it. You will also notice that frustrations,
I. SUGGESTIONS FOR COUNSELING hidden feelings, fixations and excuses have produced habits that have
Some cases will require only one session. Others will require several generated problems.
planned sessions, depending on the problem. 5. The counselor should repeat or summarize in his own words what
• Start and end the session with a word of prayer. the person has said. This serves to verify if the communication is good
and will avoid misunderstandings and ambiguities.
• Listen attentively to the person when talking about
problem. 6. The counselor should remember that communication is not only
verbal but also physical. Close attention should be paid to the body
• Ask questions that relate to the problem. language such as, facial expressions, gestures, body posture and tone
• Offer solutions for each area of concern. of voice.
• Set clear goals for what needs to be accomplished. 7. Show respect, acceptance and trust for the person so that they
• Support each solution with a biblical foundation. feel free to express their feelings and thoughts. The counselor should
lay aside any type of prejudice.
• Evaluate progress (if it requires several sessions).
8. It is important to identify the feelings that they have toward the
• Assign tasks that reinforce the goals. problem and towards the people that are involved in the problem and
• Write letters. then it needs to be confronted with the Word of God.
• Use projects that require action. III. COMMON CASES
• If possible, involve the people that are related to the • Personal conflicts
problem. • Interpersonal relationships
• Involve the leader also and make him part of the solution. • Past memories
• Be prepared for the time of ministry. • Financial problems
• Have recommended reading. Offer it as a part of the • Spiritual and doctrinal problems
healing process.
• Sin
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• Relationship with God


• Family problems (i.e. spouse, marriage) 1. Objective

The purpose of this lesson is to give the student an overall


CONCLUSION understanding of the steps necessary in the formation and
You need to be sensitive and acquire wisdom in order for the development of their group of 12.
counseling to be performed correctly.
2. Goals

That each student will understand the steps in building a


group of 12.
STUDENTS’ ASSIGNMENT
That each student can identify the status and health of the 12
Surely your students have already had the experience of counseling
in the building process.
someone. Have them describe a case they have had and how they
counseled using the things taught in class. That faith goals will be established and communicated in the
building of 12.

QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FURTHER STUDY 3. Developing a group of 12

A. Leading an Open Cell – as a cell grows through winning


1. Explain the steps needed for excellent biblical counseling: and consolidating, cell members will eventually go
2. What are the necessary recommendations for good counseling? through the School of Leaders and get ready to be sent
and multiply the cell.
3. Find verses for the following cases:
B. Prayer - Jesus spent all night in prayer and then choose
a. Rejection
His 12. Even so we go to the Lord first in prayer seeking
b. Divorce His council and leadership as to who within our cell will
c. Sin be our future leaders of 12.

d. Family problems C. Establish relationship – A leader begins spending time


with potential leaders getting to know them, their heart,
e. Resentment
vision, and needs, all the while listening to the Holy Spirit.
f. Past memories
D. Evaluate – Ask yourself, is the cell member faithful
4. How do you apply the biblical principles to each case?
and fruitful? As they go through the School of
5. Prepare a chart for reference and support in each case Leaders their character and heart will be shown.
PROBLEM BIBLE VERSES POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS E. Disciple – more time is spent in the discipleship phase
where greater responsibility is given to the cell member
who assists in the leading of the cell and is fruitful in
winning and consolidating of new believers.
Lesson 8: Building Groups Of 12 F. Sending – after completion of the School of Leaders – 2,
and the calling and character of the cell member is
maturing, there will be the opportunity to send a leader
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to start their own cell. Its at this point where they members, will assist in cell’s consolidation of new believers, as well as
become one of your 12 and begin a fruitful cell group begin the Prayer for Three, with the goal of launching a new cell
using the Ladder of Success. within the next several months. The new cell leader will thus become
Stage 1: The Basic Cell Structure one of the Parent Cell Leader’s 12.

This is a typical cell where you


the leader are ministering to
each and winning, Parent Cell
consolidating, and discipling
through the Ladder of New Cell - G1
Success.

Your job at this point is to


lovingly care, pray, teach and
minister to each cell member,
as well as cast the vision of the
local church and the ministry Stage 4. Building a group of 12 – School of Leaders - 3
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A. Vision – The leader is to have a
Consolidation vision of building his/her 12. As one
Stage 2: Ladder Of Success continues leading a cell they will
This example shows how the Prayer for Three continue to repeat the above steps
various members are won, consolidated Encounter
until 12 cells are developed.
nter
and discipled through the Encounters and
School of Leaders. The cell leader continues B. Maintaining relationship – It is
the Ladder of Success process over a SOL 1
important to continue ongoing
period of time ensuring that each member
nter mentoring, training, and relationship
with each of your leaders to ensure
is cared for and grows in Christ.
the group’s health and spiritual
SOL 2
The ultimate goal is to have an individual nter condition.-
equipped through the School of Leaders-2 C. Transition time – After you have 12 cells leaders raised
and thus prepare him / her to launch their up you have the option to continue leading an open cell, or simply
own cell. mentor the 12 leaders you have raised up.
D. Establishing goals – Just as you established goals for your
individual cells, you will also assist your 12 in the setting and
achieving of their goals. Your goals will consist of:

• Individual cell goals – the Prayer of Three Outreach,


Consolidating and Encounters.
Stage 3: Sending New Cells
The day will come when one of your cell members completes the • Groups goals – as a team working together toward a
School of Leaders – 2 and then, with the help of two other cell common vision.
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• Goals for winning of souls – through individual and groups Titus 3:1-11 The power of
efforts. regeneration.

• Goals for consolidation – working together as a team in


the follow up. ATTITUDE

• Goals for the School of Leaders – assisting your Philippians 2:5-8 Behave like Jesus did.
leaders in ensuring that each member progresses Philippians 4:4-9 To guard our emotions,
and will someday soon be sent to lead a cell. mind and will.

Stage 5. Building the 144


DEPRESSION
The growth continues as you assist your 12 in the building of their 1 Kings 19:1-9 Elijah’s depression.
12, with the goal of 144 cells.
Psalm 42:1-11 A battle of faith in God.
Second generation growth
Psalm 40:1-3 Coming out of depression.
Number of cells 144
Average cell members 6
FEAR
Total members 864
Joshua 1:1-9 Effort and courage are
the antidote to
Third generation growth
discouragement.
Number of cells 1782
Average cell members 6 Psalm 27:1 God gives us strength to
Total members 10,368 overcome fear.
Psalm 91 :1-16 A good relationship with
God brings protection from
dangers and sudden
Lesson 9: Key Themes in Counseling calamities or disasters.
Psalm 121:1-8 Have confidence that our
DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUBJECT help and refuge is in the
According to the following topics, the student should look up bible Lord.
verses that correspond with the subject that show God’s point of view. Proverbs 29:25 Trusting in the Lord bring
It will offer solutions. They will share them with the class. safety.
FRUSTRATION
ARGUMENTS Job 6:11-15 Job felt let down by his
Proverbs 15:1-9 The mouth of the wise. friends and by God.
Proverbs 26:17-28 The lips of the fool. Job 7:1-21 Job describes all the
adversity he has lived
Philippians 2:12-18 Correct behavior. through but ends
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in asking God to take away his complex and began


rebellion and to forgive his sins. believing that his life was
Ephesians 6:10-18 With the armor of God on, a mistake.
you can break frustration. Psalm 139:13-16 We should remember that
JOY we were created by the
power of God.
Matthew 5:1-12 The Lord shows us what
will bring joy to our hearts. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29God did not choose us
because of our
Matthew 25:21 Jesus rewards the faithful appearance
with eternal joy. or abilities or wisdom but
Luke 15:6-10 There is joy in heaven for because of his pure
the repented sinner. mercy.
1 Peter 1:8-9 Faith produces 1 Peter 2:9-10 We are a chosen
unspeakable joy. generation, a royal priest
hood, a people
Hebrews 1:9 Jesus was anointed with
purchased by God.
the oil of gladness.
1 Peter 4:13 The joy that there is in
suffering. MORALITY
James 1:2-6 The spiritual power to Job 31 :1 Helps us to avoid the
withstand adversity. demands of lust.
Matthew 19:16-26 There is no salvation in
morality.
INFERIORITY
Luke 17:26-30 The moral decline of the
1 Samuel 15:17 Feeling small in your own
people would be like in
eyes. Because of this, he
the days of Noah.
(Saul) gave room to fear
and lost his relationship Roman 2:14-15 You should have a clear
with God. conscience.
Numbers 13:33 Feeling insignificant in 1 Corinthians 15:3 Do not partake of evil
front of others. This caused conversations.
the Israelites to begin 2 Corinthians 5:17 We are new creatures as
complaining and as a a result of the new birth.
result, they lost their
faith and had to wander
in the wilderness for forty RESENTMENT
years. 1 Samuel 26:1-11 David left all resentment
2 Samuel 7:8 Believing that you cause in God’s hands.
repulsion in others. Saul’s Isaiah 45:9-10 Some resent God and
grandson has an inferiority their parents too.
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Luke 15:11-32 The brother of the STUDENTS’ ASSIGNMENT


prodigal son resented Study each of the texts provided and find some for other problems
that the banquet was not that may also be considered important. Prepare for the workshop in
been for him. the next class.
SEX
Genesis 4:1-2, 25 A God given method for QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FURTHER STUDY
having children.
Genesis 18:12 Sex brings delight.
1. What is an argument?
Genesis 39:6-7 Some men are attractive
to certain women but this 2. What are the most frequent arguments?
is a dangerous game. 3. Find at least three problems and from God’s point of view, offer
Ephesians 5:25,26 Love and sexuality. solutions.
Proverbs 5:15-21 An exclusive privilege for 4. Has biblical counseling helped you? How were you able to
marriage.Extramarital overcome your problems?
relationships should not
be permitted. Lesson 9: The Choosing Of The 12
Proverbs 6:23-26 The Word is able to keep
us from the deceit of the 1. Objective
strange woman.
That each leader will understand and grasp the essential
Song of Solomon 5:4 An attraction that moves characteristics and criteria from which his or her will base the
our heart. choosing of their Twelve.
Ezekiel 16:8 There is a time for love.
2. Goals
1 Corinthians 7:5 Abstinence in marriage
should be for prayer. • The student should be able to explain the essential
character and qualities from which to choose their
Hebrews 13:4 The sanctity of the leadership team of Twelve.
marriage bed.
• That the leader be able to impart the profile of a 12 leader to
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8It is important to know
their future leaders.
what type of life pleases
God.
3. Profile of the candidate of the 12
CONCLUSION A. Based on their faithfulness – Mark 1:16-18
It is important for the leadership to provide solutions to the problems of B. He choose those who desire to serve the Lord – John 1:35-42
the disciples according to biblical principles. C. He chose teachable ones – John 1:48-50
D. He proved them – Matt. 16:13; John 6:6
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4. They live under God’s blessing they practice reverence that leads him sto control his spirit.
A. See to it that your candidates walk in the faith it takes to be B. He takes all his desires to the cross, and dies to self everyday.
receive God’s promises and thus able to release those
C. When we develop our 12, we should guide them through
blessings to others (Dt. 28:1ff).
disciplines that will help them maintain self-control. They
B. To be under a blessing your 12 must have a intimate should be willing to join you in times of fasting and prayer
fellowship with God through His word and prayer. and a life of holiness before God.

5. They are people of faith 9. They abhor covetousness


A. The candidate of the 12 must hear the voice of God, and A. Idolatry consists of placing one’s trust in anything outside of
observe to do it (Ps. 19:11). God. (examples of Achan at Ai).
B. They will then be an example of faith and trust in God to B. The leader must discern who in his / her group may
others as well. have a spirit of greed and supervise them until that
C. They will an example of overcoming and resisting of the person is free of that demonic influence.
enemies tactics and plans.

Conclusion
6. The Twelve are to be full of virtue
The Heavenly Father imparted to the Lord Jesus the revelation of
A. Moses was to select, “able men, such as fear God,
who the original 12 apostles were to be. They were called and
men of truth, hating covetousness” (Ex. 18:21).
selected to be part of a team which would take over the world
B. Virtue or excellence is an attribute of God expressed through the Kingdom of God. Even so we today receive from the
through the believer, and is a by-product of a life of faith. Father those who will be future leaders on which to continue
C. The opposite of virtue or excellence, is mediocrity. building God’s kingdom.
The candidate of the Twelve reject conformity
and always tries to do his / her best with
Lesson 10: Counseling Workshop
excellence.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE SUBJECT


7. The must be knowledgeable of the truth The instructor will give the students the specific counseling topics they
should work on and will guide them during this activity.
A. There are two extremes in the body of Christ. “Those who
1. Find bible references.
spend their entire lives filling their minds with theological
knowledge but never reproduce it in others, and those who 2. Create questions that generate more information.
want to spread the knowledge of the truth, but ignore it in 3. Offer possible solutions.
their own lives” (Cesar Castellanos).
4. Assign tasks and determine how to minister.
B. The leader of 12 will ensure that his / her 12 will sacrifice
whatever time is necessary to spend time with God’s
word. You need to keep in mind everything taught in the seminar. The work
that went into developing these cases can be enhanced by reading
8. They will fear God and exercise self-control informative books on the subject of counseling. It would also be good
A. One of the characteristics of someone who fears God is that to speak with those who are experienced in counseling.
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continuance of His love (John 17). Your 12 will grow and be


CONCLUSION fruitful in direct proportion to your intercession and fasting on
their behalf.
It is important for the leadership to provide solutions to the problems of
the disciples according to biblical principles.
4. Value them as a person
QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FURTHER STUDY A. The leader places great value on his leaders. He
1. Practice with three or four people and evaluate the following: reaches out to them, believes in them, recognizes
a. The counselor their triumphs and seeks to know them personally.
b. The problem B. The leader appreciates who his leaders are over what
• Bible references they do. When your leaders have a deep confidence
• God’s point of view that you are looking out for their best interest, they will rise
• The solution up an grow into a loving, trusting relationship prepared to
c. The person being counseled be molded for fruitfulness (Pro. 18:24).
2. Have a time of prayer and thank God for what you learned in
this seminar and ask for wisdom to be an excellent counselor.
5. Mentoring them into leaders

Lesson 10: Raising Up The 12 A. Concentrate on them – It is not enough for the leader to go
to the meetings, he must concentrate on fully forming each
individual and looking after one’s needs. This demands an
1. Objective investment of time and continual prayer.
That each leader will obtain the vision of imparting and
B. Strong leaders make strong ministries – Our task demands
mentoring your leaders to the end that they grow in their
dedication, discipline, devotion, and above all, staying firm
personal lives, as well as into dynamic leaders of 12
while aiming at your objectives (1 Cor. 9:26-27).
themselves.
C. Teach them to grow – People grow as they are guided
2. Goals and motivated towards a goal (Phil. 3:8- 12)
• The student should be able to explain the essential tasks D. Form exemplary leaders – The leader is given charge to
and responsibilities required to continue imparting and polish the vessel until the individual l becomes a precious
raising up future leaders. diamond who shines on his own and is ready to polish
• That the leader will be able to impart to their leaders the others.
necessary mentoring qualities they will receive from you so E. Teach spiritual discipline – It is imperative that the leader
that they can pass them onto their cell members. have the disciplines to continue to grow in Christ and
thus impart this growth to his / her 12.
3. Pray for your 12!
F. Challenge them with a high growth model – If a leader’s
life and goals are at a level of five on a 1-to-10 scale, he
Praying for your 12 cannot be over emphasized. Jesus spent
will not attract others who have learned to live and
much time in selecting His 12 (Luke 6:12), guarding His 12 (John
achieve goals at a nine.
22:31), praying for their unity, holiness, protection, joy and
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G. Maintain control of the vision – It is not enough to just have inviting and motivating towards leadership.
an idea of the vision, it is important and necessary to be
consumed by it until it becomes a way of life for the entire H. Have fun!
team.
H. Strive to reproduce yourself in others – A leader has Conclusion:
reached a high level of leadership when he has “The capacity of leadership is measured by the way the
reproduced himself in others and is developing other leader strategically reproduces his vision in others” Cesar
leaders. Castellanos

6. Build the team!

A. Watch over the group’s unity – Sin is the typical root of


disunity. A leader will guard and diligently work to
maintain a spirit of holiness which will lead to unity –
Eph. 4:3-6.

B. Know the needs of the group and learn to invest in them


– When you invest in people and help meet their
personal needs, you will reap a harvest of souls and
leaders for the future.
C. Give priority to the needs of the team – It is not enough to
know the needs of those who compose your support
team, but show your interest by providing solutions,
especially spiritual ones.
D. Success is determined by the team – Success through
this vision is obtained when the leader involves everyone
as a whole body in achieving his goals.

E. One’s development is reflected in growth – The progress of


each team member equates to the success of the whole
group. Reaching personal goals builds and promotes the
teams goals.

F. Guide them to success – Team success requires guidance


to win through collaboration, and to avoid jealous
competition. The success of the group becomes a
personal goals.

G. Create an atmosphere that brings others into


leadership –it is not enough to establish teaching
guidelines, but the learning environment must be