This week we talk about some of the benefits that I have seen from our Fante studies.
I also take you through the first lesson in my Salvation Bible Studies that I have been working on. Andrew Aaron and John Sommer gave me this outline, and I have been working on developing it to fit my style.
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Are You Going to Heaven?
The purpose is to show the person that they are a sinner and are in need of something more than what they have.
1. Are you going to heaven?
This answer is usually, “Yes.”
2. Why are you going to heaven?
9 out of 10 people in Ghana will say something like this.
“Because I believe in Jesus or God, AND I am good, I go to church, I pray, I speak in tongues, I preach to others……etc.”
We see that the key phrase is “I”. Whatever is said after and is what they are truly trusting in.
The people in Ghana in the past worshiped many gods.
These gods kept the people in fear.
If they did not worship these gods by performing certain practices and ceremonies, then the gods would be angry.
This same idea has come over to Christianity.
Most people here in Ghana have added Jesus Christ to their gods and are trying to keep Him happy so they can go to heaven.
3. Is one sin enough to send you to hell?
Who are we comparing ourselves to – our friend or GOD?
Test at school — We have to grade tests from the answer sheet. God says we have to have 100%, or we cannot go to Heaven. It does not matter how you think you did on the test. The only thing that matters is the final score.
When we compare ourselves to God’s righteousness, we all fall short.
One sin is enough to make you fail God’s test.
4. If you do not keep the Ten Commandments, will you go to Heaven?
- Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
What do you put before God…?
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God…
Catholics have graven images all over their churches…
Many people have local fetishes in their houses…
- Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain…
How many times a day do we say, “Oh my G—!” or “J—–!”?
- Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
God wants one day a week from us that is set aside to worship Him!
- Honour thy father and thy mother…
We have all broken this commandment at some time…
- Thou shalt not kill.
I John 3:15
“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”
- Thou shalt not commit adultery.
“27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
- Thou shalt not steal.
“8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.”
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Every lie falls into this category!
“The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.”
- Thou shalt not covet…
Wanting something that does not belong to us!
Remember, if you do not keep one, you have not kept them all.
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
5. Will our righteousness get us closer to God and heaven?
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Even as a Christian, the good things we do in our own strength are filthy in God’s eyes. THEY will get burned up at the bema seat judgment.
Let us say that we insulted the chief. When we go and try to make it up to him, we wear some nasty clothes and bring him a filthy gift so he will forgive us. Will he accept the gift? It is a bigger insult than the first offense.
We have insulted God by breaking His laws; and if we try to make it up to Him by doing good, it is like coming to him with a nasty, filthy gift!!!!
God has to have something else before we can stand before Him.
6. Can one bad sin outweigh all of the good things I have done?
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
We see by this verse that the weight of one sin is greater than nine good things.
What if a man lived his whole life doing very good things – going to church, praying, doing good works, etc.? Everyone thought he was a good man. Then, when he reached eighty years old, he went outside and killed someone. When people go by his house now, they will not say, “Here is a good man!” They will say, “Here is a Murderer!!” The act of killing someone only took a couple of seconds, and he had been good his whole life.
7. If we have asked for forgiveness for our sin, does God hear us and forgive us?
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
God cannot hear us because our sin separates us from Him!
Even if you have confessed your sins in the past and told God you were sorry, He did not hear you.
God needs a payment for your sins first!!!!!
8. If God is perfect and He cannot allow anything in His sight that is not perfect, how can we go to Heaven? (It is best even if you can get them to ask this question.)
Africa is a nice place because people ask a lot of questions usually. This lets you know what they are thinking.
This first Bible study is to let them understand their need. Most of the time, it will take one to two hours. They have been taught one thing their whole life. They will not get the right perspective in a couple of verses.
People might say, “I believe in Jesus. I am okay, right?”
We must ask ourselves what they believe about Jesus.
The devils believe and tremble.
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
Muslims believe in Jesus.
Even if someone believes that Jesus died, is that enough?
Many of the people who saw Jesus hanging on the cross did not go to heaven.
One of the men hanging on the cross right beside Jesus did not go to heaven.
We know when someone is living in their own sin that they do not have peace.
“And the way of peace have they not known:”
They do not even understand the way of peace because of their sin.
We want to show God’s way of peace in these Bible studies.
Now that we see the Ten Commandments cannot take us to Heaven, we want to show the people in the stories the way that God made for them.
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