One with Christ Studies

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Ask the group the questions in black.

Words in italics are written to help give some guidance and ideas.

Read out loud the text in blue.

Have someone read out the Scripture passages.

Introduction

If God guaranteed you an answer to any question, what question would you ask?

Gather thoughts. Ask why? This is not the time to answer those questions, but just to get people thinking.

People are curious about many things, but when it comes down to it, two of the most basic questions of life are: Who am I and why am I here?

Can you answer those questions with total confidence?

Who am I?

The question “Who am I” is a question of identity. Your identity is simply who you think you are.

When you think about your life, what influences have shaped your identity (who you think you are)?

This could be parents, teachers, sports coaches, pastors, friends, the world etc.

Share something about who you think you are.

Let people share at whatever level they are willing. Simply listen.

We all begin creating our sense of identity from birth, mainly based on our interactions with other people. The things we believe about ourselves can be both positive and negative.

So for now, we know that the “who am I” question is about identity. Over the coming weeks, we are going to explore this more.

Why am I Here?

The second question “Why am I here?” deals with our sense of purpose.

Think about things that people have created and their purpose? What comes to mind?

Share ideas. Choose any examples such as toasters, cars, lightbulbs, roads, houses etc.

Can you think of anything that has no purpose at all?

There is nothing that has been created that has no purpose. Things like space junk may seem to have no purpose now, but they did once have a purpose.

We have been created, so what is our purpose?

Gather thoughts. Ask, “what makes you think that?”

Does something that is created have the ability to determine its own purpose?

Use an example from above to pose the question. Can a toaster decide to be a jug instead?

Design

We can only come to a true sense of identity and purpose when we first understand our design. Think about a lion.

What is a lion designed to do?

To hunt animals. No healthy lion defies its design to become a vegetarian! It never happens.

What gives a lion the ability to be a hunter?

Its whole body is designed to hunt from tooth to claw. The lion’s identity as a hunter comes from its design.

In the same way, our sense of identity and purpose is connected to our design.

Do we begin life with an understanding of our design?

No, newborn babies have no knowledge or understanding of purpose or design.

How do babies learn about their physical design?

Babies and infants learn their physical design by watching people around them. In fact, studies have shown that if an infant does not hear someone talking, they will not learn to talk. If they do not see a person walking, they will not learn to walk.

The same is true spiritually. When we first begin to follow Jesus and are born again, we are like spiritual infants, and we learn our design by looking at people who we consider “spiritual.”

In our spiritual infancy, how can we be sure that the people around us are or were actually living in their spiritual design?

We really can’t be sure. Babies do not have the capacity to question their design. Because they are so vulnerable, there is a great responsibility to protect babies and nurture them in truth.

What if we have not truly learned our design? Imagine that you discover an object you’ve never seen before and you don’t know what it is designed to do.

How could you find out?

You would ask the person who made it!

Read these Bible verses together:

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:26-27
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

Who is the Creator of the universe and of us?

God.

As our Creator, we owe our existence to God. We are not random products of chance. We have been wonderfully created by a God who has a clear design for our lives. And as our Creator, He alone holds the answers to those questions “who am I and why am I here?” The only way we can discover our design is to ask the One who designed us.

So, how does God reveal our design to us?

Gather thoughts.

Our Mirror

Look up the following passage in James.

James 1:22-24

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.

What is the purpose of a mirror in the natural realm?

To see what you physically look like.

So, if you want to see a spiritual reflection of yourself, what is the spiritual mirror that you look into?

The word of God.

The Word is a spiritual mirror that shows us our natural face. The word “natural” used in this verse is the Greek word “genesis” meaning “source, origin or birth”. You could say that when we look into the mirror of the Word, we see our genesis face. We see our true identity and purpose as God originally designed it.

Summary

There are two questions we need to answer: Who am I? and Why am I here? These are questions of identity and purpose. Only our Creator has the right to determine who we are and why we are here, our design. So, over the coming studies, we are going to look into the mirror of the Word to find out how God answers these questions.

Questions for Further Discussion

Has there ever been a time in your life when you consciously asked yourself Who am I? or Why am I here?

Do you have any early memories of believing that God is Creator?

What do you think spiritual infants need most?

 

1 In the Beginning—Homework

Reflect

Read these verses from Psalm 139 and reflect on the questions below.

Psalm 139:13-14

For You formed my inmost being;

You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I will praise You,

for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

What do these verses reveal about the value of your life?

What does it mean for you to be a unique creation?

Is it important for you to know “who am I” and “why am I here?” Why or why not?

Do you spend time looking into the mirror of the Word? Is this a focus for you?

Pray

As you begin these studies, ask God to reveal your identity and your purpose/design in life to you in a fresh and deeper way. Share with Him your desires for your own spiritual growth.

1 Corinthians 2:9
Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.

In Jesus we have an inheritance that surpasses our understanding. The depths of Christ’s love, presence, nature and life are ours to experience. He has freely given us His Spirit and all the qualities that flow from His life: He has given us His love, joy, peace, healing, wisdom and more. But how do we experience the reality of what we have been given? How do we connect with God and know His power and love in a real and tangible way?

The One with Christ studies have been written to answer some of these questions. The purpose of the studies is to give keys to entering into the reality of our inheritance in God. As such, our focus is on matching a firm understanding of the truth in Scripture with spiritual experience and transformation. So do we want to experience more of God? Are we hungry for change?

One with Christ

The One with Christ studies are a series of Bible studies that can be done individually or in groups. So why call the series ‘One with Christ’?

1 Corinthians 6:17
But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

The term One with Christ comes from this Scripture. When we join ourselves to the Lord, we become one spirit with Him. It is a promise of God that when we connect ourselves deeply and intimately with Him, we will become one spirit with Him. It is certainly one of the mysteries of God, but a promise and a reality nonetheless. We can become one with Christ.

Thus our transformation comes as we experience a greater spiritual connection and unity with Jesus. So if you want to draw closer to God and explore the idea of joining yourself to Jesus, then download the studies for free and have a read. If you want just a taste, then have a read of the first couple of studies online. If the first few studies don’t seem to help, then leave them. Find something else that does help you grow spiritually. If God wants to use the studies, then He will bring you back to them. Simply feel free to go where you sense most life and growth.

The Spiritual Plan

The first few studies of Series One lay a foundation of reality. The following studies look at our inheritance in Christ and how we can go deeper into the life that He has for us. The focus then moves on to faith and experience. Series Two continues on with growing deeper into Jesus and discovering some of the spiritual dimensions to life and the word of God. It then focuses more on actually starting to join ourselves to Jesus and becoming one with Christ.

Series One of the studies covers:

  • Truth and Reality
  • Spirit and Word
  • Power of the Living Word
  • Our Inheritance
  • Faith
  • Desire
  • Spiritual Growth and Maturity

Series Two covers:

  • Spiritual Realities
  • Revelation
  • Unfolding the Word
  • The Passover
  • The Flesh and Blood of Christ
  • The Cross
  • The Tabernacle

If you have any questions about the studies, feel free to contact us or go to our forums. We are active in the forums and can bounce some ideas around with you and others.

All the best for your spiritual life in Christ. May you enter into every blessing in Jesus and know Him as your love and reality.

Quick Questions

Why download the studies rather than read them online?

When people read material online, we typically read differently than we do with a real or digital book. We tend to scan material, quickly assessing key points and impressions rather than soaking in the detail. And with the studies, the detail is important. Every passage of Scripture is quoted because it relates directly to our experience in Christ. As such, we only make a portion of the studies available online, so that people can discover if the studies will be useful to them. Everyone who wants to grow through them can then download the studies and slowly take it all in. This way, each person can get the most out of the studies.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Terry Riojas

    I would like to continue reading series two of One in Christ, it has been a blessing to me,

  2. June Long

    This is absolutely one of the BEST Bible studies I’ve ever seen. Please send me Series Three when it is ready. I’ve been reading it and studying it on my Nook E-reader. I am new to E-readers and haven’t learned how to set up my email on it yet.

    God bless you!

    June Long

  3. June

    I am nearly 80 years ‘young’ and reading on my Nook this easy to understand One With Christ Bible study was great. I found myself reading over many of the pages more than once because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing anything you wrote. I’ve been a Christian since age 13 and am still learning how to grow in the nature of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Thank you for writing this great book.

  4. Brenda Keller

    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR PUBLISHING THIS SERIES AND SHARING IT FREELY. IT IS AMAZING! This has been an instrument of sole refreshing, and has created a deeper and more attainable longing for GOD in my life. I find myself talking about this series to people I don’t even know. Please notify me when series 3 is published.

  5. Lynnete Orten

    This is by far one of the best teachings I’ve read in years. As another reader said it is soul refreshing.

  6. Gloria R. Perez

    I have studied series one and two. I have been blessed reading these series. Please let me know when series three will be ready.

    Cordially,

    Gloria

  7. Evon Harwell

    To God be the glory for this bible study.I am reading on my nook.God bless and thanks for the free down load on the nook

  8. artina

    i really enjoyed the series,help me out alot. THANKS

  9. Evon Harwell

    I’m reading series one and two, from my nook. how can I down load series three?

  10. Evon Harwell

    I would like to know how to download series three to my nook.

  11. Debbie

    I was sick with the flu and I couldn’t sleep so I was looking for something to read on my nook. I found series 1 and read it while recovering from flu. I enjoyed it very much and it was like the Holy Spirit was reading it with me teaching me. I have series 2 now. Thank you so much and may GOD bless you for sharing the love and life with Jesus.

  12. dori

    Thank you for sharing your books, they have been so helpful. Please let know when series three will be out and how to download to my nook God Bless

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