Becoming What God Intended
Becoming What God Intended
This high-impact publication contains the core values and teachings of BWGI. Working through this book will result in a deeply happy and loving relationship with God the Father through the work of Christ. You will discover how the disarming acceptance of God creates character within the Christian’s heart, and how that character is sustained by deep gratitude.
This life-changing 247-page workbook is designed to help the Christian achieve an emotionally rich spiritual life in the presence of God. This book is the result of twenty years of biblical research, thousands of hours spent discipling people, and many years leading seminars and classes in the spiritual life. Working through this high impact publication will result in a deeply happy and loving relationship with God the Father through the work of Christ. You will discover how the disarming acceptance of God creates character within the Christian's heart, and how that character is sustained by deep gratitude. The workbook contains 60 readings. It can be completed in as little as 12 weeks if one wishes to do a daily study. However people often want to go much deeper with the study as they delve into the biblical principles referenced. In that case one reading per week will give the group or individual 60 weeks of transforming truths to integrate into their lives. Many people have used this book with great value in private study, small group study or as a follow up tool to our seminars.
Working through the expanded version of this book will result in a deeply happy and loving relationship with God the Father through the work of Christ. You will discover how the disarming acceptance of God creates character within the Christians's heart, and how that character is sustained by deep gratitude.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
CHAPTER 1 ACCEPTANCE AND GRATITUDE
CHAPTER SUMMARY: We will explore how growth in the Christian life is directlY related to how well we respond to God, the first member of the Trinity, as a Father. Obstacles to growth often arise from one’s family background. The solution is to participate in God’s family so as to experience an emotionally rich sense of being loved and to have a correspondingly deep response of gratitude.
CHAPTER 2 ACCEPTANCE AND WORTH
CHAPTER SUMMARY: We will explore how a Christian develops a healthy sense of worth. The chapter will show that a Christian is worth a Son to God. The cross illustrates that at humanity’s worst season and at the time of our moral weakness, Christ died for us. This shows God values us for who we are to Him and not for what we can do for Him, either bad or good. Feeling worthwhile, feeling worth a Son to God, is an essential part of feeling loved.
CHAPTER 3 ACCEPTANCE AND GOD THE FATHER
CHAPTER SUMMARY: We will explore how our acceptance is uniquely linked to each member of the Trinity. The first member of the Trinity is our ultimate and intended Father. He has a deeply emotional attachment to us called “agape love,” and we are to respond to such love with gratitude.
CHAPTER 4 ACCEPTANCE AND THE SON
CHAPTER SUMMARY: We will explore how salvation is a Person and not a religious system. That person, Jesus, is dedicated to delivering us from our past failures and sin, giving us peace in the present, and securing our future with Him. To appreciate Him adequately we must make certain we do not have an “evil conscience,” an instinctive belief that to feel accepted with God we must add religious works to the work of Christ.
CHAPTER 5 ACCEPTANCE AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
CHAPTER SUMMARY: Two payments have been made that should cause the believer to feel accepted: The Son was a payment for sin to the Father, and the Holy Spirit is a permanent down-payment to us signifying God’s intention to finish our salvation. The Holy Spirit also has a primary ministry of reminding us that God is our Heavenly Dad, and He wants to have a principled and affectionate relationship with us.
CHAPTER 6 ACCEPTANCE AND TRUST
CHAPTER SUMMARY: We will explore how trust plays a central role in the spiritual life. The Trinity functions by trust, and trust brings us into that circle of love. Trust, or faith, has some false forms and one true one; we must know how they differ.
CHAPTER 7 ACCEPTANCE AND OUR IDENTITY
CHAPTER SUMMARY: We will explore how a Christian shares the same quality of relationship that Jesus has with the Father. This is because we are identified with Christ by being placed in union with Him. Acceptance of this truth gives us the freedom to have an open and heart-warming relationship with the Father. Our relationship does not depend upon what we have done or how we view our past, but our personal friendship is based upon what Christ has done for us and our being viewed as joined to Him.
CHAPTER 8 ACCEPTANCE AND MOODS: WALKING BY THE SPIRIT
CHAPTER SUMMARY: We will explore how walking by means of the Spirit addresses the moods and appetites of the flesh. We will note the negative power of this twin threat. We will find having a healthy relationship with the Trinity delivers us from the power of lusts and moods and brings us spiritual resources.
CHAPTER 9 ACCEPTANCE AND FRUIT: WALKING BY THE SPIRIT
CHAPTER SUMMARY: We will explore the different ministries the Spirit of God has to us. At the same time, we must recognize how radically different His ministry is to that of the flesh. We are commanded to walk by the Spirit, to be led by the Spirit, to have the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and to take individual steps into life by the Spirit.
CHAPTER 10 ACCEPTANCE AND PRAYER
CHAPTER SUMMARY: We will discover how our relationship with God the Father is expanded through prayer. Prayer is based neither on the investment of time nor the multiplication of words. Instead, our prayer life is based on a set of issues we must face daily. These issues determine how we relate to God as a Father and the world about us.
CHAPTER 11 ACCEPTANCE AND SIN
CHAPTER SUMMARY: We will explore how we are to deal with the effects of sin and the acts of sin in our lives. Sin affects us internally and affects the Trinity. When we sin, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit each respond differently to us. This makes confession of wrong-doing critically important in our lives.
CHAPTER 12 ACCEPTANCE AND SERVICE
CHAPTER SUMMARY: God the Father could not think of a greater or nobler role for His Son than to send Him on a mission of rescue. The Son was sent to serve, to suffer, to ascend to Heaven, and to be rewarded by His reign over the universe and the church. We, too, are called to participate in the family business of rescue, and to consciously choose to replicate Christ’s ministry in our lives. We have been sent as daughters and sons of God. We are to choose to serve and to suffer. We will ascend in the rapture, and be rewarded by participating in Christ’s reign. God could not think of a greater or more noble role for us than to participate in Christ’s life pattern. This life pattern gives overall meaning to our lives.
SMALL GROUPS MATERIAL The purpose of this Appendix Intended is to supplement the Becoming What God Workbook. It contain twelve small group sessions that address the chapters of the workbook. Further, it has other resources that should make the small group experience a rich spiritual feast. The Becoming What God Intended Workbook is a discipleship study, a journal of your thoughts, and the foundation for the small group meetings.