Free Bible Study–Lesson One

Email Online Bible Course

This is the first of seven lessons in the “Jesus Christ is the Way” Email Online Bible Course.

Please enjoy reading the material carefully and considering what the scriptures teach. At the end of this lesson, you
will find a list of questions. Once you complete lesson one, you are invited to please move on to Lesson TWO in
this series.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE WAY

LESSON ONE

(written by Sewell Hall)

“Man, that is born of a woman, is of few days, and full of trouble.” (Job 14:1)

These words, spoken thousands of years ago, express the sentiment of millions living today.
Now, however, there is a way out – Jesus Christ. He said of Himself,

“I am the way, the truth,
and the life.” (John 14:6)

To everything that is truly good, both in this life and in the life to come, JESUS CHRIST IS THE
WAY.

FINDING JESUS, THE WAY

Following Jesus as “the way” involves more than just praising Him with our lips. He said,

“But why do you call Me `Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46)

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the
truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

The life and teaching of Jesus are found in the first four books of the New Testament — Matthew,
Mark, Luke and John. Other books of the New Testament are also the teaching of Jesus, for He
revealed it by the Holy Spirit through men like Peter and Paul. Paul wrote:

“If anyone thinks
himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are
the commandments of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 14:37)

Following Jesus as the way, therefore, requires a careful study of the New Testament and a
determined effort to live as it directs.

JESUS, THE WAY TO A BETTER LIFE

Jesus stated His purpose in coming to earth in the following words:

“…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Jesus provides this better life by offering the solution to the problems that make life difficult —
guilt, self-pity and fear. He does not promise wealth or luxury, but He does assure us of a loving
Father in Heaven who cares for His children and will provide the things they truly need.

“Therefore do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or, `What shall we drink?’ or, `What shall
we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you
need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these
things shall be added to you.” (Matt. 6:31-33)

The happiest people in the world are those who have most completely committed themselves to
following Jesus as the way.

“…Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of
glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)

JESUS, THE WAY TO FORGIVENESS OF SINS

Sin is a more serious threat to our well-being than any physical, economic or social danger that
we face. Yet, all of us are guilty of sin and we are helpless on our own to remove its stain. Sin is
a violation of God’s Law and only God can forgive it. He has made provision for our forgiveness
through Jesus.

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches
of His grace.”(Ephesians 1:7)

“Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live
for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)

After His sacrifice for us, Jesus explained how those who are lost in sin can have remission of
sins and be saved.

“…Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead
the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all
nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46-47)

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be
condemned.” (Mark 16:16)

JESUS, THE WAY TO GOD

Lost people need more than forgiveness of sins. They need to be restored to that close union with
God which they lost by their sin. In sending Jesus into the world —

“…God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself…” (2 Corinthians 5:19)

Jesus stated that one can reach God only through Him. He said:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”(John 14:6)

JESUS, THE WAY OUT OF RELIGIOUS CONFUSION

Many who wish to follow Christ are repelled by the multitude of churches and the conflicting
doctrines taught by those who profess to be Christians. One does not have to be a part of this
confusion. Jesus did not approve of it.
In Matthew 16:18 Jesus promised:

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church…”

We read of the beginning of His church in Acts, chapter 2.

“…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47)

The Lord is still adding those who are being saved to His church. If we are saved, we are in His
church and united with all others who are in it.

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)

It is good for us to worship and work with other saved individuals who are bound with us in
Christ by these unifying ties. But if we join another body (denomination), accept another lord
(religious authority), or adhere to another faith (creed), we are leaving the unity for which Jesus
prayed in John 17:20-21.

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

JESUS, THE WAY TO HEAVEN

“It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)

Death is the door, both to heaven and to hell. To die in Jesus is to die in the way to heaven.

“Then I heard the voice from heaven saying to me, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the
Lord from now on. ”Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, and their works
follow them’.” (Revelation 14:13)

“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life,
and may enter through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:14)

CAN YOU ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS?

1. Jesus expects those who call Him “Lord” to ______ the things which He says (Luke 6:46).

2. In 1 Corinthians 14:37, Paul claims that the things he wrote were the commandments of the
___________.

3. Jesus promised the necessities of life to those who seek first God’s _____________and
______________________ (Matthew 6:33).

4. We have redemption through the ____________ of Jesus (Ephesians1:7).

5. Jesus said that ________________ and remission of sins should be preached. (Luke 24:47)

6. To be saved, one must _____________ and be ______________ (Mark 16:16).

7. Can Mohammedan’s, Buddhists or any others reach God without Jesus? (John 14:6)

8. The Lord added to the church those who were being ____________ (Acts 2:47).

9. How many baptisms does God now recognize? (Ephesians 4:5)

10. “Blessed are the dead who die in the ___________ (Revelation14:13).

After you have completed the above questions, if you’d like them marked and returned to you, or have any questions you’d like dealt with, you can simply Copy and Paste the Questions into a new email -and then submit them to  BibleCourse@yahoo.ca.  Your answers will be sent to us.

Then, feel free to proceed on to Lesson TWO.
NOTE: If you would like to speak to someone immediately, or if you would like to set up a free
personal Bible study, please just call: 937-902-9146; or 905-562-4739.

Enjoy!

Lisa

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