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Weapons of Spiritual Warfare: Utilizing the Means of Grace

1: Once justified by grace, we are to yield to the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. God ordained means through which He confers grace to His people. We are to avail ourselves of the means of grace, those outward and ordinary means ordained by God as Christ mediates the benefits of salvation provided in the New Covenant. What are the three primary means of grace?

2: 2 Timothy 2:20, 21. Of what benefit is it to ourselves and to others as we discover, develop, and deploy (use) the means of grace and the gifts God has given to every “born again” believer?

3: Look up Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 4:29; James 5:20; Hebrews 10:24, 25; James 2:16; 1 John 3:17; Acts 4:34; Galatians 2:10. What do these verses say about ministering to specific needs in the Body of Christ?

4: Laying on of hands was the most common method Jesus used when praying for people. Look up Luke 4:40; Matthew 8:3; Mark 1:41; 6:5; 8:23-25; Luke 5:13, 13:13. What was happening in these verses?

5: Look up Mark 6:2; Acts 14:3; Acts 19:11; Acts 4:29, 30. What do these verses tell you about laying on of hands? Is there any magical or automatic power inherent in the hands of early Christians and even today? Examine the prayer in Acts 4:29, 30. What did the apostles know? What is the appeal? What was God’s part and what was their part?

6: Look up Acts 6:6. What took place? For what reason(s) was “the laying on of hands done in connection with asking God to empower or equip people for some service or ministry?” (Grudem, page 961) What happened in Acts 8:17; Acts 9:17; Acts 19:6? What was the purpose and the result? In Acts 19:6, spiritual gifts were imparted as evidenced by what? What does 1 Timothy 4:14 tell us about the impartation of spiritual gifts and how they are “stirred up”?

7: What might you do or recommend another Christian to do when it seems he/she is slipping, sliding, drifting, side-stepping, confused about spiritual issues, etc. relative to the means of grace? In and in that event, what means of grace would you utilize primarily? Which of the means of grace could you utilize in order to be more effective in bringing blessing to further help the Body of Christ and the fellowship of the saints?

8: Identify ten means of grace mentioned in this teaching and provide at least one Bible verse to support each.

9: Which of the means of grace do you think have become “mechanical” in the life of the church, that is, outward or physical activity without any real participation in people’s hearts? Which ones do you think have been rarely utilized, less emphasized, less appreciated?

10: Of what importance is understanding and utilizing the means of grace in spiritual warfare? Identify seven (7) Bible verses about grace that relate to spiritual warfare. For example, 2 Timothy 2:1, Proverbs 3:34; James 4:6 cf 1 Peter 5:5.

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