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Level 1 Course summary

1. WHO’S YOUR BOSS?
 
Authority: Our decisions and behavior are determined by whatever authority (Boss) we are allowing to control our will.
 
Scripture:  The only true authority for our lives must be the Word of God (Bible) which is sufficient for every need and issue of life.
 
2. DESIGN OF MAN
 
Body:  Our physical body that enables us to live in this physical world.  The body is the vessel in which the soul and spirit reside. <div
 
Soul:  Our soul is made up of our mind, will and emotions through which we relate to other people.
 
Spirit:  Our spirit is the part of us that relates to God.
 
3. UNDERSTANDING BEHAVIOR
 
Behavior: Why do we do what we do? All behavior problems flow from the following:
 
Strategy: Behavior is determined by strategies we use to get life and avoid pain.
 
Beliefs:  Behavior flows out of foundational beliefs. To change behavior, we must change the beliefs that drive that behavior.
 
4. WHAT THE LAW COULD NEVER DO
 
The Law: Any standard a person believes they must meet to be okay with God, others, or themselves; a deeply engrained belief that we are loved and accepted based on our performance.Purpose: The purpose of the Law is to lead us to Christ so that we can be saved by grace through faith in Him.
 
5. FREEDOM IN GRACE
 
Grace: A kindness or benefit given without any expectation of return. Salvation:  A free gift which we receive by putting our faith in Jesus Christ. Living: God’s empowerment to overcome sin and live a godly life as we abide in Christ and walk in the Spirit.

6. OUR SETTLED IDENTITY 
 
In Adam:  We are all born spiritually dead, sinners by nature and choice, cut off from God and eternally condemned. <div
 
In Christ:  We are born of God and have received His divine nature. This is now our new and true identity.

7. ABSENT FATHER
 
The Fall:  In Adam, we are separated from God and spiritually dead. Satan builds lies into our belief system about who God is.
 
Earthly fathers:  However our earthly fathers treated us, they define what a father is. We then transfer the image of our father to God and believe God is like our dad.
 
Idolatry:  As a result of the above, we have a grossly distorted image of God that is really a man made “idol” we are trying to worship and serve, not the true God.

8. ABBA FATHER.
 
Purpose:  Our purpose in life is to know God as he truly is and live in intimacy with Him.
 
ABBA:  The most intimate name by which God reveals Himself to us. God longs for us to come to Him like a child just abide in His love.
 
9. RENEWING THE MIND

Unrenewed mind: Our foundational beliefs that are filled with lies and false beliefs that plague our emotions and govern our behavior.

Renewed mind: The Holy Spirit renews our minds as we fill them with the truth of God’s Word about who He is and who we are in Christ.
 
10. OBEDIENCE SPRINGING FORTH

Exchanged life: Our life exchanged for Christ’s life. It is not what we do but what He does.
 
Abiding: Godly fruit is born from abiding in Christ. Obedience is the automatic response to abiding in His love.
 
11. GOD’S WILL

Relationship: God’s will is about abiding in relationship with Him and then living life out of that relationship.
 
Guidance: God uses both internal and external means to give guidance in where He wants us to be and what He wants us to do.
 




Contact Information:
Herb Schroeder
605-274-1556
hschroeder@newhavenlighthouse.org

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