Get Real Life

Instructions

We prepared this series of Bible studies to help you experience real life in Christ together with others. Before you begin any module, please register first. Click here to register. After you register, someone will be assigned to you to assist you in your studies. Please follow these instructions.
Read one statement at a time until you finish the whole module. Read each sentence slowly, meditatively and prayerfully. Don’t rush! Remember to read the Scripture reference(s) as well! After you’re done, take the self-test to determine if you remember the key statements. Repeat the self-test until you get a 100% score. Please don’t cheat!
✅ Reflect on what you’ve read and understood. Submit a reflection containing not less than 150 but not more than 300 words. Submit it to your tutor as soon as possible and in whatever way that you agreed to use for your communication with each other (for example: Text message, Messenger, Email, etc.).
✅ Discuss with your mentor or with a small group of fellow students what you have learned from the module. This will show whether you truly understood what you’ve read and studied.
✅ Do the action points or application. Make sure all items are done before you report to your tutor. He or she will give you the go signal to proceed to the next module.

Module 1: First Step

  1. There is a life that is so much better than the best life you can ever imagine (John 10:7-10).
  2. This life can begin now and it will last forever (1 John 5:13).
  3. You can experience this life by trusting in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (John 20:31) and by following Him together with others (Acts 2:40-41).
  4. You need this life because of the four problems of sin: separation from God (Isaiah 59:1-2), strongholds of sin (Romans 1:18-32), struggles with temptation (Romans 7:14-20), and the sentence of God on the Last Day (Romans 2:5).
  5. By trusting in Jesus and following Him every day together with others, you can experience the four gifts of grace: reconciliation with God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), freedom from sin (Luke 4:14-21), spiritual transformation (2 Corinthians 3:18), and eternal life in the new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1-4).
  6. You can begin this life by repenting of your sins now and by being baptized in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that you can be forgiven of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:36-39).
  7. You can do this by yourself by simply praying to Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins, or by asking help from a follower of Christ or a local Christian church.

Action Points for First Step

  1. Repent from your sins and from a sinful lifestyle with the help of a Frontliner.
  2. Put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior with the help of a Frontliner.
  3. Make a decision to follow Him all the days of your life with the help of a Frontliner.
  4. Ask your Frontliner to baptize you in water and to lay hands on you to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  5. Share with at least two people what you have done and why you did it and report it to your Frontliner.
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Module 2: Next Steps

  1. Make sure that you have received the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-7). If you’re not sure, ask help from a follower of Christ to lay hands on you or go to a local Christian church to seek assistance.
  2. Join a small group of believers or a community of faith where Jesus is recognized as Lord and Savior, and where the word of God is being taught and obeyed faithfully by most, if not all, of the believers, especially the leaders (Acts 2:42-47).
  3. Start reading the Bible so that you can grow spiritually in your faith (2 Timothy 3:14-17).
  4. Share what you’re learning from the Bible with your loved ones and friends (1 Peter 3:15-16).
  5. Live a life worthy of your calling as a follower of Christ together with others (Ephesians 4:1-16).
  6. Persevere in your faith no matter the cost (Matthew 5:1-12).
  7. Worship Jesus and pray to Him regularly together with others (Hebrews 10:19-25).

Action Points for Next Steps

  1. Join a LIFE Group.
  2. Get a Bible reading plan and start reading the Bible. Or join RLCC in Messenger to start receiving daily devotions.
  3. Ask permission from your LIFE Group Leader to share a little bit of what you’re learning from the Bible during one of your LIFE Group meetings.
  4. Confess to your LIFE Group any ongoing sin in your life and ask them to hold you accountable as you pursue a godly lifestyle.
  5. Start attending the weekly prayer, worship and teaching gatherings together with your LIFE Group. Make sure your LIFE Group Leader sees you and acknowledges your presence.
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Module 3: Developing Relationships

  1. Learn to trust and help others even though you don’t know them fully well (Luke 10:25-37).
  2. Accept fellow believers for who they are just as Christ has accepted you (Romans 14:1-8).
  3. Commit yourself to a small group of believers or to a community of faith. Don’t jump from one church to another (Philippians 2:1-11).
  4. Show your love and care for others by means of practical and spiritual ways (James 2:14-26).
  5. Speak and live the truth in love together with others, and learn to be humble, honest, and holy in all that you think, say or do (Ephesians 4:17-32).
  6. Spend quality and quantity time with fellow believers in between worship gatherings or prayer meetings for fun, fellowship, faith-building (Acts 2:46-47). A typical agenda might be to eat together, share God’s word together, and pray for each other.
  7. Clarify your boundaries and respect each other’s boundaries (Romans 14:9-18).
  8. Resolve conflicts and as much as possible be at peace with everyone (Romans 12:9-21).
  9. Negotiate differences and find win-win solutions to various problems (Acts 6:1-7).
  10. Deepen relationships by applying grace to one another (Colossians 4:2-6), by applying the golden rule (Luke 6:27-36), and by applying Jesus’ greater love (John 15:9-17).

Action Points for Developing Relationships

  1. Verbally make a commitment to your LIFE Group that you will trust and accept them as your brothers and/or sisters in Christ.
  2. Join a webbing out or visitation activity together with your LIFE Group Leader or one of the members of your LIFE Group.
  3. Do one particular act of goodness to show that you care for your LIFE Group. Inform your LIFE Group Leader.
  4. Learn the PEACE Process and practice it together with your LIFE Group. Receive feedback from your LIFE Group Leader afterwards.
  5. Learn the SOLVE Process and practice it together with your LIFE Group. Receive feedback from your LIFE Group Leader afterwards.
  6. Learn the RESTORE Process and practice it together with your LIFE Group. Receive feedback from your LIFE Group Leader afterwards.
  7. Get involved in an actual experience where the PEACE Process, or the SOLVE Process, or the RESTORE Process is being implemented. Discuss your experience with your LIFE Group Leader.
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Module 4: Redeem the Past (KRL 1)

  1. In Christ you are completely forgiven of all your sins (Ephesians 1:3-10).
  2. Even though you are already completely forgiven, you still need to be redeemed from your past (1 Timothy 1:12-17).
  3. Your past can prevent you from experiencing real life in Christ today together with others (Acts 8:9-25).
  4. You can only redeem your past by putting your trust and hope in Jesus Christ in relation to everything that you have experienced in the past (2 Corinthians 5:16-17).
  5. Regardless of what happened to you, or what you have experienced in the past, God works out and will work out everything for your good (Romans 8:28-30).
  6. The best way to redeem your past is to go through a series of steps with the help of a trusted friend (James 5:16). As much as possible, this person should be someone who has gone through this process before. Otherwise, you will go through this process together at the same time.
  7. You need to recall your past so far (Galatians 1:13-17). One good way to do is to draw a lifeline on a piece of paper, dividing it into time periods vertically. Then divide your lifeline into positive and negative experiences horizontally. Ask your friend how to do this, if he or she knows how. If not, send us a message.
  8. Share your lifeline with your trusted friend (and vice-versa) and talk about your positive experiences first. Rejoice in the Lord together, giving thanks to Him for all that He has done to bless you (Psalm 103:1-2).
  9. Evaluate your emotional freeze points. These are events or experiences in your past that you have a hard time recalling (Psalm 42:1-4). As you look at these areas of your life, pray to the Lord to give you courage to recall them and for the Lord to deliver you from them.
  10. Deal with demonic strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4). These are past experiences involving the occult (e.g. spirit of the glass, manghuhula, etc.) or cults (e.g. Iglesia ni Cristo, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Quiboloy, etc.). Talk about these experiences with your Counselor. Ask God for forgiveness and renounce these past involvements.
  11. Another kind of demonic stronghold is your unwillingness to forgive those who have sinned against you (Matthew 18:21-35). This may be difficult to do, but talk to your friend about these events in your past where people have hurt or harmed you. Ask God to heal you and to release you from these past strongholds. By faith, forgive those who have hurt or harmed you in the past.
  12. You need to embrace your past sins and mistakes. These are the things that you’ve done that may have hurt or harmed others or even yourself (Luke 19:1-10). They may be intentional or unintentional. Regardless, you need to ask God to forgive you. Also, you may need to talk with someone to ask him or her to forgive you. Do this as soon as possible and only if it’s still possible. If the person doesn’t want to forgive you, then you are set free from your guilt. You should also forgive yourself.
  13. You need to end untied transitions. These are events or experiences from your past that you need to forget about. You need to move on (Philippians 3:12-14). If you’re still living in the past because of them, you need to ask God to forgive you and deliver you from these memories, whether good or bad.
  14. You need to modify your wrong beliefs about God, about yourself, and about other people. These are mostly related to who you are. In other words, your sense of worth and significance. You need to renew your mind (Romans 12:1-2).
  15. You can repeat this process over and over, but not too frequently. Each time that you do it, make sure that you rely on God’s love always (Romans 8:31-39).

Action Points for Redeem the Past

  1. Make an appointment with a Counselor who can help you go through the Redeem the Past Process.
  2. Recall your past so far with the help of a Counselor or with a HEALTH Group who are also going through the same process.
  3. Evaluate any emotional freeze points from your past with the help of a Counselor or with a HEALTH Group who are also going through the same process.
  4. Deal with demonic strongholds from your past with the help of a Counselor or with a HEALTH Group who are also going through the same process.
  5. Embrace past sins and/or mistakes from your past with the help of a Counselor or with a HEALTH Group who are also going through the same process.
  6. End untied transitions from your past with the help of a Counselor or with a HEALTH Group who are also going through the same process.
  7. Modify wrong beliefs you learned from your past with the help of a Counselor or with a HEALTH Group who are also going through the same process.
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Module 5: Test the Present (KRL 2)

  1. Experiencing real life in Christ together with others is a day to day process of cooperating with God’s grace (Philippians 2:12-13).
  2. It starts each day with thanksgiving to God for every good and perfect gift that He has given to us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3-10).
  3. It involves the process of regularly examining your behavior (i.e. your words and actions) and your lifestyle (i.e. the way you’re using your time, talents and treasures) by meditating on the word of God. The goal is to be aware of any area where God may want to renew your mind in order to transform you (Romans 12:1-2).
  4. For every area that God makes you aware of, He wants you to confess (i.e. agree with Him concerning that area) and repent (i.e. turn from your sinful ways to embrace God’s ways), so that He can transform you from the inside out (1 John 1:8-10). You do this basically through heartfelt prayer.
  5. Inner repentance is not the end of this process. God wants you to act or to show proof of your repentance by actually changing your behavior or lifestyle. This involves stopping what needs to be stopped (i.e. putting off the old self) and to start what needs to be started (i.e. putting on the new self). You do this through daily choices that shows that you are willing to obey God regardless of your feelings (Ephesians 4:17-24).
  6. Godliness is a daily work of grace and cooperation, which is always by faith (Ephesians 4:25-32). It involves trusting God and His word because you know He is good, He is able, and He is faithful.
  7. Spiritual transformation is the work of the Holy Spirit as we live in community with others. We simply cooperate with Him by obeying His voice or His word as one body. This requires mutual accountability as well as perseverance (Galatians 5:13-26).
  8. You need to develop certain daily godly habits to be able to hear God and respond to Him in faith and obedience (Ephesians 5:15-20). They are as follows: a) Honor God with your time, talents and treasure, b) Attend to your daily communion with God, c) Build your knowledge of God through His word and works, d) Involve yourself in God-pleasing relationships, e) Take care of your own family as God does, and f) Serve God together with others.

Action Points for Test the Present

  1. Make an appointment with a Buddy Builder who can help you go through the Test the Present Process.
  2. Thank God for every good and perfect gift that God has bestowed upon you by telling your Buddy Builder or your HELP Group about them.
  3. Examine your present lifestyle (i.e. how you’re using your time, talents and treasure) and tell your Buddy Builder or your HELP Group about it so that they can hold you accountable.
  4. Stop any destructive habit by confessing it to your Buddy Builder or your HELP Group and by aligning your lifestyle to show proof of your sincere repentance.
  5. Train yourself to start living a godly lifestyle by asking your Buddy Builder or a member of your HELP Group to teach you how to practice the six godly HABITS.
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Module 6: Plan the Future (KRL 3)

  1. God has prepared good works for each of us that He wants us to accomplish in this life by His grace. This is the reason why He saved us (Ephesians 2:8-10).
  2. It’s important to live our lives purposely. We need to make decisions wisely so that we can bear fruit for the glory of God (Philippians 1:9-11).
  3. We need to rely on the Holy Spirit who can give us wisdom in our daily walk so that we can know His will and choose wisely (Colossians 1:9-14).
  4. To make wise decisions, we need to prepare a vision frame that can guide our lives (Proverbs 29:18). This vision frame should include our mandate (what we believe God wants us to do), our marks of success (how we know that we are accomplishing our mandate), our means or methods (how we plan to accomplish our mandate), and our motives (what motivates us to persevere and do everything possible to accomplish our mandate).
  5. You can discover your mandate when you encounter God, and He reveals to you a need that matters to Him and to you, and He calls you to fulfill a task in relation to that need by His grace and power (Exodus 3:1-22).
  6. You may not feel capable to fulfill the task that He calls you to do, but if He calls you He will equip you for the task (Exodus 4:1-17).
  7. Ask God to help you define what your marks of success should look like for the task He wants you to accomplish (Romans 15:17-22).
  8. You’re free to decide your means or methods for as long as it does not violate God’s word and they can help you accomplish your mandate in the most effective and efficient way (Matthew 10:5-23).
  9. Your motives or motivations must inspire you and give you courage as you face various challenges in the fulfillment of your mandate (2 Corinthians 5:11-15).
  10. After you’ve decided on your vision frame, you need to list down your lag goals and lead measures (Philippians 3:12-14). Lag goals are your ending goals, or goals that you would see at the end of a process. Lead measures are the immediate goals, or goals that you need to see along the way toward fulfilling your lag goals.
  11. Your goals cannot be accomplished unless you arrange your schedule to maximize your time and energy (Proverbs 6:6-11). You need to be proactive in how you budget your time and energy because you will need them to fulfill your goals.
  12. You need to navigate the challenges toward the fulfillment of your marks of success (James 1:2-8). When faced with a challenge, you need to wait upon the Lord, inquire from God’s word, seek godly counsel, and evaluate the results. In other words, you need to be WISE!

Action Points for Plan the Future

  1. Make an appointment with a Life Coach who can help you go through the Plan the Future Process.
  2. Prepare a life vision frame with the help of your Life Coach.
  3. List your life goals with the help of your Life Coach.
  4. Arrange your schedule based on your life goals with the help of your Life Coach.
  5. Navigate the challenges that can hinder you from accomplishing your life goals with the help of your Life Coach.
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Module 7: Reach the lost

  1. God wants everyone to know the good news about Jesus Christ so that they may be saved by believing in Him (1 Timothy 2:3-6).
  2. Anyone can believe in Him if only they are given the chance to truly understand the meaning and implications of the good news about Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18).
  3. The good news about Jesus Christ is that there is a life that is so much better than the best life this world can ever offer both now and forever, and this life is found only through faith in Jesus Christ (John 10:7-10).
  4. The life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ is also called eternal life because it starts now and goes on forever (1 John 5:11-12).
  5. This eternal life in Christ is characterized by blessings but it also includes sufferings in His name (Matthew 5:1-12).
  6. Those who have eternal life in Christ are perfectly safe in God’s great universe because nothing can separate them from His love (Romans 8:18-27).
  7. To have this kind of life is to experience the fullness of salvation in all dimensions and aspects of life (Romans 8:28-30).
  8. To experience this life, a person must trust in Jesus Christ from the heart and follow Him faithfully together with others (Romans 10:6-13).
  9. As a believer faithfully follows Jesus Christ together with others, God works in him or her to make him or her willing and able to do His will, which results in salvation in all dimensions and aspects of life (Philippians 2:12-13)
  10. Those who endure and persevere until the end shall be saved. Therefore, it is important for believers to help one another through the journey of faith so that everyone may be saved (Hebrews 10:19-39).

Action Points for Reach the Lost

  1. Make an appointment with a REACH Catalyst who can help you go through the Reach the Lost Process.
  2. Generate a HIT (Hearts in Transition) List with the help of your REACH Catalyst.
  3. Offer God’s love in practical and spiritual ways to those who are in your HIT List and report it to your REACH Catalyst.
  4. Begin spiritual conversations with seekers who are in your HIT List and report it to your REACH Catalyst.
  5. Reveal your personal testimony with seekers when it’s appropriate and report it to your REACH Catalyst.
  6. Invite seekers to appropriate events to plant seeds of faith in their hearts and report it to your REACH Catalyst.
  7. Narrate the good news about Jesus Christ to seekers at the appropriate time and report it to your REACH Catalyst.
  8. Guide seekers to genuine conversion at the appropriate time and report it to your REACH Catalyst.
  9. Judge if new believers still need help with their conversion and report it to your REACH Catalyst.
  10. Orient new believers about the Christian life and the church and report it to your REACH Catalyst.
  11. Invite new believers to join a LIFE Group as soon as possible and report it to your REACH Catalyst.
  12. Nurture the faith of new believers by teaching them to go through the Get Real Life modules and report it to your REACH Catalyst.