PROMISE – A solemn assertion, by which one pledges his veracity (truthfulness) that he will perform, or cause to be performed, that which he mentions (1 Ki. 8:56; 2 Chron. 1:9; Psa. 77:8).  Promises differ from the commands of God, the latter being significa­tions of the divine will concerning a duty to be performed, whereas the former relate to mercies to be received (The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, p. 1039).

An assurance that one will do or refrain from doing a specified thing (The New Lexicon Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, p. 800).

 

Rom. 6:14             Because Christians are under grace rather than the law, what doesn’t have to be true of us Christians?

 

Have you ever as a Christian claimed this promise that you don’t have to be mastered by sin (if you’re Spirit-filled, Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:22-23 and living from your new nature, 2 Pet. 1:4)?

If so, what happened?

 

Rom. 8:26-27      When you as a Christian don’t know how to pray or what to pray (due to “weakness”, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual turmoil or confusion, Rom. 8:18, 23), what does the Holy Spirit do for you?

 

[“groan”, Gk. “stenazo” – “an inward, unexpressed feeling of sorrow/grief.”  This has nothing to do with praying in tongues, as most Charismatics believe.].

How does knowing this make you feel, and why?

 

Rom. 8:28             What does God do for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (i.e., are believers)?

 

Would you say that this promise applies to you?

If not, what steps will you take to make sure that you love God and are called according to His purpose?

 

Rom. 8:34-39       What shall be able to separate us (Christians) from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus?

 

How does knowing this make you feel, and why?

 

1 Cor. 3:8             Though he who plants (evangelizes) and he who waters (further evangelizes) are one (in purpose and goal), what will each receive according to his own labor?

 

Does knowing that rewards will be given according to your capability, opportunities, and drive in evangelizing motivate you to share the gospel more and to not play comparison games with other Christians?

If so, how?

 

1 Cor. 3:12-14     What shall a person receive if his work (teaching) remains (is or shown to be accurate doctrine) after being tested by fire (at the judgment seat of Christ)?

 

Does knowing that God promises a reward for those whose work/teaching remains (is or shown) accurate encourage you?

Does it matter to you, and why?

 

1 Cor. 10:13         God, who is faithful, won’t allow what to happen to you?

 

[“what you are able” – to bear/handle/deal with].

But with the temptation, what will God provide?

 

[“the way of escape” – from caving in to the trial/temptation].

 

The way of escape is going to the Lord in prayer for strength and/or to the Bible for encouragement and right perspective.

 

Do you take the way of escape that God provides?

Why?

 

1 Cor. 15:51-53          What will happen to all Christians when Christ returns?

 

How does knowing that you’ll be raised up immortal (to live forever in heaven) make you feel, and why?

 

1 Cor. 15:58         Why should we be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord?

 

Will this promise help keep you from getting discouraged when you’re working for the Lord?

If so, how?

 

2 Cor. 9:6             What will happen to the person who sows bountifully (gives materially or financially and generously)?

 

Have you ever put this principle into practice?

If so, what happened?

 

Gal. 4:6-7        What has God promised to do to those who are His sons (Christians)?

 

And if you are a son (of God, a Christian) besides getting the Holy Spirit the moment you trusted in Christ as your Savior (Eph. 1:13-14; Acts 11:17 with Acts 10:45), what else are you?

 

Does knowing that you’re an heir of heaven motivate you in any way?

How?

 

Gal. 5:16         If you walk/live by the Holy Spirit controlling you, what won’t you do?

 

Have you found this to be true?

If not, when will you start being continually controlled by the Holy Spirit, so that you have His enablement to not sin?

 

Gal. 6:9           In what should we not lose heart, and why?

 

Do you ever grow weary of doing good, and why?

 

Will claiming this promise for a greater qualitative life in heaven encourage you to continue to do good, and why?

 

Eph. 6:16           What will you be able to do once you take up the shield of faith (by believing what God says in the Bible)?

 

Are you trusting in God’s promises and principles for power, authority, and victory over Satan’s missiles of temptation (to doubt God and the Bible or to sin) directed at your life?

If so, how?

 

Phil. 4:6-7            What does God promise when we share our concerns with Him in prayer and our thanksgiving?

 

Have you ever experienced the peace of God guarding your heart and mind (keeping watch over your emotions and thoughts to keep you from worrying)?

If so, explain.

 

Phil. 4:19              What shall God supply to those who support God’s spiritual workers who are evangelizing and building up believers spiritually?

 

In what manner (according to what)?

 

Have you ever claimed this promise?

If so, what happened?

 

1 Tim. 4:8          Of what value is godliness?

 

[“all things” – all kinds of things here on earth and hereafter in heaven].

Why?

 

Does this encourage you to value and strive for godliness?

If so, when will you start?

 

2 Tim. 1:7          What hasn’t God given Christians?

 

Instead, what has God given us?

 

Have you ever claimed this promise for boldness, love, and discipline?

If so, what happened?

 

2 Tim. 2:12          What privilege will God give to those who endure the hardships and persecutions of being an outspoken Christian?

 

Do you think that you will reign with Christ during His Millennial Kingdom (Rev. 20:4, 6), and why?

 

2 Tim. 2:20-21        If a person cleanses himself/herself from wickedness/sin, what will he/she be?

 

Do you qualify?

Is this what you want to be?

Why?

 

Heb. 13:5         What did God promise that He would never do?

 

How does/will knowing this promise affect you?

 

Why?

 

Jas. 1:5-7           If any Christian lacks wisdom concerning how to handle a trial, what should he/she expect after he/she asks God for wisdom?

 

What condition must be met for this promise to be true (Jas. 1:6)?

 

Have you ever doubted this promise or any other promise of God?

Why?

 

Jas. 1:25        What will happen to the person who looks intently at the perfect law (the Bible) and abides by it?

 

Are you blessed/happy in what you do?

If so, how can you tell?

 

Jas. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5            To whom does God give grace/favor?

 

Have you experienced this promise?

If so, when, and how?

 

Jas. 4:7               Who must we submit to (surrender to in being obedient) in order to claim this promise?

 

And what will happen if we resist (take a stand against) the devil (by quoting appropriate Bible verses related to the areas of temptation, e.g., Matt. 4:3-10)?

 

[It doesn’t mean that the devil won’t come back later, Lk. 4:13. So you’ll need to resist him in the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ every time he comes and tempts you.].

Have you ever practiced this promise?

If so, what happened?

 

Jas. 4:8           What will happen if you draw near to God (enter into close communion/relationship with God as an acceptable worshiper)?

 

Does this promise encourage you to abandon worldliness and move into a closer relationship with God?

If so, what steps will you take to make this a reality?

 

1 Pet. 5:4            What promise is made to faithful spiritual leaders when the Chief Shepherd (Jesus) appears?

 

Do you think you’d qualify to receive this reward?

Why?

 

1 Pet. 5:6-7          Why should we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God?

 

Why should we cast all our anxiety upon Him?

 

Do you believe these promises?

If so, how do you show it?

 

2 Pet. 1:10        As long as you practice the things in 2 Pet. 1:5-7, what will be true of you?

 

Are you making these qualities in 2 Pet. 1:5-7 a consistent part of your life so that you’ll never fall/stumble (into sin and misery)?

If not, when and how will you start?

 

1 Jn. 1:9        Because God is faithful and righteous, what will He do if we confess (agree with/admit to God about) our sins?

 

What affect will knowing this have on you, and why?

 

1 Jn. 5:14-15       If we ask anything according to God’s will, what does God promise to do?

 

Have you ever claimed this promise of God before?

When, and for what?

 

Promises Related to Salvation

Jn. 10:27-29         Since Jesus gives his sheep (believers) eternal life and no one can snatch them out of God’s hand (no one can take us away from our relationship with God), what did Jesus say would never happen to them (Jn. 10:28)?

 

Did you realize that this was a promise of God guaranteeing your salvation, if you’re a believer in Christ as your Savior?

How does knowing this affect you, and why?

 

Rom. 5:10         Since we have been reconciled (changed from a hatred to a friendship relationship) to God through Christ’s death, of what can we be assured?

 

How does knowing that Christ’s life (in heaven interceding for us) shall completely and finally save you into heaven, make you feel, and why?

 

Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30      What happened upon (after) believing in the message of truth, the gospel?

 

For and as what is the Holy Spirit given?

For what were believers sealed (given a guarantee), Eph. 4:30?

 

Did you know that God promised to give all Christians the Holy Spirit as a pledge (deposit, down payment) of their inheritance (heaven) and for securing/sealing them unto the day of redemption (when the Christian gets his glorified body, Phil. 3:21)?

 

Phil. 1:6          About what was Paul confident?

 

How does knowing that God will perfect (bring to completion) the good work (our salvation) that He began in you make you feel, and why?

 

2 Tim. 2:11, 13       If we died positionally (to the penalty of our sins) with Christ (by believing in Him as Savior), what will be true of us (in heaven)?

 

If we are faithless, what will God do/be, and why?

 

Does this promise give you assurance of your salvation, knowing that even if you’re faithless (unfaithful), God will not deny you the salvation He promised you once you have it?

 

1 Jn. 5:13          Who can know that he/she has eternal life?

 

Do you believe in the name (person) of the Son of God (that He’s the Christ/Savior, the One who paid for all your sins)?

 

State the promises found in the following verses related to salvation:

  • Jn. 3:16-18
  • Jn. 3:36
  • Jn. 5:24
  • Jn. 6:40
  • Jn. 6:47
  • Jn. 10:9
  • Jn. 11:25-26
  • Rom. 1:16
  • Rom. 3:29-30
  • Rom. 5:1
  • Rom. 5:9
  • Rom. 6:5
  • Rom. 6:7
  • Rom. 6:8
  • Rom. 6:22
  • Rom. 8:1
  • Rom. 8:11
  • Rom. 8:29-30
  • Rom. 10:4
  • Rom. 10:9-10
  • Rom. 10:11
  • Rom. 10:13
  • Rom. 11:29
  • 1 Cor. 1:8
  • 1 Cor. 15:49
  • 2 Cor. 4:14
  • Gal. 3:26
  • Eph. 2:18
  • Eph. 2:1
  • Phil. 3:20-21
  • Col. 1:13-14
  • Col. 2:13
  • Col. 3:4
  • 1 Thes. 1:10
  • 1 Thes. 5:9-10
  • Heb. 9:28
  • Heb. 10:10
  • Heb. 10:14
  • 1 Jn. 3:2
  • 1 Jn. 5:12

 

Examples of promises not to claim:

  • Gen. 12:2
  • Gen. 15:18
  • 2 Sam. 7:11
  • Josh. 1:3
  • Acts 18:10
  • Matt. 10:18-20
  • Jn. 16:13
  • Jn. 14:26
  • Mal. 3:10, 12
  • 2 Ki. 20:5-6

 

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