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Select the topic or date of your choice to view a detailed outline of the teachings. Each time you study the Word, you position yourself to receive divine direction from God. When you spend time researching the Scriptures, you acquire wisdom for every situation in life. As you study, expect to find answers to your questions and solutions to your problems!

Salvation: The Package Deal

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

When we look at the entire salvation package Jesus made available to us through the cross, we see that the animal sacrifices made in the Old Testament were a foreshadowing of what He was to do, with an important difference. The blood of the animals was meant to cover up the people’s sins, but the blood of Jesus, who was the perfect sacrifice for all time, completely washes away our sins. The atoning blood of the animals in the Old Testament was different from the remitting blood of Jesus. God is the God of the here and now, not just the God of the afterlife. This means that salvation is available to us right now, not just after we die.

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Your Mighty Weapon of Warfare

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

When we are fighting spiritual battles, we should hold fast and never forget the lessons we learn from studying the Scriptures. One of the most important lessons is that we need the Holy Spirit in our lives, as well as the gift of praying in tongues that He gives us. This type of prayer allows us to talk to God about secret truths unknown to our minds, and it allows Him to make blessings in our lives come to pass. Another gift from Him is the power of our imagination to make whatever we visualize and pray about, a physical reality. Regardless of what others may think or say, when we combine the imagination God gave us with faith, there is no stopping the eventual manifestation of our dreams.

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The Requirements of Tithes and Offerings

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

The old covenant, before the cross, was based on what the people had to do first before receiving a blessing—they had to obey, first, in order to be blessed. After the cross, the order was changed; now the focus is on what Jesus has already done. We are blessed because of our belief in His perfect obedience, not ours. These blessings even extend to our finances. Our obedience is not the same type of requirement as described in the Old Testament, but rather a response to Jesus and the fruits of the spirit. Giving generously, motivated by love and thankfulness, is one way we can respond to what He did. We no longer have to perform for God to bless us with financial stability; we simply receive it by faith.

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The Lens of the Finished Works of Christ

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

When we read the Bible, we need to use critical thinking and ask ourselves four basic questions: who is speaking; to whom is it spoken; what is the Scripture speaking about; and how are we to understand what we are reading in light of the finished works of Jesus? Following these guidelines will help us properly divide the Word. If we fail to do this, we open ourselves up to the danger of taking a single Scripture out of context and misinterpreting the Word’s true meaning. It is important not to read the Bible with an Old-Testament mindset; if we do, we will miss seeing grace in the context of what Christ did on the cross. What was true under the old covenant of law may no longer be true under grace. While self-effort was required under the law, Jesus freed us from that and replaced it with grace. Therefore, we do not have to beg God to bless us; we can now thank Him for the blessings He has already made available to us.

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What Is It Spoken About?

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

The Word of truth can be rightly divided, but it can also be wrongly divided. If the Word is interpreted and preached incorrectly, negative consequences will be the end result. When we follow the guidelines for properly interpreting what we read in the Bible, we can benefit from its true meaning. When studying a particular passage in the Scriptures, we must ask ourselves what the passage speaks about or refers to.

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The Requirements of Faith

By Creflo Dollar

Summary

Obtaining all the spiritual nourishment we can from the Bible requires that we interpret it correctly. To do that, we must realize that we are living post-cross, not pre-cross, and the works that once were required are no longer necessary. Before Jesus came, the people only had the law, but not the faith we have today. Now, because of what Jesus did on the cross, we do not have to work hard and depend on our own efforts to develop the faith we need. Our faith develops when we keep our eyes on Him.

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