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1 Running the Race

2 Let us keep on running the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 Contents Day 1 I am loved by God. 2 Day 2 I am forgiven by God. 4 Day 3 I have become a child of God. 6 CBI Student Enrollment Form 11 The New International Reader s Version of the Bible (NIrV). Copyright 1995, 1996, 1998 by International Bible Society. The author of Running the Race is Chuck Broughton of The Navigators. This booklet is a shortened version of the 96-page Running the Race Bible Study Book by The Navigators / Prison Fellowship / International Bible Society / Crossroad Bible Institute

3 RESPONSE CARD Date Comments Name ID# HOUSING INSTITUTION STREET ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP 1. Today I have Received Jesus Christ as Savior for the first time OR Rededicated my life to Christ. 2. I would like to take FREE personalized Bible study courses with Crossroad Bible Institute. (I will fill out the Enrollment Form on page 11 and mail it in with this completed booklet.) PLEASE COMPLETE THIS CARD AND RETURN IT TO THE OPERATION STARTING LINE VOLUNTEER OR YOUR CHAPLAIN.

4 Crossroad BIBLE INSTITUTE Crossroad Bible Institute Operation Starting Line P.O. Box 900 Grand Rapids, MI Place Postage Here

5 Free to Run the Race On your mark... Get set... Go! You re off on an exciting race. The race is your life as a Christian, and the finish line ends at the gates of heaven. But the race has just begun. As in any race, a runner needs to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Running a race requires discipline, training and coaching. These study helps are written to help you become spiritually fit to run your race. You will discover three Bible exercises, and other useful information, to help you get off to a great start. Go ahead, get started! Complete these three exercises and return the entire booklet to Crossroad Bible Institute. CBI will correct your work and return this booklet to you along with a personal letter of discipleship and encouragement. You will automatically qualify to be accepted as a CBI student. CBI will send your Welcome Packet with your first lesson within two weeks of receiving this completed booklet. Be sure to complete the enrollment form on page 11. 1

6 The Runner: Who Am I in Christ? 1 I am loved by God. God s love for us is greater than any human experience of love we have known. God made each of us to have a loving relationship with him, and he sent Jesus to die for us in order to show how much he loves us. As a child of God, we can experience God s acceptance and love every day. 1. Circle key words or phrases in the following Scriptures. Jesus said: God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life (John 3:16). St. Paul wrote: Here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). St. John wrote: What is love? It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins (1 John 4:10). The Lord answers, Can a mother forget the baby who is nursing at her breast? Can she stop showing her tender love to the child who was born to her? She might forget her child. But I will not forget you (Isaiah 49:15). King David prayed: Lord, remember your great mercy and love. You have shown them to your people for a long time. Don t remember the sins I committed when I was young. Don t remember how often I refused to obey you. Remember me because you love me. Lord, you are good (Psalm 25:6-7). 2. What do we learn about God s love from these five Scriptures? 3. Memorize John 3:16, or, if you prefer, one of the other verses. 4. On the next page, do a verse study on one of these five Scriptures. 2

7 Verse Study Select a Scripture from the opposite page and complete this verse study form. 1. Verse reference: 2. List two key words and define them. (Use a dictionary if it will help.) Key Word: Definition: Key Word: Definition: 3. What does this Scripture say? (Rewrite it in your own words.) 4. What does this Scripture say to me? (How can I apply the truth of this Scripture to my life today? How can I put it into practice?) 3

8 The Runner: Who Am I in Christ? 2 I am forgiven by God. God s love for us through Jesus has provided something that every person wants and needs forgiveness of sin and freedom from guilt! How wonderful to know that when we confess our sins, God promises to forgive and cleanse us completely. We don t have to carry the burden of unforgiven sins. We are truly clean and free on the inside! 1. Circle key words or phrases in the following Scriptures. St. John wrote: God is faithful and fair. If we admit that we have sinned, he will forgive us our sins. He will forgive every wrong thing we have done. He will make us pure (1 John 1:9). St. Paul wrote: We have been set free because of what Christ has done. Through his blood our sins have been forgiven. We have been set free because God s grace is so rich (Ephesians 1:7). King David prayed: I admitted my sin to you. I didn t cover up the wrong I had done. I said, I will admit my lawless acts to the Lord. And you forgave the guilt of my sin (Psalm 32:5). The author of Hebrews wrote: Let us boldly approach the throne of grace. Then we will receive mercy. We will find grace to help us when we need it (Hebrews 4:16). King David wrote: His love for those who have respect for him is as high as the heavens are above the earth. He has removed our law- less acts from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:11-12). 2. What do we learn about God s forgiveness from these five Scriptures? 3. Memorize 1 John 1:9, or, if you prefer, one of the other verses. 4. On the next page, do a verse study on one of these five Scriptures. 4

9 Verse Study God. Select a Scripture from the opposite page and complete this verse study form. 1. Verse reference: 2. List two key words and define them. (Use a dictionary if it will help.) Key Word: Definition: Key Word: Definition: 3. What does this Scripture say? (Rewrite it in your own words.) 4. What does this Scripture say to me? (How can I apply the truth of this Scripture to my life today? How can I put it into practice?) 5

10 The Runner: Who Am I in Christ? 3 I have become a child of God. We do not earn our relationship with God. We receive it as a gift from him. St. Paul wrote: God s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn t come from anything you do. It is God s gift. It is not based on anything you have done. No one can brag about earning it (Ephesians 2:8-9). Because of his love and our faith in Jesus, he accepts us as his very own sons and daughters! 1. Circle key words or phrases in the following Scriptures. St. John wrote: Some people did accept him. They believed in his name. He gave them the right to become children of God (John 1:12). St. John wrote: How great is the love the Father has given us so freely! Now we can be called children of God. And that s what we really are! The world doesn t know us because it didn t know him (1 John 3:1). St. Paul wrote: Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God (Romans 8:14). St. Paul continued: You didn t receive a spirit that makes you a slave to fear once again. Instead you received the Holy Spirit, who makes you God s child. By the Spirit s power we call God Abba. Abba means Father. The Spirit himself joins with our spirits. Together they give witness that we are God s children (Romans 8:15-16). King David wrote: A father is tender and kind to his children. In the same way, the Lord is tender and kind to those who have respect for him (Psalm 103:13). 2. What do we learn about being God s child from these five Scriptures? 3. Memorize John 1:12, or, if you prefer, one of the other verses. 4. On the next page, do a verse study on one of these five Scriptures. 6

11 Verse Study Select a Scripture from the opposite page and complete this verse study form. 1. Verse reference: 2. List two key words and define them. (Use a dictionary if it will help.) Key Word: Definition: Key Word: Definition: 3. What does this Scripture say? (Rewrite it in your own words.) 4. What does this Scripture say to me? (How can I apply the truth of this Scripture to my life today? How can I put it into practice?) 7

12 Congratulations! You ve finished the first lap! Now fill in the enrollment form on page 11 and return this entire booklet to CBI. You have earned automatic admission to CBI to help you win the race! 8

13 Notes, Prayer Requests and Comments 9

14 Inmates say CBI is the Cadillac of Correspondence Courses! TIER 1 STUDYING GOD S WORD TIER 2 STUDYING WITH A MENTOR GREAT TRUTHS OF THE BIBLE SURVEY OF THE BIBLE Tier 1 demonstrates the unity of the Old and New Testaments, providing a clear presentation of God s plan of salvation while giving each student direction for thinking, living and witness. CBI Instructors correct the lessons, adding their personal instruction, letters of encouragement and other helps to aid in Christian growth and witness. TEN MEN YOU SHOULD KNOW or TEN WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW IN GOD WE TRUST THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT Students who graduate from Tier 1 may be invited to enroll in the Tier 2 Graduate Studies program. At this time, each student is placed with his or her own personal Instructor who will serve as the student s mentor throughout the study. Each of the courses contains challenging lessons taking the student to the next level of Bible study and preparation for reentry. TIER 1 GRADUATES RECEIVE: A certificate for each course completed A letter of congratulations from the President of CBI TIER 2 GRADUATES RECEIVE: A certificate for each course completed A letter of congratulations from the President of CBI 10

15 CROSSROAD BIBLE INSTITUTE ENROLLMENT FORM Name ID # (First) (Last) I would like to begin taking Bible study courses through Crossroad Bible Institute. Prefiero este curso en español. Complete Mailing Address Gender: Male or Female HOUSING Date of Birth INSTITUTION Earliest Outdate STREET ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP CODE Crossroad BIBLE INSTITUTE STUDENT COMMITMENT By signing this agreement, I promise to do my best to faithfully complete each course that I start in a timely manner. I want to be held accountable to this commitment because I want to grow spiritually! Signature Date CROSSROAD BIBLE INSTITUTE COMMITMENT We hereby promise to faithfully administrate this program in a timely manner, to encourage you and challenge you in your studies, and to provide you with certificates of completion. In addition, upon graduation we will send you a letter for your file indicating the effort that you have put forth in this program. _ Crossroad Bible Institute Staff _ Please complete this form and return this booklet to Crossroad Bible Institute: P.O. Box 900 Grand Rapids, MI

16 Running the Race PLEASE PRINT - Do Not Remove Covers Name ID# HOUSING INSTITUTION STREET ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP Crossroad BIBLE INSTITUTE Crossroad Bible Institute Operation Starting Line P.O. Box 900 Grand Rapids, MI Place Postage Here

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