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We serve a supernaturbiblestarsal God who wants to bring supernatural miracles through the salvation of souls on your campus! This is the first week of a quiet time series over different supernatural events were God did the miraculous and how they practically apply to our lives. It ends with a challenge to share with a certain amount of people and gives practical application for each day. Your entire campus ministry will be united having the same quiet times everyday. Unique to the series is it uses an acronym I had read about that helps teach your campus ministry to get the most out of their Bible reading. Enjoy! Click below.


ImageHave you ever been studying the Bible with someone or sharing your faith and they ask you about what the Bible says about speaking in tongues or any other miraculous gifts even though they may not be heavily into Pentecostalism? You don’t have time to go through the Holy Spirit studies but want to give them a sound biblical answer; that is what this mini-study is for. 5 simple scriptures that help you show the miraculous gifts are not available to the church today since we have the Bible which brings faith (Romans 10:17).


Introduction: God is a God of miracles and through faith and prayer God can work powerfully, yet today no one has the supernatural ability to perform miraculous gifts.

Ask: Did the first century disciples have the New Testament? No

Mark 16:15-20

  • What was the purpose of the miracles the apostles would perform? To confirm the word
  • Miracles were necessary to validate the apostles message until the word was confirmed (completed).

2 Corinthians 12:12

  • What are the marks of an apostle? (signs, wonders, and miracles)
  • Who would write most the New Testament? (Apostle or someone close to one)
  • Only apostles could perform the gifts and pass them on. They were part of the foundation to the church (Ephesians 2:19-20). Since the Old Testament was written by the prophets, once the apostles teachings were confirmed there would be no need for miracles.

1 Corinthians 13:8-13

  • As Paul wrote this he teaches that they’re prophecy, tongues, and supernatural knowledge was done only in part since the Bible was still being written.
  • When perfection (completion) comes the imperfect (in part) disappears. Paul teaches tongues and other miracles will cease. What is perfect in this world? (The Bible ref. James 1:25). The Bible brings faith now and is the foundation of the church. This means these gifts ceased upon the Bible’s completion around 150 AD.
  • Faith, hope, and love will remain as God works according to our faith.

Matthew 12:38-40

  • An adulterous and wicked generation seeks a sign but those who follow Jesus understand the greatest miracle was his death and resurrection.
  • Experience is not a determination of truth, the Bible must be our truth. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10). Where do these ‘miraculous signs’ usually occur today and in those groups what doctrine for salvation do they teach? (almost always false doctrines of salvation are taught in groups who claim these miraculous gifts exist today- Satan wants to lead people away from the truth through counterfeit miracles or people trusting in their experience.)

Matthew 7:21-23

  • At judgment day why didn’t the people not make it to heaven in this passage? (they still practiced miraculous gifts!)
  • The key is following the will of God (v.21) which is the Bible.

Conclusion: The miraculous gifts of the Spirit that the apostles and those they chose to give them to could perform ceased after the completion of the Bible. The Bible now produces the faith needed to become Christians and God still does miraculous through us praying to Him, not an individual possessing an ability or laying on hands.


  • This course should be rigorous and done every 3-4 days with your d-group.
  • The notes here are designed as if I am teaching the class to my discipleship group and must be applied to your situation.
  • Have everyone share how they did spiritually this past semester and how effective they think their leadership was.
  • Take 20 minutes to take this General Knowledge Bible Test (GENERAL KNOWLEDGE BIBLE TEST). This test should be easily passed if one has a general knowledge of the bible and will give you a good idea where your group is at.
  • The links and attachments are crucial to the course and the material referenced at the end of each attachment.

What will it take to be discipled by me?

  1. Imitation (John 3:22-23, John 4:1)
  • John the Baptist (name means “baptizer”) was effective at baptizing yet his ministry was limited.
  • Jesus baptized as well but taught his guys how to baptize so eventually the religious authorities of the day noticed Jesus’ ministry multiplied faster because now it wasn’t Jesus baptizing but his disciples. Jesus built a multiplying ministry.
  • This came because Jesus’ disciples imitated what Jesus did. The leader must live out the example and his disciples must imitate it.
  • Imitation = Multiplication
  • 1 Corinthians 4:14-17 – Paul was confident that imitation was the key to fix any problem in the church. Timothy was an exact representation of Paul because Timothy could do what Paul could do.
  • I need to be confident that I can send you guys into any situation and you can do what I could do.
  • 1 Corinthians 11:1- Follow the Christ like qualities in me.
  • Must throw away any pride to be able to imitate. (your way of doing things must be gone)
  • IMITATE MY: Bible knowledge, speech, disciple making, diligence in accountability, passion, zeal, dress at church events, etc.
  • Jesus had 12 disciples that became just like him, willing to die for the cause. Those 12 put that heart into the 72 (Luke 10). Those disciples put that heart into the 120 (Acts 1), those 120 put that heart into the 3000 (Acts 2), until we see the first Christian martyr Stephen died for the cause being just like Christ!
  • 2 Samuel 23:8-23
  • Mighty men do mighty acts of faith.
  • Loyalty to the point of death in this group is an expectation.
  • David believed leaders must earn the right to lead.
  • Jesus taught the same concept in the parable of the minas (Luke 19:11-27)
  • Notice the ones that reproduced their minas (ie. salvation) earned more cities to lead.
  • Have you been fruitful? Built a Real Talk? Earned the right to lead?

2. Maturity (Hebrews 5:11-6:3, 7-8)

  • Maturity is being a teacher of the first principles and bearing fruit (producing a crop of disciples!).
  • First principles is just milk (can you teach about the Holy Spirit, laying on of hands, the resurrection, and eternal judgment? These are part of the first principles of Christianity as well).
  • Each study must bring someone to a core conviction and decision:
  • Maturity comes by “constant use”. Self training is key. It isn’t just being taught in a “d-time” or sermon, but you must imitate my walk and how I deal with others non-Christians and Christians.

DISCUSS and DISCIPLE ONE-ANOTHER on how much they have imitated. See how principles have applied or not been applied in your ministry situation.


  1. Begin New Testament reading plan and memorize books of the Bible in order by next meeting. (NEW TESTAMENT IN 30 DAYS)
  2. Listen to Kip teach the Discipleship study online and memorize the study. (Click here)
  3. Read carefully the “Existence of God” study attached and you will be quizzed over this study and must be able to reproduce the diagram with a point for each triangle.  (The Existence of God)
  4. There will be a test over the above three homework assignments next session.