First Principles: Repentance from Dead Works

13 February 2011


1. Introduction

- not just a set of steps to take – six living foundations.

= The fundamentals, the ABC’s, the “Times Tables”.

= identify what flows from Spirit of God and what flows from law.

= Identify what is Holy Spirit directed and what is self centred.


2. Overview of First Principles

(i) Repentance from Dead Works - Turning from self centred life, efforts to be righteous.

(ii) Faith towards God – Turning to God, receive His love and righteousness, and identity.

(iii) Doctrine of Baptisms – separation from sin and immersion to Life in the Spirit.

(iv) Laying on of hands – impartation of grace, gifts, callings to fulfil destiny.

(v) Resurrection of the dead – flowing in the life of the Spirit.

(vi) Eternal Judgement – judging all that is not of the Life of the Spirit.




3. The Fall of Man


What was Lost in the Fall

(i) They lost their love relationship with God as their Father and with one another. Eph. 4:18.

      - Cut off from the life and love of God – man was now orphaned, self centred.

(ii) They lost their identity as a child of God who clothed and gave identity.

      - Adam was naked, ashamed, self conscious, self centred, insecure.

      - Lost! Who am I?

(iii) They lost the supernatural life of God that sustained them, Life of the Spirit.


What they experienced as a result of the Fall


4. Example of Older Brother


5. What Christ Has Done for Us

(i) Removed the list of failures and disempowered evil spirits.    (Col. 2:14-15)

(ii) Broke the power of cursing to release blessing of Holy Spirit. (Gal 3:13-14)

(iii) Raised us up to be united with Him in Heaven.                      (Eph.2:5-6)

(iv) Blessed us, made us without blame, accepted, redeemed, forever.(Eph.1:3-5)





What are the “first” or “elementary” principles of Christ in Hebrews 6: 1-3?


 Why is an understanding of these essential?  Hebrews 5: 12-13


(They are foundational to a new way of being and living and they establish and form the Life of Christ within us)


Maturity = full grown son;  lacking nothing for completion.

              = have constantly exercised their spiritual senses and growing.

              = discerns good and evil.  i.e

               1. able to see through to the root.

               2. able to identify what flows from the Spirit of God and what flows from law.

               3. able to identify what is Holy Spirit directed and what is self directed.


How can we discern what flows from the Spirit of God and what flows from law?

e.g.  in our thought life, attitudes, beliefs, impressions, feelings, inner reactions or

        responses, behaviours.


How can we identify what is Holy Spirit directed and what is self directed?

What would be the fruit or effect that each would produce in our lives and the lives of those we influence?


Can you share from your own experience a time where you were able to discern  that you were Holy Spirit directed  and a time where you were directed by law or self?


What did you experience internally?

(Law/self = condemnation, shame, insecurity, fear, striving, dryness, depression,

  jealousy, judgemental/critical attitude, anger, resentment, cold and unloving, control,

  focused on your rights, feeling that you’ve got to meet certain standards to be right

  with God and to attain His blessings and provision.)


(Holy Spirit = flow of love, peace, joy, energy and life, enthusiasm, inner security  and strength, rest, assurance, confidence (it’s going to be ok)  trust, sense of intimacy with the Lord, vitality and power.)


What was the outcome?


What was the impact on those around you?


Do your motivations and actions flow more often out of a fear - base or a

faith / love – base?


Review in the notes “What Christ Has Done For Us.”



What has the Holy Spirit been speaking to about in this session?

Has He helped you identify dead works within your life?

Where do you need to repent ( change your way of thinking ) in order to believe God?