Basic Doctrinal Worksheets
for New Believers

Lesson 19

Signs of Life
The Marks of a True Believer

A True Believer Obeys the Word of God
A True Believer Will Not Continue in Sin
A True Believer Will Not Enjoy Living in Sin


[Continued from the Previous Lesson]

5.  A true believer obeys the Word of God (1 John 2:3).

The person who has eternal life is the person who ___________ the only true God and _________________________ whom He has sent (John 17:3). How can we know whether or not we really know Christ as our personal Saviour and Lord? According to 1 John 2:3, if a person truly knows Christ what will he do? ______________________________________ Consider a person who says, "I’m so glad that I know the Lord Jesus as my Savior" but as you observe his life you notice that he does not seem to live according to the Word of God. What are two things that are probably true about this person (1 John 2:4)?
1. __________________________________________
2. __________________________________________
The person who keeps and obeys God’s Word is truly the person in whom the ___________     ____    __________ is perfected (brought to maturity) and the obedient believer can know that he is _____ Christ (1 John 2:5). If a person is truly abiding in the Lord Jesus, then how should he walk and live (1 John 2:6)? _____________________________________________ To see how our Lord Jesus walked, read carefully the following verses and match them to the proper statements:

1. ________ John 5:30; 6:38

A. The Lord Jesus always kept His Father's Word.

2. ________ John 8:29

B. The Lord Jesus always did those things that pleased His Father.

3. ________ John 8:54-55

C. The Lord Jesus always did His Father's will.

According to 1 John 5:1-2 a person becomes a child of God (circle the correct answer):

  1. by believing that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah).
  2. by loving the brethren
  3. by loving God
  4. by keeping and obeying God's commandments

What is the love of God (1 John 5:3)? ___________________________________________We know that God’s commandments are not  _____________________________ (heavy, burdensome). Is it a heavy burden for us to do what God tells us to do? ______ Does God give us commandments so that He can make life miserable for us? ________Is it true that we are usually most miserable when we fail to obey the Lord? ______ Did David feel that the commandments of the Lord were grievous (Psalm 19:7-11)?  ______ In Deuteronomy 6:24 we learn that God has commanded us to do certain things "for our ______________    _________________" (compare Deut. 10:13; Jer.32:39). God wants the very best for us!!

If a person loves Christ, what will he do (John 14:15)? _______________________________________________________ The person who truly loves Christ is the person who 1) has His _________________________________  and 2) ________________ (obeys) His commandments (John 14:21). If a person really loves the Lord Jesus then he will ______________(obey) Christ’s _____________ (John 14:23). The person who does not love Christ does not ______________________________________ (John 14:24). Therefore, how can the believer show that he really loves the Saviour? _____________________________________________

Should children obey their parents (Col. 3:20)? ______ Should slaves obey their masters (Col. 3:22)? ________ Should wives obey their husbands (1 Peter 3:5-6)? __________ Therefore as children of God we should walk as ____________     _____________________ (1 Pet. 1:14). As love-slaves of God (see 1 Corinthians 6:19-20) we should glorify God and _____________ Him in things (compare Colossians 3:22). And because the church is the bride of Christ (see Eph. 5:22-23) we should obey ________________ who is the _____________ of the ____________ (Eph. 5:23).

According to Galatians 3:1 what is it that we should obey? ___________________ What is "the truth" according to Ephesians 1:13 and John 17:17? ___________________________ According to Deuteronomy 11:27; 13:4; 27:10; 28:62; 30:2,8,20 what should we obey? ____________________ According to Jeremiah 7:23; 11:4,7; 26:13; 38:20; 42:6 what should we obey? ____________________________ In what way did the nation of Israel fail (Jeremiah 3:13,25; 9:13; 11:8; 17:23; 32:23; 40:3; 42:21; 43:4,7; 44:23)? ____________________________________________________________________

Read 1 Samuel 15:1-23. What commandment did the Lord give to Saul (1 Sam. 15:3)? _______________________________________________________________________________
Why would the Lord give such a commandment (read Deut. 7:1-6, especially v.4)? __________________________________________________________________ In what way did Saul disobey this commandment (1 Sam. 15:8-9)? _________________________________________________________________________

In what way did Saul obey this commandment (1 Sam. 15:8-9)?________________________________________________________________________________

Did Saul think that he was obedient to the Lord (v.13)? _______ Why did Saul spare the sheep and oxen (v.15)? __________________________________________________
Did Samuel think that Saul obeyed the Lord (v.19)? ______ What does the Lord desire above everything else (v.22)? ______________________ Is disobedience a serious sin (v.23)? ______________ Is it as horrible in the eyes of God as the sins of witchcraft and idolatry? _________ What was it that Saul rejected? _______________________________ Whom did God reject (v.23)? _______________________________

In Matthew 8:27 what was it that obeyed the voice of Christ? ___________________________________________Who else obeyed His voice (Mark 1:27)?  _______________________ Do dead men obey His voice (John 11:43-44; 1 Thess. 4:16)? _______ Therefore, is God asking too much when He expects His children to serve Him in loving obedience? _______ Do you really love the Lord Jesus? Do you listen to His voice by reading the Bible every day? Do you love to obey His voice? Do you seek to live your life according to the Word of God? Are you willing to do whatever the Lord tells you to do? Do you really believe that Godís commandments are for your good? Are you walking as an obedient child of God?


6. A true believer will not continue in sin but will live a righteous life (1 John 3:7-8).

The person who is truly born-again will do (practice) ______________________ (1 John 2:29). What are two things that we know about the person who sins (1 John 3:6; the word "sinneth" is in the present tense and means "keeps on sinning, continues in sin")? 1) _____________________________________ 
2) ________________________________ The person who truly has been justified (declared to be just as righteous as Christ) does (practices) ________________________ (1 John 3:7). What do we know about the person who keeps on committing sin (1 John 3:8)? ________________________________________ Whoever is truly ____________ of God does not keep on committing _________; . . . and he cannot _________ (present tense: "he cannot keep on sinning, he cannot continuously sin") because he is __________    _____    ___________" (1 John 3:9). An unsaved person not only hates his brother, but he does not do (practice) _____________________ (1 John 3:10). The born-again person does not ____________ (1 John 5:18; present tense, "he does not keep on sinning").

What advice would you give an unsaved person (circle the correct answer)?

a. "You must stop living continuously in sin!" (compare Genesis 19:7)
b. "You need to start living a righteous life!"
c. "You must be born again!" (John 3:7)

If a person truly belongs to the Lord (see 2 Timothy 2:19) he will not only name the name of _______________ but he will also __________________     ___________     ____________________ (unrighteousness). What do we know about people who keep on doing the things listed in Galatians 5:19-21? _________________________________________________________

What do we know about the person whose life is characterized by unrighteousness (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)? _________________________________________________________________________

What is Paul's answer to this question: "Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?" (Romans 6:1-2) ________     _________________ (literally this means: "let it not be so!"). Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:15)? _______     _______________ The natural man (1 Cor. 2:14) thinks this way in his heart: "A saved person should continue living in sin so that everyone will see how gracious and longsuffering God can be towards His wicked children." Is this the attitude a true believer should have? _______ The spiritual man (1 Cor. 2:15-16) realizes that the grace of God teaches him to deny two things (Titus 2:11-12):


Have you been looking up all the verses that are listed on these worksheets? If not, you are only cheating yourself! Let us saturate our   minds in God's truth so that our lives will be changed!


And God's grace teaches him to live three ways:


(Titus 2:12)



Here are some of the ways that God’s grace teaches us how to live:

  1. God has graciously forgiven us (Eph. 4:32) and this teaches us that we should ______________________ one another!
  2. God has graciously loved us (John 13:34) and this teaches us that we should _________________ one another!
  3. God has graciously declared us to be just as righteous as His Son (1 John 3:7; compare Rom. 3:24) and this teaches us that we should live a _________________________ life (compare 1 Pet. 2:24).
  4. God has graciously humbled Himself by becoming a man and even going to the cross (Philippians 2:5-8), and this teaches us that we should humble ourselves and be concerned about the things of ______________________ (Phil. 2:4).
  5. God has graciously been merciful to us (Rom. 12:1) and this teaches us that we must present our ____________________ a __________________     ____________________________!
  6. God has graciously called us unto Himself to be holy (Eph. 4:1), and this teaches us to walk __________________ of the vocation (calling) to which we have been ________________!

Is your life characterized by right thinking, right acting, right speaking and right living? Have you departed from iniquity (unrighteousness)? Are you enjoying freedom from the power of sin in your daily life?


7. A true believer will not enjoy living in sin (2 Peter 2:7-8).

If we are to be____________________ of ________ as His beloved __________________ (Eph. 5:1), then we must _____________ the things that God loves and we must _____________the things that God hates! What does the Lord Jesus love (Heb. 1:8-9)? ________________________ What does He hate (Heb.l:9)? ________________________ Therefore we are to____________ the _____________, and  ___________ the ______________ (Amos 5:15). What are believers to abhor and hate (Rom. 12:9)? ______________________ Those who truly love the Lord will do what (Psalm 97:10)? ________________________Those who truly fear the Lord will do what (Proverbs 8:13)? _____________________ If we truly love God’s Word then what are three things that we will hate (Psalm 119:104,113,128,163)?
1. __________________________________ 2. __________________________________
3. ___________________________________

When Lot separated himself from Abraham, what city did he pitch his tent towards (Gen. 13:11-12)?___________________ How are the men of this city described (Gen. 13:13)? _____________________________ What kind of a man was Lot (2 Pet. 2:7-8)? _____________________________What is the one thing that the Lord hated about Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen.18:20)? ________________________ Would God destroy the city if there were found 50 righteous people (Gen. 18:23-26)?________ Can the righteous Judge ever be unfair (Gen. 18:25)?_______ Would God destroy the city if there were only 10 righteous (Gen.18:27-32)?______ Did the Lord destroy the city (2 Pet. 2:6; Jude 7)?________ How did He destroy it (Gen. 19:24-25)? ____________________________________________ Since we know that God destroyed the city, what does that tell us (compare Gen. 18:32)? ________________________________________________ What did the Lord do for Lot (2 Pet. 2:7; Gen. 19:15-16)? ______________________________________________ Did Lot enjoy living in Sodom (2 Pet. 2:7-8)? ________ What were 2 things that disturbed him and caused him to be troubled within as he lived in that city?
1. (1 Pet. 2:7)___________________________________
2. (1 Pet. 2:8) ___________________________________
What advice did Lot give to the men of Sodom (Gen. 19:7)? _____________________________________ Did this help the situation?________

When God’s child sins the Holy Spirit is ______________ (Eph. 4:30) and God must ___________________ His child (Heb.12:5-11) and that child must C________________ his _______ (1 John 1:9). What was Peter’s great sin (Luke 22:57)? ____________________________ What did Peter do, following his sin, that indicated that he was a true believer (Luke 22:62)? _________________________________What is your attitude towards sin in your life?