Christianity 201

May 29, 2012

Good Old Fashioned Bible Study

I can remember in my younger days attending a youth Bible study in a friend’s basement where we literally wore out our Bibles looking up one scripture, and then another, and answering questions. Some of the study series from Navigators and Inter-Varsity are still like that today; but with modern technology, we get to wear out our mouse buttons instead of our Bibles. (If you missed out on this type of Bible study, today is your day!)

Perry Noble has been doing a series on his blog titled 5 Days in the Word based on the core values of their church. This was actually the final one which deals with the church, but you might want to complete all of them; you might especially like the 4th one which deals with spiritual formation.  (Click through to locate all five parts of this excellent series.)

I Can’t Do Life Alone

#1 – Read Hebrews 10:19-25 and answer the following…

  • Count the number of times the words “us” and “we” are used…with this in mind do you think God intended Christianity to be a solo or a team sport?
  • According to Hebrews 10:25…does God want His people meeting together on a consistant basis?

#2 – Some would argue that church is just not that big of a deal, with that in mind let’s work through the following verses…

  • Read Matthew 16:18…who did Jesus say the church belonged to?  (Follow up…if something belongs to Him is it important?)
  • Read Ephesians 1:22–who is the Head of the Church?  (Follow up…would Jesus really sit at the head of something that is unimportant?)
  • Read Ephesians 3:10–does Jesus want the church to “contain” or “proclaim” His message?
  • Read Ephesians 3:20-21–does Jesus have small or great plans for His church?
  • Read Colossians 1:18–once again, who is the Head of the church?
  • Read Revelation 22:16-21–what is the ONE ORGANIZATION that is still standing when everything else on earth has been destroyed (hint…the answer is in verse 16!)

#3 – In regards to taking this to a personal level…not only do we need church but we need godly men and women in our lives, Christian community, to take a deeper look at this look at the following verses…

  • Read John 13:34-35–how did Jesus say that His followers would be identified?
  • Read Romans 12:10–are we supposed to turn our backs on each other?  (Remember, this was written to people IN THE CHURCH!)
  • Read Ephesians 4:2–how are we supposed to treat one another?  (Once again, this was written to people IN THE CHURCH!)
  • Read Colossians 3:13–how are we supposed to treat others who have sinned against us?
  • Read I Thessalonians 5:11–who comes to mind when you read this verse…and what can you do today to follow through on what this verse commands?
  • Read James 5:16–is there anyone in your life that you feel you could do this with?

#4 – Read Matthew 26:36-39 and answer the following…

  • Did Jesus try to do life alone…or was He honest & vulnerable with those closest to Him?
  • As His followers are we called to do the same?

1 Comment »

  1. The Bible studies I enjoyed as a new Christian hold a special place in my life. I too remember turning pages back and forth, finding joy in His words and answers to questions. I wore out a Bible very quickly – torn pages, notes everywhere. I thank God for a pastor who instilled in me a love for and trust in the living Word – and who challenged me so often to put His Word to the test.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — May 30, 2012 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

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