Bible Studies For Life ~ Aug 16, 2020
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Bible Studies For Life ~ Aug 9, 2020
Why Do I Need the Church?
Session #3 – We Support One Another
Ephesians 4:1-7; 11-16
Big Idea: God gives the church spiritual gifts to accomplish His work.
Read Ephesians 4:1-7 and discuss why this passage tells us unity is so important for the church.
In Ephesians 4:13, what link does Paul make between unity and maturity? How does our unity with other believers help us to mature?
What steps can you and your Connect Group take to promote unity and growth? How does encouraging one another to exercise our giftedness impact our unity and growth?
Bible Studies For Life ~ Aug 2, 2020
Why Do I Need the Church? – We Pray for One Another
Big Idea: The church is strengthened when we pray.
How does prayer help us experience the power and presence of Christ?
What are some ways you have experienced the depth and breadth of God’s love, specifically through prayers and answered prayers?
When has God exceeded your expectations?
How can you model your prayers for others after Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians? For further help on praying for others follow the “Praying for Others” link below.
Bible Studies For Life ~ July 26, 2020
Bible Studies For Life ~ July 19, 2020
July 19 - How Should I Respond to Politics (Romans 13:1-10)
Main Idea: We should reflect Christ in how we interact with politics and government.
1) Look at vs 1-4. In what ways does Paul say that our government benefits us? What are ways that you have seen the government benefit you or your community?
2) How does obedience to government benefit us(vs 5-7)? At what point would civil disobedience become acceptable for the follower of Christ?
3) What does loving others look like when it comes to ploitics? How should we conduct ourselves in discourse with those who disagree with us and whose views contradict God's Word? (vs8-10)
Close with Live it Out on Pg. 92 of your Personal Study Guide where you will find some application challenges and concluding thoughts to guide you as you pray. If you don’t have a PSG with you, you can access a digital copy through the link below. All you have to do is set up a Lifeway Account (it is free).
Bible Studies For Life ~ July 12, 2020
July 12 - The Culmination of Our Hope (1 Peter 5:5b-11)
Main Idea: What we hope for in Christ will one day be fully attained
1) In vs 5b-6, Peter makes a connection between humbling yourself and casting your cares upon the Lord. How are humility and reliance on God connected to one another? How can pride get it the way of casting our cares upon the Lord?
2) In vs 8-9, Peter is warning the church that they will come under attack from Satan. He gives them 3 ways to resist the devil: Be sober minded - watchful, be firm in faith, and remember your brothers and sisters. It would be easy to take his reminder to remember our brothers and sisters and stop at the end of vs9 with remembering their suffering, but he goes on in vs 10 to appeal to remembering the common hope we have in Christ. How does staying sober minded, firm in our faith, and remembering our common suffering and hope equip us to withstand attacks from Satan?
3) Vs 8-9 gave us some things we should do to withstand spiritual attack. In vs 10 Peter reminds us of what God will do to help us. List out the 4 things Peter mentions in vs10. How should this truth of what God is doing to sustain us give us reassurance?
4) Peter doesn’t just remind us of what we should do and what God does to sustain us, he also reminds us of the eternal glory we have in Christ. That what we hope for in Christ will one day be fully attained. How does fixing our eyes un our eternal hope equip us to endure trials in this life?
Close with Live it Out on Pg. 60 of your Personal Study Guide where you will find some application challenges and concluding thoughts to guide you as you pray. If you don’t have a PSG with you, you can access a digital copy through the link below. All you have to do is set up a Lifeway Account (it is free).
Bible Studies For Life ~ June 7, 2020
June 7th - The Basis for Our Hope (1 Peter 1:1-9)
Main Idea: Only hope in Christ is sure and certain.
As you dig in this week, here are a few discussion questions and point to guide you:
What is the difference between our living hope (our hope in Christ) and other sources of hope?
In vs4, Peter gives us some great encouragement. He says that our inheritance is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading and that we are guarded by God’s power through faith. What do these promises communicate about the security of our hope in Christ?
In vs6, Peter tells his recipients that for a short time, they may need to suffer grief in various trials. According to what Peter says in vs. 7, what do these trials produce?
Can you think of a time when a trial you faced strengthened your faith in Christ? Discuss the situation and what you learned through your trial.
Close with Live it Out on Pg. 20 of your Personal Study Guide where you will find some application challenges and concluding thoughts to guide you as you pray. If you don’t have a PSG with you, you can access a digital copy through the link below. All you have to do is set up a Lifeway Account (it is free).
Bible Studies For Life ~ May 31, 2020
May 31st - Accept (Romans 14:1-4,13-19)
Main Idea: Don’t let differences of opinion damage your relationships.
We live in a divided society like perhaps never before. In the midst of such division, how do we function as a church? Before you take the time to do your study guide for this week on Romans 14, take the time to watch this short excerpt from a sermon by David Platt on this very topic. This sermon was preached in response to a very public event that happened in his church last year that highlighted the political division within our ranks as followers of Christ. Is it ok for us to disagree about certain things? Watch the video and complete the lesson for some biblical answers to this question.
The sermon in its entirety can be found on radical.net: https://radical.net/sermon/on-unity-in-the-church/
Bible Studies For Life ~ May 24, 2020
May 24th - Yield (Philippians 2:1-5;13-15)
Main Idea: Humbly place the needs of others before your own.
Paul opens this section with a list of things that we as followers of Christ can hold to when facing difficult circumstances. Review vs 1 and make a list. Discuss how each one of these can sustain us and encourage us in the midst of trials.
In vs. 2, Paul tells us four ways to be united together. List them out.
In this plea for unity, Paul turns his attention to calling for humility. Why is humility a vital element for unity? How can selfish ambition and conceit rob us of unity?
Paul cites Christ as our example in vs 5. In vs 6-11, he goes into great detail of how Christ is our example of humility and putting others first. Review these verses and discuss how Christ as our example calls us to yielding to others.
Why are we called to do ALL things without grumbling and arguing (vs 15)?
What are tangible ways that you can demonstrate putting others needs above your own?
Close with Live it Out on Pg. 120 of your Personal Study Guide where you will find some application challenges and concluding thoughts to guide you as you pray. If you don’t have a PSG with you, you can access a digital copy through the link below. All you have to do is set up a Lifeway Account (it is free).
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Bible Studies For Life ~ May 17, 2020
- What is the connection between serving and loving others? How does one fuel the other?
- Why is accountability an important ingredient in loving and serving our brothers and sisters in Christ?
- The Greek word for burdens here refers to loads too heavy to bear alone. How does helping one another endure and carry burdens glorify Christ (John 13:34-35)
- How does comparing ourselves to others sour and take away from our love for others and serving others?
- What opportunities do you have to serve others? How can you serve them in a way that points to and glorifies Christ?