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?