Explore the Bible ~ Aug 16, 2020
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Explore the Bible ~ Aug 9, 2020
Proverbs 29:1-3, 12-20
Big Idea: God uses discipline from society, family, and others to shape His people.
- Is discipline essential for the spiritual growth and development of God’s people? Why?
- Why is accepting discipline so difficult for us?
- What lessons have you learned from the Lord’s discipline? How did those lessons help you grow spiritually?
- Do you have people in your life who offer godly accountability and discipline? How did those relationships develop and what can you do to foster other relationships of accountability and discipline?
Explore the Bible ~ Aug 2, 2020
Proverbs 23:17-21, 29-35
Big Idea: Believers are to turn to the wisdom of God for joy and comfort, not the vices of the world.
- When you face a challenge, difficulty, or have a free moment, to what or whom do you turn to first? What does your answer reveal about what or who you trust in life and where you look for fulfillment? What changes do you need to make in light of today’s study?
- Evaluate your habits, hobbies, and circle of friends in terms of the degree to which each helps or hinders you in your pursuit of God. How can you foster habits, hobbies, and relationships that encourage you to pursue godliness?
Explore the Bible ~ July 26, 2020
Explore the Bible ~ July 19, 2020
Explore the Bible – July 19
Living Wisely – Prov 14:8-15
1) Think back to a decision you have made that turned out being foolish. Chances are back when you made it, you did not see it as a foolish decision. How would pursuing prudence and godly wisdom have helped you to make a better decision?
2) With the lessons from that past foolish decision in mind and the lesson we learn in Proverbs – that we are bent/inclined towards foolish decisions, what can you incorporate into your decision making to help you pursue and implement godly wisdom?
Close with In my Context on Pg.81 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).
Explore the Bible ~ July 12, 2020
July 12 - Pursing Wisdom (Prov 8:6-21)
Main Idea: God promises to provide His wisdom to those who search for Him.
Make a two column list. Label the left side Wisdom and the right side Folly. As you read Proverbs 8:6-21, record all that the passage says about Wisdom and all that it says about Folly. Remember the two are polar opposites, so whatever it says about one, you can say the opposite about the other. Discuss the list and the way that Wisdom and Folly are opposed to one another.
Focus in on these two verse and anser the following Questions:
vs.13 - How does the fear of the Lord produce hatred/rejection of evil?
vs. 18 - Here we see that wisdom produces lasting, eternal riches. We can then deduce that folly produces temporal gain. What does pursuig eternal riches over temporal riches look like? Read Luke 12:16-21 for further study
Close with In my Context on Pg.63 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).
Explore the Bible ~ June 7, 2020
June 7th - Chartered Watters (Proversb 1:7-19)
Main Idea: God's Word warns us of the consequences of foolish choices.
Who is the source of the type of knowledge we read about in this passage? What means has God used to reveal knowledge and wisdom to the world? Hint: Starts with a B and ends with a ible.
According to this passage and Romans 12:2, are knowledge and wisdom accessible to man?
In what ways have you experienced God’s grace by seeking His wisdom?
Do you think verses 10-19 are only speaking of people who kill and steal, or is it speaking more broadly about all those who refuse to seek and follow the wisdom of God?
What is the end to those who reject the Lord’s wisdom and discipline?
Close with In my Context on Pg.18 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).
Explore the Bible ~ May 31, 2020
Explore the Bible ~ May 24, 2020
May 24th - Accepting (Romans 14:1-12)
Main Idea: Believers should accept and encourage other believers to facilitate unity.
This week's video is brought to you by Dr. Tim Smith of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board
What are some issues that stir debates in the church today?
How do these issues compare to the issues pointed to by Paul?
How should viewing God as owner change a person's perspective on worship practices? How should it impact how believers treat one another?
Which action do you consider to be more divisive: judging others or looking down on others? Explain.
Close your time by review “In MY Context” on page 121 of your PSG
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Explore the Bible ~ May 17, 2020
- Review vs 1- 7 – List the actions Paul calls us to and the reasons he gives for us to do these things. How does your submission to governing authorities glorify God?
- Take a look at vs 8-10. How is love the fulfillment of the law? (read Matthew 22:34-40)
- How does keeping the commandments listed by Paul demonstrate love for others?
- What does Paul mean when he says “don’t make plans to gratify the desires of the flesh”? Take a look at Galatians 5:16 and think back to Romans 12:2 –
- This passage isn’t just about being submissive to our governmental authorities, it is about being good citizens of this place that we temporarily inhabit. How does being good citizens now point to and glorify God and His kingdom?