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Bible Study on Luke 12:35-48 Be Dressed In Readiness, Part 1

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Jesus Feeds the Multitude: Luke 9:10-17

Summary: Our Lord is compassionate. While He walked this earth, He met the needs of those who came to Him. He is still doing the same thing today.

  1. A.   This account of Jesus feeding the five thousand is in all four Gospels. Read the account in Luke 9:10-17 and in Mark 6:30-44. Briefly discuss any part of the accounts that hit you new and afresh.
  1. Does this account have an Old Testament backdrop? Deuteronomy 8:2-3

 

  1. As we apply this text to our daily lives, what were the disciples told when they asked, “Teach us to pray?” How did Jesus respond when tempted? How should we respond? What, or rather Who, did Jesus draw their attention to in John’s account, right after the feeding of the five thousand? Luke 11:1-4, Matthew 4:4, John 6:35

 

  1. A.   Quickly review the setting for this account. What impact was Jesus’ ministry having? Luke 9:9, Mark 6:14

 

  1. After the disciples had gone out preaching and healing, what happened? Luke 9:10, Mark 6:30-32

 

  1. They needed to get away for awhile. Did they get to? Luke 9:11, Mark 6:33

 

  1. How did Jesus respond to the people? What is Jesus like, and by extension, what should you and I be like? Luke 9:11, Mark 6:34, Luke 7:12-13, 10:33, 15:20

 

  1. A.   What is a good shepherd like? What is God like? Numbers 27:15-17, Ezekiel 34:11-16

 

  1. What do people need today? What does the church need today? Isaiah 53:6, John 21:15-17, Mark 6:34

 

  1. A.   After teaching the people, what happened? Luke 9:12-17

 

  1. What is the Lord teaching His disciples in response to their expressed concern for their situation? Matthew 14:15-18

 

  1. To whom should we turn to with our meager resources? Matthew 14:19, Mark 6:41, Luke 9:16, John 6:11, Acts 27:33-35

 

  1. A.   Read the following verses and carefully note what happened. Mark 6:41, Luke 9:16

 

  1. What principle of giving is demonstrated in this account? II Corinthians 9:10

 

  1. What happened to the people? What is the Biblical principle here? Luke 9:17a, John 6:35, 48-51

 

  1. Take note of a few principles we can draw from this account – It is not wrong to get away for a while; at times, it is necessary. The Lord is the compassionate giver of every good gift. We are to be involved in what He is involved in. We give Him our meager resources and He can do mightily with it. Do not neglect putting your resources at His disposal. All ministry is Him asking us to do things we cannot do without Him. He had compassion because He knew the people were sheep without a shepherd. Just as He kept giving, so we ought to keep giving, especially the word of God.

John 6:25-35

September 3, 2014 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bible Study on Romans: God is For Us! Pt. 3: Romans 8:33-34

Summary: Paul makes the case that God is for us forever. As the only rightful judge, Christ Himself declares us righteous. Since He, the very standard of righteousness makes us righteous, there is none to condemn us in God’s courtroom.

1. A. According to Romans 5:6-8 and Ephesians 2:1-3, how is our own adequacy described in approaching God? What kind of worthiness do you see?

B. Even though left to ourselves we were helpless, ungodly sinners and children of wrath, how did God respond to us? Rom. 3:23-26, 5:8-11, Eph. 2:4-7, 1 Peter 3:18

C. Since the Lord Jesus was condemned for our sins in our place in order to satisfy God’s justice, how should we respond? Rom. 3:27-30, Eph. 2:8-10, James 4:6-8

2. A. How are believers identified according to Romans 8:33?

B. Explain how being chosen of God protects us from the accusations of the devil, of unsaved enemies, and from our own doubts of unbelief. Is. 54:17, Zech. 3:1-4, Rom. 8:31-32, Rev. 12:10-11

C. Have you ever felt falsely accused? Are you ready to give up your unfounded fears and rely on God’s work on your behalf? Rom. 10:11, Eph. 6:10-18

3. A. Who does all the work regarding our salvation in Romans 8:33-34?

B. Since God does all the work in saving us, how would you explain the certainty or the finality of our salvation? Ps. 103:8-14, Is. 50:8-9, Rom. 3:26

C. So in whom are you trusting? Are you attempting to be self-reliant, which will cause you to waver, or are you dependant on the certainty of God’s work? Rom. 4:16-21

4. A. Specifically, what are the great works of Christ found in Rom. 8:34?

B. Most of us know why Christ died on the cross. But can you explain why He was raised from the dead? On what basis was Christ raised? Rom. 4:25, Rom. 6:5-12, 14:9, Heb. 10:10-14, 12:2

C. Are you a living example of a risen Christ? Do you consider yourself to be continuously dead to sin and alive to God, so that He runs your life? How so?

5. A. Please observe the last work of Christ that He continues to do in Rom. 8:34.

B. How does this relate to Christ as our Advocate and the permanence of His faithfulness towards us? Heb. 7:24-27, 9:24

C. Our holy and almighty Advocate continues to be for us, because He continues to intercede for us. Have you allowed Him to be your confidence in dealing with sin? 1 John 2:1-6

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July 31, 2010 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bible Study on Romans: God is For Us! Pt. 2: Romans 8:32

Summary: We have a vastly giving and generous God. Often we are deceived into thinking that God has short-changed us. Nothing could be further from the truth. The measure that God is for us is that He sacrificed His only Son, and “delivered Him up for us all.”

1. A. What are four things that God does for all Believers from Romans 8:30?

B. In what tense are these graces of sovereignty, and what is the significance? What does this tell you about God’s loving preparations He made for you? (Jer. 31:3, Rom. 9:23-24, 1 Pet. 2:9, Titus 3:4-7, Eph. 2: 4-7, Rom. 5:8-10, 2 Thess. 1:10-12).

C. Do you speak and act as one chosen of God? (Eph. 2:10, 1 Thess. 2:12)

2. A. How is God described in Romans 8:31?

B. How strong is the “if,” and how would you support this from the context?

C. Identify the “who’s” that may be against you. Knowing God is for you, how does that change your perspective?

3. A. How can we be certain that the Lord is for us from Romans 8:32?

B. Describe Paul’s argument of the greater to the lesser. Since God holds nothing back, not even His only Son, what does that mean for us? (Rom. 5:8, John 7:37-39, 1 John 4:10, 2 Pet. 1:3).

C. It has been said, “The measure that God is for us is that He gave us His Son.” How have you responded to this? Have you committed yourself to Him and are you turning away from your sins? (John 1:12, 1 John 1:5-9)

4. A. What does God withhold from His dear children according to Ps. 84:11 and James 1:17?

B. If God withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly, then why do we as Christians sometimes feel deprived? (James 4:3-8)

C. Proverbs 4:23 says to, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” Do you have any of these sins to deal with: Ingratitude/thankless heart? Unbelief? Selfishness? Pride? Self-will? Lust of the flesh? Materialism? Neglect of the Scriptures and prayer? (Is. 30:15, 1 Thess. 5:16-18, Ezra 7:10).

5. A. According to Psalm 34:9-10, who are those not in want of any good thing?

B. What is the importance of fearing the Lord and seeking the Lord? How do we have everything we need by forgetting about our needs and pursuing God? (Prov. 2:1-5, Ps. 111:5, Luke 12:27-36, Is. 33:6, Matt. 6:33).

C. What is the goal of you heart? Have you made yourself expendable for the Lord Jesus? (Gal. 2:20, Phil. 3:8-10, Heb. 12:1-5).

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July 4, 2010 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Holy Spirit, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bible Study on Romans: God Is For Us!: Romans 8:31-32

Summary: Paul makes the case for Christian courage and fearlessness based on the fact that “God is for us.” We can know that God is for us because He causes all things to benefit us and He has predestined us to become like Jesus. God has called us and justified us, not even sparing His own Son but also giving us all things.

1. A. What is the certain destiny of all Believers according to Rom. 8:29?

B. In what fashion are we to be conformed to the image of Christ today? How about in the future? What are the characteristics of Christ that apply to us and what are those that are unique to Him alone? (2 Pet. 1:4-8; Mark 1:35; Matt. 4:1-11, 9:36, 15:32; Heb. 13:5; John 13:34-35, 14:10; Phil. 2:1-8; John 11:33-35; Luke 22:42).

C. Of these qualities of Christ above, which one or two do you feel led to work on this week? How will you do this and who will hold you accountable?

2. A. According to Rom. 8:31, who is the majority and who is the minority?

B. What does it mean that “God is for us” and what does this have to do with those natural fears that we sometimes have? (Gen. 15:1; Josh. 1:7-9, 10:42; Ps. 27:1-3, 56:4, 84:11-12, 118:6, Jer. 1:19; 1 John 4:4; 1 Sam. 14:6-14, 17:23-47).

C. Where do you have fears? At work, in ministry, at school, or at home? Are you willing to trust that God is for you in each of these areas?

3. A. How can we know for sure that the Lord if for us from Rom. 8:32? What about from the general context of this chapter?

B. How would you explain Paul’s argument in Rom. 8:32 of the greater to the lesser? If God holds nothing back, not even His only Son for us, will He hold anything else back? Why or why not? (Rom. 5:8, 8:28; John 3:16, 7:37-39, 1 John 4:10; 2 Peter 1:3; 2 Cor. 9:8).

C. Are you content? Do you have a heart of thanksgiving or an attitude of gratitude? Since God is for you, what might you do to cultivate that victorious mindset the Lord intends for us to have? (Isa 30:15; I Thess. 5:16-18; Ezra 7:10).

D. Take time this week to read Isa. 53 and contemplate what took place at the cross. (From Jesus’ perspective and from the Father’s perspective)

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July 3, 2010 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Holy Spirit, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bible Study on Romans: God’s Unshakeable Purpose Pt 2: Romans 8:29-30

Summary: The purposes of God cannot be thwarted. It is with absolute certainty that we can know that His purposes will come to pass. His sovereign rule oversees everything from the “big picture” to the details, most specifically in His plan and purpose for salvation.

1. A. From these verses, what is God’s purpose for those who are called according to His purpose? For Himself?

B. What does it mean to be conformed to the image of Christ (v 29)? Also see I Cor. 15:49; 2 Cor. 3:18; Phil. 3:21; 1 John 3:2

C. Conformity to Christ is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. How far along are you in the process? At what point are you? When will be process be complete? How do you know it will be?

2. A. What are the five links in the chain of God’s purpose in these verses?

B. What are God’s foreknowledge and predestination? What events are governed by God’s predetermined purposes (see Acts. 4:28; Rom. 8:29-30; 1 Cor. 2:7; Eph. 1:5-11)? (see also: Gen. 21:12; Ex. 9:16; 33:19; Deut. 10:15; 32:8; Josh 11:20; 1 Sam. 12:22; 2 Chr. 6:6; Ps. 33:12; 65:4; 78:68; 135:4; Isa 41:1-10; Jer. 1:5; Mark 13:20; Luke 22:22; John 6:37; 15:16; 17:2, 6, 9; Acts 2:28; 3:18; 4:28; 13:48; 17:26; Rom. 9:11, 18, 21; 11:5; Eph. 3:11; 1 Thess. 1:4; 2 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 1:2; I Pet. 1:2)

C. If you know someone who things that God’s predestination means that He “just looks ahead into the future to see who will believe Him and be saved,” (or perhaps you think this is what it means) how does this new understanding (along with verses like Rom. 3:9-18, 23) help you see that that is not the case at all? In any case, how does it affect your view of God?

3. A. God calls outwardly through the gospel (Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15; Rom. 9:24-25) and effectually through the enlightening and sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit (John 6:44-45; 16:14). What are the differences? (See also I Cor. 1:9; Luke 14:23; Rom. 1:7; 11:29; I Cor. 1:23-26; Eph 1:18; Phil. 3:14; I Thess. 2:12; 2 Thess. 2:14; 2 Tim. 1:9; Heb. 3:1; 2 Pet. 1:10)

B. What does this mean to those who reject God’s call (John 3:14-19; Matt. 22:14)?

C. What part do you and can you plan in God’s outward call through the gospel? Can you share a particular situation with the group that might encourage others to do the same?

For a discussion on this Bible Study go to the discussion forum: Active Bible Study or leave a comment.

June 27, 2010 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bible Study on Romans: God’s Unshakable Purpose: Romans 8:28-30

Summary: The book of Romans is the crowning gem of the Scriptures, and Romans 8:28 “is a soft pillow for a tired heart.” We have unimaginable wealth in Christ and are fellow-heirs with Him, but it doesn’t mean we will not suffer. Yet we have an unshakable foundation of hope based on God’s purposes.

1. A. Skeptics can’t believe God exists, agnostics say He can’t be known, diests say He has no further doings with people. Yet, what do we know about the God of Romans 8:28? Ps. 115:1-3, Ps.135:6, Dan. 4:35

B. What difference does it make that this kind of God is behind all things as mentioned in Rom. 8:28? Ps. 94:19, Ps. 139:23-24, Isa 35:4; Jer. 17:7-8, Phil. 4:6

C. What in your life might be causing you to forget these things about God? How can you cause yourself to remember it about Him?

2. A. What kind of things does God cause to work together for good? Rom. 8:18,26; 2 Kings 6:8-19; Dan 3:11-27; Eph. 1:11

B. If God can’t cause all things to work together for good, then what does that mean about the crucifixion of Christ, arguably the deed with the most infamously evil motives ever perpetrated by man?

C. What does it mean to you that God can save you from or save you through even tragedy? Can you give examples that might encourage another group member?

3. A. From man’s vantage point, who are those for whom God works things for good? From God’s vantage point?

B. What is the significance of God’s call in Rom. 8:28? For what purpose has He called us? Eph. 1:4; 5:27; Col. 1:22; Jude 24.

4. A. Identify at least 3 attributes of God that relate to the truths found in Rom. 8:28.

B. Can you find a biblical illustration of one of these attributes displayed?

C. How have you seen God display this attribute in your life?

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June 21, 2010 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bible Study on Romans: Awaiting Glory: Romans 8:18-25

Summary: Suffering happens. Everyone sometime or other is subject to it. For the Christian, there are some amazing advantages. Suffering is s stepping stone to glory with no comparison. It is not pointless, but has a purpose. Thirdly, God uses it to build hope into our hearts for the return of Christ and our final redemption.

1. A. If according to Rom. 8:16,17, Christians are “heirs of God and fellow-heirs with Christ,” then why doesn’t it look like it?

B. Does suffering in fact demonstrate our sonship to Christ? How is this consistent with Scripture and how does this work? (John 15:20, Phil. 3:10, 2 Cor. 1:3-5, I Pet. 1:6-9, 4:12-17).

C. How do you suffer for the Lord Jesus, and do you take it well? (Rom. 15:4-5)

2. A. What does suffering lead to according to Rom. 8:18?

B. What type of sacrifices do people commonly make for the sake of a future reward? What will be our reward? (Rom. 8:21-23; 2 Tim. 4:8; James 1:12, I Pet. 5:1-4, Rev. 21:1-7).

C. Is your hope flourishing? How does it show? (2 Cor. 4:16-18, I Pet. 1:8).

3. A. How is the creation described according to Rom. 8:19-22?

B. What kind of futility and corruption is this, and what was the cause? Why is there a curse on the creation as well as on man? (Gen. 3:14, 17-19).

C. Do you have a hatred for sin and its consequences? (Prov. 8:13, Ps. 119:11).

4. A. What do Christians eagerly wait for according to Rom. 8:23-25?

B. How did God solve man’s problem? (2 Cor. 5:16; Gal. 6:15). Describe the renovation of the present earth and when that will take place. (Isa. 11:5-9; 35:1-2; 5-7; 65:20-25; Amos 9:13). What about the new heaven and earth? (Rev. 21)

C. Do you have a longing desire for the Lord’s return? (I Thess. 4:13-18).

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June 5, 2010 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Romans, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bible Study on Romans: Fellow Heirs With Christ: Romans 8:17-18

Summary: In chapter 8 the Apostle Paul presents the Christian’s source of power and identity. What a treasure this is for every Believer: to be justified by Christ, to be transformed by the Holy Spirit, to be adopted as God’s child, and to be a fellow heir with Christ in what He inherits. The purpose of suffering is also introduced.

1. A. By way of review, who is bearing witness and regarding what in Rom. 8:16?

B. What is the objective truth given to us in the Scriptures that makes assurance of salvation possible? (I John. 5:11-13, 3:24, 4:13-14; Eph. 2:8-10)

C. Subjective assurance of belonging to Christ in our hearts is proportionate to our submission to Him and our dependence upon Him. (John. 5:24, I John. 4:15-16). Do you enjoy that assurance, so that you are living boldly as a child of the living God? What would this mean for you?

2. A. What are the positions of privilege stated in Rom. 8:17?

B. How solid is the first “if” stated in this verse? Describe our current inheritance? Describe our future inheritance? How certain is our inheritance? (Rom. 8:14-16, 8:23, 8:29-30).

C. In Christ, we are fellow heirs of His authority. Do you boldly witness for Him? (Matt. 28:18-20, Col. 1:25-29).

3. A. Based on Rom. 8:17, What is it that we inherit and in relation to whom?

B. What dies it mean to be “fellow heirs with Christ?” (Ps. 50:8-12, I Kings 8:27, Deut 10:14, Ps. 45:6-7, 110:1-2, Ps. 22, Ps. 23, Ps. 24 Heb. 1 Rev. 5)

C. To be a fellow heir with Christ means to be heir of the universe! Is there any place then, for comparing ourselves with others or for coveting what they have? (Ex. 20:17, Rom. 14:12, James 4:1-5)

4. A. What is the second “if” related to in Rom. 8:17?

B. Please explain the purpose of suffering according to verses 17,18. Is it inconsistent with sonship to Christ? Why or why not? (Phil. 3:10) How have you suffered for Christ? Do you have the right attitude in times of suffering for Christ? (2 Cor. 6:4-6, 4:16-18, James 1:24, I Pet. 1:6-9)

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May 30, 2010 Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Book of Romans, Christian, Christianity, God, Jesus, New Testament, Religon, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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