Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Build the House of God

In Ezra Ch. 6, the “house of God” (v.3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 16, 17, 22) was the temple, and it needed to be rebuilt because the Babylonians had destroyed it. Today the house of God is the church. Believers are its “living stones” (1 Peter 2:5 NKJV), and we “are being built together for a dwelling place of God” (Ephesians 2:22 NKJV).

Let’s apply the principles of this chapter to Christian authority in the church and to the building and completing of God’s “house” in present times. What should Godly authorities be doing in the church?

Ch. 6  Godly authorities see that the work of building God’s house is finished, all the way to the joy.

What should Godly authorities do?  ...

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

The book of Romans gives us certainty and peace—certainty of how God’s plan of salvation works, and peace when we see how the love and mercy of a righteous God has provided for our reconciliation to Him. Chapter 1 of this awesome book begins by identifying the barrier between God and man, and the weapon that can overcome it.

Romans - Be transformed: Understand how salvation and sanctification work,
and believe it (embrace it) for yourself.
(embrace it – live in accordance with it; act on it; let it change and enrich you)

Ch. 1  The solution to the problem of sin, is faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
v.1-17  We are sent to all nations (to help with the problem of sin), and we bear the powerful weapon of the gospel of Jesus Christ. ...

 

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My Bible’s Birthday

Last week my Bible turned 15 years old. It’s an Indiana Jones Bible. Its leather edges are torn, its pages are crinkled, and its spine has been saved with tape more than once. It has survived 4 years of college, countless trips and adventures, daily quiet times, ink smears, and tears. It graciously accepted my colored pen phase—its verses are underlined, boxed, and starred in bright blue, pink, and purple. Just about every white space has notes, poems, and outlines crammed into them. This Bible has been loved. We’ve been through a lot together.

Do you have a Bible like that? 

 

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Where in the world can we find courage and safety? What should we do when the enemy and worldliness seem to be crowding in around us?

Isaiah Ch. 8  Find your courage and safety in believing God and His word—don’t refuse them or neglect them.

v.1-4  Publish (make known) what God says, for it will surely come to pass.
             Application: Be a faithful witness of what God says.
v.5-8  Don’t refuse to know God or to embrace His ways, direction, and help. ...

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

In the Gospel of John, Jesus explained His identity, His mission on earth, and His relationship with believers. He also gives us invitations to believe in Him, to draw close to Him, and to serve Him. Scripture closes this book of great insights into the person of Christ and our relationship with Him, with Chapter 21. What are the last things that Jesus emphasizes in this gospel?

John Ch. 21 Finish Jesus’ work.

v.1-3  Don’t drift away from doing the work that Jesus gives you.
v.4-6  Do your work under His guidance. ...

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

What should we do when we are motivated to serve God and others, but the hindrances and roadblocks are wearing us down?
___________

2 Corinthians Ch. 4  Don’t lose heart when ministry involves struggles.

v.1-2  Because God has mercifully entrusted to us a great ministry, we neither lose heart nor do we damage that ministry with shame or deceit.

v.3-4  Satan works against the ministry of Christ’s gospel, and he uses various devices to hinder the knowledge of it in the minds of unbelievers.

v.5-6  Our purpose is to preach Christ, not ourselves; God has given us knowledge of Him that we may pass it along to others. ...

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

In John Ch. 7, Jesus’ brothers did not believe in Him, the Jews wanted to kill Him, and the people were divided on whether He was a good Man or a deceiver. But some of the people considered Jesus’ words and the signs that He did, and wondered whether He was the Christ.

John Ch. 7  Is this Man the Christ?

v.1-9      Familiarity alone can’t prove it.
v.10-13  There will be conflicting opinions.
v.14-18  If anyone wants to do God’s will,  he will know if Jesus’ doctrine is God’s.
v.19-24  Judge Him with righteous judgment.
v.25-30  Would God choose Jesus to be His Representative? ...

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Be calm and be faithful.

In light of last Friday’s Supreme Court decision, I am re-posting the following application for 2 Timothy Ch. 2.

Be entrusted with the truth, as a vessel of honor, sanctified and useful.
How?
v.1  Be strong in the grace that is Christ Jesus.
v.2  Commit what you know to faithful people who can teach others.
v.3  Endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ.
v.4  Engage in spiritual warfare in such a way that you please Christ.
v.5  Participate according to the rules. ...

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Have you ever thought of yourself as an ambassador of God’s kingdom, or as an emissary of Christ’s love? In the book of 2 Corinthians, Paul encourages the church to live as ambassadors of Christ, and Chapter 5 has some excellent reasons why we should.

2 Corinthians Ch. 5  Live no longer for yourself, but for Him who died for you.

v.1-4  Physical death is not the end of life—one day our earthly bodies will be exchanged for heavenly ones.

v.5-8  Once we are absent from the body, we will be present with the Lord.

v.9-10  So aim to please Christ while you are here, because we will all receive from Him according to what we have done in the body, good or bad.

v.11-13  Minister sincerely, having a great concern for souls. ...

 

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Bible Studies

Goals of the Christian Life from the Gospel of Luke

Ch. 1  Serve God in holiness and righteousness, all the days of your life (v.74-75).
Ch. 2  Take the opportunity to participate in, or to observe, the outworking of God’s plan.
Ch. 3  “Bear fruits worthy of repentance” (Luke 3:8 NKJV).
Ch. 4  Use God’s word to answer Satan’s temptations and to drive him away.
Ch. 5  Become fishers of men (v.10).
            Follow Jesus (v.27).
Ch. 6  Build your life on the solid rock foundation  of Jesus’ sayings (v.46-49).
Ch. 7  Have faith in Jesus’ power. ...

 

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