Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

The Good Shepherd

Scripture is so rich, that 10 people might get 10 different sets of application for the same chapter, depending on what emphasis they saw in it. Which of the following do you like the best for this reassuring chapter in John?

John Ch. 10  Believe Me: I Am the Good Shepherd.

v.1-6      His privilege:  The sheep follow only the Shepherd.
v.7-10    His position:   I am the door for them to salvation and abundant life.
v.11-21  His plan:         I will give My life for them.
v.22-30  His promise:   I will give them eternal life.
v.31-39  His proof:       Believe Me because of My works.
v.40-42  His purpose:   “Many believed in Him there” (v.42). ...

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

1 John Ch. 5  Believing in Jesus and being “in Him,” is having eternal life.

v.1-3  Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God, loves God, and loves God’s children.

v.4-5  He who believes that Jesus is the Son of God is not ruled by worldly values and passions, but by faith.

v.6-10 Sufficient witness is given that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that we should believe it.

(Some of the witnesses are: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Jesus’s baptism and the surrounding events, and Jesus’s death on the cross and the surrounding events.) ...

 

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The Miracle of Easter

Guest blogger Sherry Carter shares the second devotion in our series, “What Easter Means to Me.” May your heart be blessed as she celebrates the miracles of Easter.

Every year, Easter becomes more powerful!

What a miracle: the power of God raised Jesus from the dead, and that same power will raise me to eternal life! The longer I live, the more I hunger for that day.

Recently, I realized a joyous truth: the Resurrection is so much more than the promise of eternal life; it is the cornerstone of a miracle that began with Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

We are forgiven and cleansed: the power of sin is broken, and death is defeated through the glory of Christ’s resurrection!

Good Friday—as a young Christian, I couldn’t see anything good about it. Jesus died! He had to die because of my sins. I couldn’t get past the idea that it was my fault. Slowly I began to understand that Good Friday was good because of Resurrection Sunday.

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

1 John: You can be certain that you have eternal life when you are abiding in God, and He in you.

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Chapter 2  Abide in the Son and in the Father.

How?                                                                                                                         

v.1-2   Even though Jesus is the propitiation for our sins and our Advocate with the Father, don’t sin.

v.3-5   We know that we are abiding in Jesus, if we keep His commandments.  

v.6      He who abides in Jesus ought to walk just as He walked.    

                            

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