Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Revelation Ch.s 2 and 3  Instructions and encouragment for believers today:

1. Keep God as your first love.   (the church at Ephesus).

2. Don’t let anything stop you cold in your walk of faith, not even suffering or the threat of death.   (Smyrna)

3. Hold fast to Jesus’ name and doctrine, even among people whom Satan is “ruling,” or when faithful ones are falling (being killed for their faith).   (Pergamos)

4. Don’t allow anyone among you to teach wrong values, doctrines, or practices. Don’t allow anyone to ...

 

 

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What can we learn from Hebrews Ch. 11, about the life that God wants us to live?

Hebrews Chapter 11 Live by great faith.

v.1-3      A life of faith becomes a testimony of things which are not visible.

v.4-6      Offer to God a life that is pleasing to Him.

v.7-12     Act on what God tells you to do, and live as having seen the fulfillment of His promises.

v.13-16   Live as strangers and pilgrims on the earth, desiring a better, that is, a heavenly homeland.

v.17-19  Withhold nothing ...

 

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1 Kings: Stay under God’s leadership.

Ch. 1 Make God the King (the Ruler*) of your heart and life, in preference to other contenders.

(Other contenders such as fear, worry, doubt, pride, selfishness, envy, hypocrisy, prejudice, covetousness, apathy, an unforgiving spirit, and so forth)

v.1-4    Cherish the King by staying close to Him and serving Him. (Doing this warms His heart.)

v.5-10  Don’t involve yourself in those things that establish the wrong king in your heart and life.

a) v.5  Don’t exalt yourself to be your own king.

b) v.6  Don’t grow stronger in self-indulgence.

Application: Don’t build the wrong value system, embrace wrong thinking, or persist in wrong habits of life. ...

 

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Every time I study a book of the Bible, I find reasons to think it could be one of my favorites. But I think the Gospel of John is my favorite of all. It showcases the person and ministry of Jesus in ways that are unique, even compared to the other three gospels. John Ch. 4 shows us a glimpse of the heart of Jesus. He traveled to a well where He could talk to a woman who came that day to draw water, and He stayed to minister to the people of the town where she lived. The three sets of application statements (What does God want us to know, or to do?) or phrases show various perspectives on the chapter.

The word “believe” is in the Gospel of John more than any other book in the Bible, and “Believe in Jesus” is the message and the invitation of this beloved book.

Gospel of John:  Believe in Jesus—Get to know Him, choose Him for yourself, and live in union and fellowship with Him.

John Ch. 4  Sowing the word reaps a harvest of belief.

v.1-6 God may send you ...

 

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Colossians Ch. 3 Center your walk on pleasing and serving Christ with these six practices.

v.1-4 Set your mind on things above, where Christ is, not on things on the earth.

v.5-9 Put off the old man with his deeds and attitudes.

v.10-14 Put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Christ.

v.15-17 Follow the counsel of three personal guides ...

 

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Enhancing Your Style: 4 Tips for Writing and Teaching Bible Studies

I love autumn everything. The pumpkin spice donuts and lattes, the color of the leaves as they change, and the boots. Fall has a style all its own. September has been all about Bible studies on my blog, and on this second day of fall, I’d like to share some tips for enhancing the style of your Bible study teaching and writing. Maybe you’ve got a style that works and fits your group perfectly. Please leave a comment of things that have worked for you! I’d like to give some tips that I’ve seen work in Bible study groups and have made the style of teaching engaging and uplifting.

 

 

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The End Times

The news of world events can be scary. It’s full of “wars and rumors of wars” (Matt 24:6 NKJV) and other occurrences that will one day signal “the end of the age” (Matt 24:3 NKJV)—a time of great tribulation for many people. What are the signs of the “end,” what will happen when it comes, and what are we supposed to be doing in the meantime? Matthew Chapter 24 tells us. ...

 

 

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Psalm 107: Cry Out to God—Using 7 Bible Study Tools

Psalm 107 is my favorite chapter in the Bible. In this post I want to use the Bible study tools to show you why.

I had done the first six steps years ago— prayed, printed, marked key people and repeated words, paid attention to contrasts and comparisons, looked up a few definitions and read some commentaries. But when I did the seventh step for this blog post, I discovered something new about Psalm 107—some sparkling application. This psalm describes four desperate situations in which people cried out to God, situations that many of us experience today. When we cry out to God, He hears us and He helps. ...

 

 

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How to Find Application in the Bible: 5 Simple Things to Look For

Finding out how the Bible applies to life today is like finding a best friend. You find something that speaks to you, that you can rely on to be true, and that will be there for you in the darkest times. I have found a true friend in the encouragement, promises, and truths of God. I have found God Himself as I study Scripture, and He is a Best Friend that sticks with us 24/7, as He loves us, shares life with us, and guides us.

This past week I shared a method of studying the Bible that has been a faithful companion to me for many years. Today I want to share with you another companion, an easier way to look at Scripture and find application for life today. ...

 

 

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How to Study the Bible: The Tools, Steps 1-4

Since the Bible is a treasure and its principles are relevant to everyday life, what tools can we use to study the Bible for ourselves? The tools I want to share with you are easy to use because you look for things, such as the main characters and repeated words in a chapter. I am a visual learner, so along with explaining what to do, I’ll show you. Today we have Steps 1-4 and on Thursday Steps 5-7. With each step, there is a picture illustrating that tool. Here we go! ...

 

 

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