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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Matthew Ch. 18  Aspire to be great in the kingdom of heaven.

v.1-4      Humble yourself as a little child before God, because humility is greatly valued in the kingdom of heaven.
v.5-10    Guard against causing others to sin, and guard yourself against sin.
v.11-14  Care about what Jesus cares about—seeking those who are going astray.
v.15-17  Seek reconciliation with a brother or sister who has wronged you, but distance yourself if he or she refuses to acknowledge the wrong. ...

 

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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

THE UPGRADE

The surprise. Several years ago, my husband had a business conference in Florida that began on his birthday, so Katy and I went with him. We had reserved a room with two queen beds, but when we arrived at the hotel they told us the standard rooms were overbooked. The hotel gave us a free upgrade—all the way to the penthouse.

The room. The penthouse had floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooked the beach. The living room furnishings were lovely and inviting, like a home away from home. Dining chairs upholstered in turquoise fabric sat around a glass table that could accommodate six people comfortably. The kitchen was fully equipped. The bathrooms had TVs and telephones. Normally when the three of us ...

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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