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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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

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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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

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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Lessons from Home

Life’s Issues Have a Solution

Jumbled, confused, tied in knots, anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. That’s how we can feel on the inside, as we navigate the circumstances and surprises of life.

Sometimes we just get TIRED—tired of trying, tired of rejection, tired of hitting a brick wall again and again.

Sometimes the heat of temptation gets turned up way past “simmer” to “boiling.” All we can think about is what we are NOT supposed to do. The wrong solution gets brighter and bolder, and good sense gets muffled or silenced.

Sometimes we need just one person to listen to us and empathize with what we are going through. We need one person to understand us, to be on our side all the time, and then everything would be so much better. If we had one person to love us unconditionally, to trust in, to talk to and confide in. Someone who can see things ...

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Hebrews Ch. 2 Don’t neglect so great a salvation: Jesus is restoring us from a life of bondage to a life crowned with glory and honor.

v.1-4 Give the more earnest heed to what God has told us through His Son, lest you drift away from the truth you have heard.

v.5-8, 9 God wants mankind to have lives that are crowned with glory and honor—Jesus is indispensable to that plan.

v.9-10 God’s fitting plan for Jesus, as the Captain of our salvation, was for Him to taste death for everyone.

v.11-13 Now Jesus ,,,

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Precious Promises

Nehemiah 9:7-8 tells us that God made a covenant (a binding agreement) with Abraham and his descendants—all those who believe (Rom 4:11) of every generation, including us today. Chapter 9 lists some of the blessings that God gave His people, and ends with the people reaffirming or refreshing their covenant with God. What can we learn (Rom 15:4) from this chapter about how God blesses those who believe in Him? In other words,

What does God covenant to do for His people?   
v.8 give us a home with Him
v.8 perform all His words ...

 

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Lessons from Home

De-Stressing

We had another “stress test” recently. A plumbing problem upstairs caused water to pour through a downstairs light fixture onto a wood floor that isn’t supposed to get wet. That started six weeks of dust, claustrophobia, and waiting for things to be fixed.

I have fresh evidence that stress can be caused by impatience, uncertainty, and the “gloomies,” and I’m trying to apply the following “Lessons from Home.”

1. Displace impatience with a ...

 

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Bible Studies

Application, Application!! – Part 2

Here are the other two chapters of Philippians in outline form for reading, discussion groups, or teaching. Are they understandable by themselves or do they need a teacher to explain them?

Philippians:  How to Rejoice While You Work

Chapter 3  Adjust your mindset upward.
v.1-6       Put no confidence in the flesh.
v.7-11    Count all things as loss compared to knowing Christ. . . .

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Bible Studies

Application, Application!!

When I started studying the Bible, I loved reading it. My problem was remembering what I had read, particularly a day or two later. So I started writing down statements to remind myself of what Scripture says about what God wants us to do and to know—“application.”

I had a statement for each paragraph, chapter, and book. Since I was particularly interested in ...

 

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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

The Complete Picture

            It’s not difficult to take in the complete picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa. The portrait is only about thirty inches tall by eighteen inches wide.1 It was hanging behind bullet-proof glass when my family and I saw it in the Louvre in Paris. What’s difficult is figuring out the expression on her face. What did the artist have in mind? Was he hoping to intrigue us with ...

 

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