Bible Study Notes

Profiles of Committed Christians: Bible Study: May 2016

 

 Hebrews: 11:24   By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 considering the reproach of [q]Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.

 

 What does the word mean when it say “By Faith”

 

To live in faith does not mean to live without doubt. What it means is that we are live, to move (walk) in spite of, in the midst of, the doubt.  Faithfulness to God requires Dedication, Determination and Discipline. What we must decide is does God own all of us (the whole house), or some of us ( Just a room or two)  Walking in faith will keep us from making short- sighted decisions which can have long term negative consequences.

 

The Power of Choice

 

 Moses’   parents made a choice to follow God over Pharaoh. Moses, in this verse choose to side with the people of God.  DON’T ALLOW CIRCUMSTANCES TO CAUSE YOU TO MAKE SHORT- SIGHTED DECISIONS.

 

Benefits of not thinking to short sighted

(1). Receiving God’s call on your life

(2). God Communication with God

 (3). Entering into Covenant with God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profiles of Committed Christians: Bible Study: March  2016

 

 Hebrews: 11: 7 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed [a]by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

 

  Abraham  originally Abram, or The father of many nations is the first of the three biblical patriarchs. His story, told in chapters 11 through 25 of the Book of Genesis, plays a prominent role as an example of faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

 

Abraham: The Servant

 The mark is a true believer is feeling the mandate to obey God. Obedience is better than sacrifice. (1Samuel 15:22)

 

Abraham: The Sojourner:

 Serving God requires a willingness to go into unknown places.

 

Abraham: The Seeker

 A child of God should always be looking for God to do something!  You can’t find what you’re not looking for.

 

Lessons  learned:

(1). Having a good life is not the same as living.

(2). God calls us when we have nothing to offer.

(3). Life in the promise land may seem strange.

(4). Never be satisfied with where you are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Function of God’s Word In My Life”

Bible Study Jan 13, 2016

 

Leo Tolstoy opened his famous story Anna Karenina with one of the most quoted lines in literature: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. (Happy) families, according to Steve Arterburn, are known by Honesty, Trust , Affection , Respect,  Freedom to be oneself, and  Shared Values. Today we look at how a right relationship with God leads to a more committed life.

 

Psalm 19:7-11

7 The law of the Lord is [a]perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.

 

Verse 8 " THE STATUTES OF THE LORD ARE TRUSTWORTHY, MAKING WISE THE SIMPLE.

 While we learn a lot about God from Creation, the bulk of what we know about god is from God’s word. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO LIFE FULLY COMMITTED CHRISTIAN LIFE WITHOUT THE WORD!! "STATUTES" comes from a root word meaning "written" and emphasizes that God's Word has been permanently inscribed or "Carved in stone". "Statue" comes from the same Latin root.

 

WHO’S YOUR DANCE PARTNER

 

Timothy Keller in his book Reason for God describes a process he calls the Dance of God.  Keller says the following: The life is the Trinity is characterized by Self- Centeredness but by Selfless loving. He says that the problem that we have is we stopped dancing with God but started dancing with ourselves. ….

 God’s word is the hands that we are dancing with. When we reject the word, we tell God in the middle of the song is that “I have no desire to dance with you any longer!”

 

“The Function of God’s Word In My Life”

Bible Study Jan 6, 2016

 

 A Christian Theologian listed seven marks of a committed Christian life.  According to the writer, a committed Christian would possess the following characteristics: (1) A love for the word. (2) A commitment to Prayer. (3) A desire to fellowship with other believers. (4).  An interest in seeing the body of Christ come into unity. (5). Be a generous giver. (6).  Be willing to share the gospel Regularly and (7). Be a passionate worshiper. Today we to look at Psalms 19: 7-11 and talk about  “ The Function of God’s Word in my Life” .

 

Psalm 19:7-11New American Standard Bible (NASB)

7 The law of the Lord is [a]perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.

 

Verse 7 THE LAW OF THE LORD IS PERFECT, REVIVING THE SOUL.

 

"LAW" is considered in it's widest sense, including all Divine Revelation (both law and gospel) as the guide of Life. Lit.:"That which is taught" - i.e. divine instruction. Cf Psalm 1:2, Psa 119:97.

 

THE STATUTES OF THE LORD ARE TRUSTWORTHY, MAKING WISE THE SIMPLE.

 

"STATUTES" comes from a root word meaning "written" and emphasizes that God's Word has been permanently inscribed or "Carved in stone". "Statue" comes from the same Latin root. (Note: the Hebrew word used here is usually "Testimony"; cf. NASV.) The word "DECREES" (God's Word is neither changing nor vague).

 

  1. God’s Word Feeds us.

  2. God’s Word Enlightens us

  3. God’s Word Empowers us