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The Word of God
Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). Thus, the aim of studying the Word of God is to help a seeker build faith in Jesus. One must accept the bible as the one true standard (vs. feelings, experiences, peers’ opinions, or family traditions) by which to live life if one is to know true salvation from Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 - The bible is highly useful; use it to train in righteousness. Have you trained for anything in life? What principles of training ensure success? The bible thoroughly equips us; thus, it is all we need to seek a righteous life filled with every good work. Man’s traditions cannot improve the Word as it equips and guides us.
- In the final analysis, we will give a full accounting to God. We won’t be able to hide anything from Him. Thus, why is it so important to apply the Word to our life now? What can the Word do? How does Hebrews 4:12-13
penetrating power of the Word benefit us?
- Life and doctrine are both important. What is the result of neglecting one or both? What is the result of persevering in both? Discuss principles of bible study that will produce correct doctrine. Suggest 1 Timothy 4:15-16ways to put the bible’s teaching into practice.
John 8:31-32 - How are these particular Jews described? Is belief sufficient if it is not accompanied by obedience? Who are really Jesus’ disciples? How will you know the truth? How will you be set free?
- Take note of Jesus’ purpose for coming to you. The Word will judge us if we reject it. Rejecting the Word is equated with John 12:47-48rejection of Jesus and his salvation.
- A noble response to God’s Word is an eager examination of it Acts 17:10-11everyday! This is a great challenge to issue to any seeker! Suggest studying a gospel this week to know Jesus better.
2 Peter 3:16
2 Timothy 2:15
1 Thessalonians 2:13
2 Timothy 4:2-3
1 Corinthians 4:4
2 Peter 1:19-21
The Holy Spirit comes to “convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8). The Holy Spirit helps us See Our Need. Through His scriptures on Discipleship, He convicts us concerning Righteousness. Thus, these Scriptures should: clear up common misconceptions about following Jesus, convict us of our rejection of true discipleship, and inspire us to answer the true call of Jesus.
Acts 11:25-26. How many times is the word Christian used in NT? How many times is the word disciple used? How would you define the word "disciple" non-religiously? If you asked someone on the street, "Are you a Christian," what would be the typical answer? How about being a disciple? Why the difference among synonyms? How can we use the Bible to define “Christian?”
Luke 9:23-27. Emphasize the heart that God wants. What are the three demands of discipleship? What does it mean to "deny yourself?" What does it mean to “take up you cross daily?” How can we be “ashamed of Jesus and His words?” What is the consequence of this shame?
Luke 9:57-62. Examine the issues involved with each person - thoughtless following, excuse making, and second thoughts. Note the parallel between “follow me” and “preach everywhere the kingdom of God.”
Luke 13:22-27. Does Jesus answer the question? What’s the difference for you between trying and making every effort? Why are the rejected seekers surprised?
Mark 1:16-20. What is the invitation? Which is easier to do, catch a fish or catch a man for God? Even fishing needs input. Following Jesus, being taught, discipled, trained for his mission… are you involved in that process? If you are not fishing for men, are you following Jesus?
Matt. 28:18-20. The Great Commission: God's plan to save the world. Which would you rather have a penny doubled daily for a month or $1,000 a day for a month? Likewise, a multiplying chain of disciples best achieves the mission.
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