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Saturday Bible Study(7/04/2020)

Bible Study Title: Reach

Believers must make every effort to share the gospel with everyone.

Scripture Reading: Romans 15:14-21, 30-33

Romans 15:14-21, “14. And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. 15. Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, 16.That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17. I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. 18. For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, 19. Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20. Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: 21. But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.

Roman 15:30-33, “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; 31. That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; 32. That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. 33. Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

1st question: Why might a believer take a lone ranger approach to sharing the gospel with others?
2nd Question: What are the dangers of failing to invite others to be part of sharing the gospel?

I. Fulfill Your Calling (Roman 15:14-16)

“14. And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. 15. Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, 16.That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”

Question #3: How did Paul’s understanding of his ministry follow Jesus’ commission in Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8?

II. Boast About Jesus (Roman15:17-19)

17. I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. 18. For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, 19. Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

Question #4: How can a believer overcome the temptation of taking the credit instead of pointing to Christ?

III. Seek The Lost (Roman 15:20-21)

20. Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation: 21. But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.

Question #5: What are the dangers of preaching the gospel only to the people who have already heard it?
Question #6: What are the dangers of going only to places where people have never heard Jesus’ name? Where is the balance?

IV. Partner With Others (Romans 15:30-33)

Roman 15:30-33, “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; 31. That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; 32. That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. 33. Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
Question # 7: What do Paul’s prayer requests reveal about his priorities?

Question #8: How are his requests consistent with the rest of the letter to the Romans?

Take Home of Tonight Bible Study
• God calls believers to share the gospel with others.
• Believers are to be careful to point others to Jesus.
• Believers are to intentionally go and engage with people who have not heard the gospel message.
• Believers must partner with others to more effectively share the gospel.

 End of Bible Study Questions to Reflect on this Week

Question #9: Who has God placed in your life who needs to hear the gospel?
Question #10: What do you need to do to make sure they hear it?
Question # 11: How can you and the members of your Bible study group point others to Jesus? Question #11: What will you need to change to get the spotlight off yourselves and on to Him?
Question #12: Along with prayers, what are some other ways you and the members of your Bible study can partner with other believers?
Question #13: What steps do you need to take to build those partnerships?

Saturday Bible Study (6/20/2020)

Title: Sacrifices 

Believers are to demonstrate Christlike character, living as sacrifices in all they do.

Scriptures Reading; Roman 12:1-2; 9-18

“I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
9.Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11. Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12. Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13. Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14. Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not. 15. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you , live peaceably with all men.

I. This section is called: Offer Yourself  / Romans 12:1-2

1. I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Question 1: How does salvation change the way a person thinks?

Question 2: What impact does salvation have on what a person values?

II. This section called Lively Authentically  / Roman 12:9-13

 9.Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11. Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12. Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13. Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Question 3: How does a believer’s genuine love for others reveal his or her new identity in Christ?
Question 4: How does this love reflect his or her relationship with the Father?

Last section is called Be At Peace / Romans 12:14-18 

14. Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not. 15. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you , live peaceably with all men.

Question 4: What can believers do to foster peace with others?

Question 5: How does the phrase, “as far as it depends on you” change the limits believers should go to foster peace?

 

Take Home of Tonight Bible Study

1.Salvation changes how believers think and what they value. 

2.Salvation changes how we relate to other believers 

3.Salvation changes how we relate to all people, including those who seek to harm us. 

End of Bible Study Questions to Reflect on this Week

Question 6: What would becoming a living sacrifice look lie in your life? 

Question 7: What would you need to give up? 

Question 8: What would you need to add? 

Question 9: Review the command given, identifying the actions you do will and the ones you struggle to follow. How can you improve in carrying out each action commanded? 

Question 10: As a group, identify people who suffer for the gospel. How can your Bible study group support those individuals? What can your group learn from their example? 

 

Saturday Bible Study (6/13/2020) 

Title: Mercy 

The gospel continues to be offered to all people, Jews and Gentiles. 

Scriptures Reading: Romans 11:17-23

17.And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18. Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:21. For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23.And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? 25. For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26. And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27.For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. 29. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30. For as ye times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:31. Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Think back to when you were a kid. When the time came to choose players for kickball, how quickly were you picked? Were you one of the first or were you one of the last to be picked? All of us want to be included. The good news is God includes all who come to Him in faith. Paul reminded his readers that salvation through faith in Jesus is available to everyone.

Question 1: When was the last time you felt like you were on the outside looking in?

Question 2: What emotions does that stir up in your heart and mind? 

I. This Section is called Humble / Roman 11:17-21

17.And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18. Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:21. For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.

Question 3: What makes religious pride so crippling and dangerous?

II. This Section is called Be Thankful / Romans 11:22-24

22. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23.And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

Question 4: How would you describe the balance between God’s severity and His kindness?

III. This Section is called Be Aware / Roman 11:25-32
25. For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26. And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27.For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. 29. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30. For as ye times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:31. Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Question 5: How does a person’s relationship with Jesus affect the way they view others?

Question 6: How could nurturing a heart of gratitude to God change how a person views others?

Question 7: What does God’s plans being irrevocable tell us about His character?

Take Home of Tonight Bible Study
1. Because salvation comes through faith in Jesus alone, there is no room for arrogance expressed toward unbelievers.
2.All believers need to be aware that God’s mercy demonstrated in Christ remains open to the Jews.
3. God is merciful to everyone, giving salvation to all who place their faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

End of Bible Study Questions to Reflect on this Week
Question 8: Who around you has rejected Christ?
Question 9: What is your attitude toward them?
Question 10: How can you and your Bible study group continue to minster to them in a loving and respectful way?
Question 11: How would you rate your awareness that God’s offer of salvation is made to all people.
Question 12: To what evidence can you point to justify your answer?
Question 13: What adjustments do you need to make?

Saturday Bible Study (06/06/2020)

Title: Saved

 Salvation has always been granted through faith.

Romans 10:5-15

5. For Moses describeth the righteousness, which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. 6.But the righteousness, which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, who shall ascend to heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above: ) 7. Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8. But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.11. For the scriptures saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12.For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord is over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.14. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believeth? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15. And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tiding of good things!

Highlights

1.God promises to save all who place their faith in His resurrected Son, Jesus Christ.
2.Salvation through faith in Jesus is available to all people.
3. Believers must actively tell others the gospel and willingly send out missionaries throughout the entire world.

Questions for this week:

1.What are some ways people try to gain God’s favor? Why do people try to gain His favor?

2.What make salvation through faith in Jesus being offered to all so wonderful and so difficult at the same time?

3. How would you describe your confession and belief about Jesus? How did that confession and belief change your life? How does it change your life today?

4.Who are the “Gentiles” in our culture these days—not just ethnically, but maybe socially or economically? How can you and your Bible Study members intentionally reach out to those groups this week?

5.Believers can support missions through praying, giving, and going. How can you participate more actively in each of those areas? What obstacles do you need to overcome?

Saturday Bible Study (5/30/2020) 

Title: Secured 

All who accept the gospel have a sure hope for a future as children of God. 

Romans 8:12-25

12.Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14. For as many as are led  by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we very, Abba, Father. 16. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ: if so be that we may be also gloried together. 18.For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20.For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope. 21.Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to writ, the redemption of our body. 24. For we are saved by hope, but hope that is seen is not hope for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25. But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 

Highlights:

1.God provides eternal life to His children.

2.God promises an eternal inheritance to His children.

3.God will one day restore His creation, fully reflecting His glory. 

4.God will one day restore humanity so that humans can function fully as His children. 

 

Questions for this Bible Study:

1.How would you describe the emotions that come with signing a loan agreement? How does paying off a loan free you? 

2.What does living by the Spirit look like? How is living by the Spirit connected to living in eternity? 

3. If you had to describe being a child of God in one word, what would it be? What single word would you use to describe being separated from Him? 

4.How does the groaning of creation compare to our groaning for renewal? 

5.What are some things you can do daily to live by the Spirit instead of the flesh? How can you incorporate these actions into your daily routine? 

6.How would you describe your relationship with God? What steps do you need to take to improve your relationship with Him? 

7.Discuss as a group the connection between our hope and our witness. How can you and the members of your Bible study learn to more effectively share His hope with others? 

Saturday Bible Study (5/23/2020)

Title: Raised!
Salvation comes through Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Scripture Reading is Luke 24:1-12,
1.Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bring the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. 2. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. 3. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. 4. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: 5. And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? 6. He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7.Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. 8. And they remembered his words, 9. And returned from the sepulcher, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. 10. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these thing unto the apostles. 11.And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulcher; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

Highlights
1. Jesus’ tomb remains empty.
2.Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
3.Eyewitnesses confirmed the resurrection of Jesus.

Questions for this Bible Study:
1.What impact does the empty tomb have on your life? How are you living out Jesus’ resurrection each day?
2.Discuss ways people today are guilty of forgetting the words of Jesus. How can you and the members of your Bible study hold one another accountable for remembering and obeying Jesus’ Words?
3. With whom can you share about the resurrection of Jesus? Write their initials and begin to pray each day for the opportunity to share.

 

Saturday Bible Study (5/16/2020)

Today we are in Session 6

Title is called FREE

All who accept the gospel find freedom from the guilt of sin.

Reading is Romans 6:1-14

How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2. God forbid3. Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into death? 4. Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.5.For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7. For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead death no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.12.Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace

1. If all our sin have been forgiven, then why should we worry about doing what is right?

2. How does the act of baptism demonstrate what has happened in the believer’s life? 

3.How will considering ourselves dead to sin and alive in Christ affect our daily lives?

4. What might a person considering themselves “dead to sin” look like today?

5. For us to examine our motivations for living God-honoring life and these motivations borne out a person’s faith in Jesus?
And I want to add these other questions to this:

6.Examine your life for sinful attitudes and actions. What steps do you need to take to be free from that sin?
7.How does your everyday life point others toward Christ? What needs to change in your words, actions, and attitudes to more effectively point others to Christ?

Resources:

Bible King James Version

Explore the Bible, Personal Study Guide Romans Author Bob Bunn