Bible Study On Discipleship

Go make diciples of all nations (Matt 38:19)
Imitate me (1Cor 11:1) and you also become Imitators of us & Lord (1 Theo1:6)

Theology of Discipleship

A. What Are Disciples
Character of a disciples
Of You abide in me (John 8:31)
By living one another, you will be known to be my Diciples (John13:35)
If you abide in me and my words abide in you. So you will be my disciple (John15:7)

B. How to Enter Discipleship

1) Relationship & Submission
– Jesus as model of diciples,  had personal relationship with his diciples.
– Building trust through making life together.
– Accountable & open for teaching & correction.
2 way relationship & amount of time spent in relationship.

2) Resemblance of Dicipler (1Cor11:1)

3) Replication ( 2Tim2:2)
Target of  Discipleship
is to be perfect.

Testimony of Discipleship
Two is better than one

Bible Study On Faith In God

You must have faith like David who will stand until the end no matter what. So that all churches can arise together for the glory of God.

Over come the disappointment,  delay, opposition and giant to gain victory for God.

Despite days of discouragements and disappointments, look towards breakthrough in the market place, schools and Church to become a of missions and Evengelism for all nations.

Bible Study On Transformation

John 2:1-10 tells story of changing water into wine.

7 Things (T’s)To Observe In Story

1. Trouble – They have no wine – in life things run out or crisis in life. There will always be trouble. Is how you respond to it. Cos challenges that grows us.

Look to Jesus in times of trouble. Like Jesus’s mother did. This important to have Jesus in your life in all times.

2. Timings – God always have timing and seasons, as mentioned by Jesus that is not his time yet. Not time yet not mean rejection.

We have to wait for God s timing.  It might be a long wait that it might not happen. But Jesus is a God of breakthrough.

3. Tank (vessel) – we are God’s vessel of transformation. God transformation us so that we can be transformers.

2 types of vessel of honour or dishonour.  Choose to be the later.

4. Thought Out – 6 big vessels. 6 represent man and flesh. Speaks of man being vessels.

Jesus asked that the vessels be  filled with water to the brim. Water represent the spirit and word. To see transformation in your life, we need to top up with Holy Spirit and Word of God regularly.

5. Totally (full) – Jesus ask to draw out wine and to pass to guests.  Freely you received, freely you give.

God wants us to live life to maximum. We need to fill up all 6 tanks and pour out maximum. Is Not ok to just do the minimum to avoid living on fine line.

God bless us to live abundantly in order for us to bless others. How little we can give God before we get into trouble. But we should maximize our minimum.

When we give all we have,  transformation happens. 1Kings 8:16 Ilijah and widow and little flour.

2Kings 4-1 tell story of Widow and oil vessel.

Matthew 25:1 story of 5 wise virgins. 1 brought extra. We should bring extra for God, cos it’s your best.

John 6:1 story of 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Jesus took the boy’s everything, but he return 12 baskets of extras.

6. Tested – every test is opportunity for testimony.  God is interested to know what you will leave behind.

God gives us tests to pass. So that we testimonies.

7. The End – Rom 8:28 all things will work together for good.  The end is always better than the beginning. It’s called Hope, it’s God’s plan and it’s a good ending.

Mother’s Day Special Bible Study On Biblical Motherhood

Being a mother has never been easy in current time as well in ancient time. Besides, taking care of herself, she also needs to take care of her husband, children, parents as well as in-laws. In other words, when a young lady becomes a married women, not only her status changes but also the tremendous amount of household responsibilities that a mother has to shoulder.

A mother’s biggest characteristics is her unconditional love to her children and family. And this mental image of mothers has always been portrayed in commercial advertisements. But do you know that a good mother in biblical perspectives has got even more characteristics to imitate and emulate from.

Nonetheless, the below paragraphs show some of the important loving and godly mother characteristics for us to ponder and reflect.

 

A Mother Speaks with Wisdom and Kindness

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. (Pro31.26)

 

A Mother Raises Up Her Family

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. (Pro31.28)

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A Mother Works Hard And Help Support Her Family

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. (Pro31.31

 

A Mother Is Kindness and Humility

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, (1Co13.4)

 

A Mother is Gentle and Sensible

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; (1Co13.5)

 

A Mother is the Pillar of Strength

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. (1Co13.7)

 

A Mother Speaks in Wisdom and Authority

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (1Co13.8)

 

And last but not least Happy Mother’s Day to all moms and may our God bless you and keep you in this special day.

Christian Bible Study Methods & Approaches Part 1

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There are many ways to do bible study in an effective and meaningful way for a casual young Christians to a senior preacher and pastor. Kindly refer to the below paragraphs on the broad definition of Bible study:

In Christianity, Bible study is the study of the Bible by ordinary people as a personal religious or spiritual practice. Some denominations may call this devotion or devotional acts; however in other denominations devotion has other meanings. Bible study in this sense is distinct from biblical studies, which is a formal academic discipline.

In Evangelical Protestantism, the time set aside to engage in personal Bible study and prayer is sometimes informally called a Quiet Time. In other traditions personal Bible study is referred to as “devotions”. Catholic devotions and Anglican devotions both employ the Lectio Divina method of Bible reading.
First and foremost, doing Bible study should be fun and interesting to reader as the Bible is the largest collection of thousand of storybooks of the past that contains the ethernal truth and moral for our lives.

malmesbury-bibleMost casual mordern Christians rarely reads the Bible and only able to finish one or two books of the Bible in a year. Moreover, they only read the Bible when in church and in small groups. Why is it so when Bible scriptures is becoming more readily available online, convenient to carry along and stored in our daily handheld personal mobile devices. Is the hunger for God’s Word not there?

 

In a nutshell, Bible studies can be categorized and sub-categorized into the following methods and approaches:

1. Personal Bible Study

1.1. Inductive Bible Study

1.2. Exegetical Bible Study

2. Small Groups / Cell Groups Bible Study

(The following will be covered in Part 2)
3. Children Bible Study

4. Bible Memory Verse

5. Sentences, Observation, Analysis & Prayer (SOAP) Method

6. Self Searching & Reflection Method

7. Watching A Biblical Based Movie That Depicts Sections Of The Bible (supplementary learning)

 

1. Personal Bible Study

1.1. Inductive Bible Study

Inductive Bible study is a means of studying and exegeting a biblical passage. Richard Krejcir describes it terms of “interviewing a passage” without preconceptions or agendas.[1] Inductive Bible study involves examining the ideas and words of the text, which leads to the meanings and then the interpretations, which in turn lead the reader to conclusions and applications.[1] In inductive study, the reader will read a passage and then ask questions of how they personally interpret the verse(s). These questions can range from what the verse(s) literally means to how it applies to the believer’s present personal circumstances. The purpose of these questions is to go deep enough into the text to extract the meaning and then to apply that gained knowledge to life.[2]

The association of Bible study and prayer is an important one. Christians do not merely study the Bible as an academic disciple, but with the desire to know God better. Therefore, they frequently pray that God will give them understanding of the passage being studied. They also consider it necessary to consider what they read with an attitude of respect, rather than the critical attitude which is frequently followed in formal study. To them, the Bible is not just a sacred book, but is the very Word of God, that is, a message from God which has direct relevance to their daily lives.

1.2. Exegetical Bible Study

In this type of study, also goes beyond the surface value of the text. However, the purpose is not so much for personal application as gaining information. Exegetical study is used most often by pastors, theologians, writers, professors, and church leaders in order to prepare for sharing lessons with others. It is often categorized as advanced Bible study and is meant to extract the ideas found in the text for the primary purpose of teaching.[2]

2. Small Groups / Cell Groups Bible Study

Bible study groups within congregations are sometimes known as cell groups, though many different names exist. The Bible is often studied in informal small groups, and groups within parachurch organizations. During these study times, groups will set their main topic to be biblical studies. Though there may exist some form of worship and prayer, the purpose of Bible study is to collectively grasp an understanding of God through His Word. These groups become small communities often sharing this personal journey to discovering the meaning of the passage.

 

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Moses Pointing to the Lord for Battle

Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies; do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. (Deuteronomy 20:3-4)

Moses is another example of those who lived by grace in the Old Testament. He knew the necessity of relying upon the sufficiency of God, instead of upon the inadequate resources of man. One illustration of this is seen when he pointed Israel to the Lord for battle.

When the children of Israel would enter into the Promised Land, innumerable battles would lie before them. These battles were inevitable, since godless nations had entrenched themselves in the land: “because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God drives them out from before you” (Deuteronomy 9:5). Thus, the history of Israel documents one battle after another.

Moses announced the truth that the people of the Lord need to hear as the battle draws near. “Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies; do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them.” So often, when the warfare appears, the foe seems invincible. “When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you” (Deuteronomy 20:1). The natural temptation is to “faint . . . be afraid . . . tremble or be terrified.” Another temptation is to try to match the enemy horse for horse and chariot for chariot. The scriptures warn of the futility of turning to worldly resources. “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel” (Isaiah 31:1).

Moses knew that God’s people need a reminder that the Lord wants to be our hope. When we must go into the battles of life, the Lord accompanies us. “For the LORD your God is He who goes with you.” He is with us not only to comfort us, but also to battle on our behalf: “to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” The Lord can fight for His people in an unlimited variety of ways. He can change the hearts of those who oppose us. He can bring their plans to naught. He can trap them in their own evil plans. He can cause our enemies to turn and devour one another. He can effectively save us in any manner that He chooses.

O Lord, my defender, I face many battles that leave me intimidated and fearful. My hope is often placed in my own worldly strategies or the help that man can offer. Lord, I look to You afresh to fight for me to rescue me any way You chose, for Your glory and honor, Amen.

By Bob Hoekstra

God Freely Giving, Man Humbly Receiving

 

God’s Word

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? . . . What do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you glory as if you had not received it? (Romans 8:32; 1 Corinthians 4:7)

Observation And Analysis

The Lord’s plan for rescuing and transforming lives by His grace is established upon the Son of God being given for us as a sacrifice for our sins: “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all.” This gift of God’s Son assures us that God will also give us with Christ everything we need. “How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? ” God’s giving is to be coupled with man’s receiving. As God is freely giving to man, He wants man to be humbly receiving from Him.

Every blessing that we have was received from God. “What do you have that you did not receive? ” There is no other source from which we can receive true spiritual benefits than the Lord above. “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven” (John 3:27). The joy of having Jesus dwelling in our lives as the children of God became true by us receiving Him. “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). The fact that we are now reconciled to God and are no longer His enemies is based upon us receiving the gift of reconciliation. “We also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation” (Romans 5:11). The privilege of serving the Lord in ministry is a gift of grace to be received: “the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). The spiritual gifts that we need for enablement in our ministries is another blessing received from the Lord. “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another” (1 Peter 4:10).

From initial salvation to growth and service, all that is needed must be received from the Lord. This is an encouraging reality. Yet, it is also a humbling truth. It leaves no room for us to glory in ourselves. “Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you glory as if you had not received it?”

Closing Prayer

Dear Lord, I confess that every blessing I have ever received was given by You from above. I bow humbly before You, admitting that I do not deserve even one of Your innumerable benefits. Lord, I praise You for freely giving to me. I want to humbly receive from You day by day, in Your gracious name, Amen.

By Bob Hoekstra In Day By Day By Grace

Christ’s Justification & Attonement Of Our Sins – Christ and Him Crucified

 

The article originally appeared in the Berean Searchlight and written by Paul Sadler, whom is the President of the Berean Bible Society and the editor of the Berean Searchlight. The original texts was meant for the scholar audience and Was rather lengthy due to the historical illustrations. The editor had to rewrite some of the sentences and added more content to the ending part of the article in order to achieve a complete contrast