Archive for November, 2007

Romans 12:1-13 – December 2, 2007

THE BELIEVER’S RELATIONSHIP TO GOD (verses 1-2) and THE BELIEVER’S POSITION IN THE BODY OF CHRIST (verses 3-12)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) Read Romans 6:13 and Romans 16:19. How can we present our bodies as living and holy sacrifices to God as verse 1 says? Does this mean this occurs only in our spiritual life or more than that?

Discussion)    We took the last question first.  This means that this occurs in every part of our lives, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  With that being said, we present our bodies as living and holy sacrifices to God from abstaining from sin and presenting every part of our bodies to God every day.

Q2) In verse 2 Paul says to be transformed and do not conform. What does this mean? Contrast transform versus conform. See also I Peter 4:2.

Discussion)  To conform means to fall in line with the worldly view whether right or wrong.  To be transformed means to be continually changed to the image of Christ.  This is a process and not a one time deal.  We talked about the toys called Transformers that were popular a couple of decades ago.  The were toys that were cars, buildings, etc., that when the person playing with them move around parts they transformed into robots that you could play with.  You could not do this instantaneously but one part depended upon another part.  In the same way, we are not transformed instantaneously but it is a process of one part being done upon another.

Q3) Read verse 3 then read Romans 11:18 and Romans 12:1-2. What does this speak about a believer’s position in the body of Christ?

Discussion)    This position is one of humility.  We will be talking greatly about humility for the next couple of weeks.

Q4) In verses 4-8, Paul talks about who makes up the body of Christ and explains that we all have different gifts and that we should use these gifts accordingly. He even explains HOW to use the gifts!! Why is this vitally important within the church?

Discussion)    We do not all have one position in the church.  Instead we all have a separate function that we must do in the church.  I brought up the fact that my wife is sick and this disease that she is going through deals with the microscopic hairs in the small intestine.  When one part of the human body goes bad it causes the whole body to be out of commission.

Q5) Read I Corinthians 12:20 and 27. Verse 5 says we are members one of another. Describe what this means.

Discussion)    This means that whatever happens to one part of the body happens to the whole body.  We can divorce ourselves from our body.  I shared how in football during a game I sprang my little toe.  I was screaming on the sidelines at my little toe.  The rest of my body wanted to play in the trenches of the football game, but I could not push off with that foot because of my little toe.  

We might have a role within the church that very few people see, but without that role it might make the whole body crumble.

Q6) According to verses 3-8, God expects each of us to serve the church, the body of Christ with great zeal and pride that lets everyone know what we do. Why?

Clues)    This is the trick question.

Discussion)    We need to do things quietly and with humility.  We know that the Lord gives different mantles to different people based upon what He wants them to do.  I believe that if you live a life of humility that this is the greatest mantle in heaven.  Since Christ came to earth in humility and taught wholly about humility that this is the greatest thing that Christians can attain.  I believe that it will open doors in heaven that other gifts and mantles cannot open.  I also believe that these doors are not doors that angels can open but that they can only wait until a believer that lives a life of humility opens that they may go through.

LIFE APPLICATION: Write down some areas mentioned in this passage that need work in your own life – pray with the group about them – ask God for them- He will deal bountifully with thee! (Psalm 13:6 and Psalm 143:7)

Discussion)    This life application question is one that is between you and the Lord.

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November 25, 2007 at 10:02 pm Leave a comment

Romans 11:25-36 – November 25, 2007

ISRAEL WILL EVENTUALLY BE SAVED (verses 25 – 36)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) Read I Corinthians 2:6-10 and Ephesians 3:3-5 and 9. According to verse 25, what is this “mystery” spoken of here by Paul, why do we need to know about it, and whom does God use to reveal this “mystery” to us?

Discussion)    The mystery talked about is Jesus Christ and what He came and did on the cross.  Remember that we had talked about how the Jews were looking for a Messiah to come and completely destroy their enemies with an iron fist.  Jesus did not come this way but came to give us spiritual life and that was the mystery.

Q2) God says that we were enemies with Him at one time. Read Romans 5:10 then read verse 28. How are the Jewish people enemies for our sake?

Discussion)    They are enemies for our sake in that they rejected Jesus Christ when He was on earth.  If they would have accepted Him, then He would not have died on the cross.  So they rejected Him and that opened up salvation not only to the Jews but also to the Gentiles.

Q3) Explain verse 29 (Can also read Hebrews 7:21).

Discussion)    This means that all the gifts and the calling of God are not taken away by God.  They are not based upon our performance but completely based upon God.

Q4) Explain verses 30 and 31.

Discussion)    That through the disobedience of the Jews that the Gentiles obtained salvation.  This is not to say that the Jews only killed Jesus on the cross.  We all, by each one of our sins, hung Jesus on the cross.  Through this disobedience God allowed His mercy to be shown through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Q5) When Paul says in verse 32 that God has shut up some in disobedience, what does he mean?

Clues)    This was the trick question

Discussion)    God shut all up to disobedience meaning that every one of us have sinned not just some.  This way all of us are the same in that each one of us needs a Savior and He is Jesus Christ.

Q6) Romans 11:34 kind of leaves one feeling like, “How can I ever really know God?” Yet I Corinthians 2:16 says we have the mind of Christ. How is this encouraging to the believer?

Discussion)    This is encouraging to the believer in that no matter what happens we know that with the mind of Christ that we can follow what the Lord is doing even if it seems like it is coming out of left field.

LIFE APPLICATION: Give a prophetic example from the Old or New Testament that proves to you or is special to you, of why you know, that you know, that you know, that God keeps His Word and will do what He said He would do – now and in the future – and why do you know this?

Discussion)    Many items were given that people stand upon, such as the healings in the church that we have seen, the promises fulfilled by God about Israel throughout the Old Testament, how God stepped in during the ordeal that Job went through, etc.

November 18, 2007 at 10:24 pm Leave a comment

Romans 11:11-24 – November 18, 2007

THE IMPLICATIONS OF FAITH FOR GENTILES (verses 11-24)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) Verse 12 says the fall of the Jews (their failure) became riches for the Gentiles. The riches were hundreds upon hundreds of silver drachma and Jewish gems bestowed upon the Gentiles because of the Jewish failure. Why do you think “riches of the world” means that here? Explain.

Clues)    This is the trick question.

Discussion)    The riches are heavenly riches which chief among them is salvation for the gentiles.  This portion of Romans has nothing to do with wealth and prosperity, but everything to do with what Jesus did on the cross for each one of us, whether Jew or gentile.

Q2) In verse 14, Paul speaks about provoking those which are of his flesh so that some might be saved. Who is he talking about and why? See I Corinthians 9:22-23.

Discussion)    He is talking about his Jewish nation and he wants to provoke them to jealousy that salvation through Jesus Christ was opened up to the gentiles so the Jews should want it also, if not more than the gentiles.

Q3) In verse 12-15 and 17-22, what two things does Paul encourage the Gentiles to do?

Discussion)    He encourages them to not be arrogant about what Jesus did and boast in it, but to fear the Lord.  Fearing the Lord here means not to expect that the Lord will knock you down when you make a mistake but to have the utmost reverence for Him.  After all, salvation is not based on anything that we have done but solely based upon the mighty work that Jesus did on the cross.

Q4) How does Paul describe the Gentiles coming into salvation among the Jews in verses 16-21? What benefits of the Jewish people did Gentiles receive from God?

Discussion)    Paul describes it as a wild olive branch (gentiles) being grafted into an olive tree (Israel).  This is not to say that we are replacing Israel, just in the same way that a grafted branch into a tree does not have its own roots, so the roots of Christianity come from Judaism.  We are to lift up in prayer the Israelites and be concerned on every level for them.

Q5) In verse 19 and 21, Paul is warning us about something. Describe what he is saying to us, the Gentiles.

Discussion)    He states not to be arrogant about what the Lord did in this grafting process.  As the Lord took away some of the natural branches to graft us in, surely He can take out these grafted branches.  Humility is the key in this passage and not pride, such as is going around in Christianity today.

Q6) Read II Corinthians 3:16. In verses 23 and 24 Paul talks about God being able to graft the Jewish people in again. When will this happen?

Discussion)    This will happen with the start of the tribulation (70th week of Jacob’s trouble).  We partially got into this that the Holy Spirit will be taken out and the natural branches will be regrafted into the tree.  

LIFE APPLICATION: COVENANT Read Jeremiah 31:31-34. Then read I Corinthians 11:25 which speaks of the new covenant through Jesus Christ (because God partially hardened some of the Jewish peoples hearts) – this made a way for the Gentiles salvation and the new covenant. In the Old Testament, Jeremiah prophesied about the new covenant between God and Israel. How does this covenant differ from the Mosaic Covenant and when will this covenant begin?

Discussion)    The Mosaic covenant was completely based upon what the people did.  God set before them life and death and it was up to them on a daily basis what they would chose.  The new covenant is completely based upon God and Him showing Himself mighty, strong, and majestic through the people of Israel during the tribulation and the 1,000 year reign of Christ on the earth.

November 11, 2007 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment

Romans 11:1-10 – November 11, 2007

GOD HAS NOT GIVEN UP ON HIS PEOPLE (verses 1-10)

Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) In this passage, Paul is talking about the Jews and their rejection of the Messiah, but as a result of this what exciting thing was made possible?

Discussion)    Salvation has come to the Gentiles to provoke the Jewish people to jealousy for God.

Q2) Who is Paul talking about in verse 1-2 when he speaks of God rejecting His people? Why did He reject them?

Clues)    This is the trick question.

Discussion)    God never has nor never will He reject the Jewish people.  He has not given up on His people and we Gentiles are arrogant to think that the Old Testament promises are made to us and not Israel.  We are also arrogant to think that we have taken the place of Israel.  The church will not be dealt with in the tribulation, it will be the Lord showing His people His might and power against Satan and his army. 

Q3) Read I Kings 19:10-18. What is Elijah saying to the Lord in verse 3 and how does God answer him?

Discussion)    Elijah is stating that he is the only one left and God answers him that there are seven thousand men that have not bowed their knee to Baal.  It shows that Elijah had a limited perspective and was showing his arrogance towards God, but God showed how He sees the bigger picture than we do.

Q4) Read Ephesians 2:8-9. What does verse 6 mean? Explain it.

Discussion)    It shows that we are saved by grace and it is not of works or anything that we do.

Q5) Read Isaiah 29:10-14 and II Corinthians 3:14. Verses 7 and 8 talk about certain people’s hearts being hardened by God, yet in Isaiah 29:14, what glorious statement does the Lord make concerning His chosen people, and why would God harden some peoples hearts?

Discussion)    We talked about World War II and how this had to happen in order for Israel to become a nation.  The Lord had hardened Adolf Hitler’s heart, just like the heart of Pharoah was hardened during the time of Moses.  This is not getting into Calvinism, each one of us have a choice with every decision that we come upon.  When rebellion is present the Lord will harden the heart.  Like going the way of Cain that is stated in Jude.

Q6) What two Old Testament people does Paul use to attest to the fact that God hardened some people’s hearts?

Discussion)    The two Old Testament people were Elijah and David.

LIFE APPLICATION: Since we know by God’s Word that His covenant still remains intact with the Jewish people, and we know that they rejected the Messiah, is there any point in telling the Gospel to a Jewish person? Why or why not?

Discussion)    Yes we should so that they can see who Jesus Christ is and realize that they need Him as their personal savior.

November 4, 2007 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment


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