- Bible study groups,
- book clubs,
- homeschool, and
- personal growth toward a deeper understanding of how the hand of God continually works in our lives.
middle readers and up, and new Christians. (Although mature Christians who are familiar with the New Testament love hearing the familiar story from a fresh perspective!)
How many things is God causing to work “for good” to those who love Him?
Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Why does He allow us to suffer consequences?
Deuteronomy 8:16 “In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end. (See a familiar word?)
Even the things from people trying to do harm to us?
Genesis 50:20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Did you notice the reason?)
What is happening to our outer shell/body? How does that compare to our inner man, our soul?
2 Corinthians 4:15 – 17 “For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.”
Why should we shed some parts of ourselves?
Ephesians 4:22 – 24 “that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
What kind of corruption and lusts?
Colossians 3:8, 9 “But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices.”
Why is that necessary?
2 Timothy 2:21 “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.”
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”
What will happen when we lay those former things aside?
1 Peter 2:1 “Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.”
How do we become something new?
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
If we don’t put them aside – we remain in slavery to what/whom?
Romans 6:6 “knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.”
2 Timothy 2: 24 – 26 “The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.”
What is the function of the roots of a believer?
Colossians 2:7 “having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”
Where should a believer plant their roots? Why?
Ephesians 3:17 “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love.”
Can we do that on our own?
Ephesians 3:16 “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man.”
What is it that equips us for what we need to do?
2 Timothy 3:16, 17 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
Psalm 19:7 “The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.”
About the Author
A long-time Bible student with a passion to help people grasp the depths of God’s love, she has been called “the parable teacher.” Her popular non-fiction book “Oscar the Extraordinary Hummingbird” was reader-voted into the 50 Indie Books Worth Reading 2016 and also includes a Bible study. Lisa and her husband live in northern Alabama where she leads an in-depth Bible study and spends time in her back yard which includes a hummingbird garden and of course, an olive tree.
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