How to Study the Bible
Introduction: Lesson #02
Examples of Bible Study
Read: 2 Kings 22:1 - 23:25
- Where were copies of the Bible kept at this time?
- What shows that God's word had been neglected at some time?
- What did the king do when he learned that a new book of God's word existed?
- What did the king do after he heard what the book said? What was the king's emotional state?
- After listening to the book, who did the king believe was the source of the message?
- Do you think that Josiah knew how to read?
- What concerned him about the message?
- What did the king do to verify that the contents of the book were from God, and that the message applied to the king and his people?
- Did God intend to keep the promises and threats he wrote in the book?
- What words of comfort were given to the king?
- What attitude of the king did God find honorable?
- How did the common people find out the message of the book?
- Was the Bible available to the average Jew in Israel at this time?
- What was the response of the people to the message of the book?
- Who did the king and the people make an agreement (covenent) with?
- What events in the life of this king show how this book affected him?
- Why do you think that the king ordered the worship of idols to be removed from the temple?
- When Josiah ordered the Jews to celebrate the Passover, what did he use to determine how it was celebrated? Had previous kings done what Josiah did?
- Was God pleased or displeased with Josiah's attitude?
- From God's summary of Josiah's life (23:25), do you think that Josiah viewed the Law of Moses as simply a collection of
rituals, or did he believe that it was it designed to affect the core of who a person is and how he relates to God?
Read: Acts 2:42-47
- Who provided much of the teaching in the early days of the church?
- How often did the Christians spend time together?
- How did the apostle's teaching, and their time together, affect the lives of the Christians?
Read: Acts 10:1-7, 23-48
- Cornelius was likely a Roman. Would the Jews normally have considered a Roman to be acceptable to God?
- What showed Cornelius' faith in God?
- What showed that God liked what he saw in Cornelius?
- How did Cornelius act when he first met Peter?
- Why had Cornelius gathered a group of people together?
- What was Cornelius' attitude toward the word of God?
- What did Peter say were key things that God looks for in people?
- Who was the main subject of Peter's message to the crowd?
- What was Peter's attitude about the reliability of the Jewish prophets?
- How did God show his acceptance of Cornelius' faith? Did the Jews expect this?
Read: Acts 8:26-40
- How was the Ethiopian official spending his time during a long journey?
- Was he understanding what he was reading?
- How did the eunuch find out what the Bible said?
- What role did God play in this process of Bible study? What does that indicate about God's desire for us to understand his message, and his willingness to aid us?
- From the fact that the Spirit sent Philip to the eunuch, and the timing of their meeting, what attitudes toward learning does God seem to respect in the eunuch?
- Who did Philip talk about? Was that related to what the eunuch was studying?
- What was the eunuch's attitude when he learned about Jesus?
Read: Acts 17:10-12
- How often were the Bereans studying their Bible?
- What were the Berean's attitude toward someone who taught God's word?
- Did the Bereans blindly accept anything that Paul said?
- What did the Bereans use to validate Paul's message? If they had found a conflict, which one do you think they would have accepted as being correct?
- Were the Bereans criticised for not trusting an apostle?
Read: Jeremiah 36:1-32
- What was the source of Jeremiah's message?
- What was the God's purpose in informing people about what he was going to do?
- Who physically wrote the message on the scroll?
- Why did Jeremiah refuse to personally deliver the message?
- Who initially heard the message from the scroll?
- How did the officials initially respond to the message?
- Did the king listen to the message?
- How did the king respond when he heard the message?
- What does vs. 24 indicate that the proper response should have been?
- What type of influence did the king have over the people who were his close attendents?
- How successful was the king in destroying the word of God?
- How did God react to the king's response to his message?
- What does this section tell you about how parts of the Bible came to be recorded?
- From this example, what should we avoid in our Bible study?
Last Updated: 10/31/2002
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