How to Study the Bible
Introduction - Lesson #03
Key Verses - Spiritual Glasses
Read: James 5:7-11
- What word is repeated several times in this section?
- Do you think that the first readers of this letter were living in good times or hard times?
- Who did James hold up as good examples for his readers?
- From what James said, did Job feel that God was solving his problems quickly?
- What did James want us to learn about the nature of God?
Read: 2 Chronicles 36:11-19
- Was Zedekiah a good king?
- Did Zedekiah obey the messages God sent to him by Jeremiah the prophet?
- Did the religious leaders (priests) or the people obey God?
- What did God do to try to change the heart of his people?
- What was the emotion that God wanted to feel toward his people?
- What things do we find out about God in this section which show his patience?
- Does God have a limit to his patience?
- What happened in the lives of the Jews because they refused to obey God?
Read: Matthew 7:12
- Is this verse concerned with our attitudes or actions?
- Does this verse teach that we are to treat others the same way they treat us (do good to people that treat us nice, and mistreat those who mistreat us)?
- Do you know when people make you upset, and what they do to make you upset? What does this verse tell you about acting that way toward others?
- How important to Jesus was this simple rule of behavior?
- At what physical age do children know what they like or dislike about other children's behavior? At what age do you think that a parent can start to teach a child the principle of this verse?
- Is the concept of this verse hard to understand?
- Is this verse easy or hard for you to do?
Read: Romans 13:8-10
- What is the only type of debt that Paul wanted the Christians to have?
- Where did the commands come from that Paul mentions in verse 9? (See Exodus 20, Lev. 19:18)
- What simple rule of behavior allows us to obey all of the other commands?
- According to Paul in these verses, what is the core concept that the Law was to teach man?
Read: Matthew 22:15-23, 34-40
- Were the Pharisees and Sadducees interested in learning what Jesus could teach them about God?
- What was the motivation they had for asking questions?
- How sucessful was their attempts?
- Why do you think that the Pharisees sent an expert against Jesus (vs. 34).
- What did Jesus say was the "greatest commandment"?
- What, in Jesus' mind, was a commandment only slightly less important?
- What do these commands have in common?
- What significance is there to the fact that Jesus said that there existed a priority to commandments.
- How are these two commands related to all of God's teachings?
Read: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
- Paul mentions several actions in verses 1-3, which if our society saw people doing them they would be impressed with the quality of their religion. List those you find.
- What ingredient, if missing, makes all of these actions useless in God's view?
- List the behavior that love does.
- List the behavior that love avoids.
- What is the problem with prophecy, knowledge and tongues?
- What three things does Paul consider enduring aspects of our religion?
- What is the most important one?
Last Update: 10/28/2002
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