These studies do not tell you what the Bible says. The scriptures given direct you to specific topics. The questions are intended to help you focus on the study. No answers are given. You have to read and search the scriptures for the answers. We encourage you to use Bible helps such as concordances and commentaries. However, scholars and theologians often disagree on interpretation and application. The best study help comes from God. Pray. Allow yourself to be honest with your reactions, but don't jump to conclusions. It takes time to read and meditate on all the Bible says on various topics. Feel free to ask questions in your prayers. You will be amazed to discover that God does answer the sincere seeker. You will also be surprised that the Bible may not say what you might think it does on many subjects. Keep a notebook. A loose leaf one would make it possible to add thoughts and additional information as you learn more about different subjects. Welcome to an exciting search.  

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Bible Study Guide:

Build on this Foundation

By Scarlett Stough


To prepare for this study, please read the Women in Christ commentary: Sheerah Who Built.

Part I Sheerah’s Example

1. I Chronicles 7:20-29 What do you learn about Sheerah’s family from this Bible passage?

(Optional:  Joshua 10:10-11; 16:1-10; 18:13-14; 21:22; I Samuel 13:18; I Kings 9:17; I Chronicles 6:68; 7:24; II Chronicles 8:5; 25:13 What do you learn about the history of Upper and Lower Beth Horon from these Scriptures?)

2. I Chronicles 7:24 Why do you think Sheerah (the only named woman in this list) is included among Ephraim’s descendants?

3. What do you think God wants us to learn from her example? Are you surprised by her inclusion? Why? Are you encouraged by it? Why?

Part II A Spiritual House

1. I Peter 2:4-9 God uses construction as a metaphor to illustrate the purpose for and changes made in people who believe in and accept Jesus as the way to faith and hope in God. In what ways do you see God building you into “a spiritual house?”

2. Ephesians 2:17-22 What is the foundation of the building God is constructing? What is the purpose for this dwelling?

3. Matthew 7:24-29; Luke 6:46-49 What does Jesus teach us about building a spiritual house that will stand up through the difficulties of life?

4. I Corinthians 3:9-17 “Each one should be careful how he builds.” (v.10 NIV) Are you building your spiritual house on a solid foundation? What tools and materials are you using that will produce an eternal house? How has your spiritual house been tested? What enabled you to remain standing?

5. I Corinthians 8:1-3; I Corinthians 13:4-13 What is the most durable material to use in building our spiritual house? How do the qualities of love build our relationship with others and God? Why is knowledge without love just so much hot air?

6. Psalm 127:1; II Corinthians 5:1-10; Hebrews 3:1-6; Hebrews 11:10; Philippians 2:12-13 Since our “eternal house” is in heaven and God is the builder, what are we building in this life while we are still living in our temporary “tents”---our mortal bodies?

7. Ephesians 4:11-16 Who are the members of God’s construction crew? In what ways are you alone responsible for the quality of your spiritual house? In what ways does God expect you to receive his help in constructing a lasting dwelling? How do others help in building your house? Are you accepting the help that is available to you?

8. I Corinthians 14:12; I Thessalonians 5:11; Romans 14:19; 15:1-7In what ways does God want you to help others build their spiritual houses?

9. Jude 1:20-25 Summarize the exhortations in this passage. How will you use this encouragement to continue to build on God’s foundation? How can you know  your house will still be standing when you face your king, Jesus, at his return? (Philippians 1:4-6)

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