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.  

Bible Study Guide:

Do Not Be Discouraged

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Words of Encouragement.

1. Romans 9:1-7; 1 Corinthians 2:1-8. What do you think motivated Paul to continue the mission Jesus gave him?

2. Acts 20:1-2. Why do you think Paul needed to encourage the new believers in Ephesus before he traveled on?

3. Acts 20:17-38. What reason did Paul give for assembling the Ephesian elders at Miletus? What warnings did Paul give to them? What reminders did Paul give them for continued hope and courage? What applications do you find, if any, in your life and church?

4. 2 Timothy 3:1-17. Do you see these characteristics at work where you live? How do these affect your faith and desire to continue in the faith of Christ? In what ways do you see people expressing their love of pleasures more than love toward God or neighbor?

5. Psalm 146; Hebrews 11:35-40; Joshua 1:9. In what ways can we continue to praise God, persevering in our trust in him to deliver us from the evils around us?

6. Revelation 1:4-8. How can we draw courage from the words of Jesus to the churches?

7. Revelation 2:1-7; Luke 10:25-28. What do you think Jesus means by admonishing the church to return to its first love? How can we as individuals who make up our various congregations begin to model "first love" in the way we live in today’s world?

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