INTRODUCTION TO BIBLE STUDY GUIDE

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:

Full of Good Fruits

By Scarlett Stough

 

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Be Fruitful.

 

1. James 3:17; Psalm 1; Proverbs 2 What are some of the "good fruits" produced by wisdom?

2. Luke 6:43-45; Matthew 7:16; 3:8; Jeremiah 31:33-34 What has to happen to our hearts before we can gain the wisdom that produces good fruits?

3. James 1:5; John 15:1-17 Since John 15 is such a familiar chapter, it is easy for us to read over it without being attentive to Jesus' teaching. Often we are so aware of our failure to live up to the high standard of loving one another as Jesus loves that we end up discouraged. Sometimes we need to focus on the positive changes God is producing in us and our lives and give him thanks for them.

Ask: How do I remain in Christ? How am I showing the love Jesus showed? What are some of the fruits God is producing in me? What are the good works I am doing? Ask God to show you a deeper understanding leading to greater trust and obedience. (For a group discussion, the questions and answers can be more generalized and less personal.)

4. Colossians 1:9-14 What do we ask God to provide? What are our appropriate responses? (Some people would find making two lists helpful.)

5. Philippians 1:9-11 What quality does Paul pray God will give the Philippians in abundance? How does this tie in with Jesus' teaching in John 15? How does this result in the "fruit of righteousness?"

 

Volume 12 Issue 2 | Notes from Nancy | Women in Christ Commentary | Bible Study Guide | Abundance of the Heart | Exhortation | Book Review

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