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:

God Works

By Scarlett Stough

 

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


1. I Corinthians 12:4-11 Read this passage in as many versions as you have available. (A few translations of verses 4-6 are provided in this month’s commentary, Diversities of Operations.) Write in your own words what you understand this passage to say. After you have completed this study guide, you can come back to it to see if you understand it the same way.

2. II Corinthians 1:3-11 The phrase “produces in(verse 6)” is a grammatical variation of the same Greek word from which “working” or “operations” is translated. How does God produce change in his children? What are those changes mentioned here? What did Paul say helped him and his companions to rely on God rather than themselves?

3. Romans 7:4-12; Ephesians 2:1-5 Without the Spirit of God, what is it that is “at work in our bodies?”

4. Galatians 2:8; Ephesians 3:7 How does the Gospel get preached effectively?

5. Galatians 3:5 What prerequisite must people fulfill in order for God to give his Spirit and “work miracles among” them? (“Work…among” is translated from the same word as “produces in” in II Corinthians 1:6.)

6. Galatians 5:6 Since “expressing” is translated from “energeo” meaning “to be active, efficient,” does this affect your understanding of the kind of “faith” and “love” meant here? (See also James 2:14-24.)

7. Ephesians 1:11-14, 17-21; 3:20; Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:29 How does God’s work in us and among us differ from the work we are admonished to do?

8. Hebrews 4:12 The word “active” in this verse is also from the same word family which means “active, operative, effectual, powerful.” Besides the Spirit of God, how does God do his work in us? (See also I Thessalonians 2:13.)

9. II Thessalonians 2:7-12 The English words “work” and “powerful” are from the Greek word “energeia” and “works in” is from “energeo.” What warnings can we take from this passage about what or who we allow to work in our lives?

10. Romans 8: 1-17; Zechariah 4:6; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Acts 2:37-41 How can you allow God to do his work in and through you?


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