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.

Print out version.  (This is 5 pages long, without the introduction and with space for answering questions.)


Bible Study Guide: 

Know The Truth

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this Bible study guide, please read the Women in Christ Commentary The Chosen Lady and Her Children.

Part I The Example of the Chosen Lady and her Children

1. II John1:1-3 Who are the recipients of this letter? What do these first three verses suggest is the subject of the letter?

2. II John 1:4 If “The elder” (v.1) is addressing a congregation in figurative language, what does this verse suggest about the commitment of its members? What does the phrase “walking in truth” mean to you?

3. II John 1:5-6; John 13:34-35; John 14:15-17, 23-24; Matthew 5:17-20; 7:21-27; What description of “love” do you see in the verses above? What does the phrase “walk in love” mean to you? 

4. II John 1:7; Matthew 7:15-20; I John 3:7-10 What specific deception is John warning about in his letter to the chosen lady? How did Jesus say we could recognize false prophets?

5. II John 1:8 What warning did John give? How can you heed this warning in your life?

6. II John 1:9 Rephrase this scripture in your own words. What does “who runs ahead” mean to you as John uses it?  Where can you find “the teaching of Christ?“ What does it mean to continue in it?

7. II John 1:10-11 How should individual Christians and whole congregations handle false teachers and false teachings? What similarities and/or differences would there be between how an individual would act compared to a congregation? Compare to John 17:15-18 and I Corinthians 5:9-13.

Part II Walking in the Truth

1. John 14:6; Psalm 119:30; Isaiah 45:18-19; John 1:1-5, 14, 17-18 What do these verses tell you about truth? How would you answer the question, “What is truth?”

2. Genesis 17:1; Psalm 26:1-3; 86:11; 119:1-2; John 14:15-21 From the beginning, God has wanted to walk with us. (Genesis 3:8-9; 5:21-24) What does “walking in truth” mean in light of these scriptures?

 3. Colossians 3:5-11; I John 2:6 How can you walk in truth?

4. Romans 4:9-25; James 2:18-26; II Peter 1:3-11 How does faith and walking in truth work together in our Christian lives?

5. Revelation 2:2, 24-28; II Timothy 3:10-17 How does true teaching affect your attitude and actions?

6. Revelation 2:14-15; 20-23; Jude 1:17-19; II Peter 2:1-3 How does false teaching affect your attitude, actions and even fellowship?

Part III Walk in Love

1. John 3:16-21; I John 3:1, 16-20; 4:19; II John 1:6 What do these verses tell you about love? Why do you think John tied walking in truth to a command to walk in love?

2. Romans 14:1-23; 15:1-7; I Corinthians 13:8-13; 5:11 Paul wrote about accepting one another and refraining from judging each other. He also scolded the Corinthian church for tolerating certain behaviors. He also encouraged the church to judge certain matters. (I Corinthians 6:1-4) By what standard are we to make right judgments? How does love fit into both acceptance within the church and rejection of error and sin within the congregation? Do you think this can have a personal, individual application? If so, how?

3. Matthew 22:34-40; I John 4:19-21; I John 3:23-24; James 2:8-13 How do the two parts of the Greatest Commandment work together as we walk in love?

4. Deuteronomy 17:18-20; Ezra 7:10; Galatians 5:22-26; I Peter 2:9-12; Revelation 2:26-29 Since Christians are called to be kings and priests (or a kingdom of priests), how can you learn to walk in both truth and love?

5. Philippians 2:12-13; John 14:15-18, 25-26; 15:1-10, 26-27; 16:7-15; Romans 8:9-14 Jesus promised his followers he would dwell with them and in them through the Holy Spirit. Have you experienced the guidance and transforming power of the Holy Spirit? If not and you want to walk in the truth and love of God, ask God to give the Holy Spirit to you. Read the following verses to see what God has to say to you about receiving the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:37-42; 8:14-17; Luke 11:13)