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:

Thy Kingdom Come

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, The Kingdom of God is Near.

The Kingdom of God is such a huge topic that this brief study is meant only as an overview. To fully understand the Bible's teaching on the kingdom of God requires a careful reading of the whole Bible. The Book of Daniel is entirely about how God rules in the kingdoms of men and looks forward to a time when God's kingdom will completely replace the governments of men over this earth. See this month's Book Review for one author's exposition of Daniel's prophetic writing.

1. Matthew 6:9-10. Why do you think Jesus taught his disciples to ask the Father for the kingdom to come and his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven?

2. Mark 1:14-15; John 3:3-8. Why is belief and repentance included in Jesus' message about God's kingdom being "near?"

3. Philippians 4:5; John 14:16-18; Colossians 1:9-14. How can you personally apply the statement "The Lord is near?" How does this statement, if it does, influence your understanding of "when" and "where" the kingdom of God is in history?

4. Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 24:4-35. Have you, or has someone you know, been influenced to believe someone who declares he (or she) knows the time of Jesus' return and the establishment of his millennial rule? What did Jesus say about whether or not any person can know the time of his return?

5. John 18:36; 17:15-21; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. Discuss appropriate ways the disciples of Jesus today can work towards God's mission in this world while we wait for Jesus to return as he said he would.

6. 1 Peter 2:5, 9. Since Jesus' disciples are called to be a "kingdom of priests," how should we be carrying out that role in our everyday lives as business men and women or homemakers or school teachers or any other honorable occupation?

7. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; Hebrews 12:28-29; 2 Peter 3:9-14. How do we sustain our hope as we wait? What kind of people should we be?

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