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:

The LORD is Your Life

By Scarlett Stough


To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, A Man’s Life.

1. Luke 12:13-15. Why do you think Jesus warns us to "be on guard against greed?" Define life. How can a greedy appetite for material things prevent us from seeking the life Jesus means?

2. Luke 12:16-21. What is the point of the parable Jesus uses to illustrate what he means by life?* (Note that "life" in verse 15 is translated from the Greek "zoe" while in verse 20, "life," NIV or "soul" KJV, is translated from "psuche.")

3. John 3:1-21; 10:10b; 14:6-7.What must happen, according to Jesus, before we can experience the life he brings?

4. Deuteronomy 30:19-20. Compare and contrast, similarities and differences, the command and promise made to Israel with the promise Jesus made.

5. 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Romans 6:1-4; 2 Peter 3:10-18. Describe the attitude and conduct followers of Christ need to cultivate as we live the new life we have in Christ.

6. Luke 12:22-40. What should our attitude be towards acquiring the necessities of life? What should be our focus?

7. Luke 12:41-48. What warnings and encouragements does Jesus give as he is giving instructions to his disciples?

*The Greek language has three nouns translated "life." They are "zoe" "bios" and "psuche." For a description of how and where each word is used in the New Testament, see Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary keyed to Strong's reference numbers, Thomas Nelson Publishers and The New Strong's Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers. Briefly, "Speaking generally, Psuche, is the individual life, the living being, whereas zoe, is the life of that being." "Bios is used in three respects of the period or duration of life…the manner of life, life in regard to its moral conduct"…"the means of life, livelihood, maintenance, living." "While zoe is 'life' intensive…bios is 'life' extensive." For more complete definitions see the reference books listed above.

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