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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:

Where Then is My Hope?

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, We Have Such a Hope.

 

I. The Example of “We Have Such a Hope.”

1. Job 6:11; 14:7, 18-19; 17:15; 19:10 When Job lost his family, his livelihood, and his health, how did he feel about God and his own future? What besides his physical blessings did Job feel he had lost? Have you ever felt this way and how did you recover?

2. Job 4:6; 8:13; 11:13-20 On what did Eliphaz, Zophar, and Bildad base their hope for a good life free of trouble? What did they have in common with Job?

3. Job 42:7-9 Why do you think God was not pleased with the “wisdom” of Job’s three friends? What can a Christian today learn from this account?

4. Job Chapters 38-41 Summarize what you believe God said to Job and his friends. As you picture these words being said specifically to you, allow yourself to respond honestly with the respect due the Creator and Ruler of all. Share your honest reactions with your heavenly Father and allow him to restore your hope.

5. Job 42:1-6 What was Job’s response to God?

6. Job 42:7-10 How did Job’s friends respond to God’s correction? Is there an example for us today from this? How did God restore the strained relationship between these friends?

7. Job 42:10-16; Hebrews 11:39-40; John 3:3-21 God renewed Job’s family, health, and prosperity after his repentance. How is our life restored? Think of ways God has restored your life, spiritual and/or physical, after you went through some major difficulties.

II. The Hope of Eternal Life

1. Titus 1:1-3; 2:11-14; 3:3-7; Hebrews 11:1; Romans 8:18-28; II Corinthians 3:12 Describe the Christian hope. How can this hope change the way you look at your circumstances?

2. I Corinthians 13:13; Colossians 1:3-6, 27; Acts 2:22-36; I Corinthians 15:12-26 Upon what is the Christian hope based?

3. Hebrews 10:19-23 Why is this foundation secure enough to hold you in your faith?

4. Hebrews 6:7-20 How does “hope” act as an “anchor” during difficult times?

5. I Peter 3:15-22 How can you be ready to share this hope with those who ask? How can your hope be visible enough that others see it and wonder enough to ask? Why do you think this would be an effective way to share the gospel with others?

6. Romans 15:13 Memorize this verse or write on a card to look at often.


 
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