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 Your Treasure Is

By Scarlett Stough


To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Do Not Worry.

I. READ Matthew Chapter Six.

1. After reading this chapter, what do you think is the primary lesson that Jesus wants his disciples to learn from this passage?

2. What are the “acts of righteousness” that Jesus describes? How are people rewarded by those acts of righteousness that are done to be seen by men?

3. Does Jesus’ command “Do not worry” tie back to the previous verses and fit into the context of the remainder of the chapter? If so, how? If you don’t think so, why not?

4. Do you think Jesus is referring only to material goods in this context of storing up treasure on earth? Why or why not?

5. Using this passage for clues, what is the treasure we store up in heaven? 

II. READ Philippians 4:4-20.

1. From this passage, what can we do to fight off worry and gain the peace of mind we need during times of need and trouble?

2. What had Paul learned, and how did he learn it, that enabled him to be content in any circumstance?

3. What example did the church at Philippi set for the people of their time and through the Scriptures for us today?

4. What promise did Paul pass on to the Philippians to encourage them and us?

III. READ Philippians 2:19-22; I Corinthians 12:24b-27

Editor’s Note: The words “have concern” and “takes an interest” in these passages are translated from the same Greek word translated as “worry” or “anxious” in Matthew 6.

1. Jesus taught that we should not worry or be anxious over meeting our needs. In these passages we are asked to be concerned for and take an interest in the needs of others. How can helping others, even when we are in need ourselves, relieve our own anxiety and self-pity?

2. How can congregations and fellowship groups help its members to be free of worry ?

IV. READ I Peter 5:6-11

1. What quality is most needed for us to acquire in order to be free of anxiety? How would this help?

2. Why do you think this warning about being alert and resisting the devil is given in this context?

3. How do we remain “standing firm in the faith” as we go through various forms of suffering?

4. What encouragement is offered in verses 10-11?

V. READ Romans Chapter Eight. The questions will focus on verses 28-39.

1. For whom does God work?

2. What has he predestined them (and us) to be?

3. What reasons are given for believing that “we are more than conquerors?”

4. Why does God take an interest in us and why is he concerned for our well being? How does God’s concern for us alleviate worry?

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