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:

Add to Your Faith, Goodness

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the Women in Christ commentary, Upright in the Sight of God.

Part I. The Example of the Upright in the Sight of God

1. Luke 1:5-6 What standard of conduct did Zechariah and Elizabeth choose to live by? Where do you think they found it?

2. Luke 1:18-20 Since neither Zechariah nor anyone else except Jesus ever lived a life in perfect agreement with God's standard of conduct, why do you think God called them "upright?" What would make you "upright in the sight of God?" [Optional: Find other examples of people in the Bible who were righteous in God's sight and what made them righteous.]

3. Romans 3:20-26; 6:1-12 Why can't God's law make us righteous? Can we be "upright in God's sight" if we flagrantly disregard obedience to his law? Explain your answer. [Helpful references: 1 John 3:4-10; James 2:14-26; Romans 7:4-12]

4. Luke 5:31-32 What comparison did Jesus make to explain why he came to earth to live among men? What illnesses or infirmities can you think of that are a direct result of disobedience to some of the commandments written in the Bible?

5. Luke 18:9-14; 1 John 1:8-2:1-6; Isaiah 66:1-4 Why was one prayer accepted and the other rejected? What does this parable teach us about the righteousness God accepts?

6. Hebrews 2:1-4; 6:4-8 Why is it important to pay attention to and sustain our salvation? How do we sustain our salvation?

7. 2 Peter 1:5-11 How does adding "goodness" (right conduct) to our faith "make your calling and election sure?"

Part II. Led by the Spirit

1. Acts 2:38-39 What do we need to do to start our journey of faith? What is God's promise once we choose his way over our own?

2. Philippians 2:12-13 What does God provide to make our obedience possible? What do you think your part in this is?

3. Galatians 5:16-26 What does it mean to "live by the Spirit?"

4. Titus 2:11-14 How does God’s grace teach us "to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives?"

5. Romans 6:23; 1 John 1:9; 5:11-12 When we realize we have failed in some way to live up to God's standard of right conduct, what can we do to restore our relationship with God?

6. Hebrews 6:9-12; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Jude 24-25; 1 John 4:13-18 How can we know that we are "upright in God's sight" and that we will be welcomed into God's everlasting kingdom?

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