Studying the Bible: Part II

Studying the Bible with God-centered – not us-centered – motives is a vitally important for individuals committed to faithfully following Jesus.  But how do we effectively study the Word of God? Is there a “best” way to study the Bible?

Read Multiply pgs. 109-122.

  1. On pg. 109, four different approaches to studying the Bible are described. Which method do you apply the most and why?
  2. What three important aspects of Biblical study are described during this chapter?
  3. How are prayer and faith incorporated into studying scripture?
  4. What is the end result of studying the Bible?
  5. Do we depend on the Holy Spirit when reading the Bible?

Studying the Bible: Part One

Teaching others to follow the commandments of Jesus is a fundamental part of discipleship.  Without Biblical teaching, following Jesus is ambiguous and relative.

  1. What is the first step of teaching people to obey the commandments of Jesus?

Read Multiply pgs. 91-106.

  1. How would you describe the Bible?
  2. Are there wrong reasons for studying the Bible?
  3. Why is it important that God described Himself through scripture?

Making Disciples: The Basics

Disciples of Jesus are students of Jesus striving to imitate Him through implementing His ministry of reconciliation [Chan, 2012].  Carrying out Jesus’ ministry includes the faith-based action of following Jesus’ commandment to make disciples.

  1. Read Multiply pgs. 31-49 and define – in one sentence – the process of making disciples (Hint: Includes three parts).
  2. Do we ever “complete” the discipleship process?
  3. Is discipleship ultimately dependent on God or individuals?
  4. What is the correct motivation for making disciples?

Defining Discipleship

Genuine faith yields God-glorifying works through following God’s commandments.  One of God’s commandments is located in Matthew 28:18-20.

  1. Read Matthew 28:18-20, what is the commandment of God?

Discipleship is a continual process Christians experience throughout life.

  1. In your words, what is a disciple of Christ?

Read Multiply pgs. 15-25.

  1. How is a disciple of Christ described?
  2. Are disciples and converts different?

Active vs. Passive Faith

“Faith Growth” is God-cultivated, and produces active faith, or faith resulting in works.  In contrast, faith without works is passive, and the Bible teaches against faith without action.   

Read Luke 6:46 and John 14:15.

  1. Is Jesus teaching active or passive faith?

Read James 2:14-26.

  1. How is faith without works described?
  2. Why is faith with works important?

Read Galatians 2:16.

  1. Does this passage and James 2:14-26 contradict? 

Cultivating Faith

Salvation is accomplished by the God’s grace operating through faith in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Faith is essential to salvation, and 2 Peter 1:5-11 encourages Christians to grow in faith.  So, the question of the week is, “How do we grow in faith?”

Read Colossians 1:9, Romans 8:29, and Titus 2:11-14.

  1. What are the results of “faith growth” based on the above verses?

Read Galatians 3:1-3, Philippians 2:12-13, and Hebrews 12:2.

  1. How is “faith growth” enabled or accomplished?

Grace-Based Salvation

“What is salvation?” is both a relevant and complex question demanding an answer from all individuals.  Many seek the world to obtain salvation, but the Bible teaches the correct answer to the salvation question.  Unfortunately, the answer yields other questions requiring answers:

  1. Do We Earn Salvation, Or Is It Given?
  2. Are There Conditions [Requirements] To Salvation?
  3. Is Salvation Based On Grace through Faith, Or Works?
  4. Can Individuals Lose Salvation?

Keep these questions in mind and read John 3:16, Matthew 5:3, Ephesians 2:1-10, and John 10:29.  How do these passages of scripture address the questions mentioned above?