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The New Christian’s Handbook Part 7
Pray at the start
Read the material
Answer the questions
Basic Bible Overview
Courtesy of Swartzentrover Bible Study Web Rather than reading the whole book, read the questions and review the chart.
B1 What are 4 things that the Lord Jesus has commanded us? What is the importance of His statement “I am with you always?” Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
B2 Name some reasons that the Lord Jesus was accepted by many in His earlier ministry but saw increasing rejection later?
B1 Whom are we to serve? Why does the word “many” instead of “all” in the latter part of the verse? Mark 10:45 NKJV For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
B2 Why did Jesus have to suffer?
B1 Why did Judas betray Jesus? Luke 22:4 NKJV So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them.
B2 Jesus did many miracles. Why didn’t the miracles lead to the conversion of most people?
B1 Why is it only through Jesus can we be saved, forgiven, and after death be in heaven? John 14:6 NRSV Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
B2 Why did Peter deny the Lord Jesus? John 18:17 NRSV The woman said to Peter, "You are not also one of this man's disciples, are you?" He said, "I am not."
B1 Is the book of Acts descriptive or prescriptive? Acts 3:6-8 NRSV But Peter said, "I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk." 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
B2 Why isn’t the death of Paul, Peter, or the fall of Jerusalem recorded in the book of Acts? Acts 28:30-31 NRSV He lived there two whole years at his own expense and welcomed all who came to him, 31 proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
B1 Why is the resurrection of Jesus so important? Romans 1:3-4 NRSV the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
B2 How do we give our bodies to be living sacrifices? Romans 12:1 NRSV I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
B1 How do these actions show love applied to life? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 WEL Love is very patient and kind; love is not envious; love doesn't brag about itself, is not haughty, 5 Doesn't behave improperly, is not self-seeking; love isn't easily aggravated, doesn’t keep a list of wrongs, 6 Doesn't rejoice in injustice, but rejoices in the truth, 7 Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends, but whether prophecies, they will be inactive; or languages, they will stop; or knowledge, it will be inactive.
B2 Why is this verse included in the Bible, regarding the resurrection of Jesus Christ? 1 Corinthians 15:6 NRSV Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.
B1 Why is transparency so important in ministry? 2 Corinthians 4:2 NRSV We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God's word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.
B2 Name some of the teachings from this passage? 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NRSV Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards; 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments 5 and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.
B1 What are some differences between law keeping and faith? Galatians 3:2 NRSV The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard?
B2 Why do people leave the truth of God? Galatians 5:7 NRSV You were running well; who prevented you from obeying the truth?
B1 Why do we have to preach the importance of the shed blood of Jesus Christ? Ephesians 1:7 NKJV In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
B2 Are these rules for us to obey today? Ephesians 5:3-4 NKJV But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
B1 Is it true that EVERY knee will bow in Jesus’s presence? Do that mean they are saved? Philippians 2:9-11 NKJV Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
B2 Name some truths from this passage. Philippians 3:20-21 NKJV For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
B1 Does this passage teach that Jesus was created? Explain. Colossians 1:15-16 NKJV He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
B2 How do we let Christ’s peace rule in our hearts? Colossians 3:15 NKJV And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
1 & 2 Thessalonians
B1 What are some of the ways we can live this instruction? Are we still to report crimes or is reporting seeking revenge? 1 Thessalonians 5:15 NKJV See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
B2 Why are people so susceptible to deception? 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 NKJV The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
1 & 2 Timothy & Titus
B1 Why are these books called “The Pastorals?”
B2 Do most ministers, pastors, religious leaders meet these requirements?
B1 What does this book teach us about making an appeal?
B2 Is this book a good example of the word “intercession?”
B1 Why is the author so insistent on the superiority of Jesus Christ?
B2 What does the list of heroes of the faith (Hebrews 11) teach us?
B1 Why is faith tested by God?
B2 How do we prove that we have faith (Christian faith)?
1 & 2 Peter
B1 How can any Christian survive emotionally from persecution?
B2 What are some dangers of false teachers listed in these books (especially 2 Peter)?
1, 2, & 3 John
B1 How does 1 John show some tests and signs of what a true believer is?
B2 Why does John mention “love” so much?
B1 What are some problems with railing against leaders? (Jude 1:9-11)
B2 Name some characteristics of false teachers?
B1 A blessing is given to those who read, study, and believe this prophecy. Why do many people even pastors oppose teaching this book?
B2 Why do many people accept many terms in chapter 20 as literal but not this verse: Revelation 20:3 NKJV and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.