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Have you done The Purple Book? From students and scholars to parents, kids, rock stars, and professional athletes, people all over the world are doing The Purple Book. Why? Because they’re looking for a foundation that no storm in life will prevail against—and a heart that’s shaped and guided by the knowledge of God’s Word. The Purple Book is a twelve-part Bible study keyed to the TNIV and designed to help new believers and longtime followers of Jesus stand firm and grow strong in the Christian life. Take the challenge to build the foundation of your life on the Word of God. Do The Purple Book.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780310936008
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 205,941
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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Purple Book

Biblical Foundations for Building Strong Disciples
By Rice Brooks Steve Murrell

Zondervan

Copyright © 2006 Rice Brooks and Steve Murrell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-310-93600-4


Chapter One

SIN & SALVATION

* * *

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth ... through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made ... all things have been created by him and for him. - Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16 (TNIV) * * *

The earth, humanity-all that we see around us had a beginning.

God declared each phase of creation "good"-until he created the first man Adam and said it was "not good" for him to be alone.

So Eve, the first woman, was created, and the original couple was given everything to enjoy. They were only forbidden to eat the fruit of one tree: the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil."

The fatal decision that followed and its tragic results have affected all of human history. Humanity would pass down this fatal flaw, this inner corruption from generation to generation. The power of evil and darkness would have prevailed ... except for God's intervention. His plan of salvation deliverance from evil's power began to unfold in that very garden of Eden. This is the primary story of the entire Bible.

LESSON 1

THE ORIGINAL STORY

1. What was creation like in the beginning? Genesis 1

v. 10 ____________________________________________________________

v. 12 ____________________________________________________________

v. 18 ____________________________________________________________

v. 21 ____________________________________________________________

v. 25 ____________________________________________________________

2. How many commands did God give Adam and Eve? Genesis 2:17 _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

3. What was God's command to the first human beings? Genesis 2:16-17 __________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

Read Genesis 3:1-13 to find out what happened next.

4. How did Adam and Eve respond to God's command? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

5. In light of this, do you think you would have responded any differently? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

Think about what God attempted to shield Adam and Eve from: the knowledge of evil. What loving parent today doesn't do everything they can to protect their children from dangerous material-on television, on the Internet or anywhere else?

6. Who tempted Eve? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

Who is the serpent? None other than the devil himself, also known as Satan. Satan is not God's equal or exact opposite; he is a created being who rebelled against God. In Genesis 3, he brings down Adam and Eve as part of his continued rebellion. Revelation 12:9 and 20:2 specifically refer to Satan as the "ancient serpent."

Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit-in essence saying to God, "We don't need you or your rules." They disobeyed God. They sinned.

7. How did Adam and Eve react after their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked?

v. 7 _____________________________________________________________

v. 8 _____________________________________________________________

v. 10 ____________________________________________________________

8. Why do you think they reacted this way? _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

9. How did God respond to Adam and Eve's sin? v. 8-9 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

Notice the two very different responses to humanity's sin:

Humanity covered up and hid from God.

God sought humanity.

Things have not changed much since the beginning. After thousands of years and billions of people, human beings still hide from God ... and God still seeks. This is the starting point for understanding salvation.

Personal Reflection

What did you learn from this lesson? How will you apply it to your life? What questions did it raise? What did it teach you about God and your relationship with him?

_____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

LESSON 2

THE RESULTS OF SIN

The act of disobeying God is called sin. One definition of sin is to "miss the mark," like when you fail to hit the target in a sporting event.

Obviously the Bible's understanding of sin is much more serious than that. In fact, Scripture has a few different ways of expressing this idea. Sin is sometimes described as a "trespass," something that involves crossing forbidden lines or boundaries that God sets up for our protection.

The concept of "iniquity" speaks of sin's most troubling and destructive result: to twist and pervert our inner nature. This is gravely serious because the Bible says God's nature is "holy"-that is, completely free from evil or defect, absolutely pure in love and goodness.

1. What state does the Bible describe us as being in? Ephesians 2:1 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

2. Why ultimately is our sin so serious to God? Leviticus 11:44 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

3. What does iniquity do to our relationship with God? Isaiah 59:1-2 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

4. Describe sinful humanity's desperate condition. Romans 3:9-20, 23 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

5. Describe the impact sin has on our heart. Jeremiah 17:9 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

6. What are the "wages" of sin? Romans 6:23 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

7. What does the Bible say happens immediately after we die? Hebrews 9:27 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

8. What does Paul, the writer of Romans, call himself? Romans 7:24 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

In Romans 7, Paul describes his own state and cries out on behalf of all humanity with the most important question ever asked: "Who will rescue me from this body of death?" Humanity's deepest need is for salvation-not just from the evil in the world, but from the evil in our own hearts.

Personal Reflection

Obviously God takes sin very seriously. What about you? What do you think you deserve for your sin?

_____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

LESSON 3

GOD'S SOLUTION FOR SIN: JESUS' DEATH AND RESURRECTION

The penalty for sin is death, both spiritual and physical. God's ultimate solution for sin was foreshadowed in the original story. After they sinned, Adam and Eve tried to hide themselves with their own covering-and humanity has been hiding from God ever since. God, however, provided the real covering, and he did so by spilling the blood of an innocent animal.

The concept of sacrifice (the idea that because of sin, someone has to pay the penalty) is seen throughout the Bible. Sin was only forgiven as a result of shedding blood, a sacrifice offered in the place of sinful human beings. The sacrifice had to be one without defect.

1. What is necessary for the forgiveness of sins? Hebrews 9:22 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

2. How did God cover Adam and Eve's first sin? Genesis 3:21 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

3. How were "unclean" things made "clean"? Hebrews 9:22 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

4. Can the blood of animals ultimately take away our sins? Hebrews 10:4 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

Read Isaiah 53.

5. Why would the promised Savior be "pierced"? Isaiah 53:5 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

6. How does the prophet Isaiah say we will be healed? Isaiah 53:5 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

7. How did the John the Baptist, the last great prophet before Jesus, introduce Jesus publicly? John 1:29 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

8. What did the prophet Isaiah predict that the Savior would do? Isaiah 53:6 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

9. What Jesus' blood-his sacrificial death-do for us?

Romans 5:9 _______________________________________________________

Ephesians 1:7 ____________________________________________________

Ephesians 2:13 ___________________________________________________ 1 John 1:7 _______________________________________________________

Revelation 1:5 ___________________________________________________

10. What did Jesus do for us on the cross?

1 Peter 2:24 ____________________________________________________

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 ____________________________________________

2 Corinthians 5:21 ______________________________________________

Galatians 3:13-14 _______________________________________________

"The one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father ..." - John 1:18

Jesus is more than just another great teacher or miracle worker. The Bible teaches clearly that he is God in the flesh (John 1:1-18). Jesus calls himself the Son of God at least three times (John 5:25; 10:36; 11:4). His followers recognize him as the one true God (John 20:28). It is because Jesus is God that he can save us from our sin.

11. According to the Bible, what makes Jesus unique that he can do all this for us?

John 1:18 _______________________________________________________

Acts 2:26 ________________________________________________________

Colossians 1:15-20 _______________________________________________

Hebrews 4:15 _____________________________________________________

Jesus' blood-his sacrificial death-is God's solution for humanity's sin. He pays the penalty for your sin. He wants to wipe the slate clean-forgiveness. But Jesus didn't just stay in the grave. He rose from the dead.

12. What is the significance of Jesus' resurrection? What if there was no resurrection? 1 Corinthians 15:14-19

v. 14 ___________________________________________________________

v. 15 ___________________________________________________________

v. 16 ___________________________________________________________

v. 17 ___________________________________________________________

v. 18 ___________________________________________________________

v. 19 ___________________________________________________________

What makes God's gift of grace so costly is that Jesus paid for it with his life. What makes it so powerful is that he came back from the dead-proving that he is the Son of God and showing that God accepted his sacrifice as payment for our sin.

"He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification."

- Romans 4:25 (TNIV)

Conclusion

God's law demands that sin be punished by death. Year in and year out, innocent animals would die in the place of God's people, reminding them that sin is costly. However, God's plan was to send his ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ, as a "lamb" to be offered for the sins of the whole world. Even more amazing is the fact that the Bible calls Jesus "Immanuel," which means "God with us." God became a man in Jesus Christ and died for the sins of his own creation.

LESSON 4

RECEIVING GOD'S GIFT: A NEW HEART

As a result of receiving God's sacrifice, Jesus Christ, as the payment for our sins, we not only experience forgiveness from the past, we're given a new heart and a new life as God's children.

1. What did God promise he would give his people? Ezekiel 36:26 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

2. What does God do when he rescues us from our state of spiritual death? Ephesians 2:4-6 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

3. What happens when we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior? John 1:12-13 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

4. What did Jesus say must happen before we can enter the kingdom of God? John 3:3-7 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

What does it mean to be "born again"? Each of us was born into this life at one point. Jesus teaches that when we choose to follow him, we are born into a new life. We are spiritually reborn-made new, freed from our old way of life. Like our physical birth, being born again is not something we can do for ourselves. It's something that God does for us; the phrase "born again" can also mean "born from above."

5. What do the following passages tell you about being "born again" or "born of God"?

John 1:12-13 _____________________________________________________

1 Peter 1:23 _____________________________________________________

1 John 3:9 _______________________________________________________

1 John 4:7 _______________________________________________________

6. What does Paul say about those who are "in Christ"? 2 Corinthians 5:1 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

7. What is the destiny of those who are "born of God"? 1 John 5:4 _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

PERSONAL APPLICATION

What would you do if someone could offer you a brand new start on life? Have you received God's gift of new life?

_____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Purple Book by Rice Brooks Steve Murrell Copyright © 2006 by Rice Brooks and Steve Murrell. Excerpted by permission.
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First Chapter

C H A P T E R O N E
SIN & SALVATION
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth... through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made...all things have been created by him and for him.
-- Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16 (TNIV)
The earth, humanity---all that we see around us had a beginning.
God declared each phase of creation 'good'---until he created the first man Adam and said it was 'not good' for him to be alone.
So Eve, the first woman, was created, and the original couple was given everything to enjoy. They were only forbidden to eat the fruit of one tree: the 'tree of the knowledge of good and evil.'
The fatal decision that followed and its tragic results have affected all of human history. Humanity would pass down this fatal flaw, this inner corruption from generation to generation. The power of evil and darkness would have prevailed...except for God's intervention. His plan of salvation deliverance from evil's power began to unfold in that very garden of Eden. This is the primary story of the entire Bible.
1. What was creation like in the beginning? Genesis 1
v. 10
v. 12
v. 18
v. 21
v. 25
2. How many commands did God give Adam and Eve?
Genesis 2:17
3. What was God's command to the first human beings?
Genesis 2:16-17
Read Genesis 3:1-13 to find out what happened next.
4. How did Adam and Eve respond to God's command?
5. In light of this, do you think you would have responded any differently?
Think about what God attempted to shield Adam and Eve from: the knowledge of evil. What loving parent today doesn't do everything they can to protect their children from dangerous material---on television, on the Internet or anywhere else?
6. Who tempted Eve?
Who is the serpent? None other than the devil himself, also known as Satan. Satan is not God's equal or exact opposite; he is a created being who rebelled against God. In Genesis 3, he brings down Adam and Eve as part of his continued rebellion. Revelation 12:9 and 20:2
specifically refer to Satan as the 'ancient serpent.'
Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit---in essence saying to God, 'We don't need you or your rules.' They disobeyed God. They sinned.
7. How did Adam and Eve react after their eyes were opened and they realized they were naked?
v. 7
v. 8
v. 10
8. Why do you think they reacted this way?
9. How did God respond to Adam and Eve's sin? v. 8-9
Notice the two very different responses to humanity's sin:
* Humanity covered up and hid from God.
* God sought humanity.
Things have not changed much since the beginning. After thousands of years and billions of people, human beings still hide from God...
and God still seeks. This is the starting point for understanding salvation.
Personal Reflection
What did you learn from this lesson? How will you apply it to your life? What questions did it raise? What did it teach you about God and your relationship with him?
The act of disobeying God is called sin. One definition of sin is to
'miss the mark,' like when you fail to hit the target in a sporting event.
Obviously the Bible's understanding of sin is much more serious than that. In fact, Scripture has a few different ways of expressing this idea.
Sin is sometimes described as a 'trespass,' something that involves crossing forbidden lines or boundaries that God sets up for our protection.
The concept of 'iniquity' speaks of sin's most troubling and destructive result: to twist and pervert our inner nature. This is gravely serious because the Bible says God's nature is 'holy'---that is, completely free from evil or defect, absolutely pure in love and goodness.
1. What state does the Bible describe us as being in? Ephesians 2:1
2. Why ultimately is our sin so serious to God? Leviticus 11:44
3. What does iniquity do to our relationship with God? Isaiah 59:1-2
4. Describe sinful humanity's desperate condition. Romans 3:9-20, 23
5. Describe the impact sin has on our heart. Jeremiah 17:9
6. What are the 'wages' of sin? Romans 6:23
7. What does the Bible say happens immediately after we die?
Hebrews 9:27
8. What does Paul, the writer of Romans, call himself? Romans 7:24
In Romans 7, Paul describes his own state and cries out on behalf of all humanity with the most important question ever asked: 'Who will rescue me from this body of death?' Humanity's deepest need is for salvation---not just from the evil in the world, but from the evil in our own hearts.
Personal Reflection
Obviously God takes sin very seriously. What about you? What do you think you deserve for your sin?
GOD'S SOLUTION FOR SIN:
JESUS' DEATH AND RESURRECTION
The penalty for sin is death, both spiritual and physical. God's ultimate solution for sin was foreshadowed in the original story. After they sinned, Adam and Eve tried to hide themselves with their own covering---and humanity has been hiding from God ever since. God,
however, provided the real covering, and he did so by spilling the blood of an innocent animal.
The concept of sacrifice (the idea that because of sin, someone has to pay the penalty) is seen throughout the Bible. Sin was only forgiven as a result of shedding blood, a sacrifice offered in the place of sinful human beings. The sacrifice had to be one without defect.
1. What is necessary for the forgiveness of sins? Hebrews 9:22
2. How did God cover Adam and Eve's first sin? Genesis 3:21
3. How were 'unclean' things made 'clean'? Hebrews 9:22
4. Can the blood of animals ultimately take away our sins?
Hebrews 10:4
Read Isaiah 53.
5. Why would the promised Savior be 'pierced'? Isaiah 53:5
6. How does the prophet Isaiah say we will be healed? Isaiah 53:5
7. How did the John the Baptist, the last great prophet before Jesus,
introduce Jesus publicly? John 1:29
8. What did the prophet Isaiah predict that the Savior would do?
Isaiah 53:6
9. What Jesus' blood---his sacrificial death---do for us?
Romans 5:9
Ephesians 1:7
Ephesians 2:13
1 John 1:7
Revelation 1:5
10. What did Jesus do for us on the cross?
1 Peter 2:24
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
2 Corinthians 5:21
Galatians 3:13-14
'The one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father...'
-- John 1:18
Jesus is more than just another great teacher or miracle worker. The
Bible teaches clearly that he is God in the flesh (John 1:1-18). Jesus calls himself the Son of God at least three times (John 5:25; 10:36;
11:4). His followers recognize him as the one true God (John 20:28). It is because Jesus is God that he can save us from our sin.
11. According to the Bible, what makes Jesus unique that he can do all this for us?
John 1:18
Acts 2:26
Colossians 1:15-20
Hebrews 4:15
Jesus' blood---his sacrificial death---is God's solution for humanity's sin. He pays the penalty for your sin. He wants to wipe the slate clean---forgiveness. But Jesus didn't just stay in the grave. He rose from the dead.
12. What is the significance of Jesus' resurrection? What if there was no resurrection? 1 Corinthians 15:14-19
v. 14
v. 15
v. 16
v. 17
v. 18
v. 19
What makes God's gift of grace so costly is that Jesus paid for it with his life. What makes it so powerful is that he came back from the dead---proving that he is the Son of God and showing that God accepted his sacrifice as payment for our sin.
'He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.'
-- Romans 4:25 (TNIV)
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