The Practice of Godliness Discussion Guide


This companion guide to Navigator author Jerry Bridges’ The Practice of Godliness will help you grow in your fear of, love for, and devotion to God—the three essentials to a godly life.

Through timely discussion questions, you will learn how to take on God's character as you develop a relationship with God.

Study the Bible to learn how to let the Holy Spirit cultivate the fruit of God’s character traits in ...

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This companion guide to Navigator author Jerry Bridges’ The Practice of Godliness will help you grow in your fear of, love for, and devotion to God—the three essentials to a godly life.

Through timely discussion questions, you will learn how to take on God's character as you develop a relationship with God.

Study the Bible to learn how to let the Holy Spirit cultivate the fruit of God’s character traits in your life. Tyndale House Publishers

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  • ISBN-13: 9780891094982
  • Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1983
  • Series: Fran Sciacca Series
  • Edition description: Study Guid
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 769,510
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.21 (d)

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The Practice of Godliness



Copyright © 1983 Jerry Bridges
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8910-9498-2

Chapter One

How to Use This Bible Study

This Bible study on The Practice of Godliness is designed to be used in conjunction with the book, The Practice of Godliness. It may be used for personal Bible study, Sunday school classes, or Bible study discussion groups.

Although intended as a companion to The Practice of Godliness, this study is designed to direct you first into the Scriptures, and then into the author's text. Seeing and understanding what the Scriptures say on a subject is much more important than demonstrating that you know what the book says. For this reason, please complete the study questions based on Scriptures pertaining to each chapter before reading the corresponding chapters in the book. Ideally, the author's text will simply reinforce what you have already learned directly from the Bible. If, after reading the author's text, you wish to revise any of your answers, do so in the margin of this study.

The goal of any Bible study should be the application of practical, biblical truths to your daily life. As James says, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (James 1:22). For this reason, the last question of each lesson is an opportunity for you to write down a personal application from the study. To be of value, this application shouldbe specific and practical, with some personal check-up built into it. Only in this manner will we avoid the danger that James warns us about.


The Foundation for Godliness

1. Godliness is more than a character trait. It is a foundational spiritual quality that makes the entire Christian life dynamic, effective, and pleasing to God. To gain a clearer picture of this vital quality, look up the following verses of Scripture and write down the key thought about godliness found in each passage.

1 Timothy 4:7 ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ 1 Timothy 4:8 ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ 1 Timothy 6:6 ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

1 Timothy 6:11 _____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Titus 2:11-12 ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

2 Peter 1:3 ________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

2 Peter 3:10-12 ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

2. Thinking about the information you compiled in question 1, how would you summarize the value of godliness in two or three sentences? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

3. What two important facts do Genesis 5:21-24 and Hebrews 11:5 tell us about Enoch? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

How do these two passages describe a godly person? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

4. Read chapter 1 of The Practice of Godliness. How is godliness defined on pages 15-16? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Does this definition differ in any way from what you have understood godliness to be in the past? What is new to you about the book's definition? What are the three essential elements of devotion to God? (See page 14.) ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

What other elements do you feel are important in devotion to God? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Write down any other truths that are especially meaningful to you in chapter 1 of The Practice of Godliness. ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

5. Some people consider the "fear of God" to be basically an Old Testament concept. How do the following passages demonstrate that the fear of God is still important for us today?

Isaiah 11:1-3 ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Acts 9:31 __________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

1 Peter 1:17 _______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

6. The Bible describes two apparently contradictory attitudes the Christian ought to hold toward God: fear and confidence. What insights do the following passages suggest to you about how you can hold both these attitudes in your heart at the same time?

Romans 8:15, 1 Timothy 6:15-16, Hebrews 10:19 and 12:28-29 ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

7. What does 1 John 4:8-10 teach us about the extent of God's love? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Can you think of other passages of Scripture that teach the same idea? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

8. How personal did Paul believe God's love was, and what effect did this personalized love have on him? (See 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 and 1 Timothy 1:14-16.) ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

9. How do the following verses describe the desire the writers of Scripture had for God?

Psalm 27:4 _________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Psalm 42:1-2 _______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Psalm 63:1 _________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

Philippians 3:10 ___________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

10. Read chapter 2 of The Practice of Godliness. What additional important truths do you see there concerning devotion to God? ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

11. A good way to make your study of godliness practical is to plan specific applications you can make in your daily speech, attitudes, and behavior. Take a moment to think out and write down some applications of godliness that could challenge you this coming week. As you do this, consider which Scripture passages used in this study or in chapters 1 and 2 of The Practice of Godliness would be helpful to keep in mind for these applications.

____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________


Excerpted from The Practice of Godliness by JERRY BRIDGES Copyright © 1983 by Jerry Bridges . Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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