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Unlocking the Bible Story: Study Guide 1
     

Unlocking the Bible Story: Study Guide 1

by Colin S. Smith
 

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Pastor Colin Smith's four-volume masterpiece moves you past Bible stories to understand the Bible as one story--the glorious, unbroken account of Christ's work to redeem a fallen world. With this accompanying Study Guide, you'll be able to make the journey even more rewarding. The Volume One Study Guide matches the first volume of the book series, and will help you

Overview

Pastor Colin Smith's four-volume masterpiece moves you past Bible stories to understand the Bible as one story--the glorious, unbroken account of Christ's work to redeem a fallen world. With this accompanying Study Guide, you'll be able to make the journey even more rewarding. The Volume One Study Guide matches the first volume of the book series, and will help you unlock the Bible Story from Genesis to Nehemiah.

Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guides will help you:

  • Focus you or your small group's study time to be as productive and rewarding as it can possibly be
  • Enrich your understanding of the book and your comprehension of God's Word
  • Apply the book's lessons in ways that will change your life forever

Once you've finished volume 1, volume 2 is highly recommended as it will complete your study in the Old Testament--you or your small group could move through the entire Old Testament by using volumes 1 and 2 in less than a year. Then dive into the New Testament study guides by using volumes 3 and 4.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802465511
Publisher:
Moody Publishers
Publication date:
03/15/2004
Series:
Experience the Bible As Never Before Series
Pages:
77
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.19(d)

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Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guide Volume 1


By Colin S. Smith

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2004 Colin S. Smith
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8024-6551-1



CHAPTER 1

Life

Read GENESIS 1:1–2:25


Launching

1. What do you think most people believe to be the purpose of life? What factors lead you to this conclusion?

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Who is God and why does it matter?

Who am I and why am I here?


Exploring

The Author Takes the Stage

2. There are two options to explain our existence: We were created by God or are an accident of history. What are the implications of each? ___________________________________________________________

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3. Many in our world today believe that humans are a product of evolutionary forces. How is this affecting our view of human life? ___________________________________________________________

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4. If God owns you, what difference should it make in the way you live your life? What difference should it make in the way you face troubling situations?

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Understanding Ourselves

5. Read Genesis 1:27. How do human beings reflect God's nature and image?

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The Kiss of Life

6. We are made in God's image. We are totally dependent on Him for our next breath. How do these two statements provide a healthy view of ourselves and others? Which do you need to grasp better?

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Taking a Walk with God

7. Adam and Eve walked with God in the Garden of Eden. What are some of the similarities and differences between Adam and Eve's relationship with God and ours today? ___________________________________________________________

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A Place Called Home

8. God provided a place, a purpose, and a partner for Adam and Eve (pages 25–27). What difference does it make to know that these are gifts from God?

a. Your place ____________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________

b. Your work (including school, caring for children, etc.) _______________ __________________________________________________________________________

c. Your marriage or your future mate _____________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________


Spotlight on Christ

9. Jesus said that He came to give us life to the full (John 10:10). In what ways has a relationship with Christ enriched your life?

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Applying

10. What is something new you learned about God or yourself from this study? How will it affect the way you live this week?

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This week, when you encounter someone who annoys you, remind yourself that the person is created in God's image. Note how it changes your view of that person.

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When praying this week, thank God for your place, your purpose, and your partner.

CHAPTER 2

Curse

Read GENESIS 3


Launching

1. How would our world be different if sin had not entered the picture? ___________________________________________________________

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If God made everything good, why is the world as it is today?


Exploring

Reading Your Opponent's Plays

2. Satan used three strategies to tempt Adam and Eve. Describe each in one sentence.

a.__________________________________________________________

b.__________________________________________________________

c.__________________________________________________________

3. How do you see these same strategies in operation today? ___________________________________________________________

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4. Which of Satan's strategies do you feel most vulnerable to? Why? ___________________________________________________________

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5. The sixth paragraph on page 34 describes effective defenses for each of Satan's "plays." What have you found helpful in implementing these defenses in your life? ___________________________________________________________

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The Knowledge of Evil/Excluded from Paradise

6. We have the knowledge of evil, and we have been excluded from the presence of God. What difference has this made to our lives and our world? ___________________________________________________________

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Hope That Began with a Curse/A Curse Deflected

7. Why did God find it necessary to pronounce a curse? Why did God's curse not fall directly on Adam? What evidence can you see of the curse on the ground today?

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Spotlight on Christ

8. Read Galatians 3:13. How does Jesus' death on the cross relate to ...

a. what happened in the Garden of Eden? __________________________________

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b. our lives today? ______________________________________________________

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Applying

9. What is something you can do this week to shore up your defenses against Satan's schemes? __________________________________________________________________________

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10. Do you need to adjust your expectations for life in this world based on what you learned in this lesson? How? __________________________________________________________________________

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We won't truly value a prescription drug unless we realize the severity of our sickness. In your prayer time this week, recognize before the Lord the dire diagnosis of humanity. Readily admit that this was (or possibly, still is) your diagnosis. Read through the prayer on page 40 and make it your own.

CHAPTER 3

Salvation

Read GENESIS 6:5–22


Launching

1. What thoughts and emotions would you imagine Noah felt as he completed the massive ark? When have you experienced some of these same emotions in your spiritual journey? __________________________________________________________________________

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What do I need to be saved from, and how can I be saved?


Exploring

Building a Biblical Worldview

2. Those who hold a biblical worldview believe that

• God created them,

• that He has absolute rights over them,

• and that every good gift in their lives comes from His hand.


Describe the attitudes and actions you would expect each of these convictions to produce in those who hold them. How are they impacting you?

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Amazing Grace

3. How did God express His grace to Noah? How is He doing that same thing for humanity today? Have you heeded His message? How?

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Deliverance Through Faith

4. How were Noah and his family saved? Why do you think the others did not get into the ark? __________________________________________________________________________

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5. How did Noah demonstrate faith?

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6. Noah faithfully communicated the message of God's judgment and deliverance. According to 2 Corinthians 5:20, what role do Christians have in making sure this message is communicated to everyone? What keeps you from communicating the message? __________________________________________________________________________

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Spotlight on Christ

7. How is Jesus like the ark? Why do you think so many people are failing to come in?

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Applying

8. Have you recognized that judgment is coming and accepted God's deliverance through Jesus Christ? If not, pray the prayer on page 51 and get "in Christ" today. __________________________________________________________________________

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9. Ask God to bring to mind the name of someone He would like you to share the news of judgment and deliverance with. __________________________________________________________________________

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10. Is there an area of life in which you need to exercise more faith like Noah? What would walking by faith look like in this situation? __________________________________________________________________________

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CHAPTER 4

Judgment

Read GENESIS 11:1–12:3


Launching

1. Have you ever been surrounded by people speaking a foreign language? How did it make you feel?

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Why did God cause the peoples of the world to speak in different languages?


Exploring

Parents in Pain

2. People began to pray as they saw the sin growing in the world. Think of a time when pain led you to prayer. Describe that experience. __________________________________________________________________________

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God Applies the Brakes

3. In John 8:34, Jesus said, "Everyone who sins is a slave to sin." How does our sin make us slaves? Can you think of some examples? __________________________________________________________________________

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4. Judgment is God's way of cutting sin back. How have you seen this happen in the course of history or in our world today?


Prevention Is Better Than a Cure

5. Describe the preventive approach to sin. __________________________________________________________________________

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What would this mean for someone struggling with:

• greed? _____________________________________________

• anger? _____________________________________________

• sexual purity? _____________________________________

• other: _____________________________________________

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The "New" Technology

6. What was the root sin of building the Tower of Babel? How have you observed this same sin today in individuals and cultures? ______________________________________________________

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7. How did the judgment at the Tower of Babel serve to cut back sin? ______________________________________________________

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8. God's judgment is never His final word. When God cuts sin back, it is always to create room for His grace. How did God show His grace after the Tower of Babel? ______________________________________________________

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Spotlight on Christ

9. How is Jesus Christ reversing the effects of the Tower of Babel? How have you experienced this? ______________________________________________________

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Applying

10. For personal reflection: Is there a sin that has taken root in your life? What steps can you take to get it under control?

CHAPTER 5

Blood

Read EXODUS 3:1–15; 12:1–13


Launching

1. From what sources have you derived your mental image of God? How has that image changed over the course of your life? ______________________________________________________

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Why is there such a strong emphasis on blood in the Bible story?


Exploring

God Breaks His Silence

2. Describe briefly what happened during the period between Abraham and Moses. (Use the time line on page 66 as a reminder.) ______________________________________________________

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The Self-Sustaining Fire

3. How did Moses get an accurate picture of God? How can we gain an accurate picture today? ______________________________________________________

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Confusion About God

4. How might Moses' upbringing have created some confusion about who God was? ______________________________________________________

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5. How are these same forces impacting young people in our culture today? How can we combat them? ______________________________________________________

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6. How do people fashion a god to their liking today? Are there aspects of God's character that you find difficult to accept? How do you handle that?


The Living God and the Other gods

7. What do the plagues reveal about God and His character? ______________________________________________________

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A Blood Sacrifice in Egypt

8. What danger was looming for all those in Egypt as the Passover approached? What danger looms for everyone today? What would it take for people to realize the danger? ______________________________________________________

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Spotlight on Christ

9. How is the Passover a foreshadowing of Jesus as the "Lamb of God"? ______________________________________________________

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Applying

10. Imagine God's judgment coming through your community like it did through Egypt. Would it pass over you or descend upon you? Why? ______________________________________________________

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Praise Jesus Christ today as the Lamb of God who will bring you safely through the judgment of God.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guide Volume 1 by Colin S. Smith. Copyright © 2004 Colin S. Smith. Excerpted by permission of Moody Publishers.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Meet the Author


COLIN SMITH serves as Senior Pastor of the Orchard Evangelical Free Church (previously called the Arlington Heights Evangelical Free Church). He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Master of Philosophy from London Bible College.

Colin was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Before coming to the States in 1996, Colin served as the Senior Pastor of the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in London for 16 years. While in London, he was active in the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in England, and has served the Fellowship as President.

Colin is the author The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life, 10 Keys for Unlocking the Christian Life, Unlocking the Bible Story Series and 10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible. He can be heard daily on the Unlocking the Bible radio broadcast (www.unlockingthebible.org).

Colin and his wife, Karen, reside in Arlington Heights and have two sons.

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