Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guide Volume 2

Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guide Volume 2

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 Two Study Guide matches the second volume of the book series, and will

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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 Two Study Guide matches the second volume of the book series, and will help you unlock the Bible Story from Job to Malachi.

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

Volume 2 is a perfect follow-up to studying volume 1, which takes you through the beginning books of the Old Testament, from Genesis to Nehemiah--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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575677965
Publisher:
Moody Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Series:
Unlocking: Bible Studies , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
File size:
3 MB

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Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guide Volume 2


By Colin S. Smith

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2004 Colin S. Smith
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-57567-796-5



CHAPTER 1

Suffering

Read JOB 1


What does God have to say about the suffering of His people?


Launching

1. Describe how someone you know honored God through his or her response to great difficulties or suffering. ______________________________________________________

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Exploring

God's People Will Suffer

2. How would you react if you heard that a highly respected Christian had suffered the same tragedies as Job? Does your natural reaction unveil any misconceptions about suffering? Explain. ______________________________________________________

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God's People Will Feel Pain

3. What would you say to a Christian who is facing a major hardship and feels guilty for not experiencing greater peace and joy in the midst of it? ______________________________________________________

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The Story Behind the Story

4. What was being accomplished through Job's suffering? How can that same thing be accomplished in your suffering? ______________________________________________________

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Same Problem: Different Response

5. How can you explain the contrast between Job's response and his wife's? ______________________________________________________

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6. How does our response in suffering reveal the condition of our hearts? ______________________________________________________

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Spotlight on Christ

7. What can you learn from the way Jesus handled suffering? ______________________________________________________

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Applying

8. Based on what you learned in this chapter, what might you say to someone who is enduring great difficulties? What would you avoid saying? ______________________________________________________

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9. Think of a time that you experienced grief and suffering. What comments did you find encouraging and helpful, and what did you find discouraging or offensive? ______________________________________________________

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10. How can the principles from this chapter help you to endure a present difficulty or one that you may encounter in the future? ______________________________________________________

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Optional Small Group Exercise:

As an individual, family, or small group, make a plan to encourage someone you know who is in the midst of suffering.

CHAPTER 2

Resurrection

Read JOB 19


How can I hold on to my faith in the darkest times?


Launching

1. How do you picture life after death? ______________________________________________________

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Exploring

Where Do You Turn When Nobody Understands?

2. Have you ever experienced a time that you felt you could not endure what you were facing? What did you do to cope with the situation? ______________________________________________________

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3. In addition to the tragedy itself, what made Job's situation so desperate and difficult? How can you identify with this? ______________________________________________________

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Job's Secret of Survival

4. What was Job's secret of survival? ______________________________________________________

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5. If everything in your life was collapsing around you, what convictions would be the "solid branch" that you could hold on to? ______________________________________________________

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6. Describe a time those convictions and truths helped you deal with a difficult circumstance you were facing. ______________________________________________________

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Job's Confidence

7. Job believed that he would see God, and this confidence sustained him. How does the anticipation of seeing God affect your life? How could it affect you more deeply? ______________________________________________________

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Spotlight on Christ

8. Why is it important that Jesus rose from the dead bodily rather than simply returning to the Father in His spirit? ______________________________________________________

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Applying

9. How can your hope of the Resurrection help you deal with a difficult or painful situation you are currently facing? ______________________________________________________

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10. Write out the core convictions you mentioned in question 5 with supporting verses. Have this accessible for a future time when you encounter difficulties and trials.

CHAPTER 3

Revelation

Read JOB 38

How can we know God?


Launching

1. What is one question you would like to ask God when you get to heaven? ______________________________________________________

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Exploring

The Bible: God's Exclusive

2. In what ways has God revealed Himself to us? How has each of these given us a progressively greater understanding? ______________________________________________________

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3. In what sense is the Bible an "exclusive"? What would you say to someone who was offended by the Bible's claim to give exclusive information? ______________________________________________________

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Truth, Spin, and Fantasy

4. On what can we base our confidence that the Bible is actually true? ______________________________________________________

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The Measure of Truth

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5. If the Bible is truly God revealing Himself, what are the implications of this? ______________________________________________________

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6. How then should we approach the Bible? ______________________________________________________

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Snowflakes and Crocodiles

7. God did not give Job an explanation of why he was suffering but rather a revelation of Himself. How did that ultimately help Job to cope with the situation? What did Job discover about God from his encounter with Him? ______________________________________________________

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Spotlight on Christ

8. Read Hebrews 1:1–3. How has God revealed Himself to us uniquely in Jesus? ______________________________________________________

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Applying

9. What have you found helpful in gaining a greater sense of God's glory and greatness? ______________________________________________________

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10. To what extent would you say that your use of and response to the Bible is in line with your belief about its nature and source? What adjustments do you need to make? ______________________________________________________

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Read through a psalm this week, noting any pictures or attributes of God. Praise God for one of these attributes. Reflect on it throughout the day. Psalm 23, 25, or 33 represents a great place to start. Report to the group how it impacted your week.

CHAPTER 4

Wisdom

Read PROVERBS 7


How can I put my life together with success?


Launching

1. What is something you have done in the past that you now consider foolish? What makes you view the situation differently now? ______________________________________________________

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Exploring

Looking Through the Window

2. How did the young man whom Solomon observed demonstrate three pitfalls of folly—drifting without purpose, acting on impulse, and not considering the consequences of a decision? ______________________________________________________

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3. Describe a time you did something foolish that involved one of these same three pitfalls. ______________________________________________________

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4. How could you have avoided making the mistake? ______________________________________________________

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5. In general, which of these pitfalls do you feel most susceptible to? ______________________________________________________

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Spotlight on Christ

6. How was Jesus' life an antithesis to the foolish young man Solomon observed? ______________________________________________________

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7. How would living out your faith in Christ overcome each of the pitfalls of folly? ______________________________________________________

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The Spirit of Wisdom

8. What role does the Holy Spirit play in living out a life of wisdom? ______________________________________________________

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Wisdom Looks for Company

9. To whom is wisdom offered? In what areas of life do you see your need for the wisdom of God? ______________________________________________________

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Applying

10. Think about the pitfall you chose in question 4. What can you do in practical terms to keep from falling prey to this tendency? ______________________________________________________

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In one of your quiet times this week, praise Jesus for being the personification of the wisdom of God.


Optional Small Group Exercise:

Discuss what role your small group can play to protect one another from doing something foolish.

CHAPTER 5

Holiness

Read ISAIAH 6


What is God like?

Launching

1. How do you think it would change your life if God appeared to you as He did to Isaiah? ______________________________________________________

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Exploring

Growing Casual Toward God

2. In Isaiah's day, there was a disconnection between the belief and behavior of God's people. How would you explain this contradiction? ______________________________________________________

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3. In what ways do you see this disconnection between belief and behavior among Christians or in your own life today?


The Angels Who Couldn't Bear to Look

4. What effect did God's presence have on Isaiah and the angels? Why? ______________________________________________________

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5. God has many attributes. Why do you think the Bible puts such emphasis on His holiness? ______________________________________________________

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6. Which attributes are most emphasized in the Christian community you are part of? How do you see that impacting people's lives for good and bad? ______________________________________________________

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Caught in an Earthquake

7. Many people have a diminished view of God. The god they believe in makes little impression on their lives. Others have grasped the greatness and glory of God, and their lives have been changed. How can you cultivate and communicate a higher view of God? ______________________________________________________

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Coming Apart at the Seams

8. When Isaiah saw God, he became painfully aware of his own sin and the sin of his people. Rate yourself from 1 to 5 as to how sensitive you are to your own sin and the sin of your culture. Explain your answer and how you arrived at the point you indicated.

Insensitive 1 2 3 4 5 Sensitive

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A Hot Coal

9. Isaiah's renewed sense of his sinfulness was followed by a touch of God's grace. How have you experienced these two dynamics operating together in your life? How has that equipped you to serve the Lord? ______________________________________________________

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Spotlight on Christ

10. How does Jesus reveal the holiness of God? ______________________________________________________

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Applying

If you feel that you have become desensitized to your own sin and the sin of your culture, confess this to the Lord and ask for a renewed sense of His holiness.

Read the italicized comments under Pause for Prayer on page 76, and make the prayer that follows your own.


Optional Small Group Exercise:

Sing the hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy together, and then pause for a couple of minutes to sit in awe of God.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guide Volume 2 by Colin S. Smith. Copyright © 2004 Colin S. Smith. Excerpted by permission of Moody Publishers.
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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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