Unlocking the Bible Story: Study Guide 3

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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 3 Study Guide matches the first volume of the book series, and will help you unlock the Bible Story from Matthew to Acts.

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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 3 Study Guide matches the first volume of the book series, and will help you unlock the Bible Story from Matthew to Acts.

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 3, volume 4 is highly recommended as it will complete your study in the New Testament--you or your small group could move through the entire New Testament by using volumes 3 and 4 in less than a year. And why not dive into the Old Testament study guides also by using volumes 1 and 2?

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Meet the Author


COLIN SMITHM 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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Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guide Volume 3


By Colin S. Smith

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2004 Colin S. Smith
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8024-6553-6


Chapter One

Fulfillment

Read MATTHEW 1

Launching

1. Who is someone you trust to fulfill any promise he or she makes to you? Why?

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Exploring

God's "To Do List"

2. What are three key items on God's "to do list" that are reflected in Jesus' genealogy?

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3. What is the status of each at the end of the Old Testament? How did Jesus fulfill each of them?

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Getting God's To Do List Done

4. How does the fact that Jesus' fulfilled prophesies written hundreds of years before His birth affect your view of Him? If non-Christians you know were informed about these prophecies, how do you think they would respond?

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5. Which of the fulfilled prophesies do you find particularly amazing? Why?

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The Portrait on a Different Wall

6. How would you respond to someone who said that Jesus was just one of many great religious leaders?

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Getting Our To Do List Done

7. How did Jesus fulfill the Law through ...

a. His life? ____________________________

b. His death? ___________________________

c. His people? __________________________

A New Desire and a New Direction

8. Read Romans 8:3-4. How is Jesus able to bring us into righteous living where the Law was unable to? How have you experienced this in your life?

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Applying

9. What have you found increases your hunger and thirst for righteousness? What quenches it? In light of this, what can you do this week to fuel your hunger and thirst for righteousness?

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10. What would you say to someone who was trying to justify himself (or herself) before God by being moral? How can Christians fall into this trap?

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Chapter Two

Repentance

Read MATTHEW 3

Launching

1. What thoughts or images come to mind when you think of the word repent?

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Exploring

Time for a Change

2. Suppose someone told you she attended a Billy Graham concert and went forward at the altar call to be saved. If her lifestyle remain unchanged, how would you question her concept of salvation? What advice would you give her?

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A Change of Direction

3. What is repentance and why is it necessary to be part of God's kingdom?

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The Power of Confession

4. What is the role of confession in repentance? How do you practice confession?

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Here's What You Can Do Now

5. If you had been standing on the bank of the Jordan River and asked John the Baptist what you should do, what do you think he would have said to you?

___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 6. What is some fruit of repentance you have seen in your own life?

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The Ministry of Matchmaking

7. If someone had walked away after hearing John with a deep repentance and renewed motivation to live more righteously, what would they have been missing? How can we do this same thing today? What would you want to tell them?

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Drenched in the Life of God

8. What does it mean for Jesus to baptize someone with the Holy Spirit and fire? What impact will that have on their lives?

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9. What is your reaction to the testimony on pages 33 and 34? What danger does this testimony point out? How can someone know if they were in this same situation or not?

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Applying

10. What is something you feel the Lord is calling you to repent of? How can you respond immediately and specifically to this?

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Optional Small Group Exercise:

Discuss what role, if any, confession should play in your small group experience.

Chapter Three

Kingdom

Read MATTHEW 13

Launching

1. If you had the power, what is something you would change in this world?

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Exploring

The Parable of the Sower ... and the Bomber

2. How is the ministry of God's Word more like sowing seeds than dropping bombs? Why can this be frustrating at times? How can it be liberating?

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(Continues...)



Excerpted from Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guide Volume 3 by Colin S. Smith Copyright © 2004 by Colin S. Smith. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents


1. Fulfillment
2. Repentance
3. Kingdom
4. Disciples
5. Lord
6. Hell
7. Miracles
8. Born
9. Tempted
10. Transfigured
11. Crucified
12. Risen
13. Ascended
14. Coming
15. Father
16. Son
17. Spirit
18. Christ
19. Power
20. Gentiles
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