Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guide Volume 4

Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guide Volume 4

by Colin Smith

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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 4 Study Guide matches the first volume of the book series, and will help you unlock the Bible Story from Romans to Revelation.

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 4 is a perfect follow-up to studying volume 3, which takes you through the beginning books of the New Testament, from Matthew to Acts--you or your small group could move through the entire New Testament by using volume 3 and 4 in less than a year. Then dive into the Old Testament study guides also by using volume 1 and 2!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575677989
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Series: Unlocking: Bible Studies , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
File size: 3 MB

About 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.

Read an Excerpt

Unlocking the Bible Story Study Guide Volume 4


By Colin S. Smith

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2004 Colin S. Smith
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-57567-798-9



CHAPTER 1

Wrath

Read ROMANS 1


Launching

1. Describe a time someone was very angry with you. How did the person express his or her anger? ___________________________________________________________

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What is the wrath of God and how can I avoid it?


Exploring

The God You Cannot Alter

2. Why do you think people create their own concept of God? How do you think most of the non-Christians around you would describe God? ___________________________________________________________

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The God Who Loves You

3. In your own words define each of the attributes of God in the chart below. Then describe how this knowledge of God should impact your attitudes and actions. Finally, rate yourself on how much this attribute of God is actually impacting the way you live, with 1 meaning very little and 5 meaning very much.


The God Who Hates Whatever Destroys You

4. What is the relationship between God's love and His holiness? How does this change your view of God's holiness? ___________________________________________________________

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The God Who Lets People Go

5. How does God express His wrath now to people who oppose Him? What examples of this do you see in our world today? ___________________________________________________________

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6. How have you seen God break the powers of sinful desires, shameful lusts, and a depraved mind in the life of an individual, family, or nation? ___________________________________________________________

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Storing Up Wrath

7. How will God express His wrath in the final judgment? How does knowing this affect your view of sin? ___________________________________________________________

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God's Wrath at the Cross

8. Read 2 Corinthians 5:21. How did the Cross satisfy God's wrath? How would your relationship with God be different had Jesus not died on the cross? ___________________________________________________________

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Applying

9. What new insights about God did you gain from this chapter? How will these insights make a difference in your life this week? ___________________________________________________________

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10. For personal reflection: Have sinful desires, shameful lusts, and a depraved mind begun to make inroads in your life? What can you do this week to apply God's power to combat these forces? ___________________________________________________________

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In one of your devotional times, imagine standing before God with all your sins upon you. Now imagine this sin being transferred to the Cross and God's wrath being poured out upon it. Praise God that this is what has truly happened!


Optional Small Group Exercise:

During the week, have each group member ask three people to describe what God is like. Report your findings to the group the next time you are together.

CHAPTER 2

Propitiation

Read ROMANS 3


Launching

1. Have you found it difficult to hold and express the view that Jesus is the only way to God? Why or why not? ___________________________________________________________

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Why do Christians believe that salvation can come only through Jesus Christ?


Exploring

Going Under

2. What does it mean to be under sin and under the Law? When did you first come to realize this about yourself? Why do you think so many people are unaware that this is their spiritual condition? ___________________________________________________________

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Who Makes the Rules?

3. How would you explain what sin is to someone who is not a Christian? ___________________________________________________________

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The Law.... and the Lawbreakers

4. Read Isaiah 6:1–5. Why do you think Isaiah had such a dramatic reaction when faced with the holiness of God? When do you feel most aware of the holiness of God? How do you respond? ___________________________________________________________

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Time to Pay Up

5. Define redemption in your own words. How is this a picture of our salvation? ___________________________________________________________

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6. Read 1 Corinthians 6:19–20. What is an appropriate response to a God who redeemed you? What would it mean to live this out? ___________________________________________________________

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Satisfying God

7. Define propitiation in your own words. ___________________________________________________________

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8. Why is Jesus' death on the cross uniquely able to satisfy God's demand? ___________________________________________________________

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Applying

9. How would you respond to someone who asked how you can believe that Jesus is the only way to God? ___________________________________________________________

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10. What new insights into your salvation in Jesus Christ did you gain from this chapter? How will you respond? ___________________________________________________________

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In your devotional times this week, spend a few minutes thanking God for redeeming you from slavery and bondage to sin.


Optional Small Group Exercise:

Have one or two group members try to argue the case that Jesus is the only way to God. Let the rest of the group play the role of the skeptics.

CHAPTER 3

Justification

Read ROMANS 3


Launching

1. Have you ever gotten credit for something you didn't do? How did you respond? ___________________________________________________________

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How can I know that I am right with God?


Exploring

2. Fill in the terms "justifies," "redeems," and "propitiates" on the triangle below and then write a description of what each means in the spaces on the next page.


The Dangers of a Bad Translation

3. Read Romans 5:1 What difference does it make if "justified" is defined as "made righteous" or "declared righteous"? ___________________________________________________________

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4. Many people today believe peace with God is contingent on being made righteous. What are the pitfalls with that belief? ___________________________________________________________

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Confusing the Coach and the Umpire

5. It is important to distinguish between the role of justification and sanctification in the Christian life. Fill out the key points of each in the chart below.


Calling Balls and Strikes

6. What happens to a person when he or she is justified? Why can righteousness only come through Jesus Christ? ___________________________________________________________

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The Importance of Faith

7. Why is faith in Christ essential to being justified? How would you explain to a seeker what it means to put his faith in Christ? ___________________________________________________________

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8. How does marriage illustrate the nature of faith? What new insight does this give you into what it means to be a Christian? ___________________________________________________________

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Applying

9. Maria believes in Jesus but is never quite sure where she stands with God. She is trying her best to live a godly life but feels she is far from being the kind of person that God wants her to be. If you asked Maria if she has been justified and has peace with God, her response would depend on the kind of day she was having. When she begins her day with a devotion and is aware of Christ, she would say yes. But when she is overwhelmed with life and frustrated with her own behavior, she would say no. How could you counsel Maria using the principles from this chapter? ___________________________________________________________

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10. Do you feel that you have to perform well in your Christian life to be acceptable to God? How is your relationship with God affected when you are not "performing up to par"? What misconceptions does this reveal? How can the principles from this chapter help you to gain a new freedom in this area? ___________________________________________________________

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CHAPTER 4

Rejoicing

Read ROMANS 5:1–11


Launching

1. How do you think God feels about you right now? Why? ___________________________________________________________

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How can I rejoice in God?


Exploring

Where Do I Stand Before God?

2. How much do feelings and performance impact the way you believe God feels about you? ___________________________________________________________

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Why Is This Happening to Me?

3. How have trials impacted your relationship with God in the past? Why? ___________________________________________________________

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4. What is a trial or difficulty in your life right now? How can the truths from Romans 5:3–4 provide a fresh perspective on this situation? ___________________________________________________________

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Does God Really Care?

5. At what times are you particularly aware of Christ's love for you? What helps you to comprehend and experience His love? ___________________________________________________________

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How Can I Be Sure I Will Make It to Heaven?

6. Using a percentage, how certain are you that you will make it to heaven? What have you based this assurance on in the past? Does your certainty ever waver? If so, when? ___________________________________________________________

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Confidence in Christ Alone

7. According to Romans 5:9, on what should we base our assurance of eternal life? Why is this a better basis for our confidence than our faith, feelings, or performance? ___________________________________________________________

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Jesus Will Never Leave You

8. Read Romans 5:10. What does it mean that we are "saved through his [Jesus'] life"? ___________________________________________________________

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Applying

9. How has this lesson impacted your confidence that you will arrive in heaven? What can you do to maintain this perspective? ___________________________________________________________

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10. What, if anything, has been robbing your joy? What can you do to experience greater joy and rejoicing in your faith? ___________________________________________________________

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One of the keys in the Christian life is to see ourselves the way God sees us. Take a few minutes during a quiet time this week to ponder the truths of Romans 5:1. You may want to post it in a conspicuous place to remind you of these great truths.

CHAPTER 5

Grace

Read ROMANS 5:12–21


Launching

1. What is something you have seen God's grace liberate you from? ___________________________________________________________

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How can I overcome the power of sin?


Exploring

A Choice and a Power

2. Imagine someone who arrived on earth from a planet that had no sin. (Don't bother looking for it; it does not exist!) How would you describe sin and its effects to that individual? ___________________________________________________________

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Who's to Blame?

3. How did sin become such a power in the world? How did sin reign in your life before you came to Christ? ___________________________________________________________

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Understanding the Newspaper

4. Bob is a moral man who does not know Christ. He sincerely wants to have a strong family and happy, moral children. Despite his hopes and dreams, Bob finds that his family is not what he wants it to be and, even more disappointing, he is not the husband and father he would like to be. How would you explain Bob's real problem to him? What advice would you give to Bob? ___________________________________________________________

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More Than Forgiveness

5. If you had simply been forgiven and told what you should do, what would have been missing? How would your Christian life be different if that is all that you had received? ___________________________________________________________

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Grace Rules!

6. How does grace free us from the power of sin? How have you experienced this in your own life? How have you observed it in the lives of others? ___________________________________________________________

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(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Wrath
2. Propitiation
3. Justification
4. Rejoicing
5. Grace
6. Union
7. Nature
8. Heirs
9. Weakness
10. Church
11. Light
12. Battle
13. Profit
14. Peace
15. Death
16. Intercession
17. Works
18. Fellowship
19. Lamb
20. City

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