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Leading a Bible Study
« on: October 26, 2014, 08:02:48 PM »
I may be selected to lead a weekly bible study, possibly starting in January 2015. I'll use the RSV because it has good cross references and footnotes.

In the past at other churches, I have attended bible studies where the pastors were lukewarm about discussing the scriptures. Whenever I and others would show up, the pastor would get a frown on his face because he wasn't excited about doing it. It actually looked like he didn't want to do it, but since people showed up, he could not back out of it.

If I lead a bible study, I will do it with tenacity and gusto for a couple of reasons:
1. Souls are at stake.
2. It will have an eternal impact on people that will follow us to heaven.
3. It is God's Word to us and for our benefit, so let's dig into it.

If it happens, it should be good. :)
"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

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Re: Leading a Bible Study
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2014, 12:06:30 PM »
The RSV has good cross references.

Here is an example of how fascinating it can be to use cross-references. While reading about how Jesus raised the dead in Mark 5:41, the reference points to the reader to refer to Luke 7:14 and to Acts 9:40. Here are all three of those scriptures, cut-and-pasted:

Mark 5:41-42 -- "Taking [the deceased girl] by the hand, Jesus said to her, 'Little girl, I say to you, arise.' 42 And immediately the girl got up and walked."

Luke 17:14-15 -- "And Jesus came and touched the casket, and the bearers stood still. And he said, 'Young man, I say to you, arise.' And the dead man sat up, and began to speak."

Acts 9:40-41 -- "But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the [dead] body Peter said, 'Tabitha, rise.' And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And Peter gave her his hand and lifted her up."

Here are interesting impromptu conclusions:
1. Jesus and Peter didn't pray "Lord, if it be your will..."
2. Jesus and Peter spoke to the deceased and commanded them to rise from the dead.

There are some other interesting correlations regarding touch i.e. the laying on of Jesus' hands and Peter's hands. It's also interesting to note that Peter didn't just walk on water, but he also raised Tabitha from the dead. Many people miss that (to include myself).
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"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

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Re: Leading a Bible Study
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2014, 03:47:35 PM »
Here are interesting impromptu conclusions:
1. Jesus and Peter didn't pray "Lord, if it be your will..."
2. Jesus and Peter spoke to the deceased and commanded them to rise from the dead.

There are some other interesting correlations regarding touch i.e. the laying on of Jesus' hands and Peter's hands. It's also interesting to note that Peter didn't just walk on water, but he also raised Tabitha from the dead. Many people miss that (to include myself).

I know that the health & wealth gospel preachers say it's a lack of faith to pray "if it be your will..." However, they also assume that anything and everything they desire is the Lord's will. I call that presumption. I believe that in these cases that you mentioned Christ and Peter had such a close relationship with the Father that they knew without a doubt the Lord's will. I say this because praying "if it be your will..." is actually Biblical.

Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Jas 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

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Re: Leading a Bible Study
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2014, 07:19:59 PM »
I know that the health & wealth gospel preachers say it's a lack of faith to pray "if it be your will..." However, they also assume that anything and everything they desire is the Lord's will. I call that presumption. I believe that in these cases that you mentioned Christ and Peter had such a close relationship with the Father that they knew without a doubt the Lord's will. I say this because praying "if it be your will..." is actually Biblical.

Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
Jas 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Understood. The book of James also states that some people pray with the wrong motive i.e. they ask for things from the Lord so that they may spend it on their lusts (James 4:3). God will not honor that kind of a prayer.
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