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Life Through The Son

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Life Through the Son – John 5:16-30
Presented Online by Michael Webb
July 11, 2020

 Open It

  1. What different groups of people have suffered persecution throughout history?
  2. *What are some of the positive aspects of your relationship with your parents?

Explore It

  1. Why did the Jews persecute Jesus? (5:16)
  2. Whose work did Jesus do? (5:17)
  3. Why did certain Jews want to kill Jesus? (5:18)
  4. *What did Jesus say that the Son could do? (5:19)
  5. What did Jesus tell the Jews that He would show them? (5:20)
  6. What did Jesus say He was able to do? (5:21)
  7. To whom did God entrust all judgment? (5:22)
  8. *Why did God entrust judgment to Christ? (5:23)
  9. How did Jesus say a person can gain eternal life? (5:24)
  10. What time did Jesus say had already come? (5:25)
  11. *What did Jesus say the Father has in Himself that He has granted to the Son? (5:26)
  12. What time did Jesus say was coming? (5:28-29)
  13. Whom did Jesus say He desires to please? (5:30)

Get It

  1. In what way does the world persecute Christians today?
  2. How have you been persecuted as a believer?
  3. When have you experienced pressure not to practice or share your faith in Christ?
  4. Why does the world persecute Christians?
  5. *How can we honor the Son and the Father with our lives?
  6. How can we know for sure that we have eternal life?
  7. *Why should we feel secure in our relationship with God?
  8. How should we prepare ourselves for Jesus’ judgment?
  9. In what way are we like Jesus with respect to our relationship with God the Father?
  10. In what way is Jesus an example for us to follow?

Apply It

  1. *What steps can you take this week to enjoy more fully your relationship with your Heavenly Father?
  2. What can you do today to bring honor to God?
  3. How will you allow Jesus’ example in this passage of Scripture to influence your life this week?

 

John 5:16-30 (NKJV)
16  For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.
17  But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
18  Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
19  Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
20  For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
21  For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will.
22  For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,
23  that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
24  “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
25  Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.
26  For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself,
27  and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
28  Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice
29  and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
30  I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

 

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Jesus Teaches Nicodemus – John 3:1-21
Presented Online by Michael Webb
July 4, 2020

 Open It

  1. When have you felt like you wanted to start life all over again?
  2. Why do people like to get new things (such as clothes, cars, or gadgets)?
  3. What is the best gift you have ever received?

Explore It

  1. To what group did Nicodemus belong? (3:1)
  2. At what time did Nicodemus visit Jesus? (3:2)
  3. Why did Nicodemus believe Jesus was from God? (3:2)
  4. What is the qualification for seeing the kingdom of God? (3:3)
  5. What did Nicodemus think Jesus meant when He said that a person must be born again? (3:4)
  6. *What is required to enter the kingdom of God? (3:5-6)
  7. How did Jesus compare the wind to the Spirit? (3:8)
  8. Why should Nicodemus have understood what Jesus said? (3:10)
  9. About what category of things did Jesus say He was talking? (3:12)
  10. Who did Jesus say had gone to heaven? (3:13)
  11. How did Jesus compare Moses’ snake with the Son of Man? (3:14)
  12. What is the result of believing in the Son of Man? (3:15, 18)
  13. How did God demonstrate His love for the world? (3:16)
  14. Why did God send His Son into the world? (3:17)
  15. How does the person who lives by truth respond to the light? (3:19-21)

Get It

  1. When would you say you were born again?
  2. How would you describe what it means to be born again to someone?
  3. What were some of the circumstances that led you to Jesus?
  4. What were some of the things that caused you to believe that Jesus is the Son of God?
  5. Why are spiritual truths often hard to understand?
  6. What are a few spiritual truths that you struggle to understand?
  7. How does God’s gift of His Son affect our lives?
  8. How can a person live by the light?

Apply It

  1. How will you change your daily routine to better appreciate and enjoy God’s gift of His Son?
  2. For what specific spiritual truths will you seek answers this week?

 

Scripture for today’s Lesson:

John 3:1-21 (KJV)
1   There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9  Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10  Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.

12  If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Jesus Changes Water to Wine

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Jesus Changes Water to Wine – John 2:1-11
Presented Online by Michael Webb
June 27, 2020

 

 Open It

  1. Why are people interested in miraculous or supernatural events?
  2. *What makes an event miraculous or supernatural?
  3. What supernatural or miraculous events have you witnessed?

Explore It

  1. Where did the wedding take place? (2:1)
  2. Who was at the wedding? (2:1-2)
  3. What did Jesus’ mother say to Him? (2:3)
  4. *What was Jesus’ response to His mother? (2:4)
  5. How did Jesus’ mother respond to His reply? (2:5)
  6. What were the water jars used for? (2:6)
  7. What did Jesus tell the servants to do? (2:7)
  8. To whom did the servants take the water? (2:8)
  9. What happened to the water? (2:9)
  10. *What was the banquet master’s response? (2:10)
  11. *Why did Jesus perform this miracle? (2:11)
  12. How did Jesus’ disciples respond to this miracle? (2:11)

Get It

  1. How have you had faith in Jesus’ power this week?
  2. *What is something you would like Jesus to change in your life?
  3. *What recent miracle has Jesus done in your life?
  4. How does Jesus reveal His glory to us today?
  5. In what ways has Jesus transformed you into a new person?
  6. How has Jesus given you a new life?
  7. What things has Jesus done that have caused you to have faith in Him?

Apply It

  1. *What is one specific habit or characteristic you will ask God to change in your life this week?
  2. How will you enjoy today the new life Jesus has given you?

 

Scripture for the Lesson:

John 2:1-11 (KJV)
1  And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2  And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3  And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4  Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5  His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
6  And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7  Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8  And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
9   When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10  And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11  This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

 

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Presents
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
June 20, 2020
Scripture: John 1:43-51
Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. How do people feel when they find something that’s been missing for a for long time?
  2. What famous people would you like to meet? Why?
  3. *About what things are people today skeptical?

Explore It

  1. How did Jesus and Philip meet? (1:43)
  2. What did Jesus say to Philip? (1:43)
  3. *How did Philip respond to Jesus’ invitation? (1:44-46)
  4. What did Philip do after he followed Jesus? (1:45)
  5. What did Philip tell Nathanael about Jesus? (1:45)
  6. *Why was Nathanael skeptical that Philip had found the Messiah? (1:46)
  7. How did Nathanael respond to the fact that Jesus was from Nazareth? (1:46)
  8. What did Jesus say when he saw Nathanael? (1:47)
  9. What was Nathanael’s response to Jesus’ greeting? (1:48)
  10. Why was Nathanael surprised? (1:48)
  11. Why did Nathanael call Jesus the Son of God and the King of Israel? (1:48-49)
  12. What were the greater things to which Jesus referred? (1:50)
  13. What did Jesus tell Nathanael he would see? (1:51)
  14. Who is the Son of Man? (1:51)

Get It

  1. What about Christ stirs skepticism today?
  2. *What stereotypes about Christ prevent people from trusting Him today?
  3. What convinced you that Jesus was the Son of God?
  4. *What makes Jesus qualified to rule our lives?
  5. How is Jesus the King of your life?
  6. What do you have in common with Jesus?
  7. How can Jesus’ identity as the Son of God inspire your confidence in Him?

 

 

Apply It

  1. How will you show your trust in the God who knows all about you this week?
  2. *How would you share your faith with a skeptical person this week?
  3. In what way will you recognize Jesus as the ruler of your life today?

 

 

Scripture for today’s Lesson:

John 1:43-51 (NKJV)
43  The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.”
44  Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
45  Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46  And Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
47  Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”
48  Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
49  Nathanael answered and said to Him, “Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
50  Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
51  And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

 

Jesus First Disciples

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Presents
Jesus First Disciples
June 3, 2020
Scripture: John 1:35-42
Presented by Michael Webb

 

Open It

  1. What gets you excited or enthusiastic?
  2. *How would you feel if a good friend abandoned your friendship in favor of someone else?
  3. What nicknames have you had over the years?

Explore It

  1. Who besides Jesus had disciples? (1:35)
  2. What did John say when he saw Jesus? (1:36)
  3. How did John identify Jesus for his disciples? (1:37)
  4. *What did John’s disciples do when John identified Jesus? (1:37)
  5. What did Jesus ask John’s disciples? (1:38)
  6. What did John’s disciples call Jesus? (1:38)
  7. What did John’s disciples ask Jesus? (1:38)
  8. *What was the first thing Andrew did after he had followed Jesus? (1:40)
  9. Who was Andrew’s brother? (1:40)
  10. *What did Andrew tell his brother about Jesus? (1:41)
  11. What nickname did Jesus give to Simon? (1:42)
  12. What words did the author interpret for us? (1:37, 41, 42)

Get It

  1. *What does it mean to follow Jesus?
  2. What hinders us from following Jesus?
  3. *What must we leave to follow Jesus?
  4. To what friends and relatives could you introduce Jesus?
  5. How can we spend time with Jesus to get to know Him better?

Apply It

  1. Whom do you want to introduce to Jesus this week?
  2. How could you introduce Christ to a friend or relative?
  3. *What change in your daily routine would enable you to follow Jesus better?

 

John 1:35-42 (NKJV)
35  Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
36  And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”
37  The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
38  Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?”
39  He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour).
40  One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
41  He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).
42  And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).

 

Jesus the Lamb of God

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Presents
Jesus The Lamb of God
June 10, 2020
Scripture: John 1:29-34
Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. What function do initiation rites serve in a club or society?
  2. *What can you infer about someone from his or her title (such as Doctor, Professor, or Prince)?

Explore It

  1. *Why did John call Jesus the Lamb of God? (1:29)
  2. What are the sins of the world? (1:29)
  3. What does Jesus do with the sins of the world? (1:29)
  4. *What did John mean that Jesus surpassed him because He was before him? (1:30)
  5. How was Jesus before John? (1:30)
  6. Why did John say he didn’t know who Jesus was? (1:31)
  7. What reason did John give for baptizing Jesus? (1:31)
  8. Why did John come to baptize people? (1:31)
  9. What creature represented the Spirit of God? (1:32)
  10. Why did the Spirit come down upon Jesus? (1:33)
  11. With what did John baptize? (1:31, 33)
  12. With what will Jesus baptize? (1:33)
  13. *What title did John ascribe to the person he baptized? (1:34)

Get It

  1. What sin of yours has Jesus taken away?
  2. *How do we receive the forgiveness that Christ bought for us?
  3. In what way do you share Jesus’ identity as a child of God?
  4. What role does the Holy Spirit play in your life?
  5. *How does Jesus baptize us?

Apply It

  1. *How can you honor Jesus’ Sonship with your life this week?
  2. What steps can you take to appreciate better who Jesus is?
  3. In what way can you reveal Christ to others this week?

 

The Lamb of God

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who [a]is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ 31 I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”

32 And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

The Word Became Flesh

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Presents
The Word Became Flesh
May 27, 2020
Scripture: John 1:1-18
Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. What are some of the slang expressions you used growing up?
  2. *In what ways are words different from visual images?

Explore It

  1. Who is the Word? (1:1)
  2. *What is the relationship between the Word and God? (1:1-2)
  3. What was the Word’s role in creation? (1:3)
  4. How is the “life” the light of men? (1:4)
  5. What was John’s role in relation to the light? (1:6)
  6. How did the light give light to every person? (1:9)
  7. Why didn’t the world recognize the light? (1:10)
  8. *What is the benefit of receiving or believing in the Word? (1:12)
  9. *How and why did the Word make His dwelling among us? (1:14)
  10. Whose glory did the Word reveal? (1:14)
  11. What did God give us through Moses? (1:17)
  12. What did God give us through Jesus? (1:18)
  13. Why is it significant that no one has seen God but “God the One and Only”? (1:18)

Get It

  1. Why did the Word become flesh and live among us?
  2. *How does a person receive the Word?
  3. What happens when we receive or believe in the Word?
  4. In what way can you receive or welcome Christ into your life?
  5. *What insights can you gain from seeing Jesus as God’s Word?
  6. How should being a child of God affect our lives?
  7. In what way is John an example for us to follow?
  8. How did Jesus reveal God’s glory to us?

Apply It

  1. What do you need to do to be certain of your relationship with God?
  2. *What will you do this week to better enjoy your status as a child of God?
  3. How should the reality that God became a man affect your life today?

 

 

John 1:1-18 (NKJV)
1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2  He was in the beginning with God.
3  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7  This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.
8  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9  That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
10  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
11  He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.
12  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
13  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
15  John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ “
16  And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
17  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18  No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

The Year of the Lord’s Favor

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Presents
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
May 20, 2020
Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-11
Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. What is your favorite “rags to riches” story?
  2. *What are some of the reasons we call people blessed or fortunate?

Explore It

  1. *What are the purposes for which God’s Anointed was sent into the world? (61:1-3)
  2. What adornments did Isaiah say God’s people would receive in exchange for “ashes,” “mourning,” and “a spirit of despair”? (61:3)
  3. Why did God “plant” His people with great honor? (61:3)
  4. What promise did God make concerning the cities that had been destroyed by invaders? (61:4)
  5. How would the work force of Israel reflect its power and status? (61:5)
  6. *Besides riches, what honor did Isaiah say God would bestow on all His people? (61:6)
  7. How is the joy of God’s redeemed people contrasted with their present condition? (61:7)
  8. What does God love? (61:8)
  9. What does God hate? (61:8)
  10. *What will the whole world understand about God’s people? (61:9)
  11. How did Isaiah illustrate the honor and intimacy with which God will relate to His people? (61:10)
  12. What did Isaiah portray as sprouting like seeds out of soil? (61:11)

Get It

  1. *How would you characterize the sorts of people for whom the Messiah came?
  2. How do you see the qualities of the Messiah listed in Isaiah 61 illustrated in the life of Jesus?
  3. Why is blessing His people an effective way for God to display His splendor?
  4. What would it signal about your status with the giver if you were to inherit a “double portion” in his or her will?
  5. *Why is it important to God that all nations acknowledge Him?

Apply It

  1. *In light of God’s attitudes and purposes, how do you plan to react to those around you this week who are grieving or despairing?
  2. What creative idea could you suggest to leaders in your Sunday School or church for giving  special thanks to God for His generous blessings?

The Good News of Salvation

61 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to [a]heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To [b]console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.
Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
And the sons of the foreigner
Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
But you shall be named the priests of the Lord,
They shall call you the servants of our God.
You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,
And in their glory you shall boast.
Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

“For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery [c]for burnt offering;
I will direct their work in truth,
And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles,
And their offspring among the people.
All who see them shall acknowledge them,
That they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed.”

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Struggling With Sin

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Presents
Struggling with Sin
May 13, 2020
Scripture: Romans 7:7-25
Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. As a child, how did you respond to the commands given to you by your parents?
  2. How do you tend to respond to authority?
  3. *What sort of bad habits are hardest to break?

Explore It

  1. What is the purpose of the Law? (7:7-8)
  2. What bad effect does knowing the Law have on a person? (7:7-8)
  3. When a person has no knowledge of the Law, what becomes of sin? (7:9)
  4. *How does knowing the Law bring the possibility of death to a person? (7:9-11)
  5. How does the Law put a person to death? (7:11)
  6. What are the characteristics of the Law and the commandment? (7:12)
  7. How does the awareness of the Law produce death in a person? (7:13)
  8. *What did Paul share about his own attempts to follow the Law? (7:14-16)
  9. *What did Paul blame for his continuing failure to do good? (7:17-20)
  10. How did Paul describe his own struggle to do what was right? (7:21-23)
  11. How did Paul describe himself and his situation? (7:24)
  12. To whom did Paul turn for rescue from his agonizing situation? (7:24)
  13. What division did Paul acknowledge in his own mind and nature? (7:24)

Get It

  1. What are some of the various ways people respond to God’s law?
  2. How can reading and understanding God’s law be discouraging to a person?
  3. How can a Christian continue to commit sins even though God is his or her master?
  4. *How have you experienced a struggle with sin similar to what Paul describes?
  5. *What hope do we have of deliverance from sin here on earth?
  6. How can we take hold of the power of Christ to overcome sin?
  7. What should we do when we become discouraged and confused in our Christian lives?
  8. How can knowing that God has achieved the ultimate victory over sin affect your prayers, thoughts, and attitudes?

Apply It

  1. *How can you remind yourself each day this week of God’s victory over sin?
  2. What recent struggle with sin do you need to hand over to God today?

 

Sin’s Advantage in the Law

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

Law Cannot Save from Sin

13 Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

 

No Confidence In The Flesh

The Believers Life Style Bible Study
Presents
No Confidence In The Flesh
May 6, 2020
Scripture: Philippians 3:1-11
Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. *If you were to update your resume today, what recent accomplishment would you want to include?
  2. What do you feel are your most valuable skills and gifts?
  3. How do you feel when someone is better than you at something you do well?

Explore It

  1. What did Paul call on believers to do? (3:1)
  2. Why did Paul repeat essential truths to the Philippians? (3:1)
  3. What did Paul say about certain false teachers? (3:2)
  4. Whom did Paul identify as “true”? (3:3)
  5. *What autobiographical facts did Paul give? (3:4-6)
  6. In what sense was Paul not boasting, even though he was calling attention to his accomplishments? (3:7-9)
  7. *Why did Paul view his former accomplishments as “rubbish”? (3:8)
  8. *What was Paul’s status in Christ? (3:9)
  9. What longings did Paul admit to the Philippians? (3:10-11)
  10. What hope did Paul express? (3:11)

Get It

  1. What sorts of things tend to draw you away from Christ?
  2. *What do you usually boast about?
  3. Why do we tend to base our worth as Christians on our performance?
  4. *Why should our identity and confidence be in the Lord?
  5. How is the Apostle Paul’s commitment to Christ an example to you?

Apply It

  1. *What do you need to start counting as rubbish for the sake of Christ?
  2. When you face struggles this week, how can you remember to rejoice rather than complain?

 

All for Christ

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! For we are the circumcision, who worship [a]God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain[b] to the resurrection from the dead.