Connect – Part 3: Study the Bible

Connect – Part 3: Study the Bible

Study the Bible
Connect – Part 3
March 12-13, 2022

Steve Tanner

Matthew 7:24–29
Rock or Sand?

“’You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!’” John 5:39 (p.839)

Series Memory Verse: “’You are my friends if you do what I command.’” John 15:14 (p.824)

  • Connect with God Daily: Bible Study
  1. Read the Bible for the big picture

“Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27 (p.808)

  1. Study the Bible for growth and guidance

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (p.915)

  1. Apply the Bible for vibrant connection with God

“’Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me… All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.’” John 14:21, 23 (p.823)

“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” James 1:22 (p.930)

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 (p.912)

  1. Don’t do this alone

“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” Colossians 3:16 (p.904)

My Next Step This Week:

___ I will connect with God every day this week by studying my Bible and asking God to help me live out what it says.

Life Transformation Bible Reading: Study the Bible, Page A-30-31

Some suggested resources for additional content regarding the reliability of the Bible: 

Discussion/Groups Guide
Connect – Part 3
“Study the Bible”

Life Groups use this guide in their discussion from the Weekend Talk. This is also a discussion guide you can use with your family and friends.

Conversation Starters

  • Are you the type of person that reads all the directions before assembling something or do you just dive right in, maybe not reading the directions at all?
  • Are you mechanically inclined? Can you share a story about a building project that either succeeded or failed? Maybe it was putting together a child’s toy.
  • Have you ever read something in the Bible, or heard something read from the Bible, that sounded like gibberish, or it went over your head?
  • Have you experienced a situation in life where you had no clue how to ask God to help you?

Quick Review

Looking back at your Weekend Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out to you, challenged you, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.

This week’s One Thing: Connect with God daily: Bible Study

Series Memory Verse: John 15:14 (p.824)

Background: Matthew 7:24-29 (p.738) Building on a firm foundation

  • What was the common denominator for the two housebuilders in the parable?
  • What is the most secure and fortified building you have ever been in? What made it feel secure?
  • In the Talk we explored some objections to the reliability of the Bible. Have you thought much about how historically reliable the Bible is?
  • Can you think of a personal situation that could make the same point as this parable?
    • i.e. Have you seen an example of someone who cut corners in a project, relationship, work responsibility, or in some other area of life? How did that go?

This week our discussion focuses on the following points of teaching and application:

  1. Read the Bible for the big picture. Luke 24:27 (p.808); 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (p.879); John 14:6 (p.823)
    • These passages point to the scope of scripture. When do you need to back away and see the bigger picture in your life? How does it help to do this rather than only focusing on things that are right in front of you?
    • How does seeing the big picture help us build a firm foundation? In a physical sense and in a spiritual sense? How does seeing the Big Picture of God encourage you personally?
    • What makes John 14:6 a “Big Picture” declaration from Jesus?
  2. Study the Bible for growth and guidance. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (p.915); Luke 11:28 (p.793)
    • Have you ever wondered what God is thinking? How can you know?
    • What are your thoughts when you read 1 Timothy 3:16-17? How would you explain this passage to a small child?
    • What helps you study the Bible? Do you have any tools to help you? Do you use them?
  3. Apply the Bible for vibrant connection with God. John 15:5-11 (p.824); James 1:22 (p.930); Hebrews 4;12 (p.922); John 14:20-23 (p.823)
    • What’s your favorite verse? What is it that makes it your favorite? Did it just jump out at you, or did it require further study? How has it changed you?
    • Share a time about when you got some coaching (i.e. sports, job, school, etc.) where someone told or showed you what to do, and then you put it into practice.
    • Where do you just listen to God’s Word but not put it into practice?
  4. Don’t do this alone. Colossians 3:16 (p.904)
    • How can we help each other connect with God by studying the Bible? What are some ways we can encourage each other?

Digging Deeper

Read the Study the Bible Daily Reading and Bible passages this week from the Life Transformation Bible. Choose one of the passages listed in the daily readings and use the Simple Bible Study Method worksheet with that passage.

My Next Step This Week:

____ I will connect with God every day this week by studying my Bible and asking God to help me to live what it says.