Married people in the Bible and Love--Biblical teaching
The Old Testament is full of stories of fascinating couples: couples who live with chronic disappointment; couples who overcome obstacles to be together; a wife who risks death if she walks in on her husband unannounced; and a husband who remains faithful to his wife when she becomes a prostitute. These studies lead you to dig deeply into the Bible to learn important lessons about marriage, God and yourself. With more than 130 titles, the LifeBuilder Bible Studies series delivers sound biblical content and raises thought-provoking questions. It provides a unique Bible study experience for individuals and groups. What should we study next? We have LifeBuilder Bible Studies for... NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES NEW TESTAMENT BOOKSParables ActsSermon on the Mount RomansThe ‘I Am'Sayings of Christ 1 CorinthiansThe Lord's Prayer 2 CorinthiansThe Jesus Paul Knew GalatiansSeven Letters to Seven Churches Ephesians PhilippiansNEW TESTAMENT CHARACTERS Colossians & PhilemonPaul ThessaloniansPeter HebrewsThe Twelve Disciples 1 & 2 Timothy and TitusWomen of the New Testament JamesNew Testament Characters 1 & 2 Peter and Jude John's Letters Revelation
Ezekiel was a fascinating man who wrote a fascinating book filled with strange and powerful visions. At first glance, Ezekiel seems a little eccentric and difficult to get close to, but he is worth the time and effort to get to know. Ezekiel, perhaps more than any other biblical prophet, wanted to know God – and God revealed himself to this prophet in mysterious and mighty ways. You will catch something of the awesomeness of God in this book. You will see God in his transcendent glory like in no other part of the Bible. You will come away stunned – and changed – by God's majesty.
Scripture offers various metaphors and motifs for God's people: sheep, salt and light, branches, clay jars, friends, disciples, and more. This eight-session LifeGuide® Bible Study explores some of the images that can form and shape our life with God.
I'm longing for God...• to answer my prayers• to forgive me• when my heart has grown cold• to take me deeper• to display his glory• to take me homeThe latest in the popular Keswick study guide series matches the banner theme of Keswick Convention 2019: Longing for God. Seminars, Bible readings and evening celebrations will be tightly focussed around this topic.As in previous years, we want convention-goers and those who don't benefit from Keswick to explore the subject at home, on their own or in a group setting. For the latter, there are leaders'notes on the six standalone sessions. You can find out what the Bible says and what it means in your life, and be encouraged through praying the prayers and digging deeper.As you interact with this resource, you will find yourself equipped to face life's challenges though knowing the God of the Bible better. We pray that your longing will be satisfied.
Exodus shows how God delivers his people and makes it possible for him to dwell among them, so they might make him known among the nations. What does it mean to be liberated from slavery to serve God in our everyday contexts today? Antony Billington's six-session guide, with his astute mini-features, skillful questions, and timely notes, will help you explore how Exodus shapes our understanding of God, how he saves us, and the part we play in his purposes for the world. You'll gain fresh insight into its inspiring implications for all of life, Monday through Sunday.Session 1: Exodus 3:1-17 – Hearing God's CallSession 2:Exodus 12:1-13, 29-32 – Experiencing God's DeliveranceSession 3: Exodus 16:1-26 – Trusting God's ProvisionSession 4: Exodus 19:1-6 and 20:1-17 – Becoming God's PeopleSession 5: Exodus 25:1-9 and 31:1-11– Building God's Dwelling-Place Session 6:Exodus 32:7-14 and 34:4-7– Encountering God's Presence
We don't approach a novel in the same way we tackle an insurance form. We don't read an bank statement in the same way that we read poetry. So we shouldn't read the 66 different books of the Bible in the same way. Story, song, law, letters and more, all make up the rich repository of writing that is God's words to us. The Gateway Seven series selects books that each represent a different kind of writing. This study of 1 Peter is a guide written to people whose context he understood well and with which we can resonate today. Through his encouragement, challenge, insight and knowledge of God - we will gain confidence to live well for Christ in our complex world, on our everyday frontlines.
Critical to the sustainability of this growing movement is the ability of Christians to read, reflect on, and see the implications of the Bible for themselves and their daily contexts – their frontlines. It's a goal that we've pursued through a variety of publications - the work series, Frutifulness on the Frontline, and the Whole of Life for Christ. What we have not done is to self-consciously equip people to read different genres of the Bible through a whole-life lens. In light of this, we're developing a series of Bible studies which align with LICC's mission and activities and support biblical literacy in the UK church more broadly. The study series has emerged from the regular Bible Days we've been running over the last years for leaders and preachers. The whole-life aspect of the Bible is seen not only in the big story it tells, but also in the different kinds of writings it contains – stories and songs, laws and letters, proverbs and parables, poetry and prophecy. It's the specific lens of genre which has provided insight into the Word of God for the whole of life through LICC's Bible Days. The Proposal We propose to publish a 7-study series for individuals and small groups around the main genres of the Bible that will enable Christians to:· Study seven single books of the Bible (independently of one another, though they form a series)·Develop insight and skills in reading 7 different genres of Bible literature· Reflect on the implications of each book and genre for the whole of life·Develop applications which support and direct their life as disciples in their everyday, frontline contextsIn addition, the series will:· Provide a resource to church leaders that supports their preaching and programmes in creating sustainable whole-life disciplemaking communitiesComplement a ‘Preaching Pack'
“I've learned I have to depend on Jesus for everything.” That is what a friend going through a rough time said to us. It was an extreme statement. It sounded almost too radical. Of course believers know we have to depend on Jesus for many things: for salvation, for guidance, for forgiveness, for daily needs. But to depend on Christ for everything? Excluding nothing? It was a scary idea. It was also, we realized, a profoundly biblical idea.Biblical people who followed Christ encountered every kind of obstacle: hostility, loneliness, injustice, failure, and other seemingly impossible difficulties. Here are ten instances of biblical people learning that they could rely on Christ to see them through, even when all other avenues of help failed. Just as they discovered that Christ is sufficient for any and all circumstances, we pray that you will be encouraged to discover the same.
Missions--Moral and ethical aspects, Ethics in the Bible, and Christian ethics
Missional ethics is concerned with the way in which the believing community's behaviour is, in and of itself, a witness to the wisdom and goodness of God. The debate surrounding the relationship between word and deed, or evangelism and social action, remains a significant issue within evangelical missiology.Martin Salter seeks to address one aspect of that debate – namely, the missional significance of ethics – by conducting detailed exegesis of key biblical texts. He argues that biblical ethics is neither entirely separate from, nor merely preparatory for, mission – rather, it is an integral part of the church's mission.Missional ethics is a theme that arises from the biblical texts and is not imposed on them. The church as both organism and institution embody a missional ethic that includes worship, justice, and charity. Word and deed belong together as an integral whole. Salter's valuable study concludes by offering a definition of missional ethics.
Jesus'words from the cross are not Jesus'last words on earth.Jesus appeared to his fearful and questioning disciples, encouraged them, and gave them his final instructions after his resurrection from the dead. In various settings and at different times, Jesus interacted with many of his followers to show them he was alive. His post resurrection dialogues with these women and men truly are Jesus'last words!You may have questions or doubts about faith. You may have discussed spiritual topics or talked with others about Jesus. You may sometimes feel religiously locked into past concepts or socially locked out from people—even embarrassed or fearful about how others perceive you and your spiritual beliefs or questions. You may wonder, Can Jesus really impact my life?Through these Bible studies, you will meet the risen Jesus Christ and hear his words. May he encounter you in your life situations, encourage your faith and trust in him, and excite you about engaging others in discussions about Jesus.
Spiritual life--Christianity and Devotional exercises
Reading the Bible is one of the most important spiritual disciplines we can engage in. Why is Bible study so significant? How can our attitude and approach affect what we get out of our reading? Learning to immerse ourselves in God's thoughts through study and meditation allows us to go deeper into God's Word and live in a more Christlike way. This six-session LifeBuilder Bible Study from Jan Johnson helps us do just that.Previously published as part of the Spiritual Disciplines Study Series
You can be the match that ignites a great Bible discussion!You only need a few basic skills. This guidebook by Jack Kuhatschek and Cindy Bunch (both veteran discussion leaders and experienced Bible study creators) will show you:how to start a grouphow to decide what to studyhow to prepare to leadhow to study the Biblehow to use a study guidehow to write your own questionshow to lead the discussionhow to evaluate the studyOver 100,000 copies of this handbook (now revised and expanded from the original, Leading Bible Discussions) have been used by Bible study leaders and Sunday school teachers. Along with practical suggestions and the answers to common questions offered in each brief chapter, you'll find two appendixes:'Guidelines for Interpreting Scripture'and'A Sample Study.'The resources section also leads you to more training guides, website references and study guides to use with your group.Here is the help you need to lead a great Bible discussion.
Church work, Church growth, Missions, Church, and Pastoral theology
By tracing the origins of mission right back to God's character, and then seeing how it unfolds throughout the storyline of the Bible, we begin to understand how important it is to him. As we see his heart for mission and the nations, we are challenged to discover God's plan for us too. Will this change our priorities as individuals and churches? Dare we see our place in God's plan and own the task of reaching the unreached?Contents1 The Father's love2 The Son's name3 The Spirit's power4 The Bible's story5 The church's task6 The cultural challenge7 The global mandateSummary and leaders'notesThis practical, thought-provoking and accessible resource is the latest in the popular IVP/Keswick Ministries series of study guides.
Grandparents--Religious life and Grandparenting--Religious aspects--Christianity
Written by grandparents and expert Bible study authors Phyllis and Andrew T. Le Peau, this LifeGuide Bible study explores the biblical framework for being a godly grandparent. In nine sessions, this study guides you in how to be a loving and caring presence in not only the lives of your grandchildren, but also for your adult children as they parent
Compassion--Study and teaching, Compassion--Religious aspects--Christianity, Hospitality--Religious aspects--Christianity, and Hospitality--Biblical teaching
Does the word hospitality bring to mind tables filled with tea, coffee and cake? While offering food to others is a wonderful ministry, this study reveals that the hospitality of the Bible is a deeper, more significant concept. In the Old Testament, hospitality demonstrates the grace and provision of God. In the New Testament, Jesus uses the imagery of a host and his guests to teach about the Kingdom of God, provision and protection. With more than 130 titles, the LifeBuilder Bible Studies series delivers sound biblical content and raises thought-provoking questions. It provides a unique Bible study experience for individuals and groups.
This nine-session LifeBuilder Bible Study covers some of the surprising and interesting questions that God asked Old Testament characters, such as: ‘Where are you?'of Adam and Eve ‘Why do you complain?'of Jacob ‘Is it right for you to be angry?'of Jonah As we consider the questions that God asked others, we are guided to reflect on similar questions in our own lives. With more than 130 titles, the LifeBuilder Bible Studies series delivers sound biblical content and raises thought-provoking questions. It provides a unique Bible study experience for individuals and groups.
Work--Religious aspects--Christianity and Money--Religious aspects--Christianity
Money and work – these words alone can cause anxiety. But we shouldn't worry – God wants us to live in freedom, trusting him and learning to manage our gifts wisely and generously. Here, we explore questions such as: ‘What is my time worth?', ‘How much is enough?'‘What if I lose it all?'This LifeBuilder Bible Study points to God's trustworthiness and generosity to help us rest in the peace he offers. With more than 130 titles, the LifeBuilder Bible Studies series delivers sound biblical content and raises thought-provoking questions. It provides a unique Bible study experience for individuals and groups.
If Jesus wrote a letter to your church, what would he say about the challenges it faces or its relationship with the community? This study helps us to engage with Jesus'words and to ask some hard questions of ourselves, our leaders and the Lord. Jesus is pointedly honest with us; whether we respond with a renewed focus on him and a fresh pursuit of obedience is up to us. With more than 130 titles, the LifeBuilder Bible Studies series delivers sound biblical content and raises thought-provoking questions. It provides a unique Bible study experience for individuals and groups.
Why do you believe that Christianity is true?The best reason is Jesus himself. In these eight studies on passages from the Gospels of Mark and Luke, James W. Sire invites you to meet the unique Jesus by digging deep into the Bible. You'll discover what Jesus said and did. You'll also be encouraged to decide what place Jesus has in your life today. This revised LifeBuilder Bible Study features additional questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, together with expanded leader's notes and a ‘Now or Later'section in each study.
What is the sabbath? A weekly day of rest and worship. People of all ages are discovering that the sabbath is a gift from God – a blessing that brings a renewed awareness of who God is and who we are as his beloved children. These studies will help you to learn more about what the sabbath is and how to practise it. Come and discover God's gift of rest. With more than 130 titles, the LifeBuilder Bible Studies series delivers sound biblical content and raises thought-provoking questions. It provides a unique Bible study experience for individuals and groups.