BSO: Witnesses Against Worry

(“BSO” stands for Bible study outline.  For an explanation of what I mean by that, see here.)

Consider these four New Testament voices (of course, the second, third, and fourth are all echoes of the first) and how firm and united are these voices against any quantity of worry, anxiety, or fear.

Jesus:  John 14:27  (“…Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”)

Paul:  Philippians 4:6  (“Be anxious for nothing…”)

Peter:  1 Peter 5:7  (“casting all your anxiety on Him…”)

John:  1 John 4:18  (“There is no fear in love…”)

 

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BSO: Understanding the will of God by its alternative

(“BSO” stands for Bible study outline.  For an explanation of what I mean by that, see here.)

We are helped in discerning the will of God by recognizing that it is often not what we personally would desire to do.  Ponder these references and what they have to do with each other.

Matthew 16:23

Matthew 26:39

1 Peter 4:2

1 John 2:17

See also 1 Peter 1:14-16

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BSO: Authoritative Teaching from Jesus

(“BSO” stands for Bible study outline.  For an explanation of what I mean by that, see here.)

Do you recognize the same two ideas present in each of these five verses?

Matthew 7:29

Mark 6:34

John 13:13

Acts 13:12

2 John 1:9

In each verse there is a reference 1) to Jesus’ teaching and 2) to His authority (e.g. “Lord” and “shepherd”).  Thus Jesus relates to us as an authoritative teacher.  Or we could say that He exercises His lordship through His teaching.

Look for themes when you read the Bible and let a verse here be commentary on a verse there.

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BSO: What sort of people hear Jesus?

(“BSO” stands for Bible study outline.  For an explanation of what I mean by that, see here.)

Both of these statements were made by Jesus.  Think about what they together say about those who hear His voice.

John 10:27  –  “My sheep hear My voice…”

John 18:37  –  “…Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

The best way to be “of the truth” is to be honest before God.

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BSO: The Light of Knowledge

(“BSO” stands for Bible study outline.  For an explanation of what I mean by that, see here.)

Let each of these verses be commentary on the other two.

John 8:12

Psalm 27:1

2 Corinthians 4:6

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BSO: From Flesh to Spirit, From Outward to Inward, From Ethnicity to Spirituality

(“BSO” stands for Bible study outline.  For an explanation of what I mean by that, see here.)

Consider these four passages.  The first three are teachings from Jesus; the fourth is from Paul.  Note that even though the various passages use different terms, they are talking about the same central idea.  See if you can identify what that idea is.

Matthew 21:43

Luke 8:19-21

Luke 11:27-28

Romans 2:25-29

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The Body of Christ Versus the Body of Christendom

Do not think that the body of Christ is the same thing as the number of people participating in organized Christianity.

Do not think that the body of Christ is the same thing as the number of people who identify as Christians.

The true body of Christ are those who are currently connected to the head – Jesus Christ.

Do not preach so that people will connect with you, your church, or your ministry.  Preach so that they will connect with Jesus.

The body of Christ in the earth today is much smaller than Christendom.  Much smaller.  Christendom is ruled by men.  The kingdom of God is ruled by Christ.

Preach Christ.

We don’t need Christendom to grow.  We need the kingdom of God – the body of Christ – to grow.

Preach Christ.

Christians don’t need a relationship with more Christians or different Christians.  They need a relationship with Christ and they need that relationship to be growing.

Preach Christ.

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BSO: Meditation Times

(“BSO” stands for Bible study outline.  For an explanation of what I mean by that, see here.)

During which times of the day should we meditate on the law of the Lord?  (The “law of the Lord” is, course, love – first for God and then for each other.)

Psalm 119:97

Psalm 119:148

Psalm 1:2  –  Given the answers we found in the two verses above, this answer is to be expected.

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BSO: Definitions and Paraphrases for Love

(“BSO” stands for Bible study outline.  For an explanation of what I mean by that, see here.)

Consider these verses as definitions or paraphrases for the verb “to love.”

John 15:13

Romans 13:10

1 Corinthians 10:24

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

To what extent do these verses deepen your understanding of what God means when He tells us to love one another?

For an extended study on this subject, see Defining Love which contains these scriptures and more.

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BSO: Jesus as the Exclusive Spokeman for God

(“BSO” stands for Bible study outline.  For an explanation of what I mean by that, see here.)

Consider Jesus as the mouth of God.  He is God’s ultimate spokesman.  This is because, of course, God was in Christ…reconciling the world to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

Mark 9:7-8

Matthew 4:4

Matthew 5:1

Deuteronomy 18:8

Hebrews 1:1-2

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