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…”)

 

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

BSO: Jesus as the Exclusive Spokesman 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 18:15, 18

Hebrews 1:1-2

BSO: Life Among Lions

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

Read and meditate on each of these passages.  One thing they all have in common is a reference to “lions.”  See what the Spirit of God would teach you what these passages say about how we should live our lives for the Lord today.

1 Peter 5:8  –  This is Peter’s reference to Satan as “a roaring lion.”

2 Kings 17:24-28  –  This episode takes place after Assyria had conquered and exiled the northern Kingdom of Israel (i.e. Samaria).

Daniel 6:1-28  –  This chapter is the story of Daniel in the lions’ den.

Consider also Isaiah 11:6.

Explanation of Bible Study Outlines (BSO)

A post labeled “BSO” is a Bible study outline.  That is, I’m not writing out a post.  Rather, I’m giving you an outline which will enable you to do your own study.

Actually, I’m giving you the raw material from which I would write post, the ingredients from which I would make bread.

If I were to write the post, it would only take you only 2-3 minutes to read it.  Since I’m only giving you the scripture verses it could take you from 10 to 30 minutes.  However, you will gain so much more because the Holy Spirit will be your teacher.

You must keep a quiet heart, which means finding a quiet place.  You should allow more than the time you will need. And make sure your heart is right before God.  Do not study the Bible with unconfessed or secret sins.

Read the scripture verses listed.  Ponder them.  Turn them over and over in your mind.  God will enlighten you.  It’s very simple, and quite profound.

If these occasional BSO’s are not enough for you and you want to go deeper into Bible study, see the category to the right “Word Studies” and, for even more, see one of my other blogs:  Bible Study Notes for the Kingdom of God.