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 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

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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.

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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.

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Preacher Preach First to Themselves

Take heed to these verses, preachers, and be sure that you are practicing what you are preaching.  Jesus only preached that which He practiced.

Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.  –  1 Timothy 4:16

you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?
–  Romans 2:21

For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.
–  Ezra 7:10

He who teaches before he practices short-circuits the three-step process that Ezra demonstrated.

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Preachers Should Preach Jesus

When Jesus is preached, life springs forth from those who hear.  I have seen it happen over and over.

I am talking about proclaimingthe profound simplicity of Jesus Himself – crucified and risen – King of the Universe and Lover of Souls!

Preachers today preach about many things.  Few preach Jesus.  This is why there is so little life in the people.

 

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You Are a Billboard for the Gospel of the Kingdom of God

You are a walking, talking advertisement for God’s rule in a human life.

Are you an attractive billboard for His message, or a blighted one?

Your manner of life is already sending a message about your relationship with God before the first words ever come out of your mouth.  Take heed to the billboard that you are.

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Use Your Mouth…Wisely

Those who would be Christian leaders must first seek to be mature Christians.  Christian maturity is achieved only when the tongue is under control.  This is what the third chapter of the letter of James is all about.

If you cannot control your mouth, you have work to do.  Let James set you straight.

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You who watch over the souls of others, watch over your own!

What the verses below have in common is the idea that he who would be a minister of the word must be sure to minister that word to himself as well as to others.

If you are a preacher, be sure that you apply to your own soul the same preaching that you hope your listeners will apply to their souls.

If you are a parent, be sure that you are applying to your own life the spiritual lessons you are teaching to your children.

Galatians 6:1

Matthew 7:3-5

1 Timothy 4:16

Philippians 1:7

1 Corinthians 9:23

Ezra 7:10

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The Man of God Speaks the Words of God

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
–  1 Peter 4:10-11

Note, Christian leader, that it is not your utterances that are the “special gift.”  Rather, it is the utterances of God.  You are but a steward of those utterances.  Be a faithful steward of His “special gifts.”

The saints of God need the utterances of God – that is, His word.  They cannot survive without it.  Be sure to give them His words when they are spiritual infants.  Once they’ve grown, they can feed themselves.  But for now, you must feed them lest they starve.

Do not let this be said about you:

The little ones ask for bread,
But no one breaks it for them.
–  Lamentations 4:4

Those who claim to speak in the name of the Lord must always be sure to speak His words and not their own.

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