EXTRA! Ideas for Bible Studies for Life
DATE: August 9, 2015
UNIT TITLE: Awake: The Call to a Renewed Life
SESSION 4: Return to God’s Word
The Point: God’s Word is the fuel for a consistent godly lifestyle.
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Leader Extra: Get Into the Study
Use the following story and subsequent questions as an alternate to the Bible Meets Life and Question 1.
Have you ever done long distance walking, running, or cycling? With the Tour de France being almost over, long distance riding is on most people’s radar. One of the hardest things about long distances is maintaining your fuel so you can keep moving. It’s hard to stop for a break or eat a snack on the run. One option is energy gels- they typically taste nasty but are amazing for the body. While the taste and texture aren’t great, the benefits are worth it. The energy gel becomes the fuel that keeps someone moving for 10, 20, or a couple thousand miles as it replaces the carbohydrates the body needs for such strenuous activity.
What are some things that keep you going in daily life?
What is your fuel in your walk with Christ?
What are the things that give you fuel to live missionally?
For the Official Tour de France website, go to: http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2015/us/overall-route.html
—Dr. Beth Masters works with college students at Mississippi College where she is the Director of Christian Life and Ministries. She has a PhD in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, loves to bake, and drink coffee.
Leader Extra: Study the Bible
According to a recent article in the Washington Post, cars with Internet capabilities—specifically cars programmed to be controlled by a computer from a far distance—are now being easily hacked into. The more Internet-based control a car has, the less a driver does, hands-on, and the more dangerous the car becomes. Hackers can lock up breaks and kill the engine while the car is being driven.
It’s a scary world out there, and the idea that someone with ill-intentions is literally looking to drive your car while you’re in it has interesting parallels to the lives we lead as Christians. As we continue to try to steer our lives in the right direction, Satan is at work, trying to veer us off the path. God’s Word is, truly, our only safety insurance. His truth keeps us on the right path, even as the outside forces are looking to pull us away.
- We all know it’s of vital importance that we spend time in the Bible regularly, but it’s often a struggle to do so. Do you wish you read your Bible more regularly? What are a few reasons you might struggle in this area?
- How could you work God’s Word into a new regular area of your life? (For example, listening to the Bible on CD during your morning commute.)
- Can you think back to a specific time when you can point to reading the truth in the Bible as a specific reason for not doing something that you may have pursued otherwise? What was the result?
— Ashley Emmert wrote the Leader Extra: Live It Out. She is a freelance writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her sweet Southern husband and their small scrappy dogs. Find her at ashleygraceemmert.com or on Twitter at @ashgemmert.
- What’s your favorite way to get directions?
- What’s your first memory of the Bible?
- How might the Bible be like a gas pump?
- When have you received devastating news about a person or group of people you care about? What was your first reaction to the news?
- In what ways do Christians lie to themselves about their spiritual condition?
- How does failure to understand our spiritual condition keep us from spiritual awakening?
- Describe a time when you read something in the Bible and immediately reacted to it. What happened?
- What do you do that shows honor for God’s Word?
- Why do you think many people regularly hear the Word of God but what they hear appears to have little impact on their lives?
- How important has the reading of God’s Word been in your own spiritual renewal?
- Which has the greater impact on you: Private Bible study or public preaching? Why?
- What person has been significant in helping you understand the Bible?
- Who are you helping to understand the Bible?