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“Examine the Scriptures Daily” ACTS 17:11


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GOD SPEAKS MIRACLES

 1. Read pages 4–5. When anyone seeks to know the basic teachings God gives us in His Scriptures, why is it helpful to read the first verse of the Gospel of John?
 2. According to 1 Corinthians 2:11–12, why is it humanly impossible to fully explain or completely define God’s Word?
 3. Reread pages 4–5. Why is Psalm 33:9 so helpful in defining God’s Word?
 4. What does Jesus say in John 5:17 that tells you that His Word —the same Word spoken at creation—still exerts its power for you today?
 5. How does artist Thomas duBois’ painting on page 4 illustrate Psalm 33:6–9, as well as the living Word of Christ being spoken/breathed by His called servants today?
 6. Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13. Although both God and man speak “words,” what key distinction does the Holy Spirit make for you between the Word of God and the words of men?
 7. Read Romans 4:17. What two additional, critical distinctions does the Holy Spirit make between the Word of God and the words of men?
 8. Read 1 Corinthians 1:18. How do these words from the Holy Spirit help explain the doctrine of the “Word”?
 9. Read Hebrews 4:12. How does this teaching of the Spirit help you see God’s own definition of His Word?
10. When you begin to seriously study, meditate upon, or read about the Word of God, why is it important to always first read and pray about the section of the Bible located in 1 Corinthians 2:12–13?
11. When God’s Word is referred to in the Old Testament, why is His Word often referred to as the “breath” of God?
12. Is it not true that, even in the secular world, many write about the “power” of the word?
13. Read Revelation 19:13. How does the Holy Spirit say Jesus is to be named?
14. In what way does the Spirit speak and teach that God has two basic purposes for His Word, His Law and His Gospel? Why do some people describe God’s Word as His medicine?
15. Read Genesis 2:7. How does this help us understand how God gives us life, initially, and converts us to faith, and also sustains us in the Christian faith?

JESUS SPEAKS MIRACLES

16. Read pages 6–7. Read also Matthew 8:23–27, especially 27; Mark 1:21–27, especially verse 27. Read John 5:2–9, especially verse 9. How does the Spirit emphasize the “instant” results of Jesus’ spoken Word in the last part of Matthew 8:26 and in John 5:9?
17. How does the Holy Spirit’s record of the instant “results” following Jesus’ spoken/breathed Words compare with the Spirit’s teaching of the Father’s Words in Genesis 1:3? Read also Psalm 33:9.
18. Jesus’ miracles bless you with many lessons and teachings. Reread pages 6–7. Read also Matthew 9:1–8 and Luke 5:17–26. Why are Jesus’ teaching—and the description of His Word as demonstrated in the healing of the paralytic—great blessings to you? How does this Spirit-recorded event give you daily and eternal hope?
19. How does this story of Jesus healing the paralytic come to bear directly, in a positive and powerful way, on your life as a Christian?

GOD SPEAKS MIRACLES TODAY!

20. Pages 4, 5, 6, and 7 tell how the heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, spoke Their living Word in the past and miracles resulted! Read John 5:17. How does Jesus’ definition of the living Word demonstrate that the power of God’s living Word is not limited to the past?
21. Read John 20:21–23. Read also Luke 10:16. How does Jesus assure you that when you hear your pastor preaching or teaching, or someone else appointed by the church, such as a Sunday school teacher, clearly teaching from the Scriptures, you are actually hearing Jesus speaking His life-giving and miracle-producing living Word?
22. Jesus commands His pastors and teachers to: “[Teach] them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). Which specific teachings did Jesus command to be carried out? What miracle does Jesus give you when you hear His life-giving and miracle-producing living Word?
23. What teaching of the Holy Spirit assures you that, when God’s living Word and Spirit are spoken/breathed upon you, this living Word goes into you and is “at work in you,” leading you to repentance, cleansing, healing, and strengthening you, even though you may neither see nor feel any action by God’s living Word? (1 Thes­salonians 2:13)
24. Look at the chart on the bottom of pages 8–9. What basic Scrip­tural teaching does this chart communicate?

SATAN FALLING!

25. Read pages 10–11; Read also Luke 10:1–24, especially verses 17 and 18. What is the Holy Spirit teaching in verse 17?
26. How do Jesus’ Words in Luke 10:18 strengthen your faith in the power of Jesus’ name as it is invoked in Jesus’ command to baptize?
27. How is Jesus’ additional testimony (Luke 10:18) helpful to His followers and all who believe in the power of His name and His teachings?
28. What everyday example might be used to help you understand that no one totally sees or feels everything that is happening to them or around them?
29. How do Jesus’ Words in Luke 10:23–24 help you each time the devil tempts you to interpret the Bible according to your “reason” or your feelings?
30. Read pages 10–11. Even though many Christians say they believe God’s Word is “powerful” (Romans 1:16–17), why do many people doubt anything significant “happens” when God’s living Word is applied to newborn babies or adults in Baptism—where the Holy Spirit says the baptized are “sanctified,” and “cleansed” by the “washing of the Word” (Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11)?
31. How do Jesus’ Words to the “returning seventy” in Luke 10:17–20 strengthen your faith in His Words and promises, especially His promise to you about heaven?

SOME REJECT JESUS

32. Read page 13. Read also John 6, especially verses 26–71. John 6 includes Jesus’ feeding of 5,000 people. After feeding the crowds, they followed Jesus, hoping He would continue to care for their daily bodily needs. To their surprise, Jesus told the crowds that without “feeding” on Him and His life-giving Word, “You have no life in yourselves” (John 6:53). After Jesus’ forthright teaching, many rejected His living Word. How do Peter’s words in verse 68, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the Words of eter­nal life,” give focus to how God wants you to see Jesus, especially His Word?
33. How does John 6:60, 66 reflect the attitude of many people today regarding many of Jesus’ teachings?
34. After many in the crowd “were not walking with Him anymore” (John 6:66), we may admire Peter and the words he spoke to Jesus: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have Words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Instead of crediting Peter for coming to this great conclusion, or great confession, on his own, whom should we credit and thank according to the Holy Spirit’s words in Matthew 16:17, not only for Peter’s confession, but also for our own confession which saves us (Romans 10:9)?
35. When Peter says to Jesus: “You have words of eternal life” (John 6:68), how is this confession to be understood in light of 1 Thessalonians 2:13?

JESUS VS. REASON ON BAPTISM

36. Read pages 14–15. Read also John 3, the visit between Jesus and Nicodemus. Now, read the verses preceding Jesus’ and Nicodemus’ meeting in John 2:23–25. How do the final verses of chap­ter 2 help explain why Jesus seems to start the discussion with Nicode­mus in John 3:3 so abruptly?
37. The discussion between Jesus and Nicodemus occupies 21 verses. However, without counting his “opening statement,” Nicodemus speaks only twice, in verses 4 and 9. How does the way Ni­co­demus phrase the beginning of these verses reveal his thinking about religious matters? How does this compare to how Jesus was speaking? Read also 1 Corinthians 2:6–16. When it comes to discussing religion or spiritual matters, in what way is the mind set of every person exactly like that of Nicodemus?
38. Because it has become so controversial, some simply avoid studying and meditating on the discussion between Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3. Why is this a serious mistake?
39. Why is the correct translation of what Jesus said, and clearly meant, in John 3:4–5 so key and critical to understanding the entire conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus?

BAPTISM SAVES NEWBORNS

40. Read pages 16–17. Read also Acts 2:14–41. Why is the Holy Spirit’s record of Peter’s Pentecost sermon so critical how God desires His children to understand His miracle of Baptism?
41. Although the Holy Spirit teaches you many things in Peter’s Pentecost sermon, what are the chief teachings the Spirit clearly sets forth in Acts 2:37–39?
42. Why does Peter add that God’s miracle of Baptism “in Jesus’ name” guarantees you the gift of the Holy Spirit in your life?
43. Read Acts 2:23. Why dare we never limit Peter’s proclamation of God’s Law—that the sins of the people in Acts 2 had “crucified” Christ—to the people of that era? Read Isaiah 53:4–6.
44. Why is Peter’s short, crystal-clear response in Acts 2:38–39 so critical to Christ’s church today?

PAUL: BAPTISM WASHES AWAY SIN

45. Read pages 18–19. Then, read Acts 22:1–11 and Acts 22:12–16. Which of these two accounts has been more often painted and labeled, “The Conversion of St. Paul”? Why is one scene painted and described as the “conversion” of St. Paul and the other scene is often ignored?
46. As shown on page 18, reflecting Acts 22:16, how does the Holy Spirit define the power of Baptism?
47. Later, through Paul’s first letter to the believers in Corinth, how does the Holy Spirit define Baptism’s ongoing blessings in your life? Read 1 Corinthians 6:11.
48. Read Acts 22:19–20. Why is it important for all of us to remember the concerns the apostle Paul had, even after his Baptism? What Scripture is then important to treasure?
49. After Paul’s conversion, how did the Holy Spirit use him to give additional clear teaching about God’s miraculous gift of Baptism?

ROMANS 6—GOD’S MEDICINE

50. Read pages 20–21. Read also Romans 6. How does the Holy Spirit teach in Romans 6 that the spiritual effect of God’s miracle of Baptism is more than an initial, one-time event?
51. Read Deuteronomy 19:15 and Matthew 18:16. In these two Scriptures, what does the Spirit teach about the value of “witnesses” in spiritual events? How does this relate to Baptism, including your Baptism?

PLEASE! MORE FAITH!

52. Read pages 22–23. Read also Luke 17:5. In this situation, what was the chief concern of Christ’s closest disciples? How are the pleas or urgent requests of the disciples similar to the pleas that many today continue to make of Jesus, perhaps even you?
53. In discussing or defining faith, or before asking Jesus for more faith, why is it so important to first understand clearly what faith is NOT?

STINKING BEFORE CONVERSION!

54. In Christian discussions, sermons, and Bible classes, why is it so critical for you daily to review Jesus’ raising of Lazarus and to constantly note the parallel to how God has decided to work in your life?
55. In what way is the popular Protestant understanding of faith similar to the secular definition of faith?
56. How does the secular understanding of man’s free will in all matters of life compare to the popular Protestant definition of free will, especially in spiritual matters?

CHURCH—GOD’S REHABILITATION

57. How is God’s creative and life-giving breath, which God breathed into Adam to give Adam a living soul (Genesis 2:7), repeated in your life?
58. As explained on pages 4–5, God initially breathes His living Word into all Christians through His miracle of Baptism. Through His miraculous breath, God creates a new person within you. How does God continue to grow His gift of life and faith within you weekly?
59. As pictured on page 26, in what sense can God’s church be seen as a weekly “spiritual rehabilitation center” where all people—including yourself—can go to get cleansed, healed, forgiven, refreshed, and restored with strength and hope?
60. Only the Spirit can teach you the mysteries of God shown on page 26. “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:12–13). How will these teachings—which indicate (as shown on page 26) how the power of God’s Word and Spirit are unleashed in a worship service—totally change your attitude about attending regular worship services, partaking of Holy Communion every time it is offered, and eagerly attending Bible class?

GOD’S LIVING SEED IN YOUR DEAD SOIL

61. Read pages 30–31 and Romans 10:17. When God “breathes/plants” the Seed of His living Word through you ears into your heart, what results?
62. In the Gospels, Jesus speaks about the Seed of God’s Word being “sown” into people’s hearts (Matthew 13:3; Mark 4:3; Luke 8:5). Why do some seeds grow and bear fruit while others do not?
63. It is indeed Good News to know God plants faith in your heart without any effort or cooperation on your part. What is the added Good News God gives you, and how does God accomplish this added blessing?

WARNING: DEVIL'S TWISTS

64. A primary trick of the devil is to use/quote a lot of Scripture, but then to cleverly and intentionally omit key parts of the Scriptures, thereby twisting and misinterpreting all of the Scriptures he cleverly quoted. Satan wants you to be tricked into believing the popular Protestant definition of faith. Popular Protestantism claims that faith is not totally a result of God’s gracious work, but is an act of each person’s spiritual free will. Read Ephesians 2:8. In this Scripture, how does the Spirit expose and reject Satan’s wrong definition of faith?

OUTER SIGNS OF INNER DISEASE

65. Read pages 32–33. When HIV/AIDS first appeared, what were some of the most obvious signs that some people had an affliction? Why were the first diagnoses so tragic?
66. Similar misdiagnoses happen in the spiritual world. In what way was Sin wrongly understood or diagnosed in every century—and still is today? How does Jesus describe Sin? Read Mark 7:21–­22.
67. How does the Holy Spirit use the life of King David to teach in a compelling way, that Sin is not merely a single deed, but is a deadly and destructive power living deep within each person? Read Psalm 51:3 and Romans 7:17.

READ GOD’S LABEL

68. How is God’s revelation in Romans 6 the key to understanding why Baptism is necessary for the Christian life? Read Romans 6:3–5; John 15:1–11; and 1 Corinthians 1:30–31.
69. How can Romans 6 be likened to the “label” on God’s “medicine bottle” describing how God not only gives you His first treatment against the disease of Sin but also provides His ongoing treatment hourly and daily?
70. Why do Bible scholars see the Holy Spirit’s teaching in Romans 6:3–5 as the “lens” the Spirit wants you to look through as you read, not only Romans 6, but also all His other Epistles?

CHRIST FIGHTING IN YOU

71. Read pages 36–37. The Holy Spirit teaches God’s miracle of Baptism most clearly in Romans 6:5. Why is this teaching so absolutely necessary for you as you seek to understand the Christian life?
72. Why is Jesus’ discussion of the vine and branches in John 15 so helpful for you in understanding the blessed Christian life He wants you to have, in Him?
73. In what way might we describe God’s miracle of Baptism in Romans 6:5 as that moment when He “unites” us to Christ through what might be described as a divine “umbilical cord”?
74. Why is the Spirit’s teaching of Christ, the Father, and the Spirit taking up residence and living in you (John 14:23) so controversial?
75. In these matters of the mysteries and special blessings (Christ in you) of God, mysteries scholars stumble over and many lay people simply ignore, why are the Spirit’s Words recorded in Mat­thew 17:5 and Mark 9:7 so important for every Christian to recall every day?