1. Read John 5:17. How does this teaching of the Spirit help you understand how God works in your life?
2. Read Matthew 16:6-12. In what way does Jesus' teaching, as explained in verse 12, help you? Read also Hebrews 4:12 and Luke 13:21.
3. Satan is constantly planting weed seeds into your mind, or your children's mind. How does Satan do this? How can you prevent the weed seeds (ideas and teachings of the devil) from taking root and taking control of your mind?
4. Read Matthew 13:24-25. In what way are Jesus' words a "heads up" signal for everyone, even Christians?
5. Initially, it may seem strange for you to see a pastor compared to a hospital physician. Read the following references in the Scriptures: Matthew 9:12; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:31-32. How do these teachings of the Holy Spirit help you understand how Jesus can be likened unto a spiritual physician? How does Jesus provide you with a diagnosis of your spiritual condition?
6. In Genesis 6:13-8:19, the Holy Spirit records how God sent a flood to destroy all of mankind except Noah and his family. After God's cleansing Flood had receded and Noah and his family had come out of the ark to start over, according to Genesis 8:20-21, what did God see again about man?
7. Your spiritual condition is neither new nor unique. Some time after man?s fall into Sin, God looked down and saw man?s spiritual condition. According to the Holy Spirit's teaching, what was the spiritual condition of man shortly before the Flood? Read Genesis 6:5-7.
8. In spite of God's spiritual diagnosis of you, how does the picture on page 5 indicate that Jesus has Good News for you as He calls specific people into a spiritual "office" to be your spiritual physician on His behalf? Read Luke 10:1; Matthew 28:19-20; and Ephesians 4:11.
9. Read pages 6-7. What Lutheran pastors say at a Baptism of a newborn is unacceptable and rejected by all of Protestantism. Why is this? Read Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13; Psalm 14:3; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Job 14:4; Proverbs 20:9; Isaiah 64:6; Genesis 6:5; Genesis 8:21; Psalm 143:2; Job 25:4. How does what Lutheran pastors state at the opening of a Baptism of a newborn or adult repeat and harmonize with what God says about the spiritual state of a newborn or adult?
10. In spite of all their petty differences, in what basic heresy do all Protestant churches come together?
11. Read and meditate on Romans 6:3-5. What does the Holy Spirit say God does for/to you in these two verses?
12. Review the chart on pages 8-9. Which basic Scriptural doctrines does this chart discuss? Read Psalm 51:3; Matthew 15:19; and Mark 7:21-22.
13. In what way are official teachings and practices of Lutherans and Roman Catholics similar? In what way are they completely different?
14. If Roman Catholicism officially teaches that all Sin and the root of Original Sin is destroyed in Baptism, why do Roman Catholics go to Holy Communion? Why do Lutherans go to Communion? Why do Protestants go to Holy Communion only occasionally?
15. What impact does your understanding of God's teaching of Sin and His teaching about His miracle of Baptism have on your life and thinking, ultimately helping you decide where to go to church, how you worship, and enabling you to live, die, and be saved?
16. Read pages 10-11. What are the words in the headline for the lead article from the Consumer Report On Health physicians speak to patients every day all over the world? What is the initial response of patients who hear these words?
17. If their teaching and preaching is based on Scripture alone, what sobering news will faithful pastors have to tell all their parishioners, young and old, on a regular basis? Read Matthew 7:11 and 15:10-20.
18. Read Acts 2:36-37. In what way are Jesus' Words in Matthew 15:19 a part of every genuine Christian worship service? Then read Isaiah 53:5.
19. Study the illustrations on page 11. The medicine your physician gives you to heal your body contains active ingredients. The same active ingredients can come to you in different forms: liquid, pills, injection, etc. In what way are Christ's Sacraments similar? What must we never confuse?
20. When you study the Scriptures and hear the Spirit's teaching on the active ingredient of God's divine Medicine for you to forgive you, to heal you, and to strengthen you, why is it most important to meditate on Genesis 3:15?
21. The question might be asked: If the active ingredient to combat the power of Sin is available now through Christ and His living Word, why do we need God's miracle of Baptism, Christ's miracle of Absolution, Scripture-based and Christ-centered preaching and teaching, and Jesus' Holy Communion?
22. Read Psalm 51:1. Why is this a wonderful, uplifting, and encouraging opening verse?
23. Why is King David's direct request in Psalm 51:2 so revealing of the attitude he had and the attitude the Spirit desires you to have? How is Hebrews 10:21-23 helpful here?
24. In what ways does it help for the Spirit to walk you daily through Psalm 51:3?
25. How does the Spirit's teaching in Psalm 51:4 help keep a God-pleasing spiritual focus in your life? How do the words of the repentant thief help you here? Read Luke 23:41.
26. Luther says Psalm 51:4 is almost always mistranslated. What was he saying and what does this mean for you?
27. Why does Psalm 51:5 present a constant challenge to most Christian denominations?
28. According to Psalm 51:6, what type of daily confession is God expecting from you?
29. Read Psalm 51:7. What phrases, what expressions of renewal and forgiveness does David speak about that God desires you as a Christian to constantly refer to and recall?
30. Read Psalm 51:8. How does God enable you to hear joy and gladness?
31. Read Psalm 51:9. How does the Holy Spirit desire you to understand these words He has authored?
32. As you daily read, sing, and recite Psalm 51:10-12, what attitude or confidence will the Spirit work in your heart?
33. Read Psalm 51:11 and John 6:68-69. In what way are the pleas of King David and the apostle Peter helpful to many today?
34. Read Psalm 51:12. How is the Spirit of Psalm 51:12 best understood? In what way is this helpful to you today?
35. Read Psalm 51:13. Why might some people be surprised at what the psalmist sees resulting from his Spirit-led repentance and the assurance of forgiveness of his Sin?
36. Read Psalm 51:14. What is the "bloodguiltiness" David speaks of? In what way can you say the same? In what way could David speak of singing about "Thy righteousness"?
37. Read Psalm 51:15. Why would it help you to daily repeat Psalm 51:15?
38. Read Psalm 51:16-19. Why are these verses so critical to read, memorize, and recite daily?
39. The picture on page 17 is a visualization of the Holy Spirit's teaching on Baptism as recorded in 1 Corinthians 6:11. Why is this a helpful teaching from the Spirit on understanding God's miracle of Baptism?
40. Why is it so important not to skip or ignore the last words of the key and precious teaching of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 6:11?
41. As you seek to hear God's revelation to you regarding His miracle of Baptism, instead of listening to the endless opinions and doubts of men about God's power to work miracles in Baptism, what help and teaching can you find from the Spirit in the following verses: 1 Peter 3:20-21; Ephesians 5:26; Titus 3:5; John 3:3, 5?
42. Some say that rather than arguing about Baptism--which is so controversial and divisive--people who are serious about evangelism and missions should focus on John 3:16. Why is this an incomplete focus?
43. Read pages 18-19 and Matthew 3:1-12. Read Luke 7:24-30. In Luke 7:25, Jesus says to the crowds: "What did you go out [into the wilderness] to see?" In what way are Jesus' words to the crowds, and to the Pharisees, applicable to many people today?
44. Why is the story in the Wall Street Journal so applicable to our spiritual or religious culture today?
45. In what important way is what Jesus offers you in church essentially different from what is offered at worship centers, where you can have what is popularly called the "worship experience"?
46. Why does Jesus want you to attend His church every Sunday? In what way is regular church attendance comparable to a person's regular, weekly treatment for incurable cancer?
47. Does this mean that going to church should never be seen as a wonderful experience?
48. Read pages 20-21. Why did Jesus say to His disciples: "Be careful what you listen to"? (Mark 4:24). On another occasion, why did Jesus liken the doctrines or teachings of various teachers to "leaven" (Matthew 16:6)?
49. How does the picture on page 20 illustrate what happens?and what has happened in church history?when churches officially teach not only the Scriptures, but also human reason grafted onto the Scriptures? Read Matthew 15:9.
50. In what way can the false and wrong teachings be compared to grafting a false branch onto the original divine stem or sprout? Read Revelation 22:18.
51. Read Matthew 13:24-26. How do we know from Jesus' teaching that Satan's words are also like seeds and that the devil's seeds (ideas) often look much like good seeds?
52. Read 1 John 4:4; 1 John 2:14; 1 Timothy 4:1. Why are these Scriptures, these teachings of the Spirit, so precious to you and your family, especially 1 John 4:4?
53. Now, reread Matthew 16:6; Mark 8:15; and Luke 12:1. As you again hear Jesus use the word "leaven" or "yeast," why is it obvious that most people today fail to understand Jesus' warning?
54. Read Genesis 3:1-6. Look also at the two pictures on these pages. Which verses in Genesis 3:1-6 are reflected in the picture in the upper left, and why? Based on Matthew 16:23, what picture should be between the two on these pages?
55. In what way does the picture in the upper right indicate that Eve was open to consider something she knew was forbidden? What phrase in Genesis 3:6 indicates Eve was succumbing to temptation and would soon be trapped?
56. Daily, hourly, Satan is near you, whispering temptation to you, just as he did to Eve. What is the best way to prevent Satan from trapping you?
57. Look at the small illustrations on page 22. In what way does Satan's temptation (Genesis 3:1) of Eve recur in illustration A, where God's miracle of Baptism is taking place? Read 1 Peter 3:21; also John 3:5; Ephesians 2:4-10 and Titus 3:4-7.
58. Look at illustration B on page 22, showing the Lord's Supper. Read Matthew 26:26-28. When the devil whispers in your ear any doubt about God's miracle of Holy Communion, which verse and phrase can you speak to those through whom the devil is speaking, tempting you to doubt God's power is His miracle of Holy Communion?
59. Look at illustration C on page 23, showing a pastor, hand raised, ready to speak the Absolution and make the sign of the cross. What words does Satan whisper in people?s ears regarding Absolution; and what Scripture should you turn to and cling to when the devil says: "No man can forgive sins, only God can forgive sins"? Read John 20:21-22.
60. Look at illustration D on page 23, of the pastor preaching. Some teach that the words pastors preach are no different from any other words of man that admonish, console, or encourage. Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13; John 6:63, and Hebrews 4:12. What should you say to Satan when, through another person--like through the serpent in the garden--Satan says: "Preachers preach their own opinions and their word is no different or better than anyone else?s word"?
61. Read pages 24-25. Read Romans 6, especially verses 6-23. In what way does every Christian daily "live on the edge"?
62. When in history did the Holy Spirit first inform God's children about this internal life-and-death battle? Read Genesis 3:6, 15.
63. In what way are God's Words in Genesis 3:15 Good News for you?
64. How does the Holy Spirit's teaching in Galatians 2:20 give you confidence in your struggle against Sin and in "living on the edge" spiritually?
65. How will a daily reading of Romans 6 help you in your life of endless frustration, conflicts, and even discouragement and despair?
66. Read 1 John 4:4. How does the Holy Spirit's teaching in this verse, together with the Spirit's teaching in Romans 6:6-23, give you encouragement?
67. In the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit does not speak specifically about a "fever" of Original Sin; however, from the Scriptural teachings of how Sin functions, even within a Christian, how might speaking of the "fever of Sin" be an appropriate and helpful illustration?
68. In what way can the fever of deadly Original Sin affect you regarding spiritual matters?
69. To say that the unchecked fever of Sin makes you spiritually delusional may seem surprising and even unbelievable! What does Psalm 32:3 say about the impact of the power of Sin upon you physically and emotionally?
70. It is good news when doctors and medical researchers announce a new drug that can control or cure a particular disease. Why is Jesus the Good News for all who suffer from the power of Sin in their life, the fever of Sin?
71. Read 2 Corinthians 13:5. How can you know that God has placed a divine Medicine in you to protect you from the power of Sin and the fever of Sin?
72. When does this fever-causing spiritual battle begin? Why?
73. Why do doctors and nurses tell parents that they should watch their child's fever carefully?
74. Why is the knowledge of the "fever of Sin" so important to your daily life?
75. You can summarize the 25 verses of Romans 7 by simply repeating Romans 7:19, "For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish." Along with Roman Catholicism, most of Protestantism, with the exception of the Lutheran church, teaches that Romans 7 describes the apostle Paul's struggle with Sin before he became a Christian, and not after he became a Christian. Why do most churches, with the exception of the Lutheran church, teach that Romans 7:19 is a confession the apostle Paul made before he was a Christian?
76. Read Romans 7:24. Why can this passage of despair actually be words of comfort to you?
77. Read pages 30-31. What historical meeting is shown on page 30? What led up to this meeting?
78. What event in history is made more dramatic, even stunning, by the colored map on page 25?
79. When the first Lutherans wrote and read their Scripture-based confession of faith, they listed 28 items. What were the top two doctrines they listed?
80. How does the correct, Scripture-based doctrine of Sin go hand in hand with the desire for a clear proclamation of and reception of God's Sin-healing Gospel?
81. In what way does the insistence on Scriptural doctrine lead to conflict and even war?
82. What are some teachings of the Spirit in which He encourages you to contend for the faith? Read Matthew 28:20; read also Philippians 1:27; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 1:13?14; Jude 3.
83. Read pages 32-33. Read also John 16:8. Some may say that the Sin Jesus is referring to here is individual, moral sin, sexual sins, drunkenness, stealing, etc. While these sins may be included in those of which Jesus convicts people, why do these words of Jesus have a wider and deeper spiritual meaning than just to cover individual acts of sin?
84. Read John 4:1-42. In what way is this evidence of the Spirit working conviction of Sin and also thirst for God's Medicine?
85. In what way is the example of the Samaritan woman an encouragement to all who feel they cannot witness for Jesus Christ or for the Gospel?
86. Read Acts 4:20; read also Psalm 51:10-13. How these Words of the Spirit reveal that, while your human ability, intelligence, will, or reason may not want to receive Jesus? teaching of the incurable disease of your heart (Matthew 7:11; 15:19), the Spirit will not only convict you of your diseased heart (John 16:8), but will also create in you God's Sin-suppressing Gospel water, and make you eager to tell others where to get this water?
87. Read pages 34-35. What are the two keys Scriptural doctrines featured in this issue of GOOD NEWS?
88. Read Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 8:21; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 15:19; and Psalm 51:5. How does the Holy Spirit here describe every person's spiritual condition? In what way is Genesis 8:21 important, when compared to Genesis 6:5?
89. Read John 8:31-34. Read also Romans 6:3-23. What simple message was Jesus trying to convey to the Jews of His day? In what way is Jesus talking about the same thing in both John and Romans?
90. Look at the illustration on page 35. In what way are your intestines and brain similar, especially regarding the purpose God gave each of these parts of your body?
91. Read Romans 10:17. From where does faith come? How does the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 2:8-10 describe ?faith?? In what way are 1 Peter 1:23 and 1 John 5:4 comforting passages of Scripture? Read also 1 Corinthians 1:30-31, 6:11; and Philippians 2:13.