Welcome to week three! I can hardly believe this week marks the half way point of our SEEK online study together. I am really excited about what God has in store for you this week as we read and study about the Bible and faith. You’ll find out where we got the Bible, why we can trust it, who wrote it and why it isn’t just an outdated religious book that has no relevance to your life. I guarantee you’re going to learn something in chapters five and six that will address questions you’ve wondered or confused you. The chapters may even bring up new questions. If so, that’s great! PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask. If I don’t know the answer, my pastor-hubby (who I’ve affectionately dubbed “the Bible answer man”) will know.
This week I’m also including a free resource. It’s a bookmark with the books of the Bible listed in order to help you navigate your way around the Bible. Plus, you’ll find some other helpful info, too. And if you’re like me, you love anything FREE! Here’s the link: SEEK Meeting God bookmark
So here’s this week’s assignment:
1. Read chapters five and six.
2. Do the Bible studies found at the end of each chapter, or do the shortened Bible study I’ve provided below (the studies are quick and easy this week so try to do them if you can!!).
Chapter Five- Bible Basics
1. Based on the following verses what does God’s Word, the Bible, say about itself (pages 113-114)?
1 Thessalonians 2:13
2 Peter 1: 20-21
2. According to the following verses, how does God’s Word help us grow in our relationship with God (pages 115-117)?
Note: all these verses (except the first one) are found in the same chapter of the Bible—Psalm 119, so they’ll be easy to look up. And here’s an interesting bit of trivia: the entire chapter of Psalm 119 is all about the benefits of God’s Word in our lives and is the longest chapter in the Bible. Go impress your friends and family members with your newfound Bible expertise!
Chapter Six: Faith in Not a Feeling
1. Plenty of people in the Bible had doubts and questions about faith. Read John 20:24-29 and answer the following questions (pages 132-133):
What proof did Thomas say he needed?
One week later he received the proof. How did it happen?
After Jesus showed Thomas proof, what did Jesus say to him?
What was Thomas’s response to the evidence?
Jesus says a group of people receive special blessing for their faith. Who are they?
In what ways can you relate to Thomas? In what ways can you relate to what Jesus said to Thomas?
2. In order to have true faith, we must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). What are the rewards of faith, according to the following verses (pages 136-137)?
1 Peter 1:8-9
3. What does Galatians 2:30 say about living by faith (page 137)? You may want to write this verse out word for word.