Bible Study Questions April 15th, 2017
Saturday at 10:00am EDT
“Jesus gave his disciples (students) power over all manner of diseases; and the Bible was written in order that all peoples, in all ages, should have the same opportunity to become students of the Christ, Truth, and thus become God endued with power (knowledge of divine law) and with ‘signs following’. Jesus declared that his teaching and practice would remain, even as it did, ‘for them also which shall believe on me through their word.’ ….
“This glad Easter morning witnesseth a risen Saviour, a higher human sense of Life and Love, which wipes away all tears. With grave-clothes laid aside, Christ, Truth, has come forth from the tomb of the past, clad in immortality. The sepulchres give up their dead. Spirit is saying unto matter: I am not there, am not within you. Behold the place where they laid me; but human thought has risen! Mortality’s thick gloom is pierced. The stone is rolled away. Death has lost its sting, and the grave its victory. Immortal courage fills the human breast and lights the living way of Life.”
from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy pages 190-191
Topic: Preparing for the Morning Meal
Moderator: Amanda from MO
Bible Readings: John 18: 1-11; John 21
- What did Jesus do just before he crossed the brook Cedron into the garden? (John 17: 25, 26)
- What did Jesus do when the band of men came into the garden and what was his response when asked about his identity?
- The disciples did not recognize Jesus when he first stood on the shore. Why not? Would you?
- What is the significance of the morning meal Jesus shared with the disciples? How do we partake of this meal?
* “Gethsemane: Patient woe; the human yielding to the divine; love meeting no response, but still remaining love.” — Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, page 586
April Bible Study sessions:
|04/15/2016||Amanda from MO|
|04/22/2016||Betty from CA|
|04/29/2016||Jeffrey from NJ|
Bible Study Instructions
- Bible studies are led by volunteers. If there are no volunteers we do not have a Bible study
- They are held on Saturdays from 10AM to 11AM
- We have Bible studies each week, though we have taken breaks for July and August.
- The leader of the Bible study will select a topic. Typically the topic is based on the lesson sermon. However, they can be any topic from the Bible. The Bible study is not Bible notes for the lesson sermon. The purpose is to get to know the Bible better.
- The leader of the Bible study is not a teacher. They develop the questions and lead the discussion. It is up to the attendees to provide answers to the questions.
- Generally, there are about five to seven questions. The reason we don’t have a lot of questions, is that it helps in a couple ways. First, if there are fewer questions, people can spend more time preparing an answer to a question and therefore learn more. Second, fewer questions provides more time for more people to participate in the discussion.
- The leader will send the questions to Tom and Lynda for review. We are both available to help with the questions. The Bible study is a collaborative effort. No one needs to feel they are on their own. We support each other and work together so that it enriches all of us in our understanding of the Bible.
- There is no perfect set of questions. If people don’t participate, a great set of questions could result in a lousy Bible study.
- Lynda posts the Bible questions each week. The Bible studies are also recorded and available for people to listen to later.
- The Bible study leads off with a quote from MBE and generally one that shows how she encouraged people to read the Bible.
- Volunteers are essential to the Bible study. I encourage everyone to lead a Bible study.
To sign up for Bible Studies:
Moderating the Saturday morning Bible Study is open to all.
If you would like to be put on the schedule for a certain date, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are scheduled for an upcoming Bible Study, please submit your questions to both Tom from NY (email@example.com) and Lynda from PA (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as you have them. Thank you!
The following were recommended by the Metaphysical College:
- American Version of the Bible
- Twentieth Century New Testament
- Weymouth Translation
- Goodspeed New Testament
- Moulton’s Bible
- Moffatt’s Translation
- Isaiah and the Minor Prophets, by George Adams Smith
- Moffatt Introduction to the New Testament Literature
- Historical Geography of the Holy Land, by George Adams Smith
- The Greatest English Classic, by McAffee
- How to Know the Bible, by Hodges
- The Story of Religion, by Smith
- How We Got the Bible, by Smith
- St. Paul’s Life and Letters, by Smith
- Harmony of the Gospels, by Stevens and Butrons
- Oxford English (best);
- Hastings (excellent)
- New Standard (very good);
- Practical Standard (good)
- Chamber’s Twentieth Century (good)