Bible Study Questions February 25th, 2017
Saturday at 10:00am EST
“True, I have made the Bible, and ‘Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,’ the pastor for all the churches of the Christian Science denomination, but that does not make it impossible for this pastor of ours to preach! To my sense the Sermon on the Mount, read each Sunday without comment and obeyed throughout the week, would be enough for Christian practice. The Word of God is a powerful preacher, and it is not too spiritual to be practical, nor too transcendental to be heard and understood. Whosoever saith there is no sermon without personal preaching, forgets what Christian Scientists do not, namely, that God is a Person, and that he should be willing to hear a sermon from his personal God!”
from Message for 1901 by Mary Baker Eddy, page 11
Topic: Uncovering and Eliminating False Prophets
Moderator: Amanda from MO
Bible Readings: Matthew 7: 15-20; Isaiah 30: 9-10; Lamentations 2:14; Ezekiel 13: 9-10; Jeremiah 14:13-15
- What is a false prophet?
- What are some examples of false prophets mentioned throughout the Old Testament?
- What does it mean to know false prophets by their fruits?
- What does it mean to gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
- How do we stay alert to false prophets?
February Bible Study sessions:
|02/25/2016||Amanda from MO|
March Bible Study sessions:
|03/04/2016||Betty from CA|
|03/25/2016||Chardelle from PA|
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)