Bible Study Questions January 7th, 2017
Saturday at 10:00am EST
“Be like a little child. Turn your thoughts to Love and say, O Love, take me in; give me one Mind, one consciousness and make me to love my neighbor as myself. Let your heart cry out to divine Love. A child cries out to its mother for more light, more truth, more love. Ask Love for what you need and for what Love has to give; then take it and demand of yourself to rise up and live. Trust Him, dear, read daily your Bible and Science and Health, and pray the Prayer of our Lord’s in your own words. Ask for His kingdom to come, for Life, Truth and Love to govern all your desires, aims and motives; to feed you with faith and a clear knowledge of good; to make you patient, forgiving, long-suffering, merciful, and compassionate, even as the dear God is thus to you and you desire Him to be. And then reflect this God in all His qualities. My desire is that this year shall be crowned with mercies for you and for all. Dear God I ask for divine Love to leave me not to be tempted, nor to yield to temptation in any direction. I ask for wisdom and grace to know and to do just what God would have me do.”
— Mary Baker Eddy (Sept. 1, 1893)
from the chapter “Letters” in Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), compiled by Richard Oakes, page 125
Topic: Lessons from Capernaum
Moderator: Amanda from MO
Bible Readings: Mark 2: 1-28
- What was the reaction by the scribes to the healing of and words spoken to the palsied man by Jesus?
- Who does Jesus call to be a disciple in this chapter and what is the reaction of the potential disciple?
- What does Jesus mean by referring to himself as a “bridegroom”?
- What did Jesus mean by the statements in Mark 2:22 that “no man putteth new wine into old bottles”?
- Who is the “Son of man” and what does it mean to be Lord of the sabbath?
January Bible Study sessions:
|01/07/2016||Amanda from MO|
|01/14/2016||Chardelle from PA|
|01/21/2016||Tom from NY|
|01/28/2016||Shahidat from MD|
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 email@example.com. If you are scheduled for an upcoming Bible Study, please submit your questions to both Tom from NY (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lynda from PA (email@example.com) as soon as you have them. Thank you!
ConcordancesThe 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)