Bible Study Questions May 20th, 2017
Saturday at 10:00am EDT
“The only correct rendering of the Scripture is its spiritual sense. Before knowledge increased, spiritual sense, more than what is termed material sense, governed man. The Soul-inspired patriarchs heard the voice of Truth and talked with God consciously, even as others, through a supposed material sense, hear what is not Truth and talk with error. When Jacob wrestled with a man it was not a personality but a sensual belief, and he wrestled, “until daybreak,” until the light of divine science revealed the great fact of being, that there are no material senses, and man is spiritual and pure as his Maker, that a material conception of Life is an error and is not the Truth of being. When this divine science dawned upon him he saw that man was the image and likeness of God, of purity, and perfection, and he also saw that as such he could not be maimed or lose one jot of his completeness. Then Jacob rose in the majesty of his Maker, the One Mind, to destroy the error of material belief, that there are minds many, and thus to reflect his spiritual origin. ”
from Science and Health, (1881, Third Edition), by Mary Baker Glover Eddy, page 50
Topic: Restoring Spiritual Identity
Moderator: Amanda from MO
Bible Readings: Genesis 32; Genesis 33: 1- 10; Hosea 12: 3-6
- How did Jacob react when his messengers told him Esau and his men were coming to meet him? Did he act as one who had just recently declared, “This is the camp of God!” ?
- After his prayer, (Genesis 32: 9-12) what does Jacob do? (Genesis 32: 13-21) Did that show trust in God?
- Is it relevant that Jacob was alone when the angel appeared? (Genesis 32:23-24)
- Why did Jacob cling to the angel and how did he ask for a blessing? (Hosea 12: 3-6)
- Describe the reunion between Jacob and Esau? How did Jacob see Esau? (Genesis 33: 1- 10)
May Bible Study sessions:
|05/20/2017||Amanda from MO|
|05/27/2017||Luanne from NY|
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)