Sample Bible Study
In our last session in Bible Study, we focused in on the fourth chapter in the book of I John in the New Testament. We learned that John felt a great need to distinguish those spirits that are of God and those spirits that are not of God. I John 4:2 & 3 reads as follows: “By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.”
“How do we make this distinction?” you might ask. The word says that we must test the spirits in I John 4:1. In testing the spirits we must ask the question: “Does this spirit confess that Jesus Christ came to the world in the flesh, died on the cross, and rose again?” Whatever the answer to the question is, we know if “that” spirit is of God or if it is an antichrist. We also understand that we are commanded to love one another. If we are of God, we know and understand the constant debt of love.
Sample Sunday School
******For today’s Discussion, please remember to pull out the lesson taken from Genesis 37:1-36*****
TEXT: Luke 20:1-47
Jesus told a story about a vineyard owner whose actions depict what God is like. This owner sent several messengers to the workers of his vineyard. But these rebellious farmers sent them back beaten. Then the owner gave them one last chance. He sent his only son to reason with the farmers about their rebellious ways. Instead of respecting the owner’s son, they killed him. Through this story, Jesus was foretelling his own death, for the Jews would reject him, God’s only Son. Jesus warned the people to turn to him for salvation before God comes in judgment.
1. What do employees sometimes say or do when the boss is away?
2. What happened to each servant sent by the vineyard owner to collect his rightful share? (20:10-12)
Lu 20:10 “Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
11 “Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed.
12 “And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.
3. What was the owner’s hope in sending his son? (20:13)
Lu 20:13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.’
4. What was the owner’s justified response to the treatment of his son? (20:16)
Lu 20:16 “He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.” And when they heard it they said, “Certainly not!”
5. How did Jesus say believers and nonbelievers alike would be changed when they encounter God’s “cornerstone”? (20:17-18)
Lu 20:17 Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone’?
18 “Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”