How Can God Use Me?
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Contending For the Faith in Knowing and Defending Scripture
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Using simple Bible study methods - let us look at a few scriptures.
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 3
Who is this written to?
What does this verse assume about the people it is written to?
What is Jude exhorting us to do?
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.” Philippians 1:6,7
1. Who is this written to?
2. What has been done in the persons this was written to?
3. We are to be partakers of Pauls bonds, grace, AND DEFENSE AND CONFIRMATION of the gospel... what does defense and confirmation mean??
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________“But "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” I Peter 3:15
1. Who is this written to?
2. Notice that "sanctify the Lord God" in our hearts comes first... what does sanctify mean?
3. Again, hinging on the fact that the reader is a believer - we are then exhorted to "be ready" and to "give an answer." What does this mean?
1) According to these verses what must come first before a person can be used by God?
2) What is the first way EVERY believer can be used by God?
3) Do these verses give excuse for anyone? New converts… the young… the old?
4) According to I Pt. 3:15 we are to be ready? What does this consist of?
“Of these things, put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” II Tim 2:14-16
What have we been commanded to do - to show ourselves approved unto God?
If we study - then we will be able to "rightly divide" the Word of truth... what does this mean?
Have you ever wondered “why” we (or our church) believe a certain way?
Are you unable to answer the questions or arguments of someone who is in a false religion?
Are you able to point out key scriptures to someone in need?
Are you able to listen to a preacher and determine if what he is saying is the “true” gospel or “another” gospel?
WE ARE NOT WHERE WE SHOULD BE… the scripture tells us to be READY! The scripture tells us to STUDY!
I Pt. 3:15, Acts 22:1, Acts 17:11, II Tim 2:15, II Cor 7:10-11
FIRST WEEK STUDY CHALLENGE
I know that our Ladies Sunday School class is a Sunday morning event. However, I challenge you this week to get into the scripture… to take your steak knife and cut into a NICE, THICK, portion of.... ......scripture that is!
Study through the book of Jude this week.
1) Day 1 – read the whole book.
2) Day 2 – read the first five verses
a. What is the scripture saying in the first five verses? Look at each verse separately and write down in your words what it means.
b. Who is Jude speaking to?
3) Day 3 – read the next five verses and write your summary of each verse down.
4) Day 4 – read verses 11 – 15 and write what this passage means. Look up any words that you don’t know. Look up this passage in a commentary (Matthew Henry, John Gill) and see if the writer gives you any additional meaning.
5) Day 5 – read verses 16-20 write what this passage of scripture is telling us. Look up words you don’t know in a Bible Dictionary, and use your commentary again!
6) Day 6 – read verses 21-25 again writing what the passage is telling us. Then add your thoughts on what the believer’s responsibilities are regarding studying, preparing themselves, and defending the scriptures from false teachers.
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