Bible Study Questions for November 26th, 2016 | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Bible Study Questions for November 26th, 2016

Saturday at 10:00am EST

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“It has been said that the New Testament does not authorize us to expect the ministry of healing at this period. We ask what is the authority for such a conclusion, the premises whereof are not to be found in the Scriptures. The Master’s divine logic, as seen in our text, contradicts this inference, — these are his words: ‘He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also.’ That perfect syllogism of Jesus has but one correct premise and conclusion, and it cannot fall to the ground beneath the stroke of unskilled swordsmen. He who never unsheathed his blade to try the edge of truth in Christian Science, is unequal to the conflict, and unfit to judge in the case; the shepherd’s sling would slay this Goliath. I once believed that the practice and teachings of Jesus relative to healing the sick, were spiritual abstractions, impractical and impossible to us; but deed, not creed, and practice more than theory, have given me a higher sense of Christianity.”

from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 195: 13-30

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Topic: Meeting Goliath

Moderator: Amanda from MO

Bible Readings: I Samuel 16 & 17; II Samuel 21:15-22

Questions:

  1. Before he fought Goliath, why did David leave Saul and return back home?
  2. What was David’s reaction to Goliath’s words compared to the other men?
  3. How did David go forth to meet Goliath?
  4. What did the Philistines do after Goliath was slain?
  5. Was Goliath the only giant David had to face? (II Samuel 21)


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November Bible Study sessions:

Date Moderator
11/26/2016 Amanda from MO

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December Bible Study sessions:

Date Moderator
12/04/2016 .
12/10/2016 .
12/17/2016 .
12/24/2016 .
12/31/2016 .

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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 jeremy@plainfieldcs.com. If you are scheduled for an upcoming Bible Study, please submit your questions to both Tom from NY (thomas.a.richards777@gmail.com) and Lynda from PA (lybfree@yahoo.com) as soon as you have them. Thank you!

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Concordances

The following were recommended by the Metaphysical College:

  1. American Version of the Bible
  2. Twentieth Century New Testament
  3. Weymouth Translation
  4. Goodspeed New Testament
  5. Moulton’s Bible
  6. Moffatt’s Translation
  7. Isaiah and the Minor Prophets, by George Adams Smith
  8. Moffatt Introduction to the New Testament Literature
  9. Historical Geography of the Holy Land, by George Adams Smith
  10. The Greatest English Classic, by McAffee
  11. How to Know the Bible, by Hodges
  12. The Story of Religion, by Smith
  13. How We Got the Bible, by Smith
  14. St. Paul’s Life and Letters, by Smith
  15. Harmony of the Gospels, by Stevens and Butrons

Bible Concordances

  • Nelson’s
  • Young’s
  • Strong’s

Bible Dictionaries

  • Oxford English (best);
  • Hastings (excellent)
  • New Standard (very good);
  • Practical Standard (good)
  • Chamber’s Twentieth Century (good)