Bible Study questions for April 16th, 2016
Saturday at 10:00am EDT
“Mrs. Eddy taught that we live in a mental world; hence that every phenomenon means something in the mental realm, and points to its noumenon. The Bible, to the metaphysician, is a record of outward events, given so that one may trace back to their mental causes, thus giving us divine authority to put the whole external world on a mental basis.”
from Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Precepts,by Gilbert Carpenter
Topic: To preach the acceptable year of the Lord
Moderator: Jeremy from NJ
Bible Readings: Luke 4
- What events preceded Jesus’ return to Nazareth?
- Did those events prepare Jesus to fulfill the words of Esaias? (Luke 4:18-19 / Isaiah 61:1-2)
- Jesus said, “No prophet is accepted in his own country.” How was he immediately proved right?
- In what ways does studying the Bible and Mrs. Eddy’s writings help us “To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” in our own lives?
- How can we be ready to build upon the foundation that Christ has given us? (As mentioned in the citations from I Corinthians 3)
April Bible Study sessions:
|04/09/2016||Luanne from NY|
|04/16/2016||Jeremy from NJ|
|04/23/2016||Heidi from MD|
|04/30/2016||Mike 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
- This summer we took a break for July and August. We are now back having Bible studies each week.
- 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.
- Jeremy 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)