Bible Study Questions for September 10th, 2016
Saturday at 10:00am EDT
How shall we commune with Spirit? The answer is spiritually; we cannot commune with Spirit materially. And what is the language of Spirit, and spiritual communion? Certainly it is spiritual. When Christian Scientist meet, it shall be natural for them to speak the mother tongue, to think and talk or read the Scriptures in its native tongue and thus declare ourselves and our generation, our thinking and our life, as spiritual, and but one mother tongue. To this end we shall read the Scriptures spiritually, until they become our thought the veritable translation of the Scriptures, and thus taught are understood. Otherwise, they are a forgery that can be mistaken, misinterpreted, mistaught and misunderstood, even as they are. I love to read my Bible in the mother tongue, in its spiritual sense.
“The Language of Spirit” by Mary Baker Eddy,
from Fragments Gathered From Unpublished Items Ascribed to Mary Baker Eddy, compiled by Gilbert C. Carpenter, Jr.
Topic: All is Well
Moderator: Luanne from NY
Bible Readings: 2 Kings 4:8-37
- Describe the state of the area, near Shunem?
- Why did the Shunammite woman make a place for Elisha in her home?
- What action did she take after the child’s death, that proved her strong faith? (See “Sagar”, Strong’s Concordance Transliteration)
- Why did the woman answer “It is well” when asked about the child? (Matthew 10: 40-42)
September Bible Study sessions:
|09/10/2016||Luanne from NY|
|09/17/2016||Mike from NY|
|09/24/2016||Betty from CA|
October Bible Study sessions:
|10/15/2016||Chardelle from PA|
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)