Bible Study: July 13, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.
This week's Bible study is adapted from The Gospel Project curriculum.
Bible Passages: Deuteronomy 5:16; Proverbs 23:22-25; John 19:25-27
Discussion Questions: How were you the enemy of God prior to salvation? How have things changed since you have become a child of God? Why is it special that we can refer to God as our "Father"?
Food for Thought:
Jesus instructed His disciples to call God "Father," just as He did (Luke 11:2). Rather than use His special relationship with God as an advantage over the disciples, Jesus welcomed them to act as sons when addressing God.
Later the apostle Paul told the Romans that we who follow Christ have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, and now have the right to address God as "Father" (Rom. 8:15). A new relationship with God has been formed through Christ.
As sons and daughters of God, think about how much honor we should give our Father, especially considering that we are not children by obligation or lineage but by adoption! In fact, Romans 5:10 describes us as the enemy of God prior to salvation. God has chosen to adopt His enemies and make us family. And what is even more incredible, this adoption cost God His only Son. Verse 11 points out that it is through Christ we are reconciled to God.
So delight in your relationship with the Father. It is because of Christ that we have the ability to honor God as our "Father who is in heaven" and can enjoy the rights and privileges of having this relationship with Him.
The Gospel Project
The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered curriculum that examines the grand narrative of Scripture and how the gospel transforms the lives of those it touches. Through a three-year study plan, participants are immersed in the Gospel through stories, theological concepts, and calls to missions from Genesis to Revelation. Separate study plans for kids and students/adults ensure the proper focus and depth. The Gospel Project is designed to unify an entire church under a single Christ-centered curriculum. More information, free samples, and The Gospel Project blog can be found at gospelproject.com.
Other ongoing Bible study options for all ages offered by LifeWay can be found at LifeWay.com/SundaySchool.