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Lesson: A Bible Resolution

Icebreaker

How do you read the Bible: on your phone or tablet, or with the actual book?

Prayer

Father, help us to get rid of all the filth and evil in our lives and humbly accept the word You have planted in our hearts.

Key Scripture

Psalm 1:1–2 NASB: “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.”

The Big Idea

One of the best resolutions we could ever make is to have the Word of God become an integral part of our lives. Nothing can shape our lives more than the Bible. It is a foundation for life and a roadmap to successful living. In this world of fake news and pseudo facts, we still have the Bible to deliver truth for peace, joy, and salvation. It is alive and has the power to change us. Let’s look at what our attitude to the Word of God should be.

Discussion

When do you read the Bible? Do you read it daily? Share your Bible-reading habits with the group.

We must love God’s Word.

However, there are three levels of not having God’s Word in our lives. First, as we see in Psalm 1, there is “walking with sinners,” which we could associate with passive and mindless sin; this is basically accepting the sinful cultural norms around us. Next comes “standing with sinners,” or a mindful agreement with wrong thinking. Third is “sitting with scoffers,” or being an advocate for wickedness, objecting to what is right and protesting against God’s Word.

Discussion

Have you ever allowed the Word of God to slip out of your life until you felt distant from the Lord? What caused this, and what did you do to remedy the situation?

We must become convicted about the truth of God’s Word and accept it humbly. As James 1:21 (NLT, emphasis added) says, “So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” The Greek word for “accept” is dechomai, which means to receive a stranger with warm hospitality, to open your arms to a stranger. This is how we must receive the Word of God.

Discussion

Have you ever met someone who “sits with scoffers,” who rejected God’s Word and regularly protested against all it commanded? What was it like to interact with such a person?

We must learn God’s Word.

We should meditate on it day and night, like a cow chewing its cud. In other words, we must think about it over and over again.

Hear God’s Word: at church on Sundays, in your car while driving, etc. Listen to it on the Youversion app on your phone. Also, read the Word. Get a translation that you can readily understand. Next, use a Bible plan such as the plan that correlates with The One Year Bible. Follow this with studying the Word. There is rich depth in the original language definitions. Look up a word in Strong’s and study it. Finally, speak the Word by being part of a B-Group where you talk about your faith with others.

Discussion

In which areas of learning God’s Word are you doing well? In which of these four aspects— hearing, reading, studying, or speaking—do you need to grow? Discuss with the group.

Application

Start today to institute a plan that brings the Bible into your daily living.

Action Point

Listen to the Bible on your phone, or read a translation that you understand. Meditate on it during your commute to work. Talk about it in your B-Group.

For You, the Leader

  1. Instruct group members to do the following:
    • Pray for and touch base with another member before next week.
    • Invite someone to the group next week and/or to attend a church service with you.
    • Encourage someone this week.
  2. Remind the group about outreach. Find out which outreach will be taking place in the zip code closest to your group and participate. One of the greatest joys of life in Christ is serving others!
  3. What is the next step for each member of your group? Whether it is water baptism, Cultivate, or A-Team/B-Group leadership, encourage them in it. Also encourage all members to read their Bible and pray daily.
  4. Close in prayer, asking for any specific prayer requests.
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