To Live Is Christ…Week 1

A Phone Tree Bible Study Series (January 1, 2012 – March 4, 2012)

To Live Is Christ – The Life and Ministry of Paul 

Phone Tree Bible Study Model: Treasure Hunting (Scripture Emphasis); Discovering Riches (Personal Study Option); So Says Beth (Lesson Summary and Quotes); The Journey to Self (Questions to Consider); Connecting (Take Away Points)

Week 1: The First Footprints

Treasure Hunting: Galatians 1:15-16; Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21; Proverbs 22:6; Joshua 1:8; Philippians 3:5; Proverbs 1:7

Discovering Riches: Do some background research on the words of the Shema.

So Says Beth: Week 1 began with an invitation to the Berit Milah of a Jewish baby boy. Beth took the time to make sure we were introduced to the practices and upbringing associated with a devout Jewish lifestyle for a male child.

– “…nothing was more important to the Jew than offspring.” (p. 11)

– “The rabbinic laws taught fathers to begin teaching their children the ways of God from their earliest understanding.” (p. 15)

– “Being a Hebrew was not just a religion. Judaism wasn’t even just a way of life. Being Hebrew defined who you were, how you thought, what you felt.” (p. 16)

– “They were to wear God’s Word as a banner and shield over their weakness.” (p. 17)

The Journey to Self: (Answer one, some, or all.)

1) What is the relevance of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 for us today? (Review and personalize.)

2) What benefit is there in reciting the Word of God day and night? (See Joshua 1:8.)

3) How much emphasis do you place on teaching and learning the Word? (Spend time journaling about this.)

Connecting:

– The Word of the LORD should be/must be in your heart, on your mind, and in your mouth.

– Teach children, family, and others the words and instructions of the LORD.

– Bind God’s truths to your life.

– Remember who you belong to at all times.

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