To Live Is Christ…Week 4

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 4: Unexpected Sojourners and Wider Paths

Treasure Hunting: Acts 15:36-41; Luke 1:37; Acts 16:1-10; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:17; Acts 16:16-40; Acts 17:1-9

Discovering Riches: Do some background research on the Bereans.

So Says Beth: Week 4 is all about partnerships, pathways of purpose, and praise. This week, Beth discusses Paul and his fellow brothers in Christ – Barnabas,Timothy, Luke, and Silas – as well as others. She also leads us further down the winding road of history, making us aware of Paul’s second missionary journey and the special circumstances that contributed to his growth in the faith.

– “We may plan to stay forever and commit with noble intentions to do one thing for the rest of our lives. But when the Spirit of God moves within us, we must move with Him or be miserable.” (p. 74)

– “Anyone with the maturity to surrender entirely to God is mature enough for God to begin using…” (p. 79)

– “Life is not only about receiving Jesus and one day seeing Him. Life is also about walking with Christ and learning from Him on the winding road.” (p. 82)

– “…even the most noble plans of God’s anointed servants sometimes differ from the plans of God.” (p. 82)

– “Spiritual maturity often means having the courage to admit we’ve made the wrong plans and seeking God for the new direction.” (p.83)

– “A sense of peace will virtually always accompany His [God’s] will and direction – even when the direction might not have been our personal preference.” (p. 84)

– “Wherever there is an awakening, you can expect opposition.” (p. 90)

– “We all need to learn to study the Scriptures for ourselves.” (p. 91)

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

1) What encouragement can be gained from Deuteronomy 7:9? (Review and personalize.)

2) What does it mean to pray in the Holy Spirit? (Reflect on Jude 1:18-19.)

3) Is your heart truly devoted to God and to the work He has called you to do? (Spend time journaling about this.)

Connecting:

– What God has for each of our lives is perfect for His glory to be revealed.

– Where loss may be experienced, God always has a blessed gain prepared to fill the loss.

– Bondage in Christ equals freedom in life.

– Obedience in the faith correlates with a Spirit-directed walk.

This Week’s Special To Live Is Christ Blog Link:

Even Paul Needed an Attitude Adjustment @ The Covenant of One

To learn more about this circle of Christian fellowship, go to The Covenant of One.

Stay tuned to The Phone Tree to follow additional special To Live Is Christ blog links.

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