current bible studies

Can Humans Live Again? (Job 11-14)

Two of Job’s friends have attempted to correct Job so far. Eliphaz and Bildad has attempted to show Job that he is obviously not innocent of sin and this is the cause of his suffering. The first two chapters of Job told us plainly and clearly by God and the narrator that this is not the cause. Job is blameless, upright, fears God, and turns from evil. With Job still maintaining his integrity and blamelessness, we will consider how Job’s third friend, Zophar, will try to comfort Job. As we have been doing in each lesson, we will consider what we learn from Zophar’s words, what we learn from Job’s response, and what we learn about God in regards to suffering and how he runs the world.

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Our God of Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:1-11)

The book of 2 Corinthians is a frequently avoided book, especially when it comes to teaching, because it is often assumed that the purpose of the book is Paul’s defense of his apostleship. Since we all think that Paul is an apostle, then we really do not need to study the book. People typically pay attention to only two sections of the book: chapters 8-9 about being cheerful givers and chapter 12 about Paul’s thorn in the flesh. But this book by the apostle Paul has far more to offer than teaching us how to give and how to suffer. Paul is going to teach and build up the faith of these Corinthian Christians by opening his heart and his life to them. Listen to how Paul makes this point at the end of his letter.

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Who Can Stand Before God? (Job 8-10)

Eliphaz has tried to correct Job’s thinking in chapters 4-5. Eliphaz tells Job that he may be a righteous man, but trouble does not come from thin air. So as good as you are, no one can be righteous before God. You did something wrong and if you would just repent then you would experience restoration. But we were told in the first two chapters that this is an incorrect assessment. We know that Job is blameless. We know that he is not being punished for hidden or insignificant sins. This is a trial. This is a test of Job as God has been accused of being too good and generous to his people. Since Job does not accept Eliphaz’ instruction, another friend of Job named Bildad will attempt to correct Job. We will look at the help that the friends give, consider Job’s response to the friends, and then draw applications for our lives for dealing with suffering and trials.

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Together: Members of One Another

This year we are going to do something a little different in our effort to grow together in the faith of our Lord Jesus. We are going to have teaching theme, which is not new. But the teaching theme is going to spread out over the year. Each month we will have one lesson on our theme. This year, for 2017, the elders have decided that our teaching theme will be Together. There are so many passages that teach us that we are to do things together. There are so many passages that tell us to do things with “one another.” We are going to look at these passages throughout 2017 to encourage us to be more of the family in Christ that we have been called and commanded to be.

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