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Week 40, One Year Bible Challenge: “Straying from God”

Jeremiah

Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study

This week’s reading October 1-71
Isaiah 62:6 to Jeremiah 9:26
Philippians 2:19 to Colossians 3:17
Psalm 73:1 to Psalm 78:55
Proverbs 24:13 to Proverbs 24:27

Next Week’s Reading October 8-17
Jeremiah 10:1 to Jeremiah 25:38
Colossians 3:18 to 2 Thessalonians 2:17
Psalm 78:56 to Psalm 84:12
Proverbs 24:28 to Proverbs 25:15

Discussion Questions:
Old Testament
Isaiah 61:8 says that God loves justice. Do you observe a lot of justice in this world? Or a lack of justice? Either way, how do you reconcile your observation with God’s love of justice?

God calls his people rebellious, disobedient and obstinate  See Isaiah 65:1-5. It is as if the people purposely went out of their way to insult God. Was there something especially wicked about these people? How would they compare to people in our society today?

The prophet Jeremiah “saw the earth, and, behold, it was waste and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.” Jeremiah 4:23. Compare this vision to Genesis 1:1-3. What can we learn anything about the nature of God in these verses?

New Testament
Is it hard to concentrate on the things mentioned in Philippians 4:8-9? It it even possible to only think of these things?

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. How do you interpret this verse, and how does it apply to your life?

Colossians 1:18 says that God is the head of the church, and the church is the body. In this analogy can there be more than one head? Can other church leaders be the “head” too. What, if anything, does this tell you about the proper structure for the church and God’s role in the church?

FOOTNOTE:

  1. If you are participating in the Saturday morning class, “The One Year Bible Challenge,” you should read the daily materials as set out in The One Year Bible.” The verses listed on this page will include a couple of extra days each week.

Week 38, One Year Bible Challenge: “Big Fish”

Christ the Rock Community Church, Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study

This week’s reading September 17 to 231

Leviaghan

Gustave Doré: The Destruction
Of Leviathan (1866)


Isaiah 25:1 to Isaiah 43:13
Galatians 3:10 to Ephesians 2:22
Psalm 61:1 to Psalm 67:7
Proverbs 23:17 to Proverbs 23:35

Next Week’s Reading September 24 to 30
Isaiah 43:14 to Isaiah 62:5
Ephesians 3:1 to Philippians 2:18
Psalm 68:1 to Psalm 72:20
Proverbs 24:1 to Proverbs 24:12

Discussion Questions:
Old Testament

  • The prophet, Isaiah, said God’s kindness to the wicked did not make them do good. Have you found this observation to be true in modern society? Isaiah 26:10
  • Is talking like a righteous person—using words and phrases that good church people say–better than nothing, even if your heart isn’t really in what you say? Isaiah 29:13
  • Why, in Isaiah 36:11, did the representatives of the King of Judah request the Assyrians speak in Aramaic? Was this a reasonable request? How did the Assyrians respond? Read Isaiah 36:1-20

New Testament

  • Was Jesus Christ cursed, since he was “hanged on a tree?” Galatians 3:10-14.
  • Discuss the analogy of the child under a guardian in Galatians 4:1-7. What does it tell you about the Law and Jesus Christ?
  • Can the Holy Spirit help you resist desires of the flesh? Galatians 5:16. Even the desires enumerated in Galatians 5:19-21? How does this work?

FOOTNOTE:

  1. If you are participating in the Saturday morning class, “The One Year Bible Challenge,” you should read the daily materials as set out in The One Year Bible.” The verses listed on this page will include a couple of extra days each week.

CHRISTIAN MOVIE REVIEW: Ben-Hur (2016)

  • GENRE: Action / Adventure
  • ACTORS: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Rodrigo Santoro, Nazanin Boniadi, Ayelet Zurer, Morgan Freeman
  • RATING: PG-13
  • LENGTH: 2 hours, 5 minutes
  • PARENTAL NOTE: Not intended for children. No bad language or questionable situations. But there is the violence. This film does not have extreme or gratuitous violence.1 The violence will be too much for very young children or the squeamish of any age. What you might call “XTV” (Extreme Trampling Violence). That is, men and their horses get run over by horses in the chariot race. There is a sea battle scene in which men are killed–some set afire. Also, Rome’s armies are shown battling the barbarians. Again, all disturbing images for the very young or squeamish.
  • … Read the complete review

  1. In my opinion, the violence is neither extreme or gratuitous. Of course, this is a subjective standard, with which others may disagree. There is no gore–disembowelments; lingering shots on dismemberments, or the like. This is an action / adventure film, not a horror film.