Key Text: “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Col. 2:15, NKJV).
1. In Romans 6:12–23, the apostle Paul speaks about freedom. What is he talking about here?
2. What one Bible verse in this week’s lesson would you select that gives encouragement to the believer in relationship to the battle against evil?
3. How does the great controversy worldview help us to understand the continued existence of evil, even after Christ’s victory at the cross?
4. What is wrong with the idea that we should sin more in order to receive more grace?
5. Why is it important for Christ to use His friends and disciples as personal ambassadors and soldiers in the conflict here on this earth?
6. How should the amazing truth of redemption impact our lives in everyday terms?
Study 4 of 13 on Growing In Christ
Key Text: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16, NKJV).
1. What does it mean to you that, from eternity, God’s plan was for you, personally, to have salvation?
2. Christ’s sacrificial death is presented in the Bible as an atonement for sin. What passages from Scripture help you to understand what this means?
3. According to Romans 3:23–25; Ephesians 2:8, what is the role of faith in the experience of justification?
4. How does the Cross reveal to the universe both the true curse of sin and the true meaning of life?
5. Why is the doctrine of salvation by works so dangerous?
6. How do we, on a daily and practical level, live out the experience of salvation?
Study 3 of 13 on Growing in Christ
Key Text: “Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture” (Ps. 100:3, NKJV).
1. What does being made in God’s image mean to you personally?
2. Why is Genesis 1:27 so contradictory of the prominent worldview of our time?
3. How do violence, suffering, and death figure into the biblical worldview?
4. In what way is the unity between the first pair of humans extended to cover the unity of the entire human race?
5. We are told that we may be restored into God’s image. How are we to understand this?
6. Though we can no more recreate ourselves than we can have created ourselves in the beginning, what part do we play in God’s plan of restoration?
Key Text: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Heb. 1:1, 2, NKJV).
1. If the “heavens declare the glory of God,” why is Scripture also essential as a revelation of God?
2. How would you describe the “authority of Scripture”?
3. What does 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 tell us about the Bible and what it’s to be used for?
4. Ellen White wrote that “it is not the words of the Bible that are inspired, but the men that were inspired.” Why is this distinction important?
5. By referring to specific scriptural passages, share some of the things the Bible tells us about God.
6. How confident can we be about our conclusions concerning God apart from information we may obtain from the Bible?