Scriptural Basis: Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Peter 2:9; Matthew 28:19, 20; John 17:21, 22; Acts 15:1–29.
Key Text: “These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:14, 15, NKJV).
1. What does the word “church” mean to you personally?
2. Why has “church” taken on negative connotations in many minds today?
3. What is meant by the “mission of the church” as it is described in Matthew 28:19, 20?
4. Both Jesus and Paul emphasized the importance of unity in the church. What does this unity mean?
5. Our church affirms the notion of what has been called the “priesthood of all believers.” What does this idea include?
6. What do you say to someone who, believing the church is corrupt, decides to pull away from the body as a whole and go it alone?
Study 7 of 13 on Growing in Christ
Scriptural Basis: Ephesians 5:9; 6:14–18; 2 Corinthians 6:7; Romans 10:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; Mark 14:38.
Key Text: “Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Eph. 6:13, NKJV).
1. This week’s study title, “ ‘Arming’ for Victory,” sounds as if we can do something to defend ourselves in spiritual conflict. Is this a process of faith or works?
2. This week’s study looks at the link between truth and righteousness. According to Scripture, how are these two connected?
3. Paul describes in several places what could be called steadfastness in the Christian life of warfare. What is meant by this?
4. In Ephesians 6:17 Paul speaks of the helmet as salvation. How may salvation be considered a weapon of defense?
5. How does the military imagery that Paul uses reinforce the reality of the great controversy motif that is so central to the Bible?
6. In practical everyday term, how may we utilize in the coming week the armor we’ve studied in this lesson?
Scriptural Basis: Ephesians 1:18–22; Romans 8:26–39; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:6–10; Luke 10:1–20; Acts 5:12–16.
Key Text: “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37, NKJV).
1. How may Christians draw on the promises of God for power and victory in times of temptation?
2. What biblical examples demonstrate how followers of Christ have been victorious over the devil?
3. According to Ephesians 1:20–22, what can we claim for our struggles with forces stronger than we are?
4. What does 1 Peter 5:6, 7 tell us about God?
5. Even with the promises we receive in Scripture that we may overcome sin, why doesn’t this also include immediate removal of suffering too?
6. Ellen White talks of drawing “nigh to God.” What does this mean in practical terms?